Monday, July 28, 2014

bryant beach days

Every year, David's whole family (I'm talking the entire extended clan - aunts, uncles, cousins and cousins' children) goes to San Diego and stays at these cottages on the beach. They've been doing it for years and years and it's a fun tradition. We've gone every year since we've been married (here's last year's post) and it's a relaxing, balmy time. San Diego has my heart forever and ever. Amen.
I wasn't planning on going this year (you know, having given birth to a baby one month ago and all) but a few days before David and the boys left I decided that I wanted to go. It's been 115 degrees here in Arizona and anything over 72 is too hot in my book, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get out of this heat! The boys loved all the toys and treats that Grandma had. Bubbles, beach toys, juice boxes, cookies and all the love and attention they could ask for! It was a dream come true.
Fritz adores "Pampa" Bob.
They all told me how much fun the boys had. I never even put one toe on the sand since I had Louisa on me 100% of the time, so I wasn't there to witness it, but they both loved playing in the water and Fritz is a total beach bum. William was much braver than times past and loved to jump in the waves. Big strides for my sweet, cautious son. They were both so tired that they passed right out in the bed with no shirts on, like teenagers!
I got to enjoy the nicer weather and run some errands while the family was at the beach. It was nice to be able to go to the stores I needed to go to with just one baby - you forget how easy one child is! Then on Saturday night, I was able to go out to dinner with my best girl friends. It was so nice to cry, laugh and talk to them. I love them so! Lela loved snuggling her initial twin (LB) and we thoroughly enjoyed the pizza salad sandwich from D Bar. Dang it's good (with added avocado BTW).
Then I took a bunch of adorable pictures of this crazy kid. I love him so much. He has the best smile. I love it - probably because it's David's smile and I fell in love with him because of his twinkly grin almost 10 years ago. Still gives me butterflies.
The boys with Aunt Beth and Grandma.
"peek-a-boo Grandma!"
And Louisa slept like the little angel baby that she is. Bless her.

Monday, July 21, 2014

birthday boy

Our little family spent the weekend celebrating David. It wasn't a "Pinterest" worthy celebration but the boys were involved in the decorations and planning, which made it special. William went to a birthday party in the morning so I took Fritz and Lou to Target with me to get supplies. Fritz helped pick out balloons and some honeycomb ball decor and I grabbed a pack of poster board and paint supplies. After Fritz was down for a nap and I had picked William up from his birthday party, I had Will make David a "Happy Birthday" banner for when he got home. He also wanted to hide out and surprise him when he got home from work but just couldn't wait in his designated spot for the remaining four hours... ha!
We went out to Liberty Market for dinner, since it's one of our favorite restaurants and since they give you a $10 credit toward your meal on your birthday. Such a deal for such a yummy dinner! Even though we had all three littles with us, it was still fun. Louisa was an angel baby and slept the entire time. Then we came home and opened presents and ate the strawberry cake I made. It was delicious! I wish I had written down the recipe as I was making it, but basically it's a buttermilk vanilla cake and I made a buttercream frosting with some strawberry puree blended in and sliced strawberries in between the layers.
On Saturday night we got a babysitter for the boys and went to Fleming's with a gift card that had been burning a hole in our pockets for almost a year. It was soooooo rich but delicious. I am still dreaming about their bread and butter! Why do carbs have to be so tasty?! Anyway, I think David had a good birthday even though it was low key. I think those are the best birthdays - where you're just with the ones you love most. Wouldn't you agree?

Friday, July 18, 2014


Today is David's 32nd birthday. There's not much for me to say that hasn't already been said about this wonderful man (and he doesn't like it when I gush) but I'm just so grateful to be married to him... so I will not be silenced! Ha! It's funny when I look back on when I was in the throes of dating in my early 20s. At the time, it was so hard - fun, but hard. I made some bad decisions about guys I dated. Some of them, while nice guys, were all wrong for my personality. Some of them were jerks and some of them were just plain ol' losers. I remember the night I met David and having a different feeling about him. I wrote about him in my journal and how he was just such a great guy. I was impressed with him right away and smitten really quickly. Even though we had some ups and downs between that time and when we got engaged, it was relatively pretty easy. No one can say that marriage is easy in general, but I think when you're married to someone who compliments your personality, and if you both really try to make each other happy, you can have a great marriage. Our interests and personalities are really different, and yet, I can confidently say that we are both dedicated to each other and our individual needs. David is great in many ways and I am so thankful to be spending my life with a person who is really nice to me. He doesn't coddle me but I am constantly impressed with his kindness (especially when I'm not being easy to love). He is the hardest working man I've ever known and is unceasingly happy. Life isn't perfect but his cheerful smile and gentle teasing always makes my day. Happy Birthday, my love!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

identical siblings

I am constantly hearing that Louisa is Fritz's look-a-like and I definitely see it, especially when I compare their baby pictures. In fact, I showed a picture of baby Fritz to David the other day and he thought it was Louisa. They really do look similar! Except for their clothes, and pictures where Louisa is wearing a bow, I think I'll have a hard time deciphering their baby pictures!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

bryant update

Louisa is almost three weeks old and is such a good baby. We all love her... even Fritz is starting to come around. She is really fattening up nicely and has such beautiful skin. William still calls her "Moo-isa" and is constantly kissing her and asking her how she's doing. Even though she doesn't cry very often, Fritz has taken to yelling "Stop baby!" whenever she does. It cracks me up/stresses me out. 
My mother-in-law gave the boys each a little white board and some markers for them to draw on. It's their new favorite toy and William draws pictures on it all day long. He was very proud of this abstract piece and asked me to take a picture of it... so I did and doesn't he look so old?! Waaaaah!
This last weekend we attempted to go do something as a family. Since we live in Arizona in the middle of the summer, there is almost nothing to do here except eat, shop and swim. Being only a couple of weeks postpartum, swimming isn't an option so we headed to REI so David could look at some camping/hiking stuff that he wants for his birthday. Louisa lasted about 15 minutes before she was hungry. I am not one to hide my breastfeeding but there was literally no where to sit in the entire store. It was Saturday so it was really busy and there were only a couple of benches with no back for trying on shoes. So, I headed back out into the 110 degree weather to nurse her in the car. Don't worry, I turned on the air conditioning but this is why I hate leaving the house when I'm nursing a newborn every couple of hours.
That night we told the boys that we would let them have a pillow fort party and watch a movie. They were so excited! David made a really cozy spot in front of the TV, I made popcorn and filled their water bottles with some root beer and then we turned on Monsters University. I love that movie and these boys!