anniversary shenanigans (2017)

From the very beginning of my half marathon training, I told Michael that the first time I ran ten miles, we would be going to Red Robin for dinner. Well, that first 10-mile Saturday fell on our anniversary weekend, so we counted it as our family date for the month and headed out for a specialย meal.

I think we’ve only been on four dates without the kids since Kaya was born… so obviously, they came along. I like including them in celebrating our anniversary, anyway. According to Kaya, it’s our “family’s birthday!”

Kaya really looks forward to eating the broccoli there (although I don’t think it’s any different than the broccoli we make at home)!

We accomplished a lot of other things around the house that weekend- Michael started putting new shutters on the house, I cleaned, and Nella did what babies do best… ๐Ÿ˜‰Our actual anniversary was that next Monday, and Michael surprised me with some flowers! I love getting potted plants- these should last for a long time (hopefully)!I had to run some errands that evening, and while I was gone, Michael and the girls made square shooter cookies……as well as a pretty big mess!Seriously, who couldn’t love a guy who bakes surprise cookies? I’m so grateful to have Michael in my life, and I love our simple anniversary celebration. ย Maybe once we get to ten years, we’ll do something a little more exciting, but for now, this weekend was perfect.

conference weekend

We had a fantastic weekend, filled with plenty of family time… and RAIN! I had a nice, chilly run in the rain on Saturday morning, but I’m so glad the worst of the weather skipped over us.

Friday afternoon, we walked over to the grocery store, and I let Kaya pick out a mini pumpkin to paint. She asked to paint it all day long, but there just wasn’t time after we had naps and dinner. On Saturday morning, she was more than ready to get started! I have never seen anyone so excited to paint a pumpkin! ๐Ÿ™‚_MG_9404 She really did a fantastic job, if you ask me._MG_9403We also enjoyed watching General Conference! I love hearing from our modern-day Prophet and apostles. There were so many inspiring quotes, but this was a favorite of mine:12108996_10153551990901550_540695057927460055_nMichael went to the priesthood session late on Saturday night. He came home with the brightest flowers I’ve ever seen in his hand- a surprise for me! He chose these for me because he felt they reflect my “colorful and energetic personality” and wanted to make me smile. Awww. _MG_9415 We all slept in on Sunday morning (that’s no small miracle around here), and I whipped up some donuts for a special breakfast. Kaya insisted on putting the sprinkles on by herself!_MG_9408 We enjoyed more of Conference cuddled up on the couch together. I love these crazy cuties._MG_9421Lest you think we’ve become too serious… _MG_9427 Grandma Gina and Grandpa Skip came into town late Sunday afternoon, and they had some birthday presents for Kaya. She was so excited for it to be “her birthday” again and is over-the-moon in love with this Baby Margaret (from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)._MG_9447Kaya ended the weekend by making up her own song about brushing your teeth:

she made up her own teeth-brushing song! I'd say she has some talent ๐Ÿ™‚ 10.04.2015

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five on friday (08/28)

Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

ONE. Monday morning had a slow start! After all our traveling last week, we’ve been a little extra tired. Kaya likes to snuggle up to me while I’m nursing the baby, and lately, she’s made herself even more comfortable by putting her pillow over my legs. I know she might not always want to cuddle her mom, so I’m soaking this up while it lasts.TWO. Our friend Katie surprised us with this gorgeous orchid! It’s the most vivid blue flower I’ve ever seen, and I love how it brightens up the room! It’s supposed to be pretty foolproof as far as care goes, so here’s to a (hopefully) long-lasting relationship with this beauty._MG_9104 THREE. So this must be the reason I had two kids…_MG_9117 …even if the end result is a giant mess! ๐Ÿ™‚_MG_9122FOUR. These little baby piggies are growing so fast already! They had their first baths this week and look better than brand new. ๐Ÿ™‚

Claire is still a little shy… ๐Ÿ™‚_MG_9133FIVE. We kicked off our Friday with sidewalk chalk! Kaya loves creating and even tried to make a rainbow. Kaelyn just loved tasting the chalk.. haha. Playing outside with my girls is definitely one of my favorite things.

Happy weekend! What are your plans?

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temple square

Last time I went to Utah, we actually visited Temple Square twice, but I loved it so much that I was adamant about going again. So, the evening before the wedding, we headed up there with Michael’s parents and grandpa.
_MG_7667 We toured the Conference Center (where the Church’s biggest meeting, General Conference, is held twice each year)!_MG_7648 _MG_7652 I’m not sure if you can tell by the photo… but this room is HUGE!_MG_7654 We got to sit and listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice for a bit. It was just as beautiful as ever!_MG_7663 You can actually get up on the roof of the building too._MG_7660 One thing I love about Temple Square is all the flowers… and someone else has started to notice them too (and wants to grab any that she can get her little fingers on)._MG_7687Don’t be fooled… this is a fussy face. She was so tired of the stroller._MG_7702_MG_7696 _MG_7694

We knew that our friend Ali, from our college days, is serving a mission there, so we tried to find her. Lucky for us, we did!_MG_7707_MG_7711 _MG_7714 _MG_7720 _MG_7722We love to see the temple.


FAIRly fun weekend! :)

This past weekend, there was a little fair in town to celebrate the official start of summer. It was really nothing big- just a few tents with crafts and a tiny carnival in a church parking lot. It was pretty hot, but we walked around for awhile and made it a good time.

We found this one station set up with all these hula hoops! We learned that bigger hoops are supposedly easier to “hula”.

Michael wasn’t too bad at it, but there were some little girls who were practically professional hula-ers!

I just had to try. Please don’t laugh too hard. I know I look SO ridiculous! The baby bump actually improved my performance, although I still have nothing to brag about.

Michael was pretty excited for the fair food, so we each picked a treat to share. He couldn’t resist funnel cake!

I had never tried any before, so I had a little bite to see what it was like. It tasted like a doughnut to me! Michael had planned on me eating more than just one bite, so sadly he ended up with more funnel cake than he alone could handle, and only finished about half of it.

It was hot, so I chose blue-raspberry Italian ice for my treat. Mmmmm.

On the way home we saw some beautiful flowers. We even saw a little honey bee! Keep in mind that I don’t have a macro lens, so I had to get pretty close with my 24mm to get this shot. I’m usually afraid of bees! Anything for the sake of art.

happy 3rd anniversary, best friend!

Yesterday was our 3rd wedding anniversary! I can’t believe how fast the years are flying by, and I know that they are just going to get faster and faster, especially once our little girl gets here!

So much has changed since we got married. We’ve both grown and learned so much about ourselves, each other, and life in general. I’m so grateful for all the encouragement and love you show me, Michael! Thanks for being my very best friend.

We had a fun, simple evening. Michael came home from work, peeked his head in the kitchen doorway… and then pulled these BEAUTIFUL flowers from behind his back!

I love them, and honestly, they are the best ones he’s ever given me- they’re in a pot, so hopefully they’ll last more than a few days!

He also surprised me with Twizzlers (my most favorite thing lately!)

I also found this little note on my keyboard. He left it there in the morning, but I actually didn’t see it until he got home. Whoops!

We went out to the mall for ice cream, and afterward just talked, walked, and looked at baby girl clothes! I love my buddy, and I’m glad that we can have a good time anywhere, as long as we’re together!