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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Good Samaritan

The past two weeks have been incredibly exhausting for both Stephen and I as we have been trying to finish up all the little home repairs, cleaning, and boxing in preparation for our move. There is so much to do inside and outside of the house that I knew I wasn't going to get it all done in time before the photographer came to take pictures. In fact, we had to move our appointment back a few days so we were really ready. Our realtor came by yesterday to see the progress we had made, and said it looked like we got a lot done, but it still needs more work, especially outside with the weeds in the flowerbeds. I already knew that, and kinda hung my head because it was just so much work for one pregnant woman to tackle alone. I had asked the youth in our ward the week before for some help in weeding around the house so I could focus on the inside. I told them I was willing to pay, but no one showed up that week to help.

Last night after a quick rain storm I went outside to get a start on the weeding while Stephen tried to finish painting the windows. Lucas came outside to play in the dirt while I weeded to keep me company. The dirt was hard as concrete. I hadn't been out there for more than 10 minutes when a young man walked up my driveway and asked me if I needed help. I turned to face him but couldn't find any words to say anything, so he asked again, "Do you need some help?" My first reaction was to brush him off and say no because I didn't want to bother him with my monumental task of weeding, but I finally forced the word "yes" out of my mouth. I had never met or seen this boy before. He was about 16 years old and on his way home from wrestling practice as he walked by my house and didn't hesitate to offer help. He lived just a few blocks north of our house.

He sat his backpack on the grass and immediately began pulling weeds. I was dumbfounded and excited that someone saw my need and aided me. We began to chat as we pulled the weeds. I'm not much of a conversationalist, but we had a lot of common interests so it wasn't hard or uncomfortable to work together. He was willing to work all night, but after about an hour and three flowerbeds completed I told him we were done for the night. He seemed to know what he was doing too because he pretty much knew right away which plants were flowers and which ones were weeds without me having to point everything out. He helped me clean up and put my tools away and went to get his backpack to leave. I hurried inside and handed him a $20 bill for his help and kindness. He tried very hard to refuse the money and said what he did wasn't even worth that much, but I explained to him that I had asked others for help and no one came. He had no idea how much he helped me out just by stopping on his way home to offer help to a struggling pregnant mom. He was literally an answer to my prayers in my time of need. Thankfully he took the money and I told him he was welcome back any time to help me finish and he could earn more money. Even if he doesn't return he made a world of a difference and a huge impact on me.

Normally I wouldn't do this, but  I asked him if he was LDS because our ward boundaries just changed and our ward increased by a few blocks north of us, so I was curious if maybe he was going to be new in our ward.  He  said he was not LDS and wondered why I asked. I told him about the boundary changes and that I just wondered if he would be in our ward. Anyway, I am just so impressed with this young man's willingness to serve his neighbors. His parents have raised a great young man, so thank you Ethan for being the answer to my prayer.

I didn't even think I was going to get the first flowerbed done that night especially with how hard the ground was, but with his help we weeded half of the front yard!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Third Trimester

Holy moly! I only have three more months.....ugh, three. more. months. I am 28 weeks, and feel and look like a bloated cow. I have gained more weight in this pregnancy than I did with the boys. In fact, I have already reached my max weight gain, and I STILL have three more months of growing to do! I have never been so big in my life, and I'm really fine with it as long as the baby is healthy, but it is hard to look at myself in the mirror or in pictures. I have averaged around 5-6 lbs a month. That's a lot! And the weird thing is that I haven't been eating abnormally or binged on sugary foods. It's a mystery how I keep gaining so much weight. Other than the weight gain, sciatica, and hip and pelvic floor pain I've been doing pretty well.

Baby girl is not much of a mover in the way of punching and kicking, thank goodness. The boys were so rough kicking me in the ribs and sometimes even getting stuck, but this baby just kinda rolls around and gently kicks....so far. She is sitting really low so when she does pack a punch or a kick now and then she hits my bladder or cervix giving me unholy cramps. Most of my old maternity clothes no longer fit me. Stephen even said I am bigger than I have previously been.

I am extremely excited to be having a girl, but really nervous about being out numbered and out armed especially when going out in public. The boys are excited to have a baby, and they are always trying to lift up my shirt to kiss my belly and talk to baby sister. I think they are going to be good helpers for mom when sister arrives.

Aside from being seven months pregnant we are trying to sell our house and move before baby comes. I think we're hoping to be in a new house within six weeks or so, but there's no telling how well things are going to turn out, and if we don't find a house we'll be in an apartment, most likely. I'm really hoping things will go the way we want them to, but that rarely ever happens, right? So packing and cleaning and weeding are really taking it's toll on my pregnant body. It's been a lot of work so far, and we haven't even moved yet. I think Stephen and I will get a little break from working on the house after this week.

A lot of new changes for our family this year which is exciting, I do like change and everyone needs change in order to grow, so we are definitely looking forward to it.

Baby Shower in a Box

I was pleasantly surprised one day to get a package from Becky. By the time I got around to opening it the boys were napping so I could go through it alone. She was so sweet and sent me a baby shower in a box. There were clothes upon clothes of every size for my baby girl and cute little hair bows she made. I just started bawling as I pulled more out and looked at all the cute outfits. Then I got to the blankets Becky made. She made me three baby blankets! And I love all the prints. I was speechless and still sobbing as I pulled everything out. I couldn't wait to show it all to Stephen when he got home. I seriously, have the BEST sister in the world!!! I don't know how she worked on those blankets and shopped for the clothes being near the end of her third trimester because I can't be in a store for more than 10 minutes before I get tired, let alone do three sewing projects. THANK YOU SISTER!!! I love you!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


 We had our ward Easter breakfast and egg hunt last weekend. The boys couldn't wait to find their eggs. I helped Lucas while Dad helped Zander, although he did pretty well by himself. Lucas was really whiney and wanting me to hold him all of a sudden. He wasn't really into the egg hunt as I thought he'd be. After we finished he kept pointing to the car saying "seat" like he wanted to go home, So we packed up and went home. As soon as we got home Lucas threw up all over Stephen. I knew something was off, poor boy! He threw up and rested all morning and by the time he woke up from his afternoon nap he was bouncing around his bed good as new. No one else caught whatever he had, so we are grateful for that. I had Stephen stay home with Lucas from church the next day just to be sure he wouldn't pass anything around in nursery.
 The Easter bunny made it to our house! All Lucas cared about was his treats, and Zander loved seeing all his new toys. They both got a kite, new garden tools and gloves, a car and a Star Wars figure.
 Dad made homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast!! I am so glad he loves to cook. These are the best cinnamon rolls, seriously. He cooked us a New York steak roast for dinner too. I've never heard of such a thing, but boy was it good!

A Week of Babysitting

Last week I had the opportunity to watch Joseph and Trish's kids while they went on vacation for a few days. I wouldn't say it was something I was looking forward to, but I knew my boys were, and as it turned out, it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. I didn't think the kids were going to be bad or anything I was more concerned about how bored  I would get not having anyone in town to visit with or talk to. I never got bored, in fact, I had a lot of fun with the kids and rather enjoyed myself. The kids kept me busy and entertained, and I can't even express the feeling I got when I heard the kids playing and laughing together; it really made my heart want to burst with joy.

Trish's kids were all great helpers, and they all played and got along with Zander and Lucas. The boys let Zander play with their Iron man figures and cars all week which he loved and Jaidin played Star Wars with him on the game cube. He thought that was the greatest thing. They played outside together even though the trampoline broke, and I even got some of the kids to play board games with me in between bouts of Mario Kart. Linley really started to warm up to me by the time their parents returned. I stayed an extra day at Mom's though so I could get caught up on sleep. Lucas didn't sleep well while away from home; he would wake up and cry and scream at least two to three times a night. I think he was just missing being home. The boys missed their dad as well.

Charity taught the kids about baking soda and vinegar; they were all really amazed and loved seeing their cups explode into colors.

 Lucas was always playing in the sink! He loves playing in the water and if I couldn't find him anywhere I knew just where to look.
 Charity made cookies for dessert. These two got to lick the bowl.

 Zander and Jaidin played "house" outside and took moss from the pond and pretended to eat it for dinner. Zander thought that was pretty neat.
 The kids slept in the living room our last night there and had a party.
 Our last night at grandma and grandpa's Lucas didn't want to sleep in his crib, so I let him stay in the living room with Zander. He thought he was big boy! He didn't last very long though.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Stephen and I decided to take a little family vacation to Moab last weekend with the boys. He had a free night stay at the hotel, so we thought why not take the kids; we've never been to Moab, and right now is one of the perfect times to go. The boys were excited to go on vacation and stay in a hotel and go swimming in the pool. It was an almost four hour drive in the rain down there. The boys did great in the car, but they went bonkers as soon as we got to the hotel. I was expecting this since it was their first time, but holy cow! Don't let this picture fool you.

Friday morning we headed to Arches National Park, and it was a perfect day--the sun was shining, blue skies, and low 70s. We did most of the really easy hikes for the sake of the boys and myself. I don't think we hiked any further than a mile at a time.

Our first stop was Balanced Rock. I'm not going to lie, I think the Idaho version of  "Balanced Rock" is way better than this one, but it was still neat regardless. The boys were anxious to get out of the car to explore and climb the rocks.

Our next stop were The Windows and Double Arches. These were pretty cool, but you had to climb pretty high to get underneath them, and of course, Zander had to try. Stephen followed him up while I stayed behind with Lucas; it was too steep for the two of us.

We found some lizards in the bushes!

Our last stop in the park was the Delicate Arch Viewpoint. We didn't want to hike with two toddlers to the arch itself because it's kind of steep with a narrow trail and a drop off, so we saw it from afar.

Once we got back in the car the boys fell asleep, so Stephen and I took a drive down Potash Road across from the park so the boys could nap for a bit. On our way back we stopped to see some dinosaur footprints which the boys loved.

We finally made it back to the hotel for some lunch and a swim. I honestly think going swimming was the highlight of the trip for the boys. It's all they talked about and asked about every 10 minutes until we got in the pool. It was an outdoor pool so I thought it'd be too cold for me, and I wasn't even sure if my "swimsuit" was going to fit me, but it did so I got in. We had a great time, but it made for an exhausting day.

the next day was our drive home, but we stopped at a dinosaur museum to see some more dino tracks and try to tire the boys out so they'd sleep in the car. We got up too early and the museum wasn't open yet, so we took another scenic drive and stopped to let the boys explore until  we could go back to the museum.

 That is sandstone that Lucas is trying to take a bite out of.
Finally we got to see the dinosaurs!

 We let the kids play for a while before eating lunch and heading home. We stopped in the gift shop and let the boys pick out one thing to take home. Lucas got a bucket of little dinosaurs, and Zander chose a triceratops mask. I'm glad we make time every now and then to spoil ourselves and go on vacation. These are what our childhoods are made up of. We sure made some good memories!