Sunday, April 27, 2014

Anniversary Countdown...two weeks of love

Two weeks from now Shane and I will be celebrating our 13th anniversary. 
With the baby still nursing, we won't do our usual night away. 
Instead we are getting the entire family involved in a little project. 
For the next two weeks Shane and I are going to show each other that we love each other with small acts of service. 
And the kids are going to help us think of them. 
Lydia is planning a special family home evening tomorrow with a game of "what shows love and what doesn't". 
We will also be showing the kids photos of our wedding day and telling them some of the reasons we decided to get married.
I started us out by making Shane one of his favorite meals tonight, ham and corn chowder with sourdough rolls. We set the table with some flowers he brought home. 
I'll post with some of the fun acts of love we end up doing. 
The kids are so excited  Should be a fun two weeks! 
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Insta-Friday #56 - SLC, Easter, new cousins and sweet kids.

My little blog is a little sad and lonely. It's about 73rd on my priority list in life. Three kids doesn't sound like much, but it's pretty time consuming. 

Yesterday I fell asleep during Elise's nap. I dreamt that I was being pressured to join PTA by someone at Lydia's school. And I punched that person very hard in the face. I think I'm tired.

But, somehow in that haze of exhaustion, good moments occur. 

Though I've been trying to avoid sugar for the last three weeks. So if I snap at you, that's why.

I did make a pan of homemade marshmallows, covered them in chopped Cadberry eggs and walnuts, and handed it to my husband with a fork. I wouldn't say that I'm the best wife in the world. But I'd say I'm at least in the top 10%.

In other news, bless instagram. It's like the lazy bloggers haven.

The dining room remodel is starting to really come together. The gray walls are so soft and welcoming and Shane really outdid himself with the bead board. The table he built looks fantastic in this room. Now to figure out what to put on the walls.

We headed down to Salt Lake City to attend the LDS General Conference and see family.
That temple always takes my breath away.

My brother-in-law and wife welcomed their new baby Jude to the world and the rest of the family was all together to meet him via skype. Adorable!

(So glad Elise is no longer a newborn.)

My sister Emily was in town so we got to meet her baby Max too! 

Let's try that again.


We love cousins.

Last week was glorious and warm. Finally.

It was perfect to eat outside. A "Ploughmans lunch" is my favorite way to get the family together, all eating off one platter. No utensils needed. Just veggies, fruit, hard boiled eggs, cheese, herbed boiled potatoes and grilled chicken. Leftovers make a great salad the next day. Planning on "cooking" this way at least once a week this summer.

Kids were shockingly unafraid of the Easter bunny.
Collin got nothing but gum in his eggs. While Lydia's age group hunt had tons of good candy.
Someone dropped the egg while planning this hunt.

Tried out some possible Easter outfits on Elise.

I love my baby!

"Guess what??? If I yell loud and long enough, mommy will just bring me into the shower instead of making me sit and play with a lot of dumb toys."

Running out the door to get Collin to preschool today, I was dressed in one of Shane's old dress shirts with a baggy sweater on top, yoga pants, ratty slippers and my hair in a pencil. When Collin saw me, he smiled. "Oh mommy. You look so beautiful." And he really meant it. You know that sweet boy got the biggest hug this morning.

Lastly, I had a wee bit of a breakdown last weekend. After another terrible night sleep with a baby who just has to scream from 2am to 4am most nights- Elise flat out refused to nap after falling asleep for 3 minutes in the car. I lost it. Sobbing into my pillow, hyperventilating - lost it. Later I walked into the guest room (where I sleep to be closer to the nursery) I found my bed made and these notes and coupons from Lydia. "Having a baby can be rough, but leave it to me- let's have a day off!" Included - nap coupon, mani pedi coupon, baby sitting coupon and house cleaning (good for three rooms) coupon. 

How did I get such a wonderful family?

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I love Easter and spending it with my eternal family. 

A entire holiday to focus on our Savior Jesus Christ. He lives. 
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Easter Place Cards

I just posted this little Easter placecard holder on instagram and had some requests to post a tutorial. It's a little late to make it at home, since today is Easter, but that's what pinterest is for! And you could always put a few cut flowers in the egg instead of growing your own grass. 

For the egg, I carefully broke off the top and filled halfway with soil. Then I followed this wheatgrass growing tutorial. It took about 6 days to grow. Then I stuck a little initial sticker on the egg. 

Of course, the egg is just going to tip over on the plate.

Then I remembered some little origami egg holders I made a year or so ago. 

This is why you keep a handy box labeled "Easter" in the garage. Waste not, want not.

For the origami egg holder, I followed a video tutorial from Minted

Pretty cute for our Easter dinner! Now all I need is some ham and funeral potatoes and we will be set. 

Enjoy your Easter :)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April - Month of JOY.

Isn't Elise adorable? She is so happy. She radiates joy. It's contagious. 

This month I am focusing on finding daily JOY.

Since having this little darling seven months ago, I'm been spending my time getting the absolute necessities done. Laundry gets done, meals are made, homework finished: because these are mandatory duties. Church responsibilities get taken care of since I've made the commitment to keep on top of them. And I've spent my downtime focusing on having little moments of happiness. A bath here, some crafting there. Glossy magazines, chocolate and Diet Coke for a quick pick me up. These are all great and totally necessary for my sanity. But there is a serious lack of habits that bring joy into my life. Probably because I've been in survival mode for almost a year. But I need NEED to add these things back in on a regular basis. Even if they take a bit of effort. I'm ready to get back to an intentional life. 

So, as an Easter month goal, I am going to do each of the following "Joyful routines" daily. 
If I can do something for a month, I can make it part of my regular life.

1. Exercise. - Either a trip to the gym, a long walk with the baby or a dance party with the kids. Something to get my heart rate and endorphins up.
2. Spend a quiet moment in dedicated prayer. - When I am not falling asleep. 
3. Spend special private time with each individual older kids. Away from the baby.
4. Spend a few minutes reading or listening to something spiritual. 
5. Eat healthy foods. Write down what I eat to keep track.
6. LIGHTS OFF BY 10:45pm. 

These things seem simple, but after only getting the basic things in life done for the last year, I've fallen out of practice. Being rested....brings me joy. Spending quality time with my kids....brings me joy. Having time to speak to my Heavenly Father brings me joy. I am happy. But I could be more than that. 

I'll let you know how it goes. 

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