Vivie & Ash

Sunday, September 20, 2015

We've been going on some fun photography adventures lately with the intent of capturing our two little people in some super cute clothes. Vivie and Ash is a small kids clothes' shop that I have admired for a long time. We were recently chosen to be some of their brand reps and therefore have been taking lots of pictures in attempts to capture the essence of the clothes! All of Vivie and Ash's clothes are super high quality and unique in their fabric and design. I love them! (and those two cute kids wearing the clothes aren't too hard on the eyes either ;))


Today was a really, really great day. Max fell asleep during the last 20 minutes of church, stayed conked out on the journey home, and then proceeded to take the longest nap of his life (4+ hours!!!!!!). Meanwhile, Clara woke up from her nap and was pretty dang cute as we colored fishies and played with our klip-klop horses. 

We spent an hour at the park and came home to put Clara to bed. 

Due to Max's super long siesta, he was as happy as can be to stay up an extra hour and eat some late-night chips with Russ and I. Most of the time motherhood is far from glamorous, but boy, these are the moments where you feel like your heart just may as well leap out of your chest. His no-longer-baby-face was just so happy and sweet. He wanted to pray over and over, and then just giggled and ate chips. 

These are the days that make it all worth it. 

I adore this picture. It looks like Russ is telling some amazing, grand story and Max is listening intently. These two are buddies for life. 

Goodbye Sweet Summer

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Well, it's not over yet, but something about passing Labor Day feels like fall is creeping in and summer is slipping away. It's still pretty warm, which I am trying to relish, but the mornings and evenings are cooler. 

This was a great summer for us. Max and Clara actually DO stuff now (as opposed to last summer where we had two babies that were pretty much immobile). I have loved seeing new adventures through their eyes, watching them explore outside. I'm not sure I'm ready for summer to slip away. For now, I'll just relish these few moments that were captured.

She IS a quarter Hispanic, after all! :)

Watch out ladies, here he comes.

Yogurt faces and diapers. Life is good.

These two melt me! I think soon before this moment Clara had stolen whatever toy Max had. She's such a little bully, but then she makes up for it with kisses and hugs. 

A week at the Lake

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Alright, alright. This is the last of our summer "travelogue." 

But you get it - these family trips just need to get documented. It's been a fun summer with lots of family, and time at the lake, which is as I've said my happy place! I love it so much. McCall, Idaho is one of the most beautiful lake towns ever. Lots of evergreen trees and lake vibes. It was a great week.

Benny and Lucy jumping off the boat! This picture just screams "CHILDHOOD"!!!

Clara is so lucky to have such a doting older cousin. Lucy was so sweet to Clara.

Not a bad life, Mr. Max.

Our cousin Milly running down the deck!

The toddler gang.

My niece Fran has the best rolls EVER. I'm obsessed with her!

Cute Lucy in her flower/braided crown in front of one of the gorgeous sunsets we witnessed

Clara and her hat. They are best friends.

"born together, friends forever"

Family Pictures in San Diego

Monday, August 3, 2015

When we were in San Diego, Russ's super talented cousin Amanda took some family photos of Russ's side of the family. It was a fun, crazy photo shoot with lots of moving parts, but luckily we were able to get a handful of good shots. Thanks again Amanda!

She was obsessed with the ocean!

I love, love love this picture of Max. 

I love this shot of Max and his Grandpa Randal. He loves his grandpa so much!!

The whole group!

Russ and his siblings!

My babies! Love them more than words can express.

Lake Powell

Sunday, July 12, 2015

My family's favorite vacation is on a houseboat. We spent the last 4 summers at Trinity Lake in California, but since we are all Utah residents we decided to try out Lake Powell. These two lakes couldn't be more different, but both have their perks. We didn't get the glass water this year at Lake Powell, but we had beaches and Utah arches and bonfires! 

Either way, being on a boat is one of my favorite places to be. My family always makes such great memories with each other on the boat. There were 4 toddlers under the age of 3, yet we all made it out alive! ;) All in all, it was a success and we all had such a great time! 

And now for the photo overload...

The twins had their first bonfire. It was successful, except the twins did not get to touch the fire like they wanted.

My brother Jace and his wife Bella are a favorite amongst the kids. I mean, do you blame them?

This picture cracks me up. Clara has been terrified of men for a while. By the middle of the week Clara finally let Jace hold her and stayed "content" long enough for this picture, but that scowl!! Ha! However, by the end of the week she was flirting and smiling up a storm with him. Too bad they have now moved to Seattle. :( tears from us all. 

Max and his cousin Chandler having the time of their lives in the sand.

The best captain there ever was.

We "hiked" to Rainbow Bridge one day. It was amazing! Utah is rad.

Clara discovered cheetos. 

Max and his older cousin, Grayson. Buddies already!

The boat has this amazing ability to put babies to sleep. 

The scenery is pretty hard to beat.

Max was obsessed with the ramp that led in and out of the front door. That ramp and a few trucks occupied him for hours. I need a ramp in my house STAT. 

Clara's the only granddaughter on my side of the family (for now at least). Lucky girl!


"twinlove" hits again!

Take me back, please?!

And this was our sunset on the last night. 

Thanks Lake Powell for an awesome week. We will be back!