5/19/16

Scout Ivy: 1 Year Old!

The First Birthday always seems so monumental, right? I can't believe how quickly it went by. SO FAST. And it's kinda sad to think back to how adorable and tiny she was. So sweet, so calm. Now she is bossy and cute as a button.


Let's talk 1 year:

Eating: Girlfriend sure loves her some breastmilk. Yes, we are still breastfeeding. I have managed to wean a few feedings and trying really hard to push more solid foods. I have noticed that she will wait and wait and wait and get hungrier and hungrier until she FINALLY gets to nurse right before bed instead of just eating some darn solids! Unreal. But we are working on it and the Doctor said that everything looks great and she is growing so we just keep working on it but am not super rushed. We'll see how it goes. (She is in the 90th percentile for height and 40th percentile for weight).

We have discovered that she is OBSESSED with Honey Nut Cheerios and Cheetos. She doesn't eat Cheetos often but she does love Cheerios. She also loves yogurt and Reeses Pieces. She wants to be eating whatever Geddy is eating. She will just stand in front of him grunting and yelling because she wants him to feed her. Odd that she won't eat the food that I give her though. 

She drinks awesome from a straw sippy cup. Hates milk, only drinks water. We completely skipped the bottle.

The face she gives all the strangers who try to make her smile. 

Sleep: We are alright with sleeping. Still waking once in the night to feed, which the Doctor said is normal. She naps really well and is getting better at falling asleep on her own. Overall, it's going well. We actually went on a little vacation to St. George last week and brought her along (because of the nursing and I just can't leave her yet, she feels too young) and she did AMAZING. Slept awesome, napped awesome, she was a dream. 

Talking: She says "Mama" but I am not sure she actually realizes that it's me. BUT she does make the most adorable "Woo Woo" sound when she sees our Lady Pup. She now knows that dog's say woof woof. And it is seriously the CUTEST thing ever. She still mimics sounds and tongue clicking if you do it to her. She has started shaking her head "No" but it's usually completely random. 

Standing up like a big girl.

Funny-isms: As I mentioned before, if Geddy is eating chips, toast, cereal or anything on the couch, Scout will pull herself up so she is standing next to him and yell at him. It is the most aggravating yell ever. And it drives Geddy CRAZY. He will sometimes yell back at her and so we need to intervene so they don't just shout at each other. 

When she is eating something she likes, she will take a bite and then tilt her head back and do the cutest, crinkled nose, squinted eye, cheeser smile. It's so cute. And she wants you to do it back to her. Also, if she gets excited, she will make her lips into an "O" shape and then breath in and out really fast while she crawls as fast as she can. It's so funny. 

Scout has also learned to appreciate peek-a-boo and can WAVE hello. That little wave is amazing. It makes my heart explode. She is still unimpressed with strangers and will smile for NOBODY if she chooses not to. She has developed an impressive fake cry and tries to manipulate everybody. If you bump her, she will fake cry, if Chad leaves for work, she will fake cry. And she acts SO offended each time. 

Movement: She is crawling everywhere and stands up on everything. Still not standing by herself (not holding on to anything) and hasn't taken any steps yet. She gets into everything and wants to smother our dog, so we are always on the move with that. Her favorite part of the day is Bath Time with brother. She LOVES the water, it's her favorite thing. 

Fake Cry at it's best.

Lastly, Scout has her two bottom teeth and her top two are just about to pop through. Teething is rough, poor babe. 

Scout, you are an absolute Joy. You are sweet and sensitive but bossy as ever. You are an absolute Mama's girl and we can't thank the Lord enough that you are in our family. We love you!

Happy Thursday!

Hil 

5/10/16

Chad's Graduation


2 weeks ago, Chad graduated from BYU. 

That is such a sweet statement. I know that graduation is a big deal for every person who accomplishes it but I, as a wife of the graduate, I was SO grateful for it. 


Chad has worked full time while going to school. He also got married and had two children along the way. His education has been in our lives through out our entire marriage, that's nearly nine years. And he kept working so hard. 

He was busy and didn't have much time for himself but he kept at it and I couldn't be more freaking proud. Honestly, I was so excited for this day that it felt like I was graduating too. 

The actual ceremony was at 8 am and Chad had to be there at 7. That meant I needed to get from PG with both children in tow by myself. Haha, it was crazy. And I was TOTALLY late. I was late to my own husbands graduation! But it's ok, I was only 10 minutes late so I only missed the prayer and song, luckily. 

He is just so cute. 

And the friends and family truly pulled through. Seats were saved and Cherry came to help me carry in the children from the parking lot while Brandon parked my car for me so I could go inside and not miss anything more. Both of those gestures meant the world to me. 


Here is the video of when they called his name. You can hear us all cheering our hearts out. I was so pumped. I can't even tell you. 



After the graduation, we met outside for pictures. It was so delightful. Then the family headed to Mimi Cafe's for a little breakfast which was awesome. 

Our little family. My heart wants to burst. 
Chad with his parents. 
Chad's eyes are closed, I know. 
Brothers!
Zach and Chad have a very special love. Look at that girl's reaction. Hahaha! 
Brandon, Aj, Chad, Zach, Jordy, and Jon.
Us with the Stewarts.

I wanted to get Chad like a $1000 gift for his graduation but, we were still technically poor college students. So instead, I got him something small but meaningful.

My awesome artwork. 

Yes, these are little pins of Scully and Mulder. Chad and I are big fans of X-Files. I mean, the show is about partners solving mysteries and Chad and I are truly partners in life. We've got each other's backs and I thought this was a fun way of saying that. Heck, we were partners through this college education experience. So, the Scully pin is Chad's (because I am like Scully) and the Mulder pin is mine (because he would be like Mulder). And we say that when we wear them it's like the other person is with us, even if they aren't. Basically, we're dorks. 


This is one of my favorite days because we got to celebrate the hard work of my favorite person. Chad I am so proud of you. Thank you for your diligence and ridiculously hard work. Love you, man. 

Happy Tuesday!

Hil 

4/26/16

House Dreamin' Part 1

So, you know I have been dreaming of houses lately. We are thinking about buying our first home next year and so it's got me thinking. Because I know all of you care so much (ha) about my taste in homes, so I have made a list of wants and dreams of my future house.

***I want to clarify that the pictures I have posted below are CLEARLY really expensive homes that I could not afford at this time (maybe never). Please know that I am not entirely delusional, but all the pictures online are of these glamorous homes. 

So, where do we begin? 

Let's talk Curb Appeal. For me, it matters. If I pull up to a home and am not attracted to the way the outside of a home looks, it will hard for me to love the inside. It's like a first impression, it's important! 

As of right now in my life, I have fallen HARD for mid-century homes. I love the interesting architecture and especially, the big windows. I really like the unique rooftop lines as well. I prefer two story homes over ranch/close to the ground homes. But, if it needs to be close to the ground, mid century style is the way to go.  


I have also, ALWAYS been a Victorian Home fan as well. My dream would to be a huge victorian home and completely renovate it. I wouldn't do this project for my first home but could totally see Chad and I doing this for our final home together. It would be so fun. And I think my Mother-in-Law would love to help with the experience as well (right Glenna, wink wink). I love the interesting colors you can do on the outside and the wrapping porches. And inside with the dramatic stair cases. It's just too fun. It would be like living in a doll house and I just couldn't say no. 


Lastly, I appreciate the more common but still very lovely Hampton/Nantucket styled homes. Clean lines, dormer windows, simple and classic. The type of house that would have a beautiful garden in the back and Martha Stewart is your next door neighbor. You know the ones. I find these homes to be the safest and most common of the 3 designs I have listed but I would be very happy in this style of home (I'd be happy in any home, let's be honest!). 


So, those are the 3 styles that I tend to be drawn to. I understand that there isn't going to be some perfect house that will every single things that I want. So, we will try to do our best to create a list of things that are most important and try to get the big ones. 

Some things that I am hoping for are:

-an open floor plan: this is probably the most important thing to me. I want to be able to see the living room from the kitchen. I want it to be nice and open, that way I can see what the kids are doing while I am cooking (correction, while CHAD is cooking. He is the cook in our home). I find that we spend a lot of time in the living room specifically so the openness is really crucial. 


-high ceilings in living room. I don't have to have super high ceilings in every room BUT I would love high ceilings in the living/family room. I just love the way it looks. And lot's of nice windows too. It just makes everything seem bigger and brighter. I love that idea. 


-wood floors on the main floor. I am fine with carpet in the bedrooms but I would like wood floors on the main area just because I have had disgusting apartment carpets for over 7 years and they get so disgusting. Wood floors on the main floor would be a real treat. I prefer medium to dark wood (generally, sometimes a fun gray wash catches my eye), I like it to look weathered but not too rustic. And nothing super glossy, not a fan of that. 

I am particularly fond of this flooring. This would be ideal.

-decent sized master bedroom. When I talk about the size of the master, I don't mean it needs to be huge. I just need it to be enough to fit our large bed in it, as well as a master bath and a big closet. They don't have to be extravagant but I just need a bathroom that can get trashed and that any guests don't have to use or see (our bathroom gets gross sometimes,  I'm only human) and enough closet space to fit all of mine and Chad's clothing.


I could go ON and ON but I feel like this is too long already. So there are just a handful of things I would love to have but again, I am fully aware that this is just daydreaming. But it's fun to write about anyway.

I will be writing a second post about furniture so, stay tuned!

Happy Tuesday!

Hil

4/15/16

Lately 4/15/16

Soooo behind this week. This post is just going to be a vomit of what's on my mind and what I am thinking about. It's the best way to describe life right now.

Geddy's new shoes. Yes, he is wearing a box. 

Thought 1: Geddy is with Grandma Glenna this weekend. She took him down to St. George so he will be with her for a few nights. And I have missed him SO much. How funny is that? I was so excited to get a break but the moment he left, I'm missed his whirl wind. I love that boy like crazy. 

Found a piece of pizza under our couch. Thanks Geddy!

Thought 2: While he has been gone, I have been trying to clean the house and get things done that I normally wouldn't be able to do with both kids at home. I am currently waiting for the maintenance guy to come and fix our bathroom drain because it is super backed up (I blame the postpartum hair loss). ***Sigh*** I hate waiting for stuff like that. 

Thought 3: Buy a house. Chad and I are currently in the hustle to (hopefully) buy a house next year. We don't know exactly what will happen this coming year (Chad continuing on to Grad school or us changing plans and staying here). I have been day dreaming about houses because, it's on the brain, I just can't help it. But it's also so overwhelming, what do I do? Thinking purely about the aesthetic side, I don't want something super cookie cutter but would love something new. However, I don't think buying a new home for our first house would be wise. I would love to find something mid-century that is kind of unique but would want it to be up to date inside. Haha, isn't it funny how we have these specific things in mind but may end up in something completely different? We'll see. Maybe I write a post about what I would love. Also, I have never done this before so I feel a little lost. Any tips? 


Thought 4: Makeup. I have had makeup really on the brain lately. Any extra money I have to spend on myself, I have been buying lipsticks (I love lipstick but rarely wear it but also keep buying it). And blush. I love blush and lipstick but actually need to find a new wonderful foundation. 

Thought 5: I need to fold the laundry that is currently sitting on my kitchen counter. At least my kitchen is clean. 


Thought 6: I desperately need a haircut. About a month ago, I almost chopped my hair and went frosty white platinum. Haha, I wanted something drastic. I ended up backing out though because I really like to be able to put my hair in a ponytail. So I am thinking I am gonna keep it dark and get a good trim. My hair is super grown out so my roots are showing like crazy. It's looking a little crappy. Also, my hair is so thin from all the hair loss after having Scout. AND the baby hairs/regrowth is out of control. I have a good, old fashioned, mohawk. Haha. 

Thought 7: CHAD GRADUATES IN A WEEK. I am so excited and proud of him. 

That's it guys. 

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Hil 

4/8/16

Scout Ivy: 11 Months Old

HOLY CRAP SHE IS ALMOST 1! Man this has gone by fast. What a wonderful year with 2 children. I feel so insanely blessed over here. 

Not a TON has changed in the last month. Well, I guess kinda. Scout has been feeling so much better this month and is back to her sweet self. 

She is crawling everywhere and pulling herself up on everything. She is starting to cruise around the couches and gets into EVERYTHING.
She loves her Brother so much, it's crazy. Her favorite place to play is in Geddy's room. 

She has started eating solids more and more (thank heaven!) and is doing a great job. We are still nursing a whole bunch but it's getting better. No baby food though, she refused that from the get go.  

She is still a poor sleeper at night but we are working on it. 

She loves it when her Daddy sings to her and absolutely adores bath time. 

Of course, Geddy had to get in on the action. 
They are such good friends.
She has a massive blow out while at the store.
Eating an Oreo.

Scout is such a treasure to our family. She is sweet and calm and shows love to us. We are so grateful for you Scooter!

Happy Friday!

Hil

4/6/16

Skin Care

Let's talk skincare, shall we? 

As a teen, I struggled with some pretty standard acne. In my youth, my skin was extremely sensitive. I would go to the dermatologist all the time and was on different medications. It was a battle, to say the least but I think a lot of it was pretty average for a teen. 

In my early 20's my skin continued down the same path. Sensitive skin, with some acne. I managed to keep it pretty contained my using Cetaphil products because they were so gentle. And honestly, I would recommend Cetaphil to anyone. 

Now as a big girl at the age of 29, I have found a pretty good flow and routine for my skin. I must clarify that I am not an expert in anyway! What worked for me may not be the answer for you. I would say my skin is normal with a bit of an oily T-zone But the older I get, the less oily my T-zone is, which is kind of nice. I do have extremely rosy cheeks. I don't know if it's rosacia or something but they are pretty red. The things that have helped my skin the most is simplicity, consistency, diet and water intake. 

I try not to use too many products in my routine at one time. I find that my skin reacts poorly to it. I like to use a cleanser, lotion and deep cleanse (I deep clean about once a week, depending on how often I wear makeup that week). Every now and then, I will throw in a gentle face mask. 

So, let's discuss the cleansers that I like. As mentioned above, Cetaphil is fantastic and so gentle. After 10 years of using it, I decided to try something new. I wanted something slightly stronger just to see if it controls break outs a little bit better. I started off using Olay Foaming Cleanser (I used the combination/oily formula) and really liked it. I felt like it was stronger than Cetaphil and it actually helped. After using the Olay cleanser for a while, I read a review on this Simple Brand foaming cleanser and thought I would give it a try. 

The thing that sparked my interest was that its cleanses and refreshes skin with safe, vitamins and "skin loving" ingredients. Basically, it's really simple ingredients and has no harsh chemicals or artificial perfumes and dyes. To be honest, at first, I wasn't that impressed. I felt like it was almost TOO gentle and wasn't really CLEANSING very well. I am nearly out of the product now and it's only been the last week when I decided that I really quite like it. Particularly paired with the Clarisonic that I use (we'll talk about that more in a minute). If you are looking for a good cleanser that is simple and skin friendly, I would suggest giving it a try. 


As I mentioned above, I have been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 off and on for about a year or two now. It's the only fancy face product that I use, haha. Chad got it for me because he I was interested in it. He is nice. The thing I love about the Clarisonic is that it cleans 6 times better than just with your hands. And because of the gentle vibrations, it cleans deeper than normal so it uproots all the dirt and gunk deep in your pores. It also allows your skin to soak up your creams and moisturizers significantly better. I don't wear makeup every day, but when I do, I always like to use the Clarisonic after I remove my make up. It's amazing how much cleaner my face feels after I use it than when I don't.


Every few weeks, I will use a face mask. I have never spent a lot of money on face masks and the cheap ones I would get at the store never helped my skin (in fact it sometimes felt like it made it worse). I saw a review on the TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask and thought it looked really interesting. It comes in a powder form (it's a clay mask) and you add water and spread it all over your face. The mask is wonderful. I haven't had any break outs or anything. And after using it, the skin really does look refreshed. The mask is vegan, all natural, and cruelty free. It minimizes pores and reduces scars as well as fights acne and wrinkles. Super cool product. I have been very happy with it.


Now, face lotion. My skin reacts really poorly to lotions with SPF in them. It a big bummer. I know that you're suppose to always to wear sunblock everyday but my skin just can't handle it. So, I stick with Cetaphil-like products. Its the Walmart brand of Cetaphil, if you will, and honestly it works just as well for me and cheaper. Score! I really haven't branched out on face lotions because the few times that I have in the past years, it doesn't go well. If you have suggestions, I would love to hear them!


I used to us a night cream every night before Scout was born. But since she came, I have been keeping things at a minimum so sometimes it just doesn't happen. Even if I don't put it all over my face, I try to slather a bit under and around my eyes. The Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream helps with fine lines and wrinkles, hence putting it under my eyes. It's a good thing to prevent, right? Right.


Lastly, and probably the most important, Water and Diet. I can tell a DRASTIC difference when I am not drinking enough water and eating too much sugar (sugar is my vice). I drink two of my big water bottles a day. That is 96 oz of water. And it makes a massive difference. Probably more than anything else. I pee a lot but my skin thanks me for it. Bring on the the water! 


And one more tip, never and I mean NEVER, wear make up to bed. Just don't do it. You'll wake up with some angry skin.

Happy Wednesday!

Hil