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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How to keep a crawling baby in one place

A few mornings ago I took Carly's pajamas off and tossed them into the laundry basket without taking her pacifier off.  She didn't notice that it was gone so I didn't bother to go take it off. I tossed a few more things in the hamper and walked away.  Being the little mess maker that she is.. she crawled over and started pulling clothes out of the hamper.  Her pacifier fell over the edge and she hurried and put it in her mouth and tried to crawl away. I couldn't stop laughing as I watched her because her jammies were stuck and weren't going anywhere.  Since her pacifier couldn't go with her.. she just stayed in one place.  
Sorry for the poor quality of picture... It was saved from a snapchat I sent to Andy and some of my family. I got a snapchat back saying that I was mean ;).  Don't worry.. I took the picture and unsnaped the pacifier from her pajamas for her. 

* don't mind the mess... We are living out of our suitcases here in Utah right now :)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Pajamas

I love photography. I have been taking pictures and scrapbooking all my pictures since I was a young child. As I have grown older I have spent more and more time developing my hobby. Last Christmas I received an indoor lighting kit and my Dad got one for his birthday in August. I pulled both lighting kits out at my parents house and convinced my sisters to dress up with me to take pictures. Once we started taking pictures more of my siblings joined in and even some of their boyfriends and girlfriends joined in.  We ended up taking pictures for hours, laughing and having a lot of fun.  We took plenty of embarrassing pictures but I fear those would end up on awkward family photos.. so I think I'll keep those to myself and just share my favorites ;).
^^me and my baby girl!
^^younger brother Jason & his girlfriend Lexi
^^My babies^^

Adult Pajama's: Target
Kid Pajama's: Target

Friday, December 5, 2014


It's a pretty far drive from our home in Washington State to Utah so we hadn't planned on making the drive until Christmas to see family. We decided a few nights before Thanksgiving to make the drive anyways and surprise my family. Andy only had a short break from school, so right after he got out of school on tuesday night we packed up the car and drove until about 2 am to make it to Utah. The only person in my family that knew we were coming was my Mom so the next morning was pretty fun to see everyones reaction to us being there. 

Thanksgiving Day picture

It turned out to be a fun day. Filled with family, taking pictures, laughing and lots of delicious food.  I love being home!! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crawl off

Carly has recently started crawling and she has been training pretty hard. My baby girl is growing up and she is allll over our house. She had two cousins born within weeks of her, Mitchell and Lennon.  Watch out, Carly is on the loose and ready for a crawl off!

Video credit goes to my sister Sarah! Thanks! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Carter turned 4 in October. I have a million pictures of my kids but I am trying to make an effort to get a few good pictures of each age. I am pretty sure I was more excited about getting this ballon for him than he was. Carter just wanted to shoot arrows at it. Such a boy.  It was harder than I thought it would be to get a picture with it. It kept turning around backwards but luckily I came away with a few pictures. 
Love my cute 4 year old. I still look at him and can't believe how fast the last 4 years went. I'm really grateful for him in my life. Time.. please do this Mama a favor and slow down. 

A few things to remember about him right now. He is obsessed with Ninja Turtles, swords and guns. He carries nun chucks with him wherever he goes and I get wacked by those "umn-chucks" about 10x a day. He loves riding scooters at our local skate park and starts wrestling matches with anyone he can. He can carry a full conversation with me and has a better memory than anyone I know.. especially when it comes to a promise that I made him. He is smart, loving and so tendered hearted. I am so very blessed to have him around.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Halloween 2014

As you can tell.. I'm a little slow on posting about Halloween. It isn't quite Thanksgiving yet so I feel like its still okay to share their costumes. Carter is old enough now to pick out what he wanted to be and it was a pretty easy decision for him.. Ninja Turtle. Carly on the other hand is too young, so not only did I get to pick it out, I got to match her. 
^^ I seriously cannot tell you how many times a day I get hit by those nun chucks. 
^^ I just want to squeeze my little lady bug!

We had such a fun Halloween. We went to a fun get together with a bunch of families here in Washington then went trick-or-treating with the kids. We were very lucky on Halloween night that it wasn't raining. It rained all that week and luckily stopped that night for the kids to enjoy getting lots of candy. Celebrating the Holidays are so much more fun with kids around! I love this time of the year. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Miss Lila Jane

My baby girl Carly Jane in a Miss LilaJane dress.  I love this dress! It fits her so well and she loves that she can still crawl around in it! 

Miss LilaJane just launched their first website today and I would recommend checking it out. The pictures just don't do these dresses justice.

Use the code carly20 to save an extra 20% off!!
^Half smile, half crying! It was pretty chilly outside when 
we quickly took these pictures!
Dress: c/o Miss LilaJane /// Tights: Walmart /// Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger via T.J Maxx /// Bow: Walmart

Friday, October 24, 2014


I love Cornbelly's. It seriously is such a fun way to kick off the holidays. I have taken Carter every year since he was born and I am so happy that we were in Utah while Cornbelly's was going this year. It is only set up during the month of October and usually only is open at night. It is such a fun family night activity... lots of things to keep kids having fun. 

 I was looking at pictures from previous years (here) and I am so glad that I spent the time taking pictures and documenting. Time really goes by so fast. It made me smile that I still go with my cousin Leah and her kids. Family relationships are really important to me and I love that we have created a tradition of going here every year together.  Just missed having my husband with us. 
Carter and his two cousins Ady and Elsie (Leah's kids)
Carter-- Ashley (Jason's girlfriend) & Elsie-- Jason (younger brother)

The duck races are always a hit. Kids always seem to be drawn towards anything involving water and it actually is pretty entertaining for adults as well. 
^^Cousin Leah, Sis In Law Kallie, My mom and Me and Carly
^^Tyler and Jenni (younger Sister)
^^ Apple canon with Uncle Jason
^^Younger brother Jason and his girlfriend Ashley
Tractor Ride!
Me and my baby girl!

It was a really fun night. I'm wishing at this moment I were back there. Love Utah in the Fall.  Big thanks to my family for going with us. We had a blast and miss you guys!!

** I would recommend watching for coupons online to go!  Also, as you are exiting Cornbelly's you can get a bounce back pass for $5 per person.  It allows you to go one more time for half the price! Definitely worth it if you ask me :)**

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cutest Pumpkin around

Someone is getting excited for Halloween!
Carly is at the age that now she grabs her headband and pulls it off any chance she can. Some headbands she will keep on better than others.  I'm sad that this stage came faster than I thought it would. 
I die over the cuteness.  

Shirt: Wal-mart /// Leggings: Wal-Mart/// Shoes: Old Navy /// Headband: I made it 

Monday, October 20, 2014

My lil boy turns 4

My Carter boy just turned 4. 4!!!! I can't even believe that it has been 4 years since he has come into my life. Carter is the sweetest boy and I feel so blessed to have him around me. He makes every Holiday fun, always looks at the positive side of everything, and he can always bring a smile to my face. He is sensitive, loving and caring. Happy Birthday Carter. 

 Because I spent the last month in Utah with the kids, Andy wasn't there for Carters birthday. Yesterday Andy and I took Carter to pick out his birthday present and he was one happy boy. 
Andy and his lil' helper all ready to tighten the brakes and training wheels for Carter.
Love my handsome boy. 

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