Ella's First Year Video

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


One of my favorite parts of my kids turning one is getting to make their first year video.
Watching this makes me wonder what was so hard about Ella for the first 6 months of her life..
Maybe we should have recorded her colicky crying all day long haha. 

Happy birthday, baby girl!

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12 Months of Ella// Month 12

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Weight: Almost 22 pounds

Height: 29.5 inches

Diapers: Size 3

Clothes: 12 months

Sleeping: Usually goes to bed a little after 7, but she is always in bed by 8. Lately she hasn't been waking up for the day until 8. Some days I'll hear her awake before 8, but she always goes back to sleep. Today she didn't wake up until after 9. She takes two 2ish hour naps at 10 and 2-3 depending on when she woke up and what not.

Eating: She drinks 6-8 ounces of straight out of the fridge whole milk when she goes to sleep. We're so happy about not having to warm it up for her. She's no longer on formula at all. She's gotten pickier with the food she eats. I made meatball marinara sliders with corn and olives and cheese for dinner the other day, and the only thing she ate was olives. She loves to drop her food off to the side of her high chair for us to sweep up later. Overall, she still loves food. Her favorites include waffles, strawberries, bananas, olives, pasta, and anything sweet.

Milestones: She walks all the time now, and it's been that way for a few weeks. She has gotten 3 teeth in the last month with the last one popping through 2 days ago. That means she has a grand total of 4 teeth. She does pretty good at copying sounds (mamama, dadada, bababa, etc), but she hasn't said any actual words yet.

Likes: All of her new toys from her birthday (she went from hardly ever playing with toys to playing with them all day long)/ sippy cups/ being held/ riding on the tractor with Hudson

Dislikes: Not getting enough attention/ being left alone/ being put in her car seat/ Hudson holding onto her so she can't move away from him/ Hudson taking her toys or any object from her

Personality: Ella has really become such a sweetheart this past month. She loves to be held, and will actually sit with you for a few minutes. If you're holding her and looking at something, she will turn and bend down so that her face is right in front of hers and you are looking at her. She is still super curious and most days she can be found wandering around the house to see what she can find. The sassy side of her is still very real and isn't going anywhere any time soon.


I truly can't believe that it is already time to be writing this update. You went from being so hard for the first 6 months of your life to the sweetest little girl. You bring so much joy to our little family. I will never get tired of watching you learn, grow, and explore the world. Happy birthday, little one!

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Hudson Says Huh?

Friday, September 22, 2017

He gave me a kiss, and I told him thank you. The next thing I know he kisses his arm and says, "Thank you, Hudson."

As we were sitting around one evening with no intention of going anywhere he put on his shoes and said, "Okay. Bye bye. YAYYY Target!"

We were hanging up a new picture and trying to figure out which way it needed to go, and all of a sudden Hudson chimes in, "No, down."

Hudson put a bowl of chips on the floor across the room from Ella and said, "here puppy puppy."

Taylor said to him one morning "Hudson you're the best." Hudson replied with, "The best ever!"

After getting Ella out if her crib Hudson said, "Hi princess!!" We don't call her princess and never have before.

I put Hudson in time out for hitting or something similar I'm sure, and as he's crying in his room I hear him say in between sobs, "I wanna go to Target."  I swear we don't go to Target that much...

Taylor sat Hudson on the toilet to go potty before going to bed one night. After trying to go for a few seconds Hudson said, "Nothing in there."

While telling Hudson it was time to leave the toys at Walmart he said, "It's ok, mom. It's ok." And by that he meant it's ok if we stay here at the toys.

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12 Months of Ella// Month 11

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Weight: Almost 22 pounds

Height: 29ish inches? I honestly don't know.

Diapers: Size 3

Clothes: A few 9 months but mainly 12 months

Sleeping: Takes two 2 hour naps a day. First one at 9:30ish and second around 2ish. She goes to bed by 7:30 or 8 at the latest and is up sometime between 7:15 and 8

Eating: Ella loves food. That's all there is to it. She eats anything and absolutely everything. The only time she will eat purees is from a pouch. Bless the person who invented reusable pouches! She only drinks a bottle before she goes to bed so she gets three 6 ounce bottles a day and then we will usually give her 4 ounces when we go to bed just to make sure she doesn't wake up at night haha. She loves to drink from a sippy cup and can regularly be found stealing Hudson's. Favorites include: watermelon, strawberry cheerios, pancakes, and pasta.

Milestones: First tooth! Her bottom left tooth came in, and she doesn't really show any signs of any others coming in yet. She stands without holding on to things alllll the time and can stand up from sitting down without holding onto anything. First steps!! She took her first step at 10.5 months, and began to really take off just in the last week. She can walk across a room now, and she chooses to walk over crawling more and more. I'm really impressed at how much she is choosing to walk instead of crawl already.  First Rzr ride and first dirt bike ride with her daddy. First little pony tail.

Likes: Anything with wheels that she can drive around/ her mama/ Hudson pushing her in the swing/ clapping/ peek a boo

Dislikes: Getting put in her car seat (she's fine once she's actually in it)/ Hudson purposely bugging her/

Personality: The sass is so real. She threw a bottle across her room the other day because she was mad Taylor was trying to put her back to bed. She is also sweet as can be when she wants to be. Her curious and adventurous side is still going strong. She LOVED riding on the Rzr and was wanting to ride the dirt bike with Taylor the whole time. She is always looking under things (tv stand, her crib, etc.) to see what she can find. She loves being around people, and really hates when she is left alone in a room.

When I made this shirt for Ella I thought she wouldn't be walking for at least a month. I had no idea she would walk so soon. I think she surprised a lot of us. 
My parents bought this onesie when either no one was pregnant or maybe when I was pregnant with Hudson but didn't know he was a boy yet. Either way they bought it because they thought it was so cute and then put it away someone had a girl again. Ella was the first girl born since my parents bought it. 

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May

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We started May off with the Idaho Falls temple open house.
Not a whole lot changed on the inside besides getting it up to current codes, but it was still a great family night walking through it. 
Hudson was wild while trying to watch the little preview movie and Ella hit her head pretty hard while watching the movie so we started it off really well haha.
Hudson despised the booties and wanted to climb on everything, but overall it was a good time.
We stopped at Wendys on the way home because we were STARVING by the time we got out and then put the kids to bed. 

I don't actually remember why I even took this picture, but I could probably take this same picture every single day because there's hardly a day that goes by that Hudson doesn't drive his tractor around.

Random zoo pictures from the month. 
Getting a zoo pas for Christmas was definitely one of Hudson's best presents this past year. We found ourselves there at least once a week and some weeks twice. 
It's the best way to get out of the house and burn some energy.

We headed down to Logan for my cousin, Tyler's, wedding. I just love all of the flowers on this temple ground. We forgot Taylor's recommend (Which we actually found in the car a few weeks later. Oops.) so he hung out with the kids during the sealing. Truthfully, it was probably for the best because the kids were kind of grumpy from the car ride and they were both tired. 

Grandma Lloyd got Hudson this adorable suit for church so we, of course, had to get a picture to send to her. This makes me miss his longer hair...

Our Mother's Day was pretty low key. I bought myself a heat press for making shirts as my present and I'm in love with it :) Normally I don't make a big deal of any sort of holidays with presents, but I've wanted a heat press for a long while and this was the perfect excuse to treat myself to one. 
Taylor brought me home some gorgeous white orchids Saturday night, and after killing two of the flowers on it I'm proud to say the rest of the flowers are still alive and well.
We ate dinner that night with the BUshes and make Taylor and Will make everyone dinner. They chose spaghetti, and it didn't turn out half bad. 
My first Mother's Day craft from Hudson. He made it in nursery at church, and it was so cute! 
It hung on our fridge for a long while until Hudson got it down and spilled something on it. 

Random pictures from dinners with the Bushes.
We're probably due for a new picture of Hudson hugging Emma.
They're going to get married one day and when they do we're going to display all of these hugging pictures at their wedding.

Taylor's work, Pioneer, was sponsoring the monster truck show at Sandy Downs which meant free tickets for us :)
The weather was a little cold and we didn't stay for too long because of bedtimes, but everyone had fun. Hudson was terrified of how loud they were and kept making Taylor cover his ears, but he also was so excited about them. Ella didn't care about how long they were and her eyes were locked on the trucks when they were driving around. 
We came home with a big bag of kettle corn that Hudson proceeded to eat for a pre bedtime snack and breakfast the next morning. He is a kettle corn addict.

I went to a training in Provo for LuLaRoe and got to meet quite a few girls that are on the same team as I am. It was a nice little girls trip with Carly. 
We went to Super Target, In N Out, and Krispy Kreme along with our training so all in all it was basically a perfect kid free day. 

On Memorial Day we went to Mesa Falls. 
We made it about halfway through the hike to the lower falls and then turned back because Hudson couldn't really walk because of a rash on his leg and it was getting to be pretty hot outside.
At least we got to see the upper falls and now we have a reason to make it back there since we still need to see the lower falls. 

Random Pictures from the Month:


I set Ella in the back of the van with the check so we could walk to the bank to make the car payment and then ran inside to grab something real fast. When I walked back outside I found a half eaten check hahaha. 


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