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We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

We’ve been making the most of this brilliant fall season; pumpkin spice everything, sweaters on our walks, sweet baked apples, corn mazes, numerous pumpkin patch trips, and lots of fun in the leaves… or if you are Isla, lots of fun in the “yeeves.”


One recent afternoon was especially crisp and beautiful, so I decided to take Isla on a leaf hunt. This girl is quite the little collector on our walks, so I suspected a leaf hunt would be a big hit. We wandered through our neighborhood in the cozy stillness of the late afternoon. Brilliant bursts of color fluttered overhead and crunched underfoot. The sun amid its daily descent streamed through the trees, casting a warm glow on the streets. Squirrels skittered along telephone wires and every so often crows called out from the treetops. Isla picked up leaves that caught her attention and pranced gleefully through countless piles of crunchy gold. “I’m jumping in the yeeves!” she’d yell over her shoulder to me. I tossed armfuls of leaves into the air so they would rain down over Isla. She squealed and giggled and flailed her little arms before asking me to do it again. What a beautiful, joyful, curious stage our girl is at right now. Watching her observe, discover and revel in this simple fall tradition filled my heart to overflowing! We collected, romped, giggled, and crunched our way through the leaves until the afternoon sun had all but disappeared. These little fall adventures are the best!

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To the Pumpkin Patch!

In honor of the glorious October we just experienced, I put together a collection of favorite photos from Isla’s pumpkin patch trips… yes, trips. After 8 years away from the magic and traditions of autumn in Oregon we had some serious catching up to do! I could not wait for Isla to experience her first pumpkin patch, and to be honest, I was just as excited for her second, third, fourth, and fifth trip!


Our little pumpkin clearly shares her mom’s intense love of the holidays and she has joyfully embraced the fall traditions we grew up enjoying. She is a leaf jumping, boot-obsessed, cider guzzling, Halloween book reading, pumpkin patch enthusiast… I could not be more thrilled! I vividly remember going to the pumpkin patch for the first time with my preschool. I was determined to find the tiniest pumpkin in the patch. I found it too. It happened to be dark green and nowhere near ripe, but it was itty bitty and I was in love. “Sweetie, wouldn’t you like a nice big orange pumpkin?” The adults would coax. Nope. I definitely did not. No one could convince me to part with my little green pumpkin. So, imagine my total delight when Isla first stepped into the patch and exclaimed, “I want a yittle one!” She searched pumpkin after pumpkin, “Too big!” She even tried lifting a few, grunting, “Too heavy!” Each patch we went to Isla would search until she found a suitable “yittle” pumpkin that she could carry on her own. At one patch she decided to forgo pumpkins altogether and fell in love with a butternut squash instead. Oh, how I love this girl!


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Isla’s first pumpkin!


The Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie’s Island

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Isla spotted geese for the first time and she was completely captivated by them! She squealed with delight every time she heard them honk overhead.


Bi-Zi Farms

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Snuggles and kisses with Grauntie and Gruncle.

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And back to Baggenstos…

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Until next year, pumpkin patches!

Halloween 2015 Recap

Torrential downpours did not stop us from venturing out on Halloween night. In fact, our little airplane was thrilled to have an opportunity to wear her rain coat and boots! Joined by some of our favorite people, we decided to brave the rain so the girls could trick-or-treat. Isla absolutely LOVED it! We’ve been practicing proper trick or treat protocol and we were so proud that baby girl nailed it. She beamed as each door was opened, greeted with a “trick or treat” (and thankfully did not ask anyone to smell her feet… thanks for that, Nana!), enthusiastically scooped candy into her bag, and thanked everyone. We visited about 10 houses, which was just right for a group of toddlers in the rain, before making our way home for pizza, treats and sugar-induced toddler antics. It was a great night!


Our Baby Boo Turned 2!

Time to brush the cobwebs off this little family blog! The past few months have been a blur since our transition home to the states after living abroad for eight years. We are finally starting to feel like we have had plenty of time to settle in, reconnect with family and friends, begin to set up our home (man, that’s a never ending process!), and get our little photography business off the ground. Our to-do list is still massive, but these moments together are precious, so I am determined to make the time to record and share our family happenings.


Our sweet Isla turned 2 two weeks ago and we had a blast celebrating her, Halloween style. The theme of our little pumpkin’s party was, Our Baby Boo is Turning 2! Decor included ghosts, pumpkins, black cats, and lots of orange glitter. We really got to exercise our crafting and building skills with this party! We made all of the lawn games, much of the decor and Isla’s airplane costume! All of that time dreaming and planning as we wandered the craft stores was pure bliss. Isla’s Grauntie and Gruncle graciously hosted the celebration at their beautiful home, which gave us tons of room outside for all the kiddos to run around and play. The weather forecasted rain, but amazingly it held off until the very end of the evening. Isla’s cousins and buddies arrived in the most darling costumes (and a few of us brave adults dressed up as well!). We decorated cookies, decorated pumpkins, and played a variety of Halloween lawn games (Jack-o-Lantern bean bag toss, pumpkin bowling, and witch hat ring toss). It was a celebration to remember and our sweet girl had an absolute ball!


We kept the menu simple with sandwiches, our favorite pumpkin soup with toppers (recipe on Isla’s first birthday post), Hocus Pocus trail mix, and cupcakes… oh, and lots of candy!


How darling are these “sandwitches” ?! Such a cute idea!


I think my favorite creation for the whole party was this giant glitter 2. We constructed it out of our moving boxes from Shanghai!


A big thank you to Isla’s Auntie Cheryl, who frosted our cupcakes and made them look so cute!


We filled goodie bags with ghost sippy cups, Halloween notebooks, pencils, and stickers… some of Isla’s favorite things!


All of the pumpkin and cookie decorating took place at one large table. For the cookies, we put out a variety of frostings and sprinkles. For the pumpkins, we put out colored Sharpies, Halloween stickers, and little rhinestones. We also tucked a package of baby wipes into a cute basket for easy clean up.


Isaac built the Jack-O-Lantern bean bag toss, I painted it, and my aunt sewed the bean bags. We spray painted cans orange and used narrow black paint pens to paint the faces for our pumpkin bowling pins. We found these darling cardboard witch hats at Michael’s and spray painted them black. We fastened lightweight rings out of floral wire.


Isla is obsessed with airplanes, so selecting her Halloween costume was easy! We built her plane using more of our moving boxes. We covered it with paper mâché before spray painting it white. Isaac used markers to add the details and we made simple straps using a black satin ribbon. We ran out of time to order some plastic airplane wings, so Isaac found a picture of some online, printed it, mounted it to a thin piece of cardboard, cut it out and hot glued a safety pin to the back. Voila!


Isla and her cousins!


How awesome is this little Trump?! Her parents are acting as her campaign manager and secret service agent. They even had little buttons made to hand out at the party. Mom changed the spelling just to make sure she wasn’t infringing on any copyright laws… but with that hair, we all know right away! LOVE it!



Isla and her flight crew!


We bought Jack-O-Lantern balloons and scattered them around the yard. They were a huge hit with the toddler and the bigger kids!


Isla was completely and totally obsessed with the pumpkin decorating. She spent the majority of her party coloring away!


Cookie decorating (and eating) was a big hit as well.


Some chose to skip the decorating all together and eat the sugar straight. Ha!


Isla2Birthday_0059Isla has been singing Happy Birthday a lot lately, so she was absolutely thrilled when everyone started singing it to her. I will never forget seeing her little face light up!


The rain started as we were opening presents, so everyone made a mad dash inside.


Shortly after we moved inside, this rainbow appeared! A beautiful ending to a wonderful day. Happy 2nd Birthday, Isla Grace!!!

Sandy Hayslip - November 1, 2015 - 12:27 am

What a wonderful homecoming for the Marshall family!!! Happy birthday, little Isla. Many blessings upon you and yours.

9 Years

julytwentytwo_00029 years of love, laughter, snuggles, growth, dreaming and adventures with this handsome man… how did I ever get so lucky?! Happy, happy anniversary, my love. Each and every day with you is truly better than the last. Thank you for being such a loving, joyful and dedicated partner in life, love, and now, business! You are my heart. I am so very thankful for the love we share, the life we are building together, and the adventures we have yet to share! xoxo (times a million gazillion!)