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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fast Forward and Rewind

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I don't think I've ever been this behind on my blog updates.  This entire year has been in fast forward but I need to rewind a bit before these memories are too fleeting to remember.  So...here we go:

Spring Break is always in the month of March.  There's usually nothing "spring" about it, but we make the most of it.  This year, we went to South Dakota to see the magnificent Mt. Rushmore.  It is pretty darn amazing.  I always wondered who would think of something so wild as to carve an American President's face into a mountain and how did they narrow it down to just four?!  You'll have to go see for yourself to discover the answer. haha






As part of our vacation plans, we had heard great things about this indoor water park that is near the historical site.  It did not disappoint, the kids had such a fun time.  It was small enough that the older two had a lot of freedom.  They went non stop down the slides.  Their favorite was called the "toilet bowl" and the description describes it perfectly!  


These trips with just our little family are what will bind us together for when our immediately family becomes our extended family.  I'll blink and that stage of life will be here.  It'll be so great, as long as we can instill in this little family of ours the importance of these eternal and God-given relationships.  

And here's a few March shenanigans up in here...

 Brenna's creative solution to cleaning the bathroom, a bobby pin nose plug.  We can count on Brenna to push through Saturday morning jobs without complaint, she's a little worker bee.  Do or die.  Ha! 



I love spending my days with this little cutie.  She entertains herself really well and is a sweet little mama to her baby brother.   


Tweening is in full force around here.  I would call this day's look "skater chick."  
She's never been tied down to one sort of fashion type.  



The Anne to my Diana.  So thankful for this friend in my life.  Friends can be as close as family.  

Then there was Easter in March.  As a family, we tried to remember the final days of the Savior's mortal ministry.  This picture garland really help to solidify what I was trying to convey to the kids.  It made Easter extra special. 


This year, the Easter bunny left edible Easter baskets.  A huge hit with the big kids.  Way too much candy if you ask me!  

We went over to spend the rest of Easter with Grandma and Grandpa and cousin Joey.  Uncle Paul and Joey planned a great scavenger hunt which was so fun for everyone.

Where you see Brenna, you'll see Brynn.  These girls are the best of friends. They are the same size and are connected at the hip.  They can read each other's minds and have each other's backs, even at this young age.  It has been fun to watch their sweet friendship. 

Brenna has a great group of friends, who will be fun to watch as the years go by.  Hopefully not too much drama with these girls!

Averie got to go cross country skiing with 5th grade.  

My beautiful baby boy, who doesn't have time to sit still for even five seconds, is a bundle of energy and extreme in his boyhood.  I can't get enough of him.  He earns the award in the family as the craziest baby-soon-to-be- toddler and we're bracing ourselves for what this may entail for our future.  But look at that face.  Impossible to resist.  

Bumps and bruises on his face at all times.  




And then there's these two spunky monkeys together!  Oh how I want to bottle this up.

 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

For the Love of February

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In February, there was a lot of this going on...

(messes, all over, every where) 

(babies underfoot)

("helpers")

(dangerous activities)

(cupboards emptied)

In February, I wanted to capture "The Day in the Life of" so that I never forget it.  I would describe this season of life as:

Exhausting
Hilarious
Messy
Draining 
Sweet
Overwhelming
Comical
Hard Work
Selfless
Delightful
Tender
Crazy
Loving 

I know it will be gone in a flash, I'm really trying to savor the moments like this.  The purpose is to remember to support women who are in my situation when it is behind me, I never want to trivialize their struggles or accomplishments.  The other reason is to remember these days, all the highs and lows, and look back with sweet remembrance.

(gymnastics carpool with friend and maniac little brother)

(preschool at our house this day)


(of course somebody was sick)

(wrestling) 



(study spelling with kids)

We can't forget the Superbowl!  Probably in the running for the best holiday in this household.  We couldn't take the pressure. But the mood and our faces were much happier when the BRONCOS WON!!! 

Sunday Selfies



 Our basement is slowly coming together.

 Sister Baths

(house back to messy)

(valentines prep)

(sneaking a few treats)

(baby needs another nap)


(still working...)

(this may have sent me over the top)

(grilled cheese and tomato soup)
(getting dressed is the pits)

(the finished products)




(bath night, drinking bum water)

(more homework)

(bedtime stories)


(four down one to go, clean house while we sleep haha)

(preschool prep and DVR)

And a few additional things worth mentioning in February:

Perriton uncles and aunties came to visit



My sweet Beehives served a romantic and elegant Valentines Day dinner for two.


Averie's run-in with an exact-o-knife resulted in a trip to the Urgent Care.

 February did not disappoint...I need a nap after posting this.