Thursday, October 29, 2015

May the (halloween) Force be with you!

Halloween! It's in 2 days! We've already dressed up twice and will do it again twice more!

Luke! Yoda! Leia! Obiwan! Nerds! It's fun being festive, and also fun to have a super talented mother who makes our costumes with such care. And Sully's yoda hat!! Grandpa Warren knitted it just for him and it's just about enough to make my eyes bulge out like I'm on a cartoon falling in love. AWOOOGA! Also, Leia be pregnant! And I'm obsessed with what I look like with those buns on. And doesn't Matt look just like a young Obiwan!? And EZ is SO committed to being a "real jedi" it's the best. I've spammed these photos all over the interweb this week! Also, exclamations!

Wildly NORM!

My BFF Rac and I started a creative endeavor a few months back (like in March when we went to Moab), but we officially started it this week. I'm pumped to do something creative, have specific goals to meet, and to work with my best friend since we've worked well together for so many years, it's good to finally have something official we can call our own. It's a video podcast which we'll release weekly focusing on all sorts of normal everyday activities. Crafts! Health! Home! Cleaning! A conglomerate of ideas, but hopefully it inspires people to live their lives wildly as we all go about the norm each day.

Check out The Website! The Instagram! The Facebook! or The YouTube! So many options hahaha.

Back to the Future Day! 2015!

Matt and I planned to have a Back to the Future party this month since it was THE day, October 21st, 2015. It was super fun and felt a little epic and I'm so glad we did it. Here's a video I created, although I wish I had more footage outside (it was just too dark.) Also, I'm SO proud of Matt's clock tower (which he terrifyingly braved our roof for!) and the dehydrated pizzas ;) Oh, and just everything coming together. It was great.

CJ and Megan ^ helped us plan the party & conducted a fantastic trivia game! I'm so glad we have such cool friends because everyone got into this!


I woke up at 5:37, snoozed twice, then put my gym clothes on. I picked up my gym partner, Megan, and we walked and talked for an hour since we did weights yesterday. Today's topic was funny, yesterday's was serious. It's been a good habit to start most days of my week with some physical exercise as well as mental.

I get home at 7:10 and the house is dark and quiet still. I sit on the couch and stretch a little, hoping to give the baby some more room in my ever growing stomach. Plus, my legs are sore from the weights yesterday. I check Instagram and Facebook and see so many nice comments from people about our Halloween costumes. People love nerds, so Star Wars is really getting to their core it seems. I appreciate people taking the time, as it seems sometimes that's all we have to give each other.

I hear Sully yelling from his crib & EZ walks out of their room just minutes later. We cuddle on the couch while Matt wakes up and changes the soggy diaper before letting the scamp out of his prison. EZ rubs my belly and talks about the baby for a minute and how he can probably swim because it's not too deep inside my belly. I hug Matt on my way to the kitchen to start oatmeal, and we comment how we haven't had enough alone time. Let's plan a date soon, and then he heads to the shower. The kids watch JustinTime as the oatmeal boils, and I put on an apron so I can start loading the dishwasher. They're using tupperware for bowls because the dishes are too backed up, so I guess I need to load them up quick.

Oatmeal is eaten, Matt is kissed goodbye, and I carry on with the cleaning of the kitchen. I put on Miley Cyrus music mixed with some Adele, and only stop when someone cries (usually Sully because EZ has done something) or to lip sync to EZ with passionate flare. I hope he finds it super weird that I do that all the time & it is becoming a fond memory in his bank. EZ is lost in a make believe world and Sully is playing with a slinky, so it seems like an extra long slice of quiet. Sully comes over and "hides" between my legs and the sink and it's all very cute how much he's laughing and hugging. After the first load is finished, I sit on the floor to hear EZ tell me about a zombie dream & and to make a crafting plan for the day (since he always wants to do some sort of craft.) Today is pumpkin painting and making a picture with his birthday markers. As soon as I'm down on the ground, both boys are clamoring for lap seats. They cuddle for a minute and Sully does his sweet snugging to EZ's face which makes him laugh. It lasts for 30 seconds and then EZ kicks him off, and he ends up crying. It's fierce to love and punish so quickly.

I stand up as it's the only way to have no one touching me, and I tidy up the front room and clean off the kitchen table while they decide which toys to play with next. Sully is satisfied with the rocket ship & EZ wants me to play with him because he only tolerates alone play for tiny pieces of time. We play with some blocks, put away some leftover party stuff from last week, and look at some Halloween pictures on my phone as I check in with the medias again. I sit on the couch to rest for a moment, but the boys wrestle all over me and I end up tickling them to help me not get annoyed that they're all over me again. It's such a physical game, this parenthood. It's nearly 11 and that means lunch time, since they're up so early we can't wait much longer for food. Turkey and crackers and cheese, and a pumpkin bagel since I have one left. I put on a podcast to help me stay focused, and when it finishes I put the 1950's pandora station on. EZ and Sully dance with me to Great Balls of Fire and EZ laughs because of how many times it says "balls." They chase each other around my legs and down the hall, and they're both laughing and squealing off and on with such delight, anyone would feel happy to witness it.

Sully runs for his elephant and I offer his binkie, and he goes right to his crib with no fight for nap time. He hollers for a minute so EZ goes in to say he needs to go to sleep, and then comes out and tells me that he's a good brother and "handled it." I clean off lunch from the table & put cardboard down from the leftover cereal box so he can paint a pumpkin. I mix the colors he's requested from white acrylic paint and watch him cover the entire thing in blue paint, with tiny hints of red, yellow, and white peaking through. He tells me all about how special it is to paint this pumpkin, and it'll probably be the best painted pumpkin ever (just like his carved pumpkin was the scariest pumpkin ever, remember mom?) He wants to paint a second one, so I clean it and bring it to the table. He says he's going to make this one for Grum, since he misses him and was thinking about him today. (His great grandfather who passed a few years ago.) He then tells a story about how Jesus is going to come back down and Grum can come with him, and Ryder's grandpa too, but I hope none of the bad guys come back because that wouldn't be good. Jesus should stop them. I am researching something on the iPad for my Activity Days girls, and also entering a Facebook costume contest and scrolling through Instagram. We have music playing until it runs out of battery, and then we clean up the paint since he's finished with that activity. He asks to build a fort, and I grab the sheet from the closet. I hear Sully yelling from his crib and realize it's only 1:15, so he's only taken a small nap. EZ takes his hand and shows him the painted pumpkins and the fort, and then they play and fight for a few minutes as they decide not to touch each other's blankets.

It's now 2:15 and I'm forcing "brother time" while I sit at my computer and write this, and maybe even get some editing in for a video. The problem is, I'm sitting down, which means both kids are once again clamoring for me and Sully especially won't stop crying because he just NEEDS to be on my lap or he might just lose it. It's a rough game to strike a balance between giving my all and needing some breaks. Such is the game of parenthood though. Kisses and snugs in between paragraphs. Disciplining during editing. Resisting the urge to smother them with kisses and also not lock them out of my office. Cleaning despite the messes across the room.

The baby is big enough now that I'll feel him moving about off and on all day, so sometimes he'll get a little of my attention too. It just felt like a day I wanted to remember, so I had to write it down. Now it's time to change a diaper and fix the fallen fort and finish editing some files before making dinner.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

let's make that three

We're doing it! We're having another boy! It feels super lucky and unreal all at once and the ultrasound was just as amazing and magical as the other two times. I swear once that little profile shows up and we see the arms start swinging and twitching around the screen, it's like a huge weight of anxiety lifts from me that I wasn't completely aware I was carrying, because it's such a relief and blessing to see a strong healthy baby on that screen. Sometimes I feel like I take it for granted, but then I experience the profoundness again and I realize that although I'm busier and maybe not always doting on the bun in my oven, I m always grateful and aware of the miracle it is to carry a baby.

I will say, I wanted a girl. EZ did too. It does not mean we aren't thrilled with another boy! Just a little disappointed that we didn't get what we want. Feels a little childish, but then again I still feel and behave like a child quite frequently, so the feelings are valid. Also my BFF is having a girl 4 weeks ahead of me (we both currently have 2 boys) and so it would have been fantastic timing... but alas. You can't always get what you want (but you might just find, you get what you neeeeeed! Uh!) It took about 2 days to fully get over that I wasn't having a daughter, and now we're back to stokedville USA about more maleness up in here. Now we just need a name and wait 20 more weeks.

So the ultrasound. We decided to take EZ with us since he understands babies and what not, and so he came and we ditched Sully who doesn't know what's going to happen in his coddled life. We waited for a few minutes before the tech brought us to the back. EZ sat in Matt's lap the whole time & held onto the "sweettarts" and "nutrageous" for the big reveal gift (nutrageous for the win we all yelled!) I laid on the table and lifted my shirt and then she squirted the goo all over my stomach to get started. EZ was SOOOO grossed out by the goo!! He stared at it and then quietly whispered "gross" and then said "how are you going to get that off?!" with THE most disgusted face his four year old body could muster. He couldn't get over it for about 5 minutes, and then half way thru when she squirted more (after a bathroom break), he once again was SUPER grossed out. It was hilarious and classic EZ who hates anything too sticky or gooey, and I'm so glad he was there just for Matt and I to have that memory.

The baby looks great & his profile looks just like one of our boys. There's no question that he's a he, and he cutely kept his hands waving in front of his face nearly the whole time. When the tech announced it would be a baby brother we all cheered & then EZ said "but I wanted it to be a girl!" and then he got his pouty face on. Then he asked why mom was crying and then asked a few more times if it could be a girl? Haha. Good times! Good times.

We all got pumped when we got to call the grands and EZ announced "we saw the baby and got lots of pictures to take home! Oh, and it's a boy." EZ wants to call him dodger, but mostly Bumblebee (from transformers) is what he prefers best. Sully toddles around happy as a scamp and I'm sure will be thrilled too once he is dethroned ;)  February, we can't wait!

Friday, August 14, 2015

table for five, please

one of the reasons we took a roadtrip recently was to celebrate the fact that we are adding another baby to our family in February next year! we are thrilled and thankful and feel super lucky. the first trimester was pretty rough and i am emotionally and physically tired from it all, but this trip was the reward for entering the 2nd trimester! i'm happy to report that i'm feeling much better and for the majority of our trip, i was pretty solid too.

we're beyond grateful to be having another baby. and yes, we are hoping for a girl but also know that another boy would be baller too. i'm officially due Feb 10th and that will make Sully & the baby just a few weeks shy of 2 years apart. that makes me right around 15 weeks right now, and i just heard the heartbeat this week and it's still as amazing and miraculous as the first two. 

we also went to Oregon

If Seattle was big city & lots of touristy spots and traffic, Oregon was the opposite. It took 3 hours longer to get to the coast because of all that blasted Washington traffic, but once we were there everyone just chilled right on out. We opted for an extra day on the coast & an extra day in the Mt Hood forest instead of hitting Portland because we were city'd out for the trip. DJ and Ces tagged along for a few days in Seaside and we ended up having some of the best times on the beach with games & a campfire. Then we hiked in Mt Hood before heading home and it was beautiful and relaxing. EZ entertained us the whole hike with ninja or rescue bot stories & making us "duck and cover" or yelling "ALL CLEAR!" the majority of the time. And Sully got soaked in the water so he got to be naked on the walk down and then fell asleep like HELLO COULD HE GET CUTER?