Tonight Jared and I took Cooper and Grizz to their very first stadium baseball game to see the Orem Owlz play! Obviously Grizz won't remember so I don't know if it counts, but Cooper will sure remember and I think it will only be good memories. When we told him we were going to the game he went over and (with his excited hand gesture of putting hands together and wiggling them) was telling Boone what were going to do. We had to break it to him that Boone wasn't coming because, well Boone is at a stage in life that makes it hard go out without causing a scene, so we thought a babysitter would be best for everyone. He was a little sad that Boone got to be babysat because he loves it when we leave him-"you gonna take me and say bye, bye?" But once we arrived at the game he was so excited!
Coopers first thought when he saw the stadium was "what animals live in there?" The cute guy thought it was a giant pen. We told him that there weren't any animals but that he might spy some 'Owlz' in there and to keep an eye open for them. Before we even had the chance to enter the stadium we were greeted by the coolest cars because it was car show night (they have a theme each night) and now I'm aching for a vintage truck. Once we entered the Owlz stadium we were kindly greeted with Orem Owlz fun; like a park, bounce houses, face painting station, and not to mention the best seats in the house to watch the Orem Owlz make an awesome comeback. We ate our way through the night and enjoyed all sorts of concession stand goodies! Cooper favorite was the ice cream, mine the pretzel, and Jared's the nachos. We all loved our night watching the Owlz play, and the family friendly atmosphere that would have even been Boone friendly, which is saying a lot. We can't wait to go back and take our ENTIRE family! Thanks for the fun night Orem Owlz!
When I was pregnant with Cooper I didn't get the time to nest. We were in-between our college basement apartment and my in-laws place on the weekends. We just happened to be visiting them the weekend my water broke at 37 weeks; this was lucky since our apartment was almost an hour away from the hospital I was delivering at and less than 10 min from my laws home. Anyway that's besides the point, the point is I never got that nesting feeling with him that feeling of "I'm ready for you" or the extra bonding time through the preparation and excitement you get while doing so. With Boone we had since then purchased a house. We painted his nursery walls, set up the crib, had big letters C and B hung up to signify that it was his and Coopers room, and I scrubbed and did laundry every hour until my induction date. With Grizz it was a little bit harder to feel ready; we were in the middle of a move, my husband had just gotten his finger seriously hurt at work with multiple surgeries, and I was VERY pregnant and working through it all.
The nursery was the room I was the most worried about when we started moving in; obviously as a 7 months pregnant lady I was feeling a little crazy about getting everything done, and I had an entire house to get done. The focus definitely went into the nursery and Cooper and Boone's room. The nursery is my favorite room in the house. It really has such a calming feeling and it just makes me happy every time I walk in, I don't even mind putting laundry away or changing poopy little butts when I'm in there. The room is gender neutral but the pieces in it could easily go either way with some tweaks. I actually had purchased a rug that never arrived to my house until a month after Grizz was born and it completely changed the look of the room...I still decided to go with the first rug-I got too attached to it. I was so worried that I was going to be able to paint the walls since we were in a rental but Ane Wall makes the most amazing removable wallpaper. My husband and I got it up in less than two hours. It was so nice to not have to worry about paint drying, cleaning up the mess afterward, or the stinky fumes that last for days. The most important is that it can be used in rentals because it's not damaging.. yay, yay! Not to mention I was able to start setting up the crib right away. It wish I could have witnessed my 8 month pregnant self trying to set up that crib by myself, haha it's not easy bending over large rails to put bolts into place, but I DID IT, large and in charge. Not to mention that Oeuf crib came with easy instructions, and its super heavy duty so I couldn't break it if I tried.
The wallpaper was up, the crib was ready for a tiny baby the Davinci Baby dresser was stocked with tiny clothes and all the finishing touches were up. It was just a waiting game waiting for our little man to make his appearance...now that he is here I must say the nursery is a whole lot cuter with him in it. I hope that Grizz will enjoy the nursery as he gets older. Right now the sweet little guy and I use it to escape for some quiet time just the two of us, and it's just the perfect place to do so.
There were some amazing shops involved in making the nursery a dream come true for me . I have linked them all below. Plus I am hosting an amazing giveaway on my Instagram right now involving some of them!
Oeuf NYC- Sparrow Crib
Ane Wall- Mr. Fox Wallpaper
Davinci Baby- Dresser
Bella Bloom Kids- Custom Mobile
Pillows- Oeuf NYC, Target
Rug- Rugs USA this one sheds like CRAZY just be warned, and it does not vacuum well. I am linking this one too because I also own it. It is a similar design but much more soft and can be vacuumed easily.
Grizz Outfit- Oeuf NYC: shorties, bodysuit
Well now we are renters again. We officially SOLD our home! It went under contract in less than 8 day of being on the market! The rental home we are temporarily living in is about half the size of the home we sold, and quite a bit older; even though it has been quite a change compared to what we had before I absolutely love the view from our rental home! Not only do we have the view of the beautiful mountains peaks sitting high in the sky, we also have this white fence out front that my husband actually helped build when he was young. This for some reason makes me LOVE the fence. When I walk by our front windows and it catches my eye I smile. When we go for walks I always admire the craftsmanship that went into it. And when my boys climb it makes me all sentimental-it reminds me each day what a hard worker and amazing father he is to our family.
Well right now that fence that my husband helped build is hosting the prettiest 'neigh'bors. It's such a nice change of scenery compared to our subdivision life we had before, I mean we just weren't meant for that life....remember the sheep? Anyway, we just love to watch our new horse 'neigh'bors run wild when storms start rolling in, hearing them whinny when a new horse approaches or the other has to leave, taking them apples and grasses we've picked for their enjoyment, petting their fuzzy noises but most of all just enjoying their company. Cooper has claimed them as his own. He wants to ride and visit them everyday; which we usually do even if its just a quick run across the road to say hello before we begin our day. Once they are gone this fall-after they have fed down their pasture feed- I know we will miss them so much. Hopefully it will just help us try to get our little butts in gear to get to a home where we can keep our horse out front instead of at my parents.. someday! But you know what they 'Rome wasn't built in a day' or 'good things take time'- no matter what witty quote I choose to live by right now it's still hard not to get a little impatient. I'm just glad we have a little bit of the country life to help us keep us focused on our goals right across the street!
I often go on drives to nowhere- I think it's just in my blood or a nostalgic feeling that makes me feel so happy about them; Tunes cranked, windows down, 32 oz drink near by and drives in the country with the sunset reflecting on every mountainside are my favorite. I think it's the feeling they give me a peaceful recognizable one-one that feels like home. Growing up we did this often, in fact when we went "vacations" they were more life "drive-cations." My dad was a farmer so when my parents decided to load us up to go somewhere, we had to cover x amount of distance in a short amount of time. We would rise early at the hotel, get in the car and get ready to drive till dark, we would of course stop at the nearest attractions but for the most part we drove-We drove to the beat of my dads hand hitting the steering wheel or the outside of the car when the window was down. We drove with the car stocked with twizzlers, grapes, and snickers. We drove trying to spot all the different letters of the alphabet on signs, or searching of a variety of license plates. We just drove; not ideal now that I have kids of my own but there are a lot of memories in those tires and miles that made us all grow closer that I wouldn't trade for anything!
I often find myself to this day just driving around with my own boys, but you see the difference between me and my dad is that I am a stopper. I have to stop and take in each and every beautiful area this amazing world has to offer. So when I see a place even it if it on the side of the road, I stop, I visit, I enjoy! On this particular night we stopped at one of my favorite little places, that I found on one of my many drives through the country. The sun was going down behind the mountains almost ready to say goodnight, the boys were looking for pterodactyls and t-rex's, Jared was trying to coax some goats over to the fence, and I was taking some photos of my boys playing. I went up to join my babes when all of a sudden to our surprise a train came rushing by us. It was really quite amazing, thrilling , unexpected, and the boys were in awe. The sun came shining through each train cart that passed just enough to let us know that it was still there. Boone clung to me tight, which doesn't happen near enough these days , but it made me feel happy because I know that I am his safe spot. Cooper sat close enough to feel safe and for me to keep him safe, but was just in amazement at what we were witnessing, and Jared was just excited about the lovely photos he captures for us.
Those drives that I have been instilled with from my childhood really do help me to find a new beauty in the everyday things. Because it seems no matter where we are this world never ceases to amaze me. Because sometimes the extraordinary can be found in the most ordinary places.
Dress: Scout and Cloth
Shoes: Sandgrens Clogs
Diaper Bag: Mina Kay
Boys Bowties: Owlie Bowlie
What is it with pregnancy that makes your body want ice cream and pickles? Seriously I have wanted them with each pregnancy. I once left my bag of pickles on the counter when I left for work one day and I literally wanted to cry! My sister, Janelle, even shared in my pain once I got home from work as she saved them and put them in the fridge for me and said "you forgot your pickles today I was sad for you" haha! I haven't been as much into pickles this time around although, I still love them! What I have really been loving is ice cream! In fact as I am typing this now I have to keep stopping to stuff my face with my coffee ice cream!
We literally stop and get ice cream all the time, and when we aren't stopping I just have to rest assured that my fridge is stocked at home. And then the snowie shacks opened and all my dream came even more true! Because I was literally craving one all winter long....Swedish berries with cream is where it's at! I am 100% sure Boone and Cooper are just loving my sweet tooth indulgences because they always get to join in on devouring a treat of their own, but man have they been extra wild lately! I was honestly just thinking to myself today how I am going to handle three wild boys! I just don't know yet... I'm definitely feeling the fear now with only four weeks left.. but kids smell fear right? So I better just get a handle on that emotion stat!
It's a good thing I have found some cute maternity clothes from Shop Pink Blush because a growing belly mixed with a sweet tooth makes for one growing machine in my belly! I seriously have the tight uncomfortable feeling all the time! My belly seriously feels like a ROCK! If only it was in 6 pack form, jk! I would take a baby pack over a 6 pack any day! But Shop Pink Blush helps me feel comfortable and cute even at 36 weeks, which is one tough feat to beat because its hard to feel cute in maternity clothes , but not theirs! So until baby boy gets here you can find me eating all the sweets and lounging in this dress or cardigan, and if this guy doesn't come out to be one of the sweetest babies ever I will be surely surprised!
Dress: Shop Pink Blush sleeves rolled up.
Cardigan: Shop Pink Blush JUST SOLD OUT DM Shop Pink Blush on Instagram to get on wait list. Also love this and this from them!
Diaper Bag: Fawn Design
Boys: Rags to Raches here and here , Freshly Picked
If you're anything like me grocery shopping is something that you always push towards the end of your to-do list just because you dread it. Now, it honestly wouldn't be that bad but with two kids in tow it gets rough, especially now. I finally thought I had it down to a tee after almost a year and half; I would walk in with a game plan, make sure to stop for a snack first to help the kids stay busy and made sure I packed each of their favorite toys to pull out just when I see things going south. Then I got pregnant and I swear the hooligans could smell my tiredness and fear, because now nothing seems to work and then the madness begins and so does my dislike for grocery shopping.
I figured I am already becoming a full blown mom now, I mean, I am now complete with a mini van and everything, because those automatic doors, extra storage and the roomy car seat room is so convenient. So, I decided what the heck why not shouldn't I try out things that make a moms life more convenient so you are able to spend quality time with your children. That's where SAM's Club Pick Up came in handy. All I had to do was download and app found here, fill out my SAM's Club membership, choose my items, check out, choose a pickup time and TaDa someone else did the work more me! It's like magic! All I had to do was show up and pick up my items. It was so convenient and saved us so much more time; Time that we were able to spend together with not having to work around naps, trying to keep children to stay in the carts for long periods of time, no tantrums because they couldn't get the toy they wanted, and no having to take mommy time outs in the car once you finally got done and everything unloaded, because most of the stress has been done for you! Not only did we get to go on a picnic with the time we saved, but we were even able to stop at a new ice cream shop we have all been dying to try! And it all thanks to one simple step I took to help my life become less stressful. I highly recommend trying out the SAM's Club Pick Up! You can get $10 off your membership through this link.
This Post was Sponsored by SAM's Club.
If you know me you know that I LOVE all things animals; They really just make me so happy! They really always have from coming home with wild kittens, bringing home dogs, nursing baby calves back to health, winning and catching rooters and pigs in literal wild animal chases, having cages of lizards, frogs, rats-yes, hamsters, even rats you know the ones with the red eyes...yup I had them and yes I LOVED them all, still do! So when Michelle from The Mumsyblog asked me to join her and Roxana B Photography at the baby animal days at This Is the Place Heritage Park my answer was of course YES!
I packed up my Coco and Kiwi bag with all our snacks, dinos, and camera...you know the necessities..who needs diapers and wipe's haha ;) for our trip to see the animals! Once we arrived Cooper immediately saw a teepee and giant grass areas for his little heart and legs to run and couldn't contain his excitement. I told him there would be animals and he wanted to get to them as soon as he could. Seeing all the baby animals made my mama heart so happy! And then seeing my boys with the baby animals I was just exploding; I have decided that Boone needs chickens stat! He was so sweet with them and just couldn't get enough of them. Cooper, my reptile lover, of course was googly-eyed over the turtle. And me well I just wanted to load up those baby goats; so if seems that if were to have a farm we would need a little bit of everything to complete everyone's dreams...someday!
It may take a while for my little dream farm to come true, but I could possibly help one of your dreams come true because Michelle and I teamed up for an awesome giveaway with some of the shops who helped our little farm visit that much more splendid. We are giving away one family pass to This Is the Place Heritage Park. A $50 credit to Gigi Pip because my outfits aren't ever complete without a hat...just don't wear your straw hat next to the goats they will literally want to eat it right from your head! Ellsworth and Co, who just happens to be one my most favorite people in all the land, is giving away one of her necklaces; if you know me you know I ALWAYS have at least one on. And of course a day out with children just wouldn't be complete without having a way to pack up all the snacks and extras, so Coco and Kiwi is giving you a BAG!! Their bags are seriously unreal....I don't even want to admit how many of their bags I have because it's a little embarrassing how obsessed I have with them, but I guess if you follow me on Instagram you already know that! You can enter to win all of this greatness by following this link! I really hope to make your dreams come true! Love you all and happy \
*Also a big thanks to Shabby Apple for providing us with the cutest dresses so we could stay stylish, and Roxana B photography for the amazing photos!
*Questions about Coopers Jacket- NEVE and HAWK
I knew I already had the whole mom brain thing, and I finally thought I was getting it under wraps when BAM, YaY! Pregnant! And then the mom brain gets a little or a whole lot of dose of pregnancy brain. You know those moments you don't really have any control over because well your brain just isn't cooperating. Trying to get that ever so wanted bagel out of the toaster with a metal fork, because that's super safe. Leaving your car running for a large periods of time more than once because you thought you turned it off but you really never did, you know just doing my part to keep this environment healthy and clean?? Trying to squeeze your four year old into your two year olds pants and not realizing why it was so hard until they are on and he stands up and you see that they are 5 times too small. Rambling because you can't seem to find your way to the end of your sentence let along even knowing how it began. Yeah those moments. Maybe someday it will be cured, you know if I get back all those years of sleep I supposedly lost after two newborns, but I'm just not banking on it because well I'm pregnant and that phase is going to start all over again.
Even though these moments can be quite embarrassing for those not cursed by pregnancy brain for some reason they hardly even phase me. I would normally want to crawl into a whole so I guess the numbness or don't give a damn attitude while pregnant pays off. It isn't always this way I think this is a moment you earn after being so emotionally during those first months. Luckily we can laugh about them now, which is why I have not only stories from me today but from you too!
MINE: My first case of pregnancy brain happened early on in my pregnancy so instead of not giving a damn phase I was in the emotional stage, and on top of that no one knew I was pregnant at the time which made it even harder! My sisters and I had a HUGE trip planned to Joshua Tree National Park, which someday I will blog about but and share all the amazing photos but it still makes me nauseous just thinking about it-not because it was bad-but because I just wanted to throw up the entire 8 hour drive there and the 8 hour drive back. Anyway....We had this amazing trip planned just us girls. I was in charge of most everything since I planned it. I booked the room, I drove, I told everyone when we were leaving....or so I thought. I went and picked everyone up and we were having a jolly old time when someone mentioned something about my oldest sister, instantly my heart sank, and I wanted to cry, barf on top of already wanting to barf, crawl into a hole...because guess what I freaking FORGOT to even tell her about the trip entirely! How does that even happen?! We had just had Sunday dinner a week before and I was planning on telling her then, and for some reason I think my brain just connected the thought with reality...but nope! The reality was we were already 4/5 hours away from home and she was not in the car with us because I didn't even invite her! That was my first real case of pregnancy brain, one that I will probably always feel so terrible about.
The 1st story comes from an Insta friend who is going to remain anonymous because she hasn't announced her pregnancy yet: I was driving home from my Moms Meetup group at church with my two year old daughter and was almost to the driveway when I realized... we moved six months ago, and now live in a completely different house. Old habits die hard, I guess?
MINE: I was leaving work one day and walked out to my usual parking spot when I realized my car was GONE! Literally GONE! I started wandering the parking lot in daze trying to figure out where it could be, literally for like 15 minutes in a freaking cold tundra land. I had one of my co-workers see me just walking around the cold winter parking lot aimlessly looking; I think the look on my face gave it away, she stops me "Makelle are you okay? " me: "I lost my car" and of course I immediately thought it was stolen, and I just wanted to call the cops and then that thought overwhelmed me because I didn't know my license plate number, is my car a 2010 or a 2012? So many questions of questions that I was worried would be asked if I had to call the cops flooded in. My co-worker calms me down. "Do you think you could have parked somewhere else? I think I saw you park it in front today"...ding ding ding! It all came rushing back in, she was right I did park out front because I left my keys to the building at home so I couldn't get in that morning. I think the thing that tops the whole story off is that I actually texted my sister 'Sorry I am running late today. I lost my car'- UM yeah just don't send that.
A new client texted me a couple weeks ago, someone I've never met before, asking me questions about my product photography. Sometimes it's just better to talk about things over the phone rather than a text message so I proceeded to text out my telephone number, told her to give me a call so we can discuss details over the phone.I realize what I did after a while and told her sorry I was pregnant and I was resting and wasn't even thinking. Great first impression.
Then yesterday I was texting my friends if they had hiking "bag pack" you know like a baby carrier but for hiking, that we could barrow. I was calling it a "bag pack" all day long. Like I text numerous people. I realize what I had done much later and was like wait Have i been calling it bag pack all my life or is it just my brain fog??????
MINE: I decided to actually leave the school on my lunch break because I was having a panic attack and I NEEDED some Doritos and a Pepsi (sidenote: They worked ;)) Well it was a blizzard that day. Cars were sliding off the roads, and some not even moving on flat ground. But I wasn't letting the storm stop me because a pregnant women gets what she wants right ;) When I returned back I noticed a man stuck in the parking lot. His car couldn't even get out of its parking stall. I went over to him and asked if he wanted me to push his car while he drove...um 1st off your pregnant, 2ndly I have not upper body strength or any strength for that matter. I think he realized that after taking one look at me. He said how about you backup and ill push...sounded like a fair trade. I got in his car and was ready to go when he gave me the okay. I started pushing the gas, the engine was revving like crazy, the man was pushing with all his might his feet were sliding from under him. We did this three more times of him pushing and me revving the gas. Finally he came to the window and asked "It is in reverse?" I looked down noticed "oh it's in park" hahaha. I put it in reserve and the man became unstuck with one gentle push and some gas. At least I 'helped" right?
@haymason: Not to long ago I went to get gas I had some of my husbands family in the car. I realized I only had cash on me (first mom brain moment no card) so I had to go in I looked behind me multiple times to see what number I was on. (#3) I even repeated to my self. I got to the counter and said my money and then said on 5 went to my car got ready to pump gas and realized it wouldn't work. I then realized I had said pump 5 so now Im having to race over.
Chelsee Wozniak Totally put dish soap in the dishwasher instead of detergent. Bubbles everywhere. I blamed it on being pregnant ;) I have a picture somewhere.
Casey Tobler I was carrying a handful of things, two of which were the keys and the baby's pacifier. Set the keys down and tried to start the car with the binky.
Being pregnant really takes a toll on our whole body, even clear into our brain. Our emotions run wild- I mean for hells sake who cries, well actually more like sobs, when they step on a snail...this girl! Our bodies are changed, and our brain doesn't quite seem to work like it used to. But you know one thing that seems to grow when all else seems to be failing is our heart! And what an amazing thing to have grow bigger, deeper, stronger.
Dress: NEST BOUTIQUE
Shoes: Sandragenes Clogs
Diaper Bag: Coco and Kiwi
Boys Shirts: The Bee and the Fox
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