"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sunday in the Park

Zach and Tanner took Terran to the park on Sunday while I took care of some wifely duties (assisting Zach with a paper!). They stumbled upon a little hidden Lehi gem...a live band playing. Apparently there is one every Sunday through the summer. Zach called me to join so I headed on down. When I got there, I couldn't see Terran anywhere. Zach pointed him out to me. He was a family over, making himself at home like he so often does! This family had four boys and they were so good with Terran. I immediately ran over to stop him from eating all their popcorn and walking on their blanket, but the mom assured me he was fine so I let him be. He had a wonderful time, and so did we.

A Visit from Grandma and Grandpa

Mom and Dad came to stay with us for a couple of nights. They are those awesome parents that do anything to help their kids. Scott got a new house that needed some renovations so they made the trip up to help him.Terran absolutely loves them and was happy for their company. I didn't catch any pics of Terran playing or snuggling with Grandma, dang it. I managed to remember to snag a few while he was having a blast with Grandpa tumbling blocks before the storm came in!

Hike to Battle Creek Falls

Yesterday Terran and I went on our first hike together. We went up to Battle Creek Falls in Pleasant Grove. He rode my shoulders the whole way up but walked some on the way down. I loved getting out on the trail with him and it was a great workout for me!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A hug and a kiss

Two nights ago I bought Terran some new backyard toys. He was playing with them while I worked on dinner. After he had been out there for 5-10 minutes by himself, he made his way back in and requested to be held. I picked him up and he wanted my face. I leaned my cheek to him and he grabbed my face, turned it to face him, and layed his first real kiss right on my lips (He doesn't smack yet, just puts his lips on mine). He then hooked his arm around my neck and gave me a tight hug! Honestly, it was one of the best moments I have had in parenthood so far!

A Year and a Half

Terran is coming up on a year and a half and I wanted to describe my little baby-turned-toddler a bit.
He loves to boss people around, mainly by pointing and grunting. He says mama and dad pretty consistently, but chooses when he wants to say anything else.
He understands a ton of what I am saying and constantly disobeys... all while looking at me and getting a mischievous smirk on his face!
He became a huge fan of swimming while we were in Hawaii and loves to play in water everywhere; the hose, the sink, the tub.
He recently started putting his hand over his face when he is sad or in trouble.
He often will plug his ears. I think he is more hearing how it changes sound more than trying to block anything out.
He loves attention and laughing with a crowd.
Sometimes his whole body gets caught up in whatever emotion he is feeling and he will shake out of excitement, joy, and frustration.
He has started giving open-armed hugs and likes to snuggle if he is in the mood. It is usually brief but you know he wanted to.
He is very outgoing and likes to play with other kids.
He loves all animals and is very smart with thin. He usually gives them space and knows to walk up to them slowly.
He loves to pray, usually about five times per meal. He makes sure everyone folds their arms, and when we say amen he gets excited and points to our food, telling us it is okay to eat now.

And last little thing: Terran always throws his hands up as pictured below. It started with me hiding toys and things in my shirt and saying "where'd it go?" It has evolved to be his way of asking questions like what happened? What was that? Where is it?  He does it all the time and opens his mouth and looks concerned. It has been the cause of many laughs and is just adorable! 

Our Big Island Vacation: Dave and Burt's Wedding

Uncle Dave and Burt decided last minute 
to get married in Hawaii. We were lucky enough to attend the ceremony on a cliff with the beach and ocean in the background. The ceremony was beautiful and I was constantly thinking how impressed I was with their dedication to each other and the quality of their relationship. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our Big Island Vacation: Volcano National Park

I really enjoyed Volcano National Park! We ate lunch in a brilliantly located restaurant that had a big sitting area that overlooked the smoking volcano. 

At night we could see the glowing magma. At first we couldn't, but then as the wind shifted and the clouds changed we could and it was impressive.

The observation area was awe-inspiring as I thought about what was before us, and the information and samples of things were really cool.

Terran and I missed out on the most amazing hike, but we were able to do a pretty cool one through a huge lava tube!

Our Big Island Vacation: The Flight

The flight went way better than I even dreamed. I planned, both mentally and physically, for the worst, but I was definitely blessed.
Zach was a sweetie and walked us in, helping take care of our baggage. Then, when checking in our bags, the lady at the counter pulled a quick one and used Zach's military ID to get my bags checked for free. THEN, as Zach and I were saying our goodbyes, a lady walked up, asked if he was leaving (he was in his uniform) and then gave him $50 and said "take care of your family" and thanks for serving, even after we told her I was the one going.  Seriously?! What a sweetheart!
Our first plane was tiny and worried Terran and myself as we first stepped on. Terran did great during takeoff, cried a bit as we hit the weightless feeling, then nursed to sleep and slept the rest of the flight!
Our layover was a couple hours and started getting a little long. Then some lady had a dog in training and Terran started getting ready to throw a fit when I wouldn't let him touch it. It was right at that time that we got on our next plane and disaster was averted!
I was able to talk the flight attendant and the girl next to me to move to the last remaining seat on the plane so Terran and I would have a little more room. I am so thankful they were both kind-hearted! Then, talk about another amazing person that made the trip great...Corie. She was the other person on our row and she played with Terran, didn't mind our mess or noise, and them she seemed to genuinely like it when Terran decided they were friends and would sit on her lap and lay against her. She is from Canada and headed to Hawaii on a spontaneous personal trip just because she had some free time from work. Not only did Terran love her, our conversation about travel and life was entirely enjoyable. Terran fell asleep the final leg of the trip and had the lady across the aisle "ahhh"-ing and smiling at him.  (She actually did that the whole time and laughed out loud when I was trying to cover up when nursing and he ripped my cover off. )

Our Big Island Vacation: The Beach

Terran got to experience the beach for the first time while we were in Hawaii! That boy loved it from the first step!

Our Big Island Vacation: Ironman stuff

While on the Big Island, checking out the Ironman course was a must. With Dad's extensive knowledge, Burt and I got a pretty good feel for what that race is like. We checked out Hawi, the bike turnaround and enjoyed some ice cream. We spent a morning swimming on the course. Then we rented road/tri bikes and biked almost 33 miles on the course.