Friday, June 24, 2016

A Random Memory

I may have written about this before, but in case I didn't...

When Lila was tin, she was not a great sleeper. She had a really hard time going to sleep, then staying asleep. Then one day, I had swaddled her up and was about to rock her when one of the boys needed something--so I tucked her in the crook of one arm, walked to help, helped one handed, then looked down at Lila to see her fast asleep. After that, every time she was ready for a nap, I'd swaddle her before I walked up the stairs. I carried her cradled in one arm because she was so tiny and because she seemed to like the extra motion. By the time I was at the top of the stairs, she was generally asleep and, if not, I could walk down the hall and back to her room and she'd be out.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Field Day

Reed really wanted me to come to field day, sos I found a babysitter and signed up to volunteer! We didn't really realize that you could go watch field day without volunteering and that, if you volunteer, you are stuck at one station and can't follow your child's class around. I didn't get to see Reed's first half of field day, and when he was at a station near mine he asked where I had been--I think he thought I had just got there! I explained and he believed me, I think. Anyway, he had a really great time at field day. His first station was a water break station, which he thought was hilarious, and his favorite games were hockey and the cup stack race. Incidentally, the cup stack race was the game I was helping with.

After field day, I got to stay and eat lunch with Reed, which was fun! We had a great day.

A Hill by our House

Ryan found out about a short hike that starts just next to Reed's school. The path starts on a relatively steep incline, but once you get up the hill, the path is mostly flat with a few small rolling hills and great views of the valley. Last week, we decided to venture up the path! This hike was Lila's first hike outside the hiking carrier. After about 6 minutes, she decided she was tired and asked me to carry her. I told her how strong she was and how she needed to be a hiker. Something in those words clicked with her and she hiked the rest of the hike! She kept saying variations of, "I'm just a hiker girl! I is so strong! Feel my muscles!" She even offered me her hand to hold in case I fell. I was really proud of her being so tough on her first hike!

Another highlight was the crazy lizard we found, dubbed "Baby Black." (Side note: when Baby Black grows up he is to be called "Big Boy Gus"). The lizard was small, but wide, and unlike any lizard we've seen in the wild before. He was super cool! Lila was really, really worried about him after we left, though, asking, "Where is his mommy and daddy? What if he never finds them and is all alone?" On the way back down the trail, we saw an animal burrow. The boys commented that this burrow could belong to Baby Black and his parents. Lila was so pumped, "Yay! Hooray! He found him mommy and daddy!" 

Friday, June 3, 2016


This is how we photo dump.

Ryan goes to conferences for work occassionally and the kids are always pumped about his conferences because he generally brings home swag. At the most recent conference, he brought home a light-up rose pin (in Asher's hand), cool wooden guys, light up balls, a bluetooth speaker, AND A SELFIE STICK. We own a selfie stick (!!). This is going to be awesome.

One day I walked down the stairs to find the two of them happily and cutely reading a book together.

A more hilarious Felfie.

I got an (expensive) MRI that showed...NOTHING. My poor knee. Then Dr. Google and I realized that perhaps my knee pain was due to my dang feet. I bought an inexpensive pair of arch supports and the majority of my knee pain went away almost immediately. Oi vey. I'm still not 100%, but more hopeful than I've been in a long time.

Cutest little mama.

We were at the park with no splash pad plans when Asher told me he was pretty sure his swimming suit was in the car. It was. Lila's swimming shirt was, too--but no bottoms. She didn't mind going in with her jeans! The two of them were so cute in the water, particularly in the middle of this circular water trap that had Lila nervous and Asher giggling.

Reading the scriptures.

Matching squinty eyes.

I'm not above taking something out of my neighbors' trash pile. So when I saw four patio chairs with seat covers that were in much better shape than our seat covers, you'd better believe I went and took them right out of the trash pile!

Dolly's feet grew again! We had two pairs of tennis shoes in the closet that she was super pumped to finally fit in to.

One day, Ryan and Lila will dance to the song "Isn't She Lovely" at her wedding. It's always been their song. So when I saw the most adorable "Isn't She Lovely" print on etsy, I had to get it!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mother's Day

Mother's Day this year was super fun and super relaxing. The whole weekend was really just great and I loved spending time with my little 5 family. I woke up early, but thought I had slept in. Ryan and I have a big, graphic clock on our wall that I love the look of. The only problem with our huge clock is that sometimes the time on the clock is kind of unclear. On Mother's Day morning, I woke up, noticed Ryan wasn't in bed, and glanced at the clock. I was fairly positive that it was 7:20--which is sleeping in for us! I hopped out of bed and into the shower, knowing I needed to get moving since church starts at 8:30. I quickly showered and blew my hair dry, then glanced at the clock again--7:50! Why wasn't Lila  awake yet? I decided to wake Lila so she'd have time to eat before church. We got downstairs, where I found out Reed was sleeping, too. I remarked that I'd better wake him up so we'd get to church on time and Ryan told me that we had plenty of time because it was only 6:50. Oops. My bad. 

Once Reed did wake up, we ate the delicious meal of whole wheat, strawberry-topped waffles! Asher chopped all the strawberries by himself. After breakfast, we opened presents because the kids were dying for me to see what they'd made. Can we take a minute here and just talk about how great a gift giver Ryan is? He didn't want to "just" buy me something, so he took pictures of the kids holding the letters to spell out "we love mom." How sweet is that? The kids were just as sweet. Lila made me a card that she colored. She dictated the message to Ryan, and it said how she loved playing dollies with me and she loved just hanging out with me. Awwwwww. The boys' card had a person giving another person TNT on the front. Inside was a picture of a black widow spider. And on the back was a warning that the card might not be good for Mother's Day if your mom is scared of spiders. Hahahahaha, it was awesome.

At church, the men did not take over the primary, which was kind of a gift in itself--that always stresses me out. The kids sang in sacrament meeting, which was really sweet. And I got to be with all my primary kids, which is always a little bit crazy but mostly great :)

After church and lunch, it was naptime for Lila, quiet time for the boys, and reading time outside for Ryan and I. The weather was glorious and it was seriously one of the most relaxing afternoons I've spent in a long time. Later, Ryan made my favorite for dinner (risotto) while the kids and I played together. The whole day was just relaxing and happy and truly one of my favorite Mother's Days to date. I'm so grateful for my three sweethearts and for my loving husband. They are my life. I have a hard time adequately expressing my feelings about motherhood without sounding trite. You'd think that, being a person who enjoys writing and was an English major in college, I'd be fantastic at expressing myself through writing. But I'm not. I will say that motherhood has been the hardest thing I've ever done--but also the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I find my most significant identity in being their mom. I can't imagine spending my days in any other way than with them. I'm so grateful that I get to stay home with them. I'm so grateful for the love they give me. And I'm so grateful for everything I've learned from being a mother.