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.

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???

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.

To Entertain

This mom gig really gets difficult in new ways every day. Hermione is getting to the age where she really needs things to do. Like we really can’t just watch Elmo all day. I’ve been at a loss as what I should do. It’s seriously been one of the best ages ever though. She is such a crack up and she’s really starting to tell me when she doesn’t like something. She does this thing where she looks at me with a sour face and grunts. I can’t help but laugh and she gets so offended.

I want my house to be this beautiful creative space where she can play and learn and grow – you know, become the best version of herself. I’m trying to tell myself though that that happens organically and it will be a lot easier as she gets older. Until then I guess I’ll just have to suck it up and go on walks in the super crisp air. At least it’s not snowing yet.

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She spilled an entire container of Cheerios the other day and I just let nature take its course.

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But you can’t not love this face.

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