Let Summer of 2017 Begin

Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be more happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the seasons and I love having a schedule, but I REALLY enjoy Summer and not having a set schedule for 3 months. Lazy mornings playing in our backyard in pjs, smoothies, pool time/adventures with Josh, cousins, and endless amounts of Popsicles are a few of my favorite summer things.

Here are a few photos of what summer has looked like for us so far.

Cherry Hill with cousins
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Thanksgiving point

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Lily is definitely a daddy’s girl through and through

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Puppy barn; J is on a puppy kick. He wants one so bad, but I refuse. I do not have the time right now for that kind of chaos haha but I told him when he’s 18 he can get one…

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Claire is growing and the happiest little bug(we call her Claire Bug). She loves the water and just watching her siblings.

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Lily has changed so much the last week. She has been talking SO MUCH and a lot clearer and because of that I think she’s so much happier. She can express herself and be heard. She’s become quite the little mommy, but at a drop of a hat will try and hurt Claire. She LOVES to tease and get a reaction. She almost had J in tears the other day just teasing him(J is sensitive) and I had to separate them. She also really loves to make people laugh. She will do the funniest things and make me laugh/cry. I love her!

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Jackson finished his 4 season of soccer and still loves to play. He’s a great goalie and even made a few goals this season.
he is still my biggest helper, joke teller, and pokemon obsessed almost 6 year old. He follows me most of the day chatting about everything, I don’t even have to talk, and he will keep an entire conversation going all day haha he has a thirst for knowledge and loves to ask questions and read short books. He can also get me laughing pretty hard haha.

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Claire at 6Mo +Postpartum Update

If I had to describe Claire in one word at 6 months old, it would be happy. 99.9% of the time, she is so happy and content. She loves her siblings, mom and dad, and everyone around her. At church, we rarely hold her, we have so many helping hands and I’m so grateful for that(and that it’s not winter and I don’t have to worry as much about sickness).

Claire has moved into the nursery and sleeps in the crib. I started transitioning her into her own room about a week before she was 6 months. Before she was in a pack n play next to my bed.  It took  the whole week to figure out what she likes for her to be able to fall asleep on her own.I loosely follow Baby Wise but  I don’t like the cry it out method, but I know sometimes it’s necessary so that they know how to fall asleep during the night without me. So began the week of trial and error. I would nurse her( once she hit 6 mo I started giving her rice cereal at night too), burp her, swaddle her, then lay her down awake in her crib, sing her a song and then walk out. The first few nights she would cry and not settle down, so I wouldn’t  let her cry for more than 5 min without checking on her, re-swaddling if she needed it and putting her binky back in. Finally, after doing this routine for a few nights and a similar routine during the day for naps(I don’t nurse her before naps) she falls right to sleep! She was getting up 2x to eat, but I’ve slowly been weaning her off of those(her dr. said her weight is great and she shouldn’t need to eat at night) and last night(2 weeks later) was her first night sleeping through the night and not needing to eat!

It feels so good to be 6 months postpartum. I was telling Josh the other day, that I finally feel like my hormones have regulated and I have SO much more energy and feel like myself again. I think there’s 3 big factors why I feel this way; time, the weather is sunny and warm, and Claire is sleeping through the nights most nights.

At 6 mo Claire LOVES:

  • sitting up, if she’s laying down she cranes her neck to try and sit up haha
  • rolling around and scooting to get to toys
  • sucking on everything
  • eating food- she’s eats rice cereal 1-2x a day and I let her chew on a banana or watermelon sometimes when I’m trying to prepare dinner.
  • laughing at her siblings
  • being outside
  • nursing
  • being swaddled

Claire DISLIKES:

  • riding in the car during bed time
  • being put down while I’m trying to make dinner(her and Lily always BOTh want to be held then haha

Claire is such an angel, she lights up any room she enters and we love her!

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Park City with the Reeds

A couple weekends ago we headed up to PC with my sister Neeley’s family. We had such a blast(Josh was there, but you know he hates pics lol). We stayed at the Mountain Side Marriot. We ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant since it was Cinco De Mayo weekend and it was delicious, more importantly, the kids were great! Lily is obsessed with her cousin Brittyn, so it was so nice to just sit and chat.

Brittyn insists on carrying Lily, and Lily loves it!

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Later on we took the kids swimming. Everyone had fun, even Ruby that accidentally grabbed her little sister’s swim bottoms! Luckily, she just wore her clothes in the pool ha!

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The adults stayed up late playing fun games and eating WAY too much goodies, but I don’t regret a thing! The kids watched Sing and ate yummy treats before falling asleep.

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I love making memories with family:)

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Soccer mom fail

There’s certain milestones in my parenting life that I look forward to hitting. Being a soccer mom was top of my list since I played soccer growing up. J has played for 4 seasons now and improves each season. He’s a great goalie and loves to dive after the balls. He’s made a few goals this season as well which he’s really proud of since the kids are bigger now.

J’s cheerleaders

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J’s aunt Alisha who came to watch

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This season is extra special because he’s playing with his cousin Calvin. They are so dang cute together!

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The other night Josh and I were chatting with Whitney(my SIL) and she casually mentioned I had snacks for the game. In one swift huff of smoke I yelled I forgot them, grabbed my purse, handed baby Claire to Josh, and ran to the car. haha Luckily, the game still had 30 min left so I ran to a nearby store, picked up the snacks and drinks and was back before J even realized I was gone.

I’m so grateful Whit mentioned something haha!

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Claire at 5 months 

Time can slow down at any time and I would be just fine with that. My kids ages right now are my favorite! At 5 months Claire:

  • is starting roll, but can’t quite get from her belly to back
  • sleeps in a bassinet next to my bed and only wakes up 2x nurse
  • growing out of her 3 mo clothes and starting to wear 6 mo
  • smiles SO big for everyone, but smiles the biggest for lily
  • LOVES being outside, baths, anyone talking/playing with her, and snuggling/sleeping with mom
  • DISLIKES riding in the car during bed time, and that’s about it. She is SUPER easy going and happy 99.9&% of the time.

I love baby profiles

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Lily wanted to hold claire on the swing, they were both laughing so hard! It didn’t last too long cuz Claire’s chunky legs were a little squished haha.

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Her first taste of banana. She wasn’t very interested.

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this picture!
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Thanksgiving 2016

I totally spaced blogging about Thanksgiving since I went into labor and had Claire 4 days later.

So let’s back WAY up! Leading up to thanksgiving we had beautiful fall weather. We went on a hike up to this amazing suspension bridge.

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J helped papa pick grapes for homemade grape juice.

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We stayed over night in Salt Lake and showed the kids temple square and the church history museum.

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We went down to a BYU game and had so much fun. The weather was so beautiful.

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For thanksgiving we headed to Josh’s parents house for a delicious dinner and to celebrate his sister Alisha’s birthday. I thought maybe I would have a thanksgiving baby, but no such luck. Dinner was so yummy though!

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Later that night we headed to my sister Leah’s to visit with my family and have dessert. My sister Neeley foot zoned me and helped jump start my labor!

It was a great relaxing weekend, and then I went into labor Monday:)

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Claire at 4 months

Claire has really started becoming her own little person. That’s why I love this baby stage! She has the cutest baby babble that doesn’t stop most of the day. She belly laughs so easily now which is so fun for J and lily.

4 mo stats:

Head circumference: 15.7 in-30%

Height: 24 in -13%

Weight: 13 lbs 12 oz -30%

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first time swinging
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morning smiles:)

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Lily ran away from me while I was trying to dress her to say good morning to Claire:)

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What Claire’s day looks like:

She loves sleeping on her side most of the time and has gotten into a good sleeping schedule(most nights but I don’t count on it haha)

Wakes up at 9am-nurses

Plays until 10

Naps till 11 repeat all day give or take an hour here and there.

In the evening she stays awake for 2-3 hours instead of napping and then when I nurse her I nurse her to sleep and lay her in her bed(during the day I put her in her bed awake and she falls alseep). I put her to sleep about 8:30pm then she sleeps till about 2:30am. I nurse her then put her back to bed till she wakes again about 6am, and then again between 8-9am. But honestly, it’s never perfect. I go with the flow, and don’t stress a lot about it, but having a schedule makes scheduling the rest of my day so much easier because I’ll know around when she’ll be hungry, tired, etc.

Things I want to remember:

She lights up when either J or lily interact with her and kicks her little chubby thighs when I’m about to pick her up(my fav).

She rolls more, but still not consistently. Her head is really strong, and she can lift it up if she rolls on her belly.

I love how she holds my shirt when she nurses

Claire is such a sweet heart. Everyone always comments how easy going she is. She rarely cries out unless it’s late and she’s in her car seat, she doesn’t love that so much haha.

When she wakes up she has the cutest pouty lip as she stretches and opens her eyes.

She likes to such in her hands and blow bubbles

She loves loves loves to be spoken to. She’s so social and loves ‘talking’ back and forth

She constantly tries to sit up when I put her in her car seat or swing. She just wants to play with her siblings haha

She’s a sweetie pie and we all adore her!

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Life happenings: wedding, workouts, and guardian angels

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the blog with some life happenings.

After we got back from Disney, we had Claire’s blessing and then we were in full blown wedding mode. My sister in law Alisha got married the end of March. We enjoyed bridal showers, family pics, and of course celebrating with the beautiful bride!

The only selfie I got with was blurry:/

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That same weekend, my brother Joel and his family visited from WA. We got to spend all day Saturday with them watching General Conference, eating yummy food, and we took their oldest daughter Sadie dress shopping for prom.

It’s impossible to find a cute modest(sleeves that cover the shoulder, and goes to the knee)dress! We went to several places, but  she finally found some darling dresses at Downeast. Not formal prom dresses, but modest Sunday dresses and one dress that will look so cute for LDS prom(a prom the church puts on because the school proms can get pretty nasty).

Sunday we had all the family over to our house for ham and potatoes. It was a perfect farewell dinner. I wish they could have stayed longer. That night josh and I snuck away for a second to visit one of his old branch presidents from his mission who just became an area 70 in Russia. It was so fun to see josh speak Russian and to meet someone I’ve heard so much about.

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The Monday after everyone went back home josh headed to work. I had just loaded the kids up and headed to my moms to eat lunch and then we were going to take the kids on a walk. I got a call from josh saying he had been in a car accident.

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CA trip days 3-5 2017: CA Adventure/beach 

We woke up feeling refreshed for day 2 and ready to party in California Adventure!

I think we all enjoyed the more lay back atmosphere in CA Adventure. We ran straight to the Cars Ride since we heard it was super fun and hard to get fast passes for. We had missed the fast passes for the day but the wait time was only 45 min so a few of us hit in line while the grandparents took some of the little kids on rides.

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Well 45 min turned into 3 hours!!! Whit and josh waited in line while the rest of us bailed(I had to nurse Claire and the little boys were DONE). They got us a fast pass stroller pass so we did get to ride and only waited in line 15 min the second time, it was so fun.

We spent the whole day jumping on ride after ride, watched the Frozen show(so good!) and meeting characters.
watching the army guys show with dad

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Minnie was definitely the highlight for Lily.

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We had some delicious clam chowder bread bowls, then headed to ride CA screaming. That was definitely my favorite ride, so so fun!

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We headed home and watched the fireworks as we walked, it was magical.

That night we put the kids to bed and the adults soaked in the hot tub. It was truly such a great trip!

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The next day we had fun at the science museum and the beach where we met up with my bf running buddy Heather and her fam. It was FREEZING but so so worth it to see Heather. We had smores and then headed home.

Science center fun haha
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Lily and EJ
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Sunday we went to Josh’s old Ward and got to say hi to old friends and then headed back to UT. I hope this is a new tradition, everything was so great:)

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CA Trip 2017 days 1-2:Disneyland

For Christmas, Josh’s parents got us and his sister’s family Disney gift cards. They rented a VRBO a mile from Disney and it was perfect!

Whits family drove while we flew with Josh’s parents and whit’s youngest Ezra( since he was free and would do much better on the 1.5 hour flight vs the 10 hour car drive).

The flight there we actually got deplaned because the plane had an issue. That was a bummer, but honestly the later flight allowed us to eat dinner and let the kids run around. They did great on the flight!

That night we all slept and woke up bright and early and headed to Disneyland!

It was pretty busy, but the weather was great(no rain) and we got on all the rides we wanted except space mountain. The wait was too crazy. We would take turns watching the kids or taking them on rides while the others rode bigger rides, it was great. Pirates and the Matterhorn was closed, such a bummer!

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We had yummy eats, and the kids didn’t have any meltdowns, they were all so excited for rides and seeing a few characters.

J got to meet Darth Vader thanks to Grandma Lee Ann and he was pretty pumped for that.

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J with his Grandma and Darth

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J was finally tall enough to ride most rides, his fav was Indiana jones and star tours.

J and I went on Splash Mountain a second time with Papa, haha!

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The nights got pretty chilly, I’m glad I brought warm clothes for the kids so we could stay for the parade. Lee Ann had saved us a great spot for the parade, but we were late(riding star tours again) and I was pretty beat. We watched part of the parade and then walked back to the house. The rest of the family met us there shortly after. It was a successful first day!

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