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

April GBOMB

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.

G O O D
+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.

B A D
+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.

O N  M Y  M I N D
+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

March GBOMB

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.


G O O D

+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.

B A D
+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?

O N  M Y  M I N D
+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.

March 1, 2018

February GBOMB

I can't believe that February is already over. In all honesty, I can't really remember much from this month. It all sort of blurred together and now we're staring into March.

THE GOOD
+Andrew took me to see Hamilton! Guys, it was so good. Like soooooo good! All the heart eyed emojis!
+We had two play dates this month, both of which were fun. It's always nice to get out of the house for both the kids and my sanity.
+I'm the second counselor in Relief Society which puts me in charge of all the Relief Society activities. We threw a "favorite things" party this month and it was our best turn-out ever. I was really happy with how it turned out.
+Taylor's language has just exploded. He's talking in complete sentences now-a-days. I love hearing all of the scenarios he makes up with his toys and it's so nice being able to actually communicate with him.

THE BAD
+I didn't read as many books as I wanted to this month, but I'm in the middle of quite a few books so hopefully I'll get through all of them in March.
+TEETHING. Olive already has quite a few teeth, but she somehow is getting even more. Usually she's only a tiny bit more whiny, but this round of teeth has made her extremely grumpy and clingy. It's been hard to get anything done around the house.
+School has been tough. I only take one online class a semester, but this current one has been way more difficult than my usual work load. I'm halfway through so I guess I'll just buckle in until the end.

ON MY MIND
+I hate to get political, but gun control has been on my mind. How could it not be? There has been too many senseless shootings. Children are dying. I realize that guns aren't the only problem, but can't we at least make one or two baby steps towards some sort of progress? What harm is more thorough background checks, a waiting period to buy firearms, or not allowing those who have committed a violent crime to own a gun? These seem like common sense laws, but apparently they aren't. It's also breaking my heart seeing grown adults attacking the students who are speaking out. I commend all the young people who are getting involved. For those who say that a school walk-out won't do anything or that kids don't understand the complexities of the law, at least they are trying, which is more than I can say about a lot of congressman right now.
+With that being said, the dividing power of political opinions has been on my mind a lot. I know there are people who don't share the same beliefs or ideas as me, and that's okay. Let's stay friends even if our opinions differ, okay? We can all agree that kindness and compassion is always a good idea.

February 2, 2018

January GBOMB

My favorite blog posts to read as of late are everyone's monthly GBOMB. I finally realized that I should start doing them too since I love reading them so much. GBOMB stands for Good, Bad, On My Brain. It's a great way to document each month so for 2018, you can expect to see these at the end of each month. A big shout-out to Danica, one of my favorite internet peeps, for starting the GBOMB movement.

GOOD
+We finally finished our kitchen! Well mostly. I stained the cabinets and added hardware, we got our new counters/sink/faucet in, and I'm almost completely done with the back-splash. Staining those dang cabinets was a ton of work, but our kitchen looks ten times better. Hopefully I'll get around to posting some before and afters within the next month.
+Between Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Taylor's weekly swim lessons had become a little inconsistent. Luckily, we are back to going every week. Taylor loves swim lessons! He's doing really well and I think he'll be moving up to the next class soon.
+We had a fun playgroup at the park. I need to make it a point to arrange playgroups more often.
+Olive is getting closer to walking. She now uses anything possible to assist her as she "walks" around and I think she'll be officially walking by the end of February.
+I've been making it a point to read more books and listen to more audiobooks. The past few months I haven't read as many books as I would like to because it was so much easier for me to listen to a podcast or watch YouTube. I'm trying to listen to an audiobook instead and I'm working through a few books right now.
+The weather has been perfect this month! We've spent a lot of time outside.
+Taylor and Olive are starting to play with each other a lot more and they stay up during nap time to laugh at each other. It's so cute to watch their relationship form.

BAD
+Taylor and Olive stay up during nap time to laugh at each other. While cute, it's not fun to have grumpy children all afternoon because they refuse to sleep.
+We were sick the first part of this month. I don't think it was the nasty flu that's going around, but we were down for at least a week with a pretty bad cold. Crossing my fingers that it was the only time we'll get sick in 2018. (HA!)
+I didn't really blog this month. I don't know if this should actually go in the "bad" category because I don't necessarily have a designated amount I want to blog each month. I guess it's just more of a statement.

ON MY MIND
+Moving. I haven't really talked about this online, but once Andrew graduates with his MBA in May, we'll be moving out-of-state. He has accepted a job, but our location is still up in the air and will probably be until March. It's still a ways off so it's easy to ignore most days, but sometimes the reality of leaving our friends and family and selling our house hits me. It's going to be hard to leave.
+I've been really opposed to resolutions this year. I usually write down a few goals each year, I just feel that's not pressure I need to add into my life right now. We'll see how I feel about resolutions next year.
+I'm trying to decide if I'm ready to potty train Taylor. All I've heard are nightmare stories of potty training so it seems like a pretty daunting task, but it would be so nice to only have one in diapers.

January 7, 2018

A Look Back At 2017

In January, I was trying to adjust to the new norm of mothering two children. We were all sick and it really hit a low when newborn Olive had to be hospitalized for several days with pneumonia.

In February, Olive was given her baby blessing wearing a dress my aunt made from my wedding dress.

I didn't blog about anything in March, but our Steed cousins came to visit and my little brother got engaged.

Taylor turned two in April and we threw a little party for him. I also shared how we decided on Olive's name.

In May, we moved to Ohio for the summer. In our first few weeks, we went to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Great Lakes Science Center, the West Side Market, and Squire Castle. I also wrote a post about trying to enjoy the little moments in life.

Our summer in Ohio continued in June. We toured Kirtland and went to the Cleveland ZooOlive turned 6 months old and I made a video for Andrew for Father's Day.

July saw the end of our time in Ohio and we packed in as much as we could. We went to the Cleveland History Museum, the Garfield Park Reservation, the Farm Park, and drove to Amish Country. Our last weekend all together we took a road trip to Niagara Falls and to the church history sites in Palmyra.

Once we were all settled back at home in August, we drove to Utah to spend time with our Steed cousins before Andrew started his last year of business school.

September was lots of playtime at home, but no blog posts. We pulled out our small plastic pool a few times and watched too many movies (mostly Cars on repeat).

In October, I left Andrew with the kids and went to Europe. I spent four days in London and four days in Paris and it was amazing. A few days after I got home, my little brother got married.

In November, the Steed cousins came to visit. We also went to Nevada for Thanksgiving. No blog post documentation.

December was a magical month filled with watching Christmas movies and driving around looking for Christmas lights. Olive turned onewe threw her a little party, and we had all our cousins around for Christmas.

It's fun to look back on all we've done. 2017 was busy and full for us. But now it's on to 2018. It's looking like it will be quite an adventure with lots of changes ahead. I can't wait to experience it all with my little family.
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