Friday, September 30, 2011

My Baby Sister

i have so much to catch up on, especially since we've been living without internet for a couple weeks. i promise to get you all caught up in the next few days.

Miranda Mercedes Ruiz is now a missionary for my church. i am so proud of her. i got to spend time with her and my mom this past week. it was splendid. i picked Miranda up from the airport first and we went to temple square for a couple hours before we picked up Mama queen.

Miranda kept taking random pics of sofia and i loved that sofia flashed her the peace sign.

we will miss her a lot. but hello, 18 months flys. i can't believe i've been home from my mission for as long as i have been (no i'm not telling you how long that is). nice try.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Julias giveaway!

My friend, Julia...the furniture lady, is doing a giveaway! Check it out at It's a few posts down. Love you all.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

moving time

we are in the process of moving...which is why i have been M.I.A. I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


i think there's some kind of power outside that makes babies happy. she's crying hysterically, i step outside and she's abruptly the happiest kid in provo utah. sofia and i absolutely love it when dad comes home. we stare at the clock and count down. of course, we wait outside for him.

i feel like she's been wearing purple a lot lately.

new fav spot

loves touching the trunks of trees. weirdo.

eyes are still light

does this stomach make me look fat?

i am totally one of those moms. i'm obsessed.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


i remember i was on my way to seminary, my senior year of high school, and i started flipping through the radio stations. i got mad because it was just news reports and no one was playing any music. so i turned it off. i'm an idiot. little did i know that so many lives were about to change.

the following hours were horrific, and i have images eternally imprinted in my brain and heart. i can't believe it's been 10 years.

i heard this song on the radio on saturday. i broke down crying. take a second to listen. sorry it's so gigantic, just hit play.

i know not many read my blog, but those who do, i want you to know that i truly thought of the families that lost loved ones.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Girls Night. Much Needed.

a stay at home mom needs to get out. at least once a day, even it's to the grocery store. well, it's a good thing i have good friends who agreed to get out with me. we enjoyed a night out at spark restaurant, which by the way, is delicious and i wish more people in provo would go to that place.

bree, me, andrea
bree has a baby boy named archie (8 months old), andrea has a baby girl named josie (7 months old).

heather, laura
heather bliss is expecting a little one in december, laura has twins who turn 3 this month (which i can't believe because when we met, her twinners were younger than sofia!).

these are the kind of friends that stick around. the ones i see daily or at least talk/text daily. they each have a different story, have such different personalities, and so much good advice. it's really nice not having to be alone and its one of the reasons i'm so glad we stuck around here for grad school.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two in One

i have 2 blog posts in 1 today. hope that's ok with you. my first one is dedicated to my sister, candice. she just started her new job as a 2nd grade teacher in virginia. this is HUGE because she has been patiently waiting for a job for a while now. i wish i could've been there to make her breakfast, pack her a lunch, and meet her at the bus when she returned home. sofia and i sent her this the morning of her first day...

we love her sooo much! i really miss being a teacher, so i'm going to live through her.

labor day. we sure do love our best friends here. the bliss (that's their actual last name) mean the world to us and it's even more exciting now that they are expecting a little one of their own. sofia adores them. tio eliot is amazing with kids and sofia genuinely loves him...

don't you LOVE the new feather headband i got her??? i sure do...

she always has a smile on her face when he's around.

i have to explain this next one, so he doesn't look like a pedophile. sofia has been coughing a lot lately, so we got some infant vicks vapor rub. we put her shirt over her head to rub it on her chest, but she wasn't having it and got fussy. eliot jumped in and started reading a book to her. sorry i didn't get the book in the picture.

i love that their mouths are in the same shape...

the following pictures are of sofia, just because. i liked her outfit. and i just loved her little body in it.

i don't remember what she was doing here...but it's cute.

and hello cheeks. yes, my baby is 20 lbs now.

never thought i could love like this.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kitchen Table for Sale

We posted on craigslist...if anyone is interested. We are selling our kitchen table and chairs for $75 bucks. Spread the word if you have friends looking :).