Sunday, February 15, 2015

Our New House!!!!! (and love day... )

I am finally posting about our new house!!!
We have been here for almost 2 months now and we seriously love this house! It has been such a good move for us! 

I have had a few people ask why we moved... we really didn't want to and weren't even planning on it! We loved our old house and our ward and were really happy there, but we had SO MUCH medical debt from our sick boys! We weren't in financial ruin or anything, in fact we were managing it pretty well with monthly payments. But just being in any kind of debt really keeps Brian up at night lol. So we started praying and trying to figure out ways to get out. We contemplated me going back to work and a few other things but then finally the thought of selling came to us and it just worked out so well! 

So we are now debt free (until Brian goes back to BYU lol) and in a slightly smaller but much newer house and we really, really love it here! So here are the pictures:

Front door and entryway

My gallery wall on other side of hallway

1/2 bath on main floor

In living room looking at the front door. 

Little "office" corner

Other side with piano!

Probably my fav part of the new house... Brian bought me these glass cases so all my snow globes and special dolls are on display! haha I am so spoiled... 

Looking into living room from office room, they are attached so it is one HUGE room! 

The living room is vaulted to the second floor which I LOVE! It seems so much bigger! 

Looking from the kitchen into the living room at my napping boys watching Frozen haha. 

This is above the couch and is my fav wall! The clocks show the time of each boys birth and what time we got married! Pinterest of course... 

Looking from living room into dining room the stairs to the second floor are right on my left. We traded in our black table and chairs for this pretty wooden one! I am planning on painting the table legs and chairs white eventually to update it a little bit! 

Kitchen! I wasn't 100% sold on the butcher block counters, I was sad to give up my pretty granite for these haha but I actually really like them! They are so easy to clean and give it a cute country feel maybe? haha I dunno... 

That door is to the garage and the double door beside it are the washer and dryer... which I also thought I would hate but it has actually been quite nice! I have been keeping up on laundry so much better! I don't know if the location has anything to do with that or not but its true lol! 


We have a little loft looking over the living room which is now a toy room which is amazing! Boston Loves it! And it never looks like this.... it's always a disaster, but at least it is upstairs so people can't see it right? haha. 

Bath upstairs, Spiderman! 

I had a lot of fun decorating this little bathroom, I saw this picture on Pinterest of Spiderman brushing his teeth and just had to have it! 

Banner's room!! All the rooms are upstairs. 

Boston's room! Hopefully I can recreate the road on the wall again someday.. it is just so much work!! 

I need like 100 more book shelves!! So that is why they aren't in a very nice arrangement right now haha I am planning to put more up.. 

His lamp broke in the move so that is why the lamp shade is just hanging out there lol

This is Mine and Brian's private hallway haha. You open the door to our room and this is what you see. That is our closet door and bathroom door on the left and then you walk into the actual room, I LOVE it! 

Our bathroom! 

I only took this one pic of our room because I still have a lot to do here haha. Our room seems to always be the last thing I do. 

And this is our backyard! I have raised garden beds on the left and there is a huge bunny hatch on the right haha... but we will probably be getting rid of that because I don't really see bunnies in our near future. Boston is out here all day!!! He loves it, and so do I! It is so fun having a nice fenced yard that he can play in with this cute swing set! And we actually have a gate at the back that opens to the park! There is also a basketball court back there which Brian loves too! 

But it has been fun setting everything up and painting, and although I still have a few things to do here and there I feel like we are settled! 

And I just want to take a second to brag about how amazing my husband is... I had the BEST Valentine's Day EVER!!! I got SO spoiled!!

We had to celebrate on Friday because we had Stake Conference on Sat so Brian told me to get a babysitter and he would plan the date! 

So Friday after work he came home with these beautiful flowers and a pass for 5 visits to a SPA!!! Omg I am so excited.. I have never been to one before and I get to go 5 times! I get to pick from different facials and messages and I even get one session of laser hair removal! haha YAY!! Best present ever!

Then we left to go to my surprise restaurant and we pulled up to Tepanyaki Japanese Steak House! Then I got even more excited... Brian knows me so well! This place was amazing! 

It's one of those places where they cook it right in front of you! This guy was hilarious and so good! 

Onion volcano! 

And guys... I have been going to a million Japanese places in Utah to try and find one good enough to go back to and this place was so delicious!!! It was so fun and so yummy! I was one happy Valentine :) 

Then he took my shopping at the mall (which if you know Brian you know how rare and awesome that is lol) and then to a movie! It was a great day! 

We didn't do anything crazy for those boys... just little spiderman valentines, chocolates and a balloon!

They seemed to enjoy them though!

What a stud!

I have the best Valentines!!! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Little Gaffers :)

I haven't done a update on all my boys in a while and I figured with Valentine's Day and my house post coming up (waiting for our couch to be delivered on Friday) I better do it before I forget and then they are suddenly 18 and I don't remember anything about them! Dramatic...? no....

My boys are seriously the best :) 
We had a fun little Super Bowl party! Boston was loving all the food and sports... his two favorite things! 

Enjoying their white chocolate brownies for dessert! These two are seriously twins... they are so adorable! 

And Boston is getting SO BIG!!!
He really is the craziest, most energetic and best 2 year old I know! 

He is LOVING our new back yard. And luckily the weather has been so nice here so he is out there everyday playing soccer or on the swing set. It really is a nice break for me to get him out of the house for a little bit haha. I can just close the door and he will play out there for an hour or two by himself and I don't really have to worry about him cuz he can't escape! 

He loves it most though when his dad comes home and plays with him out there. They are crazy! They worry me sometimes but we haven't had any serious injuries yet haha... fingers crossed! 

This kid.... have you noticed most of his pictures are with food? haha If he isn't running around playing with a ball he is eating... good thing he is so active or he would seriously weigh 100 pounds!!

He still loves basketball the most but he is starting to just love every sport now. He knows football, soccer, baseball and hockey and loves to play all of them! You should see him dribble and shoot though... its pretty amazing haha. 

He LOVES nursery, although the nursery leaders get a little worn out from him I think haha, he is so tiring if you aren't used to it! He is seriously going ALL DAY LONG!!! 

He is not ready to be potty trained yet but I put some undies on him and he FREAKED OUT!!!! Omg you guys..  he hated them haha. So I have been making him wear them once in a while to get used to them. I am so scared for potty training... it will be a nightmare! 

So I am just gonna enjoy two in diapers for as long as I can haha. 
(more food) This is him saying "cheese" 

I have been real proud of him lately. He is starting to talk really well and is starting to learn a lot like his colors and some songs and things.... I know most kids have mastered them pretty well by now but this kid won't sit down for a second to learn anything so we are just kinda learning as we go haha. He LOVES the movie Frozen, won't go to bed until we read "the witch" (hansel and grettle flap book), is sleeping from 7-7:30, is in 3T clothes, and is just so fun! He is a really good big brother too which is actually kind of surprising haha. He loves his little brother. 

Banner... I swear this kid gets cuter everyday, which I didn't think was possible! 

Brian and I always used to talk about how we were a little nervous we wouldn't like our second as much as Boston haha... but it's amazing how you can just love them both so much!!! I love having two and I can't wait for Banner to grow up a little (well I can....) and see them running around together! 

He is 8 months old!?!?! Omg it's going too fast... This kid is amazing! I was nervous that I lucked out with my first kid being so good and easy and my second would be terrible, but seriously I think he is easier haha. 

This kid never cries!!! He is always smiling and laughing and I just love him!
He wasn't quite as good as Boston with the sleeping... it took him a little while to sleep through the night, but now he is taking 3 long naps a day and sleeping from 6-7:30!!! It's so amazing hah

He is holding his own bottle which is just so awesome!!!!! I think Boston was like 18 months before he did this haha. 

He is pretty much the slowest at everything else though... he is so chill, he loves to just lay there and is so content so I just kinda leave him. He is rolling around really good but I think it will take him forever to sit and crawl on his own! Oh well... he will do it when he wants to! 

He is eating solids for 2 meals and that is my favorite part about babies :) I love feeding them baby food it is so funny! I did find out he is allergic to wheat though. I switched from rice cereal to oatmeal (just cuz someone gave me a box) and he got a terrible puffy rash for almost a week and was puking like you wouldn't believe!!! Who knew babies could throw up so much! Poor little guy was pretty miserable but we are back on just rice and he is much better! Hopefuly he grows out of that pretty soon :s

He is in 9 month clothes and loves to suck on blankets!! And remember how I was complaining that he was so lazy and still wasn't holding his head up right? Well it turns out he is really lazy, but he also has torticollis! I had dinner with my mom's friend who was visiting Utah (who is also a NICU nurse) and she later called with a concern that something wasn't quite right with his neck! I'm so glad I have all these nurses looking out for me cuz I would have never known haha. So I took him to the doctor and it turns out there was something wrong! Torticollis is in one side of the neck where the muscles are really tight (from being squished in the womb or traumatic delivery) and so they won't stretch out all the way! So that is why his head was always tilted like this picture! But luckily his was pretty minor and it is already fixed just by forcing him to stretch it out a little bit! Sometimes they need surgery so we were lucky!! 

But we are finally settled into our new home, I have it all painted and put together the way I like so we are just waiting for our new couch to be delivered and then I will post pictures everyone keeps asking for!! 
I sold our old couches so we have been sitting on these foams for a week haha. Boston has actually really enjoyed it... look how chill this guy it :) Brian on the other hand... is pretty much done with sitting in an office chair all day long haha. Just a few more days! 

And I am so excited for Valentines day!! Brian told me that if I got a babysitter he would plan the date so I'm looking forward to my secret date!! We will be celebrating on Friday because we have stake conference this weekend so we have to go to the adult session sat night!!!! LAME!! But they said they will feed us cake so I guess thats nice haha. 

And lastly can't forget this little guy! My first baby! People told me that once I had kids my dog would be neglected... and it is kinda true haha. But luckily Boston is old enough now that he plays with Bandit tons so they entertain each other... we love our little puppy! He is so good :) Until next time...