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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

newport beach, part penultimate

or the one where we do stuff other than go to the beach.

at the san diego zoo:

(ps - we had a *much* better experience than we did last time.)

the getty villa in los angeles (we also went to the getty museum, but no pics):

and more eating our faces off on balboa island:

ice cream for dinner, kids!

with cookies for dessert!

newport beach, part second

the wheelers. at the beach. (in the rain.)

really love what the weather is doing to your hair here, buddy:

dear emily: why are you wearing such gigantic dark sunglasses if it's overcast and raining out? 

duh, it's because they make me look like a movie star (insert glam emoji here).

actually, it's because i have a pretty intense eye infection hidden under those suckers. one that started the day we left for newport beach, lasted nearly the entire week we were there, and landed me at urgent care for a few hours trying to get it checked out.

and if i hadn't told you, you'd never know.

so i guess the sunglasses did their job. and also the internet is full of people who are hiding something (insert sunglasses emoji here).

an evening stroll down to newport pier:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

newport beach, part first

spring break fell on a big week for our family (anniversary + two birthdays) this year, so we decided to pack up and take a little trip to southern california for some sun and surf to celebrate.

unfortunately, socal didn't get the memo that we were coming and decided to be rainy and overcast for the first few days we were there (we actually left sun in seattle. irony much?)

but never fear, the wheelers don't melt in the rain, and a short ferry ride to balboa island for some sugar 'n spice frozen bananas and dad's hippo cookies cheered the kidlets right up.

plus, no crowds!

happiest day of his life chasing birds around balboa pier:

can't keep this crew from the water for long, though. 
swimsuits or none, the waves just call to them.

the sand, too:

Friday, April 15, 2016

birthday boy, two

happiest of birthdays to this total stud.

(who does not like candles poking holes in his angel food cake.)

love you, babe!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

birthday boy

caleb turning four years old today like a boss.

Monday, April 11, 2016

down by the sea

come to the beach
where the sea is blue
and little white waves
come running at you.

a wave comes splashing
over your toes,
you just stand still
and away it goes.

we'll build a castle
down by the sea
and look for shells
if you'll come with me.


emily goes to the beach

in case anyone was concerned by that blinding 
white light reflecting off the california coast.

(all the laughing so hard i'm crying emojis 😂)