Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas and New beginnings


Christmas was very low key this year. The decorations are already packed away and our home has been getting a good declutter and scrub down to start off the new year fresh. The babies were spoiled by both sets of grandparents with fun toys and cute new outfits. We spent the day in our jammies, eating chocolate and enjoying family time. I couldn't have asked for more. 

I am really looking forward to the new year. 
Twenty-fourteen has been a roller coaster for us, filled with some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. 
This year has taught me so much. 
I learned that I am stronger than I ever imagined. 
I learned that life is precious and that it can be taken away at any moment. 
I was reminded that family is the most important thing in the world, and that it's important to strengthen those relationships because they are eternal. 
I learned to laugh more and be present in the moment. 
I learned that it's ok to not be ok once in awhile. 
I learned set aside my pride and ask for and accept help when I needed it. 
I learned that God will place people in your life, angels on earth if you will, when and where you least expect it. 
I was reminded over and over again to trust in the Lord and his plan and know that he will not give me anything that I can not handle. 
I learned a lot this year. 

I am thankful for the memories we've created as a family, for the good and the bad and everything in between. 
I'm excited for what will be learned in the new year, 
for a brand new baby girl, and all the blessings that she will bring. 
I am excited to grow as a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. 
I'm ready for you twenty-fifteen. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Our Christmas Card


We are getting so excited for Christmas! We have been busy with last minute christmas shopping and tons of  holiday baking. Remington sings "dingle bells" on repeat and Olive hollers along with him. I just love this time of year. Our plans for the rest of the break include cuddling up and watching a ton of movies, eating lots of yummy treats and staying in our jammies! The babies hope we can get a little snow this year so we can  finally build a snowman. 
We are so blessed to have some many special people in our lives. We hope that everyone finds peace and joy this Christmas season and remembers that Jesus Christ, our Savior is the ultimate gift. 
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

David's Graduation!!!!


This handsome man graduated from BYU-Idaho last night. We are SO proud of him. His parents drove up from Utah earlier that afternoon and we met them in Idaho Falls for a celebratory lunch at Olive Garden. We got a sitter for the evening so we could enjoy the ceremony kid free. It was wonderful! I made Dave get dressed early so we could could snap a few photos with the babies before they went down to bed. Olive was super into his graduation cap haha! I can't believe a year ago, I walked across the same stage. Look how much the babies have grown since then. Where has the time gone!? So much has happened in a year, I can't believe it. 

For now, the plan is to stay here in Rexburg until David gets accepted into an ABSN program. Applications go out in the spring and programs start in the fall, so hopefully we will know where we are headed in a couple months. David will continue as a head supervisor at his call center job and be able to work full time which will be nice. I'm excited to stay  here until the baby comes in May as well. (The thought of moving mid-pregnancy totally stresses me out.) So until then, we will enjoy the rest of our time Rexburg as NON-STUDENTS. We are celebrating for the rest of the year. WE DID IT!!!!

(also, we were dealing with terrible indoor lighting...hence the sepia-esk photos haha) 
^^the loves of my life right there^^
^^Hip hip hooray! Daddy's graduating!!^^
 ^^I spy a stud muffin in the top left corner^^

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

20 weeks




^^I set my camera up on the tri-pod and Remington snapped away. He was saying the cutest things and totally cracking me up. "Wook wight here momma, ooh so pweety. Say cheese!" 

Yesterday we had our 20 week growth scan and learned that our sweet little rainbow baby is a girl! I had a feeling from the beginning she was a she. A few weeks ago I had a dream about her and even called her by name. I woke up and told David immediately. He loved it. We had never heard the name before but It has stuck with me since. Nothing is certain though because I love some many other different girl names. Naming a child is so hard. 

I can't believe I am already halfway through this pregnancy. Besides the awful nausea (that lasted way to long) and a protruding baby bump I really haven't felt pregnant. As I started the second trimester I started to get worried that I wasn't feeling flutters or kicks. I remember feeling them a lot earlier on with Olive. I figured 4th pregnancy in less than 3 years, I should have been feeling them by now. My Dr. was never concerned since baby girl's heart beat was nice and strong at every appointment. At our ultrasound yesterday, the tech explained that I have an anterior placenta which means it's positioned on the front side of my uterus instead of the back and makes it hard to feel the baby moving until your further along. I was so relieved! Now that baby girl is gaining some size, I should be feeling her in no time. 

Baby girl, had her legs spread from the beginning so we got to know right away. Watching her kick her limbs and open her mouth was amazing. I was so relieved to see that she was healthy and growing right on track. She weighed 12oz and measured a little ahead even which I expected because her brother and sister did too :) We have to go back in a few weeks because the tech wasn't able to get a good look at her kidneys, but everything else was perfect. 

^^I could stare at that sweet little face all day. Her profile is actually a lot similar to Olive ultrasound photo. I can't wait to see what she looks like. May feels SO FAR away. ^^

I also wanted to share my completed quilt that I made for our little girl. People have wondered about the term "rainbow baby" and why I chose to make a rainbow quilt. It was a way for me to honor this precious gift that we have been given. 

A Rainbow baby is a baby conceived after a loss. 
My favorite explanation is this, 
"A Rainbow baby is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with it's aftermath. What is means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope. "

How beautiful and special is that? I am so grateful to have the opportunity to carry this healthy baby girl. She already has brought us so much hope and joy. 

For those that have asked, I used this easy and straight forward tutorial. The author even links where to get the fabric from amazon. I was nervous to start because I have never sewn a quilt before, but It was quick and simple and a lot easier than I thought it would be. It's not perfect but I just love how it came together. It's so beautiful and it makes me smile every time I look at it. I can't wait to give it to her. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

we are anxious for next week!!

^^Graduation announcements by me! 

We are all looking forward to next week. David's graduation ceremony is next Friday! I seriously can't believe we are so close.  His parents are coming up to celebrate the day before. We have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. He's been working so hard and I am so proud of him! We are all praying that he doesn't get sick from the rest of us so we can finish his finals with a bang.

On Tuesday we have our 20 week growth scan and we get to find out the sex of our baby!!!! We are SOO excited. I am convinced we are having a girl, David says we are having a boy just to go against me. Either way, I can't wait to see him or her and make sure everything is still growing like it should be. I still trying to figure out a fun way to announce to our family and friends. Since we aren't doing a baby shower this time around I thought it would be fun to make the reveal more special. Anyone have any fun ideas? Can't wait for next week!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Crossfit and Pregnancy


A couple weeks ago I posted some videos of myself doing some olympic lifts at my Crossfit gym on my social media. Most of the feedback was positive and encouraging while others expressed their concern for my health and for the safety of my baby. I'm writing today in response to those loved ones who have expressed those concerns.

First off, I really do appreciate that you are concerned for me and my baby. I know that it's coming from a place of love and from people who legitimately care. Times have changed and new research has debunked the old thinking that staying active during pregnancy is bad for you. Even the familiar guidelines about keeping your heart rate under 140 bpm have been disproven. I have a degree in exercise physiology so I have had the opportunity to study the latest research in my field. Staying active during pregnancy is encouraged. Whatever you were doing before you got pregnant, you can continue to do throughout your pregnancy. It's not like I decided to start Crossfit after I got pregnant. I was going consistently for a year before we conceived. (I actually credit part of my fertility to Crossfit because it helped me lose weight and drop off excess body fat in a healthy and timely manner)

Second, I have continued with my workouts with the go-ahead from my Dr. I am thankful that we have an awesome relationship and I can ask tons of specific questions. He supports me and has approved my lifts. He encourages me to listen to my body, because really, we know best about what we can handle. It's been fun to go to appointments and hear the nurses tell me how my blood pressure has never been better and to see the weight gain come on steady like it's supposed to. (My weight gain with my previous pregnancies was out of control haha!)

Third, all my workouts are under the supervision of trained and certified Crossfit coaches whom I trust 100%. They help me modify weights and movements so I can still complete workouts safely. They make sure I am totally comfortable with what I am doing and also trust me when I say I need to slow down or cut back. Which leads me to my last point.

I am not stupid. I listen to my body. I am not killing my baby by doing Crossfit. After losing a baby earlier this year, I am actually more in-tune and conscious about what I am doing more than ever before. I've cut back the intensity and the amount of times I workout per week. Sometimes, I go really slow and I'm the last to finish. I never push myself more than I know I can handle. If it's too intense, I scale back. That is what is so awesome about Crossfit. Any movement and workout can be modified to fit your fitness level.

I am so thankful for a healthy and strong body. I'm excited to continue to maintain my fitness through this pregnancy. It the first time I haven't been in school or working full time while I've been pregnant and it feels nice to dedicate my time to being healthy.

If you're still concerned after readying this, keep it to yourself and trust that I know what I'm doing.

Below is an AWESOME video from Crossfit headquarters about doing Crossfit while pregnant.





Friday, November 28, 2014

a little film to kick off the christmas season


We had some much fun decorating the tree with the babies this year! They loved having their very own to decorate. The holidays are especially magical when you have little ones to celebrate with. 

Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving was absolutely perfect this year. We woke up and jammed out to Christmas tunes while we prepared our feast. We wanted to eat around noon so we could all catch a nap when the babies went down for theirs. Remington helped David make the mashed potatoes, while Olive sat by and watched, sneaking tastes of the potato skins. She made the funniest face every time she ate one but she still kept trying them, I guess hoping that they would get better haha! After our glorious meal and a much needed nap, we pulled out the Christmas decoration and decked out our home. It was a perfect way to end the day! 
My little family is incredibly blessed. I am thankful for all my precious babies, my loving and selfless husband and of course for my Savior and all that he does for me. We live a wonderful life and it wouldn't be possible with out Him.

^^Momma, what is dis thing?!
^^Remington was pouting because he couldn't use the sharp knife.
^^Watching from her perch
^^I can always count on Olive for a hilarious stink face
^^The spread
^^Olive didn't even like the mashed potatoes haha! Who's kid is this?!
^^The only photo we got of all four of us. Love this family of mine!

Thanksgiving last year (Olive was such a CHUNK) and the year before (a week before we found out I was expecting!) 

Monday, November 24, 2014

thanksgiving plans and the primary program


I am SO excited for the Holidays! We decided to stay in Rexburg this year and start our own family traditions for Thanksgiving. (Mostly because David has a ton of school work to keep on top of... not complaining though because he is GRADUATING IN LESS THAN A MONTH!!!!!). I originally nixed the cooking the big feast thing and figured we could go out to a nice dinner instead. Come to find out, the only restaurants open here are Chuck A Rama and JB diner...so going the home made route sounded like the better choice haha! Dave and I planned out our menu this weekend and we picked up a precious little 10lb turkey. It's so cute and tiny! Both Dave and I have never cooked an entire bird before so we've been doing some research and we are excited to try this delicious looking brine recipe. I hope it turns out! I also mastered a pumpkin pie cheesecake that will top off the menu just perfectly. I just hope this dang nausea subsides a little by then so I can eat my heart out. This pregnancy is kicking my butt! 
My favorite plan for the upcoming week is that we are finally pulling out the Christmas decorations. I've been holding off till after Thanksgiving and it has been SO HARD. I've compromised by allowing Christmas music to be played so that makes the wait a little bit easier :) 

Sunday was the primary program. Since we are in a married student ward, we technically only have a nursery and only like two of the kids can talk. SO, for the program they had the parents get up with the kids and give a little 3 minute talk. I made David go up since I absolutely do not do the speaking in front of crowds thing. In the talk he had to tell everyone a little about Remington, what his favorite primary song was, what he learned this year etc. and then close with his testimony on the this years theme "Families are Forever." 
David ended with the most beautiful testimony talking about how lucky we are to have the knowledge that we get to see our precious baby again. He spoke about how Remington was really perceptive about our feelings during that hard time and how much his sweet spirit understood. At this point he was sobbing on the stand and I literally couldn't keep it together. 
We talked later that evening about how incredible it is that our children are so spiritually in tune to the world around them. Olive will climb up on our chair and point to the painting I have on my wall of the woman surround by a concourse of angels. She will just stare at it and smile. 
I just love being reminded how amazingly knowledgeable these little babies are.
I am so blessed to be their momma. 

To end, I had to share this photo series because it totally cracks me up!
^^"Olive, smile for momma!"
^^Ooo we got a little one...
^^And she's done...haha! I sure love that feisty Olive Lou. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remington at 32 months

I've had this post saved as a draft for the past couple months in hopes to finally sit down and write an update about my precious Remington. But alas, life gets busy and blog updates get pushed to the back burner. I've been trying to remember to write down short stories and things he has been saying because I don't want to forget anything! Two and a half year old are THE BEST hands down. 
This stage has been SO FUN for us.

My most favorite thing about two and a half year old Remi is how much his communication and language skills have sky rocketed over the past few months. 
He can chat your ear off all day! 
and his little voice...absolutely kills me!
It's kinda high and a little squeaky and everything he says sounds as if he is asking a question. 
"whas dis?" we hear probably 504,3491 times a day. 
I love that he has to know what everything is.
He is so curious about things. 
He has also been really intuitive about emotions. 
Probably because I was an emotional mess all summer but out of the blue he started asking me, 
"Momma, are you happy?" 
The first time totally caught me off guard. 
Any time he senses stress or tension or even if i'm just tired and grumpy he asks me, "momma, are you happy?"
It's really tender how concerned he is. 

At two and a half years old he loves going to the Crossfit gym, swinging on the rings and playing with the weighed balls and kettle bells.
He loves cars and trucks and choo choo trains. 
He loves his sister even though at times she bugs the crap out of him. 
He is usually very patient with her when she takes his toys or pulls his hair. 

He's becoming more and more independent (which is realllly nice on those day where I feel like death.)
He likes to pick out his own clothes and dress himself.
One morning David woke up and found him cleaning up a huge milk spill where he had tried to pour himself a cup of milk. 
It was so cute that David couldn't even get mad!
Last week he came into our room puking his guts out. 
David went to change his sheets and Remington had already pulled all his bedding off and had covered his throw up mess with a handful of bath towels!
How tender is that?!
Oh my sweet, sweet Remington!
and how about the time he cut his own hair? 
"Yook momma, I did it myself!" (more details on that story at the bottom of this post) 

He loves to read me books that he has memorized. 
His current favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and an Elmo one that I can't remember the name of. 
He has just really gotten into singing songs. 
He sings the alphabet song and the apple and banana song over and over!
He is currently obsessed with the tv shows,  peppa pig and super why. 
He will bring me a baby blanket to tie around his neck like a cap and then proceeds to run around the house and yell, "super wemi to da wescue!"
He loves to get "toy-ya" (soda) when we go out to eat, and he HAS to help pay the money at the grocery store checkout or any checkout for that matter. 
I love that he still asks to cuddle with me. 
I hope that lasts for a few more years, he's aways been a momma's boy. 
He is also so excited for Christmas this year! 
I can't wait to be able to set up decorations and sing christmas songs with him. 
He is at the age where he can really start to enjoy the magic surrounding the holidays. 

Lastly, I can't help but get teary eyed as he ask to say family prayer at night. 
He asks Heavenly Father to bless each one of us and then proceeds to name every member in the family and every friend and any other person whos name he can remember at the time.
He also prays for the baby in momma's tummy. 
It amazes me every day how spiritually in tune these little babies of mine are. 
I will always have a special place in my heart for my precious first born. 
He is as sweet and tender as they come. 
I love you Remi boy!
^^The last photo documentation of his beautiful curls. Ok long story short, see those scissors behind him? I pulled them out because I was already planning on trimming a few pieces of his hair. I ran back to the back room after I took these photos and when I came back he had cut all the hair on the right side of his head! I about died!!! I tried to fix it but the damage was done so we took him to a professional. And the curls are no more. I'm still SUPER sad about it. But what can you do, hair grows back.  I'm just glad he didn't cut his fingers off. 
^^The after photo! It's still taking time for all of us to get used to. He looks like a completely different kid! Olive still has trouble figuring out why she can't grab his hair anymore haha!
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