January 7, 2014


Yesterday was a good day. It was one of those days that Aubree was 100% content (for the most part) and just wanted me by her side to play with her. I feel so lucky to be her best friend. I love her so very much. I wanted to document this day because it meant so much to me. I love being her mom. Nothing special happened-just some regular old blocks being put together and pulled apart over and over again-but it was so wonderful. I loved sharing it with this little sweetie. 

The book in the picture above is one of her "scripture books" that we read to her every night before bed. It plays some of the primary songs and she loves it. She pulled it off of her shelf yesterday and played the song and danced and tried to "sing" along with me. 
And then she did this....without being told to or prompted at all. Once the song was over she folded her arms and bowed her head and started saying the prayer (in Portuguese because that is how we pray every night). (we're still working on the whole 'close your eyes during the prayer thing')
 It melted my heart. She is learning so much every day. I love it.

And then we had a little meltdown/pout moment. That is her pout position. Sometimes she just stays like that, sometimes she is banging her head on the floor, sometimes she is face down sliding her head around, and sometimes she rolls around on the ground. This time she just sat there for a couple of seconds and then was very QUICKLY distracted by blocks.
What a wonderful day 1-6-14 was!

January 6, 2014

aubree update (via pictures)

way behind on this blog of ours. But i thought i would catch you up using pictures. enjoy.
 lunch with dad celebrating aubree's 1/2 birthday.

 mall time with friends-staying busy coloring. 

 she takes after me on this one. i love cookies and i love m&ms. 
 She stayed in her stroller and didnt complain the entire race. It was suuuuuper cold out but she did awesome.

 Baking cookies with her mom. 
 Someone stole santa's cookies :)

 and santa's milk.

 She kept bringing me the balls and wanted them stuffed in her shirt. It was so funny-and totally her idea.

 Cutest little profile. I looooove this little sweet girl.

 Minnie jammies with her friend Jane.
 We were able to see our friends the Robisons during our layover in Seattle. It was so good to see them again.
 Sharing snacks with her friend while watching a movie (probably despicable me. that's her all time favorite)
She sat like this for like 10 minutes straight while watching her movie. Such a funny girl. 

We are all doing really really well. We had a fantastic christmas break spent in utah with family. It was wonderful to see everyone again! We are back to Alaska and  are still really liking it up here! We are finally gaining daylight (the sun rise is at like 10am and the sun set is like at 3:30 or something around there) and i am SOOOO happy about that! It's hard when it's dark all the time. Eric is keeping busy at work (it is the company's year end so it is very crazy busy) and I just started my online classes at BYU-I to finish off my bachelors of nursing. Aubree is doing great. She loves yogurt (go-gurt), crackers, cookies, juice, and popcorn. She loves to play with her babies and with her purse. She loves to build with her blocks and then take them apart. She LOOOOVES to watch movies (she asks to watch a movie or elmo or curious george all day long). Her favorite movie is despicable me (both the first and second) but has recently discovered toy story and has been asking to watch that one on repeat. She is learning new words all the time-it's so fun to hear her say words. She says "nope" in place of "no" with extra emphasis on the "p" so it's like nopppe. She weighs a whopping 21 pounds (i had her stand on the scale today because i was curious of how much she weighed) and is still a vvvveeeeerrrryyyy picky eater. She throws her share of temper tantrums-this involves banging her head on the ground and then laying on the floor for minutes until she gets over it. Overall she is a very happy little girl and we love her so very much!

November 12, 2013

North Shore: Day 7 (last day in Hawaii)

This was a sad day for me. I LOVED this vacation more than i imagined i would. It was soooo much fun. On this day we hurried and packed everything up, I went to the temple and did a session in the morning while Eric let Aubree nap in the car, and then we met up with our friends-the Murdocks- and we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. We walked around until our girls couldnt stand another minute and then drove down to spend the last few hours in Waikiki before we caught our red eye flight home. We had such a wonderful time! Enjoy the last few pictures (and by few i still mean like 30+ :)

These first few pictures are from the night before we left. We wanted to get a group shot of all of our kids. Sarah found these matching swimsuits for the girls before we left. They all looked super cute. And then  you have the Slades boys being highly outnumbered by the girls-they are the CUTEST boys you will ever meet!!

 This picture (above) is everyone lined up from youngest to oldest (Noah, Abby, Jocelyn, Aubree, Jane, and then Grant)

 Jocelyn showed Aubree that since she is now 1 (it was her birthday that day) Aubree cant push her around any more. :)
 ....and aubree is down and jocelyn is looking super excited about it :)
 I'm totally kidding. Aubree and Jocelyn have always played really well together!!

Ok-now the next few pictures are of our last day. Here you go:

 Aubree was trying to steal banana's from the banana tree. Kidding-we don't steal bananas. Right David?

 back to walking around Waikiki

 craziest/cool trees. Their roots grown down and eventually go in to the ground (if that makes any sense)...

Congratulations on making it through 7+ blog posts and TONS of pictures of our Hawaii trip. We had such a fun time and can't wait to go back!