Friday, August 29, 2014

the splash pad + skinned knee


today felt like a good day to squeeze a little more summer fun into the week before it's officially over (labor day kind of over). the weather was nice and sunny, the splash pad wasn't too crowded, and we were ready for some outside/water fun. after a quick stop at fiiz for drinks (and a sugar cookie for brooklyn), we met up with chelsea and ellie at the splash pad in kaysville.


^^^mid air^^^


a lot of moms had the same idea, as we barely snagged a parking spot. we set up in the shade and brooklyn was off to run through the (freezing cold) water. chelsea and i (and the little girls) got to chat it up and catch up on each other's weeks. it was nice. really nice. a nice little orange leaf fell right on our blanket while we were talking, which got us discussing how fast summer has come and gone, and also about some plans for fall. we're both excited for fall. we can't help it. 


brooklyn splashed in the water and then played on the playground, over and over again. she was in heaven. she stopped by for bites of her cookie occasionally and then was off again. the sun was good for her.


kendall was happy 90% of the time. she laid on the blanket and just kicked around for a lot of it. this might be the last time she wears this outfit. good thing we have it in a bigger size to wear in hawaii!



ellie kept herself entertained while i chatted with her mommy. she got rewarded with a little splash time on the splash pad, which she loved. she really wanted kendall to play with her, but huge age gap right now. darn it. soon they'll be running around together. too soon.


our cue to leave came after brooklyn got running a little too fast, fell, and skinned up her knee. it was a dramatic deal and she couldn't stop the tears (or the whining). she was ready to go. kendall decided to cry right then as well. it was quite a scene, us trying to pack up to leave. chelsea did all she could to help keep brooklyn happy, fold up the blanket, and keep an eye on ellie, all while i got kendall in her car seat. still screaming. oh dear. the joys of motherhood sometimes right? i just had to laugh. that's all you can do.



luckily, i still had some of my beverage left to help me survive the drive home, and by the time i pulled into the garage, i had two sleeping beauties. exhausted from all the crying and such. darn it. but it was ok. friday was on the horizon and we have a great weekend planned. that can always get me through a thursday... friday, you beautiful thing, you. 


happy weekend! grab a drink and a nap if you can...


Thursday, August 28, 2014

i beat 'the lazies'


today when i woke up, i could tell it was just gonna be one of those days. the kind where i get nothing done, the house gets super messy, and then at the end of it, i feel like a slug and totally guilty. so, i made a decision right there (because who wants to give into those negative nancy thoughts?), i could let the morning go super slow. hold off baths and breakfast dishes, but only for an hour, then it was time to get to it.


baths for the girls, dishes done, and then the house straightened up. i went through every room of the house straightening and putting away. i showered and then we ran a couple errands. as i was pulling into the driveway, i saw that our weeds were getting out of control. i put kendall in the shade and brooklyn helped me put the weeds in piles to be thrown in the trash can. she loved it. the whole time she kept saying, i'm a big helper, watch me. stuff like that. she's so fun to have around for the most part. she'll talk your head off and you'll end up laughing at something funny or clever that she says. 



^^^she dressed herself.^^^


kendall basically took cat naps all day. silly girl. i'm guessing she didn't want to miss out on all the cleaning and weed pulling. by five o'clock, dinner was not happening by yours truly. luckily, it was national cheeseburger day and james came home and grilled us up some burgers. we topped them with avocado and bbq sauce and called it good. yum!


^^^my sad little baby.^^^

so, i beat 'the lazies' today. i'm pretty proud of it too. i may not have put on a stitch of make-up or done my hair, but i got stuff done. it's days like these that help me to feel accomplished as a mother and a homemaker. because a lot of times i just feel like i'm barely getting through the day without getting too much done besides keeping my girls alive. those days can be great too. i need those days. but a day full of productivity along side happy children just feels good. to reward this day, if the sun cooperates, there may be something fun on the docket for tomorrow. fingers crossed!



h a p p y  f r i d a y  e v e !

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

what we did...

things we did today:

a hospital visit to see my new nephew again

lunch with james

a little skyping with nana in hawaii. brooklyn danced.


we finished our family coke name collection. the best we could do.


kendall looked extra delicious in her tub today so i had to snap some pictures. she loves her baths.


i started putting outfits together for family pictures. i love it. i hate it.

we went to the ward garden. and look what we found!


boy if that didn't get my excited for fall! 

brooklyn wore her best veggie picking attire.


we had dinner together as a family. 

watched a show together as a family.

and now we're getting ready to go to bed...

as a family.


those corn stalks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




h a p p y  w e d n e s d a y 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

oh baby...


first, a horrible quality cell picture that i can't help but share. this was my bed this morning after we were all awake for a little bit, and then the girls fell asleep again. and i loved it.


shortly after this, we were up and ready for the day, laundry done, and on our way to the hospital to eat cookies with blue frosting because...


my favorite little nephew was born and we wanted to celebrate this little prince. such a precious little guy.

#cutlerjaymes 

we spent the day at the hospital with family and taking turns snuggling this new little baby. whit and chandler made a handsome little guy and now get to start their adventure as a family of four. livi wasn't too sure about her new baby brother at first, but decided to love  poor brooklyn wasn't allowed to go in and see the baby and she was dying. she wanted to see her, "new baby cousin," so badly. darn it. she can't wait to see him later this week.

it was a nice way to start off the week. just hangin' out, enjoying family, and planning a few things coming up in the next little bit. it's always fun to see those people. 

we love each other.



h a p p y  t u e s d a y 


Monday, August 25, 2014

end of summer.

this weekend was good to us and went by way too quickly. we started it off friday afternoon with a family trip to the ogden temple open house. it's beautiful and james and i can't wait to go back and do a session there. we're so happy for it to be open again.



we ate italian for lunch, farr's ice cream for dessert and then headed home for a family nap. when we woke up, our power went out for about an hour or so. i lit some candles, and yes, i promised myself i'd save this candle until september, but i couldn't help myself. this, mixed with pouring rain, sure made it feel like fall around here. i secretly loved it!


also, this is how brooklyn chose to entertain herself during the outage.


saturday evening we hosted a little end of summer bbq with friends, and even though we ended up eating inside, it sure was fun. we had lots of food and some delicious cookies to top it all off (thanks again jess). 






fun aunt chelsea.





sunday was good. church was good. this little munchkin was good for all three hours. and those legs!



we ended the weekend with s'mores in the backyard with our favorite neighbors. with summer basically over, i couldn't help it but want s'mores one more time. it felt like a formal farewell to summer. although, we'll see how this week goes. 







^^^the 'parade' even came through during our s'mores party.^^^



we love these guys. we've loved summer. and we are more than excited for fall!


h a p p y  m o n d a y 


i get to meet my favorite nephew today! i. can't. wait.