August 25, 2014

Back to School Feast 2014

 photo IMG_2696_zps1edb009a.jpgYesterday we had our annual Back to School Feast. Every year, the Sunday before school starts we have a special dinner to celebrate the end of summer and ring in the new school year. It is one of my favorite traditions we have! photo IMG_2700_zpsfbcef8a9.jpg photo IMG_2698_zps0e691495.jpg photo IMG_2708_zpsb34f4070.jpgOur menu this year included homemade Costa Vida Sweet Pork Salads and homemade Oreos for dessert. Claire's menu included pureed green beans and avocado chunks (which she loved!).  Rory didn't even get left out.  We gave her the bone left over from the roast used for the sweet pork. photo IMG_2709_zps19a32e07.jpg photo IMG_2716-2_zpsadb63631.jpg photo IMG_2711-2_zps3a97aa10.jpg photo IMG_2712-2_zps0907f134.jpg photo IMG_2718-2_zps1264d979.jpg
After dinner we went to a park & one of our favorite spots, Beus pond.  We went to the park first and let Claire try out the swings for the first time.  Clearly, she was in heaven.  I think we have a lot of swing pushing in our future. photo IMG_2724_zpsd2e3ef53.jpg photo IMG_2721_zpsbb2c68d2.jpg photo IMG_2723_zps3bc6a64d.jpg photo IMG_2720_zps5af6027a.jpg photo IMG_2726_zps9638cf31.jpg photo IMG_2728_zps5c060582.jpg photo IMG_2731_zps2dee7e27.jpg photo IMG_2732_zps3c92bd4a.jpg photo IMG_2761_zps618a4456.jpg photo IMG_2756_zps77f1bfcd.jpg
After Claire was done swinging we walked around Beus pond for a bit.  We had fun showing Rory & Claire all of the ducks and geese.  It was a perfect night getting in some family time before Bryce's school takes over his life.  This is his last year of schooling for his undergraduate degree and I am so happy!  But...he still probably has a lot of schooling in his future so I'll take any small celebration I can get.  At least there is a light at the end of the bachelor's degree tunnel!    

August 24, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 31 Weeks

 photo 31weeks2-1_zps2ca39310.jpg photo 31weeks2-2_zps610a8d1d.jpg photo 31weeks2-3_zpsc40caaf4.jpg photo 31weeks2-4_zpsd8a2e8f3.jpg photo 31weeks2-5_zpscdee6af5.jpg photo 31weeks2-6_zps8d9ba917.jpg photo 31weeks2-7_zps3489f5ed.jpgClaire Olivia turned 31 weeks old today.  She is really cruising now in development.  She has figured out how to crawl for real now and will do it for a bit until she gets tired and then she goes back to army crawling.  She can sit up by herself from a crawling position and also pulls herself up on to her knees so she is kneeling.  She learned how to clap a few days ago and does it all the time now when she is happy or excited.  It is the cutest thing ever!  We also found 2 foods she really likes, avocado chunks & yogurt!  She has also started jabbering a lot and says mamama and bababa all the time.  Obviously she doesn't know what she's saying yet, but I like to pretend and tease Bryce that mama was already her first word ;).

August 19, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 7 Months

 photo 7months-1_zps38117a63.jpg Dear Claire,

Today you turned 7 months old!  You are officially past the half-way point of your first year of life.  Lots of changes are happening.  You army crawl all over the place and get into everything.  Your favorite things to go after as of late are electrical cords, cell phones, and shoe laces.  Baby-proofing has commenced!  You have two little bottom teeth.  They are pretty cute, but sometimes they aren't so cute when you chomp down on mine or your dad's fingers. photo 7months-2_zpsd127b6b5.jpg photo 7months-3_zpsaf988378.jpg
You love sleeping and you get super excited when we put you in your crib for naps and bedtime.  We give you your blanket and you pull it into your face with both hands and put yourself to sleep all snuggled up.  Hopefully these sleep habits will stick through your toddler years!   photo Claire7mo_zps9ba53dca.jpgYou've been kind of hit and miss with solids.  Last week you were eating them three times a day and seemed to like them quite a bit.  This week you want nothing to do with them.  You clamp your mouth shut, turn your head, and whine every time I try feeding you.  I'm not sure what's going on, but probably in a few days you'll decide you like them again. photo 7months-6_zpsc3a7123e.jpgWe took you on your fist camping trip a few weeks ago to Tony's Grove and Bear Lake.  I think you are a born camper.  You did so great!  You loved being outside so much and you loved swimming in Bear Lake, even if it was a little cold.   photo 7months-7_zps10c40b93.jpg photo 7months-8_zps61f57966.jpgYou are starting to notice more when someone else (not mom) is holding you.  Sometimes you will whine a little and reach for me if you are tired or sick of being passed around.  The first time you did this my heart could've burst!  I like that you are so easy going and will go to anyone but I felt so loved when you reached for me because you wanted your mom.  I have been waiting for that day for a while :)  I'm glad you know who I am!  photo 7months-10_zps11cf5dfe.jpgYou are getting so close to really crawling.  You'll take a few "steps" on your hands and knees but then you usually lose your balance and sprawl out on your belly.  I think  you will probably have it figured out in another month or so.  You have sort of figured out how to drink out of your sippy cup.  You suck out water, but you keep sucking and just let the water spill out of your mouth instead of swallowing it.  Your shirts always end up soaked.  Hopefully you'll get the hang of it soon so I don't have to keep changing your shirts so often.  

You have the tiniest little voice. It is so sweet.  You don't really ever cry, you just sort of whimper.  It's this tiny little whine, and it is so cute we usually can't help but laugh.  You also stick out your bottom lip still when you get really sad.  I have yet to get a picture of this because it doesn't happen very often.  I really need to.  Your pouty lip is the cutest!   photo 7months-9_zps2c7a141c.jpg
You still have lots of brown hair, and big brown eyes.  You've lost some of your hair but you are hanging on to a long section on the top and then all the hair on the sides and back is short.  It's pretty funny.  Everywhere we go people always say you look just like your mom.  I've only heard two people say you looked like your dad.  Although, I see some of your dad in you, especially in some of your expressions.  It will be fun to see if who you look like changes as you grow older.

I took all of your previous months pictures in your white rocking chair, but you are so mobile now that you try and crawl out.  I can't really take pictures of you in them unless someone else is there to watch you and grab you if you try to climb out.  I guess the consistency of your monthly pictures is out the window now.  Oh well, I'm at least keeping the fox in the pictures to compare your growth.

You are the sweetest little girl.  You really make motherhood a dream come true.  You have made me happier than you'll ever know.

I love you too much,


August 18, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 30 Weeks

 photo IMG_2381_zpsc2902de5.jpg photo IMG_2383_zps9a7741e4.jpg photo 30weeks-1_zpsd4383f53.jpg photo 30weeks-3_zpsc24dbc01.jpg photo 30weeks-1_zpsda36c710.jpg  photo 30weeks-2_zps951a5a7b.jpgClaire turned 30 weeks old today.  She is now eating solids 3 times a day, and eating them really well (finally)!  I am having the hardest time trying to get her on a 4 hour schedule, but maybe now that she's eating solids more consistently we'll finally get it.  Claire has gotten really fast at her army crawl.  I'll have to post another little video.  She is getting curious and has started to try to get into anything she can reach.  She is super close to figuring out how to really crawl and she rocks back and forth on her hands and knees all the time.  She is pretty skinny and a lot of her 6 month clothes are still pretty big on her, but at least she'll get to wear them longer!  I love her so much.  She brings so much joy to our lives every single day.

August 10, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 29 Weeks

 photo 29-1_zps0ba27184.jpg photo 29-4_zpsf0a715f5.jpg photo 29-5_zpsa345af7a.jpg photo 29-7_zpsdf522ac7.jpg photo 29-8_zps076dbfd1.jpgClaire turned 29 Weeks old today. My mother-in-law made her this adorable jumper and it is her most favorite thing ever. She loves it so much. She would hang out in there and jump all day long if I let her. This past week she has finally started to eat solids really well. I thinks she's been having a growth spurt because she has been eating and sleeping a ton. She stills sleeps all the way through the night & takes 3 naps. I haven't been successful at getting her on a 4 hour schedule yet, she still wants to eat every 3 hours. I'm hoping now that she finally is eating more solids maybe we can finally reach our goal of a 4 hour schedule. She is still a really mellow, sweet baby. She rarely cries and will pretty much go to anyone. One day maybe she will prefer her mama over every one else ;). She is getting really good at her "army crawl" and can go pretty fast. And her other tooth cut through so she now has 2 teeth!

August 8, 2014

Rory & Claire

 photo RoryampClaire-1_zpsd193a565.jpg photo RoryampClaire-3_zps8c57b0be.jpg photo RoryampClaire-4_zps03c736b1.jpg photo RoryampClaire-5_zps0c61ff7a.jpg photo RoryampClaire-6_zpseeb5ba02.jpg photo RoryampClaire-8_zps19df06e2.jpgRory & Claire have both finally discovered each other's existence recently and they are becoming good buddies.  Claire gets so excited when Rory comes in the room and she army crawls as fast as she can to wherever Rory is laying on the floor.  Rory lays there patiently and lets Claire grab her fur by the handful and crawl all over her.  She also makes sure she gives Claire a fair share of licking for having to put up with her ;).  It is so fun to see them finally interacting and it makes my heart so happy to see them playing and getting along so well already!