Door County Road Trip Numero Uno

For me summer means:

Camping
Lake time
Road trips
Bonfires

It’s been that way for me for most of my life, and this summer is no exception! We’ve already gone camping and to a reunion with Trevor’s relatives, and last week we got to see some Pedersens. Serena got to go camping in a tent for the first time in June, and in July she got to stay in a camper for the first time! Serena and I road tripped it to Door County, Wisconsin.

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My parents have a camper there and it’s their second home in the summer. I didn’t manage to make it there last summer, but this summer we’ll be there with them twice! Door County is a beautiful place with lots of cherries, wineries, restaurants, parks, theater, etc. Serena and I made the few hour drive there to spend some time with her grandparents, and my brother Eric and his wife Brittany who also made the drive for some quality family time! I got a lot of good use out of the Baby Bjorn!

Serena had a blast hanging out at the camper. I brought the beach blanket. Mom brought a little walker that Serena loved to move around in. She had fun untying everyone’s shoes, and trying to eat leaves, and crawling towards the fire!

We had some good food there! We ate at a couple of restaurants and Dad always makes delicious food too. Of course we also had to have some cherry pie! Brittany and I had to have the delicious ice cream we remembered from two years ago- cherry cheesecake. Dad made Swedish pancakes for breakfast one morning as well.

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Door County is beautiful. The weather was actually pretty cold for July, and I didn’t get to see as much as I like to, but got some walking and shopping in.

Trevor didn’t go with us this time but will be with us when we go back in a couple of weeks. We did FaceTime him a couple of times though!

I was tired because Serena wouldn’t go to sleep….He took this and sent it to me later to show me how mad she looked. Haha.

Saying goodbye is the toughest part! It’s always good to be with family!

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Lots of New Tungseths!

In the past year Trevor, his brother, and three of their cousins all had new babies! Friday Tungseth cousin/2nd cousin number 5 was born. She was the last one to be born within this year of babies. One of the cousins lives in Ohio, so I’m wondering when the time will come when all 5 babies will be together. It will be so fun for Serena as she gets older to be able to play with her cousin and second cousins!

Serena, Nora

Ethan, Parker

Cora (and her sisters)

 

I Print Photos.

Lately I’ve been taking advantage of Shutterfly codes and sales and stocked up on a bunch of prints after not printing any for quite a while. When I go some time without printing photos, it is always really exciting when I get my prints in the mail. I love having the photos in my hand. Some of them don’t look as good “in person” and others are just so much greater in person. I realize that printing photos is going out of style. I really think that most people my age do not print photos at all. When people find out I scrapbook they usually wonder how I find the time and a lot of people mention that they don’t even print photos.

 

For me, there is something really special about printed photos and about putting them somewhere and documenting what they are about and looking at them again. I don’t print every photo. I don’t print most of them. In the digital age you can take hundreds of photos at an event or on a trip, so I doubt anyone prints most of the photos they take. There are so many ways to share photos. Sometimes Facebook seems like a live scrapbook. People share photos and type up what they are, organize them how they want, etc. People are constantly documenting their lives now through blogs, social media, photo sites, and more. They just don’t think of it that way because a lot of it seems temporary or fleeting.

This is part of why I like to print photos, photo books, and why I scrapbook. I’m not always thinking about passing photos on for generations to come, but that is sometimes part of it. Who knows how technology will change. Who knows what could happen to the websites where I back up my photos. And if I don’t write about the photos, the people that see them in the future most likely won’t have any context for what they mean.

But the main reason I print the photos and make photo books or scrapbooks is purely for myself and the satisfaction I get. I love to take the photos, to then hold them in my hands, to put the photos together how I like them, to record the stories that go along with them, to find just the right papers and all the other stuff that goes with them. I love to remember, to see the people that are special to me, to remember the places I’ve traveled to, to see how my life has changed and how it’s the same, and to see what God has done in my life and how prayers have been answered.

I’m not saying everyone should scrapbook, but I do recommend taking the time to print some photos to put in frames in your home, or to make a photo book of a special event or trip. Having the photos in your hands really is different than looking at them on a screen. Maybe no one else will appreciate them like you do now, but maybe someday someone will. You never know!

 

Here are some other posts I read about printing photos that motivated me to share my thoughts:

Print for Your Children’s Children

10 Reasons Why People Don’t Print Their Photos Anymore

Let’s Talk About Scrapbooking

 

 

Chop Chop!

I go an embarrassing amount of time between haircuts, but since I don’t do much with my hair it stays pretty healthy. I usually end up cutting my hair once I start to get annoyed with the length and the timing works out. After 9 or so months since the last hairdo I was finally able to get my hair cut to an easier length and I’m pretty happy with it! I’m hoping it will make it less likely Serena will pull my hair…which doesn’t feel so great. Ha! I guess we shall see!

On the Move

Serena has gotten a lot better at crawling this week and isn’t dragging herself around very much anymore. She’s a lot faster! So it’s harder to catch her before she’s gotten into something. She loves the stereo system, any cords or cables, and anything that belongs to our dog! She absolutely loves her dog, our cockapoo Cash Howard, and apparently wants to be just like him?!

And…2 out of 4, not too bad!

A little homemade baby food update for you!

I tried the blueberry/banana/mango mix in her oatmeal and she was not a fan. She didn’t spit it out, but she made lots of faces. I gave up and gave her the stuff I bought at the store.

But then I tried a mix of carrots and peas for lunch and she loved it! She mmmmmed and ate it right up! Success!

Another day I tried giving her some of the baked carrots cut up into little bits and once again she loved the carrots! I’ve done this a couple of times now and she loves feeding herself the little carrot bits. I think next time I will give her a little bit bigger pieces that will be easier for her to pick up. I definitely need to try to give her more finger food though as she really likes it and is getting better at feeding herself.

So maybe I won’t give up after all. 🙂

Date Night!

It recently occurred to me that we’ve been so busy with stuff that Trevor and I hadn’t actually gone on a date since our wedding anniversary, which is the beginning of February! Since we were both in town this past Saturday, I asked my friend Emily to babysit Serena and Trevor and I went out for dinner. We decided to go somewhere fun and casual and since Trevor had never been to Fat Lorenzo’s, we headed there! It was delicious and fun and we need to do this way more often!

Adventures in Making Baby Food

So…I made baby food yesterday and my baby gagged and spit it up. Read on to learn all about it! Haha.

All the info that is out there about feeding your baby is quite overwhelming. There are so many different ideas and rules, so I’ve been trying to just sort of go with my gut and do what seems right for Serena and also follow what her pediatrician has recommended. I figure that it’s all sort of experimental anyway because for her first year she will get most of what she needs from breastmilk anyway. I started giving Serena solid food when she was 4 months old just occasionally, and only rice cereal. Once she turned 6 months I started giving her food on a regular basis and it was all Gerber baby food. While I was still working and Serena was in daycare her daycare provided food for her, and because the rule is to give your baby the same food 4 days in a row before trying something new, I thought it would be easier to just buy the same food her daycare was giving her. (Sidenote: The internet and our pediatrician told us to just give Serena some of the food off our plates, but then how do you do the 4 day rule with that?) Then we’d just let them know what food had been added to her list of foods she can eat. I started her with sweet potatoes and she loved it! I’ve been saying for a couple months that once I finished work I would start making her baby food at home. I had many friends talk about how easy and fun it was to make food at home, and since it’s so much cheaper, I wanted to try it out.

Friday I took a grocery trip for the sole purpose of buying items to puree for Serena. I bought butternut squash, carrots, blueberries, apples, pears, and peas (frozen). Yesterday Trevor was able to keep an eye on Serena while I worked on making the baby food.  It took a while, but I finally was doing it! And it seemed pretty fun! I didn’t buy anything special to make the food, just some ice cube trays to freeze it in. I decided to try just using our blender to puree because it has a puree option. I know there are a lot of machines out there to use but I figured if our blender (that I quite love) works for me then I don’t need something else. Besides, our kitchen is small and we don’t really have room for another item on the shelf or counter.

Some friends have mentioned books they really love that they used to learn how to make baby food and to learn new recipes to try. Since I don’t have anything, I thought I’d start out with the internet, so I found this Homemade Baby Food Recipes site that has tons of info. Today I made butternut squash, blueberry banana mango, peas, and carrots.

I decided to feed Serena some of the butternut squash right away, the first one I tried. She’s never had it before but has eaten everything I’ve given her and she loves the Gerber squash. I steamed the squash, then threw it in the blender with some water and pureed it. I tasted it and thought it was delicious. I was excited to have her try it.

Well, I gave her some and she instantly made a face. I gave her another bite and she made a face and gagged. I decided maybe it was a little too thick and I should thin it a bit, so I added some breastmilk to it. I gave her that and she made a face, gagged, and then spit it all up! I felt so awful! Trevor thought it was hilarious. “The first food you ever made her she threw up!” I definitely should have tried sweet potato first! But I forgot to buy sweet potatoes at the store, so…

So there we are, my first attempt at feeding my daughter homemade baby food= fail. I went on to puree the rest though. When I pureed the blueberries I made it too thin, so added banana and frozen mango to thicken it up. I’ll be stirring that puree into her morning cereal (I give her oatmeal for breakfast every morning after I nurse her). I steamed frozen peas and made a puree with that, and then I baked carrots in foil in the oven and pureed that. I figure I can always combine the different veggies when I thaw the ice cubes. In a couple days I am planning on making the apple and pear purees, and I know those will be good to mix with the veggies and hopefully it will make it easier for her to eat them. Any purees that seem too thick this time I’ll just add some breastmilk to to thin for her. Wish me luck!

Stuff I’m Liking These Days

Just for fun, here are some things I’m really loving lately!

*Trader Joe’s Lavender Hand & Body Lotion

I usually can’t wait to get done with a bottle of lotion and move on to something different. This might be the first time in my life that hasn’t happened! I’ve bought one bottle after the next of it. I am in love. Apparently if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s you can buy this on amazon.

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*Yes to Carrots conditioner

I have purchased this at Walgreens and Target. Shampoo I keep switching but I am really loving how great this conditioner is for my long hair. My long hair which I am hoping to cut a lot shorter, but for now is still long hair.

*Pangea Organics Lavender with Cardamom Lip Balm

My friend Mindy gave me a tube of this last fall with a baby shower gift for me and I was pretty much instantly addicted. I know it’s not for everyone but I absolutely love lavendar.

*Arnold Palmers

When I was pregnant with Serena I couldn’t get enough lemonade. This summer it’s morphed into Arnold Palmers! Recently at the family reunion cousin Britta mixed the peach iced tea with lemonade, and 7-year-old Owen told me I should try it out, that Britta had thought of it. Cute. That was after he informed me earlier that the peach iced tea “tastes like sugar-free flavored water.” Kids!

*Eisley’s latest album, Currents

I’ve been listening to Eisley for years, and I think this might be their best album. It’s so dreamy and beautiful! I’ve linked you to the $6.99 mp3 download on amazon, my preferred spot to download music. I love the sales they do there. Always beats out iTunes!

Camping (In a Tent) + Baby

Last summer when I was pregnant and we chose dates for this summer’s Cousins Camping weekend I knew that this year we would have a baby with us. I didn’t question going camping with a baby though because in years past some other cousins had camped with babies, and I grew up camping my entire life! I remember camping when my younger brothers were small. When we were camping last year we broke our tent and replaced it with a large tent knowing that it would be more than just the two of us going forward and room for a pack ‘n play would be nice. That didn’t mean I wasn’t nervous though!

We camped for two nights, so not long, and with a group of about twenty of us. Serena did really well! The first night it took us a long time to get her to go to bed. We decided to wait until a later time the next night when it was darker and the other kids would be going to bed. I think it was hard for her to go to bed when everyone else was still awake and loud and it was still so bright out! It might have been easier to put her to bed earlier if we weren’t camping with a large group, but I’m not sure.

Some things that worked well for us-

*Having the pack n’ play in our tent. She had slept in it before at both her grandparents homes a few times so it wasn’t totally foreign to her.

*Packing our clothes and all the baby stuff in tubs instead of bags/suitcases. We had a tub of our stuff and a tub of her stuff and everything was right there in our (large) tent. We also used her tub as a make-shift changing table. I laid a couple of blankets and changing pad on it and changed her there.

*Having a thicker sleep sack for her to sleep in was nice and she seemed quite comfortable. We had a hand-me-down gro-bag that she slept in.

*Her bumbo was perfect to have with and feed her her meals in or have her at the table with all of us.

I wish we would have had a big beach blanket. Trevor’s cousin-in-law Karen had one at the beach she let us use that was great for Serena to crawl around on. At the campground we had a cheap $3 throw blanket I put out for Serena to play on but the big beach blanket would have been better. After we got back I bought a nice big one at Target that I definitely will bring with next time we go camping!

We will definitely take her camping again. It was great for her to be outside and with family like that. We’re talking about going camping just the three of us (and maybe the dog) some time later this summer. We’ll see what that is like without a big group!