Growing up.

My Jaynie girl turned five on Friday. FIVE. I have birthday photos I want to post, but first I thought I'd share these sweet photos I took of her on my iphone about a couple weeks before her birthday. I truly can't figure out how she is already five. Five seems like such a big year to me. It is strange that it seems to have gone by so quickly and yet, at the same time it feels like she's been a part of our family for much much longer. I know it sounds cliche, but it's difficult remembering what life was like before Jayne was in it. Sure I was probably getting a lot more sleep and had fewer wrinkles, but I also imagine life was much duller than it is now. Jayne truly lights up my life and has made me happier than I have ever been before. She has such a special spirit about her - those that know her feel it and recognize it too. She has so much personality and she is just a really sharp little girl that has a passion for life and for her family and friends and for learning about the world around her. She's girly and silly and hilarious. She's tender and sweet and affectionate and loving. She's polite (most of the time) and thoughtful. She's also passionate and opinionated and competitive. She has so much depth and range to her personality at just five years old. Jayne continues to love art and is really talented at it. She can't go one day without creating some sort of art piece whether it's a painting, a drawing, a cutout, etc. It is beginning to rub off on her younger siblings too which is fun. We have art scattered and displayed all over our home and I love it. She loves learning about the world and space and animals. She loves reading and dancing and pretending. She loves being active - swimming and biking and going on walks. She loves to help and work (for the most part) - like making her bed and cleaning her room, making her own food, helping in the yard, helping me with Frankie, or wiping up messes. Sometimes I feel inadequate by all the things she wants to learn to do. For example, she has a passion for flowers, gardening, and creating beautiful things, and while I love flowers I couldn't tell you many of their names and when it comes to gardening or sewing and crafting I am clueless. But thankfully she's got a Grandma nearby who can teach her all those things (and does). The other day I pointed our a white flower and said "Jayne, look at that pretty white flower." And she's all, "Yeah. Those are daisies mom." (ha!). She has a really sharp memory and can remember facts and details really well. She's also got a lot of emotion for such a little thing which can be beautiful and hard all at the same time. She can bring the screams and waterworks on in half a second flat, and can be giggling and laughing and snuggling a second later. But she has so much love to give around her. She's always making presents and gifts for her loved ones and is such a good big sister to Vinny and Franklin. She's my little buddy and I love her more than I can fully express here. Steve and I often say to each other how lucky we feel to be her parents and how amazing we think she is. 
We love love love our Jaynie girl and are so proud of the person she is becoming.


our month of june according to my iphone!

Had a little scare with this dude when he fell out of his highchair and had what we thought was a seizure (not the shaking kind but the stiff-body-nonresponsive kind) but may have just been a holding breath episode from getting the wind knocked out of him. He got a CT scan that night just to be sure everything was okay (after my Dad called telling me we shouldn't have trusted the paramedics... yikes!) and everything was clear! He hated being strapped down for the scan though, poor guy. We were glad everything was okay and always buckle him in from now on... this kid is our craziest!

Had to document him wearing this outfit that Steve used to wear at his age!

Nursery time at church with cousin violet (Jayne didn't want to go to Primary)

There were a TON of kids!

Vinny looooves Violet. He is so sweet with her.

rough housing

Crazy joker hair after the shower.

Sweet boy passed out after a fun day.

FHE at the park with some chick-fil-A

This girl is getting so big and independent

Sweet face

We went on a hike up at Sundance with Steve's fam. Needless to say, Frankie was not a fan of being strapped in!

He just wanted to walk the whole time, which would have been fine except there were times we were climbing up steep hills/walking down steep hills so during those times he needed to be held and he was NOT happy about it. 

Much more content on Grandma's shoulders

While Frankie only wanted to walk, my older two only wanted to be held.... go figure.

Flowers of course!

We put Jayne to bed in the baby crib in our room. She ended up climbing out in the middle of the night and into our bed. 

Pretty view from our walk.

One morning we heard commotion outside the house and realized a parade was going down our street with bikes people had decorated for the fourth. every year we miss it and every year we say "oh man! we should have done this! next year..." but the kids enjoyed watching from our front stoop.

When Elyse came to town we took the kids to a traveling dinosaur museum in Ogden one afternoon. They had "real life" looking dinosaurs, dinosaur rides, bouncy houses, and crafts. The kids had a good time (after overcoming their initial fear the first five minutes or so). 

A Sunday morning photo with these two. (Frankie was already down for a nap at this point).

Me and my girl.

Elyse is getting so grown up!

Plenty of Hokulia this summer...

The kids watching Elyse and I leave on our date

Pretty Leeseeloo

Happy kid.

Took a selfie just before taking some headshots for a photographer in our ward for a mascara product. It was fun getting dolled up and kind of hilarious trying to play model for an evening.

A lazy Sunday afternoon in alpine with my chica.

Pretty view in Alpine

The kids like to torture him on occasion. He's a good sport.

Carousel. Again. Surprised?

The elephant!

Lots of splash pad days.

This kid lives for water.

Pretty face paint from the Provo Farmers Market.

Summer has been pretty much wiping them out and we are seeing many more naps around here...

Pretty flowers from our yard

Shirtless Frankie.

Gator rides at Grandmas are a favorite.

More Hokulia...

An in n out meal

Taking advantage of the early morning by going on walks alone around the neighborhood. Gives me a quiet chance to read my scriptures/listen to music.

Pretty sunshine through the mountains.

A family day at the Museum of Natural Curiosity

Pool days. Lots and lots of pool days.

Frankie is a pro at swimming with floaties.

More naps.

Family nights at the Pirate Ship Park.

A morning at the Provo Library to pick out some books.

Stud man.

Popsicles with cousin Violet!

Nakey showers at the end of the day.

World Cup documentation.

Soccer Party for coach Steve. The girls gifted him with a shirt of the team. It was cute to see how much they appreciate him.

We loved having Violet in town for a couple of weeks! Play time at the park.

Soaking up some one-on-one time with her one afternoon. She let  me hold her hand.

Binoculars by Jayne.

Overcast morning walk.

Cute boy loves stuffed animals and was obsessed with Violet's dog.

My walk buddy one morning and served as my weights up the staircase at byu.

And some Jayne art:

"Mom with a beard" (nice)

"Designs for my birthday"

"Flower face"