Thursday, March 23, 2017


Long time, no blog. So much has been happening and I have so much to say and also nothing to say. So to help get my groove back, a canned post...

Watching: Bones, again. It started as watching season one so I would know the backstory for the current season (Andre has seen them all but I joined in the middle of the show), but it's grown and now we're on season five. Also, Superstore. And March Madness in the background, obviously.

Listening to: the Moana soundtrack. We finally watched the movie in the cheap theater a few weeks ago, and we've all been hooked on the soundtrack ever since. Lin-Manuel forever. Rhett requests it during breakfast every morning and just sings "You're Welcome" to himself all day.

Wearing: Not maternity clothes. It's a love/hate thing that I don't need them yet--I have some super cute dresses I want to wear, but now it's a pride thing to see how long I can make it. I'm getting closer to needing a rubber band on my jeans, so that's something.

Working on: Freelance articles about AI in the workplace, the impact of Brexit, and computing technology. Trying to muster up the strength/energy to work on a baby quilt--I may have gotten in over my head.

Eating: Grapefruit everything, cereal, granola. I would call them pregnancy cravings, but honestly, this is just slightly exaggerated versions of what I normally eat.

Loving: The gorgeous spring weather (that is supposed to turn to a blizzard soon), fresh-baked banana bread, podcasts during workouts, re-reading old general conference talks, and purging our belongings...again.

Looking forward to: A house?! We just kind of went for it and got a lender and a realtor and now our lives are consumed with looking for a house. The market here is brutal, which means falling in love with a house, putting in an offer, and getting squeezed out by other people. But someday we will find a house and it will all work out, and wow are we looking forward to it.
Unrelated, but cute. Rhett's preschool art show was tonight. Quite the swanky affair--note the fancy glass of "champagne" Sprite in his hand. And a donut hole, obvs. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

little moments: februrary

warm weather, lots of friends, and plenty of adventures. February was a good month. But for 28 days, it also felt really long? I'm looking back at these pictures and can't believing it all happened this month.
Easy to please: just a box and his favorite stuffie, Flutterbee.
Can't get over this cute boy going to church
Photo booth fun at the children's museum
Rhett doesn't nap anymore, but he'll fall asleep if we're out and about in the afternoon. I discovered I can transfer him to the shopping cart and enjoy some quiet shopping time--it's a win-win
 A science museum trip with friends. Rhett talked about it non-stop for day afterwards
We found the llamas on our way to see literally every exhibit in the museum
Celebrating Burke's birthday at Chuck e Cheese...Rhett was slightly terrified of this ride
Seriously, the weather was amazing. First bike ride of the year! Gotta start training for those Strider races this summer.
New Beginnings with the great YW. It was an Up theme, hence all the balloons.
And then our kitchen got taken over by water beads. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

the things that rhett says

Having a three-year-old definitely makes things interesting. Rhett always makes us laugh, but as his personality and smarts grow, he has us in stitches on a regular basis. Some of his recent gems that I don't want to forget:

"I wish it was Christmas"
Me too, Rhett. Me too.

"Thank you for the sick people"
Rhett made a chart in primary of things to pray for but didn't break it down into thank yous and please bless. He thanked God for sick people for days and André and I lost it every time.

"My fever is gone, but my cough is still there."
Repeatedly, when asked if he was feeling better. Doctor in training?

"Does Baby like cereal? Does Baby like noodles?"
Rhett constantly asks is the baby likes different foods, especially whatever we're eating at the moment. If he's feeling feisty, he'll ask about something he knows I can't have, like "Does Baby like hot dogs?" My favorite so far was when we were on a walk and Rhett asked "Does Baby like seeing squirrels?"

"Does Cupid poop in his diaper?"

"We looked for crystal treasures outside at preschool today. I found 15!"

Rhett loves everything about primary. I got a report from the music leader that when he gets chosen to be a helper, he jumps out of his chair, fist pumps, and says, "yes!"

"Maybe we can be buddies forever"
To an older girl at the park. It was pure joy when they reunited at the library a few hours later.

Just a little Alfalfa getting ready for church

Thursday, February 2, 2017

little moments: january

Honestly, I'm so over winter at this point. Give me spring! But even though we're fighting cabin fever around here, January was pretty great (except the last few days we've spent at home with a sick Rhett). Highlights!
 We came across a bike obstacle course at the mall one day and Rhett was super into it.
Rocking our trip to the zoo. The baby gorilla was our favorite.
Sometimes Rhett falls asleep before bedtime, usually while reading a Thomas book. There's almost always one within arm's reach.
Girl's day to Celestial Seasonings! These ladies have converted me to herbal tea.
A friend gave us a baby mat that Rhett immediately claimed as his tent that he would "maybe" share with baby.
19 weeks pregnant and finally a bump after eating all day...really I'm just embracing the pudgy phase
The winter doldrums have kept us exploring indoor play areas--we found this gem at a neighboring rec center
Lots of time at the church practicing for women's conference. Rhett always needs his turn when I'm done.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

coming soon v.2

We're having a girl in June!
This is new news, but it isn't new news because I'm 19 weeks along and have been super weird about telling people this time. Like, not keeping it a secret on purpose but kind of turning it into a game of how long I can hide the "bump". Also because telling people makes pregnancy go so.much.slower. But we found out we're having a girl and can't keep it to ourselves any more!
So bring on the dresses and headbands that I've been hoarding for months! (we were pretty sure it was a girl all along, and now I don't have to take everything back!)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

january so far

I'm seriously at a loss about time--how is it already the middle of the month? but also, how are people still talking about new years? wasn't that forever ago?
I'm basically over winter, so we've had to spice it up a bit with some fun snow-approved activities.
 Rhett's first day of Sunbeams. He is the only kid in his class, but he still loves every minute of primary.
 Rhett's first day back at preschool after winter break was delayed by a snow day. We braved the 5 degree temperatures to play in the snow...let's just say that Rhett loved it just a little more than me and wanted to stay outside all day.
 We spent MLK day at the candy factory with friends. It was a little crazy with so many kids and so much sugar, but they loved it (and so did we).

Friday, January 13, 2017

just triumphs

Good things are happening, folks! We're focusing on the positive to get us through the winter doldrums (I'm officially tired of the season and it's only mid-January. Send help).

Potty training is basically done. Rhett can go by himself if he's feeling it, but he's still in night diapers because I'm not ready for that and I like my sleep, ok? But we'll call this a win.

We paid of Andre's student loans! This is huge, people. We're officially officially not students anymore and it feels so good! Now it's time to save those pennies for a house!

Sunbeams! Rhett is obsessed with primary. I so badly want to be a fly on the wall in there, but I've heard from multiple sources that he's killing it in there and even making comments? He's the only sunbeam in our ward, but he's loving his one-on-one lessons and came home on Sunday and told us the complete story of Samuel the Lamanite. That's a win for sure. 

We survived a Saturday Costco trip last weekend. That's most definitely a triumph. That place is complete crazy-town.

Other triumphs: freelance bylines! We're refreshing our exercise routines! Andre's office is finally being built! Rhett thinks President Obama and President Uchtdorf are the same person!

Snow angel action shot. We spent longer bundling up than we did playing in the snow, but Rhett loved it, so I guess it was a good day?

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