5.22.2017

B Turns 3 and Other Random Things

Our little Brynlie turned 3!!! I may be biased but I think she's always had the most perfect face. 
 
And she only gets more beautiful as she gets older. 
 
She's still our moody little spitfire, but the better she gets at communicating the more happy we see come out. She is super hilarious when she's in the right mood. Like, funny beyond her years. And she has a very tender, sweet side. She always has deep sympathy for Kennedy when she's upset or gets hurt. They usually play together remarkably well. I love the bond they have as sisters. She's also becoming a littl chatter box and I love having conversations with her. My favorite is when she tells me something will make her happy. 


She is shy, however, and definitely can turn on you on a dime. She's in the pushing and hitting phase and we've been trying hard to get rid of that as fast as we can. Her temper is remarkable and I swear her scream could shatter glass. Her new I'm-pissed-off-and-want-you-to-know-it-scream as of late is a unique blend of a cat getting its tail stepped on and a Zena Warrior Princess cry. It's truly something. 


She's our little cuddle bug. Sometimes we fight over who gets to cuddle with her. We have to kiss every owie she gets. She's been potty trained for a couple months now and is working on getting herself dressed. She MUST sleep with socks and her "Heehaw", is obsessed with her cowgirl boots, can't stand to have stuff on her hands, isn't afraid to pass gas, and is very vocal about when she needs to use the bathroom, even in the middle of the sacrament prayer. 


She adds so much fun and spice to our lives and we couldn't imagine our life without her. We love her so much!! 


We had a party for her yesterday with our families. It was our first party in the new house and it was a huge success! We BBQ'd hamburgers and hot dogs and just hung out and had a great time. 


Brynlie also inherited my strong desire for clean things because during the presents she had to throw away each piece of wrapping paper she tore off. It was hilarious and I just sat there and beamed with pride and happiness that I didn't have to clean up a mess. 
 
She got lots of fun things from toys to stuffed animals and even new pj's. 
 
Her present requests were first, a puppy. When I said that might not happen then she would ask for a kitty. When I said that really might not happen her next request was always a bike. A bike we could do, and a bike we did! 
 
She was super pumped about it but then got shy with everyone watching her. 
 

 
Cory promptly took her outside away from the audience and showed her how to ride it. I hope this balance bike thing is worth it cause it freaks me out a little. She's already fallen down kinda hard on it. But she was one happy birthday girl. 
 

In other news... I'm still hating pregnancy with every fiber of my soul. 
 
I am beyond terrified at how large my stomach is already. I still have 15 weeks of growing and I'm already so uncomfortable. My hips aren't aligned right and my pain is bothersome. Because my hips/legs are messed up then it's making my lower back pain pretty horrible at times. And now that it's getting warmer I'm starting to swell... 
 
And to make matters worse, we got our AC looked at today and it's completely toast. We need a whole new unit. So we are without air conditioning until we can find the thousands of dollars to replace our 23 year old furnace with the AC. I've cried a lot today because of it. This summer is going to be hell. I'm pretty sick of taking financial blows to the gut and I am beyond sick of being pregnant, but time insists on standing still. 


On the positive side we spent the weekend in Idaho a couple weeks ago with our cousins. It was so fun! We went and saw Shoshone Falls since the water flow is the most it's been in many, many years. 
 
Just another fantastic family photo. I wish everyone could be as photogenic as our family. 
 
Kennedy had a total blast playing with their girls. They have a small farm with chickens and a horse and we discovered that she was made for the farm life. She was up bright and early, in the cold weather, helping collect the eggs with a massive smile on her face. I also got to have my first taste of farm fresh eggs and I am totally hooked. We've discussed getting our own chickens next year... it could happen. 


But first we gotta get a dog. That's super apparent now after giving Hillarys dogs a ride the other day. 
 
In house news we're working on our master bathroom right now and hoping to get it done in the next week or two. Cory has been busting his butt laying the tile. I feel so bad for him because he is just beyond exhausted! But he is doing a fantastic job. He finished the tile (just now actually) and tomorrow we will tag team the grouting. 
 

 
I also got a littl crafty today between cutting tile for cory and taking care of the girls. 
 
Someday I'll work on getting more decor for the fireplace and have Cory get rid of the stupid antenna. It drives me crazy!! 
 
But I love the pop of color. And it was free and easy! Woot!! 


That's all I have for you today. Time to rest and have some ice cream. See you soon! 


4.30.2017

A Few Things To Share

I have good news!! I think be the end of this week we should be ready to post before/after photos of the house!! Ceeeelebrate good times, come on! (Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!) 


I've been waiting until we had all the baseboards and moldings in and painted because it makes a huge difference in how the house looks. We are about 90% done with them so pictures should be coming soon. Stay tuned. 


In the meantime, let's review the week:


I made a huge long post on Instagram about how sweet and tender Kennedy is. She really is such a great helper and always wants to make others happy. She is such an example to me of the pure love of Christ. In this picture she's helping B wash her hands (without being asked) and patiently walked her through every step and congratulated her on a job well done. It was the sweetest thing!! 
 
I think Tasty and I will be lovers forever, because I have yet to try and recipe from their videos that I haven't liked. Last week we tried the taco cups and they literally rocked my world! It's just ground beef, taco seasoning, and diced tomatoes and green chilis and topped with cheese. I just threw in a can of Rotel since it already has both tomatoes and green chilis in them. Top with sour cream and you have an amazing dinner! I'm making these again this week and I'm going to get a little crazy and try some olives on top, as well. 
 
I guess this would be a good time to point out that I REALLY like sour cream with my Mexican food. Like, a lot. That's why we've since switched to plain Greek yogurt, so I can still have my indulgence but make it healthier. There's just something about the cool, creaminess with the Mexican flavor. It speaks to my soul. 


I came across this bush the other day and I felt like it was giving me a bunch of middle fingers. Am I wrong? 
 
After my long post about K on social media I felt that I needed to balance things out and write one about B, too. I snapped this sweet picture of her adorable profile:
 
And as I was thinking what to say, we discovered that little missy had taken a rock to our countertops and chipped the living crap out of them!! 
 
Cory and I were so furious!!! I still am! Mostly I'm mad that we didn't know we were buying marble and that it doesn't stand up well to wear and tear. But also mad that we've been in our house 6 weeks and she has already managed to ruin one of the most expensive things we put in. 


However, we still love her. She's still super hilarious and sweet when she wants to be. She's teaching us a ton of patience and adds a lot of spice to our family. 


This past week Kennedy also had her kindergarten program. I didn't get a single picture of her during it for two reasons: 1) we could barely see her 2) she didn't participate in the program AT ALL! She sat on the stage the entire time looking like she was going to cry. I think being in front of a lot of people scares her more than we know. I was hopeful this wouldn't happen this year, but I also wasn't surprised. 
 
But I had to remind myself that just because she didn't sing anything or recite anything, doesn't mean she didn't learn it. 


I finally had the energy to clean out Baby Logan's room as well! It was becoming that place in everyone's house where you just shove stuff you don't want to deal with at the moment until it becomes a mountain of junk that could swallow you whole. But it's cleaner now. And we set up the crib! Yay! 
 
It was weird setting it up for the final time. I really can't put it into words, mostly because it wasn't at all sad for me and I don't know how to make that make sense to those who don't get that without sounding like I'm ungrateful to have this baby, and I'm not ungrateful. Quite the opposite. But I am ready to be done. I guess that's the best way to put it. 


Eventually we will get around to painting and decorating the nursery. It just hasn't been a big priority yet. 


And one more project to share for you all...


I've had the plans for these shelves saved for a long time. I got them off Shanty 2 Chic and was just waiting for the chance to make them and put them up somewhere. Yesterday, with some of Cory's help, I finally got them up. And guys, I am IN LOVE!! They look so good!! 
 
You can't really tell how big and chunky they are from that angle so here's another one. 
 
They were fairly easy to assemble. Our struggle was hanging them since they're on an outside wall that is cinderblock and doesn't have studs to screw the anchors into. But we made it work. Slowly but surely our house is becoming a home. 


That's all I've got for you today. I hope everyone has a great Sunday! 


See you, soon! 



4.23.2017

Baby Animal Days and Our Baby Update

We decided we really needed a family day. We haven't gone to do something together, just us, in a while. There is a ranch close by that was hosting a baby animal festival and we decided to check it out and surprise the girls. 


The first thing we saw were the baby goats. This was so much fun!! I've never wanted a baby goat so bad in all my life! 
 
Brynlie kept trying to pick them up, and she was fast enough to do it, so she needed some supervision. 
 
Kennedy fell in love with this little guy. 
 

 
I tried to talk Cory into letting us get one some day. He said no. 
 



Next up was the baby chicks. These were by far my favorite and that completely caught me off guard. I think chickens are super disgusting once they're big, but when they're a day old and yellow, fluffy, and teeny, I can't get enough of them! 
 
I only have one picture of the girls cause I couldn't stop holding them. 
Why does everything have to grow up and get bigger? Can't they stay adorable forever?! 


Next, bunnies. 
 

 
And then they noticed the jump pad and baby animals couldn't have been lower on their priority list. 
 
Pure happiness. 
 
Brynlie also had a stellar time contrary to her face. We actually had major trouble getting her off. 
 

 
The same goes for the little wagon ride. 
 
Just a little reminder that if you're having a bad mom day, it could always be worse. 
 
We practically ripped the girls out of playing in the corn pit to get on the hay ride before it left. Cory was running with Kennedy in his arms and trying to dump corn out of her boots on the way over. We made quite the spectacle - a little pre-hay ride show, if you will. The best part is once we got on we didn't leave for another 8 minutes or so. #facepalm
 
We've really got to work on B's picture face. 
 
After the hay ride we saw more animals, got fresh made donuts that put us in a sugar coma, and bought some farm fresh ground beef that I can't WAIT to try! And then, just like flipping a switch, Kennedy was tired and done and the fun was over. So over. 
 
We left with her in tears and screaming, but we sure did have a great time. I really wanted them to have a horse ride, but I guess they only do those on Saturday's, so that made me sad. Next time I guess. If you're a southern Davis County or Salt Lake County local, check out Cross E Ranch. They are the nicest people I've ever met and it was a lot of fun. 


And lastly, a baby update**

I'm halfway through this pregnancy now and last week, my ligament (pubic symphasis) pain came back. I was really distraught the first day and had Cory give me a blessing. He didn't say a word about the pain going away even though I could tell he wanted to. Instead he blessed me with the strength to get through the pregnancy and the ability to keep working out to keep me and the baby healthy. 


I was upset at first, but I also figured if I was blessed to be able to keep exercising, then at least this time I could keep trying and not be confined to the house all the time, which is what really caused deep depression last time. If I'm going to be in pain either way, I don't see how strengthening muscles around the weak ligaments could possibly make things worse, right? But it also means NO RUNNING. At all. 


I know the pain will just get worse as the little guy grows so I'm pretty scared. But I don't really have a choice but to charge through it at this point. I want a baby boy, even if getting him here will be hell. Currently Tylenol helps take the sharp pain edge off so that's helpful. We'll see how long it lasts. This has completely solidified our decision that this is our last baby though. Not that we had doubts before, but this was the icing on the concrete cake. 


So there you go! We have our big ultrasound in a couple weeks and I'm hoping to get some really good pictures to share. All our previous ones haven't been that great. He's a very active little guy so far and I'm excited to get a closer look and have another person hopefully confirm that it really is a boy haha. 


See you, soon! 




4.19.2017

Random Acts of Camera Roll

I am having serious running withdrawals. And this couldn't be more accurate - for any distance. 
 
Getting our Easy Bakin' on. 
 
These were actually pretty good. And Kennedy shared. 
 
This is one reason why I hate making spaghetti for dinner. 
 
The baby has really needed these lately, and I'm not one to deprived my kids of what they need. 
 
It's hard to see, but after so many years of having our growth chart, I finally got tiny picture frames to mark where they were at certain ages. 
 
One thing Kennedy does get from me is her love of limes. She can eat them like candy. 
 
Just a cute picture that Cory took of the girls while we were camping a couple weeks that he finally sent to me. 
 
Oh, Brynlie...
 
Dyeing Easter eggs together. 
 

 
 
The girls aren't yet used to having a slippery floor all the time (I need to get them non-slip socks) and I'm still adapting to having so much to mop. I feel like I own a diner. 
 
Kennedy and I took a quick stroll around the Bountiful Temple the other day. 
 
The girls had a sleepover with my mom last weekend. I enjoyed the peace and quiet while they made and decorated bunny bums 
 

 
And made bunny cars while having marshmallows for breakfast. My mom wasn't this cool when I was little. 
 
Easter morning egg hunting. 
 

  
And Easter morning breakfast. Mmmmm
 
The Easter Bunny brought them sidewalk chalk so before church they went outside to use it. Kennedy drew a picture of me (in the pink) and baby Logan (in the gray). I love how she spelled Logan. Haha 
 
A friend of mine posted this the other day and I thought it was really cool.
 
See you, soon!