April 27, 2015

Love where you live.


And oh do I love it. Especially when it starts warming up and everything starts growing again. It's so perfect. And recently, we have loved walking along a trail, minutes from our house, down by the river. I took the boys there this past week, and then again for a Sunday stroll. It's so peaceful. (Playing around with my new lens has been a nice perk too :)

April 22, 2015

S p r i n g is here.


He picked this pretty red tulip for me (from the neighbors' yard, sorry neighbors!!) He loves to pick me all kinds of flowers since they've been blooming everywhere and then he gives me a big hug. It makes him so happy because I make a big deal out of every time he does it. I think it's the sweetest thing and I love seeing him so happy :)

(I snapped these pictures of him in the garage with my new lens!! They're my new favorite pictures of him. Sometimes I can't believe that beautiful boy is mine♥)

April 8, 2015

Liberty Lake, WA


Liberty Lake County Park is where it's at! From Labor Day to Memorial Day you don't have to pay to get into the park, so today we went there with some friends. We stayed for over three hours! We are so lucky that we live just minutes from the park. We packed a lunch, played on the playground and pulled out the sand toys and let the boys play on the beach.

At first I stood with Logan right by the shore since he loves to throw rocks/sand into the water. I tried to keep him from getting his shoes wet but then I just gave up and thought Who cares if he shoes and socks get wet? He wasn't getting all the way into the water so I thought I was safe with letting him do this. But slowly he got wetter and wetter and started walking into the shallow water more. When the water was up to his shins, I pulled him out and brought him back to the blanket where our things were and started packing everything up to leave. Before I knew it, he was running back towards the shore and ran his whole body into the water! I came running after him but I was too late. He was completely sopping wet. I brought him back to the blanket as he cried from being so cold and stripped him down and wrapped him in blanket to warm him up. Soon he was smiling again. I think he actually liked the thrill of it ;)

A very similar thing happened to Cole just a couple weeks ago. He went charging into the river bank fully clothed and I almost had to go in after him since the water got so deep so fast! When I asked him why he did that he told me "Mommy, I forgot I was wearing clothes." Okaaaaaaaaay. Since this has happened to both of my boys now within a few weeks of each other I'm wondering: Is it me?! Am I a bad mom for letting them get so close?! Or do I just have daring kids who aren't afraid to get wet?! Haha. I'm going with the latter.

Happy Spring, everyone! Go jump into a freezing cold body of water. Apparently my kids love it ;)

April 7, 2015

Happy Easter 2015!

“That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world.
^^My family. They mean everything to me.^^
^^Searching for eggs in a HUGE field.^^
^^Cole's smile makes me smile :)^^
^^Those big puffy clouds are one of the many things I love about Washington.^^
^^The Easter egg hunt location. I wouldn't mind this view in my backyard.^^
^^Getting ready to fill that Easter basket!^^
^^Sometimes a good hair a makeup day needs to be documented :)^^
They looked all over the house but the Easter bunny hid their baskets outside our front door. Tricky tricky ;) 🐰UntitledUntitled
^^One last Easter egg hunt at Mimi and Papa's.^^

Easter weekend was so much fun this year! Cole was so excited for weeks leading up to it, I loved seeing his excitement. Our ward put on the biggest Easter egg hunt that I have ever been a part of on Saturday. I helped hide nearly 6000 eggs!! So there was plenty of eggs for everyone that came. It was in such a beautiful spot here in Liberty Lake too. I am so in love with where we live. Both the boys loved searching for the eggs. (And we still have sooo much candy from it!)

This year, Easter weekend was also conference weekend which I actually quite liked. That meant no special Easter outfits (ha!) but we got to listen to so many uplifting talks; I really felt the spirit so strongly. This Easter I felt like I really contemplated what actually happened during that first Easter and I tried to wrap my mind around the significance it has for me personally. And I tried to convey that to Cole too. I love my Savior and I loved celebrating his Resurrection this past weekend.

And we loved to doing all the fun Easter bunny stuff too! The Easter bunny brought Cole a new jump rope, something he's been wanting! And he brought Logan some bubbles! And he also brought them both a big bucket of sand toys! Just in time for Hawaii! We leave in less than a month and we can't wait!

Happy Easter everyone!