Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blogging for FOUR years // Top 10 posts

As of this month, I have been blogging for FOUR years now.  It is kind of great, I don't really have any true 'hobbies' so this kind of serves that purpose and I have surprised myself that I have stuck with it this long.

I like blogging. I love that I can look back and see pictures of Ben and I as newlyweds, our first apartment, our first Valentines Day, look to see how I was feeling at 20 weeks pregnant, and look to see was it 6 or 7 months when Everett was sitting on his own?

I also just like to vent, write, talk, gossip, share and put down my feelings and thoughts, whether it's about motherhood, Vampire Diaries, Everett, the book I am reading, etc. My blog has become such an outlet for me, a time capsule that I love.  For a minute there I was trying to really grow my blog and get a million followers and make it big (hahaha) but it was so so much work and time and money and it started to lose the wonder and fun for me, so here I am just doing it for me and my family and you know, my future prosterity.

I thought I would share my top 10  favorite and most viewed posts I have written in the past four years  (274 posts yo!).

That one time I 'came out' about my pretty impressive TV addiction. The only thing that has changed is there are more beloved shows in my line up now.

This list of 10 things I love, but everyone else hates is kind of stupid and kind of random but I still like it.
And this list of 10 things I love about Canada is pretty awesome, although I cringe at how bad my photoshop skills were back then.  To this day I still get like 200 views a week on this post and I have no idea why?!

This post of little things I want to remember, and then this one of sorta the same silly little things are kind of presh.
All the ways I am becoming just like my mother , a special ode to my dad on fathers day and a special shout out to my special little sister Hailey.

I graduated from BYU and wrote a post about 'wish I knew then, what I know now' about BYU secrets and college in general.

How Ben and I fell in Love at Chili's Bar and Grill

Everett's Birth Story

These observations of a new mom part one, part two, part three are really fun.  Also in the same category a series of unfortunate events and how my baby is just like a boyfriend.

A memory filled post of my beloved family cabin in Waterton, Alberta.

Maybe my favorite post yet, just after Everett turned one year, the things I had learnt so far about being a mom.  Wish I knew then, what I know now.

I have also really loved doing the 52 project this year: a picture of my child once a week, every week for a year.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Everett:18 Months

K, 18 months is fuuuuuuuuuuuun. He is getting so funny and he is such a little show-off. He makes everything a game and makes us laugh daily and so many times Ben and I look at each other and say 'did you teach him that?' and usually he just learns himself and remembers the most random things.  18 months is also hard because he wants to be so independent and do things on his own and he is so active but if I let him out of my sight for a second, he is climbing something dangerous or eating dead moths off the floor or something!  He also can't quite communicate as well as we all would like and so things can get emotional for him quite often when he can't quite understand why on earth we have to take away the toilet brush that he was having such fun with! 
He understands a ton, it seems like he understands mostly everything we say to him but he himself is only saying about 5-10 words. Ben and I were just saying how nice it is to say 'Everett go get a diaper and your wipes' or 'can you go put this in the garbage for me' and he does it happily while we sit on out butts!
This month we are also weaning (going better than I expected), nursery at church (going just as I expected) and transitioning to one nap a day (going worse than I expected) and no, still sleeping worse than ever but we have big plans now that we are back home. I am hoping at the next update at 21 months I can report a toddler FINALLY sleeping through the night. God Speed.

His toys. I feel like he is finally starting to appreciate them and play with them.
Toy aisles at the store.  I took him to Toys R Us for the first time a few days ago and he was happy screaming, hyperventilating and almost in tears he was so happy as he ran down each new aisle.
Anything with a steering wheel. Loves those ride on cars more than life itself.
Putting on hats, belts, glasses shoes and then yells 'mom, mom, mom, mom, mom' until I look.
Movies (for about 15 minutes max) and music videos.
All fruit. Other favorite foods are yogurt, pb&j's, chicken noodle soup, fruit snacks and broccoli
Saying 'ya' or 'yap' to everything. He blabbers all day but can only say a handful of words: ya, uh-oh, mom, shoes, ball (mall), yum-yum, cheese and pop.  He also knows about 10-15 signs.
Giving kisses and will every time we ask now and he blows the best kisses when saying goodbye. Also at night when we are saying goodnight, he will give Ben a kiss, then me a kiss and then he grabs Ben's head and pushes it towards mine and makes us kiss a couple times.
DANCING. He loves loves to dance and asks for music multiple times a day, even if he hears someone whistling far away he will start to dance. Also, dances to church hymns during church.
His stuffed lion called Kitty Cat
Holding hands, he prefers one of us on each side. If it just me and him walking somewhere he will try to grab strangers hands walking near us with his free hand.
Being out and about and around lots of people but is still quite shy if people try to hold or talk to him and still very clingy to Ben and I.
SWIMMING. He got to be such a good, brave swimmer this summer!

^^^I feel like these pictures show how glorious that mop of hair is.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer #fromthecuttingroomfloor

Well Ben started school today so I guess that means summer is over? Although we still plan on hitting up the Utah splash pads and going to get shaved ice at our favorite place every night until it closes. I would one day like to say I have tried all 50 flavors they have, that's just a healthy long-term goal of mine.  
I am so happy we had the opportunity to live in California for the summer, it was overall a fun time and although traffic there is the most infuriating thing I can think of, I LOVED the weather, the beach and I even came home liking the California famous avocado because they put that stuff on everything.

It feels good to be home though. 
All Everett's toys we left here are like new to him, our bed is like a dream every night, we have a TV again and people in Provo are just so nice.

Now comes the photo dump portion of the post where I post all the pictures that haven't made it to the blog or instagram yet: 'Hang in there Joan!'

^^^A trip to Solvang CA, the cutest little danish town where we bought wooden shoes Christmas ornaments and ate danish pastries.
^^^Box toy/ our fav fountain by our CA apt.
^^^(above) 'Hollywood isn't even that cool mom!' (below) Magnolia Bakery Review: cupcakes=subpar, banana pudding=amazeballs. Also posing with my girls Mary-Kate and Ashley on the blvd.
^^^We are a family whether the Angels win the Pennant or not!
^^^Always, always on the move
^^^He thought this was so hilarious, he was right//Daddy's home from worrrrrrkkkk!!!!!
^^^Us-ies, this is the face Everett makes when I say 'say cheese'
^^^Picking raspberries at Great Grandma Mac's house, he ate them faster than I could pick them. sweetest face.
^^^"BEST. PARADE. EVER. SUCKERS FOR EVERYONE!! /// Conquering the escalator
^^^My JAM!!! // Kids in the summer have it good, Popsicle pool break (cousins)
^^^Just doing some partying before bedtime at my parents
Everett vs. corn /// Everett vs. the stairs

Sunday, August 24, 2014


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

Oh to be a kid in the summertime.  {See also the road rash on his left eye, because sometimes his little body can't quite keep up to his independent spirit.}

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tips and Tricks for Flying with a Baby

This Thursday when we fly back to Utah it will be Everett's 18th flight in his 18-month-old life! With a once-colicky baby I was so terrified to fly with him and a now-very active and loud toddler I still get a little nervous, especially when we are flying without Ben. We have been lucky and surprised though because Everett has done awesome on all the flights so far (albeit the longest flight has been five hours).

We usually try to push Everett's nap so he will sleep on the plane (best white noise machine ever) but when that doesn't work I thought I would let you know what I have learned so far...I have only had one bad experience with a rude passenger, people are usually so nice and understanding.

NEW TOYS: Before the airport I hit up the Target Dollar Spot and just grab a few things that Everett has never seen before.  It doesn't have to be an awesome toy, as long as it is new it entertains him for a while. When he was a wee babe, the stacking cups were a favorite and now he is really into sticker books (which are a good time suck) Someone also just recommended pipe cleaners to me which I am going to try on this next flight, I think I will bring some Cheerios and show him how to string them onto the pipe cleaners (again, I love things that take a LONG time)

BOPPY: We have only done one red-eye flight (which I will probably never do again) but I brought my Boppy breastfeeding pillow, so Everett could lay down on it when he was asleep on one of our laps. That way no one's arms are going completely numb holding him.

SNACKS: Obviously super important for all ages.  When he was a baby we loved bringing the squeeze pouches and puffs and now he loves goldfish (can I just say the new goldfish flavors are freaking delicious) and fruit snacks etc. I know suckers can be sticky but they also take a lot of time to eat and are kind of a novelty to Everett so it might be worth it (and good for popping their little ears). Also, just saw on the Love Taza blog that her kids love Pez on flights so I will have to try that as well.

ICE CUP: When the flight attendants come around with drinks I ask for a cup with just ice.  It might just be Everett, but he loves Ice so I let him suck on the ice and play with it for a bit and that will entertain him for at least 10-15 minutes.

BABY CARRIER: Everett is just barely to big for our carrier these days but up until now it was a life saver going through airports. I would strap him in so I could be hands free at the ticket counter and through security and I could still pull my own carry on. Be careful with the sling carriers that have metal rings, I have seen security make moms take them off and wake up sleeping babies to go through the scanner!

BOTTLE/SIPPY/SOOTHER: This is old news but bring them a soother or some kind of liquid or breastfeed on take-off and landing to help their ears pressurize.  You are allowed to bring breast milk, formula, or even juice or water through security if it is in a baby cup they just test it real quick. NOTE: You do not need to wake up your baby if they are sleeping to make them suck or anything.  I learned that the hard way.

WINDOW SEAT: I always try to get a window seat because A)It's the easiest to breastfeed modestly and B) Everett loves pulling the shade up and down and looking out the window.  On flights where I can't select my seat, I usually ask at either the initial ticket counter or the gate and every single time they have been able to change my seat to a window seat.

IPAD: I use this as last resort but Everett will watch a little bit of a downloaded movie or Barney for about 10 minutes.  We also love to scroll through photos and videos I have on there and point out who is in the pictures and what we were doing.  Also Photobooth and simple games can be entertaining for when they are a little older.

CHECK IT: Do you know almost all airlines allow you to check a stroller and car seat and base for free.  You can also carry on a diaper bag and breast pump for free (in addition to your own carry on) for FREE!  We usually check our car seat (in this awesome travel bag) and then gate-check our stroller so we can put him in in through the airport (when we aren't using the bjorn).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

32/52 33/52

                                    A Photo Series 'A picture of my child once a week, every week for a year'
When Ben comes home every night, instead of running to him, he takes one look, happy screams and sprints to his bucket of toys, he knows his dad can never turn down playing with him.

My blonde-hair blue-eyed baby

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Taking Stock

 ^^^Pictures from our day in LA last weekend, this is at the LACMA
 I have seen this post going around, I'm a copycat

Making : plans for our return to Utah {9 days}
Cooking : everything on the BBQ
Drinking : water, trying to give up my soda addiction
Reading: Blogs and If I Stay, what would I do without upcoming movies to make me read the book first
Wanting: to remember how Everett answers 'ya or yap' to absolutely every question
Looking: for a balance between eating healthy and enjoying delicious food.
Playing: peek-a-boo, tickles, bubbles, and dance party.
Wasting: away our afternoons at the pool in the best way.
Sewing: nothing
Wishing: for a date night with Ben.
Enjoying: our last few weeks in California.
Waiting: for my bangs to grow out....again
Liking: my freckles and light tan
Wondering: Who the heck 'A' is. I'm catching up on PLL and this show bugs me so bad but I can't stop. Also, it's a little scary, I can't watch it at night.
Loving: naptime.
Hoping: I'm doing ok at raising a good kid.
Marvelling: at how much Everett really understands.
Needing: sleep. and to sleep train. and possibly a baby free vacation.
Smelling: Johnson's baby lotion. I think I will still be using it on Everett when he's 12.
Wearing: more lipstick. 
Following: my one year old everywhere, 
Noticing: I'm really not very good at keeping in touch with friends. I need to get better.
Knowing: that I need to be more positive and grateful.
Thinking: about how much I love it when Ben is home.
Feeling: hopeful and confident.
Bookmarking: house decor. I need a house first.
Opening: bills, bills, bills
Learning: the art of the bribe.
Giggling: is the worst word.  

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