Sunday, September 18, 2016

golden's three months

Three months!

  Goldie Girl is such a joy in our home and brings such a sweet peace to our little family.


Golden is:

... chattering a lot lately. She likes to talk and sing and has the sweetest little voice. I just can't get enough of hearing the little "oohs" "aahhs" and "acks" she strings together.

... rolling onto her side - already! She lifts her legs up and then just sort of rolls halfway over. I'm so not ready for this.

... the sweetest, smiley-est girl. She lights up from head to toe, and has started to give just a few little giggles.

... super ticklish. You can barely touch her sides or belly, and she'll squirm and squirm with a smile. It's so cute!

... a certifiable thumb sucker. She'll take a pacifier just fine, too, but she puts her fingers in her mouth any chance she gets. Afton tells her, "Don't be a sucker, Baby Sissy!" And I laugh every time.




We are so blessed to have strong, happy, healthy girls. 
God is so good to us.




Flashback:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

golden's two months


This cute thing is two months old!


Our Golden Goose is growing way too fast,
and it makes my momma heart hurt and leap for joy all in the same instant.




Golden is:

... like her sister, and has figured out that sleeping 6-7 hours at night as a two month old makes life happier and better for all of us. We're spoiled, for sure. 

... the happiest baby in all the land! She is so smiley, and is trying so hard to laugh - I think she actually does laugh, we just don't hear it yet. [grin]

... Afton's biggest fan. Every time Afton comes around her, Goldie's eye light up and s
he bursts into the smiliest grins. It melts my heart.

... strong! She's trying to sit up [already!] and likes to show off by standing on her legs and makes an adorable I'm-so-strong-look-at-me-standing-on-my-chunky-legs face, then sits back down and lets out a big sigh, like, OHH! That was hard work! It's so cute.

... starting to chatter. She likes to tell us stories, and makes the most darling little squeaks and chirps. She sounds like a little bird. It's the happiest sound and truly is music to my ears.

If this isn't a laughing face, I'm not sure what is...

Seriously. She's so happy!





Flashback:

Monday, July 18, 2016

golden's one month


 Somehow, Goldie is already one month old
[and it kind of makes me want to cry a little...]

Aren't baby yawns the cutest thing?!

Golden is:

... a good sleeper. Most nights, she'll give me a nice 4 or 5 [occasionally, even six!] hour stretch between feedings. Spoiled, I know.

... such a calm baby with such a sweet disposition. She is hardly ever fussy - an occasional squawk when she needs to eat or be changed - but she is usually relaxed and so pleasant. She's so consolable and patient.

... a snuggler. She loves to be right close to my heart. Her favorite position is rolled up like a potato bug on my chest. I love it. So very much. 

... smiley. Her smile warms my heart. And she has the cutest little dimple on her left cheek! It's adorably endearing.

... reminding us so much of Afton. Her little sounds, the faces she makes, her smile - it's like she already wants to be just like her older sister. [Which I actually thought from the moment they wheeled me into an emergency c-section to deliver her... She wanted to come just like her sister, apparently. And when I saw her face for the first time while in the operating room, I thought I was having deja vu, she looked so much like Afton. It blew my mind!]



[Afton seemed to grow a few years worth overnight. Isn't she big!?]

And Afton is such an adoring older sister. 
Oh, how we love these darling girls!




Flashback: 
Afton's One Month


introducing miss golden


On June 18th, we welcomed another beautiful little darling into our family:
Little Miss Goldie.

After waiting for what feels like forever
[she was eight days overdue]
and a long and scary couple hours in labor and delivery,
she finally arrived
and we couldn't be more grateful.

Grateful for her, and her calming, beautiful little spirit.
For hospitals and doctors who quite literally saved our lives.
For a worthy husband and priesthood blessings.
For two healthy, beautiful daughters.
For our little eternal family.





Golden is such an incredible baby.
Beautiful. Healthy. Strong. Calm. Patient.
Perfect.

And Afton has been a wonderful older sister.
She has been so tender and loving with Golden
and "loves her teeny tiny toesey"
[or so she tells us every morning].
And she constantly wants to hold Goldie's hand
and often tells her they're "best friends" and that we're "a happy fam'ly"
And my heart melts.

Life is wonderful.
We're deliriously happy and tired,
But God is so good to us.
So very good.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

lately

Lately...

... Afton has gotten so funny! She's a little tease and likes to hide things - including herself. She has the most infectious giggle and has developed a little maniacal laugh that is side-splittingly hilarious. She's the cutest girl, and everyday I'm not sure how there's any more room in my heart to love her more, but I do.

... Our chickens are almost full grown. And it's a good thing, too - have you bought eggs recently? We didn't time our flock switching very well this year, and for the first time in y.e.a.r.s I had to buy eggs at the grocery store, and whoo-eee, was I shocked at the price tag. No thank you. We should have fresh eggs again in a month or so!

... We've had so many celebrations. I think every other week for the past few months we've had some reason to celebrate and (maybe more importantly) make cake. Yum. Easter, Birthdays, Mother's Day, more Birthdays, Memorial Day, our Anniversary. So any great things to celebrate.

... We celebrated our 7th Anniversary. (Seven!) It's flown by. I'm so lucky. Brans is my perfect compliment. He's just the best. We celebrated with the most delicious crab dinner and the world's prettiest bouquet of roses gracing the table. It was low key, and accompanied by a delightful 17 month old waitress, who instead of serving our food, actually threw half of it on the floor and played the drums on the table with a spoon the whole night... And it was perfect.

... I've been in simplify mode - in every area of my life. I'm trying to simplify our house. Our routine. Our schedule. Our stuff (we have so. much. stuff.). I'm making progress, but it's quite the task.

... I've also been trying to be more present in the... present. Ha. I'm trying to remember and enjoy every moment of being a mom - the good and the bad. We're lucky and haven't had hardly any bad, and I'm soaking in every second with this adorable girl and handsome guy I get to call mine. I'm trying to become less attached to my electronic world, which is really a challenge. But I'm trying. These days, hours, minutes... They're passing way too fast for me to spend half of them playing Jelly Splash or flipping through a Facebook feed. So my online interactions and mobile attachments have started to become fewer and further between, and for now, it feels like the right move.

... Work is going well for Brans. He's really liking his full time gig at the Library, and they just had an awesome Grand Opening of the new Library. It's a beautiful building! Seriously, I could spend everyday there. It's gigantic and awesome and I'm so grateful he's doing something he really enjoys.

... I've just been really, really grateful. Grateful for such awesome family. Grateful for our little farm. Grateful for the gospel. Grateful for trials - even though they are so hard sometimes. Grateful for good friends. Grateful for life.

And life is good.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter

Easter has always been my favorite.
I love the Easter Bunny, the egg hunts, the baskets...
I love the food, the gatherings, the music...
I love the symbolism, the purpose, and the reason for it.

I love my Savior.
I am grateful for His atonement
His sacrifice for me.
I am so blessed to know that He lives.

Because He lives, my little family can be with me forever.
Because He lives, my life has purpose and meaning.
Because He lives, we can all be made whole.
Because He lives, we live.

Happy Easter.
May the joy of knowing that He lives bless your life like it has mine.







Tuesday, January 6, 2015

afton's one year

One Year.
My little baby girl is a year old!
If I hadn't actually lived it, I wouldn't believe it's really been a whole year.
And even though I did live it... I'm still not sure I believe it's true.
Crazy!



Afton is:

... so funny! She's started doing a fake laugh a lot lately, which cracks us up instantly. Then she figured out that she can laugh when we are laughing - so anytime we are talking and start laughing, Afton joins in with this adorable little giggly squeal. It's so delightful. She keeps us smiling and laughing all the time.

... seriously so smart. I know I say it all. the. time. But seriously. She's brilliant. She catches on to things so quick, and she seems to figure things out in only a fraction of the time or tries I think she should be able to. She is truly amazing. It is so fun to watch her little brain work. 

... sensitive lately. She doesn't like conflict, and she doesn't like when anyone rough-houses with her dad. On several occasions (and with several different brothers), Brans has started wrestling or something with one of our brothers, and Afton just goes crazy - screaming and crying like, Don't hurt my dad! I'm not sure where it came from. But she has such a sweet little heart and is protective of her family already.

... independent. She likes to do things herself. She won't eat from my fingers very often anymore. She either has to be feed from a fork, or pick up pieces of food by herself. She is also really good at entertaining herself. In the morning, she'll wake up and read books in her crib before I come in and get her out, and while I'm busy doing the dishes or something during the day, she's usually just content to play with her toys or read books or crawl around the house. She's so good!

... so patient. I've been really busy and had so much to do the last few months (being a wedding planner and caterer for Taylor's wedding and Chad's wedding) and through it all, Afton has just been perfect. She's handled the late nights and lots of errand running and cooking and baking and  everything with such patience and tolerance. It really has been amazing. And I am so grateful!

... a piranha. She is working on her 8th tooth! She's got a mouthful of sharp little chompers, and luckily, isn't too much of a biter. 

... obsessed with spicy food. (Must have been all the spicy things I ate during pregnancy, or something...) She loves it! The other day, I made some pretty spicy queso dip and we gave her just a teeny tiny taste of it, and she went crazy for it! She dipped carrots and bread and anything else she could find in it, and wouldn't eat anything else the rest of the night that didn't have queso on it. She's a girl after my own heart. She's still such a great eater - and she eats so. stinkin'. much. I'm jealous of her metabolism. She loves croissants and cheese, any fruit or vegetables, food that has lots of flavor, and sugar. This girl loves cake. She was in heaven eating wedding cake scraps!

... really good at putting her toys away. She loves to load up her wagon or basket with her toys. Then she'll pull out the ones she wants and play with them, but then will usually put them back away when she's done. Sometimes, if she doesn't, as soon as I say, Let's pick up your toys... Can you put them in your wagon? she'll immediately toss them all in. She's such a smart, obedient little angel. How did I get so lucky?





One year ago, this precious little gal was born. 
She is our pride and joy!
We are so blessed to be her parents and have her in our lives.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!
We Love You!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas wish

We wish you Merry Christmas
A Merry Christmas all!
May the richest blessings
Ever on ye fall.
May each year be brighter 
Than the year before...
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas morn!
Mer-mer-mer-mer-mer-mer-mer-mer
Merry, Merry Christmas All!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

afton's eleven months

Eleven.
How did we...?
I don't know, but here we are!

Afton is:

... so smart! She is very observant and seems to watch every move we make. She'll see me do something - like putting silverware in the dishwasher - and then she'll want to try. So we'll spend twenty minutes putting silverware in and taking silverware out... And after just a few tries, she figures out how to get it in the right place. It's really quite amazing!

... cruising! She's so quick - I can set her down and just turn my head for two seconds and she's already zoomed around the corner. She's getting really confident in her mobility. She's started just using one hand to steady herself and will walk around just holding onto one finger. Sometime's she'll lose her balance or slip, and she does this funny Indiana Jones-esque one-handed save and swing her body around until she's sturdy. It's pretty impressive.

... giving lots of hugs and kisses lately. She's has such a sweet little heart and has started giving real hugs around the neck, and giving lots of sloppy, silly kisses. She's so funny - she'll grab my cheeks and smoosh her face into mine. Then, if I don't kiss her back, she grabs my lips until I pucker up. It sends me into giggle fits.

... a master of the stairs. She's super fast at climbing up, and she's getting pretty good at sliding down backwards. We're still a little nervous about her slipping, though, so the baby gates will remain up for a long time. :)

... expanding her vocabulary. She makes all kinds of sounds and has started mimicking sounds we make, too. The other day, she was around the corner from me and I said her name a few times. I turned the corner and said her name again, to which she instantly said, "WHAA" -- like "What, Mom? What do you want?!?"

... making funny faces lately. She's doing this thing where she scrunches her nose, and sticks out her lips, and then breathes in and out really fast. It's hysterical! My little sister, Pie Face, made the same face when she was little, and it's been funny to relive it with Afton. We don't know how she picked it up, but it makes us laugh.

... our favorite girl!



 [such focus and determination... ha ha]




[This picture. That face! I just... can't even... (sigh).]