In the end of February into the first week of March we took our girls on a trip to Disneyland! We had perfect weather and a absolute blast. Besides Hazel getting crazy sick on the way there and then miraculously recovering as soon as we were at Disneyland the first day, everything about this trip was awesome. Greg was adamant about the girls meeting the characters and I was so happy he was. The girls were star struck with every character we saw. Pretty adorable.
Just thought I would share a few memories from our Easter. It was a good one. The girls found their Easter baskets by following their string of yarn around the yard once again. Lydia got new church shoes with heels and Hazel received new color wonder markers so she can’t draw over our walls or doors in the house anymore. We went to Grandma Nana’s for brunch between conference sessions and then on to Grandma Miller’s for dinner with the extended family. The girls had plenty of Easter egg hunts for the day. Hazel was especially cute trying to find her eggs. She just loved the game of finding the eggs! She didn’t even care to open her eggs. Just the thrill of spotting those yellow eggs of hers was enough. I love watching our girls discovering traditions and how happy it makes them. Greg and I loved hearing the words from our Prophet and Apostles through general conference. Very fitting to hear so much about Christ on Easter. I am thankful and forever in debt to Him. Because He lives I can live with this little family of mine forever.
These were taken a couple of months ago, but I will count it as my latest update on Hazel Evie. In just two short months, this little chicka is turning 2! She gets sillier as time goes on. It’s really fun to have her start speaking up for herself and letting us know what she would like around this house. Hazel is a huge fan of her binkies. She’s not allowed to have them outside of nap time or sleep time, so when she does get them she giggles as she puts it in her little mouth. I’m in no rush to get rid of those things because of how happy they make her. Hazel is developing a love for dolls, princesses, and really, anything her sister loves. She loves her Anna doll and her aerial baby princess especially. She sleeps with them in her crib. She is saying a lot of words and learning new words every day. Her favorite words at this time are: juice, show, anna, binkies, bottle, baby, more, all done, bus, mom, and dad is what I can think of off the top of my head. Hazel loves to copy Lydia. From the way she walks, dances, laughs at things, and I could go on and on. It’s very cute. Lydia has a regular mini me that follows her around the house. Her nap time is getting shorter, but she can now be entertained for small bits of time with Mickey Mouse and Minnie mouse on the tv or phone. Which definitely helps me get things done in the house without her destroying it. 🙂 I love this Hazel girl.
I need to fill in the spaces of Christmas with some pictures the week of Christmas. We finally paid Santa an official visit a few days before Christmas. Lydia was pretty anxious on telling the big guy what she wanted, the reason being she was so nervous she didn’t have anything specific to ask for. She thought she needed a long list to rattle off to Santa. I explained that Santa knows what she would enjoy and he will bring her presents she will like. She felt much better about the situation once an explanation was given. 🙂
Hazel surprised me and didn’t cry, but didn’t smile either while visiting Santa. She kind of pointed towards her cousins off to the side, looked at the camera, and that was that. But hey! I will take it!
I just love this random picture of the girls on Christmas Eve! The way Hazel is holding that Anna doll melts my heart. I was video recording mostly on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but I had to stop and snap the cute interaction between these two sisters on Christmas Eve. Those dolls were the girls’ presents to each other.
Every year on Christmas, all the family on my side gathers to my Mom’s house in the early afternoon and stay until we are stuffed on too many treats and tired. And of course we gather to each have a family picture on Mom’s front steps and then a group picture all together in front of the fireplace. Traditions! Got to have traditions! I kind of love picture traditions to see how each family changes and/or grows each year.
Every year I am reminded how blessed we are. So much good around us. I especially love having that focus of celebrating the birth and life of Christ throughout the month. And knowing that everything good around us is because of Him. Christmas always goes much too fast, I already miss it.
Years never go exactly how I plan them, and 2014 was no exception. We had a lot of hopes, dreams, and goals for this year. Some came true and some didn’t. And that’s okay! Because we are pretty happy with 2014. We are lucky ducks for what we do have! I am always excited for our future and I have learned to be grateful for our past too. Happy New Years everyone!
Here are my girls are gussied up in their Christmas Sunday best. And as you can see, these were taken with studio lights! I have taken a leap and have myself a little studio set up in my home. Much more to come on that soon with the new year. But for now, I just couldn’t wait to share these cute Christmas girls. Hope you all had a great Christmas! We certainly had a good one.