Instagram Round-Up

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. I have to admit, I’m in love with Instagram these days. But since not everyone is on Instagram, I thought I’d share the last week’s worth of photos. Hope you enjoy them (Mom)!

Inez and her friend, Olivia, at gymnastics, on the balance beam.

Olive is constantly twirling. She never wants to wear pants or shorts. In fact, she will actually cry if I try to dress her in anything but a “pretty” which is a skirt or dress in Olive’s talk.

I asked Clara to give her baby a hug, and this is what she did. This girl is constantly charming us all.

Two babies, up to no good. Actually, Olive was picking out a movie to watch and 99.9% of the time it’s a princess movie. As long as it’s not Ariel, I’m good. That has got to be the worst story ever. If you don’t think so, you don’t have daughters. If you have daughters, you haven’t watched it since you’ve had daughters. If you have daughters and have recently watched it and think that it’s a perfectly fine movie, then I hope your daughter doesn’t get any crazy ideas at the age of 16, and decide to sell her soul and run away with a boy (she just “met”) because she’s in love with him. I need to get rid of that DVD.

I was lucky enough to attend two full days of Women’s Conference last week. It was fun and tiring and inspiring. I came home renewed and with a deeper love for my family.

One small part of my notes from Women’s Conference.

I asked Gwen to model her cute new frock for me. All of a sudden, Olive jumped in the picture, shirtless, with rain boots, and a bowl of popcorn (that she promptly spilled after this picture was taken).

I got some lovely fabric. Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but you can never go wrong with Union Jacks.

At my nephew’s baptism last week, Clara clearly preferred to be with Dave. That makes girl #4 that is a complete daddy’s girl.

This picture was taken during church on Sunday. I had to leave my meetings because of my loud and unruly babies. My caption for this picture in Instagram best describes this shot: “As my children grow older and (undoubtedly) find fault with their mother, I will tell them those are the lessons I missed at church BECAUSE OF THEM.”

I bought some yarn for a crochet class I will be taking in June. I’m going to learn how to make granny squares, and I’m beyond excited. Gwen’s preschool teacher, who is also Inez’s art teacher, is going to be teaching art classes for kids this summer, and she will also have a class for the ladies. I will post more on this as soon as the information & registration is available. If you are local, you should come with me. Or you can just meet me there. Whatever.

My brother, Jon, has just joined the Army. He’s away at Basic Training and OCS for five months. He has left behind his pregnant wife and son, Jon-Jon. This little family is going to be blessed for the sacrifices they are making right now. Anyway, Jon-Jon just turned three on Sunday and we gave him a bucket of soldiers (from Toy Story). I was SO happy that I caught his initial reaction as he opened his present. After he opened it, he showed all of us and said, “This is my Dad.” It was a tender moment with a hint of funny.
Also, I have to point out here that I think my Mom looks gorgeous. Especially for someone who is in remission for the second time!

This picture doesn’t need an explanation. Also, I love everything about this picture.

As she was riding the trike, she kept telling Dave to get on. So he did. And this is why all our girls are daddy’s girls.


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Same cake mix, different colors. The one on the left is not very enticing.

Gwen hopped into the front seat while we were waiting for Inez one day, and she (of course) had on her favorite earmuffs. She reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite but instead of snow boots, she is always sporting her earmuffs.

Someone is very close to crawling.

And Clara scooted and pulled herself over to the girl’s playhouse. I caught her under the “grass” and she reminded me of the Wicked Witch of the East.

Olive’s self portrait.

I’ve been trying to organize my corner. It’s nice to finally have all my thread in an order and in one spot.

I need to find a good way to organize all my fabric…

…especially since I have so much of it.

I’m getting closer to getting my Halloween zig zag quilt top finished. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be completely finished until next Halloween.

A little tantrum by our little almost-two-year-old.

And that brings another Instagram week to a close.

Instagram Round Up 4

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Welp, she’s up on all fours and there is some serious rocking going on around these parts. She will be crawling before we know it.

Last week we attended the last Rooftop Concert Series with my sister & her husband. We were there for The Lower Lights. We didn’t stay long. It was COLD. We went out for dessert instead.

We harvested our pumpkins and gourds. It was a pretty good harvest considering the fact that the plants were almost overtaken by squash bugs early in the season, and seriously neglected by me for much of the season.

These gourds in particular took off! They look weird. Like dead birds or something.

Here’s our seven-going-on-seventeen-year old. I’ve realized that I need to take more pictures of her.

This was a pretty funny scene when I came across it. Doesn’t it look like the big horse has caught all the little pet shops doing something they shouldn’t be?

After some cold and rainy weather, the skies cleared and Timp had snow on it! I really do love living here.

Walking home after picking up Gwen from preschool, we stopped to see the ponies and llama. Does anyone else remember the Sesame Street video of the girl taking her llama to the dentist? I have two comments about this video. 1) How do they get a llama to be still for teeth cleaning? And 2) the girl singing is really passionate about the song.

Back at it. So far, I’ve lost 17 pounds, and I’ve got a lot more to go.

Miss Clara asleep in the bumbo. Did you know that rice cereal has tryptophan in it? It doesn’t.

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One thing I seriously HATE is waking up my sleeping babies to go pick up their sisters from school. My friend (online friends for now, real life friends one day), Annie, commented on this picture and said this, “My SIL once said she’d rather get punched in the face. I’d have to agree.” I also concur.

Friday night lights! Thanks for the tickets, Dad! It was a fun game, the girls didn’t get too bored, and BYU won, so it was a great game to attend!

Swinging on a Saturday morning with Squaw Peak in the background.

In the middle of changing Clara, I realized she looked like she belonged in that old SNL skit, Sprockets.  Now she just needs to learn the dance.

Trying to finish Gwen’s quilt on a lovely Sunday afternoon while watching Anne (with an E) Green Gables. I love to watch this every fall. Is it weird that I only watch some movies at certain times during the year?

Olive loves to take the toppings off of everyone’s yogurt each time we go to Yogurtland.

Grasshoppers in my tomatoes. They give me willies.

At the end of the day Dave and sat down to watch a little Modern Famliy. I think Phil is listening for which smoke alarm is chirping here.

Look at those two teeth!

Apparently, it was a riveting show of Little Einsteins.

Little Miss Potato Head.

I was on Pinterest, and Olive wanted in on the action. And by “in on the action” I mean, she just wanted to sit on my lap.

The birthday decor was up for much too long. I’m happy to report though, that as of Wednesday, everything came down. I’ve gotta make room for my Halloween decor anyway (hooray!).

Dave’s eyes were so blue today. I love them (and him).

This teething toy is one that can be frozen. Clara likes it but I think it gets too cold for her but instead of dropping it, she holds it and cries. Anyway, she was done gnawing on it and Gwen came in, picked it up, and said, “That’s cold…and spitty.”

My Dad hung out with Gwen today and when I came home I found this drawing of a duck smoking. I’m so puzzled. Someone’s got some ’splanin to do.

We FINALLY ate at Mountain West Burrito. It definitely lived up to the hype. I’m addicted. Anyone want to go with me?

Instagram Round Up 1

Every time I say Instagram I want to say, “Insta-ma-gram” a la Homer Simpson’s Saxomaphone.  Random, I know.

Anyway, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures with Instagram these days, and have decided to post all that I’ve taken during the week on Fridays.  At least, that’s the plan.

So here we go.

I never thought I’d have two in diapers. But I do. And honestly, even though sometimes it’s totally nutso at our house (or church, or resturants, or Target, or Costco, or anywhere), I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Gwen turned five!

I can’t believe how old she is and how old she looks all of a sudden.

Her favorite color is blue, so we decorated with all kinds of blue crepe paper. Cheap, fun, and cute.

Two babies means that sometimes they share the changing table. I realize that I don’t have to do this and that I could put Clara on the floor when I’m changing Olive, but they love the interaction (and so do I).

A bed-headed Olive playing on the phone. I wonder if kids even recognize these toys as phones since today’s telephones don’t look like this at all!

Morning snuggles, just my baby girl and me.

Driving with Dave. I have a crush.

There is an Emu that we like to visit in the next town. It’s awesome because it’s so random. It’s like this: “Oh look, there’s a cute little house. Look at the pretty flowers in that yard. Oh there’s a cute doggie. Check out the emu in that yard. Now we’re at Target.”

Last night Dave and I went to hear the talented and amazing Jessica Hische speak. I wish I had just 1% of her talent because she is the goddess of lettering & illustration.

And that, my friends is this week’s Instagram Round Up. Do you have an iPhone and are you on Instagram? If so, let’s be friends.