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Hello, friends. Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Weekends in our house are often a gift as Nathan often works traffic control for the City of Seattle/police department, whether mandatory overtime or contracted overtime. Often, we just don’t know until the end of the week whether it will be a family weekend with him home or a weekend where I am alone with the girls. And the latter is so, so challenging for me because by the end of the week, I’m really out of breath! Can you relate? And the spring and summer are particularly difficult because Seattle has so many more sporting events, activities, and construction projects that require officers like my husband to be available for work.

I know most stay-at-home parents out there know how hard it is to be with kids alone five days a week. And when that time is extended to six or seven days a week (which makes almost two weeks straight by the next weekend)–wow! This was one of those weekends! My poor husband worked Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning after a week of regular work and some overtime. Whew. Here’s to hoping the coming weekend is more relaxed for him (and me, too!).

Manson, Washington | Lake Chelan
Manson, Washington | Lake Chelan

Mother’s day weekend we drove back to our favorite getaway–Lake Chelan–to stay in the caseta at our friend’s cabin in the rolling hills of Manson, Washington. It was a last minute trip, so we packed up and drove out there Friday night so that our Saturday could be well-spent relaxing and having some fun. But let me tell you–it ended up being one of the most challenging and disappointing weekends a mother could have. And I think, in the end, it really made me hit my bottom. There was a lot of cranky toddler action filled with tantrums and refusals to sleep. Lots of crying. A two-month-old who cried when she wasn’t asleep. A frustrated husband and daddy. And a depleted mama. It was really a messy weekend. Which is hard to believe when you have this view from your porch:

Manson, Washington | Lake Chelan
Manson, Washington | Lake Chelan
evening walks
Evening Walks

I have been really struggling lately with the two girls. I am so grateful and feel so blessed that the first two months with baby Flora were smooth and maneuverable. For the most part, I think Maxine thought that the baby was just visiting and so it was “tolerable” for her to  have Flora around. But reality seems to have set in that the baby isn’t leaving, and that, mixed with her recent promotion into a twin-sized bed, has made life a lot more challenging! Until last week, she chose to sleep on the floor (where we set up blankets for her), which was no big thing. But the tantrums and general unfavorable behavior is really hard for me. I have been praying a lot for grace and wisdom for how to handle this “terrible twos” time. Maxine has always been spirited, busy, and generally bored with toys, so I find challenge in keeping her entertained and engaged during the day, and with learning activities. She loves art, the outdoors, and watching her favorite Disney princesses on TV or in movies (which isn’t how I want her to spend time).

And Flora is a good baby, but quite fussy and demanding. She’s a bit colicky as well, which by the end of the day gets extremely taxing for me. That being said, she’s also a very happy baby and loves to coo and talk with me. Her smile really melts my heart.

Seattle finally received its due of sunshine and warm weather, and we have been enjoying a plethora of outdoor activities. Praise! Haha. Seriously, though, it is my saving grace when needing to keep my 2.5 year-old engaged, happy, and tired out for her bedtime.

Seattle, Washington | Madrona Playground
Seattle, Washington | Madrona Playground

Enjoy your Monday, friends! And check out hikes we’ve enjoyed, our Hiking Passport for recommendations on baby levels for hikes, or follow us on Instagram to see more of our outside adventures!

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Fall-ing Back In

Here we are, well into Fall, and I haven’t made a single post since June. I have a somewhat good excuse though.

Baby Flora

Baby Girl Morrow #2 is cooking and preparing for a February arrival!

Maxine turns two in one week, so the timing is actually really great and what he hoped for – close in age without being too close. My first reactions, of course, were Yay! and Oh Crap! Maxine has been a very busy, active, and determined toddler with a very distinct idea of what she wants. Listening is probably not one of her stronger traits, and she sort of laughs in the face of discipline. So the thought of having another kid frightened me in a small way. We had basically decided to stop trying for a second baby, and then, BOOM.

I had planned for the summer to be full of hiking, fresh air, waterfalls, and snacks by rivers with Maxine. Instead, I was on the sofa for two months with crackers and ginger ale with fairly severe nausea and morning sickness while my toddler wreaked havoc on the living room. Thankfully, toward the end of August, we were able to hit a few public parks with wading pools and spray pads, but it was a fairly uneventful summer, otherwise.

Fall is, of course, my favorite season, so I’m happy to be feeling mostly better and complication-free. (And, honestly, as much as I love the Fall, I am so jazzed that we get to cut down a Christmas tree in less than a month – we’re mid-November tree-cutting people. This week is full with pumpkin carving, cookie baking, preparing the house to celebrate Maxine’s second birthday on Saturday, and Halloween. And it seems that with the conclusion on Halloween, so is it the conclusion of Fall as the holidays move in to take over.

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