Saturday, October 15, 2016

Universal Studios

Luke and I spent our 4 1/2 year wedding anniversary at Universal Studios in Hollywood yesterday.  One of Luke's classmates was kind enough to offer to watch Lottie so we took full advantage of that!  We spent 4 awesome hours running around the park trying to take it all in (and when I say running, I mean waiting in really long lines!).  It was so fun!  I never realized how much attention we place on Lottie when we are all together so getting that alone time was much needed.  We felt carefree and were able to - for a time - forget about worries and stresses.  I think it's important to do that every now and then.  Life can be rough, but moments like those keep me afloat.
We went on the Jurassic Park, Transformers, and The Mummy rides, as well as walked through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter sipping Butterbeer.  The best part of all of it though was being able to hold Luke's hand and focus on HIM.  We try hard to keep up on dates and temple trips.  A lot of times life gets in the way.  I'm glad to say though that we are trying our best!

{Let's just say that I would never ride the subway alone!}

{Trolley ride}

{Luke chose Professor Dumbledore's wand and I chose Harry Potter's (because I'm cliche).  Of course we didn't actually spend $30 a piece for a stick though!}

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cody & Mikayla say I do

Luke's twin brother Cody married his long time sweetheart Mikayla this past weekend in the Provo City Center Temple.  We had the honor of being a part of the wedding party and I am so happy we could be there to support them on such a joyous occasion.
We were also very excited to be going back to Provo.  How I have missed that place.  The Provo City Center Temple was still under construction when we lived there so it was so wonderful to be able to walk through a portion of it during the sealing.
Lottie looked like a little angel in her flower girl dress - which caused me quite a bit of stress when it didn't show up in the mail when I expected it to.  Obviously though, everything worked out in the end and she was adorable!

{Being a toddler at a wedding can be tough}

{I was grateful this happened}

{During the ring ceremony}

{Uncle Coco}

As magical as this wedding was, after a total of 20+ hours of driving in one weekend, we are happy to be back home.  Today will be spent unpacking and doing laundry.  I don't mind though.  I enjoy getting back into routines and settling back in :)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The power of DI

Today we went to DI.  For those who know Luke and I that's not a surprise.  However, DI's are not as common here in California as they are in Utah so it's a big deal when we take a good chunk of our day to travel all the way to Fontana to the nearest DI.
For the most part this trip was uneventful, excepting of course Lottie insisting on wearing her "pretty" dress.  Haha, oh Lottie, we'll laugh about that someday!  But it's amazing what little it takes to please a toddler.  We found her a pluto stuffed animal and a child bike helmet.  Both of which she is in love with.  She doesn't care they are second hand.  And I love that.  The humility of a little child.  Sometimes I am just so astounded at how much SHE is teaching ME!

LA County Fair 2016

Disclaimer:  Extremely poor quality photos in this post!

Last night, La County Fair round two, I felt, was much more enjoyable than last year.  Lottie was a lot more involved and it wasn't as sweltering this time.
The first place we stopped was the kid's building.  They had an entire auditorium full of children's make believe and dress up centers.  Lottie was in princess heaven!

{She called these her "Elsa" shoes}

I knew it was going to take some major prepping on Charlotte's part before she would be ready to leave this magical place, and I hated having to tear her away, but tearing away is what we had to do.  She could have stayed there all night.  She doesn't part places where she's having fun very well - or gracefully.  It usually involves shoes being kicked off, piercing screaming and wailing, and a few resentful tears from her.  Parenting can be rough guys.
However, I had a feeling she would quickly get over her woes when she saw the next activity on the list.  Her very first carousel ride.  On beautiful "horsies".

Then of course we couldn't forget about the farm and the petting zoo.  I thought she would be afraid at first cause there were A LOT of sheep and goats bumping her around, but she was having the time of her life trying to figure out how to feed them and saying hi to all the animals.

{Best seat in the house for watching the pig races}

{The world's biggest bacon maple donut.  Actually I have no idea, but it's the biggest I've seen!}

And that's a wrap folks!