Tuesday, October 28, 2014

pumpkin palooza

tonight was the pumpkin palooza at the utah state botanical gardens in kaysville. we were lucky enough to be some of the first 100 people there to get free donuts and root beer. always a good start to a night when donuts are involved.

brooklyn was thrilled!

it was absolutely freezing and trying to keep our chubby little giraffe and our sassy little witch warm was quite a chore. kendall and i did get lucky to take a nursing break in the nice warm car.

brooklyn got to have her face painted. if there is face painting within a hundred miles, she wants it done. totally her favorite!

brooklyn and ellie posing in front of the spooky painting... before they got too cold.

there were several activities for kids and adults to do and i really think if it hadn't been so cold, it would have been a lot more enjoyable. brooklyn really didn't really seem to mind the cold. she just kept asking what was next.

my MIL tried so hard to get a good family picture for us, but brooklyn has turned into a difficult picture taker as of late. but we got a few decent ones. little stinker!

the fun ended with a costume contest that took waaaay too long. brooklyn was really stoked about it even though she had no idea what it was. when her name was finally called, she wasn't sure what to do and just stood there. then she wanted to know if she won. we left before that happened. it was freeeeezing and there were way too many little people in that costume contest. so as we were getting ready to leave we heard them announce that there were bracelets and candy for all of the participants. that made her night. 

we're going to bed nice and warmed up, and ready for another fun day tomorrow!

up next, the pumpkin walk!

Monday, October 27, 2014

pumpkin carving

i can't believe we've basically had our last weekend in october. this month has flown! and there's still so much fun to be had! i really will be sad to see this month go. it's been a gem. our weekend consisted of pancakes for breakfast, lots of fall leaves, and some pumpkin carving. not to mention, james and i cleaned out our closet and it felt oh so gooood.

every time brooklyn holds kendall she wants me to take a picture. i don't every time, but i'm glad i did on this one. they look so different from each other, yet so alike.

the leaves on the trail that i jog every day are killing it. i love all the colors. so sad that it'll all be gone soon.

sunday evening we carved pumpkins. brooklyn has been anxiously awaiting this activity all week. she couldn't wait to 'carve' her pumpkin. 

jeremy and chelsea joined us, and lisa chased all the girls around for us. definitely a team effort to get those 7 pumpkins carved. good job team!

i think we were all pretty happy with the turnout. 

i'm really almost kind of sad that that part of our october traditions is over. good thing we have lots of fun halloween plans this week. james doesn't have class either, so we are going to jam pack it with as much as we can!

(kendall is wearing brooklyn's old outift and hat. i love seeing her in her big sister's old stuff.)

after our pumpkins were all carved, i couldn't help but add a touch of gold. spray paint that is. i love how they look. the lighting in these pictures don't do them justice. i'll have to re take some tomorrow.

can ya tell who's is who's?

jack-o-lanterns might be my favorite halloween decor. i seriously love them. after i took these pictures, kendall and i just sat out there and looked at them. i'm obsessed!

this might be my favorite pumpkin porch yet.

bring on a fun-filled/crazy/halloween week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

just one week...

until halloween! 

so to celebrate, we took kendall to get her four month shots. just kidding. we really did do that, but to celebrate, i took pictures of the girls in their costumes at a park nearby (with my MIL's help). brooklyn couldn't get her costume on fast enough. she asked all day if it was five o'clock yet. i'd promised her all day that she'd get to wear her costume at five, and she didn't let me forget.

(my cute little witch and sad little giraffe)

i got some of the sweetest pictures of them. kendall wasn't super happy about it, but she put up with the camera in her face and let brooklyn hold her for a little bit. brooklyn was in heaven. posing left and right, she could have stayed in her witch costume all night.

on her 'broom'...

such a sad, cute little giraffe.

and here's the money shot...

luckily my MIL was there, because brooklyn had to go to the bathroom right in the middle of it all, while kendall was waking up in her car seat, and it really could have been a disaster for me. she also helped to get the girls looking up at the camera while i took the pictures.

last year, halloween day was just crazy and i didn't get a lot of good pictures of brooklyn in her costume, so i promised myself that next year (this year) i would take pictures in costumes before the actual trick-or-treating day. and i'm so glad i did.

we are super excited for halloween at our house. brooklyn for obvious reasons, and i just have always loved halloween day. there's an excitement in the air, definitely different from christmas, but i've always been excited for halloween. and having kids has totally brought back more of that excitement. i really can't wrap my brain around the fact that i have two little trick-or-treaters this year. 

my heart is absolutely full. 

sometimes when i step back, i really can't believe that they're mine. they try my patience more than any other humans on the planet, but i love them so much it hurts.

h a p p y  week-before  h a l l o w e e n  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

october so far...

october is killing it. the weather has been beautiful, our flannel sheets are officially on for the next couple months, and brooklyn has been drinking her weight in hot chocolate. we love the leaves, and playing in them with friends. it's flying by and we're trying to enjoy every second!

this is the first year that brooklyn has really gotten excited about pulling out all of our halloween books. she wants to read them all, multiple times. her favorite being the skeleton meets the mummy.

and if you can handle kids' halloween songs in the car, i totally recommend this. i recommended it a year or so ago, and i still stand by it. brooklyn loves it. there are fifty tracks so you don't hear the songs repeated too often. 

some other halloween books we have been reading...

we also pulled out the fall/autumn books. 

i've been burning candles not stop the past few weeks. i love them all and couldn't choose a favorite with a gun to my head. they all smell delicious and make me want to stop time forever. not to mention that kendall is so adorably fat right now that time could stand still and i'd be content. i want her to just get more and more chubby! 

(she wears this outfit once a week. getting good use out of it.)

we love when family remember that we live in davis county when they're in the area. the cute lynch/reynolds family came to kaysville for a soccer game and let us know so that we could see each other. it was so fun to get to chat and swap babes for a little while. 

october is going to be over before we know it, but we could definitely say we squeezed every last good drop out of it. we're looking forward to halloween and dressing the girls up, and going trick-or-treating. after that, the countdown to thanksgiving in hawaii is on.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

this post is for her...

for grandma jackie. 

a year ago today, she left this earth and joined my grandpa in heaven. gosh that was a hard evening. getting the phone call from my dad that she had peacefully passed was gut wrenching and at the same time, it gave me so much comfort. she fought that darn cancer for too long. she dealt with so much pain and discomfort. i hated thinking about her suffering. ugh. but i wanted her to be here. healthy and here. with us. i wanted her to see brooklyn grow up. 

i wish she was here to meet and hold kendall.

i know exactly what she'd say about kendall if she held her today. she'd say, "oh my gosh melinda she's so darn cute! those cheeks!" it hurts. it hurts so much. i want to her to be here to see this cute chubby baby of mine. 


she's not here. she is in heaven and her body is whole. she is no longer suffering and that makes me so happy. i can imagine that she and my grandpa are having so much fun together. catching up, and looking down on us. being proud of us, i hope. and i really do feel like she had something to do with getting kendall here. i found out i was pregnant a week after her funeral. i can just picture her pleading my case up there, fighting for me like she always did. she knew how much i wanted another baby. she knew how much i suffered through my miscarriages. she did something up there to get this sweet baby to me. i truly believe that.

and i know she watches over us. i know she watches over my girls. she laughs with us and cries with us. i'm sure of it. i miss her so much. i miss so much about her. i'm so grateful for all of the good happy memories i have of her. i want to be like her. i hope she knows how much i love her. and if she doesn't, i can't wait to tell her when we see each other again.

and i imagine she'll want to spend a lot of time with these girls of mine.

but until then, we'll keep missing her and reminiscing all the great things there are to reminisce about her. i love you grandma! so so much!

p.s. today i will jog my daily jog in basketball shorts and listen to 90's boy bands in honor of that cute hip grandma of mine, and honestly, i think she'll laugh.