Saturday, July 1, 2017

disneyland 2017

We went to Disney the week before Aubrey got out of school (we're terrible parents and have no issue taking her out for Disney!) with Steve's parents and brother.  Surprisingly it wasn't too busy and lines weren't bad.  I figured the girls only have so many more visits where they think princess dresses are fun to wear at Disney, so I got them these super comfy princess dresses.  It will be one sad day when they are too cool for dressing up!

It was this little miss's first trip as a "big girl" and not a baby!  She got to meet Minnie, which she was pretty...cautious about.  She loved all the rides she got to go on and was such a good girl the whole trip.  

Leave it to this girl to choose the full face face paint option. (Some guardians of the galaxy character?)

Kate is still a bit traumatized from some or our past trips' rides she went on (Tower of Terror, Splash Mountain, etc.) and hasn't braved them again.  She's cool with kids rides for now!

The night before going home we stopped at the beach.  It was a little windy for Ella but the big girls LOVED every second.  I'm such a nervous nelly watching them go out even ankle deep in the ocean, I'm always afraid they'll get washed away to sea!  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dance Spectacular 2017

The girls had their annual summer dance show earlier this month, which is easily one of my favorite days of the year!  They both did awesome and looked SO cute.  This year Aubrey was in Magical Ballet and grew bored of it throughout the year.  She dreaded going most weeks so we told her she could quit after the season was over.  After watching Kate's show (their performances were on separate nights) she LOVED watching all the tap performances.  The songs are more upbeat and the dances are a little more fun so I could totally see why she preferred it.  I asked if she wanted to do tap next year and she said yes!  I'll admit I've never been a huge tap fan but can honestly say the dances really are more fun to watch.  Kate and Aubrey will be able to take the same class next year which will be REALLY nice to only have to drive to/pick up from one class, only go to one performance, etc.  I can't wait to watch them tap their little hearts out next year!

Here are some pictures I took of the girls on the day of their performances.  I never got a chance to do Aubrey's studio shots, but she's not a fan of doing pictures anyways so she doesn't mind one bit.  Kate however... she's all about it.

Kate danced a tap number to "Walking on Sunshine" and Aubrey danced ballet to some classical song that I don't know the name of.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Easter 2017

April was the month of SICK for our family - after coming home from Utah we all got a cold that went on forever and ever and then eventually turned into allergies.  SO we were a little under the weather for Easter, but still managed to do our egg dying and had our own egg hunt.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Aunt Nicole's Wedding in UTAH!

The first week of April we made the long journey to Utah for Steve's sister's wedding!  Since we weren't too keen on the idea of driving 12 hours with three kids in tow, we decided to fly.  Aubrey and Kate were so excited to fly for their first time (as least the first time where they will be able to remember).  The wedding was beautiful, and although the weather was a bit crummy, we managed to have some fun family time.

Airports and airplane rides mean lots of waiting and boredom, but these two were so excited they didn't care one bit!  

Ella... could have done better.  She did pretty good on our flight there, but on the way back she had a fever, missed a nap, and was just starting to get sick and was just plain miserable pretty much the whole time!  Thankfully we were in the very back row so we were out of most people's earshot.

The beautiful couple!  So happy for Nicole and Blake.  They are so sweet together!!  Pretty sure Nicole was Steve's 5 year old sister just the other week, but apparently she's a grown woman now!

The girls were thrilled to be flower girls for her wedding - they looked so cute!

Oh my, so much chasing with this one...

But how can I resist her?  She is so dang precious!

My birthday happened to fall on Nicole's wedding day (I was happy to share ;) ) so one of my late gifts was a photo session with my absolute favorite photographer of all time, Skye Johansen.  She just happens to live about an hour from where we were staying, so Steve let me do the session as a birthday present.  I followed her photography for years on Facebook and was always so amazed by her beautiful photos, and I can honestly thank her for getting me into photography.  She was so wonderful with the kids and I'm still (not so patiently) waiting to get their pictures back.  I know it will be worth the wait and they will be beautiful though!  

We headed to the gorgeous Salt Lake City temple before leaving to go home.  So beautiful!  We LOVE Utah and I would even consider living there if it weren't for the super freezing winters -- we just can't do the cold!!