Sunday, July 23, 2017


It has been a long time since I've blogged because I didn't have a computer this past year. Now that Brian has started his first job and his school laptop is free to use, I'm out of excuses! Seriously though, I've missed it. I want to record my personal and family history and I think it will be therapeutic as well. 

So, we now live in Brookings, Oregon! It is a small town of 6,000 people on the southern most coast of Oregon, just across the border from California. It is isolated... 2 1/2 hours to Medford where the temple, Costco, and real shopping is. The weather is mild with temperatures in the 50-60's year round, only getting up to 80, maybe 90 further inland in the summertime. We are thrilled that Brian graduated from dental school and has a real career and, to be honest, will finally be making money! But it is also a very weird transition leaving our school years behind and especially our Indy home of five years. We moved across the country at the end of May and spent two weeks setting up our home in Brookings. Then we were gone for a month traveling to Redmond, OR for Brian's work training and conference, and to Washington and Utah to visit family and friends. We returned home Monday night and Brian started work on Tuesday. Brian's company still hasn't gotten some of his paperwork sorted out so he was bored and exhausted having to shadow the other dentist all week. Super frustrating! Hopefully he can begin seeing patients this week; this waiting game has been driving him crazy!

As I navigate this new life there are many positives and many things that I am still trying to figure out. First, I really like our house and the area is beautiful. It is wonderful having a big yard (an acre) and so much privacy. I love having so much more space to spread out in, a garage, a built-in dishwasher, better functioning washer/dryer, two full bathrooms, an extra living space, the huge mudroom, lots of cupboard space in the kitchen, big bedrooms, nice lighting, cool paint colors and bright white trim, nice blinds, beautiful green scenery. We are all unpacked but are still doing a lot of rearranging and some things will simply not have a good place to go until we buy more furniture. A bigger home plus leaving behind some broken and worn furniture in Indy means we have a decent list of purchases to make and will have some empty space for a while. Our big empty living room is great for cartwheels, massive train tracks, and building houses/forts right now. Little by little we are rearranging, hanging pictures, and turning our house into a home. Some of the things I am still adjusting to are no garbage disposal, distance to neighbors, distance to town (20 minutes), no cell service (we have a landline and I can text people with iPhones or through whatsapp and facebook messenger), finding things to do outside of our home and nature, and meeting people/making friends. 

This week was a good week. We stopped in Medford on our way home and bought Brian a Toyota Corolla... we are officially a 2 car family! It feels like we have arrived now that we no longer have to worry about carpooling and such. haha We also bought Maybrie and mattress and got a nice stock up load of groceries at Costco. Back at home we caught up on sleep after our trip and got everything unpacked and put away. The kids and I checked out the library in town, and though the selection is sparse compared to the city we just came from, there is a decent kid area and a few programs and activities, including weekly story time that I plan on embracing. It will be one place we can enjoy on rainy days when we need to get out of the house. The weather was nice all week so the kids were able to play outside and ride their bikes a lot. I started feeling more like myself and actually cooked dinner every night! Yesterday was especially warm and after a productive day of cleaning and organizing we headed down to the beach. We went and explored where the Winchuck river we live by enters the ocean. The kids wished we brought their swimsuits... Henry and Thomas ended up soaked anyway. They had fun throwing rocks in the river, flying kites for the first time, and sticking their toes in the water. It was a nice and pretty deserted beach, but it is more of a hike to get to from the parking lot, so I may not attempt it by myself very often. It was gorgeous and just the way we needed to end our week. I just kept smiling looking at our children playing and laughing. I kept thinking how grateful I am for them, that I have them to keep me company and that they have each other through this hard transition. Brian and I keep thinking, "Do we really live here?!" It's a new adventure for sure!

Out little white house in the woods

We are officially a 2 car family, with a garage, after 9 1/2 years of marriage! woot! woot!

Back patio/outdoor fireplace and living room


Our den/ family room (off the kitchen, sliding doors lead to back patio/fireplace)

Dining room (Doors L to R: boys' room, bathroom, deck)

Half of the boys' room, it is nice and big

Mudroom/ Laundry room (door to garage)

View of laundry room from garage door (Maybrie's room on L, 
kitchen straight ahead, door to front on R)

Maybrie's bedroom

Maybrie's bedroom #2... she has a sink!

Master bedroom... we're making do with one small dresser, 
lots of room for furniture and decorating in the future

Bathroom with shower connects to our bedroom and kitchen

Beautiful flowers in our yard

Little baby eating a little corn on the cob

Ezra wearing the size 18 mos. pajamas I pulled out for Henry, 
he insisted they still fit him, even though he's 3 1/2! haha

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's ANOTHER boy!!!

The first half of this month, November, has been busy and eventful.
We were finally able to get Thomas in to see a dermatologist for his Molluscum (a virus that kind of looks like warts/zits on his skin) which has spread from his neck and stomach to his chin, arms, thighs, and knees. Poor guy has had it since July, and I am so happy to say that the new antibiotic cream prescribed is finally starting to clear it up.
I got to host book club at our house to review Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett. We had a fun discussion and girl talk.
On Wednesday, the 4th Brian and I were able to go to my ultrasound appointment where we discovered (very obviously) that we are expecting another boy! We weren't too surprised, but it still took me a minute to wrap my mind around having a house full of boys and how outnumbered Maybrie and I will be. Growing up with so many sisters I feel like I don't know much about boys. Apparently the Lord plans to qualify and teach me through them. Thomas wanted a "grill" because we already have a boy baby- Ezra, but he is so carefree he is happy to have another brother. We told the kids as soon as Maybrie got home from school. Thomas had just been woken from a nap (which he rarely wakes happily from) and we dumped blue balloons on them from upstairs. Maybrie excitedly shouted "We're having a boy!" while jumping up and down while Thomas ran away crying... not because he was upset about the gender, but because he wanted balloons with pictures on them! haha Soon all three kids were happily playing with the dozen balloons. Maybrie is excited to be the only girl since she will always get her own room and be the favorite sister/daughter! We are all looking forward to his arrival and feel grateful that he is healthy and will be joining our family soon.
Sunday the 8th was our primary program at church. As the primary chorister I was anxious to finally get it done, and so pleased with how well the children sang. It was also Thomas' first program as a Sunbeam. He was actually the first child to say his part into the microphone (which he loved). He spoke so clearly, "My name is Thomas and I know my Savior loves me." Maybrie did an excellent job too. She had to finish the sentence she was assigned by sharing her favorite prophet and why. She had it memorized and spoke so nice and clear. You would never know that two years ago she wouldn't utter a word or sing any of the songs out of shyness... We're so proud of how much she has grown!
This past week I taught Thomas' co-op preschool about Thanksgiving. I also got to chaperone Maybrie's school field trip to the state fairgrounds for a "Farm to Pizza" program. We saw animals, pretended to be farmers, learned about plants in the greenhouse, watched videos about real farmers in Indiana and made english muffin pizzas. Maybrie was so excited to have me there. I was grateful Maddie was able to babysit the boys so I could attend.
Yesterday Maybrie and I went to Sarah King's baby shower at the Kirkwoods. It was an adorable baseball theme. I had fun visiting with friends while Maybrie got to play with Claire and Jules. Last night Brian and I were able to go to Tucanos for his free birthday month dinner. The Daetwylers and McFarlands joined us. We had a great time... delicious food and good company. Later we watched a pathetic and disappointing BYU football game against Missouri... I should've read my book instead of getting upset watching it, oh well! I still love our team and want to decorate the nursery in Cougar blue.
The one bummer and frustration that has surfaced this week is extreme pelvic pain and leg cramps. I have been in so much pain, walking and getting around is getting very difficult. I may have to go to the doctor and see if I can get some relief this week. I can't be this immobile already at only 21 weeks! I'm hoping it gets better or that I can endure the pain better so that I can continue my duties as wife and mother for the next few months till the baby arrives.
Brian is trucking along at school, getting lots of points in working on many patients. He did his first two crowns this week (on front teeth) and they looked amazing! So incredibly proud of his hard work.

Summer Kick-off

It's been a wonderful Memorial day weekend and start to our summer... but before I get into that, I'll back up to the start of the week.

Monday was Maybrie's awards day at school. I dragged the boys and myself out of the house to support her, but honestly felt it was a total joke! I didn't know what to expect and was definitely disappointed. The kids sang one song and then they gave out only four awards per class- student of the month, most improved, outstanding, attendance, and student of the year. At least it was short. I am glad we went though because Maybrie was excited to see us and I let her carry Henry to her classroom and had her teacher and the principal hold him. She was one proud big sister! Glad it made her feel special. That night I took all of the kids to swim lessons by myself so Brian could stay late at school getting lab work done. It was one of those nights where everything was going wrong and I just felt totally flustered and embarrassed about the whole thing. When Ezra stood up on the back seat as we were driving home on the freeway I think I broke a vocal chord! I forgot to buckle him completely in all the chaos. All I could do was pray the other drivers would be safe and we could get home in one piece! I practically ran into the house with him and put him straight to bed! I really just couldn't take any more and I didn't want to lose my temper again.

Tuesday I was really ready for a better day... but it didn't really happen. As most days go, there were high and low points. The high was a successful and fun trip to Costco with the boys. I just love that place. The low was that Ezra continued to push me to my limit and with Brian being gone to mutual, I got to tackle the bedtime routine exhausted and alone once again. Sigh!

Wednesday went better with a good speech session for Ezra in the morning and finally a much needed afternoon nap. Plus, Brian tackled swim lessons while Henry and I went to Anna Kenney's baby shower. It was a timely girl's night for me. I'm excited for the Kenney's to have their first boy and happy that they bought a house they love, just sad that we're losing great neighbors when they move in two weeks.

Thursday was Maybrie's last day of school. I can't believe first grade is already over! What a crazy blur of a year. She has grown so much. Maybrie is such a good student. I love that I never have to worry about her doing well in school, either academically or behaviorally. Her reading and writing has improved so much this year, it's awesome! She got straight A's... surprise surprise! I had fun doing her hair extra cute and surprising her with a fun card and snack when she got home. During the day I took the boys to Carson Park and enjoyed my last day with Thomas home before summer break and his school days start. I'm going to miss his enthusiasm. He is constantly exclaiming how awesome and cool everything is! I love it! That night we had her requested dinner of Hawaiian Haystacks and went to the Schroering's for Thomas' first soccer practice and game. He is playing a little 4 week soccer with some of the kids his age from church. Thomas did so much better than last year! He didn't ask for snacks or run to the playground every other minute! It is always such an entertaining time. Thomas needs to watch his arms though... it looks like football may be a better sport for him, he's already going in for the tackle! haha

On Friday I took the kids to Southwestway park for a short hike and playing on the playground. Ezra is obsessed with the swings right now! It was a good start to my goal of being more active with the kids this summer. That night we watched Star Wars A New Hope with the kids for movie night. They loved it! It is fun to relive the excitement of Star Wars through them.

On Saturday we went and cleaned the church in the morning. It was a good thing we went because it was a poor turnout and they needed the help badly. I definitely worked up a sweat washing windows and sweeping. It has gotten really hot in a hurry here and the humidity is killing me! I feel like I'm melting all the time! After cleaning we stopped and grabbed donuts and then headed to the outlets in Edinburgh. I am really proud of how well we did tag teaming so much shopping with the kids. We hit some great deals and the kids had fun and were good sports most of the time. Maybrie and me had an awful allergy attack... whatever pollen is in the air is not our friend! We picked up a $4 pizza from Dominos for dinner and bathed the kids.

Sunday was uplifting with a nice testimony meeting and I was thrilled to have a successful singing time. I am teaching Praise to the Man and it is really tricky for the kids. I found an awesome BIG Words game online and took the entire time in primary to do it. It went well and I think all of the kids learned and are excited about the song now. We needed to play catch up since we interrupted our schedule to learn Mother's Day songs. That night we went to dinner at the Maxwells. The food was so good, the kids played great, and we had a great time chatting. We love them! Then we headed to the Bunkers' house for their first annual Memorial Day campout in their backyard. We stayed and played and visited and ate s'mores until ten, and then headed home and slept in our own beds. We didn't want to camp on Sunday and we knew the kids wouldn't sleep well either. We went back this morning for a delicious breakfast and more visiting. We have so many awesome friends here!

Today after breakfast we took the kids to Stout Field Park where they have a new splash pad and playground. They had a lot of fun and I got my first sunburn of the season. Hopefully it's not too bad and fades quickly. We came home, ate lunch, vacuumed and cleaned out the van with our new super awesome Shark Rocket vacuum (I forgot to mention this! I bought us a new vacuum at Costco this week and it totally rocks our socks! We love it!) and it's never been this clean. It will be great for our upcoming road trip. This afternoon we watched The Empire Strikes Back, though I was too sleepy and went and took a nap about 30 minutes into it. The nap was great! The kids loved that movie too and are excited to watch Return of the Jedi. We ate our yummy leftovers, had a family meeting about our summer plans, and I watched the Bachelorette... very entertaining! It's going to be a good week and a fun summer!