August 15, 2018


I think I am beginning to understand what nesting is. We bought our house just before Bubba was born and I was adamant that we weren't going to unpack our boxes until after we painted the entire house, yes the entire house. When we came home from the hospital a lot of stuff was everywhere and still in boxes, so I didn't really go through the nesting phase.

This time around though, I am definitely nesting. I have this desire to purge and go through everything and I mean everything. I want to go through the cupboards, closets, boxes in the garage, the bookmarks on my laptop and all the files saved on my computer and our server. We need to update our insurance, resell items we no longer use and meet with an attorney to draft up a will. I want to digitize all of our cds, yes we still listen to cds. I want all of our projects finished: staining the fence, repairing the chicken coop, cleaning the garage, fixing my car (the alarm has randomly been going off at all hours of the day), pressure wash the house and walkways. I want my pantry shelves filled, the canning done and meals in the freezer when this baby comes. It doesn't help that I am a neat freak (that's a trait I inherited from my Dad and I am grateful for it) and that everything in my house needs to stay clean in the process.

Then there are the fun things I want to do like hike, camp and paddle board before this baby comes.

I have been feeling quite overwhelmed lately and have been struggling to find a balance between the need to get done list and the fun list. I decided to unplug from social media for a week to try and help me get stuff done and it's been working. I'm not sure how long my social media fast will last for but it sure has been nice.

August 13, 2018

A Wedding & Silver Creek Falls

This weekend was fast and furious. Andy had Friday off and so we were able to get some things done that had been needing attention. We stayed up until 2:00 am Saturday morning canning applesauce, we hadn't planned on staying up that late but we wanted to get the apples finished. We were up at 7:00 am and out the door before 8:00 am to head up to Portland for my cousin Cooper's wedding. He was sealed to his sweetheart Natalie in the Portland Temple. We are so happy for them and proud of the decision they made to be sealed in the temple. You could tell that Cooper was really happy, he was all smiles.

After the sealing we took photos outside on the temple grounds and it started to rain. Bubba loved the rain! He ran around splashing in the puddles.

Then we headed to a buffet in Beaverton for lunch. Bubba ate a little bit, but he was mostly interested in grabbing all the "dirty" napkins he could find and putting them in the trash-- this is one of his favorite things to do. Strangers got a kick watching him. A few people stopped me to ask what we were all celebrating and what church we went to, it's always fun to have missionary opportunities.

There was a break between the luncheon and the reception so we went to look at a double B.O.B. stroller, it came home with us. Then we headed to our hotel to try and catch a few ZZZs.

The reception was held outside in a family friends backyard, it was beautiful! I was amazed by how many people attended the reception, it was a good turnout. I loved being able to visit with a lot of my extended family.

I found these gems on Andy's phone of Bubba at the reception, they aren't the best quality but I love them! My baby isn't a baby anymore. 

After the reception we headed back to our hotel for the night. Bubba was adamant that he was not going to sleep in his pack and play so we pulled him up into bed with us-- I am not sure how other people do this, it was a very crowded queen sized bed (our bed at home is a king). None of us slept well that night. Bubba kept putting his face in my armpit and kicking Andy, it was rough.

Bed head.

The next morning we went down to the hotel pool to swim, Bubba loved it! They had a pool that came up just past his waist, it was perfect. As he was running across the toddler pool to Andy, he ended up stumbling and his face went into the water. A split second later his legs were pointing down, his mid section was floating on top of the water and he put his arms down to try and push himself up, but they didn't reach the bottom of the pool-- thankfully Andy was able to pull him out of the water before he inhaled any of it, drowned or freaked out. The Lord was looking out for us.

Looking extra pregnant this day.

We decided that since we were in Salem, we might as well make the most of the day and enjoy spending time together as a family. We headed to one of our favorite hiking trails that was nearby, Silver Creek Falls. We strapped Bubba into the backpack and hit the trail. Bubba loved the waterfalls! I tried taking some pictures of him and Andy and Bubba refused to look at the camera, his eyes were locked on the waterfall behind him. When Bubba wasn't looking at waterfalls, he was stealing Andy's hat and knocking on his head like it was a door-- silly boy!

You could tell that we were hiking during the dry season, one of the big waterfalls was non-existant and the vegetation was covered in dust from all of the people who have walked the trail this summer.

I loved being able to take in the beauty around me. God really is the master creator. I can't help but marvel at the plants and vegetation and think of God when I am out in nature. I am grateful to live in such a beautiful place.

When it was all said and done we hiked about five miles. Bubba did great! I was a little worried about how he would do in the backpack, this is the longest hike we have taken him on so far. I think it is safe to say we were all very tired and ready for bed by the time we got home.

August 6, 2018

Canning & White Water Rafting

This weekend was a busy one, but it was a good one. On Friday night Andy and I set out to can apple juice from the apples we had picked last weekend. Things didn't go the way we had anticipated, the apples didn't seem to have any juice, I didn't even know that was possible. We quickly changed our plans and decided to make/can applesauce. We stayed up way too late to finish one of the three boxes of apples.

The next morning was an early one for us, as we had previously made arrangements to go white water rafting on the McKenzie River with my brother Jake and his girl friend Larae (it was her birthday present). Larae had never been rafting before and Jake told her she was going to be in a boat all by herself, she was a little freaked out until she learned that he was pulling her leg.

The water was really cold! I chose the best seat in the raft, I stayed the driest. We all had a great time and can't wait to go again!

"The Face"

In case you were wondering, I asked my doctor if I could go white water rafting and she said I could go until I was 24 weeks pregnant. We cut it close by going at 23 weeks.

On our way back from rafting we stopped at the fish hatchery to see the sturgeon and feed the trout (my brother loves fishing and thoroughly enjoyed this).

Then we grabbed some Mexican food for lunch and headed home to see Bubba who was with the babysitter. Bubba had a blast with the babysitter, I don't think he even missed us.

We stayed up late with Jake and Larae and played board games. We don't get to play board games very often these days, but when we do we sure enjoy ourselves.

This is his favorite puzzle! He gets so excited each time he puts a piece in.

Helping Mom clean the humidifier.

We were sad to say goodbye to Jake and Larae. Bubba loved playing with both of them and so did we.

July 30, 2018

Swimming & Produce Picking

Friday Andy got off work a little early and it was hot so we decided that it would be fun to go swimming at Fall Creek Reservoir. I called up my friend Sarah and she met us there with her kiddos. We enjoyed swimming in the nice cool water and having a picnic dinner.

Our Saturday we drove up the river to our favorite blueberry farm. The berries were ripe and ready to be picked. Bubba wasn't very interested in picking blueberries, he was interested in picking up sticks and putting them in the garbage can. One of us would keep an eye on Bubba and the other would pick. We set out to pick 50 lbs of berries (that should last us a year) and we came home with just shy of 50 lbs.

That evening we went to a member of our wards house to pick apples, I think we came home with close to 100 lbs of apples. We plan on juicing the apples and canning the juice. You can probably guess what we will be doing this next week.

Some other photos from the week:

Bubba painted his entire body with avocado chocolate mousse.

We canned a lot of pickles.

I think he looks like Christopher Robin in this outfit.

July 23, 2018

Doctors Visits Galore

I think if I were to sum up this past week in two words it would be doctors visits. I had two scheduled appointments, Andy had one and Bubba had one unexpected visit to Urgent Care.

Late Monday afternoon Bubba opened the dryer while it was running, he loves the dryer and helping with the laundry. He proceeded to climb inside the dryer and started crying. At first I couldn't figure out why he would be crying and then it clicked, he touched the hot heat vent in the back of the dryer. I ran his hand under cold water for quite some time. About 45 minutes later the blisters began to form. Andy met me at Urgent Care and they prescribed some ointment that is supposed to help. The only problem with this ointment is that it doesn't absorb into the skin, so we have to wrap his hand and put a sock over the bandaging and tape the sock to his pajamas so he doesn't get the ointment on everything-- luckily he likes getting all bandaged up.

One of my appointments was the 20 week ultrasound. When the ultrasound technician asked if we wanted to know the gender I told her "no". Previously, Andy and I had talked about whether or not we wanted to find out the gender of the baby. I kind of wanted to know because if it's a girl I would like to have some girl stuff on hand. Andy said he really liked the surprise and anticipation when Bubba was born and he didn't want to find out. He told me that it was ultimately my decision though. Andy was shocked when I told the ultrasound technician no. He said, "You can find out if you want." I replied by saying, "You don't want to know, so we aren't going to find out." So, we didn't find out the gender of the baby.

So far everyone with the exception of my brother Jake has guessed that the baby will be a girl. I guess we will all be surprised in December.

We went to the county fair over the weekend and enjoyed looking at all of the animals and watching the pig races.

Bubba liked the "Toddler Zone".

On Sunday we went on a walk as a family along one of our favorite paths. Bubba ended up soaked by the time we were done.

Green smoothie for the win.