07.16.15 | TWO YEARS

this little turkey turned two yesterday. TWO. can you believe it?! yeah, me neither. we had a pretty great day, eating donuts for breakfast, spending some time at the play are in the mall, doing some shopping, meeting daddy for lunch and then having pizza for dinner. which, by the way, is one of her favorite things. she'll almost never turn down pizza. oh, and the birthday fairies came last night to decorate her door, just like big brother's earlier this year. c;

i started to upload these pictures yesterday and had plans of writing a really awesome, lengthy little diddy about my baby girl. and then life got in the way (read: landon and him refusing to use the restroom when he was told) and i just never got around to doing anything with it. 

so, i finished choosing some pictures today and i don't know, i guess i just don't feel the need to write a big long post today? i mean, we all know how precious and darling and smart and talkative and cute and cheeky and ornery this little lady can be, so why do i need to write a blog post about that, too? 

anyway, we sure do love her and feel blessed to have her in our lives every day. it's been a pretty great two years, baby girl. her's to many, many more.
and in case you forgot just how small she was two years ago:
all the heart-eyes guys, all the heart-eyes. 

06.25.15 | STILL HERE

don't worry, we're still alive. still doing the same 'ole thing. living life to the fullest!

we're totally enjoying the AMAZING WEATHER OREGON HAS BEEN HAVING. i know some people like living in oregon because of the mild summers but goodness gracious, i live for these long, hot days. truth be told, i'd be fine with cooler days as well, so long as the sun was out to play. i really just need the sun, that's all. and oregon kinda isn't the best place for that soooooo, yeah.

the kids really enjoy the hot weather tho. we bought a little splash pad thingy for the summer and it's awesome. we've been getting up early, spending a lot of time outside and the eating of popsicles has started (landon's obsessed). 

we're looking forward to fourth of july plans with friends, claire turns two in just a couple of weeks (ACK! i haven't planned anything really, and that's kinda stressing me out), we've got a little getaway to bend coming up in august, justin's been taking on some extra work stuff lately, landon starts preschool in september as well as justin and i taking off for a couple of nights to our favorite place: vegas! sippin' drinks poolside is my jam, people. this summer sure started off right, and it's looking like it's gonna end right, too. 

now to get back to my regular scheduled day, which is currently making food for kids that a). don't appreciate the effort/time i put into it, b). complain that they don't get to have a popsicle/candy/fruit snacks with lunch, c). never stay seated at the table , and d). fight over their cups/plates/silverware choices. it's FUN being a parent, right?!

05.11.15 | MOTHER'S DAY

these kids of mine, they fill my heart with so much joy. for all the crazy, messy, frustrating, hard days, there are so many more days of laughter and giggles, hugs and kisses, cuddles and love and growth. just as they are growing up every day, so am i, as their mama. 

i feel so blessed to be given this life and these little ones in it, to nurture them and teach them and love them the best that i can. 

and now i'm crying, thinking about how precious life is and how we get such a short amount of time here on this earth. i'm forever grateful to my Heavenly Father, for when i do leave this earth, i know i will be with my babies again. it's such a wonderful feeling, to have that knowledge. 

i hope you all had a wonderful mother's day with your children, in whatever form that may be. 

04.27.15 | SUNSHINE

we've been having some crappy weather as of late and then today we were surprised with a full day of sunshine! warm, warm weather with the sun shining down on us and the slightest of breezes, it was amazing. we spent our morning slowly getting ready, waiting for it to warm up a bit, and then we spent pretty much the rest of our day outside. we went on a walk, played out front doing chalk, riding bikes and just enjoying being out of the house. it's days like today that make me not want to move away from oregon. 

landon got a balance bike for his birthday this year and he requests to ride it at least once a day. he was so excited that it was nice enough today to be able to use it. he does amazing with it and it's so much fun watching him get so excited about it. claire is showing an interest in the tricycles we have and seems to understand the concept of pedaling but she ends up pushing it around more than anything. 

keep the sun shining, oregon!

04.20.15 | FOUR

 streamers and balloons hanging on his door, from the birthday fairies the night before

last week, my little guy turned four. FOUR. how is that even possible? i know, every parent says that but you know what? i don't care. it's so weird to think that four years ago we were spending our days and nights in the hospital waiting for the day that we could take our little boy home. and now we're spending our days and nights in awe of how sweet and precious he can be, and at the same time, how frustrating he can be. but really, he's kind of the best. you know what he said to me last week, on his birthday? "mom, i'm four now. and four-year-olds listen to their mommies and daddies." uhm, wow! and you know what else? since then, if he's upset about something i've asked him to do or he's just not listening, i remind him that he told me that and IT WORKS. he is listening so much better lately. 

yesterday as i was picking something up from a friend, justin and the kids were waiting for me in the car. justin asked landon if he had been having a good day so far and landon replied "yeah, i'm so glad i'm growing up! but dad, mom doesn't want me to grow up." i mean, c'mon. how freaking precious is that?!

so on his birthday we planted some flowers, went to lunch with justin at landon's favorite little sandwich shop, visited the gilbert house for a bit and then picked justin up after work so that we could go to red robin and have the servers sing happy birthday to landon. which he loved, by the way, and he also ate the entire ice cream sundae they brought him. 

a few other things worth noting: claire is talking more and more these days. her favorite thing to say? daddy. she's seriously obsessed with him. she's also pretty obsessed with her stuffed animals, which is adorable. landon got a bunch of new toys last weekend from all of the lovely people that came to his party to celebrate him and has been playing with them non-stop. i'm in the thick of preparing for my sister's bridal shower, which is this weekend, and man i've got so much stuff to do still! and to top it off, i woke up this morning unable to move my neck without complete pain shooting down to the middle of my back. so that's fun. it's the last nice day of the week before the rain and clouds come back and i'm stuck on the couch/bed. my poor kids! i'm just hoping i'm back to normal by tomorrow so we can go to our mops group in the morning! 

i used to write letters to my kids here on the blog
but i'm not sure i'm going to continue that any longer. 
i've got notebooks for each of them that i write into
and i think i'm just going to do that instead - keep their letters
private for them. i think it makes it more special?