August 26, 2015

Owen James turns ONE

We got to do a little celebration the weekend before he turned one when Grandma and Grandpa Harper came to visit. He got spoiled with fun books, wooden cars, bath toys, and lots of love!

Then we had to celebrate on his actual birthday too, of course! So Ava surprised him with some new balls and we took him to his favorite place on earth - sand and water!

We took the boat out to Lucky Peak for the afternoon and Owen just dug and ate dug a ton of sand and Ava swam to her heart's content with daddy.

Owen wasn't really sad or happy on the boat, just just "yelled" the whole time to the tune of the boat's motor, it was too funny.

He's such a little go getter these days and I'm excited to see him grow and play next summer as a full grown boy! Mostly I just predict all the trouble he and Ava are going to get into in the coming years together. Pin It

August 23, 2015

Fifth Wedding Anniversary!

Ok, we didn't go to France or anything but our fifth anniversary dinner was magnifique! We realized we make good food a top priority on our anniversary! The last 3 years (Melting Pot, Asiago's, Chandler's) have probably been our most expensive meals but definitely worth it! 

So here's the story!

I was a doofus - I had mistaken the steakhouse that I had heard of for the one that we received a gift card to and made a reservation at the wrong one! I was pretty bummed when we pulled up to Chandler's because I knew (Ruth's Chris) had something special waiting for our anniversary and I had heard good things about it, and because calling to cancel the reservation about a minute before we were supposed to be there also felt weird. Guess who's not in charge of reservations anymore? ha! 

It also meant we didn't have a reservation at Chandler's, so we had to eat at a table near the bar, opposed to a more quiet, secluded booth with a tablecloth. But the perk was that we were right next to this awesome pianist! To be honest, it felt too chaotic at first. People at tables all around us were seemingly loud and that mixed with the piano on the other side felt just as chaotic as the 1 and 2 year old I had just left at home after a busy week. 

But then whoever was so loud behind me left and the chatter died down and Devin could actually hear what I was saying and I kept catching measures of some favorite songs that this man was playing. And in perfect timing they brought out each amazing course and everything was perfect! 

(Unfortunately this post is iPhone pictures only)

Some of my favorite songs he played were "On My Own" from Les Miserables, I Say A Little Prayer For You (From My Best Friend's Wedding), Hotel California by The Eagles, and more that I can't remember but definitely enjoyed. It was a really good mix!

Devin could have cared less about the reservation mix-up, or lack there-of. So here he is being content as can be, wondering if he could someday do this piano gig at fancy restaurants when he retires :) ...he totally could!

Food, glorious food! I can't wait to go back. I loved my "Rocket Salad" with shaved asiago and pear and apple-cider vinaigrette with crispy onion straws on top. Devin's halibut dish was TO DIE FOR. He let me have a bite so I reached over and thought I was cutting into halibut but it was actually mashed potatoes that the fish was resting on (same color) and I let out a little surprised sound because it was so soft...haha we laughed about that for a minute. But then the halibut really was almost that melt-in-your mouth with that lemon cream sauce. seriously. I got lamb chops, like the true carnivore that I am, and they did not disappoint. Also so tender and they came with this small stack of potatoes au gratin that were out. of. this. world. I could have just eaten those and been so happy. And needless to say, dessert was a really good idea.

We were talking about our anniversary the year prior and how crazy it was that we had no idea I'd be having a baby the next day. This is making to be a busy weekend in our lives!

The best thing ever was coming home to both kids being asleep. That hasn't happened...almost ever. We were kid-free from 5:30 pm til the next morning! I had set up the tent in the backyard earlier that day because we hardly went camping this summer and that was something we REALLY had wanted to do. But Idaho's horrible fires brought a strong smoke smell in late that afternoon so even though the tent was set up we didn't really want to breathe that outside all night. So we "camped" in our living room.

I convinced Devin to play cards with me, something he doesn't usually enjoy. I had this deck of cards made on (free, just paid shipping!). We played Rummy 500, an old favorite of mine, to my Joshua Radin Pandora station, which was the best thing ever. It just kept playing the best songs and we were having fun and it was a perfect, "chill" night. I was happy we were relaxed at home and not on vacation, and not watching a movie for a change either!

5 years has brought us 2 kids, 4 places of residence, 5 cars, a boat, 2 peach trees, and learning how to grow together as a family, financially, spiritually, sharing responsibilities, and recognizing/appreciating all of our blessings.

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June 21, 2015

Father's Day Questionnaire 2015


I found this questionnaire floating around Facebook that people have been having their spouses or children answer about them and I decided to ask Ava some of these questions about Devin for Father's Day. The rules are you have to write down exactly what they say, so I did.

1. What is something your dad always says to you? Don't run in the street

2. What makes dad happy? Don't run in the street

3. What makes dad sad? Cut his arm

4. How does your dad make you laugh? Play with him, chase the kitty, run around with the kitty (she seriously talks about the cat all the time still)

5. What was your dad like as a child? Markers

6. How old is your dad? 2 minutes

7. How tall is your dad? Burger, burger, burger

8. What is Dad's favorite thing to do? Play with playdough

9. What does your dad do when you're not around? cries

10. If your dad becomes famous what will it be for? (she danced...and totally didn't understand this question)

11. What is your dad really good at? Games

12. What is your dad not very good at? 

13. What does your dad do for work? no work, pack our backpacks and go to grandpa's house

14. What is your dad's favorite food? all of the food

15. What makes you proud of your dad?

16. If your Dad were on TV who would he be? a prophet!

17. What do you and dad do together? no work

18. How are you and your dad the same? 
19. How are you and your dad different? 
20. How do you know your dad loves you? 
21. Where is your dad's favorite place to go? 
22. How old was your dad when you were born? 
23. Is there anything else you want to say about your dad?

The unanswered ones were ones I didn't ask because I just wasn't sure she'd understand the question and because she was getting pretty burnt out by question 18 and started responding in jibberish (which is what she does when she's bored or wants you to stop talking to her, lol) but I want to keep all the questions on here for reference to next year when I ask her again :) Pin It

Jump Creek Falls 2015

Last Saturday we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and drove out to Marsing, ID to hike to Jump Creek Falls. Our friends the Ashbys and the Stokers came with us, we were even able to fit the Ashbys in our van with us (pictured below, behind Race and Emma!) - making 4 adults and 4 carseats and we didn't even feel super squished. Anyway, it was only about a 15 min hike, perfect for all the little girls :)

It was a pretty popular day, we couldn't grab a sunny spot for the kids to play in the sand but they braved the cold water pretty well and had fun splashing around.

How cute are these little polka-dot bums? And Devin made sure I got a pic of him with these springer spaniels for the sake of his family's first dog, Dodger!

This hike is too perfect and pretty not to do every year! Pin It

June 2, 2015

Spring at the Zoo

Goats make me laugh! They're pretty creepy but how can you resist them? (especially the babies!)

We came this year in April, which we'll probably do every year because it's right before a lot of the schools start doing their very end of the year field trips, the weather was perfect, and the price is right before they hike it up for summer attractions. This trip was one of those days I was feeling a mom win for tackling an outing like this by myself with both the kids and things went pretty smoothly as far as timing for feeding Owen, naps, Ava being a happy toddler vs a tired/hungry toddler. This was the first zoo trip that I think she really loved and understood what was around her, she kept asking all week to go! Pin It

May 17, 2015

Great Sunday

A couple weeks ago was just one of those Sundays where we didn't have anything pulling us away from home before or after church and the weather was beautiful. Our neighboring neighborhood has a grassy common area that was perfect for relaxing and playing with the kids.

This picture cracks me up because it was our best attempt at getting a "cute" pic of these two together. Ava is really mastering the fake under bite smile thing these days. And Owen's poor eczema has been worse with teething and wind and forgetting to be diligent about putting his cream on, whoops!

Our church doesn't start until 1:00 on Sundays so in an effort to keep Ava from going stir crazy, we thought it'd be nice to go walk around the Boise temple grounds. It was a beautiful day!

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