Sunday, June 30, 2013

Peter is Getting Ready for the Ranch

Peter is such a lucky boy to have visited the ranch before. We love it. It is heaven. Simply put. It is my favorite part of the world. 

We spent some time taking him over to Jackson Hole and Teton National Park (where he took his first boat ride across Jenny Lake!). This is our favorite family tradition. Scott and I have taken a trip to the Tetons every year. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve at the ranch the last few years, and we can't believe we've been invited back with our litter in tow! This will be Brooklyn's first trip to the ranch. She'll probably spend most her time strapped to my tummy, but Peter is prepared to make himself useful. He has been practicing his yard work. He has his cowboy boots ready. He's quite the climber and hiker. He knows all about tools.

As a special surprise for Dick, he has learned the harmonica and will LOVE delighting the company with original compositions all day long (until his Mama hides it). 

There is nothing cuter on this earth than watching Peter sit on the porch in his little yellow chair playing harmonica for the neighbors. 

Trust me.

His sleeping sister especially appreciates when the melodic sounds of the harmonica are directed out of the house, and not in.

Friday, June 28, 2013

For Grandpa Dave

Keeping the tradition alive. 


We are so grateful for our amazing friend, Christine, who takes such wonderful pictures of our little (growing!) family. Brooklyn had just started to become more awake and alert, and although Peter wasn't too into the pictures this particular day, I love having the memory of this special time for our family!  

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

From Our Weekend

We had such a fun weekend. We didn't take a lot of pictures, but it was a busy weekend filled with wonderful friends and family. 

On Friday we went out to Buy Buy Baby and bought our double stroller and a few things we still needed for Miss Brooklyn. We are not shoppers, and neither are our kids. So glad that long evening is behind us! We LOVE our new stroller, so it was worth it. We went to Noodles & Co. for dinner, and Peter out-ate us both. Sometimes I wonder how he can be so skinny! But then I remember that he must take after Uncle Doug and Uncle John...

On Saturday we woke up early and made our way down to the Farmer's Market. We love the Farmer's Market. We like to go practically every week. This week was fun because we met the Barber's downtown and walked around with them. We had a little lunch down at the Farmer's Market and made our way home for Peter and Brooklyn's nap. We also wrote an ode to the stroller. It was so great to have down at the crowded market!

While the kids slept, we spent time in our yard and garden. It is so fun to start seeing the results of the garden pop through. We still have to wait for a lot of our favorite things (watermelon!), but we are loving our loot. There is just something so cool about eating something you grew. 

We got a few more things done around the house and then made our way downtown again for the SLC Art Festival, an annual favorite. We met up with Missy and Josh for the Festival and grabbed dinner afterward. We have wanted to hang out with Missy and Josh for months, but things always get too busy! So it was really fun to have the chance to spend some time with them.  Did I mention we love our stroller?

I love summer in Salt Lake. It's a little harder to catch everything with our kids, but Salt Lake is filled with concerts, outdoor movies, festivals, fairs, markets, and races throughout the summer. I remember when I used to work downtown Scott and I would meet up at lunch time for a little outdoor concert in the middle of the day. We love sitting on a blanket up at the Capitol on Friday nights. We love going to the rodeo and the local fairs. We love the concerts down at Pioneer Park and Galivan where we've seen Iron and Wine and Bright Eyes, but we will probably sit those out this summer. 

Mostly, our summer will be filled with swimming, the zoo, hikes, and having fun in our yard. 

Summer is so much fun. 

This is a pretty Peter-predominant post. While Peter was outside mowing the lawn, working with his water table, drawing with chalk, pushing his wheelbarrow, using the hose, digging with his shovel, and sitting in his truck...

...his sister took advantage of the peace and quiet (Noisy brother is outside!) and took a little nap in the clean laundry.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Morning

Monday is our laziest morning. 
We recover from the weekend and get organized for the week. 
We go on walks, play in the yard, and read lots of stories.  

We mostly just hang out. 
I love these two!