Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dixie Gets a Bath

That look!!! hahaha!
Momma save me!!! 
And yep, we used baby wash--- the book I read (yes, I read a book! haha!) said it works well.
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I know you hate this Dixie, but you STINK!
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We love our puppy!
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Drying time... Dixie liked this part...
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As soon as we let her go, she went a hid under the slide. 
In case you're wondering... Do I still like the dog?
Yes I do! 
She's a good puppy and I'm excited to take a Dog Manners 101 class with her! Should be interesting!
And boy she is getting big fast!!! WOOOooooo!
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pool Days

We love love love the pool. And quite frankly, I don't know what we'd do without it.
Hahaha- here is Luke with sunscreen smeared all into his hair and giving that "this is amazing!" expression---
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Slides are the best.
Must go to the pool with the nice slide!
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Maggie has been deathly afraid to get her head under the water this year.
This is until yesterday. Of course.
She finally did it and must have made us watch her 100 times put her head under the water.
It was priceless! She was so so proud of herself.
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Water baby...
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Water babies make my heart swoon---
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Nothing like sunshiny pool days! 
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Every year I am totally tempted to take pictures of the kiddos bare naked booties and sweet tan lines! 
They are mighty cute and super impressive.
But I refrain. Not appropiate, I know. But so so so so SO cute!
I think I'll take one just for me. ;)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cookie Monster!

These may be my favorite pictures of all time. 
Like ever.
Of all time.

Mmmmmm.... Momma this tastes good!!!
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Get it my MOUTH!!!!
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I don't know which is looks tastier- Luke or the cookie!
Definitely Luke.
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Yummy in my tummy...
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Here come the money shots---
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"Hey buddy, you like that cookie?"
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First chocolate chip cookie and Luke is a fan!!!
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Sheer and utter cuteness.
Like I said- favorite of all time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I would like to preface my thoughts with these words from Elder Uchtdorf:
One of my greatest strengths happens to also be one of my greatest weaknesses. 
That would be my drive and passion for goals.
I am one of those crazy people who HAS to run a marathon. I must! I want to know what it feels like, I want a slap on the butt and that t-shirt after crossing the finish line. 
Do I need to run a marathon to be considered an awesome human being? Certainly not.
But does it make me happy to work hard and accomplish something on my "awesome" list? Of course. Last question- Does running a marathon "matter most"? It makes me cringe a little, but NO... it does not matter most.

Many of you know that I'm extremely passionate about CrossFit. 
I dream about it, think about it, and do it. Constantly.
It's healthy and it's fun. 
I even went to some training and became a certified CrossFit level 1 Trainer and also completed a CrossFit Kids certification.
Go me. haha
It has brought me so much JOY to do these things and also to share them with my children.
But does it matter most?
No. Not at all.

I'm trying hard to find the words because I think every athlete has to find the "balance" when it comes to personal goals and family.
For me, I've recently learned that I've been sacrificing things that "matter most" with things that just don't. 
This is not to say that I've given up on my goals, but that's it time to reevaluate them. Change them. Schedule better times. Put them into perspective. And simplify them for a season.

These goals of mine will always be there- I've got nothing but time to achieve them. Years and years even!
But there are three little people- little blessings- that change and grow faster than I am able to keep track of! These little blessings move and groove all day long. They are learning left and right. And there are moments where I sit back and just stare at them- unable to understand how big they've become.
Where did the time go?

My Maggie! This look is perfect- the expression suits her personality flawlessly. 
She's beautiful, sweet, quirky, and a handful.
Can you see all that in one photo?
I can. 
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"Maggie smile!"
And this is what I get... haha...
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Oh, there it is!!! That smile.
That lemonade mustache, ice cream sandwich Maggie smile!
Joy and light fill this picture up! It's beaming from her hair, eyes, cheeks, and mouth!
She's perfect.
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This girl is growing up so fast. Kindergarten starts in two weeks.
I'm in mourning but also so very excited for her!
She's ready.
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Confidence. She's got it in spades.
She knows she's beautiful. She knows she smart. She knows she a daughter of God.
You can see it in her eyes. And I couldn't be prouder.
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Those words from Elder Uchtdorf radiate in this picture! 
They feel so good rolling of my tongue-
"Slow down. Focus on the significant. And truly see what matters most."
I think this pictures grabs that statement! Somewhere between Dixie's nose and Rachel's nose... haha!
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I've learned something so simple in these past few weeks and it brings me so much peace!
It's simply that the trials of this life are really blessings in disguise. 
Although trials are no fun, I truly believe that they've protected me and put me back on course.
The course of "things that matter most"
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And if you're wondering where Luke is- he was in bed when I shot these tonight! He "matters most" TOO!!! hahaha! But dang it, he needed to go to bed! :)