Family Pictures 2014



Wanted to post some of my favorites from our family pictures this year. Between Geoff being super sweaty, Lola being super sick, and me being super sweaty, sick, and pregnant, I have to say I'm impressed at how many smiles the Sloans were able to capture for us this year. Thank you, thank you-- you guys always come through for us! :)


Christmas Dance Recital

Ivy had her Christmas dance recital this last weekend and totally nailed it! She was so cute up on that stage, almost a head shorter than everyone with a cheesy little grin plastered on her face. I couldn't help but belly laugh from start to finish, and luckily for us she was the last one off the stage-- blowing kisses and waving everyone off. She was so excited about wearing makeup and her new costume on the day of, and was especially excited about the prospect of receiving flowers and a lunch date afterward. Good job Ivy, we're so proud of you! (You did even better than your first recital two years ago! ;)


Christmas Cards 2014

It's no secret that one of my very favorite things about Christmas is the holiday cards. I love getting them, I love sending them, and I love having them taped up on my walls until late Spring. There's just something so good about opening envelopes filled with sweet messages and smiling faces from all our loved ones throughout December, it's the best reminder of how many incredible people we're lucky enough to have in our lives! Anyway, all my excitement over cards has completely worn off on Ivy and I love it. Every day we run outside together as soon as we hear the mail lady drive off to check the mail box and open and read them together. She helps me tape them up on our wall and has even snuck a few of her favorites onto her bedroom wall.

We went back and forth on getting Christmas pictures done this year (selfishly because I was 23 weeks pregnant and didn't exactly want a camera around!) but in the end I decided to suck it up and go for it. We used Tiny Prints again this year and loved how they turned out. Simple, clean, and easy to use. The day we got our pictures back, I personalized our cards in less than 15 minutes, got them ordered, and had them delivered and ready to be addressed about a week later. Ivy had so much fun stuffing the liners in for me and sticking our personalized stamp on the front, couldn't have done it without her quick little hands and enthusiasm! :) 

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to send us cards, we really, truly love getting them!


Halloween 2014

This years Halloween was a hit. (and yes it was almost two months ago... I wish I could blame the fact that we just got this roll of film developed, but it's really just me being a slacker.) Lola wore about four different costumes throughout Halloween night, but started out as Shirley Temple. Ivy was a dedicated 'Queen Elsa' for all 5 Halloween parties and a cute one at that. She gets way too excited for any excuse to wear makeup, it makes me just a tad nervous. She dominated the trick-or-treating game this year and filled her plastic pumpkin to the brim, she's actually still got some of the second string candies left! (Which says a lot considering she has a pregnant Mom who has sneakily helped herself to her loot on several occasions...)


The Tree Hunt

We finally got around to picking up our Christmas tree last weekend. The girls had the best time sniffing out the perfect tree for our house. They ended up going with a cute little $20 fir, which I truly appreciated. Can't wait to cram in as many holiday activities and traditions as possible over the next couple of weeks, Christmas seriously snuck up on us this year!


Polar Express 2014

The girls experienced their very first Polar Express ride this last weekend up in Williams, AZ. As if seeing Santa and the North Pole wasn't exciting enough, most all their cousins on the White side were there enjoying cookies and hot cocoa alongside them in matching PJs. (Sorry to everyone in the middle section of the train, we were a rowdy bunch.) Thanks for organizing the trip Mom and Dad, I'm sure the girls will remember it forever!


Washington Week

This last Monday we flew out to Seattle for the week to visit my Sister Lynsi, her husband, and their five sweet kids. I was having too much fun to pull out the big camera but I was able to snap this picture of Lola and her new favorite cousin and best friend, Ben. My girls fell in love with their little cousins and woke up asking if we could go back to Washington the first day home. Thanks for the fun-filled week Wilson family, we love you guys!


Lola James, two.

Geoff snapped this picture of Lola sometime in the middle of the Summer and I've probably looked at it 20x since we got it developed. It somehow makes me want to smile, laugh, and cry, all at the same time. This girl is hilarious and has no shortage of personality. We have strangers stop to tell us how funny her sassy little walk is or how cute her mannerisms are, and we have to agree. There's something about Lola that makes you want to watch her all day, she's a riot.

Since she's settled into her two year old self, we've noticed some minor differences in her temperment. Everything seems to be just a little bit louder, a little bit bigger, and a little bit more dramatic. She still dances every single time she hears a beat, loves to be outside, sports a swimming suit 90% of the time, wants to be doing everything her big sis is doing, and can throw down a donut in record time. She usually sports a smile, but if she's not, steer clear. She's taken on a real passion for using the phrase, "I don't WANT to!" with much gusto, and insists on doing absolutely everything by herself.

She kisses my tummy every night before bed and if I shut the door before she can say "G'night Mama, I yuv you!" at least 3-4 times she throws a fit. She's as stubborn as they come but the first to empathize with someone who is hurt or sad. She's obsessed with her Dad and if she wakes up before he has to leave for work and actually witnesses him drive away, I can kiss the morning goodbye. She cries for a solid 20 minutes and asks to go "to Dada's office" at least 20 more times throughout the day. She also loves her grammies and papas and asks for them whenever she's mad at me. Often times I catch her "calling" her Grammy on her fake cell phone and making grand plans with her for the afternoon.

She's got her Sister wrapped around her finger and sweet Ivy has grown to be incredibly patient with her demands (most the time). They love to cause mischief together, and rule-follower Ivy loves to have a little scapegoat like Lola to test the waters with. They're the best of friends, they're the worst of friends, and watching them interact and take care of each other has been the highlight of being their Mama so far. I can't wait to throw another little girl in the mix in a few months and see this girl have her turn as big sister! Keep being our best little two year old, Lola James. We love you!


catch up.

A little Instagram catch up to prove I'm still alive (barely!). October has been jam-packed with work and fun but unfortunately we've had our fair share of colds, croup, laryngitis, strep throats, and ear infections to top it off. (I swear we wash our hands!) Despite all the sick days and many sleepless nights, we've been able to squeeze some fun and smiles in there somewhere. We're ready for you, November!

*All pictures snapped from my trusty iPhone and uploaded to my Instagram, because I've somehow just recently discovered the beauty and simplicity of Chatbooks. Why didn't someone tell me about these sooner!? So user-friendly, so cheap, and no more guilt for never getting my behind to the Costco photo center to print phone pictures. I can't wait to fill my bookshelves with these cute little books, you could say I'm a lifer.


it's a... girl!

We're so excited to be bringing home another sweet girl from the hospital in just a few months. We may be biased, but we just love girls. Can't wait for a house full of 'em!