Friday, November 28, 2014

a little film to kick off the christmas season


We had some much fun decorating the tree with the babies this year! They loved having their very own to decorate. The holidays are especially magical when you have little ones to celebrate with. 

Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving was absolutely perfect this year. We woke up and jammed out to Christmas tunes while we prepared our feast. We wanted to eat around noon so we could all catch a nap when the babies went down for theirs. Remington helped David make the mashed potatoes, while Olive sat by and watched, sneaking tastes of the potato skins. She made the funniest face every time she ate one but she still kept trying them, I guess hoping that they would get better haha! After our glorious meal and a much needed nap, we pulled out the Christmas decoration and decked out our home. It was a perfect way to end the day! 
My little family is incredibly blessed. I am thankful for all my precious babies, my loving and selfless husband and of course for my Savior and all that he does for me. We live a wonderful life and it wouldn't be possible with out Him.

^^Momma, what is dis thing?!
^^Remington was pouting because he couldn't use the sharp knife.
^^Watching from her perch
^^I can always count on Olive for a hilarious stink face
^^The spread
^^Olive didn't even like the mashed potatoes haha! Who's kid is this?!
^^The only photo we got of all four of us. Love this family of mine!

Thanksgiving last year (Olive was such a CHUNK) and the year before (a week before we found out I was expecting!) 

Monday, November 24, 2014

thanksgiving plans and the primary program


I am SO excited for the Holidays! We decided to stay in Rexburg this year and start our own family traditions for Thanksgiving. (Mostly because David has a ton of school work to keep on top of... not complaining though because he is GRADUATING IN LESS THAN A MONTH!!!!!). I originally nixed the cooking the big feast thing and figured we could go out to a nice dinner instead. Come to find out, the only restaurants open here are Chuck A Rama and JB diner...so going the home made route sounded like the better choice haha! Dave and I planned out our menu this weekend and we picked up a precious little 10lb turkey. It's so cute and tiny! Both Dave and I have never cooked an entire bird before so we've been doing some research and we are excited to try this delicious looking brine recipe. I hope it turns out! I also mastered a pumpkin pie cheesecake that will top off the menu just perfectly. I just hope this dang nausea subsides a little by then so I can eat my heart out. This pregnancy is kicking my butt! 
My favorite plan for the upcoming week is that we are finally pulling out the Christmas decorations. I've been holding off till after Thanksgiving and it has been SO HARD. I've compromised by allowing Christmas music to be played so that makes the wait a little bit easier :) 

Sunday was the primary program. Since we are in a married student ward, we technically only have a nursery and only like two of the kids can talk. SO, for the program they had the parents get up with the kids and give a little 3 minute talk. I made David go up since I absolutely do not do the speaking in front of crowds thing. In the talk he had to tell everyone a little about Remington, what his favorite primary song was, what he learned this year etc. and then close with his testimony on the this years theme "Families are Forever." 
David ended with the most beautiful testimony talking about how lucky we are to have the knowledge that we get to see our precious baby again. He spoke about how Remington was really perceptive about our feelings during that hard time and how much his sweet spirit understood. At this point he was sobbing on the stand and I literally couldn't keep it together. 
We talked later that evening about how incredible it is that our children are so spiritually in tune to the world around them. Olive will climb up on our chair and point to the painting I have on my wall of the woman surround by a concourse of angels. She will just stare at it and smile. 
I just love being reminded how amazingly knowledgeable these little babies are.
I am so blessed to be their momma. 

To end, I had to share this photo series because it totally cracks me up!
^^"Olive, smile for momma!"
^^Ooo we got a little one...
^^And she's done...haha! I sure love that feisty Olive Lou. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remington at 32 months

I've had this post saved as a draft for the past couple months in hopes to finally sit down and write an update about my precious Remington. But alas, life gets busy and blog updates get pushed to the back burner. I've been trying to remember to write down short stories and things he has been saying because I don't want to forget anything! Two and a half year old are THE BEST hands down. 
This stage has been SO FUN for us.

My most favorite thing about two and a half year old Remi is how much his communication and language skills have sky rocketed over the past few months. 
He can chat your ear off all day! 
and his little voice...absolutely kills me!
It's kinda high and a little squeaky and everything he says sounds as if he is asking a question. 
"whas dis?" we hear probably 504,3491 times a day. 
I love that he has to know what everything is.
He is so curious about things. 
He has also been really intuitive about emotions. 
Probably because I was an emotional mess all summer but out of the blue he started asking me, 
"Momma, are you happy?" 
The first time totally caught me off guard. 
Any time he senses stress or tension or even if i'm just tired and grumpy he asks me, "momma, are you happy?"
It's really tender how concerned he is. 

At two and a half years old he loves going to the Crossfit gym, swinging on the rings and playing with the weighed balls and kettle bells.
He loves cars and trucks and choo choo trains. 
He loves his sister even though at times she bugs the crap out of him. 
He is usually very patient with her when she takes his toys or pulls his hair. 

He's becoming more and more independent (which is realllly nice on those day where I feel like death.)
He likes to pick out his own clothes and dress himself.
One morning David woke up and found him cleaning up a huge milk spill where he had tried to pour himself a cup of milk. 
It was so cute that David couldn't even get mad!
Last week he came into our room puking his guts out. 
David went to change his sheets and Remington had already pulled all his bedding off and had covered his throw up mess with a handful of bath towels!
How tender is that?!
Oh my sweet, sweet Remington!
and how about the time he cut his own hair? 
"Yook momma, I did it myself!" (more details on that story at the bottom of this post) 

He loves to read me books that he has memorized. 
His current favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and an Elmo one that I can't remember the name of. 
He has just really gotten into singing songs. 
He sings the alphabet song and the apple and banana song over and over!
He is currently obsessed with the tv shows,  peppa pig and super why. 
He will bring me a baby blanket to tie around his neck like a cap and then proceeds to run around the house and yell, "super wemi to da wescue!"
He loves to get "toy-ya" (soda) when we go out to eat, and he HAS to help pay the money at the grocery store checkout or any checkout for that matter. 
I love that he still asks to cuddle with me. 
I hope that lasts for a few more years, he's aways been a momma's boy. 
He is also so excited for Christmas this year! 
I can't wait to be able to set up decorations and sing christmas songs with him. 
He is at the age where he can really start to enjoy the magic surrounding the holidays. 

Lastly, I can't help but get teary eyed as he ask to say family prayer at night. 
He asks Heavenly Father to bless each one of us and then proceeds to name every member in the family and every friend and any other person whos name he can remember at the time.
He also prays for the baby in momma's tummy. 
It amazes me every day how spiritually in tune these little babies of mine are. 
I will always have a special place in my heart for my precious first born. 
He is as sweet and tender as they come. 
I love you Remi boy!
^^The last photo documentation of his beautiful curls. Ok long story short, see those scissors behind him? I pulled them out because I was already planning on trimming a few pieces of his hair. I ran back to the back room after I took these photos and when I came back he had cut all the hair on the right side of his head! I about died!!! I tried to fix it but the damage was done so we took him to a professional. And the curls are no more. I'm still SUPER sad about it. But what can you do, hair grows back.  I'm just glad he didn't cut his fingers off. 
^^The after photo! It's still taking time for all of us to get used to. He looks like a completely different kid! Olive still has trouble figuring out why she can't grab his hair anymore haha!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

family photos

I am SO HAPPY with how our family photos turned out!
As a photographer, I get anxiety thinking about having someone else take our photos. 
I feel like I have a particular vision of what I want and what I expect from my photos and rarely have I been impressed with what other photographers come up with. (especially when it comes to editing)
I guess I'm just super picky haha!
So to remedy that, I gave my dear friend Kate a crash course on how to use my camera a while back. She really understands the look we are going for so she is our go-to gal when we need some family shots. 
I just finished editing them tonight and I absolutely love the end result!
The babies were little stinks, but the lighting was perfect. 
I think we may have even got one for our Christmas card this year. 


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