Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas and New Years

For Christmas we were able to go to Moses Lake to spend it with my entire side of the family. That's my mom and dad, their 7 kids, 5 spouses, and 10 grandchildren. I was crazy excited. Plus that meant we had an excuse to get Rory a couple of cold weather essentials. 

be still my heart

This is from the morning we left- she could  just feel the excitement!
We drove to Las Vegas Friday night and stayed at John and Ashleigh's. It's always a good time when we get to hang out with those two! Plus Ashleigh always feeds us really well. The next morning John dropped us off at the airport and we flew to Pasco.
We had a row to ourselves on the flight up- game changer. If only we weren't so cheap :) 

Just chilling in Seattle waiting for our connecting flight
When we got there it was non-stop family fun for 10 whole days and so much baby cuteness I could hardly control myself.

Ridley and Rory

Ridley and Rory

Jude, Grammy, and Owen

Just looking cute taking a nap

As much fun as we had, it was definitely eye opening for both Rory and I when we weren't the only ones hanging out at home all day. She went through just about every hazard that comes from having that many people in one enclosed space- kicked, stepped on, and her first cold :( Not so awesome.
But she also gave us her first real laugh and that WAS awesome. We were giving her a bath after a monumental spit up, seriously so huge, and Stephen was scrubbing her toes when she just lost it. It was the best sound in the entire world.

Aunt Kendall caught us hanging out

cute cousins
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Ridley, Rory, and Quinn

The boys left on Sunday to go to Big White for a couple of days while the girls stayed home with the babies. Curtis was the only guy left out because Courtney had baby Quinn on Sunday, so he had to stick around for that. In exchange, the boys watched the kids while we went to lunch at Incas- yeah that seems about even, right?

Rory and Sanderson Poe. If we could have found a way to take this cat home with us we would have. He's so dope.

For Christmas Eve this year we didn't get together with all the other relatives in town like we normally do, which was a bummer but also kind of nice since everyone's crews are getting SO big. Luckily Angie and Q still came down to eat dinner with us, though I somehow didn't manage to snap a picture with them. Just know they were there and in adorable matching sweaters no less and it was so so fun to see them. 

Christmas Eve we had dinner with our family, Angie and Q, and the missionaries from my parents ward. Then we got our Christmas jammies and ornaments and I was way too excited about all the matching that was happening. 

Here's a blurry but wonderful picture of some of the people I love the most.

Since Christmas fell on a Sunday this year we got to get all dressed up and go to Sacrament meeting after opening gifts. It was really lovely, and I only dozed slightly, unlike somebody else I could mention...

We flew back to Las Vegas on the 27th and then drove to St George to spend a little time with Stephen's family. We were supposed to have about a week with them, but Stephen got assigned a few inventory counts last minute. Those darn taxes...

Rory all bundled up to head home

Unfortunately by the time we made it in to St George I was feeling really sick. Whatever bug had been going around the house had made its way to me and it was horrible. My sweet in laws took such great care of me- I'm talking homemade chicken noodle soup and middle of the night ginger ale runs- and watched my sweet baby while I got some rest.
I rallied just enough to go see the movie Sing with Stephen, Makenzie, and John while Lucina watched Rory. It was exciting to go out on a date with my handsome husband and it was awesome to come home to my sweet baby! I'm a lucky, lucky girl.
Since it was just the three of us for New Year's Eve we had a family sleepover in the living room. We watched some shows, ate yummy pizza, and two of us ended up staying up WAY too late because I drank some caffeine. I guess the holidays just bring out the party girl in Rory.

2016 was a good year for us and we are excited to ring in the new year with this little cutie!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Alive in Tucson

Stephen had to work on a client out of Tucson for the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. We decided to come and stay with him during the week and we all went home for the weekend. Tucson may not be everyone's idea of a vacation spot, but it was so fun to get a little extra time as a family. 

She saved all her smiles for when we finally joined back up with dad. 

Off to show her off to dad's coworkers

El Guero Canelo- famous for their sonoran hot dog which was yummy, but their carne asada is really to die for. Plus check out how huge that burrito is. 

Shopping with mom left her exhausted
 Like I said, we came home for the weekends in between so on Saturday we went with our friends the Collins to see the Mesa Temple lights. And yes, I used it as an excuse to dress my baby in this adorable sweat jumpsuit. Look how cozy she is!

Honestly Rory didn't seem too impressed with the lights. She was awake for the whole thing but she mostly looked displeased the entire time. Guess we will have to try again next year!

 Stephen went back to Tucson the following Monday, to a new hotel this time but I forgot to take any pictures which is dumb because they had a giant REAL gingerbread house in the foyer! It was so cool! Rory had a doctors appt to get her first round of shots on Tuesday, so we came up after that. This picture is so sad because this is her smiling at me as we were waiting to meet with her doctor- she had no idea what was coming her way! She was a champ and calmed down as soon as she was back in my arms, but I cried pretty hard so... But also it was my birthday so I think that makes it ok.

We drove up to Tucson as soon as she had calmed down and she slept the entire way- little angel baby. Stephen left popcorn and M&M's for me in the hotel room (my favorite treat) and as soon as he got back from work we went out to Oregano's for dinner and a free birthday pizookie! It was super yummy and so fun.
When we got back to the hotel he gave me this gift, which gave me warm and fuzzies all over to see how much my husband really gets me. What a patient man haha.
Card on the left, mug on the right

I also got this gem of a card from my mother-in-law and I about died. Hilarious. 
 I do have to say the absolute highlight of my birthday was when I got this message from my mom:
I seriously cannot even begin to describe to you how excited this made me. It was like all the hope and dreams childhood Kylie ever had were coming true in one moment. Stephen and I reached in to our catalog of cat names (yes we have thought of more possible cat names than we have names for our future children) and decided that from henceforth this cat would be known as Sanderson Poe. If you think that sounds familiar this may just jog your memory: 

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Yeah I think I am pretty funny. Be excited for the day when we have another cat to name because we've got plenty of ideas still up our sleeves!

So back on track, I had an amazing birthday. Seriously so fun (minus Rory's shots- still sad just thinking about those). Now back to Tucson...

hanging out in the hotel- LOOK AT THAT BABY

doing some laps at Target to help her sleep and pass the time

Looking real fly

Rory fell asleep on the hotel bed and she looked so teeny and so old all at the same time and I just couldn't stand it

It was good times in Tucson and a great birthday!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blessing Day and Thanksgiving Break

We road tripped to St George for Thanksgiving this year. It was our first road trip with a baby and Rory was SO GOOD. She's the best baby. I'm so obsessed with her. 

appropriate road trip attire
 Stephen was able to bless Florence that Sunday in his parents ward. His Dad John, brother John, Nate, and my brother Bryan all got to be in the circle. It was a beautiful blessing and I managed to hold it together... mostly.
Bryan and Kendall came from Provo for the blessing and Kacey brought her girls with her from Vegas for the day. It was so nice to have so much family make an effort to be there for us. Kacey actually found Rory's blessing dress at a garage sale for $1. I added a little of my own flair (sparkly white flowers that you can't really see) and I thought it was just to die for. Babies in frills- is there anything cuter?
Unfortunately we didn't get pictures with everyone after the blessing because John and Lucina both had callings they had to stick around for, so basically only the sinners made the pictures. (Hopefully by baby number two I will have figured out this whole documenting milestones thing- sorry Rory!)

Ridley and Bryan 

Kacey found this stocking that already had Rory's name on it and just HAD to get it for a blessing day present. She fit right inside and Kendall's snapchat filters helped to take our Kodak moment to the next level. 
We got a whole week with the Marshes for Thanksgiving and it was amazing. Stephen got to play golf with his dad and go to a BYU basketball game, which basically equals a day in heaven for him. I got to hang out with my baby and watch way too many Hallmark Christmas movies, so needless to say it was a dreamy week. Lucina prepared an AMAZING Thanksgiving dinner with all the staple dishes and then some. Rory was fussing just as everyone sat down to eat so I stuck her in my baby carrier so I could still join them. She slept through the entire meal and I only dropped a couple pieces of stuffing on her head! I'm most grateful for the fact that I'm 25 years old and have still never had to make any important dishes for a Thanksgiving meal- fingers crossed I still have a few good years left in me!

Rory was laying in between Stephen and I on Thanksgiving morning and I said to her, "I can't wait to get you in to your Thanksgiving outfit." to which Stephen replied, "I have a Thanksgiving outfit!?!" 

my little turkey

cute cousins
 We took a little walk after dinner to burn off those five extra rolls we probably shouldn't have eaten and Rory slept through the whole thing again. I'm telling you, best baby in the universe.

Stephen and Cooper. Stephen's whole family is full of fun uncles. They put my side to shame. 

Family pyramid caught a little too late
 And the day after Thanksgiving it was time to start counting down to Christmas!

We hiked Snow Canyon with Linne's crew. Rory slept. 

We went to church before heading out. A ward full of retirees means an empty Mother's lounge aka the happiest place on earth.