September 6, 2019

August GBOMB

August seemed so busy, but looking back I can't really remember us doing too much. Even on the days when we sit at home doing nothing, it still feels busy when there's three little ones to care for. Here is what I can remember of the Good, the Bad, and what's been On My Brain for August.

G O O D
+We got a cat. That's not something I thought I would be saying. Not that I have anything against cats, but I'm much more of a dog person. I follow the local humane society on Facebook and thought that maybe one day we would rescue a dog (as in possibly a few years from now). Instead of that being the case, I saw a three legged cat pop up in my feed and within a couple hours we had adopted an eight-ish year old, tripod cat. We named her Big Tuna (as a nod to The Office) and she is quite the affectionate cat. The humane society told us that she would probably hide out for the first week or so, but she immediately wanted to be around the action. They also warned us that since she's an older cat and may have endured some trauma (they have no idea how she lost her leg), that she might not do well with rambunctious little kids. Luckily, she has been excellent with the kids and puts up with their constant need to be in her face. I'm pretty sure she was abused to some extent before because she does kind of cower if she's not expecting you to pet her or if you walk past her too fast, but she doesn't run and hide, and she doesn't let it stop her from being around all our rowdiness (she immediately starts crying/howling if she can't find what room we're in). I think she's a good fit for our family, and we hope she enjoys her time in our house.
+The fence around our backyard has started! It should be done soon and I'm excited to be able to send the kids to play in the backyard without worrying about what wildlife they might stumble upon. It's going to take a loooong time to get anything else in the backyard, but dirt will do for now. I mean dirt is peak play for a bunch of toddlers anyway. That also means that our dog Harley and tortoise Pancho Villa can come live with us again (they've been staying at my brother's house). Olive has been constantly pestering the cat and I'm always telling her to give the cat space. She's excited for Harley to join us because I told her that Harley loves attention and she can annoy Harley all she wants.

B A D
+Andrew sometimes has to travel for work. It's usually only for a few days each month, but in August he was gone a Sunday-Friday period, and then left the following Monday until Thursday. It was a rough two weeks for me.
+Eliza has been teething. It was at it's peak while Andrew was gone (lucky me). Her bottom two teeth are now poking out, but I'm sure more teeth will follow soon. That's the hard part about teething, once it starts you know you have a full year of teething ahead of you.
+I had a pretty bad cold. Luckily, it only came on strong one day before Andrew got home from his second trip of the month so once he was back I was able to take it easy. I always lose my voice when I'm sick which is pretty annoying. Then Eliza decided to make both teething and me being sick to new heights by getting Roseola. I have no idea how she got Roseola since we never leave the house. I don't think the Roseola was too bad for her, but it was hard to tell since she was already cranky from teething.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+I've been trying to come up with some regular chores for the kids to do. One day Taylor took his clean clothes and folded them and put them away in his dresser all on his own. Now that I know he can put away his laundry (very nicely at that), he is now responsible for that. Olive wants to be like Taylor so she attempts to put away her clothes, but really she just throws any and all clothes in whatever drawer she sees first. They will often "help" with things that I'm doing and they pick up their toys every day, but we haven't really established daily chores for the kids. I think they're ready for that step so I'm trying to come up with a system. Please share if you have a good chore system or ideas of what chores are appropriate/doable for a 4 year old and a 2.5 year old.
+I've come to the realization that life will always be busy. I mean I've always known that, but I've been thinking about it a bit more lately. A lot of days I feel like I get nothing done. I do keep three children alive which is so much work and pretty much the opposite of not getting anything done, but I still want to be able to accomplish more with my time. I'm trying to figure out what's important and beneficial in my life and and what fat can get cut. It's the whole good, better, best dilemma while also being realistic that life will always be a bit chaotic.

August 2, 2019

July GBOMB

It only took me two days to post the monthly GBOMB versus last month when it took me two weeks. July went by so fast and was full of family visits. I'm glad we filled our July up because August is looking pretty blank so far. So here is the Good, the Bad, and what's been On My Brain for the month of July.


G O O D
+Our 4th of July was so fun. There were fireworks here in Vail on July 3rd and then we drove to my mom's community pool on the 4th to go swimming. The kids love to swim and have been begging to go back to Grandma's pool ever since.
+Matt and Mimi (plus Josh, Jude, and Adele) were in Arizona to see their new house because they're moving here from Seattle in a few months. We stayed a night in Tempe to hang out and they came to us for a day trip. While they were here, we went to Colossal Cave for the first time (it's about 10 minute from our house) and then all got Bahama Bucks after the hot, humid walk through the cave. We even saw a Coatimundi in the parking lot of Colossal Cave.
+We were in our new ward for about a month before our boundaries changed. With this new change and many callings empty, I got called as a Mia Maid advisor. I've never had a calling in the Young Women's program and I'm really excited to work with the girls in our ward. (For those not familiar, wards are what we call local congregations in the LDS church and Mia Maids is an organization in the youth program that encompasses girls from age 14-15.)
+We got a brand new niece! Her name is Scout and she was a complete surprise! My sister-in-law Stephanie managed to keep her entire pregnancy a secret. We didn't know she was pregnant until she FaceTimed us AFTER the baby was born. We already love her so much.
+Speaking of our brand new niece, Stephanie is absolutely insane and drove by herself from California to Arizona with all 5 of her kids (with Scout being only a week old)! I don't know how she managed it, but we're so glad we got to hang out with them and meet new baby Scout. Once we found out she was in Tempe, we decided that day to get an AirBnb for the night and do a quick overnight stay with them. We had so much fun in the tiny condo we found and managed to take seven kids swimming twice in the 24 hours we were there.
+Michelle and Great Grandma Snow also visited Tempe. They drove down to Tucson with Andrew's mom and all of Stephanie's crew to see us for a day. We love when people come all the way out to our house in the middle of the desert.

B A D
+We did a lot of quick trips and saw a lot of family, all of which is on the good list. The bad part of this is late nights with kids who end up grumpy for lack of sleep and thrown off schedules.
+Andrew was out of town for work. All three kids decided to be little terrors while he was gone. Those four days felt like years. I'm guessing Eliza is going through a growth spurt or maybe getting some teeth. As for Taylor and Olive, I think they're plotting ways to drive me to the brink. It's the only explanation.
+Andrew's car is dead. We're replacing the engine because it's more cost effective for us to buy a new engine for our reliable Toyota Corolla versus buying a new car. It's not the worst thing in the world, but definitely not a cost we were anticipating. We have been without a second car for two weeks now and it looks like we have another week left of being homebound while Andrew is at work.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+Mesoamerica. I realize that seems pretty random, but I have always been fascinated with Mesoamerican culture, particular pre-columbian Mayan history. I've been reading a few books on it recently including the Popol Vuh and watching lectures by archeologists like George Stuart, David Stuart, and William Saturno so I've been thinking about it a lot. It's one of the things I get really nerdy about. I've decided that one day, when the kids are older, I'm going to go on a excavation trip in Mexico or Guatemala.
+I only have three more classes left until I have my Associates in General Studies. I don't know if I've really talked about my dilemma in picking a degree on here before, but here's the cliff notes version: I want a graphic design degree. It wasn't available online when I started, but the program I was in was new and there were talks of that potentially being available eventually. So I started a web design and development degree since that involved some graphic design work and could easily morph into the degree I wanted if it ever became available. I took a few graphic design classes that I enjoyed, but the bulk of it was a variety of different coding classes. I'm not good at coding. I can get by, but it's really difficult for me. With many more coding classes in my future that I was dreading, I decided to change course. I had enough credits to get a Web Design Certificate so I cashed in on that, but there wasn't any degrees of interest to me so I decided to get an Associates in General Studies and then hopefully be able to decide what I wanted for my Bachelors. Being only three classes away and having no desire for any of the Bachelor degrees available, I'm not sure what to do. I could transfer somewhere else, but my current tuition is highly discounted and will continue at the same low cost as long as I attend. I'm not sure I can justify transferring somewhere else and paying way more to get a degree that I probably won't use for much.

July 14, 2019

June GBOMB

Man, is this post late. It couldn't be skipped though since it's the only post that I seem to get around to. Without further ado, here's a quick rundown of the Good, the Bad, and what's been On My Brain for the month of June.

G O O D
+Eliza had her baby blessing on June 1st. We invited our immediate family to our new house so everyone got to be there for Eliza's blessing while also getting to see our new place.
+We broke ground on our backyard. We have all of the brush cleared out and are now waiting to hear back on a few estimates to fence it in.
+My dear friend Hannah got married! I drove up to Saint Johns for her bridal shower on Friday morning, her sealing in the Snowflake temple Saturday morning, and her reception Saturday night. It was fun to see Hannah as well as Jenna and Cassidy. We don't see each other often and we're all terrible at keeping in touch, but whenever we get together, it's like we've never been apart. I was also happy to be able to be back in Saint Johns since I don't have very many excuses to go back, even if it was just for a short while.
+We have loved watching the wildlife around our house. We see lots of quails, roadrunners, coyotes, and rabbits. I've been trying to film little clips of all of our animal visitors so I can put together a video.

B A D
+I had a cold in June which was no fun at all. Lots of body aches, sore throat, terrible congestion. Taylor and Olive had quick runny noises that only lasted 2 days which was good. But as hard as I tried not to breath on Eliza, she got it full force (I mean how could she not when I hold her 24/7). We all seemed to have recovered, but when I went on my solo weekend trip, my sickness reappeared. Sore throat, congestion, headaches. I think it's from my lack of sleep. It's been rough as of late and my body is not happy about it. The good thing about getting it when I was up at my friend's wedding is I was staying in a hotel and got two nights of uninterrupted sleep (my first full nights of sleep since Eliza was born). I got better a lot faster than my first time around. Hopefully we can avoid getting sick for the rest of the year (hahahahahaa).
+We have a wolf spider problem. We ordered some chemicals and sprayed our house so hopefully that takes care of them.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+I waited too long to do this GBOMB so I can't remember what was on my mind in June. I'll do better on my recap in July... maybe.
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