Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Red, Blue, White, Yellow

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I know everyone knows children come with different personalities but i'm here to affirm that it is truth! You think you have the parenting thing down and then along comes a second child and you poke yourself in the eye wondering how in the world you are going to parent two complex and different personalities.

Daxton is as sweet, obedient and sensitive as any child that you could find. Tatye is sweet, but he sure has a sass and ready to do everything and anything on his own. He will be obedient but its on his own terms. If I am going to change his diaper, I let him know that i'm waiting and then I know when he's ready to obey he will come over and lay down. However, if I force him into laying down there will be screams, tears and thrashing for another 10 minutes.

I'm not saying one is better than the other, both have great personalities, but they have their pros and cons. It just sure makes motherhood tricky and I don't know if I'll ever figure it out. And I won't even start with bedtime. In fact, as I'm writing this I can hear Daxton lecturing Tayte on how to go to bed and that Mom and Dad has asked us to go to bed. hahahah
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But my boys are sweet as can be, and I'm grateful for their different personalities. It teaches me patience and love. It also teaches me a life lesson that everyone needs to be treated different and loved differently, especially in families. Motherhood is tricky but like I said it can translate into learning life lessons, and I try to make sure that I keep that in perspective as I am in the daily grind.
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These DARLING moccisons are from an online shop called Mini Acorn. When we got these cute shoes in the mail the boys were so excited and would not take them off (especially Tayte.... figures). They are super comfortable for them and they always beg to wear them. Pretty sure I want one in every color for the boys.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We've moved

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The last few months have been far from what we expected. Its been a long journey where we have been stretched and tried. Its hasn't been easy, but we have tried our best to learn, to laugh and grow from each bump in the road. But now we finally made itt and we feel so excited about this new chapter of our life. With about 15 days left before the due date of this new baby we moved into a new home in Utah. We are loving the space we have and are trying our best to move and get settled before the new baby comes! (yikes)

 Three cheers for a new home, a new job, and a new city to adventure in!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Dinner

My mother was really into celebrating all Holidays, and do all sorts of fun things for us kids. I am not as good as keeping up her traditions but every now and then I really try. One of the things I remember growing up with was a scary Halloween Dinner. So it just so happened that last week we decided to keep up that tradition and get us all in the Halloween mood. The two boys had so much fun helping me and surprisingly did really good at making it! [Like the broomsticks you will see below, Daxton did those mostly by himself!] 
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Can't believe that Halloween is already almost here! Are you ready? We having been slowly losing pieces of Daxton's costume so we will see what we end up being for Halloween on Friday. (!)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tips for Pregnancy

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Shirt and Cardigan: Pink Blush Maternity
Since I am nearing the end of my pregnancy and since this is my third time around, I feel like I've finally learned a couple things that have helped me during pregnancy. Because I'm an expert now (insert sarcasm).

But, really I wanted to share a couple tips I learned because sometimes its nice to see what works for others.

Tip 1: Drink 100 oz of water everyday.
Drinking this much water helps with water retention and has somewhat helped with gaining too much weight (even though I still did gain weight, I gained less than my first two pregnancies) during pregnancy. I started off the day with a 32 oz nalgene water bottle and then only had to get 2 more 32 oz bottles in for the rest of the day. [this tip was given to me by my SIL Makana who just had twins and looked awesome!]

Tip 2: Exercise!
I try my very best to exercise everyday or at least do some kind of physical activity. My main goal isn't about weight, in fact exercising has so many other benefits for me. I ran (more like sped walked!) up till about my 7 month. And everyday I exercise I think how thankful I am going to be AFTER I have the baby. With my first two pregnancies I had a really good recovery and I like to think that exercising through out my whole pregnancy had a lot to do with it. Also, when I don't exercise I can tell my sleep is effected and I have a harder time sleeping, especially in my third trimester.

Tip 3: Stretching/ yoga.
I feel that it helps with leg cramps and irritability. Some mornings when I set aside like 10 minutes to do yoga, I feel my irritability that can come from being uncomfortable, nauseated, or just being a mom of two kids wears off and I'm a better mom.  Here are some great pregnancy yoga videos- only 10 minutes.

Tip 4: Enjoy.
I feel like I have really come to enjoy the little kicks, punches, hiccups that happen within my belly. Not that I didn't appreciate them before but now I have realized the love I have for my baby and that he/she is protected inside me. I am the one special person that gets to feel the little miracle that is growing

Tip 5: Love your body.
I have to be honest my first two pregnancies I had such a hard time with my body changing. Every extra pound or bulge I saw it would throw me into a depressed state. However, through this pregnancy I have been able to love my body and the changes that its going through so much more. Thats not to say I don't have days when I see my body change and it completely flattens me leaving me in a rolled up mess. But there are more days than not, where I am grateful for a body that is producing such a miracle. And I'm okay with what my body has to do in order to get a sweet baby here on earth.

Those are just some of the tips that I have really learned over the last few months. What about you? Have you or are you learning things through your own pregnancy?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Falling Leaves

This past weekend we had LDS conference, and it is by far one of my favorite weekends of the year. I always come away with a fuller heart, with more gratitude and a bigger desire to be like my Savior. More to come about what I learned and loved in a future post However, one of the things I LOVE about General Conference is that its a family filled weekend.

In-between sessions we went up to the mountains to pick some colored leaves, and even though there weren't a ton of leaves that were changing it still was holy gorgeous! Since it was a family weekend we wanted to document our family and that precious time. I was so recharged being with my family, and felt so blessed knowing that when we are together we are equipped for all the bumps and bruises that life will bring.

And when I watch this video I just love my family that much more. Hope you enjoy it!

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Collecting the leaves was so much fun, and I wanted to say thank you so much to Pea in a Pod for the beautiful Jacket and maternity jeans. I've never really invested in a good pair of maternity jeans before this pregnancy and oh my, it makes a difference!!

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This darling camera bag is from Jo Totes! The quality is unreal and I am loving the use that I'm getting out of it for my camera and just as an everyday bag.
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Thanks again to Pea in the Pod and Jo Totes!!