3.21.2017

Regular Randomness

Hello, all! Did you forget about me?? I didn't forget about you. Life has just been nutso!! But now that it's starting to slow down slightly I told myself I need to get back on the blogging train before everyone completely loses interest. Unless I'm too late? Mindy, I know you're still reading. *hugs*


I had a friend text me the other day that she couldn't wait to see the finished pictures of our house. I assured her it would be a while because although we're living here, it's not done. But after I thought about it more (today, actually) I decided I'll add more pictures of what is done in future posts. So watch for those. 


I can't really remember where we left off so I'm just going to go back through my camera roll and share random crap with you. Sound good? I don't care. I'm doing it anyway. 


Brynlie has been beyond OBSESSED with these pink "hee-haw boots" as she calls them. 
 
From the minute she wakes up till bedtime she has to have them on. I'm not sure what triggered it, but at least she likes shoes that she can get on and off by herself. Win! 


I can tell we're really going to like our ward. One reason is they hold a ward camp out! HUGE bonus in my book, even though we can't go this year. 
 


We got our TV hung up in our bedroom. That was essential for me while Cory was on nights. I don't worry myself and get all paranoid if I can watch TV in bed until I fall asleep. 


Moving was exhausting for all of us. This past week has been a week of trying to catch up and get back to normal. 

Good news is we have everything out of my parents house, finally! 


The girls have been obsessed with Moana since we bought it. It is a good one. I love catching Kennedy pretending she's Moana. That was her boat. She had an oar and even bent down to feel the current. Don't mind our yard. It needs serious help and I just can't bring myself to care yet. I may not even touch it this summer haha. 
 
 
And I LOVE our neighborhood!! One of my complaints about our old area was it was very clicky. At least for us, kids just didn't go outside and randomly play with each other. Everything had to be a scheduled play date, which I hated. Our next door neighbor was incredible and did always tell me to send my girls over whenever, but I was too afraid of overwhelming her, so I rarely did. 


Anyway, it's totally different here. The family next to us has kids about the same ages as ours and one is actually in Kennedys class. They play together all. The. Time. If the kids are outside, it's fair game to hang out. We love it. Although B needs to learn boundaries because she has snuck out a few times and made herself at home at their house when I didn't have a clue where she was. 
 
There's just such a happy atmosphere. And I love having a yard where our kids can go outside and play. Our old yard sucked. 


I was making dinner one night and Brynlie disappeared. I went down the hall and saw her sitting on the toilet, butt naked except for her hee-haw boots, her chin resting in her hands, just contemplating life... I tried to get a picture and got busted. 
 
We aren't potty training her yet. She knows how to use the potty, she just won't, and I don't have the time to make her, so I'm waiting for her to be ready -- at least more ready than she is now. Whenever we put panties on her she always pees in them. 


The other day I went to At Home looking for a few things (none of which I found). I was about to put my cart back and give up when I noticed a display of window treatments that were 75% off!! After digging through them I found some for our big-A windows. The fabric roman shades were $5 EACH!! 
 
One problem with having big windows is they're expensive to find coverings for. We've been using paper, temporary blinds which were a giant pain in the butt. These aren't what I want long term, but for $20 they'll do until we can afford real stuff. 


For the front window I found cordless shades!! This is actually what I want on all our windows (much better quality ones) but good ones are so much money. I love our views so I want coverings that won't obstruct the views during the day like blinds would. The short shades were also $5 and the longer, middle one was like... $10? I covered both windows for under $50! That's crazy to me! 
 
I hate those curtains, by the way. I'll have to get something different later. They're too neutral. And the rod needs to be higher. But first we need closet doors and such. Priorities. 


Something about these boots just makes her want to be naked. 
 


I've had my fair share of bug bites since we've moved in. I don't know if they're spider bites or beefy mosquitoes. Either way, the few bites I got on my Achilles the other night were AWFUL!! They swelled up so badly and I've never had anything itch that bad. The only thing that finally helped was lavender oil. 
 

 We gave up on finding the time to paint the bunk beds for the girls and cory assembled them anyway yesterday. That meant the girls finally got their new bedding!!! They love it as much as I do. Their room is so cute! I can't stand it! 
 
That's all for today my friends. Tomorrow I will try and get my mind back into taking blog-worthy pictures and getting back to posting more. Our renovation totally scrambled our lives. In fact I'm working on a very personal post about that. Stay tuned. 


See you, soon. 

3.12.2017

Just Stopping By

How about a super quick update for ya'll?


- We are moved in and living at our house!! We're on day 2. 


- The place is a total disaster and the house still isn't done, but we can work on a lot while we're here. We spent 2 days unpacking so much, SO MUCH!! And we still have loads of crap at my moms house and we have barely touched all the stuff in the basement. How did we get so much crap?! I'll be unpacking until I die. 


- Our first night here Kennedy got a violent stomach bug and was throwing up for hours and hours - well into the night. And yes, she managed to throw up on our new carpet :(. 
 
My heart just broke for her. She was the most excited to move here and her first night was awful for her. She's doing much better now though. 


- I cooked our first dinner in our new kitchen last night and I have never had so much fun making spaghetti before!! Or eating it! Or cleaning it up!! Thank heavens for dishwashers! 


- We are so happy. Obviously things are still chaotic and we have lots to do, but I can't believe we are finally living in our home! I'll update more after things slow down. See you, soon! 
 

3.04.2017

House Progress

Today was a super productive day! 


I worked my pregnant arse 10 hours today (minus a half hour for lunch and 20 minutes to play 2 rounds of Candyland with Kennedy) without crashing and without caffeine. Color me impressed. 


We did get a lot done today. Cory first put on all our vent covers and almost finished our closet organizer. He just has to cut down the last pole to make it fit and his dad has the tool he needs. It'll be super fast to finish when his dad is done. 
 Oh wait, let me back up... we got carpet yesterday!!! 
 
It looks even better than we hoped. Cory and I are so in love with it. 
 
The girls were pumped, too!
 
Ok, moving on...


I spent a larger-than-planned chunk of the day assembling the girls dresser. It wasn't necessarily difficult, just so time consuming! The hardest part, no joke, was getting the boxes open and the parts organized. But it looks great and Kennedy can't wait to put her panties in the little drawers. 
 
Then she helped me put up the butterfly wall decals I got for their room. I should have recorded the commentary while doing this. It was priceless. "Oh I just love them!" "They are so cute!" "My butterfly room is the best!" "I can't wait to have my friends over and show them my butterfly room". A very well spent $20 on Amazon for those things. She even kissed them at one point. 
 
I saved a few of them to put above their bunk beds once we get those painted and slapped together. Her head is going to explode. 


Cory then spent a long a grueling few hours grouting the bathtub surround. We've both been dreading it and he finally got stuck with the job. He did amazing though, and finished it all today! Way to go, Super Husband! 
 

 
After I finished the dresser I cleaned a whole bunch of stuff and put things away to try and organize the chaos in the house. 


We think we should be able to move in next weekend. NEXT WEEKEND!!! Ah!!!!!! We still have a few small projects to finish:
  • Seal the tub surround and caulk it 
  • Add doors to bedrooms
  • Finish putting together the girls closet organizer 
  • Put together our bed frame 
  • Get a towel rack 
  • Put up bathroom mirror
  • Install shower fixtures 
They're all little things, so we hope we can just crank them out and get moved in. So exciting!!! 


See you, soon! 

3.02.2017

Pictures For Ya'll

Hey guys. Sorry for the hiatus. Again. 


The simple fact is I am having a super hard time with life right now. We have so much going on and my stress level has been through the roof. Mix that with out of whack hormones and I've kind of been a mess. And that's being nice. 


Tons of stress is no longer just bad for me, but also hard on the little babe. So I've tried to eliminate everything I can that might add to my load, which has included the blog. Until things settle down (this too shall pass, right?) I'm just going to share some pictures of what we've been up to the last couple weeks. Enjoy and I'll see you soon! 


3D movies
 
Mornings in moms bed 
 
Really good movie 
 
New church backpacks with their own crap so they'll stop fighting in sacrament. 
 

 
Worked like a charm 
 
Field trip this week to the Living Planet Aquarium. So much fun until I got really sick on the bus on the way back. 
 
Learning about exciting bugs 
 
And snakes 
 

 
Seeing the sharks
 
Shark tunnel with her best friend (who will be making more appearances in the pictures) 
 

 
Glowing eyes? I'd probably know if I had read the plaque about this guy. 
 
Clown fish 
 
Sea horse
 

 
Frogs are my favorite. I love all their colors! 
 

 

 
Penguins 
 

 

 
Taking naps with mom 
 
Truth about life. Especially right now. 
 
This made me laugh. Really hard. 
 




2.22.2017

When You Lose It In Public

Today was one of those days where you feel so exhausted, like you accomplished so much, but then you look back and realize it really wasn't much. 


I skipped the gym and work today to help Cory at the house. First, I put together one of the shelves we bought at IKEA. The instructions had me giggling right away... who comes up with this stuff?
 
The unit was really easy to assemble. I plan on using it as a window bench in the near future with padding and fabric and all that fun stuff. 
 
I also unrolled our area rug all by myself -- I was just following the explicit instructions and assembling the shelves on a rug so I didn't end up in distress like the man pictured. 
 
Kennedy kept rubbing her face and hands in it and saying she just loves our new carpet. The girl gets me. 


After we picked up K from school we headed carpet shopping. Long story short, we found some and bought it. And it's in stock so there won't be a huge wait when we're ready. 


But, the long story... we were at RCWilley for over 2 hours. I don't really know what has sparked this, but the girls have been truly awful at stores lately. Today was no exception. They ran around the flooring department while we compared remnants and ignored our many calls and requests for them to stay by us. Eventually, as time ticked on, their running expanded, so they started in the electronics department, through the flooring department, and ended in the clearance area, all with yelling and screaming. I was mortified. I yelled, I quietly threatened, I repeatedly tried to be the "nice mommy" and politely ask them to stop... it was like I was invisible. After one threat I told Kennedy to stop and grabbed her arm (again) and she screamed at me and kept telling me no. 


Guys, I'm not proud of this, but I lost it. Bad. In public. I just didn't care anymore. They were being horrible kids, so what did I care anymore if I looked like a horrible parent? They can't get away with acting like that!  It was time to have a serious consequence for behaving so terribly. Kennedy was definitely initiating the problem and Brynlie was just following her footsteps. I grabbed her and basically drug her out of the store screaming, threw her in the car, and let her have it! 


Take my word for it, she got in huge trouble. She cried for almost a half hour afterward and it took me even longer than that to calm down. I usually feel really bad inside after disciplining my kids, but not this time. She completely deserved what she got. Maybe even more? 


I really struggle with disciplining my kids in public. I feel like with how judgy people are, there's an immense fear of people who are watching, overreacting and causing trouble. I think my kids have caught on to my hesitation and have been taking advantage of that. Today was definitely the last straw for me. The whip will start cracking more from now on! And hopefully Kennedy will start taking me more seriously now that she knows what awaits her. 


With all the "excitement" at the store I never took a picture of the carpet we chose, so you'll have to be surprised later. 


Cory worked hard getting more baseboards and moldings put in to get ready for the carpet. They're coming tomorrow to measure and whatnot. I helped patch nail marks in the moldings and I caulked a bunch of crap that needed to be caulked. It was a productive day but certainly didn't feel like it. I really didn't do that much but I am 100% wiped out! I'm so freaking tired of always being tired. 


The most exciting part of the day for me was finding this adorable thing at Michael's for $7!! I plan on filling them with different types of cooking oil that we use so they're ready to go by the stove. 
 
No one warned me that being an adult would consist of being super excited over dumb stuff like this... 


See you, soon!