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 ┬ánervous 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 ┬ácome! 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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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.

5 Months

Hermione is just a few days shy of 5 months, but I though I’d do an update now since I’m thinking about it. Hermione is seriously the funniest baby! She babbles all day long and loves to spit on people. She can roll over now and she loves to play with blankets over her face. She has also just found her feet and won’t stop pulling her toes. She gets ecstatic when Dadda comes home. She jumps up and down and screams with delight!

She still has the prettiest brown eyes I have ever seen and people still stop us everywhere to tell us we have the prettiest baby they have ever seen! She is finally getting the hang of eating real food. The first thing she decided she liked were refried beans at a Mexican restaurant haha don’t worry I only gave her a little taste, but she was instantly obsessed.

I love being Hermione’s Momma so much. She is the best.