Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog lately, for several reasons--
I've been using nap time as a time to nap myself during this pregnancy which helps immensely with sleeping at night and with being a more attentive mother during the afternoon and evening,
I've tried to eliminate all non-essential computer time while the kids are awake,
and I've been keeping busy with projects that I want to complete before the baby arrives.
But I've missed blogging.
I enjoy reflecting about my priorities and values and taking time to step back and see the beauty in life's little moments.
I enjoy thinking back on memories I have and forming new insights.
And I love being able to re-visit this family record and appreciate those things all over again.
So I'm not completely fading away--posts will continue with some frequency!
Here's a bit of what we've been up to during the past few months:
-We spontaneously accompanied Sam on a work trip to Reno, NV for 6 days, which turned into a wild, stressful adventure. But we still enjoyed some peaceful moments. A full post about the trip will be coming soon!
-My best friend from high school got married! I spent way too much time trying to find a suitable dress that I could feel good in, being six months pregnant. I finally stumbled upon this one on clearance for $15! Her wedding was beautiful and elegant, and I'm so grateful I got to be a part of it.
-We went camping with my brother and his family up gorgeous Hobble Creek Canyon--the perfect setting for the boys with playgrounds nestled in the trees in the midst of the campsites and a creek perfect for throwing rocks in. Unfortunately, it was a freezing, windy night and we were rained out the next morning. But the boys still had a blast and are hoping to squeeze in one more camping trip before the baby is born!
-We visited my sister's workplace where the boys got to practice hitting a dummy and see a bomb-dog in action--the most hyper police dog I've ever seen! Watching Lincoln shout, "Get back, get back!" while he hit the dummy with all of his might was one of the funniest things I've seen.
-I got to see my mom present at BYU Women's Conference! She has the ability to instantly connect with an audience and many came up to visit with her after her talk concluded. I was so grateful I had the opportunity to hear her speak!
-We celebrated Sam's birthday. Celebration 1 was very low-key and took place in a hotel in Reno, Celebration 2 was with my family and included a new chain-saw for him (which he's been really wanting since helping clean up the neighborhood after a recent wind storm!), and we enjoyed Cafe Rio-style salads, ping-pong, and a backyard fire with his family as part of Celebration 3. The s'mores brownie cake I made him was a bit messier than I had envisioned it in my head, but it tasted yummy! Sam is the ping-pong king and I play at about the level of a 6-year old. He always welcomes the opportunity to play with his brothers, who actually provide real competition!
-I took Talmage to a free local safety fair for our one-on-one outing. I was highly impressed with the amazing array of booths, activities, and free paraphernalia and food they had to offer. Sam and I try to take the boys on monthly individual outings and try to use the time to gain insight into their take on how things are going in our family and in their lives. On one occasion, I was with Talmage and I asked him if he thought we should do anything differently in our family. He said, "Well, there is one thing...I think we should decorate for Halloween."
-And we've done plenty of enjoying the day-to-day life and the spring sunshine!
Goodness, I love these boys and I absolutely cherish the time I get to spend with them! I feel so blessed to be able to spend my days with them. It hasn't been easy to make things work on a student income, but we've certainly been blessed in amazing ways that have made it possible. And, as I tell them so frequently, there is no place I'd rather be. I feel like these years of young motherhood are flying by so quickly and I feel a great urgency and need to make the most of every moment and prioritize my time correctly. Each moment is so precious!