Sunday, April 30, 2017

Steph turns 35!

Ever since we bought this house almost 2 years ago I have been so excited to get some furniture for our deck. We still have some stuff to buy, but we finally got a table and chairs! So we can eat out on the deck! Woot! When we took care of my parents house for 10 months we had breakfast out on the deck all summer and it was amazing so I have really been looking forward to this.

We got to eat outside a few times when the weather was nice and we are so excited for more good weather and many more meals out on the deck.

Loving this fun spring weather where we can go hang out at the park in the evening.

 So I had a birthday and turned 35. Brandon gave me an amazing birthday this year! We seriously had so much fun. We went to see Boss Baby with the kids, went on a family bike ride to the park, went swimming at the Orem Rec Center, I got an hour long massage, Brandon and I went to dinner at Five Guys and then to Nickel City.

My birthday was on Sunday. Brandon brought me breakfast in bed, then we went to Church, and later that day we had a family dinner with my family that he planned all on his own. It was so much fun!


Brandon got me this 2,000 piece puzzle that we finished together in about 36 hours. Yeah, we get a little obsessed.

After that one was done, we got started on this 1,000 piece puzzle my friend Blair got me. We had it finished in less than 24 hours. Ha ha ha. We just can't help ourselves.

Kallie drew me this cute picture and Mckinley wrote Happy Birthday on it.

My friend Christina did my nails for me for my birthday. So fun!

Cute smile from Ava! She is such a doll. She is so good and so much fun and we just can't get enough of her.

Our beautiful kids!

 Brandon's little brother Lincoln graduated from BYU.

We went to a Bees game last night up in Salt Lake. It's always so much fun to go up and sit in the suite with cousins and have a good time together. Riding the train is something our kids really look forward to.

We are just loving life right now. Enjoying every minute!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

Ava is our first thumb sucker and I absolutely love it. It is the cutest thing ever and super convenient to have her sooth herself instead of me having to give her the binki a million times. But mostly it's just adorable.

Tyler still falls asleep in super weird places. One day my kids will stop napping, right?

So spring break came and I was super sad that we didn't plan a trip and go somewhere warm! Boo. The weather wasn't great, but we had a fun week anyway. Lunch at Chick-Fil-A, swimming at the Orem Rec Center, playing on the playground at the Provo Rec Center, movie in the theater with friends, and who knows what else. I can't remember.

Ava with her cousin Rayne, who is 4 months younger, and such a teeny tiny baby.

Mckinley is seriously so gung ho about holidays, it's a little intense. She has so many ideas and plans and hopes and dreams for every holiday. I do what I can, but she is always disappointed because I never do enough. We did make these no bake cookies with jelly beans to look like eggs in a bird's nest. Last year we added peeps to them as well but decided to skip those this year.

We finally got some outdoor furniture! Talk about eating with a view! It has been so fun to eat meals out on the deck.

Mckinley learned how to ride a bike! She is loving it! She learned so quick and it was a lot better of an experience than I imagined it would be. We have spent a lot of time at the park where she loves to ride around the mile long loop with Brandon.

Ava grabbing Brandon's cheeks! She is the cutest funnest baby ever and we all just adore her.

Look at that beautiful babe! Ava has been so awesome lately. She's a great sleeper, great eater, and so much happier during the day. We are all just loving her so much.

Kallie drew a picture of Mckinley. So sweet! Mckinley continues to be an amazing artist. Like so good it's almost scary. Kallie is getting quite good too and I feel bad but I rarely take pictures of anything they draw, there is just so much of it all around the house!

Ava turned 6 months old last week so we started feeding her rice cereal. She doesn't seem interested yet but I'm sure she'll get the hang of it soon.

I came inside to check on Ava drinking her bottle and found that Kallie had made her a crown out of magnets. So cute! Kallie is still completely obsessed with Ava and can't keep herself away.

Easter came and the kids had so much fun at the Grandview 6th ward egg hunt, a tradition we have not missed since Mckinley was born.

So fun to be there with cousins! There was a funeral inside the church so we ate breakfast outside, which worked out quite well. We had a blast.

Ava's smile is so stinking cute!

Easter Sunday. Mckinley was so worried the Easter Bunny didn't come to our house on Easter morning because she didn't see any eggs anywhere but then we looked a little harder and found a note from the Easter Bunny sending them on a treasure hunt where they eventually found their easter baskets and new outfits down in the theater room. It was "the best Easter ever."

After church we headed over to Brandon's parents' house for the Easter egg hunt. They go all out and we always have so much fun over there. After waiting forever for the rest of the cousins to come, we were able to start and the kids had a great time getting as many eggs as they could.

We had such a great Easter this year. Mckinley made this super amazing craft showing the guards at Jesus' tomb, the angel, and then the stone rolls away from the tomb, and Jesus is lying down and then twists to be standing up when He was resurrected. She came up with it all on her own and it is absolutely amazing. I took a video of her doing it but I need to take a picture so I can post it here. Mckinley amazes us every day. She is seriously not like any other child her age. She is so incredible. She loves everything about life and makes us so happy. We feel so lucky to be her parents.

Tyler and Kallie are learning so much. They have loved Joy School this year and they play together really well. They absolutely love Ava. Kallie is pretty rough with her and Tyler is so soft and sweet, which goes along with their personalities. Kallie loves to be naughty and gets in trouble a lot. Tyler still crashes and take late naps on the couch a lot. They love to play with cousins.

Ava has learned how to sit up, roll over, she has two teeth, and is thriving. She doesn't laugh very easily but she smiles all the time. She is starting to learn how to hold her own bottle. She is not super comfortable around other people than us, but that's because she rarely spends time with anyone else. We just love her to death and are so glad she's ours. We absolutely love where we live and are so happy with our lives right now.