a manly man weekend and a blog remodel

Michael’s alarm went off at 4:05 am on Saturday morning, and for once, he didn’t hit the snooze button! I don’t think he’s ever gotten ready for the day quite so quickly (or so early)! He was very excited, because this was the day of the “manly man” hike that some guys from church were doing. Who wouldn’t want to prove their manliness while watching the sunrise over the mountains? (For the record, the baby and I were at home and fast asleep!)

I have to give those guys some credit, though- the hike was about 3.5 miles long, but they climbed about 1600 feet in a mere 1.5 miles. It was STEEP! Michael snapped these photos with his phone.

As if hiking up a mountain wasn’t enough exercise for Michael, we also took our Baby Bird out for a walk! She always has to get bundled up first, though! She’s received so many wonderful, handmade hats, so we try to alternate which one she wears.

We also spent the weekend enjoying a whole lot of smiles from our little princess. Supposedly, these are “reflex smiles”, and aren’t “real”… but some of them sure do seem like the real deal! She is becoming more and more alert and definitely reacts to us now.

We also had a lot of fun with so many friends this weekend- we went to Sweet Frog (it was my first time there!) after our church meeting on Saturday night. There were so many toppings and flavors that I wanted to try, so I ended up with some crazy conglomeration of sugar. It was delicious, but I think I’ll try to keep it simple next time we’re there.

We also had our friends Nate and Rhonda stop by to visit and meet Kaya! We haven’t seen them in awhile, and their little boy has grown so much! It’s crazy to think that Kaya will be his age this time next year. I don’t want her to grow up too fast, but I know that we have a whole lot to look forward to as she gets older.

The blog also got a face-lift yesterday! I have so many favorite¬†new photos¬†(can you have more than one favorite of something? Brian Regan does… why not?), so it was easy to choose which ones to use in the header image. I love being able to include our little girl in it now!