The Tulip Festival

The second half of April was actually pretty rainy and cold, so I felt like the Tulip Festival didn’t have too many awesome days like they did last year. But thankfully, one Monday it brightened up for us, and I took the kids with my friend and her kids. It was a beautiful day, and the gardens did not disappoint, as usual. I can’t believe that this place is virtually in our backyard. We are so luck to have Thanksgiving Point so close and to have a pass!

Farm Country

I’m pretty sure I have ten farm posts on here because we go so often, but I can’t NOT document these photos or this trip. First off, there were tons of baby animals, which I loved. And second, look how sweet Eva is here petting those baby goats! Melt my heart. Third, Finn was so scared that night. The animals, we’ve noticed, are so much noisier in the evenings. And Finn, although he talks a lot of talk about animals, apparently when they make noises, he is actually not the fan he pretends to be. He was a nervous wreck the whole night, excluding when looking at the (quiet) bunnies. Isn’t that toothy grin so adorable? I thought he looked so much like a Swainhart baby here! And yes, he wore Eva’s puppy purse around the whole night. We love that farm so much!


State Capitol

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law had a presentation here in Utah so she and my brother came to down for the weekend. We got to spend a few hours with them up in SLC and explored the Capitol a bit. It was the first time for any of us going inside and we were all blown away with how beautiful it was.

Fun fact (sarcasm): Finn had a diaper blowout, I didn’t have diapers or wipes with me because I had thought we were just going on a short nature walk and I had just changed him (blowouts don’t happen anymore with this kid, so it was a surprise). It was one of the worst ones ever and was straight out of some movie where I was in the bathroom with him, trying to make the situation a little better, but the diaper had to be thrown away, leaving him diaper-less and sitting on my back in my ergo for another half hour. By some sort of miracle (and a lot of paper towels that I shoved down the front of his pants), he didn’t have any accidents and I was able to get a diaper on him without any leakage on my back. Oh man… of course it happened THAT day!

Warmer Days

We have had a pretty great March, when it comes to weather. We’re back to cold days right now, but at least we had a bunch of warmer days where we spent all of daylight outside! We explored new parks and just hung out in the backyard quite a bit. Eva’s favorite thing to do right now is to go in the back BACK yard outside of our gate and play with neighborhood kids. It’s pretty adorable to see her meet new people, introduce herself, and enjoy being outdoors so much. I remember as a kid, we’d play in the woods and in the creeks all the time, so I’m glad Eva likes getting outside too!

A Warm February Saturday

The weekend TJ had to work so much, it was really nice out so I took the kids up to Temple Square and City Creek that morning. They played in the play area while I got to relax and eat Chick Fil A, great time as a mom. I loved watching the kids explore Temple Square. I got Finny out and let him walk around and have the time of his life. Needless to say, he took a great nap that day.

A Date with the Jazz

TJ got free tickets to the Jazz Game one night and I actually was able to go! He’s gone to lots of games but I never was able to make it. It was so fun to be in the suite and watch a really close game with TJ.

Hot and Cold

We had TONS of snow in January. I thought we’d have the mound of snow in our front yard until Spring but then we had really nice weather for a few days in February. It’s snowed since then, but having a few mild days here and there has made it so I really haven’t minded this Winter. The snow actually makes it so beautiful and they clear the streets so quickly around here, it never is an issue.

Here are photos from the really cold and the really nice days!

The Zoo

November was so nice, so we took an afternoon and spent it at the zoo with Eva’s cousins. All the animals were out and it was the first time Finn has been to the zoo and actually cared! He loved all the animals, it was so cute watching him take it all in. We even got to see them feed the elephants. What a beautiful Fall day!

I’m looking at these pictures and suddenly realizing why Finn probably was sick so much this month… Just some monster kisses to the otter statue at the zoo. Annnddd of course, being the great mom I am, I took a picture of it before telling him to stop. Agh!

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Wrapping Up October


I took Eva and her buddy to the movies on $5 Tuesday… we had the theater to ourselves!


After dance class, Eva sat down and said, “Mom, take my picture!”

We met up with cousins in Provo and the kids loved throwing rocks into the stream.img_0085-2

Finn was just the cutest at a family wedding. Seriously. I’m obsessed with him.

My big girl!img_0091-2

We went to our friends’ house for the premiere of The Walking Dead and their little girls made these “Survival Kits” for us. It was the cutest/funniest thing ever!img_0093-2

Finn loved swinging on the monkey bars at the new play area at the mall.img_0094

… as did Eva.

Loving those chickens at the farm

We checked out the new City Center Park in Orem… it’s amazing!img_0134We (well, 99% TJ) carved pumpkins with my sister-in-law and her family on Sunday. My contribution was baking the seeds.

October, you were amazing. You started in Disneyland and ended on Halloween, can it get better than that? You were just too fast! It’s going to be Christmas before you know it, and yes, duh… I’ve already started listening to Christmas music! Thanks for a great month, we packed you to the brim!

Farm Country: Monday Night Activities

TJ was out of town a lot in October, so we tried to keep really busy to pass the time. One Monday Evening for FHE, I took the kids to the farm and they happened to have some little games and crafts that night set up for the kids. Eva loved making her jack-o-lantern cat and scarecrow and Finn loved rolling the pumpkins everywhere, ruining all of the kids games.

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