12 October 2016

September Blur

You guys September was a blur.

Rory had her first preschool field trip to our local Fry's store!
(Smith's if you're in Utah, Ralph's in Cali, it's our Kroger brand store)
Jade and I got to tag along and I did my grocery shopping while they ate a snack.
She had so much fun being with her friends from school
and following Miss Sue everywhere hahaha
Poor Miss Sue rarely gets a break from Rory cuz she's also in our ward
and is now my Compassionate Service Coordinating partner hahaha
She will never get away from us! :)
But I digress!
Rory got to go in the fridge section where they keep the milk and such,
touch a lobster in the deli,
and see all of the product behind the scenes!
Now when we go to Fry's she tries to act like a tour guide haha
Guys I swear she grew up like 10 years.
She looks so old now and is super independent
(more than she already was),
a little drama queen for sure hahaha,
and she's learning so much!
She writes her name mostly by herself now.
She wants to write it on everything that's hers,
including her clothes and self.
On the same day that our van decided to have a flat tire,
my iPhone died a sad depressing, not my fault death.
The touch screen stopped working so after a few weeks of using a temp phone 
that thankfully we had kept from previous years,
I got one of these bad boys!
It's amazingly sad actually how much I missed having this phone haha
But luckily I have amazing in laws that helped us out
with this and I was back to 2016 tech in no time :)
It's finally starting to cool down in AZ!
The temps have actually been dipping below triple digits every so often,
therefore we like to open our door!
(what I wouldn't give for a screen door)
We picked out a nice fall smell for the Scentsy warmers and have just enjoyed the nice weather.
We've been to the park now twice this week 
(yes I know it's October and this is mostly about September but still!)
and the splash pad this morning and my kids are so happy
to finally get to venture outside again!
My allergies on the other hand, NOT so happy
 but the sneezes are worth their happy faces haha
We love spending time with our family
and Jade and Papa had a nice moment together in his office one day while we were there.
She loves her Papa and her "Papa-corn"
(aka Pirates Booty)
Andrew has been attempting to teach Rory how to play some video games.
She always asks to play and he finally decided she was old enough.
She does play on her LeapPad almost daily but they're educational games
so I wasn't sure if she'd be ok with these new ones.
I was mistaken hahaha
They play a chasing game on NintendoLand and she loves being able to play with Daddy.
Of course, whatever big sister does,
Jade must also do.
So we give her the other controller without batteries
(hello, we ain't newbies here hahaha)
and they "play" together all the time!
I just HAD to share my awesomeness at forgetting I had rolls rising
while Andrew went to the Priesthood session of Conference
and the girls and I went to play with our friends at their house.
I came home to this sight and about died from laughter cuz I was like
"they're never going to rise!!
I've had them out for 2 hours and NOTHING!"
Well, they proved me wrong AND still tasted pretty dang delicious :)
 We had Jade's last dermatologist appointment on the last day of September!!
She's not completely free of her eczema but we don't have to go in
anymore unless she has a bad flare up!
And we just have to keep her extra moist now that we're entering the "winter" of AZ
which is even drier than the summer. 
She also looks super old now!!
She's over 2 years old and I swear she's 12!
She's spunky, loud,
in the full throws of 2 year old tantrums,
giggles often,
tries to talk to hard hahaha
I just can't believe how fast and slow it all goes!
This month is my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!
Woot woot!
I can't believe a year went by so fast,
but I'm excited to see where it takes us form here ;)

12 September 2016


Lately it seems
more and more often marriage is being discussed in some way or another.
Our lessons in church have been about marriages,
things on the news,
and social media make it more prevalent.

And since it's been on my mind so much I wanted to write about it here.

Most of you know our story.
If not, go ahead and click on "Our Love Story" and go from there ;)
Most of you have known me for years or been following me 
since I started this in 2009.
For which I say thank you for sticking with me through 
the weird and the tough haha

It's such a small word for what it truly entails.
There's so much that comes with marrying someone.
You are promising to take another person to be yours forever.
Not just for the good times,
but for the bad times too.
Not just for their appearance,
but for their spirit and personality.
Not just them either,
but their whole family as well.
You are promising to be there for that person no matter what.
Sure the words are easy to say,
but are they easy to live?
Not always.

Andrew and I have had rough patches.
Every couple does.
We've only ever had one full out fight,
when he proposed, but we've had plenty of disagreements
and discussions.
The most important part of disagreements,
to me at least,
is to listen.
Listen and not just hear.
And after you listen,
respond appropriately.
Hear the problem and try to fix it.
Andrew and I fix our rough patches by spending 
more and more time together.

Yesterday in our lesson a lady said something
that funnily enough Andrew and I say to each other ALL THE TIME
"Before you guys came, it was just he and I".
In reference to having kids of course.
Sometimes we get so caught up being our kids mothers/fathers that we
forget we were a couple before those precious babies came.
And while we of course adore them,
we HAVE to make time with each other or 
I won't recognize him when the kids are gone and it's just us again.
I don't want it to be a stranger sitting next to me.
I want to make sure I make the time for him.
And he for me.

Marriage is an amazing thing.
Some are made of completely opposite people,
some are so similar it's hard to see two people and not one,
some are so in sync they don't need words,
some require words and communication to be understood.
No one marriage is the perfect way to do it.
Andrew and I have found that if we are able to take little trips 
without the kids throughout the year, it makes us better.
Lucky for us we have amazing family that's willing to watch them for us.
Some couples can't do that.
And sometimes we can't get away for a weekend either,
so we've become somewhat awesome at stay-at-home dates.

Once the kids are in bed,
the night is ours.
We can snuggle and watch a show,
make our own dinner (and eat it all at once!),
play a game,
just talk and chat,
do some housework together, etc.
Housework is not one of Andrew's favorites either but if 
I make his favorite banana bread, he's much more willing ;)

I can literally say I married my best friend.
There's no one else that knows my heart as well as he does.
(though my mom is a very close 2nd haha)
He is my teammate and partner.
I can't do this without him, 
nor he without me.
Marriage is so precious and sacred to me.
We got married in the temple which means that we are sealed beyond the grave.
How could this not be forever?!
It has to be!
And how great is that joy in knowing when we die,
Andrew and I are not separated.
We're away from each other physically but 
we are sealed to one another.
Nothing can ever break that and for that I am extremely grateful.
I strive everyday to be worthy of that eternal promise we made to each other.
I love my husband and our marriage together.
It's not always a walk in the park,
but I do know that with Andrew at my side,
everything is possible.

01 September 2016


August brought so many things for us as a family.

Right at the beginning of the month Andrew got in a little fender-bender,
but it did leave us without a car for a few days until we got our rental figured out.
And after about 3 weeks we finally got our car back all good as new haha

Poor Andrew took it really hard that it happened to him.
He was so angry at himself it was hard to watch.
Luckily he got over it and was back to normal soon after wards.

Rory started preschool the same week!
Guys, school has been a literal lifechanger.
While a lot of her attitude remains mostly the same,
it's been better for have a break from her 3 times a week.
It's been awesome and I get 2 1/2 hours to myself which has saved my sanity.

We spent tons of time with family.
Visiting Daddy at work is always a favorite for the girls.
They also love playing with their cousin and uncle.

 We celebrated Jade's birthday with a very small,
very laid back "party" for her at our house.
Basically we had snacky food and room for kids to run around in hahaha
After all, she's only 2 so I didn't think a huge party was necessary,
and all she ever wants to do is eat and play ;)
We did theme it Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
since that is her favorite show of like all time. 
My mom made all of the Mickey decorations all by herself which is amazing!

I've also been doing some redecorating in our house.
Our master bedroom is in major need of a face lift,
so I started it plus I've had a Disney shelf that was made for me
for Christmas and I finally was able to paint it!

And last night we had a family date night out at our new Cafe Rio
that opened literally yesterday!
Plus we went and got ice cream at Baskin Robbins since it was $1.31 a scoop!
Coupons for BOGO burrito or salad plus cheap ice cream!?
I think the girls agreed!

I've also found the cutest little bakers in the entire world here ;)
They love to help me in the kitchen.
SO come get me September!
I'm ready for some fall fun and hopefully the weather will
soon cooperate with what I want to do!