Kanab Kamping

Monday, June 20, 2016

This past weekend we went camping in Kanab and it was so fun! Cole signed up for a 10k that started early Saturday morning (and ended up getting third in his age division!!), so we figured it made the most sense to go down Friday and camp so that we didn't have to get up at 4am to drive down there. This was actually our first time camping in southern Utah (kinda depressing, we know) and I wasn't quite prepared for how much red sand there was, but Kennedy absolutely loved playing in it and she was so excited about sleeping in her sleeping bag and in the tent. Finnley on the other hand did pretty good, except for the fact that she woke up just about every hour throughout the night. Needless to say, we were exhausted when we got home on Saturday. We all ended napping for about 3 hours once we were home and showered! Next time I know not to pack white/light colored clothing for any of us and I'm going to start researching (aka googling) "how to get your baby to sleep better when camping." And by all means, if you have any tips send them my way!

In the kitchen.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Lately I've been trying really hard to cook more of our meals since it's healthier and a lot cheaper and these oven fajitas have easily become a family favorite! So yummy, healthy and easy. That's my kinda cooking! 

I also have been working on compiling a list of our family favorites so that I can plan out my meals in advance to make sure I have all ingredients on hand when it's time to start cooking and I have loved how much less stress I've felt since I don't just stare at our groceries and try to figure out what the heck I'm gonna cook. And my good friend Lacey and the Food Nanny are the ones I have to thank for this process! 

As a result of my goal of cooking more, that means there's more time that the girls need to be entertained, but there was one particular day that I looked up and Kennedy was also "cooking" and "feeding" Finnley. It was just the cutest thing!

I sure love being a mom to these two sweet girls. They both have stretched me and pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many ways for the better. 

Finnley Joan: 5 months.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Our sweet baby girl has been up to so much this past month! Finnley Joan at 5 months old:

You are moving around like crazy without actually doing any kind of crawling! I'll put you down in the floor with some toys on a blanket and next thing I know you're at least 2-3 feet away and whining because you can't reach any of your toys. One time your Sophie the giraffe toy was stuck under the ottoman and you were working so hard to try and get it out from underneath it.

You can roll from your back to your stomach! You did this for the first time this past Saturday (June 11th) while we were all laying in the living room floor playing and we all cheered you on as we noticed you were getting ready to do it. 

You have LOVED chewing on a big slice of an apple the past week or so, which has made me feel like a rebel since you're not quite 6 months old, but it seriously works like magic for you to have that while I'm making dinner or cleaning up the house and need you to be content for a bit. You get super mad when you drop it, but luckily your big sister is always watching out for you and is quick to grab it and hand it back to you when she's around.

I've also let you gnaw on a chunk of watermelon and a banana that I was eating, which you didn't like quite as much as the apple slice, but you still seemed to enjoy it a little bit.

You've finally started sleeping more at night (hallelujah)! I remember when Kennedy was about your age we moved her out of our bed and into her own and that seemed to help her sleep better at night since we weren't moving around in bed and waking her up, so I tried that with you, but it just wasn't happening, so we've moved you to your crib and into Kennedy's room and Kennedy's bed is now in our room until you really get this sleeping thing down. There has been a little bit of protest on your end throughout this "sleep training" business, but I can definitely tell you are a happier baby now that you're getting more sleep at night and your naps have been a lot better too, so as a whole, we are all getting more sleep which is something we desperately needed. So thanks for that! :)

You growl sometimes and it's hilarious! The first time I heard you do this, you were laying in your crib where I thought you were taking a nap and I heard this crazy growling sound and wasn't sure what the heck it was, but then when you did it again I realized that crazy noise was coming from you!

You are wearing a variety of sizes in clothing. Your pajamas are 6-12 months, you can still fit your onesies that say 3 months, some 3-6 month rompers and 3 month skirts.

And your eyes are still a gorgeous blue-green just like your dad and big sister.

Watching you grow has been so fun and I love that you are a part of our family for forever. We're going camping in Kanab tomorrow since your dad signed up to run a 10k early Saturday morning that he hasn't trained for (let us all please pray for him!), which will be your first time spending the night out in the great outdoors, so I can't wait to see how that goes! That will definitely be an experience worth sharing. :)