kaya- 19 months!

(written April 21st)_MG_2030-2

Clothing size: 12-18 month pants, 12-18 month onesies, 2T tees, and 12-18 month jammies. Size 5 shoes.
Eyecolor: Hazel/Gray/Greenish.
Teeth: Eighteen!!! Out of nowhere, I noticed her lower 2-year molars poking most of the way through. I’m not sure how I missed their debut (especially since I do brush her teeth every day). It’s so crazy to me that she got them so early!
Eating: She’s back to being picky again. She’s a cheese-aholic (especially since we introduced her to the string variety) and only wants to eat off our plates. Sometimes, she’ll eat my salad with me, but she mostly wants just cereal, pretzels, or peanut butter. She still loves Mexican food, but it just depends on her mood whether she’ll eat it or not.
New words: Cheese, stretch, tickle, go, cocoa, quack, ruffruff, and bawk (like a chicken)! She’s still not talking a whole lot, but she’s definitely making a lot more effort lately. She is pretty much a pro at animal sounds!
Favorite things:
She is suddenly SO obsessed with ducks- real ones or the rubber kind. She gets so excited and quacks like crazy. She also loves going outside/running around, going down the slide, cuddling, bubbles, “reading” to us, and riding her rocking horse. She’ll also drop everything and dance for Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift!
Nothing that I can think of.
Bedtime is around 7-7:30 pm, and she wakes up around 8 or 8:30 am lately. Naps are about 2.5-3 hours long and usually start around 1 pm.
Milestones, etc.:
– She’s using a lot more words.
- She started going to nursery at church… sort of. She cries as soon as we get in the room and we can’t leave her side.
- She is a great helper. She throws away her own trash, empties the dishwasher with me, and helps load the clothes dryer.
- She can point to her toes, nose, ears, eyes, and mouth when asked!
- She gives hugs by request… cutest. thing. EVER.
- She can go down the slide all by herself!

Dear Kaya,

You are such a little monkey these days! We try to get outside and wear you out on every sunny afternoon we can. I love taking you for walks and seeing you stare at the world around you. You really love pointing out all the sheep, ducks, and puppies that we pass by!_MG_2064I’ve started to ask you “where’s your baby sister?”, and you’ll point at my belly. If I ask you to, you even give her a kiss! I just know you are going to be her best friend and my biggest little helper.

Love, Mommy

hop hop hop

At mealtime lately, Kaya has been saying “hop, hop, hop!” as her food gets closer and closer to her mouth. It’s adorable, and since we just celebrated Easter, I can’t think of a better title for this post!

If any food could really hop, it’d be these donut bunnies! This is how we started off our Sunday morning :)
Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetKaya was unsure about it at first, but she was overly excited when she realized that her breakfast was a bunny:_MG_207504202014kayacollage1The Easter Bunny made a stop at our house, and I think he spoiled Kaya just a little!_MG_2089(The Reese’s are to share with Daddy, of course…)_MG_209104202014kayacollage3_MG_2096She loved her puzzle and had to point out every chicken to Daddy._MG_2097Ponies…_MG_2118Her very favorite was this little wind-up bunny. It hops like crazy and she LOVES it._MG_2112She’ll give him a kiss, but is too afraid to pick him up. Jax was a little too interested (as you can see) and has already tried to eat it.04202014kayacollage2We had a great day at church. Michael gave a talk and I taught a lesson, which helped us both focus on the true meaning of Easter. I am so thankful for Christ and His resurrection, because this way I can keep my little family forever.

Jeff and Lelia came over and we all had pulled pork, potatoes, and salad as our holiday meal. Yum! I didn’t take any pictures, but we had a fun (and delicious) time! :)

egg hunt 2014

Saturday morning was our town’s community Easter egg hunt! Kaya was too little last year, so I was really looking forward to taking her this year!_MG_2030 She had her basket ready!_MG_2031There was a straw-covered, fenced-in area where the kids were supposed to find the eggs. Each kid was assigned a “helper” who would hide the eggs for them and help point them out while parents watched from the side.
_MG_2034 Kaya didn’t want to go in without us. Her helper threw one egg just inside the fence, and I think that’s the only one she actually “hunted”._MG_2036 We found our friends Katherine, Matt, and Mia, and they took a family photo for us :) IMG_2044

Even after the official egg hunt was finished, Kaya really liked spilling her eggs on the ground and picking them up over and over again._MG_2050 We met the Easter Bunny, but to my surprise, Kaya had NO reaction. No smiling. No screaming. No crying. She did wave goodbye to him, though._MG_2048 There were some painted bunnies that she liked to kiss…_MG_2053 After all the Easter-themed activities, Kaya and Mia played together on the swings and slide. Kaya even learned to go down all on her own!_MG_2064 _MG_2061

baby #2: 29 weeks

(written April 18th)_MG_2020

Baby’s size: 2.75 pounds and 16.75 inches long!
Maternity clothes?: Um… yes. These chilly mornings have me running in long pants again, which isn’t so great because they are borderline too small. Warm weather needs to stay so that I can run in loose-fitting shorts!
Gender: Sweet baby girl!
Sleep: Waking up to use the bathroom at least once, but otherwise good. I still feel like I need a nap every day…
Movement: She moves almost constantly now. I love touching her and feeling little arms/legs/hands/feet.
Cravings: Milk! Chocolate milk is especially good.
What I miss: My abs! I’ve been remembering how my postpartum tummy looked and how much work it took to get it feeling strong last time. Hopefully I can get there again!
Anything making you queasy or sick?: The glucose test drink. This might deserve a whole post of its own…
Belly Button in or out?: In… but getting flatter.
Exercising?: Ran 20.25 miles (one of those runs was 7.25 miles, which is my longest pregnant distance ever!) and walked 6.5.
Mood: Happy!
Best moment this week: Passing the glucose test!
Comparison: 29 weeks with Kaya!29weekcomparisonAnd Michael was just so excited to try out the updated version of the Android camera app, so he snapped this one of us! It’s supposed to create a kind of background blur/bokeh, but it kind of blurred out Kaya’s eye. Oops. She was fussy, but still cute! :) Love my girls.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset


the time michael (almost) singed off his eyebrows…

… because apparently, using lighter fluid can be trickier than it seems. Somehow, the fire just exploded from the grill and blew him backwards and onto the ground.

I’m so glad I didn’t actually see any of it happen.

His hair and eyelashes are a little shorter, but luckily that’s all (and we still had some pretty tasty food, so everything’s good, right?)
_MG_1990We had some much-needed sibling time this weekend. Kevin and Tori were driving through on their way back from Utah, and they decided to spend a day with us! We hardly get to see them, so it was a real treat. The weather was perfect for a cookout, so that’s exactly what we did!_MG_1991I love seeing Kaya get to know her aunts and uncles better!_MG_1993We finished off the evening with some homemade cookie bars, which tasted a little extra-amazing after all our running and biking earlier in the day. Spring weather, family time, and good food make for some of the best weekends :)

five on friday: poptarts, snail mail and ice cream

Five great moments:

ONE. Because I can’t text without making a million typos… and we think poo jokes are hilarious (#yeswearefiveyearsold). I’m glad Michael has the same weird sense of humor I do.

IMG_20140407_140718TWO. Speaking of pootarts poptarts, someone had her first taste of them while we were all sick. If it comes down to eating poptarts or not eating anything… well… at least she (happily) got some calories._MG_1926 _MG_1928

THREE. Suddenly, the grass is green and spring is HERE! We’ve been playing outside every day and I don’t know what we ever did being cooped up inside for all six months of winter.

_MG_1974FOUR. Does anyone still get excited for snail mail these days? I’m super pumped because I used to get Better Homes and Gardens magazine, but never renewed… so they sent me a deal to renew for three years for under $10 total. If it gets cheaper than that, I haven’t seen it!

FIVE. Michael took us on a date to Coldstone, and our little sweets-monster just couldn’t wait to dig in!Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetHave a sweet weekend!

Linking up with Natasha, April, Christina, and Darci today!

baby #2: 28 weeks

_MG_1967 (2)Baby’s size: Almost 2.5 pounds and 15.75 inches long!
Maternity clothes?: Yup. So comfy. I’m super excited that I actually look pregnant now and not like I just ate too many cookies!
Gender: Sweet baby girl!
Sleep: I wake up a lot and have very weird dreams, but other than that, good!
Movement: She’s crazy. I still feel most of her movement below my belly button, so today I asked my OB if he could tell what position she’s in. He is pretty certain she’s head-down, so that just means she likes to punch me a lot! If I touch my belly, sometimes it’s really hard and I can make out limbs (although I’m not sure which ones).
Cravings: Chocolate and Cadbury eggs!
What I miss: My belly has been sooo itchy these past few weeks… so, non-itchy skin? Haha.
Anything making you queasy or sick?: Doing pretty good :)
Belly Button in or out?: In… but getting flatter.
Exercising?: I only ran 14 and walked 6 miles… which wasn’t too bad considering that we were sick. Pelvic pressure has increased a lot in the past week, so that makes running a little less comfortable.
Mood: I’m starting to really feel like it’s crunch time… I don’t have diapers for this baby and haven’t even started her quilt. Ah!
Best moment this week: Watching General Conference with my family :)
Comparison: 28 weeks with Kaya!28weekcomparisonHere’s a collage of month 6… since we’re officially starting month 7 now (unbelievable)!month6collage

And just so Michael doesn’t feel left out…_MG_1963
(love you, buddy ;) )

conference weekend… aka we ate a lot of breakfast

This weekend was our church’s General Conference, which means that we get to stay home and listen to a whole lot of inspiring talks all weekend long. If you missed it or want to listen to any of the talks, you can get them all here!

General Conference weekend usually means that we cook a special breakfast. Pregnancy cravings must’ve gotten to me, because I made breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday. Baby wanted protein, and these German pancakes (they have six eggs in them. SIX.) definitely hit the spot. Way better than regular pancakes!

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset We had Ben and Brittany over for brunch before the session!Processed with VSCOcam Kaya might look like she was about to dig in… but she wouldn’t even try them.Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetOn Sunday morning, I made these cinnamon roll bites. Unlike the pancakes, Kaya ate a bunch of them! They’re a lot easier than regular cinnamon rolls, and just as tasty.
Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset I love sharing this special time with my little family (Kaya was actually watching conference when we took this picture)! It is so hard to believe that at the next conference in October, we’ll have two sweet girls to cuddle and love.Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetI’m so thankful that families are forever :) I’ll end this post with one of my very favorite quotes from President Uctdorf’s talk:



Hopefully Conference gave you the spiritual boost you needed! Happy Monday :)

baby #2: 27 weeks

(written April 2nd)_MG_1956

Seriously… how did we get here already? 3rd and FINAL trimester!

Baby’s size: About 15.25 inches long and just over two pounds.
Maternity clothes?: Yes, but I’m dying to go shopping for a few new things!
Gender: Little baby girl!
Sleep: We have been sick this week, so lots of sleep to try and recover.
Movement: If anything is touching my belly at all, even just lightly, she starts kicking and moving a lot! I still feel a lot of movements down low, but she’s also taking over the space above my belly button now, too.
Cravings: None really. Being sick really lowered my appetite.
What I miss: Sleeping on my back, but that’s all really.
Anything making you queasy or sick?: Lots of nausea this week, but I think it was just due to congestion and not really eating much.
Belly Button in or out?: In.
Exercising?: Ran 18 miles.
Mood: Excited!
Best moment this week: We finally decided that we are taking a trip to the beach, and I could not be more excited! :)
Comparison: 27 weeks with Kaya!27weekcomparison

april 2014 goals

I am so pleased with how well I did for March:

1. Don’t buy any sandwich bread. I baked bread from scratch all month long and I’m SO proud of myself for it!

2. Finish reading two books. I read one novel and I’ve been keeping up with the 90-day Book of Mormon challenge so I’m crossing this one off.

3. Complete two craft projects. One involved fondant, and the other involved sewing. I’m excited to show off both here soon!

4. Try four new recipes. I think we made at least six new ones. Mmmm!

5. Start going through Kaya’s baby clothes. Um. Oops. I still have time to do this so I’m honestly not too stressed about it.

And now on to April (how are we already a quarter of the way through the year?)!


1. Read one book and keep on keeping up with the Book of Mormon 90-day challenge.

2. Do two more crafts.

3. Choose a pattern and get supplies for Peanut’s quilt. I’ve looked at about a million different ones and still haven’t made an official decision. My mom-in-law helped me make a quilt for Kaya (which you can see in this post), so I’d like to keep up the tradition and do one for this baby too.

4. Make four more new recipes. This might seem redundant, but it helps me keep cooking, which is something I easily slack off on when I’m pregnant!

5. Order the space-saver bags and go through Kaya’s closet. For real this time.

6. Check ten things off this spring cleaning list. I do some of these items weekly, and some obviously don’t apply because we live in an apartment, but I’d like to do a little deep-cleaning around here before baby comes.