12.03.2017

Family photos, Fall 2017.

I always love the family photos we have taken each Fall, but this year, these photos mean much, much, more to me.

We had these taken shortly before our sweet Brighton boy was hospitalized in the Pediatric ICU for three weeks with Botulism. At the time we took these pictures, we had no idea what was right around the corner for our family, and just how much these photos would be needed to help us get through it.

When our amazing photographer, Jes, sent me an email with our session attached, I was in the beginning of our long hospital stay. I was sitting next to my very sick baby, and these pictures were a ray of light that kept me going. I'd show the pictures of Brighton with his blue eyes and perfect, gummy smile to the nurses, saying "Look! This is my boy! This is how he normally is!"

The photos helped me to hope that Brighton would get well again soon, and they encouraged me that he would be back to his wiggly, smiley self in no time.

And miraculously, he was! We are so grateful to be back home as a family, and we are so happy to have our sweet, perfect Brighton with us again. We love each of our boys so, so much, and we will always cherish these photos of our family in such a special time. Thank you, Jes! We love them.
^^My world.^^

These next individual pictures of each of my boys....my gosh. I cannot handle the cuteness!

First up, Brighton James (Age 7.5 months in these photos).
He is our ray of sunshine. He has been through so much in his life already, and he is still just a little happy camper. He loves nursing, playing with his brothers, reading books, giving slobbery kisses, and saying "Dada" constantly. We love our little Brights!

Next up, Holland Beck (age 2.5). This boy is SUCH A HAM. He is constantly making us laugh our heads off with his potty humor and knock-knock jokes! Holland loves pancakes, jumping on the tramp, riding his scooter, singing in the car, reading books to Brighton, and keeping up with his two big brothers. Our family would be so boring without this crazy kid. Love you, Mr. Becks!

Now onto our Camden Race (age 4.5). Oh, this little soft-hearted boy. Camden is just the sweetest, and he is also the sneakiest little sneakerson around...especially when finding candy is involved! Haha. Camden loves puzzles, chick-fil-a, preschool, coloring, candy, swimming, making crafts, staying in hotels, and helping me make dinner. You are the sweetest bug around, Cam Bam!!

Lastly, we have Boston Emery (age 6.5). This boy is such a good one. He is such a great older brother, and is good example to everyone around him! Boston loves sports, making comics, kindergarten, reading books, making up games to play with his brothers, and figuring out how to earn money. Haha! You always keep us on our toes with your crazy antics, and we just love you, Boston!

Love those little buddies.

Jes also snapped a few of Jordan and I, which I love! I can't believe we've been married for 7.5 years. Jordan is my best friend, and I'm so glad I get to go through life with him. He's the best husband, and an even better dad.

These next ones are some of my favorites.
Daddy with his boys, and me with my babies. We are pretty lucky to have these little crazies!

With four boys--six and under--our life is pretty much insanity.  (As you could probably guess.)

Things are always getting broken in the house, wrestling matches on the living room rug are pretty much a constant, and I know more about dinosaurs and transformers than I ever thought possible. 

But you know what? There is absolutely nothing better. Raising these babies with Jordan is everything I've ever hoped for in my life. 

And time is already speeding by so fast, so I'm SO grateful that we have these photos to remember this phase by. Because it really is the best, and I never want to forget it.

9.16.2017

CHICAGO (Part III): Wrigley Field & Lake Michigan!

When we decided to take a road trip to Chicago, one of the first things we put on our list was Wrigley Field! If you haven't guessed by now, we are definitely a baseball-loving family!! Jordan grew up in a baseball family, and I grew up in a baseball family, and then we had FOUR BOYS...so yeah. Baseball is a pretty big part of our life. Haha! I love it.

We really wanted to go to a Cub's game, but couldn't squeeze it in this trip. But next time we go back, we are SO going to one!!

^^WRIGLEY^^
^^Just outside Wrigley Field! Such a cool place^^
^^My baseball-loving Boston!^^
^^I thought he would explode from excitement. He was in heaven!^^
After we wandered around the stadium for a bit, we hopped in the car and headed downtown to grab some lunch!

Okay, now if you know Utah food (where we're from), you know the goodness of Cafe Rio and Costa Vida mexican food. It's like, out of this WORLD good!! We seriously miss it sooooooo bad living closer to the East Coast. So when I was looking up things for our road trip and discovered that there was a Costa Vida in Chicago, I basically DIED of happiness.

You'd better believe that we trekked downtown (in the middle of business lunch hour) with our four crazy kiddos crammed into a double stroller, and paid $23 dollars to park for forty minutes so that we could hit up one of our favorite restaurants ever!!

THE SWEET PORK WAS SO WORTH IT.
^^So excited for Costa Vida!^^
^^HEAVEN^^
^^Brighton, eyeing the good stuff!^^
After lunch, we had big plans of more sight-seeing and going to museums, but it just wasn't working. Our kids just wanted to PLAY. They had been such troopers dealing with crazy crowds, being jammed in the car as we searched for parking spots...etc.

So Jordan said, "Let's scratch it. Let's go play at the beach instead!"

The kids were so excited they could not even handle it.

We found the perfect spot on the shore of Lake Michigan, and just soaked everything in while the kids played and ran and giggled...and it was perfect.
^^Pure joy!^^
^^I loved the contrast of digging in the sand at the beach, while looking at skyscrapers. Such a cool city.^^
^^Love this guy. Like SO much.^^
^^We were super classy and brought some extra Costa Vida tins to dig with. Haha!^^
^^Be still my heart.^^
^^Mad Brights.^^

The boys love taking turns getting buried in the sand. They giggled and squealed and got covered from head to toe...and it was pretty much the cutest.

Totally worth the insane amount of sand that we found for weeks and weeks afterwards!! Haha.

^^Trying to catch little tiny fish!^^

They loved the beach SO much... they wore themselves right out. (See next picture)
^^Naked and out.^^
^^Boston pointed to this building on our way back from the beach and yelled "Mom!! A giant FIDGET SPINNER!!"^^

After we had washed off alllllllll of the sand and rested at the hotel for a bit, we ventured out to find some dinner!

We were looking for a restaurant we had heard about, but ended up getting super lost. Which actually turned out perfect, because we found the cutest old-school diner with Chicago-style hot dogs! Such a happy accident. That's one of my favorite parts of exploring new places!

Also, they had the best lemon and chocolate cake of my LIFE. If you go to Chicago, go to Portillo's. (And send me a piece of that cake!!)
^^Jordan, about to dive in to a Chicago dog!^^
^^"Yook at my coin face!"--Camden^^

So yummy!
When we finally got back to the hotel, it was super late, and the kids crashed HARD. It was a fun day of sight-seeing and playing at the beach, and they were completely pooped.

The next day, it was time to head back home to Kentucky! We woke up early, binged on mini hostess donuts on the bed while watching Sponge Bob, and loaded up the car. Then on our way out of town, we taped some construction paper spots to our clothes, and hit up Chick-Fil-A for Cow Appreciation Day! We will basically do anything for free Chick-Fil-A. The BEST.

(To see tiny Boston and Camden cows, go here!)
^^MOO!^^
^^Love this little bean^^
And there you have it!! The last of the Chicago pics.

It was seriously SUCH a fun road trip, and I'm already itching to go somewhere new again. Any ideas of places we should hit??

Also, we're making a video of our Chicago weekend, and I'll post it on the blog asap! Can't wait for you to see it.

Thanks for hopping on my blog!!!