Friday, June 19, 2015

#johnsonsinjoshuatree


Last weekend was, without trying to sound too dramatic, life-changing!! Aaron surprised me on my birthday a couple weekends ago with this trip out to the desert, which is something we've talked about doing for at least a year now. I knew there were tons of awesome airbnb spots out there in Joshua Tree, and Aaron picked one out for us that we could not have been more pleased with. It was the Saguaro Hideaway Guesthouse, which you can view HERE. I would highly, highly recommend it! Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about it, I was pretty obsessed with it. It was small but perfect for our little family of three. Wyatt had the time of his life puttering around in a new place and exploring all the little corners of the guesthouse. It was so cute to watch, you could tell he was loving it. 

I took a million photos, because I was just so inspired by all of it. It felt so good to be somewhere new and out of our regular routine. I'm normally a die-hard homebody, but I was not ready to come back home last Sunday. I wanted to move in to that little airbnb and stay for another month! I thought about dividing up all my favorite photos into separate posts, but ain't nobody got time for that! So here they all are....

Wyatt basking in the new place when we first arrived on Friday afternoon....


Took a little pitstop on our drive through Joshua Tree National Park on Saturday morning to let Wyatt run around a bit. It was h-o-t!! But these trees were so weird and awesome, and a whole "forest" of them was really cool to see...


Took a few photos of Wyatt Sunday morning after he had gotten a muuuch better night's sleep than the previous night (thank goodness). His toothy little smile seriously kills me, I love it so much... 




On Sunday morning we also visited the Cholla Cactus Garden in the national park...



Love these cuties like crazy!!...



Always trying to steal my sunglasses....




The purple cactus that was outside on the property where we stayed. I loved the color...
  

This kid makes me so happy...


Wyatt snacking on dry cereal and sweet potato puffs in the super awesome kitchen/dining area that I wanted to somehow steal and take home with me...



Wondering what the heck I'm doing....




Wyatt was totally content to just run around the house, climbing onto the couch or rolling around on the bed, or running around in my hat (see above). He is such a funny kid.


On Sunday before we headed home we stopped in Palm Springs to ride on the Palm Springs Aeriel Tramway, which was sooo great! Wyatt actually did not like it all. He whined and cried on the way up and the way down so either he is claustrophobic or scared of heights? The views were spectacular, though, and I was so glad we went. 





This photo was taken right before we got on the tram. You could tell he was already not so sure haha...


That's all! I will cherish this little trip we took for forever. It was so fun for us to just get away and not really have any agenda. I hope someday we'll get to visit again...maybe in the winter months when you don't feel like you're in an oven when you're outside? ;) Til next time, Joshua Tree.

Monday, June 8, 2015

W Y A T T | 19 months + 2 days



  
  


This kid, man!! I could look at these photos of him all the day long. Especially the ones where he is cracking up over something Aaron is saying/doing. (Dad always gets the best laughs out of him.) I snapped these photos of him right after we had taken our family photo for May a week or so ago, two days after his 19-month mark. He apparently wanted a turn with the camera remote (see last photo), which was up there with one of the top ten cutest things he's ever done. He snagged the remote, went over and stood against the wall, and pointed it at the tripod. haha. He totally knows the drill. 

Anyways, Wyatt is 19 months old now! He's turning into such a little boy and is seeming less & less like a "baby" to me, sadly. His favorite things to do are play basketball, push around anything and everything that has wheels (i.e. his push cart, his little riding car thing, and his stroller), go on the swings, help mom vacuum, eat strawberries, climb, read books, sing Itsy Bitsy Spider, and follow mom around all day.... Happy 19-months, Wyatt!

P.S. I've been doing some power blogging today—organizing and editing photos, posting and playing catch up. I've had this on my To Do list for weeks now, but somehow today ended up being the day. While I was editing photos I was reminded of how much I loooove using my "real" camera. I've probably said this a few times before, but I would really love to pull out my dSLR a little more often and make photographing life a more regular habit. At the same time, though, I'm actually super proud of myself for at least dusting it off once a month to take some monthly pics of Wyatt and our family. Baby steps, I suppose. 

May | 2 0 1 5


Our family photo from May! My favorite part about taking these photos is seeing Wyatt's little grins in them. That kid cracks me up, I love him so much. The month of May totally flew by. I still feel like it should be April even though we are a third of the way through June already. I had kind of fallen off the instagram bandwagon in May, so I can't even look back to see what we were up to, unfortunately. But anyways, June is shaping up to be pretty awesome so far, and one of these days/months I'll be completely up-to-date with photos/blog posts, hopefully...

W Y A T T | 18 months






I took these photos about a week or so before Wyatt's 18 month mark back in April. He had just woken up from his nap, or in other words....was suuuuuper, super yummy with his puffy eyes and cheeks. He's usually a grump right when he wakes up from his naps and it takes him a few minutes to readjust to his normal self. I think it was in his 17th or 18th month when he started climbing on e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g (the red chair in his bedroom, included). He's gotten himself into some pretty precarious situations (on the piano keys with nowhere to go, for example), but no big falls yet and surprisingly no serious bumps or bruises or bleeding, thank goodness. 

Happy [very belated] 18 months, Wyatt dear. <3

Thursday, April 30, 2015

the birthday boy(s).



Yesterday was Aaron's birthday! Wyatt & I were busy little bees all day doing birthday prep—making an awesome cake (not pictured, but trust me!), doing last-minute birthday shopping and wrapping gifts. Aaron's birthday also happens to be Wyatt's half-birthday, so April 29th is always a really good day at our house. We even got our family photo for April...Wyatt's little hand on Aaron's hand is killing me. That kid is too much. Ohhhh I love these boys. Happy birthday, Aaron! ♥ ♥ ♥