Welcome to Birch Bark Cottage.

I’ve been so bad at doing any kind of blogging. But with social media going the way it is I feel more inspired to update photos here. So here it is. Our new (well last September), hopefully forever, home. At least the land, we do want to build a bigger house some day.

This photo was from October, not long after moving in. It has been a lot of work to get it to an actual home. It had no power, no water, no insulation, and a whole bunch of other “no’s”. Really just some walls and a couple of windows that needed to be replaced.

So here it is today! We added on two bedrooms and a mudroom area with a second door. We now have solar, though the panels are still in need of a permanent home. We have added some friends (I’ll do a separate post for them) and a lot of snow! There is still much to do but it’s finally feeling like home.

A bear called Paddington

So kid costumes are my thing. I LOVE putting together costumes usually from a favorite movie or book. This year, Remington won a bear bonnet so naturally I had to do my three favorite bears from books. First up is Paddington. The kids actually kept getting the names Paddington and Remington confused before he was born and then wanted to name him Remington Paddington. But that felt like a kind of long name. This costume is so easy. Bear bonnet (or red hat), blue toggle coat with a tag that says “please look after this bear”, a jar of marmalade, and some red boots!

I can’t wait to share our other two bears! And some big kid costumes next week! Any guesses?!?

xoxo

Charissa

Boots from Lone Cone

A family of five

When someone asks you for a family photo and you realize you don’t have one with your now six-month-old, you go take a couple.

Just some no big deal, not trying to make it perfect, yet perfectly us, photos.

I used my Canon app on my phone to remotely take these photos. It was a little tricky to keep my phone out of the photos but so much easier (and natural looking) to not have to use the timer and run back and forth!

This may be my new most favorite photo.

Love this little family of mine. And hopefully it won’t be another six months plus before we take photos again.

xoxo

Charissa

Summer birthday picnic

Nellie just turned 5! Which is crazy. I love that I have a summer baby and a winter baby because party planning is my favorite (I already have Remington’s 1st birthday planned, and did before he was born!). Because we just moved, we just had a small family picnic at the beach. But there was enough food to feed A LOT of people.

Something that drives me crazy is the party trend to have cake and donuts and candy and cookies and cake pops all at one party. Are we trying to get sick?!? But I like the variety and Nellie is a huge snack fan. It’s her favorite “meal” so that was her birthday dinner.

In case you can’t tell: raspberries, pineapple with salsa inside, crackers, Nutella, chocolate covered raisins, almonds, strawberries, cookies, grapes, pineapple, hazelnuts, blueberries. And pretzels! Not pictured are tortilla chips and a pasta salad.

And here is my five-year-old.

xoxo

Charissa

Four! Months of Remington.

He celebrated his four month birthday in Canada! Did amazing at his first wedding, despite the lack of naps, and is still the cutest, happiest boy I know.

first photos from the day turned four months the second two from when we came home to his basket and Hazel Village friend. Side note, we adore his Hazel Village chipmunk and you can save 20% here.

Go Play Outside onesie: Milo’s Corner

Rainbow leggings: Little & Lively

Xoxo

Charissa