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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Claire’s Blessing Day

With each of my children their blessing day has been so special. This is the first time Josh blessed one of our children in church during sacrament. The other 2 were in our home over conference weekends. Blessing days are so special because you get a glimpse into what Heavenly Father has planned for their future and I always feel the spirit so strong. I’m grateful the gospel gives us these opportunities to come closer to our Heavenly Father and our family. Little Claire is such a joy in our lives and I’m excited to see how her sweet personality will continue to bless the lives around her. During the blessing she was wide awake and her Papa(Josh’s dad) said he was looking up at him with her bright blue eyes.

Her entire outfit has such sentimental meaning, as I dressed her I felt the same warm spirit I felt while dressing Jackson and Lily for their blessing days. It’s emotional and sacred to me. Sundays can be VERY wild and hectic in the morning, but I tried to get everything done the night before so that I could really enjoy the moment with my little baby. She wore the same dress my sisters Leah and Bree and I wore, Lily wore, and my sister’s daughter Amelia wore.

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She also wore these knitted shoes Josh’s late aunt Lezlie gave to Lily(and Lily wore).

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Lily was given a bracelet to wear by my aunt Joanne, so my mom found this one for Claire that was perfect.

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The day was full of family and beautiful weather. I didn’t get a picture of everyone(thanks Whit for the ones you took!), but I’m so grateful to all the family and friends that made it such a great day.

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My dad and my niece Bayley
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Josh’s Grandparents
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Josh’s Mom
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Josh’s dad
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Postpartum Journey- 13 weeks

I wanted to give an update on what life has been like since my last postpartum update at I did at 6 weeks.

Things have progressively gotten better with Lily adjusting, and to my hormones adjusting as well. I mentioned in my last post how sometimes while I nursed I felt really sad and emotional( I have with every baby, but I felt a little extra low maybe due to it being winter?). Each week it has gotten a lot better and I only feel those feelings every so often now(maybe once every 2 weeks or so). For me, it just takes time for my hormones and body to adjust and not fluctuate so much. I’m still very happy, healthy, and so very blessed with my sweet babes. I just wanted to address this so that those that go through baby blues know it’s normal and that it passes with time.

I’m on week 7 of BBG by Kayla Itsines. I love her workouts because you can do them all at home and they change each week so I don’t get bored. I should be on week 9, but I got sick one week and the other week I was in Disneyland. I don’t like to move on until I have finished the whole week. Each week I’m feeling stronger and that’s such a great feeling. I’ve decided to measure my progress in different ways instead of on a scale. I was so glad that I could keep up physically when we went to Disney with Josh’s family. The 2 days we were in the park we walked 7-10 miles!! To me, that’s progress, not what a scale says.

I have been working really hard on having a healthy body image. I want to love my body in all its stages and be grateful for all it’s capable of. I don’t ever want to take that for granted.  I want my kids to know I think they’re beautiful and strong just the way they are, so I need to be an example of that too. Most days I don’t feel like I HAVE to wear makeup(before I totally did). I feel beautiful in my own skin and I’ve never felt that kind of confidence. I love dressing up and getting ready for the day every day, but I love the freedom of doing makeup only if I feel like it.

I think a lot of how I’ve grown throughout the years is who I surround myself with. My husband is always encouraging and loving to me and the kids. I also have such strong, beautiful, confident, kind, sweet and nurturing women I get to call my family and best friends. I’m also grateful for my calling at church because I serve with so many great examples of hard working, selfless women.

I’ve really been enjoying these sweet kids, they are my joy!   Here some fun pics of life lately and of course a progress pic because those are fun! The one on the left is day one of BBG when I was 4 weeks postpartum. The pic on the right is of me today after my cardio workout.

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J is learning about presidents at preschool, can you tell which one he is?

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Claire Ann at 3 months

Things I want to remember about Claire at 3 months are:

  • Her social personality. She loves to coo and smile 
  • If I lay her on her back she moved her head back and forth over and over like she doesn’t like the feel of anything on the back of her head. So, she mostly sleeps on her sides. 
  • She LOVES to snuggle. I have a hard time putting her back in her bed after nighttime feedings.
  • Bath time is everyone’s favorite. I put all 3 in a bath and lily and j fight over who gets to be by claire and help me wash her hair.
  • She has hair! It’s not much but it’s the most(and darkest) of any of my kids
  • She’s chill unless she’s hungry or tired. She goes with the flow of our crazy house hold and I’m so so grateful. 

Her whole face squints when she smiles. We flew to Disneyland the week she turned 3 months and the young teenage girl sitting by me on the flight was very emotional. The minute claire started smiling the girl couldn’t help but laugh. She couldn’t stop staring and giggling with claire, it was so cute! 

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Claire Ann at 2 months

Claire has been such a sweet baby. She cries when she’s hungry, has an upset tummy and needs to go potty, or between the hour of 8-9pm haha. For some reason between 8-9pm most nights she just needs to wail and get out some extra energy(is what I’m guessing).

We switched pediatricians to an office much closer to us. This was the first appt(and Lily’s 18mo) I’ve had there and it was a good experience. I miss my old place, but I’ll get used to this one.


  • Height-22in-24%
  • Weight-10lbs 12oz-26%
  • Head-14.92in

She is so smiley, but I’m having a hard time capturing her best smile on camera. She does little side smiles a lot, but she’ll do a snails where her entire face smiles from her lips to her ears and her squinty eyes like mama. It’s my fav!

She loves:

  • Bath time
  • Sleeping on her sides
  • Nursing
  • Socializing(being talked to)
  • Her swing
  • Snuggling with mom in bed at night after mom has fallen asleep nursing
  • Being held so she can see out
  • Her siblings

She dislikes:

  • Getting dressed
  • Tummy time(she just falls asleep)
  • Getting tormented by sister

I want to remember that Claire at 2 months loves to stare and study whoever is holding her. I can tell she is really soaking in who she sees. She makes the cutes coo noises and is so close to giggling.

You can read about Lily at 2 months here

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Lily at 18 mo

Lily at 18 months loves so many things:

  • Bath time
  • Eating- she still out eats Jackson but is a pip squeak on the scale
  • Playing outside
  • Reading books
  • Being close to mom- I love that she still finds my lap when she’s playing to take a break
  • Playing with Jackson
  • her baby dolls
  • Nursery!!! She went to her church class for the first time and didn’t care at all that I wasn’t there(she has great teachers). She has been waiting to play with those toys! She cried when we picked her up because she didn’t want to leave the doll and bottle.
  • Her binky (she now only has it at bed time and sacrament meeting!)
  • Her Muslin blankets
  • Getting dressed up-Sunday’s she can’t wait to put on a dress, shoes, bow and occasionally jewelry
  • Getting her toe nails painted
  • Dancing

She dislikes:

  • Her hair getting brushed
  • Tomatoes
  • Getting dressed
  • Being told “no”
  • Not being held


Weight-19lbs 4 oz- 10%

Height-30 in-6%

Head-18.22 in

She keeps us all on our toes and we love her. Becoming a big sister when you’re only 16 mo old is a lot to ask. She has come so far and now squeals in excitement when she sees claire. She gives her kisses and hugs and loves to hold her. There is still occasionally a hit or poke in the eye haha but we’re working on it;)

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Postpartum Journey- 6 weeks

I am by no means a professional, I’m just sharing what has worked for me and my body. If it can work for you too, that’s great!

I wanted to take the time to share my journey with weight loss, baby blues, and all the other ups and downs from having a baby. I want to be real with my readers(yes all 5 of you haha) so let’s start!

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression

I have gotten the baby blues after each of my 3 babies. Each one was at about 4 weeks when the adrenaline wears off and their are no more visitors. My baby blues worsen every time I nurse too. It takes hormones to produce mother’s milk, and every time I would nurse I would get hit with baby blues. For me, that means I feel really emotional, sad, and sometimes even upset. With Claire, the baby blues have hit harder than with my other 2. I think it’s because it’s winter and I’m not nearly as active during the day, and I haven’t gotten outside hardly at all. We run errands, but we can’t go on walks, go to the park, or even play in our backyard. At 6 weeks pp I still feel really low whenever I nurse. Here’s what I do to help fight the baby blues:

    • Remind yourself that it’s the hormones, and it WILL pass
    • Find time for you whether that’s 30 min to read a book, take a bath, workout, or just nap

For me working out helps SO much. It makes me happy, oh and Lily snuggling me when I try and do core work helps too haha

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  • Get outside if you can. For me, I can’t take the baby out in the cold temps, but I could go on a walk or run when my husband is home
  • Eat healthy foods. When you eat junk you’re going to feel like junk

**Postpartum Depression is more serious. I have never experienced it, but if you are, reach out for help. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling and get help. Don’t try and fight it alone.

Weight Loss

Today I’ll talk about my ‘postpartum plan.’ After each baby here’s what I’ve done to kick start my weight loss.

    • I workout and be as active as I can throughout my entire pregnancy
    • After I have the baby, I give myself 2-4 weeks to eat whatever I want. It’s such a crazy time after a baby and when I’m nursing I am always STARVING, so I give myself a few weeks to eat any food that I want. I usually eat pretty healthy, but friends and neighbors always bring by treats to congratulate me and I happily indulge. I don’t want to worry about the scale or anything except having enough milk to feed my baby, and helping the family adjust to a new routine.
    • Drink water. When you think you have drank enough, drink some more.
    • Cut out one bad habit a week. Once you’re ready to start cleaning up your diet(for me it was around 4 weeks) you cut out one bad habit. I was eating a lot of leftover holiday goodies, so I limited it to 1 goodie a day. Some days I did great and didn’t have any, some I had 1, and some days I failed and ate way too many. What’s important is you keep working towards your goal and start fresh each day.
    • Be active. At 4 weeks my body felt ready to workout, so I started walking on the treadmill.By the end of 4 weeks, I was jogging, and then at 5 weeks I started running 3 days a week and doing a 12 week workout program the other 3 days. Listen to your body, but start doing SOMETHING even if it’s walking around your house.

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  • Don’t cut calories. This one only applies if you’re nursing. For me, I don’t cut calories because I don’t want to lose my milk. Instead, I try and eat a lot of foods that are nutrient dense like fruits, veggies, healthy fats(nuts, avocados, etc), and protein.
  • Be patient with yourself. It’s so easy to get discouraged, and I have moments of discouragement with EVERY workout. The important thing is to do it anyway. Are you working out just to look good, or to feel good too? Sometimes you won’t be happy with your results(or the lack of) but for me working out is something I do to FEEL good. When you feel good, you’re going to treat yourself better.

My journey is no where near finished, but I know if I keep moving forward I will feel 100% again. I’m grateful at 6 weeks I feel like I have SO much more energy.  I try to remember to be kind to myself. I have 2 daughters now that I want to be able to look up to me and never doubt how grateful I am for all 3 kids and for my body that carried them.  I don’t ever want them to hear me say negative things about my image, so I practice everyday saying positive things.

Here’s some progress pics of me cuz I think they’re fun:)
week 1 day 1 of BBG (4 weeks pp) You can tell by my face I felt like DEATH!

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week 2 day 1 of BBG (5 weeks pp)
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I hope I answered everyone’s questions, if not, let me know and I’ll answer them in another post. Thanks!

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7th Heaven

I wish I could just press pause and stop my kids from growing.  I LOVE each of the stages my kids are in.

Jackson is quirky, helpful, creative, and Josh’s sidekick.

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Lily is smiley, cuddly, and wants to be one of the big kids. Her fast shuffle to keep up with J is THE cutest.

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Claire is precious. She smiles, coos, and her chubby cheek lays perfectly on my chest while she sleeps.

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Week 7 as a family of 5 has been heaven, that’s why I’m naming it 7th heaven. We’re getting into a groove and I’m hoping to ride this wave for as long as I can 🙂

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Claire at 1 mo and things I’ve learned so far

Claire is 1 month! Actually in these pics she’s 4 weeks- almost 6 weeks old, but that’s life with 3 kids. My mother in law asked me the other day if 3 kids is as hard or easy as I thought it would be. Honestly, it is exactly as I expected it to be, a little of both. Some days I feel like super mom and other days I’m struggling to have time for a shower! Most importantly, this last month has taught me a lot.

  1. Be patient. Be patient with yourself and with your family. If I don’t get a shower until Josh gets home, or if the only thing I accomplished all day was keeping my kids happy, then that’s okay. I am learning to be patient with my new normal.
  2. It’s okay to ask for help. Bringing Claire home has been completely different than when I brought J or Lily home. Lily and Claire are only 16 mo apart, so it’s like having twins, but one is mobile and can attack the other one! For awhile I felt bad asking Josh for help, I pride myself on being able to ‘do it all’ but the reality is, I can’t. Which brings me to my next point…
  3. Be humble. You can’t, and shouldn’t, do it all alone. I’m learning to humble myself and accept help.
  4. Enjoy the slow paced days. Having a winter baby means LOTS of slow paced days because I don’t want to risk anyone getting sick. A friend said, ” you may have lots to do, but babies don’t keep.” I LOVE that! She’s so right. There’s always tomorrow, or Saturday or next month to get things done, but for now, I get to snuggle all of my children and enjoy each of their stages.

I’m so beyond grateful to be a mom and get to be home with them. I’m also grateful that they are patient with me as I navigate motherhood. There’s ups and downs, but I’m glad I have Josh on my team and these sweet faces.

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I was giving Claire a bath in the below pic, and after she was dressed I just couldn’t believe how tiny she was! I love this little peanut stage.

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J is still such a great big brother. He’s constantly helping me. These 2 have grown so close. the other day she was reaching for him and just wanted to snuggle on the couch.

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Christmas break 2016

Christmas break we went about 0mph. It was wonderful! After the(good)craziness of Christmas Eve and Christmas it was so nice to have a week to stay in our pjs, watch movie after movie, and have nothing on the agenda. It was good we didn’t have much planned because we all caught a cold. So we sniffled while we played endless rounds of Battleship, Guess Who, and play doh. These pictures are from the break and I cherish them all! 

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