Change

Starting out 2015:

Ending 2015:

Our word for 2015 was "change." I don't think we could have embraced that word any more. Selling our house, saying goodbye to all of our friends and family, moving across the country...to a city I had never even visited! New job, new state, new house, again I trusted Joey to find us a place to live and sign a lease without me seeing it. Oh and finding out we're expecting a new baby! Any one of those events would be big on their own and we packed them all into one year. 

Seriously though, as I reflect over our year and think about things, I am so grateful.  January and February are such slow months, with cold and being inside a lot.  I talked about it a little on the blog, but I was so restless and ready for a change.  I prayed for change but didn't know what it would look like.  It scared me to put that prayer out there, but I knew we were ready for something different. Joey and I made that our "word of the year" and committed to embracing it.  Well I think its safe to say God answered that prayer.  Could anyone pack more change into a year?  Let's not forget I got a new haircut too! ;)

I get nostalgic looking back at pictures, but that is my goal.  I hope I can look back on every year and want to weep at how wonderful life was.  Thats all I can do.  Time is going to pass, babies are going to grow up, all I can do is make the most of every day and celebrate it, so that I can look back and know we lived it right.  The big days and the fun places and activites are wonderful, but the days I spend snuggled up inside with my boys are meant to be celebrated too.

This year taught me that there is no use making plans. I never would have foreseen at the beginning of this year where we would be at the end of it. But through this year I've been shown over and over that we are where we are supposed to be and that is just a "God thing." Things have worked out in ways that I can see God taking care of us, in the big and small details. What scares me is actually making my own plans. Who knows where I'd be if I followed those!? God's plan is always a better plan and a bigger dream than I can dream up for myself. 

Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
John 13:7 (NIV)

God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!
Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

Looking forward to 2016, most importantly welcoming a new baby boy into our family!
We'll have lots of visitors after the baby is born, and we hope to work it out to visit Kentucky this summer. We have a trip to the Grand Canyon planned and we're also hoping to find time to visit friends in California.

This time next year our life will look completely different. We'll be a family of 5!

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Everyday 2015 :: 25


December 19:
Building a snowman with Dad!

December 20:
Nana got Shep a Thomas bed for Christmas. We decided to give it to him a few days early in hopes it would motivate him to stay in his bed all night. We also were wanting to rearrange the boys rooms and switch the guest room to Shep's room and make the guest room the boys new shared room. So Joey spent a few hours moving the rooms then we surprised Shep with his new bed. He and Major were obsessed! Major jumped up and down for about an hour, yelling "All aboard! Choo choo!"

December 21:
28 week appointment with my midwife. 

So the first night of them sharing a room did not go well. This was our second night attempt. The main reason for letting them share a room was that Major keeps crawling out of his crib and turning on his light.  I'm worried he's going to hurt himself bc his crib is kind of high and I know he's letting himself drop. We thought letting him sleep in the room with Shep might motivate him to stay in a toddler bed. No such luck. We spent two nights in a row of both of us sitting in their room trying to get him to stay in bed. All he did was run back and forth between his bed and Shep's bed and picking toys to play with. This picture was taken when Shep tried laying in Major's bed to get him to lay down and sleep. We said it was hard to be mad when all we've heard for 2 hours was sweet little giggles. 
After this we gave up and put Major back in his own room and crib. And now he's back to waking up once a night. 
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December 22:
I love this handsome, happy face!

Safe to say Major is a fan of snow!

December 23:
My mother in law shipped us 3 dozen of our very favorite gingerbread men cookies from the bakery in Joey's hometown. They are so good!

December 24:
Christmas Eve service at church. 
Side story: We put both boys in the nursery but when we went in the service we realized a lot of parents brought their kids. We decided to get Shep from the nursery and let him sit with us. But, when I went to get him and asked if he wanted to go to "big church" with mom and dad he said, "No thanks, I want to stay at this church." So that was that!

December 25:
Christmas!

December 26:
UK vs UL! 

More fun playing in the snow. 

December 27:
Put this giant kitchen to good use ;)

December 28:
When mom is in charge of counting trains. 
#colorcoded
#wehad100butwecouldntfindthemall

December 29:

December 30:

December 31:

My top 9 Instagram posts of the year!

We're ringing in 2016 with a pizza, popcorn and movies. 
Happy New Year!
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2015 in Review :: October-December

October:
Fitting in all of our favorite Fall activities, more city exploring, soaked up the sunshine, celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary, had my grandma visiting for 2 weeks and Rhonda got here just in time for Halloween!




Celebrating the day we officially sold our Kentucky house. What a relief!

My grandma is here!


Pumpkin patch!

Our 6th anniversary. 

About 18.5 weeks:

We had so much fun with Grammy. 

Date night!

Pumpkin carving:

Our church's Trunk or Treat:

The boys were Thomas and Percy for Halloween. 

Nana is here!

November:
Nana was here for a week at the beginning of the month and Caity was here at the end to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. In between, lots more exploring our still new-to-us state. I'm sensing a theme?!

Hiking with Nana at Donut Falls:

Another good look at Baby #3 at 21 weeks:


Dinner on Nana's last night in town:

Children's museum in Salt Lake City:

Getting our book signed by Trey Lyles:

Night at the aquarium:

Park City for a few days:



Thanksgiving!

Put up the Christmas decorations:

Downtown SLC Christmas lights with Caity:


December:
Holiday activities, beginning to experience our first Utah winter, and Christmas!

Coca Cola Christmas parties at the aquarium for the kids and downtown SLC for the adults. 


The Nutcracker:

26.5 weeks:

Utah really does have "perfect snow."


Shepherd got a new Thomas bed from Nana, and to say he and Major were excited is an understatement!


Christmas Day:

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