Tuesday, May 24, 2011


As my friend Katrina calls it.. Feast or famine blogging (4 posts today!)! That seems to be all I'm capable of since having Jase, haha!

Samantha- is potty trained! yaaay! I briefly tried back at the beginning of November right after she turned 2, but she didn't want anything to do with the potty so I decided to wait. I didn't really want to push it when she wasn't ready, I was exhausted enough being pregnant! :) After the holidays were finally over I only had a couple of weeks left until my due date, so I again decided to wait until I'd had Jase and things calmed down with having a newborn. About a month ago I decided to go for it, and it wasn't too bad, I feel lucky! I'm kinda one of those 'go big or go home' types sometimes, so I went all out. No more diapers! It didn't take her long to catch on. After the first accident she started sprinting for the potty while going (did that a couple of times) and successfully told me before nap time that she needed to go! She stayed pretty consistent- just had a couple dribble accidents that afternoon as she would start going, then stop herself and tell me she needed to go. The next day she did really really good and would tell me every time! She has only had 3 accidents since and one of them was my fault (left the lid to her seat latched shut on accident and she couldn't quite hold it long enough!). We are so proud of her! Though it would have been nice to have a break and have zero kids in diapers, things worked out really well for us! If you think your kid would respond well to this method, I definitely recommend it! Every child is different (obviously), so I definitely don't recommend it to everyone. Samantha is doing well otherwise, though we both wish the sun would stick around for longer periods of time so we could play outside more!

Jase- is our cute little guy. Still a pretty mellow little kid, but also super whiney. Does that even make sense? He just fusses when everything isn't exactly how he wants it (picky, picky boy!) but still only does tummy time for about 30 seconds before he decides it's too hard and lays his head down and goes to sleep. He is 4 months old, and no, doesn't roll over, which doesn't surprise me considering his lack of effective tummy time. His favorite place to sleep is in my arms, even though I really only let him sleep there now during church! I have tried to establish good sleep habits with him, but he's a stinker. He's been sleeping 10-11 hours at night for over a month (don't tell me I'm lucky- it took a lot of work to get there!!) but wasn't napping very well. He has been doing better the last few days though, and is now finally taking naps that are longer than 20 minutes. Three- four 20 minute naps was not very fun. Grumpy baby and grumpy mommy!

Jacob is still plugging away at school and is excited to graduate in August! yay! He works so hard for our family :) He is starting up his internship which he is excited about. He will be translating Spanish at the hospital. The cool part is that once he has completed his 100 hours he will be a certified translator, which will look pretty good on his grad school applications! :)

I am up to the same old. Being a mom and trying to do some projects in between! I continue to be surprised by how busy I am with 2! By the time I've worked out and showered that has used up pretty much all of my spare time!! It's pretty much the same as with one, just double haha! I have no idea how people with twins or working mommies do it. These last 2 weeks have been frustrating for me. The first of the 2 weeks I was sick Tuesday-Friday with a nasty stomach bug, and last week I had a cold. Frustrating because I am trying to get in better shape for our Mud Run that is in 1 1/2 weeks! It is a 5k obstacle course mud run and as of right now I can barely run 3 miles (I have said it before and I'll say it again- I am dreadful at running, while I have worked out most of my life, I still can't run..). I think it's going to take me a lot longer than I originally hoped to finish it, but oh well! This one isn't about the time anyway, it's about having fun and getting dirty! :)

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2 1/2 year pics!

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4 months!

Our sweet little boy turned 4 months! He had his checkup and I once again was surprised by how chill he was about getting his shots. All this time, I thought they were a huge deal, but it was really just Samantha and her dramatics! :)

His stats:

14 lbs 8.5 oz- 40th percentile 25 1/4 inches 70th percentile. I don't remember the head measurement but it was 50th percentile. Samantha was 13 lbs. 5 oz. and 24 1/2 inches- it is fun to see their difference in size!

isn't this the cutest onesie EVER?? Thanks Ariel!

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eating mango
cutest boy ever!
We babysat cousin Landen one day and he LOVED being on the bike!

typical tummy time naps...
more tummy time naps....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I know today isn't a very summery day, but summer will be here soon! I like setting goals for the summer, because I usually do a pretty good job at keeping them- better than New Years goals, for sure! These are my goals this year:

1- Wear sunscreen every time I'm going to be outside longer than a half hour!

2- Continue working out 3+ times/ week

3-Read at least 10 books and record about them in my 'books' page (not as many as I read last year, but I feel more intimidated by 10 this year than my 15 last year! 2 kids just take up more time!)

4-Read to kids at least 20 min a day, at least 4 days/ week

5-Grow in my love for myself

I'm going to expound on #5. One of my best friends started her own Quest for Beauty a few months ago. She is one of the most inspiring people I know. I look up to her so much. She has been through a lot and has so much strength. She is a beautiful person, and I have loved seeing her confidence in herself grow and seeing her discover that she is truly beautiful. I think that we are all so beautiful, but I really don't see that about myself. I have decided to start my own Quest for Beauty and try to better my self image. I am unsure where to start, so if anyone has any input they would like to add, please do! What do you do to love yourself more and not let the world degrade you?