Monday, January 15, 2018

lately...

^^"Winter" in Arizona. 

Oh my hecking heck!
HOW are we half way through January already!?
I can't believe how fast Christmas and New Years came and went. 
It was a super busy holiday season for us. 
All my siblings were home for the break so we spent a lot of time catching up together. 
Family during the holidays is just the best. 
I stayed busy the entire month of November and December with my photography business and then a few days before Christmas my computer CRASHED.
According to Apple our 2009 iMAC is vintage lol.
It turned out to be the hard drive and was a costly fix but it seems like almost everything was recovered, THANK GOODNESS!
*Reminder to back up all of your files in 3 places guys*
I started working with DoTERRA selling essential oils back in October and it's been keeping me BUSY!
I love teaching classes and sharing my knowledge about them. 
They have totally changed our lives and I'm so mad no one told me about them before. 
It's been a nice way to bring home some income on the side too. 

Along with that I've been hitting my health and fitness goals HARD this year. 
I'm feeling super motivated/dedicated to getting in a better spot physically.
(documenting all that over on my insta @bigmommaolsen)
Number one goal for this year is NO BABIES in 2018! 
I'd realllllly love a few years break with out being pregnant and or nursing. 
We will see how that goes lol. 

David has been graduated for five months now and there are STILL no job leads in sight. 
He can hardly get a call back for an interview... 
As you can guess, it's a bit depressing and feels a bit hopeless actually. 
He's been networking like crazy and everyone he's reached out to says his resume is amazing, so I don't know what the deal is. 

He does a better job than me at staying positive. 
Logically, I know something will pan out. 
It always does. 
The LIMBO LAND though, kills me. 
I feel like that's kind of been our life the last couple years lol. 

We are so thankful that he is currently employed and we are getting some income but I have to tell ya, I am so over the freaking paycheck to paycheck nonsense. 
Behavioral health is not exactly lucrative. 
We put in the work, I WANT THE REWARD, NOWWWWWW. 
wahh. 

He's been tossing the idea around of going back and getting his BSN degree so he can have that to fall back on and then work his way up the ranks with his MHA that way. 
Logistically it sounds like a really good plan. 
It's a rigorous 16 months of courses and clinicals and it's full time so he'd have to quit his job which totalllllly freaks me out. 
Living on student loans again!?
Can we even cover our expenses with that?!
Can we stay in our rental?
Do I need to work nights somewhere!?
Ahh, there's just A LOT to think about. 

We still need to fast and pray for a bit since we are giving ourselves to the end of February to make a decision. 

BOO ADULTHOOD. 
In other news, Remington is READING. 
He's like well beyond his grade level. 
It still shocks us when he picks up a book and starting reading out loud like it ain't no thang.
He is just totally growing up before our eyes into a such a big KID! 

Olive is still obsessed with preschool and will occasionally cry when I pick her up because she doesn't want to leave, lol. 
She loves to pick out her outfit and accessories every night for the next day and has started to become very particular how we do her hair. 
It's adorable. 

Francie pants looooved having the older kids go back to school just so she could go back to her one on one time with me. 
At any time of day you can find her clutching an armful of tiny baby dolls or kitty cats. 
She carries her little purse with her everywhere and  always asks if she can put on lipstick. 
She's getting to the point where we could probably start potty training but every time it's brought up she says "no, I still a baby."
So that's that I guess lol. 

Wolfe is busy as ever. 
His new favorite thing is to be let loose to wander as he pleases in the backyard and front yard. 
He's just stopped putting everything in his mouth, so i'm a little more relaxed about it. 
He loves to have free range. 
I just wish we had GRASS for them to play on, whomp whomp. 
Our goal for him in the next couple months is to move his crib to Remington's room. 
I think he is allllmost ready. 
I. can't. freaking. wait. 
So that's what we've been up to lately! 

Next month we are looking forward to my sister Natassja's wedding, our 8th wedding anniversary and David's 30th birthday. 

Time just keeps on ticking man.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy First Birthday, Wolfe!

Wolfe turned ONE on January 4th.
He's been feeling pretty crummy so we kept it suuuuper low key.
We sang, the kids ate donuts and he got a new water bottle and his favorite snacks!
I had a tiny moment of momma gilt that we didn't do a big party like we'd done for the other kids, but life has been so gosh dang CRAZY.
(Fourth child probs)
Keeping things simple is about all I can handle right now.
Hopefully he won't hold that against me when he's older lol!

I can't believe this nugget has been with us a whole year already.
He has blessed our lives so much.
I can't remember what life was like before him!?
He is definitely the best kind of "surprise" baby anyone could have asked for.
He's jumped from baby to little man-toddler in the past few weeks and it's awesome/slightly breaking my heart.
We can't wait to see more of his little personality come through this next year!
I love this stage.

Happy birthday sweet Wolfie, wolfe.
We LOVE YOU! 





the birth of Wolfe Wallace, a little film!

I have been sooo behind in photos/video making since our computer completely crashed over the break. I have loads of photos to edit and posts to catch up on but in the meantime, here's a little film I threw together of all the footage David took during Wolfe's birth ONE YEAR AGO!!!
I couldn't help but get a little emotional while making this. 
It def makes me want to hire a birth videographer for the next one though, LOL!
I'm so happy to have these moments captured. 

**if the raw/primal sounds of a med-free birthing momma freak you out, this is probably not the video for you lol. You've been warned ;)

Happy BIRTHday to our little Wolfieeeee


To read the Birth Story, go HERE

 *A special thanks to our birth photographer, Jamie Costlow for getting that sound bite during the delivery and taking those beautiful photos! 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

We are so excited for Christmas this year!!
This will be the first time in YEARS that all of my siblings will be home together at the same time. 
Coming together as a family is really the most special part of the Holidays for me. 
I mean the food and the music rank up there too, but spending time with your loved ones is truly the best. 
Here are our a few of our favorite snap shots from our fall family session!
My girlfriend Aly and I traded sessions and I am OBSESSED with how these turned out.
How am I supposed to pick which ones to print!?
I want them all on my wall, AH!
















Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Francie's Dance Showcase

Frances started a ballet/tap dance class a few months ago and today she had her first little showcase!
We had to get her dressed up as a reindeer and I totally procrastinated getting her antlers for her costume. 
Thankfully, Pinterest came to the rescue and I pulled together some faux antlers from a stick we found in the backyard, LOL!
Her bows are made out of left over bias tape from and old craft project too. 
I'm pretty happy with how our last minute costume came together. 

She was SOOOO cute during her dance. 
She's come a long way over the past few months. 
She used to cry every time I dropped her off lol, so this was a huge accomplishment for her.

We love your francie deer 
;)

And a special thanks to Ms. Andrea her amazing teacher! 
This girl has the patience of a SAINT. 

If you're looking for an awesome, affordable dance class for your kids in the west valley, she is your girl. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Card 2017

I'll share more fall family photo session soon! 
We've been SO BUSY over here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

10 months with Wolfe

Dear Wolfe,
At 10 months old you legit do not feel like a baby anymore.
You walk around like you own the place.
You're trying to climb up on everything too which is why your face is always bruised lol.
You love to be outside, walking around and picking things up off the ground.
You are SO FAST.
Still not much of a fan of shoes, so for now, we just put on socks for outside (it's nice that it's not super cold during the winter here)
There isn't a cupboard in the house that you haven't explored.
Your favorites are the kitchen appliances and the tupperware drawer.
You drag the rice cooker around like a little pull toy, HA!
You also empty my bathroom drawers every.single.day.
You always stuff your mouth with cotton balls.
You are totally obsessed with phones after a nice lady at church offered hers to you to play with (we hadn't let you hold ours up to them) and now you scream your head off if you see a phone that you want but can't have.
Yay.
You're waving "bye-bye" , saying "momma" and "dada" and starting to shake your head to say "no."
You HAAAAAAAAAATE the car seat.
It's literally a wresting match to get you situated and buckled in.
You enjoy family meals up at the table with everyone.
There hasn't been a food you haven't liked yet.
You're still nursing strong, no end game in sight.
I'd love to wean you at a year ideally, but we will see.
I seriously can't believe how fast this first year is going by,
We love you so much!
Can't imagine our lives without you dude.
Love,
Momma

Olsen Offspring 10 month comparison 
Rem, Olive, Frances and Wolfe
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