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July 24, 2017

CHEERS TO A GREAT WEEKEND | THE BIG CITY + A WEDDING

friends - this summer is really shaping up to not suck. i thought it was going to be quite the bummer...what with being so hugely pregnant and all.

hi 100º temperatures for weeks on end! hi endless sweating! hi heartburn!

buuuuutttt...it's been wonderful! but that also means it's absolutely flown by. can we talk about how it's almost august and my two best gals start school august 16th! say what?! i'm still coping...

anyway - we had another wonderful week / weekend for the books and our summer isn't slowing down. my sister and her family arrive from california on friday! i'll get to see my new niece, lizzy lou lou la poo! (not her official name...just what the girls and i call her behind my sister's back.)


last week the gals and i popped into the local aquarium (which is wild to even consider that boise has an aquarium) after swimming lessons and the girls had the very best time. i was SHOCKED at their bravery - eagerly touching lizards and sticking their hands in fresh water fish ponds AND touching stingrays on repeat. kaye, especially, couldn't get enough. sawyer was slightly more hesitant, but because kaye was okay with it...sawyer decided she was too.


but this past weekend...it was a busy one. my farmer's sister got herself all married up and my farmer managed to get his booty out of the combine so we could help her celebrate. not to mention...our gals were her flower girls! ummm...hello stage mom! i couldn't have been more proud. blah blah blah...bride / wedding / happiness.

my girls were flower girls!!

i was kind of a token flower girl in the late 80's / early 90's...so, no big deal. full circle and all that jazz. (actually, i think i was in five weddings - one more and i would have hired an agent.)

moving on. the wedding happened to be at 9am an hour and a half outside of boise (in the opposite direction of our farm). we were going to just wake the girls up super early and do the drive, but at the last minute we decided to book a hotel in boise and make it ever so slightly easier on ourselves.

we checked in and the girls couldn't stop talking about the hotel and kaye wanted to live there and can we go back to the hotel and...i think we have a little city girl on our hands.

we also hit up a new ice cream shop downtown and it didn't disappoint. friends - if you're in the area, hit up The Stil!!! just do it! not only is their ice cream just so so delicious, but you can order a beer / ice cream tasting or a wine / ice cream tasting. they come in little flights and it's the cutest thing. i'm going to need to look into seeing if they offer some sort of frequent flyer or punch card. it was delicious...and the gals and farmer enjoyed it as well.

we didn't get the gals in bed until 11pm that night. parents of the year. it doesn't matter. the girls were wonderful...and exhausted...and totally didn't get enough sleep for the early wake up call the next morning.





but as i said earlier...they absolutely nailed their flower girl duties. the cutest!



the reception was unlike any other. the bride and groom fixed up their backyard and had a giant swing, face paint, music, food, beverage, hula hoops, some fire dancing...it was really unlike anything you've ever seen. totally my farmer's sister's style...and everyone had a wonderful time. especially kaye...when it was time to leave. the poor girl. i told her to give kisses and say her goodbyes. and as that was happening, she disappeared. i finally found her under a teepee crying. she was so sad to be going...and exhausted.

we made it back to the farm and i didn't move for the next...for the rest of the night. i think the girls ate wheat thins for dinner, i can't be sure.


on sunday i was like, "hey, why not start yet ANOTHER painting project! i just haven't had enough painting in my life this month." and so i did. i'm bound and determined to paint a room white with one black feature wall...just like the picture. my farmer begged me twice not to do it, but it's happening. he's convinced it's not going to be good...and i'm like - trust me. (except...i don't really trust myself.) so far i have three walls painted white and today i'll tackle operation : get rid of the mint green stripes. paint wall black. wish me all the luck.

happy week, friends.
July 19, 2017

33 WEEK STATS | BABY #3

another week, another bumpdate! and friends...i'm bumping. bumping so hard.
don't make me write an update on becoming a mom to a third girl - my brain can't take it after the day i had with the gals yesterday. 
it's not that they were necessarily awful...but more-so awful to each other (contrary to the picture above). kaye enjoys being super bossy to sawyer and sawyer is finally to the age where she's like - oh, eff you, kaye. and because kaye won't stop insisting on whatever, sawyer retaliates with some serious physical harm. 

theeeeeen...my once super-tough gal, kaye, launches into the most dramatic crying you've ever seen. instant tears and a look on her face like - i just don't even know why this is happening to me???? 

and yesterday - after two days in a row of me working on their new room and not directing them into some sort of constructive activity (have i created co-dependent monsters?) - apparently they had had enough and took it upon themselves to fight and scream and be generally pretty terrible to one another for about 50% of the day. the other half of the day was spent NOT listening to me. and mama doesn't like talking to brick walls. i really lost my sh*t about...seven times yesterday. it wasn't pretty.

(but really quick - a super fast peek at the before and after of their new room!)
i know, i know - you can't really see anything, but it truly is a transformed space. i love it. once i get the whole thing pulled together (???) i'll work on a post...or so i say.

but today we have some "neighbor" gals coming over to play with the girls and i'll get to work in peace and not yell and generally feel good about being 33 weeks large. oh...and i can scrape the remainder of this paint off my hands. (so much painting.) speaking of painting - i have ONE wall left in my house that needs attention. one. it's in the new guest bedroom which used to be kaye and sawyer's shared room. it currently has mint, diagonal stripes on a feature wall and those have GOT to go. i'm so sick of looking at them. any design trends i should go for? 
33 WEEK STATS | BABY #3

THE NAME GAME | ummm...i totally have a name picked out. i'm signed, sealed, delivered on it but my farmer isn't sold. whyyyyyyy?!

then he asked me yesterday why i get to have such a big vote...and i was like, "are YOU pregnant?" 

exactly.

kaye's latest and greatest suggestion this week - this gal...she's cracking us up. i can't even spell the names she's been recommending. they all have a certain español flair-sound to them. like...carmelitasona or aspiosa. yeah, i don't know. but then last night she got back on the dorris train, which i personally love...because who doesn't love a baby with the name of a 102 year old. so, even though we'll probably go with the name i picked out, i can see us nicknaming this little gal...dorris.

WEIGHT GAIN / WORK OUTS | hey hey! the belly is seriously popping and i'm sitting at that 12 pound weight gain. with seven weeks to go i imagine i'll be right around the 20 pound mark upon baby arrival. i usually do a pretty solid job of putting down some milkshakes towards the end. not to mention we have family coming to town in a few weeks and i'm predicting lots of snacking and desserts. don't hold me back.
noted - this is definitely my largest bump.

working out - i bought myself an early push present...an apple watch! i really do love the fitness tracker on it and it certainly encourages me to move more...even though i don't want to. like, ever. what i really should be doing is working out my arms and doing a bunch of squats. lord knows i'll be sitting on my rear even more once the baby is born. or, maybe i won't...we'll see. 

i'm kind of running still. kind of not. we can call it the pregnant shuffle. i can really kill a 12 minute mile. 

SYMPTOMS | not that i can really say...i call myself lucky.

the only thing that sticks out is if i forget my heartburn pill in the morning i can definitely feel it by the evening. it's terrible. 

aaaaand...maybe it feels like the baby is dropping? maybe i'm waddling a bit more? i don't know. i don't remember feeling this with the gals.

SIZE OF BABY | this little muff is the size of celery, apparently. 17 inches and 4 1/2 pounds. but maybe this baby is bigger, because my belly is bigger. and she kicks like crazy. and sometimes my whole stomach will get suuuuuper super hard...which i'm not understanding may be my very first braxton hicks? anyone? i literally never got these or didn't realize i was getting them with the girls, but maybe that's what that is? super strange.

KAYE'S THOUGHTS | my gal. she is just so sweet. if we are cuddling on the couch she'll just rub and rub and rub my belly. 

the other day i heard her talking to sawyer and say, "did you know we're going to be big sisters?!" to which sawyer replied, "yeah!" (with a fist pump. she's big on the fist pumps these days...courtesy of my farmer.)

kaye will sing original songs to my belly and talk about buying baby sister presents. but when i asked her what we should do with the baby when we go skiing this winter she was quick to say, "we'll get a babysitter." so...at least she's logical. 

SAWYER'S THOUGHTS | if the baby survives sawyer we're going to be okay. sawyer has no thoughts on baby lately. none that i know of, anyway. she does particularly love when i belly bump her or tell her my belly is going to get her. so...there's that.
PURCHASES | we finally have the dresser and changing table refinished and moved into place. i need to snag some baskets for under the dresser and maybe purchase a few small bits and bobs, but other than that...done-zo with the purchases and the nursery as a whole. i can't wait to snag pictures of the whole thing, because with this being my third go at a girl nursery...i finally love it. 
also...i'm still on the hunt for some cute "sister" t-shirts for the gals to wear when this third one is born. 

and if anyone has any recommendations on their "must-haves" for baby gear...i'm all ears! as in - cutest, softest swaddles, best photography props...stuff like that.
CRIES THIS WEEK | no crying. i mean...i was close yesterday with the insanity of the girls and their fighting, but...i kept it together and yelled instead. because, as we know, i'm a yeller. i need to figure out a different method. 

i'm also crying silent tears for the poor right side of my head which has officially broken some serious chunks of hair. i thought i was going to get away with only some minor damage, but that's proving untrue. i DO need a haircut like whoa, so maybe once i get that taken care of it won't look so dramatic. 


ps. did you see the gender reveal video i posted several weeks ago? i still can't get enough of it.
July 17, 2017

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!

let's just jump into the most important things first. do we all know what premiered last night? Game of Thrones...and if you haven't jumped on this wagon yet...i so very strongly encourage you to do so. it's such a fun story. and by fun...i mean...great storytelling. totally enthralling. and i would say i'm not even really into this kind of style, and i still love it. so, you should love it too. anyway, season seven premiered last night and i think it's safe to say we all know what i'll be doing with my sunday nights for the next few months.

but, aside from that, the gals and i have been keeping busy while our farmer buckles down and works...as much as we try to distract him. but...we have a fun few weeks ahead of us with family visitors and a few weddings, so we'll let him get busy so he can play guilt-free.


last week i had all sorts of boise errands to run. normally on these days i get so exhausted the idea of taking the gals to anywhere specifically for them is just...out of the question. but i sucked it up and we visited the Discovery Center...and it certainly didn't disappoint. the girls were enthralled and kaye kept asking me..."is that real?" and "how about that one? is that one real?"


i found myself struggling to explain models and casts of real things...but i think she mostly grasped the concept...but was still leery. i don't blame her. oceans totally freak me out. (true story. they didn't used to, not until i went snorkeling in hawaii a few years ago. we were dropped off in the middle of the ocean and i realized we were at the mercy of...everything near us. under water i couldn't hear anything. i had zero protection. i didn't like it. and now i'm scared of the ocean. there...i said it.

anyway...there were tons of sharks and hands on goodies and a cage and it was awesome. kaye's been begging to go back every day ever since. oh! and i'm shocked at the knowledge she retained. she came home that night and told our farmer that lots and lots of sharks are being killed for their fins and it's hurting our ecosystem. ummm...she forgets the number seven every time she counts, but can share fun bits of info about the delicate balance of our ecosystem.


side note - there were three other moms i saw with new baby girls on this particular outing. all moms of three girls! i saw it as the world's way of saying - you're going to be okay. you can do it. thanks world.

we've also been working ever so slightly on moving the girls from one room downstairs to the other room we lovingly call the treadmill room. it's much bigger and they'll just like it more. it'll be great. the only problem is i'm kind of winging it on the decor plan. i was like...white and pink walls? sure, kaye! and then i just started painting. hope we don't hate it when all is said and done. for now...here's a super awesome before. please note i moved that mattress on my own...and mattresses are suuuuuper heavy. i certainly don't envy my farmer (and whoever else) who has to move the 500+ pound treadmill. that sucks.

and then over on the gram...that's instagram...i've been doing different bits and bobs to the nursery and i think it's safe to say it's nearly complete! (praise jesus hands.) i've been working with several different companies to pull it together and i can't wait to share! apparently it took me having three gals to finally girl-ify a room.

stay tuned...i may have a second blog post this week. a bumpdate! (i had a fellow blogger on instagram ask me if i was still pregnant. the answer is yes...seven more weeks to go. lord help my farmer and my gals with these vicious mood swings...)

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