July 14, 2014

cake and fake camping, he's five!

Hulking, smashing he came crashing.

Bronson is F I V E.
I've known and loved this boy for over 5 years.
It's a lot to take in but it feels ok right now. 
When he turned 3 I was a straight up mess. Ever since then it's been easier and easier because he understands what a birthday is and he's so excited to get older. Who am I to Grinch on that parade?

Happy birthday Bronson boy!! We love you! (Especially when you keep the smashing to a minimum.) Have the best year ever, this is gonna be a HUGE one!

July 7, 2014

Utah 2014!

4th of July smooches

We had THE best time in Utah this year. 
Highlights include:

- Kneaders & Tucanos
- The dollar movie
- Volleyball at the cabin
- Iceberg shakes
- Getting my roots done (gotta keep it fresh fresh)
- Bluebell ice cream
- late night card playing and family time
- thrift shopping my brains out
- Bronson's "fake birthday party"
- The kids playing with their cousins

10 days wasn't long enough and we can't wait to go back! 

July 2, 2014

free at last, free at last! kind of.

Fancy Ev // Casual Ev.  In all her 18 month, nursery going glory.

Everly just hit the nursery milestone!!! It's like a giant weight off my shoulders to only have to chase her around for an hour at church. It's a long hour but still, feeling good!

Ev is probably the cutest 18 month old girl I've ever met. She says "yeah" and "dog dog" plenty, wants me to hold her all day, climbs everything, naps ok, sleeps great at night, runs faster than anyone should, could color for hours, smiles the brightest and makes more messes than the rest of team Tuttle combined.  

We love her. We love nursery. Match made in heaven. 

June 16, 2014

She Reads// Things A Little Bird Told Me (Confessions of The Creative Mind)

Short version: Read this ^ and now.

Longer version: Here's a big, huge secret (not): I love Twitter and have been tweeting my brains out since November 2010. I'm 12.3K tweets deep at this point and there's no end in sight. I have to admit, I was totally one of those, "Why would I want to see status updates about people eating sandwiches?!" before I got my own account. So cute. Twitter is so much freaking more than that and reading its birth story in this book was so exciting and interesting. Even though I knew the ending (spoiler: Twitter makes it big) learning about Biz Stone and how he and Jack Dorsey came up with the concept for Twitter during a 2 week hackathon, and then stuck by it for years, was uplifting and inspirational.

I loved reading about Biz in high school. His no homework policy was one of my favorite anecdotes and it felt pretty familiar because guess what? Topher Tutt himself exercised a very similar policy when he was in high school (and it might've taken him through college as well ... but that's his story to tell). Biz was so engaging and I loved reading his thoughts on the inherent goodness of others, advice on giving to charities and on living simply. And hello, the way he talked about his wife was the best.

I could really go on for days here but mostly what I'm getting at is: You don't have to use or even know what Twitter is (but it's literally 2014, how does anyone not know what Twitter is and what it can be used to accomplish?!) to get a lot from this book.

Feel like I have to mention, all fangirling aside, obviously sometimes Twitter can be a negative space. Its tone is set by us, the users, and sometimes we're a snarky, drama filled bunch. But I've seen the goodness of others manifested there time and time again, and I'm grateful for the friendships I've strengthened and the causes I've been able to support through it. 

Twitter bird (who's supposedly named Larry?), long may you fly. 

(PS: I haven't seen The Fail Whale in forever!!)

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last day of preschool!

So Bronson wrapped up his first school experience a few months ago. Back in August I was so nervous about him getting older and going out into the big bad world of preschool, we had a great experience at his school though!

Here are some of the highlights:

- He eventually developed an interest in writing and drawing! This is the biggest deal to me. I love seeing him write his name, draw The Hulk and hold a pencil the right way.
- He (and I) got to go on a few field trips that were fun and interesting (special mention: the pet store and the pumpkin patch)
- He made a lot of new friends.
- He got to take the class "pet" (a wooden duck named ... something with a J. We can't remember.) home and practice responsibility.
- He got to attend some fun holiday parties.
- He learned more about taking turns and using his imagination,.
- He got to invite me, Ev and Toph to family night and was so proud to show off his school.

I'm glad he went to preschool but I'm still not sold on kindergarten. THE STRUGGLE.