Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Twenty. Three.

This year is going to have a whole lot to live up to, because I feel like 22 was kind of "my" year. Some unimaginable experiences came along, both good and bad. But I feel stronger and I know who is loyal and who will always be there for me, no matter what. Even though I have a hard time thinking this coming year will be able to compare to the last, I have a feeling deep down that I might love it even more.. If that's even possible! I mean, this year I get to enjoy a BABY instead of a pregnancy.. I can hardly contain my excitement! So here is an obnoxious amount of pictures, because I loved this last year oh so much.




I had such a wonderful birthday that I got to celebrate with so many people I love. Thank you for all the sweet calls, texts, and messages. I felt so loved. Special thanks to my sweet husband and our little guy for spending the day with me. There isn't anywhere else I would have rather been! 

Thanks for being so good to me, 22. I can't wait to see what 23 has to offer.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Olympic Nostalgia

There is something special about the winter Olympics. Which is weird for me to say because I have never skied, snowboarded, or ice skated before in my life.. But they bring back memories that I absolutely adore.

It was amazing to have them here in 2002. I remember getting checked out of school with one of my friends and our moms in 5th grade and going to see the "passing of the torch". I remember traveling all over the valley to find those stinkin' pins that we NEEDED to have. {I am so glad my mom obsessed over them with me.} We ventured downtown often and wandered the streets, seeing the new shops, and sporting our Roots USA sweatshirts and berets. We attended a party at Nordstrom where the Olympic mascots came and we took pictures and ate delicious food. One of my friends invited me to a medal ceremony, and it just blew my mind watching the athletes celebrate after achieving such a grand goal. I can't imagine the pride they must feel standing on the top of the podium while your national anthem was playing for YOU. Your whole country feeling so much pride and adoration for you. The closing ceremony was on my birthday, and I remember thinking "the whole world is watching fireworks for ME!" ;) It was such a special experience to have them here, and I loved feeling involved. I feel like Salt Lake was on it's A-Game, and definitely didn't disappoint. #MittforPresident

Then we jump forward 8 years and they were in Vancouver. I didn't think I would care about them this time around, because they weren't here. It wouldn't be as special for me because I didn't experience them firsthand like we did in Salt Lake, and the previous Olympics didn't really caught my attention. But there was something else that made them special, I didn't have to be there because I watched them on my couch with a man that I was falling madly in love with. 

We had only been dating for a few weeks, but I was already crazy about him. He would work pretty late, so we usually didn't start hanging out until 9 or later. But I loved it. I loved every minute of it! Teddy would come over, we would lay on the couch and talk while the Olympic events replayed from earlier that day. We would make such pointless bets, but to this day we both remember them. He would always guess the underdog would win, and I would pretend that I didn't hear the commentators talking about who was favored for gold- then always "guess" they would take it home. 

I remember one night in particular, it was getting really late. I saw the lights in the hall flashing which could only mean my dad was ready for Ted to go home. But I wasn't ready for the night to end! I hated saying goodbye, so it only made sense for him to stay for "one more event", then one more, and one more. I pretended I didn't see the lights, and eventually I think my dad just gave up and fell asleep. He knew Ted was special too, there is no denying it ;)

Fast forward to 2014, in Sochi. There was no way in my mind that these Olympics could surpass my previous winter games experiences. But boy was I wrong... This time I can't sit and watch events like I used to. We don't lay on the couch into the morning hours betting jamba juices on what color certain uniforms were {Black or dark green..? He still doesn't think I'm right.. But I am}. This time, I get to watch them while I rock my sleeping baby and watch him do his "kick routines". I don't care about missing part of an event because I would WAY rather watch Teddy talk with our little guy and make him laugh. I get emotional way more than I should during the commercials.. But seriously, how could the Proctor & Gamble "Mom" commercials not make you tear up a little!? Or the commercials that flashback to when the athletes were little!? I'm pathetic.

I LOVE the Olympics. I love the memories we have made during the games, and I can't even imagine where we will be in 2018 when we are watching them in Korea. But I do know that I am going to be with the ones I love, enjoying them as much as we can. Maybe we will put the kid{s?!?} down and fall asleep with them on in the background, really enjoying a little peace and quiet. I am sure Lucas will be jumping all over the place pretending he is a snowboarder, or sliding down the stairs in a sleeping bag like he is bobsledding. But whatever we do, I know it will be special, because cheering for USA in all of the coldest of sports, has reserved a pretty big spot in our hearts.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Happiest Weekend

I hate waking up at the beginning of the week and realizing the weekend has ended. It was the happiest 3 day weekend for our little family. We didn't do much, but it was perfect. Here are a few reasons why..

Our lovely fort.. Sadly I fell asleep so early, I didn't really get to watch much of the movie. But I am convinced the best way to get sleep is being cuddled by the hubs surrounded by Christmas lights.

Seriously you guys, these two boys melt my heart!

Yesterday we had such a wonderful day. We ventured down to Provo, the weather was perfect and Lucas was a trooper. We watched the Olympics that night, and we tried to go upstairs for nearly 2 hours. We sat on the couch watching Luke because he was being so adorable.. He was talking and smiling with us, and it was one of those "mom moments" when my heart was so full and I couldn't bear the thought of the night ending. After we put Luke down, Ted kept telling me how much fun he had this weekend. It got two big thumbs up in my book too, Fancy Face.

Lukey is at such a fun stage. He is so interactive. When we are talking, he looks back and forth like he is just enjoying the conversation. He is so smiley, and loves being held. Each time he learns something new, I think "This is my favorite stage. I don't want this to end!" And then he learns something new, and I think "Ok, THIS is my favorite stage. I really don't want this one to end!" So far, I haven't encountered a stage with our little sweetie that I don't absolutely love. I am having a hard time thinking of anything more enjoyable than his toothless grins, smiley eyes, and his sweetest giggle. Holy cow, what did we ever do before this little guy came along!?

Stupid, blurry, iPhone.. But he's just too cute.

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Valentines

I love being in love, and I love having a valentine. But this year, I feel extra special because I get TWO valentines. And they are dang cute.

On this day last year, we had just found out we were going to have a baby. We built our usual Hearts Day fort, and Ted gave me the movie "What to Expect When You're Expecting". I cried the entire time. But they were happy tears. Actually, the happiest kind of tears. All I could think was "Next year when we build this fort, there will be a BABY in between us!" And now it is here! Tonight we will build our fort, watch a movie, eat lots of treats, and put our little guy between us.

Today marks FOUR years of Ted and me being "us". So much has happened in those 4 years. Lots of dating, falling in love, getting married forever, fun vacations, the sweetest little boy, 6 apartments, Netflix watching, Sour Patch Kids eating, movie quoting, tradition making, and he still isn't sick of me! ;)

My life changed forever 4 years ago, and I couldn't be happier that it did. I love you Fancy Face, you're my favorite and my best. Thanks for picking me to be your valentine forever. Happiest of Valentine's to you, I'm really looking forward to our fort, and the millions more we get to make. xo

{Thanks to Brooke Jackson, for the sweet pictures. She nailed it.}

Monday, February 10, 2014

{Guess How Much I Love You}

I love my sleep. I am not one who enjoys waking up. Ever. Well, that is until little Lucas joined our family. Now, even a 5:30 wake up call doesn't make me upset. (But I am sure that is entirely because he only wakes up once a night- if that. Good job little buddy.) I kind of cherish those moments, nice and cozy in our little room. It is a precious time, holding my baby close, with absolutely no distractions. His little hand resting on my chest, his pinky up like always. He's so posh. Everyone warns you about how sleep deprived you become as a parent, but if I lose sleep for moments like this, I don't mind one bit.

It has always been my dream to experience moments like these. All I have ever wanted was to be a mom, and fill my home with kids. I have nieces and nephews that I absolutely adore, so I thought I knew what it would be like to love my kids. But holy cow. The love does not even compare. Looking down at my sweet boy, with his crazy hair and all, I feel like my heart is going to burst. Then his daddy walks in and Lucas lights up every. single. time. and my heart explodes. (But that alone, deserves its own post.) I can't believe he is ours, and that my Heavenly Father has trusted me with something so incredibly special. If He trusts us enough to let us raise Lucas, maybe I need to have a little more faith in myself too.

There are times when I feel like I can't do much right. It's a tough task trying to balance being a mom, wife, working, etc. But then we read stories at night before bed, I start reading and Lucas looks up and smiles, then back down at the book. We turn the page, I start reading, he looks back at me and smiles, then back to the book again. Or when his little foot taps the book and he finds it so funny, I'm reminded all over again how special this time is in my life. He gives my life so much meaning. If I get emotional reading Guess How Much I Love You, that has to mean I'm doing something right, right? ;)

Hey Little Lukey,  "I love you right up to the moon, and back" a million times. Thanks for being ours.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Blessing Day

Sunday was such a special day for our little family. We blessed our little Lucas, and it could not have been more perfect. Watching the sweet men in our families, circle around our little guy, and hearing my  husband give such a beautiful blessing took my breath away. All day I couldn't stop asking myself, "How in the world did I get so lucky?"

I am so blessed, and so grateful to have this gospel in my life. I have always dreamed of marrying a man that made the gospel a priority in his life. A man that honored his Priesthood, and used it to strengthen our family. I am so glad I found that in a husband, and that he will teach our little guy by his wonderful example. We love our happy, little Lucas, and already can't imagine life without him.