Monday, September 29, 2014

One Year Photo Shoot

I've missed blogging! And now that we have a good, working computer again I am ready to dive back in. (But not from where I left off because that would be overwhelming - a feeling I am not a fan of.) One of these days I'll get to work on Noah's baby book and perhaps post a few pages from that, but for now I'll pick up where that will leave off... at my little man's FIRST BIRTHDAY!  It was only six months ago, but it feels like a lifetime and in just this short few months he has grown way too much.  I can't believe these pictures!  I'm trying to whittle down to just a few favorites, but that is turning out to be impossible, so here are a bunch of my sweet, funny, little man.

And now for the highlight of the photo shoot. Because Noah's birthday is right around Easter time I thought it would be cute to have a few shots of him wearing his fuzzy bunny ears (thank you Target dollar aisle) that he fell in love with on our last trip to the store. I mentioned this to the photographer and she started laughing and was delighted to inform me that the studio actually had a live rabbit upstairs to use in photo shoots this time of year. Of course I got all excited and immediately began envisioning all of the sweet photos I would have of Noah happily snuggling up with a real live bunny. Well... here is what we got instead!

Crocodile tears
And finally relief after his narrow escape from the terrifying rabbit I put in his path!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Last Time I'm Ever Moving. EVER!

At the beginning of February last year (like nine weeks before my due date mind you) Cameron came to me and said "I think we should look in to building a house."  On our radar at the time?  Nope! Crazy? Yes!  Odd timing?  Absolutely!  But for some reason it just felt right and within a few weeks we not only had chosen the neighborhood (it wasn't hard - it was kind of the perfect place), but put down a deposit on the lot and sent the ball rolling.  We spent an entire day in the design studio just a week before Noah was born, and attended the meeting with our builder to sign contracts when he was just six days old.  I still can't believe we made all of those big decisions, and dealt with all the craziness, AND added a new baby into the mix all at the same time.  My biggest regret is that we didn't use a realtor, but all in all things went pretty smoothly. 
By the beginning of summer we had a hole in the ground and from there everything went in fast forward right up until we closed and moved in the second week of September.  It was so fun to see it all take shape!  (And since the lot was just five or so minutes up the road from our current home it ended up being an evening summer tradition to go check out the progress and hang out at the park - yes, the PARK! - right behind our future backyard.)
Anyway - here it is!  The Evolution of Our House!
Our lot!  We LOVE how much space is between the houses and having the neighborhood playground right out our back gate!
Digging the hole
Pouring the foundation

This is the back view that looks out on the park, and beyond that an unobstructed view of the valley, the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and the Wasatch Mountains.  The two large windows are the family room, then there's the back door, and the kitchen window.
Front view that looks out on Herriman farm land and beyond that the Oquirrh Mountains.  Caleb is standing in his bedroom window on the left, Cameron and Noah are in one of the two bonus/playroom windows, and Olivia is in her window on the right.

In love with the long, covered front porch!
Yay for the exterior!  This was our biggest sticking point in the decision process and really the only thing we had to compromise on.  I wanted a more neutral color pallet and a really colorful front door (that could be changed as often as I fell in love with a new color.)  Cameron loved the bright colored exteriors throughout the rest of the neighborhood.  Hence this "neutral" light green color.
Cameron's first order of business after moving in was a tree.  (And there will be many more to come!)

We've been in the house now for a little over six months and I can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing about when/how we did it, the floor plan we picked or the design choices we made.  It has been the perfect home for our little family, and in a neighborhood and area that we love.  We are fortunate to be able to stay in the same elementary school and still be super close to our wonderful friends in our previous neighborhood, all while making new ones here.  To sum up - I am feeling so blessed and am NEVER MOVING AGAIN!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Caleb's Top Picks For 2012

My Caleb Man grew up so much in 2012!  I feel like it was a very pivotal year in him changing from "my baby" into a grown up boy.  Here are his top picks!
LOVES "doing art."  This is his very imaginative and very detailed rendering of a fire truck.
Loved everything about our spring trip to Zion National Park.  (Especially the hanging out with dad part!)
First soccer team (aka - bunch ball) experience
Got to tag along for a karate class with Wyatt and LOVED every second of it
Hi Ya!
The spring bike wash up with dad (they spent all afternoon in the yard cleaning and tuning up their bikes.)
Best little buddies at our neighborhood s'more night
Graduated from our little neighborhood co-op preschool
Moved into a big boy bed!  (Check out his amazing vehicle quilt from Grandma Carol and Aunt April!)
It was a smooth transition :)
Swim lessons at Miss Debbie's swim school.  (There was no coddling here.  It was a "face straight into the water and no complaining" type class and he was a champ!
Lots and lots of great summer hikes
Mastered the art of the perfect marshmallow with Colby
Trip to Alpine, Wyoming and the Avery Cabin with our friends the Fergusons
Heading up to the alpine slide at the Snow King resort in Jackson Hole
Trip to Disneyland and California Adventure
Love that Mickey Mouse!
Miles of sand and a few dump trucks are all he needs for a perfect day!  (Seriously, this kid was in heaven at the beach house in Carlsbad, CA.)
Cheering daddy on at his bike race.
Who knew pumpkins had eyelashes?
Perry the Platypus complete with spy watch, fedora and jet pack
So excited about his birthday snow he couldn't even get dressed - just threw on the boots and jacket over the pjs.
Lights on Temple Square