Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hiking it!

The 1st Sunday in March we went hiking!  Deana, Tami, all the kids and I drove to Northrup Canyon to do the trail there.  It started out a bit chilly but once we got moving it was absolutely perfect.  The day was sunny and beautiful and the hike was so fun.  We hiked all the way in to Northrup Lake which was absolutely gorgeous and we saw two bald eagles there!  The whole hike was 7 miles round trip.  The kids did so well and didn't complain at all!  I'm already looking forward to doing this hike again!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pedicure date

The first Friday in March we had McCall at our house for a sleepover.  The next day was McGuire's first wrestling match.  The girls and I went and watched his first match and then decided it wasn't for us girls.  We decided to grab Addie as well and the 4 of us headed to Airway Heights for pedicures and ice cream!  The girls got to have pedicures all at the same time which made it really fun for them.  Afterwards we got ice cream sundaes at McDonalds before we headed home.  What a fun girls day!  Chloe thought it was the best day ever and can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

More Instagrams in February

No clothes required for coloring.

#flexbreak Working on being the best me in 2015. #ireallylovefood #andbeer #andwine

My lunch date.

We found snow in McCall and are having a blast! #tubing #mccallidaho

In love with this cute town!! #mccallidaho

We had the best time and made some awesome memories with this crew in McCall, ID this weekend!

Sweet Jaydee Lane!  How could I possibly forget when my babies were that little?!  Thanks for the visit Libs - you have two beautiful little girls!

New hair for our Chloe girl!

These are my most favorite days!  Wednesdays at home with my super silly girl playing outside and enjoying the sunshine in her pajamas, bog boots and a life jacket! Prepared for anything;)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Photo A Day in February

February came and went in a blink of an eye!  2015 must slow down!

 1. on my plate (Superbowl snacks!  Go Hawks!)
2. mail (It is our tradition to count down to Valentine's day with love notes and little gifts and candy)
3. water (bathtub time!)
4. reward (Chloe was rewarded for always "sharing and caring" in her class and got an award from her teacher.  We are SO proud!)
5. something blue (my girl sporting her Seahawks sweatshirt the prior Friday for "blue Friday" at school.)
6. make me smile (this picture of my bun wearing water babies.)
7. stripes (perfect Valentines stripes!  Thank you auntie Natalie for the cute handme down outfit and for the vday necklaces too!  We love them!)
8. in my bag (my gym clothes - time to move it move it!)
9. energy (she must have burned it all off because she was in bed cuddling her baby by 7:15 pm tonight.)
10. this inspires me (to keep working hard in the gym.)
11. on the wall (of the arena...a big screen of Miranda Lambert singing in concert!)
12. pointy (can you point us out in the crowd?! We had seats on the floor at the Miranda concert!)
13. temptation (is too great to stand still and take a picture when instead you can make sissy laugh.)
14. love (these two and the town of McCall!)
15. spot (I "spot" a girl sitting on a potty in the back of our's Buggy!  Thank goodness for the potty chair on a long road trip!  I am so proud she didn't have 1 accident while we traveled this weekend.)
16. from where I stand (iced over Lake Payette.  Goodbye McCall, it's been fun!)
17. routine (first Layla and I read books, say goodnight and give hugs and kisses.  Then daddy goes in.  Chloe and I like to watch these two say their goodnights to each other on the monitor.)
18. bedside (this girl hasn't left my bedside since she got home.  She is taking care of me while I have my leg propped up after the vein surgery I had today.)
19. fresh (coat of paint to transform Layla's room.)
20. This is so me! (My new sign and how I feel when I get to the gym daily.  I can't wait to feel that way again after I recover from the vein surgery.) 
21. matching (this is the picture I received last Wednesday of Chloe and her friend Faith.  They had the same bushy eyebrows and mustaches/beards drawn on their faces for President's night at Awanas.  Too funny!)
22. macro (Layla ladybug)
23. fix (yesterday we got our baby "fix" when we met miss Jaydee Lane for the first time!)
24. 12 o'clock (Layla playing outside and enjoying this gorgeous weather we are having.)
25. reflection (Chloe has a new reflection in the mirror with her new haircut!)
26. grow (my babies continue to "grow" daily even though I told them to stop!;))
27. still life (about the only time these two girls are "still" is when they are reading books.)
28. thank you (to our friends for the fun night out celebrating Clay's birthday!)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Big Girl Room

We transformed Layla's room - from gender neutral nursery to girlie big girl room!  She loves her new room and big girl bed!  I was apprehensive about buying a toddler bed when she could have just kept sleeping in the crib with the rail off but then I found this bed!  I saw it originally on the Land of the Nod website and thought it was so cute!  Not cute enough to spend $399 on though!! I was on Instagram one day and saw another mom posted that Walmart sells the exact same Jenny Lind beds for $99! I felt that price was worth what we would get out of it plus if we would have gone to a twin bed then we would have had to buy a new mattress.  I let Layla pick the color she wanted as they had bright pink, yellow or turquoise.  I love that she picked turquoise - it just totally fits her and her big personality.  Plus it looks super adorable next to the newly coral painted wall!  

Saturday, March 7, 2015

More Saturday swimming

Another Saturday in February of swimming lessons and open swim at the Base...

Buggy is in LOVE with her new ladybug swimsuit that Nana and Poppy found for her at the Base in Hawaii!  She looks cute as a bug in it!

Checking out the baby pool and anxiously awaiting for it to open.

Sitting with Nana watching sissy swim.


Open swim time!!  Layla is thrilled!!  She asks to go there every single day.

She looks so big in this picture to me. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

McCall ID

On President's weekend, since we all had Monday off, we went to McCall, ID with the Barta-Jessup family.  We left Friday after school about 3:30 pm and made it to Lewiston around dinner time so stopped and ate at the Main Street Grill.  We were seated upstairs in our own private area which was PERFECT so the kids could stretch their legs and Layla could move around.  The food was good and the beer was cold.  I would definitely go back for those sweet potato fries and their homemade special sauces - YUM! We got back on the road after dinner and I was hoping Layla would go to sleep around her normal bedtime but no such luck.  She was pretty much screaming by the time we arrived to get out which wasn't until 10:30 pm so everyone was really tired!  We quickly found our beds and it was lights out.  I forgot to mention that we were staying in Dave's boss' cabin which was SO nice!

We made Layla a bed on the floor of our room.  Here she is with some goggles she found.  HA! 

The next morning the kids immediately wanted to check out the sledding hill that was right by the cabin.  There were 3 tubes on the deck so they all got dressed and we headed out.  The snow was compact and SLICK which made for a fast run.  Clay stood at the bottom catching so the kids didn't hit the street.  Layla went once and decided she liked watching better than doing.

Callie and Ruger - I love this picture of these two smiling!

Dave, Ruger and Layla went to check the neighborhood out.

All the kids minus Layla - Danielle, Chloe, Cam, Callie and Chloe

The beautiful cabin we were lucky to stay in for the weekend!



Layla and her baby - such a good little mommy.

That face!!

Cam! HA!

After tubing we walked around the block.  The owners of the cabin told us about a club house that we could go use that had a hottub, exercise room and sauna. 

The 2 Chloe's climbed a snow mountain on the way back.

Another view of the cabin.

After we all showered and were ready for the day we drove into the town.  McCall is a super cute little town with fun shops.  It was a beautiful day to top it off.  There is a big lodge in McCall called Shore Lodge which is a super nice place to stay.  Here are some pictures from the Lodge....

The Lake was iced over.  There were even people out ice fishing.

Right after this picture Clay threw a snowball and has no aim and hit Chloe in the face.  She SCREAMED!  Let's just say that was a low point in the day.

We walked around town more and had someone take this picture of us - the sun was so bright though we are all squinting.  

Dave is so funny!

Around lunch I could tell my girls were super tired and needed a nap.  Being up so late the night before was hard on them.  Chloe said "but moooommm I'm NOT TIRED." UH HUH!!!

After nap we went to this Sushi restaurant which was DELISH!  Layla was still napping so Clay and her came a bit later.  We were lucky again and got our own private room with a door which was so great!  It pays to have a big group!  We called the "Activity Barn" where we were going to go night tubing but they had closed because of the lack of snow.  Bummer!  So after we ate we went back to the cabin and all the girls went to the hottub and sauna over in the club house while the boys stayed behind and played ping pong.  It was a relaxing evening of enjoying the company of good friends!

The next morning we went to the Pancake House which a friend had told me about these giant cinnamon rolls that the kids would get a kick out of.  The cinnamon roll was HUGE!!!  And probably the best I've ever had!  The breakfast was amazing. 

After breakfast we drove about 20 minutes away to a hot springs.  The road was awful getting up there but it was nice once we arrived.  Layla LOVED it!  She is my little water bug - always wants to be in the hottub or go swimming.  There were 5 pools - the top one REALLY HOT, then the biggest one which was hottub hot, then a sand pool which was bath water hot and 2 more lower pools each getting cooler.  Layla loved the sand pool because she could play in the white sand as well.

All the kids!

I'm so grateful for this girl and our friendship!

Blurry but here is a picture of the pools as they go downhill.

Layla stripping on the way back to the car.

Going back into town I had Clay stop so I could take pictures of this sign.  We love McCall!

When we got back to the cabin the girls went back into town to do more shopping and the boys stayed back and played more ping pong.  Callie went into this shop the day before and made a mosaic coaster to remember McCall by.  It turned out so awesome!  Next time we are all making one!

Then the boys joined us - we had to try and get a better group shot!

I think we succeeded with this one!  
I can't thank these guys enough for such a fun weekend!  We have the best time on trips together!
"Here's to the nights that turned into mornings with the friends that turned into family."

Then it was time to end the weekend with beer and pizza!  The BEST PIZZA EVER I shall say.  If ever in McCall - Crusty's Pizza!!  YUM!

The next morning we cleaned the cabin, did our laundry and headed home.  The 6 hour drive home was long but went pretty fast.  We stopped for a break and to eat burgers halfway in Lewiston.

More pictures of the inside of the cabin....
This bedroom had bunkbeds and a bed. - The two Chloe's slept together on the top bunk and then Danielle took the bottom and Callie took the bed which worked out great! Deana and Dave slept upstairs in the master bedroom and Clay, Layla and I slept in the other bedroom next to this one.  Cam was out on the couch in the living room.

Living room...

and dining area.


Looking to the upstairs/balcony area.

We were so lucky to stay in such a beautiful and cozy cabin for the weekend.  
Thanks so much again Barta-Jessup family and to Dave's boss for the cabin!