Monday, September 24, 2012

We REALLY like walks and water.

There's something about ducks swimming together while the sun sets. Maybe it makes me think of the notebook or something, but i like how calm they are on top of the shimmering water.

We snacked on plums and Audrey grabbed one and bit it like she's been eating fruit her whole life. It made us laugh hard because she had one in both hands and was taking turns biting them. I like this little one of mine.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eating at home.

 Fried egg w/turkey bagel sandwich and tomatoes.
 Spicy cajun pasta w/chicken and bell peppers.
 Breaded chicken tenders w/mashed potatoes and a broccoli salad.
 Sweet and sour pork w/jasmine rice.
 Beef stew w/ceaser salad.

I'm back to cooking again! And with the cool weather coming up, I'm looking forward to making soups, roasting meats, and stewing food in my cast iron pot. All while wearing thick sweaters and drinking tea... 

P.S. Last week I accidentally listened to Christmas music for a couple of hours... ;)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

From the garden.

I finally pulled up some carrots today, I had been waiting for us to finish off a store bag. They're looking nice and long, and sweet too. We had harvested the potatoes about a month ago, and they were sitting inside a sack in the garage. Viktor brought some inside today, and we ate mashed potatoes. The zucchinis are exhaustingly endless. I've already secretly stopped watering them so they would just stop growing... (don't tell viktor.)

Its so nice to just go grab a tomato off the vine when we need it. They taste so sweet and smell like... tomatoes... :) I've really enjoyed our first go at gardening and am excited to learn more and get better at it for next year.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

11 months old.

She cries furiously when i suddenly leave the room and wants her mama close always. I am happy to give her extra snuggles. Especially when we cuddle on the couch and watch cartoons. She seems perfectly content with just crawling so my prediction of her walking by 11 months is not coming true. She loves to clap and drink from a straw and tries hard to say "Kitsya" whenever she sees her. I love her babbling when she plays by herself and watching her bob her body to the music.

We will hopefully be planning a little celebration for birthday, its so soon! And no, we didn't let her eat that feather. ;)

Monday, September 17, 2012

We like walks and water.

We have way too many days where we are sit on the couch and say, "What should we do today? Do you want to go somewhere? Let's go do something..." but we end up just watching hulu and eating sandwiches. (Please tell me we are not the only ones who do this..) But then there are some special days where we declare, "Let's go for a walk!" 
I love those days.

On this particular day, we went to Alki Beach and drank coffee and walked along the pathway. The water was seriously blue and Audrey spilled crumbs all over herself while she ate a poppy seed muffin. And I decided to be all feminine and wore a dress. And we practiced our camera skills.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

These are my people and i love them.

They fill my life with happiness everyday. I love to watch them play together, a father and his daughter. That is a special relationship. He so much bigger and stronger, she, tiny but perfectly dependent and trusting. 
These are my people, my little family. We will build our own memories and traditions apart from our other families. We are bound together for this lifetime, and I want desperately to build our life on love. Love for each other, other people, and for God. 
This is my family. There's only three of us, but we fill a home with life. I love them.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A late summer date.

We sat side by side drinking coffee, flipping through the pages of this book, dreaming about our future kitchen. We walked hand in hand through the pretty streets in this neighborhood, in awe of the homes. We ducked in and out of shops, looking at a toy here and a record there. The chill of fall was in the air. When we finally sat down, we were greeted by steaming plates of food to warm our bellies. We like Portland a lot, its a great place to hang out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My dad's 50th.

We celebrated my dad's birthday with seafood and homemade cake. It was some good eats. 

We drove down to Portland on Sunday and stayed till Tuesday. There was plenty of relaxing and catching up with my family. We even got to sneak in a little date while my mom watched Audrey. I love that Portland.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A bit of today.

We went to a wedding today, but i have no picture of the happy couple. Although they were pretty. 

Our little girl decided to be a grouchy one, which made things a little difficult. 

But she's like that sometimes, and you gotta love her. 
Plus there were other fussy babies so they all kept each other company. :) 

I love how in the first picture Viktor looks like super dad. Holding Audrey in one hand, other hand in his pocket, slightly leaning back and looking all relaxed. And looking handsome all at the same time. How does he do it! Teach me husband!! (but then again he doesn't have to worry about his long hair being pulled by baby...) :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A few days ago.

We have been making pizza at home a lot lately, after I discovered that trader joe's sells their pizza dough for about a buck. Yum yum! Our favorite is with some crispy prosciutto on top, along with hidden slices of zucchini under the cheese. (still working our way thought that..) The top picture is from a few days ago, at a skating rink in Seattle. Viktor couldn't resist. ;) We also spent a few minutes feeding tiny birds cookie crumbs while we sipped our coffee. Audrey kept pointing at them and saying, "Ooh, ooh!" as they hopped around at her feet.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday letters.

Dear Mr. Kovalchuk, thanks for bringing home the bacon. I like to fry it up and eat it for breakfast.
Dear cupcakes, I think about you guys sometimes...
Dear vacation, I cannot wait for your sunny skies and warm water!!! Only a couple months away..
Dear baby daughter, yesterday you said, "ball". I think its officially your first word.
Dear Vitya, remember our purple love journal? I wrote a letter for you in there too! ;)