18 May 2015

A Few Delightful Things


  • The flowers are blooming, and we welcomed our first (that we've seen) visiting hummingbird to our yard on Sunday morning. He was scoping out some salvia. I failed to capture a great picture, but here is my attempt nonetheless.


  • Our sprinklers have been turned off thanks to all the rain we've had in the past few weeks.
  • We've been buying girl clothes at yard sales. And I've bought a few items new too. Trixie will not be naked.
  • Eric has fewer than ten school days left. We have so many fun (and productive!) summer plans.
  • Our first roses have bloomed, and we've cut some and brought them in. So many more to come this year.

  • Noosa Yoghurt. Seriously. My favorite is coconut, but lemon is a surprisingly close second.
  • Protonix, or its generic equivalent. My extreme heartburn this pregnancy is finally under control, and along with it, most of my nausea.

22 April 2015

Baby #3

On Monday I found out that, much to my surprise, my baby is a girl baby. I was just so certain I was having a boy. Since that time I have said the following phrases each more than once:
  • I don't know how to girl.
  • I hope she likes canoeing.
  • I have to buy new clothes for this one.
  • I guess I better look around for girl clothes at yard sales now.
  • I have to learn to do hair.
  • I get to crochet things for a girl!
  • We have no names for a girl.
  • This may explain why my heartburn has been so insanely bad.
I feel like I'm finally wrapping my head around it. I am excited for our new adventure! A few years ago my parents sent me the blessing dress that my mom made for me. I am so pleased that our little one will get to wear it too:
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There is a lot of joy around our household.

Everyone, prepare yourselves for Trixie. (Her official blog name.)

13 April 2015

Felix at 2.5

A few things about Felix at age 2.5:
  • He is adorable.
  • He's really blonde.
  • He narrates everything all day long.
  • He tries to participate in adult conversations, and it's very funny.
  • He loves to take baths, have lotion put on his face, comb his hair, brush his teeth, get dressed, and choose his own clothes.
  • He's potty trained.


A few of his favorite things:

  • Playing outside.
  • Playing with his big brother.
  • Laughing hysterically at his own toilet humor.
  • Rice.
  • Green beans.
  • Salad dressing.
  • Reading books, especially The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer.
  • Trucks and cars.
  • Helping with emptying the dishwasher.
  • Doing his own laundry.
  • Being held or carried.



Felix is a pretty easy-going kid. He's two, so he has tantrums, but he's pretty easily persuaded to calm down. He repeats after us quite a bit, and though he's a good talker, he still has funny things that he says. He likes to sing, and he often has conversations with himself: "I need to go potty. Okay, let's go potty. Okay, take off your pants. Good job."

He loves to go places as a whole family and is very concerned about making sure everyone is included. Felix regularly tells me and Eric, "No go work today, Mom [or Dad]." He doesn't understand that there is a baby coming to our family soon, and usually when I talk about it he says, "I have a baby button too."

As a rule, Felix takes a while to warm up to people he doesn't know, or even people he does know but hasn't seen in a while. New environments can make him nervous, and he's likely to hang around me waiting to feel comfortable before diving in to join the fun. I'm happy to have him around me because he is so sweet.

03 April 2015

Pregnancy Brain

I don't feel like I've really had "pregnancy brain" with the first two, but I'm definitely feeling it this time. Generally I think "pregnancy brain" is not a fair description. I think the symptoms are caused more by lack of sleep  than anything else. There's also the general malaise of pregnancy that can make a person lose focus, and the fact that sometimes it is just really challenging to focus on anything besides the things that make you feel ill. With all that said, here are a few instances of my pregnancy brain:

  • I sat down for choir practice before church and realized I was wearing slippers. (Good thing we live in Utah and the church is a two-minute drive away.)
  • I sent my husband a text message intended for my brother.
  • I sat down to write this blog post about my numerous pregnancy brain experiences and now cannot recall any more examples. How fitting.

16 March 2015

Matching Boys

Most of the clothes my boys own are of the second-hand variety. We've been gifted many items of clothing (the vast majority), and have purchased at yard sales as well. Occasionally I do splurge and buy them new items, so sometimes they get to match:

Matching dinosaur shirts purchased at Target:

Matching polo shirts, also purchased at Target:

Matching jammies for Christmas 2013:
There are also matching jammies from Christmas 2014, but no picture yet.

And not matching, but at least coordinating Thomas the Tank Engine pajamas, that both boys have since outgrown:

(Anyone who has tricks on getting two little boys to be simultaneously still and smiling for pictures gets bonus points!)

And now they have these:
This picture was taken a couple of days after telling them that Felix is also going to be a big brother, and although Ike does not look happy, that was simply because he wasn't in the picture-taking mood. He is very excited to be having a new baby in our family. Felix doesn't really get it, but when told to pretend to "wash his bum" for the camera, he happily complied, thus getting him to get his hands out of the way so the text on his shirt was visible, and getting a happy face on. The child already loves any form of potty humor.

I feel badly that I'm just getting around to this, since I posted about it on a couple of social media sites nearly a week ago. But I'm due in early September. I think it's another boy.

06 January 2015

Crochet Snowflakes


Last Christmas I crocheted my dad a giraffe hat (because he likes giraffes), and I had so many problems with figuring out a good pattern that I had to stop and restart numerous times, and ultimately the gift arrived a day after Christmas. I don't have a picture of my dad wearing his hat, but here is a blurry, poorly lit, phone picture of Eric wearing it just before I shipped it. I was pretty sad that my parents didn't get their Christmas presents on time, and all because I couldn't get it together with this hat, which I had been planning to make him for months and months.

When we were visiting my parents in Texas this summer they gave me a book of crochet snowflake patterns. My mom made it really clear to me that she wanted some of these for her Christmas tree. After crocheting the knight hoods for Halloween I started making snowflakes, and I learned pretty quickly that they were more challenging than I expected. My mom's birthday is November 3, so I had enough time to finish and send just three snowflakes.

But for Christmas, my offering was much more significant. These are just 15 of the twenty I sent. And bonus! I got them shipped on December 15, and they arrived in time for Christmas. (The others were in the starching process.)

These are fairly challenging to make, simply because the hook is small, and the thread is fairly delicate. It is not the same as working with yarn. Each one takes between thirty minutes to an hour. The largest ones are about 3 inches across, and the smaller ones are about 1.5 inches. I watched a lot of "House M.D." while working on these beauties. I hope to continue to work on them all year so our own tree can be decorated with them next Christmas.

Here are some closeups: