33 Weeks

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HOW FAR ALONG: 33 weeks

GENDER: Girl!! Kellen was convinced from day one we were having a girl. I had this little mama nudge that said he was right but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. We couldn’t be happier!

MOVEMENT: Dawson has been having so much feeling “baby sisser” kicking. His eyes get huge and he says, “Ah!! She kick me, mama!”

HOW BIG IS BABY: baby is about the size of a pineapple

NAME: We’re getting closer to deciding but we need to see that cute face before we name her.


HOW’S MAMA DOING: I’m feeling great! Baby girl’s nursery is almost done and I’m in love with it(I’ll post pictures soon). It might just be my favorite room in our house. All of the baby prep is winding down and my sweet girl will be here NEXT month!! It feels so surreal and I cannot wait to hold my baby and kiss her little cheeks. It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with big brother so I’m lucky that he’s such a patient little guy. I’m so looking forward to watching Dawson become an older brother, he’ll be the sweetest one around!

The Darndest Things: July 2014 Edition

to remember the sweet and silly things he says

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetWhen I asked him what he dreamed about last night..


After telling him he needed to take a nap..

Sorry, mom. I just wanna play with toys.

While feeling baby sister move.. 

Whoa! Baby sister kick me!!

Dawson’s baby sister is in Dawson’s tummy.

When asked what we should name baby sister.. 




Baby sister

Green baby sister


After being told he looks like Kellen..

Daddy! I look like you. Eww!!!

Out of the blue..

Mommy! You’re a beautiful princess!!

Exploring Mt. Lemmon

We’ve lived in Tucson for seven months now and that entire time we’ve been wanting to explore Mt. Lemmon. We finally got around to it on Saturday! It is absolutely beautiful and about twenty degrees cooler than the valley. My boys had so much fun running around, finding sticks, and climbing up stuff. I got my fair share of sideways glances for following right behind them with my big pregnant belly. At the top of the mountain there’s a small pond lake that we’ve talked about taking Dawson fishing at. When we got up there we noticed most people were catching buckets and buckets full of crayfish! It’s all Kellen has been able to talk about since. I think we’ll be spending a lot more time this summer “climbin’ a mountain”, as Dawson calls it. DSC_0994_0823_edited-1

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30 Weeks With Baby Girl


We’re pretty darn close to single digits in our weekly count down & I’m wishing I had taken the time to document this beautiful experience from the beginning. So here I am doing my first baby bump update. Better late than never right?

HOW FAR ALONG: 30 weeks & 1 day

GENDER: Girl!! Kellen was convinced from day one we were having a girl. I had this little mama nudge that said he was right but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. We couldn’t be happier!

MOVEMENT: This girl is an active one! Her little feet are kicking away all day, every day. It’s always high up in my ribs on the right side, just like her big brother.

HOW BIG IS BABY: 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds, about the size of a large cabbage.

NAME: Her middle name will be Joanne after Kellen’s sweet grandma. First name is still up in the air but on the list we have Claire, Hazel, Eleanor, and then the two or three new ones that we throw around each day.


After such an easy pregnancy with Dawson I expected a similar experience with this one. It’s been more of a challenge but I love it all the same. The past week I’ve been on a baby high & the excitement in our home just keeps building. We can hardly wait for baby girl to come into our family! I’ve gone into a deep, crazy nesting mode. My days consist of cleaning and organizing until we hit the pool or I pass out on the couch with an entire row of otter pops. I’ve been feeling the usual pregnancy discomforts that come with the third trimester(and raising a toddler)…backaches, a big belly, & exhaustion. Along with that, my emotions take me for a roller coaster ride nearly every day… or hour. The anticipation of meeting our sweet girl is growing each day and I couldn’t be happier!











Water Baby

I was completely dreading the Arizona summers from the minute I heard this would be our new home. Do you want to know something crazy? I kind of love it. I love that we can play in the water all day every day. I love the afternoon snuggles and endless popsicles. Dawson has been having so much fun at the pool that we decided to try out a little wiggly caterpillar sprinkler. I’m blaming the tears on the fact that we tested it out ten minutes before bedtime… We’ll try again tomorrow!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

In our house we love to read and imagine; two main ingredients in a magical childhood. Today we stuck our noses(quite literally) in one of our very loved, very worn out books & we imagined. We imagined how hungry a little caterpillar would be. In fact, ours were so hungry they ate through lots of toy peaches and even more toy popsicles. After all that eating they were ready for a race. They ran even faster than the Incredibles AND Lighting McQueen. All that racing wore them out and they took a “biggie nap”. Boy, were those caterpillars surprised when they woke up and they had the most beautiful wings! Now they were ready for a flying race. This time they were twice as fast as the “Intedibles” and “Muhh-Queen”.

DSC_0879_0741_edited-1 DSC_0865_0730_edited-1 DSC_0876_0740_edited-1 DSC_0910_0749_edited-1Between growing a human and taming the tantrums of a toddler I seem to miss it. My eyes somehow pass over the beauty of the life I live. It’s dishes, laundry & a tired body. It’s counting down until bedtime and trying not to lose my patience. Then my heart catches up to what my eyes have mistakenly missed. I am a mother. I provide life for my little ones and then teach them how to live it well. I am ever watchful and aware of needs beyond my own. I am giving all of me because I love them so deeply. It is beautiful, truly. I wish I knew how to fully appreciate it in each moment. The days are long but each night I find myself wishing I had done something more. The most wonderful thing of all is the opportunity to wake up the next morning and begin again. Each new day is bright & filled with moments of redemption for yesterday’s shortcomings. In the end I believe motherhood is something to be lived day by day. It’s the only way to love it for all that it is. 

Fourth(+3 days) Celebrations

We spent our Fourth of July unpacking and settling in after being away from home for over a month. It never gets easier to be apart, in fact it’s getting tougher on Dawson the older he gets. Dawson’s been Daddy’s little shadow and melt down comes nearly every time Daddy is out of his sight for more than two minutes. Whenever we head out swimming, grocery shopping or even taking out the garbage he has to make sure, “Daddy’s coming??” Their relationship is something I treasure so close to my heart. Kellen is an incredible father and I couldn’t imagine a better example for my son. As I’m writing this I can hear cheers coming from the bathroom… Dawson just peed on the potty standing up like a big boy! We are so happy to be home, living the day-to-day moments that we long for when we’re apart. We’ve been relaxing and soaking in this much-needed family time. Today my two pyromaniacs made up for missing the celebrations last week with fireworks before the sun even set.

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Little Horseman

Before we left for Utah last month Kellen & I told Dawson all about Grandma’s horse. He couldn’t wait to ride a horsey and talked about it nonstop. When it came time to meet the horse he was a little more hesitant about the whole thing. Horses are big and maybe a little scary when you’re two. Dawson decided he really could wait to ride one. In the picture below he was jumping into Kellen’s arms saying, “Daddy!! He’s… looking at me!” All the nerves disappeared as soon as he saw his daddy in the saddle of “Little Joe” this morning.

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This Beautiful Life

Writing on this little blog has always been something I’ve enjoyed. It seems that somewhere between pregnancy, a big move, & a growing boy it’s been neglected. So here’s my attempt to dust it off and rededicate myself to something I’m passionate about. There have been so many moments lately that I’m wishing I had taken the time to photograph, write about & save forever. Life seems to whiz right by me when I’m not taking the time to document the big and small. My toddler is becoming a little boy. My belly is becoming a basketball. My husband is as hard-working, handsome and sweet as ever. Life is beautiful & I want to remember it just as I’m living it now.

We’ve spent the last few weeks spread out between Idaho, Utah, & California. A trip to the lake with my sister, soaking in the little time we get with cousins & more training for Kellen in San Diego. It’s been a whirlwind of a month & it’s coming to a bittersweet end tomorrow, as we celebrate the life of Kellen’s sweet grandma Joanne. My heart has been so full. I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible people & the best part is I get to call them my family.

The Darndest Things: June 2014 Edition

to remember the sweet + silly things he says 

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standing up in the middle of the night

I broke my legs mom!! I broke my legs!!


sitting on the couch with the whole family

I love you people.


after asking him for the 100th time if he needed to use the potty

Don’t keep buggin’ me mom!!


referring to a crocodile 

I like that crocadino.


after looking at a picture of a camel

I wanna ride that baby camel!


running around the park



sitting next to his uncle

You’re Jesus, Derek.


after realizing his grandma was gone

Where’s my Shellie?


while looking at mama’s growing belly

I put baby sister in my tummy.


in his sleep

Bears like ice cream.


attempting to say “uncle garrett”

Gunckle Cheese!