Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Day in the Life (#3)

These posts are probably pretty boring for most people, but since this blog serves as our family journal I think it is a fun way to document our lives. I try to do one every six months or so. Our apartment is pretty messy, a lot of the pictures aren't very good, and I kind of forgot to keep taking pictures towards the end of the day. But I'm glad I did it so here you go.

Tuesday, July 21st
*Esther is 16 months old and I am 13 weeks pregnant.*

7:15am Esther woke up crying. I gave her a bottle in our bed and she fell asleep in our bed. Not pictured, me sleeping on 6 inches of the edge of the bed and every single limb falling asleep. It was worth it to sleep in though.

9:30am Esther wakes up and goes wild. 

9:35am Change Esther's diaper and get her dressed for the day. 

Then breakfast for me.

9:45am Breakfast for Esther, and baby of course. 

10:00am We watched signing time (because #morning sickness), played with toys, and read books until nap time. 

11:15am Esther has a bottle before being laid down for nap. (P.s she never really got the concept of holding her own bottle, it's equal parts cute and annoying haha). 

Then I get in the shower and at 12pm Leland comes home for lunch. We eat our lunch while watching the rest of the maze runner that we started the night before. 

12:45pm Esther wakes up just before Leland has to head back to work. She wakes up adorable as always. 

1:00pm Esther's lunch: a vegetable puree, mandarin oranges and a tortilla. 

1:30pm After lunch we get ready for the day (finally haha). 

Then we go on a walk to dollar store to get toys for our trip this weekend. 

After our walk I start some laundry while Esther plays, then we read stories until naptime at 2:45ish. 

After I put Esther in her crib I start cleaning the kitchen. By 3:15 she isn't asleep so I go check on her. Sure enough she has a dirty diaper, so I change it and put her back in. This time she goes to sleep. 

I finish the kitchen and make dinner. Spinach Lasagna. 

After I finish making the lasagna I put it in the fridge for later, then I get on my phone for a little while. At 4:30 Esther wakes up and is very cranky, I rock her in the chair and she quickly falls asleep on me. I love it when she does that. 

By 4:45 she is fully awake but still unhappy. We finish our episode of signing time to cheer her up. Then we head outside for "water painting" to kill time until Leland gets home. 

She loved it out there and we stayed until 5:45 when Leland got home. 

At 6:00 we ate dinner. Esther had to feed her baby like always haha. 

Then this is where I forgot to take pictures.

6:45pm we headed out to go look around at the DI. We didn't find what we were looking for but I found some cute clothes for the fall/winter for Esther and an Ergo Infant Insert for only $3! Normally around $30 so I was super happy. I am excited to use it with our new baby this winter.

When we got home at 8 we skyped with my family. Esther was up past her bedtime but we had fun seeing them.

8:30pm We tag team Esther's bedtime routine. 

By 8:45 she was asleep. Then I had to go hit up the grocery store for some of my cravings lol. After that we enjoyed our treats while watching bachelorette together, cleaned up a little and finally we went to bed around 11. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tried and True Pinterest Recipes

If you're anything like me you try a lot of different pinterest recipes. It's really hit or miss as evidenced by this site haha. So here are a few of our favorite recipes that I've made multiple times and they always turn out great!

This is probably my favorite of all of these recipes, despite the typo in the picture haha. It's even semi healthy when you use greek yogurt instead of sour cream like we do. We have made this when people come over and it is always a hit!

I made this salad to bring to a party once and it was great! The dressing can get a little soggy so be sure to only put it on right before you serve it. 

 Everyday Cinnamon Rolls

I have tried a couple different cinnamon rolls and these are by far the best. They are super time consuming though, which is why I only make them on special occasions, like for general conference. 

Skinny Lasagna Rolls

These come together really quickly and make for a great dinner. I was a little skeptical because of all the spinach but they still taste amazing. 

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

I love quinoa. Leland is not such a huge fan. But he does like this dish. I usually just add some chicken and serve as the main dish for dinner. Even Esther likes quinoa :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

All About Baby #2

In case you haven't seen it on facebook, we are expecting baby #2! We are super excited! Esther and the new baby will be just a month shy of 2 years apart. Esther loves babies so much, I know she will make a great big sister!

Right around the time Esther turned one I started to feel some little promptings telling me that there was another baby waiting to come to our family. I was a little hesitant because Esther was still nursing a ton at that point and not sleeping through the night at all.I was also still working nights at BYU. I wasn't sure if I could handle being pregnant on top of those things. Leland was a little hesitant too, because of his job and insurance coverage it wasn't really the ideal time for a baby.But those little promptings kept coming and it didn't take long before we were both on board. Then a few weeks later Leland found out he got a new job, an actuary position that he had been trying to get ever since he graduated. It was a huge blessing! Now he would have different, better insurance and I wouldn't have to work anymore. It was the perfect timing and I know the Lord was really looking out for us. Only a few days later I got a positive pregnancy test. I don't share this story to brag, I know things don't work out so easily for everyone, but it was a huge testimony builder for me. I know that the Lord will give us help when we follow his commandments. 

Anyways I am 12 weeks along now. As soon as we moved we re-sleep trained Esther (for the 10th time I'm pretty sure), but she now sleeps for 11+ hours at night every night! It only took us 15 months to get there lol. Hopefully this baby will be a little easier in that department. As of yesterday Esther is also 100% weaned. Once the throwing up started I just couldn't handle breastfeeding her anymore. It was a hard because she loved it so much, but she switched over to bottles and whole milk relatively easily. 

This pregnancy has been similar to my pregnancy with Esther, but it's been a little easier. I have had some nausea/vomiting but I haven't had to take any medication like I did with Esther. I switch back and forth between thinking it's a boy or a girl all the time. We won't find out until 20 weeks, but we would be very happy with either though. We are just so excited to having a new little newborn around the house soon! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I'm So Glad When Daddy Comes Home

Esther is a little ball of energy these days. She runs around all day and never stops moving unless it is for a quick story, or if Teletubbies is on. By the end of the day I am worn out and so glad when Leland gets home from work. Usually we are so anxious we go wait outside and watch for him. Esther is good about staying out of the road so it's nice as long as it's not too hot. Today I took some pictures while we were waiting. 

                                                   She is obsessed with the mailboxes. 

She loves to be "ow-si" as she says. 

Daddy is finally here and opening the mailbox! 

4th of July Photos

For the three day 4th of July weekend we headed down to Southern Utah. The first day we went to Zion National Park. The rest of the time we mostly spent around the house and playing in the pool. Esther had fun playing with my family's new puppy, Ruby. Leland and I were able to go on a little date night to see Jurrasic World, and my mom watched Esther for us. On Saturday night Esther was asleep by the time the fireworks started, so she missed out on those this year, but I'm sure she'll love them next year :)

Images by Freepik