Sunday, February 16, 2014

Paxton's baby blessing

Paxton was blessed on February 2 in front of a crowded room filled with our dear family and friends. Paxton is so loved! We are so grateful for the effort so many made to join us on our special day. Mike gave our sweet boy the most beautiful blessing and one I am so excited to share with Paxton when he's older. As cliche as it is, it's true: Paxton may have been the one being blessed, but he truly is the one that blesses us.

 ^ Mike's cousin Preston and Paxton's two-year-old buddy Everett ^
 ^ Grammy and Pop with their great-grandson ^
 ^ We're hoping Paxton grows up as athletic as these two! ^
 ^ Our dear friend, hero, and example Scotty Zwick ^

 ^ Paxton loves his aunt Shelby and already looks up to her :) ^

It was a beautiful day with our beautiful baby, family, and friends.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

christmas 2013: part 2

After we got our tan on in Hawaii, we jetted back to California on Christmas Eve. The Christmas season is truly my favorite time of year. It is the happiest, most joyful, MAGICAL time of year. I love the lights, treats, decorations, the spirit of giving, being together with family, and remembering the true meaning - our Savior's birth. I can't wait to start traditions with Paxton!

^ Christmas Eve. We were a little tired after flying all night the night before. ^

^ You'd never know I fed him based on how much he chomps on his fingers! He's an animal! ^

^ Christmas morning! At just 2.5 months old, Paxton wasn't all that into Christmas this year. BUT, he sure was entertained with the wrapping paper. ^

^ Paxton loves to be held up in the air. He thinks it's the funniest thing! ^

^ This silly baby is always making funny faces ^

 ^ By far the best Christmas present was getting to see my incredible brother Chad. Elder Brooks has been faithfully and valiantly serving the people of Cuernavaca, Mexico since July. It was my first time seeing him since then and his light has been been brighter! ^
^ THAT SMILE! I love him!!! ^

^ Christmas dinner with my beautiful sister and her sexy new hair ^

^ Laying in bed, stretching our legs. He loves to stand! What happened to my little cuddly baby?! ^

My Papa (dad's dad) had some health complications and had been in the hospital for a couple of weeks. So we made the four hour drive to see him while we were home. We use to live in Patterson, where they still live, and grew up around them. Unfortunately, we aren't able to spend as much time with them now. It was so nice to see them (and for them to meet Paxton!) and we are happy Papa is out of the hospital and doing great!

 ^ My silly family ^

^ Forgive the tired eyes, but I sure love my stud of a brother ^

New Year's Eve with my baby! We loved celebrating a wonderful year where we were blessed with the best little bundle of joy ever and many more incredible years to come with him by our side! To top it all off, we celebrated Mike's birthday!

^ He loves my kisses :) ^

^ That chunky smile! ^

 ^ My sweetheart ^

^ Paxton has the sweetest laugh ^

What a wonderful Christmas it was!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

christmas 2013: part 1

We are so lucky when it comes to Christmas. Mike's family has a long-standing tradition of spending Christmas break in Hawaii. As a result, they celebrate Christmas before leaving. So... we enjoy Christmas with the Weekes and a week stay in Hawaii before venturing back to the mainland to spend Christmas and New Years with my family in California. I feel very fortunate and lucky to share the holiday with both our families! We get the best of both worlds. Even though Paxton had already been to Florida and California, I was still worried about the trip to Hawaii with him (he was 2 1/2 months at the time). But once again, he proved I had nothing to worry about! He traveled great on the way there and back. He slept most of the time and the rest of the time was perfectly content and happy. We lucked out (again) with being able to take his car seat on. We didn't have it when flying to California for Thanksgiving and it was fine, but for the long flight it was definitely a wonderful and welcomed commodity. We always enjoy our time in Hawaii and while this trip was definitely different then years past with a baby in tow, it was just as wonderful. Our favorite thing was just being able to be outside! It was great for Paxton's soul to soak in the warm ocean breeze! Another highlight of the trip - Paxton started (somewhat) sleeping through the night! When we first got there he went to bed around 9 and woke up between 1 - 2 for a bottle. By the end of the trip, he was making it all the way to 5 without one! By the time we got back to Utah (after 10 days in California) the little man was done with his middle of the night bottle. He just keeps impressing us with one thing after another! I'll write more in his monthly update posts, but this little guy makes our life WAY too easy. We're already counting down the days until next year's trip to Hawaii for the sand, sun, and the best food in the world.

^ Mike is the best dad. He loves his son so much and it brings me more happiness than I can explain to see them together. Mike was stretching his legs before we departed and sat in the empty exit row seat and insisted on taking his little friend with him. ^

^ The MOST beautiful sunset I've ever seen! I wish it showed up better in the picture. ^ 

^ The view from our room. AMAZING! ^

 ^ nothing better than napping on the beach... ^

^ or napping naked (notice his favorite way to sleep) ^

^ he will nap anywhere! ^

 ^ Paxton loves his aunt Mckenzie! They are our roommates when on vacation and we wouldn't have it any other way! ^

^ The Grand Wailea is one of the most incredible places I have ever been. Everything about it is beautiful. ^

^ He discovered his fingers - his favorite snack! ^

^ the way he looks at me melts my heart ^

^ Paxton's cousin Gwen is the best cousin ever! She always asks me "Can I feed him? Can I babysit him? Does he like this toy?" She was even nice enough to share her balloon with him - by clipping it onto his pacifier :) ^

^ the entrance to the grand wailea - christmas! ^