Friday, February 20, 2015

Farewell to Dallin

This last Sunday was my sweet little brother's farewell talk in sacrament meeting. He received his mission call a few months ago and was assigned to serve in the Sao Paulo South mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil! We were all pretty excited when we heard he was going to learn Portuguese since Brooklyn recently returned from her mission in Portugal. 

Dallin's talk was so beautiful and made me one proud older sister. He focused on becoming like Christ and one part that I really loved is when he said we should 'lift up the arms of those which hang down' as Christ would have done. It was amazing to watch him up there and see how old and mature he has become. 

The siblings present for the farewell. Brooklyn, Dallin, me, Danika, Taylor
Whenever I would come over with the girls and Dallin was the only one around, he would be so willing to help me with them and make sure I got them back in the car before heading back home. He was also the one who spent several hours (along with my dad) helping me refinish those old dressers last year while I was way too pregnant to be doing such a thing. And he also gave up a Friday night (and plans for a movie) to help us move when we became desperate for assistance (again, I was swollen from head to toe with pregnancy). But really, Dallin is such a hard worker and will be such an amazing missionary. We sure love him!

Wednesday, the 18th, I took the girls down to my parents' house for some breakfast crepes for Dallin's last day. Norah went and played in the preschool (which she loves) while I chatted in the kitchen with my dad, Danika, and Dallin. 

 The time then came for our final goodbyes. Dallin was so sweet with the girls, it made me want to cry. I later learned, from my mom, that just before these pictures, Dallin was worried that he was going to be late getting to the MTC, but I had absolutely no idea that he may have been stressed because he was perfectly calm and patient for pictures and took the time to say goodbye to all of us, even if that meant being a little behind schedule. 

Lucy will be over 2.5 years old by the time Dallin comes home. Ryan's brother is out on his mission right now and Norah was just under a year when he left, but we've been showing her pictures of him so she knows who he is when he gets back this Fall. We will be sure to do that with Dallin's picture. :) 

Ryan had to work that morning so he already said his goodbyes on Sunday, but I am so glad we made the drive down to see him one last time. We love Dallin and are so excited to hear all about his experiences as a missionary! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Norah Lucy Update

I feel I need to do an update every week of the girls with how fast they are both growing! They both have been sick the past couple of weeks with horrible coughs and so after Lucy started wheezing one morning last week, I took them in to the doctor where they were both diagnosed with bronchiolitis. 
Norah was on her way to recovery, but Lucy was still really struggling so she got some deep suctioning done. It was pretty traumatic for all of us, but the doctor said her lungs sounded a lot better after. They called back with the test results later that day and told us that she was positive for RSV. I felt so horrible, but I'm so glad we got her in when we did.

They told us that if we needed to take her in for another deep suction round over the weekend that we could just go to the ER for an outpatient visit, and unfortunately, we did end up taking her in this afternoon. She has been such a trooper. 

Now, on to the fun stuff!
Norah loves doing the dishes. In fact, there have been multiples times where I have given her a choice between playing in her room and washing dishes, and she has chosen the latter every time! Too bad she doesn't quite know how to get things clean yet, otherwise it would be really nice! ;) 

I've been trying so hard to be consistent with feeding Lucy "big girl" food. When Norah was this age, I was so anxious and excited to get her to eat food that I spent a lot of time with it and so she caught on in no time. I've been pretty lazy with Lucy, so she's still mostly working on pureed foods. 

Here's what she thinks about a plain ole banana:

I braided Norah's hair for the very first time the other week. She thought it was the funnest thing and even wanted to put her little ballerina tutu on. She's turning in to such a little girl! **teardrop***

Norah is really into this puzzle lately. Every time she gets one in place, she will look at me and start clapping for herself, then after she's finished, she will dump it all out and start all over again. 

A couple of weeks ago, Ryan said that he was in the bathroom putting deodorant on, and as he lifted his arm up, Norah spotted the armpit hair and said, "See Kitty Cat?" Hahaha! I'm just glad it wasn't me! ;)

We've been trying to go visit Ryan for lunch about once a week and since it's been so beautiful outside, we've been able to picnic at the park! Lucy loooves being in the swing. She will just squeal the whole time we are pushing her. 

It's pretty rare that I can sneak in Norah's room and see her still sleeping. She used to be SOO easy to put to bed, but things have gotten a little trickier lately since we've started a new little bedtime routine with songs. Every time I finish singing a song, she will beg for "one more" and then cry when it's over. I've started a new little thing we call "think about who loves you" where we list off all the people who love her, starting with Jesus and Heavenly Father. It's the sweetest thing to hear her say, "Jesus loves me, and Heavly Fah-der loves me". The picture on the right is of Norah sneaking in bed while at our friends' house. It was past her bedtime and this was her way of letting us know. :)

As of last week, Lucy is officially crawling up on all fours. She was scooting a little bit before this, but it wasn't too long before she figured she was going too slow. Here is a time lapse of her crawling over to the phone (which she loves). I love that she will now crawl into my lap:)

Lucy is such a happy little baby. It's been a while since she has babbled the word "dadda", but a few weeks ago she was babbling the word "mamma", although I haven't heard it since. 

We love these sweet girls so so much. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Struck By Cupid

I've been dying over and over again this week while looking at these pictures of the girls. I knew I wanted to do something like this with Lucy since I have similar pictures of Norah around this age.
Isn't she the cutest naked baby? :))

I love how these pictures show off her little arm rolls. 
They make for some yummy snacks when I'm hungry. ;)

Luckily, Lucy didn't try to put any of the candy in her mouth, so it was a fairly simple process with her. When they come as cute as her, then it's easy to get some nice pictures!

Norah always acts so jealous when I am taking pictures of just Lucy, so I kind of use that to my advantage to get her to smile or sit still for me. It only works sometimes. She will get so excited for me to take a picture of her, but then when I'm about to click, she throws a hissy fit. That's when I have to pull out the candy props.

Look at that big cheeser.

There is way too much sweetness going on right here. 
They are probably the reason I get so many cavities. 

Happy valentines day from our cuties to yours!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

For Time & All Eternity

 These two lovely people finally tied the knot this last Saturday! We are so happy for them:)) They couldn't have married on a more beautiful day. The weather was perfect, the ceremony was beautiful. Brittney looked absolutely stunning in her dress.

Brittney's kids looked so angelic, and I loved watching Carly walk around so dainty-like in her beautiful white dress. I think she felt like a princess.

I absolutely love these two pictures of Brittney with sweet Carly. I think it was a very special day for her and it's been so fun seeing her grow and learn to love Dave like Brittney does. 


The grandkids in attendance (minus sleeping Lucy).

Norah is in love with Grandpa Brand:) She was quite amused with putting her fingers in between his smile lines and wiggling them as fast as she could. It was adorable, and I have approximately 25,000 pictures of her doing it...but I'll just share four of my faves.

 My supermodel sisters, Danika and Brooklyn.

I love these people so much. It was so nice being in the temple with them for the ceremony, especially since Dallin very recently went through the temple for the first time.

Dallin leaves for his mission next week! He's going to the Sao Paulo South Mission in Brazil. We will miss him so much! Norah has a crush on all her very handsome uncles:)

Lucy was so tired right as we were waiting for Brittney and Dave to come out of the temple and so she fell asleep in her carseat for all the group pictures. I was kind of sad, but really glad she got some rest, poor thing. Norah was loving the fresh air and being by the temple. Lately, we've been singing the song "I love to see the temple" and so she was pretty excited that's where we were going that day.

Here we are, standing in front of the doors we came out when we were married 3 years ago. :))

I love this little family of mine, and they are all mine for time & all eternity.

I wish I would have thought to record this, but during the luncheon, Carly and Dave both sang songs while Dave played guitar 
(Carly--A Thousand Years by Christina Perry. Dave---The One by Gary Allan). 

It was so sweet and the words, I felt, went perfectly with their relationships. I'm so happy for their little family.

While everyone was clearing out of the luncheon, Norah cornered my dad and danced with him until he couldn't see straight. She's so lucky to have such an awesome Grandpa:))