September 01, 2013

We're back! With a giant photo recap....

Hey guys!  I'm back.  It's September already - which is pretty hard to believe.  However, in a way it seems like I've been gone from blogland forever.  I really missed you!  And I thought I'd do a giant recap on what we've been up to this summer.  

When I stopped blogging in June I said I wasn't sure if I'd be back or not.  Well, my plan as of right now is to come back BUT not in full force.  I will still have a few posts a week, but not everyday.  I'm going to try and be chill about it....even though that's not in my nature :)

So, in my last post I showed you a few pictures of the little lady.  Here she is at about a week old.


I always love seeing how small babies look in their cribs at first.


Here's a "real life" picture at 2 weeks.  Elsa was pretty fussy for the first couple of months, but she's mellowed out a lot in the last few weeks.



She's inherited some really cute clothes and headbands from my sister's little girl.  It's really fun to dress her.


When people see her, they always comment on her hair.  We're sporting the same hairdo, pretty much.


I think we finally convinced the boys that it's okay that she's not a boy.  Girls rock, too.


I'm finally using the baby play mat I made HERE a few years ago.


As I mentioned, her hair is the subject of conversations.  It doesn't really stay down.  It has a personality of its own and I just love it.


We had her baby blessing at the beginning of August. 


It was a perfect day.  She is such a gift and has brought so much joy into our lives.  I feel such an intense bond with her and having her in my life is a constant reminder of God's love and mercy.


What about the boys?  Well, Baden has had the hardest time with the change.  He doesn't show a whole lot of interest in her, but occasionally he'll make some cute comments.  He let her hang out with him in his "nest" the other day.


Baden is in his second year of preschool now and he's loving it.  Yay!  He's becoming less and less shy, which has been really fun to see.


And Rex?


Rex turned 6 this summer and got to build his own skateboard.  


He even took a skateboarding class, which he loved.  He's not Shawn White yet, but he's happy to have an interest that's all his own.


The summer was amazing and really difficult all at once.  The change from 2 kids to 3 has been hard for me, to be honest.  In the first 2 months I felt like I never had one minute to myself.  As Elsa has mellowed out and now that the boys are in school, I feel like I'm finally getting a little more sanity.  Rex is in 1st grade, so he's in all day school now.  Baden's school is only a couple of hours, 3 times a week, but that's enough to give Elsa and I a little time to grocery shop.

And I've been diving into a few projects during the last few weeks.  I have lots of stuff I'm excited to share with you.


There's a really cool Silhouette promo I'll show you on Wednesday.  I'm still working on Baden's room, but there are projects to show soon.  And, I'm changing the family room, which is almost done.

As I said, the schedule here will be a little more laid back but I'm excited to be back.  I needed a break and a lot of baby snuggle time.

Thanks for hanging with me and coming back, too.  I sure appreciate it.

64 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I'm happy to hear that you'll be back in this space. I always enjoy your posts.

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  2. She looks so much like Baden and your hubs! What a cutie!

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  3. Love, love the family photo with Elsa and the boys! Perfect!
    She's gorgeous. And yeah, little girls are quite fun to dress. Just wait until she starts choosing her own outfits though - here's what my 4 yo wore today... http://cumquatsandquinces.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/spring-day-1.html :)

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  4. So happy to hear you are coming back. Baby Elsa is so cute, love, love, love that hair!!

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  5. What an adorable baby -- so beautiful. She definitely looks a little like her cute brothers! As far as posting less often -- it sounds like you have your priorities right where they need to be. Enjoy those beautiful children while they're young and take time for yourself too. You obviously have a faithful readership that will enjoy whatever and whenever you decide to share!

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  6. Congratulations again on your sweet new baby, its great to have you back!

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  7. So glad that you all are doing well and that you are coming back to blogging. Elsa is incredibly adorable.

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  8. So happy to see you back! Definitely do the chill thing, we will be happy either way. I often wondered how my son (the youngest) would have responded to another baby - don't think it would have gone down well. He has been firmly attached to me for so long (he is coming up on 8 now and only just loosening his grip). Can't wait to see all the cute girl pics scattered amongst the great boy ideas!

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  9. Such a cute family! I missed your blogs, but I'm very glad you took the summer off to settle in. May I ask where your son took his skate boarding class? We live in Orem, but I'd be willing to drive my 6 yr old to a class like that!

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    1. There's a guy named Spock who does skate camps in several areas. You can find out more here:

      http://spocksskatecamp.com

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  10. welcome back!!!! so good to hear from you!

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  11. I am so excited that you're back! Your children are lovely and I'm glad we in blogland will still get to see some of your ingenuity from time to time, even in smaller doses.

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  12. i had my third baby in february and i dont think i have sat down since. my oldest starts kindergarten on wednesday and my 3 year old starts preschool (tue & thur) on the 11th. i am looking forward to getting everyone (me included) on a schedule and trying to maybe get some things in order finally. your kids are adorable.

    ashley.
    lettinggoash.blogspot.com

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  13. Welcome back! Happy to have you back in blogland as much or as little as you see fit. Your ideas, projects and decorating are always welcome! Enjoy the time with your family too!

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  14. I'm happy you are back!

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  15. Yay! So happy you are back. Missed your blog.

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  16. ahhahahahahah! your pics made me smile sooo much..I love the little bug, I love the pics with the boys...(made me laugh so much!!!
    She's beautiful... happy you're back!
    ciaoo
    Lisa

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  17. she is adorable!!! my daughters hair was like that too :) so glad you are coming back , I was just think about your blog yesterday and about searching. for some activities for my little ones!

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  18. She is a doll, so pretty!! You look great too! I'm glad you are back : )

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  19. Elsa is gorgeous!! I love her crazy hair, I can see why it's the subject of conversations:) I'm so excited to see you back!

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  20. I'm so happy your back! I missed reading your blog. I'm so happy that you guys had a great summer. Elsa is beautiful! Congratulations!

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  21. I don't have a smartphone, so Instagram isn't my thing, but I did check out your feed a few times over the summer via the computer. It's amazing how much Elsa has grown in just a few short months. Babies do that, don't they! At any rate, I'm so glad to have you back to blogging - I'll take as many or as few posts as you do. ;)

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  22. Thank you for sharing this wonderful pictures of wonderful Elsa with us! I wish you all the best!!
    Hugs,
    Josy

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  23. Yeah I've been waiting and hoping that you'd return to blogland. I love all the pictures you shared of all the kids and they are all truly beautiful. Enjoy the time you spend with Elsa when the boys are off learning and I'm excited to see what you have to share with us. ;)

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  24. She is beautiful & I love, love, love her hair. She especially looks exceptionally cute in her blessing gown & headband.

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  25. Welcome back! She is so beautiful.

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  26. Yay! Welcome back!!! So excited to start reading your blog again! Your pix are adorable - I esp. love the one with all 3 together. (Your boys look sooo grown up in that one!)

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  27. Welcome back....missed your posts immensely. Your lovely little girl is beautiful.

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  28. So glad to have you back, and happy to see your healthy happy family.

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  29. i'm so happy to see you back. can't wait to watch this little girl grow!

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  30. Just thinking of you today. So glad you're back!

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  31. yahhhhh! i missed you!

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  32. She is so beautiful!

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  33. Welcome back. Glad to see those lovely photos and get to meet your sweet baby girl. Anyone else in the family have that remarkable hair ?

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    1. All three had quite a bit of hair, but Elsa has had the most. My mom says I had double that amount of hair when I was born, so I think she got it from me :)

      Cheri

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  34. This is great news! So happy you're back! Your baby girl is a doll and the boys have gotten so big! I'm glad you're slowing down a bit to take time with and for them (and time for YOU!!!) :)

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  35. Life will change a lot with the arrival of children, but I know that you will find your time to enjoy your beautiful daughter and you will also have time for older children. Gradually everything will be well. You have a kids beautiful and cute! and your daughter is an angel! Congrats! A hug from Catalonia!

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  36. YAY! I was so happy to see this email in my inbox this morning! This is one of my favorite blogs and I missed reading it:( Loved seeing the photos and catching up on your summer! Can't wait to see more. Welcome back!!!

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  37. I also was very happy when I saw you were turning back in Bloglovin! Welcome back! I really enjoy your posts and ideas since a couple of years ago and they are quite useful to practice my English skills.

    :)

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  38. So glad you're back! You've been greatly missed!!!
    Nice to see your family again, especially Miss Elsa. She's
    just beautiful - and I love her hair!!!

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  39. I was so excited when I saw your post! Elsa is absolutely adorable. I love her blessing pictures, and that hair is awesome! :) I'm glad you're all adjusting, and glad you're getting back to projects. That's always a great feeling when you're back to a new 'normal.'

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  40. Like everyone else, I'm super happy to see that you're back! Blog-land wasn't the same without you. :)

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  41. She is BEAUTIFUL!!! I am glad you are back and can't wait to see what you have to share.

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  42. What a beautiful family!

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com

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  44. So glad you're back, and thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of your family! Congratulations :)

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  45. Welcome back! Elsa is the sweetest.

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  46. Congratulations! So happy to read the update. Welcome back!!

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  47. Wonderful to have you back! :)

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  48. welcome back and congrats on your lil sweetie!!!!! she is sooo sweet!!!!

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  49. I am so happy you are back online! I have missed reading your blog over the summer. Funny how I feel like I know you and you have no idea who I am, but I have enjoyed following your blog over the last couple of years. Elsa is completely adorable! Her hair is to die for! Much love!

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  50. Yay! We are happy to have you no matter how often. I don't even have time to read my blogs everyday, let alone write them! So you are already a rock star. I am pretty sure that we would be great friends. Haha! And, I am pretty sure that we live very near each other. Every picture you post is a place that I frequent often, too. I hope we bump into each other someday!

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  51. Your family is absolutely beautiful!! I am expecting my 3rd - a girl - in november. Where did you get that wonder woman outfit??

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    3. It was a hand-me-down from my sister. I would look at the tag, but it's already packed in a box in the basement since it no longer fits her. I know it's either Old Navy or Gap, though. They carry super hero stuff from time to time. I hope that helps! And a huge congrats on the upcoming girl!

      Cheri

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  52. Awww, that post made me smile :) Welcome back! Love the hair, hers and yours too.

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  53. I can NOT handle the cuteness of your children!!! and you, beautiful mamma, look amazeballs!!! you are such an inspiration!!! I know it's tough those first few months, but if you hang in there and look back, it flies by! glad you are feeling more settled and peaceful with a calmer baby and some school time for the boys. look forward to your upcoming posts :-)

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  54. Glad you are back. While you were gone, I realized you are my favorite blog.

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  55. Been waiting for your return! Welcome back!! Looking forward to your next posts!! :)

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  56. It's great to have you back!!! congratulations for your beautiful family
    (a french fan)

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  57. Welcome back! LOVE all the cute pictures!

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  58. I'm happy you're back, and I can't stand to discover your new projects. Congratulations for the little beauty. I wish you plenty of family goods.

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  59. So glad you're back! She's beautiful.

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