harper's {pink & gold} birthday party

my little harper girl is turning one tomorrow.
O N E.
this altogether thrills me and depresses me, varying every other day/hour.

we threw a big party to celebrate.
i hesitate to post these pictures because you are all going to think i am a lunatic for doing this.
but it was a lot of fun to put together and i had a lot of help.
harper may not remember the decorations and presents, but she knows she has a lot of great friends and family who love her lots.

photo booth printables found here and here.
tassel garland tutorial found here.
glitter dipped mason jar tutorial found here.
popcorn box printable found here.
pink popcorn recipe found here.

i borrowed the doors and crates from my cute cousin, tiffany.
the gold mirror was harper's great grandmother's.
and i gathered the rest of the stuff from around my house.
my aunt monica donated her living room and helped me make treats the day before.

and in case you ever want to dip anything in chocolate... don't.
ok, but seriously. it was a learning process. 
chocolate is like, super temperamental.
apparently it doesn't like to get wet.
so melting it in a double boiler is tricky.
on our third attempt, we discovered these, which you can microwave. i got mine at micheal's. and they are already colored! which is awesome. because, like i said, the chocolate can't get wet. meaning you can't dye it with food coloring.

the photo booth

harper's cake smash

we love our harper girl!


"we are happy to-ge-ver!"

i have no doubt this little boy was meant to be mine.
he's my best little friend.

a few days ago, i was feeling kind of crappy about my parenting abilities that day. super tired and stressed and not very much fun to be around.

miles and i had a conversation that went like this:

"miles, am i bad mom?"

"no! you're happy! and miles is happy! and harper is happy!


melt my heart.


diaper malfunction.

i remember my life and events in two parts: the time before motherhood, and the time after motherhood. motherhood is awesome. life before motherhood, was, well... easy. seriously what was i even doing before i had kids? like did i have 8 spare hours a day to just do, nothing? these kids of mine. they keep my on my toes. and some mornings, like today, start with a diet coke at 8:00 in the morning. and then i hear miles from the other room saying "harper pooped on my rug!" and i don't even know how or why, but yes indeed, she had pooped on his rug. i blame huggies for diaper malfunction. life before motherhood never required that i had to clean up poop. ever. let alone try to keep two little humans alive.

they are lucky they are cute.

{our drive up provo canyon yesterday.}

p.s. fall is here!
and also, that binky is harper's life.
one more thing, i taught miles all of his posing skills.


blog lovin'

one of the main reasons i stopped blogging and reading blogs is all google's fault. seriously. they just killed google reader. and didn't even care that they were hurting my feelings and stopping me from stalking everyone i know. and people i don't know. and now all my blogs are gone and i don't know how to find you people. anyway, i've discovered a new creation. and probably i am way behind the times. but i'm just so happy! it's called blog lovin'. and they even have an app! so its like, put my baby in bed, chill on the couch, pull up the app, and read some blogs. only, i only have like 5 blogs to follow. which is probably good right now, considering i should probably, you know, get stuff done. anyway, if you want to follow me with my new discovery, click here -------> Follow my blog with Bloglovin and also, if we are friends? can you give me your blog address again? ok fine, even if we aren't friends, but you're pretty fun to stalk, you can too.


one time i used to blog.

i used to be a good blogger.
and then i got pregnant. and had a baby. and that baby goes by the name of "harper" and she's almost a year old. so really, my blogging habits are pathetic. another thing that is pathetic? my memory. seriously. i think it got worse with each child. anyway. i'm determined to be better at this. because i have to force myself to write things down. and also, i'm pretty sure you need to see harper more often, because really? her chub kills me. and so do her smiles that take up her entire face.

i'll play catch up later. but for now here's our saturday a couple weekends ago.
we grabbed subways. and a giant smarties at the gas station for miles. and we drove to tibble fork and sat in the back of our car and looked at the reservoir while we ate. and miles can't be near water without getting in it, no matter how cold it is. so we went down and played until we saw some massive rain clouds on a mission. i'm not kidding you, they rushed over the mountains faster than i've ever seen a cloud move. so my smart husband said we should probably get back to the car. and we got there just in time to get dumped on. and also, we got out of american fork canyon right before 2 mudslides blocked the road. that husband of mine. he's got good timing.


little mr. miles is becoming more opinionated these days. he tells me exactly what he wants and when he doesn't get it....well, let's just say he gets to sit in the corner a couple times a day.  but you wouldn't believe me, looking at these pictures right? :)  today i said, "miles, did you go poo-poo?" and he answered, "no. i not poo-poo"  and then i told him we were going bye-bye and he said, "no. i not bye-bye." and he pointed at the door for me to leave him and his legos alone. ok then.

p.s. i feel like my tailbone is permanently crushing my hip bone. ok, i don't really know how to explain it, but let's just say my butt is going numb and its working its way down my leg. is this normal?! oh pregnancy, how i love thee.


i bet you've been wondering where i've been.
well.  i went to mexico to shoot a wedding.
i'm not still in mexico. (although sometimes i wish i was)
but when i came home from mexico, i found out i was pregnant...
(which is why my brother and sister-in-law so lovingly call our unborn child "baby pedro")
anyway, then the morning sickness kicked in like a week later (more like 24/7 sickness)
and i disappeared to my bedroom to hibernate for 17 weeks.

and now i'm finally feeling better. finally.
well...mostly better.
there was the one day this week where wade found me laying on the bathroom floor convinced i was dying.
but i didn't die. i'm still alive and well.

because yesterday i decided to do a half marathon that i signed up for back in december.
um...hello. i couldn't bring myself to waste the 60 dollar registration fee.
only, i didn't train for it. i was too busy hibernating remember?
so i walked the entire thing.
and my legs feel like...well, there are no words for what my legs feel like.
i'm just surprised i didn't go into labor.

there is no news in our lives except that i am now 19 weeks pregnant
and the dr. that did my ultrasound couldn't determine the gender.
his exact quote was, "it could go either way."  really? ya think?
also, miles is jibber jabbering away and thinks we should name the baby "hadley"
after his best friend/cousin. (hope you don't mind, aunt tina!)
we are taking him to disneyland soon and praying that he doesn't hate it.
because remember? my child hates fun.

now enjoy some cancun pictures.
and pray that someday the US of A decides to make their diet coke just like the mexicans.
(because really, it is SO much better)