Friday, September 30, 2011

panera at the park

tonight dave met us at the park after work. we had panera for dinner and then played for a little while. the weather was beautiful and we had the whole place to ourselves. logan was so happy to have his dad there with him and emma tried out the swing for the first time. i love nights like this and we have to get them in before the weather gets cold. 

you know it's fall when...

  • i dye my hair dark. so long highlights. see you in the spring.
  • the leaves are turning yellow and the weather is cooler. it is the perfect weather to sleep with the window open and get all cozy under the covers. it is also the perfect weather for running.
  • they start selling canned pumpkin. i bought 3 big cans (thank you costco) and i've already made pumpkin chocolate chip bread 3 times (just so you know, i have only kept 1 loaf for myself). check out this yummy and easy recipe. trust me, it's delicious!
  • i bought a pumpkin spice candle and it makes my house smell fantastic!
  • this weekend is general conference! it is where our prophet and apostles speak to us. you can watch it online here. it is always an amazing weekend and one i look forward to. there are quite a few things that i am hoping to receive revelation and get some direction on. i can't wait! i love these words of an apostle from last weekend's conference just for the women, 
"Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love. Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time! He who created and knows the stars knows you and your name—you are the daughters of His kingdom....My dear Relief Society sisters, you are closer to heaven than you suppose. You are destined for more than you can possibly imagine."  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

rice cereal

we weren't going to start emma on solid food until she was 6 months, but this girl was ready! whenever we were eating she would watch our food like a hawk and grab at our drinks. so we decided it was time for some rice cereal. and she loved it! she kept grabbing for the spoon and wanting more. i can't believe how fast she's growing (way too fast, if you were wondering).

sunday afternoon

sometimes i still can't believe that they're mine. i have 2 kids! they make me so happy!

this one shows off her 2 bottom teeth!

just chillin'

logan can climb up into his high chair by himself. the other day i told him to get in his high chair while i brought out his lunch. this is how i found him, legs propped up and just chillin'! he makes me laugh!

Monday, September 26, 2011


 dave came up with a new nickname for emma and it was inspired by this outfit (or the headband to be exact): sprout
 that thumb is in her mouth more and more these days
 she tipped over while i was taking pictures
i included this one because it shows the cute leggings! 
thanks grandma lorrie for this darling outfit! it is my favorite one on sprout!

garden of the gods: now and then

over labor day weekend we headed south with our friends the smiths to "hike" around garden of the gods. as we were driving down, dave and i realized that neither of us knew why it is called "garden of the gods" and so i decided to find out. here's the story: in 1859 when two surveyors happened upon the beautiful sandstone formations, one of them suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. the other one exclaimed, "beer garden! why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. we will call it the garden of the gods." it has been so called ever since. it is incredibly beautiful and it was the perfect day to wander around.
 logan loved climbing on the rocks
 seriously beautiful!
some people were even rock climbing (if you look close at this picture you'll see the climber)
 hey there hot stuff!
i think this picture of the dads with their kiddos is so cute! since morgan and logan are destined for each other we always joke that pictures like this will go on their wedding video!
as we were driving, dave and i reminisced about our "non-date" to garden of the gods 5 years earlier, almost to the day (september 2, 2006/september 3, 2011). we lovingly refer to it as the "non-date" because i thought it was a date and dave thought we were just friends hanging out (in his defense i had told him at least 3 times over the period of about a year that i was only interested in being friends). the fact that it wasn't a date in his mind became very clear when we stopped to get lunch at the castle rock outlet food court on the way home. i couldn't decide between an italian and chinese place and since i was being slow and dave knew what he wanted, he got his food and said he would go get us a table. i became panicked because i didn't have my wallet with me (and obviously he wasn't planning on paying for me like i thought). i tried to act nonchalant as i asked for his keys and then ran to the car to get my wallet and ran back (the car was not parked close so this took a little time). the funny thing is, i don't think dave even wondered why i ran back to the car! it's a funny and awkward memory to look back on! it was on that drive 5 years ago that dave also introduced me to a great band, quietdrive. in memory of that day, we listened to quietdrive on our drive. we contemplated stopping at the food court for lunch but decided to pass (5 guys was much more inviting than the food court and in case you were wondering, dave paid for me ;).   
september 2, 2006
while the picture on the left is an embarrassing one (although totally typical of me), i had to include it because 5 years later my little family and i had our picture taken in the exact same spot (and it wasn't planned)! the past 5 years have been good to us!

play time with tessa

logan loves to play with friends. a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to have tessa come and play. these two play really well together and crack me up. they're very "busy" when they're together, running from room to room, jumping on the bed and playing in the backyard.
 cheesing for the camera
blowing on his spaghetti o's to cool them down. i love this picture (and those lips. that's quite the pucker)!
 tessa is beautiful! aren't her eyes amazing!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


logan likes to keep up with the fashion trends. when i got him up from his nap today he was sporting the one shoulder shirt.
and according to emma, socks are not just for wearing. they can also be a tasty treat (if you can manage to get your feet up to your mouth that is).