November 16, 2014

BYU Homecoming 2014 (Utah Trip), Part I

I've spent every BYU Homecoming in Provo now for the past 7 years since I was a freshman in college. The past 3 times (after graduating), here, and here, have been with Devin's family and it is a trip I look forward to all year long!


Ava was a pretty good sport for all the driving we did that weekend! We went down Thursday for Devin to meet with his cousin about marketing stuff. Meanwhile I went to IKEA to meet up with Tessa, my good childhood friend from Pennsylvania who I haven't seen in 8 years! There are a lot of people in Utah who hold such a dear place in my heart, wish I could have seen them ALL.

After IKEA I met up with Corina and we went to this yummy bakery in So. Jordan called Schmidt's, they had this really yummy toffee, Mexican wedding cookies, and lemon bars! Then we went to Gardner Village - one of my all time favorite places, especially in the fall during Witchfest! I had a birthday coupon to Archibald's so after we did some shopping the boys met up with us for dinner and it was Y-U-M. I can't NOT get their Thanksgiving dinner meal, they really know how to do comfort food.


Friday was the most BEAUTIFUL day. We did a lot of exploring, starting with Rock Canyon in Provo. It was the perfect time to see fall colors in the canyons...I miss these mountains so much!

Talane made all the girls these really cute little felt cat purses - SO fitting for all these girls and perfect for packing out leaves and fruit snacks for the hike :)

Then we ventured up the canyon some more to Heber and stopped for lunch at Granny's - oh yum! I was dying not to have my own almond joy shake (can't eat milk while nursing), it was so good (from the couple bites I had, whoops)!

I love this picture of Rose and Owen getting acquainted :) After lunch, we continued up the canyon to Midway which is one of the most beautiful places in Utah I have ever seen. We found ourselves at the Homestead Resort. They were having a fun fall display out on their grounds.

While looking at the bloody heads I told her to make a "yucky" face. I think she nailed it!

We went back to the hotel after and swam and loved on babies. Ava was so funny to watch because I forgot a swim diaper so we just used a normal diaper and boy do those swell up with water! She had quite the booty, we were cracking up as she walked back and forth from pool to hot tub.

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Owen - 3 months

Owen is a really content baby. Lots of people tell me they can't believe they've never heard him peep! The things that make him cranky are being in his bouncer for too long or being hungry, or being tired. I'm slowly distinguishing the hungry cry and the tired cry...

He goes about every other week sleeping totally through the night from about 7-7. I usually put him down around 7 and then go in and feed him before we go to bed, at like 11. Sometimes it gets him through to morning, sometimes he wakes up at 5 to eat, it's kind of random whether or not he'll wake up that one time.

He still loves bath time and is smiling so much more when I talk to him now. Especially during church, if I hold him on my lap and sing or talk to him, he is a big coo-er. It's my favorite stage!

His tummy still gets upset when I have milk, which is kinda rough for me. No milk chocolate (Semi-sweet is ok!), cream cheese, sour cream, milk, creamy soups, butter (I use smart-balance). But cheese is ok!! gosh that would be awful.

He is also starting to love watching Ava do things, I'll do another post about just the two of them - I love how much Ava loves him!! Pin It

Where Did Fall Go?

I haven't blogged since September...that's how busy this fall has been! October was JAM packed but I'm glad I had more time to do those fun things than sit and blog anyway. I've given up on being a serious blogger but I still plan to do it for the sake of printing yearly books so I will apologize in advance for the backtracking I'm going to be doing by posting things in the next week that date back to October.

But we currently have SNOW! Before Thanksgiving! So if you're like me and wish fall lasted a little longer, then maybe you'll enjoy seeing some recaps of October :)  Anyway, here are some pics from lately...

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September 19, 2014


Thank you Krispy Kreme for giving us a reason to dress up like pirates (Happy National "talk like a pirate day")!  Even if Ava looks like she's been shipwrecked (but still hanging on to her hook), Owen looks like a squid, and I still look preggo - we looked pirate-y enough to get a dozen donuts...EACH! Yep, THREE dozen. even Owen with his orange bandana and makeshift eye patch.  And here's a better (said very loosely) picture of his get up.

best mates.
(yes, they're eating cookies, not donuts. I guess Oreo's new "caramel apple" flavor was more intriguing)

We met up with Emma and her girls to go to Krispy Kreme and then over to our husbands' work to bring them donuts and have lunch.  Their office is this old house in the woods with a beautifully landscaped yard where these girls love to just run and play.  I couldn't get over how they both kept a cookie in one hand during the entire hour we were there, all while climbing rocks and throwing grass, etc.  Also, Holland had the coolest little pirate outfit on. One that Emma's mom sewed for their family's dress up box/halloween when she was little!  Gotta love those things that survive to be enjoyed by the next generation.

All pics of the girls taken with Emma's phone, thanks Emma!
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