November 13, 2018

Weekend In Review

Andy came home early from work on Friday. He had eaten something that had been sitting in the fridge longer than it should have and he got really sick-- food poisoning. Between him feeling ill, my pregnancy cravings and an empty fridge we opted to order pizza. We invited our neighbor over to come and eat with us. It made for a nice, easy and relaxing evening. My Mom showed up later that night, she had previously planned to come down for the weekend.


I love to cook breakfast! On Saturday we made green juice and we tried out a new recipe, we made Croque Madame. This dish is one of my new favorites! It's so good! I will have to share the recipe in the near future.

After we ate we decided to go thrift shopping. We were in need of a toddler bed and a dresser for Bubba. At the first thrift store I found a pair of Borne boots in like new condition in my size, I was so excited! I have been looking for a pair of these beauties for years, but couldn't bring myself to spend +$100 for a pair of boots. I picked them up for $20. I will have to wait until after baby comes to wear them though because of the swelling in my feet.

Our old stake in Eugene gets the D.I. trailer once a quarter. Before things are loaded into the trailer, they have what they call a Pass-Along-Party. Anything that someone is going to donate is set out in the church gym on tables, anyone can take what they want, whatever is left at the end is then loaded into the trailer and donated to D.I. The last time we went to a Pass-Along-Party we didn't find very much, this time though we scored.

The first thing I saw when we walked in the door was a toddler bed for Bubba, that was an answer to our prayers. Someone found some tools and we were able to take the bed apart and fit it in the car. We also came home with an art easel for Bubba and an old wooden desk. We picked up a bunch of name brand little boy clothes for Bubba and my nephews. We felt so incredibly blessed!

We hit up one more thrift store and then headed home to take a nap (I try to nap when Bubba naps).

When we put the toddler bed together and put Bubba's mattress on it we immediately discovered a problem. The bed was 11 inches longer than the mattress. We hopped online to see if we could find a longer mattress and discovered that nobody sells them except for Ikea and their mattresses are essentially a piece of foam. We decided to cut 11 inches off the bed. Then we cleaned all of the boards and did a little touch up paint-- the bed looks good as new and Bubba loves it! I'm so grateful that Andy knows how to fix things. 

Later that night my Mom and I headed back out to hit up some more thrift stores. Andy was kind enough to stay home and put Bubba to bed. My Mom wanted to find an Instant Pot and I was on the hunt for a dresser.

We walked into the third thrift store for the night and I was beginning to feel skunked, I wasn't having any luck finding a dresser. I did manage to find a really cute wooden kitchen for Bubba though, it will be part of his Christmas.

About this time, my Mom made a comment that I always find the best kitchen stuff at the thrift stores. It's true. Once I found:
  • a $700 professional grade Vitamix for my sister for $200, it was still under warranty. 
  • a steamer canning pot for me and one for my Mom. 
  •  two strainers for canning applesauce (one for me and one for my Mom). 
  • a brand new Cuisinart juicer for $20.
  • a brand new pressure cooker that retails for over $300 for $25.  
We got in the car to head home and I decided that we should check out one more thrift store on our way home. As I was walking down the aisle I said, "Look what I found Mom." She looked and said, "No way!" It was a brand new in the box Instant Pot for $49.99. She couldn't believe it. Honestly, I was a little surprised that I found it myself.

I found a few Melissa and Doug wooden tractor puzzles, a box of diapers and a brand new in the box water table for Bubba. Just the week before a friend was telling me that she thought Bubba would really like a water table, I had no idea what they were. She showed me a picture of one and I knew she was right. He's going to have a lot of fun next summer with his water table.

For those who live in the Eugene area and don't know, when Target gets returns, receives an item with a defect or can't sell something that is seasonal fast enough they sell those items to Goodwill. Goodwill typically marks the prices down significantly and then resells them. The items that have come from Target have a purple tag on them.


Andy, Bubba and I went to church. After church Andy helped my Mom setup a website before she headed home.

Bubba and I made a lemon and herb pork tenderloin and butternut squash mashed potatoes, they were really good! Bubba enjoyed mixing spices and dumping them all over the floor, he had a blast!

Mixing spices.

Look at those long eyelashes.


Monday wasn't a good day for me. I woke up in the middle of the night and knew instantly that I was going to be sick. I got out of bed and ran as quickly as I could to the bathroom, where I immediately started throwing up. Talk about a rude awakening.

I went back to bed but didn't sleep very well. I had some weird pregnancy dreams.

When I got up in the morning I felt beat! I had to get up though because I had a doctors appointment. Thankfully Andy had the day off and he was able to stay home with Bubba.

When Mom gets home and you decide that she isn't allowed to get out of the car.

Cleaning the garage with Dad.

Mixing up feed for the chickens.

As the day went on, I didn't feel much better. I felt incredibly tired, incoherent and nauseous most of the day. I'm so glad Andy was here to help.

One of the highlights of the weekend for me was watching Bubba put on my Mom's heeled boots and stomp around the house saying "boots." He learned how to say boots this past week. He tried to put on my boots and they looked like chaps on him, the came almost to the top of his thighs. It was super cute to watch him!

November 7, 2018


As a parent, I think it is normal to wonder if your child is developing at "the normal rate." Sometimes I worry because Bubba doesn't say much. But, he understands a ton and he knows how to communicate what he wants quite well.

Everyday, we read books together. Bubba picks out the books he wants to read and we read them. As we read, he points to all sorts of objects in the pictures. It is my job to tell him what the objects are. Recently, I decided it would be fun to see what he would do if I told him the wrong name for the object he was pointing at. He knew I told him the wrong name and he refused to move his finger from the picture until I said the right name. I'm telling you he is a smart little boy.

Each morning while we eat breakfast together I read a few pages out of a church book. The other day as I was reading, I turned the page and there was a picture of Christ. Bubba smiled and he pointed to Christ. He wanted to know who Christ was. I told him that was a picture of Jesus, he immediately said, "Jesus" in his cute little voice. We flipped through the remainder of the book looking for photos of Christ, each time we came across a photo of the Savior I would ask Bubba who that was. He would point at Christ and say, "Jesus."

This morning Bubba picked up my book and started flipping through it looking for pictures of Christ. He was having a hard time finding a picture, but he kept saying Jesus. I saw this as a teaching moment, we opened the book and looked at every picture in it. He would point and I would tell him what was going on. 

I'm so proud of my little boy, even though he doesn't say much, he is learning. He has come to recognize who the Savior is and it makes me so happy. I hope that as he grows so does his love of learning and love of the Lord.

November 6, 2018


We all have our struggles. Sometimes we share our struggles with those closest to us, sometimes we share them with the world and sometime we keep our struggles to ourselves. With all of the upcoming changing that will be taking place in our family in the next month or so, I think it is safe to say that I feel nervous, overwhelmed and unsure. Some days and nights my brain goes a million miles an hour and I have a hard time turning it off. I find myself wondering things like, "How will Andy react to anesthesia?" "How difficult is his recovery going to be" "When is this baby going to come? Hopefully not early, so Andy has time to heal." "Will my body go into labor on its own this time? If so, what will that be like?" "Is the baby going to arrive healthy?" "Who is going to watch Bubba while I'm in the hospital?" "How is Bubba going to react to having to share 'his' Mommy" "What are some healthy freezer meal recipes?" "How are we going to afford all these medical bills?"

The thought off all the medical bills has been something I have tried not to think a lot about. I know the bills are going to come and I know we are going to pay them. It's just going to be a lot of money, money that we had hoped to use to buy another vehicle as one of ours is on it's last leg.

Knowing what our upcoming expenses were going to look like I found myself wondering how we were going to be able to afford all of the things we need to transition Bubba out of the nursery and to prepare for the arrival of baby #2.

Over the last few days, I have been reminded that the Lord is aware of us and our situation.

On Friday I found package on the front porch, a new baby swing. The swing we had used with Bubba was a hand-me-down and was falling apart so we had gotten rid of it and didn't have one for this baby.

Yesterday when I went to check the mail I was greeted by a package of formula. Bubba never took formula and I am not sure that this little one will either, but it is nice to have some on hand just in case.

I spent most of last night up with Bubba, he thought it was time to wake up and play at 12:30 am-- thank you Daylight Savings. I knew when he went down for a nap today, that I would be napping too. Just before I laid down to nap, I heard a knock on the door. I went to answer the door only to discover that the UPS man had just delivered a huge box-- it could only be one thing, a mattress for the crib.

As I was napping the doorbell rang. I got up to answer the door only to see the FedEx man walking back to his truck and a stack of packages on my porch. I brought the packages in and waited to open them until Andy got home, they were all things we needed for baby.

I can't tell you how incredibly blessed I feel. I'm not usually a crier, but the sight of all the packages came really close to bringing me to tears. I know that the Lord is aware of us and our needs and that often He works miracles through others. I'm grateful for the angels who sent all of those packages.

November 5, 2018

I Love To See The Temple

One thing I love is being in the temple! Before Bubba was born, Andy and I would attend the temple about every six weeks. Going to the temple was something we both enjoyed and looked forward too.

Attending the temple hasn't been easy since we became parents. I know I have mentioned it before, the closest temple to us is two hours away. That means we have to leave Bubba with someone else for a minimum of six hours on a Saturday and that wasn't possible when Bubba was nursing. And it is still really hard to do now, because of some attachment issues we have been slowly working through.

I knew that I wanted to participate in an Endowment Session before baby #2 makes its arrival. Andy and I talked and decided to see if some friends who lived close to the temple might be able to watch Bubba for a few hours so we could attend the temple. Unfortunately, they were not going to be around. We decided the next best thing to do would be for all of us (Andy, Bubba and I) to get up early and drive up to the temple. I would go in and do a session and Andy would watch Bubba. When I finished, we would evaluate how Bubba was doing and determine if Andy could go in and do some temple work as well.

Things didn't go quite as planned. For the first time in his entire life, Bubba slept in. It was a miracle! Andy and I were able to catch up on some sleep too, it was really nice!

We eventually made it to the temple and I was able to go in and do a session. I had gone into the temple with some things weighing on my mind and on my heart and I left feeling calm and at peace-- the temple always seems to do that for me.

One of the things I really noticed this time when I was in the temple was the artwork. There were multiple photos of a pregnant Mary. I couldn't help but marvel that she would travel by donkey given how far along she was in her pregnancy. I can only imagine how uncomfortable she must have been.

The picture that struck me the most was one of Christ and he was holding a white sheep. I stopped in my tracks and just stood and started at that painting for a few moments and was nearly brought to tears. For many years I have thought of myself as the black sheep because of gossip and rumors that had been spread about me by an extended family member. Each time I would see a picture of Christ holding a black sheep I would think to myself, "Yep, that's me. Alone and outcast. Unloved and unwanted." In this moment though, I felt so strongly that Christ loves me and He doesn't think of me as "the black sheep". It was an answer to my prayers.

When I went outside to check in with Andy, we both knew that it was time to leave. We stopped at Deseret Book so I could pick up some garments for after baby comes. We also picked up the new David Archuleta Christmas CD-- it's really really good! I'm not normally a person who listens to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but I have been listening to this CD on repeat.

Playing at the park with Dad while Mom was at the temple.

We also stopped at our favorite Asian store to grab a few things. They had a great deal on their persimmons, we came home with a bunch of them.

I'm so grateful that Andy was willing to watch Bubba so I could go to the temple. I'm grateful that I left with some answers to my prayers and feelings of peace. I'm so glad that Bubba did as well as he did in the car and while I was in the temple.

November 1, 2018

Halloween 2018

We kept Halloween pretty simple this year. One of Bubba's favorite shows is Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. The plan was for Bubba to dress up as Cat Noir, I was going to dress up as Ladybug and Andy was going to dress up as Ladybug's dad (a baker). We had planned to go to Trunk-or-Treat and take Bubba trick-or-treating around our neighborhood.

What actually ended up happening was far different from what we had planned and that was okay-- that's life sometimes. Bubba was the only one who dressed up, he looked really cute! He loved his little tail. We took him Trunk-or-Treating with some non-member friends. He had no interest in Trunk-or-Treating. He was super interested in the popup tent that had popcorn, a bubble machine, strobe light and that was playing fun music. With a bag of popcorn in hand, he danced to the music while watching bubbles and the strobe light for about thirty minutes. He didn't want to leave, he was in Heaven!

Halloween night it was cold and wet, Andy worked late, so we opted to stay home.

October 30, 2018

Family Time

My family (Dad, Julie, Nathan & Russell) came to visit this past weekend and it was wonderful! I couldn't remember the last time they were here and welcomed the visit.


Julie, Nathan, Russell, Bubba & I walked to the park. The boys loved playing on the playground! When we got back to the house, we put Bubba down for a nap and then headed to the local beauty school. The boys both got their haircut and I got a pedicure.

Back at the house, Dad & Andy worked on the Toyota. We thought that the Toyota needed new brakes and it takes two people to do the job. With Andy getting home after dark and with the stages Bubba is currently in right now, I wasn't able to help Andy change the brakes-- I'm grateful that my Dad was willing and able.

Once they got in to change the brakes, they discovered that the brakes were fine. There was a piece of metal that was bent so they fixed that and they changed out the rotors-- the car runs do much better now! I'm grateful that my Dad and Andy know how to fix things, it saves us so much money.

We had planned to go to Jurassic Quest which was in town for the weekend, but it had bad reviews so we opted to go play mini golf instead. Bubba loved throwing rocks in the water feature and playing with our golf balls and clubs. Andy was a good sport and played a good portion of the game with a Bubba sized plastic golf club. Nathan ended up winning overall. Afterwards we went out for Hawaiian food, it was really good!

Bubba & Nana.


We went to Stake Conference in the morning and spent the evening playing games as a family before my Dad had to fly out. Everyone else flew out Monday morning.

Washing his hands at church.

It was so good to see my family! It was nice to get a little break from being a pregnant mom 24/7, my family helped watch Bubba and they did the cooking so I could get off my now constantly swollen feet.

I loved watching my brothers play with my little boy. Bubba really likes his Uncle Russell! And I think Uncle Russell really likes Bubba too!

October 25, 2018

Life Lately According To Photos

Helping Dad rake 200 pounds of leaves.

Waking Mommy up.

Bubba's favorite spot on the couch.


First time on a real swing. He climbed up all by himself.

Playdoh fun.