Jake took Everett and Breckie camping with some friends over the weekend. It was a Dad & kids kind-of a camping trip. So Roxy and I hung out and shopped and made a cool project and even went on a hike.
I LOVED (SO MUCH) that it was just Roxy and I. It was the best and I wish we could have done it long ago. It's like I fell in love with her. She loved it too. She had all of my attention all of the time.
The hike itself was like a half happyish and the other half she cried and I ended up carrying her and all of our stuff kind-of hike. But her cheesy face pictures were enough to deal with her wiggly whining.
All I know is that I need more one-on-one dates with my kids!
It's fun watching your kids grow. And it's painful and it hurts and it's funny sometimes. It's safe you say you feel all the feels.
The other day we were headed to the park (Everett on his bike ahead of us) and when Everett was about to pass his friends house (their garage was open and all 8 kids were hanging out w/their mom) Everett turns around and rides back to me and says, "I don't want to ride past their house because they're going to see me and say hi and then I'll have to say hi back..."
As if I didn't need anymore proof he was my son!
Then this option story had me smiling:
I'm glad he feels strongly about keeping the caps on the markers!
His opinion about the best way to spend $100 must have been heavily influenced by his table mates or something.
"What will you buy if you had $100 dollars. I think I will get a Lego and 1 dog because they are fluffy and playful dogs. Remember to buy a cat"
I agree with the first half... and I can guarantee he wouldn't have any extra money for a dog or cat so I guess I won't worry :)
I thought this story/drawing was cute but I can't remember anything about it.
He says it was a boat you sleep on. Kind-of like a hotel. He says it was not in Washington, San Diego, Disneyland, or Colorado. So I have no idea! Maybe he had a dream he went on a cruise or something!
My "mom wish" would be to be able to spend the first year with every kid like you were able to spend with your first kid.
Roxy is so hard. And crazy and active and insane and all over the place and NEEEEEEEDS me (unless we have company and then of course she's amazing so no one believes me)... and I really wish I could magically be available to her like I was to Everett when he was a baby.
But I can't and life goes on and I try my best.
It's hard getting a picture of a baby... you mostly get pretty pictures of them crawling away. So I gave her a couple chocolate chips to keep her stillish.
canned green beans
macaroni and cheese
She has slept through the night less than 10 times so we decided to just turn off the monitor and wear earplugs... before we know it she'll be two and still need a bottle in the night so we had to put an end to the madness.
Oh my gosh. The eyebrows, the chubby little hands, her little teeth 😍
She crawls and stands and smacks people in the face, feels the need to stick her hand in her poopy diaper (every time), laughs when she's tickled, loves to chew on marbles and other choke-able items, turns into the devil when you change her clothes, and is such a pretty little baby.
I LOVE having her as our baby. I can't say I want her to stay a baby forever but...
...I knew I couldn't keep on living my life without her. I NEEEEEEDED her!
*Everett asked if he could take a picture :) pretty great unexpected treasure!
Also, Roxy loves to chew on her yellow shoes and isn't she just the cutest?!
Easter is quickly becoming my favorite holiday. It seems to be the most simple to celebrate yet the most profound and important.
At church I tried to teach my class of 7 four-year-olds about the real Easter story... at least by the end of class they knew Easter was about more than just Easter egg hunts :)
It takes a while before the true importance of a holiday like Christmas and Easter becomes more important than the traditions... although the traditions are super fun and we definitely had our fun with the Easter bunny 😉
Breckie is QUEEN of putting lots of little things into bags/purses/containers/jars... so stuffing the Easter eggs may have been the highlight for her! She had cups and bowls and baskets all over the place.
We dyed eggs on Saturday with Everett and Breckie. It was actually quite enjoyable with only happy moments... after we had to explain we weren't "die"-ing the eggs!
After church Jake and I took turns cooking our Easter dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes, brussel sprouts, baked beans, deviled eggs, and homemade rolls. Breckie and I made the rolls together and she can roll a pretty good crescent! With a cheesecake for dessert, it was pretty much perfect... like these family pictures :)
We put a "Reese" (reeses egg) on the camera as bribery to turn Breckie's frowns into smiles. It's always a small miracle to get a picture of everyone smiling and looking 🙌
This Easter we celebrate the small miracles of nice family pictures and the big ones of the atonement and eternal life.
I always tell myself I'm not going to stop my mountain bike ride to take pictures but I always do.
Spring in the Desert is so amazing. I really love it and I'm trying extra hard to enjoy it without thinking of the next two seasons. Summer and Fall are like the devil here 😅
But the Spring is Heaven. Everything seems to be blooming in quick successions so it's always pretty and colorful. The ocotillos are one of my favorites. They seem to glow when the sun hits them just right.
P.S. I love pulling up to the parking lot and then rolling my bike out of my mini van while I ride in my rode bike shorts, a regular T-shirt, my gym shoes, a bright pink drawstring backpack with my keys and phone inside and my trusty Ross sunglasses.
I look everything but legit but I passed 4 people the other day so that's always a confidence booster :)