Saturday, February 28, 2015

And Baby #3 is a.....

GIRL! Who's surprised!? I am literally over the moon. I know everyone and their mother thought this baby was a boy and I honestly had zero clue. I knew Harper was a girl from conception. No joke. This one, I just had not one ounce of intuition. I honestly wanted both. I know how badly Anthony wants to raise a son, but who wouldn't want another Quinn or Harper? I mean seriously, Full House was my ideal family growing up so I am just so excited that we get to use everything we already have. Including the 12 storage containers of baby clothes we've accumulated in the last 5 years! It didn't matter what this baby was. We knew it was healthy and growing and that is a blessing beyond words! At least now I've convinced Anthony that we have to try for a fourth :)

What a perfect way to roll in my 30's!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years

Today, I celebrate 30 years on this earth. And I am so very thankful for each and every year God has blessed me with. I am at one of the craziest phases in my life and I am trying to enjoy every second (as hard as it may be sometimes!) I still don't feel 30, whatever thats supposed to mean. I watched the Friends episode where they all turn 30 and it literally boggles my mind. Two (and a half) children later and I still don't feel like a "grown up". Forever Young is what I say! Here is a l its of 30 completely random thoughts I had on my 30 years so far. {Sorry this is s lengthy. I am old.)

1. Wrinkles will come out of nowhere. Like WHOA. Invest in some good face cream.
2. It will amaze you how much you really dislike all other children except your own. (And those close to you that love.) Thank you part time gym child care job for opening my eyes to how much I truly dislike children.
3. I would give anything to be in my high school basketball shape. I honestly don't know how I ever managed to play basketball for so many years and the last thing I ever remember saying is "I'm tired." I will take that stamina please.
4. Life is crazy and completely out of your control. There are people out there who want to fix everything and that is just not possible. I have honestly come to learn that you have to deal with the cards you are dealt, especially the shitty ones. But the shitty cards also make you realize just how incredibly blessed you are in other ways.

5. You honestly have zero clue how much you can love another person until you have babies of your own. Everyone says it, blah blah blah, but HOLY HELL. That kind of love is insane. No matter what the circumstances.
6. Your husband will be the rock you need when you least expect it. Even your robot husband who you constantly shame for having zero feelings will be the person that holds you up when you need it the most and the one person you rely on more than anything. And regardless of how many stupid fights you have, how many times you threaten divorce, or how many times you throw your wedding ring at him, you are sure as sure can be that there is no one on this earth that could put up with and love you better than he can.
7. On the same note, I cannot stress enough that family is who you make it. It's the people who have constantly been there for you through good times and bad, no matter what. The ones who are there for you the morning after your oldest is in the hospital and you have a one month old at home and who get together to make an Easter basket for your oldest baby who has to spend Easter in the hospital. (Seriously, you guys have zero clue how much that meant to us and I cry every time I think about how lucky we were to have you guys. And mama too, because that was one of the best showers she's ever taken thanks to you guys!)
8. People are meant to not be in your life for a reason. Family, friends, acquaintences, it doesn't matter. There comes a time in your life when you will realize that some people are toxic and have no benefit to your life whatsoever. And it's sad. And you will cry over it sometimes, and it sucks. But life isn't perfect, but you are in charge of your own life and you have zero responsibility to keep people in your life who only bring the negative. Truth. 
9. Your love for pizza only increases with age. (Just me?)
10. Having babies will forever change the way you look at your body. Oh, you hated those stretch marks in high school? Well let me just welcome you to a 40 pound pregnancy weight gain! You will start to care less about things like that and actually be more concerned with being healthy. Crazy, right? You can grow humans. That's insane.
11. You will gladly spend $25 on a pair of darling toddler boots. $20 for a shirt for yourself? You must be crazy.
12. Target will be one of the reasons you wake up in the morning. Because there is nothing that store doesn't have and it will become your sanctuary for quiet time when you escape your house in a mad dash for some sanity.

13. If you're lucky enough to have your mother around, you best be thankful for it. She will be your best friend and the person you rely on second to your husband. Ok, maybe first sometimes. And she will always drop whatever she is doing to help you. Appreciate that.
14. Laundry will become the reason you hate life.
15. High school will be some of the best days of your life. You will not realize this when you are actually in high school, but rather when you are older and have actual responsibilities. Remember all those "I can't wait to be grown up and pay for my own things?" Yeah, thats garbage.
16. That boyfriend you had in high school that you swore you were madly in love with? Yeah, thats adorable.
17. If you have daughters, recalling all the times you snuck out of the house, partied with college kids and did all those other unmentionable things will haunt you to your core. 
18. There will come a time in your life when you will be getting home from a night out at the same time you would be getting ready to go out back in your good old college days. And it will be glorious.
19. Spending an entire day in your bed is what your dreams will be made of.
20. Even though you are exhausted and can't remember the last time you slept in because hello? kids. You and your husband will cry every time you drive by an elementary school because how do they expect you drop off your precious little princess in a building full of strangers? And you will contemplate home schooling but then realize you are being ridiculous. But you still cry.

21. You will get more cleaning done the day you know someone is coming over then any other day ever. Because you obviously don't want your friends to see the way you actually live.
22. Getting to watch your favorite Disney movies with your kids is one of the craziest experiences ever. Remembering how insanely happy the Lion King made you and then watching your kid ask to watch it 9,945,695 times a day is legit mind blowing. And you will find every reason to sit your butt down and watch them all with them.
23. You will hate Play Doh for all the things you have to pick it out of. Especially kids fingernails.
24. Coffee/Wine will become the crack cocaine of your life. And if you're pregnant and coffee sounds like the last thing you want, you will cry many, many tears and pray for the day your morning sickness finally goes away and lets you enjoy that beautiful, beautiful beverage once again.
25. Yoga pants will become your everyday gear. And make you feel better because it looks like you workout, but you don't.

26. You will eat candy bars/chocolate/mini eggs in your closet or in the bathroom to avoid sharing them with your children. Or lie and say "No, honey, you can't have any. It's spicy."
27. You will swear up and down you will never get a minivan. And you will love the convenience of having one, but hate yourself everytime you get in and out of it.
28. You will regret the placement of that tattoo that now resides next to your c-section scar.
29. Reality television will be the exact mindless thing to watch to wind you down from the everyday struggle of keeping yourself and your children alive.
30. You will tell yourself that 40 is the new 30.

Here's to the next 30!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Harper's {Elmo} 2nd Birthday Party!

So, my little itty bitty baby infant decided to turn 2 last Friday. TWO. We had planned a small get together Saturday with just her besties and then it decided to snow 9 inches on Saturday. Thankfully everyone could make it on Sunday and she ended up having the best day ever. She was surrounded by her favorite people (except Aunt Colleen, Uncle Jason, Brenna & Brody!) She skipped a nap and partied her little tushie off until the last guests left. Then she had a meltdown of epic proportions but the good part she actually let me rock her to sleep and it was magical. The perfect way to end the day!

These two are hilarious: Double Trouble I call them. Harper Grace and Harper Drew. 

Sisters from other misters.

The grandmas and great grandma. 

She had this "cheese" face all day long. 

If you don't have Benny the Bull, do yourself a favor and get one. ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENT.

My twins. 

Sadly, this was the only picture we got of the 4 of us lol

Girlfriend killed the cake. 

Reagan LOVED Grandad. It's kind of adorable being that she hates all men. 

Then the dance party commenced. 

Party of 1. 

And this is how we found her right before bedtime. She was ready for bed!

I hope you had an amazing second birthday, baby girl. You are such a blessing to this family. You were meant to be ours always and I am so, so very lucky to call you mine. I love your delicious little face, feet and everything in between. We love you so much big girl. Happy Birthday!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Surprise! Baby #3. {OMG}

Surprise! Baby #3 due 8.11.15

I am 15 weeks today and am finally getting around to announcing this poor child. But let's be honest, it won't be the last time #3 is neglected. I've been having the worst morning sickness of my entire life and I seriously was dead to the world until 9/10 weeks when I finally found the blessing that is Unisom & B6. Even if I am half asleep walking like a zombie most days, it's a blessing and a half that I have stopped throwing up as much as I was. Now it's just constant.naseua.all.the.time. I honestly don't know how I have forgotten twice how bad this is. Chasing after two children and doing school drop offs and basically just being in survival mode has been....challenging. But thank God for the best girls I could ever ask for. They have been insanely good at keeping themselves entertained and playing so nicely with each other. And for my mama who has helped an insane amount with the kids and the requests I have for food. (CARBS)

I thought I was coming out of the morning sickness last week until I had to go running to the bathroom in the middle of the Bachelor last night and again this morning. I am so finished. I am praying that was the last of it and that I can soon enough be enjoying coffee again which I miss so much. Yeah and working out because, seriously? Getting winded while doing laundry is insanely unacceptable.

So to answer everyone's obvious question, I would love to have another girl. :) I mean look at those 2, who wouldn't want another?! I went back and forth with the idea of not finding out, but I honestly don't think I could ever. Im debating paying $50 and going to an ultrasound place so they can tell me next week!

So for now, I am taking a lot of naps, taking a lot of Unisom and eating a lot of bagels. Bring on the obesity. And trying to forget that in a few short months, I will be completely outnumbered every single day of my life.

God help me.

Obviously, they are thrilled. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Yes it's February and I'm just getting to Christmas pictures. Go me.

So I am starting to feel like a pretty useless blogger these days. Probably because I'm averaging one blog post a month. Anyway I really didn't want to let Christmas slide by without some kind of documentation, so here is a recap of our day!

This year was pretty cute in terms of the excitement of Christmas around here. Even Harper surprised us with how excited she was Christmas morning and saying "PRESENTS!!! SANTA!!!" Pretty cute for an almost 2 year old. We did our usual Christmas morning presents with the girls and mama and watched the Disney parade. Every year we watch it and every year we wonder when we're going to actually do it!

The week before Christmas we did the Santa thing at My Gym again and it was adorable. Besides Harper and Nolie hating Santa, Quinn was as usual all smiles and all business.

And that looks just about right. 

So anyway, back to Christmas morning. Lots of presents, lots of giggles, and lots of having sit down conversations with a four year old trying to explain why its not ok to say "Is that all?" when we were done. I thought 4 was going to kill me, but 5 seems to be creeping up past the sass of last year. 

Her favorite present. Although she refuses to take off her diaper while using it. Baby steps.

We ended the day at Gram's house and everyone was dead tired by the end of the day. Next year I said we should spend all day in our pi's drinking hot chocolate and eating lots of food. And then we all nap and sleep for 15 hours that night. A girl can dream, right?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Family Photos...Only 3 months late!

So I am about to bombard you with a crap ton of photos, but I couldn't really narrow it down more than I did :) Also, never will I ever get family photos taken unless its 50 degrees or warmer. It.Was.Freezing. But I love how you walk out of them thinking, "Wow, did we just waste money or what?" because the girls were endlessly complaining about the cold, Harper would have rather eaten dirt than crack a smile, and I was freezing my tatas off. Anthony, as usual was a total machine and kept complaining about the girls being miserable. A bag of M&M's later, lots of blankets and we were ecstatic when we got these back. 

I love our little family of four right now and wanted to capture how insanely fun it is to live with two little princesses who are honestly the most amazing kids ever. I know, everyone says that about their own kids, but these two are pretty amazing. 

Lots of updates coming soon (!!!) so hopefully I will be posting more than once a month. Until then I leave you with an entire album :)

 This little one is a rockstar. My little model!

My heart. 

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