You know those days that are just really, really good days? Well today was one of them! That doesn't mean that there weren't tears from Boone because I chose the wrong blue cup even though they look the EXACT same and lets not even start talking about the wrestling matches it takes to put his clothes on. Or fussiness from Grizz because I wasn't holding him or holding him the right way (see pics below) and arguments with Cooper; he has finally hit the threenager stage, which I really can't complain about because he's five so I withheld it for two extra years...he must be a late bloomer. It was just one of those days that you felt that nothing could stop you from being happy-you feel like you could burst from all the good LIFE!
AnWe were already having a good day because my sister called and asked if she could pick up Cooper from school and take him to lunch; I should add that Cooper goes to school in the same town she lives in, he doesn't go to school in our town. She offered to come get his carseat but told her I had errands to run over that way....jokes on her all my errands were done in my own town...Anyway I told her this so that I could I drive over and spy on her picking Cooper up- I'm such a freaking creeper! Cooper had no idea she was picking him up so I didn't want to miss his reaction plus he didn't have to ride the bus (his worst thing ever) so I knew that would add to the excitement! When he saw her he went running over with a smile spread from ear to ear. There was even a hug-spin, something you'd see in a movie, and it just made my day. It's a happy thing to see your babies getting so much love; witnessing that just added like 100 points to a happy day!
When Cooper and my sister returned back from their date I was getting the boys ready to head up to the lake. My sister, who is always up for an adventure, decided to join! We heading up the canyon and were greeted with the most beautiful fall colors... my most favorite of colors. It was such an amazing site to see I literally kept saying "how is this even real?" You'd think that after seeing it year after year it wouldn't be seem so unreal but it never ceases to amaze me. We got lucky because the air was so calm that the water looked like glass and the overcast day made the trees reflect off the water just perfectly. It was a sight that I just could not believe was happening...we got extremely lucky with our timing. By the time we left the sun was peaking out, and we got to see the place in a whole new light with the sun shining on the trees making the colors even brighter. It really made me realize how quickly things can change in a few seconds. How things can be seen differently with only a few changes. It honestly made me feel so much more grateful for this life that I have but also helped me realize that with only a few changes I can make it that much better. So here's to a new seasons and a few changes for the better.
Photos from 7/31/17 when Grizz was only a four weeks old.
This post is sponsored by Owlet Baby Care.
You shoot up in a state of panic worried that something is wrong with your sweet helpless little baby, not to mention your engorged boobs are telling you 'it's way past eating time where is that little milk monster?" You quickly and quietly sneak over to the bassinet and ever so lightly put your hand on their chest to feel that up and down movement of each breath-awe all is right again back to bed...or so you thought. For me the state of panic usually ends up with waking up the baby or a mind that doesn't want to stop racing and before I know it I'm planning for doomsday. You can't tell me it hasn't happened to you ;) Well I found a solution to my worries: The Owlet Smart Sock 2.
The Owlet is an awesome gadget that helps track your babies oxygen levels and heart rate. It will notify you with sounds and lights when these levels fall outside the preset zones. It is connected to your phone but also has a base station that both sound when there seems to be a problem with either your babies levels or sock placement. I love that when the owlet notifies you there are two different sounds for these, including a lullaby sound so you know what to expect when going into the situation. I also love that the base station plays the sound as well as your phone because sometimes I turn off the sound to my phone to help me stay 'distraction free' at nights with my family and forget to turn it on. The sock used to help track the heart rate and oxygen levels can fit on either of your babies feet comfortably and snuggly so you can get that peace of mind you need for a more restful nights sleep
When Boone was six months old we had a huge sleeping scare that landed us in Primary Children's hospital. We left the hospital with really no answers to why he stopped breathing during his nap, I just knew that I had aged 10 years and then another 10 with all the sleepless nights afterward. I wanted to carry all the machines that he was hooked up to home with me but I just knew that wasn't realistic. Time passed, Boone grew but the worry was still there. I knew I needed to invest in something that would help calm my mind with the arrival of Grizz. I can truly say that the Owlet Smart Sock 2 has given me so many anxiety free nights and a peace of mind.
Can you believe a new season is upon us?? I mean, I always feel that once school is in summer is over and fall has begun, but if you want to be real scientific ;) fall doesn't actually start for 3 days, but that doesn't mean I'm holding back from all things fall. I have already started my fall bucket list which includes everything pumpkin and orange/yellow leaves, visits to some of our favorite little pumpkin patches and corn fields....because there nothing quite like children and corn fields-trembles in fear. AND all the fall food like soups, cinnamon rolls, cobblers, and pumpkin flavored everything, because nothing else makes my taste buds dance quite like those ...I just cannot wait!
laAnother one of my fall favorites is the clothes. I won't lie being married in the LDS temple and living through Utah summers just don't mix well. But fall...fall is where I feel the happiest because I am actually comfortable!! I love being able to layer pieces, especially pieces that go with everything-like a leather jacket. Utah has the strangest fall weather you go from temperatures that feel like winter in the mornings, with even a little frost on the windows, to hot heat in the afternoon with a few random rain showers here and there and maybe even some snow. I love that Old Navy's new fall pieces are a fun summer to fall transition with fun prints, bold colors, but that be easily layered right into fall. They are so perfect for our weather who seems to be caught in limbo. I got the boys the cutest cardigans because they are so easy to throw on top of a tee or even use under a jacket for even more layering on those chilly mornings. Not to mention they are soft and cute which is a must for my boys! It makes me so excited to wear all the fun pieces on our fall adventures this season. What are you most excited about this fall?
Outfits Linked Below:
Coopers Shoes similar (his are last year Old Navy)
Summer is coming to an end but that doesn't mean we are going to stop having fun outside. I love spending time with my family outdoors because it allows us to stay technology free, besides our camera of course-I don't go many places without it; I have to make sure to capture my wildlings in their natural habitat. Staying technology free really allows us to stay closer and to enjoy the amazing things that mother nature has to offer and to learn about her beauty, because I've said it once and I'll say it again that I believe the best type of learning comes through experiences.
I feel that our summer adventures are just going to begin since I had baby Grizz right in the middle of summer so we had to put a tiny hold on them. We are going to make up for it by having summer adventures right into fall this year, that way we won't miss out on anything. With adding another little lost boy to our clan it takes a lot more to get out the door; even just more planning time goes into just our everyday getaways so outdoor adventures take even more. I needed items that were quick easy, tasty, healthy, and ready to go at whim and CLIF Kids has the perfect solution to our problem. We were able to try our their Organic CLIF Kid Zbar Filled and my boys absolutely loved them, well the ones that could actually eat them ;) Zbar Filled offers great taste and delicious flavor combinations that kids will LOVE, with nutrition that parents can feel good about. Boone shoveled one into his mouth so fast that I actually had to dig it from his mouth so that he could actually chew it up. Me, my sister, and my niece all had one as well and they are so filling even for adult and super yummy; We really liked theApple Almond Butter flavor. Plus the Zbar Filled is snacking made fun – the first and only organic, soft-baked snack bar with smooth, creamy nut butter filling to surprise and delight kids. I really like the softness of the Zbar Filled because alot of times I just grab granola bars for quick snacks but they break while they are in our packs during our hike and it makes it hard to eat without spilling half of the contents on the ground. I think they would also be great to break into small pieces for younger kids. This is always a problem I have ran into when trying to find wholesome grab and go snacks for my children who are beginning to their eating journey.
Thanks to the yummy CLIF Kid Zbar Filled we were able to easily jump into the car and go up the mountains on Grizz's first tiny hike without worrying about anyone getting hungry because Zbar Filled is filled with the good stuff. By the good stuff I mean- nutritious ingredients like oats and nut butters, certified USDA organic and non-GMO, and it's doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors.
For Grizz's first hike we took him to a meadow of wildflowers that had an assortment of butterflies and we got to watch the bees pollinate the flowers, which was an amazing thing to see. Cooper brought his collection box (more like a cylinder) where he picked a few wildflowers, and even caught a butterfly, which he ended up letting go. Each path we took lead us to the prettiest views. It was such a fun mini adventure spent with my loved ones with bellies full of CLIF Kid yumminess.
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Cooper starts kindergarten this year! I honestly don’t know what I am going to without him; not only me but Boone too, they’re the best frenemies and I am afraid Boone is going to get bored of me real fast! I guess time will tell. One thing that helped us to get over the ‘school starting’ blues was school shopping! I remember going as a child and just loved it. Our first and only stop was Old Navy, of course, because it never fails to have what we need, Cooper could live in their PJ sets if I would let him! Since I was a little bummed that school was started so soon for him I decided to get myself a pity party outfit…guess what it totally worked!
The season of school starting also means that fall is on it’s way, so I try to think into the future when school shopping. Right now I am loving the denim trends lately-denim on denim, layering it with dresses, mixing denim with fun prints etc. Old Navy had the perfect pieces to make my denim dreams come true. I love that the denim pieces work now in the warmer weather but will make the perfect transition pieces into fall, plus Cooper looks pretty darn dapper and VERY confident which is always a win in my book! I am a big believer in ‘when you feel good you look good and do good’ but sometimes you need a little something to make you feel good and sometimes that something is new clothes! So I know that little man is going to do great this coming school year because we have him decked out in lots of “feel goods” thanks to Old Navy! I have linked all the pieces below because I want you to feel good too!
Fit and Flare Cami Dress
Denim Jacket with Embroidery
Karate Skinny Jeans
Denim Button Up
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!
It's that time of year again! RASPBERRY TIME!! The boys and I have been waiting for so long for this day. I had been stalking on of our favorite local patch to see when they would open because we randomly stumbled upon it last year and had a blast and knew that we had to return this year. Honestly I think it will be one of our family traditions because we all love it so much-Jared included. Although, I was worried we wouldn't make it this year since Grizz is such a tiny guy but I just strapped him to me and away we went searching of the yummiest and prettiest berries. Jared and I would pick and fill up the boys' tins and they would each them or feed them to the deer faster than we could pick them. I honestly don't know how they didn't get sick, they ate SO many.
Our poor little Boone got stung by a wasp (I actually caught it on video) right next to his eye, but after a few cuddles from Jared and kisses from me he was just left with a really swollen eye; He really is a trooper. After that I was just so paranoid that Grizz's legs sticking out from the wrap would get stung, luckily no harm came to him and he slept the ENTIRE time, so even though technically it was his first time raspberry picking I don't know it counts.
Most of the time we go its scorching hot! and although it's fun we don't last long. This year we went on a cloudy rainy day and it was so perfect. It was a little humid among the plants but it was much better than sweating our tushes off, and we actually got to stay and enjoy.
We ended up leaving the patch with very full bellies and only two tiny bags filled because we couldn't keep our paws out of our buckets. Don't worry we made sure to pay them extra for that ones we consumed! Cooper is already asking to go back again! Until next year cutest patch around!
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