Friday, May 31, 2013

Sedona, part 2

Right after our long hike with the Downses, we walked down to the creek, just a few steps away from our cabin...
...and I lost my pinky toenail.
AND not just the nail, the nail-bed too. 
It just...popped right off. It was the weirdest thing.
So anyway, I'll post pictures of the our adventures in the creek later, but when I jumped in for the first time I wasn't sure how deep it was so I made sure to keep my legs up, but when I was putting them down to feel for the bottom, it was a lot closer than I realized and I hit my toe. It's really annoying because I didn't scrape any other part of my foot or toes or anything. Just my toenail.

The rest of these pictures are from the morning we took a walk and explored the area around us...

This is a front view of our cabin...


Uncle Tim and Wyatt really are best friends, but they'll deny it if you ask them...

I hitched a ride on Jeff's back the way back because my toe was killing me...
Isn't he the best? Haha!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

{the twenty-sixth day of May}

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are gray. 
You'll never know dear, how much I love you. 
Please don't take my sunshine away.

Happy Anniversary to us.
The past 6 years have changed us...
...but I love you the same as I did then...
...and I always will.

Sedona, part 1

The annual Van Capelle Memorial Day camping trip was tweaked a little this year, and instead of roughing it in a tent up near Woods Canyon Point, we spent the weekend in a cabin in Sedona.
And yes, although it was air-conditioned and had running water (AKA bathrooms with clean toilets and showers) we still considered it a camping trip. We had no TV, no wi-fi, and some people didn't even have a cellphone signal. We did, however, go on multiple hikes, spent numerous hours in the creek, and occupied each other with games. 
We left Friday late in the morning and just returned home yesterday afternoon...5 days of glorious weather and open spaces.

Saturday morning Jeff, Emma, the kids and I left early to meet up with Jeff's family who were planning on hiking the West Fork Trail in Sedona. It was a perfect coincidence for us, since we were already there, and we were happy to join them.

It was a fairly easy hike, even with the 13 creek crossings, but it was a little lengthy with the kids--over 6 miles round-trip. I'd definitely do it again though because the scenery was beautiful and we really enjoyed it.

We reached the end!! Time for a breather and a snack...

Logan fell asleep about 10 minutes after we started our way back...
...lucky duck!

Once we reached the end of the hike, we found a table and all had a picnic.
We really had a fun time on the hike, and it was so good to be able to join the rest of the Downses on their Memorial Day outing.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wyatt's Words, second edition

The boy makes me laugh every day

One day in the car:
W: Hey Mommy, boys and daddies get owies.
Me: What about mommies, don't they get owies?
W: No. (incomprehensible chatter) Hey Mommy, look at my oooooowieeeees. I have two on my foot. Mommy, look at it. Mommy, look at my owies!
Me: Wyatt, I can't. I'm driving.
         ...30 seconds later...
W: Hey Mommy, I have an owie on my foot! Mommy, look at my owies. Mommy, LOOK IN MY EYES!
Me: Wyatt! I can't look at you because I'm driving. I need to look at the road!
W: Mommy, you need to CALM down!!
Me: ...

Sitting on my bed, as I'm folding laundry:
W: Momma, do you have a baby in your tummy?
Me: (ugh) No...I don't have a baby in my tummy. (Sarcastically) Do YOU have a baby in your tummy?
W: Yeah. I have a food baby. (Lifts up shirt) See??
Me: Haha!!
(And as a sidenote, I think I'd mentioned a "food baby" to him one other time in his entire life, so the fact that he remembered that term and it's definition amazes me.)

One evening, after bath-time, I was having a "conversation" with Logan, naming animals and the sounds they make. Wyatt was also with me, but having his own conversation about animals and their sounds...with himself. It went like this:
W: What does a dog say? Ruff, ruff! ...
What does a cow say? MOooOO! ...
What does a fish say? ::open and closes his mouth like a fish:: ...
What does a caterpillar say? I want an apple.
Me: ...I never taught him that one...

The other night we stayed late at my parents, visiting with Grace and James (they're here to stay!!), and so we had to put the boys down for the night in one of the bunk beds. Normally I would have put Logan down to sleep in the crib, but because Eli was already there, we ended up putting him in the same bed as Wyatt. Normally I don't think that would have been a problem, but Logan, you see, although an amazing sleeper, is incredibly picky with his sleeping arrangements--he loves his own bed. So anyway, I put them both down in the bed, tucked them in, and walked away...with Logan screaming. I stood at the door to make sure he'd stop crying, and I this is what I heard:
(In the dark)
W: Sssssshhh, it's okay Logan.
L: still crying
W: Logan, it's me. It's Wyatt !
L: still crying
W: You'll be okay. Mommy and Daddy and Emma and Granny and Ben and Grace and James and Opa are here.
L: still crying
W: (more sweet, comforting words, but I couldn't make it out over Logan's crying)
Me: Awww!! (I went back in shortly after this and got Logan to sleep)

While playing with his pretend food:
W: Dinner is ready!! Mom!! Dinner is ready!!
Me: Oh, okay. What did you make me?
W: Hot dogs!!
Me: (making a face) I don't like hot dogs.
W: (laughing) Yes you do!
Me: (still making a face) No! I don't like them!
W: (more serious now) You DO like hot dogs. You are going to eat it! 

Wyatt was making me dinner again...this time a hamburger.
W: (holding the pretend bun, and muttering to himself) ...hamburger... (places hamburger patty on the bun) ...cheese... (places the cheese on the hamburger patty) ...salad... (stops, looks around.) Salad?
Me: Salad??
W: Where's the salad??
Me: You mean this? (picking up the lettuce)
W: Yeah! (exasperated) That's the salad!
Me: ...close enough.

W: (looking at his chest, and pointing to his bosom) These are my boobies. (looks at me, and then points to my bosom) I want boobies like Mommy.
Me: ...uhhhh, nope. Those are just for mommies.

Wyatt does this a lot:
W: Mommy, where are we going?
Me: (reiterating) Where are we going?
W: I don't know.

This morning:
W: Momma! I touched my eye!!
Me: Why'd you touch your eye?
W: Cause it's yucky.
Me: Why is it yucky??
W: Because you like it.
Me: ??

Friday, May 17, 2013

whittier talent show

My mom works at Whittier Elementary as an "aid" of sorts, and this year she and her coworkers entered the talent show. I didn't even know about it until one day as I was dropping off the boys to go to work, she was leaving to go practice their act. 
So yesterday was the day of the talent show and luckily enough, my dad, brother and sister were all able to make it to the earliest performance with me (the other ones were around naptime and when I worked). Can I just tell you how nice it is to have help with watching the boys?? I wasn't worried too much because I came prepared with goodies, and they're normally pretty good anyway, but it's always less stressful to know I have an extra pair of helping hands just in case  
Also, we got to see Uncle Brigham, who goes to school there! He sat pretty close to us, which was fun for the boys to see him (if you didn't catch the red arrow and circled body, that's him, haha!)

Emma was a little embarrassed of the attention her costume was getting, but I thought she looked AMAZING. Her Westwood English class had just finished reading The Great Gatsby so she and her classmates dressed up in 1920's fashions for the Gatsby Gala they were having...

I was a little skeptical, as I'm sure most people would be of an elementary school talent show, but I was shockingly impressed. It was so much fun. Granted, there were a few...not so entertaining acts, but for the most part, I laughed a lot. Besides my mom and her coworker's act, they had a karate act with the cutest, cheesiest, skilled little boy, a group of boys lip-synching and dancing to a One Direction song, a glow-in-the-dark stick figure dance (they turned off the lights and the girls had attached glow-sticks to their black outfits in the shape of a stick-figure) and the Harlem Shake. I really wish I would have caught that one on camera, but I was too busy laughing. I mean, really...just imagine 6 to 11 year-old's dancing in their halloween costumes (baby sumo wrestler, Darth Vader, Batman) with the adult crossing guards dancing with their stop-signs. HILARIOUS.

Anyway, we had a good time, the boys behaved, and my mom and her group did so well!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

my little tongue-sucker

FINALLY time for bed!!
...oh, and this was his THIRD bath of the day, by the way...
...two of them came from TWO separate blowouts...
...thank goodness the day is done.
I love my little tongue-sucker though!

Monday, May 13, 2013


boys, boys, boys...

They were all drooling over the TV watching the Food Network. I was amazed how long it kept their attention...

Logan's new favorite thing is to crawl into boxes/baskets/hampers...

...he also is the cutest (and most stubborn) goofball:

Being adorable...sharing the stool and watching the crossiants bake...
(they were hungry)

Looking at the neighbor's dog and barking at it...

Sunday, May 12, 2013


If I look a little exhausted in this picture...
it's because I AM.

Being a mom is HARD work.
Teaching children how to be happy when they'd rather cry, to share toys and be helpful, to listen and obey, to be polite and kind and HARD work.
Today has been a HARD day.
 These precious boys I get to call my own, were more than I could handle.
There were tears shed. Many tears.
WHY?? Why on Mother's Day??!


Probably to remind me that being a mother is HARD work...being a mother is about patience, love, tenderness, understanding, and teaching in soft, kind words.
But mostly to remind me that even though my life is no where near perfect, and that I am not perfect, my Heavenly Father's love is perfect. He loves me. And He loves my children. 
And although today was not such a good day, I know I can do better tomorrow.
My boys are sweet and forgiving, and for that, I am thankful.
I love them so much, and I really do enjoy being their mom. 

And on a happier note, Happy Mother's Day to all you moms, soon-to-be moms, and future moms!
I hope your day was wonderful and full of love!!

(PS. I'd like to place a little blame of the madness in my day on a 12 o'clock church schedule. My children do not function very well without a nap, and today neither of them had one...I'd like to think they might have been a little easier with said nap in place...)

Saturday, May 11, 2013


 sportin' their new summertime 'do's!

before and after's:

Boys are SOOOO low maintenance, it's ridiculous...
...I LOVE it.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

just like daddy

Getting ready for church one Sunday morning...

...I think the craziest part of this is knowing that it will one day be a truth...

Monday, May 6, 2013


It seems like I've been reminiscing a lot lately...
...I love finding forgotten things and remembering lost memories...
...but sometimes, it makes me feel OLD.

THEN (December 2010)

NOW (May 5, 2013)

Our friendship has spanned over 20 years...
...we've seen each others' good and bad sides, went through heartaches, break-ups and make-ups, and are now experiencing our own marriages and babies together. It's been so fun to have them be a part of my life--a constant helping hand,
listening ear, and best friend.
I love these ladies like my sisters.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

something new

Can you believe I've never been without both boys or Jeff for more than a few hours??
(I guess it's not that surprising, really, since I am the mom...)

It happened.
Jeff took both boys to the father-and-sons camp-out with my dad and brothers Friday afternoon, and I had a full 24 hours to myself.

I almost didn't know what to do with myself!!

I don't know what I did before I had kids, but it seems to me that I must have wasted a lot of time doing NOTHING because it was amazing how productive I actually was within that time. Not only did I spend Friday night with my mom to have a girl's night (Hobby Lobby and Cheesecake Factory!!) but I also:
  • pulled out the 18 months clothes for Logan and put back the outfits that no longer fit him
  • reorganized/decluttered/cleaned the bathroom cupboards
  • folded all the laundry and put it away
  • washed a few loads of laundry
  • went shopping at Kohls and got a free pair of earrings, picked up an online order at Walmart, and went grocery shopping at Target
  • swept and mopped downstairs
  • cleaned the stove, oven, countertops and refrigerator
  • put up a new shower curtain
...all that AND I slept in!

Jeff and the boys were having so much fun camping! 
He said they really had a good time :)

And then when they finally came home, I got to spend time cuddling with my exhausted babies...

Friday, May 3, 2013


 This pretty much sums up Logan.
-He loves being naked,
-He loves brushing his teeth,
-His hair is ridiculous,
-He thinks he is hilarious.
Because he is.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

{may day}

please be good
(happy birthday, grandpa!)