The Utah Capitol building

One of my dad's many hobbies is US capitals. He and my mom love to travel, and they've been to every state capital in every state they've visited. So when my family was in town after Breaker was born, of course we had to go to the state capital! 

We love giving the boys new experiences and exposing them to new places. I know they're really young, and especially Major probably won't even remember it. But I hope we instill in them the desire to get out and explore and see new things everywhere they go. 

Outside the Utah Supreme Court. 

House of Representatives. 

Major and Hallie. The building was beautiful. 

The entire building had these big pictures lining the walls. It was explaining the history of the building and its recent remodel. Shepherd literally stopped at each one and made me tell him what it said.  It really made me want to homeschool him, although I guess I can still take him out and teach him things without doing the homeschool thing. 

Shepherd and Major with Pappy. 

And with me!

Since we were so close, we also walked around Temple Square. Here I am I think 3 weeks post partum when I'm not supposed to pick up anything heavier than Breaker, wearing Breaker and holding Major because I felt sorry for him. He had started to run away from us under the rope and my parents and I all three at the same time yelled No! and made him sad. This was inside the Tabernacle building where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs. 

Postcard perfect, in my opinion ;)

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My family's visit :: 2

A few more pictures from when my parents and sister were here when Breaker was about 2/3 weeks old. There are so many fun things to do in Utah, we wish all of our friends and family could come spend time with us. Being a few weeks post partum, and following a major surgery, on top of the rainy season weather, we didn't get to go out and about as much as my family normally would.
This day it was cold and rainy so we went to the mall to let the boys ride the train. 
I love this mountain view!

If Hallie is with us, she's always the one who "gets" to take the boys on rides ;)

Being brothers. 


Gigi with her grand babies. 

Having family in town to help meant we finally took the boys to the dentist! Haha

No Cavity Club!
(I was seriously worried)

Having family in town meant we also got a date night! Our third wheel was super cute. 

Shep loved going on walks w Pappy. My dad seriously walks for miles and miles every day. 

Since my family wasn't with them for either of their birthdays this year, my mom wanted to have a little celebration so she got them cupcakes and presents and we had a mini birthday party. 

Park time with Gigi. Never mind our Halloween pajamas in March ;)
(Add that to the list of things I no longer care about.)

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My family's visit

My family meeting Breaker for the first time! He was 2 weeks old. 

I was so happy to not be pregnant anymore and have people to get out of the house with so....

I thought it was a great idea to go walk around a canyon at 14 days postpartum. 

We always make fun of my dad and say he looks like he's a hit man for the mafia and we would definitely cross the street if we were walking towards him. 

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What it's like having 3 kids

I'm woken up by my middle child standing over the sleeping baby and trying to feed him his blue Popsicle. It's 7:30am but he's been up since 6. Luckily Joey got up with him, since I'd already been up throughout the night with Breaker. 

I'm in the living room and trying to ignore the fact that I haven't seen Major for a good 3 minutes. I go to find him and he's used a step stool to hoist himself onto the kitchen counter and is playing in the sink with all the dirty dishes and the water on full blast. Didn't know he could do that. 

I walk past the playroom and Major is sweetly playing at the train table. So what he's butt naked, at least he's happily playing. He looks up at me and smiles. "Pee, Mommy." I look closer and sure enough, pee is dripping from the table, covering tracks and trains. I clean it up and while I'm washing my hands I hear, "I pooped, Mommy!" While I was busy cleaning up the pee, he pooped on the floor. Carpet in case you were worried. I clean it up and wipe Major's butt. Wash my hands and take him to finally put clothes on him. Realize there is poop on his feet and hands. Ughhhh. I'd also like to mention that while all this is going on, Breaker is screaming and Shepherd has reminded me 35 times that I haven't got his breakfast yet. 

It's 9:38 am. Just 9 more hours to go until Joey gets home from work. 

When I was pregnant with Breaker I remember reading a blog post about "what was your hardest transition" talking about having kids. I thought, going from zero to one was actually delightful. Going from one to two was easy. Well, I'm here to tell you, my hardest transition has been going from two to three! 

My house looks like no adults live here. It's Friday and right now my second load of laundry for the WEEK has finally made its way to the dryer, because the first load sat there since Monday, continually going through the cycle, hoping the wrinkles would fall out and I'd get a chance to hang it up. I haven't been well rested in four years. Yesterday while I was nursing Breaker, Shep came in the room with blue marker all over his face and hands and somehow it looked like he'd drawn a penis on his face. I had a flash forward to slumber parties. (Do boys have slumber parties? Or is that just a girl thing?) I didn't feel like cleaning him up so I sent him outside to play with the water hose. 

I'm embarrassed to say this, but we can't remember the last time we bathed Breaker, but it's definitely been over 3 weeks. That's on the to do list tonight, but I'm not making any promises. I've found this to be pretty accurate:

Looking at the concerns of parents of one and two children, I can tell you I'm worried about exactly one of them, although in the past I was have worried about most of them at some time or other. (On time vaccines in case you were wondering.)

Well, on a different note, I have about a million blog posts I need to catch up on, going all the way back to Breaker's first week. For the past two weeks we've been on vacation and this week we've been home trying to get back in our groove. Maybe this weekend I'll have some time to blog. I don't know though, they keep me pretty busy ;)

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