Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Valentines Day.

As you all probably already know, Valentines Day IS MY JAM. To be more specific, the color pink is my jam. My whole Instagram feed was full of wedding pictures, PDA, snugly couples, and long sappy captions. I didn't mind one bit. I THRIVE OFF OF THIS STUFF. So much love for people in love... ya feel?! I wish every day was Valentines day. 
There's nothing I appreciate quite as much as going to the grocery store in January/February and seeing a whole aisle covered in pink, red, and purple. It's just the cutest. I'm weird. But it makes my girly girl heart real happy. (Especially Target. Their dollar section is killing it at this time of year. I mean when isn't it?! But it's on steroids during this holiday. Give me aawwwllll the glitter and heart shaped confetti).

We celebrated by making festive cookies for co-workers and friends and wearing all the pink and red.

One of my moms preschool students had brought Valentines donuts for snack time, there was an extra waiting for Maycie when she woke up from her nap and she was so excited. 

My older brother came home from work with a dozen roses for his wife, & balloons + fruity gum for his little girls. He was pissed when I started taking pictures to document the moment.... that's Tyler for ya haha.

I'll be honest, my heart melted when I saw my brother walk in the door with little gifts for all of his 'valentines'. The smile on his girls faces was pretty sweet too. Tyler is not a hopeless romantic; and he isn't super sentimental either. He's the kind of person that thinks Valentines day is a little bit dumb. He is the least festive person I know hahaha. But despite his feelings on the "pointless" holiday, he's always taking care of his girls. My older brother seems rough and tough on the outside, but I love seeing him turn into a marshmallow for his family. He's got a lot of quality's that I hope my future husband possesses! 

My mom made lots of homemade fudge for all of her 'valentines' (my family) and also left little gifts/a favorite 'treat' of ours on our pillows. 

Mama knows the way to my heart.

Just like every holiday, Valentines day makes me extra excited to be a mama someday. I'll be that mom making heart shaped pancakes topped with pink sprinkles for breakfast, dying my kids milk pink, serving boxes of truffles for dinner, working on homemade Valentines boxes for over a month, decorating the entire house with streamers and hearts, and probably putting way too much effort into homemade Valentines cards for my kids classes. Go big or go home man. Festivity is in my blood. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The reasons.

Last Thursday cute Nie Nie Dialogue's (who we all know rocks my world) posted about the "reasons why she loved today." The first thing on the list was "It felt like spring and I opened a few windows". As I read it Friday morning I instant thought "I AGREE!!!!!" and decided I wanted to make my own blog post listing reasons I loved last week. 

1. It felt like spring. I didn't open any windows. But it felt like spring. And my heart was so happy. And my snap chat was full of videos of people playing at the park with their kids/the kids they nanny, people taking walks, hanging out outside without coats etc.
2. I finally saw La La Land. It was dreamy.
3. While on the topic of "band wagon" type of stuff, I started watching Stranger Things. Oh my essentially!! Why have I waited this long? 100% hooked.
4. HIGH Fitness. I don't think this is a real thing? Like I'm pretty sure someone recently made it up..... but it is the funnest. And it makes my heart so happy. You're essentially just having a dance party with a bunch of other women. Jessica teaches Wednesday nights at the American Fork VASA. Get there! She is the cutest and happiest.
5. I got a solid 30/30 on my math test *YESSS*
6. Sending my little brother off on his first date (PGHS sweethearts dance) he is the cutest.

Friday, February 10, 2017

One year.

One year ago (on the 4th to be exact) we celebrated one year of having our lex home. 
It really was the sweetest day. I remember February 3rd so perfectly. It felt like Christmas Eve night. We stayed up late painting posters, cleaning the house, and preparing to attack her with hugs. Such a fun day/moment to reminisce on!
 It's been such a great year of having our Lex back in the 801. Even though she'd go on another 18th month mission to serve our Lord in a heartbeat, we're keeping her here and never letting her leave again.
Watch a little video of that special day HERE (made by our favorite and cutest friend Indy Blue). It may or may not make you cry.... IDK, but what I do know is that it makes my family cry. WE LOVE OUR LEX <3 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy birthday Chlo.

Last Tuesday my bestest of best friends turned 20!! We celebrated with a friend lunch and then pedicures. 
Chloe is such a blessing in my life. She's supportive, loving, and caring. She isn't selfish and she's always looking out for her friends. She's one of the happiest girls I know. She shines light everywhere she goes with her humor and her darling laugh. She's hilarious. And as pretty as they come. Although she might hate it, I envy her height and long legs. Can I be reincarnated as Chloe Rickenbach in the next life?! 

Happy birthday Chlo. Love you more then words can describe. 
See Chloe's last birthday here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Nursery Bud.

Early last year I got a calling to be a primary teacher for the cutest group of little girls (5 turning 6). It was the greatest first "adult calling" I could have asked for. I was so sad to watch them "graduate" onto a bigger class at the end of 2016. Not only did they move to a new class - so did I! For about a month I taught the 10 turning 11 year olds, and I LOVED it. I was so nervous at first because I didn't have coloring to rely on. I actually had to plan lessons that would last our whole class time. Also, the kids were old enough to really understand the lessons. The fact that my kiddo's were now listening and actually knew what I was saying now seemed a little intimidating. The nerves quickly left and I realized right away how much I adored the older group of kids and our "real" lessons. There was just something so satisfying about teaching a whole long lesson, feeling to spirit, and having the children's undivided attention! It gave me the biggest sense of accomplishment. Sadly, I was only with this cute new class for about a month. I was then released and called to serve in the Nursery. If we're being real, I was a bit bitter at first. I loved my new class and our new lessons so much and didn't want to leave. Despite being stubborn and willful (and maybe having a wee bit of a bad attitude), I accepted my new calling in the nursery. And guess who's in nursery with me?! 
Little Maycie Moo!! 
I shouldn't of had a bad attitude about the new calling in the first place, but I especially shouldn't have because of little Mayce. She's my new Sunday pal. I love it. What more could I ask for then to hang out with her for 3 hours?! We get to play with toys, eat animal crackers, go on walks, color, sing songs, and learn about how Heavenly Father created animals. It's a solid church day if you ask me! 

Freaking love this little face.

Monday, January 23, 2017

little buns.

Is she not the sweetest? I love her little buns and perfect little face.
 I could stare at her all day.
Stay little forever, okay?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nails & Cookies.

A couple Saturday's back My brother and his wife Chelsea were gone Elk hunting; so we got the honor of watching the babies while they were away. That morning I had mentioned to Pais that we should go get our nails done together. The remainder of the morning and afternoon were filled with errands and chores on my end, but every time she saw me she was SURE to remind me that we should go get our nails done and she was anxious to ask if I was ready to go. Her excitement touched my heart. I hope we're always able to do things together and get one on one dates with one another. No matter how old the both of us get I hope she'll always be excited for time with her Aunt Courtney.
The whole way there Paisley asked question after question. "Will they have blue nail polish? How many kinds of blue? Am I going to pick out your nail color too? Will you want pink? Because I think you should do pink! Will they have a lot of colors? How many? Will they have every color?" Etc etc etc. 

Once we were there she was so nervous & quiet. It made me laugh. She sat on my lap while "Lane" painted her nails and she was so shy to answer every question he asked. Although she acted terrified of him while we were there, once we were home & playing the rest of the night she kept talking about Lane and wondering if he had kids and if we should go to his house to play with him, or if we should invite him over to our house because maybe he'd maybe want to play with us. She kept mentioning him the whole rest of the week too!
After our nail date I offered to take her to get hot chocolate or a treat. No hesitation, she wanted a "cookie from Sodalicious with pink frosting!" And she was sure to let me know that she wanted to go IN, not just the drive thru. She ate a couple bites and was done, SORTA wasteful, but that's okay! We had fun playing and chattin'. As we left she wanted to pretend we were locked in and had to find a key and sneak out quietly to the car. I love kids imaginations and the games they come up with!

I've decided that once my Brother's family moves into their new home I'm going to take each niece on an individual date once a month so I can still bond with them and maintain our strong, close relationships. This was just a little "preview" of that. Maycie is certainly ready for her date! Once we got home she made it very clear that she wanted HER nails painted too, and she wanted to go OUTSIDE to do it (not just downstairs, because it was obviously not where me and Pais did ours haha.) So there could end up being some drama there. Perhaps i'll have to do GROUP dates with the two until they can grasp the concept of each having their own special date.
Now I've just got to figure out a one-on-one date for me and little Maycie (that is if Pais let's us leave the house without her; and if she doesn't that's okay! The more the merrier.)