Monday, September 01, 2014

Back to School 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

summer fun in Utah!

What a fun Utah summer vacation. Some highlights include...swimming and playing at the Canyons resort, the Living Planet Aquarium with Papa Parma, the museums and farm at Thanksgiving point, Temple Square, a gourmet Parma family dinner, visiting with Grandma Blanchet (feeding apricots to the mule and playing with dolls), enjoying timeat Snowbird with Grandma Michelle and Grandpa Don [and cousins, uncles, aunties, and more] with morning hikes and playing (including alpine slides, toboggan coasters, chair lifts and bounce houses), eating banana creamies and seeing deer and moose! 

the Canyons
Temple Square
 collecting snails at a wedding reception

the Aquarium

fell asleep holding hands
aunt Julie
the Alpine slides

Monday, July 07, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Party at aunt Amy's!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Bria's Recital

Recital #1(3)

Recital #1(2)

preschool graduation

It's official: Cali is a kindergartener!! She has enjoyed two full, learning and fun-filled years at Ms Michelle's house. She especially enjoyed cooking days, practicing her letters, and playing with friends (especially her "boyfriend," Roman).

Liam has enjoyed preschool, too! He loves to pack up his Cars backpack full of his toys for show-and-tell. And picking out a surprise from the treasure box!

ballet recitals

my beautiful ballerinas!

Bria danced to "Reflection" from Mulan.

 Cali's dance was a "toy shop" theme, complete with fuchsia hairspray!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cali's first lost tooth

Only a few days after Cali's highly anticipated 5 1/2 birthday, she lost her first tooth! The tooth fairy found her tooth under her pink zebra-striped pillowcase and left a $1 (which she used to buy her favorite treat: bubblegum).

Mother's day

How I love being a mother. 

When I first became a mother, I was so scared. Anxious. Overwhelmed. It was something I had to learn by doing. I grew into a mother. Now I find my identity and purpose so wrapped up in my little ones, I can hardly imagine life without them.

My favorite things about being a mother? Sweet hugs and word like, "Yor da best best mom in da wood mom." Questions like, "Are there bugs in heaven?" And moments like finding all the kids sound asleep together in a twin bed. I love reading to them while they cuddle close. I love teaching them a principle and seeing their faces light up with understanding. I love making up answers to ridiculous questions or listening to their responses when I ask, "What do you think?" I also love enforced "quiet time" and the hours of 5-6 am and 7-9 pm!

This Mother's day the kids were so excited they had a countdown and to-do list! I was lovingly celebrated by gluten-free oatmeal pancakes, homemade cards and gifts (a picture frame, a personalized picture tile, and a heart magnet), dinner by daddy, and snuggling to Mary Poppins together. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter celebrations 2014

egg dyeing at Aunt Amy's

 wow, the Easter Bunny is amazing

sun bathing in April! gotta love Texas ...

a super awesome egg hunt!!
 what's up with the grumpy bunnies??