Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mother's Day

I know I'm only a week late, but...

Happy Mother's Day!!

My own dear mother has recently commented how she wishes I would blog more, and I decided I do too. I know I often say I should blog more, but then I don't. So I've decided to start looking for opportunities to blog, and it won't be hard now that I'm not working (which reminds me, I should probably blog about that too!) So anyway, Happy Mother's Day, Mom! You're getting your wish!!

Mother's Day was a busy one for me this year! Not only did we celebrate Mother's Day, but we also celebrated a few family birthdays on the Downs' side, so I was busy getting together a TON of gifts!

Also, these cards--SO time consuming.
And not to toot my own horn, but just so you understand the depth of what I did here...
...I had to create the original heart template, and then trace and cut out each individual heart--85 hearts in total, in 12 different pages of paper! And then I had to figure out each layout, since they were all different (which wasn't so hard, but I had to decide what looked good, and what looked better)...and by the end of it, I decided never to do something like that again. Whew. It took me over 10 hours to complete 12 cards. But hey, they turned out cute, huh?? Hahaha!

These roses. gorgeous.
(I picked them out for myself, while shopping for flowers for my mother-in-law...I just couldn't help myself! They were too tempting!)
I honestly would take flowers over chocolate ANY DAY.

The little men who made me a mother...

Aren't they precious?
(some of the time!)

Sorry for the repetitive nature of these pictures, but I had to show off the corsage my mother-in-law got me for Mother's Day! I always love to wear flowers too...

And to all the mom's out there, I hope your day was special. I hope you were treated like a Queen and that you got all the love and attention you deserve!

girls weekend, take 2

Let's be honest.
We're not really adults.


Our annual girls weekend trip tends to get way past crazy.
It's definitely fun, and you'd be sorry you missed it, but one weekend is enough to last me the whole year.
Oh, but I love those girls. Oh. ::wink, wink::
Thanks for the good time ladies! Bonus points for having running water this time!

easter babies

Easter was fun this year, as always. A bit more stressful, but I think 8am church always makes things a bit more stressful anyway. After church (which we miraculously made on time) we took pictures, and per the norm, my children would not cooperate.
Well, not at the same time anyway. I'd get one to smile, and then other wouldn't. Or if they were both smiling simultaneously, my camera wouldn't work. Speaking of cameras, I've come the realization that they are almost obsolete. It's sad really...

ANYWAY, here are a few of my favorites, because they are funny.

Logan with his brooding look...

Annnnd Logan with his tough-guy pose.

Awww, but look! My oldest baby actually listened and smiled his normal, cute smile! (Which is exactly what I have to tell him to smile like, otherwise I get a plethora of unattractive gawks. Though, I'm sure I'm just being repetitive there, since a gawk is always unattractive. But I digress...)

I can always squeeze a candid smile out of Logan...

And here's Cheerio again. The boys love that bunny like a puppy. 
Poor thing.

Friday, May 16, 2014


I already touched on my weekend in Utah in the previous post, but I thought it would be fun to add a few more pictures into the mix. Yes, I know, some of these are a repeat. Oh well.

To go into more detail about these few pictures, we met up with some family and friends at a Belgium eatery (the most divine food consisting of Belgium waffles, frites, and some sort of meat that felt very reminiscent of Dutch street food), and then afterwards, while the rest of the adults wanted to stay and talk, I, having two wild children, decided to take them down the street to a park I'd seen earlier, and let them loose. There were lots of geese and ducks all about, so they had fun chasing those for a while, and then we played hide-and-seek in the "forest." Not really a forest, but close enough. Hence, all the trees in the backgrounds of these pictures. Wyatt loved it especially.

On Sunday, our day to visit Temple Square and attend a session of Conference, we did just that. The men in our group weren't thrilled at our lackadaisical approach to viewing temple square, or our need for photo ops, but they got over it...

...especially since it was SUCH a beautiful day, in SUCH a beautiful area!

Our trip was unfortunately short. Only Saturday and Sunday really, since Friday and Monday were spent driving up and then back down. But we really made use of our time and spent a few nights over at Uncle Bill's house for dinner and games, and also with Grandma and Grandpa. Thank goodness we're making another trip up in July and that time I'll get to spend a whole 2 weeks there!! Can't wait!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Same story, different month.


We went to Sydney's baby blessing (that's Jeff's sister's baby girl, or Wyatt's "sister," as he calls her) at the beginning of April, and afterwards took pictures of my handsome babies.

The boys desperately needed haircuts. This was taken a month ago and they're both already due for another one. I might just shave their heads.

I drove up to Utah BY MYSELF! Although, I guess not technically, since Emma was in the car with me too, which was 100% the reason why we didn't die. If she wouldn't have been there to keep me awake and keep my children sane, we wouldn't have made it. Don't worry, we only got 4 hours of sleep the night before. We're good planners.

ANYWAY, my parents, Ben, Grace and Eli drove up a day before us so my mom could make it to her mission reunion, but the REAL reason for our trip was so we could attend General Conference. It was refreshing to get away, even if for just the weekend.

I think this is one of my favorite pictures of us.
I love my sisters.

Jeff couldn't join us because of work, and we missed him a lot, but we still had a ton of fun.
After the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference, which we attended, we strolled around Temple Square, and it was absolutely fairytale-esque.

(we missed Tim. And Amy. And James. And Jeff, of course.)

I had Ben hold my camera, since I didn't have any pockets, and I learned why I never let him have it.

The drive back home was much easier for me, and I don't know why, but I like following people. I feel like I don't have to use my brain as much. Plus Emma got to sleep more, so there's that...

I whipped out this baby picture of my babies and it made me want to have more babies.
But no, I'm not pregnant.

SO, get this--it reached the triple digits in APRIL.
So we went swimming...albeit, reluctantly, because who really wants to cave in to hot weather in APRIL?? I wanted to be in denial.
But hey, I got a tan.

I watched Eli for a bit while his mom had a doctor's appointment...
...and these two are too much cuteness.

This is what the beginning of my summer looks like...just the beginning. I've already gone and done my girl's weekend, and still have Emma's graduation to look forward to, maybe a California trip, and another Utah trip in July over Pioneer Day for my Grandpa's 80th birthday...
I'm going to be a little busy...

I love my boys, no matter how crazy they drive me.

HA! An oldie, but a goodie.

Easter came and went...

...but the Easter Bunny left his friend!! That's right folks, we have a BUNNY!!
His name is Cheerio.
And he's the most adorable bunny ever.

I've been planning outings to the zoo each week, on the coolest day of the week, to try and squeeze in as much usage of my membership as possible before it gets too hot.
We've been once a week for the past 5 weeks. 
You'd think my kids would get tired of it, but they don't.

PDA alert.

Our girls weekend trip was just this last weekend, and it was amazing. We stayed up until 4:30am both nights and laughed as much as possible. It was great.

The end!