Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Snapshot of Life Currently

Well, one month from today and baby boy is due.  We are so excited to meet him!  From his 28 week ultrasound he looks so much like Ollie, and I wonder if that will still be the case when he's born.  We are still trying to agree decide on a name...and hopefully, once we see his face it will come to us.

My heart is so full right now.  I am so excited to meet baby boy, but I am also nervous and a little sad about Ollie not being my only buddy all day long.  (Right as I typed that sentence, baby boy kicked me consistently like five times in a row in a steady pattern, so I think he's giving Morris code for, "It will be fine!  You'll love me!")  Ollie is my little buddy.  He is my little shadow.  I love it how he follows me around the house and plops down with his toys wherever I am...even if it's the nasty bathroom floor.  I love that I get to experience every second of his life.  See him learn new things.  Be there when he says new things.  Give him hugs and kisses.  Be there for him.

Here is a little snapshot of what life is like right now.

7am:  I woke up, talked with Jared, said goodbye as he left for work, read my scriptures, made some phone calls, and did some YW stuff.

9:15am:  Ollie woke up around 8:45am but was happy in his crib so...I just barely got him out.  He has a huge smile on his face as he lifts his head up from his mattress and peeks at me through the crib slats.  He asks, "Where's dadda?"  and I reply, "At work," and he says, "Oh with the alligators."  He then excitedly plays with toys he's forgotten about overnight, goes into his room and closes the door to do his morning poopy diaper :), I make breakfast for him (eggs with ketchup, sausage, a little bit of dry cereal, and some strawberries).  He eats in his high chair as he looks out the window looking for the lizard that lives on the bbq and the kitty cat that sleeps in the corner of the yard.

10:30am:  We take our time this morning and eventually leave the house to go to a plant nursery to decide on bushes to plant in our front yard.  It is SO hot and we are melting in the heat while only being outside for about 20 minutes.  The girl at the nursery is really helpful and we decide on some bushes.  We'll probably go back tomorrow to buy them and then Jared will plant them on Monday.  On our way back home, we stop and watch some tractors, much to Ollie's delight.

12:00pm:  We call Jared's sister to catch up, make lunch (avocados, leftover Mexican scramble, cucumbers and ranch), play, read some books, and play "I'll race you to your room" for naptime.

2:00pm:  I put him down for a nap after singing "I love to see the temple", "I am a child of God", and some made up songs about a slide and swing that he requests often and smiles so big when they are sung.  Right now my bump is a great seat for him...although I do get tired quickly so off to his bed he goes and I lay his three favorite blankies on top of him.  I say, "Love you buddy, I'll be here when you wake up" and he replies, "Love you mom."  I lay down for a little bit, reading things on my phone and then reading from this book because although I haven't mentioned it yet...we are struggling with Ollie spitting and hitting when he doesn't get his way.  He was an angel up until a week ago. :(  I've been praying hard to find a solution, and Heavenly Father has been slow in answering me, probably because I need to keep researching it and pondering it.  I'm not a huge fan of spanking or timeouts, but more the Peaceful Parenting method.  However, that method hasn't been very effective with Ollie recently so we are continuing to practice it while researching other methods.  I know it's normal for toddlers to go through this boundary stage...but when you're in the thick of it, it's hard.

3:15pm:  I hit my to do list and knock off a few things (balance checkbook, cancel newspaper subscription, do some baby prep stuff).  I love the feeling of getting things done.  I like to be fully present when Ollie is awake, so my to do list usually gets saved for when he's sleeping.  I know this won't be able to continue once more kids come a long and/or nap times stop.  But it works for now.

5:20pm:  Ollie's awake.  I get him from his crib and he excitedly runs to the couch by the piano to look out the window at the huge thunderstorm outside.  He then says to me, "Come on mom (whistle)" and beckons me to come into his room.  (I think he got the "c'mon (whistle)" from SLC since we do that to Bella sometimes.  It kills me :))  We play with trains, he acts silly and pretends to fall over and over, and I try not to cringe when he steps on my super cute swollen right foot/ankle.  My mind wanders to what I need to add to my "Pack in hospital bag" note on my phone and something I need to do next week, but I try to focus on playing with him.

5:45pm:  I've already eaten my Thursday night "dinner" (Greek yogurt, graham crackers, peanut butter) (Jared works late on Thursdays and eats at work on those nights and so I take the night off from cooking :)) so I make some dinner for Ollie--popcorn chicken, peaches and jello, and he begs and begs for a popsicle (has been all day), so I tell him bribe him he can have one if he finishes his dinner.  He does and is DELIGHTED when I pull out a purple "possicle." :)  Normally we have something at night and dinner time is a rush.  Whether it's students coming over for piano lessons (Tues & Wed nights), mutual (Wed nights), and tonight we were going to visit teach but my visiting teachee wasn't feeling well.  I'm happy to have a night off and to not have any plans.  We Facetime my bestie Tay Tay, who is always hilarious and a breath of fresh air.  She's passionate about natural childbirth and I wish she could come be my doula.  Because without her...I'm 99% sure I'll be getting the epidural. :)  I miss her lots and wish we could be neighbors.  We then Facetime my sisters Mikele, Aly, and Lauren.  I miss them.  Mikele tells me about her hubby's upcoming knee surgery and hopeful new job, Aly tells me about her date last night and how she's feeling about him, and Lauren tells me about her camping trip tomorrow.  I give Ollie a bath while talking to Mikele.  It's a battle to keep the water inside the bathtub...

7:40pm:  Jared texts me saying he's on his way home.  He tells me he plans to paint our bathroom when he gets home.  He and his friend Eric painted half the house on Monday and little by little Jared is trying to finish it.  It looks like a brand new house.  I love it.  Ollie excitedly says "Dadda?" when Jared walks in the door.  We love this time of day!  We talk and play as a family for a little while.  I can tell Jared's stressed from work.  We talk about it for a little while and then Jared heads to the bathroom to paint.  Ollie really wants to watch so we carefully make our way in there and watch for a little while.  By this point it's 8:45pm so Ollie and I read books and scriptures, brush teeth, change diaper, see daddy one more time, say family prayer, and head to put him to bed.  Jared continues to paint while I lay down for a while, and now I'm here.  Jared just finished painting.  I asked him if he really enjoys painting and his response is, "I love doing it because it makes our home look nicer."  It's amazing what home ownership does to your soul.  :)  I'm really grateful for his hard work.

11:27pm:  It's 11:27pm right now and I'm going to head to bed.  Gotta get all the rest I can this next month.  Good night!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

June 2017

June was a full month!  We started out the month with Girl's Camp June 7-10.  What an amazing experience.  Preceeded by a lot of hard work.  Our theme was "Daughters of a King" and we focused on our divine nature and how we are destined to become queens.  It was my first time ever leaving Ollie.  Two and a half years and I've never gone a day without him.  That was hard!  I just was worried he would think I abandoned him.  But we both survived, and he had so much fun at friends' houses and with Jared.
Prior to camp, we had a few adventures.
Ollie loves tractors.  He amazes me with his ability to remember/recognize where certain people/things are when we start driving.  If we're driving down a certain road, he'll say, "James' house?" and most of the time he's right.  If we're driving in another direction, he'll remember tractors are there, and ask, "See tractors, momma?"  Usually we're in a rush to get somewhere, but I decided to pull off the road on our way home from the store and we sat and watched his tractors.

Love this:

Damon stayed with us for a few days while his parents were chaperones at youth conference.  Damon is one of Ollie's favorite people on the earth.  So for him to even spend the night made Ollie so very happy.

Our ward at youth conference

Our stake

Prepping handouts for girl's camp

I found a way better option for compression socks - ones that don't cover my toes and are a little more lightweight.  Yay!

This Samoa Cookie Pie was delicious.
I laugh at my food photography vs. hers though.  Ha!  One day...maybe...

We had a fun family date night at Cheesecake Factory

Love that little profile

I really loved these quotes that this blogger shared in this post.

Here are all the pics from girl's camp:

A few from while I was away at camp:

Love these boys.  
That smile!!

From when our friend Rose watched Ollie and Emma's kids.
They have a small white dog and a huge brown dog (that they kept away, but showed to Ollie since he asked about it) and even a month later, Ollie still says timidly, "Brown dog scary."  

He insisted on wearing my flower crown after picking him up after I got home from camp.
It was a joyous reunion!

Love these necklaces we gave to the YW

The Sunday after girl's camp, Anzli earned her Personal Progress YW Medallion award.
We are so proud of her!

It was also her last Sunday before moving away to college :(

Meanwhile, my dad and Jace were in Hawaii picking up Lauren from BYU-H!

This is the moment when Jared watched the new Beauty & the Beast and now Ollie is hooked.  

Ollie and I would be in Utah for Father's Day, so we made sure to leave a little surprise for Jared in our garage fridge. 

Then Ollie and I went to Utah for a visit!  We were able to go to St George for a reunion on my dad's side.  The last reunion was five years ago right before we moved to Florida so it was so fun to see that side of the family again.  That was a for a few days and then the following week Ollie and I hung at my parent's house and enjoyed visiting my grandma, visiting friends, visiting Jared's family, playing on the trampoline, playing with Bella, eating our favorite foods (Zupas, Shivers, Cafe Rio, Papa Murphy's), and basking in family!

I love his love for airplanes.
He is constantly pointing them out in the sky.
"Mama, look! Airplane!"

The blessed day has finally come when he sits still for movies :)
We sat next to a missionary who was returning from Brazil to SLC.
Ollie is fascinated with missionaries,  He loves to sing and watch the "missionary song" "I hope they call me on a mission."
So needless to say, when we sat next to an actual missionary, Ollie was a little star struck. :)

A happy reunion in Salt Lake!!

My varicose veins decided to give me a little scare.  After the flight, my leg got quite warm and my varicose veins got more purple and pronounced than they ever had before...I was thinking it was a blood clot.  And my dad thought the same thing.  He rarely shows nervousness...but he did at this moment, over the phone from Hawaii, which was a sign to me of "GO."  So I raced to an imaging center and received an ultrasound on my leg.

A little slice of heaven.

Starting off the road trip to St. George!
We had quite a few laughs about how L   O    N    G it took us to get out of SLC.  
We had to:
1.  Drop off a wedding gift to a friend
2.  Get a prescription from the grocery store
3.  Drop Bella off at the pet hotel
4.  Get lunch for the hangry pregnant lady
5.  Stop at Kohls to get something for dad for Father's day
And THEN we were off.  

Cafe Rio!!

How Ollie wears headphones :)

It was so fun meeting up with everyone for the first night of the reunion at this splash pad.
Oh how I love this family!
They are so loving and inclusive.

Each family stayed at their own place.  My dad rented this awesome Airbnb.  It was amazing!!  
I sent these pictures to Mikele who wasn't there yet.

Ollie with cousin Jake

This is genius

My favorite people

That afternoon we went to Pine Valley for some fun games and dinner.

Ollie got so dirty and he loved every second.

Loving the water spout

Had to send this pic to Jared.
Last reunion (five years ago) Jared was there and we played the hilarious came of "Hey cow!" at this same spot.
Basically you drive along and yell "Hey cow!!" to the cows and you get points according to how many cows turn their head and look at you.  Haha!

Meanwhile, Jared attended ward temple night and three men from our ward received their endowments that night.
So special!!!

Loving the red rock.
It's crazy how much you take for granted when you actually live by it.
Now when I come home to SLC and while in St. George, I cannot get over the mountains or the red rock.

Mikele & Seth were at a dental convention in Florida for the first day of the reunion.  They finally reunited with us and it was so joyous to see them!  Here's Kel showing off her loot from the convention. :)

That night we gathered at my grandparents' church building for a service project and dinner.
My grandpa didn't attend due to his health and the oldest son wasn't there because he was sick, so my aunts asked my dad (second youngest in the family) to conduct the night.  They suggested he take a few moments to welcome any new spouses, babies, etc, as well as take some time to talk about Uncle Spencer who passed away a year ago.  The spirit was so strong in the room and I know Uncle Spencer was with us.  We then said a kneeling family prayer and I never want to forget how special that was.

Then there was a dance party :)

Such a sweet aunt

The last day of the reunion we gathered at my grandparents' house for brunch before heading to church and then driving home.
I love them!!

Their view

Love my sissy

Their house on the ridge


Once home, Ollie was thrilled to be reunited with Bella.

Aly works where I used to work (BYU Salt Lake Center)!
It was so fun to go by and say hi to my old boss, Becky, and other people I grew to love so much.

I loved being able to go to Deseret Book and buy some things for Sundays.

We celebrated Mikele's birthday at Zupas and the park!

The mountains <3

Aly looking smokin' hot before a date!

It was so fun to get together with Katie & Taylor and their kids.
I miss them!!
Those college days sure were fun.

Love my bro

Love those cheeks

Had to get a Bob's Brainfreeze with cousins!
I want them to come visit FL again. 
I think they should make it a tradition every September.

Ollie loved it and kept asking for everyone else's once his was gone :)

We were able to have a few playdates with cousins!
I love seeing all the little cousins play together.
And I really lucked out with sister in laws!

Grandma Ruth and her kidlets :)

The next generation playing with our old toys.  So crazy.

How some nap times are spent these days.

With Grandpa & Grandma Reid <3

With Grandpa & Grandma Grant <3

This is a great idea

Mikele initiating Ollie into Mario Kart

Missed him lots.  SLC isn't the same without him.
So many memories there together.


Loves his papa

We saw this at Hale Center theater and it was incredible!!!!!

I love this fam for obliging my many food bucket list runs :)
The greasy ma & pa hamburger & shake joint - Shivers!

Cousin Tate

Birthday girl!

Birth bud forever.  Love Kenna so much!

Ryan & Melinda came over to say hi.  Love them!

I have never been a co-sleeper or a co-room sharer but poor Ollie got scared of the sprinkler system when it went haywire and was making loud noises downstairs.  So I pulled him into my room and it was fun to have a little sleepover :)

Love GG

Ollie loves the Nemo & Dory fish at my grandma's place, and the birdies.

Sad goodbyes :(
Such a fun trip!!!
I am so grateful for family.

And we're home!

Jared had a fun day fishing with other WF management!
He went to bed at 8pm, woke up at midnight to pick up me and Ollie from the airport, went back to sleep at 1:30am, then woke up at 4am to go fishing.
Dedication?  Or crazy? :)

Fun volleyball mutual night

Youth canoeing activity!

Lover of dogs, even fake ones at Old Navy.

We had such a fun night going glow in the dark mini golfing with these amazing friends!
I am so grateful for the circle of friends we have here.

Ollie often requests the backyard view during meal time. :)
He loves looking for the kitty cat that lives in the corner of the yard, 
and the lizard that lives on the BBQ. (Yuck)

"Mama.  Stand there.  Kick ball?"
From Girl's Camp

6/4/17 - 29 weeks - baby boy the size of a head of cabbage.

6/11/17 - 30 weeks - baby boy the size of a butternut squash.

6/19/17 - 31 weeks - baby boy the size of a coconut.

6/26/17 - 32 weeks - baby boy the size of a head of lettuce.
Getting close!