Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Little playdate with little friends

Early this morning, while it was still quite cold, we met a little friend at Wheeler Farm. James had preschool so it was a perfect excuse to play dress up with these little girls and indulge in pink cake pops.

Juliet was in such a grumpy mood, even the cake pop didn't entice a smile. Good thing our little friend was such a doll.

These two are too cute.

Thank goodness this babe was smiling. Juliet was having none of it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October sun at the Farmhouse

Every year October is jam packed in the best of ways. Most years October is mild and beautiful, warm even. Taking advantage of every sunny day, every sunny moment, becomes crucial.

We try to fit in a last cabin trip in the beginning of October (or late September) and a last farmhouse trip in late October. Now that the kids are older we may try for a winter farmhouse visit, but farmhouse days are best spent out on the lawn in the sunshine.
Saturday was warm and beautiful. Damma and Grandpa joined us at the farmhouse. While we missed cousin Emilia, it was nice to have Damma all to ourselves.
When we go to the farmhouse we don't really "do" anything. We spend the day relaxing, taking a few scenic drives, playing on the lawn and a few long walks.

See my boys down there? They walked. Juliet and I drove.

James always wants to check on the irrigation ditches. The little gates that open and close and change the water's direction couldn't be more intriguing to this water obsessed kiddo.
Juliet is such a mini me it's crazy. I love to tease and bother E. James doesn't like to tease much (he doesn't even tease Juliet much) but Juliet is a huge tease. She found a little leaf and kept poking its stem into E's nose (something I've been know to do) and she thought it was so funny.
We've been visiting these same horses for almost ten years. All those years ago we named them. This is Butterscotch and Lady. They are still the sweetest horses around. (Here's a post of James visiting the same horses when he was tiny!)

This little stinker thought feeding the horses was the best ever.
Lots of huge smiles and big laughs.
Instead of spending the night we drove out and back in a single day. Luckily we stayed late enough to catch the sun dip low into the sky.
October at the farmhouse may be my favorite.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Farmhouse {Then & Now)

Oh what a difference a few years makes.

October 2009. Nine months pregnant with James.
July 2010. James is seven months old.
January 2012, James is two and I am nine months pregnant with Juliet.
October 2012, James is almost three and Juliet is 9 months.
August 2013. James is three a half and Juliet is one and a half. 
Yesterday. October 2014. James is almost five (FIVE!!) and Juliet is two and a half. 
Wild how quickly it all happens. 

Garden After Dark

One of our favorite Halloween traditions is visiting Red Butte Garden for their annual Garden After Dark event. This is a busy event, so while we usually have the garden to ourselves in the daytime, it takes a little adjusting to share it with so many at night.

That said, the event is totally geared for kids and it is super fun to walk around as dusk turns into night.
There is only about 15 minutes before twilight sets in, so I always try to head to the beautiful corridor of orange leaves. This year wasn't as stunning as years past (last year and the year before), but still orange and gold.
Juliet was in such a grumpy mood in the beginning.
Robot James was as happy as can be (as always!).
Soon it grew dark and Juliet was LOVING it. Notice James's homemade robot costume has lights? So fun!
Flowers look hauntingly beautiful in growing darkness.
Watching the last bit of light.
Every year James's favorite part is the smoke machine. He's obsessed. This year he got his sister involved.
Happy Halloween! Such fun.

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!

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