Raleigh 15 Months

I have never felt so internally nagged to get an update written! Raleigh is SO good at this stage. I keep thinking he won't get better than this, and then he does. At about 15 months he started snuggling on his own. Lots of it. Crawling to us laying his head on our legs, arms, chest. Swinging a leg over and basically straddling our necks peering down and laughing, usually drooling right onto our faces. He gives hugs and kisses so freely. Wants to make connections with eyes and touch and is quick to laugh along with us thinking he gets the joke. Maybe he does. 

He started walking right around 16 months and is pretty quick already! All three of the boys crawled at 10 months and walked at 16 which I think is sort of crazy! He slides down the stairs and climbs up on chairs and is such  big boy all the sudden. His walk is so drunken, I love it. Teething his molars was rough but I think we're getting there! 

He says lots of little words like Mom and Dad and Hess (Hayes) and Da (maybe Cal?) and Gus and Juice, whoa!, and A'da!! Alexa, always yelled. He loves music and singing and dancing and anything with pep. We can almost always cheer him up in the car with top 40. He loves a good beat! Despacito, most of Bruno Mars, Trolls Soundtrack. He points at everything and has laser focus which makes it pretty easy to tell what he wants. He loves to scoot on his brothers scooters and is pretty good I must say. He is still so huge. So heavy. He fees like he's leaning out with walking but he's still so much heftier than any other kids I know. He's the same size as most two year olds, bigger at times. H loves to eat and eats all day and night. Never stops. We love our chubby guy!! 

He LOVES babies and reminds me so much of Hayes with his obsession. He dotes on them, is so gentle, full of kisses and hugs and won't leave their side! He also loves dogs which is calls "Woofs" must pet all puppers. Will not stop looking until puppers leaves his view. He loves to get himself "dressed" tries putting his feet through pant legs and socks and shoes.

He loves his brothers loves Cal despite all Cal's pestering. The boys are so sweet with him always. They talk to him like he's a prince and are proud to show him off and tell everyone what new tricks he's learned. Raleigh is loved by all!

Loves to get cozy with his blanket, I lay it over the top of his back while he lays on his tummy and he lifts his arms back behind his back and sort of fluffs his tutu. I can't think of another description. He moves his arms in the air like he's fluffing his tutu. Ha. Anyway, he asks for his cozy and wants it draped on him. My sister made it for him and none other will do!

He continues to be the best reminder of gratitude in my life. His smile and laugh and love instantly ground me and make me feel so grateful. It's easy to extend that out to other things in my life when I feel it so easily around him. He's nearly 17 months by the time I got this written and I can't believe we have nursery around the corner already! time is a thief.


CA Buddy Trip

We pitched a Christmas trip to Costa Rica with our friends that eventually got dwindled down to a week in a beach house in San Diego. In February. It still makes me laugh, but that is the reality when you're working with 10 people's schedules and a million kids. Always glad to be together, no matter where!

KIDS. Considering Hayes is the oldest of the bunch and only 6 here, we make quick work.

We made a stop at the 7 Magic Mountains. So cool. Also a night in Vegas with the Grows where I took Annie to get her first massage in China Town. Apparently since the last time I was there they made strict rules about getting naked. I didn't know that so we both stripped down and everyone was super confused. It was hilarious from start to finish and their massage definitely requires clothing so we were exposed to say the least. Luckily she wasn't too traumatized.
It was pretty cold while we were there so we happily took a day at Lego Land.

Essentially the best ride photo of all time, right?!

Buddies forever.



With the house being built and Russ not working we knew we were staying put all Summer long. No trips and Russ would be putting in major hours while the weather works in our favor! We need to be done with the exterior before it gets too cold so it was a Summer of intense focus for both of us. Our kids did great, Raleigh slept three times a day and the boys (tenderest mercy of all time) played with townhouse neighbors every day while Raleigh slept and I worked. I felt guilty at times that there wasn't more grand adventures and Summer gestures but they had the best time. Such a blessing.

Again with the backwards upload:

I have never hiked Timp in my 20 years of living here. Did it with these buddies and it took 8 ish hours. My shoes were the worst and getting down that mountain took some serious effort and pain. So glad I did it though!! We all decided we're saddle people and not summit people. The saddle was beautiful!!

Father's and Son's campout:

4th of July:

Also a first! Got up in time for the balloons! // Parade
Memorial Day

Broke in the Summer means you sit outside the concert venue and listen to Guster play like cheapskates.

Hiked the Grotto and to Scout Falls and Cecret Lake this Summer too! Got a bunch checked off our Utah to-do list!

Aquarium with Ross's

Lake with Noonan's

House progress! Footings and foundation took FOREVER. Russ was a trooper.

Fishing with cousins!

Strawberry Days parade

Raleigh always wanting in on the action!

Visiting my mom's B&B for Rat Fink (classic car show)

Bridal veil a few times!

hayes' baseball games.

More Strawberry Days!

We love you Summer, even if you tried to kill us all.