ari has crazy hair that sticks straight up kind of like a mad scientist. i love it. it can't be tamed. he has a ton of hair in the back and on the sides but not very much on top. just like an old man. which i also love. the light captures the craziness of his hair perfectly here.


some days being a mom is harder than others. when your dog has to have blood work done or get shots, they take him in the back and you never have to see a thing. when it's your baby's turn, you get a front row seat. you and two phlebotomists have to pin him down while his teary eyes look back at you.



the bumbo situation was getting a little dicey so we finally got a high chair. ari likes being up high and looking down at jack. i feel like i can confidently turn my back for longer than 10 seconds. but jack, jack is the happiest about this new chair. and i don't mind because having jack around makes the clean up process a lot easier. 



2014 was SUCH a long year. it's been a blur of craziness, love, learning and a whole lot of changes. but 2014 gave me the love of my life and the one job i've always wanted. 

(the card i never made)

i'm stretched thinner than ever before. my heart feels like i've going to burst all the time. and i need to improve on so many levels. here are a few things i'd like to do in 2015 

\ take more photos of ari with my camera 
\ pray more
\ work on my mom anxiety 
\ read some parenting books
\ increase my spirituality 
\ use my phone less
\ don't compare my life to others 
\ spend more time outside 
\ get strong and buff




when we were down in palm springs we decided we should probably go to disneyland since we were already down in southern california. it was actually a lot more doable with an infant than we thought. disney has amazing baby centers so nursing and diaper changes were really easy. riding solo isn't nearly as fun, but the single rider line is so nice. it's best to document your child's first time at disney when they are happy. not when they are falling apart on your way out. 


i'm currently out of school for a whopping four days so maybe i should play catchup before i go silent for another semester. or i could just be better at blogging.

david turned 30 this year so i wanted to do something fun. his birthday is three days before christmas so i planned a trip to palm springs with his best friends the first weekend in decemeber. i learned that plans never turn out the way you want them and that i should never try to surprise david. ever. also, joshua tree national park is really cool. 



david and i have had a going list of baby names for years. whenever we heard a cool name we would pull out our phones and add it to the list. and for the most part, we agreed on names. not knowing the gender meant we needed to have a girl name and boy name ready. the girl name was easy for us. the boy name, not so much. for about 5 months we were totally set on a boy name. then one day, we hated it. we were back to square one. by 8 months we had it down to two boy names. ari and ezra. david was in love with ezra (and still is) but i could never really get into it. i really liked ari and david liked it well enough so ari it was.

we were also armed with a middle name for either a boy or a girl. both were family names. ari's middle name is in honor of his great, great, great, great grandpa ephraim hanks. grandpa hanks is a very important person in our family's heritage as a mormon pioneer. 

i get two responses when i tell people ari's name. people either love it or are totally confused by it. ari is a jewish name. in hebrew it means lion. so naturally people are very familiar with the name ari back east. when i tell non east coasters, i sometimes get a strange look. mostly from old people that make me repeat it and spell it for them.