Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reagan-4 Months

On Christmas Eve this little dream baby turned 4 Months. She has turned into one the sweetest happiest babies I've known. She rolled over a few weeks ago and has started babbling mama when she cries. She also plays with toys now and will laugh but you still have to work real hard at it. Let's just say she is already wrapped around my finger and doesn't seem like I could love her more than I do right now.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our 1st Nutcracker

I couldn't wait for the day when I could go to the Nutcracker with Camryn. It feels like I am sharing something with her that is so special to me and Ryan will never understand that. I am just so happy that I have daughters that I can take with me every year for a mommy date. I wasn't sure Camryn was ready to sit through it this year but after hearing her dance teacher was going to perform in one and happened to only be 1 act and 1 hour long I knew it was perfect.
All dressed up. She insisted on a this new church dress and bracelets from Grandma Brenda and a bun. She sat so still the whole show and loved watching for her teacher. 
With her teacher-Ms. Michelle. She was the lead Marzipan. 
She is obsessed with her teacher and was mesmerized by seeing her on stage. It was a very small production just put on by students so Michelle guests for a few of the shows. Afterward, Camryn wouldn't leave until we met every single girl we could. 
The Rose
The Sugar Plum Fairy
Spainish Rose
And mine and Camryn's favorite-Clara. Everyone loved having their picture taken and was so nice with  her but this little Clara was over the top. She just kept hugging Camryn and daunting over her. Made Camryn love the ballet even more. So glad she loved it as much as I do and that I will always have a buddy to go with me, that is until she is in it. That is when Ryan said he will come see it. So I will keep my fingers crossed for that day!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Visiting Santa

This year was completely opposite from our past 2 years. Camryn walked straight up to Santa and sat on his lap. She told him she wanted candy and a Barbie suitcase. She also made sure she smiled the entire time with him as she was "being nice, not naughty." She knows how to play the part. I do love though that she is staring to understand the magic of Christmas. And I absolutely love babies with Santa because they have no idea what is going on. Love these sweet faces.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas at Our House

It is starting to really feel like Christmas. We got our tree up and our elf Ellie came to visit the first week in December. After a few simple crafts I am feeling the spirit of Christmas now more then ever with a little believer in our house. It makes christmas so fun. I go back and forth on how I feel about "lying" to my kids, but I just can't get over the magic that I once felt. So the tradition continues in our home. We are excited about our new elf and think this will be such a fun tradition for years to come. 
Ellie the first morning she visited us. And brought her book and ornaments for the girls. 
I love our tree this year. I added a garland and a new tree skirt that I will post about on my twigg blog and they both just make it that much more complete. Even though we did go for just an inexpensive tree rather than a looker. But I like it for that character. I just love this time of year and guaranteed I will write more posts just like these. Sorry, you don't have to read if you don't want to.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


This little one has been driving me crazy these days. She hit 3 and became a different child over night. I never knew I could get so mad! To the point where I have found myself locked in the bathroom with the baby in order to keep me from doing something I would regret. Being a mom is not easy. It was easy for quite some time with just Camryn, but now with 2 kids and 1 not behaving-I truly understand how motherhood is the hardest job! But through this I just have to relish in the good times.
This was one. She puts on her Snow White Costume and asks if Ryan and I will "come meet her" like the princesses at Disneyland do. And we talk to her, "sit on her lap", give hugs and kisses and takes a picture. But this time she added signing autographs. I have never talked to her about this, she must have seen other kids doing this the last time we were there. She got out her princess notebook and pencil and pretends to sign Snow White and hands it back to us. I will never get over this little girls ability to pretend and the way she puts things together like she is much older then see is. I just have to know that my sweet daughter is still there, but sometimes I just have to dig to find her.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Smart Thanksgiving

 This year was Thanksgiving in San Diego with the Smart's. So since Ryan got off a little early on Wednesday to Disneyland. This was by far the most fun we have had together at Disneyland-let's just say it is not Ryan's most favorite place on earth. So thankful for this handsome hubby of mine and this adorable little daugther.
It was so nice not having to travel this year and still got to see all of Ryan's side of the fam. Even Jake made it who surprised us all Thursday morning. I have never seen Brenda so surprised and happy-closely related to the time we told her we were pregnant with Camryn.

Since our niece was going to be there this year Brenda made a "kid's table." I was so excited about the idea that I had Camryn make a tablecloth of hand turkeys-which I later added beaks and legs.
 I had seen a idea for turkey cups on my beloved Pinterest but modified it with felt I already laying around the house. 
 Sadly, Cassidy slept through most of dinner but, this girl loved her table. Either that or the sparkling apple cider.
 We don't look very happy here but I swear we all had a good time. We even got to have our close friends Lauren, Mike & baby Liam for dinner. Couldn't have asked for a better group and great conversation.
 After dinner S'more's for the granddaughters that we all ended up joining. 
 This little Cassidy is so cute. It was fun getting to know her personality better. Let's just say she is the exact of Camryn in every way but they got along great.

Camryn with her favorite Uncle Jaker as she calls him or sometimes Uncle Waker. She adores being around family so much. 
The next day everyone from out of town wanted to head to the beach, so very unprepared we headed down as well. Glad we went cause we ended up seeing a bunch of tide pools and Camryn loved watching her uncles Kayak. 
It was so good to be with everyone, it was just a little too short-thank goodness Christmas is just around the corner. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Reagan-12 Weeks

When my babies turn 3 months old it is like I just gave birth to a new child! If I could give birth to 3 month old babies I would have lots more. Their tummies are mature and they can now be content being awake longer then 2 minutes. She is so smiley and talkative just how I remember Camryn. Everyday I love this little girl more and more. I am the happiest mommy on the block and couldn't be happier that we made it to this point and now would love to freeze time just for a more couple months.

These Days

Camryn is completely obsessed with make-up. I found my old Caboodle and does not let it out of her sight-one morning she had just woken up and came walking in our room half asleep and was carrying it like she had no idea what she was doing. It probably weighs as much as she does. Most of the time she just plays pretend but on nights we are going out and she needs a shower I let her at it. She actually does a pretty good job and says words like you don't want to cake it on and make your lips pop out.

I made these turkey pops with Activity Day girls and let Camryn have mine. She kept giving me hugs and kisses cause she was so excited about this little turkey. Then asked if it was a boy or a girl...everything has to be girly.
Reagan fell asleep fireside during tummy time, too tired to even try.

Camryn needed to be included...obviously.
Second time she has found her thumb. She was happily playing and then I came back in the room to find this. Sound asleep with no fuss or anything. Gotta love those moments since they don't happen very often. Have I mentioned I love my girls?

Monday, November 14, 2011

An Athlete

When I married Ryan, I knew he was not an athlete. Boy has he changed. I now fully consider him an athlete. He probably still doesn't, but I say this qualifies him as such! This guy wakes up everyday at 6 am, packs a bag and heads off to the gym before work. He always talked about those guys and how they were always the successful ones-guess he is on his way!
The ROC race, 5K with fun obstacles
Camp Pendleton Sprint Tri-survived swimming in the ocean
Dirty Dash-10K muddy obstacle course with Greg Stockoff
Most recently his San Diego Century Ride-100 mile bike ride
Lucky for him he got to do it with Mike Cunningham otherwise he would have lost all steam.
So nice to have Lauren, Mike & Liam there at the finish since I didn't make it out!
It is so cool to watch such a transformation in a spouse. I am so glad he has found such a fun hobby and makes him that much more happy. Next up...12K of Christmas & SoCal Ragnar. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mommy Date

With Ryan out of town and no more naps for this one-we have been doing lots of things to get us out of the house. After a little date at In n' Out we checked out the Irvine Great Park.  It is not even close to being done and will be much cooler in a couple years but they have a few things that are fun right now.
 We rode the free Merry-go-Round at least 10 times-each time switching animals. She needed to ride all of them, according to her. 
 Sadly, I didn't know we needed to call ahead to ride this free huge balloon. So next time we will get to go up! But Camryn had just as much fun running around and just being her sassy self.
This one is blurry but I had to show the sequence of her poses-so funny!
I love my girls and so glad that I am able to spend this time with them in such nice weather  and in a beautiful area.

Monday, November 7, 2011


My mom always had a hand mine and my brother and sisters costumes every year. Now with the grandkids it has been the same. This year she outdid herself with this Snow White. It was so spot on. Camryn was obsessed to say the least. I topped it off with this little headband and I think it fully completed the look.
This was the pose she struck before our ward's trunk or treat she took this a little too seriously.
And Snow White's Poison Apple-Reagan. My mom also made this apple beanie-too die for. And Camryn is posing perfect as if she is taking a picture with the kids meeting her at Disneyland.

Then out for trick or treating. Too bad she only wanted to go to a few houses and then was all done. My little home body would rather be passing out candy then getting it herself. Love these girls of mine.