Friday, December 2, 2011

Climber- 10 months


Lyla's our little climber. Back in August she was 10 months old and already had mad climbing skills.


York, Maine

The state motto of Maine is "The Way Life Should Be." We love going up to Maine. It is beautiful and pretty laid back. We saw the lighthouse, enjoyed a lovely lobster tail lunch, and went to a local amusement park. I have a million pictures of Lyla crawling around that are very cute, but I kept this post pretty simple.

Charles River Boat Cruise

Another day we took a boat cruise down the beautiful Charles River. It was full of all sorts of totally useless facts, but it was still fun to see Boston from a little different angle.

Mini Golf

Another night we took everybody to our favorite mini golf course and Kimball Farms ice cream.
Lyla was incredibly good at mini golf. That is, if the definition of mini golf is crawl around and pick up golf balls.
Emily was getting lessons from her daddy and her grandpa. She's pretty good, but I think we'll leave the real golfing to her cousin Westin.
p.s. I totally scored a hole in 1. (I think Justin did too...)

USS Contitution

Back in August we were SO lucky to have my parents come and visit. My dad lucked out by having a work conference here, so they were here for a week for that and then a few more days. Awesome.

This year we went down to see the USS Constitution ship. It is the oldest commissioned naval ship. It's from way back when, and still sales on the 4th of July so it's considered still used. Anyways, it was another lovely historical site. Here are some fun pics exploring around.
Grandma and Lyla playing around in line. It was a long wait. Someone in this picture may have snuck onto the boat as well. You have to pass through airport like security to get on someone didn't bring their id. We were ultra stealth and still managed to get on board.
Me with the largest mixer I've ever seen. This was actually on the Destroyer- a submarine also docked there.
Our gorgeous captain steering us to someplace very cool.
Lyla and Grandpa trying out the cannons
The Destroyer submarine. It was reminding my dad of all sorts of cool submarine times.
Justin and the girls playing on the torpedos.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ear Infection

So I am not going to go crazy. Poor little Lyla has her first ear infection. I feel bad for her, but the upside is medicine can make her feel better. Thank goodness.

Please Don't be Crazy

I have a lot of really fun posts I would like to post, but I am so behind on my typical life stuff I have to postpone them longer. I do have a thought though.

Lyla had a fever for 2.5 days over the weekend. Monday and Tuesday she was grumpier than all get out. Today (Wednesday) is no different. I am taking her to the doctor and, seriously, if they tell me she's fine I think I might have to check myself into a mental institution.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Origin of the term "Hoodlum"

She looks like she could be up to no good :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

General Conference

We thoroughly enjoyed General Conference this weekend. I hope you did too!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

2011 Garden

Justin planted a fantastic garden this year. Sadly, I didn't ever take a picture of it in it's prime. He grew lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, peas, onions, a few kinds of peppers, squash, brussels sprouts, and herbs. I am possibly forgetting something. Anyways, we had a great harvest and even made a batch of delicious homemade salsa. We are not going to grow squash next year. We have done it two years in a row and both years have been a bust.

This year we had a little garden box, left behind by our friends Bob and EmmaLee, that became 'Emilys garden.' We took her to Home Depot and told her she could plant whatever she wanted. Flowers, fruit, vegetables, anything. She picked carrots. Her carrots were awesome! Mostly because she was such a great gardener. I wonder what she'll pick next year?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Baby Monkey Riding backwards on a Pig

This is Lyla's absolute favorite YouTube video.

So when we were at a farm a couple weeks ago, naturally we put our little monkey backwards on a pig. Hehe, we are so funny and SO cool. I know. We even considered for Halloween having Justin be a pig and dressing Lyla up like a monkey and having her ride around on his back. I decided against it because we would probably be the only people who knew what it was.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We Love our Lyla Girl

Lyla is growing up at an astronomical rate. I can't believe in less than a month she will be a whole year old. So, it's about time I give her a little shout out on the blog.

Lyla loves stuffed animals. Almost as much as Emily. We are really lucky that Emily is nice and is okay with sharing them. The girls will play in their room for a pretty good chunk of time. It's really funny to watch them. Lyla of course puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. Especially stuffed animals. We have one little kitty whose nose is slightly discolored because Lyla has "kissed" it so much.

Along with stuffed animals, the girl just loves animals. She gets excited around dogs and cats. Thank goodness we have good friends with pets so our girls get their fill playing with them.
So, funny Lyla story. This morning I was doing some stuff on the computer, Emily was watching cartoons, and Lyla was playing in her room. All of a sudden I hear Lyla crying like she is hurt. I rush into the room to find her in this position. Trying desperately to climb up on Emily's bed, but she can' (Of course she is smiling here, because I grabbed the camera and she likes to look pretty for the camera). She was so frustrated.

Lyla LOVES to climb. She climbs all over the playground and anywhere else she can. If they had baby rock climbing classes, we would be there daily.
Here is a shot of our little snuggle bear. I put Signing Time (one of the animal ones of course) on while I was making dinner the other night. Lyla snuggled up on her pillow with her polka (beloved polka dot blanket) and laid there for a while. This was picture worthy, because Lyla doesn't sit still for a minute, let alone a while- so it was rather tender.
Here's our little mamma walking around with a "bk". She pronounces just those sounds when talking about a book. It's really really cute. Of course it always happens too fast to get on camera, so sadly you'll have to take my word for it. Coming soon though will be videos of this little one cruising around. Last Wednesday (September 21) Lyla became a full time, full fledged walker.
Lyla is a pretty high maintenance little chicka, but it is all worth it. This little girl radiates love like you wouldn't believe. Everyday I snuggle her and can't believe I am lucky to have her with me forever and ever.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Field Trip

Emily's school takes a field trip the last week of the month. This month we took the kids to a local farm. It is nestled right in the middle of a neighborhood. You would never guess it was there unless you saw the sign, or were told about it. It was fun looking at all of the fresh picked vegetables at their stand, seeing the giant coop of chickens, picking pumpkins off the vine in the pumpkin patch, and picking flowers from the giant flower garden. It is a nice little gem of a place.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gymnastics Videos

Emily has had 2 gymnastics classes. Here are a couple videos I took of her doing the obstacle course type thing they have set up. She LOVES it; therefore, I love it.


Look at these blue eyes.

So I've been a pretty crummy blogger lately. It isn't because there isn't anything to say, or cute pictures to show. It's because I'm too busy lovin' on this little mamma.
She is such a ham. Seriously, I pull my camera out and she starts posing for me.

First Day of Preschool

My little Em cakes started this year's version of preschool today. We are doing a co-op with 4 other ladies/kids from church. I think I am going to like it way better than last years, and I'm sure Emily will love it too. It's been said before, but these little kids sure grow up fast.

Man, I LOVE her!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thanks Grandma Connie

Thank you Grandma Connie for a wonderful, memorable trip!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Waterfall hike with the BOWLINGS!!!

Did you ever have a very best friend who moved away and you didn't know if or when you would get to see them again? Well, Emily did. His name is Ezra and he is Emily's BEST friend. His parents happened to be our great friends too, so when Bob graduated and they moved to Gridley, CA we were all a little bummed (to say the least). Emily had a hard time for weeks understanding that Ezra wouldn't be at the park, couldn't come to play, and wasn't going to be at church. I myself have always been the mover, not the moved on, so I was pretty sad about the whole ordeal as well.

Anyways.. we knew the Bowlings' were going to be driving from St. George back to Gridley about the time we would be in June Lake. So naturally we mapquested it and turns out June Lake is pretty darn close to the route they would take. I texted EmmaLee and of course they would make the slight detour to have a little reunion.

The best part was that I didn't tell Emily they were coming. When they got to Connie's house I told Emily that Daddy had a surprise for her downstairs. We went down, Emily having no idea what to expect. Ezra walked through the door and Emily's eyes got big and for a moment she acted very shy- then she pounced. She pretty much tackled the poor kid. I knew it was going to be a cute reunion, so I planned on videoing, but it was too dark in the hallway to get a good shot. The two of them went NUTS. They were so excited. It really was special. When it was time to go to bed I PROMISED Emily that Ezra would be there in the morning. Emily woke up earlier and seriously asked me probably every 5 minutes when Ezra was going to wake up.

When they did wake up we took them on a tour around the resort and then put Lyla down for a nap. That was when the real fun began. We took them on a hike up to the waterfalls. It was a little rough for the kids, but with some daddy help, it was all good.

My strong hikers :)

Justin cooling off a little bit.
Emily, showing off her mad rock climbing shoes.
A cute Daddy and Emily shot.

Geo caching or bust...BUST

After fishing Justin thought it would be fun to try geo caching. He looked up to see if there were any in the are and turns out there are tons. We figured we could find it using the gps in our phones. However, as we started out on the 1.5 mile trek, we discovered that we would need a stronger cell signal to guide us. So- we had to give up. Oh well. I'm sure the Harley Davidson temporary tattoo would have been awesome, but we will never know.
Remember when I said it was a 1.5 mile walk. Well Emily can walk about 200 yards before deciding she rather die than go another step. After we gave up, Kody ran back to get the car while we headed on foot. Here's macho Justin carrying both girls. I don't carry kids- I'm a wuss.
Emily found some GIANT "wish flowers" on the side of the road. They proved to be more difficult than the little ones around our house.
We also saw a baby dear running alongside us in the bushes. I didn't get a picture, but it was really cute!


Our first morning in June Lake Justin thought it was time to take Emily fishing. They got all of their gear together and headed toward the stream in Grandma's backyard. The most important piece of gear these days is bug spray. The misquitos are on a mission this year and it is to bite as often as possible. We are all sprayed down and wearing the Off clip-on thingys. We still have bites, even with all of our precautions.
Justin and Emily are crossing the bridge trying to find the ideal spot. Realistically the best spots are probably further away from the house, but since Em's attention span is about as big as a black bean, we thought it would be best to stay by the house.

While the boys and Em put forth their BEST efforts, they returned home empty handed. Maybe we'll try again later in the trip.