Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eleven months!

The time is flying by so quickly, and there's absolutely nothing I can do to stop it.

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You eat great, you're sleeping better (Daddy is handling nighttime wake ups right now, which seems to help you realize you don't need to be fed any more at night!), you love playing with Maddy & Hud, you love your mama the mostest (YAY!), and you're loved by everyone.

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It doesn't look like you're having fun, but I swear you are. :)

You hate to have your diaper changed, you d-i-e when it's time to brush your teeth, when you're in your highchair, we better have that food ready, GOSHDANGIT, or else! You're pulling up on everything you can, taking tiny steps while hanging onto things but still SUPER unsteady - you seem pretty cautious in that regard. And by cautious, I mean you cry if you're nervous about it. Kinda heart-breaking. But we know you'll get through it! On the other hand, you're a thrill seeker in that you love to hang upside down or be thrown in the air. You laugh and laugh and laugh.

You're adorable, little guy! Happy eleven months!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Christmas Day

Of course the night Brandt sleeps through the night, I couldn't sleep. I was too excited - it was Christmas Eve!!

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I took this in the wee hours. Well, around 7 AM. I kept waiting to hear little feet wandering around upstairs!

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Santa wrote each of the kids a little note, which was very thoughtful.

It was almost 8 before the kids woke up and they were very excited to come down the stairs.

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Brandt's first Christmas!!

Santa brought a Barbie gift certificate for Maddy and the monster trucks from Mater's Tall Tales for Hud. Both kids got some (fake) glasses in their stockings as well. Brandt got a little toy that has a mirror and makes noise. They all got each other a stuffed animal from the Disney store, it was so cute. 

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We got done with presents and were just about ready to start cooking for the day when Mike said, "Danielle, what about the bikes?"

HAHAHAHAHA. We forgot the bikes! Surprise, kids!

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Later that day, we went to my brother's for dinner. We had a fun gift exchange and my kids got about a zillion gifts. RIDICULOUS. But we're so grateful.

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The next day, my mom came over and brought her many many gifts for all of us.

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It was nice to be able to spend a little more time with the gift opening, rather than the flurry of the couple days before.

The entire 'season' went by way too quickly, but we made some great memories!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas Eve 2014

Kirsten & Brian hosted Christmas Eve dinner this year. Once again, we had On The Border takeout and that combined with Jenny's guacamole... I think all of us were definitely satisfied.

The plan was to start a little earlier so that Kirsten could do her thing - she always plans some kind of fun activity - and that way we wouldn't be eating at 8 PM. Of course Brandt decided to sleep later than planned so we were already running a little behind, but then, the doorbell rang. It was our mailman, the guy who had helped me out right when we got our new car, because I couldn't get the hood to shut all the way. :) Turns out his truck's battery had died and he asked Mike if he had any jumper cables. We knew we were already running late but heck, what is Christmas about if we can't help someone, right? So Mike went across the street and helped him out. We were late, but we felt good about it. (Sorry, Kirsten.)

Kirsten had this whole Grinch thing planned, it was all very cool. She read The Grinch to the kids, we wrote letters to police officers & firemen in our community, we made ornaments to remember our year, and I snacked on the candy she provided us with. Heh.

Brandt held up pretty well and I think he definitely enjoyed the wrapping paper and new toys.

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Brandt's first Christmas! And me with my besties. ;)

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The kids making their meanest face. Hmmm.. needs work.

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PRESENT TIME!! The kids were spoiled to death but loved everything. They love their family!

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Sometimes I love what happens when someone tries to get all five of us in a picture.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My dreams came true! Twice!

Sometimes in this life, we get really lucky.

Luck was on my side exactly twice this baseball season, both times thanks to our friends the Kirchmanns. James boss's (bosses?) boss is a part owner of the Rangers and they were kind enough to invite us to a game one night.

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They just happened to be playing THE YANKEES. I know. I died. About a million times.

Did I mention we were sitting on the third row??? Right next to the Rangers dugout? :O

And here's my man...

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And then what do you know? The Band Perry shows up!! The chick in that band is married to one of the Rangers (Arencibia). Awesome! Sarah drooled over them most of the night while I drooled over DJ. Our husbands didn't care one bit.

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And because I really do care about the Rangers...

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At one point, Jeter got to first but there was some question if he was safe. It was the first time I got to see the 'instant replay' in action.

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And he was safe. Even better. I was clapping like a crazy person and people hated. Whatever.

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LOOK! We're on TV!

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Love my Sarah!!! Thanks, you sweet lady! And your sweet husband for letting me see my boyfriend one last time!

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The other game turned out to be one of the best girls nights EVER in this world.

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Karen, Stacie & I met Sarah, Marlee & Beth at the stadium. We walked in and sat down (Beth & Marlee were closer to home plate while we were right next to the dugout. That's what I call a win-win.) and enjoyed the amazing view. So we were minding our own business when what to my wondering eyes would appear right in front of me, but friggin PUDGE RODRIGUEZ.

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Sometimes real life is crazy.

He sat down and I almost couldn't breathe. It was insanity. I was digging my nails into Karen's arm and she was like, WHAT? Haha. Sorry, Karen!! :) At one point, The Hot Dog Guy was down making obnoxious noise with his "Hot Doooooooooooooooooooooooog" call and everyone just kinda laughed because it was just... so MUCH, and Pudge turned around and said "Do you guys want a hot dog?"

Of course I was speechless.

SO while I was freaking out about that, Marlee & Beth starting texting us with who they were sitting right behind.

Juan Pablo of The Bachelor fame.

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(this was the best shot I could get.)

He had a couple other people with him that looked familiar, one of them being this guy:

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Dutch was on the mound that night. Homeboy missed a lot of the season but there's just something about him I just love.

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After he was done, Neftali Feliz came out.

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It was so much fun!! At one point all the other girls went to get some food and I just couldn't! I was so scared if I left, I'd come back and Pudge wouldn't be there any more.

And here are a couple funny things from that night I wanted to remember:

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A text between Mike & me -

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And Mike's friend Matt... What a funny guy. :)
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 in a nutshell

Biggest Purchase:
This friggin house!
And Brandt was a wee bit pricey, what with the changing of insurances a bunch of times and those ridiculous premiums.
Both were worth every penny!

Favorite Movie:
Jack Ryan was a good one. (And not just because of Chris Pine!) Maleficent was also really good.

Least Favorite Movie:
I really can't think of one I didn't like!

Favorite Celebrity:
Chris Pine, Taylor Kinney, Jennifer Lawrence

Least Favorite Celebrity:
I'm not too obsessed with celebrities anymore, I try not to focus on all the nonsense as much as I have in the past. I'm actually really out of the loop!

Guilty Pleasure:
General Hospital. And I may or may not have watched a few episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and loved every single second.

Sickest Moment:
Recovering from having a baby S U C K S. It was much harder this time around and I honestly wasn't sure I would make it. About a month into my post-partum wonderland, I thought I had an infection of some kind because my lower stomach hurt insanely bad. Turns out I had just strained a muscle pretty bad (haha! Drama!) but because I couldn't even remember what my stomach muscles felt like, the feeling was so foreign. Heh.

This year on my birthday, I woke up with the stomach flu! Hooray! :/ Mike & Maddy also had it, although to a somewhat lesser degree. It was miserable, but thankfully the absolute worst of it was over in a day.

Saddest Moment:
Almost every time Mike left to go out of town, especially towards the beginning of the year. The pit in my stomach would appear around noon on Sunday and by Sunday night, I was just sick. :( When he traveled the few times before with this company, it was no big deal, at all! But with another child (especially one who doesn't enjoy the sleeping) and trying to get the kids to their various places, it made me so sad to try and face that alone.
I was also a bit emo about Maddy starting 1st grade. But that didn't last long - there's no more time to be sad, I've just got to move forward!

Achievements:
I survived childbirth for a 3rd time. And during some of those contractions, I wasn't so sure I would. :/
I also survived Mike being out of town a lot, including all the school activities and soccer for both kids. And now I know I can do it!

2014 "Firsts":
Our first home! So exciting!

Lessons Learned:
Apparently I continually need lessons in humility, which is fine.  :D
With Mike being gone a lot, it definitely made me more grateful for those men & women who do things solo all the time - whatever their circumstances, military, divorce, etc.

2014 in 1 word:
Different.
*Everything - my house, my car, another child, a new ward... It's a wonder I haven't gone mad considering how much I hate change.

2015 will be:
Familiar

Hopes for 2015:
See above, but also:
- that I can become more organized
- that we can grow spiritually as a family & spend more time on things that matter
- that we can attend the temple once a month

December festivities

MIKE'S WORK PARTY

Maddy still remembers this party from two years ago when Mike worked for this company before. I think she specifically remembers getting to take home a giant box of these amazing (leftover) cupcakes... Well, this did NOT disappoint. Face painting, balloon animals, karaoke, popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, crafts, games, writing letters to Santa, and of course...

seeing Mr Clause himself!!

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This was the "professional" picture taken by someone employed there. Well, the genius had his finger in front of the flash. BAH.

I took more pictures, but of course they're on Mike's work phone and he's being stingy about sharing them.

STOCKYARDS

One night I suggested we go down to the stockyards to see what was going on. What do ya know, Chick-fil-A, Santa & Pete Delkus from WFAA were there! I swaear, this wasn't some elaborate scheme to see my lover, Pete. (He's the meteorologist and someone that just gets my passion for weather, ahem.) I was too awkward / lame / shy to ask for a picture with him - he was busy! - but I made Mike take this paparazzi-esque picture from afar. Thankful for a good zoom lens! Heh.

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We walked down to the candy shop and indulged these crazy kids with some little candies. It's so amazing how something so little makes them so happy!

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THE SUNDAY BEFORE CHURCH

The kids sang in sacrament and did awesome. Maddy spent most of the time staring at the floor, despite her confidence just before going up to sit with the rest of the kids.

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I should have got a picture of Maddy's whole dress! Duh. It's the same one she's had for two years, but it still fits! So, why not?

HUDDY'S WEE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Hudson and his class put on a wonderful little performance before he went on Winter Break. Hudson did so great! He looked adorable. I love how he acts like something like this isn't a big deal - he just takes it all in stride! Which is what we try and tell his big sister, to no avail.

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Brandt was very supportive of his big bro!

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Of course Grama wouldn't miss a performance by her Hudson!

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Way to go, bud! Proud of ya!