Sunday, April 19, 2015

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I'm not doing the greatest at the 52 project this year. Last year I felt like I was taking intentional pictures, this year, they have mostly been on my phone and I am just going through the last few weeks and picking out my favorites, so here's to getting my butt in gear, and my real camera out. I will not quit this gosh dangit!

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Why does a backpack make him look 17 years old?!

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Conquering his fear (that I accidentally gave him) of bugs.

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Sweet Cheeks at his very first movie

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A night on the Heber Creeper Train. He 'talked' about this for days before and days after

Thursday, April 16, 2015

On Mothering: They Won't Remember

My best friend 

Isn't it weird that these young, early days with our kids, the days we literally spend every minute playing, protecting, fretting, loving, cuddling, teaching them they won't even remember?

I have been thinking about this lately. We are moving out of our apartment, the one we have been in for three years now at the end of the month.  It is the home where we brought Everett to as a tiny newborn, where he has played and slept and felt familiar with for his whole little life.
I was feeling anxious for him that we won't be coming back to this familiar place.  I was telling my mom my concerns and she said 'well do you remember the BYU apartment we lived in your first year? Or the house on Columbia Lane when you were three? I haven't the slightest memory of those early years, so thankfully Everett will probably not be scarred or even care that we will be living somewhere different in a few months. At the same time, I was kind of sad and struck by the realization that I don't remember anything and Everett won't remember anything about these amazingly special years we are sharing together right now.

He won't remember the first time we met.

Or the long colic nights he spent crying while we walked him around the house for hours trying to help him and googling every possible thing to help (putting them on top of the vibrating dryer does not work fyi)

He won't remember our faces the first time he laughed or walked or said mama.

He won't remember the nights I nursed him and now rock him to sleep with stories and lullaby's.

Or the outings we try and plan for him that seem to be the most exciting thing he could possibly imagine.

Or the cuddles in bed in the morning, our little family of three, cuddling and tickling.

Don't you think if we all could remember this about our earliest years, we would be nicer to our parents when we were teenagers?  But I guess that's just the vicious cycle, the circle of life or whatever.  It's just nuts that these are the most precious and hardest days of my life so far and the little one who is making them this way won't even remember!

But I've been thinking....

One day (very very far away from now) Everett will have his own little baby. This baby will probably be colic (karma) and he will have all these 'firsts' with his little babe and he will know how I feel right now, and kind of, in some way 'remember' all these little things.

 Just like now that I have my own child, I can picture my poor parents trying anything to get me to stop crying when I was a baby (they tied chains to the back of the car and drove around, something about static electricity>??|) or their joy and pride when I said my first word or my mom singing me to sleep. I can kind of indirectly remember. Circle of life my friends.

On a side note, that is why blogging and journaling is so important. He won't remember, but I will!

More of my 'On Mothering' Posts.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friyay!

This week has been a really good recharge for us! It just so happens that Ben's spring break coincided with 4 days off from work as well. We didn't go anywhere cool or anything, it's just that parenting is so much more fun and seems so much less overwhelming when you're together.  Every day it was exciting planning on what we were going to do that day. Instead of how am I going to entertain my toddler for another 5 hours before bedtime, it was like what do we GET to do together before bedtime. He also let me sleep in twice, so basically Christmas.  We hit up the nickel arcade, Everett probably peed himself multiple times he was so excited about the games and tickets. We took him to his first movie and ran errands TOGETHER!

Anyway, like I said I'm recharged and ready to tackle the weekend of 4 night shifts in a row!

++We also got a date night. I literally dragged Ben to 'The Longest Ride' last night. Oh Nickie Sparks, you've done it again. It was exactly what I wanted and I was smiling like an idiot the whole two hours, even with Ben's sarcastic comments in my ear during the cheesiest parts. EMBRACE IT BEN! It was amazing, you chickies gotta see it.

++I saw Lauren Conrad wear ear 'crawler' earrings in a magazine, so I obviously bought them immediately with an Etsy gift card I had been saving for something special. I found this awesome pair on Etsy, they are gold filled not plated and pretty cheap. I like the look of wearing just one and then a gold heart stud or something in the other ear. They make me feel edgy or something.
^^^Couldn't find the pic of LC wearing them but this Emma Watson pic proves that I definitley needed them. The ones I got on the right, link here.

++Have you guys seen this video? I was dying!

++SOOoooo we're moving to California again this summer?! We weren't really planning on it but an opportunity came up so we're going with it. Well kind of....Everett and I are going to Canada for the Month of May then to California with Ben for June, then back to Canada for July and then back to California in August.  Ben is going to be super busy so we didn't want to be totally bored out there and I love spending time at home in Alberta in the summer so I think it will be good!

++I want these shoes for summer so bad. I can't decide though, brown or black. What do you think?


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hoppity Hop Hop


On Easter Saturday, I took Everett to the Orem Easter Egg Hunt, I had never been to a city egg hunt and thought it would be fun. It wasn't. There were over 6000 people there and it was chaos.  A volunteer accidentally told us the wrong line and we were in the older kids hunt. By the time I realized this, it was too late to run over to the 0-3 age hunt so we braved the other one. There were over 2500 eggs on the field and Everett didn't even get one measly egg, we just weren't fast enough. He got some rock hard salt water taffy that was surely 2 years old and we high tailed it out of there a little defeated. Luckily the day redeemed itself.

My mom sent down the cutest Easter basket for Everett with lots of presents and delicious Canadian chocolate and candies (it's just better).  I added a few eggs filled with starburst jelly beans (you guys, life changing) and I hid all the candy in our 'front yard'.  Everett was much happier this hunt as he actually got all the good stuff. Everett is quite literally the most candy obsessed child you will ever meet, so one of the better days of his life. We have had to ration to one candy from his Easter basket a day. When he wakes up in the morning I can hear him chanting 'nandy' (candy) over the baby monitor. Nothing like some scrambled ( cadbury cream) eggs for breakfast.

We went up to Salt Lake that afternoon to meet our friends and do City Creek and Temple Square. We ate at the Cheesecake Factory and walked around. It was so springy and tulip-y and Temple Square was so beautiful. Everett loved Temple Square, he was actually asking me to take pictures of him, running from one ledge to another and sticking his hands in all the water features he could find.

We weren't really planning on doing much on Sunday but last minute invited my siblings and my cousin and some friends over for Easter dinner and I am so glad we did because I was feeling a little homesick knowing my entire extended family was doing a huge dinner together in Canada. I made a ham and scalloped potatoes and baked beans and it was homey and delicious!  It was also our church's LDS General Conference this weekend and although I was entertaining a two year old during all the sessions I felt the love of our leaders, inspiration to be better and so and grateful for all of my blessings.





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ketchup


I have unintentionally taken a little blog break. Mostly because I got hooked on a new show.....

Here's a little doo-wop of what we've been up to the last couple weeks. Because I know you all are just dddyyyiinnngg to know...

-My parents came and visited and it was amazing. Everett adores them and it is so fun to watch.
-Played Settlers, lost settlers, had an epiphany that I might not be good at that game like I thought.
-Went to 3 BYU rugby games. Still have little to no idea how that game works.
-Totally forgot about St. Patricks day on the 17th. Convinced Everett and Ben that the 18th was the new St. Patricks Day and we could celebrate then. And by celebrate I mean put green food coloring in our cereal
-My best friend cousin came down two weekends in a row and it was good for the heart to catch up and spend time together.
-Stayed up later than I have in like 4 years pretending we were still in college or something talking and playing with said cousin friend.
-2 trips to the jumping trampoline places that Everett is literally obsessed with. He asks to go 16 times a day and spends the rest of his times watching videos on  my phone of him at the jumping place.
-Saw Cinderella with the girl cousins and loved every cheesy second of it. It was really beautiful and I want all of my children present and future to see it.
-Went to a gender reveal party, I love when my friends have babies!
-Had a bonfire with cousins and friends and it felt like SSSUUUMMMMMEER (said like Olaf)
-Read 6 books! I've been on a big reading kick lately. Highly recommend the 'chick flick books' Just One Day, Just One Year and the final little novella Just One Night by Gayle Foreman.
-Had one sick little boy and cleaned up more puke than I ever thought possible. Laundy4eva.
-Big decision making about what we are going to do this summer. I hate change.




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                                        'a picture of my child, once a week, every week for a year'

10/52
My dad and my baby

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'We should get jerseys 'cause we make a good team'

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Everett was sick this week and it was horrible but watching him sleep and cuddling all day was a small bright side.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Choo Choo Everett's Two!


We had Everett's family and friends birthday party last Saturday and it was so fun! Everett (and us) seriously felt so loved and happy surrounded by so many good friends and family! My aunt and Uncle in Provo were nice enough to let us use their beautiful home and I had a lot of help from family!

It was train themed and I had a lot of fun putting it all together. We served chicken burrito bowls with all the dressings and cupcakes and fruit pizza for dessert. It was a lot of time but I actually enjoy this kind of stuff, getting my creative on, I feel like I'm indirectly actually using my advertising degree or something ;). I can't keep my house clean and a lot of days I am in my pj's till 2pm, but I can throw a decent birthday party!

Watching Everett try to sing along jibberish while we were all singing happy birthday to him and blowing out his 2 little candles made my night and life.

Roll the pictures...(I'm a dummy and got hardly any pictures of the actual guests)

^^^The invite  ticket!
^^^Chugga Chugga (get it ;)) straws that no one actually used, they look cute though.

 ^^^Found these little boxes at Micheals, took off the lids, painted a stripe, added some wheels and ta da!



 ^^^My new favorite dessert!!
^^^My sister made almond joy cupcakes. To die for. I had like 7








 ^^^My mother in law with her grandsons!
 ^^^Made the railroad table runner just out of foam sheets and glued them together

 ^^^Everett's littlest buddy Wesley


^^^All the little boys loved helping opening the presents
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