June 30, 2017: Rory tried some cherries. I love her look in the last picture like she is personally offended by the cherry for being so gross.
Rory got a lot of time to play with her cousin Tanner (all a lot of her other cute cousins, too) but these two are only three weeks apart and watching them together is so much fun. There are so many things that Tanner does that remind me of Rory that I was just obsessed with him right from the start. He is so sweet and chill. I love the fish face he pulls, I love the way he shakes his head to dance, and I love that he and Rory try to casually eat each other with no hard feelings. This is them fighting for Grandma's attention and then having a hard time figuring out if they should listen to Grandma or Poppap as they sang, "Lalala".
Rory also got to spend a lot of time swimming at Grandma and Poppap's pool. The first day, she LOVED it. After that, it really depended on her mood. Here's Madison, Rory, and Sydney swimming together, while Stephen sneaks up in the background to spray Rory. He would use the squirt gun to spray a stream of water on the top of her sun shade that would then rain down on her head, hence the wet floppy hat, and Rory squealed with delight every single time. She basically thinks that everything Stephen does is the coolest.
That night Stephen and I went with John and Ashleigh to see Newsies at Tuacahn- yes, that makes for two shows at Tuacahn in two days! A couple months earlier, I had gotten a text from Stephen while he was at work that said, "Thinking of doing a movie night. Would you rather watch Shrek or Newsies?" Well, I'm no dummy and I knew that those were the two musicals playing at Tuacahn over the summer and I was ecstatic. I think I answered that I would want to watch Newsies, because I've never seen the live musical. We went back and forth for a while talking Shrek vs. Newsies, and I assured Stephen that both would be good so it didn't matter which he chose. He finally responded, "Never mind, how about we just watch Moana?" I realized my brain might have gotten ahead of me and he really just wanted to watch a movie. So we watched Moana and had an awesome time! Then a month or so after that, John and Ashleigh group texted us to ask if we wanted to see Shrek with them on Saturday when we were all in St George. I remembered our earlier conversation and thought this was my chance to see Stephen squirm if he had been talking about Tuachan tickets. Before I could reply, John and Ashleigh quickly wrote back that actually they could only make it for Newsies on Friday. Again, I waited for Stephen to squirm, but he just looked at me and said, "I dunno, does that sound fun to you?" To which I replied, "Uh, duh." So we made plans to see Newsies with them and I was so excited. So now you can see why when Stephen told me he had tickets to see Shrek the night before I was doubly surprised! That's two musicals two days in a row! They were both so so good, but I may have enjoyed Newsies just a little bit more so I am so glad we got to see both. You just can't beat those big classic dance scenes in Newsies.
July 1, 2017: Rory is obsessed with John and Ashleigh's dog, Vienna. She gets so excited and wants to be watching her always, but she also gets little scared so she doesn't quite know what to do with herself.
She was not quite so shy with her cousin Siena. Sorry I am raising such a bully, Siena.
The new baby crew straight chillin: John holding Siena, Rory, Stephen in the background, Tanner, and Linne. Just missing their homegirl, Samara!
John, Siena, Florence, and Stephen. Cute brothers make cute babies!
Rory and Tan Man teaming up on Stephen.
We celebrated the fourth of July with Nate and Linne's ward who do a cute little parade down their street that ends in a pancake breakfast. It was a fun and delicious morning and Rory was a huge fan of the food. Also, the little red, white, and blue romper my mom got for her was just to die for. Of course, she was not having it for picture time, but it was still the cutest.
Madison holding Siena, Sydney holding Tanner, and Cooper holding Rory.
Later in the day we had a BBQ at John and Lucina's. Stephen grilled up some tri-tip, chicken, and fresh garden veggies for us all that turned out amazing. Rory had a pretty grumpy day, but her grumpiest moment was when all her food was gone. She was teething pretty hard and bit everything in sight, including Stephen's nose.
We spent the next morning packing up and getting ready for our drive home. I caught Rory and Stephen being adorable together during her morning bottle.
One of my favorite parts of the week was watching Rory eat in this high chair. For whatever reason she preferred to sit way far back slouched down in the chair, and then she would hoist herself up to grab a piece of food, and then lean right back down to eat it. It made me laugh every single time.
Rory slept most of the way home, and so she was rewarded by getting to drink water out of a big girl cup when we stopped for lunch. She loved it. It's the little things.
We love St. George and luckily we always have lots of good reasons to go back!