I'm apologizing in advance, because this post is going to be a long one.
Feel free to jump ship now and I won't be offended at all. This blog is really more for me than it is for anyone else. It has been a great way for me to be able to journal about and document our lives. I love looking back over it and reviewing all of the fun things we have the opportunity to do.
August was a fun and busy month for us!
For starters, Charlotte turned 5 months old! She is one crazy lady, let me tell ya! She loves to jump, smile, take baths, go for walks in the stroller, and swim. She is able to roll but most of the time she is being held (per her request). She is currently in the phase of putting everything in her mouth, including her feet. She is a total chunk, weighing in at over 18 pounds! She has the sweetest chubby cheeks, curl on top of her head and little cherub lips. If I could freeze time for her I would do it right now. She brings so much joy and happiness to our family!
Having two kids is a TOTALLY different ballgame when it comes to naps. Sometimes I can get them to take at least one nap at the same time (it's my sanity break), and other days they switch off and so we have to find ways to stay entertained (and quiet) while the other one sleeps.
Selfies often fit the bill:
James always convinces us that frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog's is a good idea.
I never protest a good treat.
We visited the park a few times this month! Which, unfortunately for me, happens to be right next to Cafe Rio. I may or may not have participated in one too many Taco Tuesdays this month.
Seriously though, I need an intervention.
Scooter pals: Cohen & James
James got his first real haircut at a kids cut place. Let me tell you, that extra $5 is totally worth the TV screen entertainment. (and the $20 is totally worth not having Rob cut it. Let's just say he's better at being in law school than he is at cutting a two year old's hair)
First date night in a looooooong time. We got to go dinner and then see Star Trek.
(yes, I picked the movie, and yes, I'm a nerd. I blame my father for my love of all things Star Trek)
I got to watch Baby Sephora and try my hand at having twins. Getting out of the house was a lot of work, but with faces this cute, it was totally worth it!
We visited Fredericksburg, Virginia, where the boyhood home of George Washington is located. It was beautiful there but OH SO HOT. We didn't last very long before we were all a sweaty mess.
Sunday's are my favorite with these two. James loves giving baby Char kisses. Just tonight James told me, "Mom, you are my best friend!" and gave me a big hug. Seriously, this kid. He's just the best and always has the sweetest things to say to me!
Both of my kids are addicted to taking baths. They take one every night just so they can play in the water. I'm not sure who ends up wetter- them or me!
Rocking some BYU hand me down jammies:
Bedtime stories with daddy
Splash pad craziness:
We drove out to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It was a short, but fun trip.
James was not a fan of the sand, the heat, or the waves. Basically all things beach.Char thought it was the best thing ever. She just sat in her bumbo with her little curl blowing in the breeze and giggling the whole time.
(also I wish my rolls looked as cute in a swimming suit as hers do!)
We also took a trip to the Philadelphia LDS temple open house. On the way we stopped in Delaware to visit Kelly. We were roommates freshman year at BYU and I hadn't seen her since 2011! It was so fun to catch up and see how much her boys have grown! We had ice cream at a little dairy farm one night and it was magical. The sunset + ice cream + kids chasing fireflies. I could have stayed in that moment forever! Thanks for a fun visit Kelly!
I also thought the drive to Philly was so fun. I loved seeing all of the different bridges. I know at this point you are thinking, "Chelsea you have got to get out more!" Which is probably true.
But the bridges were still so awesome!
The Philadelphia temple is in downtown which I think is amazing! Its architecture sets it apart from all of the other skyscrapers. It truly shows that it is a place not of this world. The inside was just as beautiful. If you are curious, you can see some pictures of the inside here. I loved the picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence just inside the front door. It was cool that they brought in local history.
Rob had fun running up the Rocky steps. The only problem was that morning he informed me that he forgot to pack his deodorant- and it was 90+ degrees out. He still had fun though, and lucky for us, he didn't work up a sweat.
We visited the Free Library of Philadelphia where James played with toys while I fed Char.
It was basically a quick refuge from the heat and humidity.
Philadelphia was a beautiful city and we had so much fun exploring it!
As always, we feel so blessed to have each other, our friends, and our family.
I've had a lot of questions about how I am feeling lately, and the answer is good! I will hopefully post a Crohn's update later this week when I hear back from my doctor about some changes. But for now, I am just enjoying every minute of being with my people at home!
We love you all lots and hope you have a wonderful September!