Monday, May 15

My First Official Mother's Day

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“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time.” --Neal A. Maxwell

To the little guy who calls me mamamama: I love you. And to the big guy who made it all possible: I'm so happy I get to experience parenthood with you! xoxo

Friday, April 28

It’s true!

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It turns out what everyone says is actually true. Babies do eventually start sleeping through the night! We are feeling PRETTY GREAT around here, and yes, I do think sleep training is totally worth it. Babies magically become even cuter when they let you get more than two hours of sleep at a time. Who knew?

Wednesday, April 19

My baby at 7 (and a half) months

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Last week I met John on his lunch break at the city clerk's office to apply for a passport for Everett in preparation for our big road trip to British Columbia this summer. I can't believe how big he's getting! He rolls like crazy and sits up pretty well, plays peek-a-boo with his blanket (or a napkin, or a sheet, or his own shirt), loves eating and gets really excited when he sees anyone with food, and is obsessed with dogs. He still doesn't have any teeth and doesn't appear to be working towards crawling any time soon, and lately every time you smile at him he grins huge and closes his eyes. It makes me laugh every time. He says "mamama" and "dadada" so hopefully soon he'll start to recognize that those sounds actually mean something. He babbles constantly.

He loves when John counts to three and throws him in the air and he starts giggling right when you say "one" so clearly he knows what's coming. He's an expert fake cougher and if you cough back he'll get even louder. People tell me all the time that he's the happiest baby they've ever seen and I have to agree. Every morning when I go get him from his crib and bring him back to our bed to nurse and snuggle back to sleep for a little while longer, I think how lucky I am to be his mom. Somehow sitting on the front porch watching the dog run around with Everett on my lap makes the late nights, grumpy days, and massive blow-outs worth it. ;)

Monday, April 17

Easter

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Happy (belated) Easter! John and I limited our candy consumption (I got one bag of cadbury eggs and he got starburst) and spoiled Everett instead. He got a couple of books--his favorite--from us and my mom, and John talked me into buying him the world's most extravagant baby jumper. It's Finding Nemo-themed, and I really love that movie, so how could I resist? After stake conference, which was a great meeting, we played with Everett's gifts and spent time at my parents' house and John's parents' house. I'm so thankful for my Savior--because of him, I get to be with my family forever. Hope your holiday was full of good food, family and friends, and happiness!

Wednesday, April 12

Everett's First Zoo Trip

This week is spring break for my sister Rachael and she decided that she wanted to go to the zoo (I think mostly to see what Everett thought of the whole experience). My brother happened to have the day off and my sister-in-law is off track so they tagged along with my mom and sister and I.

Everett had no idea we even saw elephants and giraffes and lions. Basically if any animal was farther away than a couple feet, it didn't exist to him. Every time we'd lift him up, he'd just stare at the wood along the enclosure like it was the COOLEST THING EVER. So at least he's easily impressed. He did much better with the small animal exhibits since they're usually behind glass not too far away.
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Just casually hugging an otter. Because why not?
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Somebody was really excited about the carousel. Not actually riding it, mind you. Just staring at it and watching other kids ride it.
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Everett and the meerkat really had a moment. Dogs will always be his number one favorite, but I think this was a close second.
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Tuesday, March 21

Spring

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Spring is finally here! Everett and I have been spending most of our mornings outside. I garden while he sits in his stroller and watches, and usually Remi is out there too (whining to be off his leash, in case you thought that scene was too picturesque). I'm starting a few varieties of seeds this year (johnny jump ups and three types of iceland poppies) and I'm expecting a big order of tubers and bulbs soon (iris, lilies, giant dinner plate dahlias, and delphinium). My goal is to have enough flowers that I can cut some to put in jars in the house, give some away, and still have plenty outside. I've never had much of a green thumb so we'll see if anything survives. ;)

Tuesday, February 28

3 years ago today

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Three years ago today John and I went on a carriage ride that stopped in Memory Grove. He knelt down on a little bridge lit only by a street lamp and asked me to marry him. It was a big surprise for me (although we dated for two and a half years so really how surprising could it have been?). That sparkly little ring sweetened the deal ;) and now we have that chubby little guy. We aren't perfect and our life together isn't perfect, but it's SO GOOD and I feel extremely grateful to be the wife of such a hard-working, genuinely great man.