Thursday, July 9, 2015


Life has been pretty basic and boring at our house lately.  June was a good month.  I guess we really were busy just with regular life type stuff.  June was HOT!!!!!!!!!! so we spent most of the time inside attempting to stay cool.  We pulled out the swimming pool and slip and slide a couple times but it was almost too hot even for those.   I think pictures are kind of random and out of order but I'm just going to go with it.  It's too hard to rearrange them and nap time isn't that long.
Ellie is growing like a weed.  Last week she was 19 lbs 3 oz.  She'll be 5 month old tomorrow!  She's huge!  She's so happy and always full of giggles.  She has outgrown all her 9 month clothes and even some of the 12 month ones.
 Mia loves her little sister and can't wait to teach her so many things.
 She's also a big helper.

 Check out that budda belly :-)
 I thought it was so cute to see Mia looking at her books under her lamp.  She was supposed to be going to bed but I decided to let her read a little longer.
 Sisterly Love.

 Pool Time.
 Mia had her first tumbling show in June.  She did great!
 It was really fun watching their performance.
 We also dug out the corner of our yard and leveled it off so we can put in a jungle gym.  The whole is dug, leveled, and the retaining wall is done so now it's time to start building the gym.
 Mia liked watching the tractors work.
 And playing in the we've since named the big hole
 Mia and her friends taking a nap.
 We started cereal with Ellie when she was just a little over 4 month old because she is huge and was eating so much.  I forgot what a struggle it is to teach babies how to eat.
 Mia got to go to the Syracuse Days parade again this year.
 It's always lots of fun and really close.
 First veggies.  Sweet potatoes.
 It's taken awhile but Ellie likes eating now.  She's had rice cereal, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, apples, and bananas.  So far she has liked everything.
 An out of order picture.  This is Mia's tumbling class.
 Attempting to stay cool.  Ellie loves playing out in the pool. Surprising with how young she is and how cold the water is.
 Mia got to go up to Idaho and spend a whole week with Grandma and Grandpa all by herself.  After that Ellie and I went to get her and spent another 5 days to waste some time while Monty was in New Orleans for work.  Mia had a blast at Grandma's and was so good for her.
 Shooting pool in Grandma's basment
 Uncle Shawn came over to play lots which always made Mia's day.
 The people down the path from my parents have horses.  Mia went down to feed them apples and carrots multiple times.
 This one liked to lick Mia.
 Grandpa has great trees for climbing.
 Mia will climb anything she can.
 I see you!
 She helped Grandpa mow the lawn on his tractor.
 They made bunny ears for Mia.
 Mia was more excited to see Ellie than she was me after the week away.
 More feeding the horses.
 Snuggle up.
 Grandma's was the first time we put Ellie in the pool.  We didn't think she'd like it but she did.  She didn't even mind getting splashed by Mia.
 I sat with my back to the sun and made shade for Ellie and we stayed in the pool for a good half hour until my legs hurt from sitting on them and I was getting too burnt.
We also got to see Mia's birth mom in June for the first time in a year and got to see Ellie's birth mom as well.  We are really enjoying being a family of 4 and so grateful for those who sacrificed so much to make us a family!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

March, April, and oh yeah May is almost over

I have forgotten how busy life can be with a baby.  We are busy all day but seem to get nothing accomplished.  As soon as I decided that I would be better at keeping up with the blog things got even crazier.  Shortly after Ellie was born my Grandpa was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  My mom and some of her siblings went to Vegas to move him and his wife up to Utah to stay with my Uncle Ken so he could be closer to family.  Tons of family came to visit him and many of them stayed with us.  We had a constant revolving door (I finally just gave my mom her own key) of family.  Sixteen short days after he moved to Utah, on May 4th my Grandpa passed away.  This meant another round of family coming to stay with us for his funeral.  Luckily he passed away without pain and was surrounded by family like he always wanted.  The girls and I got to go visit him a couple times before he passed away.
 Our family at the funeral
We love Grandpa and will miss him but know he's moved on to bigger and better.

Now onto happier things.  I started with Grandpa because that seemed to be what added to the new found chaos that is our house.  As you can tell from the pictures above Ellie is growing like a weed.  She's almost 3 1/2 months old and weighs over 15 lbs.  That's what happens when you eat nearly 40 oz of formula everyday.
 She has more cheeks than she does face.
 Mia has become quite a good big sister.  It took her awhile to adjust to having a sister but things are going pretty good now.
 Mia loved having people constantly visiting at our house, especially Grandma Barb.
 Poor Uncle Shawn got spun around until he fell out of the chair.
We figured out how to rig Ellie's car seat into the bike trailer so we have gone on several family bike rides this spring.
Ellie's loves bath time.
 Hanging with Aunt Trina
 This is what a lot of our mornings look like except I'm usually in the middle.
 Mia watching Curious George with her "friends"
 We tried letting the girls take a bath together one night but Ellie's tub doesn't have suction cups on the bottom and it floats.  It didn't work out so
 Back when Ellie ate enough to only need the little bottles.
 I just think this picture of Ellie is too cute!
 We went to Jensen Nature Park to feed the ducks one weekend.
 It was a little windy.
 The girls and I headed down to Hogle Zoo with a friend of mine from work and her little boy.  Mia had tons of fun and Ellie slept right through it.
 Mia was adamant that she was riding the Zebra on the carousel.  Luckily it was still available.
 Easter Morning.  Mia got a tee ball set
 Ellie got a book, some food (for a few months from now) and a growth chart to hang in her room.
 Easter egg hunting at Nana's.
 While Monty went with the guys to the cabin the girls headed up to Idaho for a visit.  We went to the petting zoo and Mia got to feed the goats.
 One of the goats tried to eat Mia's bum.  Notice the big wet spot on her backside. :-)
 Grandpa and Ellie hanging out.
 Mia had a blast climbing Grandpa's trees/
 As well as helping Grandma make brownies.
 Ellie's 1st Sunday at church was up in Idaho.
 What a cute bunch!
 We went to feed the ducks when we were up in Logan one weekend but we ended up feeding more seagulls than ducks.
 I managed to get a picture of Mia's newly painted room but didn't have on of Ellie's room on the camera.  Maybe one day.
Hopefully I'll manage to keep up with the blog now.  I'm back to work so that should help.  The middle of the night when there is a quiet moment at work seems to be the best time to actually get the blog updated.  Only 3 1/2 more weeks of working full time and then I'll be part time!  YAHOO!!