Thursday, February 9, 2017

J's Sayings

J is talking more and more and I love it when toddlers start saying the cutest/random/darndest things. I don't want to forget them, so I jot them down on my phone and I want to put them all down here for your reading pleasure.

J loves playing the piano. When I ask him to play me a song he usually always plays the lowest notes and when I ask him what the song is called he always says it's called "Dark Outside." He also plays a song at the highest notes of the piano and calls that song "Sun Out." Love the deep emotional imagery to the notes of the piano ;) ha.

Whenever we finish reading a book he says "Amen" instead of "the end."

A few weeks ago I asked J after church "Did you learn about Jesus today?" He responded "No. Trucks." Meaning he played with trucks at nursery. That boy.

We still are trying to teach him Spanish but it's hard sometimes because he for sure understands us in English, but not in Spanish. When Victor starts to say a lot in Spanish, J starts going "blah blah blah blah" imitating it back. He also was looking at our Yosemite pictures and was calling all the waterfalls "Agua falls." Bilingual kid problems ha.

And lastly, we always sing "I am a Child of God" before bed, and now J requests it and calls it the "Night Night Song." Cutest thing ever.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Crepery in Utah

I wanted to share this little place that my sister took us to after we visited Hardware Ranch, because it reminded me so much of all the cute eclectic cafes in Okinawa. One of my favorite things in life is cute little places like this. So many times when I think of somewhere we have lived or visited, part of those happy memories usually involves finding somewhere adorable that we ate at ha. Food and cute decor leave a lasting impression on me!

The Crepery serves crepes, obviously, but also salads and drinks. This location is in Logan (thus the Utah State flag ruining the decor haha) but there is also a location in St. George. Looking forward to going there, since it's more likely I will be in St. George sooner than Logan again. 
^^they sure loved these chairs^^
^^origami cranes!^^
^^taken right before he fell off the chair and onto the cement floor yikes.^^

I didn't take pictures of the food, but it was really yummy! And there is a really great antique store next door. If by chance you ever journey to Logan, go check it out. Do you have any little places that you just love?? 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fun in the Snow

Not quite as catchy as saying "fun in the sun" ha. But we still had a good time. After spending all the time getting allllll the snow gear ready for everyone, then putting alllll that snow gear on tiny bodies which is a major pain. And then you go through all that, and a boot or mitten comes off several times and you have to put them on again which is really tricky on tiny toddler hands. ANYWAY. Can you tell I prefer prepping for beach outings?? 

We spent one afternoon sledding at one of the golf courses I sledded at as a kid, and as expected, J LOVED it! I really wanted to take him to the sledding places where you go up on a tube lift and go down super long hills, but sadly, it's for ages three and older. So we just endured having to hike up the hills with little kids over and over again. Good workout?
^^that face of J! and Laila! Pure joy^^
^^Dom on the other hand wasn't as impressed with the snow. He never cried in all the times we were outside. But he just sat there with this straight face haha^^
^^He loves grandpa^^
^^He did venture to try and eat the snow^^
^^love this pic of Laila!^^

The next day, we headed up to Cottonwood Canyon and did some snowshoeing! It was so so beautiful up there. Snowshoeing didn't last long with the kids, but I don't regret taking them out and enjoying the mountains. 
On New Years Eve, we ventured up to Hardware Ranch, an elk reserve where wild elk come every winter. They take you out on a horse drawn "sleigh" aka a wagon with wheels ha. It was cold but the boys still loved it.
^^creeper Melanie ha!^^
^^cousins!! Harrison is missing because he hates the cold even more than Dominic ha^^
He never wants to leave the snow. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Merry Christmas! We just got back from our winter break that we spent in Utah, and it feels good to be home. But as I look back at these pictures from our Christmas with my family, it's bringing back happy feelings.

On Christmas Eve we got to video chat with my baby brother Will who is serving his mission in Colombia. That was fun. After that, my mom made such a beautiful meal. It was so lovely. My contribution was homemade Lion House Rolls ha.
That night it snowed all night long and we woke up Christmas morning to the most beautiful snowfall! That sure was magical. I had forgotten about the beauty of snow. 

After church on Sunday, we got all geared up to play in the snow in the backyard. It was the first time for J and he loved it so much! My mom made us hot chocolate, and it just brought back so many repressed memories about snow days and coming inside to cozy and warm hot chocolate. I say repressed because I have been more than happy living in no-snow climates for the past 5 years now ha! But it was so nice. Besides being cold!
Ended the day with a beautiful winter sunset. Hope you all had a beautiful Christmas!!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Books Read in 2016: Bringing back the book!

That post title is supposed to have a double meaning because first of all, I did SOOO bad in 2015 with reading. So bad. This year I redeemed myself although it's definitely not the longest list for a whole year. And second of all, all the books I read this year were actual BOOKS. Like, no ebooks, which has been my main source of reading for basically the past four years. This is for a couple reasons. One being that I love perusing the Costco book section and more often than not, leave with a book. 

Another reason I've been reading more printed books again is because of this book on top of the non fiction pile:
(not pictured is "The Magnolia Story" by my favorite people ever Chip and Joanna Gaines. My mom is currently borrowing my copy...something that I LOVE about printed books and not ebooks.)

Anyway, I've been reading "The Read Aloud Handbook" now that J is old enough to really enjoy picture books and ones with a basic story line. The statistics in there about the example parents set by reading books is amazing. So I've been glad that with my reading actual books rather than ebooks, my kids are seeing me reading books like they do, not just looking at another electronic device. So although I love my kindle, I plan on using it sparingly so my kids will hopefully become enthusiastic about reading as they see me reading in my free time. 
Here's the fiction pile, with a cute little hand photo bomb :)

Out of these, I recommend "A Man Called Ove." I am really liking this Swedish author, and have heard good things about his other books. And after reading "Anne of Green Gables" for the first time since jr. high school, I really think I need to make it an annual thing, because that book is such a delight. 

So there you go! Bring back the book! And give me your suggestions. I'm open to fiction/non fiction, adult/young adult. Pretty much anything...except maybe sci fi haha. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dominic at One Year

Happy Happy Birthday, Dominic!

It's hard to get in focus pictures of this kid. He just wants to be silly when I try to take these. This kid is so sassy and sweet. Such a cuddler, but such a temper ha. I wonder if he would have been like this had he been the only child. He sure gets mad when big brother takes toys from him. Or when he wants some of your food. He can hear a food wrapper from a mile away! He has the most amazing baby giggle. But He does the high pitch scream---what do I do to get him to stop??? We still love him lots though, especially his older brother. They love the wrestle, which usually involves one of them getting hurt, and then tears. It's the typical life with little boys over here, and we are loving it.

We love you so much Dominic. Glad you're in our family!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dominic's Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Dominic's birthday is this week! I can hardly believe it. We decided to have a little party for him while we were in Utah so family could be there, and it was so fun. Party inspiration was the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" because Dominic is just that: always hungry!

^^Suuuuper yummy and adorable cookies from my favorite Utah place The Sweet Tooth Fairy^^
My favorite was putting together this caterpillar with his monthly pictures. Still can't believe how much they change in just a year. 
He loved all his balloons!
And now for a lot more pictures!! I love baby cake smashes. Especially my babies who have so much fun. 
 ^^I had everyone sign the copy of the book that I got for him to read and remember^^
^^with my Aunt Wendy^^
There were only three kids there: J, Dom, and my bestie's Kelsy's little girl Ava, and it was the perfect amount of energy haha. 

Happy happy birthday, sweet boy. Glad you had such a good time at your party.