Saturday, July 8, 2017

June 2017

I love the summer, and I love the summer even more now that we have Gwendolyn and Emily! It's so much fun to see them play in sprinklers, swim, and explore!

We started the month out by working on a project for Gwen's room. She needed a larger dresser, and we found a really great one at Ikea! I put it together, and Gwen did a lot of painting! Emily was the project manager, and we did a great job together!

Gwen did her first and second sessions of swim lessons! This was her first time, and her teacher was Miss Hannah. She taught Gwen and three other students in each session, and I loved being able to watch! I took away some great things, too. At the end of swim, Miss Hannah had all the kids put their hands in the middle and they'd all say, "Swimming is awesome!" That is now one of Gwen's favorite activities. Dinner table, car, church, wherever we are, she loves putting her hands in with our and counting, "1, 2, 3, Swimming is awesome!!!"

Gwendolyn is very aware of when Jake and I go on dates. She notices when I put on nicer clothes, do my hair and my makeup, and has now taken a liking to also going on dates. She used to ask Jake to take her on dates, but she's been asking me a lot lately, and I always agree! I'll take a date night any day, any family  member, any time! For one date, Gwen  put on her favorite pajamas and I was okay with that! At another, she chose a pretty dress, and for another a nice top. She always puts on her chapstick for our dates, and I'm pretty fond of the conversations we have.

We had the opportunity aka FREE DAY to go spend some time in Tucson to see the new LDS temple. We went with some of our most favorite friends, and it was so fun! The temple was beautiful, and we had the most delicious salsa at lunch!

We've been able to watch my parent's dogs for them while they've been out of town lately, and Gwen is in love with them. She loves Fred, but my mom's dogs are so small and Gwen chases them everywhere calling to them, "Here little cuties!" She's such a kind and gentle girl!

EMILY CAN WALK! She began in June and just gets better and better! She sometimes shakes her hands as she walks and I've never seen anything cuter than that!

Jake and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary! We went and saw Wonder Woman and ate dinner. That movie was incredible and I want to watch it 1,000 more times.

We also celebrated Father's Day! We have such excellent men in our lives, and it's so nice to celebrate them!

She's a hard worker.

Curtis, Gwen, and Ren!

Swim lesson jock.

She's so brave and independent!

Little Gwen and Big Gwen.


Coloring at church. Church with little children is not for the faint of heart.

Emily is the best!
She was trying to scare me!
RAWR!

Date night to the mall!! We rode the Merry Go Round!


Tucson temple! It's beautiful! Also, baby heads covering adult heads. . . classic.

Farris and Gwen:friends forever!

Sleepy baby!
Look at those tans!

Sunblocked up and ready to go!

Best picture of Gwen ever! Gabe is the best photographer with his go pro!

We went on a date night to Toys R Us and G met this friend.

Pink ice cream and sparkles.
I LOVE THESE TWINS































Sunday, June 18, 2017

Emily Rose is 11 Months!

Emily is officially a walker! She stumbles around a bit, but she can walk long stretches. She still is crawling, but the fanfare of walking has really appealed to her.

Emmer-bemmer has the most excellent piggy tails. I love them so much. They make me laugh and I can't handle how cute she is with them.

She is wearing size 12 month clothing, but we can squish her into 9 month outfits.

NO TEETH.

Emily loves playing with Gwen. The two of them "wrestle" and Gwen lets Em crawl on her while she's laying down. They love each other in the pool and bath especially because they love to splash each other (gently!).

She is a BIG fan of swimming. She just laughs and laughs the whole time. She prefers being held in the water, but she'll enjoy herself in a floating toy. Speaking of pools, if Gwen splashes her too big, Emily gets ticked off! It's pretty funny.

Emily is such a great sleeper. She takes one nap a day, and then sleeps from 6:30pm (sometimes 6:00, and sometimes 7:00) to about 7 am the next morning. We like that great quality in her.

She loves beans(black and pinto), eggs, chicken, crackers, and peaches the most. Tonight for dinner, we ate salmon, broccoli, and quinoa and Miss Emily hated all of it. Ha! You win some, you lose some.

WE LOVE YOU, EMILY!





Sunday, June 11, 2017

Emily Rose is 10 Months!!!

Emily is amazing. We love her!!! She gets cuter every day and that's amazing because she was already cute to begin with!!! She loves being outside and eating dirt and rocks. She has great hair for awkward piggy tails and we just love her so much!






May 2017

Our May started out with so much fun!

We have such great neighbors and they invited us to a Family Home Evening barbecue and park day. After eating burgers and playing, they opened up ice chests full of water balloons! It was so fun!

I don't remember the exact day, but we had a morning full of errands, and the girls were going crazy from  being in the car so long. We met up with some friends at the Gilbert water tower and splash pad. I didn't have a swim suit for Gwen, and if you know her, you'll know that the second she gets wet her clothes come off! With that in mind, I took Gwen to the side and told her very clearly, "When you get wet, keep as many clothes on as you can." I consider it a massive victory that she only took off her shorts and kept her shirt and underwear on!!!

Mother's Day was approaching and Jake asked me if I wanted anything particular. I joked, "A full night's sleep with as many naps as I want." Our girls have always been good sleepers, but even the best sleepers have a rough night or two, and I just wanted to sleep without needing to help anyone with potty or drink breaks, random crying in the middle of the night while getting re-situated, and the likes of that. They aren't a nuisance, it's just a matter of fact!!! Anyway! Every time Jake would inquire of this, I'd always say the same thing and laugh. Well, he delivered! We arranged our nanny to stay with the kids and we got a weekend getaway/staycation! We went to a resort in Scottsdale and it was so fun! I SLEPT SO MUCH!!!!! We watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and walked around the Scottsdale mall. We bought a massage chair thing from Brookstone and called it a gift from Emily. We ate out and napped, and just did NOTHING! It was great! I missed my babies, but it was so nice to catch up with Jake and be able to visit at meals! I love him. I love our babies. I loved my naps.

Church is at 8:00 am for us. I love it, but Emily typically misses her morning nap and so she is a bit cranky by the time we get out. Jake teaches primary and can't always take her (she's quite popular in his classes) so she comes with me to primary! The other day he was able to go to the main 3rd hour with all the other men, and so he took Emily and she fell asleep! It was a church miracle!! In other church news, I love matching Gwendolyn and Emily up so, SO much.

Gwendolyny-toots started swim lessons with Ms. Hannah! We love Ms. Hannah so much. Gwen learned so much and will say things she learned whenever she can. Her favorites are: 1."You have to wait your turn!" 2."Kick your legs!" 3."Kick, kick, kick!" 4."1, 2, 3, SWIMMING IS AWESOME!" They say that cheer at the end of class and it's the best. Gwen will do this cheer whenever something good happens. We were at church and the first meeting ended, and Gwen promptly shouted, "1, 2, 3, swimming is awesome!" Our fellow back row-ers had quite a laugh.

We went up to Jake's parents house for Memorial Day weekend, and it was the best idea ever. We had the best weather to play in, and we just played all day. I love visiting up there and we're already looking into when we're going next!

Gwen is so good at riding her bike!!

Before she knew there were water balloons, she was just helping out. Haha!


Playing with the big girls.

INSIDE the cooler.

Gilbert water tower

Our massive villa from our staycation in Scottsdale.

Phoenix Zoo splash pad

Emily and Caleb Valdes. He's the baby whisperer!

Emily watching Gwen at swim lessons.

Fred!


Emily in Pinedale! She takes relaxation seriously.

Cookies are a must for trips.



Gwen at the Pinedale bell!

Jake and Emily
Emily sleeping in church!! It's a miracle!










April 2017

I've always loved the Easter time season. My mother openly claims that Easter is her favorite holiday, and that has definitely rubbed off on me!

The month started off with a big dental conference for me. It was an entire weekend, and I was able to see friends that I haven't seen since dental hygiene school in Flagstaff. We got together and did a lunch in between classes. I also went to a lunch with my dental office. I love learning, and it was nice to learn about different topics that weekend!

Meredith, Tyler, Ridge, and Delaney came down from Idaho for a visit! We loved seeing them after a long time of not! While they were here, we went to downtown Mesa for an Easter egg hunt activity. It was similar to the trick or treating activity in October. You bring a bag and go visit local stores on the main street, and the store owners and employees give out candy. It's become a favorite activity of mine! We know where to park to avoid the main crowds, and we get out and run around while still being semi-confined! To me, it's a toddler safety trifecta!

I worked really hard on my garden and lawn this spring, and our bougainvillea was out. of. control. I only meant to trim it, but two and half hours later, it was nearly hacked away. No worries: it's already blossoming again. Sigh.

Gwen, Emily, and I had plans to go to the Easter Pageant, but Emily's early bedtime was standing in the way. Our friends, Mike and Esther, live close to the temple! They offered a bedroom for Emily so that we could go to the pageant. Esther put her youngest to bed, and I put Emily to bed and we all walked over while Mike stayed home. It was fun to be in the crowd and not mess up Emily's life by having her stay up and extra three hours!

We went to a family Easter party at Grandma Uchytil's house! Her garden is always incredible! It was so fun to play with cousins, and we definitely have the best ones!

Gwen and I were able to go see Disney on Ice at the Talking Stick Arena. Gwen loved every second! I bought us a snow cone and it promptly fell onto the floor. That's fine with me; it was not the best snow cone.

We did our first swim of the season with Gabe and Susie and the kids! They all moved down to Gilbert from Flagstaff, and we are selfishly so happy about it! The water was a little chilly, but it warmed up quickly! So fun and the best company ever!


Emily rarely falls asleep while being held, so this was joy!

The girls love playing with the toys together!

She fell asleep and made it from the car to the park! I've never had a transfer like that!

Cousin Love!


Lunch during the convention

Hair train!!! Aunt Mer is the best hair-do-er.
Ridge and Gwen forever! They're dancing to the show!


Ridge, Delaney, and Gwen looking at their Easter treats!

Ian and Gwen at the Easter Pageant

Emily modeling her new mermaid swim suit.

Uchytil cousins!!! We love them!!!
Easter! Not the best picture quality, but I love it! Ha!

Gwen watching the Disney on Ice show!!! She loved it but my best pictures wouldn't upload.

Playing at Urban Jungle near our house. It's a 3 minute walk from door to door!

Action Shot!

She loved the trampoline!

Swimming at the Valdes House!

There's always time for a BFF Target trip. Gwen and Berlyn forever!!!!