Thursday, March 17, 2016

So, I'm a little behind...

I knew it had been awhile since I updated our family blog, but when I looked I realized that it's been over a year since my last update. *gasp*  

So, I'm a little behind. There have been a lot of wonderful memories over the last year, and I hope that sometime soon I can catch up on the blog a bit! 

But here's a very short update:

Leo and Lena are getting so big!  Age 2 and 6- can you believe it?! They are so fun, and so crazy, and we just have a blast all the time. They keep us hopping, that's for sure!

We have a trip to Disneyland planned this Spring, and several camping trips over the summer- so it will be a fun-filled summer for sure!

Jack and I enjoyed a fun fondue dinner for Valentine's Day.

Leo and Lena shared a Froot Loop necklace that Leo made at school.

My grandma Lucy passed away in January. She was 91. She was a spunky, smart, curious woman with many talents and many interests. She was one of a kind, and we miss her.

Lena LOVES taking baths. I realized recently that most of her photos these days are taken during bath time. 

We celebrated Leo's 6th birthday in January! 

Lena turned 2 in February!

We had a very snowy February!

We drove our RV out to California for Thanksgiving and had a great time at the beach with our extended family!

Driving in the RV

Nana and Papa came to our house for Christmas, and spoiled the kids with too many presents!

My sister came with her two boys too!  Fun with the cousins!

Lena wasn't too thrilled to sit on Leo's lap!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

9 Months Old

This little girl just keeps getting cuter and cuter. Seriously, I just can't stand it!

Lena is crawling all over the place. She loves picking up all kinds of gross things from the floor and putting them in her mouth. She loves to eat dirt from potted plants, onion skins, and crusty cereal that her older brother has dropped.

She loves to clap, to giggle, and to smile at strangers. In fact, she is quite good at flirting with men on airplanes. She melts hearts wherever she goes.

She loves taking baths with her big brother. She is an excellent splasher.

And she made the cutest little bumble bee for Halloween. (but the little hat didn't stay on very long)

We just love our little Lena! We can't imagine life without her.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sweet Potato

Lena had her first baby food today. I think she liked it, but she really just wanted to grab the spoon!

Throwback Thursday

Leo wore this costume on his first Halloween, 4 years ago. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Oktoberfest 2014

We continued our Oktoberfest tradition and had some people over for a big German feast.
We made schnitzel and gravy and potatoes and Rotkohl.  Others brought bratwurst and sauerkraut and   spaetzle.

Everything was delicious!

We missed all our Virginia friends this year, but it was fun to make some new ones. Little did we know that everyone there had some kind of German connection- it was quite funny.

Leo wore his German hat, and Jack found a great Pandora station with polka music. What a fun night!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

8 months old!

This is a few days late, but I finally took Lena's photo today. She is 8 months old!

Her hair is getting really long, so I have to put the top up so it stays out of her eyes. It's pretty cute. She looks like Pebbles.

She has been rolling around and moving all over the place. She loves to do this yoga pose... downward dog.

And last week, she started to crawl!

We love our little Lena. She is so cute and cuddly. She loves playing with all her brother's Star Wars toys. And she always puts up with his rough-and-tumble play. In fact, no one can make her laugh like Leo can! She lights up every time she sees him. She sure loves her big brother!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our New RV!

We sold our cute little vintage 1968 trailer "Big Red"  last year, and since then we've been on the hunt for a new trailer. But our van can only haul so much, and we really didn't want to buy an SUV... so we decided to look at motorhomes. After a month of searching, we found this little beauty.

Luckily my parents were here for a visit, so they helped us look. They are the motorhome experts, so it was nice to have their advice too. We loved the floor plan of this one- how open it is- and also the bunk beds in the back. Perfect for the kids!

I decided to paint all the oak cabinetry. It took a week to tape, remove doors and hardware, and another week to paint. One coat of primer, and 3 coats of paint. *whew*  It was a big project.

I don't know why, but for some reason RVs always have the *ugliest* fabrics ever. So of course, I had to change those. I made some new valances, recovered the dinette cushions, and made new curtains. 

But once we got it all painted, the doors put back on, and new silver hardware- the transformation was pretty incredible. We love it! It's so much more modern, clean and bright.


 I recovered the ugly wallpaper border with some vinyl "stripe" and some of the vinyl wallpaper I had left over from doing the fridge.

We recently took it out for our first camping trip. It was so fun!  It's quite an upgrade from our old trailer- we actually have running water, electricity, a full size sink, heat and AC, a toilet, and a shower!  We felt like were living the high life!

 We went to a campground about 40 minutes from our house- Mountaindale. It was beautiful up there.

Poor Leo fell down on the gravel and skinned his knees about 4 times that weekend. (We tried to get him to wear some pants, but he wouldn't have it.)  And THEN he smashed his fingers in the door. We put lots of oils on him, of course. Lavender for the skinned knees (to kill germs, relieve pain) and DeepBlue for the smashed fingers (FAST pain relief, reduces swelling).  Poor little guy.

The kids had fun playing on the playground.

Who doesn't love a campfire! Especially while snuggling with these two little cuties.

We watched General Conference on the computer, while Leo played with Legos on our bed.  A fun time was had by all.

This was the best place for Lena to hang out. We just fastened the seat belt around her waist, and it made a great little "high chair" for her.

 Leo smothering her with kisses.

So, we're RV people now. We're so excited!  We look forward to dozens of camping trips, and all the memories our kids will have of this RV.