Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We moved... to Utah! (and Brighton's 3 mo pic)

Well, this may surprise some of you, but we moved out to Utah a few weeks ago. We were all packed up to go out to California when Joel got a call from a buddy to come interview for a job out here in Salt Lake. A few days later he flew out for the interview, got the job, and the next day we loaded the car up and headed for Utah! It was a whirlwind, but we are enjoying it so far. We gave up a lot, but we think that this will be a good move in the end for our family.

My Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jim were gracious enough to let us stay with them for almost 2 weeks while we found an apartment to stay in. While we were there we got to go to the Hogle Zoo with my Aunt Kathy and sweet Hank(her grandson). It was fun having him show us around the zoo. He's been there so many times that he knew exactly what was coming next! Siena absolutely loved seeing all the animals. Oddly enough, I think the snake house thing was her favorite..lol  She also loved the elephants, giraffes and polar bear (which we almost couldn't tell that it was a polar bear and not a grizzly because it was so dirty).
 Siena and Hank playing in the "eagle's nest."
 Playing on the polar bears.
 Siena was telling the bug on the ground to go away..lol
 She eagerly waited her turn to sit on the elephants trunk to get her picture.
While looking at the monkeys she grabbed the back of the stroller and said she wanted to show Brighton the monkeys. She rolled him right up to the glass and started telling him about them. It was pretty cute.
 2 saturdays ago we headed down to downtown Salt Lake and went to the City Creek Mall. We then saw how close the temple was and decided to head over there to get a few pictures and show Siena the temple. She loved it. While we were in Nordstrom at the City Creek Mall, Siena fell over on a chair and the clerk there gave her one of their display balloons. She was STOKED about that balloon!

 Checking out the awesome water features.
 There were also lots of dogs there.. Siena is so comfortable with dogs (which makes me VERY nervous by the way), that she walked right up to the great danes. Ah! The people claimed they were very mild and sweet dogs with children though..but I was still extremely nervous..
 One of the curses blessings of Utah is the snow! It snowed this morning. Siena was sooo elated when she looked out the morning. She said: "I'm going to go play in the snow and build a snowman!" She's never played in snow, so this was quite a treat!
 After a few seconds of walking around in it she said "Elsa's here mommy! I'm going to go find her!" then started heading off to find Elsa..lol
 And of course, we built a snowman:

 Then she asked me to sing "Let It Go" while she threw snow in the air..lol This girl's got spunk.
I forgot to post Brighton's 3 month picture but luckily I remembered to take it. It's almost time for the 4 month picture. It's crazy how time is flying! (p.s. I weighed him this morning and he weighs somewhere between 18-19 lbs!! I can't believe that my sweet little boy is so big already!):

 Siena then requested that I take a photo of her and I'm so glad she did because I got this darling picture of her:

Anyway, that is our update for now.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Brighton's 2 months, and More Preschool

My little guy is already 2 months old! Where does the time go?! At his 2 month appt he was 23 inches long (about the 50th percentile), and 15 lbs and 3 ounces (98th percentile!!!lol) and his head size was 16 inches (90th percentile). He's growing like a weed and I just love his chubby cheeks!


 Siena requested a few pictures of her as well when I was doing his pictures.

 Siena LOVES doing preschool. She reminds me to do it almost every day.  We made finger paints last week as part of her preschool. She was a little hesitant at first, but after a little warming up she was all about it!
She is in the middle of saying "messy" when I snapped this next pic:
 We then took it a step further and painted the bathtub with the finger paints
 Then her toes..lol So meticulous.
 Here she is on the letter "E" day with her craft she and I made together.:) I found a website ( http://crystalandcomp.com/2013/05/e-is-for-eagle-a-letter-of-the-week-preschool-craft/ ) that has all sorts of cute letter craft ideas. She's loving doing those.
I caught a few of Brighton's first little chuckles on camera the other day as well, check it out:)
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad, We Miss You!

Today, January 27th, is my dad's birthday. He passed away a few months ago. It's been hard not having him around and knowing that I can't just call him up or send him a text anytime I want. I really miss texts he'd send to check in. He had such a funny texting style too. Joel and I always used to laugh about how he was a one-word kinda texter. I'd get a text: "hey!" then a few seconds later another one: "how's it going?" I miss those.

My grandma sent me a framed picture of Siena and my dad that I put up in her room. She loves looking at it and telling me that that is her with grandpa Kyle. :)

For my own records I went ahead and added in his obituary:



Kyle Dean Sellers
Obituary

Kyle Dean Sellers
1962 ~ 2013
Kyle Dean Sellers unexpectedly returned home to his Heavenly Father on September 5, 2013, following a tragic accident in his home.
Kyle was born January 27, 1962 to Arlen Glenn and Mary Ann Sellers in Albuquerque New Mexico. He was the second of four brothers. His early years were spent in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. At the age of 10, his family moved to Clearwater, Florida where he spent the remainder of his childhood.
He attended Brigham Young University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Finance in 1986. He interrupted his schooling to serve an LDS mission in Oakland, California.
He married Julie Wells in the Salt Lake City LDS temple in 1983. They had 3 beautiful children, 2 daughters and a son. They were later divorced. He later married Angelique Lukina and they had one son. They were later divorced. Kyle was engaged to marry Elena Mitchell. No date had been set.
Kyle worked commodities trading, real estate and the finance industry.
He enjoyed life and made people smile. He had a very generous heart.
Kyle is survived by his parents Arlen and Mary Ann Sellers; his children Stephanie Lynn Armstrong (Chris), Kristin Nicole Reichert (Joel), Dallin Kyle Sellers and Sean Sellers; his brothers Terry (Melody) Sellers, Kevin (Rochelle) Sellers, and Jared (Littia Sellers); and his 3 grandchildren. His fun approach to life will be dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews and cousins, friends and colleagues.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 14th at the LDS chapel at 1136 W. 700 S. in Pleasant Grove. Viewing will be held from 10:00 - 10:45 AM prior to services at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Condolences and messages may be left online at
www.olpinmortuary.com

Published in Deseret News on September 12, 2013


Somehow I seem to have lost a ton of my pictures from before Joel and I were married, and unfortunately these were the only ones I could find.

This was from a trip Dallin and I made out to Miami to visit him, Sean and Ang:
These next pictures are from Thanksgiving 2012




And here are a few of my pictures from the funeral. The service was really nice and there were some great stories told. Some new, some old, but all great. Lots that made you laugh, then cry then laugh again. It's going to be hard in the future getting all my uncles together and not have you there to help join in the "brother bashes" that go on. I love how somehow each day you guys were together was usually designated as let's make fun of ___ day!lol Lots of great and funny stories get told. You guys are a lot of fun all together. I do know, that someday we'll get to see you all together again though! I love you Dad!
Uncle Jared helping Cody pick out a flower to have:

Sean, Steph, Dallin and I. It was good getting to see Sean again. It's been too long!
It was nice having my mom there to help support us. She also was a great help in playing the piano for Steph and I to sing. We only had a day to put it together, so it was really nice having a pianist that we'd sung many times before with.
Rachel and Weston also came to support. It was great seeing them. (p.s. if you can't tell, we're all 3 pregnant in this picture..:))
This was from Joel and I's wedding. My dad and Gma:

Here is an awesome voicemail that my sister found on her phone a few days after he passed away. It was an accidental butt dial voicemail and has him singing along with the radio. It so perfectly captures him. It's a great reminder of his carefree way.:) p.s. warning though: it made me smile, laugh, then cry..
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Happy birthday Dad! Love and miss you!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Little Miss Singing "In Summer" From Frozen

Have I mentioned that Siena LOVES the songs from Frozen?? Well, Sunday morning we we got her on tape singing "In Summer," and she was quite theatrical. P.s. Don't miss the ending..:)


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