Monday, October 22

Lessons on Celebrating Life #58: Play Hookie

 Adeline Mae is six months old!

 I called her "Gem" when I was pregnant.
She is exactly that.
A beautiful glowing gem. 
Addie has been a joy, joy, joy to have
in our family.
She is so happy & good-natured.
Smiley & content.
A few people have told me,
"Good, you deserved an easy baby this time."  :)
(Ella was a colicky one!)

 We sang Happy Half Birthday to her
& she celebrated with her first bites of cereal!

 She is our first babe with hair, too.

And to kick off the weekend:
We met Mia at the bus stop for a treasure hunt. 

I hid clues throughout the walk home,
in the trees,
taped to poles.
Each clue had a letter on the back
so when she had gathered them all,
she had to unscramble the word 
which led to the treasure.
So Cloak 'n Dagger, I know.

 ...which led to the ol' firepit....

 Mia can rock her outfits, eh?

We chowed down some cookies while waiting 
for the Bugg to get home.
He is so wonderful.
And here is that lesson on life:

I let the gang play hookie from school on Friday.
'Cause every once in awhile, it's a good way to celebrate.

I'm so cool.
We went to my parent's house for a couple days & played.
The $1 ferris wheel ride at the new Scheels.
Visiting with my brother & sister home from college.
Gardner Village with cousins.
Thrift store shopping - my favorite! 
My mom's cinnamon rolls.
And hiking!

The beautiful & perfect hike for my littles,
including the one I wore.
Yeah, I wear my baby. 

 My dad took my sis, Kylee,
me & my girls on the hike.
Buggy stayed home with Grandma.
Brian is thinking of building him some type of rig
that will allow us to haul him up mountains.
But I am on the look-out for wheelchair friendly hikes in Utah.
Anybody got any ideas?
PS:  Dad is the one wearing the cape :)
aka Addie's blanket.

Hope your weekend was fun, too.
And have I mentioned?
I'm stoked to be back to blogging!
xoxoxxxo, Bree

Sunday, October 14

Six years old & perfect in every way

The Bugg turned six in May.

We celebrated the truly awesome, perfect & wonderful
boy that he is with a family outing.
A picnic, the Aquarium, & 
Leatherby's for a giant banana split.

 We had a blast.
No presents.  Just presence.
Such a big boy.

There were many heart-breaking days for me
when he was a baby.
I was consumed with "what-ifs"
& questions about his unknown future.

But his smile & glow have been ever faithful.
Never has he let me down.
Always, always will he give me love.

Full of love, life, & joy.
This boy of mine still cannot say a single word.
Take a single step.
Or do anything for himself.
He inspires me to be my best self.
To live more simply & joyfully.

To reach out to others.
To have gratitude for my blessings. 

 To have charity.

Bugg helps me to remember my Heavenly Father.
That we are all His children & He loves us so much.
Thanks, Bugg.  You are awesome.

Thursday, October 4

back, better than ever.......?

May 2012 ~ tired mama & 1 month old Adeline
If I had kept up blogging over the past few months,
it would have gone like this:

I am fried.
Completely overwhelmed.
Today was hard.
I am so tired.
This is so hard.

Nice, eh?

 No worries.
Life sorta got the best of me for awhile there.
But I've learned a lot and I'm back.

Older, wiser, & a bit haggard, honestly.

I have approximately 10 bagillion pictures
to share of our summer.
A summer I will remember, for sure.
But now it's fall?
And that newborn is 5 months???!!!

My lanta!

Tuesday, October 2

The best place to be on October 1st

Uncle Glenn joined us!

 my friend Tami was there, too!

 the maze

Happy October guys!
Good to be back!!!