Independence Is Exhausting

Shiloh has turned a new corner and spread her wings some.  She insists on doing a lot of things all by herself.  As her mom I know it gives her confidence and she feels valued when she does things on her own.  Sometimes it is hard, but lets face it, with Capri moving around so much, most of the time having Shiloh be able to do more on her own is amazing.

Many afternoons I still make her lay down and rest.  Some days she’ll just quietly play and sing to herself.  But others, like yesterday, she’ll fall asleep within minutes, exhausted from the day of doing everything all by herself.  I have to remind myself that she is only three.

With her zipper pulled up all the way, because she had to do it herself.

I love to lay quietly next to her and watch her sleep.  For that brief moment, she is my baby again.  And just when she wakes up, for those first few minutes, she is too tired to be independent and she’ll crawl over to me and snuggle.

Babies, Babies, Everywhere

Saturday we packed up and headed south for the day.  We drove down to Sacramento, California.  It was bittersweet to be headed back in that direction but not actually be going back down to Pismo Beach.

Capri had some friends to meet.  9 other mommy friends of mine, with 9 sweet babies all Capri’s age.  Families drove from southern California, Nevada, the Bay Area, Napa Valley, and us from Oregon all to meet together in person for the first time.  We are part of a group of many more mommies from around the States, but this was just the families from the West Coast getting together.  It was pure baby fun and pure baby chaos.

One of the mommy’s made a onesie for each of our babies that read, “West Coast Turkey Babies”.  She even made shirts for the big sisters that came, and hair bows for the girlies.  So fun.  ‘Turkey Babies’, meaning, all of our babies had due dates the week of Thanksgiving (thus Turkey), so most of them have actual birthdays towards the end of November.  Funny thing is Capri’s first birthday will be on Thanksgiving day this year.  Anyways, back to the babies.  It was impossible to capture 9 babies looking perfectly at the camera… but its way more adorable to see them let loose to cry, stare, worry, check each other out, and just be babies.  I also would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed holding and snuggling the chunky-monkey babies.  At less than 15lbs, Capri was majorly outweighed, out-rolled, out-thighed.  I lurve me some chunky babies.

It was so fun to finally meet these women in person.  I hold them dear to my heart.  They are all so kind, so loving, and I am very thankful to have gotten to go and spend the weekend getting to know them more.  And thankful for all the daddies for coming along also!  It was a great weekend, full of sun, swimming, mommy-time, laughter, babies, and more laughter.  🙂

It will be fun to tell Capri about this all when she is a little older.  And who knows?  Maybe we will make this an annual thing, I hope so!

The road trip home was super fun also.  Shiloh never fails to keep us entertained.  Brandon even stopped at the casino to win us some free gas money.  Spontaneous and random.

I’ll leave you with this last picture, on the right is California, and on the left is Oregon.  Isn’t that cool?


Getting Away…

I am so excited.  So. Unbelievably.  Excited.

Its about time we got away and took a mini-vacay.  Saying goodbye to work and the farm life for 48 hours.

Its all Shiloh has been talking about for  2 weeks straight.

We’re driving down to Sacramento to meet up with some of my mommy friends who have babies Capri’s age.  Some have older children closer to Shiloh’s age too, so that will be fun for her to meet some new friends.  New city, new friends, cute babies, and poolside fun.  I am packed and ready to get away.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Little Ekstrom Conversations

Conversation 1.

Shiloh (just before serving dinner):  “Grandpa, you should pray.  I don’t really want to pray, but you can.”


Conversation 2.

Shiloh (as she was sweeping the kitchen floor):  “I don’t really know how I feel about this.”


Conversation 3.

Mommy:  “Shiloh are you excited about our new car?”

Shiloh:  “Yes, I don’t really like it.  I want a red truck.”

Mommy:  “Well, we are not getting a red truck.”

Shiloh:  “When I am older, you will buy me a red truck.”


Conversation 4.

Shiloh:  “Mommy, Grandpa and Daddy have to fix the bagger.  It broke.  But they don’t know how to fix it.  I need to help them.  But I don’t know how to fix the bagger.”


Conversation 5.

Shiloh:  “Mommy?  Can I feed Roxy?”

Mommy:  “Yes.”  (So she does.)

Shiloh (10 minutes later):  “Mommy?  Can I feed Roxy again?”

Mommy:  “No sweetie, she already ate.”

Shiloh (to Capri):  “Mommy said she already ate.”

Shiloh:  “Mommy?  Capri says she needs to feed Roxy.”




Birthday Weekend

Brandon’s birthday was yesterday.  Its so fun to have birthdays that are days apart…. fun, fun, fun.  The weekend was a great time not just celebrating Brandon, but just celebrating in general.  Our garden has finally showed signs of flowering and pollination.

I got to take a trip with Capri to see Brandon’s grandparents.  They recently moved a couple hours away.  We had lunch with them and got to visit their new place.  Capri loved spending time with them.

That evening Brandon and I had a great date night together, and on our way back home, we made new friends with our resident white duck.  She lives in the canal at the beginning of our driveway.  She pretended not to like us, but I could tell that if I had some food, she’d be my best friend.

The girls and I picked out a tool shed for Brandon.  Yesterday we set it up together.  And by that I mean I read the directions to Brandon and occasionally help something in place for him.  It was rather easy, only took us an hour, and we were still married at the end of it.  😉

Nothing like spotting a tree frog on your window.  Hello little guy.  Please help yourself to all the mosquitos you desire, no really, I mean it.

Finally Brandon has a place to store all his woodworking tools.  And they are not in my pantry anymore.  Win, win.

I love it.  Well, mostly I love that he has a space for everything, and its organized.  He loves to build, but with harvest season demanding 70+ hours a week of him, he has no time to fool around with finding things.  Now its all there, in one place.

Then in the afternoon, we spent time with the family.  Shiloh looks for this cat every time we are over there.  I don’t ever remember all the cats’ names.  I think this one might be Gunther.  Who knows.  I am not a cat girl.  Unfortunately Shiloh would take this one home if she could catch him.  Hide little kitty, hide.

It was croqueting all day for the guys.  I don’t dare play.  They are ruthless.

We brought Roxy over so she could run off her puppy-hyperness.

They always seem to wear their blue shirts at the same time….

I am not sure if Brandon won any games… but I do know he broke his mallet.  Stick.  Whatever they are called.

Little Miss Capri.

The birthday dessert was a hit with her.

Happy Birthday Brandon!  We are excited for this upcoming year in your life and thankful to have you as the man in ours.

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