Our weekend, once again, involved lots of soccer! Shocker! It started Friday night with a trip to see my sister's soccer game at GCU. It is finally fall and was a nice cool night. I took the girls by myself so Justin could go run or go to the gym and he ended up watching TV the whole time! Not what I would have done with my alone time, but hey, to each their own. The girls were also very good for me. They usually are it's just Aspen is in a stage which is a bit high maintenance which often means one of us doesn't see much of the game but she was great and sat on my lap most of the time. We picked up smoothies on the way as well which they liked and it's probably better for us than milkshakes. Saturday morning I got up and went hiking with my mom and sister and brought Minnie. The weather was actually cool when it started. Minnie is a pretty good hiker and it was nice to take her out because I haven't in a long time. Everly had a soccer game on Saturday and then we went to church and had a quiet dinner at home. Sunday we did some cleaning and football watching before going to my sister's for dinner. Not a crazy busy weekend, but good to catch up a bit before we go to Disneyland on Sunday!
We got our pictures back from our family photo session a couple of weeks ago up in Flagstaff. I like to take pictures of this time of year because it is around the girl's birthdays and so we get to capture their growth each year. Also, doing pictures this early allows me to knock out my Christmas Cards early each year. I still love our pictures from last year with my friend Jamie. (here). Aspen was actually pretty difficult last year and was about the same this year. I think we still got great pictures but man I hope next year she does better. Everly of course, was a champ. We took these pictures with Julia Romano Photography and it was a great, quick process. I am so glad we decided to take these up in Flagstaff because it was such a nice change of scenery. I have already turned these into a photobook from Shutterfly and can't wait to order our Christmas cards, too. Here are some of my favorites:
Last Friday was Aspen's 2nd birthday. She is so much fun and so cute despite the fact that she is definitely starting to show some terrible two behaviors. With Everly, she was fine at two and more of a threenager so we will see if it is different with Aspen. I had the day off Friday so after dropping Everly off at school, I took Aspen on some errands and let her play at the mall. It was fun to have some one on one time with her. She is still so tiny I can wear her but also now eating at the big girl table at daycare so it's a little sad that our baby is growing up. On Friday night, we had a little Sesame Street family party at home and it went really well. My dad happened to be in town as well as one of Justin's Aunts and Uncles so that was really cool that they could make it. We kept things really simple with the party and got pizza and salads from Costco but my sister did help me decorate some cookie monster cupcakes. They turned out pretty cute. We didn't even buy Aspen anything because we are going to Disneyland in less than 2 weeks so I am sure we will spoil her there. Plus, she got plenty of gifts from our family so she is set! We love you baby Aspen and hope you had a great 2nd birthday!
Of course, birthday girl had her own special cake.
Aspen really liked this cheap Party City backdrop. She can name all of the characters!
This past weekend we went on a quick trip up to Flagstaff. My sister was playing in a tournament up at NAU and so we decided to go up. We went up in 2013 for this same tournament and then we weren't able to go last year so I was really excited to be able to go this year. We decided to go up Saturday afternoon and enjoy a little extra time up north before my sister's game on Sunday afternoon. We also decided to take family pictures while up there just to get a different scenery and since it is right around the girls 2nd and 5th birthdays it worked out great. On Saturday we did a little quick shopping in Flag before beers on the patio at Motherroad with pizza from Pizicletta. Aspen did not sleep well so she had a rough afternoon/night but the weather was amazing. On Sunday morning we took our pictures up at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff with Julia Romano. We just did a quick mini-session but it worked out good because Aspen really wouldn't have lasted any longer. We got a few sneak peaks but I will share more once we get the rest. After pictures we headed to a park for a little playtime where we met my sister and the kids before heading to the game. It was a quick trip but it is so nice up there so it is always worth it. Can't wait for fall in Phoenix to fully arrive!