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12 September 2016

I feel like blogs were super popular from 2008-2012 and then other forms of social media...facebook, instagram, snapchat etc. got popular and now blogs are fizzling out. Oh well, I'm still going to use this as our little family journal :)

Kyler is a KINDERGARTENER!! What! The transition has gone great for Kyler! He is doing so well, and is such a good listener in school. Surprise! (No sarcasm haha).  Kyler loves his teacher and is very outgoing and good at making little friends!
 I love him. He's adorable.

He wanted a picture with his ($10!!!) balloon too...it popped 5 minutes later :[

Ryan wanted some first day of school pics too. I think they turned out pretty cute :p


Jared and I hiked Mt Timpanogos with family (and their friends) a few weeks ago. It was such an incredible experience! We left around 2am and got to the top just in time for sunrise. It was about a 10 hr hike round trip. I was so sore I could barely walk up the stairs to our room when I got home.

Yep, I think I'm satisfied in the hiking department for another year or so. ha. but really. We've been hanging out at our little neighborhood lake a ton! Much more low-key, and the weather has been perfect.


Our neighborhood also does concerts on weekends in the summer which have been great!

We bought this cute little kids picnic table and have used it so much already with friends and cousins!


Jared and I celebrated our 7th Wedding anniversary! We took a little trip up to Rexburg to reminisce on our dating days and where we fell in love. It was really fun, and the kids loved it too! We went to the gardens on the BYU-I campus, and I caught Kyler and Lyla holding hands. I didn't even tell them to!! Kyler has really taken to Lyla lately.

We tried to take a family selfie in the gardens...but one of the kids is always crying whenever I want to take a picture. Real life:

When we got home from Rexburg, Jared and I went out on a date to Shula's where I had the best steak of my life!

I was trying to change Ryan into his PJ's one night but he was sooo tired, and I took advantage of the sleeping nakey baby photo opportunity haha. He loves that fuzzy bunny blanket.

I love Sunday mornings before church when everyone is dressed in their "Sunday Best". It's so hard to get the kids to sit still for a picture though! Enter food bribery.

One evening, I couldn't find these three anywhere in the house! I walked outside and turned around the corner to see this and my heart bursted! 

Labor Day weekend we went raspberry picking at Mcbriars Berry patch. This was our 3rd year going there, and we've loved it each time!
 I had to get a closeup of the twins' post berry "picking" faces.


We also spent some time with Jared's family up at our family cabin! This isn't everyone, but a good portion of the fam :)

Everyday when we walk Kyler home from school we see Bauer watching out the window... waiting for us. I think it's adorable.

We celebrated my 28th birthday this past weekend! Jared and I went on a date (shopping and dinner) and also went to the Mona rope swings!






We'll definitely be going back next summer!

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27 July 2016

This past month has been a blur! I thought from the time our offer on the house was accepted until we closed was going to seem like an eternity, but it flew by. Probably because we ended up closing a week earlier than we expected! 

Updating the blog has seemed like such a chore lately, but I'm doing my best to try and update it at least every month or so. It is the only type of journaling I do, and it is SO helpful to be able to look back and remember details (like how many months was Lyla when she started walking? or Where did we spend our first Christmas after we were married?) Random things I would probably never remember if I hadn't written it down on the blog.

I wanted to document this little story that happened a few weeks ago. Lyla is very protective of her food. If you try to take a cracker off her highchair tray... she will scream! A few weeks ago, the kids were eating ice-cream sandwiches outside. I guess Lyla's hands got cold, because she set her last bite down on the table for a minute to examine her freezing messy hands. While she was looking at her hands, Ryan (who had already finished his ice-cream sandwich) was walking by the table. He saw (Lyla's) ice-cream sandwich laying on the table and shoved it into his mouth in one bite. Lyla SCREAMED and chased after him and tried to pry Ryan's mouth open to retrieve her last bite of ice-cream sandwich, but it was already gone. She then had the biggest meltdown of her 18 month old life. It was SO funny...but also kinda sad. You don't wanna mess with this girl's food!

I thought Lyla's hair would get more straight the longer it got, but it's actually getting more curly! I love it.

We were up at the cabin a few weeks ago, and the twins napped in the same PackNplay for a little bit. I couldn't stop staring. I couldn't believe they actually fell asleep next to each other!

Jared's sister from NM came to visit and we had a blast on our Girls Weekend!

I completed the workout program I've been doing. I feel SO good! I honestly probably wouldn't have completed it on my own if it weren't for Ali doing it along with me (even though we live in different states!) We would hold each other accountable everyday and text our progress pics. It made it easier having a buddy....we decided to start over and do the program again!

Before, and after pics. I lost 12 lbs which doesn't seem that impressive, but just over 6% body fat and I definitely feel the difference.

 Kyler has told me multiple times lately that it is boring staying home with the babies all day... he is super excited to start kindergarten in a few weeks!


Bauer is the perfect dog for our kids!
  
I love this picture of Ryan.

Work with ALVABABY is still going really well! They send me free products, and then pay me to take photos/videos of them and also pay me to run their instagram account. ALVABABY is a huge international company (most popular for their cloth diapers). The twins have been on their front website page multiple times now-yup totally mom bragging right now haha. No, but I thought I would screenshot some of the recent ones, just so I can prove to the twins when they are older that once upon a time they were baby models ha.




Packing with the twins around was so hard, but we did it!

This was right after we signed the papers and closed on our house! 

We LOVE our new home! We've been here for 2 weeks now, and it still feels so dreamy. The ward is really great, and the neighborhood is awesome- there are so many parks, pools, and trails to explore!

Here are a few photos of the house from our realtor's website (not our furniture). I haven't gotten around to taking new pictures of it since we've moved in.







It needs a fence ASAP, but other than that it has been perfect for us!

It turned out that UNpacking with the twins around was just as difficult as packing was :p they kept disorganizing all of my accomplishments.

The kids are loving all of these new parks near our house!

We had our first visitors this past weekend. I hadn't seen my cousin Carolyn (from AZ) since her wedding 6 years ago! Such a fun little reunion.

You should probably start getting used to seeing this yellow front porch swing...I have a feeling it will be used in a lot of future photos... it's the perfect picture spot!
When Carolyn and I were younger we used to tell everyone we were twins. Her baby, Natalie, is just one month younger than my twins... so when they get older they can tell everybody they are triplets hah.


Sorry for the picture overload this blog post, but this is one of my most favorite pictures of Lyla!

Summer's not complete until you run through sprinklers!
Summer days are flying by... I can't believe Kyler will be in Kindergarten next time I post!