Whatta Weekend!

What a weekend indeed! We didn’t do much. But it was great! It was gray and rainy, which it hasn’t been here in the Pacific Northwest in months, and it was our first weekend without Hayden here for quite some time, and we didn’t have too much planned. So, for two days in a row, we had…. wait for it…. family nap time! And it was amazing.  Continue reading

A Bittersweet Final Day with Hayden

What an amazing first half of the summer!! Things didn’t go exactly as planned as far as Hayden’s first summer visit this year (ah-hem, 2 weeks late Gavin!), but luckily all four of Hayden’s parents can go with the flow. With Hayden having two families, he had two huge life milestones happening this summer. With us, he had his littlest baby brother being born. With his mom’s side, they were packing up their house in Medford OR and moving to Moscow ID. The original plan was to have Hayden with us for three weeks (and we cushioned the dates around baby brother’s due date), and then he would fly back to Medford in time to pack up and make the drive over to Moscow with everyone. That plan was going smoothly…. until baby brother’s due date came and went and he wasn’t here yet. 🙂 Since Gavin stayed in the womb an extra 13 days past his due date, we wound up extending Hayden’s visit for two more weeks. That meant he would fly directly to Pullman/Moscow and meet up with his mom’s family for the second half of their move instead.  Continue reading

10 Things I’ve Realized/Remembered with Having a Newborn in the House

Gavin Russell Parkinson was born on July 12 at 4:55am! Just 13 days past his due date. And his size showed for it: he was 8 lbs 10.5 ounces and 22 inches long! Ouchie for his mama! 🙂 His birth was amazing – I’ll detail that story out in a separate post coming very soon. Until then, I wanted to share a few things I’ve realized/remembered in the last four days since he’s been home with us.  Continue reading

Fourth of July Weekend!

What a wonderful 4th of July weekend! We had no idea what we would be doing, or if we would have our fifth little family member with us, or how the weekend would play out at all. Jeremy, Hayden, and I all had a feeling the littlest newest Parkinson baby would be born ON the 4th of July, so we knew we couldn’t make definitive plans with anyone. And we were all wrong. Here I am, writing this post on Monday, and little guy is still in my belly! I really did not think he would go this late, but he’s hanging out in there for a bit longer! So we went about our weekend and had a great time!  Continue reading

Zara’s Tips to Beat the Heat

The Pacific Northwest has been having quite the heat wave this summer already. It has been the hottest month of June in recent years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to start cooling off any time soon. And we’ve been loving it! Hayden, Zara, and I have been in or near the water every day, every chance we get. Hayden is usually in the water for most of the picture opportunities, so here are Zara’s tips on how to beat the heat:

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Weekend in Review Right up to Baby Boy’s Due Date!

Today is baby boy’s due date! He’s not here yet, but that is just fine. 🙂 In my What’s Up Wednesday blog post, I said our weekend plans included a wedding, a birthday party, continued deck building, hopefully some lake time, and definitely some 90-degree weather — and all of that happened! It is a little uncomfortable sleeping upstairs at night with no air conditioning in our house, but I’m still not complaining about this amazing summertime weather! There are always ways to cool off – lakes, pools, sprinklers, fans, ice cream, frozen yogurt, popsicles… we’re loving it!  Continue reading

Soaking Up the Sun… And Daughter :)

A little over a week ago, I got some really great advice about this little bundle of joy who is due in two weeks now (but could arrive any day). The advice though is actually about my firstborn, my daughter Zara. I was told that while the newborn is going to need me full-time, with holding, nursing, rocking, burping, cuddling, loving, etc… that my 18-month-old is going to all of a sudden seem big and old enough to do things on her own and not need me as much anymore. But it is important for me to remember that she is still a baby, she is still dependent on me, and she is going to need me even more. While this is really great advice and a good reminder for me to hear, it made me sad. It made me realize that I am really going to miss this alone time I have right now with my daughter. I don’t want her to feel left out or neglected or forgotten at all. So since receiving that great advice, I have been making it a point to focus heavily on her and go on a lot of fun adventures together. Last week was a hot week weather-wise, so I was soaking up a lot of sun… and time with my daughter.  Continue reading