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Apr 28, 2017

Naomi is TWO!


Happy Birthday to our lovable miss Naomi! 

At two-years-old, Naomi has blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes exactly like her dad's. She has a lot of spunk and is feisty yet calm. Currently, her favorite phrases to say are, "Go away!" "Stop it!" (this is the feisty part) "I did it!" "Hold you" "I come!" "I do it myself" and "Mama, watch this!" She also says, "I hungy" about 100 times a day and that's no exaggeration. 

She is a lucky little girl that has an adoring older brother who wants to play with her all day long. Carter's only frustration with Naomi is when she wants to do her own thing. She's been taught by him how to be silly and funny and loving and kind. But best of all, Carter has taught Naomi how to love her little sister.

I really don't have the right words to adequately express how much I love Naomi.

It's a long story that I may or may not ever get the time to write on this blog, but Naomi coming to our family healed me from one of the greatest struggles of my life. The moment she was laid into my arms, I was lifted and I have felt lifted by her sweet spirit ever since. 

She has a strong love for prayer, is good with her hands, has an undying love for her binky and blanket and loves to cuddle. She requests to sit on mine or Daron's lap for every meal and is almost impossible to discipline because she has a sensitive heart that is easily hurt. Physically she is tough. She rarely cries when hurt.  

Recently, she has been giving out of the blue hugs where her tiny hands grab the back of your neck and her eyes go wide and then she squeezes as tight as her tiny body can. Every time she does this to her dad, I can tell his heart is about to burst. She has the cutest giggle and laughs easily. She has wildly crooked baby teeth that are totally endearing and cheeks for days. She bosses her older brother around like it's her day job and loves to get a laugh from an audience. She's always been able to be happy on very little sleep and has been good at just rolling with it. She loves to eat peanut butter straight from the jar and would eat yogurt for every meal if I'd let her. 

She brings so much joy to her family and we consider ourselves so lucky that she's ours.
Happy Birthday, Naomi! Oh, how you are loved!

Apr 24, 2017

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

Exactly one year ago today Daron and I met Hanalei Bay for the first time. We were in Kauai celebrating 6 years of marriage. It was a Sunday. We woke early to get ready for church and make the stunning drive along the north shore to get to the church building. I remember so clearly the green, majestic mountains all around us and the wind on my face as we drove in our silver convertible.

After church, we headed to the St. Regis to have brunch. I'll never forget the first time I saw the view from the St. Regis hotel. Butterflies immediately filled my stomach and Daron and I couldn't stop laughing. Was this real life?! After we took a few pictures, we made our way to our table. 
While eating the most delicious food, Daron proceeded to tell me something completely out of the blue. I remember him comfortably leaning back in his chair, taking in the view and then saying to me, "So, a thought came to me while at church today that you're pregnant and that it's going to be okay."

My jaw dropped as I was stuffing my face with taro chocolate chip waffles. I couldn't believe what came out of his mouth. I asked him to repeat himself because I was in shock and had to hear it again. He was so calm as he again told me he believed I was pregnant and that although it was much sooner than we anticipated, the timing was right. He then described the peace that came over him after this thought came to him. 

Then he nonchalantly went back to eating his food while I sat there in disbelief.

And here we are one year later to the day...

snuggling this one every morning. It turns out Daron's thought at church was right. I was pregnant. VERY pregnant. Like, I felt sick on the airplane ride home pregnant... 

This trip was so magical. There are so many good memories from it I need to post pictures soon. I came home from the trip sicker than a dog and never got around to it!

Mar 1, 2017

OUR SHILOH GRACE


On January 14, 2017, we welcomed our 3rd child, second daughter, into the world. It was a gorgeous day here in San Diego. The sky was a perfect blue and there wasn't a cloud to be seen. Shiloh came weighing 8 lbs 6 oz and 20.5 in' long, our biggest baby yet. She was born mid-day, at 1:11 p.m. I burst into tears the second the nurse laid her on me. I couldn't stop crying and was so emotional. I had been so anxious to meet her for so, so long and there she was... finally! snuggled up on my chest and staring up at me, her mother. I felt so relieved to be meeting her, holding her and taking her all in. Daron and I spent the day analyzing every inch of her and feeling so grateful that we had another healthy baby girl. 

I first noticed her dark hair and almond eyes. I immediately recognized her look and couldn't stop gushing over her resemblance to her older brother. Her cheeks and lips were (and still are) irresistible. I must have kissed them 1,000 times while in the hospital. She currently is 6 weeks old now and I can't wait to catch up on documenting her life. It's been hard and chaotic and perfect all at the same time. I can't stop asking her how she is so perfect. It's hard to describe how my heart has felt since she was born but it's something I've never felt before. Basically, I think it may explode. 

More on that later... 

Welcome to the fam, Shiloh! 

Jan 26, 2017

FIRST DAY OF PRESCHOOL



This cheeser had his first day of preschool right after the new year. He would always tell me he didn't want to go but I knew he would love it. Thinking back on his first day still makes me laugh. I was set on being on time but somehow we found ourselves late. I was rushing Carter and Naomi inside, Carter was running with his cute backpack on yelling to me, "Mom! C'mon! I'm gonna' be late!" as my 9 month pregnant-self was waddling as fast as I could behind him. 

Suddenly, he lost his shoe and his face turned to sheer panic. I yell at him something about hurrying up and "Just get inside! We'll fix it once we're in there!" He's in shock and says, "Mom, I can't go inside with just one shoe!?" I couldn't help but die laughing. It was totally chaotic and jumbled, everything I had tried to not have it be. Not surprisingly too, Carter was reminding me about everything I needed to do.

"Mom, did you get my water bottle?"
"Mom, did you write my name on my snack?"
"Did you bring my extra pair of clothes?"

He just felt so old to me that morning. We felt like we were on the same playing field. I have a love/hate relationship with experiences that make me realize my sweet boy isn't a baby or toddler anymore. He's growing up and there's nothing I can do about it but I guess hang on and enjoy the ride.

Jan 16, 2017

A NEW BABY WITH A NEW YEAR!


I'm currently 40.5 weeks pregnant. The scene in the picture above has been one I've been taking in for weeks now. I've thought a lot about how fitting it is to add a fresh baby from heaven at the time of year that is also known for being a fresh start. 

This year, for 2017, I want to work on saying compliments when I think them. I want to see the best in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. A recent quote I saw on instagram articulated this goal perfectly - 

"Leave people better than you found them."

This particularly applies to Daron, the man that makes our world go round. I don't want positive things I think about Daron to go unsaid. I want Daron to know every little detail and reason of why I love him. I want to express gratitude to him more and tell him more why I appreciate him. I also want to be more patient with my children. My motto this year is "slow to anger." That sounds like I'm a bad mom but I have this habit where I am patient, patient, patient and then all of a sudden I'm really not patient. I also have a goal to read the church lessons before the lessons each Sunday so I can get the most out of them.

On New Years Eve, we were with friends and I was enthusiastically listing off all my aspirations and goals  for the coming year. Suddenly, one of the husbands in the room said, "This sounds good but you should probably just have the goal to get through this first year because you never know what life with a new baby is like." I was totally taken back but burst out laughing because he was sooo right! It was a total reality check for me. Somehow I forgot how unpredictable life is with a newborn and about how the only constant thing that first year is change and that I don't start accomplishing a regular to-do list for months - if I'm lucky!

So, with that, I also have one more goal - to be patient with myself. 

So excited for you, 2017!!!! 
{Favorite pictures of the year so far below}

Jan 12, 2017

MOONLIGHT BEACH AS A FAMILY OF FOUR


There was a day between Christmas and New Years that was totally dreamy and will always be remembered as one of my favorite days. We didn't do anything out of the ordinary... the morning was spent cleaning and organizing and after a later lunch we decided to take an unplanned trip to one of our favorite parks/beaches, Moonlight Beach. 

The weather was a little chilly but the kids wanted to play by the water anyway. The sunset was beautiful and the kids were so giggly and happy. Naomi was literally making me belly laugh and both she and Carter were so thrilled to just be with us.  I can hear their little giggles as I recall the night right now and it gives me butterflies! It was just one of those perfect days and for me, sort of felt like our last little hoorah as a family of four. It kind of reminded me of this day with Carter a few weeks before Naomi was born. I appreciate experiencing one perfect day before a new baby comes. It gives me closure and helps me feel ready for the life changing event of adding another little one! 

A LOVELY, SIMPLE CHRISTMAS


A few random photos from the week leading up to Christmas. I was a little nervous to have our first Christmas at home with our little family of four. I was worried it would be a little lonely since we usually are around tons more family but the holiday was surprisingly wonderful and definitely what my 37 weeks-pregnant-self needed. We kept things low key to eliminate as much stress as possible and it was a huge blessing. I learned a lot about the things that are worth doing and what maybe isn't worth doing and what traditions I want to start next year.

It was hilarious watching Naomi's favorite part of Christmas be throwing away all the wrapping paper and Carter... well that boy could open presents until he was dead! This year, Santa brought Carter a "balance" scooter (that's what Carter calls a scooter with two wheels instead of three) and Naomi a house of blocks. Santa knows his stuff because both gifts have been a hit! 

For me, it's most important that my kids feel the spirit of the true meaning of Christmas while also enjoying the different secular aspects and that after the holiday, we feel closer as a family. That's sort of the whole point right? I want to feel closer to my husband and kids after celebrating the birth of the Savior and feel like our relationships have been strengthened. Celebrating simply really helped us achieve that and made me already antsy for next year!