Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Girls' trip

My mom, sisters, and I have been wanting to go to Waco to see Magnolia Farms for a while. We finally did it last weekend! It was SO fun. We met up with some of the Andersen cousins that live in TX too, which was awesome. We met in Waco on Friday night and took over Pei Wei with our loud chatter and laughter. They were thrilled. Then it was off to HEB to get some stuff for breakfast. Abnormal amount of laughter for a grocery stop, but that's what happens when you get a bunch of cousins/moms together without kids! Well, besides 3 nursing babies. There's no escaping them.

We stayed at this adorable house in West, TX my cousin found on airbnb. It was so nice to have a place to chat until 2am and then sleep in our own rooms! In the morning we slept in and had kolaches and other Czech fruit pastries for breakfast. There are lots of Czech people in West, TX for some reason. Also in that town was the fertilizer plant explosion that happened a few years ago. We drove around to see where the plant used to be and some of the damage and rebuilding they've done. So sad.

Then it was off to Waco! 

I told Steph and Alyse to give me a "I can't believe we're at Magnolia" face.

Mom was on a mission to find some cotton stalks. Mission accomplished!

The weather was so perfect. After walking through the store we hung outside and got lunch from the food trucks. My first savory crepe did not disappoint! The one disappointment was that we didn't get anything from the bakery. By the time we made it over there the line was so long and we didn't have the time or energy to stand in it. Just gives us something to look forward to for next time!

We wandered around and saw the seed store and then ran into Cassie and her husband Dan! So funny to find yet another cousin (just from the other side). 

Harvey was so good the whole time!

We left Magnolia and went to Harp Design Co (the owners do all the woodwork for Chip and Jo on Fixer Upper. Something I learned while there, as I've only seen one episode of the show haha). From there we went our separate ways. It was super fast and even more fun! 

Meanwhile, Millie and Max were having a great time also. Tyler ended up having to work all day Saturday, so Gigi and Poppy saved the day by having Millie and Max stay with them! They took them to a movie, to lunch, a bike ride, and lots more. It was so nice to go and not worry - I knew the kids were in great hands! So thankful for them.

Harvey at 2 months

Harvey dude is 2 months old! We love him so. He grows less fussy and more smiley all the time! He is also starting to have a longer stretch of sleep at night, which is so so great. Chocolate seems to make him spit up (white chocolate is the worst) but doesn't upset him. He started rolling over at about 4.5 weeks and gets faster and faster. These pics were taken on the day he turned 2 months, in his cute Sunday outfit. The little bow tie kills me!

At his 2 month checkup Harvey weighed 14 lbs 14 oz (90%ile), was 24.75" tall (97%ile), with a 16.14" head (90%ile). He's a big boy! His umbilical hernia is starting to close which is great, but I think it's so cute. We love Mr. Harvey!

Little things

Harvey's little half-smile is one of my favorite things!

Enjoying some time outside. 

I want to remember the way he tries to lean back and look around while I'm burping him.

Max has a wet head a lot of the time... he is usually running around and it's warm so he is often a sweaty boy and that is the first place he sweats! He thought it would be funny to rub his wet, sweaty head all over Millie one day. She was laughing luckily. I can't believe how naturally boys do this stuff!

That is one relaxed baby.

Checking out a ginormous ant hill. 

Those cheeks get chubbier every day!

Love these kiddos.

Harvey gets more and more smiley all the time!

Millie moved up a level in swimming and her instructor recommended that we do an evening class so she can have other people in her class and be able to watch and learn from them too. So now she swims Wednesday evenings. Not ideal, but oh well. She is in the big pool now too! There are two boys in her class and they're much older. It's fun to watch her keep up with them.

I love my boys!

Weekend adventures

We're so glad when Daddy comes home!

Gigi and Poppy were so nice to watch the kids while Tyler and I went to the temple on Saturday morning. 

They always have so much fun with Gigi and Poppy!

When we got back Tyler headed home to work and the kids and I stayed to play some more. We met up with Charlee and her kids and Janet. Heidi and James came over too and we all had fun at the park and playing inside.

Max is scared of the ducks (and rightfully so, they are a little too comfortable with people!) but luckily Gigi was there to hide behind and keep him safe.

Fun to finally get these babies together!

Griffin and Harvey are just a few days apart (Griffin came 5 weeks early). Also, this may be my favorite picture of Harvey ever.

Another walk that involved the kite on Sunday. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Millie's 5th birthday party

Millie asked for an "aminal" birthday party! I'm not great at throwing elaborate parties (for example: last year we invited friends to the McDonald's play place for cupcakes haha) but Millie was really happy with how it all went. We had her friends come to our park where we brought animal shaped snacks, some animal masks, and cupcakes. It was super windy and we had several plates of snacks blow away, but other than that the weather was great. I love that we could have a party outside in January! The kids had so much fun playing and I enjoyed visiting with the other moms. Millie ran up to me several times to say it was the best birthday ever! I'd call that a success!

Harvey was an angel and hung out/slept in the stroller for a lot of the time we were there!

Max found a little friend too. The other kids were way too busy playing to eat their cupcakes but these two totally enjoyed theirs!

We said no gifts but most brought one anyway. Millie is so lucky to have such sweet friends!