So I'm super late in my blogging! I have been so busy these past few months that there just hasn't been any time for it. And I don't have a lot of time for it now, either! Which means, this post is mostly pictures of our Christmas break trips to North Carolina to see Jocelyn and Jason and to Texas to see Tanner's family, as well as my trip to Utah where I got to see both my mom and dad. And then some of being at home! It just overwhelms me to think about writing about it all so I will just skip that and put captions where necessary.
Here is a more full account of our trip to NC. Jocelyn is always so thorough and I am obviously leaving out a lot in this post. So if you want to see more pictures and read more details, read Joc's blog! (I now excuse myself from writing anything about North Carolina. Except that it was lots of fun.) :)
|Jocelyn and Jason watched Ezra so Tanner and I could go on a date. Somehow|
we ended up at the government building in Raleigh. It was so . . . educational!
But also really fun. Because Tanner was with me.
|Is Lily not the cutest ever? What a perfect little girl. She is well loved in the|
|There is nothing more fun to do than the zoo! Ezra loves it, but Tanner and I|
love it just as much. So it is always a good way to spend some family time.
It was especially fun with all the little cousins.
|Ezra was fascinated by and scared of this elephant. It kept wrapping|
its trunk around one of the bars in the door of its cage and shaking
it. It was so loud! Ezra clung to me like he has never clung to me
before. But he couldn't stop watching.
|All the kiddies in the African leaf hut! And Grace!|
|The chimps came right up and were "talking" to the boys. It was|
cool to see them so close and fun to have them interact directly
with us. I think that's why monkeys and apes have always been
my favorites at the zoo.
|Did someone say, "birdie"?|
|Ping Pong CHAMPION|
|We went to the aquarium for Julie's daughter Elise's birthday! (What a mouthful!)|
It was great. Ezra loved seeing the fish, playing in the play area, and eating pizza
and cupcakes. What more could a one-and-a-half-year-old want?
|So my best friend Sheri is a member of the Children's Museum in Salt Lake.|
She can get guests in for free, so we went with her, and Ezra had the time of his life.
|Sheri's daughter, Harper.|
|The first area had tons and tons of balls, and tons of things to do|
with balls. We probably stayed in that area for over half an hour
while the kids just played. Ezra LOVED it.
|The awesome stuff above us in the ball area. Those tubes take the balls from|
places the kids can drop them and dump them back in a main ball tub.
|Second place we went: the mini house. Again, Ezra loved it. There is nothing|
he loves more than kitchens, so he loved opening and closing all the doors
and moving all the stuff around.
|He "picked" all the flowers from the planter box and gave them to Sheri.|
|Next area, also Ezra's favorite: the water area! He|
wouldn't keep on a waterproof jacket like sweet little
Harper would, so he got soaked, but it was worth it.
He was so intense playing with everything. It was
just so entertaining for him.
|And lastly, the little grocry store! He ran all over the|
"store" throwing stuff in his cart. It was super cute
and so fun. If I lived in Salt Lake, I would definitely
buy a pass.
|The Bean Museum with Grandma. All of the updates are SO cool. I would|
totally recommend this as a fun free thing to do with your kids in Provo.
|Ezra got his cast off soon after we got home from Christmas break, but before |
that, he became a pro at running around in his cast. When he got it on, I was
worried that he wouldn't be able to move around in it at all. Was I ever wrong.
|Here he is so proud of himself because he put |
a shirt over his head by himself. He was already
wearing a shirt, but what does that really matter?
|On the way to get his cast off!|
|Just after the cast came off|
|Playdate at the beach!|
|And playdate at the park|
|Ezra loves both of these little guys here, Kai and Brock.|
|Ezra learned how to climb out of his pack'n'play,|
so we pulled out his mattress and tried training
him to sleep on it. This is about how well it worked.
|We came in to check on him after we stopped hearing him, and the first thing|
noticed is that all of the pillows on our bed were gone. Where were they? Ezra
had pulled them all off and moved them to his toddler bed before conking out
|Our 3rd anniversary happened! The day of, Tanner was the best and made me|
this super cute breakfast and an amazing steak dinner. Yum.
|Yay us! Our first selfie since probably l|