Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tayte turns three

I can't believe our toe head boy is three! We just love Tayte and the light and joy he has brought into our life. There is never a dull moment with Tayte around. We wanted to remember his cute quirks and personality so we filmed him and some of the cute things he says and does. And as a bonus there are some hilarious 'knock knock jokes' at the end.

We love our Tayte

Monday, July 6, 2015

Daxton Turns 5


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I can't believe my oldest is 5. Its been taking awhile for that to truly sink in...5 is a big milestone and its a little crazy to think we've made it to that milestone.  It was a big birthday for him as well, it was the first time he had opinion about what he wanted for his gifts and for a party. All he really wanted though was a piñata... he's so simple and sweet about his request that anytime he asks I love to indulge because he doesn't ask for things very often.

We had two different parties with families and he loved getting that special attention from Grandmas and Grandpas, aunts and uncles. Each being so sweet to him.

We decided to also through a friend party with just a few of his close friends that he chose. We just kept it low key, and had a super hero themed party. We ate, and then had a super training course where each child got to test their abilities of strength and if they passed they got a super cape. We had a rockwall challenge, hitting a building with a straw shooter, flying over building course (aka a Photo Booth :) ) stomp out the evil bombs from a villain ( we filled up water balloons for each of them to pop) and last their hitting strength and had to hit a piñata with Villains on the front.

I'll be honest it was a lot of work, Brandon and I were exhausted  by the end of the night. But it was worth it to see Daxton talk about it, and have him feel so special. I love my little Daxton so much.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Around the home + Baby Pibu Skincare

Its about time for a blog post around these parts. Right? Ive been so busy with trying to keep up with three little bodies that I forget that I need to post and keep this online journal going!

When we got to our new home we had about 3 pieces of furniture and so we are slowly trying to add new things to our home. Its nice to start over but SO hard at the same time... mostly because I'm SUPER indecisive. I'm trying to make that a strength...but its a work in progress.

So just to have a little update, here are little things that are happening around our home.
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^We are remodeling our kitchen and this is our table that I want to stain and refinish. Someday in the future^
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^Peonies from Grandma's house. Goodness they are so huge and SO pretty!^
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^Strawberries from our yard! I made a fresh strawberry yogurt (ice cream) yesterday and it was SO yummy! ^
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^My happy boy^
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Another thing we have been battling is dry skin, Daxton has it on his arms and legs and its on the verge of eczema. We recently got product from Baby Pibu and I have really loved the way it has helped Daxton's dry skin. Its one of our routines to put it on him right after the shower. Its full of good ingredients that are safe for my kids. We have also LOVED the baby sun screen because it is safe for little babies. And since we are out in the sun a lot, its a must have in my diaper bag. They have a lot of different skin care for different types of skin and traveling kits that we have and its been super helpful. Anyway, its been a thing we've been battling so I hope it helps someone thats been battling a similar thing!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Be a Collector of Beautiful Moments

Rainyday

Lately its been a challenge to figure out where to spend my time. I feel like I have been wearing too many hats lately and trying to balance them all isn't working. Being a mom of three has already been a big change, but I feel like I've been adding more to my plate and it keeps getting fuller to where other areas in my life have been falling short.
I've been listening to a lot of talks from the LDS General Conference whenever I have a spare moment to help me keep everything in perspective... and I'm trying my best to learn how to say 'No' to requests and to weed out things that are unnecessary.

One thing I have gleaned from trying to prioritize my time is to be a collector of beautiful moments. I want to look back on my life and see that I was grateful for those small, simply moments. Whether it was that 10 minutes of quiet time in the car, or the little tug on my leg from Tayte asking if  "I would hold you", or singing my boys to sleep at night, watching a polly polly (roly poly) curl up on itself, relishing a meaningful conversation with a friend, making new friends, or holding hands with Brandon.

These thoughts have really helped me recently when I'm feeling a little stressed, or behind in areas of my life. And I'm hoping to find even more balance in this life that can sometimes get a little bit crazy. What about you? How do you feel like you find more balance and peace?

Rainyday Rainyday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Shae

Today is my oldest sisters birthday and I felt impressed to write my feelings down about her.  I will be honest when I was growing up there where times it was really, really tough. Times when she wanted to pull my hair out and I was a main target, because I had the longest hair. Times when I didn't understand why she was throwing a tantrum and had to be patience as she threw things, kicked me and even lock me outside the house. But that being said she is an angel and always has been for me. She is the valiant spirit that said, 'Yes I will go to earth and have those limitations, but I will be happy through it. I will be a light to others. '

And she is just that. Through out my whole life she had been an example of love. She's taught me how to love the neglected, the downhearted and the outcast. When I am with her she quickly teaches me what really is important in life. Shae's life has been anything but perfect but through her setbacks, and her limitations she finds joy in the sweetest and simplest things.

I am grateful to have a perfect example to look up to, and I am grateful for her guidance as an older sister that has made my life that much sweeter.

I've posted this video before, but I wanted to post it again because its a memory that I will always look back on and cherish.