Walt Disney World

Remember how we went to Disney World a while ago? Like end of March/beginning of April? Do you also remember how I still haven’t posted anything about it besides mentioning we went? Well, finally months later, here I am – posting about it.

Disney World was incredible and, you guessed it, magical.

We went with my family and together we all had a really great time. I’ve decided that instead of posting a whole bunch about it and jotting down stories, I’m just picking a picture of each of our nine days there and sharing them with you.

Enjoy!!

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Mommin’ Truth

I have good, good boys. I really do. They are sweet and my favorite little people in the whole wide world. We have way more good days than bad days, but it wouldn’t be real life if every day were 100% perfection, right? Right.

A few days ago was rough. So rough. It all started with a weirdly off and chaotic morning. The night before, E had a terrible nights sleep, so he desperately needed a great nights sleep and I really hoped he’d sleep in too. But that didn’t happen because early, early in the morning, H woke up screaming. And when I say screaming, I mean it. Screaming, kicking, yelling, punching, swinging and screaming some more. He kept yelling, “I don’t want to be home!” It took us a minute, but we realized that he’d woken up from a dream where he was at a splash pad and when he woke and saw he was no longer at the splash pad, he was ticked. Pair that with being half asleep and it was just a bad, loud, violent combination. Seeing as the boys share a room, there was no way E slept through the freakout.

So then both boys were awake for the day and the lack of desperately needed sleep really took a toll on their day and in result, our day, too. There were so many tantrums. So many tears. So many melt downs. So many fits. So much attitude. So much whining. So much stress.

I don’t blame them. I don’t function well under hardly any sleep either. Everyone has ‘those days’ and it just so happened that both my boys had one of ‘those days’ on the same day. Bad luck for us, but thats real life. Thats life as a parent.

It was a hard day. I was short with my husband. Short with my boys. Short with myself. It was, as H would say, “a tricky day.” It was absolutely a day that I went to bed feeling defeated and annoyed with myself and how I handled the day. Usually I feel like I’m good at being patient with my boys. More than anything, I want them to be able to feel how they feel. If they’re angry then I want them to feel ok about expressing their anger. If they’re frustrated or annoyed, I want them to feel free to express those emotions as well. Their feelings are valid and I feel like my job as their mother is to remind them daily its ok for them to feel whatever feeling they have. But I wasn’t very great at it on this particular day. I wished I could have a do-over.

Thankfully, the next few days following this hard day were much better. The boys slept, Craig and I slept. And our attitudes were much happier, calmer and kinder.

If thats not mom life, then I don’t know what is.

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Our Happy 4th of July

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Our Independence Day was just wonderful. It was simple, quiet and so, so happy and exactly what we needed. You know how somedays you just realize how badly you need a small break from reality? I think Craig and I were both definitely at that point, so having a day dedicated to fun and family was exactly what we both longed for.

We spent the morning at home not doing much special. Then we headed over to my families house where we had a barbecue and swam for several hours (i think it should be our new family rule that we must swim on 4th of july), and caught up with my mom and sister who had spent the last few days in Disney World with some friends – lucky.

Next, we packed up our van and drove up to Craig’s parents cabin up north. There, we had dinner, went 4-wheeling (my favorite), spent time outside, watched the fireworks from up in the mountain which was really neat, then we spent the night! The next morning we had a delicious breakfast, did some more 4-wheeling (still my favorite), then went back home.

It was just the best. It was revitalizing and exciting and best of all, a bunch of time with my sweet family and our extended families.

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July, as well!! You all deserve it.

Happy July!

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I am all about the summer this year and nothing screams summer to me more than the month of July. For our first day of July, I let H choose our activities and at first he declared that we would be going to our local reservoir. But then he quickly changed his mind and decided that we’d be going to the local splash pad, instead, which was a decision I was quite happy with because going to the splash pad is a little less work than going to the reservoir. We asked one of my sisters (because the other is out of town) if she wanted to join us, then we went and picked her up and headed off to the splash pad and it really was so much fun. We ended up spending way more time there than we intended to, but that made it even more memorable and special to me. Turns out E is not a huge fan of the splash pad, he was much happier to sit on the towel in the shade with my sister. But H on the other hand, is all about that splash pad life. He was having the greatest time making new friends and just further proving that he’s got the biggest, sweetest heart – he was helping kids when they fell, returning toys that washed away and helping babies navigate their way through the water. I love that sweet boy.

After the splash pad we decided we couldn’t get enough of the water and finished our evening off at my parents pool! We spent a few hours there and as I’m typing this post up, everyone is in bed and I’m hoping we have a wonderful, peaceful night and may even dabble in sleeping in!!

Happy July, everyone!! Be safe and have loads of fun.

Summer Bucket List!

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Its finally for real summer! Lets all hope the weather gets the memo and stays acting like Summer! I don’t know about where you live, but here in Utah, the weather has been so indecisive! One second its hot outside and there is sunshine galore, and the next its pouring rain and you need to wear jackets and pants! Its getting exhausting, to be honest.

So hi Summer! Stay a while, would ya? We missed you and we are ready, ready, ready for you.

OUR FAMILY SUMMER BUCKET LIST

-At least three trips to the temple for Craig and I

-Visit the Bean Museum

-Visit The Dinosaur Museum (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Museum of Curiosity (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Butterfly Biosphere (Thanksgiving Point)

-Visit The Farm (you guessed it…Thanksgiving Point)

-See Toy Story 4!

-Maaaaaybe squeeze in a Disneyland trip

-Blog regularly (think it can be done, again??)

-Buy so much sunscreen because of so much outside time – but also sun safety

-Go to our local reservoir a few times

-Lots of pool time at my parents pool

-Go to the splash pad a few times

-Go to the zoo

-Go on at least three kid friendly hikes

-Go to my parents condo up North

-Go to Craig’s parents cabin also up North

-Have a ‘campout’ in the backyard

-Have a late night s’mores night with my boys, or at least H

-Go to lots of parks, lots of times (my boys live for parks)

Its simple, but thats what I’ve got so far. Obviously I have some bucket list items for myself that are much more business-y, but I wanted to post the fun stuff I plan on doing as a whole family, or at least just with my boys while dads at work!

We are so excited for Summer!!

Ode to Toy Story 4

We saw Toy Story 4 yesterday and my life is officially changed for the better. I knew the movie was going to be good, but I didn’t know it’d be this good! The original gang is all there and they’re killing it as always. Forky stole the show for me. Duke Caboom is phenomenal. Ducky and Bunny are hilarious. Bo Peep is back and she is one awesome, independent toy. I loved everything about this movie. I want to talk details but I’m not one to give away spoilers, so let me end this short blog post with saying this: It is amazing and dare I say, my new favorite Toy Story movie. If you’ve been on the fence about seeing this movie, do yourself a favor. Hop off that fence and go buy tickets!

Fathers Day!

Sunday we celebrated Fathers Day, and it was giving me all kinds of feelings. I’m pretty outspoken to people close to me that I think fathers are greatly underestimated and not nearly as valued as they should be. Moms get a lot of credit, and rightfully so, but know who else works hard and does awesome? DADS! Especially the dads that I’m surrounded by.

My dad has always been my hero and he still is. He is all things good. He has a heart of gold, he’s humble, he’s very generous, he’s happy, he’s freakishly smart, he’s supportive… just all things good. Being one of his daughters is something I don’t take for granted – I’m fully aware of just how lucky I am.

My father-in-law is incredible. He is hardworking, optimistic, so friendly, helpful and happy. I knew him before I knew Craig and I adored him, so I feel very lucky that somehow I was able to sneak my way into his family. He is a great man I’m lucky to know.

Then there is Craig. The father to my children. I could go on and on, but I’m going to try and keep this brief, especially because I just gushed about him recently on his birthday post. He is the best. I mean that. I spent pretty much my entire life dreaming up my ‘perfect man,’ and as cheesy and cliche as it sounds, Craig easily beat out my dream guy. He is amazing. Celebrating him as a father, will forever be something I love. He is the most amazing dad. He is so hands on, so involved in their lives and best of all, he never ever, ever lets his kids forget or question how valuable, important and capable they are. My heartstrings can hardly handle the love I have for him when I watch him with our boys. He excels at a lot, but nothing will ever surpass the father that he is.

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Happy (late) Fathers Day to all of you men out there! Whether you have kids, want them someday, are trying for one, have fur-babies, or are content being the fun-Uncle, I celebrate you! You’re making a difference in these kids lives and I am grateful for that!