Thursday, October 23, 2014

David's wedding day!

David, E's younger brother, has been part of my life for over 15 years. I knew him when he was only a fourteen year old kid, so I've seen him grow up in every sense of the word. He's been on many adventures with E and I (backpacking in Southern Utah, snowshoeing to the cabin when we thought we'd all die, and backpacking in the Uintas when I was pregnant with James, to name a few).

Seeing him get married was amazing. For a long time he didn't have a girlfriend and was happy alone. But one day he decided enough was enough and found someone he cared for more than the world. He proposed last May and has spent the last six months utterly head over heals in love while planning his wedding with Heather.

David and Heather asked me to be a bridesmaid, E to be the best man, James to be the ring bearer and Juliet to be the flower girl.
We've been busy over the last couple month with bridal showers, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners, and tux fittings. Everything has been amazing and so fun. The kids were so excited to be part of such a special day and someone even had some pretty good behavior:
James was SO excited about his tux. After getting it fitted and then picking it up, he didn't understand why he didn't get to wear it every moment preceding the wedding. Juliet loved her "princess dress" that matched her sweet cousin's.

Being a bridesmaid is so fun. You get to see the bride before anyone else does, you get to greet the guests, you get to walk down the aisle, you get to enjoy every single party leading up to the wedding. I've been a bridesmaid quite a few times and I still love it.
James got a little front loader bank as a gift for his participation. He was stoked!

Before the wedding there was some waiting, but these two didn't make a peep. Happy and content watching shows on E's phone.
The wedding ceremony was beautiful. Heartfelt and lovely. Can't wait to see the photos, everyone looked just so stunning. Juliet did such a good job as flower girl (picking up every last petal that dropped instead of throwing them) and James handed the rings over right on cue like he was made for the job.

The reception was full of friends and family and laughter which is of course what every good reception should have. My family came, some of E's family that I haven't seen since Chelsea's wedding came, and all in all it was a great time. Plus, they served Lebanese food from Mazza that was outstanding!
Juliet spent the entire night making sure no petals were missing from her basket.
James danced his little heart out. Seriously, this kid can dance. And how cute do the cousins look in their matching dresses?
It wasn't only James that had awesome moves. Emilia did too.

Steve and Connie (my in-laws and the father and mother of the groom) looked amazing and oh so happy.
We saw some friends that we don't get around to seeing often enough. Love this guy.
Both kids got more soda in one night than they are usually allowed in a month.
And James danced,
and danced,
and danced (he's in there somewhere, promise),
and danced,
and danced! Fun was had by all and the event was beautiful. Congratulations Heather and David! Woot woot!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Top of the world {Snowbird Tram}

On Sunday we decided to use the glorious weather and the fact that Snowbird was offering free Tram rides in exchange for a bag of food as an excuse to visit Hidden Peak one last time before the winter winds blow.

We arrived first thing in the morning and the line was already forming. We hopped on the second Tram of the day and sped up the mountain to the stealer peak.

Juliet was SO grumpy (week three of missed naps and an ear infection that didn't become apparent until the next day would make anyone grumpy), but James was loving it. We all were loving it (other than the pissed-off two year old).

And the weather on the peak was mild! We were all in winter coats but by the end of our visit we were shedding our coats and hats. Fantastic!
Him: "I love adventures, let's hike down!" Her: "Why am I here? Let's go home and even though I'm exhausted and try to nap on the floor of the Tram, don't think for a second I'll sleep once I'm at home in bed! Ha!"
 Views in every direction are amazing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Juliet says, James says

Age two is hilarious. Everything that comes out of Juliet's mouth is pure gold. She is so funny!

Here are a few of my favorites over the last few months:
  • "If you pretend my tooters not stinky that is fine!"
  • Me: "I love you sweet dear" Juliet: "Me know deer, me snuggle bunny!"
  • "I love to snuggle daddy!" or "Daddy is my snuggle bunny!"
  • "My coink is sticky" (I love the way she says "coin")
  • Fuss fuss fuss "I can't even cry!"
  • "All perfect! Me a princess. Princess Ana!" (After rubbing herself from head to toe in mud.)
  • "Whatever you say princess mommy."
  • "Me learned that at preschool."
  • "Me ignore you guys! Me mad at you mommy!" (Not one second later) "... me getting happier!"
  • "When I'm a little boy I go to preschool."
  • "My doggie is named rice-a-roni!" So funny because I'm not sure I've ever said "rice-a-roni" in her presence.
  • "I love you so so so so much! Like 10,000 pounds! When we get home I'm going to give you a big hug!"
  • Me: Can I sing "you are my sunshine" Juliet: "No. Sing goodnight."  Me: "How does that go?" Her: "Goodnight, me love you so! Goodnight, me love you so!"
  • "Me in a sad situation."
  • Me: "Why are you fussing?" Julie: "I don't know me crying." (better honest, right?)
  • "A little bit pukey!" (spooky) whenever she sees Halloween decorations.
  • "Ba ba weeeee!" whenever we go down a big hill in the car. I don't know where she and James got this, but they say it all the time. Funniest coincidence is E said "uggy-moo-weee!" when going down a hill when he was small. Crazy similar. 
  • Out late one night she says "Me don't see Mr. Golden Sun!"
She has been on a two+ week nap strike due to cutting a hole in her binky. It's been rough. When she got up she had a big long story about a bugger and the fact that it disappeared. I love her little voice so much I just had to record. Here's what she had to say about it the other day:

James, at his age, talks with such skill that he hardly ever says anything super funny these days. Sob. He's growing up. When he does, I always try to write it down.
  • James: "Why is that company gone?" Me: "They ran out of money." James: "They need a sticker chart to earn more money!"
  • After calling him dear "I'm not a moose, I'm a James"
  • "I think the beach is headed right for us, I hear a lot of EagleOggle. They're headed right our way!" (He calls eagles "eagleoggles" but this entire statement it entirely out of left field.)
  • "There is a little boy and my tummy that helps me with my think abouts. And there is a shark in my tummy!"
And he learned the pledge of allegiance at his school and was so proud of it. Of course I had to record it. I was proud too.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Apple Orchard

Last year in early October we went to a local family owned orchard. We picked and picked and came home with the most amazing apples ever. I could hardly wait to make it an annual tradition!

I learned, however, that many apple trees have "on years" and "off years" so while we went to the orchard this morning, we were bummed to discover that not a single gala tree was full of apples. There were a few other varieties, but not the ones we were so looking forward to.

Still, we came home with a huge bucket full of apples (I think I'll make applesauce!), some tiny little plums and two huge home grown pumpkins. Oh yea, and two very grumpy kids. But that was not because of the orchard, and it's a story for another day.

I intentionally dressed him in the same sweater as last year. Love looking back.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Frightmares {Lagoon 2014!}

Each year since having kids we've visited Lagoon (the local amusement park). Back when the babies were babies we went in the summer with E's work and only rode one or two rides. Now, instead, we go in the autumn for Frightmares. It is a million times better. The weather is fantastic and there are hardly any lines. Most rides we were able to walk right onto! Plus, now that the babies are kids, they totally get it and LOVE it.

E and I didn't ride a single adult ride. Not one. We could have, I suppose, but we were having such a fun time with the kiddos, riding along with them, we really didn't want to. And it's amazing how many "adult" rides James is tall enough for, and some Juliet is even tall enough for. There was a full size roller coaster meant for adults that miraculously Juliet was tall enough for. James rode it with me before and said it was his favorite ride in the park. And because there was no line at all, we'd hop off and run around and jump right back on, over and over.

But soon we found E and Juliet and I suggested that she try it. It was fast, but smooth. And the sign said she was just tall enough. So we tried it. One thing about Juliet, is she is a total daredevil. Much much more than James ever is or will be.

She totally loved it.

So much so that we rode it again and again until one old fart (me) started to feel sick. Juliet, James and Daddy rode it five more times laughing all the way.

For the Halloween festivities there are also little walk throughs for the kids. Our kids did one, and liked it, but passed on the other one. They rather ride more rides.

At two and four years old, I've created Lagoon monsters. It's kinda amazing.

Ready to go on one of the scarier rides. I asked if I could hold his hand, he said no.
Looking festive in this dress that has fit since Juliet's first Halloween. Every year it just gets shorter and shorter, but is still a favorite.

Weather perfection, and crowds were small.
And before I quit riding on the roller coaster I decided it was worth it to try to record Juliet's reaction to the fast ride meant for adults. She'd already ridden it once, so I knew we were in for a lot of laughter. 

This video is better than I could have hoped for. LOVE!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Autumn splendor {sunny skies & gold leaves at the Cabin}

Hurrah! Seriously hurrah!! We made it to the cabin and we were met with the best sight in the entire world: golden leaves, blue skies and such a happy family!
It was magical. I know I seem to use that word a lot, but honestly, think about it: I have two healthy kids. My husband and I love each other very much. We own a cabin in the woods. I have more than anyone really deserves. I think about how fortunate I am all the time.
We were there for a work party. Everyone had a job and we were busy the entire time. But even with sweeping, emptying mouse traps, digging a hole for the port-a-potty contents (gag!), and all the other jobs we needed to do, there was still time to enjoy the glorious weather and take a few little walks.
When I suggested taking a walk to the meadow James was the only one that wanted to join me. I was thrilled. Spending some time with him, and only him makes me so happy. Love my first born.
We bush-wacked, looked for animals and talked about preschool. All the best things when you're almost five.
Forest floor magic.
There are lots of little secret gems around the cabin. One is our boulder felid. Major bush-waking required to get there, but Juliet never minds being carried by her favorite person in the entire world.
Everywhere we looked, the blue sky and gold leaves made for perfect backdrops!

Lots of smiles!
The boulder field has a few little caves. My cousins and I played in these as children, hence the "door" made of logs.
After last year's bummer trip (snow and green leaves) I was so so happy to have such perfect weather this year.
These two work for candy.
Later in the afternoon, while the kids watched a show on the iPad, and dinner bubbled on the stove, E and I left the kiddos with their grandparents so we could take a small walk, just the two of us. We walked to my favorite spot. A spot that I visit every time I'm there. I dream about this spot, owning a home one day in a space like this. No people, just the amazing forest as far as the eye can see. And the sound of a small river bubbling not too far away. E and I sat on a warm rock in the sunshine we talked a little about our dream home, our house in the woods. And then we just sat quietly, for a long time, enjoying the sun and the leaves. No words were shared, just quiet.
After dinner was finished and the last jobs were complete, we packed up and headed home. The timing was perfect because the sun slowly inched lower to the west and the entire forest lit up.
E and I could not help it. We stopped the car over a dozen times. We'd hop out again and again because we saw this:
Everywhere we looked the forest was full of magic. I will never forget seeing this in person, photos just don't compare. However, this photo, my favorite of the trip, was taken with my iPhone! I may need to hang it on my wall, because this forest, and this light, well nothing makes me happier.
Side note: after ten (TEN!!) years of blogging I finally created a cabin tag. It's wild, looking back at this place that never changes.

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