Sunday, March 31, 2013

Our little boy is 2!

We had such a great day Saturday celebrating Evan's Birthday. We took him to the paleontology museum in the morning and we had a friend come with us and this is pretty much what they did the majority of the time (except for when they found stairs and had fun going up and down)....

We did get one picture of him. They have fake life size dino's that the kids can touch, but Evan wasn't as interested in them as he would have been if they had skin, but then that would be scary.

We later took him to a place called hang time. It's just a place with a ton of trampolines and he loves to jump, so Greg was real excited about taking him!
When we were getting ready to go I asked him if he was ready he whimpered a little and said, "no"

Much to my dismay Greg wanted to throw him in the foam pit, but Evan wouldn't stop asking him to, so he did and he LOVED it and asked to do it over and over again.

Greg is awesome at those claw machines and won Evan another little toy. When we got it out of the machine Evan said, " whoa! Cool!" It's the ugliest little purple duck thing I have ever seen...

Later that night we had two couples come over who are really good friends of ours and Greg's mom is in town so she came over and we had cake and Ice Cream. I am so thankful for our good friends they are seriously like family to us and they made his birthday more fun than it would have been with just Greg and I watching Evan do his birthday cake and present deal. We love them and we will miss them so much! If you ask this boy how old he is he says, "I two!"

We could have given him a spoon but I knew this would happen anyway...
Evan has started picking his nose...

He was real excited about his new cars pj's. I wish we would have caught his inital reaction when he realized what he opened, but he went to fast and we weren't ready with the camera.

Stay tuned for an Easter post :o)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

baby 1 listens to baby 2

I love this picture so so much. I wish we would have caught his smiling really big and laughing about it, but we could only get this quick shot. Evan is listening to the baby's heartbeat with our doppler that I got when I was pregnant for Evan. He kept asking to hear baby again and again. 

That smile melts me! He really acted like he knew what he was listening to... maybe their spirits are talking haha

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Why, in 9 days, I'm going to be a stay at home mom

I've gotten a lot of questions about me wanting to be a stay at home mom and I'm going to tell you why it's so important to me, my husband, and my children. Trust me, I don't feel like I have to justify or defend our decisions in life to anyone, but in today's world or outside of the LDS faith, being a stay at home mom is nearly unheard of and people don't understand it. 

These are some examples of things people have said to me:
"you're not going to work even though you worked so hard to get through nursing school and spent all that time?"
"don't you want to have that extra income as a nurse? You could make so much money!"
one of my favorites:
"Won't you get bored?" bahaha. No.

I want to raise my children. With the ever increasing evil in this world, this is probably the most important reason. I don't want to take my children to a babysitter or daycare while I work a 12 hour shift and not have any idea how they are being treated or what they are being taught. Note to the reader- I understand there are many women that do not have the opportunity to be home with their children and that does not make them bad mothers. But because I do have the opportunity I will not pass it up just to make more money that we don't need. It is my responsibility to teach my children and raise them in righteousness. I am not naive to think they won't learn things contrary to what we believe or would teach them in our home, but by being home I have ample opportunity to teach them the good things so that they have a foundation for when they go out into the world.

It's not because I just don't want to work. Being a stay at home mom and a homemaker isn't about sitting around in your PJ's all day reading a book or watching T.V. It's about loving, nurturing, teaching, singing, reading, keeping them safe, being there for their "firsts" and celebrating at the right moment. It's disciplining them our way, not a babysitters way, and doing it lovingly. It's about being there when your needed not 12 hours later. It's about having breakfast and lunches made/packed (when that time comes) and dinner on the table. Yes, you can do some of these things when you work...because everyone has to eat, but there is more to it than that.

I love this quote by Ezra Taft Benson:
"First, take time to always be at the crossroads when your children are coming or going-when they leave and return from school-when they leave and return from dates-when they bring friends home. Be there at the crossroads whether your children are six or sixteen."

Being a Mother is a sacred responsibility that should never be taken lightly. I want to always be at those crossroads.

To answer those above questions:
Yes, Nursing school is tough and yes it took a lot of time, but I am grateful for my education because it's important to have an education and it has gotten Greg through school while allowing us to be financially stable. Someday, I may need to use it again, but for now I don't and my sole responsibility is to my husband and children.

Sure the extra money would be nice (when is it not nice?), but we don't need it. If we needed it, it would be a different story.  I would never trade my children for extra money.

Boredom isn't even possible. There is so much to be done. The majority of my day (when I'm not working those 3 days a week) is spent with my almost 2 year old and the other times is spent cleaning and cooking. Brag moment- I was wearing an ohio university shirt that spelled out Ohio University and he pointed to every letter and told me what they were. He's awesome. He has trouble with W he thinks it's an "M"
 and for some reason G and H are the same a lot of the time, but other than that- he rocks!

Greg won this dinosaur out of one of those claw machines...Evan sleeps with it every night along with his tiger, bunny, and dog. 

Someday he'll smile like a normal child...

someone likes carrots!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

crock pot bbq pulled pork

1 pork shoulder roast about 2.5 pounds (I actually just used 4 boneless chops)
1 bottle (14 oz) BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 medium onion, chopped
8 hamburger buns or hard rolls

1. Place pork in crock pot slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours or high for 5-6 (mine was done in 3.5 because it was less meat)
2. remove roast from crock pot discard any cooking liquid. shred pork with fork. Return pork to pot. add BBQ sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, and onion. Cover cook on high 1hr or low 2 hours
3. put pork on buns and...


Side note:
I've been making burp rags...just getting an early start for this little baby.
I loved these with Evan because they worked and they weren't huge and bulky like the other others.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

this face

This picture makes me laugh every time I look at it. This is his "say cheese" face
I feel like it shows his personality so much. This kid is a hoot. Let me tell you about some of the things he has said lately

Evan gives a little girl on the playground a flower and then looks at me and says, "I nice!" 
 He sits up at the top of the slide and looks at me and says, "you okay?" Because when he first got on the slide he was a little afraid of it but I said, "you're ok sweetheart you can do it!"

After he slides down the slide he says, "I so awesome!"

Evan is really good about not going in the street. So good that when we are too close to the curb he pulls our pant legs and says, "no street!" He did this to me the other day and then after he said that he said, "I nice" Yes you are my sweet boy. Thank you for saving my life :o) haha

Oh, how I love this boy.

Always finding sticks and rocks :o)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Baby numero 2

We're having another baby! We are super excited about it! I wanted to keep it a secret until 20 weeks (because sometimes I like to test my own patience) but Greg was way too excited to hold it in any longer...

I had a really hard time deciding if I was really ready to have another baby. I told Greg that I'm just too in love with Evan and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to be as in love with a new baby. My dear husband said, "Lacey, you're never going to love him less so putting this off isn't going to help." mmhhm yep, he's right. Anndd it was helpful to hear from other moms that they felt the same way as I did and they indeed were madly in love with baby #2, so there's no need to fear! So, we got pregnant with this baby way faster than I was expecting and I fell in love at our 8 week ultrasound. It's not any less amazing seeing your second baby on the ultrasound for the first time than seeing the first. It felt so surreal all over again. 

This pregnancy has been a lot easier than Evan's during the first trimester. I was unbelievably tired with him (and also working full time and getting up at 4:45 am everyday) and way more nauseous than I have been this time. This time I'm not nearly as tired and my nausea would come between 10am and 3pm and if I just ate mints it would make it go away for a bit. My nausea was gone at 11 weeks with Evan and this one had lingered a little longer but it's slowly starting to stop.

Cravings- FRUIT. Oh. my. goodness. I cannot get enough fruit.
Aversion- chocolate the thought makes me ill...and chicken.

Call me crazy, but I am 99.9% positive I felt this baby move for like 20 seconds already. Now I totally understand what people mean when they say it feels like butterflies. With Evan I just felt big pokes and jabs at 16 weeks and on.

Anyway, here's me

3.5 weeks pregnant and just found out on Jan 16th

8 weeks (feeling fluffy...I remember feeling like this with Evan at this point too)

12 weeks still no bump, but I can feel my uterus about 2 inches below my belly button (I didn't show with Evan until 20 weeks and it was just a teeny little bump then, so who knows what will happen this time.)
you guys I have 16 more work days in these stupid scrubs and then I get to be a stay at home momma! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dapper snapper

So we have this problem with Evan's pants that they are either too long or too big in the waist so I bought a dapper snapper

Now his pants/shorts will fit and if they are too long we'll just roll them.

check it out!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

a skirt and summer in a bowl

I made another skirt and I added some "flare"

Cute, huh? It's probably cuter when the wrinkles are gone :o)

Summer in a bowl...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pork Chops anyone?

We grilled today and it was delish. Try these chops and you'll never ever regret it!

4 boneless chops
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic

combine all ingredients in a ziploc bag and refrigerate for 4-24 hours (we did 4 and they rocked)
Grill for 10-12 minutes - turn occasionally.

We also went to the duck pond today because it was 50 degrees and it felt like summer.. ha!
Evan was chasing ducks like crazy, occasionally with sticks. It was seriously one of the funniest things I've ever seen. We didn't take our camera because it was an unplanned stop. He would chase them so they would fly into the pond and then he would say, "ALRIIIGGHHHTT!!" Today was one of those days when I watched my little boy running and being hilarious and Greg and I just cracking up and all I could think was- man, my life is awesome. I have been so so blessed. 
Happy Happy day. Can't wait until it's really summer and really spring! oh, and I can't wait for watermelon. my mouth is already watering.