Monday, September 29, 2014

a fun fall birthday weekend


we had a great time celebrating our husband/daddy this weekend. it was the big 2-8 for him and we celebrated like it. friday afternoon, we met up with jeremy & chelsea (ellie), and lisa for burgers and shakes at red robin. brooklyn ate mac and cheese and broccoli and was thrilled about it. until she ran into a chair as we were leaving the restaurant, giving her a nice little shiner to sport the rest of the weekend.

i know i should start this post out with a picture of the birthday boy, but this one of the girls melts my heart. so i know he'll love it too. this was right before we left the house for black island farms. they both have pleasant looks on their faces and are donning stripes. i love it.


the sky was looking a little iffy on our way out there and we even had a few rain drops. luckily, we stuck it out and had such a fun evening at black island farms.



complete with animals, pig races, hay slides, the cow/pig train, and our favorite part, the pumpkin patch ride, this place is definitely our favorite place to kick off the fall season (and to celebrate a birthday).





brooklyn's pig "won" the race and she was ecstatic to get that pig nose.




luck was on his side, he hit the pig and won a pumpkin. he chose a massive one.




i headed to the car to nurse kendall during the next part. but the corn box, who wouldn't love the corn box? kids' dream right?




kendall was happy to be fed and join the festivities after missing most it. she was awake for the best part though. minus the mosquitoes.


these two will be running around together before we know it!





kendall loved the ride out there. the ride back, not so much.


we got five pumpkins to take home with us (including the one james won). they are all different sizes and shapes and we can't wait to carve them in a few weeks! brooklyn loved getting to pick out her very own pumpkin.



our 'pumpkin porch' is officially on for the fall and i love it.


after black island farms and kisses to their wives and babes, the birthday boys went to boondocks to do a little go-cart racing and guy stuff like that. i'd say their birthday was a pretty darn good one. we loved celebrating with them and look forward to lots more birthdays just like this last one.

their birthdays wouldn't be complete without cake, and more specifically, tres leches cake. their favorite.


h a p p y  b i r t h d a y  james burdell

we love you!




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

a pirate + cokeville weekend


this weekend was full! we missed james while he was in florida for work, but the girls and i had a blast dressing up like pirates for donuts, spending time in coalville (and stuffing our faces with awesome mexican food), and then in cokeville with lots of family (and more good food).

brooklyn talked about 'pirate day' for a year. she was so pumped for it to finally be here again. donuts are her love language and so are her friends. she loved having her friends there, along with a surprise visit from her nana and great grandma.





^the awesome mexican food i mentioned. if you are ever near coalville, stop by neena's. you won't be disappointed.^

kendall was dressed like a pirate as well, but by the time we got to coalville her outfit became a little more halloween chic. and yes, her legs are getting chubbier by the minute and i can't even hardly take it! i love those rolls more than anything else.


i got in some killer work-outs with my mom and also spent a little bit of saturday helping her clean her blinds. definitely time well spent. she and i, and the my girls drove to cokeville together and it was quite a pleasant drive. my girls were both good, we munched on cheetos, and then had a wonderful dinner waiting for us at my grandma's. brooklyn loves cokeville because she loves to be with my cousins and have so much attention from everyone. 


my cousin britt and her cute baby were there and it was so good to spend a little time with them. annalise is such a dolly! oh my gosh. 


the girls and i had a rough night that night. they wanted to cuddle me, i had a runny nose/sore throat combo, and morning couldn't have come soon enough. luckily for me, they both woke up so happy. it makes all the rough nights worth it. 


cokeville was so beautiful sunday morning. it felt so much like fall that i wanted to cry. i had to grab my camera and run outside to snap a few pictures. but i really couldn't capture it. the air was crisp, it smelled amazing, and those colors!



we were in cokeville to listen to my cousin report his mission. gosh he's such a good kid. man i should call him now. his report was so good and i just love him to pieces. i love him and his other five siblings so much that i had to get a picture of them. they are all good people and good looking to boot. am i wrong? 

(if you know the name stewart petersen/think:where the red fern grows/ this is his beautiful posterity)


we exited cokeville quickly with my parents and got home as quickly as we could to see james. we quickly unpacked and then just spent the rest of the evening together as a family. james had monday off so we made a big breakfast, complete with a new buttermilk pancake recipe i've been dying to try. my MIL is staying with us, so after breakfast, she and james wrangled the girls so that i could go on a quick jog. it felt good. 


after breakfast was cleared up, baths were taken, and babies were nursed, we packed up and headed to the castle park in kaysville. brooklyn was so excited. we haven't been back since the first time we'd been. she loved it. chelsea and ellie met us there and we had a grand ol time. the weather was perfect and the girls wore themselves out during the couple hours we were there. i love parks for that!



we're looking forward to the week ahead, including james' birthday. we have some fun things planned! we also look forward to cooler weather and falling leaves so that we can finally put on our boots and sweaters. fall is officially here and we're so happy about it!


h a p p y  t u e s d a y 



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

a night of reading


monday night we got to go as a family (minus kendall) to my dad's reading foundation kick-off. and just in case you read this and didn't know, my dad is the superintendent of the school district in the community my parents live in. he was an english major and reading in our home was always important, not just to him, but to my mom as well. we were always read to and i am so grateful. 

so, my dad decided to start a reading foundation. 


the night was a success. there were four different stations and we rotated every fifteen minutes, with information mostly for parents on how to read to your child and why it's important. brooklyn was so good and sat through all of it. james and i walked away with two new books, a summit county library card, a t-shirt for brooklyn & a onesie for kendall, and lots of new ideas about reading to our children. the most important thing of all: read to your child 20 minutes EVERY DAY!



thanks again to my dad, his committee, and the presenters, and my mom for watching kendall so we could really sit and listen to the presenters.



h a p p y  r e a d i n g 



Monday, September 15, 2014

homecoming + family pictures

this weekend was jam packed with stuff! we had homecoming, my class reunion, and two different sets of family pictures. even though it was crazy busy and almost impossible to pack for, it was so fun. i secretly love having that much going on!

friday was the homecoming parade and somehow i was roped into putting together the alumni cheer float. oh heavens. thanks to whit, we ended up with an awesome truck and trailer to pull us around. kayla helped me gets some signs done and it all came together. i had some awesome girls come volunteer to ride the float with us. we threw candy and had a great time mostly just chatting on the float. next year, i will not be in the homecoming parade. i'm hanging up that hat for awhile. 






a HUGE thanks to my sisters who always support me. 


after the parade, everyone but whit and i (plus our 4 kiddlets) went to the football game. whit and i relaxed at home, as much as you can with two toddlers and two infants, and enjoyed just being able to hang out together. we had a late night and got up nice and early to get ready for our first set of pictures. kayla was so nice to be willing when i asked her to take pictures for us this fall. we drove down to provo so that we could get pictures in an orchard that i've been dying to get pictures in for years! everyone teased me over this obsession but the pictures are proof that it was totally worth it and made me even more excited to go back there and do them again! 

here are a few of my favorites!












i love them so much! kayla knows exactly what i want and got so many shots that i will treasure forever! now i have to try and pick one for our christmas card. impossible!

sunday evening was our second round of pictures. this time it was with my parents, siblings and their spouses, and all four grandkids. kayla took these as well and again did not disappoint. she had some grumpies and crazy toddlers to work with. it had been over five years since we had family pictures taken so we were due. kayla and judd found a beautiful spot in oakley and the pictures turned out awesome. pictures are just one of those things that make me so happy! family pictures especially. i'm so grateful to have both sets of these from this weekend to cherish and treasure forever. they are definitely keepers.

see for yourself!







i love this next one. not staged at all, as soon as the timer on the camera was about to go off, livi decided to make a run for it. so funny!



h a p p y  m o n d a y  !