Tuesday, July 28, 2015


We started off the month of May with one of my very dear friends, Katie, getting married. It's always so fun when friends get married - we love celebrating together and having the chance to all be together again!

I also had the chance to take Carter to the Tulip Festival with my cousins and their kids. It was pretty hot, but SO beautiful! I was amazed and was entertained the whole time. I hoped to make it again before it ended, but it just didn't happen.

Mother's Day and Brad's birthday landed on the same day this year. That was a little tricky. We decided to celebrate his birthday on Saturday and then have Mother's Day for me. It felt a little different and I felt guilty not making Sunday all about Brad, but we tried. Brad wanted to just spend time with our little family. We started off the day with yummy waffles and opening presents. And we made sure we didn't do any housework that day and then went out to a low-key dinner to Mountain West Burrito because that's what he felt like eating.
I get a little nutso for birthdays and probably had a little too much fun wrapping presents...

our little family on Mother's Day/Brad's bday
May also means preschool is ending. I am always so sad to see my students go. They were so much fun to have and the kids were so good to me. I got spoiled by the parents and felt very appreciated - which always means a lot to me.

We also had Brad's sister, Mindy get married! I headed down a week before the wedding to help with prep and Brad came later in the week. Hannah and I got to make Mindy's veil from scratch and it turned out beautiful! We were pretty proud! We had a lot of fun spending the week with the family and celebrating such a special day.
cheesin it on the long car ride to AZ
Carter and Lizzie playing together
playing in the dirt - as always
Wedding pictures done by Ashley Morgan Photography

this little man was in his element on the dance floor!
We finished off the month with my baby sister Megan graduating from high school. Woot! Woot! She's the last of us. It's so crazy my parents are almost empty nesters!

Friday, June 5, 2015


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!