What I'm Loving...

Hallie doesn't walk anywhere anymore.  She runs.  And it's this high-knee, bouncy move that Roy compares to my own running form.  Too bad I don't look nearly as cute as Hallie!  Everywhere she runs she shouts, "I win!  I win!" though we don't think she knows what that means.  She's also discovered chapstick, and likes to put on about 200 layers all over the lower half of her face, feeling gorgeous.

These two are just barely, barely getting to a point where they can kind of play together.  It's the best!  Making "potions" in the bath and running toy cars through shaving cream are current favorites.

When Cam is at preschool it's up to me to keep her entertained, and the mall is always a hit.

These days Hallie wants to give every animal a hug, whether it's actually alive or just made of plastic.

Camden is getting better and better at writing and sounding out words {and names}.

He also started a gymnastics class.  It's the highlight of his week.  We are proud to see him pushing himself, even when something seems a little scary at first.

The Resolution

For 2018, I will write!  Why, you ask?  Well, simply because I have a terrible memory.  Maybe I've written about this before but, of course, I... don't remember.

But there are so many little details about my life right now that I never want to forget.  Like the way the library headphones squish Hallie's cheeks.

Or how Camden is always jumping off of things, doing "tricks", and inventing yoga poses and insists that I take a picture so he can see for himself how cool it looks.

It blows my mind how alike these kids look now.  I mean, obviously different, but most definitely siblings.  Hallie has changed so much in the last few months.  When she's cute, she'll melt your heart, but when she's upset, she'll melt your face.  Girl can be stubborn.  She loves to "hewp" {help} and sing the clean up song while she does so.  "Cween up, cween up, cween up, cween up".  She loves making pretend food and spoon-feeding it to people.  You'll almost always see her toddling around with a baby doll under one arm, and a sippy cup of water under the other.  She can identify the color blue, and likes to count anything and everything. "One, two, one, two, one, two, six, eight, one, two, one, two."

Camden is into Pokemon cards, but he has no idea how to play the game.  There are new rules every other minute.  He also likes to make and serve imaginary food, so it's a game that he and Hallie enjoy playing together.  {Kitchen/Diner Christmas gift for the win!}  He's learning how to read, loves board/card games as much as ever, and asks to listen to the Trolls soundtrack on the daily.  Oh, and the word "dude" is included in every single sentence.  

The first day of the new year was spent down south with our good friends from the Law School days.  Between us three couples, we've added 8 little humans to our get-togethers since we met at U of A.  I love it.  The stomping up and down the stairs, the laughter, the toys, it makes me so happy to see our kids play together.  And having these mamas in my life has changed me for the better.

One is silver and the other gold, right?  Don't know what I would do without my local mamas.  We love an excuse for a girl's night out, and what better reason than a birthday?

And lastly, a shoutout to all the ladies I work with in the young women program.  They are all amazing.  Although I find myself insanely busy with this calling, I've completely fallen in love with the girls and women I get to work with.  We always manage to have a fun time.  Recently we went Skittles bowling.  Before your turn, you pick a Skittle out of the bag and the color of the candy determines how you must bowl.  My favorite was the oven mitts.  

While I have been busy, we still make time to stop and eat the snow.  {But really?  Where is all the snow this year?!  Poor Cam couldn't have picked a worse Christmas to ask Santa for a sled.}

But beautiful weather can't be complained about too much, I guess.  It's nice we are able to spend most afternoons at the park, doing laps with tiny walking-sticks.

But even colder days are lots of fun.  We've been going to little friend's birthday parties... {a lot of people are born in January!}

And popping popcorn for our "movie theater" experiences, where I'm indoctrinating my kids with all the Disney classics.

So this pretty much sums up our January thus far.  Hopefully I'll be able to keep up on this resolution to be better at documenting here.  Little moments are what make up a life, and I want to remember exactly why I love mine.

A Quarter of the Year in One Post

Okay guys... I fell off the blogging wagon hard.  Face-first, into the mud.  But it's a new year and I've got new goals!  Trying to catch up with what I've missed makes me feel like a hamster scrambling on a never-ending wheel, so I've decided I'm going to post a slew of pictures from the end of 2017, and then push forward into 2018.

I'm disappointed in myself for letting the details slip through the cracks, but we will always remember that 2017 was good to our little family.

I got to be Camden's soccer coach in the fall.  He absolutely loved every minute of it, and was always begging to play, never wanting to take a water break.  All the kids on the team were super cute and we had a great time learning the game.

Explored Sedona with our determined little hikers.

These two are best friends and worst enemies.  Just like it's supposed to be - haha!

Tried out new methods to make General Conference an interesting and exciting weekend for the kids.

Started going to Mr. Steve's story time again, since Hallie is approaching that age group.  Camden doesn't mind tagging along one bit, and still loves Mr. Steve!

We've also had a ton of outside time this fall and winter, because it's been unseasonably warm.  Camden has been waiting and waiting for a good enough snowfall for a snowball fight... but I'm not complaining one bit.

Roy and I got to go to a 20s themed murder mystery dinner that was tons of fun.  When Roy commits to a character, he commits!  And hilarity ensues, of course.  He's the best!

Camden turned 5!!!!  He requested an American Ninja Warrior birthday party, so that's what he got.  The people at the gymnastics place set up obstacle courses, and everyone won a metal.  The birthday boy was in heaven.

This is the first family portrait Camden has ever drawn, and it seemed worthy of documentation.  He completed this piece of art at preschool {and I'm guessing it was a specific assignment, from the quote written down}.  When he gave this to me he said the far left is Hallie {"She doesn't have very much hair"} and next is me {"You have long hair"} then Camden {"See my lips?  I'm about to give you a kiss"} and then Daddy {"Daddy can't hold hands with the rest of us because he's too tall}.  Ha!  I love it so much!

And this one!!!

Cam is all about "experiments."  They are normally messy, gross, and may involve raw eggs if I'm not paying close enough attention.

Cam's drawing of a porcupine.

The highlight of visiting Utah for Hallie was petting horses and spotting deer.

We played Dare Dice with the Tietjens and McAffees, which is always a sure memory-maker.

Gingerbread houses with Grammy, Jax, and Aunt Jess.

My little brother, Zac, had recently earned his pilot's license and we went up with him for the first time.  I was a little nervous, but everything went perfectly smoothly.  I'm proud of my little bro!  That didn't mean I was about to let Camden go up in the plane with him yet, but still totally proud.

Hallie is head over heels in love with her cousin, Jax.  It was so cute to watch them following each other around and getting into mischief together.

We had Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant this year, since Mom and Dad were in the middle of moving out of their house.  The food was actually awesome, and we didn't have to clean anything up.  Kiiiinda hope that a new tradition has ben sparked.

The next day was Camden's actual fifth birthday.  Grammy put on a mini family superhero party for him, and he found himself in heaven all over again.

Aunt Kelsey flew into Salt Lake and drove home with us.  Having her help with the kids on the long drive was invaluable, but I really can't stress enough how much we loved having her visit us in Arizona.  I can't believe how much I've lucked out in the in-law department.

Hallie thought she was so funny walking around like this.

Camden's Preschool program was adorable as ever.  He had a speaking part this year, and did great.  "Gingerbread cookies and fresh apple pie, smoke in the chimney, curling toward the sky."

Mama and Daddy went to San Francisco with Uncle Mason, but I'll document that elsewhere (because this post is going to be like 200 pictures, haha!).  Uncle Mason came home to visit after San Francisco.  Huge celebrity in our house.

And then Aunt Kirsten came!  Another huge celebrity!  The best part about the holidays is having the family roll in.

When Grammy and Papa got into town, a bunch of us went on the North Pole Experience.  We rode a magical bus through a portal and to the North Pole!  We helped the elves make toys, ate Mrs. Claus' cookies and hot chocolate, graduated Elf School, wrote our Christmas wish lists in the mail room, and finally got to see the big man himself.

Oh, and Hallie was a tyrant the entire time, but we still love her.

Christmas Eve hike.

Christmas Eve traditions with some of the cutest kids I know.  We read the story of Christ's birth from Luke while the kids played with the Little People nativity toys.  We went around the house and collected toys for Santa to take to the North Pole so he can refurbish them for other children.  And, of course, we put out milk and cookies.

After all the family went home, we basked in the Christmas afterglow until New Years Eve.  We had some friends over and counted down to midnight {which was actually like 9:30pm, but none of our kids knew any different}.

Yes, we were vacuuming up confetti for weeks.  Actually, I am staring at a glittery little piece as I'm writing this, haha!  Still totally worth it.

Okay 2018... hope you're going to be amazing, because I'm going to write it all down!