"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pregnancy || 14 Weeks

Happy 2nd trimester!! Cody thinks this pregnancy is going fast, but of course the guy would think that. ;) However, when I think about the fact that I'm over three months pregnant at this point, it does seem a little surreal that we're a 1/3rd of the way done. And I'm already feeling incredibly unprepared! We still have daycare to figure out, a bedroom to get ready... and a whole bunch of baby gear to purchase. Our goal is to really start tackling the prep work once we know if we're having a boy or a girl... hopefully news we find out in about a month. I just know how busy our spring and summers get, and I definitely don't want to save everything until the last minute or my nesting syndrome will be out of control!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Our New Home at Christmas Time

Well now that it's mid-January, it seems like a great time to talk Christmas...?! ;) I'm a little behind the seasons on this blog, but I expect that to become the new norm with baby #3 on the way so bear with me.

When we bought and moved into this home last summer, one of the things I most anticipated was decorating for Christmas. Our previous home was small and crowded, and though we have wonderful early family memories there, it was always made me a little sad to have to place our big beautiful Christmas tree right in front of our front door. When we purchased this home, I envisioned our tree right by our big big fireplace, stockings hanging from the mantle, a traditional storybook scene in our own Christmas cottage. And once the Christmas decor came out this past late November, everything turned out exactly as I had envisioned!

I simplified just a bit this year, using less blues and teals and sticking with a more neutral palette of whites, greens, silvers and grays... and I love how it all turned out. I had fun purchasing more decor due to a much bigger house, but was proud of myself for finding most of my new items in the dollar bin section at Target. My biggest purchases - all bought on sale - were our new stockings, our mercury glass trees for our mantle, and our pre-lit tree for our four seasons room.

The boys also enjoyed decorating their new bedrooms with their little Charlie Brown trees, although we were a little disappointed upon unpacking them to discover that somehow all of Jaden's ornaments from previous years somehow got lost in the move.

But -- the best decorating happened mid-way through December when all of our windows were replaced. It's amazing what all new white interior trim will do for a home!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Pregnancy || 13 Weeks

I have made it to the last week of the first trimester - and I'm also finally caught up on this blog as far as my weekly letters go. Overall, I'm feeling much better than I had been, although I still get tired very easily and thoroughly enjoy my frequent 20-minute cat naps during my lunch hour. My bump is showing depending on what I'm wearing, and it feels most prominent when I'm lying flat in bed. I love to lay there and just rub my hands over this perfectly little shaped ball forming around my belly button. The hardest part about this phase of pregnancy is my daily blood thinner injections Cody has to give me in my stomach - they are very painful due to the medicine type itself, and I can rarely get through them without crying. They also have started creating bruises around my stomach, just a side effect of what it takes for me to keep myself and this baby safe through nine months. I'm trying really hard to fully embrace and enjoy this journey, as we plan on it being the last time we do this, and I know how blessed I am to get to be a mommy and carry my babes in my own body. The boys are so eager to meet this baby, and I love watching their excitement and love grow for their little sibling. Cody also falls more in love with this baby the bigger my stomach gets, as I know with every phase we get to, it seems more and more real to him. January and February are always the hardest months of the year for me, but I know once spring hits, this pregnancy is going to speed up!


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2018"

Jaden: You kicked off the new year with another tournament championship, but this one was even more fun because your team was down at half time in two of the games, and you all fought back to win it all!

Brandon: I love looking over from my work computer to catch you reading quietly in your favorite reading spot. You're currently loving the Star Wars - Adventures in Wild Space series, a spin-off from your favorite story lines - and it's very cute to listen to you re-tell the story in your own words.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

10 Weeks


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2018"

Jaden: I found you like this one night after returning home from your first basketball practice after a couple of weeks off. You were exhausted and barely made it to the dinner table! We have a busy two months of tournaments ahead, and we're already getting pretty excited for State weekend with our hotel room and our friends!

Brandon: You're getting a jump start on your dream of being on the Disney World design team one day. You found a game on the iPad that allows you to build and design your own amusement park and roller coasters, and you love it! You spend a lot of time designing fun rides and love to show off your new work to me when you're done.