Disneyland 2014

When Evelyn was 2 weeks old, I was having a rough go with Post Partum Depression.  Aaron decided that he was going to plan a Disneyland trip to give me something to look forward to and hopefully give me some light at the end of the tunnel.  I was excited, but at the time (Januray!!) June seemed forever away, and the thought of Evelyn being almost 6 months was unfathomable. But it came!  Here’s a quick look at the highlights of our holiday. The first ride we wanted to go on was Peter Pan’s First Flight.  Evelyn fell asleep in the Ergo. Disneyland

Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014 Grandma & Grandpa had fun taking Molly on the carrousel. Disneyland 2014 We had lunch at the Blue Bayou that afternoon, and the babies did great! Disneyland 2014 Small World, always a crowd favorite. Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014 That evening we camped out on the Jolly Holiday terrace so we could watch the fireworks comfortably. 10366184_292956970881856_2779115173354217158_n

Disneyland 2014 And of course I wasn’t without a caramel apple cider, made with extra magic. Disneyland 2014 Evelyn’s reaction to her first time seeing/hearing fireworks was priceless. Disneyland 2014 Evelyn was such a happy girl in Disneyland.  It was the least fussy she had been all month.  She would take great naps in the park. Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014 DOLE WHIPS!  The happiest frozen treat on earth. Disneyland 2014 Evelyn’s favorite Disneyland souvenir…a wrapped spoon.  She loved the way it crinkled.Disneyland 2014   Disneyland This is just a fluke photo.  She was actually SO happy to be in the Ergo.  She loved being carried around and looking at all the people and things.  She barely fussed at all. Disneyland 2014 We didn’t bother with the stroller at all.  It was so much easier to carry Evelyn around.  The Ergo was incredibly comfortable, and bebe was the happiest.  Win win.Disneyland 2014 Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014 We took a break from The Magic Kingdom for Aaron to show Evelyn and I his stomping grounds.  We drove all over Ventura county seeing the houses in which he grew up. Ventura County   He took us to this amazing strawberry stand down the street from one of his houses.  With no exaggeration, these were the BEST strawberries I’ve ever had in my life.  And I’m a strawberry snob, so I would know! Ventura County

Ventura County

Ventura The next day at Disneyland was Princess Day for us. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the cutest baby of all? Disneyland   Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland

We took the girls to build a bear to make their twincess.

Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland

I will never be too old to leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.

Easters 2014 [in our little vintage trailer]

Easter 2014 was Evelyn Faye’s first vacation.

Vacation with a baby

It never crossed my mind how difficult vacation planning with a baby would be.  I was baffled at how many diapers I would need to pack.

Vacation with a baby

Vacation with a baby

We caravanned with the Crowders in our travel trailers to Southern Utah.  Baby girl did pretty well most of the drive, from what I was told.  The Xterra had to go in the shop last minute (the morning we left!) so I was pulling our trailer with Daniel’s car, while Aaron, Josh & Evelyn followed behind me.

Vacation with a baby

It was a little on the cramped side inside of Myrtle the Trailer, but no one seemed to mind.

Vacation with a baby

Uncle Joshky stayed with us in our trailer.

Vacation with a baby

Evelyn Faye phone home.

Vacation with a baby

She was an extra happy girl spending so much time with her uncles.

Vacation with a baby

Vacation with a baby

Matching hats & glasses with Papa.

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Vacation with a baby

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Vacation with a baby

I have a feeling that this is only the start of many memories and adventures.

 

 

Happy Birthday Aaron!

Happy birthday to the most bestest creation: Aaron!

I had fun celebrating your birthday over the weekend.

We had a surprise birthday breakfast at Ruth’s Diner up Emigration Canyon.

Happy Birthday Aaron

 

Happy Birthday Aaron

 

Later that night my parents took us to Rickenbacker’s Steak House.  It is a fun restaurant at the Ogden Hinckley Airport.  I pretty much got no food into my mouth because I was too busy watching the airplanes.

Happy Birthday Aaron

 

Happy Birthday Aaron

 

Happy Birthday Aaron

 

Happy Birthday Aaron

Aaron, I love you more than words could ever say.  Sometimes I wake up to the sheer disbelief that I have such a wonderful husband like you.   You are the greatest husband and father.  You make every day better.  I love your sense of humor.  I’m so happy I married someone who I can laugh with every day.  Every day I fall more in love with you.  Thank you for being who you are.  You’re not just my husband, you’re also my best friend. Happy birthday dear.

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Happy Birthday Aaron

 

My oh my, ONE MONTH flew by!

It’s unbelievable how quickly the first month of Evelyn Faye’s life has passed.  I wanted to do a photo dump and talk a little bit about our experiences the first month as first time parents.

Sleeping.

Evelyn Faye

Evelyn, you are an AMAZING sleeper.  You take after your mum.  However, you are particular about how you fall asleep at night.  We have a heating pad under a receiving blanket in the bassinet, and we warm it up before we put you in.  We turn it off after we lay you down, so you don’t cook 🙂  We also have a sound system set up right under your bassinet.  We play “Sounds of the Womb” which is basically white noise with a heart beat.  As long as we stick to your routine: Change you, bed time lotion, swaddle, feed you, heat/sound, you sleep GREAT.  Most nights you sleep in 4 hour blocks, and sometimes you even sleep 6!

Evelyn Faye

How we spend our days.

Evelyn Faye

I love spending every day with you Evelyn Faye.  We don’t leave the house very often, but when we do, it’s a real treat.  I spend most of my time nursing or pumping, which leaves the rest of the time for cuddles.  You take pretty good naps, which is when I do house chores and blogging.  Your company is delightful.

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Evelyn Faye (7)

Music.

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You LOVE music.  I sing you camp songs every day, and you love it.  You love the soft spiritual ones, and you love the fun and peppy ones.  The sound of the guitar is mystical to you.  Your eyes get so wide.  You have a musical seahorse stuffed animal that makes water sounds with lullabies.  We play it every time we change you on the changing table.  It is so calming to you.  You love when daddy plays dubstep while coding.  Mommy doesn’t love it… but you do!

Daddy time.

Evelyn Faye (4)

Daddy is very territorial of you.  When he is home, you are all his.  He has a hard time sharing you!  You are his pride and joy.  He never sets you down.  Most nights he holds you into the wee morning hours, just because he wants to bond with you as much as possible.

Evelyn Faye

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Evelyn Faye (13)

He loves to hold you at eye level, and make you dance while listening to Weezer.  You are so alert while you have daddy dance lessons.  He also loves to squish faces with you.

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Puppies.

Evelyn Faye

Evelyn Faye (17)

They still aren’t sure about you.  They like to sniff you.  Most of the time they ignore you.  At least they don’t hate you!  We put peanut butter on your feet and let Indy and Buster lick it off.  You seemed really confused by what was going on!  I’m convinced that one day they will finally accept you and cuddle you.

Fashion.

Evelyn Faye

This is your custom made onesie from Marlene.  She whipped this up for you during my baby shower.  Aren’t we grateful for the crafty people in ours lives?  🙂

Every day with you is a fashion show.  You are cutter than one million buttons.  You are much better dressed than your mother.

Evelyn Faye

You are in a phase right now where newborn clothes are too small for you, but 3 month clothes are too big.  You fit pretty well into generic 0-3 onesies, but those are boring.  So I’ve taken it upon myself to spice them up.  Here are a few I’ve made so far, but I’m working on a bunch more.

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Tummy time.

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At first you HATED tummy time.  You would just scream until you fell asleep.

Evelyn Faye (14)Until we figured out tummy time on the Boppy.  And you’ve never loved anything more.  You’ll do tummy time for hours this way.  Your head, neck and back are getting so strong.  You’ll hold your neck up for quite awhile.  It is adorable.

Evelyn FayeAnd when you’re done with tummy time, we turn you around on the Boppy to lounge, and you are the happiest little camper.

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Evelyn Faye

Going out. Evelyn Faye

We’ve just barely been brave enough to start taking you out.  Occasionally we take you when we go out to eat, and you sleep in your carseat with the cover on.  Recently we took you bowling with some friends, and you did SO WELL.  You didn’t fuss, and you loved being passed around.  When the cosmic lights came on, you were so alert.

Evelyn Faye

 

These 7 weeks have been a dream come true for us.  You are so much fun.  You change and grow every day.  I love being your mom.  You have brought so much joy to our family.

All Good Things Must Come To An End

 

I decided to combine the last two days of our Disney trip into one post.  On our 2nd to last day, we broke out our matching shirts.  They were a fantastic shade of Ninja Turtle variety colors, and Keep Calm Disney-themed messages.  I think we nailed it.

We got to California Adventure an hour early, so we could run straight to the Radiator Springs Racers and beat the hours and hours of lines for the new ride.California Adventure

 

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