BBQ goods shopping at Kroger.
Ivy staring someone down.
Staring someone else down
Cute little bug.
Ivy is obsessed with shoes.
She made a break for it during breakfast to a favorite pair.
Well, that's weird.

Ivy & her little almost-birthday twin Emmett!
Weston loves matching.
Serious props go to him on this one. I dressed Ivy for church & he ran to & back from the closet with this tie on.
Who knew they had matching outfits all this time?

Uncle Spence surprised us all by popping into town!
Ivy loves her Uncle Spence. She is very intrigued by him!
We had a fun BBQ. Spencer equipped my parents' house with a cool new movie system.
Don't ask me how to describe it, though, because I didn't understand a thing he was talking about.
We taught a horrible Sunday school lesson. This week's was seriously a total fail. Dang it.
We watched a few movies & LOTS of Reba's. Hilarious show.
We played some games & we stayed up WAY too late.
It was so much fun. & Ivy is doing really well getting back into gear after being sick.

Martha-mommy Stewart

My parents are amazing.
My mom ordered a bench kit off amazon. When it arrived it looked like this:
 The advertising was horrible. Apparently, you buy the 2x4s to assemble the bench SEPARATELY.
Well, with that hilarious bench she bought, she created this.

My mom's brain child, my dad's man-handling child.
I love it.
A major applause session for those two. It's gorgeous.

Things Ivy Eats

Something you don't want to hear.

"Yeah, you should probably give her a bottle. It'll help push the tape down."

My child ate a giant piece of packing tape.
Guys, I told you she will & DOES eat everything!!!

An unnamed good-intentioned dad taped up the light switch above the crib so a cute baby wouldn't turn on the light when she's going to bed & didn't realize she would pull the tape off and eat it. We found one piece of the tape and the other piece of tape is missing in guts.

Packing tape. Yum.


Just another week!

This is how Ivy crawls. Two hands, one knee, and one foot.
We go for functional, not conventional, around here.
Ivy will crawl but if anyone is giving her attention she begs to walk. Grandpa is a sucker and when he's in town on the weekends spends it walking around with Ivy like this! She is so happy and that little tongue is sticking out as usual!
Ivy is enthralled with her toes. She climbs up everything and when she does she sticks her bum out and stares at her toes. Cutest thing ever.
This is what greets me after every nap and in the morning. Sweet and happy child. She has so much personality.
Happy as a clam when she's found something I'll let her climb up aka not a rock wall or something above a lava pit.
The tech guy was explaining something to Weston & Ivy stared at the man the entire time. I tried so hard not to laugh because she gave him some hilarious looks. I love watching her watch people. She is such a curious little person and has absolutely no social tact. She shamelessly stares at everyone.

Happy Sunday afternoon playtime on our bed while Weston napped after his meetings! 
I love that she entertains herself! Unless I'm in the room, then she wants me to walk her around everywhere!
She is always on the move!
Cheerios for lunch... Again! Hahah poor child.
I was working on the computer and I heads the pitter pat of her tripod crawl and when I glanced over she had crawled around all the furniture to play with the stroller wheel when the stroller was inside the house. 
To shake up lunchtime Ivy had a picnic in the family room. Really I was just shaking it up for myself..
Ivy bouncing in her minion hat Uncle Spence brought back for her from Mexico!
I got Ivy these bath toys to help incentivize her to stay seated in the tub. If she survives babyhood without bashing her face on the tile shower floor it will be a miracle! And yes, we ghetto-liciously bathe our baby in a plastic bin.
And YES there is a binkie in her mouth. If the binkie isn't in her mouth, something else is getting shoved in her mouth.
She particularly loves hairs and fuzz balls. Today at a friends house I pulled the nastiest hair and carpet fuzz from her mouth and then tonight I was picking her up after she was playing on the floor and noticed she was sucking on something so I stuck my finger in her mouth to go fishing. OH MY GOSH. It took everything for me to not throw up. It was the biggest clump of hairs that I have NO idea where they're from. Literally had to have come on someone's shoe from a bathroom floor somewhere because it was long black hairs all matter together. No one in my family has black hair. Even writing about it, I'm trying not to throw up. It was so gross. She puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. And she notices everything. This girl notices the tiniest specks on the floor.
Nice whale placement Ivers.
This girl knows how to go on a walk. She kicks her feet up at any opportunity. High chair, stroller, car seat, etc.
I was doing laundry & heard a sucking sound. I looked over and Ivy was sucking on her toes with her other toes in the air. It was so sweet. And then I realized she needed dinner.

I lover her.


Life Lately

Please don't hate me.
99% of my pictures are really pixely or blurry.
Partly due to an iphone camera that has decided to stop doing its best and partly due to Ivy absolutely doesn't sit still for anything.
 Ivy has never been a cuddler...but the new stage of won't sit still on my lap makes me realize that her sitting on my lap playing with a toy was cuddly. HA
This child wouldn't sit still if her life depended on it.
 She climbs on EVERYTHING.
In this picture she had been all over the bed. Next thing I knew she had climbed up onto her knees & was pinching Weston's ear. She had him pinned to the bed in half a second. She can pinch like you wouldn't believe. OW.
 I just thought this was cute. This was right before she was going to bed & she was laying there staring out the window at the trees blowing in the wind. She did that for about 5 seconds.
It was really sweet.
 She loves playing with measuring cups.
Water bottles have always been a big hit, too.
& cups.
& bowls.
& spoons.
& coasters.
& pretty much anything else not intended as a toy. 
 This was so sweet I couldn't stand not to take a picture.
We got back from our workout & Ivy had totally pooped out.
She NEVER sleeps unless it is pitch black & she is in her crib with her soft tiny blanket under her face.
My heart melted onto the garage floor.
 This weekend I wasn't feeling well & Weston took the reigns & took care of Ivy 100%.
He is truly spectacular.
& there is something in Weston's voice that mesmorizes Ivy to sit still while he reads to her.
I read to her too & she does not respond the same way to me reading her books.
Completely sweet.
(This book is an exception, though, she absolutely dies over this book my mom gave her. She LOVES animals & loves this book so much. She will sit still for me to read it to her, while she's petting/attacking the animals.)


First goose egg & other things that will bore you!

Someone got her first goose egg today! She's a tough cookie and only cried for like 45 seconds, but I felt so bad. She is climbing all over everything but teeters around a lot. I like to let her explore everything on her own & as long as she won't get seriously hurt I let her fall so she doesn't get freaked out by it. This time I was a little too trusting in her balancing skills & she fell & hit her head.
I'm not even sure what's going on here. Except I'm assuming she's making a really pitched sound that I'm laughing really hard over.
Ivy, that's weird.
After her nap I went in to get her & she was playing with the lightswitch. When she turned around the tie of her shirt was in her mouth & I about lost it. SO FUNNY.
She sucked & chewed on that thing until I got her locked into her high chair for some grub.
Dude, there's something on your face.
Cheerio box photobomb.

Always gotta document some more hair growth.
She's going to have hair one day!
Mean muggin on my shoulders.
She can catch a single hair blowing in high winds in her little pincers.
Another muggy walk out in the summer heat!
She seriously still loves the dog.


Family Reunion 2014

I was excited & also nervous to go on vacation without Weston!
Of course my mom & grandmother were there & huge helps!

My family has been going to the Hibiscus for 30 years for family reunions.
It was so awesome to be able to go this year, since I missed all the reunions while I lived in Utah for college.
My mom & grandmother were so generous and let me come with them & stay with them in their condo! They made it possible for Ivy and me to go!

The day we were leaving I held Ivy off on her nap and she was REALLY crabby....so I finally just put her in the laundry basket & you woulda thought she won a million bucks. For some reason playing with the same mascara tube, hair clip, and cell phone case she had been & crying about 5 minutes before were so much better in the laundry basket.
This is how we nap on roadtrips...
Lunch Pit Stop!
We got desperate for toys. There's that cell phone case again. It came on the road trip.
My pillow for the drive...
We were both really excited to get there!
Have I mentioned how amazing this high chair is? We bring it everywhere.
This is an action shot of her talking.
Sometimes she likes to talk like the Italian Mafia leader.
It is so funny.

Ivy ate SO much sand.
That stuff takes apprx a week to digest.
Don't ask me how I know that.
While the baby sleeps we play games!

Ivy seriously LOVES all forms of water.
She squealed with excitement in the ocean even with waves crashing on us.
She kicks like crazy in the swimming pool & gets just as excited in the bath.
She woke up at 6 every morning, because, guess what, that's when the sun was alive & strong in Florida...she was enjoying the early hours a little more than me.
She loved climbing up the coffee table! Little monkey!
We got this before our first trip to Florida & I have to give 400 thumbs up to this amazing invention.
I love this floaty. So many awesome things about this floaty.
Never thought I'd be so excited over a good pool floaty.
Grandmother & my Great-Great Uncle George!
It was an awesome Family Reunion with about 60+ of us there, I think?
It was so good seeing so many after so many years!
Ivy LOVED playing with the other Uncle George. Uncle George Jr ;)
The mirror table was really intriguing.
This picture also perfectly displays her brown fringe. hahahah
She was born with brown(ish) hair and its all growing out & so now she has a tuft of brown on the top front of her head and the back bottom.
She's starting the backwards ombre trend.

Ivy is a little obsessed with my mom. Seriously.
She might be her favorite person on the planet.
Except for me when it's time to eat.
She LOVES sitting in chairs by herself.
It's a whole new level of excitement.
Ivy loved all the attention she got from all her cute cousins!
Our last night we ate at the most amazing shrimp shack.
The crowds loved watching Ivy.
One man offered to pay for Ivy's food because she's so cute!
hahah so nice.
Too bad she didn't eat some of my shrimp! Could've been a free meal ha!
Despite her expression, Ivy loves kisses! Especially from Gigi!
Ivy was so good the whole time! Played with spoons for good 10 minutes at a time before throwing them on the floor!
People watching.
She was not very subtle arching her back to see around waiters to see the people she's staring at.
I'm working on teaching tact. ha
She looks blazed, but she was really just eating all the sand off her hand. Yum.

She loves this game & likes to do this for a good amount of time, which was nice, because we had a 40 minute wait in the heat!
We had such a good time with all of our cousins & aunts & uncles & as always I have about 5,000 pictures of Ivy from that trip.
I was nervous Ivy would get stressed out with all the new faces, but she did really well with all the new people.

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