Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy half birthday sweet love!

Happy 6 months Austin Clark Oliver!! I can't believe my sweet little baby is already half a year old! I write this journal entry with tears in my eyes because I love you soooo much it hurts sometimes and you make me the happiest girl in the whole wide world. You are everything I have dreamed of and so much more. 

People say you don't know real love until you're a parent...I never understood this until you were here and the truth of it blows me away. I'm doing my best to let go of the worry that my sweet little baby will grow quicker than my heart can bear and be soo so grateful that with every box of outgrown clothes I pack away, you are a healthy growing and thriving human being with endless possibilities. This month you have transitioned into a little boy in so many ways. You are eating solid foods consistently for breakfast and dinner and absolutely love prunes, pears, sweet potatoes, green beans and carrots. Its such a joy to feed you and watch your adorable little face while your little taste buds explore new flavor. We sing to you during every meal and teach you the name of your food, the sign for your food and the Spanish word for your food and you eat it up.....literally! We took you on a trip to Arizona this month to meet a lot of your family and you had so much fun in the sun...AND SNOW. You did amazing on the flight (as always) and everyone was gushing over your sweet baby smile and giggle. You started sitting up like a big boy and you look so darn cute doing it. You cut two teeth this month (your top canines) everything ends up in your mouth. You built your first snowman with your daddy and celebrated your first Valentine's Day. You made sweet little personalized valentines for all your friends and they loved it so much! You make everyone around you so happy and a better person and I thank the stars for you every minute of every day!!! I love you my sweet 6 month old!

Flagstaff, AZ

We went to visit Papa and Grandma Joann at their new home in Flagstaff and had a blast! Unfortunately, we didn't get to see much of Flagstaff due to a huge snow storm, but had so much fun being snowed IN! Here are some snippets of our weekend with family!

Sedona, AZ...Peace, Love, Life!

Sedona, Arizona is a city that straddles the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region and is a geological wonderland. I would definitely pack up everything and move us all there if I could, its a true oasis. Sedona is full of spas, canyons, art galleries, wineries and red rock formations. With so much family surrounding the area, we will be making many, many trips to Sedona in our future.
The red rock directly in the middle of Joann and Jonathan is Bell Rock. We only witnesses Bell Rock from afar, but will be back..
The dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself and absolutely breathtaking! It's built on two pinnacled spur rocks approximately 250 feet high.
The loves of my entire life in one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Oh Sedona, I absolutely heart you and you will be seeing sooo much more of me in the future. Peace, Love, Life, Sedona!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

We are Family! Phoenix, AZ

The majority of my extended family lives in Arizona, so we took a little trip to visit everyone and have Austin meet everyone for the first time. The weather was a beautiful 70 degrees, so it was a nice little escape from snow covered Virginia. Once we arrived we threw on our flip flops and had a couple days of good old fashion family fun! 
Here is Austin with his second cousins. 
The Clark Girls!
Strawberry Margaritas!
Austin and his cousin Beth.
Austin and his cousin Christopher.
My cousin Matt celebrating the BIG "40"!