One of the things I recently realized I've been missing out on with my poor blogging habits (although we're trying to improve over here) have been the funny little daily snippets of our life. That's the one thing I appreciate sooooo much from "mommy" blogs or lifestyle blogs is the real, authentic version of someone's life. And even though I'm in the middle of doing a re-brand on my blog to support a platform for a touch more realness over here, it's never too late or early to start.

Newborn Session | Baby Bode

I was honored to take newborn pictures for my cousin's new baby - he's the sweetest little thing with the softest skin. It was a mini dream to try my hand at newborn photography, because while I've always wanted to, you can't just go borrow people's brand new babes at will. It really was a privilege to try this simple shoot and even though he was awake the whole time, we managed to get a few really cute shots. 

Happy Pioneer Day!

"Those marvelous Saints who embraced this great work and shared it in lands far and near, who gave with all their heart, mind, and strength to the Lord with wisdom and vision so clear, now stand as examples of virtue and faith, of souls prepared to hear, of knowledge sure, born of humble heart, and love that banished fear.

With faith in every footstep, we follow Christ, the Lord, and filled with hope through his pure love, we sign with one accord."

A Very Merry Unbirthday

We threw a surprise "birthday" party for my brother today and we TOTALLY pulled it off. Keeping secrets from 12-year-old brothers is kind of tricky, you know? But alas, we did it! The thing is that it's not actually his birthday, see... his birthday is in November, and he never gets sunny birthday parties. Mom decided to throw him a half-brithday party so he could have a pool party. And then, it transformed into a SURPRISE half-birthday party.

Teenage boys (or almost teenage boys) are quite hilarious. Did you know that? They jump off the diving boards about a trillion times and play games with half-filled water bottles and yell random sayings when they do cool stuff. They also play Pokemon Go and stare at cell phones and eat a lot too. It's hilarious. 

They're also good at carrying blocks of ice and throwing them into pools. Funny story, we had to do that today. The pool we swam at ended up being around 100 degrees, aka hot tub temperature. It was suggested that we buy ice blocks and throw them in to the pool to cool it down. 10 ice blocks later and the pool was down to 98 degrees. I've always wondered if a pool could feel too warm and today I learned that it can be too warm - but, it was still perfect. Soooooo perfect and fun!

Here's to the happiest unbirthday to my little bro, he's one of the coolest cats around!

A Hike to the Y

On the 4th of July, we opted to head out on a tiny adventure. Sadee has been asking to hike to the Y and mostly, to hike just in general. We are always wanting to try setting new traditions and take advantage of doing these activities while our kids still want to. We invited my siblings to join. With granola bars and water packed up, we drove up to the base of the mountain, hopped out of the car and started the journey on the trail. It was probably within the first 5 minutes that I was asked if we were almost to the top. Typical. Cam was being carried in our ErgoBaby, but quickly wanted down because it was hot. His little legs hiked the remainder of the hike, which was probably about half of the hike. 

Ward Campout

We live in one of the single greatest neighborhoods of all time - a place that consists of some of the most generous humans that know how to give, give, give. Every year, our entire ward (aka church congregation) gets to head up Provo canyon for the weekend and spend a little QT time together. We eat delicious food, play games, watch movies and talk the night away... or at least until it's time for the babies to sleep. Everyone is invited to bring tents and camp under the trees over night. This year was our very first year, in (nearly) SEVEN years, that we opted to actually bring a tent and stay the night. Sadee has been begging to have a "campout" in the backyard and this seemed like a 100% better option for us all around.
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