August Update

It’s the middle of August already?! Thankfully we’re not in school or else I’d be so bummed summer is coming to an end, but around here… We’ve got at least another month or two of beautiful weather (and time to keep working on my summer bucket list).

We’ve had a busy and fun couple of weeks since we got back from Utah. Eva has stayed on Utah time though, which in some ways is really nice because she sleeps in until 10 about everyday; we even had a couple of 11 am times. But then that meant she wouldn’t nap, or wouldn’t nap until like 5 pm. It has been throwing everything off and I really need to just wake her up earlier, but then the mornings roll around again and I’m like, “What the heck?”

Other than Eva sleeping in, we’ve gone into the city a bunch of times just for fun and a date, played at parks, had a couple girls’ nights, gone on bike rides, and went swimming over and over again. Eva swims without my help now, well.. with the little floaty thing. But it’s pretty awesome! She loves jumping in and keeps having me scoot farther and farther away from the edge. She’s got the doggy paddle down with the floaties on so hopefully next year we can try it without the floaty.

Eva has been cracking us up lately, so I’ve got to write a post about the things she says soon before I forget it! That girl is such a character. It also occurred to me that she will be three in less than four months. THAT IS NUTS.

If you ask T.J., he might tell you I’ve lost my mind because I’ve been cooking/baking freezer meals like a mad woman. But now my freezer is packed with hundreds of healthy mini muffins/cups and it’s amazing. I’ll share some of those recipes with you in a couple of days.

Until then, here are the latest Instagrams. Enjoy!

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This was taken at a really neat splash pad and park in the city near the WTC. It’s hidden by tons of trees and you feel like you’re in the mountains.

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I was kind of dying at how cute Eva looked the other day riding her bike and blowing bubbles. Funny story, we just bought 6 mini bubble containers, and Eva went through like three in one hour because she kept spilling it over and over. It was so funny and cute because each time, she’d look at me and say, “Ooooops, sorry!” I think she was worried I’d be mad, but I didn’t really care since it was outside and they’re so cheap. So, I’d laugh and she’d laugh.. so darling.

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We had a farewell party for a friend in the ward. We played games and then watched this hilarious movie called Austenland. Go watch it now. It’s very funny and very cute. Plus, Keri Russell… one of my favorites.

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So much piano playing last weekend. I’m grateful for our church that utilizes everyone’s talents, but I sure wish a couple more people in our ward knew how to play piano 🙂 .

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We have been playing a LOT of hide and seek these days. Eva’s quite a pro, as you can tell.

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One afternoon, Ashley had an appointment in the city right next to Madison Square Park, so I strapped Brooks to my back and two-kidded it for a couple of hours. It was a strange experience to feel like I had two children. Both kids were perfect the entire time (excluding the time Eva thought it was hilarious to run around the part of the park that was closed off and I chased her like a crazy person, with Brooks on my back… everyone in the park was staring at us, I swear, and probably laughing at us… oh well). Anyway, this is NOT an announcement of any kind. But it was kind of an invigorating couple of hours.

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More hide and seek action. This one makes me laugh so much.

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How cute are these two? They rode their bikes up and around Hoboken. The Bike Bandits!

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Another friend in the ward suddenly moved and we had a farewell party at the splash pad. Look at this great group of gals!

That’s it for now!

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