3.20.2014

so behind...

first of all, for those that still read this blog, sign up for shutterfly and mypublisher emails! i just made a picture album and only had to pay shipping! i have so many books i would like to make and i'd also like to print the blog too.

this will probably be a random post but i feel like i have to document a few things or i will never get to them.

 smoothies
 this is during her nap boycott days. so glad those are over.
 egg russian roulette inspired by jimmy fallon. so hillarious! and don't get me started on how much i'm going to miss this girl when her and her hubs leave after this year.

 that face, haha. 9 mo appt.
 park time
 shenandoah caverns
 so many snow days which= beanie days
 this was my baby sweater=swoon
 this storm we got 15 inches! that is a lot for here. school was cancelled so we went sledding...

 on container lids. e and i crashed. also, can we talk about how i have no snow gear anymore!
 the view from our balcony
 little charlotte's 2nd bday photo shoot.
 some of the kiddos.
 this was so funny. we had just gotten home from the store and i put the groceries on the floor.  i came back in the kitchen and elin had her head in the bag, taking bites of a tomato. this girl loves to eat.
 visiting target as a fam on my bday. this girl is such a ham.
 hanging at biltmore in north carolina.  we went and toured the largest private residence in america. it was really cool!
 pure joy
 vacation with the harrison's!
 our cute babies!

we went to north carolina over spring break and had a great time! i have more pics and other things to get caught up on but for now this will have to do. until next time friends!

1.22.2014

utah trip continued

a few more pictures...
 bath time, all the time.
 there is no filter on this pic. she is one naturally tan girl. lucky!
 nate and i thought we should take advantage of babysitters while we were home.  we left her overnight while we went to the johnson mill in midway.  i was worried about her constantly and had my mom send updates. we still had a lot of fun and loved staying there. if you need a quick getaway, this is the place! fresh cookies upon arrival, amazing rooms(we would know we've stayed in 3 different ones), movies and popcorn, amazing views(above was the view from our room), and a delicious breakfast.
 the back side of timp is my favorite.
 finally got to meet my cousins adorable babe! so much fun and wished we could have spent more time together.
 granny and e, just waving, like usual.
 two adorable baby girls.
 watching my grandma with e just about melted my heart. love these two so much.
 i couldn't get over the sunsets and took a ton of pictures.  watching the sun set is one of the things i miss the most about living in virginia.  there are too many trees and hills in the way(which ironically makes it beautiful too).
 we picked one of the coldest, windiest days to shop at traverse mountain.  brrr
 elin couldn't get enough of the dog.  she was still a little unsure of her though if she got too close to her. it was pretty cute to watch.
 she would watch her like a hawk.
 these three :)
i have to document our trip home so that hopefully i won't make the same mistakes in the future.  first of all our first flight was at 5:45 am. that meant we were up at 3 am getting ready. we then flew to denver and boarded pretty soon for the next flight to chicago.  well they were slow getting us loaded and then they had to de-ice the plane.  we ended up being 45 minutes late to chicago.  unfortunately, our layover in chicago was only 50 minutes.  we decided to run to our gate which was of course on the other side of the chicago airport, and we still missed our connection.  they then told us the only way to get home would be to fly to la guardia, ny and then catch a flight from there. by the way, i will never fly american airlines again.  i was not impressed with how they handled the situation and treated us at all.  we were definitely ready to get home so we had to catch an extra flight.  4 airplanes, got home at 9:30 pm. and we were so exhausted. poor e cried the whole last flight which was thankfully only 50 minutes.  prior to that she was perfect.  i told nate no matter what it costs i am not having multiple layovers again.  i don't ever want to have more than one.  anyways that was our fun random story.

we are happy to be home and back to normal life!

1.18.2014

a very merry christmas

we were able to be in utah for 25 days over the holidays. 25 days may seem like a lot but when you live across the country you just try to soak it all in.  plus, it isn't very hard to say goodbye because you are ready to go home.  we had such a great time and it was so nice to be with family.  holidays have become even more fun with e here.  it's kind of hard to come up with a lot of traditions for just our family when you aren't home for christmas but we still had a few.  one that i want to always do is give my kids a new christmas book each year.  there are so many to choose from and i love children's books. we really kept christmas quite light because we knew she would get spoiled from grandparents.
we love cousins
 sunday before christmas selfie
 christmas eve at onna's house. we spent that night and christmas morning with nate's fam.
christmas morning, just waiting for the sleepyhead to wake up.
 she pulled a little at the paper but wasn't too crazy about opening presents.  watching her face was pretty cute though.
 another selfie, this one on christmas day.
 her and grammy opening more gifts.
 the day after christmas we went with nate's family ice skating in midway.  we put elin in an umbrella stroller and just had a blast.  she fell asleep about 30 mins in and we just kept on going. one of the most memorable moments was when jon(nate's dad) fell flat on his back.

the whole family minus karen who's taking the pic.
 the next week we were back to see the ice castles with my family and to do more ice skating. elin fell asleep again and we had a blast again. i love ice skating.

what a great christmas!