July 6, 2018


June has gone by so fast and kind of in a blur. I had a hard time writing this up simply because I couldn't remember too many stand-out moments for either the good or bad category - it was just an average month going through the motions. This is what I put together to remember the good, the bad, and what's been on my brain in the month of June.

+The beginning of the month we decided to make a surprise trip back to Arizona. We didn't tell anyone and it was so fun to see everyone's reactions to us showing up unexpectedly. This was the only out-of-the-ordinary thing we did in June. I need to write up a blog post about our trip because we stayed for an entire week and we had so much fun.
+Stephanie and crew were in AZ as well so the kids had a blast with their Steed cousins. If only our Seattle Snows and Aunt Michelle could have been there too!
+We had our first visitors come stay with us in California. My cousin Natalie and her sister-in-law Amanda came and went to Disneyland. I even got to go on my first solo trip to the park one night while they were here. It was so fun to have visitors. If anyone needs a CA vacation, please come stay with us!
+Olive had a doctor's appointment. Maybe this shouldn't be in the good category because Olive hates the doctor's office (I honestly think she has harbored memories of her stay in the hospital at 5 weeks which makes her distrust anyone with a stethoscope), but it was so nice to find a good doctor in a new place. Finding a pediatrician can be hard, but we lucked out on our first try.
+The kids are getting so big and independent. The other day I realized that I now have complete conversations with Taylor. It's so nice to be able to communicate with someone in the house during the day.

+I've haven't been the funnest mom as of late. We've watched way too many movies when I should have taken them to the park instead.
+I can't really think of anything else to put in the bad category which is great. It was a pretty average month with most of my memories coming from our trip to AZ.

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+I'm thinking about potty training Taylor. He really doesn't want to, but he's getting old and I'm getting tired of having two in diapers. Send good potty training vibes my way.
+I was called as a counselor in the Stake Primary Presidency. I don't really know what I'm doing yet and I feel so unqualified to have this calling. I felt this way when I was called into the Relief Society Presidency in my last ward and that turned out okay, so I'll hold out hope that I can manage this calling just the same.
+The recent revelation of the families that are being separated as they cross the border legally seeking asylum has consumed my thoughts as of late. I realize that the policy has been reversed, but thousands of families are still separated. To think that babies Olive's age are without their mother, and children Taylor's age are being held in cages and sleeping with foil safety blankets on the ground - it just breaks my heart. The thing is though, you don't even have to have any kids of your own to feel some sort of sympathy towards what's happening. It's an unimaginable injustice to permanently effect the mental health and progress of such small children. Before you classify them as immigrants, or illegal aliens, or however you want to justify it, remember that there is something that unifies us all. We're all humans. Let's show kindness and compassion to our fellow humans. And let's give this administration hell until every family is reunited.

June 4, 2018


+Andrew finished his MBA! I don't know who's more excited, him or me.
+We went to Disneyland with some of our family right at the beginning of the month. The kids had so much fun with their cousins and I had so much fun watching my children enjoy the Disney magic.
+Before we left AZ, I went to Coldstones with a bunch of my mama friends. We sat at Coldstones from 7-10:30 just talking and laughing. It was such a great last night in Arizona, but definitely made it harder to say goodbye to the friends I've made.
+We survived moving and made it to California all in one piece!
+We sold our house! Such a blessing that we were able to sell it so fast. I was really worried it would sit on the market for a while.
+We went to Disneyland a lot since moving to CA and it has been so fun. The kids love it (and Andrew and I might love it even more than them).

+Moving. It was so stressful. I'm glad it's over.
+The kids have gotten so many bumps and bruises since the move. I guess that's part of adjusting to a new house with stairs.
+Being away from all the family we lived near in AZ has been hard. We miss them.

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+Moving has got me thinking about the future and how our lives will look in a few years. We know California is temporary, but that's really all we know. It's strange not to have a solid plan in place.
+I've been trying to figure out the best methods to diffuse Taylor's difficult days. I haven't found what works for him when dealing with his orneriness and his defiant moments. Anyone have any good parenting book recommendations?

May 29, 2018

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

On Saturday, we decided to go on our first adventure here in California (besides our many trips to Disneyland). We went to the Natural History Museum in L.A. I always know that natural history museums will be a big hit with the kids because there are dinosaurs for Taylor and animals for Olive, plus they're interesting for Andrew and I. There were so many dinosaur skeletons and interesting displays. They had terrariums with tarantulas, scorpions, and the like. Taylor loved to find each creature hiding in the tank. We were able to catch the "Dinosaur Experience" show where there was a life-size dinosaur puppet. There was even outdoor areas for the kids to explore and play. Overall, it was a great museum. I think we might be back in the future.

Sunday night we decided to go for a walk on Seal Beach. Taylor loves the beach so he was in heaven. We watched people fish off the pier and looked for seashells until it was too cold for little Olive. Olive's face in this first set of pictures kills me.

May 28, 2018


After the beach on Monday, we spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Disneyland. Our new house is 20 minutes from Disneyland so we decided to bite the bullet and buy annual passes. This will probably be the first and last time we'll have the opportunity to own an annual pass and we're gonna get our money's worth. This initial trip proved that we'll get plenty of use out of it. We had the kids there for almost the entirety of the first day and they did great. We had so much fun (especially since some of the cousins were with us). I took around 100 photos on our beach day, but unfortunately only took a handful of photos (mostly on my phone) of our Disney days. Here are just a few of those photos to document our trip.

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 Brain 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.
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