Friday, March 25

Bayli's Party













today we had a little party celebrating Bayli's fourth birthday! we invited just a few friends and had lunch, cake, played with play-doh and opened presents. when we asked bayli a few days ago what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said have really yummy cake, make the house cute (with decorations) and play with friends. so, we tried to give her exactly that. she helped bake and decorate the cake. she was the one who told me where to put the decorations, and she came up with the guest list. we tried to do things her way, and it turned out to be really cute and fun! we will have to see if she actually remembers this one when shes older.

Everli was a champ and slept through the wholeee thing. for 5 hours.

Wednesday, March 23

Turning Four























I decided to ask bayli a few questions today as i was cleaning the house and making treats for her birthday party that's happening this weekend. i wrote all my answers down in my journal as i asked her and she loved all the extra attention i was giving her. she kept asking, "did you write that down?" and would even say, "hold on mom. i have a question for you now" some of her answers were just TOO good. i feel like they are the perfect way to show what life with her is like right now. this age is the best. 3 year old bayli is gonna be a hard one to beat. good luck fours. bring it on!

Favorites:
color: purple
t.v. show: Just Add Magic (or as she calls it: "the Momma P show") and Octonauts
toy: trains
shape: oval
letter: B
food: muffins (because that's what we had made that morning.)
fruit: strawberries
number: 6
princess: Elsa
thing to do: cooking
thing to do by herself: singing and dancing
book: "the dinosaur book by the cat in the hat" aka. This book

Where do you want to go on vacation? "up the mountains!"
What do you want to be when you grow up? a hero.

would you rather:
be inside or outside? outside
dirty or clean? clean
loud or quiet? this one took her a looong time to answer, she started trying to explain that she likes both, but then decided on quiet.
cat or dog? dog
stroller ride or car ride? stroller

things she doesn't like:
-going down stairs
-green leaf-es in food
-everli stealing toys
-getting stuck in everli's toys
-sleeping on the floor (??? this has never even happened to my knowledge)
-pencils. (insert laughing crying emoji here)

and cause she is the cutest. here are the questions she decided to ask me through out her interview.
what do you like to read?
do you like puppies? (hahahaha, yes. my heart exploded when she asked me this with a completely serious face.)
whats your favorite flower?

the book and puppy ones she asked before i asked her the similar questions. her brain. id love to take an in depth peek inside there one day. i think that might be one of my first requests when i get to heaven.

we love this girl so stupid much.

Friday, March 11

Shayli's Blessing

Remember my cute little sister, and her beautiful maternity photo's. well, she had her baby and recently had her blessed, she was blessed in stefani's old blessing dress, and looked beautiful as ever! see for yourself!

















 Grandpa cuddling his baby granddaughter, and then, two minutes later.....
 they were both fast asleep!
 Everli wearing my old blessing dress, and Shayli wearing Stefani's old blessing dress.
 the girl of the hour in all her beautiful glory!


Friday, January 15

Snow Angel







Bayli is my little snow bunny. she just LOVES it. every morning when a fresh snow has fallen, she will often come into our room and let us know before we have even opened the blinds ourselves! i am the opposite. sure, i think the snow is pretty and all, but i prefer to enjoy it from the inside, wearing slippers, and drinking cocoa. -preferably there is also a fireplace and a good book as well.- but bayli just cannot contain herself with excitement in wanting to go out and play in it. no matter how cold, or windy it may be. the problem is that she is basically GUARANTEED to get a cold, each and every time she goes out. this girl is just so delicate, if she ever gets cold. like, shivering, purple lips, kind of cold. then no matter what she will get sick. and it really doesn't take much to get her to that stage of "cold" so... the battle continues, me wanting to stay inside, warm, healthy, and enjoy watching the snow fall. vs her wanting to go out and play, and chase the dog, and freeze her tush off.

this time she won. next time, i've got a special can of stephens mint hot cocoa with my name all over it.
literally.
written with sharpie.
everywhere.

Wednesday, January 13

HAPPY five-years-of-putting-up-with-me ANNIVERSARY


5 YEARS!!! holy cow. this morning as he was getting ready for work, and i was nursing our little baby in bed. Garrison and i were talking about some of the things we remembered from our wedding. he remembered how on the morning of our wedding, we had to get to the temple with our "escorts" (our parents) much earlier than the rest of the wedding party to fill out paperwork and such at the temple. so, being a hairdresser, i wanted to do my own hair and makeup. After a surprisingly restful night of sleep in the hotel up in slc, i got up, and started to get ready and ended up being ready before everyone else, when garrison came to my hotel room to pick us up, we ended up talking together in the hotel room for what seemed like such a long time as we watched the rest of the wedding party start getting up and getting rushed. my mom would later go on to say that because of how calm i was that morning, it helped reassure her that marrying him, was in fact, the right thing for me to do.

marrying him was truly the easiest decision i ever made.

I told him about how i remembered as our honeymoon was nearing an end, (we were staying at a friend's 2nd home up in Midway) we were both getting antsy to just move in together and start living a normal life. we wanted to make breakfasts in our kitchen, and sleep in our bed, and come to our home after work, so... we left our honeymoon early to go home and unpack, hang pictures, buy groceries, and organize closets.  garrison's comment after i finished talking about that this morning: "we were such dweebs ...still are"

we really have loved every aspect of all of the craziness that has been the last 5 years. 

over the last 5 years we have:
had two beautiful children,
moved 5 times,
purchased two houses, and two cars.
remodeled 4 different houses (we remodeled both of our apartments for our landlords)
we also remodeled a 1950's camp trailer, and dozens of projects in/on our parents houses.
garrison switched jobs from digEcor, to American Crafts,
i switched salons from Salon 21 to Platinum Studio.
we have traveled together to Greece, New York, Mexico -via a Cruise-, Vegas and St George, Idaho, and California, oh, and lots of camping with a backpacking trip in the Unitas thrown in there. 
besides childbirth, neither of us have been hospitalized.
no car accidents yet, (although he did get a speeding ticket while driving home from california a few years ago)

we have had 1,825 days together as husband and wife. we have accomplished so much in that time, we have become better people, grown a family, developed talents, and made new friends. looking back like this, makes me realize just how much time has come and gone since that beautiful day 5 years ago when we made promises to each other, for time and all eternity. we feel like we have truly found our "groove" in our marriage this year, coming to a deeper and better understanding of one another and what each other needs to feel their best in the marriage. it's like we moved from being best friends and lovers, to truly becoming "one" this year. i'm so grateful for him in my life, and all of the blessings that have come to me because of the decision i made to marry him.

i won the husband lottery. seriously.
This year, to celebrate, Garrison invited me to pick a hotel and we could stay there for the night, well, as we are trying to get our littlest on a more strict schedule since her schedule was thrown off from being sick the past few weeks, we decided to stay home instead, honestly, we will probably daydream about what the next 5 years might hold for us, and end the night watching Making A Murderer on Netflix. just like we would any other night.  

I wouldn't have it any other way.