"hazel, dance."

this has also been posted to my instagram, so i apologize if you are seeing this for the second time!  or maybe i won't apologize, because it is the funniest thing ever.


today was a good one.

today was amazing. we ate delicious food, worked out, played, and even went to the park together. the slide kind of scared hazel about a week ago when we tried it, (it had been months since we had been on a slide), but i am happy to report that she loves it again. we went to kiwanis park today but i have to admit bicentennial kind of has my heart. that park has a frisbee golf course and special baby swings and it is literally the best. now we are all sitting around watching braveheart as a family, (hazel and i also playing with toys), and i'm kind of dreading leaving this perfect day behind and going to work. i'm loving every second of it.


some hilarious photos we took on valentines day.

see what i mean?  hilarious.  we are big into pointing these days...

this one gets me every time....

happy monday!


some instas!

1.  it was warm enough to go to the park with my girl.  she is now afraid of the slide {loved it back in october...}
2.  watching the olympics on a saturday morning.
3.  john was in a group competition this past week, so H and i took a late-night drive to look at the temple.
4.  no explanation needed.
5.  there is one upside to a teething baby:  snuggles.
6.  probably the last time she will fall asleep on me in church.  i was savoring every moment.


things to do with your one-year old in winter.

winter can be such a bummer, can't it?  hazel and i have practically been going crazy over here.  one-year-olds are so fun, but they need to constantly be exploring, and they can get cranky being cooped up inside all day.  i have tried to do one "outing" a day with hazelnut, to either the grocery store or on a walk through the mall, but i know she doesn't enjoy these outings as much as i wish she did.  the last few days i have been keeping a list of things we can do specifically for her!  i plan on doing all of these things with her before the doldrums of winter are over.  only six more weeks.  say it with me.... only six more weeks.  things to do with your one-year-old in winter:

-  go to the pet store and look at the animals
-  have a play-date
-  go to the mall and walk around
-  go to barns and noble and read some new books
-  make edible paint (google it) and put them in their high chair to have at it
-  do a sorting activity with a muffin tin and any kind of ball/toys
-  go to all-a-dollar and let them pick out a thing or two to play with
-  put on some music, grab a tambourine, bells, and some shakers, and dance!
-  make a ball-pit: blow-up kiddie pool + plastic colored balls from either walmart or amazon
-  push them around in a laundry basket
-  make an egg carton with something glued in each spot for them to feel, such as a piece of      sponge, a pom pom, a piece of sandpaper, yarn, etc.
-  go to an indoor pool and splash around
-  blow bubbles



i have plenty of moments when i feel like a failure as a mother. today that feeling came more than a few times. having a teething baby can be really hard on both of you. 
but i had my happy girl back for about 30 minutes today when we gave her an oreo and took her to look at animals at the pet store. she squeeled and squeeled at the fish.