Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2 Months

2 Months ago (on the 21st), this little cutie showed up in our lives:

And then I blinked...

I can't believe how much she's grown! I'm starting to understand that whole "enjoy this phase, because it goes so fast" line. I used to hate it when people said that to me. The newborn stage is hard, really hard. But the second time around, it's somehow easier to have perspective and realize how fast it really does go.
We love this girl!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Landon's Birthday!

I don't write enough about Landon on this blog. He's so awesome, it's hard to know where to start!
He had a birthday last week, and I was feeling guilty because, although I'd purchased presents way in advance, I hadn't really thought that much about his birthday. The same thing happened the year Walt was born - I get a little busy with a new baby in the house. But at the last minute, I had a brilliant idea to have "Birthday Week!" We did something fun each night the week leading up to his birthday.
I wasn't great at documenting it, but we did: bowling night, redbox + treat date night, a night "off" for Landon - no chores and I put the kids to bed myself, father/son outing to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, we all went out to dinner, and a "choose your own adventure" night - Landon got $10 to do anything he wanted with. It was simple and so fun! We all enjoyed a week of surprises, family time, and not worrying so much about responsibilities for a change.
For his birthday, Landon requested tacos, homemade refried beans, watermelon, and "double-decker brownies," which I achieved by mixing two boxes of brownies and a package of candy melts (basically giant chocolate chips). They were amazing. And extremely unhealthy, so definitely only a once a year kind of treat. :) 
This year, Walt is old enough to kind of get birthdays. He loved mine and his own, so when Dad's was approaching, he kept asking when it would be and if there would be cake. :) He wanted to get Dad a present, so I tried to explain to him that I would need to pay money for a present, and that he would have to do a special job to earn the present from me. We went to the store and he chose (all by himself) a Spiderman Lego set to give Dad. Then a couple of days later he wiped down the bathroom floor for me to earn the gift. He was so excited, he accidentally told Dad what the gift was that night! He loved having Dad open a special present from him.
We sure love this handsome man! Happy Birthday Landon!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bucket List #32 | Woodland Park Zoo

Confession Time.

We have done more things on our bucket list than I have currently blogged about. :) I don't always have my camera, and sometimes we're just stopping by, and well, life gets busy!! But I'm slowly catching up. So, now you know.

We've been proud members of the Woodland Park Zoo for an entire year now, so I think I can blog about this particular item with an air of expertise.
We've been more times than I can count, but we still find something new to see each time we go!
Each time, Walt always asks to see the monkeys and the penguins. Those are favorite exhibits. We also love the giraffes.

Woodland Park Zoo is huge. The grounds are beautiful, the animals are varied, and the organization is deeply committed to conservation. It's easy to rate this experience:
The zoo is included on the regular city pass - it's bit out of the way, but not too hard to get to, and definitely worth it if you have kids or just love animals. We're off to renew our pass for another year. :) 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bucket List #26 | Outdoor Concert

Seattle has a great collection of outdoor concerts. Before we ever moved here, I knew I wanted to take advantage of this! There are tons to choose from, but for our first, we chose one at St. Edward's State Park. Mostly because it's gorgeous.
Even though the night ended in a full-blown meltdown by our oldest child, we had a great time.
We even enjoyed some good old fashioned ice cream truck spoils.
Hopefully our kids will look back on crazy things like this fondly, and remember that this family is always up for an adventure!
The music was good and the setting fun. I have a feeling some of the downtown concerts draw better vendors and musicians, but also more crowds. Overall, we think this event was worth our time!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In-dee-pen-dant

Every time I say the word "Independent," I think of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and say it accordingly. :)
Anyway...

We had a super fun 4th this year. My favorite holiday rarely disappoints, but this year we had a fabulous group of friends to celebrate with, and that just made it all the better. :)
Me, LeAnn Mills, Lacey Nef, Katie Taylor (+James), Sharlie Zinniger. Friends for life!
We actually kicked the holiday off the night before, with a viewing of Independence Day. Such a fun film, and it definitely got us in the American spirit. I think we'll make this a yearly tradition.
The next morning, we headed up to our first stop, a marvelous breakfast at our good friends, the Nef's house. They both grew up in Southeast Idaho, too! Lacey had it set up festively and the food was fabulous.
After that, we headed out to the parade route.
Now, personally, I love parades! The candy, the excitement, the marching bands...Walt's not sold on them though. He doesn't love the crowds. 
And Zuzu spent most of it like this:
But we still had a lot of fun. :)
Next we headed with our friends over to a BBQ. This was by far Walt's favorite part of the day, because of this:
He-LO, giant water slide! My friends are awesome. :)
We also ate a lot of really good food and just generally caused a ruckus.
We snuck out of the BBQ a bit early because, as I explained to my friends, I NEED a big fireworks show in my life...but since it was cold and a bit rainy, we decided it may not be super responsible to take a newborn and sit outside for hours. So we opted for the "drive in" experience.
Best. Idea. Ever.

We brought popcorn, pillows and blankets, parked up above the lake, and had a great time! My phone died, so I don't have any good pictures, but it was awesome.
Happy 4th of July!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Isannah's Blessing Day

On June 22nd, 2014, Isannah was given a name and a blessing by her father, Landon Kelly Burgener. She was 1 month and 1 day old.
In the circle were her Grandfather, Roger Jackson, her uncles, Josh Jackson and Nick Camberlango, Bishop Matt Jones, 1st Counselor  Dave Thompson, and 2nd Counselor Shea Wilson. 
Josh, Sam, Grandma, Grandpa, Isannah, Mom, Walt, Landon, Nick, Stella, Grandma Burgener, Siena, Abby, and Mike Turzewski - a friend of ours from UW
She wore the dress that her mom was blessed in, with a handmade headband ordered just for her.
After her blessing, we had a little party with the whole Jackson family who came up from Oregon and added 4.5 hours of extra driving drive to their trip. Grandma Burgener also flew in from Idaho!
Isannah is the name that Paul Revere gave to his daughter. We hope it will always remind her of her heritage and that standing up for what is right is so important. Afton is the name of the town that Landon's family comes from on his mother's side. We hope she will wear this name proudly and, like all of the Wilkes family, will learn the value of hard-work, and know that her family should always be her first priority. 
I am so grateful for a husband worthy to hold and exercise the priesthood. I love that he can provide this beautiful act of service to our children soon after they are born. Isannah has a wonderful example of love, compassion, and patience in her Daddy. 
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come and celebrate with us!