Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Life Lately in March


Most of these ended up on instagram because that's where I post the most pictures these days. You might have seen them but since most of my family doesn't do instagram here they are again!

M was chilling like a boss in the pile of clean clothes, eating peanut butter without wearing pants. Ain't that the dream?


Here he is being the paw patrol OG that he is. Again, pants optionally.




 "Take a picture of me with all the puppies"


Our good friends the Coopers own a BBQ catering company and are moving to Texas this week for PA school. Justin had always had a dream of roasting a pig in the ground so as a going away present, I looked up a local pig farm and bought him a small pig. We hosted an epic going away party and they even bought a rootbeer keg for it.


I finally finished a few projects for my family room. I built these shelves out of stuff I had around.


I wanted a quirky end table and couldn't find what I wanted for a price I was willing to pay. So I took a welding class and used my friend Brian's workshop to make the legs. He even had a stump that he let me take a chunk off. 6 months later I finally got around the sanding and staining it. Now I have a fun and practically free table.




I'm getting rid of all the dark wood in my house so I sanded this table down (made by a friend 8 years ago). It looks way rustic, but surrounded by all my modern furniture it works. I promise, even my dad is a believer now.


These adorable kids were singing "Happy Easter, Happy Bunnies" as loud as the could. It's an J original song with one line repeated over and over.


I'm on a quest for nightstands and these two wanted me to take pictures of them with ever bed they saw.


Sometimes it's hard to be the little brother when all the girls want to play dress up.


I love how much these two love their PopPop


This shelf added to my closet, along with a small dresser, made all the difference! I didn't even need to spend $4000 on a custom closet. I have no made about 20 people walk into the closet to appreciate my purging and organizing work. I took a picture to brag about my productivity to my husband that day. "Look! I hung up the shelves!"


We have hit the "I don't want to nap and you can't make me!" phase but obviously someone still needs a nap and just slumps over anywhere at 4:30pm.


"This is my baby. His name is Jacob." (That is not the name of my 3rd child)


J's Sunday school teacher was able to convince J that a haircut would make her hair grow longer. Sis Kendall even offered to do the trim.


I had a couple cousins come sleep over and we went on a family bike ride. Usually I get frustrated and angry at these sorts of things because they are much harder than they should be, but this one was just a delight!


I had in my head the idea of turning our underused front room into a playroom once we were ready to switch the rooms around for baby brother. I figured we'd do it once the boys were old enough to sleep in the same room, but I got impatient looking at the front room. I called my friend Rachel and asked if she wanted to help me do something stupid. While I was a little disappointed that she wanted to know what it was before saying yes, she came over and helped me move all the furniture. Then the next day my parents surprised me with a full day of their help! Such love! They helped hang all the art work and switch the furniture in the other rooms.


Such love! My mum even hung up the 1000 crane installation on the ceiling for me. They really are the best! They took apart the crib and reassembled it, moved the office stuff, everything! And since I was hosting a relief society activity at my house that night, they set up my yard and cleaned my house. So much love!


I'm selling my helmet and M discovered it.


We went to the Spark festival and met up with my parents and Big Sis.




It was very warm, but those are Paw Patrol mittens and need to be worn everywhere.



J loves her new little cousin Evan and has been brushing up on her big sister skills. She even tried changing one of M's diapers before I was awake to take care of it. It was poopy and she was only partially successful.


Oh the peanut butter messes in our house.


This girl is still loving ballet.


She does it randomly at the park with our friends.


I'm sad that kindergarten is going to mean less of these two in our lives.


I also love that she brought me some sushi :)


Again, No NAPS!


This kid and his size 12 feet! J wears 11


I finally finished this scoodie (scarf with a hood) project. Only took me 2 years. My friend gave me a bunch of  yarn and I had thought to make one for each of her 4 girls. Nope, only one :)


We loved spoiling Reece again for a week. She was living the life!


Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt 2016

These things just get more fun as my kids get a bit older.





Who needs selfie sticks when you have giant monkey arms.


It was a little too sunny for M though.



 This. I love this. They do it all the time.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Valentine's Day Cousin Party 2015

Here is our Ode to Pinterest



The donuts Shane brought were pretty much the only thing the kids cared about.







Big Sis had some fun crafts for the kids to work on as they came in. One was decorating their drinking cups. Pure genius.




Weston made a minion cup





An Aunt Mona classic, essentially hot potato.


M didn't really get it.


 They also decorated sugar cookies. This is why she is the cool auntie. I pretty much hate decorating cookies with children. My OCD can't handle the waste and the mess the general work.




This is just waiting for a photo montage on some social media platform when they are both in middle school. Happy birthday to my favorite 2nd cousin in the whole wide world! XOXO *hearteyes*#foreverfriends.



 The. Sass. I love it.


The older boys were such great sports and are so good with the young kids. I love to photograph them because they don't roll their eyes or argue, they just pause, smile, and move on.



Poor Ben was rather sick and just nursed his gatorade the whole time


The gun was a non-negotiable part of this portrait.






I'm pretty sure she has the soul of a precious moments doll.




Big Sis was kind enough to style the hair for our little photoshoot. The girls lined up in the bathroom was pretty adorable.






 These were the coolest thing and I loved that Shane introduced us to them. You pound the package and the chemical reaction starts inflating a balloon inside until the pressure pops it. The suspense before it pops is fantastic.






They were mostly looking at the camera.


Ben perked up


For a moment at least.









 

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