Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Point Tulips

One thing is certain, we love the tulip festival in our family. We go every year, and even with the crowds (the crowds are insane!) we have a really nice time. This year we bought waffles from a food truck and sat on the lawn in the sun and laughed and laughed.

Both kids have been earning allowance and saving their money for toys. James goes to the Lego store every time he has the minimum amount to buy something, but Juliet is much more like me, she saves and saves. Finally she decided she'd like a camera with her money. The entire time we were there
Juliet loves taking pictures of flowers, much like me.
She's so funny, she totally gets down low, gotta get on the flowers level. (And in case you were looking up her dress, she always wears bike shorts under her dresses. It's great, because it means that she can play and climb and never worry about underpants peeking out.)
Gotta check that photo, make sure the exposure was correct.
Most the time she's willing to give me a smile and a pose.

This little girl is looking less and less little by the day. Isn't she just the sweetest?
This one is hard to corner for a picture, glad I got one!
And the mama and baby owls are back! Woot! Watching them is the sweetest thing ever.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Apple orchard in the morning

One morning after we dropped James off at school, Juliet and headed over to our favorite apple orchard. (Here's another spring post from two years ago!) This tiny private orchard is right in the city and the owners are the most fantastic people ever. It was warm and lovely, and the trees were buzzing with bees.
I begged Juliet to wear this princess dress. She said "I don't like princesses, I like Darth Vader."
But she flashed me lots of great smiles and after bribing her with candy she wore the dress.

I'm printing this huge for her bedroom.

She said she looked like a bride. I had NO idea she even knew that term. Baby girl is growing up.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happiest birthday to me! And Red Butte Garden twice!

The best birthday present EVER this year was a ridiculously warm day for early April. When I turned 30 it snowed and snowed, but when I turned 35 it was warm enough to have breakfast on the patio and a picnic dinner in the garden!

Also I got the best gifts this year. I've been searching for the perfect leather flat for years. I've had Toms, Frye, and this year finally spurred on Tiek. The Tieks are so expensive, but I wear them every day, and so far they are my favorite by far! Ah! And I got red, so I look amazing everywhere I go. ;)

E also got me an antique Sherlock book, The Hounds of the Baskervilles. It's amazing. A second edition in perfect shape.
We played outside all day, and finally after quiet time went to Red Butte. We didn't wear yellow this year for our annual daffodil photo (they never seem to be my favorite photos, so I skipped it) but had a LOVELY time from beginning to end.
The weather! The happy kiddos!
It's too bad E doesn't know how to treat his woman right. ;)
I asked E for a birthday portrait. Apparently I didn't tell him the most important part of the photo was my new birthday shoes.
Four has been AMAZING for this one.
We saw the sweetest little bunny in these daffodils, munching on the blooms. As soon as we got close he scampered away. (However, I got a little video and posted it on Instagram here.)
We brought bubbles in hopes of perfect photos. Problem is? Kids move FAST when chasing bubbles. 

A few days later we decided to go back to Red Butte with Damma and Chelsea/Joe/Emilia. The weather was too nice not to soak it up.
We thought a cousin photo was needed. The girls both wanted their accessories. So Tiger and the backpack joined the photo.
The first time we went none of the blossoming trees were open, the second time we went everything was at their peek!
Honey bees were everywhere.

Look at this darling almost three year old!

Damma had coins so we could buy duck food.

Absolutely everything was in bloom.

Such a good first week of April!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter Day!

Easter was the best this year, truly. We could have had a bit warmer and sunnier, but otherwise it was such a good day start to finish. 
We started the morning with Easter baskets and inside the baskets were only a few small toys. But there was a clue leading them to a location with one larger present. This was James's face when he saw the Lego set he wanted desperately but wasn't expecting. 
Juliet got a leopard "soft friend" who hasn't left her side since Easter day.
A few candies and chocolates, some seeds for the garden, sidewalk chalk and blueberries.

He couldn't wait to get building. And even though this was a set for 8-14 year olds, he only needed help a few times.
And it wasn't really warm enough for sidewalk chalk, but when you've got bunny jammies and slippers, anything is possible. ;)
Once dressed we modeled a bit in front of the forsythia.
She is such a good model. But look at that sad face! Maybe I told her I didn't like where she was standing?
Soon the house filled with brunch guests. We were hoping to host in the backyard, but alas, not quite warm enough.
Melissa is a kitty whisperer.
Juliet was SO MUCH more social at this party than every before. Yea!
Breakfast was AMAZING. The strada was out of this world good and my mom's homemade sweet rolls...
My four sibs, all in a line. Me, Brandon, Melissa, Chandler.
And my mom the Easter Bunny had a chance to hide more baskets plus tons of eggs in the backyard for the kids to have another hunt!

Everyone was so interested to see what the kids got.
Full house! Seriously such fun.
Brandon had an app on his phone that delighted James and Juliet, and he played with them the majority of the time.

After a quick quiet time we drove up to Midway to join E's family for dinner. Chelsea and Joe hosted, which was extremely nice of them, due to the fact that Chelsea is 17 weeks pregnant! 
After (more!) Easter baskets were explored we started the annual egg hunt. Every year E's dad the Easter Bunny puts on an EPIC egg hunt with clues, tricks, driving, and scavenging until we find the final goodies. For a couple of years now, he's been doing it for the grandkids (because for years and years he did it for his adult children!). He's amazing.
We went all over town looking for clues.
These three cousins (and another on the way) are the best of friends.
Happiest Easter!

In this post Juliet is wearing my favorite outfit I've ever found for her. It's vintage (purchased with the original tags!) and is just perfection. I paired it with a classic knee sock and black leather mary jane. With her little bob she looks like she just stepped out of the 1940s.

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