Friday, September 30, 2011

Four Years In...

It's been four years since Chris and I were sealed for time and all eternity in the Newport Beach LDS Temple. It was such a beautiful ceremony filled with loving family members and close friends. The Spirit was so strong in that room. We were both kneeling at the alter holding hands and it felt as if it was just the two of us there. I was just so happy being in the temple with the love of my life. As the temple president started marring us, I bowed my head and tears came streaming down my face. I looked up at Chris and noticed even he was tearing. The feeling of being there was just so right. We finally kissed over the alter as the newly married Mr. and Mrs.

Chris and I have accomplished so much together and we continue to strive to do our best. He is my absolute best friend and companion. He brings so much happiness and assurance to my life. He is my protector and provider. I feel like the luckiest person to have such a wonderful man in my life.

So to celebrate our 4th year of marriage, Chris and I spent a few nights in a gorgeous hotel out in Newport beach. (We went in July before Ella arrived and we left Lincoln with his grandmas.) It was the first time, in a very long time, that we got to sleep in and actually sleep through the night! Although I did miss my little Lincoln and was constantly thinking about him, it felt amazing not having to get up at 1, 3 and 6 am to a crying baby.
Chris and I had a great time just the two of us. It felt like our dating years again!
Of course we went back to the temple that we were married in. It was so beautiful and so nice seeing everything again. We even spent some time at Crystal Cove Beach where he proposed to me.

Here I am 9 months pregnant with little Ella

That weekend flew by so fast and we had to go back to reality. Now we've got two babies and our lives somehow keep getting busier, so this is one memory I'll cherish for a while!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Close Enough to Kiss

Oh no! I think I'm becoming semi "crunchy!"
 I'm not a tree hugger, or vegetarian, I don't cloth diaper, and I definitely don't lean to the left (so I guess I'm not even close to being "Crunchy Granola"). But I do BABYWEAR! (Which I learned some what falls into that category of people). For me, babywearing just makes life a little easier. I can have Ella in the sling with me while I'm chasing Lincoln around or if Lincoln is tired of being in the stroller I can carry him around with me. I love it! It's so nice having them near me and always at eye level. I'm even trying to master wearing them both together! There are so many benefits of babywearing. My sister says I look like Sacajawea, which I'll take as a compliment.
Babywearing seems like it's becoming more of a fad lately. Every time I'm out I get so many stares and people saying "Awe, how cute..." It's actually pretty awkward, but maybe there will be more babywearers because of it... So if you want to start wearing your kid around to make things more convenient, or to bond, or because you simply want to look cool, here's what you need to make your very own Ring Sling:
• a shawl (or fabric that has some give to it but not stretchy) I got one at JcPenny on sale for $10!
•two 3" aluminum rings ( $4/pair)
• your newborn, infant, or toddler (some even wear their DOGS!)
• and follow this video I found on YouTube

Now you're ready to start babywearing. There are so many instruction videos on YouTube on how to put your child in properly.

Here are some of my babywearing moments...


Even dogs like to wear their babies....
hee hee!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Gift from God

Our baby Ella is 4 weeks old in these pictures. She is such a sweet little spirit and she always brings a smile to our face. She has big gorgeous eyes and a big beautiful smile. I think she's going to look like her daddy. We feel so blessed to have her here with us. I love seeing Chris with her. He is so gentle with her and is always saying how beautiful she is. We are so fortunate to have our little "Ella Bella" in our lives.

Her aunt Nicole took these cute pictures of her and she also took Lincoln's...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ella's Special Day

Our baby girl was blessed on Sunday, September 4th and it was such a special day. It was great being surrounded by loved ones. It was so nice hearing what Heavenly Father has in store for her. She is such an amazing blessing to have. 
Doesn't she look so adorable!? Her grandma Seymore made this beautiful dress for her special day.

Monday, September 5, 2011

the Latest on Lincoln {12 months}

Lincoln's 1 year well baby check up:
height - (97%)
weight - (50%)

My baby is getting so big! I really can't believe that Lincoln is a year old. I guess technically he's considered a toddler now, but I'm having a pretty hard time accepting that so I still refer to him as a baby. Lincoln is such a smart, fun, active little guy. He means the world to us! He is so independent. Lincoln loves books, rocks, baths, playing in the pool, he loves wrestling with Daddy, and of course exploring. He is such a happy baby. He started walking at 10 months and he's got so many scraps and bruises to show for it, but it never holds him back. He'll just stand right back up and keep going. He is always coming up with new sounds to entertain us. This has been going on for a while, but he'll do this thing where he exaggerates his cough and he'll just keep coughing and coughing... It's so random! ha ha. When he watches cartoons he shifts back and forth, kind of like a little monkey. It is so cute to watch him dance! He'll either bounce up and down, or kick one leg up and down, or move an arm with his hand straight out like a karate chop! Lincoln just LOVES music, we dance together all the time, even in the car! He's not much of an eater yet. (He puts everything in his mouth, except for food). As soon as we bring food up to his mouth he closes his eyes and shivers as if he is so discussed by it. We just cut out formula from his diet so he's going to have to start eating more to make up for it. Oh! Lincoln's way of affection is a head bump! ha ha. He goes up to little kids and just bumps his head against theirs. (I used to do this all the time with him, put my forehead against his, I think that's where he gets it from). The first day he met his baby sister, Ella, he went up to her and put his head on hers. It was the sweetest thing. He is so cute with Ella. Every time she cries, he goes running to where she is. He even tries climbing up her bassinet to see her! It was like nothing changed with him, and he even sleeps right through her LOUD cries.
- he's got 4 teeth on the bottom and 4 on top (I can feel molars coming in too)
- started walking at 10 months old
- started using a sippy more and eating more solid foods
- wears shoe size 5 toddlers and 18-24 size clothes
- still puts everything in his mouth
- started sleeping on his own! (and only wakes up once, which is great considering he used to wake up like 5 times a night)

Lincoln brings so much joy into our lives! Every time I think of him I just get so excited. I look forward to every second I get to spend with him. Lincoln is such a great spirit and he makes me a better person everyday.

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9 months

10 months

11 months

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Celebrating His First Year!

I really can't believe that my baby is already a year old! It is so true that time does fly!! To celebrate we had a little party at the park with our family. It was such a sunny day, perfect for my little guy to enjoy! We all had such a great time. Ella was such a joy to have there too, and how many people can say that they had their little sister at their first birthday!
Here are some pictures of his big day!


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