Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Little Miracle For Your Sunday

We found LOU LOU!!!!!!! Two years ago Lydia lost her most precious belonging. Her little toy Lou Lou that she had slept with every night since she was 4 months old. We knew it was at my parent's home. But after searching every possible place, we had to concede she was gone. (My poor mom emptied out everything in her searchings) Well yesterday as I was looking for a misplaced pair of shoes, I glanced in the bottom of my parents grandfather clock. I screamed when I saw who laid there. Lots of tears and joy for our little miracle. And not just from Lydia. Happy happy day.

P.S. why would I look in the grandfather clock for my shoes? Well because my niece Paige was in town and I had to think "what would Paige do with a pair of shoes". She's very creative that way. 
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Friday, June 21, 2013

InstaFriday #39

Wednesday I drove the 7 hours to Spokane, kissed the kids, took a sleeping pill and woke up, 20 hours later. Here's to moms who take care of their sick daughters. And to childhood homes that are better than any hospital. (This rainy view from my bedroom ain't half bad either.)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top 5

Shane and I were discussing our "top 5" the other day. 
The top hottest members of the opposite sex.
Other than each other of course.

As for mine.....

 Daniel Craig is just all over yummy. Best Bond ever.

I never really paid much attention to Ewan McGregor.
But then I heard him sing on Moulin Rouge. 
Wow. Hot factor through the roof.

Ian Somerhalden.
Doesn't everyone put up with the lameness of Vampire Diaries just to watch Damon?

Jimmy Fallon. Sexy and funny. Really really funny.

And he also made a great young Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock.
And I'm strangly attracted to Jack Donaghy. Not Alec Baldwin. Just Jack Donaghy.

And my #1 all time pic for sexiest man? 


I have been crushing on this guy since I was 18 years old and he took over the Today Show and suddenly I was so interested in the news.

I know. It's random. But that guy is beautiful and has the best style. 

Other really fantastic runner-ups? Joel McHale, Matt Bomer, and Jude Law

Whose on your top 5 list?

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday Sick Day

Oh man. I am so sick. I've come down with a cold but I've never had a cold like this. Today is day 6 and I'm miserable. And of course, I'm pregnant. 
That beautiful Nyquil taunts me as I stick to the honey-lemon tea and Tylenol that my doctor prescribed. 

I haven't sleep for more than an hour at a time since Monday. The only place I feel some comfort is laying in the shower so I've been taking three showers a day (or middle of the night.) On the bright side, my legs have never been so smooth. 

Thursday I co-hosted a ladies brunch at my friend's house and then hosted a bridal shower at mine. Previously planned things I couldn't postpone. 
I looked like death, but somehow I got through them and they turned out nice.
With the help of a sweet housecleaner who took my emergency call.

Shane can't take any time off, but I've had some great friends who took the kids for a few hours to let me nap.

Not that I can nap with the constant coughing, but resting is nice. 

Anyone know what happens when you have a big baby resting on your bladder and an uncontrollable rasping cough? Yeah. That happens. 

The person who I am so impressed with is Lydia. She has just taken over watching Collin. They play school, she helps him pick out clothes, they play board games together. 

Friday morning I woke up to find that Lydia had already made herself and Collin breakfast, 
and a little something for me.

Sweet sweet girl. 

I have a great family.

(But being sick and pregnant still totally sucks.)

Any suggestions for dealing with a cold while pregnant? 
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Monday, June 10, 2013

MY Summer Bucket List - before and after baby

Lydia came home from school last week with her cute little summer bucket list. "Go Fishing, Go Camping, Eat lots of Popcicles...." All the fun basic summer plans that a seven year old would want. I looked at her list and decided it would be pretty easy to check off her list.

Then I started thinking of MY summer list. Usually I'm not very focused on my own summer. But this summer is different. At the end of this summer, everything is going to change. 

I've decided that August is actually a pretty good time to have a baby. Yes, it's hot. But I have two full months to enjoy this little island of easy that I've created in my family. 

I have a seven year old and a 4 year old. Both are potty trained. Both go to bed easily. (Well, Collin is going through a get up a lot at night phase, but we are working on it.) When the two of them get up, they don't come and get me. They play for a while and sometimes make their own "pre-breakfast" to tide them over. I sleep until 7:50AM everyday. 

When I make dinner, they stay out of the kitchen and play outside or use their TV time. When we drive in the car, only pleasant conversation accompanies us.

My house is pretty clean most of the time. Clutter happens and normal spills occur but I can keep up with it. I'm always caught up on laundry. 

My nights are free to work on church projects, read books or organize.

Date nights are a cinch to make happen.

My life is my own and I am in control.

In two months my life will implode.

Let's be honest. I've done this twice before. And lately I've been up at night, staring at the ceiling thinking, "Am I really starting this over again?!?"

Don't get me wrong, I'm beyond excited for this baby. But I'm aware of what happens next. My life is about to about to be something I have no control over. 

Mostly it's the exhaustion that scares me. That crippling exhaustion that is unlike anything you've ever experienced. You think you've been tired...and then you have a baby. Being awake is agony. Being awake and expected to function like a normal mother? It's its own special kind of torture. Exhaustion plus the pain of a c-section? I can't even think about it.

Laundry, meals, homework, cleaning, church callings, playing with kids, attempting to get them to school on time.....all these seemingly easy tasks morph into one insurmountable mountain that must be climbed while wearing an infant attached to my breast. And a husband who works hours that make him completely inaccessible. 

So. There is not much I can do about all that. I'm getting as much ready before I have the baby. I'm praying daily I'll have a mild mannered daughter who sleeps well and is easily comforted. 

What I can do is enjoy these two last months. Enjoy the calm before the storm. Or at least until the bed rest starts.

My bucket list - Before Baby

1. Tend my herb garden and cook from it. 
2. Start making freezer meals
3. Go to Roaring Springs Water Park, pretend I'm confident in my maternity swimsuit. Lounge in the "lazy river" while Shane takes the kids on the slides.  
4. Send the kids and Shane camping and relax in the house alone.
5. Go to "Movies in the Park" with the family and stay the entire time. (Done!)
6. Buy all Birthday gifts and school clothes for the next few months so I don't have to stress about them.
7. Spend two weeks reading next to the pool while the kids take swimming lessons. 
8. Watch fireworks on 4 of July. Grill. Make smores. 
9. See a outdoor play with Shane.
10. See a movie with Shane.
11. Go out to romantic dinner with Shane.
12. Have a backyard tea party with the kids.
13. Take Lydia on a special date.
14. Paint and decorate nursery. (Shane paints. I decorate.)
15. Spend a week in Spokane. 
16. Eat at Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant. 
17. Attend the Green Bluff Strawberry Celebration. Point to plump berries for my kids to pick so I don't have to bend over.
18. Let my dad take the kids fishing on his boat while I nap.
19. Yard sale with my mom.
20. Get a mani pedi the week before delivery.
21. Make Shane agree on a middle name.

My bucket list - After August 12th - 

1. Cuddle with my baby and try to remember each smell and sound.
2. Watch my children fall in love with their new sister.
3. Accept help with basic duties.
4. Not stress about a messy house.
5. Help Lydia make the school bus on time with lunch money, clean clothes and matching shoes.
6. Ignore the phone/emails regarding Relief Society Presidency stuff. (Sorry. I need a couple months off.)
7. NOT look in any full body mirrors. Not worry about "getting body back" until c-section is fully healed.)
8. Give the kids extra T.V. time while I nurse and nap.
9. Stay patient with Shane's work schedule and remember he would be home if he could. 
10. Get newborn photos taken of baby and take photos of the kids all together in matching outfits.
11. Hang out with visiting relatives and not worry too much about being a lacking hostess. 
12. Take a long shower and cry for no reason.
13. Be loving to Shane and remember this is a exhausting time for him too.

What's on your Bucket List?

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Friday, June 7, 2013

InstaFriday #38

I'm just about 30 weeks! Yay! 
So far not feeling the third trimester yuckness yet. Except the heartburn. Yowzers. 
That stuff sucks.
I was a little nervous about weight gain. I'm already at 20 pounds. But then my nurse told me she gained 100 pounds with her last baby. I felt much better after that.

My Baby Center "29 weeks along" text told me I need to be very focused on calcium at this point in the baby's development. So Collin and I hit the local donut joint for a big jug of milk. I do what it takes to take care of my babies.

And I'm no where near gaining 100 pounds so what's the harm? :)

There is no hiding this. Maybe I should lay off the donuts. 
And Nutella.
And Almond snickers.
And Five Guys Burgers.

After 10 years of driving it, I sold my Honda Accord.
I was a little distraught when it drove off. 
I brought both my babies home from the hospital in it.
One of them was conceived in it!
(Just kidding.)

But I sold it in 24 hours at 20% above Blue Book, so that helped with the sting.

 I treated myself to some of my (second) favorite flower. Now I need to find some hydrangeas (my most favorite flower) to mix in.

My outside flowers are looking pretty sweet too.
But that's mostly because Shane installed irrigation so my negligence won't kill them.

In other news, Lydia went to cheer camp.
I don't know how I feel about that. But she and her best friend had a great time.

I think I need to get her into soccer soon.

Shane has been reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" with the kids and has now moved on to "The Marvelous Land of Oz". They are pretty into it. Shane voice for the wicked witch is super creepy. I'm on a mission to catch it on video.

Took the kids to get cheap summer flip flops at Old Navy and suddenly Collin disappeared.

Where oh where could he be???

Spent a few hours last Saturday scouting neighborhood yard sales.
 Nothing quite as thrilling in the world of yard sales as finding a "horder's estate sale" run by their weary relatives. Got this summer craft supply hoard for the kids for $4.

I'm putting together "summer fun bags" for the kids. Today is Lydia's last day of school!

So excited for summer!

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