Sunday, December 14, 2014

san francisco: september 2014.

it is high time i get our trip to san francisco on the books!  we went over labor day and had one heck of a time.  because it was a holiday the city was a little crazy - there was a lot of traffic and parking was a beast, but besides that we had so much fun!
one of our first stops was to the famous painted ladies!  i can't tell you how annoyed i was that one of them was under construction.  haha!  we call this photo "elliott takes san francisco."  for only being 5 1/2 months he was very well traveled.
our first meal was at super duper burgers and it was so good.  it was one of my favorite meals of the trip.
another san fran fav, lombard street.  we drove down and i was like yeah, this is pretty cool, and then isaac told me when we got down to look at what we drove down and it made sense.  very cool!  if i lived on that street i would be so bugged though.
isaac traveled to san fran twice last year on business and found so many yummy places to take us.  his favorite is the fillmore bake shop.  we came too late in the afternoon to get one of their famous cronuts {as you can see elliott was pissed}, but don't worry, we went back.  all their treats were yummy.
my cousins were on a road trip from utah back home to portland and stopped in san fran!  we explored the pier together and had some not so great food.  nothing will ever top our time eating our way through portland with them.
behold!  the cronut of all cronuts.  if you're to visit one place in san francisco, it's the fillmore bake shop.  but get there early because these cronuts sell out fast.
after starting our day out with cronuts we went to walk around the palace of the fine arts.  it was so beautiful!  elliott snoozed through the whole thing.

on our way out to sausalito we stopped to enjoy our view of the golden gate bridge.
we had lunch on the water at bar bocce in sausalito and it was such a fun atmosphere!  it was nice and cool by the water and we just soaked it all in.  
isn't sausalito beautiful!  i wouldn't mind a home overlooking the water...

last year isaac happened upon mama ji's and has been talking about it ever since.  he was in heaven and i thought it was pretty good {i'm not a huge chinese fan}.  elliott got to meet mama ji and he could have cared less.  he wouldn't even smile for her and the minute she walked away he gave me the biggest smile.  little turd.
after dinner we stopped at ghiradelli square for a salted carmel ice cream sundae and it was amazing. 
on sunday morning we drove out to berkeley for brunch at rick & ann's {where elliott charmed every table around us} and to explore the city.  i am a huge fan of the show parenthood so i was especially excited to go there...turns out it isn't even filmed there.  boo.
we made our way back in to san francisco and made my favorite stop of the entire trip - la taqueria!!!!!  well, maybe second favorite after the cronuts...  this was some delicious mexican food.  nothing in utah even comes close.  noooooothingggg.
our happy little traveler!  this trip wasn't as easy as our trip to oregon because he was a month and a half older and wouldn't sleep as easily on the plane and in the car.  he was much more curious about what was happening around him but we still got little cat naps in throughout the day.  he didn't sleep great at night and it turns out he was getting his first two teeth! 
 that afternoon i was determined to get another view of the golden gate bridge and after a ridiculous amount of time finding a parking spot we had a nice walk along the water.  elliott slept the entire time {yes!} and we enjoyed time just the two of us.   
 we spent the evening exploring golden gate park and had the yummiest organic soft serve from the twirl and dip truck.  they sprinkled it with sea salt and it was amazing.
little lion man.
we flew home on monday morning, labor day, and were all pretty exhausted.  traveling with a baby is no easy feat!  but we are so glad we did it.  we don't have any trips planned in the near future, but i think we better get a few more in before we have to start paying for elliott to fly!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

andes creme de menthe chunk cookies.

these are a christmas favorite for me and i bake them nearly every year.  the christmas season can officially begin once i start making all my favorite treats!  add these to your list.


1/2 cup salted butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar {i used golden because it was all i had}
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 package andes creme de menthe baking chips
2 2/3 cups sifted all purpose flour


beat butter, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and eggs until mixed.  stir in andes baking chips then flour.  chill approximately 1 hour in the refrigerator.  measure out approximately 1 oz. dough.  form ball and slightly flatten.  raise oven rack one level above middle and bake on non-stick baking pans.  bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing.

makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

recipe via andes candies.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

elliott's sixth month.

time for another monthly recap of the little man's life!  his sixth month!
loves from grandpa.
he saw something very shocking on the tv.
we sure love this swing!  so careless and fancy free.
i love a baby in a tank top.  getting some love from amanda.
right after elliott turned 5 months i had him fully transitioned to his crib - for both naps and bedtime.  we had a nice nap and bedtime routine down and things were going pretty well!  then this little bug started rolling!  it messed up his sleep for a day or two and then he started rolling on his belly to sleep!  it made me extremely nervous at first but there was no stopping him.  i would turn him back on his back and he would just roll back over to his belly.  this babe loves to roll.
trying rice cereal for the first time!  he was a little iffy at first but i think he liked it!  it took him a few days to learn to push to cereal to the back of his mouth to swallow instead of just pushing it out of his mouth.  i was hesitant to start solids because it meant he was growing up!  ahhhh!  we didn't do rice cereal for long because after the first few tries i don't think he liked it much.  we did oatmeal for a while as well which he tolerated, but never loved either.
hat hair.
my best little facetimer!
we bought elliott a jumper and he loved it!!  especially when we put it outside and he could look around and feel the wind in his fuzzy hair.
elliott at church.  he loves looking around at all the people.  especially the kids!
such a little chub here.
taking a snooze in the car.  these mirrors are the best!  i love being able to see what he's doing and he loves checking himself out.
snuggles with uncle ryan.  and soeyer sharing her corn!
rosy cheeks post nap.  when he first started sleeping on his belly he would rub his face back and forth and get such rosy cheeks.  we were considering buying him some higher thread count sheets when he finally stopped rubbing so much, ha!
it isn't easy to get elliott to laugh and he was just cracking up like crazy at his cousin max!  it was so cute.
"no pictures mom, i just woke up."
happy boy!
on september 4th elliott's first tooth broke through!  you can't really see it here, but it's there!  we had recently gone on vacation and he slept horribly the whole time - we thought it was because he was off his schedule but i think it was because his tooth was coming in.  it was so pokey and sharp!  no more chewing on mom and dad's fingers!
jumping in the sunshine.
elliott and jude are the funniest little friends.  i love them together.  i'm pretty sure this is elliott showing off and jude loving it.
showing some skin.
after giving cereal a few tries we moved on to avocado!  he loved it!
i catch elliott brian staring up at his namesake all the time and it makes me so happy.  he's thinking, "hey!  i know him!"
babe vs. pup.
my dad brought elliott home this pup from a work conference and it's now one of his favorite toys.  he loves to eat his nose.
we love it when dad comes home!
more cereal!
we are so in love.
isaac had knee surgery on september 11th and elliott was so good.  it went much better than his sinus surgery and isaac recovered pretty quickly.  elliott loved just hanging with dad on the couch.
for jude's third birthday we went swimming and it was elliott's first time!  he was so easy going about it - not showing much emotion at first as to whether or not he liked it.  i tried to get him to float on his back and he would hold his legs stiff in the air.  haha!  towards the end he started smiling and splashing a bit so we knew he liked it.  
taking a ride in jude's new truck.
there is nothing better than having this sweet face stare up at you.
first time in a button up!  such a handsome boy ready for church.
shortly after getting his first tooth his second came in and elliott started chewing his crib rails!  i would go in to get him from his nap and he would have little white flecks of paint on his face.  ahhhh!  i gave him his sophie to try and get him to chew that instead but no, nothing is as good as the rails.  we ordered a breathable crib liner stat.
the night before elliott turned 6 months he started sitting up on his own!  he had tried for the week or two before but his head was too heavy and he would just tumble over.  while elliott was learning to sit up he went through a nasty sleep regression.  for a week straight he fought every single nap and even starting waking up at all hours of the night.  this was also the week isaac had knee surgery so i was taking care of him as well.  it was a rough week.  for the first time since i had elliott i was actually excited to go to work and get a break!  and of course when he went to his grandma virlie's house he napped really well for her.  luckily this only lasted one week, but man, sleep regression is hard.  you think you've got a good schedule down and then bam!  he gets a tooth!  bam!  he goes through a growth spurt!  bam!  he starts sitting up.  

and finally, my fresh little 6 month old.  such a little drool baby.
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