Matthew, Tess & Monroe

Matthew, Tess & Monroe


Bright eyed and bushy tailed

That is Monroesy!
And she is on the move.

Just rolling or barely scoochin along, but she is going places I tell ya.
She even has 2 little teeth on the bottom- eeeee!! 

It's better than I could've ever dreamed…
Meet my lil' Darla. :) 
I thought I could handle a giraffe sun hat, 

She makes every single thing so much more exciting! I never knew that a mom walking around in the grocery store with their baby was beaming inside. haha And watching their baby more than grabbing items, sooo they are most likely circling the store. They're trying to subdue a huge smile as they watch their babe looking at the isles, or their hands, or a fellow shopper. Haha 
That one's the best. 
During checkout when an unsuspecting customer glances over to see a sweet baby curiously watching them and their eyes kinda smile and they slowly look over to see the mother and they lock eyes with the most spastic smiling girl just about to explode with love and pride for that tiny squish!! haha
So I am eating up every single second. 
Snarfing that mini giraffe:)

Congrats Mr. Matthew, the best daddy everrr! He graduated in December, walked in April- woowooo! 
Proud Cougars here :)
I love this school!! Truly though, BYU has made Matt and me much, much better people. It is amazing how much the gospel is weaved into everyyyy single class. Because the professors testimonies are the foundation of their knowledge, you are shown from family classes to statistics that it all ties together with the gospel. As a mom, now in charge of what I learn and gain each day, this has been priceless.
And with the unbelievable motivation a baby brings, to be spiritually strong, I need all of the extra strength from talks and the scriptures I can get. Because, I am learning this mom thing on the fly :) I absolutely need the Lord in our lives to get even a dot of this thing right. 
Speaking of little Dot, :) , Monroe (all babies) are inherently filled with SO much heavenly goodness and love, I cannot talk one second about her and me being her mamma without basically bearing my testimony. 
But that is why motherhood is sooo wonderful!!! I am living my testimony everyday by loving, playing with, helping my Darla!

Amy caught the cute cousins :)
 When I saw this of Cooper (her squishy wonder boy) and and Moe I was just about ready to blow the pic up to about the size of a wall and hang it in our living room.
:) Cooper, Easton, and Moe

 After a wedding dinner at Thanksgiving point, we went to peek {walk every inch} of the flower gardens. But they were closed so we had to sneak. Which really was more like gallivanting down the steep entrance for the gardeners with all of the tools and stuff. But just that feeling of sneaking anywhere gets me giddy. 

 More wedding stuff :)
Can you see her teeniest ponytail of all 3 strands? (above)

So, I thought Matt was the most wonderful man when I married him. 
But I did not see this coming. If I had, I would have had to prepare myself.
Being a dad has magnified every single incredible trait he had!! haha It amazes me!

One of my cute friends (pregnant) asked if a baby changes the relationship you have with your husby… I promise, it only makes it a million times better!!!!!! 
It is divine.
It makes you a more tender, sweeter wife. It makes him a harder worker and supporter. It unites you more than ever to have a rolling, laughing buddy to love and live for.
There is a reason we have always been told to get married and have babies. haha (which I always knew and though ya, ya, ya.:))
But that advice was really the recipe for happiness! 
Babies help your relationship grow and progress. Because they brings so many more opportunities to love, laugh, serve, and grow. 
My heart could explode confetti and starbursts watching these two together.

 Why are babies so funny? I just set her down by the ducks and I just can't handle it haha
Watching dads's game! Babysitting my other little one, Bridger. I can't wait for the day that I have 2 of my own doodles (Philo and Farnsworth) to bring along:) It is coming… soon

Below are just some spanking cute, totally edible pics of Monroe :)
And so random

I almost choked back a sob when I took this. haha 
One of her first times sitting up :)

Waiting for the car? Fun now :)
Just the 2 happiest things in the world

Last week we went to Texas with Matt's fam, it was the beeest! They are just the greatest people in the world. We stayed in a lake house on Lake Travis, heaven. Boating, golf carts, green hair from pool, HEB (store) run, and babies!!
 Hunter and Teylor
 The one and only watermelon game.
If you have never tried it
Just draw a face on the watermelon and throw into a lake (powell).

 This little snippet of a post is the best and most I could do but maybe more to come someday! 
Because we are a happy little Amish family with no social media. haha


  1. Tess! You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this! :) So glad to see you guys are happy and doing well. I guess Ammon and Matt work in the same building.. it was so nice of Matt to go find Ammon and introduce himself. You guys are great and Monroe is to DIE for... You're making me baby hungry over here!

    1. Haley!! I wanted to call you when Matt said he works with Ammon! Then I realized I don't have your #, haha. How is he liking it?? And how are you liking it? (ha) did you guys move up recently? Well, that is so cool, I want them to be friends :) Well, it is soo good to hear from you!! We will all have to get together sometime :)

  2. That last pic of lady floating just put me over the edge. CAN'T. WONT. Was I reading a conference talk from the Relief Society broadcast Sister Dalton???? You are wise beyond your years and I know you will make SO many girls so excited to be a mommy! Monrosey posey girlfriend is such an angel if I ever knew one, and she gets it from her ANGEL MAMA!!! You're such an inspiration, so lucky to call ya my better half. :) xoxoxxoxo