Monday, February 13, 2012

better late than never!

It has literally been MONTHS since I've caught up on my blog! It started out that we just had a really busy summer last year and then our laptop broke with all of our pictures on it. We finally got it fixed so here goes trying to sum up the last 8 months of our lives!


I try to get the girls together for a little photoshoot every couple weeks or so. Here they are back in June when Paisley was just over 2 months old.

Every year at the end of June we go up to the condos on lake Pend Orielle with my family and some of my cousins. Here are the girls with their cousins Brookie and Austin all ready to go to the pool!

Since we rarely have the entire family together anymore, I decided we had better get a family picture taken! Here is everyone!

And its a tradition to do our sister pictures too.

My mom bought Lexi and Brookie these adorable matching outfits. They are still best friends!

After the condos we stuck around for the 4th of July. Here is Paisley in her 4th of July outfit(now 3 months)


These pictures were taken about a week after we got back home from Coeur d Alene.


Middle of August we had a really fun time when my Mom, Zack, and his kids all came down to Utah so the kids could see their mom.

One day we went to the Hogle Zoo

It was always a tradition when I was a little kid to get a picture by this Lion drinking fountain so I made sure to get one of Lex.

My cousin Sammy met us at the zoo with her kids Claire and Noble (my girls 2nd cousins).
We were glad to get to spend some time with them!

My grandparents got to come along as well:)

Paisley and Grandma

Jackson and Lexi

Another day we went to Thanksgiving Point and the kids got to do a pony ride.
I got some pics while we were waiting in line.
Here's Lexi...

Lexi on the pony...

Paisley and Grandma...


All the cousins...


Later on in August I came up to Coeur d Alene with the girls and we got to go to the fair!
This is the first year Lexi has gotten to ride some rides and she loved it!

My cousin Chelsea got married while I was there and I got to take the pictures at her reception. You can check them out here.


Here are some pictures I got of the girls before church one day. Paisley is just over 5 months and Lexi is 2 1/2.

In October my Family came down to visit and attend my Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary party.

Here they are with 8 of their 10 children:

That same weekend we had a blast visiting the American West Heritage Center.

Lexi loved the train!

Abbey and Paisley

They had a place where the kids could make dolls out of corn husks. They loved it!

Paisley and Grandmaa

Mom, Me, and Paisley

Paisley and Mommy

Everyone after the train ride...

They had a little trick or treat out there too so we brought our costumes. These were the best pictures I could get of my girls.

Since they weren't going to be together on Halloween I organized a practice trick or treat with a few of my neighbors so they could go together.


These were taken mid November when Paisley was about 7 1/2 months.

We were glad to be able to go to Boise for Thanksgiving this year. Here are the girls with there uncles Max, Heath and Conner.

Christmas was a lot of fun too! We got to spend our first Christmas at our house with Grammy Sandi, Papa Phil, and Erin and Hailee. Sandi bought the girls these matching dresses to wear to church on Christmas.

Here are the girls all dressed up to go to our neighborhood Christmas party.

Lexi was really excited to go see Santa Claus this year.
Paisley seemed to be intrigued by him.

Lexi totally freaked out. Ever since that day she has thought that Santa is SCARY!


In January my Grandpa Simon passed away from complications from a fall he had in his apartment. I have been to a lot of funerals this year, but this one was probably the hardest one. My grandpa was an amazing person. He had a great sense of humor and I always felt loved and never judged by him. He will be greatly missed, but I have also felt a lot of comfort knowing that I will get to see him again and that he is with my grandma now. I was lucky enough to talk to him on the phone just a few days before he passed. I remember him saying, "Can you understand my language?" (he was groggy from the medication he was on) He told me I sounded like my grandmother. We said I love you and miss you and then we said goodbye. I am so grateful for that opportunity I had to talk to him one last time.
Here is my grandpa last summer at my cousin Chelsea's wedding reception...

Here are some pictures I took just a couple weeks ago. Paisley is 10 months old.

bummy crack!

Lexi decided all the sudden to start posing for some pictures...

Lexi and Daddy

Last weekend my cousin Jordan and his fiance Stephanie drove up to Logan and I was able to take their engagements. It was so much fun. You can check out more pictures on my photography blog here.

Last Week on the February 8th Lexi turned 3! I can't believe how big she is getting and how grown up she seems all the sudden!
Here she is with her new bike she got for her birthday!

blowing out her candles...

For the last few months whenever we asked Lexi what she wanted for her birthday she always said, "a pink cupcake". Needless to say we had a party with pink cupcakes and I made a giant pink cupcake just for her!

Since her party was a few days after her real birthday, I took her to Temptation Cupcake on her real birthday and let her get a pink cupcake there too. She was quite pleased.

Here is Lexi in bed with her new quilt that Grandma Simon made for her!


Mikelle and Nate said...

Thanks for posting!!! Such cute pics!!! Miss you guys!

Corinne Ritz said...

I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!! Now keep up! I need more of this from you girlfriend! I really loved especially seeing pictures of Grandma and Grandpa Mott. You are an amazing photographer! Where were you when I got married? Oh, yeah, you were in HS. There were some really great things I was going to specify from this post, but I can't remember them all now. I really loved Paisley's tongue sticking out in one of the costume pictures. I also LOVE Lexi's poses, and the picture with Will towards the end. SO cute!

Come visit us! We have lots of room for you!

Stephanie said...

Jess, you are such a great photographer. All of your pictures are seriously beautiful.... and your girls are absolutely GORGEOUS!

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