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First post in over a year…

2020 February 29

How has it been over a YEAR since I posted to this place?

How did I just dump something I spent 8 years creating, the place spilled my guts about all the stuff none of you probably want to hear?

I guess I just got a little blogged out…the web has become SO saturated since I began this family-update-system back in 2010. At that time, I’d never even read a blog before and now they are my go-to for so many things like recipes, paint colors, furniture suggestions, fashion tips. I know who I trust and who’s style is like my own and it makes searching for inspiration or help on the web less daunting. But as for sharing my life, instagram is just easier.

BUT, with everything kind of crazy in my life right now, quite a few people have asked if I would start blogging again. So I figured I’d give it a go and see how it feels.

Let’s start with a recap of the last year:

We went to France! Stu had a conference there and I tagged along. We were gone for 10 days and traveled to Brittany, where we stayed in the walled city of Dinan and zipped around through all the cute towns including Mount St. Michele—one of the most amazing places on earth. Then we spent a week in Paris, which came with several work-related perks like a private celebration at the Musee D’Orsay and a party in a club under the Ponte Alexandre bridge. It was a much needed parents-only trip and our first time out of the country since Ethan arrived.

That was the year we started our tradition of spending Thanksgiving in Sanibel, FL. We LOVE this cozy island. The condo we rent is in a small complex right on the beach with a pool and club house with kids activities. The boys had freedom tom roam safely and loved biking around the island. This is THE place for a family vacation.

Ethan turned 8! In lieu of a party, he requested a movie with a few friends and LOTS of snacks. Easiest celebration ever.

As usual, we spent Spring Break in Florida with my parents and the highlight was spending time with Great Grandma. She’s 92 and living on her own in Treasure Island and looks amazing. 

Stu turned 40! We celebrated a couple times, but the big party was at home with friends and a my surprise was a mixologist bartender—every party should have one! He had a whole set up with garnishes and fancy glassware and a smoker box for smoked bourbon cocktails. Stu said it was his favorite gift ever. If you are in the DC area and want the bartender’s info, hit me up.

We took a last minute trip to NYC. We met our amazing friends the Reeds and showed our kids everything we could. It was maybe the hottest weekend on record but we still had tons of fun. My favorite parts were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and taking the kids on the subway—they loved it. Our hotel was tiny and meh but it had a rooftop bar with a crazy-good view of the Empire State Building!

And the biggest news…

Stu accepted a promotion in Seattle! We were sad leave our incredible friends in Virginia and I of course had a quite my job, but we were ecstatic to experience a new part of the country. The Pacific Northwest is unlike anywhere we ever lived and we fell in love durning our house hunting trip in August. Check out the video to see all the fun stuff we did to learn about our new city!

We moved in late September so the kids started school in Virginia and then started their new schools in Seattle the first week of October. It wasn’t ideal, but we didn’t have enough notice to get everything together to move earlier. Luckily, the boys adjusted really well and love their new schools! It was a very smooth transition.

Finn turned 5! We hadn’t been here long enough to have a party—poor kid, that’s happened twice now!—so we celebrated as a family. He requested a “kitty cake” and sushi for dinner.

And since it’s been over a year since I posted, I’ll fit in here that we headed back to Sanibel for Thanksgiving 2019. This time the rest of my mom’s family joined us for part of the week and it was so incredible to all be together for the first time in a long time.

This was one of my favorite weeks ever because we had perfect weather, family, and had such a relaxing and fun time together.

But this was also the week I found out I had breast cancer. I’d had a biopsy the week before and my doctor called the Tuesday before Thanksgiving with the test results. Instead of being home where I would be consumed with emotions, I was in a sunny place with plenty of distractions and room to process what the next few months would bring.

Fast forward to today, March 1, 2020, it’s been eleven days since my bilateral mastectomy. In my next post I’ll be sharing more information about this! But for now I’m happy to report I’ve been deemed cancer free.

I’ve missed this space. It feels good to share our adventures! While I think I’ve outgrown the Preparing for Peanut(s) name, I’m not coming up with anything else for a title right now. SO I’m going to try to write here more often and see how it goes!

Snakes & Cake — Finn Turns Four!

2018 November 6
by Becky

Finn turned four! And it warrants a blog post—I know it’s shocking since I haven’t even though about this blog for over a month. But when my kid has a birthday AND holds a gigantic snake, it’s got to be broadcast to the world.

What does Finn love at age four? Well apparently snakes! But he’s also pretty obsessed with becoming a Beastmaster (see Netflix) or Ninja Warrior and scaling/jumping off of/running around/launching over any and all things. He’s a physical kid. On his birthday he did the big kid monkey bars all by himself for the first time. He’s extremely stubborn but also very sweet and holds my hand everywhere we go. He loves showing off his knowledge of letters and numbers, is interested in adding and subtracting, and is a leader in his class at school. He’s become quite the friend, so interested in playing and spending time with the kids from the playground, school, and neighborhood.

So it’s with these little buddies that we celebrated Finn’s birthday, inviting them over for “Snakes and Cake” last weekend.

We borrowed that snake costume from a friend as soon as Finn made his final theme choice. We Reptiles Alive to put on a reptile show at our house…that’s right, we invited a dude with giant lizards and snakes into our house. And it was awesome! Finn was center stage, helping pass serpents around for his friends to pet.

But it wasn’t all slithery entertainment! The kids created obstacle courses in the living room with giant stuffed snakes and a springy snake craft using paper plates and googly eyes. Fun stuff!

And of course Finn has to share his current favorite book, The Snake Who Said Shhhh. He announced to the room that he was going to read the book to everyone—no one stopped jumping over snakes or coloring—and proceeded to “read” the whole book aloud. I enjoyed it!

And of course there was cake, Snake Cake to be exact. I’m sure you can guess how much I loved making this year’s masterpiece!

We took inspiration from the web of course, I googled “Snake Cake”, which resulted in limited images, and let Finn choose his favorite one. To my delight, he skipped right past the realistic ones covered in fondant and paint to pick one covered in M&Ms. It took three and half cakes baked in a rounded bundt pan to make this shape, a vat of green tinted Italian meringue buttercream, two large bags of m&ms, and a fruit leather to create this delicious creation.

Since the snakes weren’t available on Finn’s actual birthday, we celebrated twice. Once on the day and once a week later. What did he want for birthday dinner? Sushi of course. Just like his big brother. We headed to Momo’s and let him indulge (pretty great for the rest of us too!). Momo’s helped us celebrate with candles in green tea ice cream.

And while I’d like to say things like “time flies” and “I can’t believe it”, these are lies, because it feels like he’s been four for about a six months. His abilities and conversations defy his age. Second kids grow up so much faster.

It was a sssssssensational birthday week for our littlest guy!