Monday, July 27, 2015

It Takes 2.....

My favorite kind of post. My 2 cuties just being cuties.

Peyton was invited to a little girl's "Princess" b-day party. Of course if you get one ready, the other has to become a princess too, even if she didn't go to the party. How cute are they though?
 Finger painting turned into.... this.
 Playing "puppies" at the park
 Wes sent this gem to me while I was at girl's camp.
 This is one of my favorites. These 2 are obsessed with another little girl that lives a few houses down from us. They want to ask almost everyday if that little girl can come play. I make they ask themselves and I walk over with them. Here they are at her house. They are getting soooo big!
 Another of my favorites.
 Reenacting Lady and the Tramp with spaghetti noodles.
 Matching cuties at church.
 Hanging by the pool.

Beach Day

This summer we've had quite a few beach days... my favorite. Besides the sand, I can't complain about the beach at all. Kids are happy, I'm happy, so basically we are all happy. Of course when at the beach one must have sandals. Wes hasn't had a pair for who knows how long, so we made a trip to the Rainbow Outlet. Who knew it was literally 5 minutes from Matt and Jaime's new place. After the outlet we hit up the beach and my animal lover (Jovie-girl) was so happy to find a new crab friend. That girl will just about hold any animal handed to her... snakes have been the only exception I have seen. And after the beach we went to our cousins new place to play and check it out. It was a good day!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Father's Day

How did I get so lucky to get the best one? I cannot say enough about the Father of my babies and the man I am lucky enough to spend the rest of eternity with! Sure sometimes he drives me bonkers, but I could spend every moment of every day with him and still not get enough. Not even kidding. He's just the best! My kids totally agree with me.

(photos not staged I swear)
He is super fun with them...
So the least we could do was give him a day of rest from waking up early, doing dishes, and wiping little baby booties. We also took a nice relaxing walk and made Cairns with some my family.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

In a New York Minute: Part 2

If you don't remember Part One go here. Once you see that the rest of this will all make so much more sense.

Because.... this girl has still got it.

She is the funniest little sweetie (which someone at Walmart called her today, so she informed me she was now only a sweetie). But check out these faces:


to finally plumb goofy
This sweetie of ours sure is a joy to be around. She is also a real hoot.

Friday, July 17, 2015

First and Last: Preschool

I can't believe that in just about 4 weeks my baby starts Kindergarten.

On June 10th she had her last day of Preschool... which was just a little potluck party at the park where the kids rode their bikes.

Look how much she has grown! Sept. 3, 2014- June 10, 2015.
She is smart, sweet, funny, and full of personality! I love this little girl of mine!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Our passes for Disneyland were blocked for the whole summer starting June 4, which also meant that by the time we could use them again (after Summer) they would have expired. So, even on a VERY inconvenient day, we decided we would go (June 3) for the last time. Hopefully soon we can renew, but it all just depends.

And since we knew it could potentially be the last time for a while, we waited in some of the long rides Peyton had never gone on so that she could experience them at least once.

The first was The Matterhorn. She was truly so nervous about this one because it looked fast and she had heard about the Abominable Snowman inside. We convinced her it would be fun, and can you believe it? She loved it!

In line......
(and she asked for this picture to be taken. Posed herself and waited patiently.)
 Jovie and I waited for Wes and Peyton to go on. He does the scary things first because I am so nervous to watch my kids do things that might potential scare them I actually scare them more. I am more than happy to do it after I know they will enjoy it a second time.
And as she came back....
 Yup, she liked it!
Then we did some "normal" rides...
And then while Jovie and I rode Pooh Bear a few times....
 Wes and Peyton did this....
Splash Mountain! And contrary to the terrified look on her face, she actually loved it!

Fingers crossed we can get our passes again soon!


Somehow this year I was roped into being a "mother at camp" or MAC at our church's girls camp. I don't usually work with the youth (well not yet at least) so I was surprised with this calling. I went because one of my biggest thoughts was how when my girls are old enough to go I hope they have fun, young leaders (yes, I am pretending I am young and fun) who take time out of their life to give to them.

If I am to be completely honest I was not really excited about going. Okay, the more appropriate term would be I was "full of dread." Not because of the girls, because in all honesty I genuinely love working with the youth; I honestly think they are so much fun to be with. But, I was just dreading being away from my family for a whole week... Monday-Saturday.

However, once I was there I was just fine. Sure, at times it felt looooong. But, I laughed a lot. I slept pretty good besides the snoring from my bunk mate... heaven help me. I ate good, and if I am to be honest I had like almost no real responsibility and it was easy and relaxing. I know, bet you would have never guessed I would say that. I sat in the shade and read and visited a lot. The day at the lake found me in my chair and bathing suit tanning and chatting with friends with a diet coke in hand.... yes I brought my own 12 pack and am so glad I did.

It was a wonderful week where I felt the spirit and even more importantly watched the girl's grow in the gospel and gain wonderful friendships. I cried a few times being there thinking of my own babies who will soon be young women and I hope with all of my heart they have strong testimonies and wonderful experiences with the spirit.

Monday was our day to get the camp, cabins, etc ready before campers got there. I lucked out insomuch that I slept in a cabin with the older girls rather than an A-frame like all the other leaders. I was in charge of the 17-18 year olds who basically ran things and were each in charge of their own cabin. Thus I would wake them up, make sure they were where they needed to be, and then relax. Monday after we were all set up we went bowling. I was determined to beat everyone (not competitive at all) which I did. Booyah!
 Of course, we had to do some pranks. I wasn't really involved in this, but they wanted me in on the picture.
 One morning we woke up at 4:30 AM to do a very small hike for a sunrise testimony meeting. It was pretty awesome. There was also a big fire over on one side of the mountain so we watched the smoke from up there as well.
 My little group of girls who actually woke up to go.
 Here are all of my girls in front of our cabin.
 On Thursday night Wes and I were the starlight couple. Every year the stake chooses a couple to come and talk about "their story." How they met, dated, etc. We were asked to be it this year. So he brought up the girls, joined me for dinner and we were able to share ours. I love our story. It was awesome to have 45 minutes were the girls "ooohed and aaahed" over us. We couldn't help but laugh at their enthusiasm and even joked it felt we were on Jerry Springer or something as they laughed and yelled. My girls kind of stole the show as all the young women wanted to hold them and take pictures with them. It was such a nice way to break up the week and make it not feel so long to be apart. I've had many girls since tell me how much they love our story and joke about the little details. In fact our "story" made a cameo in one ward skit one night. "Goals" as the girls say all the time now. And I feel like a small celebrity. I ran into a 13 year old young woman from another ward at the grocery store and her mom told me she talks about us all the time and aspires to be like us. So cute and funny.
I can't even tell you how many times my phone was stolen and I have pictures of all the young women.
This might seem so weird to you... but this picture shows me accomplishing my one goal of the week. One girl (Fionne) as seen behind me would (more than once) laugh so hard she would start throwing up. She did it the first night and I about died. She did it again like night 3 and it became my goal to make her laugh so hard she did it again and I would get a selfie with her. Well...her I am Friday night accomplishing said goal.
Seriously, I had so much fun with my girls!