A very tasty purple smoothie

I love fruit… Especially berries!
The winter months get kind of long as I await the bountiful fresh berries (that seem to take forever) to return. I love that I can get tasty frozen berries at Costco! Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, marionberries and more! My favorite use for them is to toss them into smoothies and i am pretty sure i just got myself into a smoothie kick in the midst of winter. Also, I am excited to make my little boy some puréed fruit blends! I’m all about making his food but that is another topic for another day! On to the smoothie of today…

I tossed some blueberries (around 1 cup), a banana, a scoop of protein powder and some milk and plain Greek yogurt into my immersion blender container and let the thing work it’s magic….
And then a yummy smoothie was brought into the world!


2012, you were grand!

Our super year of 2012 in a nut-shell, or a large lake… whichever is more fitting!

  • We had a beautiful, healthy, bouncy, perfect baby boy in April… 11 lbs, 3 oz and 22.5″ long!  We are so in love with this little being! Here he is then during his first week of life… and here he is now – 8 months later!

  • I had my little man in time for my first mother’s day!

  • Kelvin’s first trip to the beach at 2 weeks old…

  • We moved… all the way across the entire country with a dog (pictured below) and a 7-9 week old depending on where we were on our journey.

  • We stopped in beautiful Colorado during our cross-country-move for some much-needed off the road rest and fun! Kelvin’s first hike…

  • Greg’s first father’s day…

  • Kelvin got to meet the horses of Lost Trail Ranch even if it was so sunny he could not see much…
  • We got to Bend in time to enjoy the beautiful sunny summer!

  • We moved into a baby sized house that has a huge kitchen island of which I love…
  • We walked, and walked some more while the weather was so nice! Stopped for a photo in the wildflowers…

  • Kelvin loooooves going for stroller rides…

  • Chaco made a best friend Nikko…

  • We had a Bend 4th of July…

  • I baked cream-cheese pumpkin bread once…

  • We went to the pumpkin patch!

  • We tried really hard to get a good daddy/son foot shot but it ended in rolling on the floor laughing and no great pictures, but we had lots of fun trying…

  • Greg went on a 110 mile bike ride with my dad and a couple other guys! His new hobby…


  • The snow came but we still tried to have a Christmas Eve family walk… even if it meant freezing our tooshies off and making it hardly anywhere at all…
  • Kelvin had his first Christmas at 8 months old…

I tried to keep it short so I left out a lot – oh well! We had a terrific year, full of fun, challenges, less than ideal sleep but overflowing with laughter, joy and thankfulness! I would not change anything about our year! We hope you had a wonderful year and are anticipating an even better 2013! It is my hope… dare I say a resolution to post and share more! Well see you all another post!

Love, Beka

Happiest of Happy New Year – 2013

I cannot believe 2013 is right around the corner… like very soon! I am in a very happy state at the moment, not only because we get to start a brand new year soon, but also because my baby is sound asleep in his crib and I can hear his ever-so-sweet snores… I just pulled some chocolate peanut-butter bars out of the oven and the house smells heavenly… my sweet and thoughtful husband just walked in the door with a big smile on his face because he came to deliver me my favorite Starbucks drink and a huge hug before turning around and going to play x-box with my brother… and my belly is STILL full from eating at my favorite restaurant after church!

First Christmas

loving Grammy’s Christmas Tree…

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! I love Christmas… it was such a wonderful Christmas this year – each year is neat in its own way, but it was so nice to just be home and not travel anywhere… and it was Kelvin’s first Christmas!  How super special! Not to mention it was a very white Christmas! So, just wanted to post quick and say


May your year ahead be the best yet!

month 8: monkey picture

8 months already… and just in time for Christmas!

  🙂 What a special Christmas we will have this year!

Here are his old monkey posts for those of you that are just tuning in!

month 0

month 1

month 2

month 3

month 4

month 5

month 6

month 7

month 8:

Happy to be reunited with his monkey today! 🙂

8 months at Christmas

8 months

8 months

I am really looking forward to his first birthday! I think I will post all of his pictures side by side if I can… thanks for following us! 🙂

See you next month!

Love, Beka

Happy December…


This is a great month – seems like every year it is fitting to celebrate Christmas earlier and earlier… although I honestly do not like Christmas flooding and taking over Thanksgiving! My own personal preference would be not to see the stores fill their shelves with Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over – but hey, nobody will ever ask my opinion I am sure. It really does not matter much anyways…. but what a wonderful time of year!

Thank goodness you are probably saying as this is the last month for my corny posts on each month – hopefully the new year will bring some time and energy for me to blog more interesting things…

so without further delay

December 1 National Pie Day
December 2 National Fritters Day
December 4 National Cookie Day
 December 5 National Sacher Torte Day 
 December 6 National Gazpacho Day
December 7 National Cotton Candy Day
December 8 National Brownie Day
December 9 National Pastry Day
December 11 National Noodle-Ring Day
December 12 National Ambrosia Day
December 13 National Cocoa Day
December 14 National Bouillabaisse Day
December 15 National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 18 National Roast Suckling Pig Day
December 21 National French Fried Shrimp Day
 December 23 National Pfeffernuesse Day
December 24 National Egg Nog Day
December 25 National Pumpkin Pie Day – hilarious to me being Christmas and we all eat this for Thanksgiving!
December 26 National Candy Cane Day
December 27 National Fruitcake Day
December 30 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

See you all another day, another post! Stay tuned because I have some things brewing – just not sure when they will actually go down!

month 7: monkey picture

Happy 7 months to my big full of life little boy! 🙂 If that makes any sence!

He is such a joy and is growing by the minute it seems! Sometimes I go get him after his nap and think… wow, he got heavier or I got weaker!

month 0

month 1

month 2

month 3

month 4

month 5

month 6

month 7:

Here is the little man at 7 months!

7 monthsThat picture above is one of my favorites of him to this very day!



full of smiles, giggles and life! We love it!


See you next month! 🙂

Love, Beka