Friday, April 17, 2015


can you spot the difference?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

pot stickers

the family treated bryan to dinner at a delicious thai restaurant last night where dallin here ate seven pot stickers. SEVEN as-big-as-his-little-baby-hand pot stickers. he would have eaten more, but (even after ordering another round!) we ran out.

the force is strong with this one.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

you say it's your birthday

true story: it's bryan's birthday today.

so of course, how could i resist printing up a dozen of these super cool signs (homage to a practical joke my brother played on bryan in college) to hang up all around his office? 

neither could i resist, with some *major* help both on the inside and out, setting up birthday central at his desk: giant ballons! loud blowers! silly hats! metallic confetti! hundreds of snickerdoodles! 


birthdays (and bryan) are the best.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

rainbow brite

summer and afton have recently begun experimenting with different hairstyles.

my favorite so far:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

there's something about caleb

our newly minted three year old:

caleb is a boss. there is really no other way around it.

he is independence. he is adventure. he is charm.

he loves books. not so much being read to. he loves walking. not so much holding hands. he loves, loves, loves, torturing afton. not so much when she returns the favor.  

there's no question caleb is blonde for added visibility. and for our part, we dress him in a lot of orange and yellow and red at playgrounds and parks and even in the backyard so that he's easy to spot when he's darting off into the street or climbing something dangerous (have you ever found your son at the top of your eight foot bookcase? cause i have) or poking a hornet's nest. 

this kid has no fear.

see that bruise beginning to form on his forehead? yeah, i have no idea what that's from, but there'll be two more just like it before the week is up, i'm sure.

caleb is without guile. he is who is he and he does what he wants and he always tells the truth. who colored all over the wall? "i colored it." who got into the fridge and ate this entire cake? "i ate it." who poured sand down afton's shirt? "i did it." 

he sticks out his lower lip and gives you the saddest face you've ever seen if he thinks he's in trouble. or he's just generally so calmly charming about the whole thing that you can't help but not be as distressed as you wanted to be about whatever mischief he's gotten into (and will surely revisit again).

there's just something about caleb. 

happy birthday to my happy, healthy, handsome son! every year of his life has probably taken two off of mine, but i'm so, so (so!) glad he's ours.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

anniversaire de mariage

yesterday was also bryan and emily's eleventh wedding anniversary.

fun fact: we've been married for, like, a third of our lives now.

last night, we were taking a little stroll while waiting for our dinner reservation. i was hungry, so we stopped in a chocolate shop (where i knew they gave out free chocolate!) and decided to "build our own box" for the first time in our eleven years wed. we usually just go in and buy a pre-sorted stash, but with no kids in tow and some time to kill, we carefully selected about ten chocolates each to put in our anniversary box.

and let me tell you what: after watching bryan pick out his chocolates, i felt like i didn't know this man at all. i mean, all this time i thought for sure he was a nut and chew and caramel guy (cause that's what i've been buying him, and by golly, he's been eating them), when in fact, left to his own devices, he ordered a bunch of truffles. fruity-flavored truffles.

all this time. and he still takes me by surprise.

Friday, April 10, 2015

army bratz

so facebook tells me it's national sibling day. and while i'm not really sure what that's supposed to mean, i thought i'd post this little gem for the masses:

kenny, owen, emily, matt

to siblings who remember your awkward phases, who know how many years you slept with that stuffed animal, who can push *all* your buttons, who remain dangerously competitive during board games, who know you used to have a crush on mandy moore and how choked up you got during that scene in titanic. who've made you bleed, who've made you cry, who've made you better. who were figuring out life at the same time and in the same place you were.

and whom you will never outgrow.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

egg hunt duvall

small town.

big dreams.

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.