Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Moving Part 2...

We left NY really early in the morning err... late at night, so we could be to Bradford, Pa early enough in the day to spend some time with my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Tim. My beautiful Aunt Kathy is a wonderful woman and was actually the one who inspired me to become a cheerleader! She has aged so gracefully and her beautiful face reminds me so much of my Grandmother who of which Miss Olivia is named after... 

Our two beautiful girls just after they had woken up bright and early! 

Ryan decided to take our brand new Pathfinder on a few muddy trails... he was pretty stoked! 
I cant decide what is prettier ... my adorable little girl or the breathtaking view of my Aunts property behind her...! 
My HAM of a dog Zoe... 
Some girl time out on the back deck.
Olivia bribing Daddy and Uncle Tim to push her in the stroller... Uncle Tim gave into the beautiful big blue eyes and she enjoyed every second of it! 
Isnt she just adorable!?!? We decided to burn some energy before hopping back into the car for the second leg of our very VERY   V E R Y   long trip back west! 

Saying our goodbyes 

Following the signs to Amish Country!!! It was a small detour and we may or may not have gotten lost but it was all worth it! 

Best Rest Stops EVER!!! Love these rest stops in Indiana .... The Oasis' are bridges that cross the interstate and have a couple dozen shops, restaurants, vending machines ect. The person who came up with these is a genius! 
Saw this in Ohio and HAD to take a picture of it... "Here Comes Martin!!" HAHA 
Who needs a yellow brick road when you can follow the red colored road?!
My adorable little giggle monster! 
Oh the windmills of Wisconsin... beautiful blue sky and vibrant green grass. 

The girls watched a LOT of Finding Nemo and when times got tense ... I just did what Dori kept saying in the movie... "Just keep swimming... just keep swimming..." because it took us two days to get from Bradford, PA to Rapid City, SD... two VERY long days! 


Monday, August 1, 2011

The BIG Move... Part 1

Before our BIG move to Utah we had a little fun while still in NY... here is proof! 

 We "played" with crayons... and by played I mean Olivia decided to eat and rub pieces all over her face... 
 Rolled around our living room... all three of us!

 Both girls had their first pedicures!!! (the feet above are Eva's and the tiny princess feet are my now 2yr old Olivia's feet... both girls wear the same size shoes...)

 Showed off our toothy grin

 Played Peek a boo... 

and finally enjoyed a little bit of the NY sun... it may have only been June but man it was HOT!!! 

Stay tuned for Part 2... where we ACTUALLY hit the road, Amish country and the beautiful Aunt Kathy's house... 


Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Girls

As I sit here, playing the single mom role while my better half is in NY, feeling my blood pressure rise and wanting to pull my hair out I felt inspired to dwell on how adorable my little girls are.

Little Miss Evelyn has mastered crawling and can do so at the speed of light. Now that that milestone is conquered she has gone on to bigger and faster things. She now stands all by herself and can even walk with something to hold on to. Her big toothy smile blesses our home on a very regular basis! That big toothy grin melts my heart and for both of our sake lowers my blood pressure.

Miss Olivia Mae has filled her places as Big Sister seamlessly. Her inevitable role has brought out her nurturing side as well as her helpful side.Olivia loves helping Ryan and I out by putting her toys away, throwing diapers out, getting things for her sister and helping her out whenever she needs it. Being an independent and fairly self sufficient now 2 year old she thrives upon positive reinforcement and having fun. She has taken a liking to books, The Care Bears, My Little Ponies, Barbies and Babies. Her most recent obsession has been over this little toy camera which she now walks around the house saying "CHEESE" while holding anything up to her eyes... a shoe, one of her ponies, a spoon and if she has nothing near by she uses her forearm.

Although having girls so close in age has plenty of challenges it also has many positives and the biggest of them all is how adorable they are! Nothing helps aid in a quick mood change then Miss Evas dimply and cheeky smile or when Olivia wraps her arms around my neck and lays her head on me. What a wonderful blessing motherhood is to this crazy thing we call life.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

As If Traveling Across The Country With Two Kids Isnt Hard Enough Already...

This last weekend Ryan, the girls and I were making the last leg of our trip. We had already made it to Washington and enjoyed our week plus there and were now headed to Utah to unload everything but the necessities as well as the dog for our trip to San Diego. We were heading down for two weddings and zipping back in time for Ryan to catch his flight back to NY, where he would pack up our entire house and drive back to Utah.

Now if only it had all gone according as planned...

We had been on the road for about three hours with a LOT less luggage and no Zoe. Ryan had called his sister and made plans to meet up for lunch in St George. Ten minutes away from the restaurant Olivia lets out this whine which is followed quickly by vomit. The smell quickly filled the SUV make those last ten minutes a very long ten minutes! Did I mention I had had to go to the bathroom for close to an hour at that point?! Anyhow... we finally get to Red Robin and I leap out of the car for the bathroom and quickly make my way back to help Ryan. Olivia had yet again thrown up this time it was outside of the car. Our little LivieBug had caught stomach bug and continued to throw up for another couple of hours.

Stephanie offered to let me and the girls stay at her house while Ryan continued on to San Diego for one of the weddings. He quickly returned and when he did Olivia was back to her old self... until she decided to walk on 100+ degree pavement and burn her little tootsies!! Her poor tender feet had blistered from walking for about 60 seconds outside with no shoes on. I turned around to a painful squeal and she was waddling back inside with tears streaming down her face.

The next morning I was hit with the stomach bug and finally pulled myself out of bed at around 3. With it being out last day in St George we packed up the car and began to head North to Salt Lake. 2 hours into our voyage home Ryan had to pull over and empty his entire stomach contents on the side of the road... two more pit stops we finally made it back to West Jordan where Ry spent the night on a giant bean bag.

After a day in West Jordan Ryan boarded a plan and headed yet again back to NY. We are now husband/daddyless and will be until Ryan returns with a Moving truck loaded with all of our belongings.

... and the journey continues...


Saturday, July 9, 2011

On The Road Again...

Sorry for being MIA... we have been on the road forEVER now. We left the evening of the 21st and havent stopped moving since. Once we settle down for more than a day or two I am planning on posting pictures and boring details about driving across the country with two little babies and a dog... Im sure that sounds like LOADS of fun to everyone reading this. Rest assured we are all doing well and have enjoyed our journey and time with family and friends.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

It is that time of year again... Mothers Day is here upon us! This time around I have TWO beautiful daughters who I marvel at on a daily basis... but I am yet again away from three of the most important women in my life. My amazing Grandmother who is the rock of our entire family. My beautiful Mother who is one of the most loving, loyal and sincere people Ive ever met. As well as my Step Mother who has taught me so many lessons over the mere seven years she has been in my life. They have all been amazing examples to me through out my life and lifted me up in their own unique ways. I am so blessed to have such amazing women in my life who continue to be beacons of light and truth. 

Spending yet again another Mothers Day away from my Mothers makes this year a little bit harder to celebrate... all I want is a hug from them... I guess it will just have to wait a few more months. Until then I just wanted to say... 

Mom... Thank you... 

Sincerely your, 
little angel baby, monkey or piglet on the east coast... Dani

Evelyn's 7 Month Pictures

Miss Eva is growing fast! At 7 months she is sleeping through the night, eating solid foods, sitting on her own, crawling, pulling herself up and even beginning to walk while holding on to things! 

She is continuing to develop more and more of her personality but so much of it is already present. Evelyn is our tenderhearted girl... very loving, sweet, kind, and yearns for feeling of being close and cuddling. 
 Eva has the most heart melting dimple ever... her little two tooth smile melts the heart of anyone within seeing distance. 
Little Miss Eva is our little Peanut. 


Friday, May 6, 2011

She's a Fixer Upper

A few repairs/upgrades to our home ... 

 Fixing the mess of a plaster job the people did before us. 
After (Looks like a cross between stucco and venetian plaster)
 Before: Hideous "Rainbows" as I call them. 
 Close up view of the "rainbows" on our hipped ceiling. If you got to close the texture would stab you in the head! I know you are jealous!
 Our new entry way from the garage! It was a beautiful shredded astrotuft and carpet tiles before... 
All of the white part was either forest green or brown. It is definitely brighter now!
 The previous owners were definitely rebels when it came to the rules of decorating by putting a bedroom fan in the living room... 
 My handy man in action! You would not believe the intelligence and skill level of the people who installed the previous fan... lets just say a few choice words slipped while uninstalling the old fan.
 Our new fan!!! Hey this one is in fact a living room fan... who would have thought! 
 Finished painting trim... it is called... Coconut Milk! You like?!
 Put up the corner molding boxes so we can put up the crown molding. Its all in the details!

I can safely say we have only made a small dent in the things that need to be done... no worries... I know we can do it!

Many MANY more pictures to come as we tackle the rest of our projects head on! Now if only we had done all of this three years ago we could have enjoyed all of this!


Little Of This Little Of That...

The New Do... this is my attempt at being "Sassy" ... notice my just take the picture already and get this over with smile. haha.

Watching General Conference (Pictures are kind of late but oh well... )

All three of my girls... Zoe included... Notice Olivias new "smile" ... dont blame me I didnt teach her that! lol

 Ryan "Watching" the girls... I am never surprised ... not any more at least. 
Olivia was SO excited to open her Easter Card this year. I uploaded a video of her on THIS post. 
Miss Eva in one of her Easter Dresses with her first Pigtales!!

Took the girls to see the Easter Bunny... 

Our Impromptu Family Photo... SO glad I decided to wear makeup and nice clothes that day!