Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mother's Day

Mother's day weekend we didn't have anything scheduled since Scott was on-call, but thankfully he didn't have to work too much.  So, we played outside, went for a bike ride, threw rocks in the river, went to the park, and just had fun. 

And really, just being their mom is pretty amazing. There's nothing I love more than the time I get to spend with them. 

Our church gifted all of the toddler's a bible on Mother's day. It was so cute to see Carys called up to the front and watch as our Pastor handed her bible. She was very serious and just stood and listened as he explained why the church was giving her a bible. I'm very thankful for a church that loves on our daughters. As a mom, I can't think of a better gift than for someone to love and encourage my child, so I really appreciated our church taking the time to recognize the children that morning. 

With her new bible! 

My sweet girls!

Our afternoon at the park.
We did some swinging, 
 hanging with daddy, 


more swinging, 

and running up the hill...

 and down...

and back up!

Of course, it wouldn't be right to talk about Mother's day without recognizing the amazing women we call Mom and Grandma (even if this post is late), so Happy Mother's day to... 

Grandma Alice

 and Grandma Judy. 

We love you both so much!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vegas Baby!

Finally! Here are the last few pictures from our trip out West. In case you missed it, in May we traveled out to Arizona by way of Las Vegas to visit Scott's parents. I posted about how much fun we had here and here, and now to wrap things up here are the last few days. Our trip was great. It was a little exhausting getting there and back, but thankfully we had lots of fun relaxing while we were there to make it more than worth it! Traveling with a toddler and a baby is definitely an adventure, so to make things a little easier on us we decided to stay in Vegas for a couple nights. That way we could get the drive out of the way and not have to wake up quite so early for our morning flight home on Sunday. 

But, before we left we had to make sure we spent some time playing Grandpa's golf game in our pajamas.

We also squeezed in another trip to the park, and Carys was fully accessorized! She was super excited about the beads Grandpa found for her and had to wear them. (Of course, we are not going to ask Grandpa how he got those beads!) ;)

She even let Harper have a little fun with them!

We left Friday morning and Grandpa and Grandma did a great job of entertaining the girls while Scott and I packed everything up.

Before we hit the road, Carys helped Grandpa make us some yummy french toast for breakfast. 

After our belly's and the rental car were full as can be, we said our goodbyes and headed toward Vegas. We decided to stop at the Hoover Dam on our way. We bought tickets for the power plant tour, but after the girls started getting restless during the first ten minutes, we opted to bail early. They probably would have been fine, except we arrived at lunch time and were trying to squeeze it in before - not a good idea. We did walk through the exhibits and then stopped to see the dam itself.  We were really glad we did too because it  was very impressive to see. We (mostly Scott) watched a show awhile ago on how they built the new bypass bridge, so it was cool to see that completed too.

After the dam, we arrived at our hotel in Vegas. Carys was super excited to see that Uncle Hoon and Brooke were there to meet us. (And that was really the only way we were able to talk her into leaving Grandma and Grandpa's!) We didn't waste much time getting unpacked before heading straight to the pool. 

This little fish wore herself right out. She's always loved the water, but she was just having a blast this time! 

Harper's first time in a pool! She didn't mind getting her feet wet this time. I'm sure it had a lot to do with the water being much warmer!

That night Uncle Hoon and Brooke had to hit the road. Our visits overlapped by a day and they were just coming in as we were heading out. It was fun for us to have some time with them though!  

On Saturday we had breakfast and just hung out in our rooms for a bit. We had a banquette in the kitchen area and Carys loved eating at this table!

After Harper's morning nap we decided to hit the strip. The girls were so good. There was so much to see that they didn't mind just hanging in the stroller while we walked around. The only thing we had planned to do was go to the aquarium at Mandalay Bay, so after a ton of walking to get there (we may have gotten a little lost) we finally arrived.

Thankfully, it did not disappoint. We all loved checking everything out. 

After wearing ourselves out on the Strip we headed back to our hotel. Scott and Carys squeezed in one more trip to the pool and then we ordered dinner in and spent the night packing for our early flight. Our day certainly wasn't what most people have in mind when they go to Vegas, but it was just right for us!  

Our trip home was a little long. Harper was fussy on the flight, so we had to do some walking up and down the aisle with her to get her calmed down. Carys (thankfully) was great the whole flight, but she finally melted down when the airport shuttle dropped us off at our van. She didn't want to get in the van - she wanted "our black car". Of course she was talking about our rental car. The same rental car that she didn't want in the first place because it wasn't "our fan". Oh the joys of a toddler! Thankfully both girls passed out as soon as we hit the road, and when we got home it nice to finally drop our bags for the last time!   

We really had a fantastic time on our trip though. We always love spending time with Scott's parents and  really appreciate how they go out of their way to make things as easy as possible for us.

Thanks for everything Mom and Dad! We had a great trip with lots of fun memories. We love you! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

LHC, Part 2

I thought I would finish up our trip to Lake Havasu City in this post, but we took A LOT of pictures, so I may have to do one more post after this. So, like I said in this post we had a pretty low-key week spending as much time outside near the water as we could, but we loved every minute. So, I'll mostly just let the pictures speak for themselves.

A photo shoot with the girls never turns out the way I envision it in my head. Oh well, they had fun!

On Wednesday, we rented a pontoon boat for the afternoon. We packed a late lunch / early dinner and set off on the lake. This was Harper's first time in a life vest and she wasn't sure what to think. 

O Captain, my Captain...

We scheduled our trip for the afternoon, so it would be nice and warm. This was also right in the middle of Carys's nap time, so we knew she might be a little tired. Although we certainly didn't expect her to fall asleep less than 10 minutes after leaving the dock!

As soon as we stopped though, she was up and ready to explore. Her favorite thing to do is stand on the beach and throw rocks into the water. She could do this ALL day!

Her rock throwing attracted a few visitors, of course they were hoping for more than just rocks.

Harper loved watching the water. 

She was perfectly happy doing that until Grandma dipped her toes in the chilly water. She was not loving that! And for the record, this was Dad's idea, not Grandma's.


We had so much fun on the boat. It was a beautiful afternoon and Carys was hilarious. After we stopped to grill our hot dogs, we cruised up and down the channel. There were a lot of Spring breakers hanging out, blasting music from their boats and Carys was dancing and waving to everyone on our way through. She heard a Taylor Swift song and got really excited saying, "We have this song at our house!"

So, I'll wrap up with this funny video of our sweet girl busting a move!

Happy Weekend!