January 2020

How did January both creep by excruciatingly slow, but also zip by in the blink of an eye? Anyone else feel me? I’ll tell you this much, I’m happy to give January a little kiss on the cheek and send it on its way. Its been a fine month but it also hasn’t been my favorite. I feel like poor January never gets a lot of loving, likely because it follows the very best months (October, November and December) so I even tried to cherish it a little bit more this year, and while it was still very good, I’m excited to move on to February.

Good

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  • I faced some fears this month. I had to mindfully will myself to get there and say some things that I honestly had planned on keeping a secret inside myself for my entire life. But this month I just felt a really strong pull to say some of these things. It wasn’t easy and I still cringe a bit thinking about how it all went down, but now that its all said and done, I’m proud of myself for being brave and doing it. Sorry this bullet point is so vague, I just wanted the reminder that sometimes I am actually capable of being braver and more courageous than I feel.
  • Our family has been doing so good on our daily Come Follow Me (our churches – the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints curriculum this year – focusing on the Book of Mormon). We got into the swing of things fast, found a method that works really, really well for us and we have been doing awesome at it. Its amazing to see just how much the boys are retaining, too! It makes it all a lot more exciting and fulfilling. Its been fun to view The Book of Mormon, a book I’ve read several times, in such a different way too.
  • I’m not extra in most things, but when it comes to planners – I am. I have two planners (a bullet journal and a Leafy Treetops Planner) and I adore them both. They’ve brought me so much joy this month. I find I get my most fulfilling me-time when I’m working in them. They somehow are helping my anxiety and the overwhelm I feel so easily. I’m also liking my layouts a lot this year (so far) so they’re just making me feel really good and happy.
  • My boys are just angel humans. Their friendship has changed a lot this month with both of them getting older, and while its exhausting and sometimes a little violent (boys *eyeroll*) its one of the best things to witness.
  • I’ve finally got some energy back. I forgot just how sleepy pregnancy makes me. I’ve really missed the alone time Craig and I get after the boys go to bed, because typically I’ve just gone to bed right after putting the boys to bed because I’ve literally felt as if I couldn’t keep my eyes open a second longer. But this month I’ve been able to stay up later and not feel like its killing me. Craig and I have been having amazing conversations, watching shows or just doing nothing together, but it was time I really missed with him and I’m happy to have back.
  • We’ve gone to our local Rec Center several times this month to let the boys swim and get some energy out. Its always kind of a marathon getting there and leaving there, but its been worth it every single time.
  • The sicknesses we had in January were all, thankfully, short-lived and I am extremely grateful for that. Germs scare the heck out of me and I’ve tried so hard to minimize them in our house and I think (knock on wood) its paying off!
  • My youngest sister is nearing the end of her Senior year of high school, which means she’s also nearing the end of her Drill Team career. She’s Head Captain this year and its been a lot on her, but she handles it all with so much grace. Its been so fun to be able to sneak away either with the boys or by myself to watch her do what she’s always been so good at.
  • We found out this baby is a baby sister!! It was totally a shock to our systems at first and it’ll be so different from what we’ve grown so used to, but we are so, so, so excited to meet little sister! I can’t wait to see how she changes the dynamic of our family and I especially can’t wait to watch her big brothers relationship with her.

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Not-So-Good

  • Emmett had a broken foot and sprained ankle for a good portion of the month (it all happened on Christmas Eve when he jumped off our couch and landed bad). His boot he had to wear didn’t slow him down at all, but I just felt bad for him for so long. Feeling that kind of sadness for your kid wears on you after a while. It was a joyous day when we got to remove the boot!
  • I’m sure its the pregnancy – and maybe that it a girl? – but my emotions have been off the charts. I. cry. at. everything! If you’ve seen me anytime recently, I’m sure you can attest to it. If I’m not crying, I just look like I have been – and that’s because I have. Its not that I’m sad (I mean sometimes I am) but half the time I just cry because something is really beautiful or special or cute. Or there is absolutely no reason for me to cry and it just spills out. I’m tired of it, to be honest.
  • My heartburn. My heartburn is so bad. I’m to the point where I’d rather feel extra nauseated than feel any heartburn. I’d rather throw up every ten minutes then have this heartburn. Nothing has helped much so far. June can’t come soon enough.
  • Where is the snow? I’m sorry, but it is January and I have two little boys who would really, really like to play in the snow! So where is it, Utah??!

Home

My word for 2020 is Home, and I’m loving it. I also feel like I’ve started the year exactly how I’ve wanted to with this word. A focus of mine has been to keep the house tidy (or as tidy as I can with my two tornado sons). Its a task for me because I just don’t feel good and my energy and motivation are still pretty low (where’s all that second trimester energy I keep hearing about?) but I’m doing enough thats making me feel accomplished and proud of myself. We have also been really focusing on keeping the gospel a very relevant topic in our home, as well as kindness, choosing the right, etc and its already helped the atmosphere in our home tremendously and its exciting, comforting and very peaceful.

 

 

17 Weeks and So Stinkin’ Thankful

Yesterday I had a doctors appointment – just the usual one to check on baby and make sure everything is going fine. I’m very gracious to say that all is looking well with our sweet baby. For some reason hearing its little heartbeat this time around was extra special and so exciting for me. It was such a peaceful and exhilarating feeling.

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I just feel so thankful right now. I’m grateful for a great husband who supports me and loves me endlessly – he means more to me than he’ll ever know. I’m thankful for my little boys who are the epitome of joy. They inspire me to be better, they are kind and friendly and they make me so proud of them. Then there is my sweet baby who I can’t wait to meet in several more months. I’m just very lucky. Very thankful. Very blessed.

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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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!

I’m Still Kickin’

Oh hey! Long time, no see! Remember me?

Its been a while. But I don’t regret it. I feel like 2019 has already been the year of learning about myself, my limits, my strength, my weaknesses and my boundaries – and its only May! There has been a lot of soul searching and a lot of great realizations. I’m thankful for it, but I’m also exhausted by it. But its all good. It really is.

I’m hoping to start blogging semi-regularly, again. Will I actually? Yeah, who knows. Hopefully. But if I don’t, I’m not going to guilt trip myself. But if I do, then awesome! I’m excited!

Mostly I just wanted to drop in and say hi and remind you all that I still exist and that I’m just a happy little camper who hangs out with my boys all day and am living the mom dream.

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Spider-Fam

On Sundays we take a family picture. We’ve done this every single Sunday since before H was born and its one of my very favorite things I’ve ever committed myself to. Want to have the coolest documentation of your family growing? Do it. I dare you.

Anyway, yesterday we decided to be Spider-Man…Spider-Men? for our Sunday picture and I’m just really happy with it. H is currently incredibly obsessed with The Avengers, especially Spider Man (and Hulk), so when I saw these adult pajamas that were Spider Man and knew our boys both had multiple pairs of Spider Man jammies… I mean how could I not?

You know what they say! A family that Spider-Mans together, stays together!

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More Disney Love

I’ve already posted about going to Mickey’s Halloween Party during our most recent Disneyland trip, but I hadn’t posted about any other part of it. I don’t post about all of our trips to Disney, and I wasn’t planning on posting about this one (besides some specific posts for specific Disney topics) but some of these pictures are just too cute not to share. So here we are.

This trip has been anticipated since 2017’s October trip and it did not disappoint. I’m not going to go into detail because if you’ve read this blog for a while then you’ve heard me gush about Halloween time in Disneyland billions of times. But just know that it was exactly what I wanted. We had an amazing, magical time and my love for Disneyland is as strong and as passionate as ever.

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