I meant to share so many things this month, but Erik and I decided to rip out our doors and moldings and we've been living out of our dining room for the last two weeks. February seemed to both crawl along and fly by all at once. There were many long days of work followed by long evenings of work, but there were also baby showers and birthdays and beautiful sunny afternoons. So here is our month in a nutshell:
February kicked off with a baby shower brunch for my sister, Amy. Baby Ezra won't grace us with his presence for a few weeks yet, but we decided to shower him with gifts just the same. My amazing friend Tabitha played hostess, in addition to helping my Mom and I plan the whole affair (rather last minute, I might add). It was a beautiful day, and it couldn't have gone any better. (Look at that food! My Mom outdid herself!)
For Amy's other shower this month Avery and I decided to paint giraffes for Baby Ezra's room. I'm always convinced that I can't draw or paint animals (the closest I've come was to paint silhouetted giraffes and elephants for my niece, Tylinn), but somehow I pulled this little guy out of my head on the morning of the shower. I nearly kept him for myself, but gave him up to my nephew in the end.
And here's Avery's giraffe for Baby Ezra:
At the beginning of the month Avery fell out of bed while she was sleeping and spent almost two weeks with a nasty bruise on her cheek. This picture doesn't even do it justice. It was purple and swollen...and boy was I scared when I heard a thud followed by screaming in the middle of the night.
As I mentioned, we decided to rip out all of our moldings and doors this month. Our little house celebrated it's 50th birthday last year, and all our doors and moldings did as well. Also, they were all painted pale pink. This was not my doing, and I tried my best to hide it when we moved in five years ago (five?! FIVE?!), but it was not to be hidden any longer. So here is current reality (although I'm still not sorry for hoarding books):
One of my blog friends (you can be friends even if you haven't met, right?), Courtney from She Always Loves Larking, runs the most amazing Etsy shop. She recently made a pendant for me using a page from one of my favorite books: Anne of Green Gables. It wasn't just any page, it was one which is particularly close to my heart...when Anne wins the Avery scholarship. It was not an easy page to work with, but it turned out perfectly and when she sent the package to me it included an extra necklace for my Avery. Such a sweet surprise, and Avery has rarely taken it off since.
Avery started swimming again the first week of February, and true to her inner-fish she took to the water as if she hadn't been parted from it since the summer. Avery loves to swim more than anything. I am a water-lover as well, but Avery would live in the pool if she could. Some days I can't take my eyes off of her during her lesson because she's so full of joy while she's there (and some days I read and lost track of time).
In the midst of all this craziness, I turned 34. Despite Erik's objections, I chose to spend the day picking out moldings, and working on the house. I did let my sweet husband and our beautiful daughter take me out to dinner at Northwood Public House and Brewery, a wonderful pub in Battle Ground. It was a great day, without a trace of pomp (which is exactly how I like it). Here's a snap from Instagram that Erik took...
And here's another one from Instagram of Avery and Grandma. Last Thursday my Mom came to school to have Green Eggs and Ham with the 1st graders for Dr. Suess' birthday. I was working, although I was able to go down to the breakfast for a few minutes and take this picture. I sure do love these ladies.
I have to say my favorite memory from February was the evening before my birthday, when Erik and Avery and I were snuggled up on the couch while Avery read us chapter after chapter of Junie B. Jones is (Almost) a Flower Girl. Our house was in disarray, but we were warm and safe and happy. My heart was so full it might've burst.