Friday!

This week has been the best week, all because of SUNSHINE!!
We've been outside, everyday. The windows are open, the sun is shining, fresh air makes my children act right...its glorious...and its February, so that makes it even better.  This did not happen last year, in Utah.  Literally, this time last year, I was so pregnant and so miserable! I was giving myself pep talks to get through the MINUTE.
THANK YOU Jesus for this week!

On Monday, my sister in law was off work so we met up with her and my brother in law for an afternoon at the park. I don't usually take all three of them to the park on my own, but with Jen and Jeremy on aunt and uncle duty, we could handle it!

Have you ever seen a happier baby?
And look at his little amber teething necklace poking out.  I love it. Matches his brothers.





My best friend met us, too.  Max and Major were busy building a fire.


He insists on dressing himself, and its just so sweet.  


Jeremy helping out with the campfire. 




I don't know where Mills is for any of these pictures???


Major said, "Take a picture of us, Mom!" UM, you don't have to tell me twice. :)


Brotherly love! 


This sums up his personality perfectly ;)


While Shep was in school on Wednesday, we met Lindsay and her kids at Chick fil A.
Breaker and Isaiah, just a little over a month apart.


Please look at Major.


And I didn't even force this!



OK, to round out today I have three random things to share.

First, last weekend my mom and grandma were in town and it just so happened that some old home movies I had taken from my moms and sent off to turn into dvds, got back that day.  It was little 8mm tapes, so no one had literally ever watched them.  We had no idea what was on them.  You guys, I have never laughed so hard in my life.  One of them, the ENTIRE VIDEO was back and forth between my sister and I recording ourselves, when we were teenagers.   And y'all the only thing I did was sing.  And occasionally shit talk my sister.  OMG it was hilarious.  Then at one point, my sister snuck in my room and recorded how messy it was.  The back and forth between my sister and I talking bad about each other was so funny.  I called her and we were dying. I have zero recollection. Can we all say and AMEN that social media did not exist in our teenage years?


A little update on our dining room. I am honestly just overwhelmed with all of the house stuff.  There is so much we want to do, and no time to do it.  We are still not done painting :(
But here is our dining room, that is actually making progress! I've got plans for a wooden, beaded chandelier, some artwork and a few other things.

Finally, this is just random, and if you follow me on Snap, you already saw it. But isn't this funny? I accidentally made a pancake that looked like Donald Trump.



Happy weekend!
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Soundtrack of Our Lives :: What songs do you sing to your kids?

I have distinct memories of my mom singing my sister and I to sleep.  I'm sure she sang lots of songs, but the one I remember is the hymn Holy Ground.  Now I sing it to my boys as they fall asleep.

We are standing on Holy Ground
And I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His presence 
On Holy Ground

Each of our kids have a song that is "their song." With each of my pregnancies we've had a song that we picked for them, and these songs always take me back to being pregnant and their newborn days.

Major always wants me to rock him and always asks, "What's Breaker's song? What's Shepherd's song called? What's my song?"

Shepherd: Danny's Song (Kenny Loggins)
Major: My My Love (Joshua Radin)
Breaker: Daughter (Sleeping at Last)


Danny's Song

People smile and tell me I'm the lucky one
And we've only just begun
Think I'm gonna have a son
He will be like she and me, as free as a dove
Conceived in love
Sun is gonna shine above

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Seems as though, a month ago, I was Beta-Chi
Never got high
Oh, I was a sorry guy
And now, I smile and face the girl that shares my name
Now I'm through with the game
This boy will never be the same

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Pisces, Virgo rising is a very good sign
Strong and kind
And the little boy is mine
Now I see a family where there once was none
Now we've just begun
Yeah, we're gonna fly to the sun

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup
Drink it up
Love her and she'll bring you luck
And if you find she helps your mind, better take her home
Don't you live alone
Try to earn what lovers own

And even though we ain't got money
I'm so in love with you, honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the morning, when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright


My My Love


So many moons have come and gone all alone
I heard this song inside me to wait
I was told but now I found a different sound
I hear when you're around me
It's something new because of you
I hope I hear it forever

[Chorus:]
My, my love
I've been without you too long
My, my love
I've been running too fast to belong to anyone
But then you came along

When first I laid eyes upon your face
This song replaced all the others I have written
It's all brand new because of you
Feels like I've known you forever

[Chorus:]
My, my love
I've been without you too long
My, my love
I've been running too fast to belong to anyone
But then you came along

You warm me like sunshine
You cool me like summer rain
Just let me sit down beside you
Over and over again

[Chorus:]
My, my love
I've been without you too long
My, my love
I've been running too fast to belong to anyone
But then you came along



Daughter



If only you knew
The sunlight shines a little brighter,
The weight of the world’s a little lighter,
The stars lean in a little closer
All because of you.

I want to see
You lift your chin a little higher,
Open your eyes a little wider,
Speak your mind a little louder,
’cause you are royalty.

This is your kingdom,
This is your crown,
This is your story.
This is your moment,
Don’t look down..

You’re ready, born ready.
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
Our ceiling is your floor,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you,
If only you knew.

If only you knew
The forests grew a little greener,
The roots reach in little deeper,
The birds all sing a little sweeter,
All to welcome you.

I want to see
Your happily ever after,
That you know in your heart that you matter,
That you are royalty.

This is your kingdom,
This is your crown,
This is your story.
This is your moment,
Don’t look down.

You’re ready. born ready,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
Our ceiling is your floor,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.

You’re ready. born ready,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
Our ceiling is your floor,
And all you gotta do
Is put one foot in front of you.
If only you knew

This is your kingdom,
This is your crown,
This is your story.
This is your moment,
Don’t look down.

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I love these songs! We have other songs that are kind of collectively for all of them, but these are their main ones I think of for each of them.
I imagine dancing with them at their weddings some day to these, and I'll just embarrass all of them with my weeping.
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Bachelor Chat!



I just need to get this off my chest. I am so sick of ABC!
I'm talking to you, Chris Harrison!


I am fine with cliff hangers, but when they force spoilers on us by letting us know Rachel goes home, go ahead and give us a rose ceremony!

And unless Andi is coming back to say she made a mistake and she wants to be with Nick, its just annoying and fake feeling.

I was so excited about Nick's season because I always liked him, even on Andi's season. But this has just felt so produced and ABC has ruined so much with spoilers and I'm just annoyed.

I felt like on Andi and Kaitlyn's seasons, we saw more of Nick than we are on his own season.  Like we knew him better? None of his relationships feel developed, we haven't seen them talk about anything real or deep.

*I realize I'm talking about a reality tv show with a low success rate, but I refuse to feel embarrassed about this blog post ;)

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I would think Corrinne would go home, because while I'm sure being Instagram famous (#jealous) is lucrative right now, I don't think it's a big turn on to have the girl your dating assume being the breadwinner.
However, I think he will keep her around for fantasy suites.


I really like Raven, and I realized I think I have her voice. #i'mahick
Her hometown was fun, her family was sweet.  No complaints here.


BORING.


Vanessa's hometown date was the biggest snoozefest I've ever seen.



I feel like its obvious that Rachel is his best match, so I do want to see why he sends her home.  Although with how produced this season feels, I wouldn't be surprised if ABC was like "hey nows our chance to have our first black woman as the bachelorette, lets offer it to her so she'll turn down Nick."

WHEW I feel better sharing my feelings and I have no shame for how much I love this show ;)

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Friday!

I got so excited earlier this week when I spent all day Wednesday thinking it was Tuesday, then realized it was in fact Wednesday.  #workingfortheweekend

My mom and grandma are coming here tonight, so we are excited to see them!

Some pictures from the past week!

Last Saturday we went to Joey's work party.  It was actually really fun! We love some good dance music.


Sunday I took Shep to run errands with me and we were on the hunt for Thomas Valentines.  

I picked up dinner at O'Charley's and he thought he was so big sitting up at the bar.
 

This week Shepherd was the "Star Student" at school, so he got to decorate a poster to bring in and show the class.
Some highlights:
Favorite place: Walmart
When I grow up I want to be: Train driver


Major has been carrying around this shark all week that he got from Aunt Caity and Uncle Josh.  Appropriately named, Sharky ;)
Notice his bling he also insisted on wearing the preschool pickup.


Got into my makeup while I was on the phone with Tress.  (#bachelordiscussion)


Tried so hard to get a cute picture of Breaker for his first Valentine's Day.  For people who think he never cries, here you go:


However, after about 50 failed pictures of Breaker, Major came in and said "take my picture" and completely posed himself! I was cracking up.  I did adjust his legs because modesty.
I can see him printing these out in high school and giving them out to friends as Valentines.  


Daddy got home so we finally got a smile out of this one.


Minus the paci, doesn't he look so big here? Like a teenager. :(



Major's face when he realized I caught him sneaking an entire bag of Skittles.


Since Shep was the Star Student, I got to come to class and read a book of his choosing.  He decided to bring Trains. #pageturner #nonfiction
I summarized and skipped a few pages to keep things interesting and the first thing he said when we got in the car after school was, "Mom, you missed a few pages."
Nothing gets by him.


I love how he's been asking me to take him picture lately. #momsdreamcometrue


While Shep was in school, I took Maj and Breaks to Chick fil A.


Thought I was going to get a moment of peace while they played. No.  Breaker was not content to play on the ground, he wants to CLIMB.  I chased him up that slide over and over and over.


"UGH MOM!"


Shepherd is literally so sweet with him. He has been his #1 fan from the day he was born.  I walked around the corner to see them sitting like this and Shep giving him little tastes of his sucker.




Then Major came around the other corner and pelted them with a soccer ball.  #somuchforthat


Nursing :)


This would have been a nice way to act for his Valentine's Day picture.
Look at that sweet face covered in spit up! ;)


I love when they play together nicely.  Shep made up a classic older sibling game.  The rules were that Major had to go "shopping" upstairs (because Shep doesn't like to go upstairs without me) and bring him back down trains, which he was then not allowed to touch. 


Another sweet Shep and Breaker moment :)


I can just see them when they are teenagers, sitting at the island talking to me while I make them lunch.  Also, we are planning on remodeling our kitchen as soon as we find the time and I CANNOT WAIT. We bought that new fridge and then can't even use it because the water isn't hooked up on that side of the room and the electricity is weird and the outlet is connected to the light switch so if you turn of the lights, the fridge goes off too. OOOOOhh I can't wait to have the kitchen like I want it.


Kind of hard to tell, but the biggest goose egg I've ever seen on Major's head.  Ran full speed right into the corner of Breaker's crib.  Also, he's crying in that picture because I made him stop playing, not from the pain.  Otherwise we probably would have gone to the doctor.


Well, thats a bunch of random pictures from our week.  Have a good weekend!
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