Mamatography October 2013

I cannot believe that October is coming to an end. What happened to Fall? It sped right by me!



I think my little man has an idea where it went. . .


Nope, mama. It’s not up there. . .



It’s not in the water, but we’re getting close. . .



Oh THERE’s the culprit that made fall fly by so fast! Our new home!



Kodiak, Alaska!

I mean, really.  I feel like yesterday we were on the ferry and now we’re finally settled into our new home and making the adjustments needed to get acclimated to living 1) in Alaska and 2) on a semi-isolated island (and by semi-isolated, I mean it’s relatively easy to hop a plane to Anchorage if you have the time and money to do so).



Meanwhile, while we haven’t had the opportunity to jet set off to the Mainland yet. . . We’ve been hiking and exploring with new friends,



Growing bigger and bigger each day. . .



And loving each other wholeheartedly



Oh and we can’t forget to mention the wild blueberries we picked this fall. YUMMY!



It looks like Kodiak is a pretty cool place.


We’re just going to keep rolling with the punches and continue growing with each new opportunity.

That was our month. How has yours been?!

Wordless Wednesday – Gone Fishin’




Mamatography – August 2012 Week 2

This post is part of Mamatography 2012, a project hosted by Diary of a First Child. The goal is to document the entire year of 2012 in photos. Paired with my participation in fellow Coast Guard Wife Courtney Kirkland‘s photography tutorials and projects, I am definitely learning more about my camera, my photos, & my kids, and I’ll have plenty of great photos to document 2012. Please visit the links at the bottom of my post to see other Mamatography posts! And if you are participating in Mamatography, click on over to the BLOG HOP going on at Diary of a First Child and join in!

           This past Monday, we enjoyed some time at the beach after my Co-Ombudsman and I facilitated the TAHOMA Morale Picnic at a local state park. Joseph and Abbey really enjoyed exploring the beach – Joseph and I played together, throwing rocks in the water and watching and listening to them *PLOP* and Abbey and daddy went on an exploration of the rocks and boulders.

We also spent plenty of time at our regular park beside our housing unit.

But. . . back to the BEACH: I can’t believe we spent as long there as we did, especially after a long day at the TAHOMA Picnic. I was exhausted after helping the Morale officer run the event, so to have relaxing time at the beach was so refreshing!

We ALL had a great time, including Raven! She was SO happy!

This week otherwise was pretty eventless – just a normal week in the Willa house! I made my “Veggieful” Spaghetti Sauce again for dinner and it was a HIT (as always). It’s amazing what FRESH ingredients can do for a meal! I love the picture I snapped of Joe after stuffing his face with Veggieful spaghetti. He is getting so big and his mannerisms are so wonderfully hilarious!

I spent most of my non-mothering (erm. . . nap and bed times) sewing.

I finished Abbey’s blackout curtains and documented my process and pattern for a tutorial. I was very pleased with how her curtains turned out! Picture next week!

I also sewed up an embroidered fairy diaper for a neighbor’s little girl. I’m making my final adjustments for a NEW Silly Bear Handmade pocket diaper – and the testers will be open for purchase via my Etsy shop at the end of the month. The new pocket diapers feature a front and back flap opening so that the soaker insert will agitate out in the wash (no need to pull out icky inserts pre-wash!) They will be available in sized (NB-XL) increments and OS (one-size) variations, and the soakers are super absorbent and quick dry. 

I love my AIO (all-in-one) diapers with a sewn in soaker for the convenience of not having to stuff inserts, but these pockets dry so much faster and absorb so well. My beautiful diaper model London went 6 hours in this fairy embroidered pocket diaper and pooped in it without wicking or leaks. I was so happy when her mom reported an excellent review (with a couple suggestions to help the pattern fit chunky babes more comfortably). 



That was our week. . . . how was YOURS?

Are you up for a challenge? One that will take something from you every day, but give a whole lot back too? How about joining me for the photography challenge in 2012 then? A photo a day of whatever your day involved. You can jump in any time through the year! If you’d still like to join us, you can start at any time, just sign up here and our host will email you further information.

Without further ado, here is the current list of all participants for Mamatography 2012 so far!


PCS Complete!

I am happy to report that our PCS to Kittery, Maine (USCG Cutter Tahoma, based at the US Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH) is finally complete! Tomorrow, we will have been here for two weeks, and we already feel like we belong here, which is a big relief. This being our first PCS as a family, AND a rate change for Jed, AND an over 2000 mile journey from Texas, it is such a relief that Jed is enjoying his work, Abbey and I are enjoying the area and our neighborhood at the Naval housing area in Kittery, and did I mention the weather is gorgeous?! We have enjoyed strolling around Downtown Portsmouth, taking numerous walks around our housing complex to the various parks, looking out over Rogers Creek, which is really more like a river, and on Sunday we drove the 20 minutes to Hampton Beach.

Abbey striking a sunbathing pose at Hampton Beach.

We had a great time Sunday at the beach!

Memorial Bridge connecting Downtown Portsmouth, NH with Kittery, ME.

There is only one plastic tote still unpacked…we’ve been avoiding it because a jar of baby powder exploded in it and we just haven’t had the capacity to deal with that mess yet.
I’m making preparations to get back to the sewing table real soon, so that I can move forward with my Bailey & Tay shop launch, which has as of now been postponed indefinitely to allow me to work without a deadline, but realistically, probably till the Spring. I made shades for Abbey’s room that turned out to be majorly adorable…so I’m going to have to work some shade designs into my plans now :) I never cease to amaze myself with how much I cut out for myself to do…
I promise I’ll be back with some really useful ramblings on parenting and breastfeeding topics very soon, but I wanted to give this short update to let you all know that we did indeed survive our move!

A second trip to the beach, and trying to WALK!

So, Abbey has been very busy these past few weeks! Not only did she learn how to crawl and visit the beach again and “meet” the ocean up close, but she also started to pull up and try to cruise around on the furniture! She is pulling up everywhere now!

She is still gaining weight slowly, but developmentally she is spot on (even ahead of herself), and she is just so darned CUTE! She has perfected “mama” and says “baba” for dada for the time being…you can tell she’s talking about Jed, but hasn’t learned the D sound yet :)
Today I put hand sanitizer on my hands in between classes while teaching at the dance studio, and the smell of the sanitizer took me back to when Abbey was in the NICU and we would visit her several times a day…sanitizing our hands each time we entered, looking over at our sweet girl, fighting for her health and a chance to conquer the world…and now, she’s four months out from being ONE WHOLE year old! Wow! How time flies!
She’s so brave and curious, playing with everything, getting into everything, pulling up on everything, talking about it all (in baby talk of course). It’s just such a blessing to share her curiosities and teach her about the world. 
She did a really cute thing today; she crawled to her bookshelf (the bottom two shelves are full of stuffed animals) and looked at her stuffed animals for a few minutes, then picked one to take with her on our trip to grandma’s house. What a coincidence – she picked my doll that my mom made me out of a sock when I was a baby :) complete with AMY written in sharpie marker on her neck. It was so sweet to see my darling little girl holding and kissing on the doll that was my lovey when I was her age.