Remember when I mentioned back in March the girls and I flew out to Colorado(where my brother and sis-in-law live) to meet their newest cousin Sloane? Well, here I am finally sharing how cute she is. We love her. And Colorado is much too far away with her growing so fast already!
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We just had to capture Sloane in her blessing dress as well. My mother made it out of Janel’s wedding dress! It is stunning. photo SloaneSmith2_KaraSimmons_27_zps5fb434e2.jpg photo SloaneSmith2_KaraSimmons_30_zps44b25c11.jpg

Working on that yard.

It’s that time of year again! Yard work is in full force around the Simmons house. We don’t have a huge plot of land, but it’s not tiny either. A perfect size for our little family at the time actually! When we first moved in over three years ago, the front yard was okay, but the back was a disaster. Full of weeds, weeds, and more weeds. A couple of years ago we tore it all out and brought in new dirt and grass with a spot for a veggie garden of course. Last year was my first year in dealing with my own veggies. It was taken over by bugs come August. Real gross. I vow to stay on top of it this year! Stay away bugs! I planted flowers to help deter the bugs with their scent and need to purchase bug repellent.  My gracious Mother comes and helps me plant and even brings plants from her own garden to beautify our yard.  She’s too good to us.
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Look at that Hazel, reaching for more things to play with and then… photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_2_zps520d4491.jpg
something went terribly wrong and she fell right into the dirt. She wasn’t too happy about it. photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_4_zpse262a273.jpg
Good thing Grandma Nana is there to comfort and take of my children while I get to take pictures.  photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_5_zps41deafd2.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_7_zps41a99c13.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_13_zps7cb9a138.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_8_zps3cb7d25d.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_9_zps770cfaf9.jpg

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And a special thanks to this man who works hard on our lawn every single week in the summer. photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_14_zps4a5d2876.jpg
Grow plants grow! I have even remembered to water them every day since planting. Hopefully, the will know this to be a loving environment and choose to stick around. Please plants! Please!

Cute sunglasses.

“Hey Hazel! These sunglasses are really adorable on you. Let’s take a picture!”
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“Okay I see you don’t like them, but let’s try again!”
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“Alright, you leave me no choice Hazel. Lydia! Come hold Hazel’s hand so she can’t take off her sunglasses!” photo May192014_KaraSimmons_26_zps64bbdc2d.jpg
“Oh yes, you have another hand. Well played Hazel, well played.”

One year olds and sunglasses clearly are a fight I will not win.

The preschool graduate.

Lydia has been a preschool graduate for a couple of weeks now.  Her preschool teacher “Teacher Nisha” puts on one cute show with the kids.  It included several songs, counting to 100, and showing off how they all knew their months, days of the week, and seasons.
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Teacher Nisha does such a wonderful job teaching. Lydia has grown so much this past year because of her preschool. We will surely miss teacher Nisha! photo May192014_KaraSimmons_8_zpsa3561c18.jpg
Candy leis from Grandma and Grandpa Simmons and a flower lei from her Dad. She was pretty excited about them all. Expect she refused to wear the flower lei during the actual graduation? I think she thought it was causing too much attention to her or something.  photo May192014_KaraSimmons_9_zpsfe508001.jpg photo May192014_KaraSimmons_10_zps007597e7.jpg
Lydia had many admirers to come celebrate her graduation with her.
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And now we are preparing to move on to kindergarten. Wowza! Are we ready for this? Starting public school with our kids for years to come?  She’s ready that’s for sure.  This Lydia is one social butterfly.  Going to school every day to see friends is right up this girl’s alley.  Kind of like her mama. :) I have loved this preschool Lydia age though and will miss it.  I have loved seeing her grow and change so much this last year.  Now let’s start playing hard this summer before I start complaining it’s over!

Summer can start.

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Somehow we had some extra time to kill before Lydia’s last day of preschool so we took a few quick pictures to remember this occasion.  It’s always fun to compare what she looked like on her first day of school too.  And now summer can start!  I can’t wait to start busting out the swimsuits and making our way down to the always classy Seven Peaks.  Hazel is going to be a lot of fun this summer at the pool, rather than just trying to shelter her from the sun and feed her every three hours!  Now if the weather will only get hot enough to enjoy the pool.  I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to getting wet.  What else shall we do this summer?  Continue teaching Lydia to read?  That would be a good idea.  Or how about putting the sprinkler under the tramp and eating otter pops?  That last one sounds more fun. :)

Honoring Mother’s.

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Mother’s day has come and gone. Greg humored me on Saturday before Mother’s day and let me run. Literally. And two different times even. I told Greg to meet me at the Kneaders a few miles away from our house with the girls for breakfast on Saturday morning, because I was going to run there. Can’t beat their amazing french toast. On the way home we stopped and picked up a few strawberry plants to plant that day. It was terrible awful weather that day, but I planted them, and they are growing already! I am so impressed. And so excited for strawberries. Although, I hear the first year you don’t really get any? We will have to see. That evening I went to run a 5k at Thanksgiving Point called the Hippie Run. My Madre, sister, and sis-in-law all signed up. We got to wear glowing necklaces, bracelets, and even a glowing baton. The weather was awful that night. Super windy, raining, and just plain cold. But we bundled up and made the best of it! The rain and wind actually died down by the time we started running which was quite nice. We danced the night away after the run. Despite the cold weather, it was a hilarious and fun night.
Mother’s day morning came. Greg said he would have made me breakfast, but we have early church. I can barely get us there at 9! The thought was nice though. :) Lydia sang to me with her fellow primary kids. She was darling. We were able to visit my mom before heading off to Greg’s aunt to celebrate the rest of the evening with more family.  All day long I was able to wear my beautiful noodle necklace Lydia made for me in preschool.  She nicely reminded me several times the day before so I wouldn’t forget.  I loved wearing those noodles around my neck all day to remind me of Lydia.  Hazel even took a bite out of one so I think that meant she like it too.

Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings towards motherhood.  It’s hard, of course it is, but I can’t imagine a life without being a wife and mother!  It really is the most sacred calling of all.  And have you seen this video about mothers?  I love it so much.