Sep 11, 2012

Everything I Love in One Post

Before we get into this. Yes. I am that crazy Mom. Okay.

So, I was thinking about Leni's first birthday and I can't help but start forming ideas and gathering pretty Pinterest boards. I know it's about 6 months away, but I can't help it. I love Leni! I love planning parties!! I love pretty pictures!!! And I love combining ideas into moodboards!!!!


In other news, we are looking for a house. Yay! We have an offer in and I'm really crossing my fingers because that house spoke to me when we walked through it. We are still looking at other options for it might be awhile before we find out whether our offer is accepted.

Sep 2, 2012

Leni - 6 Months


• Squawker
• Independent
• Curious
• Busy
• Happy
• Mellow

Aug 23, 2012

Leni in the Park


Garsh.
Those eyes.
Those cheeks.
That face.
I'm so lucky to be her mama.

Jul 18, 2012

A Number of Things...



Well, it's been a crazy few months. First of all, I went back to work full-time the day my baby turned 3 months old! I look at it a few different ways. All you stay-at-home moms, be so thankful. I wish for nothing more than to be at home all day every day with my Leni. I miss her so much while I'm working away in the corporate world. I love being a mom more than I ever could have imagined. I love everything about it, even after wiping the spit-up off my shirt for the 10th time that day...am I the only one that doesn't have any clean shirts because they've been spit-up on, thrown up on, wiped drool from my baby's face then wiped it on my shirt because it's already been spit-up on? I wasn't sure how I would feel when my baby was born, whether I would just want to spend every minute with her or whether I would relish time away for a little break for adult interaction and creative challenges. But right now, it's most definitely the former, but I can understand how things might change depending on what type of kid you have or how many, you know? So, stay-at-home moms, I envy you.

On the other hand, I am so blessed to have my job! It has allowed me some great flexibility to stay at home and work a few days out of the week. It is a challenge, but I honestly probably get more work done at home taking care of a baby than in the office ;). I couldn't be happier with my schedule and I feel like it's the perfect balance and we are meeting our needs as a family. Plus, I really do love the work I do and the challenges that come with it. All in all, I love the days I work from home because I can still be the caretaker for Leni, but I look forward to the days in the office for a little bit of social interaction (I have THE best co-workers/friends!) and I can really put my head down and knock out some tasks. Plus, I am so blessed to have Chris' Mom to watch Leni the days I am in the office! Perfect balance for right now.

Second of all, my dear Dad suffered a heart attack and went in for an emergency 5-bypass surgery! This all happened over the 4th of July holiday, things were a bit stressful for a few days, but now my Dad is recovering at their home in Bear Lake while my Mom tries to keep him from doing too much :). I am so thankful my Heavenly Father blessed our family with so many miracles!

The photos above are from a mini shoot a few days after Leni's blessing. She was 7 weeks old. Don't you love her dress!? Chris said it looks like a pillowcase. It totally does, but I love it! Both her dress and booties were purchased from Etsy and I made her headband especially for the occasion.

XO
Jen


May 26, 2012

Leni is 3 Months Old!


• Quite the chatter box
• Hates belly time
• Smiles often
• Occasionally giggles
• Rarely fusses
• Sleeps 4-5 hours at night
• Stands up with some help
• Loves to sing with Dad
• Great cat-napper
• Cutest face ever
• Loves to suck on her fingers
• Interested in everything 

Oh how we love this baby girl.

May 16, 2012

Fly Fishing

Chris and I just celebrated our 6th anniversary on the 13th and...it was Mother's Day! My first Mother's Day as a mother! So special. Chris surprised me with some brand new waders and I finally got to try them out today! We headed up Blacksmith Fork Canyon for some fly fishing. He took the day off before I start work again and things aren't so flexible. We had such a great time (even though I didn't catch any fish)! Leni was awesome. As always. Here are some pictures from our fun day.


Chris caught two fish, here's one of them.


Yep. That's me fishing with a baby.


Leni with Daddy.


Testing the new waders out! I have been wanting some forever so I can tromp through the rivers now!


Skunked :(


But, we saw 2 moose.


And it was a gorgeous day!

Apr 10, 2012

Hotdogs & S'mores!

I love s'mores. It might be the whole reason I love campfires (because I hate smelling like one). Since the weather was going to be nice, I got the idea of going up the canyon to roast hotdogs, do tinfoil dinners and roast s'mores. We got together with some friends at second dam and had a great time!

Just strapped the babe in and she slept for a good part of the night!

Chris did a little flyfishing.

Do you love her monkey suit!? So darling and look at that face, she definitely loves it!

Good friends, good food and definitely some good chocolate.

Leni gets absolutely mesmerized by fire :)

This little outing got me very excited for summer. I love that the weather is getting warmer, we had such a great time! I would love to go camping this summer with Leni, but how do you do that with a baby? Do you take babies camping? I would love to hear your experience if you took your little one camping. Yay for summer approaching!