Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Peace a baby brings

Oh Peder, how we love you. You have brought our family so much joy already and have a way of bringing calmness and being the peace maker in our home. I love the way you always put your hand on your face when you sleep, how strong you are already, and how much you love to be held.  The boys can't get enough of you.


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There has been an added measure of peace in our home, more of being present, slowing down and enjoy all the simple things. And whats nice is that adding onto that peace of mind can only heighten the amount of joy in the home. Owlet has just added onto the peace of mind while Peder sleeps, it keeps track of his heart rate and his oxygen levels, so I don't have get all nervous about him while i sleep. Peace is something I'm always striving to have more in my life and as a parent its something I have to constantly work at and I'm grateful that this baby monitor has help in some way to bring more peace.
I can't believe Peder's already 3 weeks, but at the same time I can't imagine what we did without him. He fits into our family like he's always been there and I can't even wait to spend more time with this little sweet boy.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Peder Osmond





Maternity Shoot

Peder Clark Osmond
9 lbs 6 oz
August 3rd 
And we love every inch of him. 
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Maternity Shoot

Would you believe that after 3 babies I've never really had a true maternity shoot. I was so lucky when my friend Emmy Lowe suggested I use one of her photographer friends to have her take my pictures. So then our friendship with Courtney blossomed and I am so impressed by her talent and her photography eye, (you all need to check out her stuff!)  I am so grateful that she captured some maternity photos but also some family photos, and I cherish them so much.

Its hard to describe how this pregnancy has changed and molded me into something that better and stronger,  it hasn't been easy but its been such a blessing in so many beautiful, tender mercy ways. This is most likely our last baby and so to have it captured and documented was something my mama heart desperately needed. So thank you Courtney, these will be a treasure for the rest of my life. Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shootv Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot Maternity Shoot

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What to see and do in Portland with kids

Its been on my live list to go and see Portland and the Oregon coast so when we got a memorial day weekend we took that opportunity to travel up to Portland and see what it was like! I tell you what after wanting to see Haystack Rock for yearrrrrssss it was like an Eiffel tower moment for me. When we rounded the corner and saw haystack rock in the distance I gasped and screamed and the boys yelled along with me. I don't know if their excitement was more for the rock or for the fact that we would be getting out of the car. haha! Either way nothing beats the excitement of children and having someone to find joy in what you do.

First off here is the video of some of the places we saw and did, and keep reading below after you watch it to see our list of what to do in Portland!



 Bucket list in Portland with kids

1. Upper Left Roasters
This place was so clean and beautiful. Really fun atmosphere. And their avocado toast is something I am trying to duplicate. It was incredible And they have free hot chocolate- also really good!
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
2. Pine State Biscuits.
You can't go to Portland without eating here. But I suggest getting there early the line gets long but it sure was worth the wait!
Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon Bucket list in Portland with kids3. Salt and Straw
Another place you have to try when in Portland. The flavors were outrageous but so fun to try each. And they don't go skimpy on the samples they love to let you try all of them. Again this is a popular place so its better to go earlier to avoid the lines.
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After eating so much food, it was good to run around and play for a bit. This place was beautiful and had a grassy area all around for the kids to play and get wiggles out.
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The biggest used bookstore in the world?  It was awesome, we bought a couple of books- one was Harry Potter to read to the boys as we drove home.
Bucket list in Portland with kids 6. Cannon beach is about 2 hours away from downtown portland. I liked Downtown but would much prefer to spend more time at the beach.
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7. Multnomah falls:
Another place that I've been wanting to see for years, like literally since I was in High School. So it was totally amazing to see in person and so much more grand!
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kids   8. Oregon Coast:
We took a drive down the Oregon Coast one of the days and it was breathtaking. I read once that Portland is like the cold Hawaii and it really is. So much beauty everywhere. We stopped off in a little village called Manzanita and it was so cute, and a nice beach to stop off and play.
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Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids We had some amazing friends who let us stay at their beach house and we couldn't be more grateful for them. They also gave us so many tips on what to see. We had such an amazing trip and can't wait to go back again!
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Some other things that we did that was not picture:
Grill Cheese Bus: You order grill cheese sandwiches and get to sit on a old school bus that is really cool on the inside.
Blue Star Donuts: We heard Voodoo Donuts were fun, but the blue star were better tasting. I just wish we were there earlier in the day so we could taste all the flavors.
   Shelby and Brandon