Monday, October 20, 2014

Joining His Old Lady!


Zach finally joined me in the dirty thirty club! We are old! ;) Just kidding 30 is nothing!! We laugh though because we feel MUCH older then 30! ;) Zach joked on his birthday…”I’m 30 going on 78!” I’m getting grey hairs, my eyes are bad ;), my teeth are rotting (he just went to the dentist and had lots of cavities…he inherited bad teeth from his mom’s side! ;)), and I’m going senile (we both forget A LOT!)

Needless to say, even though we feel 78 we are ONLY 30! :/ It’s gonna be a long 50+ or – years ahead of us if we keep going at this rate! ;)

To show Zach how much I REALLY love him I threw him a joint surprise party with his best friend.

They are such nerds! ;)


The best part about it is Zach HATES surprises!! Me and my friend Heidi that helped throw the party for her husband too planned minute to win it games to play at the party too. Zach HATES games! What a bum huh…who hates games?! He TOTALLY married the wrong girl cuz I LOVE games…which is why we played them. The real truth is…he has fun playing them when we talk him into it but for some reason to get him to play is SO hard and he has to complain for thirty minutes before we can actually start playing! ;) Then he has fun…although he will never admit it…I can tell! ;) (Is that a total guy thing or just my husband?!)

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I totally tore him up at this game! And no he doesn’t get any freebies for being blind! ;) Maybe if I would let him win sometimes he would like to play! ;) J/K

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Poor birthday boys just got beat!
(Jake and Heidi)

Even though he was COMPLETELY shocked and in disbelief…even as we were driving home he still couldn’t believe I did that…since I know how he feels about surprises…HE DID HAVE FUN!!

Heidi and I kept it pretty low key with just his and Jake’s closest friends.
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We had some yummy dinner, played a few games, but mostly just had fun talking, laughing, and joking!

We threw the party a week before Zach’s birthday and a couple weeks after Jake’s so neither of them had a clue it was coming. It worked beautifully because I am NO GOOD at keeping things from Zach and he can ALWAYS tell when I am lying…so luckily he didn’t drill me before hand or he totally would have known!

The decorations were the funniest part. Heidi and I printed a ton of pictures of Zach and Jake together (mostly all hunting ones since that’s what they do) and had them all around the party. It kinda looked like their wedding reception! ;)


My sister with her AMAZING shop Salvage Swag (follow her on instagram if you are on there) sent me this killer Happy Birthday banner to use. It is SO cute in person! Not that the boys cared AT ALL about the cuteness! ;)

Their cake was so cute too! There is this SUPER talented lady here at our Walmart that does cakes like it ain’t no thang! She designed this perfectly for our hunting boys!
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Not that Zach could see the cool details…but I assured him it was SUPER cute! ;)

We had a great time! Thanks to all who came!!!

We celebrated his actual birthday with his family. I didn’t capture any pictures of the party…as Dakota was having a hard night…if you can’t tell from this picture perfect family portrait! Happy Birthday Zach!! ;)
Happiest family you have ever seen! ;)

We did get a cute one of all the cousins in their Halloween clothes that Grammy and Poppy bought them!
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WoW Babies!!

I feel SOOOO grateful and lucky to get to celebrate my main man! He is my best friend, my confidant, my crush, my baby daddy, my eternal companion, my EVERYTHING!!

He makes me laugh when I want to cry, he gets me and loves every piece of me…the good and the bad, he is THE BEST dad I have ever seen, he is my kind of perfect and I love him with ALL my heart!!!

Happy Birthday Zach!I LOVE YOU!! You make 30 look GOOD!!! ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014


5 month collage

The time is literally flying by! I know that sounds so cliche but it really is! I can’t believe how fast Navy is growing up EVERY day!! It makes me sad…Zach just says we will need to have another baby!! ;) This is coming from the man who I didn’t think would ever want another kid after Dakota’s accident! Navy has sure softened his heart! She LITERALLY has him wrapped around her little finger! He is already saying how he is going to give her EVERYTHING she wants. (We will see about that! ;))  He picks her up at the tiniest whimper and when he is home he just holds her ALL day!! I’m not going to lie…it melts my heart to watch him with this girl! Don’t get me wrong…he is an AMAZING dad to Dakota as well…but a dad and his daughter…there is just something so special about it!  I think with him being off this winter she might just turn into a spoiled baby girl!!! ;)

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SUPERDAD right here! That is talent and strength to carry both kids! Dakota stiffens up when you carry him so that is why he is in that position…so he can one hand him without dropping him! ;) (You wouldn’t get it unless you have held him! ;))

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We can’t even stop at Home Depot without his stopping to do this! ;)


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We are LOVING this stage though…more then either of us EVER imagined! We LOVE how happy and how much personality she is getting. She will give you a smile SO easily. Her little giggle has even turned into a real laugh. (Babies laughs are to DIE for!!)

We love how she will sit and play on your lap forever and can’t push herself off.
When you put her down on the floor you know she will still be there when you get back! ;) (And that Dakota is safe from her still! ;))

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Sometimes we make her cuddle with Dakota man! 

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He is really coming around and smiling more and more at her!!! It makes my heart smile!!

I just LOVE these two!!!!!

Dakota LOVES her slobbery goodnight kisses the VERY best!!!

Sometimes Dakota even likes to hold her! This is a tricky move! ;) Don't try this at home! ;)

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Someday she will be trying to grab his trach right out! :/ Not looking forward to that day!
She is trying to sit up but still doesn’t have the balance for it yet…we let Dakota help her by being her boundary! ;)

She is SUPER good at rolling from her back to tummy. She pretty much rolls over immediately after you lay her down. She hasn’t quite figured out how to get back to her back yet and after so long she starts to get frustrated until you help her. And then she rolls right back over! I am convinced she might learn to crawl before she learns to roll back over! ;)


Back in August she FINALLY got into her big girl bed! I’m a little obsessed with her bedding. My amazing sister Annie helped me choose fabrics and the design of it all. I had it made by a lady in ID. I didn’t do a good job about communicating a couple key things so my cute talented mom had to rip some of it apart and redo some things…and then FINALLY it was done! Her crib was Dakota’s old crib but instead of keeping it the dark red wood…my AMAZING father in law painted it for me and then I distressed it! Turned out PERFECT!!

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I love the black and white stripes…the big bows…and the floral fabric on the outside. Maybe on day when we get in our house (who knows when that day will be) she will get a whole bedroom makeover! I’m not gonna lie…I’m dying for a dolled up girls room! ;) My dreams will have to wait!!

She is still sleeping SO amazing which is such a HUGE blessing for me since Dakota has been having some rough nights out of nowhere.
She wakes up so happy grabbing her cute feet and talking! That is my MOST favorite sound EVER to wake up to!!!!

She LOVES her toes and feet. One of the cutest things ever is watching a baby suck on their toes…at least in my opinion. It is crazy how much flexibility they are!!

Her babbles have gotten more and more cuter AND louder! If you don’t pay attention to her she will just start babbling louder and louder until you look at her and then she will give you her gorgeous little smile!

She got her ears pierced at 4 months. (In case you didn’t notice 4 month post never happened! ;))
Her first night! SOOO pretty! ;)
She only cried for like 1 minute!

She has a little stranger danger but if you talk to her first and get her to smile at you you are golden! ;)
Navy and Great Grandma Marilyn.

She is just the best and we are loving her to pieces!! Especially those rolly, chubby arms of hers!!!!
Zach’s mom took a few nakey pictures when she babysat her awhile back! SO cute of her little/big rolls! ;)

I LOVE that sweet face!!!


Her belly and arms!!! I wish my chubs looked as cute as hers!!!! ;)

She seems like she is SOOOO chubby but her 4 months stats for height and weight were pretty average! I decided she just carries her weight a little different then others! ;)
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Weight 14.7lbs 53%
Height 25in 62%

Oh Navy Jo Friedli! Thanks for helping make our little world go round! You are a blessing to our family and we NEVER take one day with you for granted!! I sure hope you realize how special and important you are to all of us!!


NEVER grow up!!! Please!!!