Nov 01

Trick or Treat!

Here’s a recap of Rylie’s very first Halloween!

We have a ton of pumpkins and managed to carve one of them in time for Halloween.

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We were lucky to have perfect weather! I mean, how many Halloweens can you do an outdoor, barefoot photo shoot!? Rylie was a cheery (and adorable, I might add!) little owl, in a costume made by mom. 🙂

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Rylie’s new favorite toy is Baxter’s Chuck-It ball. Her and Baxter are constantly passing it back and forth, and Rylie will speed crawl across the room to get her hands (or mouth, ew!) on it.

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Here’s our attempt at a cousin picture. They were all a little squirrely! 🙂

Nov 01

Hoot hoot!

If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, you’re missing out! This definition explains it all too well. 🙂

I had actually seen an example of a Halloween costume on Alpha Mom when I was pregnant with Rylie. (By the way, if you are pregnant, have ever been, or plan to be, you have to check out Alpha Mom’s  Pregnancy Calendar. Hilarious!) I filed it away in my brain (Pinterest didn’t exist yet) for later.

Pinterest introduced me to a few more adorable owl costumes as inspiration.

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Rylie’s Halloween costume was my first attempt to recreate something crafty from Pinterest (I’ve tried plenty of recipes!). The knit owl hat was actually a gift from Auntie Jami. You could certainly find something similar on Etsy. The polka dot leggings actually started as little girl’s knee high socks from Target. I bought them before the costume idea crossed my mind. I found a tutorial for how to make them into leg warmers, which was actually super easy. I picked up a pack of long sleeved Carter’s onesies (she needed a few for the winter anyway) and picked out the brown one to use for the costume.

Once I realized that the hat and socks/leg warmers matched perfectly, I set out to find some coordinating fabric. I found this pack of fabric strips on Etsy and the patterns were absolutely perfect. If you look closely, you can see that the designer is Riley Blake Designs. It was meant to be!

Next, I used a template found on the Alpha Mom post as a guide to cut out a variety of feathers. I contemplated sewing each one on, but given my track record with the sewing machine, I decided to opt for craft glue. Next time, I would use a permanent fabric glue so the costume could be washed.

I laid out the feathers on the front of the onesie and arranged and rearranged them until I liked how it looked, then I glued the top edges down and laid it out to dry.

I had hoped to use some of the extra fabric to sew ruffles onto the butt, but didn’t get around to it.

Here’s the finished product, flapping “wings” and all… 🙂

Isn’t she an adorable little owl?! I guess I better start brainstorming next year’s costume because I think this one will be hard to top!

Oct 19

She’s On the Move!

I’m afraid there’s no turning back… Rylie’s a moving girl! Last Friday she scooted her way across the floor at day care, over the weekend she took a few “steps” forward on her hands and knees, and now she’s in all out crawling mode… The first video shows a little something she’s been super interested in over the last few days – her pacifier. She will do whatever it takes to make her way over to her car seat (where her pacifier lives) to retrieve it, including pulling herself up to standing! You will see me motivating her to crawl with her new favorite thing. 🙂

Time for baby gates!

Oct 10

7 Months

Today Rylie is 7 months old! Here are some highlights from her seventh month:

  • Still loves to smile and laugh at everyone.
  • Can sit up unassisted and move to crawling position on hands and knees, but doesn’t move forward yet.
  • Loves to sit on the floor and play with her toys.
  • Rolls, spins, or scoots backwards or on her butt to around to get where she wants to be.
  • Loves eating real food! She has tried avocado, black beans, garbanzo beans, bananas, corn, carrots, cucumber, meatballs, squash, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, apples, honeydew, rice, yams, chicken, chicken chili, cheerios, applesauce, and more! She has some food pureed, but most is cut to “finger size” so she can gnaw on it or bite size so she can mash it with her gums and swallow. She is getting better about actually getting food in her mouth and eventually to her belly.
  • Waves “Hello” and “Goodbye”.
  • Has pulled up to standing a couple of times.
  • Got her first cold and fever, and then shared it with Mom…

Each month on the 10th I am taking pictures of Rylie in a onesie with a Picky Sticky sticker. It will be fun to look back at them and see how she grows!

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Here are some pictures of her from the last month that I haven’t posted here already.

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Oct 06

Harvest Time!

Part of our CSA with Bluebird Gardens includes attending harvest events to pick our own vegetables. These harvest event are held throughout the summer and fall. We attended for the first time last weekend and had a blast!

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We gave Cam, Mea, and Collin each a pumpkin and shared some of our haul with Grandma and Grandpa Hagen. While we were there, Rylie decided to show off some of her workout moves…

You’ll notice her sneeze in the video. Unfortunately that was just a preview of what was to come in the next couple of days… her first cold and fever. 🙁 Poor baby, and poor mom who got it right along with her! No worries, we’re both on the mend now.

Oct 05

Trying So Hard!

Rylie is getting so close to crawling. She can move from sitting to her hands and knees (or hands and toes!) and rock back and forth pretty well. She can scoot backwards, and if she has something behind her, she can push her legs forward, but no official crawling yet.

See her in action here! If you’re patient enough to wait until the end, you will see another one of her new skills! 🙂

Sep 30

Pumpkin Patch!

Rylie and her day care pals took a trip to the Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch this week. I tagged along, which was a lot of fun! I haven’t been to a pumpkin patch in years. I have fond memories of our regular family trips to Pumpkinland in southern Minnesota.

Hanging out in the animal barn

We took a horse drawn wagon ride through the “Not So Scary Haunted Forest”

Playing in the corn

All this girl needs is some cowgirl boots!

In the pumpkin patch

Being goofy with her friend, Ruby

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Picking out a pumpkin to take home!

Speaking of pumpkins, our CSA box is looking more like fall this week!

Clockwiseish from left: leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, watermelon, Pik A Pie pumpkin, sunspot squash, LeSota potatoes, onion, beets, tomatoes, mushrooms, sweet lightning squash, kohlrabi, red and white radishes

Sep 29

Anniversary Celebration

We celebrated Karen & Dean’s 25th Anniversary in Vergas last Saturday. It was a great party and of course, Rylie was a hit!

The weather was beautiful, so we spent some time outside playing in the grass.

Mmmm… grass…

She’s always after Baxter’s slimy ball

Just a little dirt around her mouth… 🙂

With “Gramma” Karen at the party

With mom

Karen sent us home with an outfit that she wore as a baby so we could take some pictures of Rylie in it. I’m so happy with how the pictures turned out! It fit her perfectly!

And we can’t forget another Happy Anniversary to Grandma and Grandpa Pirsig — 35 years on the 18th! Woohoo!

Sep 28

One Last Tri

A couple of weekends ago, we traveled to The Cities for Steve to compete in his final triathlon of the season, appropriately named One Last Tri.

Rylie’s ready for the swim!

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We stayed with the Dewey’s for the weekend. Rylie and Ade had a great time playing!


Sep 19

We’re in Trouble!

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