happy Columbus Day...

one huge perk of being a state employee is getting random holidays off. i love it! Brett came home Thursday from work and announced that he didn't have to work Monday. i totally spaced Columbus Day was coming (does anybody really remember it? sorry Columbus...). so we decided we wanted to take Dylan on Trax and have a day Downtown shopping, grabbing lunch and walking around the city.

it was a bit chilly, but so much fun to get out of the house and be together the entire day. i even gave up my morning ritual of going to the gym to take full advantage of Brett's holiday. big deal people.
when we pulled up to the Trax station and Dylan saw the train, he was automatically excited. until we got up to the tracks and one whooshed by us. then he got terrified. but once he saw that it wasn't going to run over us, he couldn't wait to get on. he loved the entire ride and couldn't stop looking out the window or looking at Brett and i, probably because he isn't used to being free in a moving vehicle.

once we got off, he would've been happy just watching the trains come and go. every time he saw one, he would automatically scream and laugh. this kid is a future conductor, i swear.

we spent the next 5 hours shopping at awesome Columbus Day sales, eating at The Red Iguana while Dylan played in the kiddie land at City Creek, and walked around the city and Temple Square.

Brett then suggested we go to the top of the Church Office Building. i have lived here my entire life and i have never been up there. so we went, and it was so beautiful. my camera battery died so i didn't get any pictures but a couple of Dylan looking out the windows they have up there, but it was gorgeous. chilly, but gorgeous.

Dylan loved it. and our tour guide was this adorable older woman who was telling us the history of the city, the buildings being built. we got a big history lesson.

by the time we got on Trax to come home, Dylan was exhausted. he almost fell asleep on my lap, and for those of you who know him, you know that's a big deal to even get close to that.

we have spent the rest of the night eating pizza, laughing, cuddling, watching Chopped and relaxing.

oh Columbus, thank you for being so important that you have your own holiday. it was wonderful.


takin' a break...

hello my peeps. so sorry for the long pause on the blog. honest, i don't even have a good reason. well, actually that's not true. i have been quite the busy bee lately, and blogging was always on my list of things to get done, but always got shoved to the bottom and hence, never got done.

but, what's important is i'm back, and hopefully i'll be updating more often. lots has been happening around here, and it needs to be written down so we can look back and remember these crazy busy times we are going through (well, mainly Brett, but that's another post).

this post is not an update for all the months i have been away. if it was, i would be sitting here literally all.night.long. no no, it's just what we did tonight. a fun family getaway that has been much needed.

yesterday, while Brett and i were eating breakfast (and while Dylan was dancing around to Music and the Spoken Word, he loves the music and the nature scenes) i had a pretty brilliant idea pop into my brain.
me: "hey, why don't you take a half day tomorrow, and we go up American Fork Canyon since i already have a pass there from my shoot on Saturday? we have been wanting to go for months, but have been so dang busy we haven't had time. let's do it before it get's too cold."
Brett: "done."

yes, that one little word sealed the deal, and i spent all night dreaming about our family afternoon in the canyon. and it was every bit as perfect as i pictured in my head. i'll let the pictures do the talking.

oh, except i should probably explain one little pup you will see in the photos. he's ours. and his name is Charlie. yes, we got another dog. long story short, Brett's sister took our girl dog (she helped raise her) and so we kept the fattest pup of the litter. oh, you didn't know our dog had puppies? well, yep, she did. 8 weeks ago tomorrow in fact. and we only have one pup left (of the 10 she had, and except for the one we are keeping) and she is most likely getting sold tomorrow. man, i really need to blog more. so sorry.

it was lovely. just.lovely. we loved every second of being away from our phones, computers and just being together. the drive home was sweet, with my hand in my best friends, and our sweet puppy laying under my feet, and Dylan looking out the window, trying not to fall asleep and talking off and on to us. it couldn't have been a more perfect break from all the busyness that has taken over our house since Brett started school again, and since my business has perked up quite a bit since the end of August. i loved today. i wish today could last for an eternity. it was pure magic.



well Dylan, we made it! you are two. can you believe it? i'm stunned. just stunned that i have a two-year-old.

i am feeling such different emotions than i was when Dylan turned 1. when his first birthday came, i was sobbing, whimpering, trying to hold onto every last second of time before he turned 1. i was kind of in panic mode.

this time around is so different. i couldn't wait for Dylan to wake up so i could run in his room and sing him happy birthday songs. he thought i was nuts. seriously, i think i terrified him more than i made him happy and excited. after i got him from his crib, we came downstairs and had breakfast, and birthday donuts (some that were left over from his party, he loved the change from the usual yogurt and banana). then, it was off to meet dad at work so we could take our newly-minted 2-year-old out for a family birthday lunch. Cafe Rio is a family favorite, so we decided to go there (and it doesn't hurt that they give free quesadilla's to little ones). it was so nice spending time with just the 3 of us. i felt like we had none of that this weekend, which was totally okay and fun, we just aren't used to that.

then once we said goodbye to Brett and took him back to work, Dylan and i had our own fun for a while. he got a haircut, then went down for a nap for 3 hours.
then once he woke up, i wanted to take him on our first mommy/son date since we haven't done that yet, and i've been wanting to do it for a while. so i decided to take him out for frozen yogurt then to the park to play for a while. i let Dylan pick the toppings, and he pointed to sprinkles and chocolate.

then it was time for birthday cake...
i just loved this cake. we had it made for Dylan's mustache bash (see post before this one) and i just couldn't bring myself to cut it up until his actual birthday, it was just too pretty! so, tonight was the night it got eaten.
here's a video i took for Brett since he couldn't be here since he had school tonight...

he loved that cake, and especially the black and red fondant balls that were surrounding it. he ate most of them. then, after watching some Toy Story, it was bed time for this little munchkin. he had a very long day of playing and eating yummy food and he was worn out.

Dylan, we love you! thank you for having the sweetest, kindest heart. you are so loving and so good about doing what i ask you to. these last two years have been the best of our lives, and it's all because of you! your personality is one that is so loving and endearing. you are also so outgoing! you want to be friends with everyone you meet, especially children. i could go on and on about what i love about you and how much you have changed me for the better, but i've done that a million times on this blog so i will spare the readers. just know that i am so grateful that you are my munchkin. you are constantly teaching me new things all the time. you have truly blessed our lives in more ways than we will ever know. and, i must say, you are the most well-behaved two-year-old that ever existed, at least according to all your grandparents, and your Dad and i totally agree. you are, and always have been, the most well-behaved child. we are just so lucky and super blessed to have you in our lives and for forever! i hope you had a happy birthday sweetheart! i am so lucky that i get to spend each and every day with you, but i hope today was especially fun for you!

love you for always,

mommy and daddy

Dylan's Mustache Bash...

so this year, to celebrate Dylan's birthday, i wanted to have a party. a big party. last year we really didn't even do anything, and the reason was was that i was so overwhelmed with trying to decide what to do that my brain went into overload and we ended up doing nothing except small dinners with each of our families. no, this year i wanted a big party with our friends. so, after 3 weeks of stressing, planning, crafting (thanks for the help Cami), spending way more money than i thought we would, and baking, Dylan's Mustache Bash happened on Saturday night.

we partied until 2am. it was so much fun! i had no idea how much prep work went into something like this, but it was so much fun to put together, even with all the stress :) thank you to all our friends who came and supported us! we had such a blast, and Dylan just loved it!