4 Years Ago Today

4 years ago today I was a bucket of nerves,
and such excitement coursing through my veins,
and when we knelt at the altar in the temple
and I gazed into Andrew's eyes,
I knew this was the best day of our lives.

We were sealed for time and all eternity
and it's amazing to see how much has changed in just 4 short years.

We went from being such babies
to HAVING babies hahaha
I still love this crazy guy more than anything
and am so happy he chose me all those years ago ;)
Happy Anniversary my Andrew and I'm looking forward to
an eternity more and more adventures to come!

Wish I had Known

I wish I had known

- that I would be emptying trashes multiple times a day
- that dirty diapers are like a revolving door
- that blowouts can be a daily thing
- that I always have to do at least 3 loads of laundry a day
- that I would need to vacuum like daily to keep the mess under control
- that I apparently am not a fan of the toddler stage
- that I don't handle stress well at all
- that my chores would double like my kids hahaha
- that as much as I don't like the toddler stage,
I LOVE having a little helper and someone to talk to
- that my "Mama Bear" instinct would be so easily brought to the surface
- that I actually have a maternal instinct and it's 99% correct 
- that my patience would be tested to my utmost limits
- that my heart would burst every time Rory and Jade look at each other and just laugh
- that I would have such a fierce love for my girls
- that it would make my marriage to Andrew so much better
- that being a mother would both break and strengthen me
But I'm also glad I didn't know in advance.
I'm grateful for this experience and for being able to learn everything on my own,
and learning that I CAN do this,
that I CAN be a good mother/wife/housewife/friend,
and that I have the best little family in the entire world regardless
of screams/tantrums/puking/burps
because those are always accompanied by smiles, laughs, and loves. ;)

Thinking thoughts

2 posts in a row?!
What's happening here! 
I've had a lot on my mind recently.
I've been reflecting on the past 7 1/2 years since 
Andrew and I entered each other's lives as more than just friends.
I NEVER would have thought that I'd have waited for a missionary,
that I would work at Disneyland for the best 8 months,
that we'd get married,
or that we'd have 2 beautiful little girls that have blessed our lives.
I was perusing IG the other day and saw all these pretty pictures
of people putting their trees up and the clean,
neat and organized houses they were in.
Then I looked around my living room and saw the disaster that was there.
So I wrote this:
 "Since everyone is posting about their Christmas trees going up 
I'm doing a #realmommoment this is my living room. 
My tree has been up since the 10th cuz 
I just really needed some holiday spirit ya know? 
There are toys everywhere and gear for baby girl taking up a ton of space, 
yes that is a diaper on my ottoman 
cuz that has become our diaper changing station hahaha 
I love the saying "Don't excuse the mess, my children are busy making memories" a lot. 
But at the same time, a mess drives me bonkers! 
And as much as its a constant struggle to keep house and children clean and happy, 
I'm happy to be the one that gets to stay home 
and try to do those things. 
As I sit here thinking of the millions of things I need/could do, 
I'm relishing in the quiet of the house with proof that children live here. 
Here's to taking a moment to love where you're at in life 
and being extremely happy/grateful that you made it ;)"

And I meant every word.
Now I also know that we tend to crop pictures just so on social media
to NOT show our real life sometimes hahaha
I do it too no worries!!
And I actually ended up cleaning the living room
cuz I had Activity Days at my house later that day and needed to not have
things everywhere for the girls to destroy hahaha

I look at Rory and Jade and think how incredibly blessed I am
to be their Mama.
Rory is always wanting me to watch her do things,
help her get things down,
she wants to help me do anything,
love on her sister,
play with her sister,
and is just a little copycat to almost anything she sees
so we're watching that hahaha
 It's a constant
"Mama mama mama where you are?!
Mamamama what you doing?!
Mamamamamamamama where daddy??"
She's so funny sometimes.
All day she'll ask for Daddy and want him home
but then when he IS home,
she's snuggling with me and begging me to read her bedtime story
NOT Daddy hahaha #irony

Jade is just getting so stinking big I can't stand it!
She rolled for the first time on Tuesday,
off the ottoman onto the floor.......
Mommy fail!
But then she was all smiles when we clapped for her rolling hahaha
She loves her family and always has a smile for her Daddy and Mama
and a giggle/coo for big sister Rory ;)
She still loves to swing in the fisher price swing
and swaddled to sleep at night/naps.
She's a binki baby which I was not prepared for
but am totally fine with haha cuz if it keeps her calm,
I'll worry about breaking her habit way later!

So like I said earlier,
I couldn't be more grateful for where I am in life.
I have an amazing husband,
2 beautiful little girls that call me Mama,
I'm happy to be a housewife and stay at home mom,
and I can't wait to see where life continues to take us
and how the Lord will continue to bless us ;)


Oh my!
I swear time is just swiftly running past me!

Like, it's DECEMBER people!
When did that happen???

 Last week we enjoyed an awesome Thanksgiving
and hosted it here at our house,
and after we decided to skip a movie in a theatre, as per our norm,
my parents grabbed the 2 oldest grandkids 
and took them to the park for a little bit while I made waffles, bacon and sausage
for breakfast/snacking since we weren't eating til 3!
When they brought the kids home, both of them crashed HARD
and slept for a few hours while we got everything ready for dinner.
Rory just did NOT want to take a picture hahaha
Around 5 I got a text form a friend asking if we could still possibly watch her girls 
while they ran to WalMart to pick up one thing on sale.
Sure I said!
After some initial awkwardness,
we had a great time with sidewalk chalk on my porch and outside walls,
some brownies,
and some coloring they all went home happy and well-fed hahaha

Rory has become even more hilarious than I thought she could be
so far hahaha
"Mama mama I did it!!" -
as she realized that she a knot in one of her books.
"Mama I read her a story ok?" -
in the bath with Jade
"I'm not cute, I'm beautiful"
"I'm so funny Mama"
"Time for Granch?!" (Grinch)
"Can we watch Christmastime Mama??
(Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas)
"I don't wanna eat da cookies"
(when really she totally does, but it HAS to be her idea.....)

Jade is growing like a weed yet still super tiny.
She's teething,
yes you read that correctly, teething!
Poor girl.....but she's actually been pretty ok about it.
She's a total Mommy/Daddy's girl.
The complete opposite of her sister hahaha
Rory loved us at this age but loved being with other people,
I never felt worried that she'd freak out randomly if she couldn't see us.
Jade however, is very much a "background" baby.
She prefers to sit with mama or dad
and just observe rather than be the center of attention.
She's such a sweet girl and always has a smile 
and a coo for me when she wakes up,
just makes being a mom that much more worth it.

And since both girls are miraculously down for a nap together
I need to go roll some sugar cookies!
I love my adorable little girls and the joy they give me!

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