Sunday, September 29, 2013

A beautiful Sunday afternoon

This afternoon while I was in my office working on some General Conference prep, I had the pleasure of listening to Eric read Audrey stories and talk about her time in nursery.  It was super sweet.

I didn't think much of it when they went quiet, but I was happy to find this scene when I came out of my office:


Eric asleep on the couch (note the foot) and Audrey playing quietly by his side.  More sweetness.  Although Auds is probably too little to remember it, and Eric was unconscious for it, it struck me as a very beautiful moment.  I love them, and love these moments.

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Princess Party at the Farm

Audrey's third birthday is fast approaching (finally!) and since she has a pre-set playdate with her two best friends on Fridays, I thought I'd make it into a little party for her today. 

Audrey's friends are great girls from great families and I just really want them to grow old together (think: BYU roomies, missions, and joint baby showers).

I know the girls like to play dress-up, so dress up we did.  Keeping it simple, all I did was lay out our dress-up clothes, and then let the girls have at it.





There were a few outfit changes, but that's to be expected from such serious princesses!

Truly, easiest party ever.  I blew up some balloons, put out some coloring sheets and they were happy.





A very unexpected highlight of the party was when the girls became fascinated with the chickens in the backyard, and Eric took them out for some farm time. 








They loved feeding the turkeys and petting the chickens. 

Since I didn't have too many party activities planned, I did want to get Audrey a special cake.  I have never bought one at a bakery before, but now there might be no going back.  It was perfect and amazing and all I had to do was pick it up. 




As you can tell, the girls were enamored.

The boys were at the party too, but we did our best to ignore them.



I tried to get some pictures of the princess sisters, but they're just whacky!




Not a bad way to start off being a 3 girl...almost.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall in Washington


We had our first really cool day here today. Fitting for the first day if fall. I found Auds watching tv like this. Maybe it's time to shut the windows?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Park Time


We miss Amos while he's at school. My gang of 4 is no more. Well, not from 12-4 anyway.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Moving is hard, and that's how James Taylor got involved.

No offense to this weekend, but last weekend was AWESOME.  I did something I have never done before...I took a vacation by myself.  No husband, and certainly no lap babies (though technically my parents were there).  My destination of choice?  Why, Utah, of course. 

Truthfully, Eric and I have been missing Utah like crazy.  Starting a life in a new place is difficult, and although I knew that (thank you parents for a cross country move when I was 15), I'm relearning it all over again.  Don't get me wrong, we're happy, and we know this is where we're supposed to be, but that doesn't make it easy.

Enter the OC Tanner "Gift of Music Gala Concert."  As a Shaver family, we all entered the lottery for tickets.  As luck would have it, I won and so did my parents.  We knew it wasn't feasible for all of the Hornes to go, so my weekend "alone" quickly took shape. 


Of my roommates in college, one is in the Mormon Tabernacle choir (thus, required to be there) and two are diehard James Taylor fans.  It was pretty much the perfect storm to get us all to Salt Lake City.



Post concert, Desiree (Motab'er extraordinairre), Deveney, and me:


Plus Desiree's husband, Chuck (who was a really good sport about hangin' with the JT crazy girls):


The concert was great, but lunches, shopping, and chatting with my friends were the ultimate best. 

Friday night, my most favorite friends from Springville came up and met my parents and me for dinner.  It's a dang good thing that 1. My parents were there, because I would never have left Melanie and Alisha and 2. We weren't in Springville, because I think the new owners of our house would be quite surprised to have me try to start moving back in.  There aren't even words for how great seeing my dear friends made me feel.  I really, really needed that.  And a cream cheese brownie from Kneaders.

View from my hotel room, ah, City Creek:


When I started plotting this adventure in my mind, Eric challenged me to name one James Taylor song.  Nailed it!  Ok, name two songs.  Uh? Not so much.  

I'll admit it, I used James Taylor.  But, given the chance, I'd do it all over again.  

(For the record, I did recognize more songs once at the concert).

Also, I need to mention that Eric went above and beyond to make this an amazing trip for me.  He really took one for the team on this one.  That man loves me.  And wants me to stay sane ;)  But mostly loves me.

Tiny Dancers

Amos might have started his academic career this week, but Maggie and Audrey started their dance careers!




They are taking a class together at a little studio here in Duvall, and it's pretty much the most adorable thing ever.  It is incredibly low key, and just perfect for my excited girls.

The first day of class they got to wear tap shoes, and they might as well have been magical, because I've never seen such wiggly feet on Audrey or Maggie.  Another favorite was dancing with scarves to the Tangled soundtrack.  So great.

I found it interesting that Maggie's "default" dancer pose was arms in:



And Audrey's "default" dancer pose is arms way out:




In some ways, they couldn't be more different.

I should also mention that Amos is the most proud brother ever.  He very sincerely asked the girls to show him what they learned in class, even though he had seen it all when he watched class with me.



I am seriously loving the awesomeness.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

An actual start

School finally started!  Amos loves it.  He amazes me with how easily he just takes it all in stride. 

The first day of school there was a little confusion with the bus, but it all seems to be sorted out now.  I have to load up all of the kids in the car to go to the bus stop, and that is definitely not my favorite.  Eventually we'll be taking Maggie to school from the bus stop, so I guess I might as well get used to it.  (Sidenote: Mag's preschool is now delayed until Sept. 30. Blech).


At least the bus stop is pretty:



And, his backpack is cool (we bought it during a time when he was watching "The Sandlot" a lot):


His bus driver to school is a friend of mine from church, so that is awesome!  I love knowing someone will be looking out for him.



On the way home from school he has a different bus driver, but she seems great too.



I did manage to get a "First Day of School" survey done for Amos too.  Go me.


So, that's it.  Amos goes to school! Every. Day.