Friday, July 25, 2014

Eliza 5 Months Old...

She is one beautiful baby! I love her perfectly pursed lips and round little face and cheeks. Her big blue eyes get me every time. At 5 months, Eliza loves to jibber jabber and talks really loud and especially when she's tired. This past month, she has learned to cry a lot. If she is in her element and at home, she is always happy and content and easy-going. As soon as we leave the house, she is fussy and doesn't want anything to do with anyone else except for me. I'm used to doing everything one-handed, but it is a bit tiring. We have been so busy this month so it seems like she has been crying non-stop. AND, the poor babe won't take a binki, so it takes quite a bit of effort to calm her down and keep her calm. I'm so excited for Claire to get back in school so we can get our regular schedule going. My babies thrive in routines and Eliza is no exception.

Although she's a major momma's girl, she completely has my heart. My favorite time of the day with Eliza is at night when all of the others are sleeping during our late-night feeding. I could stare into those baby blues all day long. She gives me the sweetest smiles and giggles and I love to nuzzle my face right into her neck. I can smell her as I type this. She gives me butterflies I love her so much! I swear she says "Momma" sometimes when she cries. Nobody else has heard this but me, but I really think she does!

She had a check-up the other day and she is as healthy as can be. I'm so thankful for that! She is 14 lbs. 9 oz. and 25 in. long. She is in the 45% for height and 40% for weight. She seems to be going in the same growing pattern as Janie and Caleb. They start big, and as they grow, they tend to be on the smaller side.

How lucky am I to get to be her mom?!?!?!...
 Love that little chin...
 Giving herself high 5 with her toes...
 Smiley...

 Not sure what I said to offend her,but my favorite thing about her crying is her nose! Is that not the cutest nose you've ever seen!?!?!? I love to kiss it when she cries because it's the cutest nose I have ever seen in my entire life...
 Oh hey Lizy. AKA Lizy Lou. AKA Lize. AKA Lizy Bean. AKA E. AKA Liza...




 Always sucking on her hand or arm...


If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that Eliza has blessed our lives beyond measure. Claire, Caleb and Janie absolutely adore her! They love to hold her and kiss her and try to give her any and every toy. I think it's safe to say that we would do anything for this baby girl. We love her so!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our First Time Camping!

I'm ashamed to say it, but this is the first time my kids went camping. We've always had the cabin to go to, so now that it has sold, we are forced to enjoy the mountains in other ways! We had such a great time. The kids were in heaven and ate marshmallows for dinner, snacks, breakfast and lunch! We left Janie at Dodo's and had a great time. We ended up missing her, but I think it made for an easier trip.

Silver Lake up American Fork Canyon. Next time we'll bring our fishing poles!...








 Ahhhhhhh. Feels so good... Great pic, Claire!
 The kids first time sleeping in a tent. They all fell asleep in about 30 seconds. They were exhausted. I, on the other hand, had a dream that a man was walking around our tent with a flashlight and he actually shot me in the chest. I'm such a baby...
 Cuddle bug in Caleb's pajama's. I didn't realize it would get as cold as it did...





 He fell into the fire. He didn't get burned, but got a little scared...



 Claire is loving peace signs lately...



A weekend to remember!

Our Summer...

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Our summer has been one for the books! Crazy busy and FUN FUN FUN!

Our 4th of July was especially fun...

 Janie potty trained! Hooray! When she has to go to the bathroom, she says, "MOM!!!  I have to go pee SO BAD!" Ha. My children aren't known for their tact...
 Eliza is as sweet as she looks and the ULTIMATE momma's girl! She's always staring at me and not too fond of being held by anyone else. Ever...
 Swimming lessons...




 Happy! She always scratches herself right in the middle of her forehead, darnit...
 Selling candy to earn money for the carnival rides...
 Tons of fun being carnies!...
 She's cute when she drools...
 Bows can be so ridiculous...
 Can I just say how much I LOVE not being pregnant?! This is what brings me joy! To be able to play with my kids...
 A day in...
 Hangin out...
 I bought this table for Buddy for his birthday and we use it almost every day to each lunch on. One of the best purchase I've ever made!...
 Splash "party"...


 Claire has lost her first 2 teeth this summer!...
 This girl is an absolute HOOT!...

 Eliza... HA!...
 Claire went to Temple Square with Grandma and Grandpa Bennion and she sent me this most beautiful picture!...
 New swimming suits from gma and gpa...
 A half-full hot tub never stops Mikey...
 Janie is so special...
 And so is Eliza...
 I love this hard working man. He truly has a heart of gold...
 Sand and water at Dodo's...
 Lizy around 4 months old...


 Always playing dress-ups with Rilee...
 Splash park...
 Don't you just want to pick her up and squish her?!?...
 We loved our visit from Isaac!...
 She cracks me up. Always taking her clothes off...
 I wore this on a date. Mike asked why I was wearing pajama pants. I promise they're not. It's just the style these days and this momma LOVES it!...
 Quick run to the store...

 4th of July twinners...

 Chase Breinholt and Janie...

 Sleeping out on the tramp...
 Sisters...
 Jensie came home from Olivia's baby blessing and spent the day with us. We need to do that more often!...
 Lazy Sundays are so great...
 Lunch...
 Oldest and the youngest... Claire wants to hold Lizy ALL THE TIME. It's like her very own real life doll! Except she's not a doll...
 Seriously, boys are lucky. In a pickle? Just pull over...
 I love those blonde summer locks...
 Sittin in the garage enjoying a Slurpee...
 This is right about the same moment that Claire said, "I want to pretend to be a mom. Just sit around and do nothing." I wanted to dump my Slurpee on her...
Eliza with hair...
 Consider yourself absolutely LUCKY to get to hang out with this girl! She is as hilarious, confident and awesome as she looks!...
 Oh ya. Lovin that fudge bar...
 I have 4 children and I am 28 years old. I wonder what the next 10 years will bring...
 Crafting after church...
 Dress-ups with friends. All the time...
 In the backyard some more...
 All tuckered out...
 This is how Janie puts "lipsick" on. It's one of her favorite things...

Such a great summer so far! Claire starts 1st Grade in just a few days. I'm sad and happy all at the same time!