Birthday Girl 2013!

Here are just a few highlights from Sofie’s big Birthday two Sundays ago!

STILL can’t believe my little girl is TWO!

It was such a long, fun, day, but I’m so glad the weather cooperated and we were able to take her to the zoo.

Morning started off with birthday waffles, opening presents, I got her some new clothes, shoes and a purse! She loves the purse, has to take it with her everywhere now, she’s got her own little lip balm in it and a compact mirror. God, I’m gonna turn her into such a mini-me! Haha.

After breakfast we headed out to the Woodland Park Zoo.
The Zoo was great, we made it mostly around the park, spent almost all afternoon there walking around and seeing animals. It was my first visit to the zoo here as well, pretty neat, but also kind of a bummer. Couldn’t help but feel bad for some of the animals in there, it’s a cool experience, but I’d much rather see them in their natural habitats…

Anywho, we saw a huge list of animals; penguins, monkeys, leopards, zebras, hippos, gorillas… all kinds of cool creatures.

I would say the best part of our zoo visit was the very last exhibit we visited: the snow leopards!

When we got there all the snow leopards were way far off and the closest was turned away from us; after watching for a few minutes, we were almost ready to head out since Sofie was so tired. Then, the leopard closest to us turned around and came right up the glass in front of Sofie! She was so excited, the thing would have been nose to nose with her had the glass not been there. It was the coolest moment, and so glad I captured it!

We walked through the gift shop right before leaving and I couldn’t help but pick out a stuffed snow leopard doll to keep as a little keepsake from the day.
Sofie still talks about how it “looked right at” her, so friggen cute.

Enjoy some of our highlight pictures from her birthday morning and trip to the zoo!

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Opening Presents!

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At the Zoo!

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The Snow Leopard!

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Sofia 365: Days 339 through 364 – A Month in Review

Sofia 365: 339-364

A Month in Review

Boy, it’s been a while hasn’t it?

After rounding the home stretch this past month, I thought I’d try something different with Sofie’s pictures, and I just ended up waiting.

Maybe to build anticipation, or just laziness on my part, but I held off on posting any of Sofie’s pics from the last month and just waited to compile them and just do a month in review leading up to Sofie’s birthday, and the anniversary of this project. One big bite before dessert.

I know I might sound like a bit of a broken record, but jeez, Sofie has changed so much this year, and even month to month she changes and grows.

Mid February and early march has been full of a lot of work, adventures, chapstick and lipgloss (much of it on Sofie’s face.)

Living with an almost-Two year old child the past month has given me it’s fair share of challenges and frustrations, she’s more demanding and moody, but also more playful, and she’s been growing into her own little “person”. It’s been awesome to watch and be a part of that growth.

I’m saving her very last photo from this project for it’s own post. Her birthday was a certain success, and I can’t wait to share all of our adventures from the weekend.

In the mean time, check out set of photos from the past month leading up to the very, very end. I was also very excited to get my camera back from the repair shop (or at least part of it) so that I could finish off my project with the same “quality” equipment that I started it with. Boy, did I miss my camera…

Anywho… What a month it’s been! Do you have a favorite image from the set? I sure do. 🙂

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Sofia 365: Day 212

Day 212: 10.9.12

Tuesday was a nice day off after a long day on the road. After taking Sofie to a quick doctor’s appointment in the morning, (she is in the 98th percentile for height for her age!), and after having to take 4 shots (poor baby) we headed back home for the rest of the day to take it easy.

Sofie was a pretty good trooper despite being poked and prodded all morning, she hardly cried after her shots but took a pretty solid nap in the afternoon.
I had gotten some ice out to help soothe some of my mosquito bites from the day before, and she had taken them from me when I got up to take her photo.

She kept saying “Cold! Cold!”.

She’s just so darn cute!

Ice, Ice, Doggy.

Sofia 365: Day 210

Day 210: 10.7.12

Sunday, we took another trip down to the local farmers market to get some fresh fruits, veggies and general yummy food. Sofie had another great time seeing lots of dog dogs and eating up the samples of awesome local foods.

After the market we went home to eat all of the deliciousness we bought and had a nice quiet (as quiet as you can get with a baby) evening at home.

As always, Sofie was being a little goof for her photos. I threw in a little extra action shot of her since it was so good. 🙂

Bows and bows.
Outtake: Intense Face!

Sofia 365: Day 209

Day 209: 10.6.12

Saturday was another slow day, but I welcomed it.

After weeks of running around and losing track of time it was nice to have some quality time with Sofie. We went out to the park to play for a few hours, then treated ourselves to some delicious ice cream before heading back home.

Even with it being an uneventful day, I still managed to get distracted enough to (almost) forget Sofie’s picture.

After getting her a bottle and lying down for bed, I shot up realizing what I had forgotten. Sofie was still wide awake, luckily, so we got up quickly to snap a few shots before turning in for the night.

Bedtime Blast.

Sofia 365: Day 207

Day 207: 10.4.12

Yesterday was another day of little errands with Sofie. It’s so nice having pretty much everything I need within walking distance. All I have to do is walk out the door, stick Sofie in a stroller, and wham, we’re there! Grocery store, park, shopping… it’s pretty sweet.

Sofia has had so much energy lately, she’s been staying up a little later than I’d like, might have to start cutting down on her naps…

I also have a little something extra today. Sofie’s current favorite song is “Gangnam Style” by Psy, she can’t help but dance to it when she hears it – so I made a little video of her dancing the other day. It’s soo adorable. You can watch it down below. Enjoy!

Love, Love, Love.

Sofia 365: Day 206

Day 206: 10.3.12

Welp, it feels great to be all caught up.
It’s time I started getting back into the routine again… I still have a lot of organizing to do, but now that the busy Summer season has past, I will have much more time to focus on what I have been slacking on.

Speaking of slacking… today was a bit of a lazy day, but I think a much deserved one. With all the running around I’ve been doing the past few weeks I have been so exhausted! Sofia and I spent the whole day inside just tinkering and playing, it was nice to have a lazy day with her though, and I think she would agree.

We read books and practiced words, she’s getting very good at imitating my sounds and small phrases. Pretty soon, she’ll be talking in whole sentences!

Here she is, right after waking up from her (very long) afternoon nap; but thanks to her (very long) afternoon nap, I was able to catch up on all of my picture posts, so hooray for that!

Pajama Baby.

Sofia 365: Day 205

Day 205: 10.2.12

Phew! It feels so good to be caught up!

Yesterday was a nice day. Even with Jason still home, we couldn’t get much organizing done with Sofie around. So after tinkering around the house in the morning and Sofie took her afternoon nap, I took her out to the park in the afternoon. Sofie had so much energy running around, I have no clue where she gets it! We spent over a good hour playing at Cal Anderson, mostly going up and down the slide.

Afterwards we headed over to Jason’s mom’s house for traditional Dancing with the Stars watching for the results show.

Thankfully for me though, with all that running around I did with Sofie earlier that afternoon she was totally wiped and went to bed easily.

Here, a good example of her unending energy – even with all the running around at the park she still couldn’t hold still for a picture!

Leopard Print and Purple Pants.

Sofia 365: Day 147

Day 147: 8.4.12

Saturday was a HOT, HOT day.

I had to get up early to drive to a wedding which was about an hour and a half away; even at 6 am it was still about 70 degrees. No joke.

I hardly realized the temperature change because I had been working inside with my bride and her bridesmaids all morning, but the instant I stepped outside of that air conditioned building the humidity and heat hit me like a brick wall. It was sweltering, all I could think about was hope that the bride wouldn’t melt in her dress! She did look absolutely fabulous though, if I say so myself!

Once I got back from my wedding I had to head straight to my studio to meet another bride for a trial session. I think I did pretty great with her as well.

Sofie kept cool in her pool at my parent’s house all day. Lucky her, wish I could have hopped in a pool!
Anyways, after that long, long day I still had to prepare to take a ferry over to my parent’s house for my wedding on Sunday because it was in Poulsbo.

You’d think that after I finished my trial session I would have been home free, but no, I somehow had managed to “lose” my car keys so I was stuck. After about an hour of freaking out, being hungry, thinking I had locked my keys in my trunk and calling Jason and having him bring out his spare keys to me, I still didn’t find my keys. They weren’t in my trunk, not in my car, not anywhere between where I had parked and my studio, which wasn’t very far at all… After some exasperation I checked inside my purse again.

(This is the part where I hit myself in the head, hard)

The keys had slipped into a pocket I didn’t even know had existed until that point, hence the whole not being able to find it part. I felt like an idiot, but all I really wanted to do was get to my parents home and sleep.

I caught the next ferry back over and finally got home around 10pm, from waking up at 5:30 am to going to bed around 11, I pulled a pretty long and eventful day.

I’m just at least glad that I could snuggle up next to Sofie at the end of it all.

Serious Face.

Sofia 365: Day 146

Day 146: 8.3.12

After getting so much done on Thursday I kind of slacked off a bit Friday and slept in. I still did have a ton of errands to run before all of my work that weekend, and found myself running all over town by the end of the day.

It was so nice out I really wished I had more time to relax, but alas, as is life, you’ve gotta work before you can play.

You know who wasn’t working and playing all day though? Sofie of course.

Looking all happy with her bread roll and shorts.

Bread!