Wednesday, July 30, 2014


 For Emma's 8th birthday we gave her an early gift by letting her get her ears pierced.  She was VERY nervous when it actually came down to it. Her facial expressions in these photos say it all.

 Can I just say how much I love these little girls.  They truly are best friends.  Their favorite reward is to have Lydia come to school with Emma for lunch.  Emma is so loving to her and protective.  She loves showing her off to her friends.

Lydia didn't want to be left out of the earring excitement, so we bought her some clip on earrings that she was rather proud of. 

We took Sophie with us to lunch at El Toro Veajo.  It was DI-VINE!  The girls bought best friend necklaces (which is ironic, they don't play all that much.) Check out that fried ice-cream!

 Annie came with me and Emma one day to drive all the way to Midway to have Emma's Baptism Photos taken.  The ice castles were well worth the drive! 


This poor little deer didn't survive the winter season, which is strange, because it wasn't a particularly harsh season.  It broke our hearts to discover it take it's final moments under our house.  This little deer and it's mom were frequent visitors in our backyard over the last season. 

Here's what Ryan has been up to....voo-doo witch craft magic spells.  I mean really, calculus, are you kidding?  Surely these equations aren't used in real life. 

We had our traditional pink breakfast, heart attacked the girl's doors, and got them matching outfits.  These are the handouts each girls gave to their classmates. 

 I let Emma have a Valentine's party with her friends from class down at the fun park.

 The main gift this year for Valentine's was a plethora of new cats.  Yeah, we got three cats.  It didn't really work out, three cats is a lot!!  So we ended up with just the adult grey one, she's turned out to be an incredible mouser cat!  Just what we need for living in the country.

Our REAL Valentine's party was spent a week later up in Midway.  We got a hotel night at the fabulous Zermatt Resort.  We ate out at our favorite Mexican restaurant and then spent the next day doing this amazing tubing run!  This has been my favorite celebration as a family to celebrate how much we love each other.

Emma is our little gymnast.  She is CONSTANTLY doing cartwheels, constantly!  Sometimes when we notice she's getting a little ornery, we just have her do a series of round offs or cartwheels and then voila!  She's herself again.

We sold our beloved Jeep.  We have LOVED this Jeep.  It's what we brought our first born home form the hospital in.  This Jeep has helped us pull strangers out of the snow, seen us trhough many camping trips, taken us into the mountains for exploring or to the lakes for Kayaking.  The girls LOVED standing up through the sunroof while we drive around the neighborhood.  We've loved having this car be such a great part of our family and we are very sad to see it go.
Ironically enough, whoever bought this Jeep still lives in Logan, so from time to time I find myself parked next to them. 

Sweet little Lydia is so into her mommy right now.  The best part of her day is if I will play Barbies with her.  It's a real struggle for me to rewind my mind back into Barbie mode, but Lydia's enthusiasm and delight helps me to put my inhibitions aside and embrace role playing. 
One morning I woke up to breakfast in bed from Lydia.  This little sweetheart literally did this all on her own. This was probably the highlight of my month!

These are some of the oldest friends I have, they date all the way back to newlywed years.  We've seen each other through some really rough transitions in life.  We try to get together quarterly.  This is the only photo I took on our last gathering.  We met up at Farmington Station for shopping and a delicious dinner, and of course obscene amounts of laughing.

I've recently made a discovery....Zulily.  It's an online shopping store that offers a wide variety of boutiques that let you pay one flat shipping rate.  This Goonies shirt is one of many purchases I have made lately.

Could you just eat this little girl?  I sure could!  She dressed herself up in all of my accessories and told me she was ready to go!

Meet Pengi.  This Penguin has been a source of comfort for Emma for two years, which is a little strange.  The girl was never really overly attached to a Binky, blanket, or specific stuffed animal.  Yet, this Penguin has filled her heart and become her number one companion. 

February has been the strangest month.  Check out the above photo, typical scene, and yet the below photo is taken in the same month.  What?!  Can't complain though, we love it!
Ryan has been working with Miss Pip to practice riding without training wheels, which is learned by riding without any pedals at all.  It is the cutest thing to see someone so tiny cruising around the neighb


Jessica said...

Yay for Emma getting her ears pierced! She is so brave. I seriously love how much your girls love each other. It is the cutest! Man oh man, those ice castles are amazing and were so perfect for Emma's baptism pictures. I wish I would have gone to see them for myself. That poor deer that died under your house. :( It makes me so sad! And ya, no thanks to Ryan's homework. What even is that? Definitely some voo doo different language of sorts! I love all your cute and fun Valentines activities. It is sad that you guys don't have that jeep anymore. Everytime I see one like it, I think of you guys. Crazy that you still see it in Logan! Oh Lydia.. I COULD eat her up! She is the sweetest little thing. Those pictures of Emma with her Pengi are so cute! Is she still just as attached to it? February was a crazy month for the weather. I can't believe Lydia was wearing a tank top! And yay for her learning to ride with no training wheels! I can't wait to get home. Yes- lets do something every week! :)

Annie said...

Great recap. Big pics and much detail. Your next Blurb book will rock!

Kylee said...

She looks super cute with her earrings! I love the pictures of her and Lydia eating lunch at Emma's school. They are such sweet sisters. The ice castle you went to looks cooler than the one I went too. Maybe because it had recently snowed on the one in Midway? Or maybe you're just better at capturing beauty in a photo, which is entirely possible. Poor deer. Bundy's math book truly does look like some foreign or magical spell book. Your valentines tubing adventure looks awesome! I would love to do that someday. That's so weird that you keep seeing the new owner of your old jeep! How adorable that Lydia brought you breakfast in bed!! She is the cutest! I love Emma's penguin stuffed animal and especially the picture of her sleeping with it. I can't believe it was warm enough in February for Bundy to be out with Lydia in a short sleeved shirt with no coat!! That happens all the time in Fort Collins, but I never thought it would be that warm in Cache Valley!

Lee Jensen said...

Good for you getting another month done--- but in the meantime, 2 other months have gone by, so there's that... :) Hang in there- you'll get caught up someday. For a February in Utah, you did an amazing amount of things this month! Seeing that deer made me sad although I hate the deer getting in my yard and eating my bushes. Bundy's math- oh man- if my life depended on it, I COULD NOT understand and figure that out. Props to him and all the other smart people in the world ;) Your Zermat adventure looked so fun. I want to go there so bad. I'm sad you miss you jeep so much and aren't that happy w/ it's replacement... Lydia dressed up in your clothes and classes is hilarious. As well as her serving you breakfast in bed. It looked delicious!?