Tuesday, September 13, 2016

the glue

We have been quite purposeful in our use of time together.  In addition, we have made a firm commitment to attend the temple together regularly.  Guess what?  It's made everything better.  Just like exercising helps muscle stay in shape, TIME in a marriage will boost its fitness.  

the friendship of hot dog and motorcycle

Count your blessings.  That's what I'm doing each time these two smile and interact with each other.  Callum, reluctant at first about his sister, has become her protector, comedian, and number one fan.  Callum proudly tells anyone that will listen that she is his baby sister.  Riley worships anything that Callum does.  Callum talks to her in a mommy voice, which melts my heart.  I am so grateful for the bond they are forming and hope that they can be lifelong friends. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

the first day of preschool

Well, it has begun.  My firstborn started Busy Bees.  This is his two day a week preschool program.  

I'm excited for him to grow and learn with peers and sad all at the same time.  I guess this is the start of how every parent feels each time their baby grows up!!

He loves preschool and constantly wants to talk about his adventures there.  

the fifth month

My precious Riley is five months old now!  
She amazes me.  It's ridiculous how many times I laugh at myself for being terrified of having a girl.  I love everything about having a girl baby.  

Some things to brag on her include:
She really really is the happiest baby on the block.  Little Hot Dog is always so content.  She smiles when no one is paying any attention to her.  When she needs something she uses her voice to tell you but rarely gets to a big cry.  

She loves people.  No matter who it is she'll be happy to hear you talk and move if you lay her down near you.  She even loves to have her diaper changed.  Smiles and laughs from what I assume is being tickled.  

She has started doing a crawl of some sort.  She's nowhere close to sitting up, but I see her make some good tracks when she rolls to her belly.  When she is on her belly, you can see her kicking her back legs to make tracks.  Is that not crawling?  Amazing. 

She loves rice cereal and eats it quite cleanly.  I don't remember any of that with Callum!

I've avoided pumping-for the most part-while at work.  Riley hasn't loved a bottle and her babysitter is so close that I'm perfectly happy to go to her for my legally protected nursing breaks.  It's nice to nurse and not pump.  I get to see my babies for a quick second during the work day and am not stuck cleaning pumping items.  

Bottom line.  Riley is beautiful and perfect.  I can't get over how much she adds to our family.  How am I so lucky?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

the fourth month

This little beauty just turned 4 months old.  She's the world's best baby.  I can't even describe how content and joyful she is.  She's a strong little baby that really prefers to be standing or sitting up.  She's happy to just chill as long as she's part of the crowd.  She is still nursing 2-3 times a night.  Please let that change soon.  The verdict is not yet out on whether she has red or blonde hair.  She's a dainty thing that still can't fit into newborn socks.  Her feet are too long and skinny.  I can't imagine life without her.  She's perfect in every way.  

On my first day back to work, she rolled over for the first time.  That was punishment for me going back to work, but I'm proud of her doing that so quickly!  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

the seventh year

Well, it's the seventh year.  A milestone in so many ways that is eventful and noteworthy to me. I now know what it means to love...to truly love someone despite the storms and trouble of life.  I now know what forgiveness means...to forgive because the Savior does.  Any good marriage is founded on forgiveness and love through thick and thin.  I now know that the little things day in and day out make the biggest impact on a lasting eternal marriage.  Getting on your knees to pray for strength and humility has incredible power on husband and wife.  Immersing daily in the scriptures anchors souls on the right path.  
I now know what true joy is.  There is no greater joy and happiness than that which comes from a marriage and of course, hot dog and motorcycle. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

the disneyland trip

We did it.  We loved it.  We want to go again. 
Callum, being a tall toddler, was able to ride vitrually everything except Indiana Jones and California Screamin.  
Jason had never been to Disneyland.  Seeing his face at all of the magic that is Disney was just as precious as seeing Motorcycle's reaction.  
Riley was by no surprise the world's best baby.  She barely made a peep for the two full days we were at the park.  She is just too good of a baby. 
I ate 4000 churros. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

the blessing

We waited to bless Riley until her Kiwi whanau could be here for it.  She was blessed on Memorial Day weekend.  

It was really neat for Jason to have his dad and brother in the circle with him.  I'm so glad we waited.  

This special girl is going to do amazing things.  She is so innocent and full of love.  I can't hardly handle it.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

the graduation

He did it!  I want to say a lot about this event, but I don't really know where to start.  He has finished school against all odds.  I'm so proud of his hard work. Check out this handsome RN!!! 

the threenager and eleven week old

11 weeks.  Things are going well ... probably because the stress of Jason finishing school has finally ended.  Riley is a content, calm and happy baby.  She's not the kind of baby that requires walking the hall in the middle of the night.  Speaking of nights, she's down to 1-2 feedings a night.  I'm hopeful that I'll soon get some solid sleep!  I love hearing her little voice.  She likes to use her voice when you smile at her.  It's on the quiet side but precious and warm.  

Callum is now officially a threenager.  I never really saw the terrible twos in him...but now that he is three...times are tough.  It has to be the fact that Riley's birth coincided with this new fun age.  He is a ball of energy but can never seem to contain it at the right time.  He's obsessed with trains on a whole new level.  We've checked out a few train books from the library and have renewed them over and over and over. These books have given him additional vocabulary words and functions of trains that have elevated him to train expert level.  

Sunday, May 8, 2016

the mother's day

My two kids make me feel like the most lucky person alive.  While I am proud of many things in my life, nothing trumps being a mom.  
I am so very blessed.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

the seventh week

Check her out!
She's a beauty.
Today I spent more time than necessary in the mother's room.  She just kept smiling and being cute.  I had to seize the moment of mom/daughter time.