Tuesday, July 29, 2014

six months tomorrow

it's true that the more kids i've had, the faster and faster their milestones have seemed to come at me. dallin is six months old and getting ready to crawl, and i'm all, "wait a second, didn't i just have you, like, yesterday?! i mean, i feel like i haven't even worn regular, non-pajama pants since you've been born, and you're already starting to crawl?!"  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

grey anatomy

today. two weeks before my thirty-first birthday. 

i found my first grey hair.

life is short

eat dessert first.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

raspberry hunt

having quite a bit of jam still leftover from when bryan and matto (aka "sickle" and "hammer") ruthlessly headed up our berry picking last year, and it having been rather hot in the pnw this past saturday, the wheeler clan ended up in the fields for just under an hour and toted home only about five pounds of berries (which i think are, like, already gone) for our 2014 season.

still, it's a family tradition, and summer girl would never let us hear the end of it if we decided not to go.

so here she is picking away, completely oblivious to how embarrassed she should be of her daddy's ginormous hat.

as a bonus, 2014 marked caleb's first time "in" the fields. spoiler alert: he was not a huge help.

and here's afton, resting on her bucket and complaining about being hot and tired not but two minutes into the ordeal (a girl after my own heart). 

you got off easy this time, wheelers, but next year, we'll be out of jam.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014


(birthday dress made by momma)

afton is incredibly imaginative. she spends a good portion of her days in her own little world and loves, loves, loves it there. afton also loves jumping. off of everything. it's like she wakes up in the morning and says to herself, "self: jump off ALL the things!!" so our whole house shakes. a lot.

afton is smart. i mean, like, brilliant. i mean, like, she thinks about things in a very different way than you or i or the rest of the universe thinks about things. she continues to have a mastery of language well beyond her years, but if you ask her a question (especially in a "class" type setting), she'll likely act like she has no idea what you're saying. and who knows, maybe she really doesn't have any idea what you're saying.

and she's funny. really funny. afton is a natural-born entertainer. it comes off as goofy and strange and yeah, a little weird now and again, but just wait, in a few years, this girl's gonna have 'em rolling.

she loves organizing her toys and putting together puzzles and dressing her dolls and coloring pictures and making up stories. she is deathly afraid of dogs. and villains in movies. and loud noises. and bright lights. she eats three bowls of rice krispies every morning for breakfast and would have fettuccine alfredo every other meal if we'd let her.

afton is very polite and sometimes shy and really hates being told what to do, but she is getting better at doing it anyway.

and so goes our afton. our afton noelle. our littlest sunshiny, sunshine girl.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


we interrupt your regularly scheduled birthday programming to bring you the loss of afton's first tooth.

which promptly fell out after breakfast this morning. not a day over five and already falling to pieces:

Friday, July 11, 2014

hi five

happy fifth, afton bay!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

the swim revue

summer and afton with their cute friends and swim lesson buddies, maddy and cami.

i was super impressed with how much the girls learned these past weeks in swim lessons. they are comfortable in the water, they hold their breath underwater, they open their eyes underwater, they face float, they back float, they kick, and summer is even adding a basic crawl stroke.


Monday, June 30, 2014


Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

swim lessons

summer and afton began two weeks of swim lessons today. stay tuned for what they learn!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


the start of summer with ice cream and pajamas at the park:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

world's happiest baby

a title previously held by one, afton wheeler, now shared with little dallin.

this boy loves to smile. and laugh and giggle and coo.

but you know what the weirdest thing is? he *loves* to get his diaper changed. and the messier the better. "oh, you have to painstakingly (and awkwardly) take off all my clothes (over my head) because i'm covered (and you're covered) in yuck? no worries. giggles all the way."

dallin continues to mesmerize everyone of us.

yes, he's *that* baby. the one who locks strangers on the street in his tractor beam of babyness and they can't resist commenting on what a darling, darling, darling he is.

and it's true.

he is.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

keep on keeping on

whew! we made it through our first ever school year! with many, many, many (many) more to go :)

for graduation, summer's teacher made each of the children name-based word poems.
summer's is spot-on.

with her sweet teacher, mrs. pearia.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

for their dad


same song, same couch, and most of the same kids:


ps - is it just me or has caleb's facial expression changed, like, not at all in the past two years...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

recital dreams

last weekend was summer's ballet recital.

this year's recital theme was "A Whole New World" based off of Disney's Aladdin. summer's class was the arabian darkness.

summer has been working hard this year on her form and technique, which really showed through in the performance.

brava, summer girl!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

let's go ride a bike

bryan has many an outdoor hobby. which is great. it really is.

and i *totally* support him in his varied activities and adventures.

just so long as king caleb gets to go, too.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014


If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by the fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

--Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


summer and afton LOVE harvesting strawberries from the strawberry plants grandma janna planted for them when we moved into our new house two years ago.

they gathered up these beauties this afternoon.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

duvall days!

it's been awhile since we've documented our annual jaunt down the hill to our town's historic festival, duvall days (and by awhile, i mean check out here with no children and here with but two).

so we officially repent of not letting you guys see more pictures of us (ha!), and here's a little peek into what we were up to yesterday:

the boys:

the band:

how afton feels about the band:

the girls (and the hats):

the mom (and the blonde):

the horses (they dance!):

the sno cones (they drip!):

and the walk home: