Sunday, June 28, 2015

Frances Pearls Blessing



We blessed our little Francie on Father's day. 
The blessing was just as beautiful and perfect as can be. 
Frances wore the same dress Olive was blessed in and she looked so lovely! 
Looking back at photos from Olive and Remington's blessing days, I can't believe how much our family has changed and grown in such a short period of time. 

It was a busy day so we had multiple family members snapping photos. 
Here are a few of my favorites!















I sure love this little family of mine. 

Arizona here we come!


Did you hear!?
DAVID GOT A JOB!
A real life-grown-up-professional-job with a salary and benefits, AHH!!
I can't believe how fast it is all happening. 
He will be a case manger for Jewish Child and Family Services in Phoenix, Arizona. 
This opportunity is an answer to our prayers and we are so incredibly excited to begin this next chapter in our lives. 

David has been applying for health care related positions since graduation.
This job will help give him the experience he needs while he finishes up his masters program.
I am SO proud of him!

His first day of work is July 13th, so we are hustling to get our crap together.
The packing and purging of belongings has begun.
I seriously can't get over how much STUFF we've accumulated...

We're still trying to find someone to buy our apartment contract as well as figuring out how to get everyone down.
I'm dreading the 13 hour drive (not including all the stops) with the babies...
I might die.

The kids are a little frazzled.
I know they can sense the stress and they most certainly aren't liking their stuff being packed up.

While we took down the bunk beds, Remington through the cutest little sobs asked, "are we taking my bed to awazonaaa!?"
Poor guy has been so concerned that we are leaving his stuff here.

Even amongst the craziness, we are trying so hard to enjoy the last few days here in Rexburg.
I always knew we would leave eventually, but now that it's actually happening, it's getting hard to say goodbye.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fathers Day


^^I could not have picked a better man to be the father of our children. 
He is one of a kind! 

For Fathers day this year, we had both sets of families in town to bless baby Frances. 
I felt so lucky to have these three amazing men in my life all together at the same time. 
I am so blessed!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Naming Frances Pearl



Frances: meaning "from France or free one" Pearl: from the gem stone or "Precious" 

It's no secret that I am obsessed with old-fashioned "granny" names. 
Frances, Pearl and even Olive were all popular in the 1800s.
In fact, almost all of the baby names on my boy/girls lists are from that time period haha!
I don't know what specifically draws me to them, I think mostly because they are so unique yet classic at the same time. 
I can't think of the exact moment when we decided on Frances' name. 
Both her first and middle were one of the combinations on my list and I think it just stood out the most. 
It wasn't until after we announced her name to our families that we learned David has both a great aunt Frances and a great aunt Pearl. 
Since we also consider her to be our Crossfit baby, we like to joke that she is named after the Crossfit benchmark workout, Fran. (Fran kicks everyones ass) 

Frances Pearl suits our sweet little girl so well. 
I love saying her name as much as I love hearing it. 

She also goes by:
Francie
Franny
Fran
Francie Pants Pearly Poo
Franny Panties (David call her this and I.HATE.IT) 
Francois (coined by Auntie Jocelyn) 
&
baby Fwances or Fwanny (what Rem and Olive call her)

A few weeks after she was born, we got a piece of mail addressed to her. 
"To: Frances P. Olsen"
Dave and I were cracking up because it's the first time we'd seen it typed out and reading it at the moment, it came across SO grandma haha!

Oh I just love her so MUCH!!!

(also these are her newborn pics taken when she was a week old. I can't believe how much she has changed already) 

How we named Olive Lou and Remington David

Thursday, June 11, 2015

1 month with Frances


Dear Frances, 
Hands down, you have been the easiest baby so far. 
Perhaps it's your relaxed temperament or maybe it's because I'm more confident in my parenting abilities this go around. (Probably a little of both) Either way, you have made transitioning from two to three babies a breeze. 
You are a champion nurser and a top-notch sleeper. I've hardly felt sleep deprived at all since we brought you home. You really only cry if I can't get you to the boob fast enough. Or whenever you're in the car and the car is not moving. When that happens you SCREAM.  Remington was the same way. As soon as we start moving you are totally content. 
You love taking baths with me (when I remember) and you love to be swaddled tight. 
You absolutely refuse to take a binky which is equal parts annoying (for obvious reasons) and awesome (because I love knowing that you only want me.) 
You like going anywhere, as long as you are close me in the the wrap or the ergo carrier. 
You aren't really sure how you feel about the stroller, especially since Olive tries to sit on you sometimes haha. 
You have just started smiling more in the past week and it just makes my momma heart melt into a puddle. 
I love your huge deep blue eyes and dark fuzzy hair that only grows on the back half of your head. 
I love that you are a perfect mix of your brother and your sister. 
I love the funny faces you make and how you scare yourself when you sneeze. 
You have filled our hearts and our home with such joy these past few weeks. 
I'm so happy you are finally here. 
You are so loved little one- 
Love,
Momma

and just for fun: Olive at 1 month and Remington at 1 month.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Olive and Frances


The biggest thing we were concerned about when bringing home our newest addition was how our little miss Olive Lou would adjust. 
Everyone knows that Olive has a BIG personality. 
She is loud and passionate and loves being the center of attention. 
We thought for sure that she would have a difficult time not being the baby anymore. 
A few weeks before Frances was born, Olive became SUPER clingy. 
I couldn't even leave her sight for a second before she'd have a complete meltdown. 
It's like she knew her life was about to be turned upside down, haha!
We did our best to prepare her for the new baby. 
We got her a doll for Christmas and talked to her about being soft and how to hold, burp, feed and swaddle her.
She ate it up!
When she first met Frances at the hospital, she couldn't have cared less.  
When we brought Frances home, she hardly paid any attention to her. 
I was a little surprised, but she didn't seemed phased at all!
The only change we did notice was that she seemed to distance herself away from me and she preferred to be with David. 
I figured it was her way of dealing with the changes, but it still hurt my momma heart a little. 
After we had the first few days under our belt, I made an effort to spend some time one on one with Olive and that seemed to help a lot. 
As some more time has passed Olive has become more and more interested in where "fwances" is and wants to know what she was doing. 
She is more eager to help and she loves to throw away diapers and make sure that Franny always has a blankey. 
For the past week, she comes in straight from her bed to kiss Frances on the cheek and rub her head "swaft-wee"
It is so sweet. 
So for now, she seems to be adjusting just fine! (let's hope that continues) 
I love seeing my girls together and I am excited to see their relationship grow. 
Sisters are friends forever and I can't wait for them to be able to experience that bond. 







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