Sunday, September 9, 2018

September, Week One, 2018

I'm going to try to journal on a weekly basis so I don't forget smaller things that take place! We started September off with a great Labor Day! I took the girls on a hike at the Brown Road Mountain, then we saw The Incredibles 2, and ended up going to Bass Pro next door to look at the big fish. My girls are scared of the fish and I'm mean, so I love taking them whenever they ask!

Gwen and Emily both started dance at the Dance Barn! Jake's cousin worked there before starting dental hygiene school, and she went there while in high school and told us she loved it! Allisa also takes her girls there, and she had nothing but positive remarks, so we moved on over! We've loved it so far!

Emily cried a bit at first because another girl was crying, but I'm sure she calmed down quickly. Gwen is in a combo class and a hip hop class and has been telling me all about her friends since class let out! She is so big and it makes my heart so sad, but it's also so sweet. I am understanding the term "bittersweet" more and more every day with them!

Labor Day hike selfies!

Gwen is so strong and never gives up! She got to the top!
Taking a breather on our hike.

They has just noticed a "snake" on the display above them and were very nervous about this picture!

She is such a lovely lady.

Sitting with her class

Holliday and Emily at dance class!!!!

August 2018

Gwen and Emily have always been good friends, but lately they have been the best of friends! They read with each other, play so well together, help each other sneak candy from the top of the cupboards. .  .the list is endless! I love being their mom and am so blessed to see them grow!

GWEN STARTED PRESCHOOL! She loves it! She tells me every day that her classmates are her best friends! She is going three days a week to a local gal that I met through work! Ms. Julie is phenomenal and we just love her so much!

I went thrift store shopping with my great friend Kyli, and I found the best doll house! As soon as we brought it home, Gwen and Emily got out all of their barbies and put them in their new home! It is played with constantly and I'm so glad that we found this gem!

Grandma and Papa Ellsworth came back down to help us! This is a regular thing since buying our home, and it's incredible that we've already been here nearly an entire year! I'll do a separate post about our home improvements and pictures soon!

Every time we drive past a church, Emily shouts out, "Church!!! Temple!" I quickly explain that a church is different from a temple, but decided we should make a family outing from this confusion! We drove to the Gilbert temple, and both girls wanted a picture! I just love them and I feel crazy for liking them so much, but I am okay with that!!

There's a new shop in downtown Mesa that we love visiting, and so we've just been living it up in downtown Mesa!

School time hair cuts!

Preschool Haircut!
First day of school! Notice the pink sparkly shoes!
Preschool with Ms. Julie

Best friends!

Work work work work work


Papa giving Gwen rides like he used to give me!

The Keeper of the Cart

Emily loves cats so much

Thrift store find! Also, I forgot about that disco Ken we found on the same day. Hilarious.

Emily wanted a picture of her shoes!

Our hangout.

Fat pig in downtown Mesa

This is Emily! Can you believe it!? I initially thought this was Gwen and almost cried when I realized it wasn't! Baby Emily is so big!

Gilbert Temple and Denham girls

Right before they fell off the wall. . . just kidding, kinda

July 2018

We started the month off right by still being in California! July 1 was on Sunday, so we got ourselves ready and headed to a local Latter-Day Saint meeting. This was such a fun meeting because 1. a lot of people visit to go to Disney 2. it was a fast and testimony meeting. I love hearing people from different backgrounds talk about their stories, so it was a great and inspirational meeting. After the meeting, we went to a town called Orange, and we got treats and explored! It was such a cool place and I felt like we were back in Flagstaff! We split off from our group, and while the Blackburns went to a local zoo, we went home and took naps. Both of our kids will nap if we let it happen, so we made that a priority. The zoo sounded incredible though, so hopefully we will try it next time!!

When we went back to Disneyland on Monday, Gwen and Farris got signed up to fight Darth Vader! Gwen was the smallest one in the group, so they talked with her a little more, and it was so cute! Later, we met Darth Vader. He was talking to someone in our group and asking if they would join the dark side with him. I don't remember who he talked to, but they responded no. Gwen was shocked! She shouted to Darth, "I can do it! I'll help you!" Jake and I laughed so hard!

On July 4, we got to join in on Jan's family tradition. She told us that since her family can't all be together on the holiday, she sends out matching shirts and asked us to send a picture so we'd all be together that way! She is the cutest. So, we donned our matching garb and took some pictures in the shade!

EMILY TURNED TWO! How did this happen!? I'm still not sure! She was graciously gifted a Rapunzel dress and has loved it! She wears it often, and for someone who doesn't like dresses, we think it's a victory! We celebrated her all week, but especially on the day. We made sure to do all of her favorites! We went swimming, ate pizza (she told us it's her favorite food) and played a lot outside! Emily is the best little pal we could have, and we're so happy to celebrate her!

At the end of the month, Meredith came to visit!!!! We had so much fun and didn't take many pictures, but it was magical! I love spending time with her and it reboosts me! She joined me the night she got into town for a bunco night, and I'm so thankful that I'll remember that forever!

Disneyland has cute pendants for holidays! This is one of them!

4th of July shirts and dresses! We love matching!

At our rental, Gwen loved sneaking in to bed for a good snuggle with Jake. Twins!

On the tram! This was from the Mickey Mouse parking area!

Carousel fun! I love her big personality.

Emily was terrified of Chewbacca! Denburn Blackhams forever!!!

Denburn Blackhams and Gwen's bff, Darth.

Right before Gwen beat up Darth

Disneyland has the cute photo areas where they'll use "Disney magic" to touch up the photo. Here are our girls with Tink!



Inseparable. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. lol.

Farris and Gwen were stoked, obviously.

And Allisa and I were equally as thrilled. Soul Sisters!

Clearly we left the older kids somewhere, but its Disney so no one minds.

Relaxing at the rental!

Emily is so sweet and takes in all of her surroundings!

These girls were clearly not in sync with where they wanted to go next! :)


I love my husband!

Dr. Facilier (Shadowman) is one of our favorites. We're terrified of him, but we love him.

He did several magic tricks for us and it was great and funny.

Belle, Farris, Holliday, and Gwen

Ridge and Emily forever! Best cousin friends!


Cosmic Yoga with the kids!