Friday, July 22, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

seventh heaven

afton is seven today. 

this birthday, i asked summer to say a few words about her best friend sister afton:

"afton is silly and very fashionable and artistic. afton is a very silly sister, and she makes people laugh. She has a stuffy named friendy. also she has a small stuffed bird who is named peepers. afton's favorite show is ever after high. her favorite color is lots of colors. her favorite food is probably mostly noodles. afton likes to camp and also to swim. my favorite thing about afton is that she can cheer me up with her silliness. i can always play with her and have play dates with her every day. she is very cute."

afton is a gift and a treasure to our family. like a little fairy sprite, she brings a bit of magic and sparkle to everything she touches. happiest of birthdays to our precious wafty bay!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

red ripe raspberries

this was the first year i attempted our raspberry hunt without bryan (bonus: all four kids in tow). as a result, we took about twice as much time to pick about half as many berries, but we were plum out of jam this year, and raspberry jam is basically its own food group at the wheelers, so a mama's gotta do what a mama's gotta do!

what i want to remember most about this excursion is how dallin screamed and whacked me nearly the entire time because he hates raspberries.

(the real cruelty being that he absolutely *does not* hate raspberries. toddlers, amiright?)

so i plopped him down in the dirt, dug out my phone, turned on ye ol' youtube, and we serenaded the whole working field with an interesting mix of current alt rock faves and beach boys classics (a blessed relief from the aforementioned screaming and whacking).

til next year!

dallin, pictured lower right, not hating raspberries.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

denny creek rock slide

per our (apparently) fourth of july weekend tradition, we hit up denny creek rock slide for some fun in the sun this past saturday afternoon. as an added bonus, we were joined this year by the cute gessel family.

le crew:

nature's original slip'n'slide:

and i was just snapping pics, trying to catch a good one of caleb and dallin playing together, when i caught this little stinker on film:

d'oh! mama shoulda seen that one coming. nothing like cold mountain water down your back to make you feel alive, eh, dallin? 

they made up about it later, though:

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

last day of school

yesterday was it for wheeler school year 2015-2016.

summer, second grade

afton, first grade

caleb, three year old preschool

summer with mrs. harding and afton with mrs. archuleta

see you in september!

Monday, June 13, 2016

into the woods

cherry creek falls family hike on saturday.

crossing the creek.

summer and afton asked to have their picture taken with this slug. 
so, yeah...

my first floral gift (ala caleb) of the season.

my, what a reasonably sized stick you've found, dallin.

and out of the woods (and home before dark!)

Sunday, June 05, 2016

they see me rollin

and while we're on the subject of dallin, he got to go on his first bike ride with daddy a few weeks ago.

livin the dream!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

picking strawberries with dallin

while the big kids were at school this morning, dallin and i snuck in a little trip to carnation to pick some fresh strawberries at harvold farms. well, i picked some fresh strawberries; dallin just gobbled up about a pound or two.

not sure why i look so concerned here (is it because my roots are showing?), but this is the best shot i got of my cutie and me together in the fields:

love that sticky, dirty, juicy strawberry face so pleased as punch with his delicious life.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

it's true

we do have more fun.

blondes, that is.
er, fake blondes, that is.

Monday, May 16, 2016

a new nephew

derek alan young
born april 22, 2016
to kenny and emmelie young (and big brother, luke)

sixth boy young family grandchild in a row.

Friday, May 13, 2016

dance dance revolution

it's that time of year again!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


okay, so this pic needs its own post because 
who else just wants to gobble baby dallin downey jr. up here?

killin it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

mother's day dresses

and ties!

after taking an unintentional hiatus for a few years, mother's day dresses (and ties!) are back at the wheelers. 

i waxed eloquent about this tradition five years ago and its basis in the fact that my mother and my grandmother taught me how to sew. both would (and have) probably say that they didn't really teach me how to sew citing that the time they spent in actual instruction was minimal or that my skill exceeds their own. 

but they taught me how to thread the machine. they taught me how to read a pattern. they taught me that "that which is worth doing is worth doing well" (something i bemoan every time i unpick a row of stitching). they taught me that i can get better (at almost anything!) with work and practice and more work and more practice. and they put in the time if ever i asked for help. 

because that's what mothers do.

you hold the bike, you push the bike, you let it go... ...and, don't get me wrong, they'll definitely fall flat on their faces a few times (or more). 

but one day, one fine day: they'll fly.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

mes enfants

"To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle--and all will--I say, 'Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love never faileth.'"

--Jeffrey R. Holland, "Behold Thy Mother"

ma mere

"No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child. [...] This kind of resolute love 'suffereth long, and is kind, ... seeketh not her own, ... but ... beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.' Most encouragingly, such fidelity 'never faileth.'

...You see, it is not only that they bear us, but they continue bearing with us. It is not only the prenatal carrying, but the lifelong carrying that makes mothering such a staggering feat.

...To all of our mothers everywhere, past, present, or future, I say, 'Thank you. Thank you for giving birth, for shaping souls, for forming character, and for demonstrating the pure love of Christ.'"

--Jeffrey R. Holland, "Behold Thy Mother"

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

caleb and the fire truck

preschool field trip rite of passage.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

newport beach, part last

maggie and milly and molly and may 
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang 
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing 
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

--e.e. cummings