Friday, July 24, 2009

This is the Place

Happy Pioneer Day! For those of you that do not live in Utah, the state of Utah celebrates Pioneers Day on July 24th. It's to celebrate the pioneers that trekked across the US to Utah. Most businesses are closed and we pretty much do silmilar stuff as a Fourth of July celebration.

We decided to take Bryten up to the "This is The Place" Memorial Park where Brigham Young stated to the pioneers that "This is The Place" for Mormons to settle. The people that work there dress up in pioneer outfits and show you games and crafts that they used to do in pioneer times.

I love my two guys and Bryten was finally wearing his hat!

They had a petting zoo that Bryten loved! There were these mini goats that he loved petting. This one in particular he followed around till he could pet it.

He was a little confused with the sheep. He kept poking them.

We took him on a horsie ride but the picture didn't turn out. He liked petting the horses afterward but he kept poking this one in the eye. I am trying to hold his hand back so he doesn't poke him again. Thankfully the horse was very patient and didn't get mad. Bryten is so curious and he is used to his dogs letting him do whatever he wants to them.

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Baby is Famous...

Well not quite but he is on Ladybugs Cakes and Catering website.

Go to There is Bryten eating his monkey cake and my quote. This lady is absolutely awesome. She fit us in at the last minute, made the coolest cake for his birthday and was the nicest lady to work with. I cannot speak more kindly about this company. Plus she put my little man on her website, which shows good judgement. If anyone is looking for a cake, I highly recommend her!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

I know this is late and I really have no excuse but Happy 4th of July! We started out at the Provo parade where my brother plays the bagpipes with his band...
He is the tallest one on the right. Bryten absolutely loved it. Fortunately, Daniel played at the beginning with the Color Guard and so we didn't have to wait long. Bryten loved the sirens that announced and followed them. We ended up chasing Daniel a few blocks, cheering him as we went.

Here we are...unfortunately we are all squinting because the guy that took our picture thought it would be better that we faced the sun (?). Happy 4th of July everyone!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

CALIFORNIA part 3: Water Fun

We took Bryten to the beach again. Last October, when we came the first time with Bryten, it was a huge mistake. Poor Bryten, he cried as soon as we got there; hated the sand, hated the ocean and the noise. It was disapointing but understandable. This time...

He hated the water again. I don't blame him though because it was freezing and very loud.

He loved looking at it, which is an improvement.

He loved playing in the sand. This is a huge improvement as well. Auntie Jess found some seaweed and rocks for him to play with. He was really interested in the texture of it and kept pulling it along the sand. We are thinking the next time we come down, 3rd time at the beach, will be the charm...hopefully!
We tried taking him to his Grandparents pool but it wasn't heated and way too cold. So we took him in the spa - as you can see, he is much happier. He kept splashing us and giggling.

Just look at how happy he is.

He loves to get us to clap, even in the pool.

Grandpa has decided to have Bryten help him with chores. Of course if it's water, Bryten loves it.

What is it with the Gates'? So lazy, that they have to have Bryten help them with their chores. :) Bryten is also showing how strong he is.
We had such a great visit in California. Thank you Grandmoo, Grandpa, Auntie Jess and all our friends for making this such a great visit.

California part 2

We took Bryten to the San Diego Zoo with his Grandparents, Aunt Jess and her boyfriend Leo. Bryten didn't really enjoy watching the animals behind the windows and gates but he did enjoy some of the other attractions...

We decided to take a family picture on top of a turtle statue.

He loved playing peek-a-boo with the animal cutouts. I think this is supposed to be a caterpillar.

This is a tunnel that you can pretend that you are a hamster. It was hard getting him out of here because he was having so much fun.

His favorite animal is a monkey, can you tell?

As most of you know, Bryten doesn't warm up to people very quickly so we were all happily surprised when he held out his hand to have Leo hold it. Leo bought Bryten this adorable monkey that looked like him. Thanks Leo! Bryten still sleeps with it.

At the zoo, they have a petting area and Bryten was obsessed with this goat; not with petting it but pushing it over. He spent at least 15 minutes trying to push this goat over. He kept grunting and making little goo noises but could not tip it. I don't know what this goat did to him but it was the funniest thing I have ever seen.
Bryten's Grandparents have a playground that we took him to several times. Isn't he just a cutie. He was so proud of himself when he climbed to the top of the playground. We were really proud too. He's getting so big.

He loves his grandpa sooo much!

Bryten loved the slide. He was giggling all the way down.


We went on a family vacation to California and it was soooo much fun. We have both missed California so much and it was so nice to go back and see our family and friends. One reason we went down was for Brian's 10 year High School reunion. It was great to see and meet some of Brian's old friends. It was dressy so we decided to take pics like a dance (you remember, parent pics, standing forever for them to take a picture- oh memories).
So here we are all ready to go. Doesn't my husband look hot? I was so proud to go with him. I am holding my sisters Fendi clutch that she so generously let me borrow. It was so fabulous and looked perfect with my dress.
My sister in law Jess. We are quite the pair and tend to get in trouble whenever we are together. She was so awesome. She helped me get ready. Love you Jess!
Just for fun. I was looking in Us Weekly, one my guilty pleasures, and came across this photo of my dress by Black Halo but in silver not purple. I for one love my purple one more.