Back to School 2018

This year Jackson started 1st grade and French. He has been SO excited to be back at school and to see his friends. Most of our summers we dedicate to family, so he was excited to hang out with his buddies.

He met his teachers(he has one french teacher for half the day that only speaks french, then an English teacher for the other half of the day). He likes both of them and talks about how cool and funny they are. Today they said his teachers let his class have a ‘special recess’ meaning they got an extra one haha. I love this age and how easy to please they are.

The first week of school he hasn’t complained, I hope he continues to be optimistic and enjoy learning.

Lily (and Claire) started “Mommy School” this week as well. 2x a week I teach them from a curriculum packet I bought online. They last about 1.5 and so far really enjoy learning together. I love having 2 days of structured mornings with the girls. They love the attention and Lily loves showing her work to Josh and J when they get home. She so wishes she could be at school, but I like to soak up every year I get with them at home. img_4314img_4316img_4309img_7444-2img_7436-2img_7433-2


J also started his fall soccer season. I love watching him play, he gets so competitive and really enjoys running(like I did/do). This season he has his cousin Cal and a lot of his buddies from school on the team. He’s got the cutest cheering section!


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Bear Lake 2018


Every other year we try and do a family reunion for my side of the family. There’s 7 kids, all our spouses, and 28(and counting) grandchildren. It gets pretty wild, but it’s so fun!


This summer we spent a few days in Bear Lake playing at the beach, sadly no boating. The minute they put it in the water it started to smoke.


We spent the rest of the time eating, playing volleyball, chatting, eating some more, fire pits, famous raspberry shake runs, talent shows, more food, and the Minnetonka caves.


We have learned that Claire does NOT like heights or caves. Anytime she is in the hiking pack or carrier on a hike or this case, caves, she cries and screams haha


The swings were a big hit. The house my sister and BIL found was SO fun.



Lily fell asleep next to cousin Mason(who also fell asleep). His hand is in ice water because he burnt his little hand on the muffler of my BIL’s motor bike.


Lots of tired babes from playing hard with cousins. I loved these little snuggles.


On the way home, the kids got a little crazy! It was such a fun trip!

My 2 brothers and their wives weren’t able to make it and we missed them SO much!

I can’t wait for our next family reunion.

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Jackson’s 7th Birthday Party

As I mentioned in Lily’s birthday post, Jackson and Lily had a combined party the day before his actual birthday.

On the day of his Birthday he woke up to decorations, balloons, cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and presents.

He loves getting BYU gear from Josh, and then he got a few school clothes and of course more Minecraft Legos.

Later that morning Jackson really wanted to make his own cake. He loves the  baking show, “Sugar Rush” so I let him do as much as he wanted. After, we ran and got him a nice hair cut, and then I told him I had a surprise arriving at 12 for him. He was so excited! During the summer we don’t have a lot of play dates because we spend a lot of days with cousins that we don’t see much of during the school year. He was thrilled when a few friends showed up to celebrate with him. They played Minecraft, ate cake, built Minecraft buildings or people out of marshmallows and toothpicks, and just had fun being boys.

That night, as a family we had Jackson’s favorite dinner; corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and grilled chicken. Then we headed to the local bowling/arcade that he loves to play at.

He is one easy to please kid and I had a lot of fun spoiling him!

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25 weeks bump update(baby #4)

How Far Along? 25 weeks
left: 25 Right: 24
 Maternity Clothes? This summer has been a HOT one! I have LIVED in summer dresses. They’re a mix of maternity and non-maternity and just the best for this heat.
 Sleep?  I’ve been sleeping okay, but I’ve been having crazy vivid nightmares that my kids need me, someone breaks in, or that I’m going into early labor. I looked back at my other bump updates and I was having the SAME kind of dreams with Claire. So crazy! 
Best moment this week? I had a prenatal check up and got to hear his heartbeat. I LOVE getting to hear the baby’s heart beat every 4-6 weeks.
Movement: Yes,he’s definitely got a little schedule and I look forward to his kicks throughout the day. Jackson and Lily love to feel my tummy and wait for his kicks. They talk to him and Lily sings to him. It’s the sweetest.
 Anything making you queasy? Nope, hadn’t had any queasiness in a long while, thank goodness!
Fitness level:  This summer has been a crazy busy, fun, but busy summer. I get about 20-35 min workout in most days, but I don’t stress if I don’t. Most weeks are something like this: MWF cardio on the treadmill (walk/run) or a brisk walk with the girls in the stroller while J rides his bike. TTHS I do a Nike Training Club workout targeting my legs or arms. Those leave me SO sore! But some days my workouts don’t happen and I just try and be active playing with the kiddos.

What I’m looking forward to: I have been decluttering the house since Christmas. It’s been a HUGE project that I’ve been chipping away at. I only have a few areas of the house left, so I’m looking forward to finally finishing that and then nesting for baby boy.

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Christmas Morning 2017


Okay one from Christmas eve because it was too good haha


We woke up to a green Christmas this year which was very unlike UT. It did start to snow a bit later on in the day which was such a wonderful addition to a magical day.

For the first time ever, we had Christmas at our house. We have loved past years of sleeping over at my in-laws, but our families have grown out of the space. I really loved starting new traditions and carrying on old traditions in our own home. There’s just something magical about Christmas morning! The kids loved opening presents and seeing what each other got. I had my parents over for Christmas breakfast and then we spent the day relaxing. Later on we had dinner over at my in laws, one of my favorite traditions because Josh’s dad makes a really yummy Japanese traditional dinner.

PS next year I need to do a better job of getting Josh and I in the pics of Christmas morning haha.

Since it’s actually August now because I’m playing catch up, it’s crazy to think that 2018 Christmas we’ll have another baby!


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Lily’s 3rd Birthday

This year Lily requested a mermaid party. She wanted sprinkles and lots of color, but kept saying she wanted it to be a mermaid party. So I did my best to create a magical birthday for her.

She woke up to decorations, a mermaid cake(my first ever layered cake, I’ve managed to convince my kids for years to go with different desserts or I bought cakes), and presents. She requested mermaid pancakes for breakfast, so blue pancakes with sprinkles did the trick.

She felt so loved and spoiled all day from family and friends who called, sent videos or stopped by.

That night we had her favorite dinner; soup and then ate cake for dessert. Josh had the cute idea to take her to build a bear and let her pick out a bear. So after dinner and dessert we headed there.

Later on in the week we planned to celebrated Lily and Jackson(his birthday is 3 days after Lily’s) with cousins up at the water park, Cherry Hill. Unfortunately, it started to rain! Luckily my sisters and mom are so sweet and with 5 minutes notice we changed the party to my sister Leah’s house(she lives by Cherry Hill). I brought pizza, fruit, and donuts. Leah, her kids, and my sister Bree had thrown together decorations, a yummy salad, and delicious homemade cookies. They had a dance party and then played in the rain making shelters in Leah’s backyard.  The kids had a blast and felt SOO loved.

Another successful birthday for our tiny princess, Lily.

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J Turns 7


J man is 7 and so ready for first grade. He can’t wait to eat lunch at school haha

Jackson this year has physically grown a lot and he’s looking more grown up😭 He learned how to ride a two wheeler bike, really start competing in soccer, and be a leader in kindergarten.

At home Jackson loves legos, still loves dressing up as Kylo Ren or Chewbacca. He is always making experiments, entertaining the girls or asking me to read Harry Potter.

Jackson loves to wear hats, Minecraft, the color blue, and baking. His favorite shows are baking shows or anything Minecraft or Star Wars. He also loves hanging with dad doing yard work or going to the driving range. Every Saturday when. Josh finishes mowing the lawn J brings a popsicle out for the 2 of them and they sit in the porch or lawn together.

He loves to help and please others. He has such a sweet personality that I just love. He still likes to snuggle me and can’t wait for baby brother!

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Lily Turns 3

This year has been so fun with Lily. Her personality is one of the best! She is spunky, feisty and hilarious but also very sensitive, sweet, and thoughtful. She loves hard(especially her cousins Zach and Ezra) and I love that about her. She’s very snugly and is a daddy’s girl through and through.

She is my girly girl. Every Sunday morning we try new hair do’s, put on a dress for church, and do her nails. She LOVES it!

She decided to wear underwear I think it was about mid June. She’s done really well, but of course had and still has occasional accidents when she doesn’t want to stop playing to use the potty. This fall I’ll be doing a ‘mommy school’ with her and Claire 2x a week.

If there’s a purse or bag she’ll snag it and put all her “specials” in and carry it throughout the day.

Her favorite colors are pink and purple, she wants a mermaid birthday, and loves the show Mother Goose Club on Netflix.

I can’t forget about all her babies she takes care of daily. She even helps me with claire and I think she’ll be my biggest helper with baby brother. She is the sweetest mommy.

Lily’s big blue eyes and fair complexion melt me! She’s my buddy and I can’t wait for another year of adventures with her.



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Claire turns 1

We celebrated Claire with just our little family and Claire’s grandparents. We had her favorite dinner of spaghetti and a donuts for dessert. She approved of all food choices haha

She loved being the center of attention and opening her presents(with the help of Lily of course).

We love Claire! She still does a crazy monkey crawl, only has 3 bottom teeth, and has more hair than my other 2 at this age.

She is still such a sweetheart that loves snuggles and her siblings. We can’t get enough of her!

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Baby #4 Coming Nov 2018

We are so excited to be welcoming baby #4 this fall. I’m currently 15.4 weeks pregnant and finally feeling more like a human and less like a zombie. I had my first appointment at 10 weeks and measured right on. The little peanut was pretty shy, but had a very strong 170bpm heart beat and everything else is looking good. My next appointment is next week and I’m anxious to hear the heart beat again. We find out the gender in a month…so far everyone is pretty split on what they think this baby will be.img_3258

How Far Along?

15 weeks(left 14 weeks, right 15)

Maternity Clothes? No
 Sleep?  I’m sleeping great!
Best moment this week? I felt the first flutters this week. I love feeling the baby move for the first time.

Pregnancy Cravings? Since the beginning I have been craving more savory foods more than sweet. My biggest craving has been sushi topped with wasabi. My other cravings are vegetables(which I normally just tolerate), Spicy McChickens,  and meat haha.

Movement: Yes! (see above)
 Anything making you queasy? The first 13 weeks I felt SO nauseous, but never threw up. Just felt so sick and tired. I was hungry but nothing sounded good, and I just felt like my head was spinning all the time.
What I’m looking forward to: My appointment next week
Fitness: I finally have more energy these past 2 weeks. I’ve been working out again, but it leaves me pretty tired. I run or walk about 2 miles or do strength workouts.
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