Wild Wild West

We just got back from a trip out west and I am missing my family dearly! We had a wild trip, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am so glad I got to see so much of my family! Especially people that drove to my parents house! Hermione LOVED playing with her cousins and is quite deflated now that we are home and its just the two of us again.

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Just before we boarded for Las Vegas – I was so  nervous about this flight that I didn’t sleep for two weeks before we left! Blessings from Heaven and we didn’t have anyone next to us!! Such a wonderful thing!

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We rode the carousel downtown St George and it was pretty funny. Hermione was terrified when I went with her on a regular horse but loved sitting with Papa on the slay!

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Baby’s in swimming costumes – yes I stole that from Brooklyn – I die every time. She would wear this all day err day if I could make her!

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I swear my dad isn’t angry in this photo – I think he was trying to be funny??

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Lindsay is the one who picked us up in Vegas and then she stayed for a few days at my parents. She is the best and I am soon grateful she made the trip! Herminator – as Lindsay calls her – loved getting to play with Lindsay!

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One of the best parts of my trip was going to the temple with one of my very best friends! We need to start that as a tradition!!! Maybe try and make it to every temple before we die??

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Another swimmy!

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This, sadly, is the only picture I got of Hermione and her cousin Ila together – fail.

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One thing we were able to do was go to the Manti Pageant in Manti, UT. After taking a wrong turn and driving us about 50 miles in the wrong direction my mom took over and we finally got there! My grandma was there which was so fun! She is such a sweet spirit and I love her dearly! We even got the cast members to sing her happy birthday since she was celebrating her 92!

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And an awkward photo of me for posterity.

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This is my favorite face of Hermione’s – perhaps that has something to do with her waking up at 3 am.

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More cousins. She was obsessed!

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We even got to see Kelli and Mason!!! I die over his cuteness – they better get married.

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Best day of Hermione’s life.

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Feeding the ducks with grandma – so close to falling in so many times…

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Iowa’s family came to visit that last weekend and it was wonderful! We did a lot of fun things and they were such troopers about the 112 degree heat.

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Ioua and I got food poisoning on our way home from Utah – it kicked in right before we got on the plane so that was a super wonderful day … and the flight was full.

Hermione would freak out every time I held her new cousin – like she did NOT like it. But I loved getting to snuggle the cuteness!

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And another picture of babies and popsicles because there is nothing better.

Half As Good

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This morning I woke up with Hermione, fixed breakfast for Ioua, and got ready all before 7:30 AM. I feel so good about myself. As I listened to Elder Christopherson’s talk about fathers I thought about all that fathers do. And what you don’t know is that behind the scenes Ioua is really what makes this family work. He is our backbone and he is a worthy priesthood holder which is the best thing he can be for Hermione and I.

What you don’t know is that every other day this week Ioua has gotten up with Hermione – in fact its rare if I do. When I woke up with Hermione she kept asking for Dadda because it was so weird to see me so early (5 AM).

What you don’t see is that Ioua came home from mutual last night and did the dishes – the super stinky dishes that should have been done the day before. That is why I was willing to make breakfast, because the kitchen was clean. And lets be honest they were frozen waffles from Trader Joe’s.

What no one sees is that Ioua faithfully fulfill’s his calling, while working and going to school. He loves us so much and always makes time for family. He changes dirty diapers and helps me with anything I need.

What I see is someone who supports my dreams and goals while working tirelessly on his own. I see someone who wants a good life for his family where we can always have the spirit in our home.

So I may only be half as good in every way, but thats okay with me. I feel honored and blessed to have such a husband.

H’s First Easter Egg Hunt

Our friends invited us to go and have an easter egg hunt with their family! Hermione loved it, even though she didn’t really understand and she kept throwing them saying BALL!!

She was there with her boyfriend though and had flowers in her hair so I would say it was a success!

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Easter is so fun! Now if it would just be real spring instead of fake spring …

Stickers and Strawberries

Hermione is OBSESSED with stickers. It is the only thing we can use to keep her quiet in church. For easter we gave her stickers instead of candy and I keep finding stickers on EVERYTHING. It’s okay, they aren’t super sticky so I’ll just be glad I’m not finding crayon on my walls.

She is just so cute!!! I mean really, I hope our future kids are just as cute! She thinks she is a big girl. She wants to feed herself and take off her own clothes. She loves putting her stuffies to sleep and giving them kisses goodnight. Hermione will love you forever if you rub her back. I ask her if she wants a back rub and she comes and lays on my lap and I tickle her back with my fingertips … she is her mother’s daughter I guess!

I gave her her first taste of strawberries this week and she devoured them in about 5 seconds. Since then she has eaten probably half of my Costco size container. She insists on eating them with a fork too. Weirdo.

We are having a lot of fun over here and we can’t wait for real spring to  come! Pretty please Wisconsin???

Pre-Rainy Day

This video was pre-rainy day … spring in Wisconsin is such a tease. Hermione and I are in survival mode until we will finally be able to go outside. Send sunshine!

Spring? Are you there??

Hermione and I tried to go outside today to play in the snow and possible take some pictures … nope. Like 4 or 5 inches of snow. So I guess we will share what our day really looks like today.

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When A Day Is Just Great :: Mitchel Domes

Wednesday was a truly fabulous day! I had the car and I decided I was going to have some excitement for us no matter what! So I drug my friend to the Mitchel Domes with me here in Milwaukee. I had seen a lot about them on Instagram and knew I wanted to check them out while the train exhibit was still up. They were so awesome! And totally worth it since our kids were free!!!

Here is a little Vlog I made of our time there!

I’m a newbie at that so sorry about the background noise! Here are some pictures too! Absolutely loved it! The desert room though pulled at my heart strings a bit. Made me REALLY homesick.

The whole set up was so much fun. It would be a really great place to just let your kids run and get their wiggles out. Also, the room smelled so great with all of the flowers! It was good for the soul to be in some nature for a while. Even if it was just for a couple of hours.

Now I need to know about any other great places to take kids in Milwaukee!

Finally Getting H Out Of The House

Man, winter is hard with a toddler. Especially since I only get the car on Monday’s. Yesterday we finally got to go on an outing and it was the best!!! We started the day at Target to get a couple of things and man I just want to say whoever invented Gummies I am forever indebted to you.

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After that we were headed to Joann Fabrics (where I spent way too much on fabric) and on the way I spotted a Buy Buy Baby! So in we went and I was in heaven!!! Seriously, anything you never knew you wanted – and I few things I have been dying to have for forever!

The Bugaboo Donkey for example. Completely impractical seeing as I only have one child right now. Also, they are so expensive. But man oh man they are the holy grail of strollers.  I mean come on! Doesn’t she just look perfect in it! It was just as marvelous in person!

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Later that day I decided her hair was just too out of control and cut her bangs. I had to do it while she ate chicken nuggets so she would stay still. I think thats the straightest I have gotten them so far! haha

Sorry for the weird lighting. She is the cutest!!! Perhaps we will be brave and take a walk this week in the freezing cold … but probably not.

I’ve Got Blood On My Shoulder

I’ve got blood on my shoulder. The sleeve of my white shirt. Probably some boogers as well. My to do list seems to have come out of no where since yesterday when it seemed like I had my life together. My daughter wouldn’t eat her lunch so now she is in bed and I have cooked carrots on my floor, my pants, and in my hair. I am typing this sitting next to the work out clothes I laid out last night in the hopes that would motivate me to exercise and all I want to do is eat the symphony bar sitting on my kitchen table. Not even piece by piece, just like take a huge bite out of it.

Hows that for a rant?

I tried to get Hermione to give me eskimo kisses today and she just screamed and wriggled to get out of my arms. But I still love her. Its kind of crazy how obsessed I am with her. But I want to be cute, and not have carrots in my hair.

Today we go to mutual. Both of us are called to serve in the youth programs at our church and Wednesday night we both go, with Hermione, and get er done. The youth are so much fun, but I often feel pretty useless since I basically chase Hermione around the whole time. Same thing on Sunday.

So I’m going to put on some real pants, possible some mascara (if I wash yesterday’s off) and make myself feel like I have some control. Wish me luck.

Mom’s Poncho

My mom got this poncho on her 16th birthday. It is so rad! She gave it to me when I was in high school but I was always too scared to wear it, afraid I might mess it up. I LOVE IT. Don’t mind my awkward poses. Now I just need to go on a fun date somewhere where I can show it off … hint hint hubby…

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I know I’m so cool.

Ioua started back to school today and I’m pretty bummed he isn’t here, but it has been nice to get back to a real schedule. The house is clean and I even have dinner in the crock pot, like a boss.

Hermione is growing up too flipping fast. I feel like she is already turning into a teenager! Last week we went to the pediatrician and she said, “If she hasn’t started already she will probably start throwing fits soon.” And like clock work Hermione now throws fits. She is still the sweetest, but oh my! I need advice on how NOT to raise my voice all day long. My neighbors probably think I’m nuts.

I have been trying to teach her body parts and such and yesterday when we were learning nose I held her and gave her a few eskimo kisses and I kid you not I did it like 3 times and she fell instantly to sleep, like snoring. It was the sweetest thing and my heart just melted.

Basically life is pretty rad right now – minus the 1 degree weather we are having in Milwaukee. It just makes you want to cry, so I don’t like to think about it.