Wednesday, February 15, 2017

valentine's day 2017

this year i started decorating early for our family valentine's dinner. normally, i wait until about two hours before to do it, but i was a little anxious this year and got it up first thing in the morning. usually i hang all the decor with thumb tacks, but in our little cottage that wasn't an option. so tape it was. and tape was not the greatest... so i'll be re thinking that for next year because all throughout the day i was having to re hang things. not fun. 

the decorations made the girls so excited for our dinner. they kept asking and asking if it was almost time. ha! another reason that i'll be waiting until a little later to decorate. but it was fun to feel the anticipation with them and it makes the effort so worth it!

while brooklyn was at school i cleaned, called in our order to cheesecake factory, and then we all waited for brooklyn to get home from school. she came home beaming with excitement! her valentine box from school has been something she's looked forward to very much. and thank goodness that they took care of that at school. i didn't have to do a thing except for buy the valentine's for her to give to her class. she did everything else! when she got home she wanted to open every valentine immediately and she wanted to know exactly how many more minutes until dad would be home. it was a long wait for her. 

they watched trolls (their new obsession) while i finished getting ready and then we had a little dance party while we waited for james to get home. when he got home they squealed with excitement and gave him lots of hugs and then we hit the lights.

we started our candlelight dinner with delicious food and drinks, but adalyn wasn't having the dark stuff. so we dined with lights on and we were all ok with that.

the food never disappoints and i think kendall's favorite part was the drinks. she wanted to do "cheers" every thirty seconds. brooklyn just kept saying, "i never want this to be over!" they loved it and james and i love that they love it!

adalyn also loved the drinks. she couldn't get enough! it was so dang cute! i think she just wanted to be big like her sisters. annnnd who doesn't love pina colada?

after we ate, everyone opened their envelopes on their chairs to see their valentine's. they both made about a hundred for james and i and each other and they were so proud of themselves! they made cute cards for their dad that included some byu art. he was thrilled!

then we cranked the music and had a dance party. i'm guessing it was the sugar in the drinks, but they were high energy! just bouncing off the walls. ninety percent of the pictures i took last night are completely blurry because they seriously couldn't hold still!

we tried to calm it down a little and moved into the front room to give them their little valentine goodies from us. they were thrilled to find the traditional swimsuit along with a cute little cover-up to take to hawaii in a couple months. the rest was little trinkets from the dollar spot at target that they were surprisingly excited about. 

this was the best family picture we got. kendall did not want to cooperate. there were too many things to play with, suckers to steal from brooklyn's valentine box, and too many delicious drinks left on the table.

the girls tried on their swimsuits and we all could have eaten adalyn alive! she looked delicious and it made me so dang excited for warmer weather so her little legs can be out for me to munch on whenever i want! again, i only have blurry pictures of her!

before bed, james surprised the girls with sugar cookies and frosting to decorate them with. brooklyn's mind was blown! she said, "this just keeps getting better and better! i don't want valentine's day to be over!"

while they did that, i got their baby sister in jammies and to bed. then they brushed their teeth, daddy read them stories and sang them songs, and it was over. i had everything taken down and cleaned up by 9. we finished the night with parks and rec and a big bowl of ice cream (which is exactly what we did last year). i love the nights after family traditions like this. it makes me so happy and then so excited to do it all over again the next year!

happy valentine's (belated) from us to you!


this was kendall stealing one last drink before she had to brush her teeth!

p.s. past valentine's days here, here, here, here, and here.

p.s.s. i'm so excited to start this 40 day conference challenge today! you can print your own here!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

this week.

we had a great week that even included playing outside for a couple of days! my girls were heaven drawing with chalk, riding scooters, and playing in their little playhouse. they totally thought it was spring time. on one afternoon, we even met up with cousins and went for a walk down to the tabernacle and it felt so good to be bringing that into routine again! the girls ran around for an hour and were sad when the wind picked up and i told them it was time to go. we can't wait for park dates and lunch picnics outside!

this week also brought signing up for swimming lessons, which i never should have told kendall about because she was convinced it was time for swim lessons every day after. darn it, summer is really far away.

on tuesday, we got to meet up at one of my friend's houses to help her with a little photo shoot for her shop. go check it out here! she got in a new colorway of socks for spring and we were more than happy to help her out by providing some little socks models.

the rest of the week was pretty much spent at home, organizing and dejunking. i did a spending freeze this week and staying at home is the only way i'm successful! plus, i can't really do a full seven day spending freeze, so i did it monday through friday and called myself a hero at the end of it. it's hard! i always say i'm going to do it once a quarter but i've only ended up doing it once or twice a year. 

friday brought a really gloomy day. so we cuddled up by the fire, had unicorn hot cocoa, and watched some movies: finding nemo & finding dory. 

saturday morning i got to escape for a little bit to go do some shopping with chelsea. we headed to farmington station and shopped our little hearts out. we had a coupon we were using from my mother in law and that made it way more fun! thanks again lisa! then we headed back home to our families. mine was starving when i got back. so we grabbed in-n-out for lunch and then literally hung out at target for the afternoon. kind of a dream come true. ha. but seriously, luckily james loves target too, and the girls are really good shoppers. we were perusing the clearance stuff and picking up a few last minute valentine things. which we are so excited about! i always decorate for our family valentine dinner at home, and this year i did it a week in advance. i just hung a couple sparkly hearts from the ceiling like usual, and it blew adalyn's mind! she was napping when i did it, but ever since, when she gets anywhere near the kitchen she gets so excited and just wants to stare at the decorations. it is totally worth doing stuff like that, just for reactions like that!

kendall has had a bad cough all week that sadly, she passed to adalyn. so when we told her she didn't get to go to nursery today, she lost it! she was grumpy all day and then took a nice long nap after sacrament meeting. i'm hoping to have my happy girl back! for church, i intentionally dressed them in red, pink, and cream and they wore their super cute socks from my friend. brooklyn loves this kind of stuff and i'm so happy she hasn't outgrown it yet!

i had so many good outtakes from taking their pictures before church. it's so hard to get all three looking AND smiling at the same time. so someone usually has to take one for the team and be the not smiling/not looking one. they get so sick of me taking their picture, but man i can't get enough of these three little sisters!

and yes, adalyn is playing with a fake blue braid, and my poor "R" is crooked from the night before.  

h a p p y  s a b b a t h 

Monday, February 6, 2017

grandparent valentine's + daddy/daughter princess ball + the weekend

our weekend started off well and ended with food poisoning. ugh. just for me though thank heavens. if the girls and james had it, i don't think i'd be living to tell the tale. i've never had food poisoning and honestly, i'd rather die than have it again. one miserable night of stomach cramps and puking is way too much for me. not to mention the lack of sleep. luckily i had the office and my trusty rice bag to take the edge off a little tiny bit.

but the rest of our weekend was a good one! the girls started friday off by making our traditional grandparent valentine's. they love this and totally get into it! they, mostly brooklyn, love picking out the cards and stickers and want to do it the second we get home from the store. this year they had to wait two weeks which was pure torture! but you should have heard the squeals when i announced friday morning that GRANDPARENT VALENTINE'S was on the agenda for the day.

kendall took it very seriously this year. when it was her turn with a card, she covered every square inch with crayon and then added fifty stickers for good measure. it wasn't good enough until she deemed it so. grandparents, know that she made hers with the fiercest of love!

and maybe with a little too much love. the cards that brooklyn started with first were covered up a little too much by her little sister's artwork and it she wasn't thrilled. next year we may have to do separate ones because kendall just can't contain her art! i'm not posting too many close ups or the grandparents' surprise will be ruined. just know that when they were all said and done they were quite the creations!

adalyn woke up just in time to watch the envelopes be sealed up and we were off to the post office.

kids get a kick out of the simplest things! like mailing letters at the post office. it cracked me up how excited they were! and brooklyn could not be convinced that only packages went in 'the big metal thing'. so i gave up and let them put the envelopes in there. i'm sure the postal workers were thrilled with this. ha! then we hurried out to the van to hear james put in a good word for the heart fair (his big project this year!) on the radio. the girls thought it was so cool to hear their daddy talking on the radio. he did a great job and made us so proud!

then, i got home and had a delicious salad brought to my door!

that night was an event brooklyn's been waiting all year for! the daddy/daughter princess ball. she's been talking about it forever and she was so excited the night was finally here! i tried to keep them occupied during the day so they weren't driving me crazy about it. brooklyn was asking every hour how much longer until it was TIME! 

brooklyn chose to wear her elsa dress and i chose sleeping beauty for kendall. we painted nails, put on some lipstick, and glitter in their hair and they were ready for their ball! they were giddy as james took them out to the car. so cute!

we had to let addie the photo bomber into one picture!

they had the best time! james sent me lots of videos and pictures all through the night and i loved it! the girls were in heaven! they are so lucky to have a daddy that loves to do these kind of things with them. i told james that's why he's been blessed with 3 girls! he is just a good girl dad. that's all there is to it!

after they got home, we got the girls in jammies, popped some popcorn, and they had a little movie night in their room and we had a movie night of our own. we watched jim gaffigan's cinco on netflix and we were dying! like tears down our cheeks! it was such a good ending to a great day!

the next day was the heart fair. james seriously has put in so many late nights at work just for this. brooklyn loved going last year and was so excited when we pulled into the hospital parking lot! they have games for kids, photo booths, the ambulance & fire truck, and this year they had specially trained healing dogs there for kids to pet. my girls loved this!

and this outtake... kendall is always sticking her booty out for all to see!

luckily, i wasn't throwing up anymore and we were able to go to the super bowl party at my parents' house. it was the usual, lots of kids, lots of food, and lots of football. we were all glad for a great game to watch and great company to watch it with. as soon as we got home we all hit our pillows hard and woke up ready for monday. 

we're grateful for weekends like this, but man, we're ready for just a nice low key one with lots and lots of sunshine!