Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I'm Still Here

Wow. It's been three months since I've posted. I feel really bad about that. I guess you could say that things have been a little crazy around here. Since I posted last, a lot has happened! We put our house up for sale in mid-March and it sold in less than three weeks. What a relief and a HUGE blessing!! It has gone so smoothly. We have to be out on June 6th. 
We took a little trip out to Twin Falls to house hunt and so Bryan could meet with some people there before he starts his new job in August. Our families both came up to see us over Easter weekend. We had a blast! We spent Easter Sunday at a park and had so much fun. The kids loved playing with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. I can't wait until we get to see them more often!
We did some house hunting and were disappointed. There was not much to choose from and nothing that we loved. We decided to meet with a builder to see what our options were if we went that direction. To our surprise, it was totally doable for us! So, we are building a house!! Our plans are all finalized. I got the blueprints today. They should start the digging in the next week or so. It will be so nice to have a brand new home! I have had so much fun planning it out and designing it. Bryan has kind of given me the reigns and I'm loving it.



The kids are doing really well. The girls love school and they are amazing students. They are getting sad that they have to leave their friends soon. It will be hard for them to say goodbye. Benny is still happy and just goes with the flow. He can entertain himself for hours on end. He is a good big brother to Bridger and they love to give 'brother hugs' as Benny calls it. 



Hard to believe, but Bridger is almost six months old! Seriously?! Where did those months go? We are in a routine now so life is not so overwhelming- at times it is- but we are loving this little man. He is sitting up already but he refuses to roll over. He wants to eat anything he can get his hands on. He loves to chomp on his fingers and anyone else's who will let him. He has started on some solid foods now and loves that! He is not a good sleeper- at night or during the day. He likes to take cat naps and he really LOVES mom's bed at night. Ugh. I'm hoping that we wear him out this summer with all of our moving around and he'll just start sleeping for us! 

I am doing well. I got released as Primary president a couple of weeks ago. It was bittersweet. I feel weird in Relief Society. It's been over two years since I was there so I feel a little out of place. Bryan is finishing up his residency. He is finishing strong!
 
Life is good. Crazy, but good. We are looking forward to our adventures that will start this summer. It's the start of a new chapter!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Birthday, Baptism, and Blessing

Niah is eight years old! Crazy. She is so grown up and such a sweetheart.

She had a great birthday. She wanted to go rollerskating for her birthday party. She invited six friends. plus we took Chloe, Benny, and Bridger. Let me just say- taking eight little girls and one little boy rollerskating who have never been before was not the smartest idea I've ever had. I should have had parents come to help or done something different, but I think the girls had fun anyway. We only had a couple of bruised tail bones! Ha. I didn't even get any pictures at the skating rink because it was too chaotic. Niah just enjoys being with her friends so I think she considered it a success.
 
She got her very own set of scriptures! I think she liked them!
 
Niah was baptized on January 26th, 2013. She looked beautiful and she was so happy. It was a wonderful day. She was lucky enough to have both sets of grandparents there, Tam and Todd and their kids, Kaitie, and Grandma Shannon brought Halee and Rilee as a surprise to Niah. She was so elated to have everyone there to witness her big day. It was a special day that I know I will remember and I think Niah will too. I am so proud of Niah. She is growing up to be a fine young lady. I love her.


 
On Sunday, January 27th, 2013 we blessed Bridger. It just made sense to wait since we had all of our family in town! He did great and the outfit Grandma Shannon made him looked so handsome on him. He was a good boy during the blessing and didn't make a peep.



Trying to get a family picture these days is pretty ridiculous. This is the best we got. Chloe was in a mood and wasn't cooperating.
 
The two kiddos on their big days! Niah is such a good big sister to Bridger.
 
We are so grateful that we got to enjoy our special weekend with family. It was so wonderful to have them here with us. I can't believe that I have a kid who is baptized. What is happening to time?! It really needs to slow down. My kids are growing too fast. I am so grateful for all of them. I'm grateful for Niah's example to her younger siblings. They look up to her so much. Congrats, Niah on your baptism. Mom and Dad are so proud of you.


Here we are at the top of Niah's castle!

Here's Niah and her best friend Addi playing in the dirt!

Bryan's favorite things:

  • BYU Football
  • Pandora.com
  • Surfing the Internet
  • Mountain Biking
  • Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  • Kayaking

Natalie's Favorite Things

  • Naps
  • Blogging
  • Cooking
  • Going on dates with Bryan
  • Reading good books
  • Being a mom

Niah's Favorite Things

  • Hannah Montana
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • High School Musical
  • Reading books with her dad
  • Singing
  • Disney Princesses
  • Playing outside with her friends

Chloe's Favorite Things

  • Being outside
  • Her binki
  • Bananas
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Playing with Niah
  • Taking a bath