Sunday, September 7, 2014

Summer 2014 Seattle trip

We have been looking forward to our summer road trip home since we moved to Provo a year ago! It went like this: We drove up to Boise for a wedding and stayed there a couple days, then I continued on to Seattle with the kids (and my mom and sister, so I didn't do that 8 hr drive by myself!) while Rob returned to Provo for a few more days of summer semester. He flew to be with us after a few days, we spent that first week with my family and our friends. The next week was with Rob's family (and Rob and I even left the kids for two days/one night in Victoria!) and our last week was back on my family's side of the water. On the drive back home we had another layover for another wedding in Boise! Phew - we were definitely ready to be in Provo again by the time it was all over (oh, I didn't mention that we moved five days before this trip!), but we had an AMAZING time while we were there!

We didn't take many pictures because Rob took a ton of video footage and plan on making a video (yay!) so here are the few that I do have and they are kind of a random sampling of what we did. I call this amount of photos "a few" considering we were there for an entire three weeks!

Hanging out at a park in Boise.

Cute Izzy

These reunited cousins are the best of friends (at the Boise temple for Jami's wedding).

At Kirkland Marina Beach. The trip was so great because it was a lot of what we used to do when we lived in the area. These two have been throwing rocks at this beach since they were babies!

June and Griffin win the most hair award out of all the cousins.

 From the front.

The intention was that they would not get wet on this outing... yeah right.

I love her squatting.

More cute sitting positions, which just make her seem so old to me. This is at the Seattle Public Library, it was one of the few "touristy" things we did, but we hadn't been there in years.

June had a tantrum right in the middle of the Red Hall. She was mad at me for not walking with her (while holding her hands... it gets old).

June LOVES to climb so she was in heaven at the Bellevue Square play place.

Also at Belle Square, Henry was introduced to the Lego store! Here he is with his customized mini figures. 

With most Farrar side cousins. This day was glorious: great weather, kids occupied in the sand, and just being together.

Super Henry and his friends Super Lacey and Super Ava.

We did an awesome job babysitting Baby Griffin.

June with her big-girl cousins. They adored her, of course.

Rob loves showing off his Rock Band skillz to his nephews and son. We had a fun night with Rob's side of the family playing in the backyard, roasting hot dogs and s'mores. I loved giving Henry non-stop cousin time!

June loved the sand at Juanita Beach! This was "our" park/beach, we lived just up the road from here. The ever-present water is definitely something I miss living in Utah!

Staying at Alicia's was one of the best parts of our trip. Cousin time is priceless.

Already on our way back home... manicures with the Farmer girls in Boise. Another group of girls enamored with Baby June June.

She sat completely still for her first manicure. So fun - hot pink nails on TAN summer skin!

Stay tuned for Rob's video from our trip!

Kids lately.

Here's a little of what we've been up to (mostly I just want a place to document/store these fun photos of my kids!):

Summer is just about over and I'm plenty excited about that! Not because our summer wasn't great, because it was. It was a whole lot of this: (Seven Peaks water park)

I decided not to black out the windows in the kids' new room in our new house. One reason I love it is because if I want, I can take photos of June sleeping - I find this so precious.

Donuts from the BYU creamery. Henry slept in his own bed all night - a real cause for celebration. Celebration = donuts. Also, donuts = messy stroller. (our new house is even closer to campus than our last house, so this walk to the creamery was so quick!)

Henry likes to play games with making faces and usually assigns each of us a face to make or wants us all to make the same face. Since June was already making a sad face (she fell maybe?) we quickly joined in!

Me and my kids on my birthday this week. My door was decorated by my friends, the Farmers, and it was a total front porch party! Henry was pretty excited about it and, in fact, referred to the decorations as a party. When he discovered that I took it down a few days later he yelled to me from the living room, "the party is all gone!" Also, he was pretty confused and bummed that I didn't have an actual party and kind of refused to go to bed the night of my birthday because we hadn't had the party yet.

This isn't about the kids, but I wanted to share pictures of our roses! It's not a source of pride to me yet, as these were all here when we moved in. The bushes need a lot of work, so next summer I can claim some responsibility. I finally counted how many bushes... 28!

My attempt at a bouquet.

June's first time joining brother at the library's story time. I could die from the cuteness of the two of them sitting on this step together (June is in pjs because a miracle happened at our house: June slept in until 8:30 - which was right before we had to leave for my workout which was right before story time:)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

June at 1 year

It happened, our little baby girl turned one. And one day we'll be calling her our little girl, not our baby girl (okay, I'll probably always call her my baby girl). She looks a little goofy in this picture because for the first time in a year she gave us a hard time during the photo shoot. I'd say we made off pretty well if this was the first tough photo shoot. I do like that this picture shows that she's looking a little bit older. I also noticed in the last few days that her thighs are less chubby - the only chub she really had, she's pretty little.

June is half sweetheart and half spunk. Yes, we'll call it "spunk." Her Grandma Nyland is our family astrologer and has confirmed that June, who is a Cancer with a Pisces moon (is that right?) is highly emotional. No kidding. Our drama queen makes herself cry - I call it "drawing a foul," arches her back in protest, tends to be upset without anything that we can think of to make her happy, and overreacts to Henry bothering her (when she's not the one wrestling him!). The other side of that is that she's easy to get laughing and can be sweet and cuddly.

We've learned that she loves to be physical. Like I just mentioned, she loves to climb all over and wrestle Henry. It seems like since crawling a couple months ago she now has the constant urge to be pushing herself further, physically. She loves to climb stairs, in fact she's a little obsessive - if she sees stairs she heads right to them or fights to get out of our arms in order to climb them. She likes to go up and down slides. For her only birthday activity (because, of course, she's only one so I don't need to actually plan anything for her birthday) we went to the mall play place where she loves to climb the stairs and go down the slide). I've tried to figure out what other climbing equipment she has access to that fits her development but stairs really is it.

She's an excellent sleeper at night. Since our last round of night sleep training when we got rid of all her night feedings a few months back she hasn't regressed at all. She does continue to wake early, though, which is tough. Most mornings she comes into bed with me and nurses and most mornings her and I are both able to fall back asleep. A lot of mornings she wakes up so so early (this morning it was 5:15) but I won't get her until about 6:30 so she's up and crying until then. I feel bad but I know the alternative is that she'll learn to get up earlier and earlier. Naps are hit and miss. She naps a lot in the car during our summer activities but in her crib she only sleeps 30-45 minutes usually. She's pretty happy despite that.

June prefers to feed herself with a spoon and if the spoon happens into the right position in her hands she actually doesn't do to bad of a job! She really loves cereal, just like her brother who refuses almost anything but cereal for breakfast, and will eat 2-3 bowls of cereal with milk (the cereal just sort of soaks up all the milk). Her favorite is still drinking water, milk, anything. If she sees a water bottle she complains until it's given to her. Liquid and fruit - that would make up her entire diet if we let it.

She is a talker these days! All of the sudden her babbling has taken off and it's adorable. "Dabadow" is my favorite. I haven't noticed that she understands a lot, but I wouldn't be surprised if I just haven't paid enough attention. The other day in the tub she was standing and when I would tell her to sit, she would, then stand quickly again until I told her to sit again. She'll do some tricks like clap and put her arms up for "ta da" when we tell her. So, I guess there are things I know she understands.

This is the last of the month updates for our June June. I can but can't believe she's one years old. She still seems like such a baby, so small still. I feel like I didn't take her being a baby for granted as much as I did with Henry, I think that's probably due to being a parent for the second time, so she doesn't seem so "old" to me all the time. I feel really grateful that I was able to cherish those times when she was so little.

We love you June! We are so blessed to have you in our family!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June at 11 months

June in June! I've been waiting for this month to see what it's like to have a baby named after the month we're in. And now I doesn't make a difference.

A day or two after I posted her 10 month update about not crawling - she started crawling. So, she never scooted, army crawled or any other version of a pre-crawl. She just crawled. I forgot how annoying/entertaining it is to have a crawler around the house. It's really funny to me that I lose her ("she was just here, where did she go?") but it's, of course, more work to keep her safe from falling down stairs, off beds, or from accessing choking hazards.

Yes, she's fallen off my bed. And she even fell out of her crib recently (oh, maybe even the day after falling off my bed). So sad. One day she stood up for the first time in her bed and I noted to Rob that it was time to move her mattress down, but that she still wasn't tall enough to fall out, probably. Wrong. The next day during her nap I went in to get her out of bed because she never fell asleep, only cried. When I opened the door she was right there, I hit her! Talk about adding insult to injury: first she climbs/falls out of her crib then her mom hits her in the head with the door. Thank goodness I opened the door slowly. Needless to say, Rob lowered her mattress right then. I still don't understand how our non-climber climbed out (I've never seen her do anything that resembles what she somehow managed in order to get out) nor how she didn't injure herself. I cried when I thought about how scary it must have been for her and how that day could have been much scarier for all of us.

June has turned into a little bit of a drama queen. She too quickly cries when her brother barely hurts her or if she accidentally gets bonked or bumped in anyway (I'm realizing how ironic this is, complaining about her drama when the paragraph above I feel like I neglected her for an actual big accident - maybe I should be a little more sympathetic?). She's gotten a lot more clingy with me just like her brother always has been and in ways she never was before. Tired or sad - she needs me. She has also able to communicate when she does or doesn't want something. If she wants it (usually food, especially a drink) she screams, and if she doesn't want it she'll take it from you then throw it down. Or, in the case of one of us coming near her when she's upset, she bats us away with both arms. I'll be honest, the drama is a little hard to deal with but it's also amusing. If she's especially hard to handle when she's 4, 5 or so on, I'll be able to trace it back to when she was 10-11 months old.

We take June to Seven Peaks water park frequently and she enjoys splashing and crawling around in the shallow part of the kiddie pool. She has been awesome so far at falling asleep at the park, so we're able to be there a few hours during her afternoon nap but she still gets it in. She's gotten quite tan in the sun! Strangers and friends used to comment on her big eyes, now everyone is talking about her dark skin. Her hands and feet are especially dark. Too bad the picture above doesn't show it.

She's got a total of four teeth, I think the last two, those on the top, have come in since the last blog update. Her top teeth are spaced and her buck teeth sure are adorable.

We sure love you June! I can't believe next month you will be one years old!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Provo is for families: Book festival and AstroFest

If Virginia is for lovers, Provo is for families. There have been a lot of days where Rob and I look at each other and remark how great it is to be living here, especially with our young family and especially on Saturdays. There's so much to do and it's a great little-ish town to do them in. Before I share pictures from one particular family-fun-filled Saturday, here's an example that struck me when we first moved to Provo. In Kirkland, where we lived before, each library has one story time for Henry's age group. Here in Provo, there are 14 a week! (three mon-thurs and two on friday). That's just for his age group, there's just as many for babies and for preschoolers. There's just a lot of kids here (#mormons).

May 17th was one Saturday like many others where we just have a lot of fun, provided by the place we live. In the morning Henry and I went to a book festival at the library. I was so impressed with the theme and how it was executed, I was even kind of jealous of all those who were part of the event's planning and carrying out (that was a strange feeling for me - but I've been feeling a little under-utilized here in Provo, but that's an example of what's not great about living here and a topic for another day).

Henry was able to view a cool model train, use a typewriter, dance (?) around a maypole, choose a free book, go through a mouse maze, make mouse ears, listen to a dramatized book reading, watch pet mice, and enjoy a cheese and crackers snack. The best part was enjoying the event with just my boy, which happens rarely.

After we got home from the library we ate lunch then all headed to campus for BYU's annual AstroFest, a family and scouting day put on by the physics and astronomy department. So this event was arguably a lot cooler than the library event and Henry still talks about it.

Viewing the sun on the roof of the Eyring Science building, where everything took place.
 Venturing through exclusive parts of the building...
 ... to find this:
 (spying Venus)

And my proud mama/geeky former BYU portion of the day - Henry is participating in an acoustics demonstration in the very same classroom I took an acoustics class in years ago (oh, and also a New Testament class... only at BYU)!

Rocket building/snack time

About to launch his rocket. Oh man, he loved this!

And last - the trooper who did.not.sleep despite appearing very sleepy.

Utah Bucket List: Black Sheep Cafe

It turns out that a really smart way to get some gift certificates to restaurants you want to eat at is to put them on your bucket list and then blog about that list :) 

For Mother's Day Rob's parents gave me a gift certificate to Black Sheep Cafe. Happy Mother's Day to me! Here is my handsome date, button-down shirt and all. 

Don't get mad at him for being on his phone while on a date - it took about five years for our food to come, so there was some time in between the romantic talk. It was fine that the food took so long, we had planned that our friend would put the baby to bed (that was huge for me - someone besides us putting her to bed! Luckily my friend, Lindsay, is as capable as we are at such things. Oh, we also left her with a half-potty-trained three year old). However, had we planned on this date lasting as short as they usually do (because of said baby) then I would have been stressed about the wait!

The wait was also made better because of this awesome prickly pear lemonade. Truth: after I saw the menu I was less than enthused to be eating here. We realized the items we had intended to order, because of Yelp and friend reviews, were only served at lunch. We even thought about leaving, but we ordered. Then came our prickly pear lemonade we ordered. I thought we'd get one glass but instead it comes in this bottle... lots of glasses worth (and pretty and delicious)? Okay, my attitude totally changed. Do you agree that this is exciting?

Our food that ended up being really really good. I got the red beef navajo taco with street corn (meh) and beans on the side (I was so not in the mood for beans but they were good good). Rob got the green chili stew. Great flavors, another one that I thought I wasn't in the mood for, but ended up totally enjoying bites of. Oh, we also had a great seat by the window and in the corner of the restaurant. I'm super picky about where I sit. I don't ever speak up about it, but it helps me enjoy/not enjoy a dining-out experience.

Another shot of my date.

Thanks for making this date possible, Jerry and Linda! I still have enough left over on the gift certificate... I might even go with girlfriends instead of Rob. It was MY gift after all :)