December 23, 2018

Tender Moments

Becoming parents of two has been hard on all of us to varying degrees. Amiss the struggles though, there have been some really tender moments that I don't want to forget.

The first tender moment was when Bubba came to the hospital for the first time after I gave birth to Bear. I could hear him coming down the hallway saying "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy." He was so excited when he entered the room. When he saw his little brother for the first time he kept saying, "Baby" over and over again.

Bubba came back to the hospital again that evening to visit. When he entered my room, I was in the bathroom and Bear was out of the room having some infant screenings done. Bubba looked around the room and said, "Baby? Baby? Baby? Uh oh." He knew his little brother was missing and he was very concerned.

We recently had Bear circumcised and diaper changes have become something the entire family takes part in. Bear was not enjoying his diaper change one bit, Bubba went and found a binky (something Bear doesn't currently use) and put it in his little brother's mouth. It was really really sweet to see Bubba try to sooth his younger brother.

Bubba has been watching me feed his brother and often comes over and says, "Mmmm." Yesterday though, Bubba opened his own mouth, pointed at it and went in to try and latch himself on my boob- I didn't let that happen, but it was a pretty funny moment.

Last night before heading to bed Bubba hugged his little brother for the first time, it was very sweet.

Watching Bubba show love to Bear melts this Mommy's heart.

December 20, 2018

Our 9th Wedding Anniversary

It feels like it was just yesterday at Andy and I met, it is hard to believe that 9 years have already gone by. We weren't able to do much to celebrate this year, since I gave birth to Bear just six days before.We did get each other a small gift though.

I am so grateful that Andy and I met nearly ten years ago. He truly is my best friend. He is an amazing husband and father. Like everyone, we've had our good times and our times of trial and heartache-- but mostly we've had good times. I couldn't have asked to have a better man by my side. I honestly don't know what I would do without him. I feel so incredibly blessed.

December 16, 2018


For personal reasons I don't like posting my children's names on the internet, each child has an alias. Baby #1 goes by Bubba-- it was the first nickname we ever gave him. Baby #2 from now on will be known as Bear-- this boy loves to cuddle and has some very hairy ears.

December 11, 2018

Impromptu Date Night

My stepmom, Julie, flew into town the night before my due date. It has been a huge blessing to have her here with us! I totally understand now why people like living close to their family. Julie was kind enough to watch Bubba so Andy and I could go on what will likely be our last date for awhile. We went to the movies, nothing too exciting but it was sure nice to spend some time alone together.

December 8, 2018

Car Problems

You know the saying, "When it rains, it pours"? I feel like that statement sums up well when trials come into our lives. I was driving the other day and I noticed that the car was making a funny noise. It didn't sounds like anything too serious, but I made sure I mentioned it to Andy.

Andy was swamped with some major projects at work, you know the kind that require you to go into the office at 3:00 am on Sunday. So Julie and I took the car to a shop and asked them if they could tell us what was wrong with the car. The lady mechanic said we needed to change the oil. That didn't seem right to Julie or I so we drove down the road a few more miles to the dealer. The mechanic at the dealer took a quick look at the car and instantly said we needed a new water pump. They could switch the pump out in an hour, but it was going to cost a pretty penny. We called around and found a new pump (located across town) for a fraction of the cost. We debated about what to do and decided to take the risk of driving across town for the pump. If our current pump went completely out on us, the engine would be shot.

Julie and Andy spent several hours outside in the dark and freezing cold fixing the car. Thankfully they were able to get the part switched out.

A few days later the car started smoking. Andy was able to determine that the radiator had a leak. Thankfully the auto parts store had one in stock and a friend in the ward came to help Andy switch out the park in the cold, dark, rain. The car seems a good as new now.

December 3, 2018

Creche & Christmas Devotional

This past weekend was a good one. We spent time getting somethings done that we needed to. The two highlights for the weekend though were attending the Creche Exhibit and watching the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional.

I love going to the Creche Exhibit each year. Listening to live Christmas music and looking at over 1000 different nativity displays really sets the tone for the season.

Dressing up as the nativity scene is always fun too! This year we dressed Bubba up as a cow, he didn't like it at first and started to cry. He eventually warmed up to his cow outfit and didn't want to get out of the manger. They took a few really cute photos of him in the manger by himself, but we weren't able to get a copy of my favorite one.

The First Presidency's Christmas Devotional was amazing as always. As soon as the choir started to sing, Bubba was laser focused on the tv-- that boy sure loves music! In addition to the music I loved listening to the stories that were shared. I always feel uplifted when I hear the leaders of the Church speak.

November 27, 2018

Bubba's 2nd Birthday

Wednesday was Bubba's 2nd Birthday, it was also the day Andy came home from the hospital. Nana decorated the house while Bubba was napping. Meanwhile I picked Andy up from the hospital, filled his pain pill prescription, picked up some balloons and Bubba's Cars ice cream cake. We had toyed with the idea of me making Bubba a Cars cake but with everything else going on, we knew that wasn't the wisest decision.

It took a little warming up to, but Bubba finally decided that he liked the decorations. When he first saw them he cried. As for his cake, he liked poking it and licking the frosting/ice cream off of his fingers. We tried giving him a slice of cake and he wouldn't touch it. He loved his presents though. He got a play kitchen, a wagon, some Play-doh, a Car's Mac truck and a recycling truck. I'd say he was spoiled! He loves his new toys so much he won't put them down.

It is hard to believe that it has been two years since Bubba has been born. It is amazing how quickly time passes. We are so grateful that he is a part of our family. Our lives wouldn't be complete without him!

At 2 years old, Bubba loves cars, trucks and tractors. He like to do whatever Andy or I am doing whether that be shaving, putting on makeup or cleaning the floors. He has a fun loving and sweet disposition about him. He just recently started talking, we are really excited about this. He typically sleeps 12 hours a night and take one 2-3 hour nap each day. We sure love our little Bug!