Monday, March 31, 2014

March Mayhem

We started March off this year with the wedding of one of my very closest friends. Anne and Collin got hitched! Tyson was working so he was not able to be at the temple with us but I was able to attend! It was beautiful and I am so happy for them!
We were able to start playing at the park! Abe loves having a playground right in the backyard and he would stay out there all day if we would let him!
But then it snowed! We gotta love this Utah weather! One day it is sunny and warm and the next we are getting bundled up and drinking cocoa!
Abe has been working on his numbers and letters. He knows the whole alphabet now and he can count to 15! Every single day this little man surprises me!
Monet is getting bigger every day and we are so happy to see her grow! She has gotten up to weight and she is such a happy baby now! No more crying all day long! YAY!

Tyson and I remodeled our kitchen. Oh my goodness it was a ton of work! We had granite countertops installed, ordered new appliances, changed up our cabinets and put up a backsplash!

Tyson and I did all the sanding and staining of the cabinets.
We also put up the backsplash ourselves. It took a really long time, probably because all the work was done while the kids were sleeping so we couldn't ever knock out a huge chunk at once. Several nights we were working until 2 in the morning and then up at 6 to get going the next day. It was a lot of work but it was so worth it! We had fun doing it together and it saved us a ton of money!

Tyson and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary! We had a little weekend getaway and it was WONDERFUL! 

We started out at my very favorite BBQ place in SLC, Pat's BBQ. Tyson had never been there and I was glad to be able to introduce him to a place that I LOVE! He is usually the foodie of the family but I impressed him this time!
We stayed a night in Anniversary Inn. We stayed in the Egypt room and it was just the vacation we needed. Sometimes just one night away is the perfect celebration!

Tyson got his first straight razor shave and he LOVED it! He got his head shaved and beard trimmed up. 

We ended our little trip with a visit to the Museum at the U. There was an exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls and it was pretty amazing. We weren't able to take pictures throughout the whole exhibit but I did get a few where photography was allowed.
Every fourth Sunday we have family dinner with the Crown side of our family. I don't always take pictures but this month I was able to capture this beautiful moment. The kids love when Grandpa Warren reads to them!
One of the biggest things going on this month is that Abe is getting used to having a little sister. He is less scared to be around her and we are less scared to let him hold her. He loves to lay next to her and really likes to hold her hand. I am loving having these two kids! They are my pride and joy!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Love Grows- February 2014

We began our month of love the right way, with Monet's baby blessing. Something that is really special to me is that my mom made Monet's blessing dress.... out of my wedding gown! My mom was able to create something beautiful out of that special gown. Now, I have something I can pass down to my little girl and it means that much more. 
It was a beautiful day. We had family and friends over for a luncheon after the meeting. 
We got to get pictures of all the new babies on the Ellis side. 5 babies born within 6 months!
Abe continued the love by taking care of his sister!
We found out that Monet was not getting enough nutrition. I won't get into the details, but the Dr had us switch to formula right away. We were asked to track her progress over the next week. She was supposed to gain at least a pound, and she did!

Abe continues to make me laugh every single day. Sometimes there are just no words to explain how great this kid is!
Abe and I had a photo shoot while our carpets were being cleaned. Yes, Tyson got me the best Valentines gift! Clean carpets!!!
We made Valentines crafts for Tyson and both sets of grandparents. 
Abe had a lot of fun and he was really proud of the finished products.
We also made Valentines Day cookies! Abe really had a fun time being a part of each process.
He REALLY liked decorating.......
Tyson taught Abe how to punch dance.
Abe and I often did puzzles together. You do what you can to keep entertained in the winter!
We had more photo shoots. I just can't get enough pictures of my kids!
Grandpa Warren had a birthday in the month of February. I won't say how old he is but he is old enough for my nephew to think nobody could be older!
We had cake, played games, and read stories.
We got to visit our friend Sebi. It has been a long time since we have seen this fun family. Abe really enjoyed playing with Sebi!
And.... Tyson made more progress with the mural! It is looking AMAZING!