Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A post to share.

 Before E was even born, or a thought in our heart our sweet friends were blessed with a little baby girl that would change lives.  Watching her grow - though we are states away has been an incredible blessing.  These two parents are beyond talented and to watch their family grow has been a delight.

I wanted to share Mar's most recent blog post My Girl about her little girl.  It pulls at my heart with little E to see all that she will grow up to do, but more importantly how we as parents need to teach our children to love everyone.  No matter what age, skin color, religion, etc.

I am so thankful when I fall short God is always there to step in.

Follow our friends at Marla - amazing mother of 2 or Justin: the photographer

Sunday, May 27, 2012

What you need Wednesday - Petunia Pickle Bottom

Better late than never... This is the "diaper bag" that I fell in love with when baby E was on her way.  I saw it first in Pottery Barn Kids and it spoke to me :)  "You don't have to run around with a bag that screams I"M A MOM!"  People pick up on that already - this bag said - "I am fabulous and you will love me," and I have everyday since.
The front of the bag hides a built in changing pad which means when you have baby in one hand and a changing table in front of you it's a no brainer.  Plus, the outside is wipe able so you can clean it up well after it's been tossed around.

She makes all different types and colors and they are currently on sale at Layla Grace - click here Petunia Pickle Bottom sale

We also have the clutch for all those times you don't want to carry the whole bag!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What you need Wednesday - Taggie Blankets

Most people have seen these nowadays they seem to be all over the place.
A sweet friend of ours made a taggie blanket for baby E and she LOVES it!  It goes with us everywhere.  The cool thing about these is all of the different textures on the blanket and in the ribbons along the outsides, and they come in really cool patterns.
Here are a few that I found on from Little Miss Monkeys.
For the little man or lady in your life these blankets sell for $11.50 plus shipping and handling.  
I have been loving buying homemade things for E.  They are unique and different, not to mention we're helping people working from home :)  I wish I have the creativity these people have.

Thanks Megs for our blanket!

Until next time - Jenna

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What you need Wednesday

Over the last few months of having Baby E people have been approaching me about what I have found useful in the world of baby products and what is a waste of time and money.  I remember registering for things and thinking.... where do you even begin?  I had never had a baby and knew nothing of what the day to day would bring us.

So in light of that question I thought I'd start a "what you need" series.  I'll give tips of what I've found useful and what products Baby E loves.  We would also love to know what you have found useful!

This is one of the wet bags we have for the diaper bag c/o Lavender Strings  I use it to put all the dirty diapers in when we are out on the town, they are a cloth exterior with a waterproof plastic lining.

They are all handmade and come in all different fun colors - bonus they are machine washable and to dry turn them inside out.
I have a couple for Baby E because as some of you know with babies you are always misplacing things!  I have even used one as a makeup bag :)  This week Lavender Strings is running a coupon deal!  
Type in Jenna10 and get 10% off any purchase!  

Thanks Ali (owner of Lavender Strings) for being so creating and such a good Auntie to Baby E!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Seven months already...

 In two days our little E will be 7 months old... we can't believe it.
 She has been working on figuring out how to pull open the cupboards in the kitchen for weeks now.  Then we turned around and today was the day she has mastered her goal.  Time for us to now run (very fast) to Babies R Us and start the much needed baby proofing of the house!
 So proud mommy!
 Happy 7 months bean, we love you!
 For those safety conscious - we watch her every move in this walker, don't worry!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Friday morning.

This is the happy girl that we get to wake up to every morning.  I don't know anyone else who can roll over in bed at 5:00am and give you a big toothless grin like they just had the best sleep of their life.  Oh, to be 6 months again.
This morning went something like this...
Wake up and nurse.
Run around and get ready for work.
Baby E and daddy snuggle in bed for a bit longer.
Make coffee - if we're lucky.

Run out the door to try to get to work and everywhere in between by 7am.
 This morning we were ahead of schedule.  This morning E kept wiggling closer to her daddy in bed and almost wiggled him off the edge (it may have been the cutest thing I had ever seen). This morning I was 15 min early to work (a rarity).... then I found out I didn't have to be there till 10am instead of the 7am I had first thought.  So, now i get to sit and drink my coffee...catch up on the wonderful world of blogging I have been missing and smile with my baby girl just a little bit more.

This is how a Friday morning should be. 

Happy Friday.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day 6 - A party worthy of the couple

Welcome to our best family photo op (ever) - the Matthews have never all looked so good, not to mention all looked at the camera at the same time.
 Setting - a shabby chic old wool shed at Twin Terrace Farm overlooking the Waitaki Valley.
Event - Celebrating a newly married couple with family and friends in from all corners of the globe.
The party was fabulous with good food, good wine and a great band to close out the night.  These pics just show a small glimpse into the night and the decor that turned the barn into a fun party space.

 With fresh cut hydrangeas from the garden, we dined on locally sourced food catered by Riverstone Kitchen - see their cookbook, with a host of seasonal recipes where you won't be disappointed.  I have one in transit to my kitchen now and I can't wait.
 The only thing we had forgotten and a word to the wise, get a sitter for your 5 month old baby.  She was now old enough to play on her own and had finally past the point of sleeping anywhere and everywhere.  Thankfully we had super friends across the table from us that were happy to help love on the little one.
One thing I love about a NZ wedding is all the speeches and memories that are shared.  People that cannot attend send messages to the couple that are read, friends and family give speeches.  It's a wonderful time to share stories and advice for the newlyweds - sometimes we have to cut things short, but for the most part they are fabulous.  Thanks to the Lamborn family and Depeche Mode in Ashburton for the outfits!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 5 - In search of fur seals

 Hiking to a waterfall never seems to get old.  Learning from my mom, we have come to appreciate them in our family.  She used to tell her now famous Queen of the waterfall ones stories on long car rides, so good we're still encouraging her to publish them. Two years ago my parents visited us in NZ and on a road trip around the west coast she spotted over 100 waterfalls that had appeared just after a HUGE rainstorm - I'm talking our car drove through lakes in the road over 1 foot deep, not highly recommended but fantastic for adventure.
 Here are some pics of our last day in the Catlins before heading up to Ashbuton, NZ to see more friends just south of Christchurch.
 Footprints in the sand - daddy carries E.  I love this pic because of all it stands for.  T loves his little girl just like God loves us and carries us when we need him too.  I am blessed to have a hubby that loves his little girl as much as T loves E.

 We went to Suret Bay on our way home in search of fur seals that like to hang out on this beach and sun themselves.  We did find one big guy laying out sleeping, it looked like a big brown lump about as big as a cow!  Forgive the lack of pictures  - to be honest it didn't photograph well :)  The daddy, daughter duo did however.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 4 - Baby E caught a cold...

Day 2 of our Catlins adventure and our little E has caught a cold.  The good news is we had the house all to ourselves this weekend, the bad news... she cried most of the night and we had to sleep on the couch.  Baby girl does not like being stuffy.  However, with every problem there is a solution - saline spray, steamy showers and the nose sucker and we were back in business.
We had a beautiful little cottage for the night, I highly recommend coming to visit this area - it was beautiful.

On the way we stopped at Curio and Porpoise Bay both well know for dolphin sightings.  In Porpoise Bay you can actually wade out into the water (if you dare - we are pretty close to Antarctica) and the Hector dolphins (smallest in the world) will come swim around you! 
Baby E traveled quite well in out snugi circa 1984 - thanks mom, we had a few layers over top and she stretched out her little neck to see all that was going on.  I would have to say this is the best way to travel with an infant if your back can handle it.  They get to look around and be a part of what is going on and it's much easier to navigate than a stroller in uneven terrain (which is everything other than pavement).

Lots of love to our traveling buddies Morgan and Hayley - we miss you guys heaps!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Am I allowed to say this???

We take a break from our walk through NZ for a thought from the heart...

So as our lives have changed a lot this past year I want to start with the fact that we are truly blessed.  I love our little baby girl and God has provided for us every step of the way.

However, am I allowed to say that sometimes I wish things were different?  Tonight I am stepping away from the late night fun of our best friends wedding party to let baby E get some sleep.  Some might say "I'm a good mom... or she was such a good baby (which I am and she was)," but there are times I don't feel like it.  My selfish side says I want to have the freedom to go enjoy being with friends, but my responsible side says your little girl needs sleep and the dance party might not be the best place for it.  Sometimes I just don't want to be responsible (add stomping of the feet).... ok I'm done, tantrum over.

I guess as taking on this new role of motherhood I am finding that there is no room to be selfish here.  You are now in charge of doing what is absolutely best for your baby and family then yourself finds it's way somewhere at the end of the line.  I think of my mom who is always wanting to take care of us.  Being a mom will be the most wonderful and challenging thing I have ever done, I pray everyday for strength, wisdom and guidance to do it well.

Keep moving forward to the next joy that is around the corner I know we will find.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 3: Catlins anyone?

 Your chariot awaits!  Our red rocket took us down with Morg and Hayley to explore the Caitlins in southland.  One place none of us had been, but had only heard raving about and with good reason.  It's one of the true hidden treasure left out there.
We arrived and immediately the boys jumped out of the Hilux and out to explore the shoreline with Thomas capturing every possible view with the camera.   
The cliffs were a big highlight :)
Baby E was a trooper as we fought off sandflies and trekked over the rugged terrain in rainbows and cowboy boots to see all the amazing ocean life that was hiding in the rocks.
A special moment with our little girl.
The infamous traveling companions - we had to fight to get this beauty.
Hidden among the inlets were starfish, anemones, paua, crabs and lots of other little treasures.  It was amazing to see all of these right up close.  

I love this place!