A few weeks ago I signed up to do the April Foolery mini sessions with Samantha Kelly and Heather Nan at the Charcoal Loft. I thought it would be the perfect way to do Sloan’s 18 month pictures + Easter pictures and call it good. I got the photos back this week and I am thrilled with how they turned out. I was super hesitant when I realized the backdrops were going to be yellow [not my favorite hue, to be honest] but I was pleasantly surprised.
Zach and I have two watercolor portraits in a gallery wall in our bedroom by Elizabeth Mayville.
I contacted her about doing a commission for us of Sloan, to match our set. Turns out she is booked out completely for custom stuff this year and I couldn’t get her to even start one until 2017. So, with a little ingenuity and some help from Photoshop, I made one myself. Sloan has this curl in the back towards the nape of her neck and it has always looked like a little duck tail. So naturally (Zach gives everyone nicknames – I think I have like 12) he started calling her Ducky. I’m grateful the ladies captured this shot – it is exactly what I wanted to do a watercolor version of. It’s not Elizabeth’s quality, but it will fit in nicely, I hope.
Zach was in Cabo most of this week with his friends. We missed him terribly. I never sleep well when Zach’s out of town, truthfully. I end up staying up all hours of the night binge watching shows [Call the Midwife] and working until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer.
Zach had a great time. His friends are a super close group, if you can’t tell…
And visited a few of our parks, of course.We also had a little drama with my car – which meant I got to drive around a gigantic F250 on loan from the Ford dealership until mine was all spiffed up. We couldn’t even fit it lengthwise in the garage, which means my dream of getting a Ford Raptor isn’t possible while we live in this house…which is going to be a while. Besides, trucks aren’t really “mom-friendly” automobiles. I guess I’ll have to wait until all my kiddos are grown to get one of those bad boys. But really, I loved driving it around. I felt on top of the world. Literally. And Sloan loved the view from way up high as well.
I loved spending time with her – just the two of us. I know I get it all day every day – but when Zach gets home from work, Mom is old news and Sloan is a total daddy’s girl. I got extra long cuddles at night and plenty of slobbery kisses.
Thursday I went to a Favorite Things Party at my friend Melinda’s house. I had never been to one of these shindigs before – and I have to say, it was so creative and fun! Everyone brought a gift to exchange ($10-15) and then a small gift to share with everyone. I walked away with a free car wash – Zach was beside himself with joy – and some delicious treats.
Sloan has always had a thing for sunglasses – but lately she’d rather wear mine. She kept mine on through two grocery store visits and was devastated when I made her take them off so I could use them in the car.
Zach got home at the end of the week and we spent Saturday doing things together as a family. We fed the ducks at Sugarhouse Park and ran errands. Sloan liked the other kids at the park more than she did the ducks. She’s a social little soul. That night Zach and I had our date night – which I got to plan. I chose to eat dinner at Brio [but the wait was 1 hr 30 min] so we ended up at the food court at City Creek. We spent the next few hours shopping for an upcoming trip.
Sunday Zach had a full day of meetings and a fireside – so it was just Sloan and I most of the day. We reached a new record at sacrament this weekend: Sloan lasted 45 minutes without us needing to take her out in the hall. That’s a huge deal for her, considering her track record. She was also sporting a new dress her Mimi got her. The skirt was so full that you couldn’t see her legs underneath it. She looked like a little floating doll and couldn’t get enough of herself in my full-length mirror.
We had Sunday dinner at my aunt’s house and we all brought our own meat to grill. Sloan loves her uncle Blake – so he got his exercise in running around the house with her.
I know Sloan doesn’t get it yet – but I loved our little girl’s only weekend. I can’t wait until she’s older and I can force her to go on trips with me. Hopefully she won’t realized how uncool it is to hang with your mom until she’s much, much older.