Monday, May 22, 2017

Easter 2017

April was the month of SICK for our family - after coming home from Utah we all got a cold that went on forever and ever and then eventually turned into allergies.  SO we were a little under the weather for Easter, but still managed to do our egg dying and had our own egg hunt.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Aunt Nicole's Wedding in UTAH!

The first week of April we made the long journey to Utah for Steve's sister's wedding!  Since we weren't too keen on the idea of driving 12 hours with three kids in tow, we decided to fly.  Aubrey and Kate were so excited to fly for their first time (as least the first time where they will be able to remember).  The wedding was beautiful, and although the weather was a bit crummy, we managed to have some fun family time.

Airports and airplane rides mean lots of waiting and boredom, but these two were so excited they didn't care one bit!  

Ella... could have done better.  She did pretty good on our flight there, but on the way back she had a fever, missed a nap, and was just starting to get sick and was just plain miserable pretty much the whole time!  Thankfully we were in the very back row so we were out of most people's earshot.

The beautiful couple!  So happy for Nicole and Blake.  They are so sweet together!!  Pretty sure Nicole was Steve's 5 year old sister just the other week, but apparently she's a grown woman now!

The girls were thrilled to be flower girls for her wedding - they looked so cute!

Oh my, so much chasing with this one...

But how can I resist her?  She is so dang precious!

My birthday happened to fall on Nicole's wedding day (I was happy to share ;) ) so one of my late gifts was a photo session with my absolute favorite photographer of all time, Skye Johansen.  She just happens to live about an hour from where we were staying, so Steve let me do the session as a birthday present.  I followed her photography for years on Facebook and was always so amazed by her beautiful photos, and I can honestly thank her for getting me into photography.  She was so wonderful with the kids and I'm still (not so patiently) waiting to get their pictures back.  I know it will be worth the wait and they will be beautiful though!  

We headed to the gorgeous Salt Lake City temple before leaving to go home.  So beautiful!  We LOVE Utah and I would even consider living there if it weren't for the super freezing winters -- we just can't do the cold!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

steve and kate's 15 minutes of fame.

The girls were so excited to see the new live action "Beauty and the Beast" movie so we decided to take them as a surprise one day after Aubrey got home from school.  Kate of course dressed up as Belle (any chance to dress up like a princess, she's all about it), and Aubrey didn't want to dress up - too cool.

 Kate told Steve she needed a prince to take her to the movies, and we all thought that was cute.  I jokingly reminded Steve he does have a prince charming costume up in the closet from a couple Halloweens ago, which Kate was so excited about.  "Will you please wear it Daddy?  Please?! I really want to sit by a prince at the movies."  Well, Steve, being completely wrapped around his daughters' finger, decided he would wear it for her.

Anyone that knows Steve knows he is NOT one to like to bring a lot of attention to himself, but Kate's happiness meant more than his ego.  It really was the cutest scene ever at the movies - people kept taking pictures of them.  

I posted the above photos on my Facebook and Instagram and they ended up going viral, which is quite hilarious because he barely let me post them in the first place.  He even said "You can post them but don't tag me." Lol. Oops!  Only 41,000+ people saw it.  No big.

I had reporters emailing me for a couple of days asking to use the story/pictures for articles for their websites. (including Today Show and Ellen Nation!) His 15 minutes of fame is over now, and he is currently in therapy now having to be a regular folk like the rest of us. ;)

But seriously - I picked a keeper!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

18 months!

 Ella turned 18 months last week.  This age has got to be one of the most challenging, naughtiest, yet adorable ages of them all.  

Ella loves music and dancing, dogs, going outside, books, baby dolls and cuddles.  She's still a great eater, napper, and sleeps through the night still.  Hooray!  (We also stopped nursing right at 15 months.  We were both ready!)

This sweet innocent face also is a hitter!  She started hitting this month and has yet to stop.  I remember this phase with her sisters and I can't wait for it to end!    Such a little bully ;)

She is starting to talk more and more and seems to say a new word each day.  She's our slowest speaker for sure, but I guess that's what happens with kid number three!  My favorite words she says: "Dall Done!" "DeeDee!" (baby) and of course "Tick tick" for back tickles.A

Ella is definitely in the thick of the "getting into everything" phase and some days I swear I am growing grey hair because of it, but her affection towards me makes up for it by a long shot.  She is obsessed with her mama and I just eat it up.  Sometimes Steve or a stranger will wave or try to hug her, and she will just run and hug me and look at them and give them a dirty look!  Every morning she cuddles with me before we start our day and it's just what I need to face all the naughty things she comes up with. :) 

 Love this feisty, beautiful girl of ours so much!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

aubrey is SIX!

Aubrey turned six last weekend - a little mind boggling, but I have to admit this is the least emotional I've ever been about one of my kids getting older.  She it turning out to be such an amazing little girl, and I'm only excited for whats to come.

Aubrey is incredibly sweet & kind.  She lost her very first tooth last Friday (!!!) and when the tooth fairy brought her three whole dollars, she was so excited to share a dollar with each of her sisters.  I mean, who is this kid?!  

Aubrey is doing great at school and is so smart!  Her teacher says she is a friend to everyone and loves to help people.  She absolutely loves school but I miss her a lot still. I know some parents feel a relief when they drop their kid off for school, but honestly it's a relief picking her up!  Her presence in our home makes things feel complete.

Words can't even describe how much I love this girl.  I can remember so well blogging about her monthly baby milestones and its hard to believe I'm here six years later.  Aubrey's sensitive, caring, and adorable personality makes me proud every single day!

Monday, February 13, 2017


We celebrated Valentine's Day on Saturday since the real day (tomorrow) is filled up with volunteering in Aubrey's kindergarten class, dance class, dance class again, & of course a date with my 14th year in a row Valentine. ;)  We had our own little "Galentine's party" with a heart shaped breakfast, cookie baking and decorating, and putting together class Valentines.  We had so much fun and even Ella got in on the baking - I just loved it.  I hope my girls remember these fun memories - these years of them being little are slipping away so fast!!

My dad built this awesome shiplap wall in my studio and did such a great job.  I love it so much!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

quick monterey getaway for steve's 30th

Back in the beginning of January Steve and I took our first sans-Ella trip together alone.  It was mainly to celebrate Steve turning 30 (which he did on the 10th) but also it had just been a while since we took a solo trip, at least for us.  Ella finished nursing just in time for us to go.  It rained nearly the whole trip, minus Saturday, but we still had the best time.

On Friday we went to dinner and to the Warriors game.  Steve's boss is a season ticket holder and generously let us use his 5th row tickets.  Steve was in heaven, and I was in heaven watching him being heaven. :) The game was SO fun - we sat right on the side of the tunnel and got to high five players coming out of it. So cool!

The next day we walked the pier and rented a cart and rode along the beach.  It stayed sunny most of Saturday thankfully so we could enjoy Monterey's beauty!

Our last day we got massages, visited Pebble Beach golf course, and came home that night.  We were anxious (ok, I was anxious) to see our babies!  We had a great trip and loved getting away together.