Saturday, July 27, 2013

4th of July, 2013

We had a fun 4th of July weekend. Adam had Thursday and Friday off, so we loved it.
Here are Linc and Ollie trying orange juice on their cereal since we were out of milk- they didn't love it.
We had fun watching Despicable Me 2- the boys have been waiting for it forever.
On the drive up to the condo, we stopped by Bridal Veil Falls to have a look.
Me and the big boys decided to climb up the rock hill to get closer to the falls, while Franky, Adam and his flip-flops stayed at the bottom. It was amazing up there! Apparently I have never been even though I've lived in Utah my whole life!
The boys on the bridge.
These guys looked teeny tiny like The Borrowers.
                                               Bridal Veil Falls
Watching his brothers at the condo swimming pool.
First guitar lesson.
Swimming at the pool! The boys went twice a day sometimes while we were there. They love to swim!
A barn in Park City.
We went for a drive in the rainy mountains- the fresh smell was GLORIOUS!!

Linc fell asleep at dinner at Red Rock after a busy day.
Playing at Park City Resort.
                                               More swimming!
                                Wasatch Mountain State Park
The boys found a snake and I finally consented to hold it so they would stop bugging me...
I guess holding baby snakes is alright.... GULP!

                                        At Cascade Springs.
                                       Franky, ready for a nap.
                                 Deer Creek and the back of Timp.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

cinnamon roll sunrise

 I run on this hill all the time with Ann and Linds. 
We see the most beautiful sunrises!
My favorites are when it's cloudy- it makes the skies more dramatic and colorful.
So for a year, we've been running to the top of this hill, and when we turn to go down- 
the sun is shining over the valley. 
It is breathtaking! 
And every time I think to myself, "The boys would love to see this!"
So I finally did it. 
I picked up some cinnamon rolls the day before and talked to 
the boys about waking them up at 6:00 the next morning. 
They were all excited... except Adam.
That morning Franky woke up to nurse around 5:40- perfect!
So I put him in his carseat when he was done, got the other boys up and loaded in.
Last to stagger out was Adam, but at least he came right?
It was quiet and peaceful on the hill.
We could hear the birds chirping and the faint sound of traffic far away somewhere.
We left Franky in the car sleeping.
It was a cooler summer morning, so I'm glad the boys had their blankets.
We got there just in time.

 I had to leave this one in because of Linc going in for the bite... haha!

 There was a wildfire somewhere, so you can see the smoke in the air.
Still, gorgeous.

After a few minutes, we packed everyone back in the car so Adam could leave for work.
Maybe someday we'll go on a sunrise hike, but for now, this was perfect.

I love my little family and our adventures!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Franky- 5 months

Five months is definitely the best age. We are loving every second with our little Franky boy. Sometimes I can't believe our family has grown so big. There is so much love here. It's hard to comprehend and there is no way to describe it. This little Franky has added to our family's happiness and purpose. We are so in love with him and feel lucky to have him in our family. 

Franky at five months:
Sweet and smiley!
He will give everyone who talks to him a smile. 
He lets anyone hold him.
Soft and squishy- the perfect chubby thighs to love.
Starting to sit up a lot more, but still needs help.
Can roll from his belly to his back.
Doesn't love tummy time.
Starting to stand on his legs more.
One month ago he had jello legs, but now loves to be up and bouncing on them.
Ticklish on his collarbone.
Grew his first tooth a few days before 5 months and the second popped through right after.
Makes kissing sounds without puckering his lips.
Squeals with delight when you talk to him.
Or he gets shy when someone talks to him and stuffs his tiny chubby fist in his mouth with a smile. 
He does this fake cough/laugh thing to get your attention-- so smart I tell you!
Loves tasting EVERYTHING- toys, mommy's fingers, purse, napkins, etc.
And now chewing on everything with his two tiny white teeth.
Grabs everything so we have to watch our plates of food while he's on our laps.
His reflexes are suddenly like lightning and he'll snatch toys from our hands and have them in his mouth in milliseconds.
Laughs without being tickled now.
Lincoln (4) makes him laugh all the time by talking to him in silly voices.  
He loves a binky when it's time to sleep, but no other time- he won't keep it in his mouth.
So the way to soothe Franky is to stand up and walk around- he would ride on my hip all day and be happy to see everything.
He loves watching his brothers.
Still wakes up a few times in the night to eat- I know this is my problem, but oh well.
Still takes a few naps a day but is staying awake longer.
He has been biting with his new little teeth the last couple days while nursing- (yeeouch!) 
When I pull him away fast to tell him no, he looks at me so surprised and then laughs and cries because he doesn't know what's going on. It's sad, but hopefully he figures out it's not cool soon.
He protests a little when I lay him on the floor to play, unless I lay by him for a minute or give him a toy.
So mostly his brothers hold him, and mostly Elliott if I can't.
He also sits in the bumbo and helps me make lunch and dinner. 
He has been acting ready for food lately and we've been giving him little tastes. 
We fed him rice cereal for the first time and he loved it.
He's come a long way in a month.
It's so fun watching him grow and discover his personality. 
He is such a good baby that he makes me hungry for more babies. Dangerous I say!
We love you so much Frank Everett!

Adam called me in to see Franky playing happily laying down the other day.
"He never lets me hold him like a baby!"
(Sometimes if we lay Franky down, he lifts his head like he's doing sit-ups- so funny.)
Adam is so in love with Franky! 
He talks about him all the time saying, "He is just the cutest thing. You don't know how cute he is because you're always with him-- look at this kid!"
And he claims to kiss him 100 times a day... which I believe because he really can't stop kissing him.
On top of all of my daily kisses, and the boys- this is one loved baby boy!

P.S. I love that I just woke up in the first pic, and just got done running in the second. I'll take any pic with my babies I can get!)
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