Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What Matters Most

This isn't a post about about "New year, New me" crap. Every year everyone has the same goal. You can read more about that on my sister in laws blog, because I don't feel like going into that.Click here for the wise words of Brittany. I want to get to the point of what I wanted to write about.
I hate setting New Years goals. Maybe I'm afraid of failure our maybe I just know I won't complete my goal. For the last five years at least I haven't made any goals. I won't make "goals" this year either. I just want to improve on things. Yes, that does sound like a goal... but I really hate the cliche New Years Goals... or even that phrase.
A New year is a clean slate. Just like how every Monday I tell my self I'm going to eat better this week, cook more, work out... blah blah blah. You get my point. Then by Wednesday I haven't done anything so I tell my self that I will start again Monday. You're laughing because we have all been there.
Anyways, back to the point of this post. Lexi is getting older, obviously. She's noticing more things and getting into a routine of things. Every since Maya has been born we have been slacking on parenting. We are just tired. We plop Lex in front of the tv too much for bed time. We are horrible at eating at the table. Lexi almost expects to eat with a show on! When I started realizing this, I wanted to smack myself.
Putting Lexi to bed is one of my favorite parts of my day. I can finally devote my full attention to her. I love spending 45 minutes on puzzles, books, singing, prayers, and building stairs out of blocks. So why was I giving that up? Honestly it was because Broc and I were being lazy. We wanted our time together to watch tv. What is going to benefit my girls more... watching Toy Story for the fifth time that day while they fall asleep or having their mother and father spend time with them, talk about their day, and just use that time for them.
I choose them.
I am not saying I'm a perfect parent, but I try really hard to be a good one. I want to do things that will benefit my family in the long run and not whats easy.
So number one thing I want to improve on this year is my parenting. After all that is why God sent me these two beautiful children. To teach them.
Second, I really want improve on my cooking. (About time, right Broc?)
I want to cook more. There is always excuses not to cook. Ive used them all!
But as my girls are getting older, I want them to know food. Im sick of making frozen nuggets while Broc and I eat real food. Kids are only picky eaters because of their parents. Trust me, I'm super picky. I don't even like pizza!
Third. Make my home and life more Christ centered. My family really needs to improve on daily scripture reading, family prayers, temple attendance, and making family home evening more than excuse for ice cream. My mom always planned something to teach us, even though we didn't listen. I still remember the lessons and her trying. After all, isn't this life about preparing us for the next one?
Of course I want to improve on the generic goals. I want to lose weight, budget better, and what ever else there is...but right now I really want to focus on what Christ sent me to this earth to do. Be a better mother/wife and come closer to him.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Relying on The Lord

As I reflect back on this year I can't help but feel grateful and happy. This year Broc and I relied on the Lord  a lot. It was a really great year. That will be another post though.
At the first of the year Broc and I talked about selling our town house and finding a bigger one with a yard. We were expecting our second child in June, so we both wanted to do it and do it fast. We listed our town home in March I believe and it sold in less than a month. We were out by April 10th. Did we have a home of our own to move into? Nope. Broc's parents were nice enough to shelter us for a month. We were in the works of signing paper work, but we couldn't move in until May.

Broc and I both agreed on what we wanted for a new home. We couldn't find it. We looked every day online and looked at a ton of houses with our realtor, but none of them felt right. Broc showed up a home online and I didn't think it was the cutest. It obviously needed some work, but I agreed to go look at it.
We pulled up and it still wasn't at the top of my list. As soon as we walked in, it felt like home. Besides the hideous purple wall, five different types of flooring in a 3 ft radius, the original carpets in the basement from the late 80's, and every other room needing new paint- it felt like home. As soon as we walked in I could imagine Lexi running around with her sister, having family over, and never keeping the house clean because it was so big.
All that is my life now. I love it.
Well, Broc told me not to get my hopes up about it because it was out of or price range. I still spent every waking minute on Pinterest looking at DIY projects because I felt that this house was for us.
Over the next week we looked at about 5 more houses. I disliked almost every single one. We agreed to go look back at the house I loved. We took Broc's mom so she would look around and help us decided. (Thanks Kiera)

We prayed about it over the next few days and both felt that it was a good move. We went back and forth with the owner trying to get a good deal. We ended up paying a bit more than we wanted, but we knew it was where we needed to be. As I personally prayed about it I couldn't help but feel that we needed this house to strengthen our relationship with the Lord. Now, you may be thinking " How on earth can a house strengthen a relationship?"
Well, you and me both pal.
That is just what I was feeling. I am so glad we made the move. I have seen so many blessings. We have definitely strengthened our relationship with the Lord.
Shortly after we moved in we had nothing but problems. I was so worried that we made a horrible choice, but I kept reminding my self that this is where we needed to be.
 Even if the A/C went out in June while I was 9 months pregnant and the home warranty wouldn't cover it.  We couldn't afford a new one. We would have to pay out of pocket. It was something we truly needed though, especially with a newborn. As soon as our home warranty company said that they would not cover a new A/C, I was a mess. I always had a prayer in my heart that we would find a way to afford a new one. After calling around no one would help us. No one did payment plans. I called one specific company the receptionist said that they couldn't help us with a payment plan. Lucky for us, the lord was looking out for our family. The boss happened to be standing by the desk and he called us back right away saying that he could probably help us out.
The money that we are now spending monthly on our AC payments would be what we would use to fix up our house. Let me tell you, that is a huge frustration. We planned on fixing it up right away; but our money was taken else where. In time, we will get it done.

Next, our A/C in the basement wasn't working. Guess who wouldn't cover that either.
Then we had a leak in our ceiling.
Now, our kitchen sink has a leak and we need a new disposal.
It seems to never end and I am worried about what will happen next.
I joked with the A/C guys that if its going to go wrong, it will happen to us. I told them that it would be my luck that while they are installing the A/C it would probably fall through the ceiling and the home warranty company wouldn't fix that either. At least that didn't happen...yet.

Moving into this house we knew money would be tighter than what we were used to. We knew it would be a good thing because we really needed to learn how to budget better. We are still working on it, but I have seen an improvement.
Broc was called to be in the Elder Quorum Presidency shortly after we moved here and I feel that our home needed that leadership and everything that he has gained from that calling.
Our Ward has been nothing but welcoming and we really enjoy going to church.

Writing all this, I can't help but think about the blessings of tithing. Broc and I are usually pretty good at paying tithing. I credit that to my mom. She is amazing in that and growing up I saw the blessings for her. Anyway...
When we closed on our town home we got back A LOT less than we expected. We were pretty much broke! The next week, we got a check in the mail for $500! I was about to throw the envelope

Monday, December 29, 2014

Miss Maya: An eye opener

Maya has given Broc and I the hardest six months of our life. I can't speak for Broc but I'm pretty sure he would agree. We love Miss Maya with all our hearts. But sometimes she makes us want to pull out our hair. This morning Broc did mention that his hair was falling out...

Anyway. Last night was horrible. This kiddo would not stay asleep. Maya is the type of baby that can't go to sleep unless she swaddled and in a dark room. So we always put her to sleep in her room. She kept waking up every 15-30 minutes. Finally we got her down and finished what we were watching in television. 
We go upstairs to lay down and as soon as I close my eyes....
She screams.
I go in there. She keeps screaming and screaming and screaming! Finally after a bit I get her to sleep. As soon as I open the door she screams. (How do babies know?)
I was very frustrated at this point. I had gotten up several times, re swaddled, placed the binky in, rocked, and ran up and down the stairs a thousand times. 
I swoop Maya up and step outside her room to go make a bottle and  I just break down. I was crying because I was tired and mad. I just didn't understand why Heavenly Father was not answering my prayers for 6 months. I had been praying for sleep and patience. 
It was such a long night. Maya never slept soundly. I cradled her a lot that night.  
I remember saying my prayers last night and just asking my Heavenly Father for more patience. Asking him to help me be a better mom and find what works for Maya. 
Even though I didn't sleep well, I had the most comforting dream. 
I won't go into detail about it, but it was what I needed. (It might sound weird to people.)
Heavenly Father knows what we need. Christ is our friend. He understands. He has felt what I was feeling last night. He knows. 
I know that my Heavenly Father sent Maya here to teach me something. To teach Broc and I something. I'm betting on patience. Being awake before seven this morning, I wasn't happy. I had Broc put Maya in her walker while he showered so I could catch a few more minutes of sleep. I knew it wouldn't work, but it was worth a shot. I finally decide that I will get up. So I did. I changed diapers, had Maya finish of her bottle and she was ready to go back to sleep. I used that time to snuggle with Lexi while she watched some toons and I got about 30 more minutes. 
Maya woke up, I was slightly frustrated but decided to make the best of it. As I've been awake this morning I've been reflecting on my dream a lot. It really was so comforting and in a way an answer to some prayers.
(I just want to make it clear that Im not saying that in anyway did I have a vision or epiphany... It was just a weird dream that made things more clear to me.)
I still have a long way to go, but it's just a nice reminder that I'm not alone and Christ knows my pain. My pain may not be as bad as others, but it's still my pain and he cares. 
I'm so thankful for Broc. He steps in when I just can't take it anymore and he understands my frustration. We both agree life was way easier before kids, but definitely not as rewarding.

 We love this girl. I would never want anyone to think different. Maya is just a little more difficult than what we are used to. This girl has the sweetest smile and such an adorable laugh. I am thankful that she is ours.  Oh, and when shebis a teenager wanting to sleep in...thats not gonna happen.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dear Maya (6 months)

Dear Maya,
Has it really been half a year already! Time is flying by. I was so excited for you to grow up and start doing things, but now I want you to slow down a little bit. This morning I sat you down in your crib while I picked out your outfit and when I turned around you were almost pulling your self up! 
I can't believe you are almost crawling! I think you will take off any day.
Maya, you are nothing like your sister! Your sister was a much easier baby. You still like to be swaddled. You are not sleeping through the night, you are not a huge cuddler, and you are tiny. 
You wake up as soon as we get home and scream until you are out of your car seat.
I can track your dirty diapers down to the minute...
Rice does not make you sleep through the night like it did your sister.
You might not be like your sister or as easy, but you are so adorable and we love you. 
You make me want to pull out my hair sendays, but your laugh and smile is to die for. 
I'm wl glad that you are ours. Even if you make your dad not want to have any more children. One day we won't have to swaddle you. (Hopefully) My little Maya burrito, how we love you! 
Thanks for finally starting to become a normal baby and not screaming all day. 
Part of that was our fault though...
I feel like we are finally get your routine down though, and it makes the days easiesr. I can't wait to see what the next six months hold.

The only thing Lexi and Maya have in common is their stats are the same for this age. 
Six Month Stats:
Height-26.5inches (70%)
Weight:17 lbs (67%)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Maya 5 months

Maya Quetzaly is five months old! 
How cute is my baby? 

Maya has mastered sitting up! She is much happier now. I can tell that she is ready to crawl at any second. I just don't think her little arms are strong enough! I'm not in a big hurry, I need to baby proof!

 Maya has been eating some baby food for a bit. The last two days she has really started to get into it. 
Today she was so fussy! She didn't want anything to do with her bottle. I figured, what would it hurt to give some baby food. 
Well ate it dry!
I am really interested to try the Baby Led Weaning. I keep meaning to read about it, but I always get busy. Can you imagine why?

Maya can still be a complicated baby at times. Lexi was so easy! Miss Maya is a busy body. When she has a bottle she usually hates to be cradled. Getting her to sleep...
A few weeks ago I thought I had it all figured out! Life was good. When she was tired I would just swaddled her and she was out! Then she figured out rolling over and all that went to waste! Now, we are working on finding something. She is sleeping in her room most nights. Naps are usually in her room too. Unless I am in NEED for a long one...then I will snuggle her in my bed. Which I always enjoy! Some days she will still sleep only 20 minutes at a time. Very annoying. Anyways, we will get it down! For now, we are doing what works best for us! 

I love this girl. Even though some days she makes me want to pull my hair out. She always gives me smiles everyday. I can't wait until her and Lexi are causing trouble and entertaining each other!

Lexi Lou Update!

With one blog post down (Fall Fun) and about 3 to go! I figured I would start with my Lexi Lou.  Lexi is now just over two years old. She is growing up a ton. She is talking so well! I know its true because other people are starting to understand her. I love having little conversations with her. She is such a little chatterbox too. 
Lexi loves playing in our basement. She can't reach the light switches yet so when she wants to go down she comes to me and says,
"Mommy down stairs, dark!"
(My basement dosen't usually look like this BTW)

 A few weeks ago we went to another farm and of course Lexi loved it. She had her face painted. 

 For about 3 months now Lexi has been in gymnastics. She loves going. I can tell that she has learned a lot from this class. If you ever want something to do for your kiddos 18 month-3 years check out the Parent Tot class at Barefoot Gymnastics!

 This girly seems so busy. She loves playing with her babies. Right now her favorites are her Doc McStuffins doll and all her Lalaloopsy dolls. 

I was just watching videos of Lexi from a year ago and CAN'T believe how fast time has gone. 
Lexi's favorite foods:
-Cheese Crackers
-Fruit Snacks
-French Fries
-Green Beans

Lexi loves Apple Juice and Milk!

Lexi's favorite shows:
-Bubble Guppies
-Peppa Pig

Lexi's favorite things to do:
-Watch a show in moms bed
-Play with Madden and Chloe
-Go to Grandma and Grandpas
-Go on walks

Lexi has been doing so well in church nursery. When we first moved into our current ward, I didn't like our nursery very much. It was very structred and she wasn't used to that. Now, she will go in and fuss for a moment and then when I come to pick her up she is having so much fun! She is so sweet. She knows we say prayers at night. She usually gets what she wants, but we are working on the whole spoiling thing!
Lexi loves her little sister. Now that Maya is a bit more active, Lexi has been playing and talking to her more often. She even brings her toys to play with.
I love this girl with every ounce in my body! She is my best friend. I love having lunch with her every day, playing with her, bathing her, and snuggling with her to bed. She is such a sweet sister and daughter. I'm so glad that she is ours. 

Fall Fun!

Okay, It has been way to long since I have updated. My phone needed some serious cleaning up so now is a great chance! Lets start back towards the beginning of October. 

We did our yearly Staheli Farm night as a family. Days before we went we kept telling Lexi how we were going to see animals at the farm. Each day she asked us when we were going. So when we finally went, she was so excited. I was actually surprised at how close she got to all the animals. She was even petting them. 

 Love where Chloe is face planting here!
 A few weeks later was Halloween!
Lexi was going to be a Witch, but at the last seconds (literally) she refused to wear her costume. So I just broke the cheer leading out fit my dad sent me. The girls were both adorable!
Madden-Buzz Light year
Lexi- Cheerleader

 Lexi loved knocking on the doors. She ate all the good candy before we got home.
After Halloween was over she only had about 2 pieces of candy.
They day after Halloween however, she was super hyper!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lexi Lou

As I was driving today Lexi was just talking away and using words I have never heard before! I knew I needed to write it down to remember it! It is so cute the way she is talking, playing, and just doing things. She is just over two years old and has grown so much since her birthday. She has added probably around 30 new words! She is liking more movies, more foods, and is understanding things a lot more. Some of my favorite things she says:
Wawa (Lalaloopsy)
Iss you (Miss you)
Mexi Hungry
Maddie (Madden)
Daddy car
Pipney (Brittany)
olor (Color)
Bout bat bass (All about that bass)

She loves Reese cups and thinks she will get one each time we got to the store. 
 Lexi Lou loves hanging out with her cousins. She has a blast with them. 

 Lexi really likes to watch shows and eat breakfast. She loves yogurt. 
 Lexi also likes to hang out with her friend Addi. She was asking about her all day today. We were driving to the store today and saw a car that looks likes Addi's. To Lexi, any car that is white has to be Addi. She then went on to ask if we could go play and if Addi was at home asleep. (One time she was so she always thinks she is now)
Anytime we walk into Walmart she has to stop and smell the flowers. She loves flowers. She wants to smell them anywhere we go. Flowers is also a favorite word, it is just too cute. 
 Lexi loves eating popcorn for a snack. I don't blame her though.
 Here she is with a flower again.
Lexi is so aware of things. She knows when we turn on Madden and Grandmas street to their house. When we are home she always says, "HOME!" or "Mexi Home!"
When she is doing something she likes and she wants more she always says, "ma more?"
There is one phrase I can not figure out! She has said it for months. "Hooray." She is not saying it in the fun way, she says it when she really wants something.
Anytime I run the bath water, she assumes she is getting a bath and I usually have to end up throwing her in there.
She loves coloring with chalk and crayons. She throws fits when it is time to put it away.
Her favorite shows right now are:  Paw Patrol, Octonauts, and Bubble Guppies.
She has such an imagination. I love it. She is just growing up way too fast.
She knows all of her colors, and knows what a circle is. I would say her favorite foods are: quesadillas, hotdogs, and french fries. She loves Apple Juice & Milk. She never seems to drink Lemonade when we get it from restaurants which seems weird to me. She always tries to steal swigs of my Mountain Dew.
Lexi loves when her daddy comes home. The play and cuddle. Lastly, I am just so thankful for my girl. She makes my days busy. She makes my days fun. She makes my days frustrating. She definitely makes my days better though. She always makes me laugh. I couldn't ask for a better little Lexi.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Potty Training Attempt

So, you know how Facebook has that brilliant Timehop app? Its genius. I love looking back 1,2,3, or even seven years! Anyways. I was looking at todays, and it showed how I did a 30 day blog post challenge. I only did about 12 days, but I loved reading about those days. I should do it again. I was reading them and then I just kept reading further and further and eventually was reading about Lexi's birth! It made me realize how much I forgot. I am so glad I post even if no one reads them. I need to post more so I don't forget...because with two kids it's not easy to remember. I can't even remember what time Maya was born with out looking back. I know it was some where in the 11am hour. (and that was only 4 months ago)

Today: Oct. 16.2014
We tried potty training. 
We put a diaper back on about 11 am. 
(Right in time for Lexi to poop)
The night before we went out and let Lexi Lou pick out a potty and some panties. She picked out ones that had a "baby" (little doll like cartoon) on the package and was pretty upset when I opened it up and there was no "baby" inside. Between 8:30-11am Lexi only went to the bathroom twice. Once in the potty and once on the floor. She was starting to lose interest, so that's why we put a diaper back on. I told Broc I wasn't going to push potty training. I just wanted to see how ready she was. Man, it is A LOT of work. We spent the first half of the morning in her room playing. I set my timer for 15 min. When it would go off I would put Lexi on her potty and have her sit there for a bit. I would usually make her some pretend "nummys."
 I also had her sit on a towel, because I wanted to clean up the least amount of pee as possible.

 When she got sick of playing in her room we went down stairs. You better believe I took that potty with us. She sat on it while she watched cartoons and ate. We spent about an hour on and off the potty. Finally she asked to go play. I let her. I turned on my timer and then watched some Tv. While watching tv I hear her pee and say uh oh. So I rush her to the potty. Shortly after that she wanted a diaper back on. I was okay with that because I needed to fix lunch and she was getting sick of sitting on the potty every 15 minutes.
 This photo makes me kinda sad. My Lexi looks so grown up and my four month old tries to sit up!

That was my day. I was kinda glad to call it quits because it is going to take a lot more dedication than I thought. I told my mother in law I just need to invent an injection that makes kids potty trained and then I will become rich.
Maybe I will work on that in my spare time. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Maya Quetzaly 4 month

Maya Quetzaly
This beauty is just over four months.

Maya loves:
-Diaper Changes (she laughs every time)
-Her walker
-Sitting up
-Sucking fingers

Maya hates:
 That is pretty much is. 

What a great four months this chick has given us. Although, she did earn a new nick name.
Sour Patch
 First she is sour
Then she is oh so sweet.
 She is amazing me with how well she can sit up. Lexi sat up pretty early too, but this girl is determined!

 I wouldn't leave her by any means, but I bet by her 5 month post she will be sitting up! 
That will make my days MUCH easier. 
Then she will start crawling and then my life will be hard again! 
 Maya battled her first sickness.
Croup and a double ear infection. 
The only thing that seemed to get her though that rough week was swaddling. 
 After a day or two of antibiotics we were able to see her happy self again. 
 Lexi is such a sweet big sis. 
She always runs to Maya when she crying. She loves playing with Maya while Maya is in her walker.

I am so glad that Maya is apart of our family. 
Some days are rough
Some days consist of holding a baby all day
Some days consist of a baby sleeping all day
Some days involving multiple outfits 
But at least everyday this girl gives me a smile and laugh.