Golden hour in our backyard

We spend some time outside after dinner most evenings.  One night last week, with the sun setting sooner as fall approaches, we were outside during golden hour and the light was too pretty not to grab a few pictures of my little family.  Because I want to remember so many things about this time in our lives.

I want to remember…

…Peyton looking for every airplane that she hears flying over us.

…Forest’s chuckle when he sees Peyton’s hair standing up after he takes a picture.

…Indie running around the yard with her ball and floppy ears.

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Our 2015 family album

It is the middle of August and I’m only now posting about our family album from 2015.  I worked so many months at the beginning of the year to get our annual album together and I finally did, just in time for Mixbook to have a 50% off sale (yay!) and I ordered our album and patiently waited for it to arrive sometime at the end of June.

And here are a few pages (of the nearly 100 pages total. what?!  we had a big year with Peyton being born!):

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Monday night

On Monday night after dinner (in between my attempts to empty the clean dishes from the dishwasher) I decided to follow Peyton around with my camera.  She was all over the place!  I tried to barricade her in the kitchen using a box of diapers, a box of wipes and a few toys so she started with the toys, then moved to her slide, tried to get in the hallway (which I blocked with the gate!), helped me load dishes back into the dishwasher, and she ended back at her slide but mostly so she could play behind the curtains – her new favorite spot in the house!

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Zoo trip

We took Peyton to the zoo for the first time over July 4th weekend.  We went to 1st service at church and headed straight to the zoo right after.  The weather was perfect – warm but not miserably hot and cloudy but not rain clouds threatening us constantly.  We saw the penguins and bison before we stopped at the picnic area for lunch.  Although Peyton was more interested in seeing everything around her than she was her chicken.  And then we wandered around to all the different exhibits.  Most of the big animals were sleeping so Peyton didn’t know what the heck we were pointing at when we told her “Look Peyton! Do you see the xyz [that’s just sitting there and blending into it’s surroundings]?!” She loved pointing at all the animals that were awake and active.  The bison weren’t active but I think they were big enough that she could see them and she kept moo-ing at them!  She now knows what sound a cow makes (mmmmmm!) and a horse (na ha ha ha).  The seal and sea lions were active and we arrived at their exhibit right as a show was starting.  Forest took Peyton up closer to the glass to watch but after a few minutes Peyton was over it, started crying and they made their way back to me.  Peyton was asleep in the car before we got out of the parking garage so I think it’s safe to say she had a really good time!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

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Thoughts on Thursday – 4.28.2016

The dog ate/scratched a hole in the new rug – I have a post coming soon but ugh.  In the back of my mind I was afraid she would but prayed that she wouldn’t.  Now I’m on the hunt for new coffee table and I’m completely crushing on round leather storage ottomans (like this or this) but then I found this cushioned square one and I’m confused!

We’re having this chicken alfredo baked ziti for dinner tonight.  Also, I browsed her other recipes on the blog and I think we’ll be trying several!

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