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.


My 25th birthday

This pretty much describes my entire birthday! Ha! 
We were SOOO tired from the day before! We were all up early & had stayed up late partying & seriously spent 90% of my birthday lounging & it was relaxing and nice :)

Weston was so sweet and got me a gift card to Anthropologie!
My parents got me a baby bike seat! & a helmet for Ivy's noggin!!! I'm so excited to use it! Weston & I don't have bikes, so we're going to fix up & borrow my parent's bike!
They also got me some cute sweaters & a shirt!
My grandmother took Weston & I to lunch & got us a family favorite, candied apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!
She also gave me some birthday money, which I used to buy a beach chair for my family reunion!
My in-laws gave me such a generous gift too and gave me gift cards to a store called Charming Charlie!
My sweet, thoughtful brother, Spence, got me an iphone camera lens!
My also sweet and thoughtful brother Chaser got me a movie!

Such generous family members! & lots of fun new gifts!

We had planned to not really celebrate my birthday on my actual birthday because my mom was so sad to be out of town for it and asked us to wait! So we did cake (peach cobbler, we have the best familily recipe) & ice cream & the presents opening on Sunday the next day!

Weston is so sweet & works so hard for our family & I am so grateful for him & I know Ivy will appreciate his love & dedication & loyalty to our family.
I love my family! They make everything so much more fun!

Independence Day

We had such a fun Fourth of July!
It was the first one Weston & I have spent together.
He has either been doing clinical rotations for his paramedic program or the other years he spent in the mountains fighting wild-fires.
This year we have spent more holidays together than we have in the three years before of our marriage & it has been completely amazing.

Ivy was a completely happy girl!
 She now won't keep her shades on her eyes, so this is the only picture with these babies from that day!

 She LOVED the festival!
 We were so happy to have indoor bathrooms at City Hall!
Thank you for not making us use port-a-potties!

 We were so wiped at the end!
It was REALLY hot!
 Ivy felt kind of abandoned...
 Where we live is a landmark for the bloodiest battle in the civil war. The Battle of Franklin is a pretty big deal. In the center of main street there is a round about with a monument for the battle.
Ivy liked sitting on the cannon.

 We finished off our evening at the Sherwoods having a great time with friends!
Ivy loved it & actually slept up in Syd & Mitch's room!
Sydney was the greatest hostess and everything was so beautiful!
Of course I didn't get any pictures of the barbecue, but tons of my baby...so typical.

We did sparklers while watching the Franklin fireworks over the hill!
Their house is so cool and the back opens up to a hill so we had an awesome view!

We pretended like we're fire responsible & didn't burn down their house even though we went through 1,000,300 sparklers

Not pictured: Jenna & Garrett & Mitch who were also there!

It was so much fun! & our hubbies were so patient & did their own thing while Syd & I browsed through all our old embarrassing pictures & videos from college. Seriously, guys...we had so much fun. Syd made my college experience the best It could have ever been. I love that girl. & I love that we live 30 minutes apart. Ah, life is so good.


She's entertaining.

That is my gremlin/child. I'll claim her...
Out of all the toys on that thing she's sucking on the product tag. This child loves sucking on all tags. Stuffed animals, clothes, blankets, my clothes, toys, etc etc etc.
Her other activity today was making faces at the tiny semi circle mirror* on the other side of the blue plastic.

I was laughing soo hard. I tried containing it while I took this picture.. But seriously she's a sharp cookie and SO funny. Ah.

*I use the term mirror loosely. It's more similar to a piece of foil. 

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