Thursday, August 2, 2018

Baby # 2

Guys, guess what?

 Some big changes are coming...

Baby GIRL #2 arriving 01.02.19!!


does this mean I won't be an only child anymore???

Sunday, May 13, 2018

My Mom

I really believe Mothers are one of the greatest gifts we have. Although I didn’t demonstrate this by physically sending my mom anything this year (ugh... fail), I wanted to write something down so she knows it. Here’s my gift to you, Mom.

I want you to know how much I love and appreciate you. I recognize all of the sacrifices you made for me and our family over the years. Being a mom is easy, but being a great mom is HARD. You, Julie Russell, are a GREAT Mom.

My mom is...

She is always giving. She shares her talents, money, and time more freely than anyone I know. She has given her children (and grandchild) everything we could need in life and much more.

She isn’t afraid to stand up and be heard. She’s taught me how to be confident. She is a true leader in our family and her community.

No one is perfect, but I always know she is rooting for me in the best way. I know she would drop everything for me if needed, and she has before. She has the most pure heart. She is understanding when I need to vent. She always gives great advice. She is always thinking of how she help others.

This one sounds like a resume builder, but I’m not kidding. If you know Julie Russell, you know she is a work horse. She is a mom, she owns her own therapy practice, she teaches Sunday school, she is on the city council... I could go on and on. She is never not busy, and that’s because she knows how to work.

If you ever need an adventure partner, my Mom is your best bet. She loves to dance, hike, bike, workout, river raft, snorkel, scuba, ride horses, surf, swim, you name it! I love this about my Mom. We are similar in this way. Our family vacations are usually packed with fun, and it’s the best.

My Mom listens to hip music. Her clothes are always in style. Her house is literally a turquoise interior design masterpiece. And folks... She knows how to use technology! (A rarity amongst our elders these days.)

She is well informed. She stays educated. She reads books. She has an excellent memory. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will figure it out. She is so smart! I strive (but mostly fail) to be like my mom in this way.

If I can be even half the mom that she is to me, I will have been successful. I love you, Mama!

Happy Mother’s Day! ❤️❤️❤️

Monday, April 23, 2018

21 months (almost)

V: You are a happy, active, and chatty toddler these days! You are still in the 1%tile, but growing on your own curve. This is great news! You are in size 3 diapers and 12-18 month clothes. You are eating more food and drinking way less milk. You are learning new words everyday. Our favorite word you say right now is "happy" (pronounced "A-pee"). You are still terrified of people you don't know, and even some people you do know... ugh. You are just a shy kid, and that's OK. You love swimming and bath time. You also love helping me cook. Your favorite songs are Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bitsy Spider. You LOVE being outside, so we are pretty excited for summer.

Me: I am just chugging along. I am busy doing things around our new house and teaching tumbling classes at TumbleTek. We got a garden plot in our neighborhood, so we are going to try our luck at gardening! It could be a complete failure, but hopefully we'll have some fresh garden veggies in a few months. We are pretty excited for summer! There are a bunch of pools and parks in our neighborhood. We will probably we outside everyday!


Not happy with the photos by the end. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


This past weekend we took a spontaneous trip to Moab. We asked our friends, the Farnes family, to join us. It was completely last minute so we were happy they agreed. It wasn't ideal weather, but we knew that coming in. We bundled up and got outside anyway! The kids were such troopers. Overall, such a fun weekend. There is so much to see. We will have to return!

V was NOT pleased.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

18 months

V: It's been a while since I did one of these posts! You are developing into this bright, curious, fun toddler. You are talking like crazy and copying everything we do. Some of your favorite things are bubbles, airplanes, cats, and dogs. We had your 18 month doctor appointment and you're still tiny (1%tile in weight, 9%tile in height). We're trying hard to get you to love food as much as you love milk. You are officially in nursery at church! You are still extremely shy though. It may take a while for you to warm up, as it does in most new situations. You love music. You love to play the piano and sing along. You especially love Moana... We've seen it more times than I can count. You are always on the move and hate to sit still. (As you can see by the attempted photoshoot.) You are our greatest joy and will love you so very much.

Me: Our lives are pretty different since the last post. First off, we bought a house and moved to South Jordan! We love our new neighborhood. There are parks around every corner, an awesome community center, gym, pools, and friendly neighbors. We love being settled in a permanent place of our own. I've been getting back on track with my workouts. I was really burnt out after my half marathon last year. I got lazy and stopped working out all together for a while. It feels great to get back into it. I also started coaching tumbling at TumbleTek! I'm only teaching a couple classes a week for now, but I am enjoying it! It's so fun to get back into the tumbling/cheer/gymnastics world.