Sunday, September 28, 2014

Family and Maternity Pictures

We headed up to Albion Basin the other night so my mom could take some family and maternity shots before our little boy arrives! My mom is such a great photographer and I love how they turned out. Poor Radcliff and Wren both had the flu that day, so I have to say what troopers they were to even go up in the first place. Oh, and I got pulled over for going 45 in a 25 mile an hour zone. Who the heck knew it went to 25 after Snowbird? I feel like I know that canyon like the back of my hand but I guess I never really drive past Snowbird. Anyway, the cop made me feel like the biggest dummy ever for not seeing four, yes FOUR signs, one of them a flashing, that said the speed limit had changed to 25. Wow, pregnancy brain! But he can make me feel like a dummy all day long, because he didn't give me a ticket. Bless his sweet little heart. Can you imagine if he did? A pregnant lady, tired as it is, who just picked out coordinating outfits (I don't know why, but that's the worst part of family pictures in my opinion), who dragged two sickies out of bed, got them ready and in the car, got myself ready (full makeup AND hair, that never happens anymore), and then to get all the way up there and lose the light because I was getting a freaking ticket? It's as if the cop knew it just wouldn't have flown. Thank you, man. 

Anyway, I get a little emotional looking at these pictures for two reasons. Looking at the maternity ones make it seem so much more real that we will have another little one that will be here in like, three weeks???! Crazy! It's been hard to take in this pregnancy like I was able to take in Radcliff's because I am just so busy with him! And then when I look at the family pictures, I get a little sad thinking the whole dynamic of the three musketeers is going to change! I have loved every second of just the three of us. But I know, once this baby gets here, I will just be so in love I'll wonder how we ever didn't have him. So, so, so lucky to have my boys! 

Thanks for the pictures mom! Her website is Studio Works 29 if you're interested in getting pictures taken! She's the best of the best! :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I Think We're About There!

Well, well, well. Looking through these pictures, I can't even begin to describe the boat-load of frickin' work our house has been... All inside, outside, and yard, of it. Yikes. It makes me tired just thinking about it! Now that we have almost the whole house updated (we are in the process of our last update- replacing the doors upstairs and finished the tub a couple weeks ago (post on that coming soon!)), it feels so good! Just in time for the new baby to get here. I remember so many long nights (especially in the winter, aghhhhh!), entertaining Rad, steering him away from the projects Wren was working on, thinking, "Will this ever end?" Projects can be irritating on their own, then add in a baby and it's hard. I'm sure we'll have our little projects here and there because we're us, but all the main things are done and it feels awesome. We couldn't do it with two.

After remodeling the kitchen, the outside just did not match the style of the inside. Like at all. We were kind of at a loss what we could do to make it current. Paint the brick? No. So many people told us we'd be crazy to do that because I guess it takes away the thermal layer, one of the beauties of brick I guess, and we actually really do like the color and it's in good condition. So after much debate, we nixed the painting of the brick idea. So what we did was add on a garage. I call it Wren's four day garage. He literally built it in four days. I was dying. What a guy! We painted the soffit and siding a really dark charcoal gray, added shutters (thank you DAD!!!), and a new front door (I finally got my beloved mid-century front door!) We wanted a fun color for the door and garage without it being too overbearing and are really happy with the blue color we chose. It was scarrrrry deciding though.
Here is the realtor's picture of the house before we even bought it. 
Ouch. That's scary, Everything was so overgrown and dated!
Member our post about these no good, dirty, rotten, fitzer bushes? Oh man. Hard times.
This below, is a picture of our house last year. It was getting better but still had a long way to go.
Although, our flower beds were kind of amazing if I do say so myself! And that baby!? He's growing so fast!
Here were the plans we had for the house last year...
...and we were able to accomplish all of them plus lots more. Check, check, check!
It's fun to look back and see that, although it took us 2 1/2 years to get here, we've done everything we've wanted to do. As much work as it's been, we've had lots of fun doing and dreaming about it, and Radcliff is just the biggest champ and helper of all. He tells us everything we do looks, "Sooooo goood guys!", and has been so patient with our five million runs to Home Depot. We've had the garage done for months now and still every single time we pull up to it, he says, "Daddy, you did such a good job on the garage!" And in the midst of working, he always pulls both of us close and says, "Family loves!" What a dude. He's ours!

Thanks for reading!

You can see all of our house posts HERE! More to come of the bathtub and the nursery!

Friday, September 19, 2014

As Of Late...

I have been horrible at posting as frequently as I used to. I just have not had the energy! I am 35 1/2 weeks pregnant (the 1/2 counts!), and it's been all I can do to grow this little dude, keep this other little/big dude alive, and then the five million other things I feel like I'm constantly keeping up on. I do have some really fun reviews in the works for you coming up in the next couple weeks, so stayed tuned!
But for now...
What we've been up to! 
Trying to keep this little dude/man entertained while simultaneously doing everything I can to not over heat, stay hydrated, breathe, and hold my pee in. I kid you not, I have used more public restrooms in both my pregnancies combined than I ever have in my whole entire life. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Not fun. It's all I do and I've popped more squats in places I dare not admit to avoid accidents. Oh baby, my bladder must be extremely comfortable. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have not! Add taking a toddler in to public restrooms, and begging him to not touch this, or please don't touch that, and I kind of want to cry. Why have I still not resorted to Depends??? One time he walked straight to the urinal (PS, I HATED that there was a urinal in one of the bathrooms I succumbed to use), and put both of his chubby little hands at the bottom of it. Trying my hardest to hold my germ-freak composure as well as my pee in, I took some deep breaths and rushed him to the sink to wash off the urine that I'm sure was caked all over his hands. Pregnancy man. I love it, but it's really starting to ware on me. And where the freak has fall gone? Yesterday it was like 95 degrees here, which means it felt like 120 degrees to me. No joke, it really did. C'mon, man!
 I love our days together. We wake up to a frigid ice castle of a house because I get so flippin' hot at night. Sick me me complaining about the heat? So Rad rushes his thoughtful self over to our little red heater in the mornings after we wake up and says, "There you go Mommy! Let's get you warm!" Because heaven knows even I freeze waking up in 55 degree temps. He's such a sweetie. And hello mini WREN!???
 We fill our days drinking smoothies (this one had shredded coconut, chocolate ice cream, avocado, milk, ice, and sugar- yes the chocolate ice cream did not make it sweet enough! It's been one of my faves lately!) and...
 ... cuddling and reading books. Radcliff thought this family looked like our neighbors down the road. Mhhhh. We won't tell them that!
 We went and had dinner at Wren's sister's house a couple nights ago and Radcliff got to picnic it up with his cousins. Boo ya. Nothing like a picnic with R2D2 and an excited Eva! Rad loves his cousins fo life.
 I think I have managed to organize every square inch of our house. One thing I have been meaning to do but hadn't done yet, is weed through all of the clothes that don't fit Rad in his closet, this kid grows like a weed! Wren's sister always passes along her son's old clothes and so it was a great excuse to get cracking on his closet. I think he's good on clothes now for the next year or so. I love getting adorable hand-me-downs! Thanks Willow!
(That crooked bar in his closet is bugging me just looking at it. OCD, I tell you!)
 Mostly I just can't get over the adorable and sweet things Rad does and says every day. I love my boy so terribly much, it just hurts!
 This picture below was me trying to be a cool mom yesterday, taking Rad to the park at 12:30 in the afternoon. WTF was I thinking? I almost died of a heat stroke. Yes, I brought it up again. But I love that I captured the garbage truck behind Rad. Very fortuitous! They're his favorite. And is that a big foot I spot under the pine tree??? Lots of bribing went on yesterday getting him to leave the park.
 And today is Friday, TGIF! Wren got off work early and surprised us with our favorite breakfast food from Eggs In The City. I'd be lying if I said I really didn't almost pass out from happiness. Like really. It doesn't get much better than that!
I hope you all have an amazing weekend and get to sneak in a nap or two. Or three!