Girls Park City Trip 2018

Every year my sisters, mom and I try and go on an overnight weekend getaway usually to Park City(it’s only 40 minutes away).

This year we headed up in October and headed to dinner as soon as we arrived. We went to our usual spot, Blur Iguana except when we walked in it looked a little different and the place was EMPTY. The waiter informed us it’s now called Tekila and it was the first day they opened. We were a little hesitant but we were starving so we stayed. Luckily we did because we were the only ones the whole time so we got the best service! They gave us free appetizers, (the fresh guacamole was to die for!) one free entree, and free dessert. We felt like celebrities.

I sent this pic to josh cuz I couldn’t believe how empty it was hah

We walked around Main Street for a bit and then headed back to the hotel where my sisters surprised me with baby gifts! It was so sweet. They also rubbed my feet, my sister Neeley foot zoned me, and we stayed up way too late eating yummy treats and laughing.

The next morning we worked out at the gym, got our nails done, and ate more food for lunch. We even ran into Katherine Heigl! It was such a fun weekend, I wish my brothers and their wives lived closer so we could all hang out!

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A visit from Singapore (Oct 18’)

Josh’s parents moved to Singapore(for his dads work) for the next 3 years but the past couple of weeks they’ve been here visiting. We’re living it up and luckily Lee Ann made it just in time for Coopers arrival.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking of some of the fun adventures we’ve had.

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Halloween 2018

I was SO glad we were able to have Coopers first Halloween this year and I wasn’t still pregnant.

This year Josh took the kids to our church party while I stayed home with Claire and Cooper(I’m trying hard to keep Cooper away from large crowds or gatherings for prob a few months).

The next day was Halloween and I took the girls to J’s school parade. They had so much fun seeing all the costumes while my mom rocked Cooper at home❤️ I’ve had so much support from both grandmas and Josh, it’s been so nice to still be able to get out AND keep Coop healthy.

That night we went to my moms for dinner and trick or treating. The neighborhood right next to here goes all out for Halloween and is pretty flat so it’s perfect for the kids. We got home and J passed out candy for awhile. It was so funny to see how much he was loving that. He says next year we need to get home earlier so he can pass out candy longer.

Claire probably stole the show this year. She was SO adamant she walk by herself to each house, hold her bucket, and hold her Minnie ears. She was slow, but determined. She would say the cutest “Happy Halloween” to everyone and “tank yew.” She has loved all things Halloween this month.

Lily had a lot of fun running to each house with Grandma and made sure to hold grandmas hand the whole time. She’s the cutest tiny ballerina.

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Cooper Dean’s Birth Story

This will be lengthy, I don’t want to forget anything! Let’s back up to the afternoon before I went into labor.

Sunday October 21st started out like any Sunday, nice and lazy. We all slept in, went to our 1pm church, came home and got ready to go to dinner at my mom’s house with all my sisters and their families. Throughout the day I kept feeling the need to nest and get things ready, but I could only hope baby boy would join us that week sometime after my 37 week check up on Tuesday the 24th.

We headed to my moms, ate a delicious Sunday dinner of roast, mashed potatoes and my moms best gravy(my fav meal) and then my sister Neeley foot zoned me for the 3rd time this pregnancy. This time was the first time my feet felt really tender.

We went home and went to bed at 10:30pm and at 1:30am I woke up because I felt water(or what I was hoping was water) run down my leg.  Now it’s been awhile since I’ve wet the bed(haha) so I was hoping it was my water. Luckily, when I stood up more water came, and didn’t stop throughout my whole labor. I wasn’t feeling any contractions at this point besides minor ones that I feel during most of my last trimester. I had never had my water break on its own, so we headed to the hospital as soon as Josh, my parents, and I were ready so about 2am. My dad stayed with the kids till Josh’s mom Lee Ann got to the house to stay the night.

My last belly shot(37 weeks)


By the time we got checked in and a room, it was about 3am. The nurse(Whitney<–She was THE best) checked and it was indeed my water that broke and I was 4cm and 70% effaced. We texted family and got excited! I walked around a bit in my room, they got an IV started just in case I needed any meds, and we waited. My sister Neeley came down and it was really nice to have family there to talk to and keep my distracted. My sister Bree made it just in time about 10 min before Cooper arrived.


At 5am I was 5cm dilated and still hadn’t felt very painful contractions. I started getting a little discouraged because I didn’t know if we would be waiting all day. I moved positions and then the nurse came back in and suggested I get a bag of saline because my contractions were cutting short which usually is a sign of dehydration. So she hooked it up to my IV and within a few minutes my contractions became more steady and more powerful. I rested for the next hour and just let my body do it’s thing. By 6 am I was feeling a lot more painful contractions, I had dilated to a 6. The pain was all still very manageable as long as I just kept breathing through them. One of the most awkward parts of natural birth for me was not knowing what to do with my arms and legs. I know that sounds so weird haha but when you’re in pain your natural instinct is to curl in a ball. But with birth you want to stay as relaxed as possible and let the contractions do what they need to do. I remember laughing with my sister(after a contraction, not during ha) because I told her I didn’t know what to do with my limbs! She said she had never heard it put that way but she totally remembered that feeling. It took a lot of self control to just stay relaxed during each painful contraction, it helped a lot to know they would end and I would get a break.


By 7am I was getting closer because my contractions were getting intense. Nurse Whitney showed Josh and my mom how to use counter pressure…that was a LIFESAVER! Seriously, counter pressure felt so good. During my contractions they would squeeze my hips in, I don’t know why that works, but it was awesome. By 7:30am I told the nurse(new nurse, Whitney had just ended her shift:( )  I needed to push and she wanted to check me. I told her no, but the next second that I wasn’t feeling as much pain(at this point my contractions were rolling) she checked me and said I was a 7.   I insisted I needed to push, NOW, so I did. She asked if I could just breathe for 1 minute my Dr would be there and that she was trying to page her. I started pushing while laying on my left side and Josh and my mom did counter pressure on my hip. I told the nurse the baby was there, so they quickly turned me to my back just in time for the nurse to catch him. Right as they put him on my chest, my Dr walked in. He was delivered at 7:58am.

It was such a wonderful experience. I had never gone natural before and it was so incredible. Josh cut the cord, then I held him/nursed him for an hour before they weighed him. 6lbs 14oz 20 inches long.

Josh got to name him, and he chose(and I agreed with) Cooper Dean(my dad’s middle name).

We are just so happy he is here. More posts to come, so if you have any questions let me know!

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Baby Bump Update(baby #4): 36 weeks

*Posting 2 weeks late, because I forgot to hit publish!*

I can’t believe I’m already 36 weeks! I don’t feel like this pregnancy has gone by too fast, but it IS crazy to think we’re gonna have another little babe in 2 weeks or less(my dr. will induce that early because baby boy is on the LARGE size).


This week I’ve managed a few workouts, but I saved a lot of my energy to nest/clean the house. I just haven’t had a lot of motivation to workout, my body aches, especially my back.  So I’m just taking the pressure off and doing whatever I feel like haha.

I had my appointment and I’ve gone from a 1.5cm to 2.5cm dilated and from 50%-60% effaced. Progress is good, so next week at my 37 week appointment she’ll strip my membranes. That is what has always jump started labor for me in the past, so I’m hopeful we’ll get to meet baby boy VERY soon.

I put up his bed in our bedroom this week, filled is dresser with washed clothes, packed his bag and my hospital bag, so I’m ready!

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Bump Update 34/35 weeks: baby #4

These past couple of weeks I have been in growing stage haha. Baby boy is filling up every inch of my torso/ribs and I felt it! I complained every day of how tired I was and how much my back hurt. I just didn’t have the energy to keep positive. The final stretch is the hardest for me because I get so uncomfortable and I’m unable to do things that I normally do  with ease i.e. play with the kids, clean the house, workout. But it is all SO worth it.


At my 34 week appointment I told the nurse I was having a lot of contractions. They checked me and I was a 1.5cm dilated and 50% effaced. Because of this, they gave me steroid shots for baby boy’s lungs. Those hurt SO bad! I had them with Jackson too. I tried to tell the nurse I always dilate early but don’t deliver till 38 weeks…she didn’t listen. Oh well, better safe than sorry.

I’m still working out and staying active during the day, but by 8:30pm I am SO done and ready for bed. I have had really bad sleep insomnia in week 35, my brain just won’t turn off. That has really kicked my nesting into high gear. I think I have prepared everything I possibly need, so that’s a good feeling. I just cant wait to snuggle this new babe and neither can the kids. They want to hold him so bad. They’re constantly kissing and hugging my belly.


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Our J Man

Jackson is one lucky guy in our family. Since he’s 4 years older than lily he’s the only one right now in school or in sports. He’s got the cutest cheering section, and the girls run to him when he returns from school. I’ve tried to do a lot with him before the baby comes.


I went on a field trip with his class to the Children’s Museum.


Finished up another soccer season where he scored lots of goals and saved a lot of goals as goalie.


Watched him race in the annual Fun Run(he placed 4th in his heat).

He loves school and has REALLY loved learning French. We owe a lot of that to his awesome French teacher, J thinks he’s just the best.

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32/33 week bump update: Nesting mode

The past couple of weeks I have been in full blown nesting mode. I LOVE when this hits because it feels good to get all the things done.

I painted my laundry room walls and cabinets, and decorated. I love creating a home for my family.



I still need a picture for that frame, but I love the rugs, paint, and curtain. The pictures don’t do it justice. It’s just a nice breath of fresh air now.

Most everything on my to do list is done, phew! I signed up for Citrus Pear with a few girlfriends to stock up my freezer with 20 meals, I’ve been stocking up on snacks, diapers, medicine, cleaning supplies, and I’m feeling prepared.

32/33 week bump pics


At my 32 week appointment I had an ultrasound to check baby boy’s kidneys. At my 20 week ultrasound he had too much urine in his kidneys and if it had increased by 32 weeks he would need a surgery after birth. Luckily, everything looks healthy and normal!!! He was also measuring 34 weeks in size and an ounce away from 5lbs! So who knows when this (not so)little guy is gonna want to show up.


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Finding Joy in Simplicity

This past year I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been decluttering my house. It didn’t just start and end there, but I’ve been trying really hard to de-clutter my life. The motto I’ve had for myself is “finding the joy in simplicity.” I want my life to have meaning, and try really hard to do something intentional everyday that will help my future self and my children.

I find joy in the days that are simple and spent together as a family. I don’t want a family life where we are always on the go and running from one place to the next. I want memories to be made within our home, and of course have experiences and adventures together outside the home. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I want to preserve my young family right now. I know there will come a time where our lives will just be busy and we will have to go go, so for now I’m soaking up the slow pace we can choose to have.

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Mommy School Days

This year I started “Mommy School” with Lily and Claire. Lily is 3 and Claire turns 2 in 2 months(what?!) so I decided to find a curriculum online($30 on Amazon) and see how they did.

We have school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and so far the girls really like it. At first, Lily was really sad when we dropped J off at school. She still wants to go, but I’ll take all the years I can get with my littles at home. Each time is different and some days they really soak it in and it takes all morning, other days we make it maybe an hour haha.

I love these moments with my girls and watching them learn. It truly is one of the biggest rewards as a mother; to watch the world/learning/growing through your children.



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