Finger Painting!

Friday, March 6, 2015

As Max and Clara get older I am learning that I need to find more ways to keep these crazies entertained! Obviously the colder weather doesn't help this endeavor as the chances to play outside are hit and miss. Today I got brave and attempted finger painting! Good thing that paint was washable AND non-toxic because it ended up all over their little bodies and in their mouths! Ha ha. It was a fun time, though, and we finished it up with a nice long bath! 

First craft time with my babes... check! 

They needed a little guidance on what to actually do with the paint. :)

Clara pretty much tried to eat it the whole time, and Max was just so fascinated with his hands. Oh they crack me up.

My curly Sue. 

I love that little face!

... and just in case Clara hadn't eaten enough paint, Max thought he'd help a sista' out!

Bike, Horses and Shuffles

Sunday, February 1, 2015

So many times throughout the day I am reminded that Max and Clara are two little humans with personalities, opinions and quirks just like the rest of us. Clara loves riding on these little "big wheels" that our neighbor gave us. Even though her legs can't reach the pedals, she still gets so excited to be outside on them. Good thing we've had some warm January days!

Does this pose remind anyone else of those cheesy school pictures from elementary school? 

And life is so much better now that we have this moment captured. I just love her facial expressions. Wildest baby in the west!

Clara is walking by now, but Max is still "shuffling," aka walking on his knees. We call him the Shuffler. I've always known Max is a quirky little baby, and this is just yet another confirmation of that! I have seen him walk with my own eyes, but he prefers his knees. Ya know, whatever Max. I can't force you to do anything. :) Silly boy. 

A Happy (birth) Day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This guy doesn't get near enough face time around here, but of all days to do it, it's today! He's turning 31, so be sure to tell him how old he is (wink wink) and a happy happy birthday. Without boring everyone with a confessional about how much I love him (which is a lot) and how amazing of a father he is (which is very true) and how I don't feel like I deserve him (which I don't), I will leave it at that. 

Russ got a new snowboard for his birthday, because we both agreed his board from high school has seen it's day. Now we just need to find a free day sans babies to get out there. Ha! 

Happy birthday, Russ! We all love you dearly!!

My (Not So) Babies

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I feel like I need to pinch myself lately. Multiple times a day I look down at my "babies" and a maturing face of a toddler looks back at me. These moments are so bittersweet. Their little faces melt me to the ground - a face with such wonder and innocence. The curiosity and excitement for life is palpable. The chubby, infant faces are no more, and naturally, the nostalgic side of me gets sad about that. 

But alas, I am absolutely loving this new stage. I can honestly say this is my favorite collective stage yet. Every stage has had it's perks and fun moments, however, right now we are in a bit of a blissful period. Both are sleeping great, they are so fun and love to play, eating is going better, and personalities are very apparent. Just yesterday I spent about 30 minutes in our playroom tee-pee reading books and playing with stuffed animals with Clara. Adorable! All in all I feel like I finally have *a bit* of a handle on this whole "two babies at the same time" thing (along with an absolute crazy pace of life, obviously).  If anyone thought I had it under control before was greatly deceived. :) I also recognize that this is a fleeting stage and as soon as I get comfortable some new stage will hit. Such is life, right?!

Either way, I'm ready for it. These (not so) babies are my whole heart and I love them more every day. 

Grandma and Grandpa Lewis gave Max and Clara a tupperware full of balls for Christmas, and needless to say, it's been a big hit! 

Also, please note my pillow-laden floor. We pretty much keep the pillows below the couch all day since we have two babies that think it's way too fun to dive off head-first. Silly babies. 

Clara's Room... Girlified!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After we took Max out of the original Nursery, I wanted to make the room a little more "girly" since it was now exclusively Clara's room. We brought the bench up from the entryway which automatically girlified the wall where Max used to sleep. I blew up one of my favorite pictures of the two of them together, spray painted an old frame my mom gave me, and made a felt ball garland. 

The handmade dolls were Christmas presents from Green Stitches, a local shop that has the cutest dolls. I've been wanting to get one for Clara for a while, and was on the fence about getting a boy doll for Max. As I was going through the dolls she had sitting out, I looked down at the tag on this little boy and his name was "MAX"! It was meant to be. Right now Max could care less about the doll, so they are both residing on Clara's bench since she has already fallen in love with them. It's pretty cute. 

You may or may not recognize the polka dot pillow... I used remaining fabric from Clara's dress I made her this summer to make the pillow. 

The felt balls are from the Felt Pod on Etsy. I just strung them together with some string. Easy peasy!

So there ya go. Nothing big, just some quick updates that were pretty much free! Can't complain about that!

Christmas, and Lately.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year blog friends, if you are still out there. I hope you like the new design - a change was way past due, and no time is better to make a change than the New Year! Speaking of new things in the new year, as of last night I am now committed to running a MARATHON in May. Eek! Even one day later I'm wondering what I have gotten myself into! I never thought I would run a full marathon seeing as every time I finished a half marathon I would say out loud "there is no way I could keep running another 13 miles!" Welp, guess I'll have to get training.

Before I get all intense, let me document some of the recent highlights, first off being Christmas! We had a pretty low-key holiday. We spent Christmas Eve/Christmas at Russ's parents, and later did a late-Christmas celebration at my parents' house. We are so lucky to have both of our parents within 15 minutes of our house. 

We started the festivities with a Nativity. It was the shortest Christmas story ever told, but luckily we got some cute pictures! 

The only way our three wisemen would stay sitting was with a toy record player. Naturally. 

... and then I attempted my double reindeer picture for the second time and ended up with this. Haha! I love this picture so much. It screams "the holidays are wearing me out! I just want to go to bed!"

December was unseasonably warm, so imagine everyone's excitement when we woke up to a snowy white Christmas morning. It really was magical. We took the babies sledding, and they liked it! Those 10 minutes were a blast! (wink wink)

Russ's office shuts down for two whole weeks around Christmas and I get spoiled to have him around for so long. I'm already depressed Christmas break is over! We took the babies to their first BYU basketball game, the aquarium, swimming, to see Santa and Christmas lights, and more! It has been a fun break. 

Most classic Santa picture ever. Clara has some great photo ops, as you can tell. 


The Tree of Life is in Draper, and really is quite amazing.

My babies are not really babies anymore. Happy/sad about that.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's to 2015!

Family Pictures!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I am quickly learning that family pictures are a total crapshoot. How will they go!? Who knows! The babies have good naps? Doesn't matter. They are happy 5 seconds before the shoot starts? Oh well. Somehow we have managed to always get one "decent" shot, but it's still totally hit or miss. 

This photo shoot went about as expected - Clara cried for a lot of the time, but like I mentioned, we still managed to get some good shots (to the credit of the photographer, no doubt! Katie Perkes did an awesome job). We did this photo shoot with my side of the family. When I look through these pictures I am reminded, once again, how incredibly blessed I am to not only have my own little family, but to come from an amazing family full of love and laughter. I love these people so much!!

And I must mention the cool location! This photo shoot was already a reschedule due to a crazy windstorm a few weeks prior. And then, wouldn't you know it, the day of our reschedule had bitter cold temperatures! Luckily my sister knew of this awesome abandoned warehouse in Spanish Fork. It had the best light!

Our family has grown!

My parents and their grandbabies (aka the reason they moved from Spokane to Utah this past summer :)). This was just as Clara brought some real tears. haha!

Must. Distract. Keep. Moving. 

Aaaaaand a smile! I love my curly-haired girl.

Max is Mr. Cheese. We can always count on him. :) He warms my heart.

Checking out the scene with Grandpa!

The fab 5. 

I feel so lucky to have the best siblings. I love these two people so much.

 Life sure is good!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Max and Clara had their first encounter with Santa Claus. These pictures make me so happy - their little faces of amazement and wonder. Even though these babies are still too young to "really understand" what is going on during this Christmas season, I can already see how having kids makes the holidays so fun!