life lately: may 2016

here's some snippets from our month of may. 99% are of the girls (ok, there's only one pic of jae and i and it's a terrible picture!), but our lives revolve around them so it makes sense, right?

a rainbow shaped line of shoes is gracie's favorite thing to be OCD about lately ;)

big girl bed!!!! this bed has been waiting for months now (i've been pushing it off and pushing it off..) and since lola hit 6 months and wasn't sleeping in her crib yet (i had a lot of anxiety about that) because gracie was still sleeping in the crib - well i finally told jae it was time and we were just going to jump right in! so we did. and she's done pretty dang good. this was her first night. she was pretty excited.

endless kisses between these sisters

she is a momma's girl and a snuggler and i cannot get enough of the sweetness

she wanted to have a picnic in the basket with her snacks and books. so she did!

gracie went to see cousin quinn in her ballet recital. i think she got a little bored with all the dancing, but loved the costumes and the flowers at the end! and dressed up in her 'twirl' skirt and pink sparkly ballet shoes for it

pantry door, painted and knobbed and installed! check.

tile floor is done!!!!! jae did amazing.

she cracks me up. insisted on the hat (which is so cute but too big so falls off constantly) and the purse, of course. she gets so mad when she can't get it on and off over her head by herself.

oh and all of that while reading some books in mom and dads closet.

i wish you could see him from the front view, but someone asked gracie 'what is dad doing?' and she looked at him like this and said, without missing a beat, 'feeding lola!'. that's exactly what it looked like, now that she mentions it! it was so so funny.

first nap in the crib. now she's in there for every nap and every sleep and it's been so great.

just a goofy gracie face. she's super into scrunching her nose lately and giving us this disgusted look.

she often asks to have some of my morning smoothie, and it always makes its way up to her nose somehow ;)

lola doesn't make very many silly faces like this! i was so glad i caught it on camera.

we had a nasty cold turned bronchiolitis run through our house a few weeks ago and the girls (and jae and i) were sad little sickies for two weeks. it was miserable.

greatest family photo you've seen, amiright?! (lola's face!)

visiting my sister susan's new house that's being built and playing peek-a-boo in their fun little windows under the stairs. perfect gracie size.

first ride in the stroller sans carseat. she did pretty good sitting up! until she fell asleep.

lots of park days and lola got to sit in the swing too! she literally just sat in the swing for 10 seconds - but it's a start! soon she'll be swinging right alongside sister. 
(and it was too bright for little baby eyes)

gracie's first dentist appointment!! they took xrays and brushed her teeth and counted them and she got to pick out a new toothbrush and two prizes. she did awesome! and no cavities! 
(score one for the parents ;))


the zoo!

i had been really wanting to take gracie to the zoo. we hadn't been since last fall and the weather this week has been awesome. we wanted to go last week, but the cold plague hit us all and it just wasn't happening. so we talked grandma and auntie kennedy into going with us, and we made a day of it. it was so fun! PERFECT weather. mid 70's and sunny and just awesome. didn't get too many pictures of actual animals, but there were a few babies we got to see and that makes it even better. definitely going back a few more times this summer. it's so fun to have a toddler to do these fun things with.

obligatory lion drinking fountain picture. i mean, how old is that thing by now?

this is the best pic i got of the girls together ha! gracie chomping on her cookie & refusing to smile. and lola just needed a good nap.

not the greatest pictures, but the two bears were just rough-housing with each other in the water, putting on a show. it was awesome.

click on this one to see it bigger. she was smiling, which is great! but she was also looking over at her aunt kennedy rather than the camera haha. typical!

and now looking in the right direction, but still not at the camera. this girl!

turns out she's a popcorn fiend. who knew?! once grandma bought her the popcorn, she honestly couldn't have cared less about the animals and just wanted to sit in the stroller and eat popcorn.

these are too funny, i had to post all of them. gracie!! this is how it is trying to get any sort of decent picture with them ;) (also, grandma bought her a bubble gun and she traded the bag of popcorn in for that and wouldn't put it down. still won't.)

the train!


st. george, may 2016

a few weeks ago we managed to squeeze 10 adults and 10 kids in one condo for a weekend! it was a little bit crazy and a lot of fun.

we spent the weekend eating, hiking, fishing, playing games, swimming, and just enjoying the warm weather and good friends. the mommas even snuck away for pedicures, leaving all the kids with the men. more than once before this trip i just about called it and was going to bail. life gets in the way sometimes, ya know? but i just really wanted this weekend away with friends and i knew gracie would have a blast with all the other little kids (which she did) so we made it happen and i'm glad we did.

on the road! both girls actually did really well both ways.

digging for rock treasures at glitter mountain

post pedicures

gracie was a pretty good little hiker. she's not had much experience hiking - we need to get her out more this summer. she even "peed in the bushes!" it was awesome. totally proud mom moment ;)

found a frog (toad?) in the pond area we stopped at. the kids traumatized it for sure.

we made up our own version of telestrations one night after the kids went to bed. it got pretty interesting!
a couple of the best ones of the night that had us rolling.

the whole gang! (minus baby juniper). not exactly in focus, but the best we could get. 


life lately: and april is over.

i'm not even sure what happened to the month of april, but here we are in may!

the last couple weeks i have had a pretty consistent sore throat. i'm not sure why. i don't feel sick. maybe a weird dry air problem? who knows, but it's annoying more than anything. and jae seems to be allergic to something in or around our house - he'll be fine all day (where he's working outside with grass and trees and all sorts of things he's actually allergic to) and then he gets home and literally 5 minutes later his nose starts running. what the?! can't figure that one out. gracie is just a typical 2 year old - such a sweet sweet little girl whos' giving me hugs and kisses and then two minutes later is screaming at me that she wants chocolate milk and she wants it now! and i am not to tell her what to do! and i am officially the worst mom to a 2 year old. i just don't have the patience. i just don't! and then lola - she's absolutely PERFECT. except she doesn't poop. like, maybe once a week. and even though changing a poopy diaper only once a week sounds amazing, it is actually starting to be a problem.

so that's us lately! plus these:

it's hard to haul a baby and a laundry basket around - so we improvised :) don't worry - no harm of babies during this transport. she kind of loved it.

so this happened.... weber water turned on and apparently this pipe was seriously busted. it sprayed water out like this ALL DAY LONG til jae got home around 4pm and noticed it. it had been raining all day too so the extra water sound didn't even phase me, since i had no idea til jae found it. filled the window well (next picture down - look close, you can see the water just pouring in) and came in the bathroom window and just like that we had INCHES of water sitting ON TOP of the carpet. the entire basement got wet. it was a disaster. so who did i call? the flood disaster people. too much for us to even deal with. we were lucky though - nothing got seriously damaged. except the carpet and bathroom and such, but nothing else. still working on this.

gracie was just 'taking orders', with the help of grandpa's shoulders

lola practicing selfies. she's getting pretty good. and plus - she's adorable so.

date night out at the new cabellas!

since we're such fisherman and hunters and so outdoorsy like that - we bought baseball caps at cabellas. ha. and gracie wanted to try out my new hat.
(plus - she's obsessed with that baby. it goes everywhere with us.)

we've been enjoying the nice spring weather outside and the other day gracie laid back and put her hand up to block the sun and said "let's watch the clouds go by mommy". ha! i was like what did you just say!? silly girl :)

walks on the boulevard! she's super into seeing the temple lately and since we're living right below the boulevard, it's the perfect place to walk to! and gives gracie the chance to run and run (and get tired before naptime ;))

i got in my car and started driving to work last week and looked over to notice a WASP literally making a nest IN MY CAR!!!!!!! you guys, i freaked out a little. i pulled over and swatted it away and knocked it's beginning of a nest down and jumped back in and was then terrified the rest of the drive that a swarm was going to come out my vents and sting me to death. last time i'm leaving my windows down while parked in my driveway. 

baby girl found her toes!

always wanting to hold lola and ALWAYS wanting to give her loves

we were sitting on my bed the other day and i just noticed how long her and pretty her hair is. love it.

she had a bowl of apples and her books were already in the basket. she said 'mom can i get in? it'll be like a picnic!' so she did. she ate her apples and then read her books one by one, all in the basket.

just post-nap snuggles on my chest. oh i just love her.

an update on our house (that i haven't even blogged about at all yet...ha): jae's almost done with the kitchen/dining room tile! he's so awesome. love a man that can get stuff done around the house!

isn't it pretty? i love it already. he's further than this now, he should be done pretty quick! cannot wait.