Monday, April 28, 2014

A Lazy Saturday Adventure

Sometimes when the weather is nice, the day ahead is empty of plans and you want somewhere to go, you go for a drive. Which is exactly what we did this past Saturday.

The age old question. East or West?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Highlight Reel: Busy Bodies

We've been busy around here as usual but the busiest one in the family is this boy. I take back everything I said about his learning to move making our life easier. Now that he is mobile, even if it is from a help of his walker, he is into everything. If he can reach it, he will claim it. He is very curious and has to check everything out.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Everett's 1st Egg Hunt

He had his basket (a cute $1 find at Target) and his sunglasses. Everett was all ready for his very first egg hunt, a day much anticipated by his parents. It would be so fun for Everett to sit among the hidden eggs. He might even find some on his own! We arrived at our church for the annual egg hunt excited and anxious for the fun to begin.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Sunday 2014

The Easter holiday is a holiday that most people look forward. There is the excitement of the first holiday of spring after a long winter. The excitement of all the holiday festivities; the Easter bunny, egg hunts and Easter baskets. Most families purchase new outfits, attend church services and are sure to get many family photos. Our family isn't any different but despite all of the excitement I don't want our family to lose the sight of why there is excitement in the first place.

I am thankful for the real meaning, that yes Easter is a celebration, but it is a celebration of my Savior conquering death, hell and the grave. Jesus Christ died on the cross for all man's sins, the weight that was upon Him overwhelms me. My own sins often overwhelm me but Jesus took all of mankind's sins. He is not a man who died a heroic death but a Savior and my God who won the war against sin and death. He died but was not defeated. Because of this I can approach His throne, because of this my sins can be forgiven, because of this I have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him and because of this I can enjoy being in His presence now. I am so thankful for a Savior, a Savior who is not dead but has risen!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Highlight Reel: Baby's Name & Everett Milestones

I wanted to capture a few more Everett milestones before I forgot them so this post is a little Everett overload. But he is not the only one to talk about especially since little man 2 now has a name! Since we were thinking this baby was a girl we hadn't considered many boy names. We headed back to the drawing board and have decided on Harrison Reid. Though I am a huge advocate for waiting to share names, it is nice to be able to call him by his name. With Everett I was always afraid Dustin and I were going to slip up though we never did. This time we can just say Harrison.

And speaking of Harrison, I am now 21 weeks pregnant with him and his kicks are getting stronger. He isn't super active or predictable yet but he likes reminding me that he's there. There is something about feeling the baby's kicks that can really ramp up your excitement for their arrival. It's hard to believe that we are going to have two babies in this house. I think it's starting to really set in for both Dustin and I and we are really starting to get excited. With Harrison being our second we have a better idea of what to expect. Knowing and experiencing what it is like to meet your baby for the first time and fall in love with him makes this pregnancy even more exciting.


Blowing raspberries and the slobbery aftermath.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Slowing Down the Blur

One thing that I have frequently heard, especially from mothers of children close in age, is that their child's childhood passed in a blur. Especially the beginning years when lack of sleep causes you to focus on just getting through the day. This upset me. Babies are only babies for so long and being told I wouldn't remember much of my baby's babyhood was disappointing. Who wants to forget those moments? Certainly not me! I wanted and needed to remember each moment I possibly could. Since it didn't sound very possible I was encouraged and determined to begin this blog.

Attempt #1 - A basic shot.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Everett's First Park Day

A gorgeous day requires an outing to the park. It's a must. This was also Everett's very first trip to the park and we were excited to see what he thought. On the top of our park to-do list was trying out the swings.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Highlight Reel: Introduction

Sometimes my life is a little on the boring side. The daily routine of life doesn't always lend to the most exciting stories unless you are interested in what food my baby ate, how many times I had to pick up my house, etc. etc. and most aren't. But there is always something each day worth recording. Enter the Highlight Reel posts. Each day I want to record those special moments and log them to memory, the Highlight Reel posts will help me do that. Here are a few highlights from this past week.


A bottle malfunction. Not necessarily a highlight but too cute not to share. I'm not sure how this happens but it does. I gave him a quick bottle while I got ready for church and came back to this. The bottle empty and half of it on his face and the surrounding blanket area. Silly boy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Big Reveal

The day finally had arrived. The day we were going to "see" our second child, confirm that he/she was healthy and growing well and discover if they were a boy or a girl. Dustin and I were both very eager and Everett just couldn't contain his excitement.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Making Room

So it turns out that even second babies need to be rearranged for. It also turns out that Dustin and I are secret hoarders. Well, it's no secret to us but to anyone else... Surprise!

The David's Bridal bag? Yeah, that's what happens with a treasured wedding dress after just five years.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Baby Milestones

When you have a baby everyone tells you that it goes by fast but you don't really appreciate that statement until the baby arrives. Everett is now seven months old and learning new things constantly. I'm sure all parents feel this way but it seems like all the baby milestones are being met at once and we can't keep up. Our baby is on his way to becoming a toddler and fast!


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