easter morning

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we had a slow morning (our kids slept in until 8:30!) with an egg hunt, eggs&bacon, and exploring their easter baskets. we got dolled up and headed to church. Elsie wore my first easter dress (and threw up on it after the first hour of church, so we both ran home to change. ick), and Luke just melted my heart into a puddle with his suspenders and bare knees. I sure love this family of mine, and I'm grateful that because of my Savior, I can be with them forever.


elsie's birthday

baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party
baby girl first birthday party

well, it's official. our little elsie rose is one, and she had the cake to prove it. we thought she'd dig right in, since food is her jam, but she delicately picked at the frosting just like her brother did. Eventually I just cut her a slice, and once she realized it was cake (!) she was all over it. So, sink bath, obviously. we sure love this girl of ours.

at a year, elsie:
says a handful of words (mama, dada, bath, hi, yay, big {as in, "sooo big!"})
loves her brother and her baby doll
still sucks her thumb (right is her favorite)
naps 2-3x a day, for 2-4 hours each
started pulling herself to her feet and climbed up the stairs for the first time on her birthday (we need a baby gate)
eats absolutely everything you offer her, with great gusto
popped her 6th tooth the week of her birthday


oh, moab

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I will never get tired of these red rocks. I will never get tired of watching Luke scamper and climb.
I'll never get tired of feeling so tiny amongst God's creations. Of the outside air and the hot desert sun.

I could, however, do without the mountains of red sand that makes it back in our suitcases and all the loads of laundry after a trip. 


the day was hot

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it was warm enough in moab for the first swim of the season. these two love being in the water. Elsie and I got our tan on, while Luke practiced being a dolphin. I took way too many pictures, but it was just the best afternoon. hurry up summer.


dinosaur footprints

travis told luke last monday that we'd get to go see some dinosaur footprints in moab. He told him that a long time ago they stepped in the mud and left their footprints behind.

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 he told him this on monday.

so guess what Luke talked about alllllllllll week long?

"MOM! I go see dinosaur footprints from when he step in a mud and got alllll muddy! I go Mo-bab now?"


It was the first thing we did when we arrived on friday, and boy, was he excited. He narrated his hike all the way up to the footprints. "I see the dinosaur footprints, he's alllll muddy! Mom! He stepped in the mud! Whoops, careful guys! Be very careful. The rocks are tricky here. Whoops! I fall. I'm alright."

He was hilarious. I thought he might be disappointed when we got there and there wasn't an actual dinosaur, but he wasn't. He totally got that they were just footprints, and when travis helped him touch them? LIFE MADE.

he's still talking about it.

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dinosaur footprints
dinosaur footprints
dinosaur footprints