November 8, 2018

Aquarium of the Pacific

Two weekends ago, we visited the Aquarium of the Pacific. It was a fun few hours with relatively cheap admission. I think the highlight was seeing the sea lions and seals, and watching Taylor bravely pet the sting rays and jelly fish in the touch pools.


After we finished with the aquarium, we walked Pine Avenue Pier and let the kids play some games at an arcade we walked by. You would have thought Taylor and Olive won the lottery with how excited they were with the prizes they got to pick out with their tickets.


I just wanted to make sure to post these fun pictures from our day so I wouldn't forget.

November 4, 2018

October GBOMB

G O O D
+We went to Santa Barbara for a quick weekend trip. Our friends Brad and Haley flew down from Seattle to go with us and were kind enough to watch our kids one of the nights we were there so Andrew and I could go to watch a Jim Gaffigan show. More on that trip here.
+I can finally say that my all day nausea is finally gone! It only took until 24 weeks, but I no longer have to take my Zofran everyday. It is glorious.
+The Steeds were able to stop by our house on their way to and from another visit. The kids were so glad to see their cousins even if it was just a quick trip.
+I managed two trips with the kids to Disneyland this month. It's really hard to go in October because it is so packed with people who come in for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Even though our first trip was really crowded, we still had a fun time and managed to get on quite a few rides. Our second trip the week of Halloween was surprisingly empty so the kids and I lucked out with short wait times.
+We went as a family to the Aquarium of the Pacific. We've had tickets forever and finally used them. I don't think there's a better family activity than going to an aquarium.
+The whole month of October has been fun with the kids because of Halloween. They have loved watching Halloween specials and pretending to Trick-Or-Treat. Andrew took them to a fun Halloween festival in Marina Del Ray and then we had a fun Halloween activity at our church. The kids looked so cute in their costumes.
+I did a 10 day social media fast and in that time I read seven books. It's great that I read so much, but a little sad how much extra time I had when I wasn't wasting it scrolling Instagram.

B A D
+I had more dental work done. I guess this could go in the good category because it's almost all done. Only one more visit. On top of that, I had to go to an oral surgeon and have a weird blood blister removed from my tongue. I didn't expect the recovery from that to be so intense, but man, it was not fun and I'm still feeling the after effects of it. Luckily the stitches have finally dissolved so it just feels like a big cranker sore on my tongue now.
+Olive has been really grumpy this month. Anytime something doesn't go quite her way, she screams at the top of her lungs to voice her displeasure. It hasn't been fun dealing with her.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+The upcoming election. I already sent in my early ballot and I'm interested to see how it all turns out. Make sure to exercise your right to vote on November 6th!
+I think I'm going to start potty training with Taylor again. I can't get him interested at all, but he hates having his diaper changed so it's time. I just have to buckle down and be consistent with him.

Now onto the most wonderful time of the year. We've already gotten the Christmas books and movies out. I don't think it will be too much longer before our Christmas decoration goes up. I know some people argue for a clear definition between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Christmas is just so much fun with kids and I plan on squeezing every drop of happiness out of the season (which means we will start celebrating every year on November 1st for the foreseeable future despite the naysayers).

October 24, 2018

Santa Barbara Weekend

As a (very) early birthday present, Andrew got me tickets to see Jim Gaffigan in Santa Barbara. If you haven't heard of Jim Gaffigan, he's a clean comedian who is hilarious and talks a lot about food. He has a few specials on Netflix which I recommend checking out.

As we started planning our weekend trip to Santa Barbara, we invited our friends Brad and Haley, not really expecting for them to be able to come, but they were totally down. Technically Brad is my sister-in-law's lifelong friend so Andrew has always known Brad and I've known him since I married into the family. He was also the sole male on our girls trip to London/Paris. He recently got married to Haley who we love. They were in California a few months back and the kids and I helped them get into the Disneyland parking garage with our annual passes. We hung out with them the next day as well at the beach and at our house. The kids love them and it was fun to hang out with them as married couple friends (finding married couple friends is hard). So inviting to them to join us in Santa Barbara seemed like a great idea.

They flew in from Seattle and then we drove to our Airbnb in Santa Barbara. The Airbnb was way nicer than we expected and had a huge backyard for the kids to play in. That first night there we walked to the nearby beach. It was quite a longer trek than I expected and the beach wasn't the best, but there was no one else on it and Taylor still had fun digging in the sand. After spending the evening at the beach, we went out to eat at a delicious Mexican restaurant.

The next day we went to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. I always love natural museums and so do the kids. You can't go wrong with lots of animals. Our admission even included a butterfly exhibit which I was not expecting.

Once we finished at the museum, we headed to downtown Santa Barbara for lunch and a little wandering.

That night was the Jim Gaffigan show. Brad and Haley were kind enough to watch the kids for us at the Airbnb so we could go. The show was hilarious and it was in a really neat outside venue. This is what we came home to:

The next day, we watched the first session of Sunday General Conference than packed up and headed home. Brad and Haley hung out with us until it was time for their flight, and honestly, it was not enough time - I wish they were able to stay with us longer. Thanks Brad and Haley for joining us on our quick, weekend trip!

October 1, 2018

September GBOMB

Another short monthly summary, but here is the Good, the Bad, and what's been On My Brain for the month of September.

G O O D
+We found out that we're having a girl! I was honestly convinced that we were having a boy, but both Taylor and Olive said they wanted a little sister. I guess they won this round. We are so excited to have another baby girl. May she have as much fire and stubbornness as her sister before her.
+My mom and her husband came to see us. The kids loved having them here and we made a beach visit and went to a new park.
+I finally made it to Disneyland with the kids by myself. I used to take them about once a week when we first moved to California, but since I've been pregnant and nauseas, I haven't managed to make it solo with the kids. We also went together as a family once this month and stayed late enough for the light parade. People might think we're crazy for going so often, but it has been such a fun thing to do as a family. And this will probably be the only year we have annual passes so we're trying to make the most of them.
+I am s l o w l y working towards a degree (when I say slowly, I mean I only take one class a semester and will probably have a Bachelors in about 5-10 years). I was looking at some of the degrees offered and noticed that I had enough credits for a Web Media certificate. Can I do anything with a Web Media certificate? Not really. But it feels good to have something physical after attending school for so long.

B A D
+I went to the dentist and found out I needed a crown put in and a lot of fillings. Most of my life I've had great teeth, but the past few years that has changed and it is not fun. I got a temporary crown put in this month and have to go in a few days to get my permanent crown in as well as get a few fillings. I'll most likely have another visit on top of this one too.
+I spoke too soon when I talked about Olive potty training herself. She now refuses to go on the toilet. I'm hoping when this baby comes I won't still have three in diapers - two is plenty. So hopefully either Taylor or Olive (or both) decide to go along with this potty training thing soon.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+I'm sure there were some reoccurring thoughts or concerns this month, but right now, I can't remember any of them. I guess this month's "On My Brain" section is going to be empty.

September 1, 2018

August GBOMB

I almost skipped this month's GBOMB because it's more of the same. Our lives have been boring as of late and the kids and I don't leave the house much. I also wrote this post up once already and it didn't save when I came back to it. But I decided to still go ahead with an August GBOMB for prosperity's sake.

G O O D
+We had a great day at Disneyland as a family. Before this pregnancy, I used to take the kids at least once a week, but it's just not possible to take them by myself currently. I'm glad we were able to get a fun and full day in at Disneyland at least once this month.
+I had a few good days when it came to pregnancy nausea. I'm crossing my fingers that means I may be nearing the end when it comes to this almost constant sickness.
+Taylor and Olive have been playing so well together and I love watching them come up with fun games. It doesn't always last long because Olive gets tired of being bossed around by Taylor, but while it is going, it's rather cute.
+We ended the month with the best surprise ever when the Steeds decided to come stay with us for a few days. We got two beach days in and the kids couldn't get enough of their cousins. Olive also decided that Stephanie is her favorite person ever and almost went home with them.
+Olive has decided to potty train herself. She poops on the potty twice a day now. At least one of my kids will be potty trained in the near future I guess.

B A D
+Sick. Sick. Sick. All I do is lay on the couch and try to think of food I can eat.
+My mental health has taken a dip. I'm sure that has to do with doing nothing most days and being cooped up inside. The kids and I hardly run errands or even go outside so that can't be helpful to my state of mind. Hopefully the nausea will ease up so we can do more than lay around and watch movies most days.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+I haven't really put much thought into what gender this baby is going to be, but the last two weeks I've been shopping a few online sales and found some great deals on baby clothes. That's got me wondering a bit more if we'll be adding a little brother or sister to our mix. We find out next week so I'm starting to get excited for that.
+When will this pregnancy nausea cease? I'm getting tired of hearing myself talk about it so I can't imagine how everyone else feels.

August 1, 2018

July GBOMB

Welcome to the good, the bad, and what's been on my brain for the month of July.

G O O D
+I announced my pregnancy! It's always such a relief to let everyone know and not have to try so hard to hide my ever present nausea. Haha. But also, more importantly, to share in the excitement with all of our friends and loved ones. We are so lucky to have so many supportive people in our lives. We can't wait to have this baby join us the end of January!
+We went to Disneyland twice as a family this month and had so much fun. On our last trip, Taylor was finally tall enough to ride Radiator's Springs Racer in Cars Land. The not so good part was Taylor was terrified. I really thought he would love it. Regardless, the rest of our day was fun.
+Andrew's parents were in the area for a conference so they got to come over to see us every night. We just wish they could have been here longer.
+Andrew turned 32. A few days before his birthday I surprised him with dinner at the Blue Bayou (the restaurant that overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean ride). Andrew has always wanted to eat there and it was extremely delicious.

B A D
+We attempted potty training. We made it about two days before I gave up. Taylor just has no interest. I might try again soon. Someone convince me that we can do it.
+I've been on Zofran for nausea which doesn't completely take away all the sickness that comes with pregnancy, but it definitely takes the edge off. There was about a week where I was without Zofran and it was completely miserable. It definitely made me appreciate my Zofran even more.
+Pregnancy is just a lot of lying around and letting the kids watch movies all day. I feel pretty unproductive and each day melts into the next until the whole month has gone by in a blur.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+When will I feel like a normal person again? With Taylor and Olive, I had nausea until about 20 weeks. So I guess only like 6 weeks until it subsides? Hopefully? I'm just tired of being a boring mom that lays on the couch all day while the kids watch far too much TV. I'm also tired of being tired, but pretty sure that's not going away for the remainder of my life.
+Are Taylor and Olive getting a little brother or little sister? I'm so curious. I'm pretty convinced that it's a boy, but that probably makes it even more likely that it's a girl.

July 30, 2018

A Teeny Tiny Announcement

Oh. Hey there. Just wanted to pop in with some exciting news. If you haven't seen on Instagram or Facebook yet, I'm pregnant! I'm nearing 14 weeks and this baby is set to arrive around January 30th. We're so excited to add another Snow Baby to our circus.

July 6, 2018

June GBOMB

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.

G O O D
+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.

B A D
+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.

O N  M Y  B R A I N
+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

May GBOMB

G O O D
+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).


B A D
+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.


O N  M Y  B R A I N
+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.
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