Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I feel like I have definitely been going overboard with buying things for Christmas. It's all of these dang deals and Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Everyday deals! Things need to stop being on sale!! I need to just focus on the true meaning of Christmas and stop worrying if I have enough presents for everyone. 

I saw this video on Facebook today and it definitely made me cry. Is that really lame of me? It was such a nice and beautiful reminder of what we need to focus on during this time of the year and ALL year!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


It's amazing what little kids pick up from observing and from listening to what you say. Jude has this ABC book that has tons of pictures for each letter. We go through this book almost everyday and I will tell Jude what things are when he points to them. A week or two ago  he opened his book and pointed to a hat and said "hat" and then to a duck and said "duck". I was so proud of him!! He can also identify and say "eye" and "golf ball" when I draw them. Last night Jude was playing and he was still in his jeans & shirt, so I asked him if he wanted me to take them off for me. I wasn't sure if he knew what I was saying, but them he walked right over to me and pointed to his shirt. He is getting so big! I can't believe how fast time goes.  We also taught Jude to tell us "agua" when he needs water. Water seemed like a harder word to say, so I just went with spanish haha. Sometimes he likes to be fancy and he'll tell us "ice" when he wants ice with his water. Such a silly boy. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I have finally finished Emery's nursery! She is still sleeping in our room, so it didn't matter that I took a little extra time to finish it up for her. I absolutely LOVE how it came together. 
Here it is!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Potty Time!

I had to post immediately! My sweet little Jude just went peepee in the POTTY!!!!!! I have never been more proud haha. I was changing his diaper and could tell he had to go. So, I placed him on the toilet and said a couple times "go pee pee in the potty" and he did!!! What a smarty pants!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Good Nights.

It's nights like last night that make it ALL worth it. We didn't do anything crazy or spectacular, but it was still so wonderful. In fact, we did chores haha. After Eb got home  from school, he decided to stay home with us instead of heading back out to play basketball (that alone made me soo happy because I barely see the kid!). Then we remembered that we needed to clean out the fridge before I new one was delivered in the morning. So we spent about 30 minutes throwing away old food, rinsing dishes, and organizing the remaining food. We did it together and we both had good attitudes about it. After that we split forces and tackled the next chores on the list. Eb bathed the kids while I ran around the house and straightened it up (something I like to do every night so I don't feel like I live in chaos). The kids were wonderful! Eb filled the bath for Jude and held Emery in the water with him, it was the cutest thing. After that, Jude went to sleep & Emery feel asleep after eating. Eb & I took advantage of this rare opportunity of having BOTH kids asleep at the same time and we made a healthy-ish fruit salad and sat down together to watch a show. It was such a wonderful night! It's so nice to have a peaceful home (because it doesn't happen all the time!!).

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


For as long as I can remember I have NEVER been able to do anything on my own. Before I got married (probably high school age) I could go to the bank, doctor, grocery store, mall, movies, ANYWHERE by myself. I always had to have my mom or someone with me. I've gotten a little better... but it's still a pretty big problem. Now I'm able to go to doctors appointments by myself, but that's about it. I never knew why I couldn't do any of these things, I didn't know what was stopping me and why I would freak out at the thought of being alone. This part of me drives Eb NUTS. I have to wait for him to get home and either have him go with me to the grocery store or have him go by himself instead. Eb thinks it's anxiety... I still have no idea, but that sounds pretty accurate to me. I've even tried to leave the house angrily when Eb refuses to go with me, but I just end up sitting in the car in the driveway for a little bit until he eventually gives in. It's pretty pathetic. I've decided that this is something that I really need to work on. It stops me from being able to do so many things. I'm never able to go shopping unless someone is with me, and most of the time there is no one to go with me! I guess it's just going to take a while to get over this... since it's something that I've lived with my ENTIRE life. Eb & a friend suggested that I start small like going to Walgreens and knowing exactly what I want, getting it, and then leaving. Even that freaks me out... Ahh I need to get over this!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Two days without sugar feels more like a lifetime.
Why does E.B. buy so much ice cream!?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Busy Busy Busy.

So, this Sunday we will be blessing little Emery and I of course took on the challenge of MAKING her blessing dress. What in the world was I thinking?!?! I never liked any of the ones I saw for sale, so I thought to myself, "well, it shouldn't be THAT hard to make a dress for her"... Yeah right. It's not necessarily the sewing that's hard (yet), it's the fact that I have no time to make it.  Emery is the lightest sleeper known to mankind and when she does nap, it's for about 30 minutes and then she's up again! On top of that, E.B. is either at work, studying, sleeping, or at school... so the only breaks I get to work are when Emery is sleeping for 30 minutes (and Jude is asleep too) or if I have someone's help watching the kids. I'm grateful that I have already had help watching them, because I would have nothing done otherwise. Oh well, maybe she'll just have to go naked :) .

I feel like I've gotten into this daily routine, and it's making me go a little mad. I get up, feed the kids, pump, play with the kids, watch Martha Speaks, feed the kids some more, pump, play some more, put Jude down for a nap, feed Emery, pump, try to get something done, feed the on & so forth.
I need a little variety... I need a surprise or two (good ones). What I REALLY need is a vacation. Someday...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Such A Tease.

It has been so fun to watch Jude as he's been developing his little personality. One thing that I've come to realize is that he is EXACTLY like his daddy. Jude is one of the biggest teases! When he knows I'm watching, he'll pretend to do something that he knows he's not suppose to & he'll watch me out of the corner of his eye with a little smirk on his face. Such a funny little boy. Then he'll flash me the cheesiest of cheesy smiles like the one below. And no, he wasn't blinking during the picture... he just like's making super squinty faces.  I love it!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Those 2 & 1/2  hours that E.B. is home before he goes to school, are the shortest 2 & 1/2 hours of my life.
 I need a break.

Monday, June 4, 2012

First Haircut.

Once Jude started looking like one of the little girls in our ward, we decided it was time for a haircut. Plus his mullet was getting a little out of control & it's probably a lot cooler for him now that it's getting so hot! We decided to use clippers since it would be harder (we thought) to scissor cut the whole thing. To try and distract Jude while we cut his hair we stuck him in his highchair with fruit snacks in front of the T.V. with Martha Speaks playing (one of his favorite shows). That was useless. As soon as we turned the clippers on and started cutting, the screaming started. Jude's arms were flying everywhere, he was screaming/crying, and he kept moving his head. We had to stop and let him calm down a couple times. It probably took close to 2 hours to cut his hair, it was a nightmare! Even though it took forever, I am SOO glad we finally cut his hair. He looks so handsome and not like a scraggly little hick girl anymore! 


{Jude's ponytail. We cut it off to put in his baby book.}

{Between hair cutting sessions}

{All done!!}

Friday, June 1, 2012

Life With Two.

Having two kids has definitely been a learning experience & a test of my patience. Trying to juggle the needs of a 1 & (almost) 1/2 year old and a 1 month old can get pretty crazy. If i'm focused too much on Emery, Jude will take that opportunity to make sure I revert my focus back on him. He does this in many creative ways like screaming so high pitched that you'd think windows would shatter, climbing on top of the kitchen table, spilling his milk all over the floor, and kicking the pillow Emery is on while I'm nursing her. He can drive me a little crazy sometimes, but I do have to admit that he is getting better! And I can't blame the kid, he's only a year old and is used to being the center of attention. I feel like a horrible mom sometimes because it makes me sad when I can't give him all of the attention that he wants. Life is a whole lot more crazy now! On top of that,  Eb went back to school this week. He's now gone from 5 -7pm two nights of the week and then from 5-10pm another two nights. I'm sure i'll be able to manage with him gone this extra time, but it's going to require even more patience on my part. Even though I feel like i'm going to have a mental break down most days... I wouldn't change a thing ( I know, how corny). I LOVE being a mom & I LOVE having my two sweet little babies.

Friday, May 25, 2012


This is what happens when we turn our heads for literally 2 seconds. He's a fast little boy who thinks he's a daredevil. And yes, that is a sharp metal fork in his hand. He especially likes to practice being a little daredevil when i'm stuck nursing Emery and can't move. It's like he knows he can get away with anything when i'm nursing her!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Road Ahead...

A lot has happened since my last post! For starters, our sweet little baby Emery arrived! She was 4 weeks early, but completely healthy. This was such a blessing & an answer to many prayers. I'll probably share her birth story in a different post since it might be kind of long. The other exciting thing that happened is Eb finally decided on what he wants to do for a career/what to go to school for! We've been kind of putting off school for him because he was never really sure what he wanted to study. After having Emery, Eb kept talking about how it would be kind of cool to be the person that gives the epidurals. So, after looking at different health career options Eb decided that he wanted to be a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist).  After his mind was made up Eb got right to work figuring out what he needed to do for school to pursue this career. We knew it was going to be a long road with lots of schooling and waiting, but we are up for the challenge! I am so proud of Eb for finding something that he will enjoy doing and for taking the initiative to get signed up for school. We realized that during the 2 years that he'll be in nursing school he will be unable to work. This is going to be the biggest challenge for us, but I know that we will be blessed during this time! It's going to be tough, but I know we'll be able to look back at this journey and see how we've grown and how we've been blessed. I just can't wait to see Eb in his cute little scrubs! :)

{Here are some pictures of our precious little Emery}

Thursday, April 19, 2012

16 Months.

I've been keeping this same record (with a picture) every month since Jude was born & thought I'd start adding it to my blog! Sorry if it's long and boring...

Length: 32 inches

Weight: 29 lbs (BIG BOY!)

Physical Changes: Seems taller & seems to be getting some lost chubbiness back. Hair is super long! New tooth to the the right (his right) of his front teeth.

Eating & Sleeping Habits: Typically sleeps from 9pm - 8:30am. If he wakes up at night he is very good at putting himself back to sleep (as long as he can find a binky or his sippy with water). He also typically plays in his crib for a little bit after waking up and then yells for mommy or daddy to come get him out when he's ready.  Takes one 2-3hour nap during the day. Usually goes down at noon or 1pm. Eats breakfast shortly after waking up, lunch right before nap time, snack after nap time, and then dinner with us at night. Loves having oatmeal and bananas for breakfast! (Also loves stealing mommy's cereal). 

New Skills, Accomplishments, & Talents: Can shoot (and make) baskets in his basketball hoop! - Even though he can't even reach the rim! Can climb on all of the couches by himself & some of the kitchen chairs. Can pick up, mount, and ride his strider bike all on his own! Says words like "ball", "more" (mo), "bird" (biwd), "mom", "dada", "balloon" (boon), all gone (aa gone with his arms outstretched, shoulders up, and hands open). Understands commands and questions. Will shake his head "yes" to certain questions. Can identify his and other's nose, mouth, eye, hair (mostly just does nose, but will do the others if he's in the mood). Has become more stubborn like his daddy :). Points to the back of his diaper when he's poopy. Can feed himself with utensils (but makes a mess). Is more snuggly now and will give more hugs. Can identify his cousin Mae in a picture. Gets excited when we ask him do you want to go outside, do you want to go see grandma/pa/Bailey, do you want to see Mae/Justin (friend from ward). Understands so many words like basketball, naptime, food, birds, binky, sippy, blankeys.... the list could go on and on. Will spin around/clap/move shoulders around when we say Dance! He is able to stack blocks SUPER high! Will talk to you like he's telling you a story or something SUPER important or just having a conversation with you in his baby babble talk. Ignores you sometimes when you're talking to him (stares off in other direction), but then gets a silly smirk on his face because he knows he's being silly. 

New Places Visited & New Experiences: Tasted tabasco sauce when mommy and daddy weren't looking (stood there spitting for a good couple minutes and finally let us give him milk/cheese to get rid of the hotness), plays in our neighborhoods splashpad/playground for playgroup. Had fun getting sprayed with hose/taking a "shower" outside when mommy was watering the garden. Tried peanut butter and liked it. Had his first Easter where he was excited to find his basket and search for eggs. Has experienced not being able to be held by mommy whenever he wants due to "bed rest", but loves having his grandmas come over every day to play with him. Doesn't take milk at naptime/bedtime anymore. Can blow raspberries on daddy's belly.

Favorite Things & Activities: Loves watching Curious George, playing basketball, riding in his red car that we push him in, climbing on the couches and sitting like a big boy, standing on his skateboard, throwing balls around the house, putting on our shoes and walking around the house in them, motorcycles, pointing at things (especially when he hears sounds), pretending to use the remote controls, going outside, coloring with crayons (and pens), driving cars or motorcycles on the windowsill/back of the couch, bathtime, brushing his own teeth (or mommy's),  getting sprayed by the hose, chasing Bailey/throwing things at her, stacking blocks, pulling the chain to turn on/off his light, playing with his cousins/friend Justin, to eat whatever we're eating (mooches food from everyone), rubbing lotion on mommy's big pregnant belly/his legs/arms (will rub lotion on his shirt if he's wearing one instead of lifting it to put on his belly), wearing his own shoes, blowing raspberries on daddy's belly/back/arms, pretending to put mommy's hair product in his own hair, throwing everything outside of his crib when he wake up in the morning, drinking out of regular cups (especially if other people are doing it).

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just A Little Miserable...

I am sooo done with the braxton hicks all day everyday. It is so uncomfortable! I spend everyday thinking that I am going into labor and each day gets a little more painful and a little more uncomfortable. I know that this little girl needs to cook longer, but I've had about all I can handle! I don't like not being able to walk around or go shopping, and most of all I don't like not being able to pick up my little boy. I do however appreciate all of the help that we are getting! I am sooo grateful for all of the meals & that Jude has been watched over & entertained. I appreciate the dishes being done daily and especially the house being picked up. I just really can't wait until this bed rest business is done & I don't hurt everywhere.

Sorry for my rambling & complaining!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Freaking Out.

I was a little nervous about going to the doctor today since I had some issues over the weekend that we're kind of making me uneasy. However, I was glad I was at least seeing my favorite doctor (the same lady that delivered Jude). After I told her what was going on she decided she needed to do a more thorough exam. It turns out that I am already 2-3cm dilated & 80% effaced. She reassured me that people can be that and still last a couple weeks without going into labor, but that I needed to stay off my feet and take it easy just to be sure. This wasn't very comforting, especially after remembering how fast I progressed with Jude after I started going into labor. So now I'm sitting at home, mind racing, with every little pain or braxton hicks freaking me out & making me think that I'm going into labor. Doesn't this little girl know that she still has 5 weeks & 6 days to go?! There are still a million & 1 things that I want to do to get ready for the baby, but now I don't even have permission to go grocery shopping or even pick up Jude! I am so thankful though for Eb who has already been such a big help (not that he wasn't before :) ) and for Eb's mom who already offered to come over everyday and help watch Jude. I love having family close by to help out & who are so willing to give their time! I'm just hoping and praying I can make it a couple more weeks, I'm not ready to have this baby yet!

Monday, April 9, 2012


Lately I have been feeling really under the weather with almost constant braxton hicks contractions, uncomfortable pressure, and some other things I won't go into that aren't very pleasant. Anyways, Easter Sunday was no exception! I still tried my hardest to make it a special day for our family. Eb made us a nice breakfast of eggs & blueberry muffins and then Jude found/opened his basket. It was so cute to see him run across the room to his basket & dig right in. This was the first year that he cared about his Easter basket and was able to enjoy it. It was filled with some puffs, apple sauce squeeze pouches, coloring book, sidewalk chalk, chalk coloring mat, toothbrushes (since the other one has become a toy to him & is full of lint, yuck), and some peeps (mostly for Eb). I also stuck some empty plastic eggs in there because I know he loves those. He spent most of the morning throwing those eggs around the room with some pretty awesome sound effects. When it came time for church I wasn't feeling good at all so I was forced to stay home and take it easy. Jude decided to stay home with me & nap during that time. I was glad that at least Eb was able to go, but was a little disappointed that Jude wasn't able to wear his cute little vest that I had made him especially for Easter. Oh well, he can wear it next Sunday. Later we went to my parents for a little bit for dinner & an Easter egg hunt. Eb was kind enough to chase after Jude the whole time so I could continue to sit & take it easy. Unfortunately we weren't able to go to the Olmsteads since I was feeling so crappy. Overall, it was a relaxing day spent with family - my favorite kind of day!

{Jude's cute Easter morning outfit.... a single sock}

{Resting after throwing the plastic eggs around all morning}

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Day 4 - Favorite Color

It might seem a little obvious the moment you walk into my home what my favorite color is because it's EVERYWHERE! My absolute favorite color is red - however, I do also  love yellow, green, certain blues/teals... I'm sure I could think of more.

{Here's a cute little valentine that Jude made for me & Eb (with my help :) of course}

Day 3 - Clouds

I'm getting a little behind in my photo challenge, so i'll try to catch up! Day 3 is a picture of clouds. It's too bad it wasn't stormy or something... I LOVE when it's stormy!! Anyways, there were some thing streaky clouds at least. They didn't look too cool, so I made the sky a little darker! There's even a jet in the picture...bonus!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

T-Minus 6 Weeks & 4 Days.

I've been going through & editing some baby pictures of my little Jude boy and it makes me so excited to meet my sweet little girl! I can't wait to hold her & see who she looks like. I know it will be a challenge with a crazy toddler (who now climbs on EVERYTHING-especially from the top of the couch to his high chair table.. ahhh) and a new baby, but it will be worth it!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


So I've always thought it would be really fun to get into design and learn how to make cool things on the computer, I just don't know where I would even start! So when I was helping my mom find a invitation to use for my upcoming baby shower, I decided to try and make one. I didn't make the background, but I did do all the writing! It was cool finding out how to load free fonts AND then actually use them. I think they turned out pretty cute! Maybe one day I'll actually be able to make some cool background too.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Day 2 - What I Wore

I wish I could say that I wore something suuuper cute, but that really doesn't happen to often now. Most days are spent playing with Jude/resting inside in a nice pair of sweat pants & t-shirt. At least I do my hair everyday so I look somewhat presentable! So here is my lovely outfit for Day 2 of the photo challenge...

Here's the breakdown:
Shirt - Hanes pack of 4 v-necks from Target... could be Eb's... I don't know.
Pants - Sweat pants from Costco, gifted to me from Mom O. 
Shoes - I got these babies (slipper moccasins)  for $5 at Target after Christmas sometime.
So stylish, I know.

And let's not forget about the "embellishments" that are added throughout the day!

It's a little hard to see, but I have some nice banana residue smeared on my pant leg. It's the hottest thing here in the Olmstead household.

And how could I forget about my little DIY tie-dye spot right at the tip of the V in my v-neck. I got this look by dropping ice cream on my shirt. So simple, so chic. 

Day 1 - Photo Challenge!

Nikki inspired me to try a daily photo challenge! I thought it would be something fun & would make me think of interesting pictures to take everyday. I didn't remember that I wanted to do this until today when I saw Nikki's blog... so I'm already behind (at least it's only the second day!). Luckily we took pictures on the 1st that fit with what the challenge was suppose to be! Woo hoo! So here it is... 
Day 1 - Self Portrait.

{I guess it's more than a self portrait, but oh well... it works.}

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Quilt no.1 DONE!

I am FINALLY done with Jude's quilt and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out! It was definitely a looong process. I had no idea what I was getting myself into since this is the very first one I've made. I guess being pregnant made it a little harder too. Sewing for long periods of time definitely took it's toll. Now to finish Emery's.....

{ Jude approves :) }

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bath time!

Jude can never resist a bath time... not even at his cousins' birthday party! At home, as soon as the bathroom door opens he books it for the tub so I wasn't surprised he did the same thing as soon as he heard the water running at the party. Such a silly boy.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


{8 weeks & 3 days to go}

This pregnancy has definitely been a lot more challenging than the first one! It's flown by, but it has had a lot more aches & pains! The doctor said that since my body is already stretched out & weak that it's normal to get more pains - it's good to know it's nothing to worry about. Sleeping is almost impossible now & moving/getting up after I'm already in bed is not worth the aches & sharp pains that come with it. Despite these things, I am SO grateful to have my little girl safe & growing inside my belly. I am so thankful that we have been blessed with another sweet little spirit to take care of. I cannot wait to meet her and give her kisses & loves! I already laugh at myself for how ridiculous I look most of the time trying to move around {picture Igor walking-all slow, wobbly, & hunched over haha}. I just need to cherish the time I have this little girl snuggled up tight in my belly & the time that Jude & I have to play while it's still just the two of us. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day.

Starting traditions seems a lot more fun now that Eb & I have a little family of our own! This St. Patrick's day I wanted to do something for Jude, but not go all out since he's still too little to really understand what goes on with holidays. So, I decided to make a special green breakfast for the fam. I made waffles with green sprinkles with a side of a green vanilla sauce. You can find the recipe here! It was actually SUPER yummy and not overly sweet which you might expect. I can't wait to start more fun traditions with the family!

{Jude with his St. Patrick's Day waffles}

 {Yummy vanilla topping!}

Friday, March 16, 2012

30 Weeks & 5 Days.

...And Jude is taking FULL advantage of the extra padding. At least one of us is nice & comfortable!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Little Artist.

There aren't many things that will keep Jude occupied for a long period of time. The one thing I've found that will keep his attention is coloring! He absolutely loves it. He'll hold as many crayons as he can in each hand and then he'll keep maneuvering them around until he has the  exact color that he wants to use - such a smart little boy!