My sister Lauren, her husband Eric, and their three beautiful children have been living in Minnesota for almost three years. We only get to see them a couple times a year, so we had SO much fun when they were able to come out to Utah for 10 days!
Brooklyn is 15 months older than Maya. She is THE biggest sweetheart. She was constantly trying to make Maya feel so loved and comfortable. Lauren and I had so much fun having (making) these two match. (They totally loved it)
We had to sing "Shake It Off" so they would stop crying (happy tears, promise...)
Maya really got into it.
Boston is four months old and is ANGEL baby.
He sat there looking perfect all week.
One time when Maya decided to be social… had to capture this rare moment!
Had the most perfect Valentine's Day spending it with the people I love.
They were super entertained with Lauren's "throwing of the pink hearts" distraction…
Words can't express my love for this sweet boy.
Our attempt one last super cute and happy pic of all the kids…
I am so grateful for my relationship with the Price family.
I feel so close to Lauren and as hard as it is to live so far away from each other, I am so happy that we get to FaceTime whenever we want.
Looking forward to June!
I can't believe that Maya is already a ONE-YEAR-OLD.
All together, this past year flew before my eyes.
We had a small birthday party for Maya on Wednesday and she LOVED it. Ha. No she actually hated it so much but we loved celebrating her.
Maya was THRILLED and not tired at all!
Maya cried the whole entire time. Maybe she has thing with textures? Maybe she was tired? Maybe she didn't like the bright light shining right in her face?
Who am I kidding, she probably is just extra healthy and couldn't believe there were so many calories within reach. Ugh. Babies.
My amazingly talented two best friends Christine and Marissa made these gifts.
They are so special to me.
I sure do love them!
Maya, you are such an amazing little girl. You are such a light in our lives! You bring your mommy and daddy so much joy. You make us laugh, cry (okay you make ME cry), love harder, snuggle harder and dance harder. You are so pure and full of the spirit, and we can FEEL that everyday. You are our little piece of heaven here on earth and we can't imagine life without you. Can't wait for the many birthdays to come.
Love you sweetie, happy birthday!
This is my final artwork.
I enjoy this image because it is so bright and simple.
I've learned that I really enjoy creating and designing the the things I take pictures of!
We're probably the only ones you know who went to a pumpkin patch this fall… ha.
This one in Draper is my FAV. They have so many cute pumpkins and fun bouncy things (do those have a name?)
So naturally Jaren and I took turns going down the slides while the other held Maya.
WE HAD SO MUCH FUN.
It is so hard to believe that Jaren and I have been married for a whole year!
It feels like our wedding was just yesterday because I remember it sooo perfectly.
For our anniversary, Jaren surprised me by taking me up to Park City to stay a couple nights.
It was so magical!
This past year has been filled with nothing but tickles, laughs, snuggles, and a whole lot of kisses… ;)
There are so many things about marriage that are HARD but it truly is so amazing!
Getting married young has really been good for us in so many ways. We are growing and learning and experiencing life TOGETHER.
There are soooo many thing I love about Jaren. For starters, he is THE MOST loving and thoughtful person I know. He is always thinking about everyone else's feelings and would sacrifice anything to make me happy! He is so loving to everyone he meets. And he always says the kindest things! Here are a few things I hear almost every day, "We should go into that store and buy gifts for people!" "Syd, you don't know what that person is going through" "I really like _____. He is so great." "We should take cookies to _____." "I'm gonna go ask your mom if she needs help." "Lets go visit _____." I could seriously go on for hours. I am so grateful to have married a man that everybody thinks the world of-- because he truly is as amazing as everyone thinks he is. It isn't an act.
Every time I look at Jaren I fall more and more in love with him.
I'm so grateful for the love he shares with me.
One year down & eternity to go!
I love you, Jare!
Meet Maya's best friend, Po.
They have a lot of fun together.
Ever since Tangled came out it has been my favorite movie in the whole world.
(Yes it was the theme of our wedding cake and I walked down the aisle to "I See The Light" instrumental.
AM I FIVE YEARS OLD? I feel fine about it.
I love Disney movies more than anything, but something about Tangled is very special to me.
For those of you who have never seen Tangled [heaven forbid ;)], here is the gist of it: A drop of the sun once fell on the Earth and grew a magic golden flower. This flower had the ability to heal the sick and injured. Mother Gothel found this flower and kept it hidden. When she would sing to the flower, she would rejuvenate. Centuries later, the beloved Queen was pregnant with Rapunzel and got very sick. Her only hope would be to find this flower. The kingdom searched and searched but Mother Gothel did not want to share the suns gift so she kept the flower hidden. However, the flower was found and given to the Queen and she was healed instantly.
When Rapunzel was born she received the powers from the flower so Mother Gothel kidnaps her and raises her as her own, using her magic hair to stay young.
Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel she is not allowed to leave the tower for her "own protection".
Each year on Rapunzels birthday, the King and Queen release lanterns into the sky in hope that one day Rapunzel would return. Rapunzel's one wish was to go see these floating lights from the outside world, but Mother Gothel would not let her.
Long story short, Flynn Rider finds her in her castle and she talks him into taking her to see the lights while Mother Gothel was gone. Rapunzel and Flynn have quite the adventure getting to the kingdom-- fighting off guards, getting roughed up by thugs, and (most importantly) falling in love.
The King and Queen miss Rapunzel so much. You can really see the heartache they face. This scene makes me cry every time!
After many more trials these two go through, Eugene takes Rapunzel home finally meet her parents.
Rapunzel and Eugene get married and they live
HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
I think the reason I love this movie so much is because I see it differently.
This is the story I see:
The King and Queen represent our Heavenly Father, or, even our parents-- all who love us SO much.
Sometimes we get lost in life. We wander away from our Heavenly Father or stray from our parents guidance. We explore things we only think will bring us happiness. The Adversary, or in this case Mother Gothel, can be very deceiving. If we allow him to control us, we are trapped and cannot be free.
Heavenly Father does not give up on us and we are never a lost cause like we may think at times. Like the King and Queen send up lanterns each year, our Heavenly Father does the same. He give us small tender mercies each day, friends/family who reach out to us, and the Holy Ghost to touch our hearts to remind us how much He loves us.
If we seek Heavenly Father and follow His plan, we can return to him. And when we do, I imagine it to look a little bit like this:
(ignore the kingdom celebration scene. or don't because it's great. it just has nothing to do with this and actually kinda ruins the moment lol)
I think we can learn a lot from movies if we look at them with a different point of view.
What are some of your favorite movies that mean something special to you?
Each summer our whole family gets together and goes on a fun vacation.
It's hard getting everyone together since a couple of my sisters and their families have moved across the country.
So when we can, we have SO MUCH FUN.
This past June we stayed in a beautiful beach house in Oceanside, CA.
Jaren and I left a couple days early to spend some time in St. George with his family.
Going to the pool is SO fun because Maya loves the water.
She kicks, squeals, and holds her breath when we dunk her!
My niece and nephew are so dang cute.
They are the best of friends.
Okay, such a little cheeser!
Maya would GASP every time a wave broke on shore.
Watching her play in the sand was so fun. I think she liked it as much as I did… hopefully…
Those big eyes and lips are what I live for!
Yankees vs. Angels
no I was not ;) checkin ;) out ;) the ;) baseball ;) booties ;)
Okay did anyone else know this was a thing?!
If you go to California and don't go to Disneyland then why did you go to California??
Cars Land is my favorite!
Maya's first ride!
So we didn't know we were on the cart that swung… and not like fun little swings…
like big swings. The kinda swing that made everyone feel nauseous and actually kinda scared....
After the first swing Maya was so nervous hahah she's a CHAMP.
The stink eye is real!
So sassy… can she not?
She loves her uncle Ry
I hope Maya learns loves this place as much as I do.
The week went by wayyy too fast.
I sure am grateful for this Monson clan.
Even though Kellyn and Lauren live miles and miles away, we are all so close & that makes me happy.
So thankful that families are eternal.