Prepare for Picture Overload

I'm not even going to apologize for the amount of catching up I have to do. I've got the three kids thing down; (Cory even worked nights this past week and I handled it like a champ) but if I try and throw something else into our routine then I just feel totally drained. In theory I should be able to just sit down and blog, but nope. So, lets begin with what happened the past couple weeks.

Kennedy had red ribbon week at her school. One of the days was crazy hair and sock day... By the look on her face, I totally failed at it.
In my mind I saw a Princess Leia thing going on but it clearly did not turn out. Her hair is gorgeous but nearly impossible to get to cooperate. She did come home and have a birthday party immediately after school and didn't want me to take it out before she went, so maybe I didn't totally fail.

Mr. Happy Pants. He's seriously the smiliest.
This was for sale at Costco and I about peed my pants! I have loved every recipe of theirs I have tried.
It wasn't until after we left that I remembered I could get every recipe for free online... oops. But still fun.

Last week was fall break. We wanted to go to Moab and then decided we weren't quite ready for that kind of exhaustion with 3 kids just yet. We opted to stay home and have fun. One day we went to the Living Planet Aquarium with Cory's parents and nephew. It was tons of fun! Cory had never been before and he loved it!
It was insanely crowded. If you know me, you know crowds are one of my least favorite things and majorly stress me out, so I only managed to get a picture of the girls before we went into the 4D movie.

We've been trying to support and cheer on our Utes, but every time we get dressed up, they lose!
But this is so cute I think I might die!
This makes me want to write satirical children's books.
Logan's lashes!!! They get longer by the day, I swear!
I say this every time I blog I think, but I don't know how I would survive without this super helpful, ray of sunshine! I love her so much!
And slightly less helpful, but no less loved, we have Brynlie who keeps us laughing and smiling. And on our toes with her constant head injuries *eye roll* don't mind the bruises on her forehead.
And this occurrence keeps me swearing.
Can you believe this fall?!?! It's been so amazing!!! The weather has been pristine and the leaves just totally breathtaking. And the sunsets haven't been too bad either.
The girls have loved playing in giant leaf piles in my parents yard.

Yesterday they cleaned them up though, and Kennedy almost started crying when she saw they were gone. Way to ruin their lives, Mom.
Don't worry, Kiddo, there will be more.
Gosh, he's so handsome. And has put a spell on me. It's true what they say about mom's and their boys.
And sisters and their brothers.
We attended a trunk or treat this past week. The girls were so excited until we got there and then they turned into little turds. Maybe it was the mob of people that overwhelmed them - I can relate to that - but they hardly smiled and were too timid to walk up to the cars alone. Even when Aunt Lisa showed up and surprised them dressed like a witch, they hardly reacted! She looked amazing! I barely even recognized her!
They got their faces painted and balloons. B promptly popped hers... anyone else not surprised by that?
And every morning since then she has snuck candy for breakfast. Tis the season, I suppose. Maybe by December we can get her up to 30lbs.

Yesterday the weather was incredible, so we decided to go check out the Lagoon Trail in Farmington. We had never been on it but we will definitely be going back!! It was GORGEOUS!! The fall leaves were magical and we had so much fun!
There were even animals at the beginning that we could see.
I'm just going to skim over (for now) the fact that I have a ton of weight to lose. I'm aware. Trust me. And I know it's going to be an insane battle like it always is. I will update on that later. I have lots to say.
There was a little fort in the bushes along the way that the kids, and Cory, couldn't resist playing in.

I wish the pictures did it justice how breathtaking it was!

Someone carved a little chair and a couch out of some fallen logs. They were awesome!

Mindy, when you read this, come to town next fall and lets take our family pictures here, mkay?
Well, that's all for now. See you soon!


Random Acts of Camera Roll

Little guy is growing so fast!

He’s 8 weeks old now. It seems like it’s flown by but also been a really long 8 weeks. He’s generally a really good baby still, but lately he’s been fighting sleep during the day which makes him cranky in the evenings. 

He has torticollis which has stressed me out. For those that don’t know what that is, his neck muscles are too tight on one side and too weak on the other. His head falls to the right and he’s always looking/laying to the right side. As a result, his head is growing lopsided. His doctor referred him to Primary Childrens Physical Therapy, so we’ve been doing that. We have to do neck stretches with him at least 3 times a day and try to keep him laying on the left side of his head so the right can grow and catch up. I miss just being able to lay him somewhere and not having to worry about how his head is positioned. The therapists are confident we can get it straightened out by 6 months. If not, he will need a helmet. 

He keeps teasing us and going 1-2 nights where he will sleep until 5 or 6 am, then we get super hopeful he’s going to keep doing that, and then he wakes up twice again. 

But the best thing lately has been his smiles!! 

He’s also started cooing and making “girl noises” as Kennedy calls them. By far his favorite thing is his Jeep decal on his wall. Whenever he’s on the changing table he grins and talks to it. Every. Single. Time. 

He’s still adored by Kennedy. I love having her home because she’s so helpful. One morning she tucked him in and gave him her special doggy to cuddle with. It was the sweetest!

And his eyelashes are growing so long and starting to darken up a bit. 

So, I also have two other children who I love just as much. Here they are pretending the arms of the chair are their horses. I totally did the same thing when I was little. 

And they got to have a sleepover with Aunt Hillary last weekend and go to a Halloween carnival! They had a blast!! 

Kennedy wanted to be a witch this year for Halloween. So naturally, so did Brynlie. Monkey see, monkey do. 
They make the cutest witches though. 

Last week we also butchered our apple trees. I don’t think they’ve ever been pruned and they were super overgrown and dropping what seemed like a thousand apples a day. There’s not much left of them now haha. Goodbye, backyard shade. 

Brynlie helped us out a lot. She also kept finding the apples without worm holes and eating them. Apples and bare feet. Life is good. 

And watching TV in a box....???

And lastly, I still love fall. 



New cowgirl boots! Just in time for fall! 

I won’t lie, I am insanely jealous of Kennedy’s. Why can’t adult sizes be as cheap as the kid sizes?! I want some so bad!!! Santa??

Brynlie picked hers out. I think she’s got a decent sense of fashion. This girl and her boots. 

This picture really pulls on my heartstrings. Not just because it’s tender, but because I know my dad can’t see him and that makes me cry. 

But Logan can see Papa and I think they had a bonding moment. 

And he’s too adorable for words!

I am so in love with him, but I will love him more when he starts sleeping through the night. I can’t remember the last time I got more than 4 hours of sleep at a time. Either he’s up, or I am and I’ve been struggling to fall back asleep lately. It’s so frustrating!!! I mean, he’s rarely just awake at night. He’s pretty good at just eating and falling back asleep. Last week he was going from an 8pm feeding to 4:30 or 5am and I was so hopeful that we were almost through the worst of it. But then the night Cory got off and agreed to get up with him (so I could sleep all night) he started getting up twice again. And has since. I know he’s still little, and we’ll get there. I’m just really tired. And tired of being tired. Oh... babies. 

So... running. Remember that one time I was a runner? Haha I decided to go for my first run this week since it has officially been 6 weeks since I had Logan. 

It. Was. Awful. 

I went two miles, but I walked a lot. I blame part of that on the weather though. It was super windy that day and the first mile was right into the wind and uphill. But the second mile wasn’t much better because then things started hurting. Like, everywhere. 

I have zero hip flexor/glute/core strength right now which is pretty essential for good running form and performance. So it sucked. I have my work cut out for me. And I can’t start working my abs at the gym for another 5 weeks, so I’ll just have to keep running small amounts and strengthening the other areas until I am able to do everything again. 

I didn’t expect to just go out and do awesome, but I was sad by how much everything hurt. But it will get better with time. And training. 

Can we talk about this amazing fall weather? And the leaves!! Oh my gosh, THE LEAVES!!! 

I don’t think I have ever seen the colors this vivid and bright. It’s been amazing!! I keep staring at the mountains and loving it so much it almost makes my heart hurt. Gosh, I love fall. 

Ok one more. I can’t get enough of them. 

We also went and got our pumpkins for the season. We found some pretty big ones this year. 

We had to kick the girls out of riding in the wheel barrow pretty quickly cause we couldn’t fit everyone. 

The girls picked out their own and B was pretty particular. 

And Daddy and Kennedy found the perfect pumpkin for Baby Logan; nice and wrinkly....???

But Kennedy really, really wanted this one. 

Aunt Hillary came with us today which was a lot of fun! She hasn’t been ready to go back to work yet so she’s spent the week with family and friends. 

Sometimes I still stop and can’t believe we’re a family of 5. How did I get old enough to have 3 kids?! 

But this family is everything to me right now. And always. 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately since the Las Vegas shooting about who/what really matters. Hillary was telling me all the people who tried to get ahold of her to make sure she was ok. As I listened I started to wonder if I had been in her shoes, who would have wondered if I was ok. That seems like a selfish thought, but it just made me appreciate my family and friends and the ones who I know would be there. I’m grateful Hillary has such a huge support system. And I’m grateful for my support system and the great people in my life. Life is short and I’m constantly forgetting that and getting caught up in things that don’t matter. It shouldn’t take a tragic event to help me remember that, but I’m strangely grateful for anything that does remind me to appreciate the blessings in my life. 

See you soon!