December 17, 2014

....and I had a baby

Clearly time has gotten away from me. I don't forget about blogging, it's seriously on my mind all the time. I however let guilt get me where I think "but I need to load the dishwasher, I don't NEED to blog." 

I might need to change that. 

Let's start simple, HEY I HAD A BABY!
 I was induced a week early. So I made this picture mostly for myself. He was a week old in the picture and back up to his whopping birth weight of 10 lbs 10 oz!
 The hospital we delivered at calls at 3 am to tell you to come in so you are all ready to go and deliver at a reasonable time. We picked grandma up from the airport the evening before, and chatted a bunch which for us meant that we got 2 hours of sleep. That wasn't the plan, we didn't think they would call until after 5 because I was number 6 on the list. But I misunderstood.
 Our doctor, whom I LOVE, let Jack do most of the delivery. Dr. Joe helped him with the head, but then Jack did the rest. It was so fun and relaxing. I of course had an epidural (lots of tears before then, that wasn't as fun) While they were doing my epidural I went from a 4 to a 9 in the 20  min block. It wasn't fun. 
 However, 3 pushes and he was out! I do remember thinking that Colt was not nearly as hard to push out and it must have been because I was so tired. Nope. Turns out this guy decided to surprise us and be huge. We had no idea he was that big. We are so glad we decided to induce early because he was healthy and everything was smooth. Had he gotten bigger...I don't even want to think about that!

 My first experience with both boys sleeping on me. I love it. 
 All three of my sweet boys. Yeah Colt had a hard time with his busted lip and he obviously hit his forehead on something. 
 This was our family picture at the hospital. Colter didn't want to get close at all to the baby, so we never got the "picture" I really wanted. It's alright. I think Clay might feel special in later years. 

Our little "claydough" has been a wonderful addition to our lives. He has slept through the night for a while. He is 3 month old and 16 lbs. He is always full of smiles, and obviously loves to eat. He has grown into his nose a little better. We love our little chubs. 

September 6, 2014

It's almost time for Miss America!!

As it stands, I am due (with a baby that I don't spend a lot of time posting about) rather soon. I have been feeling GREAT up until about a week ago and am just big pregnant and sitting a lot. So this years interest in Miss America is a little more than it has been in the past. (because I am sitting a lot and can't really do much. I hope you are following that theme)

Some of my motivation is Miss Idaho is a really sweet person.
I have met her once, and really feel like she is super genuine and oh so nice. I am really excited for her to have a lot of fun. Not to mention, she has gotten a national following for her insulin pump she sported on stage. Her "show me your pump!" movement has gathered a lot of attention from kids to adults all over the country excited to have someone to look up to that make them feel like their pumps are a normal part of life as well.

2 Things that you should be excited for:

Tony Bowls (dress designer) has donated and designed a personal gown for each contestant this year. SO SO COOL. Not the dress she is wearing above.

Miss Idaho has a pretty good chance of being people's choice because of the national attention from her insulin pump. For me, all that means is she will get a chance to be on TV for us to see. That really never happens for Idaho.

Pageant Planet created the following list, in no particular order, for who will make top ten. After preliminaries, they go back and make a top ten in order list. I DID NOT MAKE THE FOLLOWING LIST. go here to check out their site and follow what their predictions might be.

I don't agree with the list completely and am going to insert my thoughts in another color. My opinions will be based on watching the arrival ceremony that you can watch HERE if you are interested. Each girl introduces herself and its fun to see a small glimpse of how they will do on stage and present themselves verbally in interview.

*the Tony Bowls pictures are not their custom designed gowns, but they are very pretty.

Miss America Predictions 2015

Miss Alabama – Caitlin Brunell 

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Miss Alabama

This 22-year-old’s platform is Caitlin’s Closet: One Stop Shopping for Life. Caitlin plans to obtain a Master’s degree in non-profit management and continue a dance education at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. 
Personally, I don't love her, but she will do well. I feel she is the exact stereotypical text book pageant winner. Talented, lovely, rehearsed. 

Miss Arizona – Alexa Rogers

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Miss Arizona
This 23-year-old’s platform is Empowering Homeless and Impoverished Children. Alexa plans to obtain a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing. She plans to become an executive marketing director of a non-profit company.
Kinda surprised she made their list. I was not impressed when she introduced herself. 

Miss Arkansas-Ashton Jo Campbell

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Miss Arkansas
This 20-year-old’s platform is Aim Higher: Setting Our Sights on Higher Education. Ashton Jo plans to obtain a dual Master’s degree in Political Science and Business Administration. She plans to work at the corporate level as a Human Resource Director and Lobbyist.

Miss Delaware-Brittany Lewis

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Miss Delaware
This 23-year-old’s platform is Domestic Violence Awareness. Brittany plans to earn a Doctorate degree from Cornell University. This Jazz dancer plans to host a political television show.

Miss District of Columbia-Teresa Davis 

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Miss District of Columbia
This 23-year-old’s platform is Five Star Families: A Salute to Our Military and Their Families. Teresa plans to obtain a Master’s degree in International Affairs. This pianist plans to become the Press Secretary for the State Department.
I really like her, and hope she does well. Made a great first impression. 

Miss Georgia-Maggie Bridges 

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Miss Georgia
This 21-year-old’s platform is Impacting Others Through Volunteerism. Maggie plans to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double minor in Pre-Pharmacy and Information Technology. She’d like to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. A vocalist planning on owning a local pharmacy or work at a pharmaceutical company in information technology.
She stood out as she spoke for all the wrong reasons, for me. It felt hard to listen to, rehearsed and "let me tie my life into my platform." It makes me grunt when I think of her making top ten. I would be  disappointed. 

Miss Michigan – KT Maviglia 

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Miss Michigan
This 22-year-old’s platform is LISTEN UP: Advocating for Those with Hearing Disabilities.  KT plans to obtain a Master’s of Fine Arts degree. This Musical Theatre Dancer plans to perform as a Radio City Rockette and teach at a university Dance Program.

Miss Missouri – Jessica Hartman 

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Miss Missouri
This 23-year-old’s platform is Leaders of Tomorrow: Empowering Youth Through 4-H. Jessica plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Communications. She is a Jazz dancer who wishes to become a national news broadcaster.
She's a real cutie! Hard to miss and not like. Don't think she'll win, but I like her. 

Miss New Jersey – Cierra Kaler-Jones

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Miss New Jersey
This 21-year-old’s platform is Empowering Today’s Youth Through Arts Education. Cierra plans to obtain a Master’s degree in education policy and a Juris Doctorate to effect change in education curriculum and policy. She is a contemporary dancer who hopes to become an education law and policy advocate with the Department of Education.
Maybe my emotions played into the fact that she got the most applause being from New Jersey... But I had a good feeling listening to her. She was easy for me to like. 

Miss Tennessee – Hayley Lewis

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Miss Tennessee
This 21-year-old’s platform is Children’s Miracle Network: Real Miracles for Real Kids Like Me. Hayley plans to graduate cum laude with a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Belmont University. She is a vocalist who wishes to serve as the executive director for a non profit organization.
Sometimes it's hard for me not to be critical of girls that pick Children's Miracle Network and place themselves as a miracle child, and it's not totally obvious as to why. I don't think it's very unique, or impressive. I have no other reason to dislike her though. 
Girls that made an impression for me (Based on first impressions alone) as they introduced themselves.  Kansas, because her name is Amanda. jokes guys, jokes. I have no clue how she'll do, she does seem very intelligent though.
Amanda Sasek
Miss Greater Wichita
Platform: Find Your Strength: Engage to Empower
Talent: Vocal

Miss Louisiana is stunning. My choice shouldn't be on looks alone, but I think she's super pretty.
Lacey Sanchez
Miss Lafayette
Platform: Designed to Move
Talent: Voca

I get why two New Yorks in a row have been Miss America, she speaks well. 
Kira Kazantsev
Miss New York City
Platform: Domestic Violence
Talent: Vocal

I felt like Ohio was a breath of fresh air. Also a little interesting...
Mackenzie Bart
Miss Montgomery County
Platform: Universal Newborn Screening – The STEM of It
Talent: Ventriloquism

I was really impressed with Maryland's speaking and ambitions. Not an awesome headshot.
Jade Kenny
Miss Allegany County
Platform: Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope - The Rainbows Organization
Talent: Dance

There was something about Wisconsin I really enjoyed. 
Raeanna Johnson
Miss Madison-Capital City
Platform: Tyler’s Legacy: The Impact of Substance Abuse in the Family
Talent: Dance

Like Louisiana, Wyoming is stunning. 
Jessie Allen
Miss Fremont County
Platform: Plug Into Nature: Getting Children Active Outdoors
Talent: Dance

September 5, 2014

Another wedding installment.

During Deric and Makenzie's wedding, the sealer opened talking about this quote. I wish I could say that I am an avid fan of all thing broadway, and classic novels... but I am one of those seasonal fans that goes with the flow. So for me, this quote was a "oh yeah, I've heard that before, I like that!"

It meant a lot more talking about it in the temple, as they were being sealed. I still think about the deep thoughts I had as I reviewed my own relationship and marriage. You know when you have a chance to think about the universe and you almost scare  yourself with the introspection you are feeling? I experienced that a little bit. I am so grateful my marriage started and is centered around my Heavenly Father, and it's humbling to compare the love I have for my husband to the being God is.

Few things about the picture:

Deric and Makenzie wore these boots for their wedding. They have significant meaning between the two of them, and I adore that about them.

My living room is in the color scheme of this picture, so when I was so touched at their wedding I wanted to create something like this for me to display in my home. I have mentioned I am kind of a selfish person before, this should shock nobody. 

Jack likes cowboy things, I figured he'd enjoy it too. (He couldn't come, medschool has high expectations... some being you have to be present. Whatever.)

Still not the last post about this wedding you are going to see. I don't even think I posted this much about my own wedding. That makes me a little lame. 

August 19, 2014

Truth Tuesday: bad shopping trip, old lady and my vent about it.

Here's the latest truth about how I feel:

I am 36 weeks pregnant. I am not all that anxious for the baby to come out. Easier in than out, I am a little terrified. However, I am not nearly as fat as last time, I feel like I am winning.

I also don't mind at all when people make comments about how big I am. I know that my belly is protruding, and I kinda like it.

Went to walmart. We have not been grocery shopping in a VERY long time, thus this was a HUGE trip. I used a cart that has the blue attachment for a couple of children knowing I would need the shopping space. I am in the check out line. Colt is now standing in the seat. I get it, you don't want the child to stand in the cart. I am aware. But he's not screaming or moving and is infatuated with this ball we got at target that looks like a duck, and is super squishy. To his credit, I had shoved so much stuff in the cart, he really couldn't sit comfortably and had to sit all squished to the side. This passer by old lady, not coming to check out, stops and tells me that my child should really be sitting down. I am unloading my ton of stuff, I thank her for letting me know, and she proceeds to tell Colt to sit down. 

Not many of you know my son. He is stubborn. (most commonly I am told by people "whoa, he's determined isnt he?") He throws major fits. I have found myself having to drag him out of places as he screams like a banshee. He does NOT like strangers to touch him, and any day at the store I am not leaving crying myself because he is making such a scene is a MAJOR deal. 

Not only is Colt ignoring her, he is continuing to play with the ball. This lady, was NOT going to back down. I am unloading the cart and see that she is now tickling the backs of his knees telling him to "come on buddy, you really need to sit down." Now she has Colt's attention and he is starting to squirm and grunt/yelp at her. So I have to stop what I am doing, jam my large belly around the cart and in between her and my child. I let her know that he probably wasn't going to listen to her, and thanks for trying. I THEN got a small, "well my child fell once and blood was everywhere." I kind of ignored her, sat Colt down by distracting him and went back to what I was doing.

SHE THEN proceeds to tell two other people that have gotten in line behind me how irresponsible it is to let your child stand in the cart, as well as the cashier. Finally, as more people try to get in line, she squeezes out and then leaves. 

I wish the story ended here. 

I get the cart forward so I can start loading the cart, I try really hard to keep up with the bagging so we can efficiently get out of there. I am good, they turn the bags, I am on it. This skill comes with usually having a cranky child.

I don't know if my INSANE speed intimidated her, but she stopped bagging things that would clearly fit in a bag. The first thing was the package of depends I bought for after the baby so I didn't have to worry about it coming home from the hospital. So I grab the free standing adult underwear package, and give it to Colt to hold. What else was I supposed to do with it?

It kept happening, a pack of cheese, an organizer box, bottle of scrubbing bubbles and a small set of plastic drawers, the drawers are falling all over the place (at this point I am now bagging things myself.) So as I am throwing things in bags and stuffing them in the crevices of my cart, she comes over the scan the sand table I was buying. The sticker is EASILY exposed and says $15 on it. She tried once to scan it, turns, looking at me in the eye and says "this won't scan."

"oh, I am sorry."

"what even is this thing." 
"it's an outdoor sand table."
"well is there another one that you can go get?" 
"yeah, a whole pile, sitting outside."
"so you'd have to go outside to get another one?"
"yes. yes I would." 

At this point, one of the "green" shirt employees (with occasional power) walks up and says "whoa, you have a balloon in your belly, I mean that is really round. When are you due?" this distracts cashier lady who goes back to her post as the supervisor proceeds to ask the usual "are you just so done with this?" 

Miraculously, the cashier completes my transaction in that time frame and I am allowed to go on my way. 

The best part though...I really did have a primo parking spot, right between the last handicap spot and the cart return. No arguing there, it was the saving grace to this whole thing. 

August 14, 2014


It's been a while. I know that. In fact, every time I approach updating my blog I am stopped because I feel like I have something more important that takes precedent. For instance, laundry, eating etc. I am not going to lie, a LOT more has been going on around here, none of it bad.

I am very blessed to have various avenues to keep me busy. I am blessed to know that I will never have a lack of things to do.

In the last two months we have:

  • Conquered  the first set of boards with flying colors
  • Moved during extreme heat and humidity
  • Put on a ten year reunion 
  • Visited family- had a week packed full of fun!
  • Found a new doctor
  • Continued to grow the baby
  • Went back to Idaho for my brother's wedding
I have updated as many of the events as I could bellow this post- all back dated-all written the same day. I am not trying to fool anyone except my future posterity. 
  I am mad at myself for not taking pictures of the moving truck, or the fact that we had to pay someone to take out our trash because all 3 of our vehicle AS WELL as the truck we packed so full we couldn't do anything about it.

However, I did take pictures of our adventure to the zoo with Papa. Which was awesome! I loved having so much time to enjoy my favorite men having a great time.

You have to stick your hand in his mouth to donate any money. It's a little intimidating.

This is the face of a little boy that is captivated with elephants.

August 13, 2014

Deric's Wedding

Lucky, lucky me, I was able to make it back home to my little brother Deric's wedding. This blog post is most likely going to be a two part post. When the photographer's pictures come back, yes we are going to re-address this.

Because I am so far along, I had to ask my doctor if it was alright if I could go. Basically, this wedding was a touch and go for me, and I am SO HAPPY it worked out, I am back in Missouri, and everything seems to be normal. *whew

It was so fun to get to know Deric's inlaws. They were so nice, and held a really excited pep for days. They are the kind of people that everyone loves, and I am so glad they seem to love my brother so much. Deric is a really special person. In high school, I know some girls used to call him "Der Per the care bear." He really is that sweetie.

Deric and Makenzie. His wife's name is Makenzie. I don't think I have mention that up to this point.

Oh my word, my brother is so cute. I have this thing for grey suits, this may be part of my "let me tell you how great my brother is" post this is turning out to be.

Colt, despite fighting to have the entire bag of marshmallows, was very eager to share with everyone. I think Saylor appreciated it.

34 weeks. Bought this dress exactly one week prior to the wedding. Almost passed out trying to suck my ribs in so Heidi could clasp it shut in the back. Baby boy's a growin'!

SEE! you can tell by how tight it is around my waist. Wasn't like that before.

Their sealing in the temple was so great. I know I remember the sweet things that their sealer said than my own... but that may be also due to the fact I didn't just get married. A couple of things I took with me and think about often are:

1. He mentioned the quote “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables     I know I have heard this many times, but this time it was different. I enjoyed sitting in the house of the Lord, soaking up the peaceful, happy spirit contemplating the significance of having a marriage centered around God and how being able to love someone so deeply is part of that God centered union. I feel that spiritual connection when I think of why I love Jack, I know I felt that Godly love when I first laid eyes on Colt. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father is a God of Love, and I am able to have that in my life every day. 

2. He mentioned so cutely canning with his mother. Comparing the steps and preparation it takes to can, to the steps we take to be baptized, confirmed, endowed and finally sealed for time and all eternity to that of the efforts made in canning. He wrapped it all up with "let's make this marriage 'pop!' " just like the sound of a successful seal of a jar. The real significance of this (for me, I think I am really the only one that cares this much) is they centered their reception around mason jars. All the center pieces down to the cheese cake served in jars. It was just so fitting that he would talk about jars, canning and marriage in the temple with the sealing of both. Does anyone else get what I am saying? It was SO cute! I wish it was my own wedding so I could justify having a mason jar in my home the "sealed March7,2009" on it and have it correlate with my wedding memories. 

 There will be a round two. Hopefully with some of the decorations and such from the wedding showcasing the jars. I have really been terrible about pictures, even when I actually make an effort to bring it. Silly me.