Monday, March 23, 2015

Scootering with Calvin

The last two weeks have been filled with family time. My sister Cassidy, flew in from out of state on a whim and surprised my family by staying for 2 weeks. It was so much fun to have her and cute kiddos around and being able to spend as much time as we could with them. And my boys and her boy are the best of friends, even though they may fight every once in awhile they really do get along. We did all sorts of fun things, sleepover, hiking, movies, popcorn, scootering, tickling, jumping, playing toy story and the list goes on. But I am just grateful for my sisters and the bond that I have with them. And man I wish family didn't have to live all in different states. But I guess it makes the reunion that much sweeter.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hunting

Daxton wanted to go hunting the other day, meaning he wanted to go on a scavenger hunt. The weather has been so warm, so I thought why not. I created a silly little list of items for him to find outside and Daxton is one to make sure he finds all the right pieces, he's a perfectionist. Plus he just loves learning.

Tayte on the other hand really had no interest in the paper. He immediately threw the paper down and went running for the rocks and the water. Next thing I know he is taking off his shoes, and wading through the water. I kept warning him that he was going to be cold from the water, but it didn't phase him.  When he got out of the water, he of course started to whine he was cold. haha. But that is my little Tayte, he loves to test his boundaries, but he learns by exploring and getting messy.

Such different personalities and  I love both. I like to imagine what Bensons personality is going to be like. 
 
Still loving our Mini Acorn moccs, through dirt and mud.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

San Francisco

To do in San Francisco
For Brandon's 30th birthday, we celebrated by taking a 4 day trip to San Francisco. It was so much fun just being us and our third wheel baby. :) But by the fourth day we were really missing our boys and couldn't wait to get home to them. Its amazing what little trips with your sweetheart does for your relationship and I'm so glad I got to spend this time with Brandon. Below are some activities we did, some tips and wait for it... a film!! We just got a GoPro for Brandon's birthday and so that is what we used to film our trip!

What we did in San Fransisco:
Activities
-Painted Ladies
-Ocean Beach
-Golden Gate Park- dutch windmills
-Lands End- ruins of the sutro baths
-Pier 39
-Fishermans warf
-Rent bikes at Sports basement cheapest option
     ride across Golden Gate bridge and ride go up to the view point or to Saucilito

-Presidio- Andy Goldsworthy art pieces
-Shopping at Union square
-Coit Tower
-Ghirardelli square
-Lombard Street
-Chinatown

Food
-Tony's pizza
-Tu-lan Vietnamese food. Its in the Tenderloin so make sure to only go there in the day!
-ikes Sandwich
-Nicks Crispy Tacos
-Super Duper 

Tips
-Use Uber not Taxi's, cheaper and more efficient or go even cheaper and use the bus system. That is how we got across to Lands End/ painted ladies

-Look on groupon for a specials on Hotels. We stayed at the Mosser in Union Square for $75 a night and it was a pretty nice place.

Enjoy walking. We walked everywhere about 12 miles a day and even though our feet hurt at the end of the night we loved it! As a good friend of mine said, when you walk so much, part of the city belongs to you. You become part of its history.  And I totally felt like that, we really got to know the city, the people and the culture of San Fran. We would run into so many awesome people. One time we had just finished lunch and a girl with her niece were walking home from school and we ended up talking and walking with them all the way to the next destination we had. They gave us great tips and an insight into the life of SF.

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    We didn't bring our camera which was so weird for me (At times I kind of regretted not having it). Instead we brought Brandon's new GoPro which forced us to learn it, and our phones to document the trip. To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco To do in San Francisco 
^^ Andy Goldsworthy piece^^
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^^ Tony's famous margarita pizza... sooooo good!^^
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^Ocean Beach^
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^^Ruins of the Sutro bath^^
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^^Lands End^^

Thursday, January 29, 2015

4moms mamaRoo Giveaway!

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 Three boys. Who knew I was going to be in a house full of boys ?!
When we decided to add a third child to the mix of our family I was super nervous. I was told having three kids is when it really gets hard, because you run out of hands to help each child and that alone made me nervous.  But as I've learned through having the first two that adding another child means adding more skills to taking care of that additional child. We've had a crazy amount of change in the last few months. From moving across country, finding a new job, buying a new home, starting preschool, replacing all our furniture we left behind,  and having a third child. At times I have felt completely  overwhelmed,  and inadequate just trying to keep my head above water. And in the past few months I've really appreciated the things that have made my life easier. One of which is the mamaroo. I've really never had a swing for my newborns before and I am glad I have been able to have this one for our third. It frees up my hands as I spend time with my other two boys.

4moms, mamarooThe Mamaroo has 5 different motions that are similar to a mothers rock, and they go at different speeds. Which really helps soothe the baby. There is an app that you can download onto your phone that helps control it, and a speaker that you can turn on white noise or play music. I can't tell you how helpful its been to have this in our home.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Happy

 
     
Toy story is in full force at our house right now. Bullseye never. ever. leaves Tayte's side and Daxton is usually seen with one of the characters most likely Buzz, but today it was Jessi.
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Adorable matching Moccasins from Mini Acorn
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About two weeks ago we recieved some devastating news. Our really good friends from Boston lost their 2 year old girl unexpectedly. When I heard the news I was heart sick, and wasn't able to function for a couple day. I went through so many emotions trying to understand why such a perfect,  little girl was taken so early. All I could do was just hug and hold my boys close, to help me get through the day.

We then got a recording of the funeral that took place on this past Monday and it was the most tender service I have ever heard. In honor of their little girl Marjorie, both the parents were able to speak and they had so much faith. The things they said touched me so deeply,  I wish all parents could be able to listen to this service. After listening to the service, both Brandon and I have been very moved and have a whole new view on parenting.

One of the things that was talked about in the funeral service was "the happy". This family had recently bought a home near the Boston Temple and the little Marjorie would say they lived by the "the Happy" because she couldn't pronounce Temple. But they loved living by "the Happy" because they got to pass it every time they went home, and Marjorie loved that.

We too live really close to the temple, and so with little Marjorie on my mind I wanted to go to "the Happy" on Sunday with my family. I also realized I haven't been taking as many pictures of my family lately and I don't want to miss any stage of us growing together.  So we went and enjoyed the sunshine and each other. It always hits me so hard, especially when we are temple grounds how blessed we are to have each other. We got married in the SLC temple and so to be there with my little boys and Brandon just makes me cry.

As hard as it has been to hear the passing of little Marjorie it has helped us reflect on our own life. It has helped us see what is important in life and how we can do better. We haven't stopped thinking about Marjorie and her family. She continues to influence us everyday, and for that I am grateful.