Tuesday, May 19, 2015

goodbye, sweet home.

If you follow me on Instagram (@lisa_anne08) you might have seen yesterday that we are moving out of our wonderful home.  About a month and a half ago we found out that it's basically illegal to run a business outside of your home in the area we live. We've always thought maybe our HOA wouldn't be thrilled about it, but never really thought about it being a city issue.  Well after finding out we could be in quite a bit of trouble if we ever got caught, we decided to pray about what we should do: quit my business?  Try to move?  But we just moved here!  Needless to say, we both felt I should keep my business going.  Not only has it been SUCH a great creative outlet for me, it's also a nice source of supplemental income that requires little time away from the girls.  We put our house up on the market, priced nice and high, and we had an offer after three days of showings.  We were shocked!  

We had such a great experience building this house, so we decided to build again in the next city over (which happens to have even better schools & was rated the best city to raise a family in California!).  Our new house will have more space for our growing family, & a room downstairs perfect for a photography studio.  We are SO excited for it to be finished!  While it's being built, we are staying in an apartment nearby.  We are going to have to move again when I am 8 month pregnant - but I don't like to think about that very much. :)

Last week was an emotional one.  I cried as I watched the girls play outside in the backyard one last time and run through the sprinklers.  So many memories!  We brought little Kate home to this house.  It's been bittersweet to pack up the house and leave, but I know we will make even more memories in the new house.  I just get attached to things so dang easily!!

We just moved into our apartment yesterday and are pretty much settled in.  The girls are thrilled because the apartment has a pool & park - they like it better than the new house model!  I'm always amazed and thankful at how well adjusted those girls of mine are.  Home truly is where your family is, a place to hang your hat.  I honestly thought we'd watch our girls grow into teenagers in this house, but you just NEVER know what life will throw at you!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

mother's day!

Oh man - I love Mother's Day!  "Mom" is my favorite name I go by and nothing makes me feel more proud.  My husband and girls made me feel so special and appreciated today.  I woke up to a yummy breakfast in bed (after SLEEPING IN), & then went off to church to hear my Aubrey girl sing with the other primary children to all the moms.  After that we went and visited our mamas.  It was such a special day!  

French toast - my fave!  I'm on a special "gain weight at all costs" diet right now (dr.'s orders!) and I think after today's delicious meals - my dr will be very pleased :)


This is part of the song Aubrey sang in church today.  I was so proud of her going up there and singing for me.  Aubrey gets very nervous when in front of others (totally gets that from me) but through nervous tears she sang the entire time.  She was so brave and I cried through the whole thing.  I couldn't stop kissing her throughout the day and telling her how proud I was of her!  What a joy to be her mom.

My best friend and amazing mother!  Her wonderful example of motherhood will affect generations to come.  She makes me so excited to have daughters because of the relationship we have.  She is the most selfless person and I am in debt to her forever - I pray I can be half the mom she is one day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there - your love and sacrifices do not go unnoticed.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

mother's day photos.

Steve took some pictures of the girls and I earlier this week as my present for Mother's Day.  After sharing a few of them on Instagram, I don't' know how many people say they want to hire him now!  His head is getting a little big ;)  But seriously, the guy has got talent.  It's almost annoying - can't I be good at just ONE thing that he can't do?!  Nevertheless, I'm in love with these treasures and hope my girls love them too.  He captured each of my unique relationships with each girl perfectly and I don't think I could ever thank him enough.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

sixteen weeks!

I hit the 16 week mark this week & am feeling GREAT!  I was so used to being nauseous and sleepy all the time, I forgot what normal life feels like.  The feeling of being HUNGRY is awesome.

I had a doctor's appointment last week & the doctor said the baby is pretty high already for this stage in the game.  I always carry super high, which is great because I don't have to buy any maternity pants, but not so fun on the ribs!  I have a couple more months before that discomfort starts, thankfully.

The only (and I mean ONLY) bad part about not being nauseous anymore, is now I crave sweets, and can't have them much due to my gestational diabetes.  I have to say - I am VERY proud of myself for eating so healthy.  Before I was pregnant I ate dessert almost every single day!  We were constantly stopping by our local cupcake and cookie shops due to my sweet tooth :)  (No wonder I have gestational diabetes!)  I still splurge every now and then, but for the most part I'm sugar free.  I won't lie - it's a huge challenge!  I'm also supposed to really watch my carb intake - I try to only have really small portions of pasta and breads, or get whole wheat versions.  I basically have to eat like I'm on a weight loss diet, but have my OB nagging at me to put on some pounds.  I'm still three pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight, but I'm trying to eat a lot of protein to pack on some baby weight!

I'm still pretty dizzy some mornings.  If I don't eat a protein packed breakfast, I'll pretty much be useless the rest of the day.  Thankfully I haven't fainted in weeks and hopefully don't have to worry about that anymore.  Usually that's just a first trimester issue for me.

Since I've been feeling so much better lately I've been able to do SO much more with the girls like I used to, and it makes everyone in this house very happy!  We go to the park all the time, play games, and actually get ready every day :)  There were so many weeks I felt so guilty because I laid down the majority of the day, and if the girls wanted to read a book or play a game, I'd have them bring it to me in bed.  I'm pretty sure they thought I was dying!  I'm so grateful for how patient they were with me (and Steve too!) and they were always so caring.  If I was having an especially awful day, they would be my little nurses.  I had so many "check ups" from them with their doctor kits checking on the baby.

This is definitely my fastest pregnancy yet, and I'm well aware that before I know it, our sweet baby girl will be here to love on.  I'm already so antsy and impatient about  October getting here - I want to meet her so bad I can barely take it!  Now if ONLY Steve and I could agree on a name…. we had chosen Aubrey and Kate when we were still in high school (What, you didn't discuss baby names with your boyfriend at 16?) but we never quite had a THIRD baby girl name picked out.  I mean, who would have thought?!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

salt lake city.

A postponed wedding & nonrefundable plane tickets landed Steve & I on a very random kidless weekend in Salt Lake City last week.  I tried to get the plane tickets changed to another state we'd rather visit, but Expedia doesn't let you do things like that we learned.  We ended up having a great time in Utah and enjoyed the alone time.  

Our first stop was City Creek Mall & Temple Square.  It's so beautiful there.  Say what you want about us crazy Mormons, but you really can't beat our gorgeous temples ;)  Steve was making fun of me because it was 60 degrees outside and I was FREEZING.  I kept saying, "How do people live like this?!"  Everyone there was in shorts.  

That evening we had dinner at "The Roof" on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial building.  It was SO. DELICIOUS!  It was a buffet, but super nice with entrees like prime rib & salmon.  I was freaking out about the dessert buffet.  I wanted to have a huge plate, but this dang gestational diabetes let me only have a few bites.  

Also, shout out to my mama for fixing this dress for me!  I bought the maternity version from ASOS in their smallest size, thinking it would fit, even if it was a little baggy in the waist.  It was HUGE.  My mom saved the day and took it in for me, and left a tiny bit in the middle so I can use it during my pregnancy.  (Until I'm REALLY huge anyways) 

We decided to go see Insurgent after dinner, and were VERY pleasantly surprised to see the theater had LEATHER RECLINER SEATS.  I was in heaven.  California really needs to get on this, stat!  By the way - the movie was so good!  I'm usually not at all into sci-fi action movies, but I love this series.

The next morning we went to the Tulip Festival in Lehi.  It was beautiful!  

Steve isn't a selfie fan, can you tell?  We stopped by Park City in the middle of the day and had QUITE the experience on the Alpine Coaster. Steve kept reassuring me it was really slow and I'd be fine.  I asked the worker lady if it was safe for pregnancy and after she told me, "Absolutely!" I decided to go with him.   It was SO fast & SO fun - but the whole time I was yelling to Steve "If my baby dies because of this you are DEAD!  LIKE I'M LITERALLY GOING TO KILL YOU!"  all while laughing & crying.  (No worries - I had an ultrasound Monday and baby survived the coaster!)  

I've heard so much about this place called, "Swig," (basically Sonic) and their soda and cookies.  Definitely tasty, but can't really tell the difference between Sonic?  We were laughing at how long the drive thru line there was.  Diet soda is definitely the Mormon version of coffee :) 

We ended up trying Market Street Grill for our last dinner in Salt Lake.  Steve got this tiny salad and I….got this.  Haha!  #pregnant

The next morning we went and picked up our cute girls from Grammy & Papa's house.  They were so excited to see us & tell us all that they did.  We definitely kissed their little faces off - it's amazing how much you can miss your kids for even just two days away.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

girl girl girl!

We are so, so so excited to announce baby #3 is another GIRL!!  We went to an early gender ultrasound place and within 30 seconds of starting the ultrasound, the lady told us with no doubts that "it" is a "she!"  I am so giddy about having a house full of girls.  I'd be lying if I said it's not a dream come true.  Of course I would have been thrilled if it were a boy, but I definitely wasn't the least bit disappointed. ;)  Steve….is doing fine. Haha!

Steve's version of the announcement ;)  He was hoping for a boy this time, but is such a great sport.  He said as long as at least one of the girls is good at basketball, he's fine with all girls.  (Let's pray they don't get my incredibly unathletic, uncoordinated genes)

The girls are thrilled to have another sister.  I look at this picture and feel so lucky - I'll take ten of these beauties!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen!

I hope you all had such a wonderful Easter Sunday!  This Easter happened to fall on our church's bi-annual General Conference.  I always look forward to hearing the inspired leaders of our church speak to us, and it's always nice having church on tv. ;)  

We had a great Easter - the girls were so excited to find that the Easter Bunny paid them a visit and left baskets for them.  Candy, a jump rope, chapstick, and Shopkins were the big hits this year!  After conference, we went to my mom's and both sides of our family had a delicious dinner together.  It was such a great day!

I don't have any pictures to show for Easter really, but thankfully I took some photos earlier this week of the girls in their dresses.  I have found that if I ever want to get pictures of the girls in a holiday outfit/Halloween costume, Christmas dress, etc. if I wait until the day of the holiday to take them there is no chance they will cooperate!  There's always too much going on, and the last thing they want to do is pause the celebrating and take pictures.  I can't blame them!  

I did a last minute tea party set up and had them go on a little egg hunt.  I was hoping that the trees would be in bloom for our photo shoot, but no luck because of this darn drought California has had.  I still thought they turned out pretty cute - love these sweet girls!

Easter is such a special holiday to me each year.  I am so thankful for my Savior and know that He lives!  I know that Jesus Christ's suffering and resurrection makes it possible for me to be with my family forever someday,  and that is the greatest gift anyone could ever give me.  Happy Easter!!