Friday, May 17, 2013

Our little helper

The other day, my dad came over to help us deconstruct our bookshelves (Thanks, Dad!).  Nikolai happened to still be awake at the time and despite grandma's best efforts to distract him, after awhile he found some tools and decided he should help too! 

I don't know why, but it always astounds me when our little boy picks up grown up things and imitates stuff we do.  He's just a grown person in a little tiny body sometimes and it's amazing! 

Also, in case you can't tell we're in big time packing mode over here so I think this will be one of the last posts I'll put up before we're in the Great Lakes State.  Wish us luck! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mini reunion family photos

Since everyone was going to be down here, we thought we should take some family photos! (Especially since we're going to be very far away very soon...)  We did some group shots and couple shots--and these are my favorites! 

(I instructed everyone to make their best dinosaur pose!)

Niko was tired (it was almost bedtime!) but he was still pretty cooperative. 

He loves his Uncle Jack! 

If you're every wondering where I get my quirkiness and sense of humor, just take a look at this photo and you'll know:

And finally, some sibling photos!!

First we're standing there normally, then we squeeze in a liiiitle more....

and a littttle more....

and then my head got squished! 

I love you guys! We're sorry that we'll be so far away but we promise to come back to visit as soon as we can.  We'll miss you!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A mini family reunion hike

Over the weekend Megan and Garett came down from Rexburg to celebrate some birthdays (We love you Aaron and Garett!) and upon realizing everyone would be together we dubbed it a mini family reunion! After a yummy lunch and some delicious cake and ice-cream we drove up the mountain a little and took a hike! (side note: It only took us 10 minutes to get there and it was beautiful! Jesse and I are now ashamed that we didn't go up there every free weekend we've had since it's been nice out)

After a steep hike we found a little bridge and creek and a narrow pathway that was just gorgeous! 

After the pathway opened back up we got a breathtaking view of the valley and Aaron climbed a little rise to get a better view.  Does this shot by any chance look familiar to you? 

It did to me! 

Caspar David Friedrich's Above the Sea of Fog (source)  

When Niko finally got tired of the baby backpack grandpa carried him on his shoulders for a bit before deciding to let him explore a little bit.  

And then he helped Niko walk down the mountain! 

What fun! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rain, rain stay today

Growing up in North Carolina, summertime meant hot weather, a ton of humidity, and warm rainstorms at least three times a week. As children of a nature-loving Floridian (my dad), my siblings and I loved running around in the warm rain together, splashing in puddles and playing until we were drenched from head to toe. When we were done, my ever-patient mother would greet us at the door with towels and instructions to get changed quickly before we dripped muddy water all over.  

The other day, Jesse and I were finishing up having dinner with my family at their house when, out of nowhere, it started POURING.  Those of you familiar with the intermountain United States know that it doesn't rain often, and when it does, it doesn't last long.  I quickly turned to Aaron and asked him if he wanted to go play in it with me--and he did!  

We pranced through the streets and surely confused all of the neighbors, splashing each other from puddles and enjoying pretending that we were children once more.  

After a bit, we got cold (UT rainstorms aren't as warm as NC ones!) so we decided to go inside and get cleaned up.  A lively jog back to the house turned into a race and before we knew it I had slipped on the wet concrete and bludgeoned my shin against the front step!  I'll spare you a picture of the injury (although it really wasn't that bad) but suffice to say I won the race ;) 

(looking a little bit like wet dogs--but happy)

Thanks for being spontaneous with me Aaron! I love you!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I have this theory that babies are grumpy like 60-90% of the time.  They get hungry, messy, tired, hurt, etc, and so they get upset--and as they get older it's waaay easier to figure out what's wrong, but that doesn't change the fact that sometimes they're just not happy!

But let me tell you--that other percentage, the time they're happy--it makes it ALL worth it.  

Thanks for being our boy, Nikolai! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Did you know that

the sidewalks in our neighborhood were poured in 1922?  

We'll sure miss this place! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

He's goofy

Niko's latest feat includes pushing the cushion off our yellow chair so it's low enough for him to climb on to and then curling up on it! 

He also sits there, looking pleased with himself, and occasionally stands up to jump a little bit (I didn't teach him that, I swear!).

He's so much fun! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A confession and some awkward family photos

Hey fellow mamas, here's some real talk: sometimes I let my baby eat pizza.  

(no I don't know what Jesse's doing, don't ask!)

Sometimes we're busy, or not feeling good, or, like now, packing for The Big Move--and so we buy a cheapo pizza for dinner.  And instead of setting a double standard and not giving my baby any (read: instead of sitting there listening to him screaming because he's not eating what we're eating), we let him have some too (but come on, how cute is he up there with that pizza in his hand?!)  

The other day was one of these days--so we walked to Little Caesar's and ate it outside on a lovely lawn to attempt to balance some exercise and fresh air with the junk we were about to eat.   Anyways, none of this really matters except I sat here for awhile, about to post the other pictures from that outing, debating whether I should admit I let my baby eat junk food.  (what would people think of me?!?!) But, in the interest of full disclosure and honesty, I decided to go ahead and admit it.  So there's that! 

The rest of that quiet evening was awesome. Niko played alllll over the grass and he and Jesse got to have some fun time exploring together.  

After a bit, we caught our reflection in the shiny door and realized we were a very colorful group!  What followed was a series of attempts at a family photo, all of which failed miserably.  

Self timer, yo.  Super awkward. 

And a collage of self-timer-oops-we're-standing-in-a-sunspot attempts in which we look really goofy but very happy:

Oh well! At least the pizza was yummy and the sun was shining! 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Like a grown-up

Nikolai is an observant kid.  He's constantly imitating things we do in his tiny baby way and it gives us no end of enjoyment.  Lately, he's noticed that we dip our food in stuff a lot--cheese sandwiches in ketchup, chips in salsa, etc.  The other day, he noticed my mom and I dipping our breadsticks in cups of soup and had to try it! 

Luckily, grandma is more adventurous than mama and let him give it a go ;)  Thanks, Grandma!

Friday, May 3, 2013

He's a strange one

In our daily outdoor meanderings (a necessary occurrence with for our wanderlust baby) Niko inevitably goes out to the parking lot to see if anything fun is happening out there (read: are there any puddles to jump in??).  The other day he found this shovel instead.

He dragged it around the parking lot for awhile before I finally got worried that he might be scraping it up too much and took it away.  Sorry for ruining all your good fun Niko! ;)