Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mother's Day

We had a completely active and outdoors day for Mother's Day- my kind of perfect fun...

The morning was filled with brunch and hitting golf balls on the driving range.  Palmer is such a patient and helpful big brother.
His swing isn't too shabby, either...
I snuck away from the family and did the gorgeous Swiss Avenue Home Tour with a friend.  Then, we hit up a Mother's Day baseball game.
And finally, we capped the day with an adult doubles game of tennis while the kids played nearby.  Rick and I didn't plan to match, but don't we look intimidating? Ha.
Grace was worn out!
I love these munchkins who have made me their mom and love their daddy who always makes sure we are cared for and well supported in all of our crazy adventures.

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, May 22, 2017

Three Years With Grace

Our tiny-bodied and large-minded little gal is three today.  As a second child, she has easily learned how to navigate this family so that everyone knows her opinions and thoughts at all times.  We never have doubts about what Grace wants and loves.  Grace is fiercely confident and independent; if she wants to do something, she will put her whole heart into it.  And if she doesn't have interest, her will is strong and she will likely hold her ground.

These qualities will make her a strong leader and a fantastic adult one day.
Grace is spunky and silly and sassy and knows how to turn on the sweet-charm.  
We love our little gal so much and can't believe she is three (even though she consistently corrects me that she is "five", no "ten!")

Third birthday photo with Miss Kitty:
Grace at 2.5 years:
Grace at 2 years:

Height: 34.25 inches; 3.6 percentile
Weight: 28 lbs, 6 ounces; 25th percentile


Singing: Grace always has a little tune in her head, which could either be a song she knows or a song she is making up on the spot.  Grace's life has a soundtrack attached to every move.

Chocolate chips and the pantry: I am forever catching Grace in the pantry trying to sneak a snack or her latest interest, chocolate chips.  She is industrious with a step stool and will cart the stool clear across the house for her pantry goals.  Ironically, she doesn't eat a ton overall and really prefers food in a conceptual way rather than in its literal sense.

Palmer: The world is Grace's playground and her brother is her main source of entertainment.  Sweet Palmer is almost always willing to engage in Grace's ideas (err demands) and she doesn't mind bossing him around.  These two are becoming very sweet playmates in their older years and dabbling with imaginative playtime.  When they aren't arguing, they make for very fun companions.  I regularly remind both of them that they are each other's best friend and always need to take care of each other.
Grace is a scrappy second child and usually thinks she is old enough to do whatever Palmer is doing (and if you ask her, she probably thinks she can do it better.)
Scooters: In the last month, Grace has grown leaps and bounds on her scooter ability.  She insists on ditching the stroller (my preference) for her own wheels on walks to pick up Palmer from school. Sometimes she gets her wish and sometimes we are in too much of a rush for her own transportation.  
Learning: Grace is an eager student and loves to be quizzed on letters and shapes and colors.  She has a pretty good attention span for books and loves to hear stories at night.  She also likes all of her learning apps (and non-learning apps) on the iPad.
Toilet Paper: I really wish Grace's affinity for stuffing entire rolls of toilet paper down the toiler and sink would stop soon.  That is all on that topic.

Strollers and babies:  Along the same lines as a preference for scooters on long walks, Grace also likes to push her babies in strollers-- another pastime that is *super* quick when we are trying to not be late to pick up Palmer from school.  Along for the ride, Grace loves to entertain baby Stella and baby Molly Grace (named after her friend's infant sister).  At nighttime, Grace can't sleep without the cleverly named sidekicks, "Poodle",  "Giraffe", and "Other Giraffe".
Grace, you take the world by storm in every possible way.  Life would be much slower without you around and we are proud and love to be your parents.  Happy birthday, sweet girl.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ranch Fun

We had such a fun time with some college friends a few weekends ago at the McGuire's amazing ranch.
It was a perfect combination of delicious weather, sweet friends playing together, dad-intensive kid activities that left the mommas back at the ranch house, and kids getting old enough to "go out and play until it's time to eat!"
 Berry picking...
 So many vehicles from which to pick...
Jennie surprised us with her birthday falling during the weekend trip, but luckily the kiddos got in the know and brought Jennie a fresh bouquet of wild flowers.


Everyone loves Mr. Lloyd's tall tales when out on the hayride...

And I love little streakers/photo bombers...
One other highlight was finally visiting another college friend's family store in Leona.  Friday and Saturday nights are steak nights and a line forms outside at 445pm for the highly coveted meal.  It was so great to finally taste their charming small-town meat destination.
Thank you to the McGuires and Stoltzes for such a memorable and relaxing weekend.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Field Trips and Other Shenanigans

I had the "pleasure" of chaperoning a field trip a few weeks ago for Palmer's kindergarten class. Two things: how on earth do teachers do it every day? The other mom friends and I remarked on how we literally fell into our beds that night.  Oh- and why are there four field trips at the end of the year? Excessive, much?

Nevertheless, kinder are crazy and a lot of fun.  There was a lot of singing and yelling and chanting our team name all day long.
Speaking of crazy little boys, Palmer had a play date with two friends from school.  My sister Samantha was here to witness the insanity known as excited 6-7 yr old boys.
 A meeting of the minds...
Rick and I were able to escape the craziness for a quick weekend trip to Deer Valley, Utah.  
Rick had a state bar retreat filled with meetings, but we did have the chance to take advantage of the 22 inches of snow that unexpectedly fell in late April.  We skied Snowbird and were quite impressed with the aggressive runs.
I was a little nervous when the gondola had a sign down below that said, "Experts only" because the lower half of the mountain was closed due to the late season.