Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Abbigail Says...

(Standing on top of her bike) "Don't worwee Mama! I Okay!"

(After I tell her it's naptime) " Nope, it's time to wake uppp! {Insert cheesy grin}

(Holding my keys) " I weady Mama, Wets go! Wets go to Nana's house!"

(On repeat all day long) "Come on Mama! I want to show you sumpin!" {grabs my hand and pulls me where she wants me to go.}

(In the Dairy section of Walmart) "Wook Mama! I see sumpin! Its stwawbewies!" {What she actually saw was some strawberry flavored yogurt that had a picture of a teeny tiny strawberry on the package! Good eye little one...}

(Hearing the Dryer run and thinking it is the garage opening) "Daddy's home! Wet's go see!"

(After I told her she couldn't have anymore cookies) "But Mama, I so fwustwated!"

(While eating her fried rice) "Wook, a pea!" {cue squeaky voice} "It's so cute!"

(I asked her what she wanted for lunch) " I hab a deeya {I have an idea}, wets eat Mac n cheeeese!"

(After she dropped a plate of fake food) "Oh No! I fwop ebbeyfing! I fwop ebbeyfing!" 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Naptime Lovin'

Every morning, Lily goes down for a quick nap from about 9-9:30. Abbigail can't stand it. "Mama? Where'd Will-Wee go?" I tell her she is taking a nap and Abbi replies with, "hmmm, I know! Wet's go get her!" She is always sad when I tell her we can't. Thank goodness it's a quick nap! 

When she hears Lily crying, she runs sprints into Lily's room to help her. Sometimes, if I'm feeling really nice, I let her climb into the crib to see Lily. Their relationship makes me so happy! Abbigail loves Lily (almost to death) and Lily smiles and goes along with everything! It's so fun to watch! I can just imagine them in 15 years, hanging out in each other's beds, talking about school, make-up and who they want to go to Prom with. I hope they will always be best friends. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chocolate Fudge Crinkle Cookies!

The Christmas season, in and of itself, is a good enough reason to consume enough sugar and chocolate to feed the whole universe right? Oh good, that's what I thought too! At our house, we have been eating chocolate like it's a sport and trust me, we're getting pretty good! ;)

So to add to the chocolate craze, I decided to introduce Abbigail to one of my favorite cookies! These cookies are pretty hard to mess up because there are only 4 ingredients. But if you're really special, like me, you might mess up! Actually, I don't exactly consider it a mess up, but the recipe I found online does...

The recipe calls for:
+ 2 eggs
+1/2 cup of vegetable oil
+ powder sugar
+ 1 box Devils food cake mix

Here's the part I "messed up." Instead of using Devils food cake mix, I bought Super Moist Chocolate Fudge cake mix. The box literally says, "There's pudding in the mix!" Which don't get me wrong, it tastes D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! However, it is really, really, really, super, really (have I mentioned really?) messy to work with. So, you decide!

Okay, let's get down to business!

+ mix together the eggs, oil and dry cake mix.
+ dust your hands in the sugar and form 1-1.5 inch balls with your cookie dough.
+ roll your newly formed balls in the powder sugar and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
+ bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 325 degrees.
+ let them cool for a few minutes, then dig in!

Seriously, it's so easy, a two year old could do it. Oh wait, my two year old did do it! All of it! Most of it? Okay, you caught me; she played around in the sugar, ate some cookie dough and posed for a few pictures then made me do all the work! But the point is, she could have done it. They are that easy.

All in all, we had a ton of fun making and eating these cookies! Give 'em a try! I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Loving HIS Little Ones.

A few days ago, I posted this picture on Instagram:

And I felt like I needed to expound on it. This experience was and still is a very personal one that Drew and I hold close to our hearts! We are grateful for answered prayers and for these two beautiful girls! I feel so humbled that God is allowing us to love and raise HIS sweet daughters!


Shortly after Drew and I were married, (and I mean really short, like, a month!) I felt a strong impression that it was time to have a baby. I think I probably gave Drew a heart attack when I approached him with the subject. This isn't the first time I had bombarded him with a huge decision in a very short amount of time. (I told him I loved him and wanted to marry him 3 weeks after we started dating, but that's probably a separate blog post.)

His response to my crazy, irrational ideas was and still always is calm and loving. We talked about different concerns we had. Things like "We can't afford it", "We're still in school", "We just got married, shouldn't we get to know each other first?" and I'm sure there were a few more. But regardless of how many "excuses" we came up with, I couldn't shake this feeling that it was time to have a baby. 

The October LDS General Conference was fast approaching, so we decided to take our dilemma to the Lord. We both watched General Conference with the question "to have kids or not" fresh in our minds. I have a very strong testimony that if you write down a question or a few questions in preparation for General Conference, all of them will be answered. This has happened to me many times and I didn't expect this time to be any different. 

We patiently waited and listen to each person who got up and spoke to the public about what God needed us to hear. The Saturday Morning session was nice, but it really didn't address the question that was pressing so heavily on both of our minds. However, it didn't take long before the Lord heard our pleas and during the Saturday Afternoon session, Elder Neil L. Andersen gave this message

After he gave that beautiful message, Drew and I tearfully (happy tears) embraced! We both knew right then, that no matter how many reasons we could come up with to not have children, there was one reason to have children that trumped them all; God asked us. 

So many things from Elder Andersen's address spoke straight to my heart. 

“Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”

“If you are concerned about providing financially for a wife and family, may I assure you that there is no shame in a couple having to scrimp and save. It is generally during these challenging times that you will grow closer together as you learn to sacrifice and to make difficult decisions.”

He talked about and gave many examples about couples in the scriptures (Bible AND Book of Mormon) having children in faith. He reminds us that even the Savior of the world entered into this life in the most humbling of circumstances. 

But the comment that spoke to me the loudest was probably, 

"What a wonderful blessing we have to receive sons and daughters of God into our home."

They are HIS children. He is entrusting them to our care. It didn't matter that we were only 19 and 22 years old, it didn't matter that we had only been married a month and a half and it didn't matter that we were still in school or felt like we weren't financially ready for children. The Lord gave us this commandment and he would provide a way for us to accomplish it. Children are a blessing! Some days I need to be reminded of this many times over. It isn't always easy having young children, but it will ALWAYS BE WORTH IT! By having children, we are fulfilling part of God's eternal plan and because of that, we will always have His help. 

Two months later, right after Christmas, we found out we were expecting our first child. Not once in our 3 and a half years of marriage have I regretted having children so quickly. Occasionally, thoughts about what life would be like if we didn't have kids yet will enter into my mind and it makes me feel almost empty thinking about it. Sure, we might have more money, I might have a full time job and we might have our own house, but eternal happiness doesn't come from material possessions. I feel most happy, when Abbi says, "I yub you Mama" and plants a kiss on my face! I feel most happy, when Lily smiles at me or falls asleep in my arms. I receive true happiness from raising and loving God's beautiful children. It's as simple as that.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Ghost of Santa Pictures Past..

 I have said it before, and I will say it again, I am "that mom" and I'm proud of it! I am that mom who drags her screaming child up to Santa's lap and forces a jolly, old man, whom I have never met, to hold on tight to said child so I can get one or twenty decent pictures. I love being able to look back on years past and see the growth.  So to the parents and kids in line behind us, please be forgiving and to the Santa holding my screaming kid, please understand, this is what you signed up for! ;)

This year, I have to tell you, Abbigail was stoked to meet Santa! We had been talking about him all morning before we went to meet him, and she was so excited! I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she said, "Ummmm, how bout bwue toys!" So I explained that she would need to tell that to Santa Claus because he is the one that brings her presents! She totally understood. I asked her if she wanted anything else for Christmas and she informed me she also wanted "bwocks and a mic-a-pone!"

We got to our ward Christmas breakfast and she found some friends and ran off to go play. Not too long later, they announced they had a special visitor. Santa Claus was here! The kids all cheered, Abbigail included! We waited in line and watched as the kids in front of us took turns sitting on Santa's lap and getting their picture taken. Abbigail was all in. She kept saying, "Wook Mama! It's Santa Cwaus!" and "Hooway Mama! I want Santa Cwaus!"

But then it was our turn. There was no one standing between sweet Abbi and some bearded stranger motioning her over to sit on his lap! Haha. She just about died. I felt bad for a second, and then, I didn't. I kept telling her "It's okay Abbi! It's Santa Claus! We love Santa!" as I dragged her screaming little body over and plopped her on his lap. We stuck Lily on his lap as well and snapped the picture. They were there for 30 seconds tops! I promise it was quick and painless painful apparently.

It didn't take long for her to calm down. Once we saw Santa, we packed up and went home. Drew asked, "Abbi did you see Santa? Did you tell him what you want for Christmas?" and she replied, "Yep! I Yike Santa!"

All was forgiven and I got my annual Santa picture. It eventually turned into a happy situation and you can bet your bottom dollar, I will do it again next year!

And for your enjoyment, Past Santa pictures. I can't believe 1. How much Abbigail has grown {insert tears here} and 2. How similar Abbigail and Lily look as infants! They're twins!

^^ Abbigail 2012 ^^

^^ Abbigail 2013 ^^
^^ Lily & Abbigail 2014 ^^

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Little Artist.

We had A LOT of fun this morning playing with watercolor paints! Abbigail is getting older (duh, Ashley!) and with that her personality is just exploding! I love it! I'm not sure where exactly she gets her creativity from, but she has the greatest imagination. It's my favorite! 

I have been wanting to teach her how to use watercolor paints. There are so many different fun coloring pages you can print out this time of year, I was sure she would love it. She isn't the biggest fan of Santa {See this instagram post} but she is obsessed with our Christmas Tree! I found a cute page off of Google and we were ready to go! 

She loved dipping the paintbrush in water, then choosing whatever color she wanted! She would always say the color out loud before she put the paintbrush in it. "I want yell-yo", "I need gween!", "I yub bwue mama!" It was the cutest! 

Once she finished her painting, she yelled, "I all done Mama! Wook, it's so pwetty!" She was so proud of herself! Then she got distracted by the paintbrush. Apparently paintbrushes, spoons, empty toiletpaper rolls, markers, and anything small enough for her to hold in one hand becomes her microphone and she breaks into song. 

"Wook Mama! It's a Mic-wa-pone!" Then she sings her go-to song, "I wike you, I wike you, just da way you are!" {Thanks again Daniel Tiger!}

I am so grateful for this two year old! I can't believe I am so lucky to spend my days with her. She makes my heart so happy! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lily - 3 Months!

Seriously? How is it possible that Lily is 3 months old already?! Can someone please explain to me how a 20 mile stretch on a road trip when you have a bad headache, your two year old is throwing up, and baby crying can feel like an eternity, but the moments you actually want to remember pass in the blink of an eye? Come on, that's not fair! I guess you will just have to keep putting up with a trillion cabillion pictures, so I can remember these days...

At 3 Months Lily:

+ Is slowly, but surely, starting to fit into size 3 month clothes. 95% of her wardrobe still consists of newborn size outifts, but we're getting there! She is longer than Abbigail was (like in the 50th percentile guys!) So her pants get too short before her waist actually fits in the 3 months or even 0-3 month size... but we're making it work.

+Wears size 1 diapers. Also, can I just say she has the cutest, tiniest bum in the whole entire world. And guys, I've been babysitting since I was 11 years old. I have over 13 years of "bum experience", so I think I can say (objectively) that my baby has the cutest! ;)

+Is finding her voice even more this month and she talks a lot! I think she just likes hearing her voice. She coo's and ooooh's and ahhh's and different combinations of the three. Daddy made her giggle once and now she won't do it again, but boy does she give the best smiles! Her biggest smiles come right when she wakes up in the morning and right after she has finished her bottle. I love it!

+ She eats about 4oz of formula every 3-4 hours until about 9pm. After that, she wakes up once during the night to eat, then falls right back asleep until about 7 or 8am. I'm telling you, she is perfect! Although, she is the spit-up queen! And let me tell you, she has earned that title! We don't have burp "rags" in our house, we have burb blankes, burp shirts and burp towels! Seriously, whatever item of clothing is closest, becomes the emergency burp rag. Also, you're never safe from it! It could be hours since she last ate and surprise {execpt NOT a surprise} here comes more lovely spit-up. Abbigail didn't spit-up hardly ever, so that has been a big adjustment. If baby spit up smelt like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or pretty flowers I wouldn't even mind it, but it doesn't. Not even close. It's like 5 galaxies away from smelling half as good as freshly baked cookies. Am I right?  Can I get an Amen? Regardless, we still love her...

Spit-up aside, she is perfect. It's as simple as that. She eats well, sleeps like a dream and is so, so happy in between! Abbigail can't get enough of her. Her most popular line at the moments is when Lily is crying, she will say, "Oh-No! Will-Wee is cwying! Wet's go help her!" and she runs off! Haha, It's my favorite! It's safe to say, we are pretty smitten with this baby of ours! No amount of heart eye emojis could suffice. 

^^ That face though, it melts my heart a thousand times over! ^^

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Tree 2014

 Setting up the Christmas tree happened a little late this year. But, better late than never huh? We are headed to Washington for Christmas, so we figured, what's the point? But man, I am so glad we got over our bahumbug spirits because it's already making our home a little more magical!

Cliche maybe, but seeing the look on Abbigail's face as we turned the lights on and put ornaments on the tree was honestly priceless! She was so excited! She ran around yelling "Happy Dank You Day!" (Thank you Daniel Tiger.) We would correct her and tell her to say "Merry Christmas" instead but she wouldn't listen! 

She helped put on, then take off, then put back on almost every ornament and was so proud of herself! Holiday's truly are so much more fun with kids! After decorating the tree, she took a step back and said, "It's tigertastic!" (once again, thank you Daniel Tiger!)

I am so excited for this Christmas season! Christmas seems to bring out the happy in everyone and I love happy. Christmas makes me want to be better, to serve, to love more fully, to be more like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope we can all try to be a little better and a little nicer, especially this Christmas season as we remember what Christmas is really about; it's a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Abbigail Says...

{walking out of her room from her nap} "Peek-a-boo! You fwound me!"

{driving past the Twin Falls LDS Temple} "I spy da temple! It's so, so, so, so, ummmm... tall!"

{after a walk to see the horses near my inlaws house} "Mom! I saw da horses poooop!" & "Da horses yike apples! I yike apples too!"

{While washing her hands} "mmmm, da water is nice and warm!" 

{after being sick} Me: "abbi are you feeling sick?"  Abbi: "No, I fweeel much better!" 

{walks over and picks up her pretend broccoli} "Hey Mama? It's bawklee time!"

{After I offered to read her a book} "No, Mama! I yant to weed to will-wee woo! (Lily Loo)

{looking out the window} "Uh-oh Mom! Is getting dawrk. Dat means Ebbeebody going nigh night!" (We've brained washed her and we're proud of it! ;)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Drew!

Yesterday (December 3rd) We celebrated Drew's 26th birthday! Drew wanted it to be as low key as possible, so that's exactly what we did. While Drew was at work, we colored him pictures, sang happy birthday for the camera, and baked him a cake. {funny little insert: Abbigail chose his cake. I asked what kind we should get him and she said, "umm a bwue one!" So that's exactly what he got!}

Baked with love!
We are so grateful to have Drew in our lives! He really is the best husband and the best father! He is patient, caring, passionate, dedicated, selfless and loving. We know that we are his top priority! Nothing is more important to him than making us happy!

Happy Birthday Drew! I hope we made your day as special as you make our lives EVERYDAY! We sure love you! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Abbigail Says...

{While driving home from Thanksgiving vacation} "Umm, Dad? My toe is bwo-ken" (We looked back and saw her eating her big toe)

{Walking outside one night} "Look Mama, The Moon! It's so pwetty; I want to hold it!"

{Looking at Lily} "Oh Will-Wee, you're so cute!"

{I was getting after Abbi for not sharing and was in mid-sentence} "Mama, I want a hug. A big hug!"

{Eating pizza for dinner} "I need a spoon!"

{Holding her baby doll} "Mama, I need a bottle!" I gave her a medicine syringe to use. "Thanks Mama!" She then goes into Lily's room, climbs into the rocking chair and proceeds feeding her baby while saying "shhhhhh"

{Watching me change Lily's diaper} "Oh Dat's Will-Wee's poop. It's, ummm, stinky!"

{Looking at a picture from our wedding} "Look, it's Mama and Daddy kissing! Oh dat's so fun!"