Yesterday was monumental for Henry. He took his first ride in the car, out of the house to Mimi’s and Papa’s! It was actually my first time out of the house since he came too but it’s not as monumental for me. 🙂
I was really nervous. Was he going to hate his carseat and cry the whole 25 min drive? Was he going to be unhappy the whole time we were there because it was out of his ‘routine’? Would it throw everything off and make our night horrible? Would it do me any good mentally or would the stress make it worse?
Well I’m happy to report that it was a very successful trip! The moment we got into the car he fell asleep and stayed asleep the whole time. Then when we got there he ate good and then was happy while everyone took turns holding him. He took a little power nap while we were all watching Elf and then even and then fell asleep again on the way home!
And as for that night, he was dreamy. We got home and he ate again and then slept for 5 hours, ate again and slept another 3 hours. The excessive stimulation didn’t seem to upset him too much! So needless to say I woke up pretty happy today.
Tomorrow we are scheduled to have another 2 outings, the first to see our midwife for his 2 week checkup and then again to Mimi’s for dinner because Clarky is in town! Yay!
So today, I’m staying in my jimmies. We both are. It’s going to be a chill day sandwiched between what I hope will be TWO very successful outing days.
In other news Lucie is here and we got some Christmas lights up! This will be a very memorable Christmas indeed! My whole family together with a very special addition.
David must have worked quite a while (at least the length of the drive to Twin Falls and back) on this Lego sign but it was well worth it because we are all so excited to have Lucie here for Thanksgiving.
She has been here for a week now and she will be here for a week more still. Yay! I can never express just how complete our family feels when she is here.
Its a terrible shame to say it but up until now this poor girl has not had a bed of her own at our house. How awful is that?! I can’t believe it but it seems we were blindsided with this teenage girl all the sudden and it became apparent that despite her rockstar attitude and resiliency she needed her own space…badly.
Unfortunately we are still here *ahem* stuck in this little 2 bedroom apartment so we had to make do with what we had. Bunk beds to the rescue! Now she has her own full size bed and after a quick shopping trip to pick out the perfect sheets and bedspread I think we got a little closer to helping her feel more at home here. That and a bigger dresser delete the ‘living out of a suitcase’ scenario. Oh how sorry I’ve been that she hasn’t had that until now.
I love this girl so much. She is a cowgirl thru and thru. I thought when I was her age that I was horse crazy but she puts me to shame. She lives on a dream cow ranch with miles and miles to roam and besides her school work to do in the morning she’s a free spirit.
Here she is a little more restricted. No horse. No ranch. No roaming. But we are doing our best to help her find things she might like to do here in the ‘city’. Friends, swimming and tumbling at the local sports academy are a start. But she’s a trooper for sure.
I try to imagine what it would be like in her shoes. I imagine I would be pretty homesick for the home that I was at most often yet feeling the urge and obligation to see and spend time with my other family that I loved and knew loved me. Oh the emotions!!! And I can’t say enough how amazing she is considering everything.
I feel so blessed to have her in my life. She is our life. I can’t imagine it without her. This year I am thankful for Lucie Lu and my entire family.
Sunny Days Preschool really has been just that for Ben. He absolutely loves going to school and Teacher Nikki has really put a ton of thought and effort into her curriculum and things to keep it so fun for the kids. Right before our trip to Cally we went on their first field trip to a fire station!
This was a working fire station and when we showed up most of the firefighters were asleep because the night before was a huge storm and I guess it was a busy night for them! The hour while we were there they got several calls, some false alarms and some real! One mini truck even took off – get this- to go rescue a cat from a tree!
They even got to step inside an ambulance! Lucie and William were very adventurous and my Benny boy was his reserved self…kinda nervous about new things. Nevertheless I could tell he really loved seeing all this.
Ben was being too timid to jump up in the fire truck but Lucie and William did it!
So much fun. William just made himself at home with these preschool kids and I can’t wait until he can go next year…he is going to LOVE IT.
When we got back from California I was quickly reminded that Ben was scheduled to be the Star Student! Just a cute thing Teacher Nikki does for each student to be highlighted and talked about. Make them feel really special. Our family came for it and so did Mimi and even Beckham and Evelyn came! Ben really sat back didn’t know what to think about it. In the end I think he thought it was pretty cool. Who wouldn’t?
Yay for Sunny Days!!! Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!
We got back from our Newport Beach California “vacation” a week and a half ago. Maybe you are wondering why I put “vacation” in scare quotes. Well I’ll tell you why.
Unfortunately this trip could not be defined to me as a vacation. I guess technically, if you were to look up the definition of vacation yes it would be…I did in fact vacate my permanent place of residence for a period of time to participate in recreation or whatever elsewhere.
But to me a “vacation” is also something oozing of relief from current cares and a time with significantly less stress than you were experiencing at home…a recharging of batteries.
Now don’t get all offended. Especially my family. I did have some serious moments of recharging and relaxation…but truthfully they were fleeting and oh so short; overshadowed by the stress and worry accompanying the trip. And yes these small moments were worth every bit of stress.
I’ll just jot it all down and get the negativity over-with asap. There was the 12+ hour drive with restless kids, a potentially carsick teenager and a ticking time bomb of a husband with all his back and hip problems. The struggle of familiarity of food and trying to be healthy so we all felt good, the outbursts of not feeling good because of said food, trying to keep the 3 Sherwood ghosts from frying like dried worms on a sidewalk and from being swept into the strong ocean currents constantly! Oh ya there was a shark sighting! Sleep oh essential sleep…just yikes. Cooking and cleaning too! Hello that’s not a vacation! Random and seriously unfortunate spout of Lucie throwing up (poor girl) and then of course all the car troubles! More on that later! But now for the positive stuff! Cuz it really was fun amidst all these things!
It started out with a night at Grandma and Grandpa’s and the kids pulled out their legos. It was a family affair. Plus we love visiting this home and the people in it.
When we got to Vegas David was in dire need of deadlifts which are the like the one thing that make him (and his hips) feel better. There was nothing to be found by way of platform and barbells around so we got creative and tried to deadlift the back end of the cars. He got them up but he couldn’t straighten out his hips at the top which is the crucial part so it didn’t really work. 🙂
We ended up going to a local gym on the way out for about 20 mins so he could deadlift. And it worked! He was miraculously good for the remainder of the trip to Cally!
And so were these boys.
This is me attempting to relax and read on the beach. Fleeting. I don’t think I ever got past chapter one.
Toys in the beach house were ALMOST more entertaining than the beach. Almost.
Walk from our house to the beach…not far at all.
Watching the sunsets
Lucie and Lachlan were champion boogie boarders. And they had fun doing it.
Sandcastles of course!!
Papa taking a turn!
We tried to make planking and push ups a nightly tradition. Can’t decide if sand makes it harder or easier!
Olive makes the cutest photo bomber ever!
Twirling in the sand!
And we all fell down!
“Mimi, will you take me to the water!!?” William
Our last few moments in the sand and water. It was bittersweet for me. And on the way home our trusty Acura decided to give up the ghost in none other than ‘Death Valley’. It’s like the most unoriginal thing ever. But man did it make for good memories.
Waited for our tow truck a little over 2 hours while we sent our kiddos off with Mimi and Papa. Tow truck took us to the rental car place where I jumped out and not so easily rented a car to take us to Ogden. But not before we emptied our car and tried some last ditch efforts on our car that were unsuccessful. We drove tired eyed to St. George and crawled into bed.
Next morning we packed the kids in the rental and headed home. Before we had to drop Lucie off in Salt Lake we were lucky enough to meet this cutie at a gas station in Beaver and have some fun with him.
Instead of renting another car in Ogden to Logan my awesome brother came and rescued us with his big ol truck…transfer all the stuff…again!!!
All in all a pretty fun time for the kids. I need to learn how to relax a little more on vacations because not taking them in not an option.
Despite my blog title I’m definitely not California Dreamin right now. Just Dreamin. 🙂
I’m a worry wart. A pretty bad one. But I have come a long way. My motivation to change was ironically the worry that I would make myself ill by worrying too much. “Give it to God and go to bed” is my new motto.
If my life turned into the movie, Sliding Doors, my alternate life would consist of me being a member of the FBI or some other equally awesome group and being so good that I get taken up the ranks and turn into some completely badass (who swears) woman who fights the bad guys and saves innocent lives.
Sometime in the very near future I plan on taking adult ballet classes. I’ve been obsessed with this form of dance since I can remember. I don’t care if I’m old and too tall. I’m doin’ it!
Even today when I think of my mission and being ‘Sister Stephenson’, my eyes well up and I can wallow in sadness, gratitude, despondency and joy all at the same time. What an incredible experience (once in an eternity even) and I still wonder if I’ll ever ‘meet’ Sister Stephenson again in all her power and authority.
The depth of my love for music is in measurable. And to say that my sense of smell is dominant compared to my other senses is a understatement. Here is something to chew on….Can you imagine if songs had smells? Oh I can. What a world that would be.
I’ve broken my collar bone, had 3 stitches under my chin, had my widsom teeth removed and I have a mild form of Pectus excavatum. One rib cage is kinda concave or lower than the other. Cool eh?
I would rather eat chard than watch a violent movie. I DESPISE them. What nonsense.
I love being a ‘step mom’. I’ve never felt like one. Just ‘mom’ to sweet Lucie who has called me that since she was 5. I feel so honored and blessed that I’ve been able to learn and grow in ways I wouldn’t have had she otherwise not been in my life. I love my Lucie Lu.
End of May brought a much desired and needed trip to Garden Valley, ID. Where’s that you say? Why I’ll show you!
You can see it’s just about an hour north of Boise. But what’s so great about it is, it’s like backwoods, rugged, pine tree, mountains. The real deal. This is where my hubby grew up and where his darling folks still reside.
Here’s a taste.
It’s drop dead gorgeous. So besides just wanting to get up there to clean out our lungs and have a relaxing mountain escape, we knew it was time for Lucie to see her Grandma and Grandpa Sherwood! It had been too long!
I got to go pick up Lucie down in American Fork that day and on the way home we stopped at Ikea to spend some quality girl time walking thru the coolest store ever (as Lucie put it). Someday I promised her a room filled with her choice of Ikea purchases. I love to see her smile!
We spent the rest of the drive to Logan just chatting about odds and ends but this girl never ceases to amaze me. I really enjoyed our time together and hope that someday I can be as cool as her (ie she was showing me her new knife she bought (because she’s cool like that) and that she was excited to castrate the cows next year with it! Whaaaa!) She also is just the best big sister anyone could ever ask for.
Anyway when we got back home to Logan it wasn’t long before we were back in the car on our way north! Rollar skates and all!
Fortunately, David has a brother that lives in Boise so we were able to stop there and take a break before taking the windy road up to GV. We ate at a family ‘famous’ restaurant that apparently Lucie’s mom and David’s sister worked at for years Johnny Carinos…it was….eh. I know I know I must be picky. But it was good company! That’s all that matters!
After visiting with his brother for a while at his AH-mazing house we piled back into our tiny (not complaining, ok maybe a little) car and drove to the Sherwood Forest…think I’m kidding?
This is G & G’s house…THE Sherwood Forest. Cute. Oh and that’s our tiny car. 🙂
Now coming upon this area, this house, you wouldn’t expect what you were about to see. A yard so beautifully landscaped and gardened you’d think it belonged in a magazine. It’s Grandma Sherwood’s pride and joy…and you can see why. Such artwork and dedication all wrapped up in that wonderful mountain corner.
The next day and the rest of the week was wonderful. First things first though we celebrated a certain 11 year old girls birthday! She turned 11 on the 26th and we wanted to do our part. Not much but I think she was happy.
One of the days Grandma had the brilliant idea of going on a scavenger hunt…and the items to find were pinecones, and moss and clover and a bug and dandelion etc. The boys of course had fun filling their bags with said items.
UNfortunately I’m not that spot on when it comes to consistency in carrying the camera around to capture wonderful moments. Like for instance there was that time when we were taken through the mountains riding Kawasaki mules (aka ‘monster truck’s to Ben) that was just beautiful and very exciting and would have made for wonderful pics…but nope. Not one. Ugh.
And then my dreams came true as my MIL announces that she’s purchased us (David and I) an hour and a half horseback ride for our anniversary. Yay!! But of course…no camera. I almost didn’t mind though…I wanted to soak it all in and not worry about carrying and fidgeting with it. BUT thank you to our lovely guideswoman who offered to take some on her phone and send them to us! Double yay!!
It was glorious. You know what? I belong on a horse. I really do. And I miss it more than I thought I did…which is a lot. I ache for it. The various smells were even being inhaled (by me) like something sweet and refreshing. Oh what a ride. I’m so grateful to Anita for giving us that experience but I also feel like I’m now a ravenous animal whose had a taste of something and I wont be satisfied until I get more. :O hehe
One other event well worth mentioning was the day when Anita took me to lunch. We drove the few miles (if that) into the little city called Crouch. Oh the charm this little town has…it’s bursting. We sat down outside at this lovely cafe and had a delicious salad and talked. It was really enjoyable and I learned more about my amazing MIL which added to my respect and love for her than I already had. What a woman!!! What a memorable time.
We then jumped from charming store to another while we looked at seeds, flowers and an assortment of other handcrafted treasures. Anita insisted that we keep up with one of her favorite traditions among her daughters and had me pick out some earrings for myself! I love them! I have to say that I have LOVED this tradition as well. 🙂 Thanks Anita!
The next and last stop we made was at the newly (or not yet officially opened) Crouch Museum. I wish I could do it justice with my words but I could never. It was really very fun to walk around that old building among old historic memories and all the rich history that this one tiny charming town has. Again what a memorable time.
The cracks and crevices of the week were filled in by naps, walks through the woods and the golf course (finding not just golf balls but what we’re sure was marijuana among the weeds!), cookout’s around the fire pit, swimming in warm hot springs water, football tag, library visit, four-wheeler rides, Granny’s, eating well and laughing lots.
The fun had to come to an end of course but we are so grateful for the memories. I love this family of mine so so much.
In January it was a quiet. William was 6 months old and just starting to sleep. I felt like I was getting back to normal at this point.
In February we celebrated Ben’s 2nd birthday. We had a small but memorable birthday with cake pops and pizza rolls.
In March we enjoyed the rain and mostly stayed inside while daddy worked hard at school. Getting excited for our summer vacation and I enjoyed a girl’s night out with my bestie…very much needed.
In April we celebrated David’s 34th birthday (received his RC car) and Lucie’s 10th! William turned 9 months old and we got to have their cousins Beckham and Liam and Logan stay for about a week! We also threw Mericar a bridal shower in Salt Lake.
In May David and papa went to California for a rabbit show. The weather warmed up nicely and we started to enjoy our huge backyard again. David finished classes, never to take one again, yay! OH and Brian got married! California beach lovin! William walking like a champ!
In June we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and just loved Logan in the summertime. Went to Summerfest with the boys.
In July I turned 28 and on the 7th we celebrated William’s first birthday in addition with America’s. We also went to Vegas for our big big rabbit show and had huge success!
In August after getting my health in check I started getting into something I’ve always loved…guns. Big things happenin with the business.
In September we didn’t do much other than we do every day. Except the rabbit men took another business trip back east this time.
October was the month we moved from the big house to our small apartment while my parents moved to their new tiny home. We didn’t celebrate Halloween again because we can get away with it. Did get to see Lucie for a short while!
In November we enjoyed the upcoming holiday festivities along with an Alex Boye concert. We had Thanksgiving with family and friends! We spoke in our ward and Ben is officially fully potty trained!!! OH and we started Guinea Pig research and formulating.
In December David got a calling as the Gospel Doctrine teacher. We put our foot down and became experts on mattresses…bought one. Got ready for Christmas, tree, decor, elk ranch etc. Merry Christmas! Loved having Lucie! Got our bed!!
2014 was a great year. It had it’s trials and boy did I learn a lot. I didn’t reach all of my goals but I am motivated to do better and make new ones!
Eating Lately : This isn’t all too new or exciting. I am not doing any sort of clean eating challenge or follow any specific dietary guidelines and don’t suffer from any limitations (except of course the stomach ache that most naturally occurs when you eat too much chocolate). We eat real good food here and love it. The other day I ran into an old friend and the subject turned to nutrition and eating as it usually does with people who know that I’m a ‘nutrition fanatic’ and she was absolutely shocked that I eat bacon….shocked. I told her we eat it several times a week some months and she almost fell over. What can you do?…I believe in natural, fresh foods and there’s nothing wrong with fat as long as it’s the natural kind and it’s not the only thing you eat. Easy peesy.
Watching Lately : David and I have become couch potatoes. Seriously, it’s bad and we’re about to make a change because we realize how pathetic we are and how many other things there are to do in the world besides sit on the couch and watch other people’s make believe lives. This is just how we’ve spent our time together in the evenings. We eat dinner, put the kids down and meet on the couch for a night of cuddling. It’s nice and though it’s not gonna last we’ve enjoyed 2 shows in particular. The first being Heartland. Innocent, beautiful show about a horse ranch in Canada…it’s my horse fix and we watch it when we feel like dreaming about our future horse ranch. The next one is Grey’s Anatomy. I know I know. It’s pretty risque and I probably wouldn’t let my little ones watch it when they’re older but man it’s fascinating. The blood and guts used to bother me but it doesn’t anymore which is cool and I secretly love to imagine my brother and his beautiful wife experiencing things like we see on the TV in real life. They are in their first year of medical school so they have a few years but it’s a weird connection I now have with the show. Plus let’s be honest, it’s addicting…you just have to know what’s going to happen!!
Doing Lately : This one’s pretty sad. I’m a mom. That’s what I do. No it’s not boring and yes it’s fulfilling but man is it HARD!! When mom’s used to say that for example over the pulpit I would wonder why it was so hard…why? I just didn’t understand. Well I do now and I guess it’s just one of those things. But boy do I love those boys. My days consist mostly of directing and guiding them to make the right choices, to learn how to be nice to each other and to others…how to go poo and pee on the potty (hehe) and how to eat their veggies. I cook, I clean, I cook and I clean some more. It’s exhausting but it’s right. I know that it’s what I’m supposed to be doing right now. When David has free time we enjoy going on walks together, going to the park or the zoo or any other free activity we can think of.
Apart from being a mom I have also been busy doing things for the business. I volunteered to do the Quickbooks far before there was ever anything to enter into QB so it’s definitely been a learning process but thanks to our new CPA I feel in control now and am excited to make it the most perfect QB account ever! HA! I also am the one who enters in and purchases the shipping labels for each days orders. It’s a bit tedious and most days I really really don’t want to do it but there is not really anyone else to do it at this point and hey the bunny lovers need their food! Onward!
Freaking Out About Lately : Last I knew, David was supposed to be done with school in December. This isn’t the case anymore. I should have know though right? This is just the way PhD’s are! And btw I am totally fine with it. NO disappointed wifey here. I actually like it better that he’ll graduate in the spring. Who wants to come to a Graduation Party in Logan in December?!! Not me! I guess the part I’m freaking out about is his research and whether or not he’ll be at the point he wants to be at in the Spring. This consists of boring material that I’m not going to bore you about but it’s what I’m freaking out about. Flu season. Yup. Freaking out. I am so scared of my little babies catching anything nasty. Stay away bugs!! Last but not least I’m freaking out about how little we’ve seen Lucie lately. It’s not OK and I wish beyond words that she didn’t live so far away, that being said we still need to make it work. We miss that girl!!
Well there you have it. Feels good to write sometimes doesn’t it? You know I just read an article that says writing has a direct link to health…it can actually make you healthier! So go grab a pen and paper or your computer! Go!