Sunday, August 23, 2015

Audrey's sweet 16!

I had so much fun this last weekend putting together a dessert display/candy bar for our cousin (and favorite babysitter), Audrey's purple, black and white Alice in Wonderland sweet 16 birthday party. I really love doing this, sometimes I daydream I own a company like Sweet N Saucy, but in all honesty, I just love doing it for fun. It combines two of my favorite things: decorating and dessert!

WARNING: if you invite our family an Alice in Wonderland themed party that is "Semi-formal" this you'll get. We like to play dress up. #AliceAndTheWhiteRabbit 

The kids were so excited to get to hug and take pictures with Audrey. It was like meeting a disney princess but even more fun because we love her and we love props!! Happy 16th Audrey!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Juniper is 11 months old! WHAT!?

June at 11 months:
  • LOVES the bouncy chair
  • new foods: chicken, cows milk (whoops- too soon), garbonzo beans, lemon, orange, plum
  • 1st pig tails
  • full on crawling
  • full on waving
  • full on dancing
  • can get up on her knees
  • LOVES books and tearing apart magazines
  • pants at doggies (especially uncle evin's dog, buddy)
  • will yell through the house and "talk" to you across the hall
  • serious case of stranger danger (lower lip quivers if someone she doesn't know well is holding her)
  • Gasping, then pinching her little lips into an "O" shape and pausing and looking around as if she's really shocked by something and wants to see if anyone else is surprised
  • 1st clapping on october 6th 2014, after a show at Disneyland

10 months!

*#sorrynotsorry there are A LOT of 10 month pictures - I can't narrow it down, I love them all

My Juniper at 10 months:
  • 20 lbs 9 oz
  • new foods: apricots, spinach, mango, pineapple, plums
  • loves the exasaucer
  • aaaalllllmost crawling
  • waving (1st waved at grandma)
  • shakes her head like she's saying "no" in answer to every question
  • can get up from laying down to sitting all by herself
  • throws a serious fit if you take something away from her

I love the face and hand motion she's making in this photo, like she's saying, "YOU!"

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wendy's First Harp Lesson!

Wendy at her very first harp lesson

When Ryan and I were newlyweds and discussing our future children, we decided that when it comes to extra curricular activities, we would let each of our children, participate in one physical activity and one artistic/musical activity. Ryan had this grand plan to have each one of our children start piano lessons as soon as possible practice at least an hour a day before homework, then, when they turned 12 years old he would allow them to switch to a different instrument if they wanted to. 

When Wendy was about 3 1/2 or 4  years old she saw a young girl play the harp in church and decided she wanted to skip this whole "piano til your 12" thing and go straight for the harp. 

A week ago we met with Wendy's future harp teacher for the first time. We discussed schedules, finances, and what to expect. The teacher wanted to meet Wendy and get a feel for her personality and readiness level. But Wendy wouldn't talk! I have NEVER seen my child like this. "Wendy, what's your favorite subject in school?" Lips closed she stares at the floor. "Are you a good student, Wendy? Do you like school?" Nothing. "What are some of your friends names?" She doesn't even move her eyes from the floor a little. At that point, I can't stand it anymore and interject, "Wendy! Sweetheart, why aren't you talking? Tell her just three of your friends names." At this point, her cheeks turn red and I think she's about to cry, so I stopped pushing it. I don't know if she was just overwhelmed  or intimidated but it was weird. When we left that night, I told her she didn't have to take harp lessons if she didn't want to. I wondered if I was pushing it on her, like trying to live vicariously through her, but she said she still wanted to. She had told all her friends that she was having her first harp lesson that night, so I KNOW she was excited about it. But when Ryan or I tried to talk to her about what happened, she just said she didn't want to talk about it. I just told her that if she wanted to take lessons she'd have to look her teacher in the eye and talk to her because it's rude to ignore adults. 

The next week, on the night before she would start actual lessons, in her bedtime prayers she prayed that she wouldn't be shy and that she'd have the courage to talk to her harp teacher. I thought it was so sweet. I knew in that moment she'd be okay because she wanted to be okay.

Wendy's first harp lesson was last night. I felt so many emotions watching her ... but mostly I felt proud. Proud that she had the courage to look her teacher in the eye and speak up (even if her voice was much quieter than normal), proud of the fight in her that motivated her to step outside her comfort zone for something she wanted so badly, proud of her determination to take in what her teacher was saying to learn and grow. I'm so thankful I had the chance to give her this opportunity and that I got to witness it. On the way to our car, after her lesson was over, she asked me if she could play in the church talent show at the end of this month. I love the faith she has in herself to become a talented harpist and I know that because of that faith and her determination, she will do it. (I just gotta help her keep the faith if/when practicing becomes a chore).

I know everyone says it, but I cannot believe how fast my baby is growing up! The whole day she was saying and doing things that made her seem so old. And surprisingly, it didn't bum me out. Actually, I was really enjoying her witty, six year old sense of humor. I'm excited to watch her develop this new talent that she already seems so passionate about. I seriously love this girl!

After only 3 weeks of lessons!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9 Months with Juniper Belle

Juniper Belle at 9 months:
  • first time at the Williams Family Beach House
  • on the first night of the beach house, she slept her longest stretch of sleep! 11 1/2 hours! From 8:20pm to 7:50am! (kinda sad that it's not a normal occurrence after nine freakin months). I think it was because we were in a room that was pitch black, with a loud fan, the room was a little warmer than normal, and she slept on her tummy. I've been trying to recreate the situation ever since, but it hasn't quite worked out. 
  • first tastes of: squash, oatmeal, peas, blueberries, raspberries, and ICE CREAM! (actually it was pineapple gelato that her aunt Celestial gave her when I wasn't looking. Wish I could have seen her face!)
  • had her first hair cut by her (great) aunt Ruth! To be honest, I was a little nervous to cut the rat tail for a second. I don't know why, it was kinda gross. Maybe thought it might change the look of my sweet girl, but the minute it was cut off I could tell it was a good thing. It was long overdue. She should have had her first haircut when she was a week old.
  • went on her first bike ride! It was just June, mommy and daddy. We rode along the Newport Beach boardwalk at dusk. Everyone coming toward us on the boardwalk lit up at the sight of her, some smiled, pointed, giggled or waved, like she was her own little parade. She LOVED it.
  • has started DANCING!! It's more like bouncing up and down and waving her arms around. Sadly... it's usually to "Gangnam Style," which is Harvey's favorite dance party song, so she's been hearing it since she was in the womb. I guess I should have been putting classical music up to my belly. I hope she hasn't lost brain cells.
  • she does this adorable thing where she leans in and goes forehead to forehead with me. She lingers there with this adorable genuine smile across her face like she's the happiest little baby in the world. I love it so much.
  • has been "singing" this song where she sticks her tongue in & out and says "Labalabaladalabalada." It's my new favorite song and I get to listen to it on repeat all day long!
  • she has been trying to get on all fours and rocks back & forth like she's going to crawl any day now! I'm a little nervous for her to start crawling so young (well, young for our family. Wendy and Harvey never really crawled, and were late walkers) but I'm excited too! I think crawling is adorable and intriguing because my older two never did it. But I'm nervous to have to keep the floor clean and free of choking hazards with two other kids who love things like legos and littlest petshop. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

June is 8 MONTHS OLD!! WHAT!?

June at 8 months:
  • Has figured out how to roll from her back to her tummy and now rolls ALL OVER the place! Seriously, if I take my eye off her for two seconds she's across the room. My older two children were late when it comes to mobility, late rollers, sitters, crawlers AND walkers. But I think June is going to break the mold. I wouldn't mind if all my kids were late in that department...
  • Sounds insignificant, but can pick up her pacifier and put it back in her mouth (thanks to our new favorite pacifier, the wubbanub. #googleit). I don't know why it's so cute to watch her pick the little stuffed animal up and shake her head back and forth with her mouth wide open until she finds the binki and latches on, but it is. And now I'm not constantly putting it back in or making my older children do it for me.
  • NEW FOODS: prunes, carrots, & peaches
  • Sitting up! Unassisted... and raaaarely flopping over anymore
  • First time on a swing. It was at the park in Brea by the Plunge Pool after the older kids' swimming lessons. The poor thing kept flopping forward but she still loved it!
  • 1st 4th of July!
  • 1st road trip: Las Vegas, Utah, Idaho. She was a ROCK STAR in her carseat. The happiest out of all my little road trippers. We learned her limit when we tried to barge it straight home from Idaho all in one day and hit 4th of July weekend Vegas traffic. Eleven and a half hours. My June is happy as a clam in the carseat, facing backwards and staring at the blank nothingness of a seat for eleven and a half hours. The older two lose it after 5 minutes if they don't have a dvd player in their face. But my sweet, dream baby lasted eleven and a half hours before letting us know she was done. It took us twelve to get home so... not too bad.
  • First hair cut! Took June to aunt Ruthy to finally cut the mullet/rat-tail off. Honestly, I was a little nervous. I know those whispy, Gollum hairs were sparse and always out of control, but I was used to her little face surrounded by a crazy mane. But we did it and she still looks like herself, only a little cuter (if that's possible). 
*My babe and my baby... LOVE these two!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June in June

June at 7 months:
  • 18.5 pounds
  • 1st "SOLID" foods: rice cereal, avocado, sweet potatoes, bananas - loved every thing she's tasted
  • moved out of her bassinet in mommy & daddy's room into a big girl crib in Wendy's room. She did great with the transition and loves her new bed!
  • First trip to the temple! We went to the San Diego temple for our cousin, Alyssa's wedding.
  • Is now reaching out for people when they go to hold her... probably my FAVORITE milestone this month
  • On June's first memorial day, 5/26/14, she went swimming for the first time. She wore a hot pink with white polka dot swimsuit that matched Wendy's and kicked and splashed in the cool water for as long as I let her.

*love the baby rolls and the little glimpse of her congenital mullet in this photo :)