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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Swimming Lessons!

Since we are back in Spanish Fork this year, we decided to do swimming lessons with the kids. The original plan was that I would do parent-and-me with Katelyn while the Little Guy did his own lesson but as it turns out, you have to be 4 to be in the class by yourself. Tia Julianna saved the day though by agreeing to do the classes with us so that both kids could do it at the same time. We just switched kids periodically. Spencer actually go to come with us one of the days he had off work so I let him get in the pool instead of me and took some pictures
It is so fun to see the kids as they were super scared at first, but by the end of the two weeks are loving it. 
We are definitely doing it again next year. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

To Smash a Cake

I had a $50 budget for Katelyn's birthday this year. That was for everything including her one year pictures and everything that entail (clothes, cake to smash, props etc). Lucky for us Tio Adam is a super talented photographer staring his own photography business (go like his Facebook page HERE) and did the pictures for free. We also got to do them in the backyard. Okay, so I'm not being biased, he is so talented, Katelyn was a super pill during her photo shoot. I don't even know how he got such good pictures.

It is impossible to to tell from the pictures but we really had just a hard time making her happy. We had an arsenal of people, music playing and a drink
but she just wasn't having it. I made a video with all the behind the scenes stuff. Enjoy

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Baby Girl so Pink and Sweet

My mom and I threw a baby shower for Laura on June 25th. We decided to go with "A baby girl so pink and sweet" as the theme and made everything... well... pink and sweet. It was a lot of work (as my mom and I had some very different ideas) but in the end it turned out so good!
I made the diaper cake from THIS tutorial and (I'm just going to brag a little) it was a showstopper. 
We set up a table with different craft supplies to make bibs and onsies for baby Adeline (I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture of the finished ones, they turned out so cute)
As well as a guessing game for how many pieces of taffy (pink of course) were stuffed into the baby bottle
For centerpieces/souvenirs, we had pink candy coated marshmallows in mason jars (I'm kind of obsessed with mason jars right now)
With Spencer at work and Grandma Julie being invited to the shower, the Little Guy and Katelyn got to come. I can't complain though, they were great.
A ready to pop guest of honor (spoiler alert she still had about a month left)
This is Laura's mother-in-law Emma
Opening all her cute presents
Baby Addie got so many thigns
This was so much fun. At the end, my mom and I were saying that we should go into the party planning business because we are seriously good at it. Of course this conversation happened after the party was over. I think the thought would have been a lot different during the actual planning process.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Month Update: May

Yeah... May was forever and a day ago but that doesn't mean it's not worth talking about. Here are all the misc. pictures from May in random order (I like to be consistent in my inconsistency)

Happy Birthday Tio Ariel! 23 years looks good on you!
Spencer and I had an awesome date in which we got cool recipes, went shopping, and cooked a gourmet dinner ourselves.
We made fillet minion wrapped in bacon, sauteed potatoes and steamed vegetables. It was so good and we somehow managed to cook the meat to perfection exactly like we wanted (medium-rare for Spencer and medium for me). All in all the meal cost us about $25 for everything. Way cheaper than we would have paid at a restaurant. Of course, when you go to a restaurant, they do all of the cleaning up for you.
We got the Little Guy some pull-ups to try this whole potty-training thing... this is what he did with them
For Memorial day, we went to the Tita's for a BBQ (after I had spent the whole day cleaning the apartment so that we could turn in the key that is)
Veronica invited her boyfriend Phil (on the left) and her friends to join. I didn't really get to talk to them, they all left to do other things right away
Another fun thing I did in May was my first "Day in the life". It was actually so much fun to shoot as we went through the day and it's pretty cool to see later. I chose a day that Spencer and I were planning on going on a date (I know we actually got two dates in May... what?!) Here's the video below
So a lot of you that follow my Snapchat (anakeele) already know that I am amazing at folding sheets but what you didn't know is that I actually developed this new found talent of mind in May. Here is one of the first examples of my work. The bottom she is the fitted sheet. That's right.
Grandma and Grandpa Swenson have the most amazing green thumbs. We go over and see them every Wednesday and one of the days in May got to come home with this.
How gorgeous are these flowers! And I couldn't believe how perfect they look in a mason jar on top of my checkered tablecloth.

Oh these goobers.
Katelyn got to try watermelon for the first time in May. She loved it then and still loves it now. She is just like me, we can't get enough of it
Bachelorette came back... JoJo embarked on her " amazing journey" with 25 eligible men and we embarked on our journey ready with our brackets and M&Ms. Such good times. (Side note: I really didn't like her on Ben's season but she grew on me. Hopefully things with Jordan will work out)
I know I already talked about Memorial but this is random order after all. The Saturday before Memorial Grandma and Grandpa Swenson, Julie, Aunt Diana, Katelyn and I went to the cemetery to leave flowers.
Then on Sunday we all went up to the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery by Camp Williams to take flowers to Grandma Keele
Here is a picture of our new playroom... Julie and I spent about two hours putting it together
Adam and Alaynah did there engagement pictures by recreating some famous pictures from movies. Here is the behind the scenes shot from "Scott Pilgrim vs the World"
and the final after my super talented brother-in-law edited the thing.
You can see all of their pictures HERE

Well that's it for the month of May. Between Memorial Day and Mother's Day and moving day it was such a crazy busy month. And spoiler alert for the upcoming posts... June was not any calmer (it fact it was even busier)