We asked Chris to take a picture of us and he took like 30 and thennnn we ended up only liking the selfie we took earlier haha
Chris + Irie
Me, Irie, and Tani's cute mama
Trying to force Irie to selfie with me and obviously she didn't care ;)
Iowa, you guys. It was the best time spending the week up in Iowa with my brother, Chris and sister, Tani (in law, but like basically real sister) and nieces, Brielle & Irie + nephew, Fyfe. Chris is a dentist in Iowa and Tani teaches at a school part time/ is the best mother ever full time. We ate, played, talked, ate more, repeat. Seeing the kids made me REALLY really reallyyyyy excited to have my own baby girl here soon.
Like seriously, Irie (8 months) is the most perfect, sweet, happy baby EVER. She didn't even cry when she was put down for her naps throughout the day. I was hoping she was speaking her baby jabber to my baby telling her to love naps and not to cry. Because seriously, I need an Irie baby in my life. She smiled non-stop and let me carry her as much as I wanted. I kept saying I was going to take her home as my lap baby on the plane and still wish it could have really happened haha I love that baby girl.
Brielle (5 years old) reminds me of, well, me!! She's sassy, super stubborn, and so dang playful and full of imagination. I loved getting to play more with her and hoped I made some sort of imprint as the "cool aunt" or something. We played a game on the trampoline called "breaking the rules" so OBVIOUSLY I'm cool because I break rules, right??
Fyfe (3 years old) took some time to warm up, just because I'm not sure he remembered me from the last time I saw him about a year ago!! I learned that his love language is high fives and snuggles, which well, also happen to be apart of my love language so we got along great. And that red hair!! My siblings all have a red haired child so I'm pretty sure I will have one, too.
I learned so much from Tani on how to be a mother! She really does let them be little and I love how much they loved the back yard!! I remember before cell phones (obvi) just playing in the backyard for hours and doing whatever I wanted and I loved seeing her kids still do that! haha sounds dumb but with electronics and TV I barely see kids outside being LITTLE. I took lots of mental notes on what I want to do with my future littles and the kind of mother I want to be for them. Tani was such a good example of an amazing mother and wife and holy cow, I am still on an inspired high! I missed Jason sooo much and I keep trying to encourage him that we should branch out and move away from Arizona once he graduates. Ideally wherever Chris and Tani are haha I would LOVE to live by them for forever. Jason needs a little more convincing (he is a full blown Arizona lover) so wish me luck :) Tani and I already decided that one day our families will buy a mansion together in California and learn to surf and have the best lives ever soooooo fingers crossed ;) I love that whole family and every second so far I've wished I was back in Iowa! Already planning my next trip and next time, I'll bring my own baby!
ps Tani has a blog, too! Check her out here :)