Sunday, July 27, 2014

our pioneer day:

parade watching

and now, our pioneer day in pictures (crappy cell phone pictures. darn it.)

i love this holiday. it ranks right at the top in my most favorite holidays list. our day was awesome. everything the day should be. we ended it exhausted and happy. i can't complain.


i have a lot of 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

these two...

the past couple of days, our mornings have started off with lots of snuggles and lots of requests from brooklyn to 'please hold my baby sister'. as long as kendall is in the right mood, she's absolutely ok to let her big sister hold her. and it makes brooklyn the happiest girl on the planet.

^^^darn phone picture quality, but do you see those two dimples right above her lip? my favorite.^^^

after brooklyn got out of the tub, she asked me if she could read a story to kendall. she wanted her propped up so she could see the pictures and everything. they were both enjoying themselves for a good five minutes. 

and i just stood back and enjoyed this precious moment. oh my gosh. one of my favorite moments of these two so far. i may or may not have teared up. i'm so glad they have each other. i hope they'll always take care of each other and love each other and just be best friends. to have a sister is just the best.

^^^brooklyn has that book memorized, and when her daddy reads it to her before bed and is falling asleep, she just kind of takes over for him. she runs a tight ship when it comes to being read to. no skipping pages either.^^^

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

summer so far...

throwing a brand new baby into the mix made summer a little not so summer-like for brooklyn for a few weeks. darn it. but luckily, this past week, summer showed it's face again and she has been in heaven. i cleaned out her pool one day, filled it up, and she played in (and out of) it all day. into the evening even. i benefited from pool time with a foot soak + rub. very nice.

we're adjusting to life as a family of four pretty well for the most part. i'm still learning how to juggle a toddler and newborn, but it's getting better and we're starting to see a routine mold into our days. brooklyn has her nana here to play with her, feed her, play hide-and-seek with her, and take her on errand runs and thank goodness. she loves being able to get out of the house on a regular basis and it's nice to just have a little one on one time with kendall. 

^^^james tackling bedtime with BOTH girls.^^^

brooklyn loves kendall with all her little heart. she's constantly kissing her, wanting to hold her, read to her. she just loves her! sometimes a little too much.

this past weekend brought brooklyn's almost favorite weekend of the year. the fair came to town and with it brought fireworks and brooklyn's dream come true, the carousel. we spent both friday and saturday evening there. friday she rode rides with her daddy while my MIL and i manned the baby and stroller. saturday night we had chelsea/ellie and kayla/judd there with us as well. the fireworks were awesome again and we went home totally satisfied with our fair-going nights.

in between all of the fair going, chelsea and i (plus the little girls) hit up the slc farmer's market. we scored our favorite lemonade and chelsea a big bag o'cherries. we hit up swig on the way home and then i dropped chelsea/ellie off at the farmington pool to join james, lisa, and brooklyn for a little swim sesh. kendall and i headed home to get out of the heat and take naps.

^^^she wanted her face painted so badly on friday night. we promised her she could on saturday. she chose a unicorn and cried when her daddy had to wipe it away.^^^

summer is treating us well. it really is. crossing a few things off our summer bucket list this weekend was definitely a highlight. this week is brooklyn's birthday week (I CAN'T BELIEVE she will be 3!), james has pioneer day off, and this weekend we head to cokeville for the big 24th celebration. we have a lot to look forward to and we're trying to soak it all in as much as we can.

h a p p y  t u e s d e e

Monday, July 14, 2014

the week's end.

first off, thank goodness for the rain we had a couple days ago. it was heaven sent. and brooklyn was pretty thrilled to be outside, alone, in her princess dress, with an umbrella.

friday night, my in-laws treated us to texas roadhouse. it was my FIL's last night here and wanted to go out with a bang. we didn't complain. we stuffed ourselves silly and then headed back to cream gables to relax and just visit.

thanks again gary and lisa!

saturday morning, we all ran errands as a family and gary helped james with fix a few more things around the house. that guy can do it all! then it was time to say goodbye. luckily, we know this one won't be for too long because we'll be in hawaii for thanksgiving.

h a p p y  m o n d a y 

Friday, July 11, 2014


this evening was a good one. chelsea and ellie are back in town after a nice long hiatus and we were anxious to see them again! and with my in-laws here, we had a good full house. it felt nice. we chatted and ate chips and salsa. then, james came home from class and brought out the sparklers. brooklyn's been patiently waiting since her daddy got home monday to do some sparklers. 

so she did that...

and the baby did this...

good. night.

we're ready for the weekend! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

this wednesday...

first, a few pictures of my little tiny.

^i spy a glimpse of a fat roll on that thigh.^ 

my in-laws are here at cream gables, and that means we get to go out and eat at some good spots. red robin being the first. my FIL is only here until saturday and this is one of his favorites, so we HAD to go there. we had to. 

due to a tooth issue for the time being, brooklyn ordered mac and cheese and steamed broccoli. she ate quite a bit of it that picky eater of mine.

because she ate so well, papa and uncle jeremy helped her with the game and vending machines. she was thrilled.

we ended the night with shakes and a movie. our house has been stifling lately and luckily, it even cooled down a little while we enjoyed our flick. thank goodness. nursing a warm baby in a hot house, sweaty!

yay for thursday...