THE pepper EXPRESS: August 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Let's Go Camping

Every Summer around my birthday we usually venture off to South Lake Tahoe for the Labor Day weekend. This year instead of staying in our time share we are CAMPING! I'm so excited that I keep making lists in my head. And double checking them just to make sure that we have everything. This would be my ultimate camping wardrobe... because you need to wear clothes that can be worn and torn. Plus at night time it gets a little chilly.
Let's Go Camping

Dear Solin,

You are five months old. I don't believe it. Time is deceiving me.
22 weeks have gone by...over 150 days and you have became the cutest little munchkin.

 Your smiles and facial expressions are my amusement everyday. I love seeing your blue eyes light up when I come home from work. You smile so big and bright. Your hair and nails are growing long. I must clip your sharp little finger nails weekly; otherwise you might hurt yourself or even mommy. You laugh at your sister's facial expressions. And you think your brother is crazy by his sound effects. You are in love with your daddy’s voice. He sings boastfully throughout the house and you listen intently. My hair is always tangled in your little hands. I read that postpartum women start losing their hair.
But I believe most of my hair is caught between your little fingers.
Whenever you are a little fussy or tired. We go outside and sit in the rocking chair and watch the trees dance and the leaves fall. Your love for the outside grows everyday.

P.S. your first tooth came in last week… and you bit mommy... hard!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Life #Instagrammed

I'm sorry that I'm not sorry for the overload of Solin photos. I have this fear that all of her baby photos will disappear and she will have nothing to look back on. And then I will read an Instagram feed in which someones profile was deleted and my anxiety shoots through the roof! So here I am backing up all my photos upon photos. Not only do I have them on my phone, computer, Instagram, Facebook, but now I will also give them to you.
Loving the Instagram feed. Find me @pepperexpress

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Solenne/Solin Summit

Solin Grey received a wonder visit from her namesake this weekend
(you can read the story of her name HERE.)
 We had our annual family reunion and Solin was greeted by her cousin Solenne! Every year Solenne and her mother Robin travel all the way from France to visit our family in California. This year was very much important because the two were going to be introduced:

The day was filled with magic shows, swimming pools and too much food. But the little girls were the reason for the season.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Birthday Wishlist

Happy Happy Birthday to me...
Unfortunately in September I will be turning 28...
When I hear that number I cringe. I feel so old.
This year I go to my 10 year high school reunion.
This year I will be celebrating 8 years at my place of employment.
This year my baby girl will be turning one...
ok ok lets not get over our heads now...
I want my baby to stay small forever and ever.
By the way wouldn't it be great if I started blogging again
and posting photos of my little one?
I think I can... I think I can...

Birthday Wishlist

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dear Solin,

Today you were delightful. We had planned on visiting Great Grandma Patricia who is recovering from her surgery. Before we had left I decided to take you out in your adorable overalls and plant you on the lawn. Right there on our picnic blanket. Your eyes were so bright and full of the sky. You found so much interest in the tassels on the blanket. And the grass oh the grass. How much you love textures right now. You were annoyed with the picnic basket in which I used as a prop, and I am sorry for that. The faces you made were so angelic I was very delighted to capture moments like these:

... and I'm sorry about the last one.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Color Run

Sacramento hosted their annual Color Run. And since we are on a 5k buzz right now we decided to participate as Team Fruit Loops! I joined my friends Alicia and Jessica for the run around. To prepare we found our white tights at target, had a friend make the white tutus, and I found my white spanks at Sports Authority where we had to check in for the event. Checking in was the most difficult because you had to check in two days before in Sacramento. And I had to work those days. So I commuted to Sacramento on a heavily trafficked Friday night and found my self at the Sports Authority grabbing my teams gear. The check in was a party in itself. There was music playing, crowds dancing and the color run store was available. With my $45 registration fee I received a mesh bag, with my Color Run Tshirt, headband, bracelets, tattoos, and color safe Shout.
The race started at 9am. However getting up and getting prepared started at 6am. We all traveled together and found parking near the Capitol Mall. And found out we were not the only ones in tutus! The start line was booming with music. Adrenaline was being pumped out of the speakers. Everyone was so energetic from the swag that was being thrown into the crowds. There was over ten thousand people there. So we had to start the race in different groups.
Running through Old Sacramento was nostalgic for me. With the cobblestone roads and the old fashion buildings I had visited many times before. We even found a bathroom on the river ( since the only other options were porta potties.)
Our first color was PINK and we were pumped to be splattered with powder. But there was sooo many people that we actually had to stand in line…

It was nice to see families running together. I had decided not to bring my baby girl because I was afraid she would inhale the powder. There were babies and children in their strollers and they had the rain ponchos over the stroller which was a clever idea. The kids were having a wonderful time.
Blue was fun but we seemed to have lost one of our teammates because everyone ends up looking the same!

When we ran through purple my friend was splashed in the eye with the purple powder and it was difficult to clean out her contact. So be careful when you run through the colors.

Once again at the finish line we had lost our teammate. And found her in the end. Where they were giving us our color packets. The registration said we would be given 2 packets of color. The volunteers were only giving out 1 packet which was a little disappointing.
We still had an awesome time throwing our individual colors all around.

My tips and hints on preparing for the color run:
  1. Create a costume. Be unique. When we showed up in tights and tutus… so did everyone else! There were people dressed up as unicorns and the abominable snow man. Be different.
  2. Bring sunglasses or goggles for the little ones. Getting powder in your eye is no joke.
  3. Bring towels to cover your car seats when you finish. The powder gets everywhere!
  4. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We sprayed our tutus and t shirts with vinegar to keep the color on them. But my white shorts and sports bra were stained from the color as well. 
  5. Wear a bandana over your mouth. I was sprayed in the face with blue powder; and my teeth were pretty gross.
  6. When you get home and shower be prepared and have a new loofah or scrub brush. Because I used my daily loofa and it was stained there after. Also my bath and body wash was not working to get the blue off my skin. I had to use a Dove bar of soap with the scrub brush. The inside of my ears I used q-tips. And my fingernails were stained as well. 
  7. I had tried to wrap my cell phone with saran wrap. But the photos were groggy. So I decided not to use anything and my phone turned out find. My otter-box case has a few colors in the creases; it's not to bad.
  8. Walk in to a restaurant after your done and have a celebratory lunch! It was fun walking into a brew house and having everyone stare at our ensemble…
  9. And lastly wear sunscreen!

Friday, August 1, 2014

When I drink coffee…

I honestly think I have a caffeine sensitivity. Because this ramble is what happens when I drink a delicious cup of brew. There are rants and raves I can go on about, but my decision for todays discussion is Breastfeeding. Recently I posted a photo on Instagram that wasn't even inappropriate. I wanted to give my kudos to breastfeeding month and also wanted to make you aware that breast is best. However my picture was taken down… and it was this simpleton here
My only thought was someone who follows me must have felt offended by my lack of breast in the photo (sarcasm intended) and I have decided to no longer post any thing along those lines.
Breastfeeding is something I strongly care about. My baby has lived primarily on breast milk and I feel privileged to be able to provide that for my little one. Whether it  is expressed or from the tap; my baby girl is one happy camper.

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