Wednesday, July 1, 2015

goodbye june.

hello july.

we're happy you're here. no one more than brooklyn though. it's FINALLY her birthday month and she's counting down the days.

june was definitely a good one though. summer in full swing and enjoying everything outdoors that we could. i'd say we made the most of june. here's a little recap:

ward camp out. i've never been in a ward that does this, but i'm down with the tradition. we got up there a little later than we planned but the drive was beautiful and the girls were asleep. james and i chowed down on some in-n-out on the way up and we were happy campers.

james was nice and let me have my way about where our tent was set up. it would have been really easy for him to set it up in this big field right across from where everyone else was, but i really wanted to be close to the bathroom AND my friend and her family. so he endured big tall weeds, pokies, and tree branches. but our tent looked nice and cozy there. i thought.

then it was campfire songs and stories. brooklyn loved running around with her little friends and getting filthy. as it started to get super dark, i headed back to the tent to put keni down for the night. much to my surprise, as soon as i had done that it was lights out. james and brooklyn met me at the tent and everyone was heading to bed. it was 10 PM. but james and i were both ok with it. we were exhausted. both girls slept pretty dang well, and there was a nice big delicious breakfast awaiting us before we headed back home. i'm guessing we'll be going again next year.

later that same day, we met up with my family in murray for a little picnic of sorts for kayla's birthday. it was kfc and fruit pizza for all. it was stifling hot but the food tasted good. 

afterwards, we all made the quick trip over to taylorsville dayzz for some fireworks (and people watching). it was so fun to have everyone there. we mostly just sat on the blankets and visited (and people watched). it was just fun to be all together.

this was kendall's first experience (really) with fireworks and she was in heaven. she sat still, eyes to the sky, for a good ten minutes. then she started pointing and saying, "ahh, ahh". oh she loved them. the rest of us loved them too as always. it was so awesome to be there, watching fireworks, with so many people that i love. the girls were so good to boot.

this was our 7th time at the t-ville fireworks. we missed a couple years in there, but we've loved having it as a little family tradition since before our family officially started.

the day-to-day has been full of swimming (and BBQ-ing anything and everything). we either go to the bountiful pool, seven peaks, or just our good ol backyard. the girls love all three. so being able to just stay home here and there makes it a little easier on this mama.

night swimming is definitely one of my faves. the sun isn't so hot and it's just that magical time of evening. ya know what i'm talking about? i love it. it just screams summer.

and yes, both girls have their own pool, BUT the small one is technically the 'hot tub'. next summer will be better for keni to use the bigger pool. she's just a little too short right now.

i got my july 4th patriotic decor up in the middle of june but added a few things this week. i love living in utah so that my decor can stay up all month long. and two holidays to celebrate in july?! come on! anything and everything red white and blue or patriotic.

 (i had my sister make me this print AND i love it. thanks googs!)

along with my watermelon candy that i always have out, i wanted something else to put out this month so i decided on salt water taffy. first of all, i thought it'd be good because i wouldn't really be tempted by it. wrong. and secondly, it screams july to me. it's basically the epitome of parade candy.

and because it's the first of july, i dressed my girls in patriotic colors (and matching). i'm hoping to do this every day for the rest of the week, but it'll be interesting because i don't have that much to work with. we have some fun plans for friday and saturday and can't wait to celebrate our nation's birthday. brooklyn can hardly handle all the talk of fireworks and parades and it makes me so happy that she loves these holidays and summer just like me.

h a p p y  first  o f  j u l y !!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

spring haven 2015.

spring haven was as good as always. you can't tell by how many pictures i took though. gosh. i hardly took any, and i'm kicking myself! however, james took video of the whole lip sync contest we had saturday night and i have thoroughly enjoyed watching those over and over again.

this year was tricky with the rooming situation as the room my parents' are assigned to also houses their married kids and grandkids. that's a lot of bodies in one room. so, james, brooklyn, and chandler tried tent-ing it the first night only to get soaked by the sprinklers. darn it. so it ended up 6 adults and 4 kids in one room. we were cozy.

keni and cutler loved being in the same room though. waking each other up in the middle of the night and all.

kayla and dev took one for the team and represented our family in the lip sync contest. bless them. i gladly provided my mixed tape from my sophomore year of high school and they put together a heckuva performance.

the adults sang 'farmer tan' as per everyone's favorite request but swore they're never doing it again. that can't be true. we won't let it be. farmer tan for life.

this was the last time for a looong time that our family will be all together at a reunion as dev and kenz move to arizona next month. so this picture was a must.

we also killed two birds with one stone and celebrated kayla and baby boy saturday afternoon. we mostly just like to hear the advice everyone gives and then eat the root beer floats, but kayla did score some good loot. we can't wait for baby rydalch to make his debut!

i love spring haven because of the food, the company, and the beautiful place we get to spend a whole weekend with our loved ones at (not in that order... necessarily). it's so nice to be able to visit with cousins, aunts, grandparents, and everyone else in between. it's a relaxing weekend with really not that much sleep. brooklyn is hooked and bawled when we got home sunday evening. in her prayers that night she prayed that if she made her bed good enough and cleaned her room that she'd be able to go back to spring haven. that's how we all feel brookie. darn it. 

and we're especially trying to soak up as much time with these two as we can. we sure are going to miss them and arizona feels like a world away. we can't help but be excited for you too.

p.s. i can't remember who, but whoever got the good pictures of the 'six of us' i would LOVE a copy. please and thank you!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

kendall's first birthday.

kendall's first birthday was almost perfect. besides the fact that she refused her second nap, it was such a special day. i don't know why, but i struggle so bad with the first birthday. i'm emotional all day and at the end of it, i can hardly even get the words out to sing the happy birthday song. gosh they're born, and then that first year just flies.

we went to seven peaks to celebrate. aunt tori came with us. it was keni's first time and she mostly loved it. she was tired (refusing naps and all) so she basically was just a lump on a log. she loved being able to walk around in the wave pool without mommy having to hold her hand. brooklyn loved it, of course. she had aunt tori to swim out in the 'deep water' with her. we didn't go for super long, just long enough.

we got home, showered, and kendall finally fell asleep. my mom and kayla & judd showed up to help me just in time to help me get everything set up. bless them. 

the party was everything i wanted and more. simple and feminine. the weather was a tad hot, but totally doable. there were pink and yellow flowers on the tables, balloons everywhere, black and white pictures of the birthday girl, and guests that we love dearly.

kendall's cake smash was the best i've ever seen. she loved her cake and dove right in. she loves her sweets. not enough that she couldn't share though. she gave brooklyn and her mommy & daddy lots of tastes. it was the cutest thing. after a good ten minutes, she was taken to the tub to get washed up and in her birthday dress.

she got spoiled with lots of presents. because she didn't really know what was going on, she mostly just wanted to play with the wrapping paper. and she definitely loved all the attention she was getting.

we love living so close to aunt barb (15 minutes away!) and being able to invite her to things like this. it meant so much that she would come.

the rest of the family drove long distances to come and i really do appreciate it. it means a lot to have such supportive family. kendall is so loved.

she is as sassy, sweet, determined, cheesy, happy, funny, and loving as they come. everywhere we go i get told how beautiful she is and i can't help but agree. she has been such a little light in our lives this past year and i hope someday she'll know that. i love waking up to her little face every morning and kissing it good night every night. she keeps me on my toes and always has me laughing. oh mommy loves you kendall kate.

h a p p y  1st  b i r t h d a y 

Monday, June 22, 2015

not this past friday but the one before.

we've just been enjoying summer a little too much and this blog has taken a back seat. but this week i'm determined to catch up. so we're going back a little to a few fridays ago. it was a fun filled day that exhausted me, but it was days like those that make me crave summer on those cold winter days.

here's how it went.

right after breakfast i quickly bathed the girls and then put keni down for her morning nap. brooklyn and i put our swim suits on and got some cleaning done while keni slept. as soon as she woke up, i sunscreened the girls and we were off to meet friends at the splash pad. it was kendall's first time at a splash pad and she loved it. not an exaggeration in the least. she couldn't get enough of the water and watching all of the kids. brooklyn did what she usually does at the splash pad and that's run through every drop of water she can as fast as she can. it was a total bonus to have her friends there with her.

after the splash pad, we hurried home to shower and get ready to go to salt lake to meet kayla for lunch for her birthday. the girls slept once we got in the car and both were so excited to wake up and see that we were with some fun company. though lunch was a little chaotic (isn't it always with kids though?), it was great to get together. 

we said our goodbyes and then went to meet james at his work party at wheeler farm. we were scheduled for a 'hay ride' and brooklyn was stoked. she ended up being more excited to feed ducks and look at the baby animals. keni loved the animals as long as they were far away. as soon as they got close, she backed off the fence as fast as she could. it was hilarious.

because we had two separate cars (and it was so dang hot), kendall and i headed back home to meet friends at the food truck round up while james and brooklyn hung out a little longer at the party. the food truck round up was fun because my friends were there. i've seriously lucked out with the friends i've made here. i love hanging out with them and i'm always excited when we get the chance to. i could go on, but know that i'll probably mention them a lot more as time goes on. james and brooklyn finally joined us, ice cream sandwiches in tow. kendall not only ate mine, but she also decided to help herself to my friend's. aint no shame keni. ice cream sandwiches are her fave.

by the time we got home, all of us were exhausted. the girls went to bed and james and i were able to just talk and also get some things done we'd been needing to do. it was such a fun busy day, and thank goodness the next day was saturday, more time to play and relax. i couldn't do days like this every day, but when they come around i love them.