Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some fun times

On the 25th the girls are I were able to get out of the house for a mommy daughter date. We went to the princess ball in Garland and had so much fun meeting all of the princesses and getting our hair done.
Amelia was so happy to meet Cinderella.
Cinderella was basically a constant companion. 

Mascara for the first time. 

Anything Lynnlee does!
So excited!
Fishing with Moana

Story time with Belle. 

Kiss the frog!


The hula with Moana
We loved our date! 

Getting their hair did!

All done!

The girls love to take pictures and ham it up. Here are a few fun ones and a video!
Who knows...

Lynnlee did it!

The library has some fun crafts. She was the Lorax.

Are we surprised she chose to be a Thing? 

Lovin' on Sammy Sam.

Snuggling Baby Brother. 

She was so proud of herself. 

Amelia wanted to take a picture
for Papaw.

The girls were invited to a super hero party. 

He already has quite
the personality!



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Zachary Benjamin Swallow AKA Zach, AKA Benji, AKA Baby Brother, AKA B squared, AKA Hey, YO, Zachy!

Well, it's been four weeks so I think it's time for Benji's introduction blog! Our little man was born on March 8, 2017. He was 7lbs. 3oz, 19 3/4 inches, and born at 1:06 pm. We were trying for a VBAC but it didn't come to fruition so I had a c-section. Dr Miller and Dr Gardener did the procedure. I had the most amazing anesthesiologist though. I liked him better than my doctors! :) His name was Layne and he walked me through everything and listened to me! It was magical. This time around we got some pictures in the OR so here are a few.
Ready, Freddy. 

Poked and prodded. 

All new!

All hooked up. 

First time holding him! 
We had some complications in surgery though. Nothing terrible but I had a lot of scar tissue and it had caused my bladder to adhere to my uterus. As they were cutting it away they cut my bladder. That meant 12 very LONG days with a catheter. Luckily, I had amazing in-laws that were so willing to help me, along with some pretty great friends. If this birth has taught me anything it is that charity is surely evident in my life! There are so many that have shown me the pure love of Christ as we welcomed our third child. We even had to make an ER trip for some weird catheter problems and Kenney and Teresa dropped everything to sit with our kids at the house. Courtney and her children came to help out too. It was so nice to have her calm reassurance as we waited for Zachary to come around.
The bane of my existence for 12 days.

Never again!

Lynnlee and Amelia loved meeting their baby brother and he never goes more than 15 minutes with out a kiss or hug even if he's sleeping! They adore him.
They were smitten at first sight!

They love being big sisters.

They are so good with him. 

This beautiful lady helped me stay sane! 

Wide awake. 

Nana blanket

The sweetest boy. 

Changing his first boy diaper. 

He basically slept for the first two days of his life. 
Our children all look very similar when they were born! 

The amazing Kiana came over to our house and took pictures of Benji for us too. They are so beautiful and she does great work! It helps that she had such a great subject. ;) His little squishy lips have my heart!

Grayson was so sweet with the baby. 

Seriously, I can't even handle these! They are so great! I could look at them forever! Needless to say, we are loving our new edition! For more pictures at the hospital you can go to Teresa's blog if you're interested.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Month of September, Mitch's birthday!

This month is a special one! Mitch had his birthday and we were so happy to celebrate him! He's the best and I loved getting him his presents. We ended up buying him 29 balloons and put his pictures on the string from different years of his life. He knew what his presents were so I had a little fun wrapping them over and over. I wish I had video taped him opening it but I didn't think about it! Still kicking myself for that one. Lynnlee and Amelia helped make his delicious strawberry cheesecake. It was so fun! We went to the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake for his birthday too.
Trying to fit 29 balloons into my car was
a tough feat. It was windy too. 

The girls helping set up.

"Oh, funny." 


Lynnlee dragged these around all day and days

The birthday boy!

The museum.

My favorite dinosaur. 

Cake number one. 

Strawberry brownie cheesecake number two!

I had to improvise with the candles. I thought I had enough.
Turns out, I was a little short.

September was also full of a few other things - Olivia's (Mitch's cousin's baby) first birthday and puppy party, Harrison, (Mitch's mission buddies) wedding, fishing fun, a visit to the zoo, and a stop in Rexburg. Here are a few pictures of all those events! Picture overload!
Olivia's birthday!

Puppy love!

We love puppies. 


Getting ready for the wedding. 

Our own Rapunzel. 

A strapping viking. 

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About as good of a picture as we could get together! 

Mitch and Miles.

Our fishing expedition! 
Our little beauties. 

Amelia wouldn't have anything to do with
the worm. Lynn thought it was cool! 

In the little boat. 

Mitch caught the first and possibly the only fish. 

The zoo with Ty and Chy.
They liked riding on the animals. 

We got to feed the giraffes! 

Lynn was amazed by their long tongues. 

It licked Mitchell!
Amelia and Nollie, best friends forever. 

Amelia was a little afraid. 

We were able to go up to Rexburg for a weekend in September for Mitch's cousin's funeral. It was nice to see everyone even if the situation was a little sad. Thanks Lane and Mallory for letting us stay with you! I can't seem to find many pictures, sorry!

The Rexburg temple. 

Our old apartment! 

Mitch was able to get in on the Livingston sister shot. Fits right in. 

What's a trip to Idaho without going to see the horses with Aunt

And there it is, September in a nutshell. Whew.