Monday, January 15


Here we are and I'm feeling so good about this year! I have some health, spiritual, and personal goals that I'm ready to tackle and my little boy finally sleeps ALL NIGHT with zero early-morning nursing sessions (honestly thrilled about that but still feeling a little bittersweet about that whole nursing journey being over). Life is good. I'm hoping to update this blog a little more . . . but we'll see. I still love it but it's taken backseat to chasing Everett around. We're working on a kitchen and a bathroom remodel along with a billion other tiny projects, we're hoping to renovate a camping trailer in the next few months, we've scheduled a trip to Disneyland, and we're dreaming of some fun summer travels. I'm normally a happy person, but especially this month I'm feeling so optimistic and grateful for my life.

Tuesday, November 21


Now that Thanksgiving is in three days I'm posting about Halloween. I'm really struggling at this blog thing recently.

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John had been planning for a year to have Everett dress as Nacho Libre (likely the most quoted movie at our house). I wasn't convinced we could make it happen but thanks to Hobby Lobby, the sewing skills of my sister-in-laws, and my eyeliner mustache skills we made it happen. He was a big hit at the ward Halloween party, where he showed his muscles to anyone who asked and begged for two bowls of ham and potato soup. On Halloween night he ate exactly zero pieces of candy and didn't do any trick-or-treating (we tell ourselves we're fun parents but let's get real) so we've definitely avoided setting his expectations too high for next year. Smart right?

Friday, October 13

Just a Post to Say I Agree with Anne

(Of Green Gables, that is).

And if you're still confused: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!"

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We've been spending our time baking any dessert that includes pumpkin, snuggling in sweats, and watching Halloween movies. So far John and Everett agree that Hotel Transylvania 2 is their favorite. I'm holding out for Hocus Pocus and Haunted Mansion but SOMEONE who will remain unnamed says he doesn't care for those so we haven't watched them yet.

I think next week we might try to squeeze in some pumpkin picking but we have a very busy schedule (lots more cookies to eat and mildly thrilling children's movies to watch) so we shall see.

Monday, September 4

Andersen Family Reunion 2017

3_1 1_1 4 5 6 7 Now that it's September and I really should blog about Everett's first birthday like a good mom, I'm playing catch up on all our summer activities. In July we spent a weekend at Lake Powell with my dad's side of the family. There were kayaks and paddle boards and tubing and waterskiing, massive quantities of food, slides off a houseboat, and evenings spent listening to singing and guitar music. I really lucked out in the family department.

And I really lucked out in the cute chubby babies who love water department too. ;)

Monday, July 31

British Columbia Trip Part 2: Vancouver Island

After we'd spent a few days in Vancouver, we took a ferry to Vancouver Island and headed to Butchart Gardens. They were heaven on earth and made my garden at home look so pitiful I just want to rip everything out and hire someone else to do it for me (not happening). But John did buy me a few seed packets and they're sitting in my basement cellar waiting until next spring to be planted. Maybe then I'll have some glorious hollyhocks and delphinium of my own. My black thumb is doubtful.IMG_3434 IMG_3433 IMG_3439 IMG_3445 IMG_3450 IMG_3456 IMG_3462
My dream house has columns in the front, a wrap-around porch, plenty of climbing roses, and lily pond out back with big pink flowers like in the next photo. Basically picture Southern Plantation meets English countryside. I'm not asking for a lot here. ;)IMG_3486
After we spent the afternoon at Butchart Gardens we drove up the coast to Nanaimo and spent the night. The next day we went to Pipers Lagoon Park, which is basically just gorgeous rocky shoreline running up to evergreen forests. I loved it and could have stayed longer but everyone else was cold. IMG_3501 IMG_3503 IMG_3507 IMG_3508
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We spent the afternoon in Victoria. I loved seeing the British influence there, especially since I did a study abroad in London and I think Queen Victoria is fascinating. Our first stop was Fisherman's Wharf. IMG_3557 IMG_3558 IMG_3561
These homes were all floating right on the water.
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Everett was a champion eater on the trip and had fish for every meal (served with healthy portions of lemon and tartar sauce, because obviously he's my child). It almost makes me cry happy tears because one of my life goals is to raise adventurous, unpicky eaters (he's snacking on sharp cheddar as I write this because who needs string cheese when you can eat something that actually has FLAVOR).  John and Jared ordered a few types of sushi we'd never tried before and let's just say sushi by the ocean is always a good idea. IMG_3573 IMG_3579 IMG_3582 IMG_3609 IMG_3613
After we finished at Fisherman's Wharf we explored downtown Victoria. We found a little boutique called Violette where John insisted on buying me the daintiest rose moissanite ring from Hart + Stone. It's such a sweet reminder of a beautiful city. I love that guy.