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June 23, 2017


another week, another bumpdate! and friends...i'm bumping. bumping so hard.
guess who grew?'s me and this belly. we are all sorts of boom baby. and i really just wish i could say i'm 30 weeks if that 3 in front of the 0 justifies the largeness. but...whatever helps me sleep at night. 
and by sleep at night i mean - i've been going to bed super late and still waking up around 4 am. it's the worst. by 5:30 pm i'm dragging and just want to sit...on the couch...forever. my poor poor girls. 

but seriously - i need to keep telling myself that this is not a permanent state. so maybe they're playing a little extra ipad lately. or maybe i'm a little more short-tempered with them. and how about that guilt about really sucking at making dinner lately because the idea of cooking food makes me nauseous. 

all temporary. 

just hang in there girls! mommy will be back! i'll still be tired, but at least i'll have a baby sister for you to woo about!

THE NAME GAME | OH MY GOSH! you all have been so helpful in the name department! some of the names made it on to my list and some inspired some fresh ideas. i'm stuck on two particular names this week...but i was stuck on one name a few weeks ago and now i hate i just never know what's going to pan out. 

keep the name suggestions coming! they are so so appreciated!

kaye's latest and greatest suggestion this week - Flower Dash. it reminds me a lot of the name Rainbow Dash from My Little i can't say it's incredibly original. i liked last weeks name suggestion of Dorris much more.

WEIGHT GAIN / WORK OUTS | 12. 12 pounds is the weight gain status. and let me tell you - 12 pounds feels heavy. and by heavy i mean my whole body feels like - thunk. yes...the noise. i don't know how to describe it. i don't remember feeling this way with the girls, but with this one it's almost like i'm moving differently. i think i may be waddling a bit. i don't feel quite as spritely. my extra weight may even be the reason my treadmill is no longer working. yes...let's talk about that.

my beloved treadmill kicked the bucket. it'll run for a minute and then all of a sudden just stop. then it says - Get off me, tub-o. 

obviously it doesn't. and i'm sure it's just coincidence...but i really really wish it was still running. i either need to drop some coin on a new one or see if i can get a technician to come to the farm. yeah...not likely.

regardless - i'm still getting my fitness on. i'm doing HIIT workouts as well as run / walks. i think i could run / walk forever. i did five miles the other day on accident because i lost track...but still felt great at the end. / walking is where it's at. 
SYMPTOMS | when i head back to the doctor here in a few weeks i'm going to bring up this heartburn issue. it seems to be even worse than what it was with either girl. and don't tell me it means the baby will have a great head of hair, because both my gals were born bald. 

other than the heartburn i can't complain. 

SIZE OF BABY | this little muff is the size of a butternut squash. 15 inches and 2 1/2 pounds. i tried to show kaye the other day the approximate size of the baby and i think i freaked her out. she just looked at me with horror. speaking of horror...

KAYE'S THOUGHTS | i'm not sure how this girl isn't horrified, but she seems to be taking everything in complete stride. she asked me how the baby is going to get out of my belly...and yes. i'm the mom who told her the truth. she knows we'll be going to the hospital. she knows how the baby will be delivered. and she knows there will be blood. then she asked if she could be there. that girl...she just kills me! good lord - i'm so in love with her. 

she's also super excited to watch the baby nurse...but also feed the baby bottles. she knows she can't give the baby food, but that when mommy has enough milk she'll be able to sit on the couch and feed her. kaye is going to be the very very best big sister. 


SAWYER'S THOUGHTS | well, the fact that she gets right up to my belly and screams, "HEY BABY BABY BABY!!!" in a strange monster voice and then aggressively tickles my belly. this all makes me...cautiously optimistic? sawyer is my little ham and if she's anything like i was growing up...she will give exactly two sh*ts about the baby. this is my official prediction. 

it's not that she'll be mean or jealous or not love the baby...she'll just be like, "oh hey baby," and then continue to do her own thing. 

PURCHASES | i just got a box from Pottery Barn Kids full of goodies and i'm in love! there's the cutest XO pillow and the softest knit blanket. i ordered the blanket purely for purposes of photographing or sweet baby girl. priorities, right? i also received a new boppy nursing pillow and cover because i have exactly zero recollection of where i could have possibly stashed the one i used with the gals. i thought i gave it to my sister, but...i guess not. 

the best part - all of this cost $0 because i had some Pottery Barn gift cards stashed away...that i had actually forgotten about. 

i also had some paint delivered because i'm refinishing the navy blue dresser and the white changing table. i can't wait to reveal how those turn out!
last bit - i'm thinking of getting these t-shirts made. i was on the hunt for some sister shirts for kaye and sawyer to wear to the hospital, but i just couldn't find any that i like, so i jazzed some up. but...i'd rather just purchase a t-shirt, so if anyone has a favorite shop they've used, let me know!
CRIES THIS WEEK | i'm back to my heartless self. no cries in the past two weeks. i'm really burying all those emotions deep deep down. 

actually, i can say that there has been a direct correlation between the girl's behavior, how much my farmer has been around and the stability of my emotions. 

the girls have been so good and my farmer (even though he's still so ridiculously busy) has been able to spend more time with us. he's been coming home on the daily and snagging one or both the girls to work with him for bits of time during the day...which is a total god-send. and yes - all of this has resulted in no cries. hallelujah. 

ps. did you see the gender reveal video i posted several weeks ago? i still can't get enough of it.
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!)

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