Saturday, July 23, 2016

would you like fries with that?

The girls have been all about playing "restaurant" the past few months so when I came across these waitress costumes on Amazon a couple of weeks ago, I just knew I had to get them for the girls!  We had Grammy & Papa over for breakfast one morning last week and made our kitchen and dining room a diner for the day - 50's music playing and all.  The girls took their order, brought them their food, (I got to play cook for the morning) refilled their drinks, & even did some dancing on the side. ;)  They ended up getting a (way too generous) tip - it helps when you are this darn cute!

 Aubrey was cracking me up and taking her job SO seriously.  I told her I used to work at a diner many years ago which she got quite a kick out of.  She now wants to be a waitress when she grows up - let's hope she's a better one that I was.  I was TERRIBLE at it - dropping plates, forgetting orders - I always joke that waitressing is a harder job than being a stay at home mom.  Ha!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4th of July!

Our fourth was full of Summer fun - parades, swimming, BBQ, & fireworks!  

I'm always thankful to get to raise these girls in the best country ever.  

I was cracking up at how hard they had to concentrate to clink their sodas together.  No soda for these two, but they did get some grape juice so I wasn't a COMPLETELY mean mom.  To be honest, I can't  even drink regular coke.  I think diet tastes way better?  

I can't even handle Kate's sass.  (Like seriously.  Some days I don't think I can handle it!)

A few photos from our day..

Ella LOVES the water.  It was pretty cold (as far as I'm concerned, but I'm kind of a baby with water temperatures) 

Cousins + swimming = Aubrey & Kate's heaven!  Aubrey jumps in to the pool each time yelling "COTTONBALL!" instead of cannonball.  So cute!

My cute parents.

Realizing these photos are out of order but oh well.  Ella gave zero craps about sparklers and fireworks.  She was SOOO tired and stared blankly at it all. 

Roseville parade!  We started this tradition with our little family a few years back and it's something the girls look forward to.  Parades make me feel so festive!

They got so into it!

Happy Belated 4th of July!  God bless the USA!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Ella Rose - 9 Months!

Can you tell these pictures were thrown together in about five minutes?  Hence the 9 looking like a G and flowers placed not so carefully?  Oh well.  At least I got it done!!

Ella is NINE months old this week.  This month has been the fastest month yet, with going to Hawaii, Tahoe, photography sessions, and just raising three littles in general.  I swear I just did her 8 month post a few days ago, but apparently it's been a whole month.  Jeez!

Ella continues to be the best little baby.  Her content personality and sweet nature makes me so grateful!  I can't imagine having our third baby be a handful.  

She is taking two consistent naps a day - one at 9, and the other around 1.  She goes to bed pretty early around 7, gets up once to eat a quick snack in the middle of the night somewhere, and back to sleep until 7.  

She is eating more and more table food and less and less baby food.  She has yet to not like anything -  but she LOVES holding an apple and going to town on it.  She also loves water.  I've tried to eliminate one nursing session a day but she just wasn't having it.  She wants to nurse before and after each nap, and then first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  I love my little "breaks" with her.  

She is getting quicker and quicker with her army crawling.  She still can't crawl on her hands and knees yet or pull up to a stand.  She's our little slowpoke in the milestone department.  She's in no hurry to grow up!  I'm hoping she'll hold out on walking too.  

Ella's hair continues to get fluffier and fluffier - sticking straight up always.  I love it.

She'll give us kisses on demand now - for Steve she bends her head down to get a "forehead kiss" - it's funny how she knows Daddy doesn't do the slobbery kisses.  It's okay though - I'll take 'em!  

Loves Patty Cake and giggles so much on the "Mark it with a B" part as I tickle her hand.  She thinks it's so hilarious.

She takes baths in the big tub now - sometimes I'll throw her in there with the big sisters, which they all LOVE.

Fitting well into her 6-9 month clothes, size 3 diapers, & I don't really know about shoes - she barely ever wears them.  I like those cute toes exposed!

She is the sweetest little love right before going down for a nap, after nursing her I'll just rock her and she'll look up at me, blink slowly, and stare at me, smiling here and there until her eyes become heavy.  They are my favorite moments with her.  How I'll miss this season of babies when it's gone!

I left her for 3 and a half whole hours on the day the girls had their dance recital.  It was the longest we had ever been apart.  She ended up doing just fine and even took a bottle of my milk when I was gone.  I was so proud!

I feel like this month flew by, and it scares me because I know that first birthday is right around the corner.  I love that baby so much - she is my dream come true!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dance Spectacular 2016!

The girls had their Summer dance show last weekend and both did so great!  I was so proud of how hard they have worked all year on their dances.  As always, I took some studio shots of the girls in their dance gets ups a couple days before the show.  The ones they take at the dance studio never turn out very well - however I may be just a tad bit picky.  Ya know, just a little. ;)

Aubrey surprised me and was so animated and adorable up on stage!  She was smiling and hamming it up like crazy - WAY more than I've seen her do in rehearsals.  It was so fun to watch her really come alive up there!  She let me get one whole picture of her and then she was off.  She's not a huge fan of pictures lately, so I try not to force it.  But on dance day, it's not really an option. :)

Kate, however, loves pictures!  I have no idea when she got so old looking and beautiful.  Time is such a thief.  Kate also did such a great job at her dance and smiled her biggest, best smile her entire dance.  She's moving up to tap/ballet combo next season and is so excited!

It's so fun watching these two be involved in something they love & witness them getting better and better.  

Right before the show!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


At the beginning of the month Steve, Ella and I spent a week in the beautiful island of Kauai together.  We had originally planned on visiting New York since we had never been there, but we decided something a little more relaxing would be better with a baby in tow.  It was fun getting to spend the week with our sweet baby girl and give her lots of one on one time that she rarely gets being the third kiddo.  The big girls stayed back with Grammy and Papa - we missed them lots but knew they were having the week of their lives being spoiled rotten there!

Straight off the plane we had to stop at our favorite restaurant, Duke's.  The fish tacos and hula pie are so delicious - my mouth waters thinking about them!

We were able to use Marriott points that Steve gets through his work to stay at our resort - it was the perfect location and had it's own private beach, and a huge pool. The above picture shows the kid's pool - I really missed Aubs and Kate when we saw that slide.  They would have LOVED it!

As you can imagine with a baby we didn't have a lot of plans for excursions or anything, so we had plenty of down time.  I might have taken a picture or two...thousand. ;)  Give me a beautiful location, a chubby baby in a swimsuit, and a camera and it's my own photographer paradise right there.

Several times we would just lounge in the chairs at the resort's beach and read while Ella hung out in the shade.  We took turns reading the murder mystery "The Girl on the Train" and it was so good!  It was the first time we read a book together and it was fun having our own little "book club" together and discussing what we thought was going to happen.

One morning we drove around to check out some waterfalls - we have a picture of Steve & I in front of this one from six years ago.

Beach day in Poipu!  She loved dipping her toes in the water and playing in the sand.  (AKA trying to eat the sand.)

More relaxing on the beach.  We came out almost every night until she was tired out and ready to sleep.

My poor husband was such a good sport with all my photoshoots of Ella on the beach.  He thinks most my ideas are silly, but even Steve couldn't resist his baby mermaid. :)

On our way to Waimea Canyon! It ended up pouring rain the whole time there, so I don't have any pictures to show for it.  Kauai has crazy weather and can be pouring rain one second, and bright and sunny minutes later.

My favorite day was spent on the North side of the island.  The beaches are breathtaking and the weather was PERFECT.  Everywhere you go on Kauai looks like a postcard, but the North is especially beautiful.

  Kauai must not get a lot of baby visitors because Ella was such a hit everywhere we went!  I know I'm biased but I'm pretty sure she's darn cute. :)

Her first little taste of shave ice - it was nearly the size of her own head!

So weird taking a family picture with just the three of us.  By this point of the trip I was missing the girls SO badly.  I know I'm home with them every single day, ALL day, but man I missed their sweet faces!  One morning we saw a mother duck with her three baby chicks following her, and I broke down and started crying.  It felt so unnatural not having my own little three chicks with me. 

^^ "Babe, take a picture of me looking like I'm falling off the cliff!"  Him and I have SUCH different ideas of photo ops. 

The last time we visited Kauai six years ago we had just lost our first pregnancy and it was our "get away from our sadness" trip.  I had taken the loss pretty hard and was more depressed than I had ever been during that time.  If only I could have told myself that six short years later, I would be bringing our third baby here and that everything was going to be okay.  

Til' next time, Kauai!