Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lottie's blessing

We blessed Lottie on October 8. There was a bit of stress trying to decide where we would have our after party. I was REALLY hoping it would be great weather so we could do it outside, but we couldn't really depend on that (and good thing we didn't cause it was pretty cold). And we didn't really want to do it at our house because we don't have furniture upstairs and our basement is kind of a mess since we got water in it again and so the carpet is a mess. Berrie was a saint and offered her house up for it. We just did immediate family this time. Tanner has kind of wanted to keep it low key with all the kids, and he got his wish this time :) My parents came up early to help with the kids - which was a pretty good thing because we probably wouldn't have made it on time were it not for an
extra 2 pairs of hands! 

Even had a few minutes to try to get a few pics of her in her dress (bought by Berrie. Tights, shoes and bracelet and blanket from my mama). 










This picture makes Tanner and I laugh. Trying to force a family picture is never a good idea. Here's some proof. G was especially grumpy and clingy for some reason, Harvey just wanted to go play with cousins and Lottie was ready for a nap. Oh well. It's us and real :)


 










A beautiful day celebrating Lottie. Despite the challenges a newborn bring (and a slightly fussy, hard newborn at that), we love love love this baby. My mom was awesome and documented and then typed up the blessing, which was also really beautiful. I'm so grateful for Tanner, for our loving, supportive families, and the gospel that makes all of it eternal!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Lake Blanche

Oh heavenly heaven of dreamy goodness. It is a little sad that something that used to be an almost weekly event had to take a month of planning to make happen...but it happened. Yesterday I hiked to Lake Blanche, my favorite hike ever, in fall, my favorite season, with Brooke, my favorite. And it was everything we hoped it would be and more! More because we both weren't sure we'd make it to the top. Ha. Neither of us are in peak hiking shape. But we did it. Slowly but surely. It was a gorgeous day, like mid 60's. Tanner watched the older kids and I carried Lottie and she did awesome. Only had to stop and feed her twice, change a diaper once and otherwise she slept through it all. The leaves were amazing. These pictures unfortunately just don't capture the magnificence of it all.

















I love this view


I love her





I was pretty exhausted by the top. But the hike down was so much more painful. Ha. My knees were not loving how steep it was. It felt more steep going down than coming up. And my toes and heels were not accustomed to hiking shoes and so they were hurting pretty good too. Man - I'm old and out of shape. But that's not what I should focus on. It was a completely different hike going down. I mean, obviously you see it from a different view but the dusk lighting made all the leaves seem like they were glowing or something. They were SO bright and brilliant and so much more incredible. It was so so so so pretty. And again the pictures don't even come close to doing it justice.








It was such a beautiful hike, obviously. But it was so great talking the whole time with my bestie. It did my heart and soul and body good. I'll keep enjoying this stage of parenting and the smallness and cuteness of the kids, but I do look forward to when we all can go on bigger hikes, or at least when it's easier to get me some more regular girlfriend time in :)