Friday, December 22, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

We've stayed in Texas the last 3 years for Thanksgiving and had the meal with friends that were around. This year all of our friends have either moved or were going to be with family. The Burns were out of town, so it was just the 4 of us. We hosted a Friends-giving the Sunday before and it was so much fun and a great meal! After that, we felt like Thanksgiving was over lol so we didn't really see the point in cooking again for the 4 of us.

On actual Thanksgiving we woke up and went for our traditional walk at a park. My family always did something to exercise the morning of Thanksgiving and its nice to get out and moving. We didn't make a big meal but just had game day food. Pigs in a blanket, chips and guac, and some soup. Brad's family was sending around pictures of their family meal, and I think they might have felt a little sad for us when i sent ours lol, but we weren't sad at all. It was a perfect low key thanksgiving watching football and hanging out as a family. That weekend the Burns got back and we had fun with them at Sea World one night getting in the Christmas spirit and checking out all the lights.

Jaxon turns 4!

Time flies and gone is all the toddler chub and afternoon naps. Jaxon has turned into a little boy and an amazing helper and big brother this year! This was actually the first birthday I haven't had a good cry lol, so maybe I'm growing up too.
We've realized the last few years that Jax birthday always falls on the week of Thanksgiving and isn't exactly the best time to have a party. No one is ever around so I feel bad because he was kind of just stuck with us for the day lol, but he seemed happy enough about it. Luckily, Brad got Wednesday off this year so we had fun family day. In the morning he requested waffles for breakfast and we opened presents. He got a lot of Paw Patrol toys, and a few new clothes. Jaxon chose to go to the Zoo. We paid the extra money to feed the Giraffes and got a popcorn bucket to enjoy. We kind of just let him run the show and it was fun to see him so excited about everything. For lunch we stopped at Mcdonalds (his favorite!) on the way home. I made him a special paw patrol cake and our neighbors came over at night to enjoy it with us and sing to him. He was so excited about his Birthday this year and I loved seeing him so happy all day!

4 year old JAXON

- At his 4 year old check up Jaxon was 45 inches tall (99%) and 48 lbs. (99%). a few months ago he woke up crying in the night because his legs were hurting him. Even though I knew it was probably growing pains I took him to the doctor to be safe. He said, "well he's grown 3-4 inches in 10 months and his muscles are trying to stretch and catch up with his bones." Poor boy it breaks my heart when he wakes up in pain, but we love our tall strong 4 year old even if most people think he's 6 lol.

- He loves Paw Patrol (what 4 year old doesnt?) lol We didn't think we'd be those parents, but here we are knowing all the catchphrases, buying the puzzles and apparel. I mean how can you not when they get so excited and happy! Although, I will admit, I've hidden that Chase jacket and told him it's dirty a few times so he will wear something else (mean mom?).

- Jax loves being outside. It was difficult for me during the summer months, but when we get outside and play everyday he is so much happier.

- Jaxon loves to check boxes and run on a schedule. If you tell him the routine for the day and deviate from the plan it's not ok. lol He loves to do his jobs and school book with me each day and put a sticker on the calendar when he's done. When things are done in an orderly way or explained to him well, he does well.

- Jaxon loves our outings. His favorite places to go are Sea World, The Zoo, The DoSeum (children's museum), the park, the library, and Mcdonalds. A funny story from a few months ago was when Jaxon got mad I wouldnt take him to Mcdonalds for lunch and told me "you need to be like Jesus, Mom".."If people is hungry, he gives them food."...oh Jaxon.

- Jaxon and Brad go to almost every Home Depot kid day together and he looks forward to them each month. He loves projects like washing the car and gardening with his Dad.

- Jaxon loves his sister. He hasn't been perfect, and there are times I've had to get mad at him for doing something mean to her, but for the most part he loves to make her laugh and be around her.

- Sadly, he is not a big fan of church. We have a small ward and he doesn't have a lot of friends left and it's a struggle most weeks to get him there on my own because Brad is at early meetings. Every once in a while though he has a good day, and he does look forward to singing time with mom, so that is something.

- Jax loves visitors! whether its other couples, the missionaries for dinner, or grandparents coming to visit he gets so excited! I have to hold off telling him for awhile if someone is coming over because he will ask non-stop. He loves to color pictures for them and show off when they get here. He is a boy who loves lots of friends.

- His "cousins house" in Seguin is probably his favorite place to be...when we pulled up to their house one time he said .."They like me here, mom" haha lol and I'm pretty sure they do.

- Still our EATER! He can throw down an entire In-N-Out burger (with onions) or roll of sushi without saying anything. When he gets hungry or I forget to pack a snack he gets real Hangry lol, so we try to keep him well fed.

- He has an imagination and is quite the talker. I love to sit and listen to him play. He actually never gets embarrassed anymore and gets really excited when I join him in his make believe.

- He has a small lisp and a funny way of saying a few words. It always makes Brad and I smile and is a little sad when he figures out the right way to say it. (gwabage can, ass-cream, nem- nems) haha oh Jaxon.

Ah I love this boy! He pushes me and loves me unconditionally. I love the rare moments of peace when he is sitting and cuddling with me while we watch a show or read a book. I tucked him in bed and stared at this tall and lean little boy and wondered where my chunky toddler and wild baby went. Jaxon, you have been a joy to raise so far, and we can't imagine life without you in our family. Happy 4th Birthday!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

27 years old

When we moved to Texas I was 23 with a 5 month old baby. I can remember thinking that by the time we graduate I will be 27 and have a 4 year old..and that is old! lol well, here I am, all grown up, and I don't feel that different. At the same time I have grown up a lot and changed as a wife, individual, and mother over these years.
tried to take a picture of us baking lol
On my birthday I went for a run in the morning while Brad made breakfast with the kids. We went grocery shopping that morning and Jaxon and Sara "helped" me bake my birthday cake. lol Brad came home at lunch time to a big mess in the kitchen, and sent me out shopping by myself for the afternoon. I was so excited to go out by myself and run errands, but missed my family after like an hour and was bored by myself lol. I got a few new things, and finished up my errands and picked up some Sam's Club pizza (It's my favorite lol) and sushi on the way home. Brad had cleaned up the whole house and made cards with Jaxon. We ate and had fun opening gifts. It was a simple birthday, but hearing from friends and family made it feel special.
On Saturday the 18th I ran in my 3rd ever half marathon. I signed up for the race in August thinking it would be a good time for me to exercise in the Fall and hopefully lose that last 10lbs of baby weight, but after I signed up our life just got kind of crazy. I never found anyone to run it with me so I was training alone, and we didn't know at the time we would be moving to Seguin for 3 weeks. While we were in Seguin I complained to Brad that I wasn't going to be even close to ready and he just told me to "quit then" and we'd lose the money. It kind of annoyed me that he said that and so I just decided to try my best to get in whatever training I could and I would finish the dang race even if it took me 3 hours lol.

I seriously only lost 2 lbs, before race day and was feeling discouraged. When I started the race though I felt a surge of love for my body like I do every time I run. I love pushing myself and having my mind to myself for a while. It was a long and hilly 13.1, but it was also the most beautiful race! I was doing really well until mile 10 and I had to start slowing down to almost 12 min miles. I only ran up to 8 miles a few months before the race so my goal was to finish under 2:30. I ended up finishing in 2:26:30. 26 minutes slower than my other two halves, but I was happy to finish and to see my crew cheering me on at the end. I really do love running and competing and I miss having that as a part of my life, but at the same time I need to try and remember to take it easy for a year after having a baby.

Texas A&M

For Brad's birthday I surprised him with tickets to the A&M v. Auburn Football game in College Station. We always talked about how it would be cool to go to a game there, so when I mentioned it to Teresa that I was thinking about doing that for his birthday, she said her and Scott were thinking about coming to Texas that weekend anyway and could watch the kids.
Brad talked to Craig, who went last year, and he told us if we are road tripping that way that we needed to stop at Snow's BBQ. It's in a small town in the middle of nowhere and is only open on Saturdays. It's been rated #1 BBQ in TX a few times in the last 10 years, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. We left Seguin at 5:30am and got to Snow's around 7:10 and there were already 25-30 people in line. By the time it opened at 8:00am there were close to 150 people waiting to get their breakfast BBQ on. We ordered up and seriously, the BEST BBQ EVER! It was dare I changing. Definitely a once in a lifetime thing, that we both enjoyed.
I know we've lived in TX for 4 years, but it still surprises me when I am sweating my guts out at a football game in November. It was hot and we both got a little sunburnt, but other that that we really enjoyed the game. It was a cool experience being in College Station at Kyle Field. I've never been to a stadium that big and it was crazy to see 102,000 fans cheering on the Aggies. One of our favorite parts was watching the amazing marching band at halftime.
We couldn't really eat the rest of the day after the BBQ but stopped at Sonic and Buccees for treats. We realized when we were almost back that we hadn't turned on the radio for the whole 6 hours and had just spent the time catching up with each other. It had been a long 3 weeks without being able to get our usual time together and it was nice to just be the two of us for a day.

 Later that night we had a watch party with the Burns for Heather's State Championship Match that was being streamed from UT. It broke my heart to watch her team lose for the second year in a row in 5 sets. She is on to great things though, and we can't wait to see her play in Kansas city in December.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sara 8 months

HOW is she 8 MONTHS OLD?! Agh, I'm just that stereotypical mom who says babies grow up too fast, but it's true!

- Sara is waking up 1-3 times a night. She'll randomly sleep through the night every other week, but usually I am up feeding her at least once a night.
- She has two teeth. Teething never really affected Jaxon so it's been a new roller coaster to understand how teething can take over our lives (day and night) for a few days.
- She constantly has a puddle of slobber on her shirt (teething)
- Still loves to be swaddled for sleeping.
- Has started to go to her dad more easily ;) She's always really liked Brad, but she would protest if he took her to sleep or if I would leave the room and now she doesn't as much.
- Has started to chew up her bows/ pull them off her head.
- poops so much! lol ok but seriously she pooped like barely once a week while I was exclusively breastfeeding and now that she is on solids it's like twice a day!
- Loves to eat, but is more into the activity of eating and discovering foods than the actual eating if that makes sense. Favorite foods are avocado, black beans, crackers, bread, anything mom and dad are eating ;)
- She is a crawling machine..gets anywhere and just this week, started pulling herself up to standing on furniture including in the bath and in her crib.
- She is now in the full on "pull everything off the shelf phase" and loves to get all the books off the shelf, or empty out any sort of container.
- She is such a smiley girl! When people see her out in public they always die when she gives them that big toothy grin.. it is so cute, but she loves the attention!
- Still loves to be held or wants you to sit and play next to her if you're not holding her...she does not like to be left alone
- LOVES the bath and loves being outside. the mosquitos in TX are crazy though so I always feel bad if we're outside too long and she has bites all over her head and face.
- She says "NANANA" al the time and I'm pretty sure it means "mama" and she is talking to me lol. It is pretty cute because when we start to say "mama" or "dada" to her she almost always replies with "nananana"
- loves facetime and likes to see her grandparents and herself on the camera.