Tuesday, April 22, 2014

December festivities


Icemageddon, Texas-style

We were stuck at home the first weekend in December. It really wasn't that bad until the very last day, and then it was like all of a sudden, we HAD to get out. We braved the icy roads and went to Chuy's. It actually was really scary. The roads weren't super horrible, but the parking lots everywhere were completely iced over. It made walking to & from the car very precarious, especially being 37 weeks pregnant. Mike dropped me off at the front of the restaurant, but when it came time to leave, both the kids were scared and so I figured I could walk out there too. When I finally made it to the car, Maddy was inside crying because she was so worried about me. Poor sweetie!

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We moved all the furniture a couple of nights and watched movies with the projector. It was so fun! Love that. (The perks of Mike being a seminary teacher, I guess, heh)

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Annual UCSP

A lot of our friends couldn't make it this year, but we still had a lot of fun! I was very large and hungry, so the food was especially good (if I do say so myself).

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To be honest, I can't even remember who won the contest for ugliest sweater. From the pictures, they all look pretty awful. Good job, friends!

Maddy's class party

My poor gal was sick for the first part of the week, but we managed to get her to the party. You can just tell by her eyes that she wasn't feeling good, but she was such a trooper (during the day!). They made gingerbread houses and had pizza and yummy snacks. Her class is so adorable! And her teacher is incredible.

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The boy that's circled is Maddy's crush. He's actually pretty adorable.

Christmas Eve

We went to Kirsten & Brian's for Christmas Eve. Kirsten had a bunch of games for everyone and dinner was brought to us by On The Border. Very fun night! The only problem was that I had some kind of death bug. I coughed incessantly for two weeks, couldn't breathe. and couldn't really take any medication. I remember very little of those two weeks, no joke. Sad. I'm sure next Christmas will be much better!

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New pjs! My superhero kids! Love 'em.

Christmas

Again, I can't remember hardly anything about this day. We woke up at some point, opened presents, and then went to my brother's. My picture taking sucked big-time.

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I wasn't the only one that was exhausted though. And this is before we got to my brother's!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Frozen fever

I've been seeing so much about Frozen everywhere but we never got around to seeing it in the theater. We happened to see it at Target so I bought it (darn you, Target! Putting it right at the checkout!) and Maddy & I watched it while Mike took Hud to Home Depot. Well, when they got home, Maddy wanted to watch it again, so we made a night of it with a pizza picnic.

I sat there looking at my family like, "Why on earth do I ever complain?" I really love these people.

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Ever since, Maddy has been completely obsessed. Notsomuch with the movie itself (although we've watched it a fair amount), but with the songs. Also with pretending to be Elsa while Hudson is 'someone besides Anna' and chasing her around while she sings, "I'm freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee."

Hilarious.

Turkey Day 2013

Our Thanksgiving was spent at my brother's house as per usual. I was quite pregnant and my morning sickness reared its ugly head that day, so I was curious to see how I was going to pull off the normal gluttony. Well, I managed. :) We love spending time with our family & are so lucky to have so many of them here!

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Thankful for this guy! He's the only person in this world that would put up with me.

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I'm thankful for the humor of Ashley's cheese balls. She makes them well & makes them for most holidays. I'm always eternally grateful for sausage balls. I look forward to them so much and they are a crowd pleaser!

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I'm thankful for Spence's skill with the smoker & deep fryer. I'm thankful Heather always sets everything up so beautifully! It's like something out of a magazine.

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I'm thankful to be surrounded by wonderful women who know how to make me laugh!

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And I'm thankful for Auntie Ashley having patience with the kids. She's so sweet with them.

*I didn't get a family picture! Man, I really suck. Hud was there, I promise!

Brandt's blessing

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On March 3rd, we blessed Brandt. We planned to have all of our friends and family out for it, and then a little get-together at our house afterward and OF COURSE, it started snowing / icing that morning. But I should have known, we have the best friends & family ever, and they all showed up! We were so lucky to have all of our best friends and then Mike's dad & Kirsten's husband Brian in the circle. I stupidly didn't get a picture of the guys, but when the Bishop invited people up who'd been invited to participate, and every last one of our friends walked up there... I almost started crying. We've made the best of friends down here - my brother-in-law included - and I was honored to have them be apart of Brandt's special day. Included were Mike Sharp, Mike Eldredge, Kevin Meador, Matt Crumpton, Doug Myers, Paul Johnson & James Kirchmann. Love those guys (and their wives) for being a part of our family! Whether they like it or not. Ahem.

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I love this outfit from Stacie so much! And it actually was perfect that the weather was miserable, he was nice & warm!

Some of the things that were mentioned in the blessing:
- he would be strong & healthy
- a help to his family
- have a strong knowledge of the gospel
- he would serve a mission & walk in the Savior's footsteps
- would help those in need
- have a good mind & a strong spirit
- find his soulmate and eternal companion and marry in the temple
- raise a family in righteousness
- be a blessing to others

Little Brandster was quiet as could be during the blessing, which was indeed a blessing to me. :)

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Seriously? This is the best one we could get? *sigh*


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

f o u r

My sweet Hudson turned four at the end of March! It's funny because he's seemed like a really old 3 for awhile now, probably since he became a big brother. At the same time, it still is weird (and sad) that he's growing up so quick.

Hudson doesn't care at all about drawing or writing letters, but the kid LOVES numbers. He seriously does math already!!! It's insane. I know most of it has to do with Maddy doing math, plus my mom is over all the time and a wonderful teacher. (I birthed the boy, do I really have to be responsible for teaching him stuff too?)

Hudson is sweet as pecan pie. He is literally the best sharer I've ever seen. Of course he has his moments, but the majority of the time, he is so willing to give what he has to others with his standard 'show' (sure) response. Even at his birthday party, after he opened his toys, he gave them all to his friends and he was left with nothing. His memory is pretty amazing as well, which comes back to bite me. :) When he gets really excited about something, he has this awesome laugh, he sounds like a dolphin. It's great. He loves to be outside and running and seeing how fast he can go. He always wants to race and win and is eager to show people what he can do. He loves to help with everything and has been such a helper to me - he's a great big brother!!

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The night we brought Brandt home from the hospital. ♥

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He is really sweet with Maddy as well, she gets him to do all her bidding! (That's really hard to not step in, by the way...) He comes up with the funniest things to say / do. Just now he came out of his room to go to the bathroom. When he got done, I asked him if he washed his hands. He said "I didn't have time." He's just so adorable. I love him so completely.

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On his actual birthday he had a doctor's appointment! Poor guy. A couple of shots and he cried like I've never seen! It's been so long since he's had them but after a couple of minutes, he was okay. He requested Chick-fil-A for dinner (big surprise there!) so that was fun. When we got home, he opened a couple of presents from us - some Lego stuff - and as soon as he saw what it was, he said "I love it, thanks guys!" It sounded so very grown up.

A couple of days later we had some of his friends over to celebrate. We went to the park behind our house and played for a bit, and then came back to our house for lunch and cake. Definitely the easiest birthday party ever. I didn't even do any decorations. *gasp*

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The next day our families came over for dinner. Hudson requested a peanut butter sandwich, so he had that, and the rest of us had the fixings for hoagies. YUM.

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To keep up with tradition, our friends and family spoiled our boy and he was so thrilled with everything. With our family, a couple of times he opened the present and the first thing he said was "Maddy, there's one for me and one for you!" Another example of his sweetness.

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His favorites, at age FOUR
(his exact words)

Cereal - Cinnamon Life
Vegetable - Bananas cut up in a bowl
Fruit - Apples
Drink - Sprite
Toy - Toy Buzz Lightyear. The plastic one.
TV Show - The Grinch
Game - Uno Spin. I mean, Candyland
Book - The Foot Book (I think he's referring to a Dr Seuss thing)
Restaurant - Chick-fil-A
Holiday - Christmas
Animal - Wolves
Song - I Am a Child of God
Color - Red
Number - 600. Or 700. Or 800. Or 900. Or 10 hundred. Or ten hundred and eighty-nine.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Two months!

Things are finally settling down with our new little guy. I have lots of help with my mom coming over just about every day. I KNOW. Could I be any luckier?

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Brandt has had a couple of nights of very long stretches of sleep, which I am extremely grateful for. He still really really loves to be held to sleep during the day, however. I don't blame the guy, he was used to my heartbeat / womb for nine long months. I've been working with this kid since he was 2 weeks old to sleep alone - I am very afraid he's going to be more stubborn than his siblings. Only time will tell! And at his doctor's appointment, he weighed 11 pounds, 3 ounces. Love that he's growing so well! (25th percentile for both)

Things to note:

- He started rubbing his eyes when he's tired. It's so sweet! And yet so sad, since, well, he's almost always tired.
- He's napping a teensy bit better
- He is a pooping machine!
- Loves to have his diaper changed!
- Responds so well to his siblings
- Smiled for the first time on February 22nd. At Maddy, naturally
- Still doesn't love his car seat, but I actually think it just has to do with him not knowing how to fall asleep.
- His clogged tear duct cleared up on it's own, woo hoo!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Day in the Life - 3.6.2014


3 AM - wake up, look for Brandt in the covers of my bed. Can't find him. Wonder where he is. Remember that he's out in the living room with Mike. Wonder how on earth he's gone this long without eating. Think for sure he's dead, but don't want to go check. 515 AM - Mike brings the baby in, changes him and lays him on the bed next to me. Goes back out to the living room to sleep on the couch, where he's been sleeping the last 6 weeks. (Sorry Mike.) (No, then again, I'm not sorry. I'll never poop the same again, I think you can handle the couch for awhile.) Feed the baby and he falls back asleep until 830 AM. Today is already amazing for this very reason. Feed the baby again and get up. Shove a granola bar down my gullet and take my vitamin. Time to put Brandt back down, he cries but not horrible. My mom comes over. She comes over every day and it's wonderful. We go upstairs to clean the kids room. Brandt wakes up 30 minutes later. Boo. I feed him and read a book to Hudson. And then another book. Gotta show that kid some attention, poor guy. Hand Brandt off to my mom so I can shower. Brandt sleeps while I make lunch for me & Hud. I go back upstairs to do more organizing of the kids room - what. a. mess. Then it's time to pump a bottle. Wash bottle parts in a hurry and pump because shirley that boy is gonna be waking up. He doesn't. Hmph. Why will he sleep so well when someone is holding him? OH YEAH, he's no dummy, that's why. Finish the bottle, watch a little General Hospital, and then leave to get Maddy. Talk to Mike on the way there - his old boss sent him a job offer to start the 24th. We discuss it. He hates his current job, litigation isn't everything he thought it would be, so he'll probably take it. 230 PM - Arrive in pick up line. Maddy walks out all smiles, I just love her in her uniform! She's so cute. She's quiet in the car the entire 30 minute drive home. She's said she's all talked out from the day so she doesn't want to talk. I secretly think she just doesn't like me anymore. We get home, she goes to change and do her homework. Brandt is still asleep. I run around the house trying to do things I don't get to do. Make a salad for dinner. (We're having leftover baked spaghetti that my sister made us on Monday) Maddy gets done with her homework, the kids have some Oreos, and they go upstairs to play. My mom and I watch the latest Dallas episode. Love that show. She heats up dinner while I feed Brandt, who has woken up FINALLY. I continue to feed him while we all eat because he seems starving. Dinner is done with minimal complaining from the kids, mostly because my mom made those red lobster cheddar biscuits - MMMMM. I have two of those because I can, dang it. I put Brandt in the swing, my mom vacuums and I do the dishes. Kids go play / read. I do the Albertson's Monopoly thing, trying to see if I can win anything. It takes forever and now my mouth tastes like the glue on envelopes. Why didn't I just do the online way? I shake my head. I get the big kids in bed (which also wasn't as torturous as normal), say a prayer and say PEACE OUT. My mom and I watch American Idol. Maddy comes to the top of the stairs sobbing because there's something black on their floor. I'm feeding Brandt (again?!!) so my mom goes to investigate. It's a magnet. Maddy is relieved but now wants water. My mom is hard-core and says no. Mike gets home about 745 PM, my mom leaves after Idol is over. Mike hangs out for a minute, long enough to hold Brandt, say goodnight to Maddy (who is still awake) and talk more about the job offer, and then he leaves to play hockey. Brandt falls asleep not long after that and sleeps til Mike gets home at 11 PM. Too bad I spent the entire time watching TV (Nashville & some Real Housewives-type show about Nashville wives) and didn't do anything productive. Brandt wakes again, I feed him, hand him off to Mike and go to bed. It's about 1215 AM. Mike brings him in at 4 AM. I don't cry over being tired and call it a victory.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

One month!

Well one month came and went in a hurry with our baby boy.

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Not all of it was bliss, I assure you. I decided that it's not that I don't like babies, I don't like who I am with babies. I worry too much, I constantly compare my infants to other people's infants - I basically make life way harder than it should be.

But none of that is Brandt's fault, so here we go!

- Sleeps extremely well next to a heartbeat. Like, for hours and hours.
- Eats every 2-3 hours
- A good eater, but a sloooooow eater.
- Loves his mama!
- Likes the swing.
- Loves / hates the swaddle
- Feels 'meh' about the pacifier
- Doesn't cry during diaper changes! Amazing.

At his check up he was 8 lbs, 13 oz. What a champ.

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First bath. Poor guy. He actually didn't cry until it was over. He hates being cold!

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

s i x

So my Maddy turned six in October. I had a movie night outside all planned and then {OF COURSE} it rained. Never fear, Mike rigged up some tarps and the kids were able to watch a movie anyway! All her best pals were there and all my best pals were there - perfection. We had pulled pork nachos and cupcakes and all the candy you could possibly imagine.

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Opening presents is always a little chaotic. Maddy is so lucky to have such great friends that spoil her rotten!!

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Just before she got really embarrassed and started crying at the attention. Bless. Her. Heart.

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Some of her best friends. Love these girls!

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How do I have a six year old?