brooks hayden || two and a half

brooks hayden at 2.5 years old:

weight: 35 pounds (91%)
height: 38.5 inches (94%)

brooks is at such a fun age.  he is hilarious and has really become my best little buddy.  last time i did an update post, brooks wasn't really talking very much.  he has come a LONG way and now is talking up a storm.  it kills me the things he says sometimes.

at this age, brooks loves:

-watching "shows" (kids youtube & netlix)
-paw patrol, daniel tiger, caillou, mickey mouse clubhouse
-reading books
-playing pretend
-target & costco
-playing with cousins and friends
-pink cookies from swig
-waffles, cottage cheese, samachis (sandwich)
-playing in the snow
-jumping off of stuff

he is not so fond of

-when i wear my hair up  seriously, he cries or whines and tells me to put it down anytime it's up.
-the idea of church  haha every morning he says "i don't want to go to church" which is funny because he actually likes nursery now.
-going to the doctor
-when he doesn't get to watch a show
-most vegetables

things i want to remember:

-the way he asks, "can i watch a show on your phooooone?"
-when he grabs my face and says, "you my best fwiend in da whole wold"
-when he can hear in our voices that we are annoyed, frustrated, sad, etc.  he will ask us, "mommy/daddy you happy?"  
-how he still loves for us to hold his hand in the car or when we lay with him in bed and when he says, "can i cuddow" (cuddle)
-how he always calls remi "wem wems" and asks a million times a day if he can hold her (which she hates by the way).
-how he blesses everyone he can think of in his prayers, including paw patrol characters
-he always wants to know everyone's names.  if we are reading a book, he will point to every single person or animal and ask what their name is.  if matt and i are talking and he's listening he will ask the name of whoever we are talking about.
-whenever he doesn't like something or doesn't want to do something he will say, "i don't like you, your gwoss! or i don't like dat, it's gwoss!"  everything is gwoss.
-he's the most particular kid ever about the weirdest things.
-how he is the sweetest, most tender kid.  he is so cuddly and lovey.  he always wants to be held and he always wants to lay next to someone for naps or bedtime.

there is so much more i could write.  i just want to bottle him up and keep him at this age.  he is a little turd nugget at times, but his happy. precious moments make up for it times a million.

he is so cute with remi and loves to play with her.  sometimes a little too much.  she doesn't like to be touched or held and he LOVES to touch her or try and hold and pick her up.  he is good to share his toys with her or trade her toys and he is always so excited to see her in the morning.  they are cute.

brooks is pretty much wearing 3T clothes right now and in size 6 diapers.  we are going to start potty training him soon, but i don't want to rush it.  he already tells us when he needs to go to the bathroom but he has no interest in sitting on the toilet.  we shall see.

i can't believe he will be three in no time.  we love you brooks hayden!


a new year.

we are only one week into 2016 and we've already had a lot of changes in the harris household.
matt decided to quit his job of flipping houses and focus more time and effort into school.  it all happened so quickly but once the decision was made, it was like a weight was lifted and we were able to see that this was the right move for our family.

this week, matt started a part time marketing job for a chiropractic company and is headed to school full time.  we truly have been blessed with good opportunities that have fallen into our lap at the right time, and we are excited to see what 2016 has in store for us.

family goals:
-family home evening weekly
-nightly prayers and scriptures
-take a family vacation with just the four of us
-one on one (or two on one) date nights with our kids

kid goals:
-potty training by may (for brooks)
-more fruits and veggies (mostly veggies)
-read books every day
-daily learning activities
-lots of outdoor play

matt & amy goals:

-attend the temple once a month
-daily individual & couple scripture study/prayer
-date night once a week
-healthier eating & regular consistent exercise
-more water, less soda
-save money towards a house/pay off debt
-read 2 books a month (amy)
-take a couples trip without our babies

obviously these goals are not very specific and pretty typical, but we have more specific plans and ideas on how we are going to achieve our goals over the next year.  most importantly, we want to be happy and spend lots of time together as a family.

cheers to 2016, it's going to be a good one.

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how we wore it || holiday

i'm back again for another round of how we wore it hosted by brooke.
i love all things holiday and the color of this dress just seemed to be perfect.

this months outfit inspiration came from Because Shanna Said So
i love the way she paired different patterns and textures.  i would've never thought to put buffalo with leopard but i love the way it looks.

i have been told that this is the classic amy face i give and here it is captured perfectly on camera. haha

for this look, i wanted to wear this perfect cranberry colored dress because it screams holiday to me.  i decided to go a little more dressed up (plus i just came from church, so ya know) and i paired the dress with a faux fur vest to add some texture and dimension, gold polka dot tights for a little bit of pattern, and then my favorite black booties with fringe detail.

i brought this scarf because we were going to play in the snow with the kids after we snapped some pictures, not really intending on using it for this purpose but i actually really loved how the cranberry and mustard colors paired.

the great thing about this dress is that it can be dressed up or down depending on the accessories and what you pair it with.  it is definitely going to be a go to for me over this holiday season.

check out how these ladies styled the look down below

Brooke at Silver Lining
Robin at Penn & Quill
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Maren at Maren and Co
Brielle at Breezy and Co
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Sharlee at My New Lines
Berkley at Berkley Anne
Jennifer at The Pepper Express
Alexa at He and I
Hannah at Hannah Rae
Rachel at Rachel Sayumi
Amy at Harris Inc.
Brooklyn at Brooklyn Jolley
Jennifer at Jennifer Sikora
Bonnie at The Life of Bon
Sarah at My For Real Life
Kyla at FordOlogy
Riley at Riley Jo Blog
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Sierra at Sierra's View
Emma at Ever Emma
Danica at Danikan Skywalker
Deidre at Deidre Emme
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{twinkle, twinkle}

christmas time is so magical and something about twinkle lights just makes it that much more great.  i have always wanted to do christmas pajama pictures with my kids without it looking too tacky and this turned out perfectly!

christmas photos 2015

also, brooks and his tongue!  i kid you not, whenever he interacts with remi he sticks his tongue out like this and i can't get him to stop hahaha i have so many cute pictures that would probably be a bit cuter without that silly tongue face ;)

we also got some pictures of remi in her christmas dress and i'm so obsessed with how they turned out.  she looks like a little snow princess :)

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