Friday, May 31, 2013

Two! Two! Two!

On Tuesday Olivia turned her favorite number, two.  Here's what we did to celebrate our sweet girl:

She had one of her favorite breakfasts, oatmeal with blueberries
 She and I took a long, warm shower together where we sat in the bottom of the shower and played dinosaurs.  She loves for me to hold her and sing while the water lands on her back.  She then warmed up in my bed and asked for her balloons.  She was obsessed with the Tigger and Pooh balloon.

 After getting dressed Dad came down and it was time to open presents!  Olivia knew exactly what to do.  She brought each of her three gifts over, tore the wrapping off, examined them, and then asked Dad to open the packaging.  

 waiting patiently (where did those cheeks come from?!  The rest of her is thinning out the older she gets, but luckily the chipmunk cheeks are staying put a while longer)

 She loved her Winnie the Pooh figurines, Snow White doll, and Toy Story toys.  Her favorite is Buzz.

 The three of us took a trip to Target where Olivia got to pick out another toy.  She ended up getting three small ones because they were only a couple bucks each
After her nap we went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch.  Lucky girl got her own slice of cheesecake! (Okay, so I ate half of it.)  She even knew to blow out the candle on top!  I caught the moment with my phone:

We then met up with Jack's sister, Pam, and her family at the Living Planet Aquarium
 Olivia LOVED it.  She ran around with her cousin (and one of her best friends) Zac and gave us all some decent exercise.  Her favorites included: the concrete frog you could climb on, jellyfish, and a fish called a chub that looked like you could find in any pond nearby.  She was brave and pet the small shark there, but when the stingray flipped it's fin at her she let out a war cry in self-defense.

It was a wonderful day.  We are so grateful for our fun, adventurous Livi and are excited to see what this second year brings out in her amazing personality.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

saw this quote on Pinterest and it reminded me of this photo I had taken the other day of my girl's tiny hand in mine.  Then I cried of course.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Our Pre-baby To Do List for #2

Post note: I previously forgot to add the name of the window cleaning company we use in #2.  It's Squeaky Clean windows and they are based out of Salem, but will travel up around Utah county and they are fantastic.  

I thought I'd make a list of things we have made priority before baby #2 arrives, in case it helps others compile a similar list!  Luckily most of our tasks aligned with things we wanted to do for spring cleaning anyway.  It's hard to get things done when you have a toddler and are exhausted pregnant, but I imagine it's even more difficult to get them done when you have a toddler and a newborn and are going on a week's worth of sleepless nights!  Plus, who wants to bring their baby home with unfinished tasks still on their mind?

1. Deep clean the house.  Especially the bathrooms, floors, kitchen, fridge, and pantry.  Simplify and throw out anything old/unused/expired.

2. Have the windows cleaned.  This is a spring-cleaning task, our windows were atrocious.  Mostly due to the hard water in the sprinklers.  You can do this yourself (I've heard that a vinegar/water solution helps with hard water residue); we have used the company Squeaky Clean Windows twice now (it's father and his sons), once for my MIL's and then on our house a few weeks ago.  They are the best I've seen.

3. Have the house sprayed for bugs.  Another spring item.  This we did do ourselves because Jack learned from a former pro about a solution you can buy at IFA along with a sprayer and it works really well and is 100% safe for pets and babies.  Just in case, he sprayed a few weeks ago to give it time to dry and fade before the baby gets here.  If the piles of dead ants on the back porch and the lack of spiders in the house is any indication, it has worked really well.  He also fertilized the lawn.

4. Go through all of Olivia's baby clothes and toys, pre-treat all stains and wash, throw out anything too stained, worn, or ugly.  Disinfect toys.

5. Deep-clean Olivia's room, organize, and throw out.  It was fun finding her infant toys, washing, and storing them in the new baby's room.

6. Make sure baby has all essentials.  Amazingly, thanks to stuff we already had and things my SIL Pam gave us, we hardly had to buy anything new for our baby.  Which is nice but not as fun ;)

My must-haves are as follows:
-onesies, shirts, pants, socks, and pajamas.  For newborns I love the pjs that are like a sack with a bungee at the bottom.  They make late-night changings so easy.
-Diapers and sensitive wipes.
-unscented lotions and baby oil
-baby bath that fits in the tub, wash cloths
-nasal aspirator, thermometer
-crib and bassinet (she will sleep in my room until 6mo), sheets, waterproof mat
-swaddling blankets
-swing (stock up on batteries!), stroller (we upgraded to a double), approved carseat with newborn insert, and carseat cover
-breast pump (Olivia wouldn't take a bottle, but hopefully it will come in handy more with this one), and Dr Brown bottles (they keep your baby from swallowing air).
-large pads, witch hazel, pain pills, dark underwear

7. Wash all linens, sheets, towels, and dirty clothes.  Then I'm only left with small loads from here to D-day.  Also detach and wash all liners for the carseat, stroller, high chair, and swing.

8.  Make freezer meals, especially for Olivia.  I want her to have healthy pasta or rice and veggie options for when I can't cook.  I also made jam because I do every summer.

9. Get my hair colored, a pedicure, and stock up on my favorite self-tanner.  'Cause I won't do these things after the baby comes and I want to look good in the hospital photos.

10. Charge all cameras and ipods, set up babysitters for when we are in the hospital, and pack a hospital bag.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

37.5 weeks

I went in Thursday and was told that there hadn't been much change since the last appt- 2cm and about 75% effaced and that I probably wouldn't deliver this weekend.  So we decided to go to Jack's family reunion in Kaysville.  Last night we had dinner and played games at his bro's house and then spent the night.  We drove home this morning and right now I'm just relaxing at our house while Olivia takes a much-needed nap, then she and I will head over to a giant slip-n-slide at the park where Jack is with his whole family, then back up to Kaysville in the morning.  I've had a few contractions here and there, but nothing to make me think the baby is in any rush.  It's still weird to think that any day now we will be the parents of two daughters.  Our lives are about to change again!

I've gained about 38 pounds this pregnancy and she has been head-down for a week now and so low that I get lightning sharp nerve pain down my right leg when she presses that way.  I'm excited to be able to get up and move around normally again.  As it is, my bones (especially my pelvis) are in that soft stage where getting up is painful, being on my feet for more than a few minutes is exhausting, and sleeping is super uncomfortable because I have to wake up and move slowly every time I want to turn over.  I'm sick of food, just really tired of having to eat all the time.  Luckily it is summer now and I can just keep bowls of chopped fresh fruit in the fridge for Olivia and I to snack on all day.  We've gone through three watermelons already :)

Olivia sassed me for the first time this morning!  She has thrown plenty of tantrums and protested things we have done, but this morning when I told her she couldn't watch TV and had to come get dressed she got right up in my face and yelled "NO!"  I was a little taken aback!  Girly will be two on Tuesday and is definitely acting the part.  She knows what she wants and will not be made to do otherwise.  Changing her diaper requires a full-on wrestling match (If her baby sister comes out battered it's because of all the blows I've been dealt trying to change her!).  I know she is ready to be potty trained, she never goes to the bathroom when her diaper is off, and always tells me when it is dirty, I just don't have the energy or fortitude to train her until after the baby comes.  I'm also afraid she will digress with the change of family life and make it harder to re-train her.  So we are holding off for now.

Hope your weekend is going splendidly!  I will post pics of baby's nursery soon and of course keep you updated on when she arrives!

ps. The orthodontist gave me a rubber band that hooks my top canine to my bottom molar and is to be worn "at all times, except when eating."  Except I haven't been wearing it.  Phew!  It feels good to get that off my chest.  Thanks for the support.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Breakfast is always better...

when in the presence of four ponies.

"I supposed you know why I called you all here today..."

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

tagged! 11 things

My friend Brooke tagged me to list 11 things about myself and then answer some questions.

A. List 11 things about yourself
B. Answer the questions the nominee created for you
C. Choose 11 bloggers to nominate
D. Create 11 questions for them (or use the previous questions)

11 things about myself

1. I was born in Brigham City and moved to Hurricane when I was 6.
2. I played basketball from age 8 to 16, volleyball my Freshman and Sophomore years, and then dropped both sports and made the cheerleading squad.  I had great experiences with all three sports and love the memories made.
3. My mom is 5’4” and my dad is 6’4”.  I stopped right in the middle at 5’10”.  There were times in school when I was self-conscious about my height and wished I were one of the tiny, petite girls, but it has never been an issue since high school.  I fit perfectly into the crook of Jack’s arm and am perfect distance for him to bend and kiss.
4. My parents got divorced when I was 18.  It destroyed our family and I have horrible feelings and very strong opinions about divorce.
5. The first time I saw the ocean I was 21 years old.  The first time I was ever on an airplane was on my honeymoon at 23 years old.  I have been on somewhere around a dozen flights since then.
6. I like to look up old actors or singers on Wikipedia and learn about their life.
7. I love to read.  When I was younger I’d carry a book everywhere I went and would sometimes turn down plans so I could stay home and read.
8. I’m a total homebody. I would rather be at home than anywhere else and Jack and I rarely go out for dates.  We love to order take-out and watch a movie or show.
9. My favorite hobby (besides reading) is cooking.  Especially desserts.
10. My mom and grandma were both blessed with a green thumb and a passion for gardening that was not passed onto me.  I hate doing yard work and have inadvertently killed every houseplant I have owned.  I’m trying to do better this year though with a garden my mom planted for me because I really want to have fresh fruits and veggies out of my own garden.
11. I am surprisingly good at Who Wants to be a Millionaire.  I toast Jack every time we watch it on TV and compete.

1. What is the strangest thing you ever did?
Meet a guy on Myspace and then drive down to Vegas from St George and go on a date with him.  Luckily, instead of killing me in a dark alley, he turned out to be the love of my life.

2. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I peed my pants in class once.  In high school. 

3. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I don’t judge, to each his own.  I also feel like I can connect better with people who have been through hard things or maybe those who consider themselves damaged.

4. What three items would you take with you if you knew you were going to be stranded on an island for a year?
Wellll…. Jack and Olivia aren’t items so I can add them to the mix with no penalty.  Also a tarp, unlimited matches, and mosquito netting.

5. What dessert do you order the most often?
I don’t usually order desserts at restaurants because I like to make them myself :) I’m a sucker for cookies and chocolate cake.  However, I feel like I am putting the owner of Station 13 Doughnuts’ kids through college with the amount of frosted chocolate cake doughnuts I buy.

6. If you could have any superhero power, what would it be?
To freeze time. Hands down.

7. What is the best gift anyone has ever given you?
Jack compiled letters from my friends and family with memories and sentiments towards me and he had them all bound into a book.  It’s priceless. 

8. Where is your ideal vacation spot?
It depends on the conditions and changes every few months.  We love to travel so we usually plan for our dream vacation for a while and then go!  We’ve been to most of the places we wanted to see in Europe, Hawaii, and on the West coast of the US.  Next I would love to go to DC (I will have to ask you for at itinerary Brooke!), or take our girls to the beach.  It would be so fun to watch Olivia play in the sand and water.  For a big vacation, I’d love to travel to the Holy Land with Jack or see the pyramids in Egypt.

9. What makes you feel most alive?
Traveling.  I love to travel with my husband and see places that are so new to me, but have been there all along and then going home and thinking of them still there.  Also, I love learning new things as a mom and wife and growing in my roles as both.

10. What has been the best decision you've ever made?
To marry my husband.  We had dated for 3 years and I had made the decision to go on a mission.  One day we went to a sno-cone shack and I looked at him and knew I should spend forever with him.  I have only felt more convicted and validated in my decision the longer I am with him.  He is the most incredible man I have ever met and I love his desire to be a good husband, dad, and friend.

11. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Getting through {almost} two pregnancies.  Being pregnant is extremely hard for me and I feel like a rockstar for surviving it.  You might think that is dramatic, but whatever. You probably had a different experience being pregnant than I did.

I tag:
Nikki Davis
Ashley Miles
Brittain Tanner
Lori Shirley
Sarah Wheat
Kanessa Austin
Jenny Austin (if you ever blog again!!)

...and anyone else who wants to do it

Here are your questions...

1. What is the strangest thing you ever did?
2. What is your most embarrassing moment?
3. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
4. What three items would you take with you if you knew you were going to be stranded on an island for a year?
5. What dessert do you order the most often?
6. If you could have any superhero power, what would it be?
7. What is the best gift anyone has ever given you?
8. Where is your ideal vacation spot?
9. What makes you feel most alive?
10. What has been the best decision you've ever made?
11. What is your greatest accomplishment?

Friday, May 10, 2013

This Spring via iphone Pics

Playing in her new pool

 Friday brunch trips to the Waffle Luv truck (Fridays they are in Lehi)
 Date nights at the movies
 Dinners out with friends and family
 Olivia's response to the "smile" cue for photos
 Riding the merry-go-round in St George
 Yogurt and the play place at Chick fil A (and another "smile" cue)
 Getting my hair colored before baby comes
 Walks in the forest by our house, finding bugs and flowers
 Playing in the "sand box" Nana gave her.  Maybe we will get an actual sand box for the sand now that Tucker isn't here to pee or dig in it...
We are loving this warm weather and Olivia wants to be outside every second of the day.  It's nice to have more for her to do, but I'm getting sick of the tantrums that follow every time I won't take her outside when she points to the door.  Which is about every ten minutes.  Ever since she was tiny she would rather be out than in.

And I'm off to my 35-week doctor's appt!  With Olivia I started getting contractions at 36 weeks and she came at 37 so we will see if this baby is anxious as well :)  Until she comes, we are just soaking up the moments as a family of three.

35-week checkup

My doctor is fantastic and I have loved going to him.  However, yesterdays' appointment put a bad taste in my mouth.  Some appts I come away from feeling great and excited.  Yesterday Jack and I brought Olivia and she was terrible.  The nurse asked me to disrobe from the waist down and sit up on the table with a sheet around me.  Olivia was not having it.  She required that I hold her while sitting up on the table.  The nurse came back in and informed us that my doctor had gone to deliver a baby and would be back in 20-30 minutes.  At 35 weeks I didn't really want to miss my appointment since Olivia came at 37 weeks and this time the doctor had told me at the previous appointment that this one could come even sooner because it was my second.  The nurse put the gel on my belly to listen to the heartbeat.  I don't know if she was unexperienced or didn't usually do this but was filling in while the doc was gone, but it took her a while to find the beat.  My anxiety was rising, the longer it took and then she said "has she been moving a lot?"  ?!   I suddenly couldn't remember the last time she had moved, it had been a busy day!  Before I went into panic mode though she finally found the heartbeat and said it sounded good.  Jack then took a screaming Olivia out to the car and went to get a snack.  I sat in a sheet for half an hour.

When the doctor was back I was first on his list so he came in pretty quick.  I called Jack to tell him he could come back up if he wanted and he did.  The doctor asked when my due date was and I told him June 13th, but that Olivia had come at 37 weeks and that he has predicted the second baby would be at least as early.  He laughed and said not to expect anything.  What??  "Just....being prepared I guess." I told him.  I don't care if this baby comes before her due date, I was just expecting her to be early because that's what he had said!  He then asked if I wanted to schedule now.  "Schedule what?" I asked, "An induction."  My due date was a month away!  Do women now schedule their babies instead of waiting until they come naturally?  "No, I'll just wait." I said.  The doctor said he would make a note of that so he'd be sure to remember and not keep asking me.  Are doctors now pressing women to schedule their labors?  This seems weird to me.  I understand an induction if there's danger to the mom or baby, or if the mom goes a week past her due date and her body isn't responding the way it should, but why not wait until that point?  Why drug your body into expelling the baby at your own (and the doctor's own) convenience?  Maybe I am offending some people here, I just didn't know this was the norm now and it seems strange to me.

 He did my strep B swab and checked to see if I was dilated at all. Which hurt as usual. 1cm and 25% effaced.  Sounded good to me.  We will see what next week's appt holds, hopefully it will be better.
chillin' in my sheet

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

giving up the dog

We have decided to sell Tucker.  I think Jack has wanted to for a while, they aren't the best of friends, but I haven't wanted to so he hasn't pushed it.  Growing up my family always had dogs.  We bred and showed purebred boxers and our dogs were part of our family.  My boxer was named Breezy and she would sleep on my bed with me.  When we moved to a sketchy part of La Verkin right before my parents got divorced she was stolen out of our back yard and I was devastated.  Jack and I were married  in Jan 2010 and he let me get Tucker a month later.  I wanted us and our kids to have the kind of relationship with Tucker that my family had with our dogs growing up.  It happen the way I thought it would.  Maybe it's his breed, or just his personality, but I've never felt very connected with him.  When we had a baby and all my attention went toward her, Tucker kind of got the short end of the stick.  I wasn't able to take him on walks as much or play with him, and with the new baby coming I knew that he would get even less attention.  I didn't feel like it was fair to keep him.

I struggled with the decision and Jack was worried that I was just doing it for him so he was on the fence too.  I prayed about it and didn't feel strongly either way so I just made a choice.  I posted him on KSL yesterday (for a thousand dollars less than we paid for him :S )and by last night we had three potential buyers.  The first to contact us was a mom with four kids who had just bought a female French Bulldog and wanted a companion for her.  The lady's husband trains quarter horses (just like my dad) and they live on a farm in Payson.  It was a better situation than I ever could have hoped for and we accepted her offer of sale.  I feel good about it even though I am sad to get rid of him, I think it is more guilt than anything.  I feel bad that I didn't do better by Tucker and that I didn't made the effort and put in the time with him that I should have.  I know that I won't be able to do better in the future though, so it's a farm life for him!  Maybe someday when the girls will appreciate it more and be able to care for a dog we will get another one...maybe a boxer :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


I made these today, except I knew Jack would only have one or two so I halved the recipe and it made about 15 cookies still (15 whole oreo cookies, which means 30 sides)! Also, instead of butter in the frosting I put in a little bit of milk and vanilla.  You could also use marshmallow cream instead of homemade frosting.


2 (18.25 ounce) packages devil's food cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 c. butter (soft)
1 tsp. vanilla


1/2 c. butter (soft)
8 oz. cream cheese (soft)
1/2 bag powdered sugar (add to taste)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Blend cake mixes eggs 1/2 cup butter and vanilla in a standing mixer (remember to half everything if you only want 15 cookies, which is 30 halves). Dough will be very thick and sticky. Grease your hands and roll in balls about the size of a quarter (they spread a bit) and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Make an even number of balls. Bake for 7 minutes. Let cookies stand on cookie sheet a few minutes before removing them to cooling rack. After cookies have cooled, put frosting between two cookies, putting bottom sides together. You can be pretty generous with the frosting so DOUBLE STUFF! 

[recipe via]

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hawaii day 6- Our last day!

We got a slow start on Sunday, everyone trickling out of bed and eating fruit and muffins around the counter and table.  We started packing up our stuff and making sure the house was in order just to get a start on things.  Tasha, Jordan, Clar, and Tracy decided to attend one meeting of church so Kassie, Eric, Jack, and I dropped them off at a church meeting and then went for a drive.  We found a really neat craft fair that had lots of booths of local, handmade things.  We bought jewelry for the people who had helped with Olivia while we were gone and I found a cool little wooden frog for Liv that made frog noises when you dragged a little wand across it's back.

We picked up the other two couples and went home to change for lunch.  There's a restaurant on Maui called Mama's Fish House that has a stellar reputation.  We had made reservations weeks prior and were able to get right in.  The restaurant is situated right on the beach and you can stand on shore and watch the surfers.  The restaurant was authentically Hawaiian and had tons of fresh fish options.  It was probably one of the most expensive places we've ever eaten, but sooooo good.  I'd say it was definitely worth it.  It was nice to have one more sit-down meal as a group and slow down a little to talk about the trip over good food.  We went outside to take some photos and then headed back to our town.  We stopped at a park to play some beach volleyball, which I had been looking forward to until I realized I couldn't stretch, jump, or dive while pregnant.

We then went home to finish packing and get everything together.  We took some last photos outside the condo and piled into the van one last time.  Clar, Tracy, Kassie, and Eric had the same flight and had to be there earlier than us so they dropped us off at Tasha and Jordan's hotel (T and J didn't leave until the next morning).  It was nice because Jack and I were able to take a shower and freshen up since we hadn't had a chance after beach volleyball.  We ordered pizza, which arrived too late for us to really eat it, and we each grabbed a piece to eat in the shuttle to the airport.

Our flight home left around 10:30 and was the most miserable flight I had ever been on.  Jack took some sleeping pills and was able to fall asleep (which was good so he could get some work done when we got home), but I have a hard time sleeping on planes and was basically just sitting in the dark listening to my ipod for 4 hours.  Jack's dad and dad's wife were in Hawaii the same week we were and had the exact same layover in LA.  His dad travels a lot for work and we were able to take advantage of the Delta lounge courtesy of his advanced status.  We ate breakfast and talked until our connection flew out.  That next leg was not as bad.  We arrived in Salt Lake, caught a ride home with Jack's dad.  We were so excited to see Olivia.  She rushed right in to our arms.

Hawaii was so magical.  I feel so blessed that we had the opportunity to go, and with my best friends no less.  I have thought about our trip every day since we have been home.  I hope to take our girls someday, but if not, the memories I have are priceless.  It was such a fantastic week.

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