Saturday, September 26, 2009

Awww Man!!

I decided that having had 5 haircuts by the time you are 10 months was outrageous. And that by taking him to the salon everytime was much more work than having a little girl with pigtails. So for the 6th haircut I had a great idea. How bout I just get the clippers out and give him a cute little baby buzz cut myself? Even though I've never used them, those things are foolproof right? Turns out no. Cute from the front.
Cute on the side.



The Bird Aviary has always been a fearful place for me considering I have an extreme bird phobia. I never wanted Rylee to share my fear so I try and "pretend" that I like, and am fascinated by birds. This bird here terrifies me but I try and say to Rylee, "Ooh look how big and strong he looks" all while not getting tooo close. We had a good time and I only got freaked out one time at the bird show when the falcon they were showing almost skimmed my head flying down from his perch.
Everyone at the Aviary

This grin lights up my life

Rylee and her aunt Court-Court

Rylee looks so depressed while Parker is doing his famous backbend.

Ahhhh! close to 30

I had a super fun birthday, but also the very first birthday that I kinda dreaded. I don't want to be 30 and being 29 now means I'm a little too close for comfort. Oh well, besides that- I woke up to Jared cooking me breakfast and folding clothes! Whoa--it MUST be my birthday. Jared took both kids downstairs so that I could...wait for it.....wait for it.....SLEEP IN!!! It was amazing considering I have been dealing with sick and teething kids for the last 3 months. Then---I actually got to take a long, hot soothing shower!!! I also got a pedicure and my family came over for pizza and cake. It was so much fun. I just love my family and in-laws, they are so good to me. Thanks everyone for such a great birthday and making me feel so loved!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

More pics to come to round out the rest of summer. I am really going to start being a more consistent blogger.

2nd try at the camping thing

After the last time camping can you believe that we tried it again? Well we did. It was sooo much easier this time. We were a lot more prepared, had a MUCH bigger tent, my kids slept better, it was warmer, and biggest thing of all...there was no river. This time my dad drove over in his 5th wheel and we camped at Anderson's cove with my side of the family. We were a quick walk away from the Pineview Resevoir. We had a blast in the lake, we blew up all the innertubes and floated for hours, set up a volleyball net on our site and had a couple of mean, VERY competitive games, and just had an overall good time hanging out. Rylee and Parker were so good and I had lots of help with them. We stayed both nights and slept relatively well! If camping is this easy now..sign me up! This is Ry in her very own personalized tube
First time having s'mores! Can you guess what she thought of them?

Love love love these girls!

Even though I have my "camping do" I thought this was a beautiful background

Today they loved eachother.

Sister-in-law romance shot

Chillin round the campfire

Are these kids related?

The kids had way too good of a time jumping on the tubes. Please excuse my poor little orphan looking daughter. We WERE just camping y'know.

Parker and Granddad on his last day here

Finally the 4th of July

Okay, I've been really slow to update, kinda lame- I know. So if you care, I think I last left off on the 4th- so here's a little of what we did. We had a good time with our friends at the West Point parade. Rylee is finally getting the hang of scrambling to get candy. She had a really good time and actually got a lot of candy for her mom to eat. We then went to a little festival type thing where we watched the kids play games and get face paintings. It was a fun day, but we ended up not seeing a single professional firework for the third year in a row. Why? Because Rylee has exhausted parents. By the time 9:30 rolls around there is no way I'm delaying bedtime ANY longer. Sorry kids, maybe next year. However...we did do some in our backyard and Parker is going to a pyromaniac I fear. That kid couldn't contain himself at the sight of fire. It was a good 4th!
Eatin corn at the bbq!

Cheesin it with my hottie

Rylee waving to get candy

Rylee not getting any candy

Rylee and our good friend's little boy, Carter at the parade

Sacked out

Monday, July 6, 2009

Camping fun, or not....

Well....I knew it was going to be a challenge taking a 7 month old and a 2 1/2 year old on an overnight camping trip so don't get on my case okay? Jared's family organized a funfilled weekend up in the mountains for us all. His whole fam was there. First of all, let me clarify-we did have a good time, but it was a really really really hard first night. It rained for about two hours after we arrived and set up camp. My mom, Rylee, Parker and I were in one tent while everyone else sat in theirs. Jared ran around being a man and making sure everyone had a dry tent. We huddled together while it thundered around us. So, that night was a damp and extremely cold night. We slept-all four of us- on an air mattress. Parker was so cold that I had to hold him the entire night and Rylee loves to sleep with her knee in my back I discovered. I layed in bed begging for the night to end and the morning sun to peek through. Eventually it ended and the sun brought high hopes for a better day.....Until we had the great idea to go tubing down the river that was close to our campsite. We saw small children floating down this river on dinosaur tubes. It looked to be a piece of cake---yeah. Jared scoped out a place for us to start down the river 3 MILES up! To make a long story short, the river was WILD and we were no match for it. There were rocks and logs and branches that killed us! Tabby, Kara- Jesse's girlfriend, my mom, and I had enough and got out while Tabby's hubby, Jared, Jesse, and Shy stayed on.We hiked through some people's private property, their horses, all the way up to the road where we started on our hike home-soaking wet holding onto tubes might I add. Finally after a mile or so we decided that we were not even close to our camp-I flagged a truck down and we jumped in the back. Crazy? Maybe, but we were beat up and needed the ride. So, this was the first time ever for me hitchhiking, I don't recommend it, but it got us where we needed to go. We all made it home in one piece-just a little banged up. All in all, we had a good adventure that we lived to tell about! I don't think Jared was ready for this pic.
This is Rylee and her cute cousins Eden, and Preston playing on the hammock

Yea for the tent, it was first!

See that wild river behind us?


So Tinkerbell is Rylee's hero. We went to our friend's Jan and Spencer's little girl's birthday party. It was a Tinkerbell party. I was armed with my camera ready to watch Rylee jump up and down and look amazed because they hired an actress to come and "be" Tink. you can see in this picture below she isn't so um..excited. I couldn't get a smile out of this girl. I think she was a little frightened to be honest, or maybe she was like, "what the crap? That isn't Tinkerbell!" Who knows!

In Loving Memory

In loving memory of our fallen goat Lilo. She was a wonderful companion and so sweet. She was timid, but really loved to eat sweet cob and sneak through the fence to nibble our rose bushes. Poor, poor Lilo. I won't go into detail of her death, but just know she will be missed. Love you Lilo! I'm sorry your stay with us was so short!

Little late Father's Day

So, I am a terrible blogger- I know it. But I had to post these cute pics of our wonderful Father's Day weekend. My dad came to visit to be with his kids for the first Father's Day in 16 years seeing as he lives in Colorado. We loved having him come and did a lot of fun stuff while he was here. Our Father's Day morning in our house started out with breakfast in bed which Rylee was eagerly partaking of. Jared said this was his very first breakfast in bed ever since he has been married to me. What an awful wife I am! Anyway...Jared is a great dad. He loves to play with Rylee and LOVES to throw her and come up with cool new flips to do. They have such a neat relationship. He does a great job with her when my patience is gone. He is patiently waiting for the time when Parker allows himself to be peeled from my chest can be more of a "daddy's boy" Evenso, he is so cute with him and always gets him to smile and laugh. We love our dad and are so blessed to have him as our own!

I love this picture of everyone with "crazy" hair in the morning.

LOVE this man!

These adorable boys are my nephews-ready for the pool!

This is my brother who is a wonderful dad to his two girls. He is also crazy about his nieces and nephews and is such a good uncle to them.