Preschool Graduation 2016

Geddy graduated from his first year of preschool. What a wonderful school year it was!

Left: First day of Preschool / Right: Last day of School

I remember feeling so afraid to send him to preschool but it was such a positive thing in our lives. Geddy became a potty trained expert during this year and his language skills really exploded. It also gave me a much needed break twice a week and a truly loved it. Such wonderful, positive, stimulation that my vibrant boy really benefited from.

I am so grateful for Geddy's amazing teachers and their thoughtfulness.

For his last day, they did a wonderful musical performance with a little graduation ceremony at the end. The teacher described Geddy as "a vibrant, ball of energy" and everyone laughed because it fit so well. And best of all was seeing Geddy's face, bursting with pride when he accepted his "diploma". He really is one extraordinary kid. I feel so blessed to have him as a son. You can watch the full performance below, if you really want to.

One of my favorite parts is when Geddy put on his graduation cap, he looked at Chad in the audience and said "Look, I have a hat just like you!" (Chad graduated from college this year and Geddy got to see the graduation ceremony for his Daddy!). It made my heart explode. We love you, Little Dude! Great job!

Happy Wednesday!


Also, this is a random pic of our Little Dude and I could just eat him up.

Scout's Birthday Party

The week leading up to Scout's Birthday was ROUGH. Both the children got the most horrific stomach bug and there was vomiting and diarrhea and it was crazy. So in a last minute to not feel super guilty for NOT doing a big fancy party, we decided that our family would go to Chuck-e-Cheese (Scout wouldn't know what was happening but Geddy would feel like it was a special day). 

I also had every intention to make a homemade cake but again with the vomitting and diarrhea, I was too worn out to do it. So, I went to the store and bought brightly colored cupcakes, they were so cheery and would work great. Ignore the fact that they had cute little "Mom" decorations on top of them. Her Birthday is so close to Mother's Day that it was the only option! So I just took those ones out and left the flower decor in.  

Don't Mind These. 

I felt so guilty about how low key her Birthday was. I did hang our Birthday Sign up though and we all sang to her. She even got boring stuff for her Birthday, just clothes and kids books. We have too many toys already so we didn't want to add to the pile.

And Chuck-E-Cheese was alright. I was so flustered and stressed that week that I was pretty grumpy. I tried to take the cute picture of Scout with her cupcake but she just cried and cried and refused to eat any of it. And While I was trying to get pictures I was snapping at Geddy and being the worst Mom ever. So this celebration makes me feel guilty when I remember it, haha.

I don't think Scout was feeling very good because she was pretty grumpy the whole time. Geddy had a blast though. We got pizza and ate overly sweet, store bought, cupcakes. Uncle Aj and Zach and Cherry and their kids came too. They were sweet to come celebrate our special girl!.

The best big brother!
She was so not into it!

So scary.
The only smile we could get. 
Crappiest quality picture that their machine printed out. 

Here is Geddy on the same ride at 2 and at 4 years old! My goodness, hasn't he grown up?!

Aj and Chad playing games. 

This was the picture that I was barking orders at my kids and Scout isn't smiling, she is actually crying here. This picture just makes me feel so guilty as a parent! Oye, Mom fail.

Oh well, we love our girl so much! Happy Birthday Scout!

Happy Tuesday!



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!



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. 
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!



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!