Monday, March 16, 2015

leprechauns trapped

afton and the leprechaun trap she worked on with summer:

(it's for a school project. leprechauns DO NOT visit the wheelers.
they know better ;)

Monday, March 02, 2015

first top tooth

this past saturday (national tooth fairy day, incidentally), summer lost her first top and third overall tooth. and she has two more loose ones following soon! 

missing-teeth smiles are some of mama's favorite smiles: it's a good mix of sorta growing up and sorta being little.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

ballerina dreams

i wore a tutu to church today, and here's what i learned:

1) how much fashion sense i have in common with seven and eight year old girls.
2) how tulle is very fragile and WILL rip or tear within the first forty-five minutes.
3) how impractical it makes crawling around on the floor after a thirteen month old baby.
4) how i should totally wear one every single day, forever and ever (fouetté jeté), amen.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

the swings

the sunshine.

the smiles.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

over the loom

dear valentine's day,

please never stop with the puns.

yours truly,

the wheelers

Friday, January 30, 2015

world's most beautiful baby

seriously. he's so beautiful that he is often mistaken for a girl.

those curls. those eyelashes. those cheeks. that grin. that chunk.

happy first birthday, dally woo!

you are my squishy, my yummy, my demanding, my singing, my screeching, my giggling, my must-be-held-by-mama-and-no-one-else beautiful baby (one-year-old!) boy.

flashback here

Monday, January 19, 2015


it was caleb's turn to feed the baby.

Monday, January 05, 2015

first recital

summer recently made her public piano-playing debut at her music school's christmas recital.

she played a version of "listen for bells" and did beautifully.

bryan and i decided to take the whole family (!) to her performance and as a result, do not have many great shots of the event, including the most traditional and prized of all recital photographs: the pianist standing proudly next to her instrument.

instead, we have this one:

Monday, December 29, 2014


dallin's stocking joining our collection stitched by my talented grandmother.

baby's first christmas!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

christmas skirts

so pretty much every year, i have some sort of crazy, hare-brained, last-minute, stress-induced scheme to sew something for christmas.

it's like, the twenty-third of december, and i'm all, "i *must* go out and buy fabric and interfacing and buttons and zippers and patterns and sew through the night to make some skirts/dresses/satchels/pillows/pajamas/et cetera or else christmas will be ruined!"

and pretty much every year, bryan backs me off that cliff.  slowly, calmly, reasonably. and we go on with our lives.

but this year, bryan. wasn't. home.

the emily train could not be stopped, and the last stitches were sewn literally minutes before sitting down to dinner christmas eve.

circle skirts! with pockets! and peppermints! and twirls!

christmas. saved.

you're welcome.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

bliss is



at the wheelers:

 'cause nothing says christmas morning like a drone stuck in your hair.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

with love, the wheelers

well, 2014, another self-timer holiday family photo is in the books.

tripod! you have served us well!

a little dark, sure. a little blurry, maybe. is everyone smiling? nope. but hey, for a lifeless, mechanical photographer, it's not too shabby.

probably time to hire a professional though, huh?

anyhoo, let's talk milestones.

emily kept four tiny people fed, clothed, active, intelligent, happy, healthy, and hugging it out this year. looking forward to continuing the trend (plus, maybe a bit more sleep?) in 2015.

bryan has so much free time now that he's decided to take up the ukulele. just kidding: bryan doesn't have any free time. regardless, he *has* taken up the ukulele. debut album to release next fall.

summer (7) can oft be found with paper and pencil in hand, jotting down words of wisdom in one of her many secret diaries. she enjoys dancing and talking with strangers. and occasionally dancing while talking to strangers. summer spreads love and kindness like fairy dust wherever she goes.

afton (5 1/2) spells words like a boss. i mean, c'mon, this girl could say her name at ten months old: phonemes is totes her jam. and if her little brothers would stop eating the crayons, she would happily spend all her non-spelling time coloring. afton does the best impersonations and is our resident silly goose.

caleb (2 2/3) continues to charm his way through life and, as was noted in his speech evaluation earlier this year, is "not lacking in confidence." he is also the most industrious of the wheeler children. one day, we're hoping to put that industry to good use. for now, we find stuff like panko crumbs and cheerios "put away" in the refrigerator.

baby dallin (1) is an absolute darling and pretty much everyone's favorite baby. he laughs and smiles almost constantly but can still give his siblings (read: caleb) a piece of his mind when they get in his way. with that attitude and those cheeks, he fits in around here just fine.

wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season and the very best of the new year!

with love,

the wheelers

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!