July 14, 2014
our fourth was very low-key, as per usual. we usually go out the day-of and purchase a few sparklers and a couple boxes of pop-its from a firework tent and this year was no exception. at first, natalie was as excited as a three-year-old could be but that excitement faded quickly the second we lit the sparkler and she fell victim to its hot sparks. she has decided she's a pop-it kind of girl now. we taught her how to snap them in-between her fingers, as you do. still, she prefers to grab a handful and toss them onto the sidewalk. a cautious buddy, to be sure.
liam examined the box the pop-its were packaged in and played in the grass while sean lit the rest of the sparklers. when the big fireworks started going off around the city at nightfall, we hopped in the car (with every window rolled down to hear the loud booms and pops) and drove to a park in sugarhouse. there, we put the kids right on top of the car and watched the firework show overhead (the way i used to when i was a kid). that is, until natalie started feeling chilly and resorted to pretend-speed-racing in the driver's seat while we finished the show.
natalie absolutely loves fireworks, in theory. here in utah, we celebrate pioneer day as well so it's no surprise to hear a firework succession each and every night of july. leave it to natalie to shout (with mighty gusto, i might add), "FIREWORKS! I HEAR FIREWORKS! DO YOU SEE THEM?!?! FIREWORKS! LOOK, MOM! FIREWORKS! DADDY! FIREWORKS! I HEAR FIREWORKS!!!" at each kaboom.
one of these years, we'll do the holiday justice with the big show at stadium of fire but, for now, i think we'll be sticking to our pop-its.
July 13, 2014
i've said it before and i'll say it again and again: i love our neighborhood. about a half mile down the tree-lined streets (in two different directions), you arrive at a parkway and a short walk on the trail leads you to natalie's favorite duck pond. as it was a particularly beautiful day, i couldn't help but snap a few official "nine month and 3.5 year" photos of these two.
(please excuse me, these were from an afternoon in june - i'm playing a bit of catch-up!)
and as long as natalie's offering these sassy witticisms and unexpected remarks, i'll keep sharing them here:
"you know what's funny?. . . ME."
k: "nany, do you know where the iphone is?"
n: "IT'S! IN! AFRICAAA!"
"you're being ridick-you-us! that's ridick-you-us."
"i have a baby in my big, huge belly. . . A FOOD BABY!"
(i overheard her whispering the following to a toy)
"i'm nany. the world's super hero!"
"perhaps i'll go to the red school. the park school."
"i'll be JUST. . . FINE. and i won't get lost."
"i'll go to school like you. but you will need to drive me."
"i don't know how to drive! i don't know where i'm going."
k: "what do you want to be for halloween?"
n: "a astronaut! in space!"
"mom! don't bite your sucker!"
"i told you. . . NO!"
(and one more time)
"see, look at me. . . i'm not biting my sucker!"
(apparently, we're a family divided: those who bite into their suckers and those who strongly believe one never, ever should.)
k: "i need you to help me clean up now, please."
n: "i can't help you clean up. i'm out of energy."
"i really like brownies, mom."
"do you know why?"
"because they're nummy. . . and delicious. . ."
"and really num!"
k: "we need to eat healthy foods."
n: "yes, we do."
"because sugar makes me sick. . ."
"and protein makes me strong!"
(after saying our goodbyes to our waiter)
"i think i like that guy. . . he was really nice!"
(we talk a lot about what is/isn't healthy around here so we hear conversations like the following quite often. to preface, natalie really loves cow's milk. we don't always let her drink it because, while it has healthy properties, we prefer she drink water most often... but that doesn't stop her from rebutting every so often...)
"you know what? white milk IS healthy."
"because it has protein and makes me big and huge as daddy so we can go to school."
"it makes me strong because it has protein. like salad is healthy and broccoli is healthy and eggs is lots and lots healthy."
"and that's why white milk IS healthy!"
k: "buddy, you need to eat the rest of your food so you can get in the tub."
n: "i wiiiiiill. just... stay calm."
July 7, 2014
i really love these two humans. and i love photographing them, too.
these photos are taken at one of my favorite places in downtown slc, the city's public library. from the moment i first visited, i felt so inspired and knew i wanted to take some family shots of these two here. finally, it all came together and we spent a few hours chasing after zaden while he tried to evade me and my camera. he led us from room to room, to the books, to the toys, and back again. i loved every single minute of it.
my favorite photos are those that tell a story and showcase normal, everyday activities.
these photos perfectly portray the sort of busy life this little guy is leading these days.
he's certainly a scrumptious little thing.