Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September Bits

 We spent Labor Day weekend in Tahoe.  

I love that our kids already have dozens of fun memories of this special place.  

Heavenly Village was busy, so the boys tried out the overpriced trampolines while we waited for a table to be ready for dinner.
We only got shadowy pictures, but those little jumpers sure had fun.  Nate and I were both proud of them for trying a new thing that seemed fun and a bit scary to both of them at first.
They took out the Arctic Cat one afternoon.
And both Noah and Luke loved playing a few rounds of Headbanz after church on Sunday with Nate.

I can't get enough pictures of my kids in the bath together.  It's just cuteness overload!

 I had some leftover pizza dough so Luke and I turned it into a few tiny cinnamon rolls one morning.
 This boy loves to be in the kitchen to create and eat!

He also loves to clean toilets, which I definitely don't mind having a helper for.

Leah loves our friend Elise, and, oh my, Elise sure loves her right back.  Any time we're with Elise she asks to hold Leah.  
And sometimes she even sneaks away from her mom in sacrament meeting to come give our girl some snuggles.

We invited a bunch of friends to come and join us for the homecoming parade.
 We're finally settled into the schedule and routine of kindergarten.  Noah, especially, is loving it.
He's reading, writing, and just so happy to be in school.  
 We attended our first Gators on the Green night at Gallardo.  There was food, face painting, and lots of activities for the kids to do.
But the highlight of the night was seeing Clifford.  Those smiles tell it all.

Friday, September 30, 2016

TEN Months

Leah is TEN months old!
You can't tell from that sweet, serious face, but this month has been one filled with mostly other kinds of looks from our Leah.  This would be a more accurate representation of what month ten looked like:

Leah, you are a social girl with a lot of personality! 

It's so fun watching it all emerge little by little as time goes on and you grow.

Often when I'm having a conversation with one of my mommy friends you immediately lean for them to hold you.  Oh my, do they love that! You simply love people, especially those doting brothers. 
 Wherever they are you want to be too.  And now that you're crawling like a champ, following them around is a breeze.
Wherever they move to you quickly follow.
Those brothers are becoming used to little tugs on their legs as you try to get in on the action or just remind them that you're there to 'play' too.
 You particularly love when they play the copy cat game with you.  You make a squeal and they do their best to copy it.  The back and forth between all of you usually results in the giggles from all of us. 
You started the month out just on your knees.  But that quickly changed to standing and tentatively walking while holding on to things.
 I had forgotten what it's like to be making a meal and feel strong, little fingers gripping on to the back of my legs while you use me for support to stand.  I just love this age.  So much movement, so much personality, and oh, so much cuteness! (And both Dad and I think you actually look like a Hall in this picture.)
 You were squealing with excitement and so proud of yourself when you stood up in your crib for the first time.

 You are still a pretty terrible sleeper!  

Naps are good for the most part, but night time is not a favorite for either of us right now.

The good news is you wake up happy as can be in the morning.
Seriously, you are pure sunshine and can't wait to greet the world and your family when the morning arrives. 

You love to eat!  And you seem to think that using your hair as a napkin is effective and an easy way to get clean.  You are an easy to please eater and gobble up just about anything we put in front of you.  Fingers crossed that it stays that way!

Mealtime or anytime you are the queen of silly faces right now!

You are your daddy's girl.  Almost every time he comes home now you say in a whispered voice, "Hi Da da." Your legs kick and your chubby hands open and close with excitement when you see him.  And sometimes you just stare at him as he holds you.  I wish I knew what you were thinking.  
It's so fun that you're beginning to talk.  We hear 'ma ma ma,' and 'bup' or 'pup' (up) all the time.  You also say 'ball' when we play with one. 
The swings are your happy place, but really, just about anywhere is these days.

As long as it involves being around people you seem to be completely content.  You are a girl who is in and out of a car seat a LOT as we run errands and pick up or drop off your brothers.  I've tried to not count all of the ins and outs you experience because some days its ridiculous.  Thanks for handling that so well most of the time.  We love you sunshine girl!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

August, Part 2

I forgot about half of my 'bits' pictures for August.  It's a pretty accurate metaphor for life right now: I'm really good about forgetting or just not getting to half of a LOT of things lately.  Keep trying and carry on, right?!

I try to pack in errands when Noah is at school so there's only two kids in tow.  Our visit to the outlets took a little longer as Luke discovered they had installed new cars there.

 It was just too cute seeing Luke strike up a conversation with Cat.  He thought having a passenger was pretty cool.

It's me and three kids during sacrament meeting on Sundays while Nate serves in the bishopric. Noah and Luke try so hard to be reverent and good while I keep Leah occupied.  I loved looking over and seeing my two lefties writing and drawing in their Sunday notebooks.

 Luke riding a two-wheeler meant Noah needed a bike upgrade.  It took just a little adjusting to go from a 16-inch to a 20-inch frame, but he's got it down and still riding like a pro.
And, oh, I love where we live and that these kind of outings happen all the time.

We joined Brennan at a splash pad by his house to celebrate his 5th birthday

Leah is still figuring out moving her body and balance, so this was a pretty good spot to end up in after being wobbly.

 I took Luke (and Leah) on a lunch date to soften the blow of Noah going to a play date that Luke really wanted to be a part of.
 This sweet boy.  He broke every one of his fries in half and shared them with me. How could I say no?

 Luke loves going to the bathroom when we're waiting to pick up Noah.  He things having sinks and toilets just his size is really cool.  And I think he looks way too grown up in this picture.

 Not her cutest picture right?  And what is the cause for such drama?  Nothing like a pacifier caught in between the crib bumper and railing to ruin a girl's day.
 I've said it before, but we really do go through amazing amounts of paper and scotch tape around here.  No problem with that! Noah decided to create a computer, complete with monitor, keyboard (even a 10-key!), and I especially love that he attached a mouse to it.

These kids jump at the chance to go get the oil changed.  Me not so much, but thanks Honda for the free snacks, Disney Junior on t.v. and a relatively speedy service.  If you're going to take three kids with you, this is the way to go.

Just a little rock climbing on our walk home from dropping off Noah at school.  Luke was particularly spicy that morning, but it all seemed to get worked out after some time outside running and climbing.