Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Family resemblance?

I scanned in a picture of me as a baby, so I thought it would be fun to compare Justin and I with our girls!! I think Molly was around 18 mos. in this family picture.

Ali at 18-19 months here

Justin with his siblings and mom. I'm not sure how old Justin is here. But I do love his pink jammies!!

Who knew what I was getting myself into?!

Another picture of Molly. She is probably closer to 2 here.

Summer of '84, so I was almost a year.

Molly, about 8 months

Well, what do you think? Everyone says that my girls look like Justin! Do you still think so?!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Visit to the cabin

We headed up to the Provo cabin last night for dinner with Grandpa. My parents, our little fam, my brother Todd and Grandpa Watkins came. Here's Molly checking out the doll. Sitting on the table...? Ok!

 My cute grandpa!!

 Ali checking out the toy stash!

 Playing with the "new" toys. Grandpa remarked, "It's like Christmas for them!" So true! They certainly thought so!

 We played a bit outside too while waiting for dinner to be ready.

 Ali thinks she is such a big girl. She doesn't really want to have much to do with her high chair except for at breakfast. She wants to spoon feed herself which she isn't very good at yet, but she's learning!

Daddy and his girls on the back porch looking at the creek behind.

It felt so great up there! The temperature was nice and cool and it felt like fall, which I LOVE!! I love the smell that is so distinct once you are there--pinecones, pine, and sap is pretty much what I smell!! We really should try to get up there more often. It seems like we are good if we make it once a year but it really is so beautiful and fun we should try harder to get up there more often!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fun in the Sun!

 We went to the petting zoo at Thanksgiving Point this week for another $2 Tuesday with some friends! My girls loved the animals. It was definitely hot, but it wasn't as crowded as when I've been in the past, so that was a bonus.

 Ali loves animals and gets so excited!

 Ali was trying to pet all the animals and Molly was definitely more hesitant, but she got into it as time went on.

 A girl gave us her extra food so we got to feed it to some animals! I was helping Ali feed this guy.

 I forgot the name of this animal, but he is a descendant of the camel. They came right up once they saw our food! Then they licked it off!

 So excited to move on and see new animals!

 They had some of the prettiest horses!! Molly was brave and pet them.

 Ali got in on the petting too!

 Checking out the ducks.

 And the bunnies.

 Going for a wagon ride.

 I love this little room where they can play. They had a lot of fun.

 Ali was just happy sitting on the floor, kicking her legs!

 Riding on the tractor.

 Sitting on the cow bench!

See, I told you they were pretty!

Then my friend knew of a fun splash park in Alpine so we headed there. The water felt AMAZING!! We were so hot from the farm. It was so refreshing.

 Molly loved it!

 I liked that it is so natural looking too.

 Isn't it pretty? You can see a fountain in the back. There is a whole area over there with tons of fountains that shoot up that some of the braver kids were running through!

 Ali loved the water too. It was perfect for her since the water wasn't deep and she didn't have to go through any fountains if she didn't want to. (It makes her nervous!)

If you live close to this one, you should definitely check it out!! It's free, so it made for a cheap day of fun! This was one of our most fun days this summer!

Friday, August 19, 2011


We took a last minute road trip to Colorado last week to visit my brother Ryan and his wife Becky and their two girls! We are so glad we decided to go. We had a blast! R and B thanks so much for having us come and for all the fun!! Unfortunately Justin was too busy with work and school stuff, so it was just us girls.

 First off I should explain that there is a reason you buy a filter for your lens! So you don't get smudges on it!! Of course my cleaner was at home, so sorry you have to deal with the smudge right in the center on every picture! It makes me so mad but I guess any picture is better than none, right? I think Ali got her nose right up on it. Oops!

 The girls had all sorts of fun with this water table!

 We went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (near Colorado Springs) and it was a really neat zoo. We all had a great time! The giraffes were first up and you could feed them! I have never seen that at a zoo!

 Shay was the only brave one. Check out her face! The giraffes have the longest tongues!! We were feeding them lettuce.

 They were this close to you!

 They had the most giraffes too. I couldn't believe they had so many!

 Look at these cute monkeys hanging out!

 Taking it all in.

 Lexie is the cutest. She poses for everything! It's so adorable.

 I loved this owl bench!

Grandma and Grandpa came on Saturday. My dad left Sunday but my mom is still there! I was so glad she came. Ali was so clingy the first few days and I pretty much had to hold her the whole time! She wouldn't go to Ryan or Becky (and they definitely tried) so when my mom came she was really excited! And I got some relief :)

 The zoo is located right next to the mountain and there was such a beautiful view at the top! You can ride the chair lift up, but our girls are too young we thought.

 Ali was in the stroller for the first half and once we got her out she couldn't have been happier!!

 Thank you smudged lens!! Ahh!!

 Ali wanted to walk everywhere all by herself.

 The girls all wanted to ride the carousel. This was the first time that Ali and Molly rode by themselves! Molly didn't want me to touch her! She wanted to do it all on her own. I was a bit nervous with Ali, so I held onto her, but she loved it!
 When our turn was over I practically had to drag Ali away! She wanted to go again and again.

 They had chickens too. They had a ton of animals including bears, elephants, a moose, tigers, lions, hippos, tamirs, wallabies, alligators, cranes, etc. and some that I had never seen before!! I'm really glad we went. It was a really fun zoo! The girls loved it.

Becky and I also made some jewelry for our girls!! She is the master mind behind these darling gumball necklaces!! If you would like to buy your own, visit her blog and/or etsy shop here! http://jujubstash.blogspot.com/ and jujubstash.

We also made bows. This was the damage we made in her craft room. Do you think we had fun?!!! We totally did!

Unfortunately I didn't take my camera with us to everything, but we also went swimming at a really fun place. They have two shallow pools that are 1 foot and 1 1/2 feet deep with a slide going from one to the other. My girls loved these pools! Remember that Molly has been so afraid of swimming? Well she had NO problem here. She is clearly afraid of deep water. Anyway, we had a blast that day!

We also hit up Target for a few things and I bought like 6 pairs of shoes/sandals for me and the girls on clearance! It's hard to pass up $2 and $3 when they are so cute! I will keep them for next summer.

We also went to the Antique Barn in Castle Rock that is a really fun boutique. We went to the outlets one day as well. We let the girls play and we watched some fun movies at night and of course we had EXCELLENT food!

The drive was 8 1/2 hours but it was well worth it. We stayed just short of a week. A lot of people thought I was crazy going by myself, but it's all freeway and the weather was perfect. I forgot to put the picture on here, but we had one meltdown on the way there in Denver, so about 40 minutes before we reached their house. I had given the girls some fruity marshmallows and Ali had spread them all over her face, hands and feet and was so mad about it! I had to pull over and wipe her down. For the long drive they really were so good! I was lucky! Ryan and Becky are in a brand new house so it was fun to see it plus we haven't seen them in months! Molly is right in between their girls and loves them so she was so excited we were going and she had a great time. We were really happy with how well the girls played and got along with each other. Every time it gets better and better as they get older and learn to share better! Thanks again R and B!!