Saturday, December 06, 2014


from today's family photo shoot:

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sunday, November 09, 2014

birthday dress

mama's labor of love:

you guys, you guys.

this little summer girl is such a joy. she's such a sweetheart. she's kind, she's inclusive, she shares. she's creative, she's imaginative, and she's great at math. she loves family, and she makes friends easily. plus, she laughs at all her daddy's jokes.

we are lucky, indeed.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

to this. sick. beat

just your friendly neighborhood baby fix stopping by to say hello!

Friday, November 07, 2014

the rest of the haps at the Y

the alpine loop, our first "hike" as a six man fam:

noshing on burgers at in-n-out:

corn maze haze:

enjoying a true blue lunch at the cannon center on campus:

 down on the field before the football game (cool perk courtesy of james):

farewell church with these cute cousins:

Thursday, November 06, 2014

sweet summer is seven

happy, happy birthday to the happiest seven-year-old we know!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

it's a girl!

rebekah anne sutton 
born monday, october 20th

welcomed by parents, cindy and peter, big brother joshua, and over-the-moon-that-it's-a-girl big sister caitlin. congrats sutton family!

Friday, October 31, 2014

our princess is in another castle

mario and luigi.



lower right: with princess peach and bowser.

thank you so much-a for playing my game!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

rise and shout

okay, first of all, i just want to say that i was addressed as "ma'am" twice while we were on byu campus.


(and one of those times, my kids weren't even around.)

um, does this look like the face of a "ma'am" to you?

OR does it *more likely* look like a gal who is much too young and hip and eating ice cream like a boss (ps, that was the best raspberry milkshake i've ever, ever had) to be a "ma'am?"

on the other hand, i did learn how to type on an *actual typewriter* in the seventh grade...


am i dwelling on this too much? because bryan thinks i may be dwelling on this too much.

anyhoo, speaking of bryan, here's his selfie in front of a kick-butt poster for cindy's alumni lecture (which was amazing and totally downloadable from youtube, bytheway):

and this is a little something from the mckay building in case you wanted to see for yourself what it looks like chasing caleb around all day:

paying our respects to mr. clyde and his building full of engineers:

and before our lovely luncheon honoring all eleven outstanding alumni of the year: 

we were so impressed with the outstanding alumni and the great things they are doing in their communities and beyond. and super proud to be related to one of them. go cindy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

go cougars!

the wheelers are home from an exciting there and back again trip to BYU in provo, utah for homecoming week.

we went down to celebrate and honor cindy (bryan's sister), the david o. mckay school of education's alumni of the year

we had a blast! the kids were great, the weather was great, the events were great, and the ice cream at the creamery on ninth is still phenomenal

more to come. but first: laundry.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

deja vu

ja vu. ja vu.

and are those not just the juiciest baby thighs in the history of all juicy baby thighs or what? nom nom nom.

Friday, October 10, 2014

up on cripple creek

summer and afton up near cherry creek falls last sunday afternoon.
the fanciest girls in the creek.

not pictured here: caleb, who also had the time of his life and came home a filthy beast.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

mom! look!

we made a doll out of jewelry!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

bed head

mama edition.

Monday, October 06, 2014

cheetah run

last thursday, the wheeler girls participated once again in their school's largest fundraiser.

here are this year's unofficial stats:
--afton ran seven laps (1.75 miles)
--summer ran nine laps (2.25 miles)

initially, summer's plan was to run sixteen laps (four miles) in thirty minutes. i tried to talk her out of it mathematically, but she wouldn't budge. the night before the cheetah run, however, bryan and i were (phew!) able to coax her down to a more manageable goal of ten laps.

afton's like her mama and doesn't want to box herself in by setting "goals." she just ran until she was done. beast mode.

there is *some* controversy over whether she ran six or seven laps, but you know, when in doubt, say seven.

Sunday, October 05, 2014


elias francisco young
welcomed to the world friday, october 3, 2014
by anna, owen, and big brother, danton

number five in a string of grandbaby boys.
(danton, caleb, luke, dallin, and elias)


for the past several weeks, in preparation for our church's general conference, the wheelers have been spending family home evening together learning about the prophet, his counselors, and the twelve apostles. 

starting with president monson, we did a brief life sketch and then a fun activity from the history, experiences, culture, or hobbies of each general authority (i.e, made paper boats for monson, performed physics experiments for eyring, watercolor painting for packer...fifteen easy monday nights for ya'lls right there! plus, if your children have longer attention spans than mine, you can also add in a short synopsis of each apostle's last conference talk.) our kids have loved it!

here is caleb playing a german children's game, schokoladenessen, like a boss on the night we learned about president uchtdorf:


Thursday, October 02, 2014

pull up to stand

please don't start walking.
please, please, please, please, please....

Sunday, September 28, 2014

rocker chic

i pulled summer's bangs back in a mini-pompadour today, and bryan thought she looked a bit like gwen stefani. summer has no idea who that is (though she will after we've shown her i'm just a girl a bazillion times), but she was raring for a chance to channel her inner rockstar anyway.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

chunky monkey

i think if someone asked me right now, today, what my favorite thing in the whole wide world is, i would not even hesitate to say, "fat babies in high pants."

in love.

Friday, September 26, 2014

career day

today was career day at school for the girls.

summer, who had three younger siblings by the time she was six years old, wants to be an obstetrician. certain family members hope she changes her specialty by the time she's in medical school, but i find that once summer has decided something, she can be pretty difficult to sway. if i have another baby (*cough* years down the road *cough*), summer is desperate to come to the delivery. so we'll see how she feels after that awesome bonding experience.

afton hemmed and hawed, but finally decided on kindergarten teacher (see that ruler? it's how she keeps those kindies in line. get it? in LINE!?) though, generally when she talks about her future, it involves moving to paris and making ice cream for a living. and with our afty bay, really, she could go either way.

Monday, September 22, 2014


they've been plotting their escape for days:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

big wheels

whenever the house is quiet.

you know, that eerie kind of quiet it should really never be with a toddler around.

and i can't seem to find the caleb anywhere.

he's usually escaped out to the garage, having swiped his sister's shoes (cause those are the only ones he can put on by himself), and is casually cruising around on his radio flyer.

little stinker.

Monday, September 15, 2014

baby fangs

a little photo shoot of bryan and i trying to capture on camera dallin's wicked lateral incisors.

he's such a good sport :)