Friday, July 22, 2016

July Layouts

This has been a busy month, but I have two layouts to show you.  This first layout is of our time hanging out with the Hamburgers when they were in town a year and a half ago, which is funny because although we have not seen them since then, they are here now and we are going to hang out again! For this layout, I was inspired by Creative Embellishments' July challenge.  The balloons inspired me to stagger these diamonds on the background of the page, and I added wood veneer stars.


And this second layout is of Jesse's (then new) car purchase.  Since I am a year and a half behind on my scrapbooking however, Jesse has yet another new car!  I created this layout using the July 15th sketch from Stuck?! as my inspiration.



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sizzling Summer

We are definitely feeling the heat over here in Albuquerque over the past few weeks.  So much so that we avoid going outside in the afternoon and only spend a little time in the shade in the early evening. But the mornings are generally nice, and this weekend we took the opportunity to try out the new baby carrier Jesse got for Father's Day (the one in the Father's Day post was our friend's that we tried out to see if we wanted to buy one).  It was a success -- even more so than we imagined.  We joked that the promotional videos for this carrier always showed a baby sleeping in it but there was no way our Nathan would ever do anything like that.  Until he did!  We hiked for an hour and 45 minutes and about 20 minutes from the end of the hike we found him snoozing!  



And you have to check out this video (which is completely unrelated to being outdoors or hiking).  It is about Nathan though, and arguably the most clever thing he has ever done.  Aunt Janet got Nathan a shape sorter toy where the little shapes go down tubes and make funny noises while doing so because they allow air to go through a filter in the middle.  Well Nathan somehow stumbled upon the realization that these little shapes would therefore make great whistles!  Now he walks around carrying the circle one in his mouth whistling away!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Out East

Last week we spent time with family on the East Coast, starting with a trip to see my mom in Connecticut.  We enjoyed the little things, like smelling the roses and chillin like a villain.  



We also went to the Mystic Aquarium, where we saw a bunch of cool marine life, including penguins, which was Nathan's favorite.


And we ate at Abbott's -- a must do!  


Our next stop was Nicole's place, where Nathan had even more people to ooh and aah over him.



We also went to a water park, beautiful rose gardens, and an amusement park while we were there.




Last but not least, we headed over to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, where Nathan met and had tons of fun with family members.  



He loved playing in the water and also enjoyed other bay staples, like crochet and eating crabs!




Friday, July 1, 2016

Hawaii Family Pictures

We had professional pictures taken went we went to Hawaii (which was Jesse's mother's day present to me) and I was especially excited to have pictures of the three of us, which are hard to get!  But I have to say this one of just Nathan is my favorite! Enjoy the cuteness!







Saturday, June 25, 2016

Joyful June

We captured a bunch of adorable pictures and videos of Nathan this month.  One thing he has been doing lately is picking things up and then discarding them by flinging them over his shoulder.  It makes quite a mess!



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He has also started to show interest in pillows and stuffed animals.  He hugs them and lays down and "sleeps" on throw pillows.  



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And he has gotten pretty good at stacking rings on his stacking toy.  With style, of course!


He has always loved teeth brushing time.  Now he is interested in doing it himself!  Too cute.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

For Father's Day this year we got Jesse a baby hiking carrier and hiked the La Luz trail for an hour.  



We also had ice cream cake and watched the game with friends.  They were pretty happy with the result!




Monday, June 13, 2016

Neutral Layouts

The layouts I created this month are family focused.  This first one is of Nathan's nursery, and I was inspired by the different colors and fonts of Kelly's mood board and used Brenda's sketch.


And for this second layout I was inspired by Creative Embellishments' mood board, particularly the flowers and the nature setting, so I scrapped pictures of our trip to Tamaya.  I also used a lot of layers.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Nathan's First Trip to Hawaii - Part 2

We continued to spend most of our time in the ocean during the second half of our trip to Maui.  Jesse went on an open water swim (you probably can't tell, but he is swimming in the ocean in this picture) while Nathan and I played on the beach.


We indulged in (and introduced Nathan to) delicious shave ice with macadamia nut ice cream.  And then back to the beach and snorkeling (look closely at the last snorkeling picture to see an eel). 




Since Nathan isn't quite up to snorkeling yet, we took him to the aquarium so he could see some fish, octopus, turtles, and sharks.  He was even able to touch a star fish and sea cucumber.  




On our last day, we had a gourmet, relaxing breakfast and said goodbye to our beautiful hotel and beach.


Then we headed up towards Hana to see a few waterfalls and a botanical garden with cool plants like 100 year old mango trees and painted eucalyptus trees.  I just love Nathan's excited smile in this first picture!  





We had a lovely trip.  It was so fun to see Hawaii through Nathan's eyes, and it was worth the nightmare red eye back and the jet lag we are still dealing with!  Maybe we'll just stay there next time.  ;D

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nathan's First Trip to Hawaii - Part 1

Last week we took Nathan on his first trip to Hawaii!  We stayed at the Grand Wailea in Maui, and it was so fun to see Nathan experience the beach and ocean for the first time.  He LOVED it!



He also had fun splashing up a storm in the pool.


We took a boat ride to the nearby island of Lanai and enjoyed spending time on the beach there and snorkeling.  




As we always do, we went snorkeling quite a few times on our trip.  We took turns snorkeling (turtles!) and playing with Nathan on the beach in front of our hotel.  He seriously couldn't get enough so it's official: we'll be back!




Nathan appreciates the little things too.  He loved the flowers on the grounds of our hotel and wanted to touch them (yes, literally just poke them once with his finger) every time we passed them.  He also thoroughly enjoyed all of the birds that hung around the open air eateries, the fans that are everywhere, and Hawaiian art (who knew?).  


There are so many good beaches in Maui, and right in Wailea, and we were able to walk to Ulua beach which had the best snorkeling of our trip with incredibly clear water and abundant fish.




We ate out at a number of fantastic restaurants during our trip and had fancy dessert too for our anniversary.  Happy 13 years!  (Yes, in this picture I'm kissing Nathan, not Jesse, but Nathan's picture of us didn't really come out well!)