Wednesday, May 6, 2015


You think I would have tried to catch up blogging while being on bed rest with hardly anything to do, but nope, I like to make life hard and play catch up with 2 newborns and a toddler.

I LOVE making costumes. Especially when they cost me under $5.
This year we were the "Trophy Wife" and hunter.
I looked up a picture of some of Russ's "Horn Porn" (The man is obsessed with hunting and antlers)and made a nice little set of my own. I was so proud and excited to show him when he got home...from hunting of course.
If only I hadn't made them so heavy so they would stay on my tiny headband.
He of course critiqued them, we made some changes and we were ready for Halloween!
Lila creating her own little masterpiece while I painted my antlers.
We go all out at our house with TWO colors for her to chose from...haha. Poor girl has a nice set of jumbo crayons now.

Let me take you back to Halloween- 2005. I was up to school at Utah State University and most of my high school friends stayed in the Salt Lake Valley. My friend was invited to a Halloween party from some guys she met at the U of U. So we get all dressed up- They were snowboarder chicks, and I of course, was Mrs Piggy- Im talking pig snout, huge pink tutu, pearls and the nastiest wig you've ever seen.
We walk into this party- of course fashionably late...and its not a dress up party :(
So, my friends slip off their snowboarding pants, and I am left as Ms Piggy. It turns out they had all just come from a football game so no one was dressed up.
Because of this embarrassing moment, I am always scared when I wake up Halloween morning and get ready haha!
So to err on the side of caution and not show up to work looking like a buck, I did my make up in my cube once I saw it was in fact, Halloween just like the Calendar said.

If that is not the hottest hunter you have ever seen I don't know who is.
He was doubling it up this year and doing something else with his department that required a goatee and I quite liked it.

And you cant forget our cute little skunk!!
One of my co workers went up to her and mooed so I guess she looked more like a cow, but CUTE nonetheless.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Curiosity Museum

Im blogging about 6 months behind, but Im determined to get caught up!
I cant believe how much Lila has changed in just 6 months. Its sad how fast time goes and how much they change!
Just before Halloween we had a girls day out with my Mom and sister and our kiddos.
I remember feeling not that great, and a tich moody, but I still packed Lila up and met up for lunch. We were going to go to the Childrens museum after, but right at the end of lunch, Lila spilled her almost full bowl of Wisconsin Cauliflower soup all down the front of me.
I just wanted to go home and call it a day but they talked me in to going and Im so glad I did.
I thought Lila would be too young to enjoy anything but she had a blast, and I honestly think I had more fun than her haha! I mean helloooo, they have a zip line on the playground!

They really did have fun things for babies to do too!

I put Lila in here to play in the sand and some little boy tattle tailed on me :)

Grandmas are the best!

Making some music...

And the girls and I did a little tap dancing. Took me back to when I was 8 and tap danced at C & C Ballet. Weirdly I was super shy back in the day and was down right terrified to perform my monkey dance from the Jungle Book, but fortunately/ unfortunately for Russ, my shyness is gone and I was rocking that tap floor ;)
Smelling like old Wisconsin Cauliflower soup did not slow me down- Im sure I was sweating the smell of old cheese.

When you feel it, you feel it.

We may have been too confident in her sliding skills- she clung on for dear life before landing safely on wood chips- oops- you live and you learn.

After, we had delicious frozen yogurt.
I have no idea why Lila isn't wearing shoes in any of these pictures haha.
She loves her CC.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The big Reveal

My aunt had her usual Fall Harvest party in her back yard.
Everyone is assigned a fruit or vegetable and you have to bring a dish with whatever food you were assigned.
Its one of my favorite times of year. I love sitting around the fire pits on hay stacks, awesome music playing, and the lights hung in the trees. I always feel like its out of a magazine with how beautiful her yard is. She makes pottery for a living and has a beautiful studio in her backyard that she opens up for all the food.
Its also the time we made our big reveal...well kind of. There was a lot going on and I wanted my dad to make it since its all his sister and he was so proud. But Lila had had it by the time he made the announcement and we weren't even there :)

Russ had been hunting and was able to come last minute. Such a fun surprise seeing him come around the house.

Cousins and good food!

We had taken picture of Lila earlier to make the announcement elsewhere.
We used twin babies that I had growing up! When I was little, I renamed myself Megan, and named my babies Chelsea and Kelsey :)


Because this is a fall post- I have blog this picture. Lila and I took a date to Maceys to eat yummy fall donuts. Love my donut date!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Date Night

As I am typing this I have Lady Antebellum song, "I don't know why you don't take me downtown anymore" repeating in my head.

I absolutely love having kids. Wouldn't change it for the world. But I do understand why people say its important to date your spouse still. I miss my one on one time with Russ.
Its so fun when you take the time to get away and remember what its like just the two of you.

Russ's very best friend, and Lila official/unofficial Godfather got married.
We are so happy for him and absolutely love his new wife.

We had a day long date for their festivities and it was such a great time.
And just for my records, to remind myself of this uncomfortable moment...I had one job. One stinkin job for this beautiful wedding day. I was to stay back with the couple (They rented out a top floor room of the Energy Solutions Building with a beautiful view!) and let them know when everyone had lit their sparklers and their ride was ready.
Well what someone didn't tell me, was that someone took their keys to go put stuff in their car and hadn't come back.
So a very anti climatic moment...I send the bride and groom out for their big send off, everyone waves their sparklers and wishes them well, and they had nowhere to go because the dang keys were gone!

Oh well. They didnt seem to remember when I shamelessly apologized the next time I saw them.It was still a beautiful day and evening and we are so happy for them!

Monday, April 27, 2015


One of my most favorite things in this entire world is the state fair.
My Grandpa Kemp and all of my cousins would go every year! My Grandpa would always buy me a Navajo taco and we would walk every square inch of that fair ground.
I literally look forward to it every year. And since Russ wouldn't let me take Lila as a newborn ( He thinks its too ghetto and dirty to take a new born.  I had to remind him that my  niece ate a piece of someone elses bacon off the fair ground cement before any of us could stop her and she turned out just fine!).
This particular year it had rained all day. I was feeling pretty crappy with my morning sickness but of course still wanted to go!!
I got lila all dressed in her fair clothes and cowgirl boots and we wished and wished the rain would go away and it did!

It wouldn't be the fair without starting it off right with fair food with cousins.
Heres my cousin Garrett with Lila.

Because I wasn't feeling well, I opted for a rather plain dish of chicken and rice, while Russ went all out with this donut burger. Russ never disappoints when it comes to eating at the fair- partly why I love him so much.

We love surprises! Like running into our sister in law from Russ's side!
Shes so fun.

These little cowgirl boots kill me.


I decided whether I lose my cookies or not, I cant go to the fair without going down the big yellow slide, especially the first time as a family!!

Lilas first time on the big yellow slide.
Ignore my really annoying laugh. I was borderline scared/ incredibly happy for her.

Russ humors me with rides, I humor him with outdoor booths.

This is a look of a little girls first time to the fair, with fair food in her belly, and way past her bedtime. We are going to keep her.

PS- I don't know if its just because she is at the fair, but this picture looks just like me as a child :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Emergency Room- Take 2

With the end of summer, comes the worst time of the year...for me. Hunting season.
With me feeling better, Russ left on his first hunting outing.
I decided to go up and visit my brother in Idaho for the weekend while Russ was gone.
We had a great time as usual- I broke the news to them of TWINS because I started getting a bit sick up there and its hard to hide when you're running into the bathroom every couple of hours.
One of the nights while we were asleep, Lila started breathing funny. I wondered if she was allergic to something in the room we were in because she had been fine all day and the night before.
It got worse and worse so I got her out of her pack and play to prop her up in bed with me.
I didn't sleep at all. The next morning was a really cold one- my Dad (my parents were up there as well) wrapped her up in blankets and took her out to sit on the front porch.
She came in and I couldn't keep her awake, despite all of her cousins running around and wanting to play.
My brother picked her up and she instantly fell asleep in his arms- NOT a Lila characteristic. She hates being held when she is tired and she is not a snuggler.
We decided to head out and get her home since we had a 4 hour drive ahead of us.
I sat in back with her and she wouldn't open her eyes or focus on me.
It was cold so I had her in flannel pjs. I touched her forehead and she was on fire.

We pulled over and I got her out of her pjs to cool off and get her some fluids.
She was trying to cry but nothing was coming out so I was starting to get super worried- we were still about 3 hours away from home.
My Dad held her outside while I ran into a gas station to get her more fluids besides milk.
We got home and they had a birthday party for one of my other nieces and nephews they had already committed to so they dropped me off at home and I tried to get a hold of Russ.
Because he is generally in the middle of them mountains I can never get a hold of him. Thankfully, his buddy he was with was called to a church meeting so they left earlier than they had planned and he was on his way home.
She was still burning up, I took her temperature and it was 105. She wasn't waking up, she was drooling more than usual and when she did wake up, she was just try and cry and then fall back asleep.
I told Russ and he told me to call his sister who is an ER nurse while he sped home.
I called her and after hearing her symptoms she told us to take her to the ER.
By the time Russ got home we rushed right out and by then she was at 106 and we couldn't get it to go down. I had given her meds and stuck her under our room fan and nothing was helping.
Lila loves her Dad so so much, and when he got home and she couldn't even look at him I think it scared him as much as it had been scaring me.
We got to the emergency room and there were so many people in there it made me panic. Luckily they take those they think that are more of an emergency back first so they took her back instantly since she wasn't really responsive.
She had croup, but they think her temperature went up too high, too fast and that's what they were most worried about. They gave her some more meds and we did a breathing treatment and chest xrays and after a few hours we were able to bring her home.
We are paranoid first parents and have heard nightmare stories of babies in beds with parents and them rolling on them, so we put her in her crib and we took turns sleeping on the floor next to her crib.
Luckily the steroid or whatever they gave her bounced her back pretty quick and she was better a couple days later! So scary and sad seeing your kids sick!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

End of Summer

To bid our farewell to summer, we went up to Sundance to walk around and enjoy the outdoors before we were cooped up all winter.
It was a beautiful day!
We sat on this little patio forever, looking at the fish and people watching.
I always keep my eyes peeled for Robert Redford thinking he HAS to just be enjoying his land like we are, but I never see him ;)

It was the last day the snow shack would be there for the season so we stopped on our way home and shared this teeny tiny snow cone ;)
I was super embarrassed when they called our name and saw this beast- but we did a decent job as a family pounding that down.
Summer is too fun- why does it have to go so fast?