Monday, June 19, 2017

Cedar Week

Michael:
came back to Fresno right after my high school reunion to get back to work. We're so grateful for him. He is in the middle of a rough schedule this month, but once we get to July he will be a second-year resident. It's so hard to believe we have been in Fresno for a year. We missed him when he was at the hospital all of Father's Day, but we celebrated him the day before.

Maddie:
has really nice parents who agreed to drive me and the boys back to Fresno after a week in Cedar City, since Michael drove our car back earlier. It was so, so nice to have some time in Cedar that wasn't already full of plans. I don't remember the last time I had days at home just to soak up time with my parents and my hometown. It was good for my soul.

Westin:
seems lots older these days, even Michael felt like he was older when we saw him after our week apart. He sleeps so well at my parent's house (no windows in the little room I sleep him in) and it was so nice to have some later mornings. He loved time at grandma and grandpa's house as much as I did. Lots of playground time, walks to visit our neighbor dog, stopping to watch construction at SUU, sending sticks down the ditch and catching them. Cedar was good, simple fun, and we loved it.

Bennett:
is the easiest little traveler. Best nap-taker. Happiest people-watcher. Cutest smiler. Funniest little personality. I loved riding in the backseat on our road trip home to California while he just stared at me with so much love in those blue eyes he somehow has. He has started "talking" when you make his same sounds back to him and it's adorable to see how happy that makes him. We had lots of family time this month and we needed it.



Post-haircut spray down and plant watering.

I went to my mom's reader's theater club with her because I heard that Peter Sham was speaking to them that night. He directed a play that I danced in when I was growing up, and he was so much fun to learn from and work with. He was so surprised to see me last week and it was so fun to reconnect. He now directs the Neil Simon festival and I am definitely heading back to Cedar to catch Noises Off.



He loves watching them, but when this one started toward him he took cover fast.

Loooooves his grandpa.

DaNae's cute boys!  
Melts me.





Sunday, June 11, 2017

Colorado Time

Michael:
flew from Fresno to Denver on Saturday after a lonely week of being sick and working. He was also the only person home while one of my high school friends stayed at our house, but he barely saw her family. Kendra, come back when I'm actually home and Michael isn't sick and working 90-hour weeks. We'll be way more fun. I was excited for Michael to have a week off in Denver with all of his family. Time with the Daetwylers is always a highlight of our year.

Maddie:
drove from Salt Lake to Denver with the boys and with Ali after Lydia's baptism. Ali stayed one night in Denver with Michael's family then flew back to SLC the next day for work. Then we spent the week with Michael's family having a blast in Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked, ate lots of good food, played games, explored around our cabin, and caught up with our favorite people. Family is the best! We left on Friday to drive back to Cedar City, and on Saturday I went to my 10-year high school reunion. I know everyone has their own feelings about high school, but I personally feel like I graduated with some of the greatest people I've ever met. I still don't know if I've ever been busier or slept less than my senior year of high school, and I just have a spot in my heart that will always belong to Cedar City, Utah. I was really happy we could pass through the same weekend as that reunion.

Westin:
loves hanging out with his cousins so much. He was a trooper on our drives, too. Michael would carry him for part of our hikes, or he'd walk a good amount, or his Papa Daetwyler would carry him. Grandpas are the best. Westin was excited to see the elk and moose and eagles that we saw that week. I took him on a run around a lake by our cabin, thinking a 3-mile loop didn't sound too bad. I didn't take into account the rain or wind or elevation change (mainly that elevation change), so it ended up being more of an effort than I thought. Then near the end of our loop when we were almost back to where we parked our car, we started seeing tons of warning signs about protective mother elk and "proceed at your own risk" started sounding pretty creepy. Then we turned the corner and right on the path was a baby elk plus two huge females. I stopped and tried to picture sneaking by them with my stroller but it did not feel like a good idea. Soooo we turned back and ran around the whole lake again to get to our car the other way, all while Westin said "those elk were in our way, that's not very nice!" 

Bennett:
did not sleep well in Colorado but he made up for the trouble by being extremely sweet on all our hikes. He loved being on my back in the Ergo so much and it felt like having a sweet little monkey. He never cried on the hikes, just happily leaned against my back and held my arms, took naps when he wanted and looked around when he wanted. He melts my heart. His cousins liked holding him and he loved when they did. He hit 8 months the day we made it to Denver and that just sounds too old. His age has really been making me sad the last couple weeks, I love this stage. Bennett is just such a sweetheart and I want to remember how he is right now forever.

Lots of pictures from our week!

Benjamin and Bennett, cousin love.

Seriously, you guys. Little monkey.


Hannah and Bennett finally meeting.
Kendra, let's never forget when Hannah ran down the slide instead of sitting because that was amazing.

DaNae is the best, and I just really love that we are good at having baby boys at the same time.

Dawson is into the camera, Bennett is into his ear.

I love these girls so much!

Seeing these people made me so happy.

The reunion crew from CHS.


We had water balloons at the family picnic part of the reunion and Westin was so confused about the way they disappeared.

We got a free ice cream cone for filling up our car at this gas station on our way home. I made Westin run to the end of the sidewalk and back for every lick. You gotta burn that toddler energy in creative ways on 9-hour road trip days.

Yeah, this happened. Such a beautiful place. We were up at about 14,000 ft. in the alpine tundra zone.

He's so into food lately. He was all about this sandwich, but not super successful. Don't worry, I broke off little bits for him.


Moose and Baby


Daetwyler girls. Michael has such a great mom and sisters.



Anthon is Westin's oldest cousin on the Daetwyler side and I thought it was so cute how he helped Westin with hiking.


Alberta Falls




All the cute grandkids. I'm so impressed that all 31 of us made it out the door before 8am for hiking most days.

Bennett mostly just wanted to eat his Sheriff's badge.




Yes, Westin is peeing. "Superman peeing" has made our lives so much easier, thanks for the tip Jenny ;)

Friendly. Too friendly.

Nap time for Bennett, sweet little guy.

Before the elk encounter.



Thanks for helping us, Aunt Ali!

Time outs are the best form of discipline for Westin, and at home I give him time outs in his crib. When cribs aren't around and I threaten a time out, I can tell he knows I don't have the necessary resources. He looks at me and tilts his head and says, "What kind of time out?" At church on Sunday in Estes Park he really did need one, so this was Michael's spot. Michael showed me this picture and said, "This is where I gave Westin a time out. But he liked it."

I just love them.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Memorial Day


Michael:
had Memorial Day off so we switched up some travel plans so we could stay home with him that day. We went on a hike together that morning and it was really fun. Westin walked most of it, Michael is a patient dad. I much prefer the strapped-in-the-Ergo situation. Then Michael had a week alone while the boys and I left to head to some family time in Utah and Colorado. And he got sick, of course. A big part of me feels bad no one was around to take care of him, another part of me is kind of grateful no one was around to catch what he had... sorry, babe.

Maddie:
left Tuesday morning at 6:30 with the boys on my first solo road trip to Cedar City. I still feel like 8.5 hours is close since we used to be a plane ride away, but it's not a piece of cake. The trip had highs and lows. Highs of napping babies and iPad entertained toddlers, yummy snacks and interesting podcasts. Lows of speeding tickets, Chick-Fil-A bathroom chaos (sparing you the details), a weird gas stop in Boron, and back to the speeding ticket. Man those bum you out. But we made it and had a fun week with my family. We spent a few days with my parents in Cedar, then a couple days up at my sister's house in Murray. We were able to see my niece Lydia get baptized Saturday morning and I was so happy and proud of her. Then my sister drove with me to Denver after the baptism and flew bak to Salt Lake the next day #angel. Our road trip to Colorado was a million times better with Aunt Ali on board. 

Westin:
did a great job road tripping, but he's definitely still prone to the ups and downs of a two-year-old state of mind. He's such a fun little buddy to have around. He loves men and always has -- grandpas, uncles, and of course his dad, just have his heart. He loves his cousins so much and I love watching those relationships grow. He slept outside of a crib for the first time while at my sister's house. He was on a little air mattress and around 9pm we heard a huge bang from downstairs. I went up thinking I'd find him playing with something he shouldn't or out of bed getting into something. But, he had just fallen off the bed and hadn't even woken up. It cracked me up, and I just put him back on. He did great.

Bennett:
is such an angel. Super easy traveler, though he does not sleep very well when we're on vacation. Westin didn't either so I feel like going to bed expecting him to wake up a lot helps a lot. Everything comes back to expectations, it's seriously my biggest focus of residency. Bennett loves attention from family (or anyone) and I love visiting family before his stranger danger sets in (if it ever does). He's just so tender. I thought for sure his sweet little face would get me out of that speeding ticket. He tried.

Memorial Day Hike



My boys.

I told Westin to pick two toys to bring on the road trip. He chose two notes his Grandma Daetwyler has sent him in the mail. He "reads" them pretty well since he has asked me to read them to him a million times. His favorite part is "we are SOOOOO proud of you" (at least that's how it sounds when he reads it). 

Home.

I ran into one of my old friends when we were up at the new Cedar City temple that's under construction. It was so much fun to see her, and happened so randomly. She's such a great mom.

My parent's house sees quite a change when Westin is around.



Ali's backyard neighbor has a bunny who was well fed when Westin was around.




He slept like this for 90 minutes. It was super cute. Then he acted possessed for like 12 minutes when he woke up, screaming like a crazy person. Less cute. Then he was back to normal. #toddlerlife

I fed Bennett outside during one of our stops and Ali and Westin pretended to be cows through a fence. Westin loves to moo.

Ali's neighbors breed labradoodles and I about died. I seriously wonder if we would have taken one home if Michael was there. Westin loved them so much. Ali even held one, and that's a big deal. The strong similarities and strong differences my sister and I have are so interesting to me.


I love this little Lydia so much. She is beautiful inside and out.


Lydia with her Aunts and their Aunts.

Westin was not into pictures that day, and definitely grumpy. I'm always annoyed when he's grumpy during the times he sees family that he is rarely around. Oh toddlers. 
We love our little Lydia.
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