Friday, June 5, 2015

April

I'm a little behind and life has been busy, so April is a little bit of a blur so I will do my best to recap. We started off the month with Easter/Conference weekend - the best combination! I always love it when they fall on the same weekend; it helps me to keep things into perspective.
On Friday, we attempted to have Carter participate in an egg hunt. It worked out better than expected because he loves to play with balls and are pretty close and there's candy inside - BONUS!




We enjoyed a pleasant weekend, watching conference with our family and enjoying yummy treats and dinners. It's so crazy that this time, last year, we were snuggling a newborn little Carter and look how much he's grown! Can't wait until he has little buddies to celebrate holidays with!
I am so grateful for the messages of General Conference and the spirit of hope it provides.
Brad had his first business trip this month. He was excited for the opportunity to get to know more people in the company and spend some more time with his team. He had an enjoyable time, but when all was said and done, he missed being home with his little man. Nothing makes me happier than knowing Brad's favorite place to be is home with his family. We are so lucky to have him!
Carter also got his first real hair cut by mom this month. It wasn't my best work, but man, he's a handsome boy! He wasn't quite sure how he felt about it though.


 Carter man got to play with some friends - my friends' babies. It's so fun to share our friendship through our kiddos and make even more great memories!




We finished off the month of April with a family trip to California with my whole family. My parents rented a 12 passenger van and we all loaded up together for the 12 hour drive to Long Beach. Some were less thrilled than others about the long drive, but some of us were excited to re-live our childhood memories. 
Our first day in California we went to an Angels game. It was perfect weather and it was fun to get all geared up for the game. Carter was a little bit of a busy body but seemed to like it.





little brother decided to go paparazzi style on us

I love that we have matching shoes

We tried to go to the beach so Carter could go to the beach for the first time. It wasn't really great weather, so we just made it to the edge of the sand and called it good.



Then, of course, to grandmother's house we went!




And a few bathtub snap shots just to make you smile - his facial expressions kill me!







Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Carter turns ONE

It's so hard to believe it's been over a year since little Carter man joined our family. We feel so blessed to be at this point in our journey of building a family and can't wait to have brothers and sisters for Carter, to join in on the fun!
We started the celebration a couple of days early when Miss Courtney Jo (Mama Courtney) came to town to visit Carter for the day! She spoiled Carter with some of his favorite toys and a sweet letter for him that made me cry - darn you, Courtney ;)




I LOVE birthdays and love doing things to make them special. We started out the morning, letting Carter play with balloons in his crib. He could have stayed in there all day! He loves his balloons. We made him pancakes for breakfast and sang Happy Birthday.






Then we spent the morning with our little family, opening presents and enjoying watching him play with them.









After his morning nap, we opened Mor Mor and Grandpa's presents and headed over to the park for the birthday party!





Because I love to plan parties, and love themes, it took everything in me not to go all out on everything. I tried to find a happy medium with his birthday party and ended up being pretty pleased with the outcome.
We had a baseball themed birthday party and invited family and friends to join in on the fun.
-PREPARE FOR A PICTURE OVERLOAD-







I know - cheesy - matching, I couldn't help myself!









We had so much fun celebrating little Carter and sharing the fun with family and friends! I think everyone had a good time and we loved watching Carter take it all in. Now we'll see if I can keep up this standard for the rest of forever haha!

Carter really is our sweet angel boy that brings so much happiness to our lives. We do not know what we would do without him! We feel so blessed to have him and can't wait for the opportunity to share him with his future brothers and sisters!
Carter loves to crawl - FAST but will do anything and everything to avoid walking (I think he thinks it slows him down). He loves all kinds of food - especially eggs and anything mom and dad are trying to eat. He loves waving "bye-bye" and singing Popcorn Popping. He loves anything that looks even a little bit like a ball and loves to throw and chase it. He is loving cars and pushing them around and still loves building/stacking blocks. He is always down for a dance party and asks grandpa to turn on his music by pointing to his ipad anytime he's with them. 
Here are just a few of my favorites from his one year pics, done by AshleyMorganPhotographyUtah