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Little Mermaid Ballet

For Christmas we bought Grandma tickets to see Ballet West the Little Mermaid. The date finally arrived and we got to have a nice little weekend in the city.

The ballet was fantastic. The costumes were brilliant and the talent was rich. Ellie was wide eyed and captivated the entire time. As was Momma and Grandma.

Before the ballet we wandered the crowded new shopping center in downtown. Ellie spied the Disney store and we promised we would stop in after the ballet. When the ballet was over she exclaimed “Ok now we can go to the Disney Store!”  Once we were there she set her sights on the Rapunzel doll and would not let go.

We had dinner at Lamb’s Grill it has been operating in downtown SLC since 1919 and still has it’s vintage charm. I had heard they have a delicious chocolate cake and indeed it was the highlight all 5 layers. Yum…

Sunday morning we went for a stroll to seek out breakfast and ended up back where we started as SLC is some what of a ghost town in certain areas on Sundays 😉

Owen and Gary had a good weekend together as well despite his middle of the night “where’s my Momma rant”.  We picked him up a new hat. I think he likes it.


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Owen’s 2nd Birthday

Owen had an excellent 2nd Birthday.  He hammed it up for the cousins and had a wonderfully fun time partying at  Grandma and Grandpa McKenney’s. (Thanks for being the host Mom and Dad).

He new exactly what to do when I placed the cake in front of him. We sang and he blew out the candles right on cue.  Then he proceeded to giggle and snicker and gobble up his cookie monster cake. It was pure joy watching him.

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He had a great time opening his gifts and he was thrilled with each one. Wanting to stop and play before opening the next.

 

Oh! I am so in love with this kid! Welcome to 2 Owen!


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Revisiting the Big Blue

Last weekend we took the kids on an overnight camp out to Bear Lake. Bear Lake is an hour drive from where I grew up. It is a beautiful lake with a rich blue hue. I was flooded with nostalgia when we finally had it in our sites. I spent quite a few summer days there playing on the beach, wading in the waters, and sizzling my skin. We were lucky to grab a camp site on the East side. It was a busy weekend. All be it a little bit of a grungy campsite and people all around I was happy to be there and to share it with my family.

Ellie played "Coffe Shop" for a while

Best Beach Bubble Session Ever

 

 


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NY Heat Wave

We took a two week trip back to see the Marcoccia’s. It was a great trip with lots of quality family time. We were able to finally meet baby Griffin for the first time. We also were able to enjoy Sarah and Will’s wedding. Plus we threw in a little bit of the Grassroots Festival and Farmland. We experienced an east coast heat wave while we were there. It was brain melting hot. Hot like I have never experienced sticky humidity with relentless high temperatures. I kept thinking it would break in the evenings and cool down but oh no relentless I tell you. Thank goodness for Bada and Papa’s pool.  I think Ellie’s feet were about to become webbed and some gills were going to form. She loved it in there and begged anyone who was willing to take a dip with her. I think aunt Jill spent 4 straight hours with her after the wedding events. Owen enjoyed the pool too it took him a little while to get used to it but he warmed up.  Ellie quickly got to know the new chickens at Bada and Papa’s and helped them get nice and plump along with the fish in the pond and the ducks that visit.

Bada and Papa have an electric toy race car that Ellie loved driving around. I think Owen was a little envious. Bada and I caught them taking a ride in it together one day.

Next up are the pictures I took at Farmland. We visited this sweet little farm when we were out last October and Ellie loved it. She fell in love with Sonny the Pony so we had to back and see how he was doing. Owen was a little overwhelmed by all the animals…

 

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He’s a Hoot

Owen is officially one year old.  We celebrated this weekend in spite of his sister’s nagging ear infection. The party was postponed on Friday and then we reorganized.  We had a small celebration on Friday night just the 4 of us. Owen made us laugh as he explored his cupcake and opened some gifts.  He is such a character with the faces he pulls and jabber he makes.

He loved his cup cake. I found a great sugarless recipe for carrot cake  here

Grandma and Grandpa McKenney wrangled up the cousins, Aunt Tamara, Aunt Gay, and Grandpa Jackson. We had a little impromptu party Saturday afternoon. Owen put on a good show having conversations with Grandpa Jackson, attempting to walk, and just pulling funny faces and silly noises all day.

It was a great weekend and to top it all off Owen has begun walking.  Just a few steps at a time but he is determined. Just a little more practice and it will be a whole new world.


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Bada and Papa ARE HERE!

Bada and Papa arrived on the 7th in the wee hours of the night. After a relatively smooth flight and then a harried drive over Parley’s. We had a mellow day Tuesday took a tour of Gary’s office, lunch, and ice cream. On Wednesday Bada came with me and Owen to hang out in Heber while Ellie went to preschool (Papa chose to stay home and rest). Bada, Owen, and I took care of some Valentine shopping while Ellie learned about the letter N. On Thursday we ventured down to Salt Lake. I took them to the Sundance outlet. Then we explored downtown and walked around Temple square and stopped for an awkward lunch. Yesterday Bada, Papa, Owen, and I had a successful search for Bald Eagles while Ellie went to her Valentine party at school. We had a successful thrift store hunt as well. Today we are having a Grandparent Extravaganza as my parents are coming down to visit and catch up with the “New Yorkers”. More on that later…

Bada and Papa are here until the 20th. It is sooooo nice to have them here just to have an extra hand while things all happen at once like burning the chicken for dinner, feeding Owen, and tending to Ellie’s meltdowns. That kind of scenario seems to occur often around here. What a relief it is to have four adults around to manage what comes our way. Ellie is so excited to have her Bada and Papa here. She is so whipped out by the end of the day she has been refusing to settle for naps I think for fear of missing out. Owen is thrilled as well showing them all that he can do like riding his bike, wooing the ladies, and eating all his food.

Bada can't wait to go skiing

making some wishes w/Papa


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Little Mermaid Ballet

For Christmas we bought Grandma tickets to see Ballet West the Little Mermaid. The date...
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Owen’s 2nd Birthday

Owen had an excellent 2nd Birthday.  He hammed it up for the cousins and had a...
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Revisiting the Big Blue

Last weekend we took the kids on an overnight camp out to Bear Lake. Bear Lake is an hour...
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NY Heat Wave

We took a two week trip back to see the Marcoccia’s. It was a great trip with lots...
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He’s a Hoot

Owen is officially one year old.  We celebrated this weekend in spite of his...
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Bada and Papa ARE HERE!

Bada and Papa arrived on the 7th in the wee hours of the night. After a relatively smooth...
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