the birthday girl

Last Friday our sweet Scarlett Ann turned one.

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How was this a year ago?!  Love love love being your mama, baby girl!

I still don’t really believe that we have a one year old.  It’s unreal how fast time flies these days!  One year old Scarlett is as spunky as ever.  Still a mama’s girl, but has a growing obsession with dad.  Every time he gets home from work she gets this huge smile and gets so excited that she usually trips over herself and lands on her face.  But then she’s right back up running to his arms.  It’s the sweetest thing.

She still l.o.v.e.s to nurse.  I’m hoping to wean her soon, but I have no idea how it’s gonna happen.  I’m a little lazy about really trying I guess, mostly because I know she’s not going to be a happy camper.  She never took a bottle, and only drinks out of a sippy cup for leisure so there’s not a real smooth transition technique.  My hope is that my milk supply will slowly dry up so she’ll have to adjust, or that she’ll just lose interest, but knowing her I’ll probably need to put forth a little more effort.  We’ll work on that.

You’ll always find her with some random object in her hand.  Most the time it’s a ball or two, but anything and everything is game.  Straws, mascara, lip gloss, q-tips, socks, dirty laundry, phone cords, balloons, combs, you name it.  That girl is never empty handed.  She also has this weird thing for a pair of headphones that Aust has.  Whenever he has them on, she’s there climbing on his lap, pointing and blabbering away.  She usually seems pretty pleased so she must think it’s a good look on him.

Lately she’s been really impressed by monkeys.  She thinks it’s sooo funny when we do oo-oo-ah-ah sounds and has started making them whenever she sees a monkey.  She has this touch-and-feel animal book and the only page she cares about is the one with the chimp.  She’ll open the book straight to that page and leave it there saying ah-ah-ah the entire time.  If I try to turn the page she gives me a quick pout and turns it right back to the monkey.  So determined!  It’s been so fun to watch her pick up on those little things.

She’s still a major Mickey Mouse fan, with Daniel Tiger close behind.  The characters in those shows bring her so much joy.  Every time she see’s them on the screen her little face lights up, she grins ear to ear, giggles, and squeals with delight.  It’s so weird.  There are certain parts in a couple episodes that she laughs at every. single. time.  It’s my favorite to hear her giggling in the back seat while I’m driving when a “funny” part comes on.  I always just think, how does she even know what’s happening?!  I’m tellin’ ya, she’s in it deep.

Here are her 12 month stats:

Weight: 17 pounds 14 ounces – 20th percentile

Height: 29.5 inches – 60th percentile

Head circumference: 46.5 cm – 85th percentile

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Love her.

Now for a recap of her birthday celebrations.

We brought a few balloons into her room to start her day.  She was pleased as punch.

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^^Daniel Tiger was on.

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My family got into town around 2 o’clock and were a huge help in getting everything ready for the partay! I’m so so glad they could be there.  My grandparents 50th wedding anniversary celebration was the next day so the timing worked out perfectly!  Couldn’t have done it without them.  My dad even wore his Mickey Mouse shirt to get on Scarlett’s good side.  She was intrigued.

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^^Huge thanks to my mama for making the perfect banners!

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^^And huge thanks to my mother-in-law for making the adorable cakes! I’m surrounded by talented moms!

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We decided to go with a hot dog theme in honor of Mickey Mouse.  Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!

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^^Favorite “present” of the night.

After dinner we decided to pull out the smash cake.  Everyone gathered to sing Happy Birthday which was a bit overwhelming to our shy, quiet-loving, not-a-fan-of-people-in-her-face, girl…

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…once the song was over and the cake was in front of her she was able to compose herself.

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She was pretty dainty with the cake,

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so I threw in a spoon to help her out,

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but then she decided she was more interested in the paper flower and her balloon.  Whatever floats your boat, honey buns.

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We got her cleaned up and in her pj’s to open presents,

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which she obviously hasn’t learned is the best part.

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After the toys started coming out she became a little more interested.

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As we neared the end of gift opening, our little lady was done.  We finished up and got that girl to bed!  My wonderful mamita is a pro at documenting things and has more pictures and details from the evening on her blog here.

We’re so grateful for all our friends and family that helped make it a special day!  Scarlett is blessed to have you all in her life.

Happy birthday, baby girl!

We love you!

By |June 4th, 2015|Birthday, Firsts, Party, Scarlett|1 Comment

fifty years

A couple weeks ago was my grandparents 50th anniversary.  They are such a sweet couple.  I truly admire their love and dedication and am so thankful for their example.  I sure hope that I can look back in 48.5 years with the same fondness of my love and marriage that I do theirs.  This same admiration goes to my parents as well; they celebrated the big 25 back in March and I am beyond blessed to have been surrounded by their love and strength throughout my life.
Now about this celebration, it was huge.  My mom and my Aunt Jill did an amazing job in putting together what you may call a, “pinterest-worthy” party.  The family gathered in Utah to take part in it all and we had a wonderful time.

Here is a brief pictorial overview of the day…

Decorating the car while gram and gramps were at a movie,

 then hiding out to get this cute reaction shot :)

The beautiful table setting.

The delicious food.

The perfect decor.

And the best people.

 Conan got lots of love that day if you can’t tell :)

Grandpa getting ready to play some good ol’ croquet.

Missed you Shi!

 Later that evening, we all gathered out in the backyard to watch a video of them over the years.  There was some cute dancing happening before but Aust didn’t catch it on camera.  As usual, mi madre has more photos and a more detailed overview of the entire event on her blog starting with this post.  

Seriously though, how sweet is this picture?

Afterward, we took the party inside to open gifts and to try on my grandma’s wedding dress.

She made this herself, in a day. I’m impressed.
 My sisters and cousins were all able to try it on as well, but by this point it was around midnight and there were a lot of picture takers so Aust let them at it :)  You can view the rest in this post.

It was such a fun day.  Huge props to my mom and my Aunt for putting it all together and to my grandparents for making it all happen.

Love you Grandma and Grandpa “Berry”! 

By |September 6th, 2013|Anniversary, Family, Love, Party|2 Comments

park city

Can I just say that I am so glad that last week is over.  Finals were a beast.  I had six finals total and I ended up taking four of them in one day.  Definitely not my smartest move.  Here’s how that day went…my first final was scheduled for 7am so I headed off to school at 6:30 that morning.  That final took an hour and a half so I finished by about 8:30.  I went straight to the testing center to take my next final which took three and a half hours.  It was ridiculous.  By the time I finished that one, it was 12pm and I went straight to the Wilk to study for my next final.  I studied until one, took it, and finished by two.  Then I went back to the testing center, studied until 3:30 for the next one and was finally done taking it at 5:30pm.  It was killer.  By the end of the day my hand had the worst writing cramps ever and even started bleeding along the side that rests on the paper.  It was a long day!
Following that not so lovely week, we were able to relax and celebrate in Park City for our friend, Abe’s birthday.  He turned 30 so it was a big one.  We headed up on Friday night, went to dinner, then went bowling at a chic, 21 and older only, bowling alley.  It was the first time since I’ve turned 21 that I actually had to use my ID for something, I felt so special :)
The boys got a little frisky…
After bowling until midnight, we headed over to the resort we were staying at.  Me and Aust gave Abe the coveted aggravation board as a gift so we played that well into the night.  
We followed up with a few rounds of Great Dalmuti and at 4:30am decided to sneak out onto the roof hot tub.  I guess when you turn 30 you have to stay up all night to keep yourself young ;)  We came back in a little after 5 and finally went to bed.  Saturday morning we checked out and went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.  It was delicious.
Saturday evening, our friends Matt and Amanda came over to decorate gingerbread houses (more like graham cracker houses).  Here’s a little preview of how that turned out.
Theirs…
Ours!
They had a little trouble getting theirs to stay standing, hence the frosting everywhere.  I thought that it ended up looking like a nice church building with the steeple on top and all.  We’ll just say that’s what they were going for :) 
 It was a fun but exhausting weekend!  Tomorrow morning we’re flying out to Colorado to spend Christmas with the fam.  Can’t wait!
By |December 20th, 2012|Christmas, Friends, Party, School, Vacation|1 Comment

my birthday boy

Yesterday was Austin’s birthday.  He turned 25.  Weird, right?  25 seems so much older than 24.  He’s like a parent-aged adult now, just without the kids :)  We had a fun and very busy birthday weekend.  Last week I spent a couple days getting his birthday decorations ready when he wasn’t around.  And yes, I blew up 75 balloons by myself in one sitting.  I almost passed out every five balloons or so but I made it.  
On Friday, I came home from work and ran around like a mad woman finishing his cake and bringing all the balloons downstairs so it would be all decked out when he came home.  That night we went to Buffalo Wild Wings with our friends, Kaitlin and Abe.  It was tasty. Then we went to our house to have cake and ice cream and play some aggravation.  Kaitlin and Abe killed us both times, what’s new :)

In the midst of those festivities the boys had a little too much fun with the balloons which resulted in this:

It was hilarious.
Me and Kaitlin joined in a little bit too…

That is pure joy right there.  And just ignore all of my empty picture frames :) It’s a work in progress.

Around midnight, we decided that Kaitlin and Abe should sleepover.  Aust was craving some biscuits and gravy for breakfast the next morning so we headed off to Walmart in the middle of the night to get everything.  Kaitlin and I used to make midnight runs to Walmart all the time when we were roommates so we were just re-living the glory days.  It was awesome.  When we got back, the boys continued to play with the balloons.  Who knew they would be such a hit?  Totally worth the lung workout.
We ended up going to bed around three – Aust had to stay up late one more time before he got too old ;)  Saturday morning we had biscuits and gravy which were delicious, said good bye to Kaitlin and Abe, and hurried off to my cousin Grace’s 5th birthday party.  It was lots of fun and bonus…I got to spend time with my beautiful baby cousin Cecilia.  I may kidnap her one of these days.

After hanging out there for a few hours we headed off to go to Austin’s work party.  It was definitely a weekend full of parties!  They played minute-to-win-it games but me and Aust did not do too hot.  We were the last ones to win our prize but we basically got the best one so it was okay :) Austin left with a new waterproof video camera, a jumbo bag of Ghirardelli chocolates, and cash in hand.  Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Yesterday was the real birthday day!  Unfortunately we both had to work which took some of the fun out of it and to top that off, I had a class until 6:30 pm that I had to go to because it was the last one of the semester.  Kinda a bummer but that’s why we celebrated the entire weekend :) On my way home, I stopped by Pizza Hut to grab some dinner for us which turned into over an hour long adventure because they were super busy.  So I didn’t end up getting home until after eight.  What a bust!  Then we laid a blanket on the living room floor, spread out the grub, and ate while we watched our favorite show, The Walking Dead.  It was a nice and relaxing evening and the perfect way to level out our crazy weekend.

Overall, I’m just so thankful for my birthday boy! He’s the best ever and makes me the happiest, luckiest girl in the world.
 I love you babe! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

By |December 5th, 2012|Birthday, Family, Friends, Party|1 Comment