Finally, Some Before/After Photos and We've Been Depriving Ourselves

Guys, the master bathroom is almost done!! We went to Home Depot last night to get the vanity and faucet and other essentials to fix the toilet. Kennedy came in handy when we couldn't reach the faucet we wanted. 
She saved us $30 by not having to get one within reach. 

And I'm about a month late, but I FINALLY have some before and after photos for ya'll! It turns out we didn't have any "before's" of the girls or Logan's bedroom, and since we're still working on the master bathroom that's not presentable and our room is kind of a mess. So those will come later. But today I have the kitchen and living room and main bath to show you, which is what everyone cares about anyway, right? 








It's been a butt-load of work. But we love it. 

Tonight we decided to treat ourselves for dinner since we rarely get to go out anymore. We decided to try The Mandarine in Bountiful since it's been over 10 years since I was there last and Cory can't even remember when his last time was. 
The place is always packed so we got there shortly after they opened. We were BLOWN AWAY! The food was super incredible. I think it's safe to say we have a new favorite Chinese restaurant. Since we live much closer I foresee many more take-out nights in our future. If you haven't been, or just need a reminder to go again, GO! I can't believe we've been depriving ourselves of its goodness for so long. 

See you soon! 



We went to check on the girls the night of Brynlie's birthday and saw this sweetness with her new puppy. 
Also, she HAS to have a tissue in bed with her every night. Anyone else have a weirdo with the same obsession? 

Because I couldn't sleep in the heat, we broke down and bought a window AC unit for our bedroom. I'm glad we worked our butts off to make our home beautiful just so we could make it look ghetto *eye roll* 
But truthfully only a small part of me cares. I wake up every morning in a chilly room with deflated ankles/feet. I love it. We need to figure out a solution for the rest of the house and the girls bedroom. Luckily we've had super mild temperatures and it hasn't been an issue but this week is going to get hot... so it has to be soon. 

On the warmer days we've put the sprinkler under the trampoline and cooled off in the backyard. 

We've also taken rides on the dirt roads up the mountains. The girls love it because they don't have to wear seat belts. I usually let them stand up in the sunroof but this day was a little chilly for that. 
Kennedy was having fun until I tried to take her picture. Good thing she has the snake to keep her safe. 
She is so excited to meet her little brother. She tries to talk to him from time to time and then always feels silly. I'm trying to help her feel more comfortable doing it. 
This past weekend my brother came into town for a visit. We had a great time! They came to see our house and we hung out in the backyard while the kids had the time of their lives on the trampoline (and my dad fell asleep in his chair). 
Then we went to the park and played some baseball with the kids which they also loved. That night we had a BBQ and a fire in the backyard with s'mores and played The Newlyweds Game. It was awesome! It's a good feeling to have everyone together. 
And I spy a gigantic bump peeking out, so I can show Logan that he was there, too! 

It really was a perfect two days. All the kids got along and everyone seemed to actually enjoy being together haha. 

Today is Memorial Day. The girls and I watched a video about why we celebrate this holiday. Kennedy really seemed to understand. I'm so grateful for all that have served for our country. 
We hit the gym in the morning and the girls were alone in the daycare for a while, which means they got extra special attention from the girl in charge. She sent this to me and I about died. 
After that we spent a big chunk of the day at Pineview Reservior hanging out and swimming in the water with Aunt Hillary and Aunt Laurie.
Everyone had a great time and both kiddies actually played in the cold water. 
We CANNOT get Brynlie to smile for any picture anymore, so even though she looks tortured she was having a blast. 
Beach bump. 
We took up our tubes and floated in them (the cuddles made it even better) 
And we took up my parents kayak which was also a great time. Brynlie found the oars and started singing Moana songs and pretending she was in the movie. Adorbs. 
And I think it's safe to say we played until we had nothing else to give. 
School is out in 4 more days and I am ready to have summer in our grasp. I hope I can keep having the energy to do fun things with the kids and that I can survive the next 3 months with no central air. Pray for me haha. 

See you soon! 


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!