Monday, August 22, 2011


We are moving to California.... I am sure everyone already knows this!   But what most don't know is we are planning on pulling out of Colorado on the 31st of August at 3 am  because we want to get a good majority of our driving done while the kids are sleeping!   I know we are crazy but that's just how its going to go. Whats even crazier is we have 9 days to pack up the house that we have lived in for almost 5 years.  Hilary comes in on Wednesday and then my Dad fly's in on the 30th.  Hilary and me are going to drive the Yukon, Jeremy is going to drive the Suburban, and my dad is going to drive the Budget truck with the car hauler.   I am so excited and nervous at the same time.

Things I am really nervous/bummed about:

  • Finding a new pediatrician-  We love our pediatrician and I don't want to leave her.  Bristol is so comfortable in their office and never cries when we go there.  In fact if I tell her we are going to see Dr. Sperando she gets all excited.   
  • Mom's Morning Out- Bristol and Eldon started going at the beginning of the month and I am really going to miss have 5 hours to myself a week and I was really looking forward to them going twice a week starting in September.
  • The Rocky Mountains- they are truly beautiful and amazing to look at every day.  
I am sure there are more things but that is all I can think about right now.

Oh a positive side we had our family pictures take one last time by Elizabeth Ann Photography.  I can't wait to see the pictures! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Week 13: Day 85-91


A look at where we started!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I have major trust issues.  I know lots of people say that and a lot of them mean it but I have some deep ones that I just don't know how to work out.    I keep to myself a lot and not to many people really know what is going on in my life.  There are a handful of people who know but all of them are related to me.   But anyways.... I have a hard time letting new people in my life.  I am a hermit but not because I want to be but because every time I open myself up I get hurt.   Something went down and it really hurt me and I know I was a lot to blame but that doesn't lessen the sting.   But just when I was starting to open up and make friends again, I am shutting down.  I know people are going to let me down in life because no one is perfect ME included, but at the same time it doesn't hurt any less.   I hope in a couple days when this isn't so fresh, I can let go and not be scared of getting to know people but right now... I am broken.

ps there is nothing wrong with me and Jeremy, he is still as amazing as ever.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

7 months old!

I can't believe Eldon is 7  months old we are getting close to his birthday.  I have some great ideas and might just have some wonderful people to celebrate the day with!  When everything clams down I will have to start planning.   

And now for a funny picture show
Give me the sticker!

I said give me the sticker!

I wasn't joking, I WANT that sticker!

Haha, I got the sticker!

When we were flipping through the pictures we saw this little scene play out!  In all reality, Bristol was loving on Eldon and Jeremy gave her the sticker in the end but it looks like they are fighting for it.

We need some prayers!

These last couple years God has been teaching me that I just need to let go and give it all to Him because nothing is to big, complicated, or stressful for Him.

We have a tough decision to make about something this week (everyone is healthy and great) and I would really appreciate it if everyone could pray for guidance and peace about the decision!

Thank you!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 12: Day 78-84

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There he goes.....

I am going to do it.....

Keep watching cause I am pretty darn cute!

Almost there!

Bam!  Want to see me do it again?

The first time Eldon sat up, we missed it! So I decided to get it camera today!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wow what a day!

Today I was at a restaurant and there was an out of control kid sitting next to me.  I mean this kid was moody, only eating ranch dressing, would not sit still.... At one point the kid broke a dish and to top it of dropped the ordering computer on the floor and of course broke it. REALITY CHECK, this was Bristol.   I was so embarrassed especially since we were meeting someone for the first time......Rewind to a few months ago.... Bristol my sweet little angel used to get compliments for how well behaved she was in restaurants.  She used to sit at the table and color and then when here food came out she would eat like a champ and then we would leave.  Mommy would be all kinds of relaxed because she didn't have to make a meal..... Fast forward to today, I could probably drink a whole bottle of Moscato and still not feel relaxed.  

I think part of the problem is up until a month or so ago Bristol was wonderful in public even when it was closed to nap time but the closer we get to her 2nd birthday the worst it gets so I don't have a whole lot of experience dealing with Terrible the Toddler(in public).    I have no problem with letting her throw a temper tantrum at home, I just make her go to her room, but when we are in public I don't feel that other people should have to listen to it.   I need to get her in check and I will because my will is way stronger than hers but for today I am going to sit on my butt and do nothing but try and recuperate from that horrible experience. And maybe think about it being 5 o'clock somewhere!    

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A wonderful day....

Today I spent 5 hours kid free.... it was life changing!   I really enjoyed having sometime to myself.   Jeremy, the always amazing husband, babysat them so I could go to lunch with a friend and then I went to a mom play date at a local pool.  It was a lot of fun and I got to work on my tan!   I am not anywhere close to California Tan Savanna but I am not going to blind anyone with my skin these days.

Other thoughts running through my brain.... last nights church service was AMAZING!   I really enjoyed the worship as well as the guest speaker.... normally I have a really hard time paying attention when its not our pastor talking but not last night.... here is a link if anyone wants to hear it!  

The kiddo's start going to Mom's Morning Out tomorrow, I am super excited.  For the rest of August they are going to go every Monday and then starting in September they will go Monday and Wednesday.  It will be a nice break for me and I do not feel guilty about putting them in the program twice a week.   I think its going to be really good for Miss Bristol and Eldon will love all the attention he will get.  

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Week 11: Day 71-77

Friday, August 5, 2011

In awe and thankfulness....

Yesterday when I went to check the mail, I had a package.   I wasn't expecting anything that comes in a large brown box so I was a little curious.   When I saw that the return label was from an old family friend, I was really excited.  My mom had told me a while back that Alice was making a gift for Eldon but I never thought it was going to be a quilt and an amazing quilt at that....

Bristol had to help show it off!

I know I have mentioned it before, but I love homemade gifts.... well I love gifts period but there is something so special about homemade gifts.  Bristol and Eldon are racking up quite a few beautiful handmade gifts.    This quilt came from Alice who is the mother of a wonderful man who I considered a Grandpa.   Her son Walter passed away a couple of years ago, it was a very sad day.   I wish I had some pictures of him, from when we were growing up.   When Walt died, I was very sad, he didn't get to meet the kiddo's.  We had been back in Cali shortly before he passed away and we were just so busy, we never made it to his house.   I regret that very much.   He would have loved to meet Bristol.     

Here are some pictures of the awesome detail

My other part of this post is thankfulness... I really need to be more thankful, so my plan is to list daily (not always on here) the things I am thankful for and the many blessings God has given me.  So here are the ones I can think of right now
  • An amazing husband who is always willing to help out, provides for our family, puts up with my craziness, goes along with my plans, and who above all is an amazing father to our 2 beautiful kids. 
  • 2 beautiful kids, who might drive me crazy sometimes but I love them so much! 
  • A roof over my head.... Most days I struggle with how small it is or that sad fact the our roof happens to be in Colorado and not California but is a roof over my head that has a heater, running clean water, and a wonderfully working A/C (which is kind of rare here).   
  • Jeremy's job
  • my part time job
  • I have a wonderful family and I married into an equally wonderful family
  • an amazing Mother In Law, I know shocking right?  But she is always encouraging me... and sending me thoughtful messages at the right moments.
  • 3 doggies
I know there are way more but right now that is all I can think off.   But the whole point of this, is to remind myself of all the many blessing that God has given me.  So on days when I am doubting His hand in my life, I need to sit down are write out all the amazing places His fingerprints are.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Night, Night Mommy

When Jeremy is at work our normal morning routine goes like this:
  • 8ish am: wake up
  • Give Eldon his bottle and then we all sit down to eat waffles.
  • 9-10: play and then they take baths every other day.
  • 10am: Eldon takes a nap and Mommy takes a shower
Well since Bristol kicked her morning nap and Mommy refuses to get up before the kids (in cast you don't know, I LOVE SLEEP), I have to keep Bristol occupied during my shower time.  I used to just put her in her crib with books and toys and go about getting ready, but since she is in a toddler bed I have to slightly change that.  I was relying on the door being closed but then about 2 weeks ago I was blissfully taking a shower and I heard a little toddler voice and the next thing I know I see a little toddler head looking in the shower.  Yep, Bristol discovered the art of opening doors.   So I finished my shower in quick fashion and as soon as  I got everyone ready we headed to Target for a baby gate.    So now every morning after I put Eldon down for his nap Bristol goes in her room and up goes the baby gate.  Well this morning I was running behind.  I put Eldon down and then decided to finish the rest of my coffee before taking a shower!   Bristol kept saying "night, night Mommy", well finally after ten minutes of me telling her that I was finishing my coffee first she decided it was time to take matters in to her own hands.   That is why she looks so frustrated in the picture because Mommy was taking way to long.  And if you look closely the gate inst closed.  

Philippians 4:4-7

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 

I really struggle with always finding joy.  I also worry way to much when I should just pray and let God deal with it.   

Monday, August 1, 2011

Week 10: Day 64-70

I am a day late on 365 this week.   I was to upset to finish putting the pictures together yesterday.   While I was putting the pictures together, I accidentally deleted Eldon's picture of day 65!  I was so mad.  And my computer deleted it to the black hole, so I can't find it.   

Pretty soon there isn't going to be room for Bristol in her bed with all the stuff animals she has in there.  

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