Monday, August 31, 2015

Why I love my camera phone

Its been awhile since I've uploaded my phone to the computer and holy smokes! I forgot about all these little gems. These photos go waaay back, they basically cover our whole summer. So there are lot but it was really fun going back and looking through them all. It covers back from California, the gazillion camping trips we've been on + the hiking, Daxtons bday, work party at Lagoon, outings with Aunt Kiki, tour of the candy factory, Tayte celebrations, swimming and more swimming and more scootering. We don't want summer to go!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Sun, Sand and Water


A few weeks ago, we decided to for FHE on Monday night, we would take off to Pine view Reservoir. If you live in Utah you need to visit this Reservoir,  its so gorgeous and the water is so warm. We went for our family reunion last year and it was one of the best vacations! 

Our boys (particularly Daxton) like to have their own things, and sometimes it can turn into a mild fight if they don't have their own thing they started with. So these personalized towels from Stuck on You have been incredibly helpful for those situation. Everyone knows whose towel it is and there is no question about it. 

The night was such a beautiful night, one that just restores the soul for a good solid week. We stayed till the sun was gone. And it was so magical running along the beach with absolutely no one there (I guess Monday nights aren't very popular) with the sun setting on the water. Daxton and I skipped rocks together, I was trying to teach him which rocks are good ones and the art of throwing it. At one point Benson fell asleep in my arms and I just watched Brandon and the two boys play and giggle. Someone please tell me I won't miss this stage as much as my heart tells me I will. I just feel like the only way I can combat that feeling is to truly soak in every moment. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Riding

Shelby and Brandon
Some of my favorite memories of our dating years together were the times we spent outdoors. Brandon was really into rock climbing, he would bring me along and I always gave it my best shot. He loved photography and I loved to walk along and learn. Drives up the canyon were always a favorite, he'd pick out his favorite artist to listen to (because heaven knows he always has a favorite) and he turn up the volume and sing along with it. I would listen, but mostly to the sound of his voice.  Now when we spend time together it seems that the same being outdoors and learning together has been rejuvenating for our marriage.

Shelby and Brandon

Shelby and Brandon
On our way up to go Horseback riding we found a large field of sunflowers. It was incredibly beautiful. And when you don't have kids you pull over and run through the flowers as if you are kids.
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon


We were recommended Duke Brothers Horses in Heber to go Horseback riding with and if I could give them a 6 out 5 stars I would. I wish I could give them higher. The owner of the horses was friendly, informative, careful but yet gave us the real cowboy experience. It was unlike any other horseback riding experience I had ever gone on. He took us up the mountain but let our horses do the guiding and let us go wherever we wanted to go. At the end, he even gave us what I felt like a private riding lesson. Anyway, I couldn't recommend them enough!
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
There is something terribly romantic (you can roll your eyes) about being on a horse out in nature with someone you love so much. I kept getting butterflies watching Brandon ride and take control of his horse... the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air sure did add to it all.
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon Shelby and Brandon
So grateful and I know I'm blessed to be able to spend 7 years with someone that makes me happy every single day. And I look forward to an eternity with him!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Benson Eats

Sometimes the most simple things can bring the biggest amount of joy. One of those things is watching my kids eat, especially Benson right now. He's learning how to chew, swallow and grab with his tiny hands and fingers.  I live to watch those moments, and can't seem to get enough of his little lips and mouth. This simple video is nothing more than Benson eating, not all that exciting but man does it get me. I'm so glad I will have this for years to come so I can remember him so little, figuring out the whole eating thing. I sure love our little Benson.



We have loved our Stokke high chair for so many reasons, but specifically its design to go right up against the table. It makes Benson feel like he's a big boy and we have all loved dinner time more. I know that having Benson feel included and feel like the other boys, has been a big deal to me.  I've found myself worrying a little too much about Benson, and his inclusion in our family. I think I've worried so much about it because he is our third, and I just don't want to forget him or get too preoccupied with the other two! So I've noticed a big difference when he is right up with us at the dinner table I'm less stressed about it and I don't have to worry that one of our backs are turned to him.

I've also love how easy the high chair is to clean. We've had different high chairs in the past and Stokke's takes the cake...  because really I'm mostly cleaning the table. And another great perk is that the high chair will grow with Benson. We really try to keep things simple by not having so many things to store around our house. So with this chair it gives us one thing less to worry about and more focus on being together as a family.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Snowbird + Pop Up Shop with The Baby Cubby

A couple weeks ago, my sister texted me and asked if we wanted to go to Snowbird for the night because she had an extra night stay and she wasn't going to use it. Even though it was a weeknight we said yes! I packed up and threw the kids into the car. We went and picked up Daddy from work and drove up. 

It was amazing how the mountain air just made everyone so calm. We swam, ate pizza, and walked around with the gorgeous backdrop. 
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Shelby and Brandon

Shelby and Brandon

The next morning we woke up early (like we usually do) and got our hiking faces on and went on a easy hike. It was pretty cold and we weren't too prepared so below you can see Daxton warming up Tayte's hands. Goodness that boy is sweet.
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon

After we got back we just kept on saying how fun it was to do something so out of the norm. Even if it was just for a night and early morning, it recharged our batteries. I'm also SO grateful for an awesome sister who always thinks of us! We love Aunt Kiki!
Shelby and Brandon

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Shelby and Brandon
One more thing! Tomorrow August 13th from 5-8pm the boys and I are going to a pop up shop at The Baby Cubby. The store does a great job of hand selecting certain products for their shop that are perfect for kids and moms. The event will have a bouncy house for kid, face painting, crafts, food, giveaways and amazing deals from The Urban Post, The Bees Knees Shoppe, and Little Things Happy and of course The Baby Cubby!

For those who are local to Utah you should come and stop by at the Lindon shop! 
71 S. 1380 W. Lindon, UT 84042 Suite #2