You Are Not Forgotten

8.30.2015

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“Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love.” continue reading here

6 weeks

8.26.2015

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Outfit: BabyGap | Blanket: Aden and Anais | Bow: StickyBliss

Our Addie girl is 6 weeks old! Could someone push the pause button? The last 6 weeks absolutely flew by. If I could spend all day snuggling this angel baby, I would. Addie is sleeping longer stretches at night (about 5 hours!) and does not like to be disturbed while dozing. We’re still working on being quiet during naptime. ;) She still has a lingering cold but her quiet, calm spirit has not faded since birth. She’s happy as a clam, quiet as a mouse, and oh so sweet. She eats like a champ and has a double chin and squishy cheeks to prove it! I attempted to weigh her at home a week or two ago and she was at least 8 lbs. She grew out of her newborn clothes in a flash! She doesn’t love her car seat, unless we are on the freeway and tolerates her sister very well. She doesn’t mind all the extra love Ellie gives. Oh this little lady has us completely smitten and wrapped around her tiny finger. ❤

How We Wore It & A Picnic

8.26.2015

Somewhere between Ellie’s fifth tutu change of the day and yet another Daniel Tiger episode, I texted Brian. “Meet us at the temple for a picnic!” After a weekend of colds and sniffles, we were all dying to get out of the house. Brian picked up a pizza, Ellie and I packed up the rest, and we met up for a picnic dinner for family home evening. We had a marvelous view of the temple and explored the park across the street. You know when it’s been an Ellie approved adventure when it requires a bath afterwards! Puddle jumping, running barefoot, and playing in the dirt all seem to be adventure requirements for this girl. :) I’m a lover of photographs, but I’ve been trying to capture a few more video clips of our little family in this stage of life. One of my goals this year was to try to improve my videography skills…and I have yet to work towards that goal at all! Oops. So here’s to seeing a few more videos on the blog!


My outfit for our picnic was inspired by this one Gal Meets Glam. I love participating in these “How We Wore It” collabs because it forces me to wear outfits that I never would have thought of before! I loved the black hat and loose braid with the light, flowy top. A hat with a braid? Perfect solution for those days when diaper changes and playing Little People take precedence over showers. :)


This black hat from Jacob’s Scarves is one of my absolute favorites. It’s big and floppy, blocks the sun and covers my crazy hair. My top is from Banana Republic – found at a local thrift store for about $5. It’s light and loose, and not at all nursing friendly. :) I was desperately wanting to add some sunglasses to complete the look, but my favorite pair bit the dust a long time ago. Any recommendations for cute, cheap sunglasses?

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You can sign up for next month’s “How We Wore It” collaborations over on Brooke’s blog! And be sure to check out these other ladies who participated this month: (FYI, I love all of their blogs. If you’re looking for a few more blogs to add to your feed, check these ones out!) Happy Wednesday! 

Brooke at Silver Lining
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Jana at Bouvardian
Alexa at He and I
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Brooklyn at A Little Too Jolley
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Danica at Danakin Skywalker
Rachel at Rachel Sayumi
Sharlee at My New Lines
Emma at Ever Emma
Stephanie at The Artist + The Architect
Kyla at FordOlogy
Kalyn at Geez Louise
Kallie at Life Through a Lens
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Jessica at My Peanut Butter Problem
Bonnie at Life of Bon

Back-to-School Placemats + Picky Eaters

8.25.2015

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The countdown is on – preschool starts in one week! Ellie’s backpack has been sitting by the door for about a month now, she’s dying to go to school! Ever since her summer camps at her school this summer, she’s been begging to go back every day. Preschool, here we come! We’ve been settling into a good morning routine, and that includes getting this girl to eat some breakfast! Ellie has been known to be a pretty picky eater ;)

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To coax this girl into eating, variety is essential! One day Ellie will eat grapes just fine, the next day she’ll claim they are ‘”di-gusting!” I try to mix up what she eats for breakfast each day, even if that is simply rotating fruits or cereal. On special occasions, we’ll make cinnamon rolls, which seems to be the family favorite. (It was tradition growing up to have cinnamon rolls on the first day of school!) We recently picked up Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies to pair with our breakfast at home. (They also work great as an on-the-go option to fuel our daily adventures!) Plus, they contain "Only the Good Stuff®" with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors, with a good source of calcium and vitamin D. I’ve found myself grabbing one for breakfast – they’re delicious!

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To make our breakfasts a little more fun, we’ve invested in a few fun plates (the ones with the dividers are Ellie’s favorite!) and I printed off some back to school placemats. Ellie can choose her placemat for the day and it helps keep my table clean. :) I had so much fun designing these back to school prints. I sent them in to my local office/copy store and had them printed as 11x17. (You can also have them laminated so they last longer!) You can download the placemat files HERE. (for personal use only, please!)

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We purchased our Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies during a recent trip to Walmart (after the meltdown in aisle six and before the ten minutes we spent looking at the goldfish tanks – a typical shopping trip :) In between tantrums and finding Nemo, I learned that 1: Dannon® Danimals® have teamed up with Play 60 to offer you a chance to win a Play60 Field Day for your school with NFL pros! Just find the "Golden Bongo" bottle - located in specially marked packages. (More details here) And 2: the Cotton Candy/Strawberry flavor is available at select Walmart locations during the month of August only! (Cotton candy lovers unite!)

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Do you have a picky eater? Please, tell me your tips and tricks!!

Addie’s Birth Story Part 2–Love at First Sight

8.24.2015

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We snuggled with Miss Addie for a little while before it was time for her bath! Big sister Ellie and my family were going to be arriving soon. My epidural had worn off and I had already walked around my room a bit, so when the nurse invited me to come along as well, I jumped at the chance! I had only seen photos of Ellie’s bath and was so excited to be there with Brian to expierence it firsthand this time around.

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Gotta love those open backed hospital gowns, ha!

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This was probably the loudest I’ve ever heard Addie cry. Ever. She was not happy about getting unswaddled and washed. Poor girl.

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However, once she was out of the sink and wrapped up she immediately settled down. And when it came to washing her hair, she looked like she was in heaven. (Just like her mama, that’s my favorite part about going to get my hair done! Must run in the genes ;)

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After she was placed in the warming bed to get dressed, we got to ooh and ahh over her tiny, perfect body and pick out a bow. And man, they really stick those bows on there good! Just as the nurse was finishing up, we saw a bouquet of pink balloons appear through the window. Big sister had arrived!

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These next two photos are my favorite! Bless you Janae for capturing this moment. I love mine and Ellie’s faces looking at each other through the glass.

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Addison was placed in her tiny bassint and wheeled her out to meet Addie. Insert all the heart eye emojis here. Ellie immediately exclaimed “Look! Daddy brought me a baby!” We all got a good laugh and Brian got teased for getting all the credit. ;)

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The weeks previous I had been trying to prep myself for Ellie and Addie’s first encounter. I wasn’t quite sure how Ellie would react, but her excitement exceeded all my expectations. She was smitten, just like the rest of us! Ellie helped us carefully push Baby Addie down the hallway to our room. When I asked if she wanted to hold her baby sister, she happily nodded. I think my heart just about burst!

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to be continued…

Life Lately

8.23.2015

Lately, our life has looked like this: back to school prep, baby snuggling, fun visitors in town, more baby snuggling, and a whole lot of matching shoes and bows. Not pictured: a weekend of coughs and colds (which meant more snuggling!), siblings moving to college, happy dance after surviving a whole afternoon of errands with two kiddos (minus the potty accident in the Target parking lot!) Life is good, life is good.

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Matching polka dotted bows from B’s Things Bowtique, blanket from Little Unicorn Official

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This girl makes us work for smiles, but when she gives them out – heart melting!

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Matching felt bows from Bumbelou

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Matching outfits with Gram – the cutest!

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New school supplies and afternoon crafts are my very favorite.

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Soothe shirt from Lalabu. Shirt + wrap all in one!

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There’s a whole lot of matching going on in this post. :)

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And a little pre-church family photo. About time we got all four of us in a photo together!

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