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June 19, 2017


sometimes a currently post is just what a blog needs. you summarize and catch up and tie everything with a pretty bow.

plus everything around here has been just a little more than a little random, so this will be good to get the thoughts down on some proverbial paper...


i'm totally wishing...i was still in bed. but lately i've been waking at 4 am and i can't go back to sleep for hour. then when i do fall asleep i can only sleep for a little longer. this leads to be usually falling asleep around 8:30 pm on the couch drooling on my farmer's arm. pregnancy - so hot these days.

sawyer...wakes up so. damn. early. girlfriend ran an absolute muck yesterday with having friends over AND she was up late. she was still up at 6 am. luckily, this morning, she didn't wake kaye up, but rather snuck out of their shared bedroom. usually she yells at kaye until kaye agrees to get out of bed. have i mentioned kaye can be a real saint?

kaye...can be the best and the worst. it must be the age. i swear 50% of the time her ears don't work. as in...she completely blocks my voice. she just doesn't listen! we would have the most magical relationship (because she is beyond magical) if she would just pause...and listen. is anyone else having this issue with their 4 / 5 year old? sheesh...i feel like i'm talking to a brick wall.

sipping on...some glorious coffee. since we live so so very far away from a coffee shop i treat myself and buy starbucks to brew at home. and every morning it makes me so happy. although, yesterday i did wish i was sipping champagne. and by sipping i mean chugging. after mowing the lawn it just seemed like the right thing to do. 11 more weeks... you know was father's day. my farmer. he had ONE request. and that one request was to go shoot one of his guns. i fully approved! i also had plans to shoot off some fireworks and get our new fire pit some action. NONE of those things happened. worst father's day ever. instead my farmer was commissioned to level some ground for our new fire pit patio and then move the incredibly heavy rock and then do some light farming...i'm not sure it was the father's day of his dreams.

did i mention...i mowed the lawn yesterday? i insist on mowing the lawn because i feel like i get a good workout. it takes about two hours and we have a little hill i have to push our mower up. i enjoy the whole thing until...i see a snake. yes people - i saw ANOTHER snake. and it was a big one at about five feet. it was slithering, quickly, about 15 feet in front of the mower as i crested that little hill. my farmer was down below moving the rock patio around so i went screaming down the hill about this snake that he needed to kill. guess what he did? NOTHING. he couldn't have moved slower. i was like, "move your booty. faster faster faster! it's getting AWAY!" i'm pretty sure he moved slower. needless to say, the snake slithered right into the trees at the edge of our yard and then probably down a hole or whatever. i was so annoyed. now i farmer is NOT the snake-killer in our household. it's me. i'm the badass.

realizing...i have 11 weeks of pregnancy left. ummm...that seems like a lot of time but then it's not. i know it's going to go by in a flash. this means i should probably work on getting the rest of the baby room together and...i don't know what? i mean...what else will i need? i have had the two, so i'm probably pretty set. my poor sister (who just had baby girl #2) is giving back all the clothes we loaned them for their first daughter. that means that some of clothing our third will wear will have already been through four baby girls. that, to me, is just hilarious. how do we have so many gals in our family...and no boys. no boys allowed...apparently.

speaking of my sister...they are coming with that new babe at the end of july! after a few days on the farm we'll be headed up to mccall. i'll be as big as a house, but it should be the very best time. i can't wait to see their new best gal...and of course the rest of them. switching gears...

watching...two things. did you see Orange is the New Black just released their newest season on Netflix? love love. also...i'm rewatching Game of Thrones. i couldn't help myself. their new and final season comes out in a few weeks and i'll be making lots of popcorn and spending lots of time on the couch.

watching on...did i tell anyone we got rid of Direct TV and purchased an Amazon Fire box? best. move. ever! i farmer misses having easy access to random shows on ESPN, but i'm sure there's a way around this. like a good app we could pay for? even if we download several apps we'll still be paying about $100 less per month. love that.

wait a minute...back to that new baby joining us in 11 weeks. can you all seriously share with me your favorite baby item? not the necessities. the splurges. we have the car seat. we have the ergo 360. we have the breast pump. we have all those things on lock. what i'm looking for is the cutest swaddles. or the cutest bringing home baby outfit. or the best shop for crib sheets. things like that...

the naming game...that brings me to naming this third baby girl. i have a list of about 20 names. none of them are sticking. can you help us? it's so hard! some of you have had great suggestions...but keep them coming. baby girl #3 - what's her name going to be? the middle name will be Bell...just like the other gals. and for those of you wondering - Bell is my maiden name.

happy happy monday! the weather out here on the farm promises to be hot and only slightly windy, so maybe a random firework / fire pit night will happen soon after all!
June 13, 2017


If you're looking for a summer shoe for your little lady (or not so lady-like lady)...look no further! Freshly Picked sandals are the best!

So, I have these two daughters. You know who I'm talking about. The gals I haul around with me and pretend they are little ladies...but really they are wild, wild animals disguised in dresses. Yes...Those gals.

I'm talking - the little girl who usually has some sort of food on her face. And the older girl who embraces her ratty curls harder than anyone I've ever seen. Yes...Those gals.

Friends, this is totally appropriate, what with our farm-living lifestyle and all. But also completely foreign to me considering I'm the mom of these two tomboys who can't stand the feeling of smooth concrete under her bare feet. I'm just a little on the other side of the scale from my two best gals.

But guess what has been discovered? A shoe we're both more than a little obsessed with. Did you know Freshly Picked makes hard-sole Sandals (starting at a size 3)? They do! They have the most darling little t-strap on the market and we can't get enough of them.

Running? Yes. Digging in the dirt? Yes. Playground hopping? Yes. Kaye can put them on by herself because the buckle is kid and mom-friends...YES!

You know those infuriating tiny buckles on tiny sandals that have the tiny post you have to stick through the tiny hole (that sometimes isn't punched out)...all while attempting to keep this tiny sandal on your kid's tiny foot?

Oh good - I'm not alone.

The Freshly Picked Sandals eliminated the tiny hole / post / sweat-inducing wrestling process. Now it's just a simple reverse weave. You just take the end-strap and go in and out and it's on. Seriously...Kaye can do it in two seconds (faster than me) and she's proud every single time.

The other very best part is the overall quality of the Freshly Picked Sandal. Seriously. I can't say it enough times. It's totally sturdy. The leather on the upper is soft so I don't have to worry about it rubbing and giving my best gal's tiny tootsies any blisters. AND, the sole of the shoe is thick and durable, which means it's going to stay looking nice, not other sandals out

I never put my daughters in the Freshly Picked Moccasins (which is a totally head-scratcher to me now), but I can't tell you how thrilled it makes me knowing that I have a large pair of the sandals to pass down to Sawyer, and then two pairs of sandals that get to pass down to our littlest gal (due in September)...granted, she'll have to wait a few seasons. But, she does have a pair of the Moccasins waiting for her, and I know I'll be just as big of a fan. They are so cute...but most importantly, it's clear they are going to make life easier.

Which brings me to - dirty summer toes. When we snagged our darling Sandals I knew a fun activity would be to get the girl's feet "summer ready." I always feel better after a little pedicure, so why wouldn't they?

We washed, scrubbed, lotioned, clipped, and filed their sweet feet and toes until they were looking about 200% better. (Seriously - how did their feet get so dirty? I guess it's their ability to walk barefoot on jagged rocks? Farm tough. Or maybe it's the barefoot tree climbing?)

Next, they got to pick out their preferred color to paint their toenails, which happened to be the sweetest pink. Surprisingly, Sawyer sat completely statuesque the entire time and I was able to get two coats on...and then she helped me blow on them until they were dry enough to slip on her new Freshly Picked Sandals.

We repeated the process with Kaye - and just like that, we had summer-ready feet.

Then, with my best gals looking as sweet as are...I remembered I wanted to snag some updated photos to frame above their beds. So, naturally I threw them in matching dresses and we headed out to scout the perfect photo-opp location on the farm.

Farm-living makes for plentiful photo backdrops...I will say that.

Approximately seven minutes later we were done with our shoot and the girls wanted to go see their farmer.

About two hours later, as to be expected, my gals were filthy and disheveled...and their toes were looking pretty beat up. But guess what was still strapped to their feet, completely comfy and looking flawless? The Sandals! Not one complaint. Not one request to remove shoes. Excuse me while I go snag myself all the colors. (Especially the platinum color that needs to not be sold out!)

I love sharing products that I truly truly love...and these Sandals really are the best!

(Please note, these run exactly true-to-size. Kaye and Sawyer both wear 11's and 6's in their running shoes, and the Freshly Picked Sandals sizes fit perfectly!)
June 09, 2017


another week, another bumpdate! and friends...i'm bumping. bumping so hard.
i'm back with another addition of - hey kaye! will you take pictures of my belly and me?

she's always willing. it's pretty wonderful. 

there was a pretty bad windstorm yesterday afternoon, so we just decided to pop into the completely disastrous baby room. it gets good light...but there isn't a lot of room. i tried for some sitting pictures so kaye could get the full shot, but wow. sitting pictures REALLY make you look like you're having, oh say, triplets?! 

but if i'm being super honest with myself, i'm definitely bigger this go-round than i was with sawyer. by like...two weeks. trust me...i just looked at the pictures. 

i'll have my glucose test this coming week, so that should be super duper fun and disgusting, plus i really just love needles (said no one ever). when are they going to come up with a better drink / better method? this is 2017. i guess it's not high on the priority list - understood.

our week was good. our week was hot. having three babies through the summer months has got to be some kind of subconscious method of punishment. 
luckily, we beat the heat with water balloons, homemade popsicles, and some 4-wheeler rides around the farm...and we even talked our farmer into a date night at the one and only bar in our teeny-tiny town. it's cowboy through and through.
but hey - i ate a great burger...which i've been doing a lot of lately. which could also explain why the bump is so much bigger this time. when in rome...
ooooo! i also did the fastest photo session with kaye and sawyer a few days ago for Freshly Picked! they've come out with some new sandals and friends - i can't say enough good things about them! i'm in loooove. absolutely smitten. but more on that next week.
FIRST THINGS FIRST | hey! can i ask for some help? we're looking for name suggestions...again. we'll be needing all your favorite girl names.

kaye's latest and greatest suggestion this week - Dorris. i can't say it's going to make our top three...

WEIGHT GAIN / WORK OUTS | i'm sitting right at the ten pound mark. my goal was to do 10 pounds at 30 weeks because then i could gain a pound a week for the last 10 weeks...but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. hahaha! it's hard when ice cream is delivered to your door or a milkshake for you and your best gals sounds just oh so good. 

i'm totally still working out, although i've adjusted. i decided that every other day i'll do some sort of house project / outdoor chore (like washing all 40 of our giant windows or mowing the lawn) and that will be the workout for that day. and then on the other days i'll actually do cardio or HIIT or something of the sort. a few days ago i decided to run five miles because it was going so well and felt good...yeah no. that was a bad idea. starting in the evening i was so sore and well into the next day. i think three is my max for running and then i'll switch to walking if i feel like going more.

SYMPTOMS | the raging heartburn is still there. i think a major catalyst for it is...CHOCOLATE! say it isn't so! but yes, it is. i ate some granola the other morning that had chocolate chunks in it and the heart burn was nearly immediate...and raging. so...i'm going to cut out the chocolate (which is SO hard for me) for the next few days to see if i see a pattern.
SIZE OF BABY | this little muff is the size of a cauliflower. yum. 14 inches and 2 pounds. 

SLEEP | sleep. yes...sleep. since i've been able keep the heartburn to a minimum the sleeping has come a little easier. i have been staying up later, for whatever reason...and then still waking up at 5:30 am...which then leads to a little mid-day cuddle session with my sawyer-muff where the two of us definitely fall asleep. i'll never pass up those cuddle sessions though. she's the best at them.

HAIR | good news! with kaye and sawyer my hair got terribly dry and was breaking off in chunks on the right side of my head. ummm...not super fun. well, i've been extra tender with my sweet hairs this round and i'm happy to report the breakage has been minimal. i still have hair! once a week i put an oil spray (my gal at aveda gave it to me) in my hair after an evening shower (where i don't wash my hair) and i sleep with that oil sitting on my hair all night. speaking of...i'm due to do this. also...i only wash my hair once a week's that dry. 

PURCHASES | well...ummm...hangs head in shame. purchases have been arriving on the daily. i have a new mirror, lamp, rug, baskets...and that's all for the nursery. 

after ordering about $1000 (literally) worth of swimming suits i finally found the perfect one from athleta. i. love. it. actually...i love it so much that i think i'm going to order some alternate bottoms for the top. the top is the perfect coverage for my gals, and dare i say, minimizing? i finally didn't feel like the ugly mom at swim class.

oh...and i've been living in sun i may have ordered a few more of those. but hey - it's summer and i'm pregnant. 

CRIES THIS WEEK | with kaye i cried multiple times a week while i was pregnant. the cause - always my farmer. 

with sawyer - i cried next to not at all. 

and with this one - in the last two weeks...lots of tears. what did i cry about? mostly kaye. i'd cry because i would get angry with her and oh so frustrated. and then i'd cry harder because i got angry with her and made her feel bad. it's been super hard to keep my emotions in check. i feel all. over. the map at times. like...lowest of low to the highest of high within 10 minutes. its so bizarre and i 100% remember feeling like this with kaye. it might be my least favorite pregnancy symptom. 

i also cried over there not being any gas on the farm so i could mow the lawn. cry-worthy? apparently so.

ps. did you see the gender reveal video i posted last week in lieu of the bumpdate? 

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