Our shirts/Romper The White Oak Shoppe
I am a big believer that the best kind of learning comes when children are involved, and learning by doing; through their experiences. I also think that despite the old saying "curiosity killed the cat" that curiosity can be the best 'teaching instructor.' I often times like to sit back and let my boys try and figure things out for themselves, of course while keeping a close eye on them--I definitely won't allow them to do anything that could cause them any harm. They will sit and I can see as the questions form on their face. Often times I don't have answers to Coopers questions which in return makes me want to learn more so that I can give him a true honest answer. In all my of schooling to become an actual teacher one thing that was heavily drilled into our brains was that "children learn best when it is their idea," they don't even feel as though as if it is learning. Now I know it may be hard for it to always be their idea, but you can always spice it up so that it's in the best interest of the child. Choose books that make the child wonder, make homework fun by talking, and goofing; that's what we have to do with Cooper. But over the years as I have watched my own children grow the best place for 'my' children to learn and be their best selves is when they are outside-they are just happier there. I don't want to be the one who denies them that happiness so I just join in. I used to not be as much of an as I am now. Don't get me wrong I loved being outside as a child, and still have a love for it but now it's what I actually crave. Just ask my husband- whenever he asks what I want to do it's 99% of the time outside usually he responds with can't we have a normal date, or go on a normal vacation? Whats 'normal' anyway?
Having children, and boys for that matter has helped open windows for me! Your children really do teach you more about yourself than you ever could imagine. They make sure you slow down, take the time to truly "smell the roses" or pick up this stick and that rock for their collection. They make me really think about the "How's and why's" of the way this world work, as I begin forming my own questions and hypothesis about this world we live in and along with them I begin to crave more of that learning drive.They honestly teach you how to 'explore' the everyday world around you; the places you have been a million times that are right outside your door, but by allowing them to take the lead it allows for a whole to world of exploration to be opened up into an adult world which is usually too busy to see the magic in it all. It may take us twice as long to get anywhere but we are actually taking the time to enjoy these little things, the things that I usually step over or pass by, but now I find myself looking for cool sticks, rocks, flowers and have now come to re-admire these simple things as an adult. Even running through puddles among the snowy ground was something I would have never done if it weren't for my little ones making me slow down to and take the time to just run. To be in that moment, and just be.
Our shirts/Romper The White Oak Shoppe
So traveling with kids is never ever easy! Especially my boys. Cooper has made immense improvement on patience while traveling, compared to his little baby/ toddler self who used to scream and cry anytime he was in the car, and I mean just scream! We were once headed to Montana and almost had my father-in-law come pick him up in Tremonton which is really only about 2 hours away, and that didn't make a dent in the road trip we had planned. Anyway he really has improved or maybe it's the fact that we now have a van, and vans are pretty much a child's traveling heaven! Well except for Boone. Boone is two. Two year old are extremely self-centered. Period. So when we travel we try and make sure to take pit stops before the meltdowns begin! It just helps everyone's sanity.
We usually make the same little stops every time. I am one who is all about "tradition" and when it's a "Throckmorton Tradition" it can't ever be passed up. We always stop by our favorite Cheese Factory for ice cream, or some sort of treat! It's just how we roll, literally here we come rolling in, and usually we have a whole caravan of people. But this time, this time was just us. It was the perfect little stop to take. We were a little sad to see snow on the ground after coming from such warm weather, but luckily it was still warm enough to eat our very first ice cream of 2017 outside! Hallelujah! Our favorites flavors have changed over the years and at the particular time of our lives we are in...well everyone except for Jared who still prefer Chocolate Toffee Crunch. Cooper has been loving anything strawberry. Currently during this pregnancy I love Coffee but got a delicious pistachio sine Coffee wasn't and option. Boone had a mix of everyone's leftovers once he finally woke up. We just can't wait for more ice cream outings with my little crew.
I have had SO many questions on this skirt. I have decided to link for you! Make sure to get on the waiting list because I promise you won't regret it! It's one of my favorite things I own at the moment, and thankfully it can be worn with my belly even though it's not maternity.
Skirt: Forever 21. Color may be sold out, there was a waiting list last I checked. I also love This one and this one
I know it has been long awaited but we have finally decided to announce the gender of our sweet little babe. It took longer than what we wanted! I had to cancel my first ultrasound appointment because my husband got called into work. I was so sad, especially when they told me we couldn't get back in for two more weeks, although I am sure glad we waited (now) because I don't think we would have gotten our "rockin" little ultrasound. Then we waited another good week before we even told our family because of my husbands work schedule; I didn't want to tell each others families without both us being present! I'm just too sentimental that way.
I had the ever so amazing Natalie Park Photography do our video to reveal to our family on a very last minute whim due to some change of plans. Not only was she so amazing to work with but she also did everything just we asked and then some! I was in awe when she sent the video, AND then sent the most gorgeous photos that I was not even expecting. I cannot wait to work with her again because she is just as sweet as they come! We actually have another gender reveal project we worked on that I cannot wait to show you. I would say I hope you enjoy that video, but I'm just going to say that I know you will because she is just that talented!
Since this is most likely our last baby (well not if I have any say in it) I'm not skipping out on any steps and that means even having a gender reveal for our family. Last time we just texted our family 'boy!" and even though it is still a great memory I am really happy we got to capture our families expressions this time around. My hope was to not know the babies gender until the big reveal but that just wasn't happening. By the time your third baby comes around you really know what your looking at during the ultrasounds and there was no hiding what our baby was showing off. When our ultrasound tech asked if we wanted to know the gender both mine and my husbands responses were 'I think we already know" because well we had already caught a peek. She said "well lets see if your right" as she moved the machine around on my belly. Sure enough we were right as he was flashing us all that he had. I started crying for the first time ever during an ultrasound-the happiest of tears. I honestly could not believe what I hearing. What I was seeing. What I was feeling. It was first time ever in my life that I have felt the sensation of peace flow over me. It was one of the most spiritual experiences I have ever been apart of.
Jared thinks we got blessed with another boy because I had told him if we didn't get another boy then we would have to try again. He says " I think god knows we (I) couldn't handle four kids so he gave you your boy;" And you know maybe that's true. And maybe that is why I had such a feeling of peace come over me when I found out it was a boy. I would have been so happy with a girl don't get me wrong, but for me I just feel like boys are what I need. Plus all my meditation and thoughts of "I'm making this baby grow a Weiner" would have gone to waste haha... totally kidding...well kind of. But we really are excited to be adding another little 'lost boy' to our clan!
What we wore
Me: Dress Forever 21 sold out but here is the item number (2000213707) call your local Forever 21 and see if they have it, that's what I did! I also love these:
Coop: Jeans Zara,
Shoes Zara soldout similar here .
Boone: Jeans Zara ,
Shirt Zara, Vest Amazon,
Socks Me in Mind,
Shoes Starry Knight Design
Jared: Jeans Abercrombie, Shirt Cotton On, Zip Sweater GAP, Shoes Vans
Leather mat: Gathre
Knit Blanket: Target
Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air. -Emerson
Today I am writing as a guest writer for the amazing Opeeqo-a website that offers ideas for modern parenting. I couldn't be happier about this post because I am writing all about something I have a true love and belief in-raising my children among the wild things (outdoors) and why it is important to me. I honestly don't know if we are ever as happy as when we are outside. My boys adore being among anything wild and I love watching them grow in this world by allowing them explore all it has to offer. It's really quite strange because I have always felt that being outside is where my boys do their best learning. Because of this I try to offer them as many opportunities as possible to get out there. What I didn't realize was happening was that they were actually teaching me. My love for the outdoors was growing at a rate I would never expect. You know our children really do teach us more about ourselves than we could ever realize. For me growing up I loved being outdoors, then as I entered my adolescence years my love for it started to dwindle as I found new interests. Before I knew it I was married and going to school and I just loved going shopping at the mall. Then my babies were born and they have helped me rekindle my love for the outdoors. Not only am I continually blown away by its beauty, but I am always so thankful for all the opportunities it gives my boys to learn, run wild and be free-we truly make out best memories among the "wild air."
It is so important for me to raise my children in the outdoors because I think that this is where they are going to gain the best experiences in their life. We often visit the same places: our favorite swimming hole or fishing pond, digging in the giant sand pit, hiking to our local waterfall or going sledding down the same hill a million times; Yet each time these experiences and visits to these same places are completely different. Not to mention the amazing memories that have come from it.
We were able to visit my mother-in-laws vacation rental and finally feel the sun on our skin after being bundled up from winter; it was exactly what we needed. We have been to this same location before, but each time we visit my boys are a little older, a little smarter, and a little more daring. Cooper was actually courageous enough to jump in the pool for the first time and Boone was finally brave enough to enter the water without having to cling onto someone. It may not be a huge improvement but even watching them grow in the simplest ways is always so rewarding as a parent. We drove miles to see giant colorful stacked rocks, because I want my boys to admire the beauty in this world-both manmade, naturally made, and the amazingness that can happen when the two are combined. We hiked red rock, ran through the sand, but most of all we enjoyed each others company. Just us four, just our memories with no interruptions.
There's a saying that says "collect moments not things" and that is exactly what spending our time outdoors allows us to do.
You know some of the best days are those that are uninterrupted by being 'unplugged' all day- Text messages that can wait, phone calls that can go to voicemail, Facebook and Instagram notifications that will still be there when you are finished. And for me the outdoor world is really a whole new world because I completely forget about the worldly things of being 'plugged in' and 100% focus on my boys. I sit. I listen. I watch- I watch their every move-the way the sun reflects in their eyes, how those curly locks get curler by the second from sweaty little heads, the way they pick at bushes, brush the sand from their pants, scourer the ground for the perfect rock, and stomp in the sand trying to figure out why their isn't a sound being reciprocated back to them. I am learning more about them as an individual from these small things and for me it's all about those experiences that make me fall completely in love with the outdoors and why it is so important to me. I truly am a better more aware parent out there living in the sunshine, rain, and snow among the mountains, sand, flowers and trees with my little lost boys.
We had the first day with almost no snow so I loaded up the boys and we set out for a picnic. Cooper choose one of our favorite locations which is a little local pond near our house. It was so fun to see the boys run and play on such a warm day-well warmer than what we have been used to. Cooper was so excited to "fish" with his stick. He started telling 'Big Fish' stories about how he spotted a puffer fish and how he was going to catch it. He would get so excited and shout to Boone and me to come see the puffer fish. We of course would play into his game and would pretend we could see the puffer fish. Boone was so excited by the ducks who joined us for our picnic, and kept feeding them our food to make sure they didn't wander off too far. They even liked the Pure Growth Organic White Cheddar Popcorn, which I quickly snagged away because they taste too good to be shared with the ducks, really it might just be my new favorite snack.
As the boys played in the water it made me that much more excited for spring and for all of our adventures we are going to have this summer. I also realized I definitely need to add more Pure Growth Organic Snacks in my cupboard because not only are they healthy but they are are so easy to grab and go which is perfect for our on the go lifestyle. I am embarrassingly admitting that I am usually the mom who will quickly stop at a fast food chain or gas station and grab treats to tide them over until we reach our destination. So it would really be nice to have these products on hand so I can offer my boys healthier option snacks. I am doing an IG takeover for Pure Growth Organic today if you want I would love for you to follow me along on their IG account.
I hope you have the happiest Sunday!
Well it's officially official now, right? Because I posted it to social media, that's the rule nowadays I hear.
Even though it may be social media, family, friends and doctor official I still cannot believe that baby number three is on its way. It still does not feel real. Its really quite a surreal feeling. Is this happening again, am I ready for another new born? I am only 4 week away from being half way so I better be ready.
At each doctor appointments I ache to hear that heartbeat and when it takes them a minute to find it my heart sinks...everytime. Maybe its from past experiences, both my own and family that make my stomach instanly fall into a pit of anxiety that only comes out as soon as those fast pitter patters are echoing through the room. Even with that fear, and anxiety I feel I still don't know if that "connection" has developed yet....although in a strange way I know it's just deeper, something beyond my understanding otherwise I wouldn't feel those few seconds of grief during those moments of the heartbeat hunt. I know as soon as see the next ultrasound and I feel those feets little jabs to my ribs, pelvic bone and the oh so dreaded bladder...and let me tell ya it's really dreaded now with baby number three; that deeper connection of 'I know you but I don't really know you' the one I don't quite understand yet will instantly arise from the fear, doubt and my wonder "will everyhing be okay?" will start to slowly fade and human connection can begin to develop.
I am currently 16 weeks! And WOW that seems so crazy to say. I can honestly say I sadly haven't documented a single thing. My goal is to get a 16 week picture before Sunday, when I turn 17 weeks. I was had high hopes of documenting every little detail since this most likely be my very last baby. The things that have stuck out to me most don't come from me but from my Cooper Wayne. Cooper is so excited for this baby which makes even more excited. He is in love with everything baby right now. He has was even helping me over Christmas break sorting out clothes to donate/sell and whenever a little tiny outfit would fall in his lap he would go "awwweee mama" and hold it up and smile. He's really been loving on my belly. WhenI didn't even have a belly or lets be honest its 'bloat' right now, haha, he would come and rub it and ask "You got a baby in there?" Now that I am more bellied (bloated) there hasn't been a day where he hasn't asked to see my belly. Each day he startst to giggle and say "Mama your belly getting big" then giggle with some added belly loves. He's been really intrigued with my butt too haha really. He really thinks I am going to poop the baby out and doesn't quite understand how its going to fit....oh if only he really knew the terror haha, jk it really is a beautiful thing. At first he thought the baby was going to be a girl and wanted to name her Penelope, which i actually would have contemplated because I think Penny would be a cute nickname; but now it's a boy and hes going to name it Trek...thanks 'Dino Dan.'
Most of my family thinks this baby is going to be a girl, there are only a handful who think it will be a boy. I want a healthy baby. Period. But if I knew health wasn't a worry I would probably say I want another boy..eek! I feel a little awful for saying that probably becasue I have already been calling him/her 'baby girl'. It just feels different this time around. I don't want anyone to think I don't want a girl, I do. I really do just come see my closet of baby girl clothes that I have collected over the years. It is just very unknown territory for me to raise a girl. If anything I wouldn't be sad or disappointed if I had a girl I would just simply be scared. There's nothing like conquering our fears right?
Well is seems a bug has hit our house and it truly seems like that needs a real pro of an exterminator to get rid of it. It has seemed to go through each and everyone of us and is still not letting up. Our New Year plans are going to be different than we had planned. Instead of feeling in the sun and some warmth at our in laws vacation home it seems that we will probably be home. I am hoping to get the boys to bed early so my husband and I can "netflix", eat popcorn and cuddle into the new year just the two of us. Fingers crossed.
All this laying around the house has really got me thinking about 2016. Last year my goals were to realized that "I have worth." To show myself that I have worth I wanted to make sure I took time for myself and did things I wanted to do. I am proud to say that I think I did just that. I took time to go visit places I wanted to go without letting anyone hold me back. I went on a girls trip vacation, KIDLESS! Well partially, besides the one in my belly, who in all honesty caused me probably more greif thatn the others would have, it was still so ever relaxing and much needed! I took my boys exploring, we hiked, we played, we swam and created so many memories in my life and others to help me know my worth.
Here are a few things from 2016 that I don't want to forget.
1. Driving hours to visit a mountain of yellow flower we only hoped to exisit, not knowing where we were going.
2. Paddle Boarding with Boone which he and I loved so much.
3. Exploring Oregon which was completely amazing in itself.
4. Many visits to the Sandunes and lots of hikes.
5. Cooper coming in to sleep at the end of our bed like a puppy dog each night.
6. Going to Bear World and Montana with our babies, and having Cooper remember it from the year before.
7. The purchase of our first family horse.
8. Cherry/raspberry/apple picking adventures where the boys would eat their weight in each before we even got home.
9. Creating a plant wall all by myself...which I am still so proud about.
10. Going to Joshua Tree National Park, Salvation Moutain, and Vegas where we witnessed someone jump in the Bellagio fountain and ate the most delicious pizza with my sisters.
11. Thinking our dog was pregnant and planning our lives around it...haha she was not.
12. Announcing our 3rd pregnacy through our Christmas cards.
It was such an amazing year and I am so blessed to have so many amazing people surrounding and supporting me; that includes you! Thank you all so much for the smiles you have given me and the little comments that brighten my day! Happy New years!
It was very cold and windy this day hence me holding tightly onto my hat! haha I can't let that thing fly into the lake.
Now that Christmas is offically over I wanted to share some of my most very favorite photos from our Christmas card shoot.
Now this shoot definitely didn't go as planned as most of them do when I actually take the time to hire a professional photographer and set my tripod aside. My boys have extreme stranger danger and I mean extreme. I should have known to stick to my tripod since thats always when I know I can get photos that will work. I was so amazed when Roxana sent me my photos and that she was actually able to snap a few good ones from how badly behaved my boys were. I really tried every tip in the book for our phoot prep. Naps, full bellies, prepping them for what was to come, having a friend come along to play "clown" and it still didn't work. I had a big vision for these cards and our baby announcement with trees ranging from big to small with a really tiny one and each of us standing by our own tree. That photo didn't go as planned since the boys were being a little rambunctious and a whole lot of sad/scared. To add to the mania it suddenly turned extremely cold. I definitely wouldn't say the shoot was a bust even though what I have imagined didn't go as planned because I recieved some of my most favorite photos of all time!
I think it will be awhile before we do another family shoot with a professional photographer at least until my boys are a little more open to strangers that is. Until then my tripod will do but I will cherish this pictures forever.
Also a HUGE thanks for Petersen Family Farms in Riverton for allowing us into your space and for helping us set up the trees.
We had a little special annoucement on our Christmas cards this year! It still too me three days before Christmas to get them out; you'd think I would have been a little more on the ball because of the news, but nope. So I apologize for those who never got theirs, or for the mail returns I had a week later!
I was so excited to tell everyone but at the the same time so very nervous. When you announce a pregnancy you never know how people are going to take it. Some people may be truly excited for you...like my little sister who actually had a feeling before I even told anyone...but then again she has known with each of my babies-I think we really should have been born twins we have weird inlings about each other all the time. Woah side tracked again, anywho, like I was saying there are people who are truly estactic. There are others who accept it because they have to and put a fake smile on their face. There are some who are happy for you but feel a deep longing for a baby of their own, which I truly hope they get someday, I would be one of the people who would accept it with all the excitement! Others are just plain out unenthusistic about the idea.
Well I had a good mix of emotions from the announcement of this pregnancy. There was even a part of me who wanted to hold onto the secret a bit longer until I knew that no form of jealousy...maybe that's not he right word. Maybe a better word would be resentment, either way I wanted to hold onto the secret that created me so much happiness and joy until I knew those feelings from others might be interpreted a little happier. Holding onto the secret would be physically impossible, because if I had held onto it as long as I wanted I would have a belly. Thankfully I have a husband who is so supporitve and always talks some sense into me.
I am the type of person who wants to accomodate to everyone else, sometimes putting my very own little family on the backburner...this is not something I would reccommend. My husband kindly reminded me why would I want to sacrifice my own happiness to accomodate a few people? I feel like this is a time to be celebrated and I don't want to hold back my own feelings of joy and celebration that I could be sharing with others. It wouldn't be fair to myself.
So here I am sharing my little annoucement with the world! I am so excited and I want to celebrate it because I believe that every form of life deserves to be celebrated! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you know me I start planning for Halloween a year in advanced, sometimes I know our costumes for the next year before the Halloween ends the current year. This year has been tough for me since Cooper wants to have a say in costumes. It actually makes it super fun because I am able to watch his little personality come our and watch his face being overcome with excitement when he finds one he likes. Honestly though it makes my job a little bit harder because I am a huge fan of family costumes, and I have really been testing my brain trying to come up with family costumes for his ideas, which he changes everyday. I'm not even lying when I say everyday I think I have heard him say he is going to be a hippo, lion, alligator rhino, monkey, a giraffe, leopard, tiger, elephant, and even some of fairy he found in an add because he thought it was a peacock hehe. All I know that he will be an animal of some sort...which is pretty suiting ;)
When he first told me he wanted to be an alligator, I was feeling pretty good. I want thinking "I got this." I could go for an Alligator with a clock around it's neck, have Boone be the tiniest Captain Hook, Jared be Peter Pan, and me be Tinkerbell. It would bet he cutest family halloween costumes with our babies; I mean we are the "Lost Boys" after all
Then when he started listed his other options and I began to fear that my love for coordinated Halloween costumes was going out the window. I mean Jared and I could always be a Safari Rangers to some cute little animals, which would make for easy family Halloween costume, but I really love all the cutesy stuff.
Then the "Halloween Gods"...wait is that the devil haha... must have been watching out for me because I got one of the best phone calls in October! I was asked to work with some amazing ladies (linked below) to come up with family Halloween costumes with Shabby Apple and have amazing Halloween pictures taken by Roxana Baker Photography- I couldn't say no. I was so excited because it was the opportunity to get the best of both worlds. I had the opportunity to do my cutesy costume and on Halloween Cooper will still get to be what he chooses...if he ever does. I decided it would be easier to choose a dress and then plan my costume from there, but then I just got too many ideas (I'll post these tomorrow) and I had to take it to a vote with the best voting pool out there...my sisters! We ultimately decided on CIRCUS! I found the perfect striped dress I found the cutest lion hat for Boone from Hide and Cotton, and we already had a monkey costume in our basement from last year that no one had even worn, because last minute costumes changes are a real thing. For Me I just found a mini top hat and super glued an ostrich feather to it, and added some fun crazy tights to really give the pretty Shabby Apple dress the circus vibe. Boone's costume was quite easy! I knew I wanted him to wear overalls that's pretty much his signature thing...he's just a grandpa in an 20 month old body ;) so I ordered a cute pair from ZARA, and he already had the shirt underneath also from ZARA but his Hide and Cotton hat is what really pulled the look together. As for Cooper, his was a little bit more of a pain because we had some set backs. I ordered a him a hat and a vest to quickly transform him into a circus money; well the hat came and it didn't even fit my hat it was so large, and the red vest was actually a bright orange and I mean BRIGHT! It would have been fine if the items would have arrived on time, but they arrived the DAY of the photo shoot. With only and hour to spare before we had we leave for the shoot I called in some reinforcements and only the best! My sister Janelle, and her kids Gage, Anzlee, and Bergin. I quickly sewed up a vest and with help hot glued the details, Janelle did the cute little hat and the ring of fire was ALL their magic work; I came in from getting ready and saw what they had created and wanted to cry with happiness it was so amazing.
So even though we were down to the wire with our costumes we were able to complete it because they were such easy family Halloween costumes that anyone could do! If you want to check out more amazing easy family Halloween costumes make sure to visit the ladies I have linked below! There costumes are nothing short of amazing!! What are you being for Halloween?
Kalynn from Among The Young , Jen from By Jen Rose, Jen from Classy Cosmetics, Roxana from Roxana B Photography (the amazing photographer!), Whit from Beauty, Baby, and a Budget, Me and my lost boys , Michelle from The Mumsy Blog. Make sure to go check out their easy family halloween costumes for 2016.