After another long week of E being in Tokyo (again!) and arriving home too late on Sunday for a proper weekend activity, we decided to make the most of his Monday off. Jetlag and all.
While I miss the help, company and companionship when E is gone the kids miss him on an entirely different level. Juliet particularly misses Daddy and asked each and every hour when he'd be home. Even after almost 24 hours of him being home, on the hike she kept saying "let's stop and hug a little" or "just one more kiss" which of course totally and completely melted E's heart into a pile of mush.
With the gray skies and the fact that it was the work week, it meant that we had Silver Lake practically to ourselves. And there were a few times the clouds broke and we were left with the most amazing scenery Utah has to offer. The golden aspens only made it better.
With the amazing colors and two happy kids I decided to try for some photos. All photographers have a few tricks up their sleeves to try to entice natural smiles and amazing photos. I asked them to sing a song. Instead of a smile I just got tons of photos of them singing quite enthusiastically.
Sometimes gray skies make the colors so intense.
My golden boy. He asked to sing "You are my sunshine" on the way up the mountains. "You make me happy when skies are gray" couldn't be more true.
"You'll never know dear how much I love you..." Thank you dear kiddos for this photo. Love it. New header is up!
Rainbow colored grasses make me happy.
Sun! Even if it was only a moment!
Baby November will be FIVE in November. I can hardly deal. He's supposed to be my baby forever.
Neither of them are babies anymore. Before long I'll have a five year old and a three year old. And while it's hard watching them grow, I am also so excited for what the future holds.
I'm a sucker for reflections.
She's not the hiker her brother is. Sometimes she'd just have to sit in defiance.
Once we arrived inside the aspen forest James started looking for the most beautiful leaves.
The forest floor carpeted in aspen leaves, I have probably taken over a hundred photos.
Oh we love rivers in this family. So when the weather was perfect over the weekend we packed up a picnic and headed to our favorite camp site near home. Come to find out Tanner's Flat doesn't accept picnics on Saturday nights because they fill up with campers. After some nice smiles and pleading from my part we got a picnic site.
But Tanner's Flat picnics are not about the food. Or the picnic. It's all about the river.
Oh, and the rocks nearby that make perfect climbing spots.
James has become a master rock scrambler and found his way out to the middle of the river on his own to see the waterfall. Luckily I was close behind.
This boy is growing out of little kid-dom. He's not a little kid any more. He's just a kid. And it's crazy.
And because he's not a little kid, he's not afraid of some serious rock scrambling.
He is happier here than anywhere else in the world. I don't post much here about his love for rivers and waterfalls, but my Instagram feed is full of it. There is even a hashtag #throwingrockswithjames that has well over 100 photos. He just loves water.
And just a screen shot of my throwing rocks with James hashtag. Oh this boy. I love him for his passion for life. (Juliet also has a river hashtag aptly named #julietlovesrivers and it's just as darling.)
Juliet has many many clothes that fall into my favorite category. I only buy what I love, and only keep what I adore. But, that said, she still has a closet bursting with beautiful things to wear.
And I don't even spend very much on her wardrobe, if you can believe it. About half of what she wears comes from thrift stores, and many of my favorite pieces fit for longer than a year, because dresses just get shorter and turn into tunics.
One trick I have with buying James and Juliet new things is always buy big. She's a tall girl anyway, but I'd rather have it too big and fit for an extra year than fit perfectly now and grow out of it too soon.
When I saw this skirt on Next Direct I knew it had to be mine. I really love bunnies and toadstools. And, when I received it I was so happy to see a full embroidered picture on the back of the skirt (very rare in kids clothes) of a mouse and strawberries.
The little over the shoulder suspenders totally seal the deal.
She calls it her "strawberry shortcake princess dress" and she told me it's her favorite. Oh, and her black boots?! A total splurge, but something I've wanted for her for a year. Expect to see a lot more of them, they are darling in person and seriously so tiny!
Outfit details -
Skirt and shirt - Next Direct (still available here). I ordered size 3/4 I think!
Boots - Nordstrom
Things I love:
Flowers, baby girl dresses, blue skies, happy waterfall loving boys, shade, September, my little girl, my husband, and having the entire garden to ourselves.
Yesterday we felt like it was cool enough to venture out to Thanksgiving Point Garden again. We haven't been since spring, and since there is so much area to cover, we really wanted a cooler day.
Going to the garden in September is a wise choice. Everything is huge and colorful and perfect. Plus, the roses are back.
The kids were happy (after a early meltdown from the littler one), plus James was wearing his favorite shirt and Juliet was in one of my favorite vintage dresses.
AND they spotted an airplane!
This girl is so stubborn. Try to change her ways she pushes harder than ever. Finally E decided to let her rest in the shade and tickle him, and all of a sudden she was as happy as can be. Success!
This guy was beyond happy. He loves visiting the garden, and the water features are his favorite places of all. He was so flushed because he is at the age where he never walks. He runs everywhere, and fast.
I got some amazing photos of this girl because she was being schievous (a word of my own invention that describes me, and her, to a T. It means "scheming" and "mischievous"). She kept pulling petals off the zinnias after being told numerous times to stop. Oh but it was so funny!
I intentionally dressed Juliet in the same dress she wore last year. One plus to having a big round baby is big clothes. And when they slim out a ton they still fit! Even a year later! (Check out this post of her when she was only 16 months wearing this darling vintage dress again.)
Because I knew the light and the flowers would be perfect we bought some special gummy bears to bribe the kids with for nice smiles. James stopped every few feet and asked for a photo then requested a candy. Sweet kiddo.
I was intent on capturing the two of them in a spot I've captured them before. E did some fall down gymnastics behind me and I caught this gem.
Last year. Oh I love it so.
And the year before. These photos have made it onto the cover of our yearly photo albums and I feel like the one we took this year just may make the cut too!
I really really love September gardens. And watching my kids grow. Juliet starts ballet tomorrow. Full report to come.