May 20, 2018

Beach Day

Before we knew we were moving to California, we planned a Disneyland trip. It was so much fun and a good introduction to California living for the kids. Andrew's parents and his sister Stephanie's family came as well. I love to watch my kids with their cousins. They sure do love them. We got there Sunday evening and spent most of Monday at the beach. Taylor loved it, but Olive was a little unsure of it all. Tuesday and Wednesday we spent at Disneyland and California Adventures, but I'll post photos of that another day. For now, here are some photos from the beach. 

May 2, 2018


May is here and it's full of so many changes for our family. But before those can happen, I need to recap April. So here is the Good, the Bad, and what's been On My Mind for the month of April.

+Easter! I love that Taylor is old enough to get excited and understand holidays. We had so much fun dying Easter eggs, having Easter egg hunts, and seeing what the Easter bunny brought us.
+Taylor turned 3! I can't believe I have a 3 year old. We walked to the library in the morning and Andrew took him to Chuck E. Cheese to play games in the afternoon. We had a small birthday party a few days later with family and all Taylor requested was a green party.
+We went swimming a lot in April and both kids loved it. The kids are in swim lessons, but they're taught survival skills, not actual swimming. Something clicked for Taylor about a week ago and he figured out how to swim on his own. He can't tread water or anything, but he will hold his breath underwater and kick his little legs until he gets to me. Olive is also getting really brave and loves to jump off the edge into the pool. She's going to be a little fish before long.
+Andrew and I celebrated 4 years of marriage. We took a trip to Cave Creek sans kids and stayed in the coolest AirBnb.
+We got family pictures taken and I love them. Thanks so much Chrissy!!
+As of this past Monday, Andrew has officially finished school forever! We made it through his grad program alive! I am so proud of all his hard work and excited for what's next.
+We found out that we're going to California in the beginning of the month and we've lined up a rental within the last week. Finding a place to live was a huge stress factor for me so I'm glad we found something for our family.

+The kids had their last swim lessons. We have loved weekly swim lessons and the kids love their teachers. We're all really sad about it and wish we could take our swim classes with us to California.
+Olive has been teething something awful. She is an expert at throwing extreme tantrums and teething takes those tantrums to the next level.

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+All the house projects we have left. Moving is coming up quickly so it makes all the projects we have left to do on our house seem overwhelming. Also, selling the house is definitely a process I'm not looking forward to.
+Our upcoming Disney trip! It will be the first trip to Disney for the kids and I am so excited! We had this planned before we knew we were moving to California. We'll make the trip out for Disneyland, come home, then move back to California a week or two later. I guess it's a great way to dip our toes in to California living.

May is going to be a big month. Wish us luck on the move and pray for my sanity. Good thing we have Disneyland to break up this hectic month for us.

March 31, 2018


Another month has past so it's time for the only post you can depend on, my end of the month GBOMB. Here is the Good, the Bad, and what's been On My Mind for the month of March.


+Olive started swim lessons this month. She's been watching Taylor in swim lesson for a while now and the last few weeks has been trying to crawl into the water so I decided I might as well put her in too. She's been doing really well and is the cutest little fishy.
+We've done quite a few house projects. Our kitchen is 100% complete, we got a new front door and replaced the door leading into the garage, and we've been doing some yard work.
+Olive is pretty much walking. She still falls a lot and relies on crawling when she wants to get around fast, but I'd say she knows how to walk now. She just needs to decide to use it as her primary mode of transportation.
+I've had a lot of fun teaching Taylor about Easter. I love that he understands what holidays are now and can get excited about them. He loved decorating Easter eggs and was so excited to go to his friend Chandler's house for an Easter egg hunt. I can't wait to see how he reacts to his Easter basket tomorrow.
+My semester is almost over and I'm so happy. I'm taking a front-end development class and it has been tough. It has probably been my biggest workload of any course I've taken. Only 2 more weeks and I'm done. I'm also planning to take the next semester off. It will be so nice to not have to worry about homework.
+General Conference has started! I always look forward to General Conference weekend.

+It seems like we have so many house projects left. Time is quickly running out before we're going to put the house up for sale and there's still so much we want to do. Do projects every end?
+We didn't get to see the Easter Pageant. I actually took Taylor to watch it knowing that he would enjoy it, but we had to leave before it even started. I don't want to go too much into it since it's sort of embarrassing, but the short version is I threw up in the temple bushes and we had to head home.
+We were suppose to find out where we're moving to this month and that didn't happen. I am so anxious to find out where we're going so I can start planning.
+As parents, it's been a battle of the wills with Taylor. He is testing his boundaries and being pretty defiant. It gets pretty exhausting trying to find the balance between correcting behavior, punishing behavior, and ignoring behavior. Any advice on dealing with an ornery (almost) threenager?

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+I was recently released from my calling. Our Relief Society president moved so we were disbanded. I really enjoyed my time in the Relief Society presidency, but with our impending move, it makes sense to leave that role and pass it on to someone else. I will miss meeting twice a month with the other ladies in the presidency. I was silly to think that I would be free from a calling since we're moving in 2-3 months. I was called to work in the Primary the week after I was released. This is my first time working in the Primary so we'll see how that goes (especially since feisty little Olive will be tagging along).
+I've been thinking a lot about my relationship with this blog. I've certainly slowed down on posting. There was a time last year were I was getting some traction on my blog and started taking more paid sponsored posts, but I've since moved away from that; and I think it was the right choice for me. It was awesome getting some money for a hobby, but it changed my blog into something I didn't like. I like blogging just to document life happenings. I don't want to turn my blog into a giant commercial.

April looks like it's going to be a good month. Taylor turns three on the 3rd, our wedding anniversary is on the 12th, and hopefully we'll find out where we're moving to. Cross your fingers for us on that last one.
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