Monday, June 11, 2018

Memorial Day, Garden, BFF, and More

 We had a great Memorial Day weekend. It was a beautiful weekend. We the garden all planted, did our yearly tradition of going to Tahoma National Cemetery to go see all the flags set out, and had a barbecue with Adam and Chelsea. It was a nice relaxing weekend and it was Nate's first paid holiday and he loved it. 

Anna and Scott met us at the cemetery and were there for a little bit. It was fun to walk around and I love the feeling when I walk around there. It is so peaceful and I feel so close to heaven. I love teaching my girls at a young age the importance of respecting those that have served our country.
This year we actually knew someone buried at the cemetery and it was cool to go see his gravestone and Paige put a penny on it to let him know we paid him a visit.
Nate loves the garden and we have been excited to get it all planted and to watch it grow. Nate goes out every day and checks on his plants. He loves it and I am excited to eat all the food from it. The blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are getting really close. We planted russet potatoes, red potatoes, snap peas, pumpkins, zucchini, carrots, onions, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, roma tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes. It looks so nice all planted! Paige also loved to help and she has her own area of dirt to play in and she loves being outside.
 Nate created this cool little fence to go around some of the plants to prevent the rabbits that roam around to not eat our garden. It looks really nice.
 Addison came over to play Memorial Day weekend too. These two have so much fun together and keep each other busy. We went over to the lake to feed the ducks and they played inside and outside all day long. 
They both really loved riding these bikes. It was so cute to watch there big smiles and listening to them laughing and squealing.
Paige is still loving tball and is going to be sad when it is done. I am so glad she loves it and she look so cute in her uniform.
The past few weeks I have been working on this project for Paige's kindergarten musical. They are doing the three little pig opera. So I created the three little pig's houses and a forest area for the wolf to be at. They turned out so good and it was so much fun to do!
Nate turned 33 on the 5th of June! It was a simple day but we tried to make Nate feel as special as we could and he seemed to really enjoy the day. Paige insisted on having 33 candles so it was a lot of blow out. I love this picture with Paige helping him. 
Then this past Friday was the school's carnival. It was a pretty rainy day but Paige had a lot of fun. They had some fun carnival type games, Paige got her face painted, she got some cotton candy and other prizes. They also had some big blow up slides and obstacles outside. Paige and Addison spent at least an hour going back and forth between the two. They had so much fun! The first time Paige went down the big slide one you could see the pure look of terror on her face when she got to the top and I wasn't sure if she would go down but she did and loved it. By the end her hands were up in the air every time she went down. It was a fun evening for these two!

Monday, June 4, 2018

7 Months

 I love having this little baby around! She is so much fun and starting to laugh more and have more personality. I can't believe she is already 7 months old. Time is going by way too fast and I wish it would slow down. She is just the cutest little thing and we all adore you Baylor!
 Here is what Baylor is up to at 7 months:

  • She is getting really good at sitting on her own. She still topples over at time but prefers to be sitting up and playing with anything within her reach.
  • She grabs everything in sight and loves to touch everything around her- one funny thing she does when Nate is holding her is she scratches and plays with his beard.
  • She is getting much better at eating and opens her mouth much better for food. She is still trying to figure out what to do with her tongue but it is progress. She loves to lick real food that we give her like fruit, ice cream, and the other day Nate did a pickle and she kept licking it.
  • She hardly ever rolls over now but Nate and Paige got to see her roll from her back to her belly once. She twists and turns in a circle but doesn't like to roll.
  • She still wakes up every two to three hours at night and nurses. It is tiring but I would rather nurse her and have her go right back to sleep then listen to her whine and cry. I know one of these days I may have to train her more but I have to be ready to do it.
  • She laughs quite a bit mostly for Paige and Nate. They are both pretty funny.
  • She still loves to kick her legs way up in the air and bring them down hard onto the ground. She does it when she is excited and happy, she does it when she wakes up in the mornings and also when you put her down to sleep if she isn't quite out she will do one big kick and then go to sleep. I call them her crazy legs and it is so cute to watch.
  • She loves to bathe with Paige and when Paige splashes, Baylor goes crazy splashing with her legs. Its gets pretty wild and is to fun and cute to watch. I usually put a towel over me so I don't get too soaked.
  • She loves to use her feet to hold onto things and kick and push on things. She has also realized that she can suck on her toes.
  • She loves to be outside and will just sit in the grass and play with the grass. She likes to sit up in the grass but doesn't like to lay in it.
  • She loves to go grocery shopping and be in the front pack and look at everything going on around her.
And here is some more cute pictures of the most adorable 7 month old around. I love this little baby of mine!

 Pictures are getting harder with putting her on her blanket because once you lay her down on it she likes to grab it and cuddle with it and hang onto it.
Pure look of adoration for her sister.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

T-Ball

 We decided to put Paige in T-ball this year and she loves it! Here are just some pictures from her first game. She loved batting and was pretty focused even when she was in the outfield just in her little stance waiting to see if the ball would ever come her way.

She has some awesome coaches who are so positive and really help teach the basics. Just after one practice her ability to throw over hand was so much better once she got some pointers on how to do it right.
 Brett is also doing toss ball this year and his game was going on during Paige's game so every once in awhile we would glance over to see how he was doing.
 The cutest little focused face!
 Her ready stance.
 She was pitcher one round and the ball got hit and bounced up and hit her in the arm. I could tell it probably hurt her but she was brave enough to get the ball and throw it to first and then the tears came. Her coaches came over and talked to her and she took a little break but was ready the bat the next inning. She has been a little hesitant since this and so we just asked the coaches not to put her at pitcher and she has been great since.
 All done! I am so glad that she likes it and it is something fun that she can do and I love to watch her excel and be a part of a team.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Moments of Joy

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." -Desmond Tutu
These three are truly Heavenly Father's gift to me. I am so grateful that Nate was placed in my life and now I get to be with him for forever. He is such an amazing husband and father. He is a great provider and makes me laugh and smile every day. We complement each other and together we make the best team. Complement means to complete and Nate definitely completes me. And my two girls are truly my greatest joy. Yes at times they are tiring and test my patience but they make this life so much more fun and joyful. They see the world as it should be and I hope they carry that through life. We need to try and find joy in the simple things of life because "men are, that they might have joy" (2nd Nephi 2:25). 
Here are some pictures from our lives the last few weeks and some of the moments that have brought us joy.
Crafting queen.
A little kitty and sometimes she is even a puppy and crawls through my legs as I am trying to make dinner.
Helping in the garden- Paige is such a great helper as long as we are doing the task with her. Just recently I showed her how to start the washer and dryer and now every time I need to do laundry Paige wants to help me.
A recent play date with Addison- fun at Lake Meridian. These two have such fun together and it brings me joy to see Paige has such an amazing friendship.
We have had a pair of ducks coming to our house that past few weeks and I think they have made our home their home. Paige loves them and we have named them Donald and Daisy. They come running or I guess waddling when they see us since we feed them bread. Nate and Paige made a little pond in the garden for them to drink and swim in. Daisy will even eat from Paige's hand!
Paige started T-ball this past week. She was a bit nervous for the first practice but once it got going she loved it. The coaches are really good and I asked Paige how she liked it and she said it was even better than she thought it would be. We are excited for the season and for games to start.
Up to bat at her first practice
Baylor is still as sweet and cute as can be. She is starting to be an easier baby though still constantly wants to be on the move. She is quick to smile at those she knows and loves to grab Nate's face and laugh and smile at Paige. She fits into our family perfectly and we are starting to get the hang of this family of four thing.
She loves to be outside!
Joining in on the dress up fun
Girl cousins
Sisters- They already have such a special bond even though there is quite an age gap. Baylor lights up when Paige is in the room and laughs all the time for Paige. Paige is constantly helping with Baylor and is the best big sister.
Both of them got to try out the exersaucer- Baylor didn't like it at first but it is growing on her.
 This past weekend we have had some gorgeous days. We have spent a lot of time in the yard and one evening we went to Covington Community Park just to enjoy being outside- we saw some adorable baby ducks, a little salamander, we found some four leaf clovers, Paige wished on many dandelions and even found a mutant dandelion, and we found some little frogs to catch. It was such a nice evening and walk.
 We even got some tadpoles to bring home and watch them grow.
 This last weekend we also had our first fire of the season and it was Baylor's first fire ever. And we all of course enjoyed some smores!
 I love this little family of mine and I am so excited for warm weather and summer adventures!