Wednesday, April 22, 2015

32 Weeks

32 Weeks.
Only eight more to go.
I can't believe that April is almost over.
Where has this month gone?!

How far along? 32 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I have no idea - i just don't keep up with that anymore.

Maternity clothes? Yes,yes, yes and yes again
Stretch marks? yes - very light ones,  I've been putting on stretch mark cream which has really helped!
Sleep: yes and I'm enjoying every minute of it! I look forward to bedtime every night because i don't nap during the day.

Best moment this week:  We went to a birthday party over the weekend which was a lot of fun! (pictures below)
Miss anything? well shaving my legs used to be a lot easier now its a little more challenging.
Movement: Oh yes! sometimes i feel her moving all the way down by my hips which feels pretty weird, a couple days ago i was watching my belly during was of her dance parties and saw a little foot :D

Food cravings: Lately I've had a pretty good sweet tooth, during the beginning of my pregnancy i loved the salty stuff but not so much anymore.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Labor Signs: Just occasional Braxton Hicks
Symptoms: tired and feeling big.
Belly Button in or out? out
Wedding rings on or off? on - for now.
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!
Looking forward to: Taking a hospital tour this weekend and eating a donut

Party Pictures- I can't believe Owen is 3 he's growing so fast!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tulips and Tulips and Tulips

Something i've wanted to do ever since we moved here was to go to the 
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
After 3 years i Finally got there!
And it was beautiful!
And it was WARM!

I tried to put together some collages and make it look all organized and pretty, 
but there was just to many beautiful pictures that i couldn't jumble them all together, so i picked and chose the ones that caught my eye.
So enjoy this happy, colorful, jumble of the beautiful tulip festival.

Oh the colors!

My little tulip!

Getting close - but not to close!
Lately she's had this fear of bugs so she didn't get to close!

 Here we are!

Can you spot the heart?

Me and my baby

SO many cool kites!

I didn't make the cut for the picture but i sure got a handsome farmer and cute little tulip!

We also looked around the shops they had there, Hailey loved the little sleeping puppies that looked like they were breathing - they were so cute but Not for $45 dollars!
I also like all the different chocolates they had there that were shaped like different things!

Time for some flying before we hit the road!
Overall, loved it - it was a gorgeous day, lots of walking but it was so worth it for all the beauty we saw!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Overload

For memory's sake.......
Thinking back over the last week, i can't believe we were able to go to 4 Easter egg hunts,Hailey was over the moon!
(of course not all in one day)
Aside from the egg hunts, Easter was amazing i love celebrating with my little family and keeping traditions alive, while remembering the REAL meaning of the season.
(Here's a little re-cap of our fun, thanks to my iPhone maybe not the best quality of pictures but it works in the moment.)

First hunt we went to was probably my favorite, and i wish i had gotten more pictures.
When we got there, we were given a 'gold' egg which we could turn in at the end of the hunt for an Easter basket. 
So first we went inside (for about 10 minutes) and listened to the singer they had singing kids bible songs that had actions the kids could do, kind of like a sing-a-long.  Hailey however maybe because it was early did not want to have any part of it whatsoever - i wish i had gotten a picture of her face it was so funny. 
Then they had someone explain the rules and then the kids hunted for eggs 
 there was over 20,000 eggs - say what?!
There was plenty for everybody no joke!
After the hunt we dumped out what was in our eggs and turned in the empty ones and our gold egg for a Easter basket that was full of fun kids stuff. 
So Awesome!
We will be going back to that one next year :)

Second egg hunt we went to had this huge slide set up and a bounce house outside, photo booth and the egg hunt.

Inside they had lots of crafts and games.

Third egg hunt we went to, did the egg hunts by age groups, they would lay out eggs and candy for each one, there weren't a lot of eggs but if you were lucky and got the egg with the 'pink paper' inside you won a chocolate bunny.
Hailey was excited to find that 'rare' pink paper in one of her eggs and picked out 'parsnip pete' which right now is off limits, we'll see if she changes her mind.
They also had a firetruck and ambulance for kids to go and look at/get in.

Last but not least.....
The playgroup we go to has an Easter egg hunt/dinner every year.
This was our second year going, it's also nice that it's right next door to us.
Lots of yummy food.
Fun egg hunt
great company!
what more can i say?

Moving right along, let's get to the actual 
Easter Day
Easter morning the Easter bunny left a trail of eggs from her room down to her Easter basket,which pretty much rocked her world.
Until she found this little toy in her basket -push the button the egg spins open to reveal a pink bunny, that pretty much was the highlight of the basket, thank you $1 store?
I'm telling you doesn't take much to make this girl happy!

For breakfast I attempted these bunny pancakes, because last year i made bunny pancakes (though i don't remember exactly which one i made) so i just chose something really quick.
Well i can now say thank you pinterest because i can now enter the 'Pinterest FAIL' club!
I'm not liking the comparisons - do you know how hard it is to make a nice round pancake? 
(curse you my perfectionist nature)
Apparently it was Not my morning!
But Hailey loved it and ate it all.haha
As for Shawn and i we made something a little more tasty, i never make a big breakfast like this, only on special occasions! 
On those rare occasions you gotta have a little of everything.

After breakfast it was time to watch General Conference!
For those wondering what General Conference is, it's a conference that happens in our church twice a year.It's when our prophet and leaders speak to us to giving us all kinds of inspiring messages. For more info go Here
I always get a lot out of listening/watching and i also Love to re-read the talks over and over.
I have good memories of watching conference as a kid, and try to pass that same excitement along to Hailey. Last year I made this big conference board to help her listen and make it more fun (Win!) even when it's not conference she'll want to listen to conference talks just to use the conference board.
It's always uplifting to me listening to the words of our prophets and leaders

Between sessions we dyed some Easter eggs - she was SO excited to dye eggs or maybe it was because we added glitter to them, either way she was asking me today to dye Easter eggs again, lol

One of my favorite traditions.

After watching the afternoon session of conference we got dinner ready, so much yummy food!
Dessert never stood a chance of a picture-
Brownies and ice cream
It was all so good.

So there you have it!
We had a pretty laid back Easter this year, but i loved every minute of it because i was with the people i love the most. 
Hope you all had a great Easter!

Monday, April 6, 2015

30 Week Bump Update

Ready for another bump update?
30 weeks
Where has the time gone?! 
I know i probably say that every time i post a bump picture.
I feel like i look huge in these pictures, which only scares me because I'm only 30 weeks 10 more to go and I'm going to get Bigger!
I'm trying not to focus to much on that but trying to enjoy(?) the  last couple months of being pregnant. 
If that's possible.

How far along? 30 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I have no idea, but i do have a Dr. appointment this week.
Maternity clothes? Yes, my outfit above is all maternity, if I'm lucky i can still buy some things that are just a larger size and not maternity, but i really think I'm almost out of that category with out spending a fortune!
Stretch marks? yes - very light ones.
Sleep: yes, kind of i still wake up around 2 or 3 in the morning and it takes me awhile to get back to sleep. I also usually wake up with sore hips, to me a sign that it's time to get up and start the day (as long as it's not to early!)

Best moment this week:  Well it was actually over the weekend, Easter was a lot of fun over here! I also really enjoyed listening to General Conference.
Miss anything? The SUN!
Movement: Oh yes! sometimes my stomach is lopsided if she's pushing on a certain side, looks really weird! It's always fun to watch my stomach move lol
Food cravings: I finally got that strawberry milkshake which was delicious! so right now I'm not craving anything.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Labor Signs: Just occasional Braxton Hicks
Symptoms: tired, i could really use a nap during the day- fat chance of that around here!
Belly Button in or out? out
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!
Looking forward to: Taking Hailey to the children's museum tomorrow! This week is her spring break so hopefully we can do some fun things during this week. I didn't plan much - ONLY because EVERY time i plan something it seems like she gets sick and we can't do it. So this time we'll play it by ear - it's more fun that way right?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

DIY Puzzle

Happy April everyone!
I am so glad that March is over!
The last week of march was especially hard, Hailey got sick and had to miss a week of school, 
to say she - i mean 'we' got cabin fever is an understatement! I'm so glad that she is back to her normal/healthy self this week. 
(unfortunately Daddy also got sick and is still trying to recover.)
As you can tell below even though she was sick there was still reasons to smile.
While we were stuck at home we got in a lot of 
abc mouse
 you basically get the picture.
We also used a lot of hand sanitizer (as you can tell) haha

I also let her paint her own nails,which she Loves to do, what 5 year old doesn't?
....practice makes perfect or progress - whatever it is they say.
Onto the DIY puzzle.
I actually came up with a bunch of Easter/spring crafts for us to do together and this was one i honestly didn't think would interest her, but it ended up being the one she wanted to do first! 
So without further ado....
The DIY Popsicle Stick Puzzle
Popsicle sticks
cookie cutters
or you can make your own shape.
Total cost $0 best price of all!

hello beautiful.

First line up your Popsicle sicks and trace your cookie cutter pattern on top

Before painting i actually taped the ends of the Popsicle sticks to a piece of paper so they wouldn't move when she painted.

Then go to town with the painting!

And wait for it to dry
Wait for them all to dry!

After the drying  comes the fun part - having fun mixing them up and putting them back together!

I love this little purple Easter bunny peep ;)

So did she!
I was happy that she had fun making them and even more fun playing with these puzzles, for most of the afternoon :O
Even Daddy was put to the test when he got home.

Hope your all having a great week!
What are Your plans for this Easter weekend?
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