Monday, July 28, 2014

3 Months

She is the sweetest little baby ever.  I had to leave her to go back to work today, which was a sad day for me.  I just love being her mommy, and want to spend every minute with this her!  Ruby is such a happy baby.  She loves to be talked to, and her whole face lights up when people talk to her.  She has a sweet, happy smile that lights up her eyes.  We can't get enough of her!

Thanksgiving in AZ!

We headed down to Arizona for Thanksgiving again this year.  My grandparents recently moved there, so it was really fun to go down there and see them... we sure miss having them close!  We stayed with Brian and Maggie again, and Sydney and Cooper just loved playing with all the kids!  We were able to go to lunch at Kelli's house, and we even got to stay at Chris and Lisa's house for a day! We had a great time, and kind of want to make it a tradition to go every year!

I love these pictures of Ruby with my grandpa.  He is the greatest man I know.  I look up to him so much, and I'm so glad I have these pictures of him holding Ruby.

Ruby was so happy to be out of the car, after 24 hours of traveling, and into clean jammies.  She has been cooing and jabbering a lot, and we got the cutest little video of her.

Playing with cousins at Tyler's basketball game.

And another picture with cousins at the movie theater.  Sydney was in heaven with all of these girls to play with!

Preparing the turkeys...

It was really cool... some people in my uncle's stake dug a huge ditch, and we took our turkey's over there and put them in the ditch to cook over night... such neat pictures, and the turkey tasted great!  It reminded me of trek as a youth when we had to kill and pluck our own turkey, and we buried it in the ground... except there was no killing or plucking this time, so that was much better!

I love my cousins!

I am so grateful for so many blessings... I know Heavenly Father has blessed me so much in my life.  But at the very top of the list are these 4.  I love them with all of my heart.  I am so grateful for this little family of mine, and I feel so lucky that we can be together forever.  -Thanksgiving Day, 2013

Our last day in Arizona we stayed at Chris and Lisa's house.  They barely moved there, so we added a day and planned to see them.  The kids had a blast with their cousins, and we went to a Christmas Parade.  I had never heard of a Christmas Parade before, but I guess when you live somewhere with nice weather, you can do parades in the winter... haha.  We loved spending time with Chris and Lisa's family, and it was especially fun to see Ruby and Benson together.

Ready for the drive home.... We laughed at Cooper's pillow placement.

On the way home, we thought it would be fun to show the kids all the lights on The Strip, since it was dark.  It ended up being the worst idea ever... traffic was horrendous and it took us an hour and a half just to get from the freeway exit, to the next freeway entrance.  Cooper liked that the Statue of Liberty was "standing on a piece of cake"... haha

Snapped this picture of Daddy with Ruby while we took a break from driving...

Arizona is one of our favorite places.  We love seeing all of our family and friends there.  It is definitely on my list of "approved places to move to."

Sydney's 6th Birthday!

Sydney had a great birthday this year.  It was so fun to celebrate with her, and I truly can't believe she is 6!  We went out to dinner the night before her birthday with Grandma, and got some dessert.  Sydney wanted us to take this picture of her...

I was able to go into Sydney's classroom for her birthday.  They let her wear a birthday crown, and she stood up in the front of the classroom, while her peers raised their hands to say things they loved about Sydney.  It made me so teary eyed... she is a well loved little girl.

Birthday celebrations, ON her birthday included dinner at Red Robin.  Sydney picked Red Robin, because she likes birds... haha.  She is so cute.  She loved the dessert they had there for her birthday.  It was huge, and yummy!

Sydney has read a lot of books about ice skating, and has always wanted to go.  We decided to surprise her, and take her ice skating for her birthday.  This is one of my favorite videos of all time... she was so excited when she found out where we were!

We all had a great time, and wish this rink was closer to our house so we could go more often!

We had a family birthday party the Sunday after Sydney's birthday.  We bought her a bike for her birthday, and were so happy that the weather stayed good long this year so she was able to enjoy it before the weather got too cold.  She loves this bike.  It is perfect for a girl who always wants to carry a doll or stuffed animal around, and for one who loves to collect rocks, sticks, and pinecones.  She has a seat for the doll, and a basket for the collections...

She also got a Junie B Jones book about losing teeth, which was so fun for her.  She's been reading some Junie B Jones books and has been loving them.  

And a carseat for her doll.  She has loved bringing her doll along in the car, and carrying her around in her special seat.

The birthday cake I made, fell apart, so I had to remake another one last minute... still turned out pretty cute... Sydney's happy smile definitely makes the cake look cuter though!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


A peak at our life in November:

I just love watching my kids play with Ruby.  It is the sweetest thing.

Matt made our anniversary this year so special.  We dropped Sydney and Cooper off with my family, and went up to Park City for a night, with Ruby in tow.  We went to dinner at Ruth's Chris, which was so yummy, and then stayed at Hotel Park City.  It was such a great night, and was the perfect break that I needed!  I can't believe we've been married for 8 years!

Sydney lost her first tooth!  Just before her 6th birthday.  She was so excited for the tooth fairy to come, and looked darling with her little toothless grin.

Lots of baby Ruby pictures, because she it just too cute to not take almost daily pictures...

No matter how many times you tell them not to, they just keep growing.  10 pounds and fitting into some 3-6 months outfits.  I'm sad to put away some of her newborn clothes, it went too quickly!  Good thing I have plenty of darling outfits just waiting for her like this one (that Great-Grandma Holmes gave her)!

She discovered her hands and has been constantly sucking on that cute fist...

Sydney trying her hand at diaper changing...

We took the kids to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  It was an awful movie.  But they loved it.  Sydney cried and cried because she thought the strawberry was going to die.

She was so proud that she did this puzzle all by herself!

We started working on the kids' room... we put together a new bunk bed and a new book case and have a lot more space in their room!

Saving America, or waiting for your sister to be done with her homework, is pretty exhausting...

Crazy bed-head...

Every time we try to lay her down, she tries her hardest to sit up... so we pulled out the bumbo, and she loves it.

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