Thursday, February 9, 2017

back to real life

 Getting back into the swing of things after a vacation is THE WORST.

I mean, let's be real, who really LIKES cleaning the house, washing the dishes...DOING LAUNDRY...

NO ONE, that's who.

If you'd like to contest that opinion, you may clean my house.


So anyway, here I am, finally out of vacation mode and trying not to be a hermit. Unfortunately there's only two ways I get out of my anything that involves food. Occasionally I'll get out for my friends, but you know...that usually involves food,'s just semantics.

I'm only sort of kidding.

Here's the proof though, if you'd like some:

My kids after church, being adorable. I'd say "as usual," but that's not necessarily always the case with them...
...but they do make me smile.

Awwww, look how mushy and corny we are! Aren't we the best?

I bought myself some tulips because...why the heck not? A dutch maid just needs a few tulips sometimes...or any other flower. I'll take any flowers any day, every day (hint, hint to the hubby)
Also, I bought them WHILE out grocery food.

I FINALLY got out of the house to take my kids to the park with my friend and her kids...we went out for pizza afterwards (there's my food incentive, see?)
Livvy is so adventurous. I can ONE HUNDRED PERCENT see where having older brothers has influenced her...

Annnnnd church again, different week. Livvy and I were the only ones to make it, leaving behind a bunch of sickos. (In the literal sense...they were all ill.)

the end!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Because my darn sister and her husband felt like a job was important to their well-being...they took my nephew(s) and niece and moved as far as they could.

Rude, right??
I mean, those were some of our best friends!
And they just up and left us.

Whatever, I'm over it now, obviously, so any opportunity to visit their so-called home state, I'll gladly take it. And they've only lived in Georgia for a year and a half, but I've already visited during all four seasons, aaaaaaand....I can see why they love it there. It's absolutely beautiful. Plus, I'm kind of an architecture/history fanatic, so that place feeds my need for old homes and buildings.

ANYWAY, flights were cheap...ish...and Grace convinced me to come over for a few days to visit with our other sister, Emma. It was pure heaven. I only took Olivia with me, and I can't for the life of me figure out why I ever thought one child was difficult! (Not bashing on you moms of only one, because the transition from none to one was definitely the hardest for me, but sheesh, only having to deal with one kid instead of three was C.A.K.E.)

Basically what I'm trying to convey is this: I was on vacation the ENTIRE time.
(Except for the traveling part, on an airplane with a restless 22 month old--but that's a different story)

So now, here I am, back home already, and missing all of my loved ones dearly.

Until next time...and hopefully it's soon.

Holland and Olivia (or Holly and Ollie, nicknames given to them by their Opa) are finally at the stage where they remember each other and want to be with each other. This was such a fun trip to watch them because they are seriously too freaking cute. 

My mother planted some carrots in Grace's garden last summer and they were forgotten about...until I found them...

...they were enormous.

But it didn't stop the girls from snacking on them!

We REALLY like having our own little mini-me dress-up dolls. That's what having little girls are for, right??

We went hiking to a beautiful waterfall, and then noticed Livvy and I had matching shoes! 

I love my sisters so much, and I honestly don't know what I'd do without their love and friendship. The best thing though, is how much we can laugh with each other.
 Or at each other. Whatever.

Monday, January 23, 2017

never before seen!

I don't know why it matters to me so much, it really shouldn't, but whenever I post on my Instagram of myself too much...I delete it. The memories are sweet, and my kids are cute, I'm usually not just by myself, but for whatever reason, if I see that I'm appearing too often, I change my mind and never post it or delete it soon after. Welp, here are a few of those times, because they really are adorable...

Friday, January 20, 2017

oh the weather outside is...delightful!

Rainy days are just the best, ESPECIALLY when it's cold. I love that feeling of needing to bundle up. I assume that's because it's such a rarity here to feel this sort of chill, but I adore the chill. Even now, as everyone is in bed, I can hear the rain coming down and wish that I could be in bed too...mostly because my feet are frozen...

But I'm trying to maintain my goals, so here I am, blogging...

Speaking of goals, I have been hitting pretty much all my resolutions so far! High fives to me!
(...and I'm well aware we're only 20 days into the year, but I'm taking this as a victory BECAUSE I CAN. I need all the enthusiastic muster I can get!)

I've been surprising myself with how often I've been taking the kids outside! I think because the boys are older and can entertain themselves it's been far more pleasant (easier) for me. It's really hard to run after two boys and keep them alive! But now they have bikes and scooters and each other to have fun with. Livvy just likes to watch her brothers or play with rocks...or ask to hold my hand so we can go on a walk. Yes, she's that adorable.

I also got a hike done already this month! And with my bestie, no less! She's really good at finding new places to explore, which I suppose isn't hard when I've never hiked in the Superstitions...but it was BEAUTIFUL! If anyone has any good hike recommendations, send them my way!

It was ALSO rainy this day, but with perfect timing we missed the downpour! It was a perfect.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

a little reintroduction

I feel like I'm starting in the middle of a story, instead of having that gradual introduction and steady familiarity with the characters and story line. Consequences of my lack of action, I suppose. 

So here's a bite-sized reintroduction...

Wyatt--the eldest, craziest, and most giggly--is in first grade now. He struggles with ADD, or ADHD, we're not sure which, though he for certain has it. Jeff doesn't want to have him tested [or labled] until it starts affecting his ability to function/learn in school. So far, thanks to his wonderful teachers, he has done well. He loves school most days, can read and write, and LOVES art and recess. 

Logan is our little thinker. He is also an instigator. He's a combination of sweet and sassy, heavy on the sassy sometimes. He is very creative--loves to draw, color, build Legos, and will sit and put together puzzles for hours. The only thing he loves more than those things...are Spider-Man and BB8. Or really, all things Marvel and Star Wars. He starts kindergarten in the fall and CANNOT wait. 

Olivia is everyone's favorite. I suppose the baby usually is, so it's okay to admit it, right?? She is the sunshine in our hearts, and she makes me want to squeeze her little body every chance I get. She's definitely decided she wants a say she is quickly learning the meaning of no--which is a very hard thing to go through. She loves puppies, coloring, looking at books, and going outside. 

As for Jeff and I, we're the same. Haha, but really, there's nothing much very new. I'm still at home with the babies while Jeff works hard to make our life comfortable and happy. We just recently had our ward split and we were moved into a newly created ward. So far we're liking it, though I've been put in primary, so I haven't met a ton of people. It's a nice area, and I know I'll make new friends....probably 😂 

That's it for now! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year, New Resolutions

I haven't always enjoyed journaling, but since getting married and having children, it's been a lot easier, since, you life isn't boring now. 
Hahahaha, well, I suppose that's subjective. But I don't think my life is boring. Repetitive maybe, but never boring...

ANYWAY, back to my original thought: journaling. My main process of journaling is through Instagram, but one of my New Year's resolutions is to journal through blogging more often. I haven't obviously been very good at this the last few years, but here I am again, ready to give it another try. 

I figured I'd start off by listing my resolutions for this upcoming year!!
(Because that's not boring, right?? 😂)


  • READ SCRIPTURES  as a family every day
  • Have FAMILY HOME EVENING regularly, if not every Monday night 
  • EAT HEALTHY and EXERCISE REGULARLY (at least 2-3x a week)
  • AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA while the kids are around
  • GO OUTSIDE more, weather permitting (you know, because sometimes it's deathly hot here) 
  • Go on FAMILY HIKES once a month
  • READ one book a month
  • BAKE something once a week
  • PLAY more games
  • JOURNAL often, including blogging
  • WRITE Elder Van Capelle every Sunday 
  • BE MORE KIND to others 
  • Make Jeffrey a PRIORITY
  • GO TO BED before (no later than) midnight 
And that's it!! 
I'm doing really well so far! is only the second week of the year, so I'll let you know in December how everything actually goes, haha! 

Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The rest of 2015

It's only been 6 months since I last posted.
ONLY 6 months.
As if that's not a lot of time...HA!

Life happened.

The rest of 2015 kind of flew by.
Without my permission.
And here we are, already in the new year.

Here's a recap of some of the things that have happened:

Olivia looks like a good combination of her brothers. More people vote she looks like Jeff. I keep hoping one of my kids will end up looking like me, but I guess I'm not that lucky. At least they're all ADORABLE, right?
 And on that note, Olivia is the cutest baby on the planet. I'm very sorry to anyone who tries to debunk it, but it's a fact.

A rare photo showing all three kids LOOKING at the camera and actually SMILING too! It's a MIRACLE, people.

Tender moments happened.

The one time I painted Livvy's toenails.

Also, she makes the best old lady faces.

Also, boys are cuter than anyone elses' too, sooo...

Trying to take a selfie and failing miserably.
Please admire my luscious hair pre-post-pregnancy-shed. It all fell out. I am sad.

Olivia being cuter than I can handle. Look at that pumpkin!

Halloween was...interesting. The boys had fun. Livvy fell asleep. I'm too old for this stuff. But hey, we're cute!

Wyatt had a Primary Program and did GREAT! He's only been in Primary THREE years, and he FINALLY sat in his seat the whole way through, sang the songs, said his part in a legible manner, and didn't drive his primary teachers completely bonkers! Hallelujah. 

Again. With the cuteness.
On a separate, but similar train of thought, I have completely BOTCHED keeping up with her updates and stats and whatnot. Just know that she was sitting by 4 months, eating solids by 5 months, was crawling at 6 months, and finally cut her bottom 2 teeth at 7 months. Those are the major milestones, right?? Haha!

Jeff took me to a Monday night Cardinals game! It was part of his Christmas present and for whatever reason he invited me. It was fun. And crazy. Football fans are insane. (And to be honest, I'd rather watch football at home on a comfy couch with announcers who give play by play feedback, but don't tell him that!)

We went to Georgia as a whole family to visit Grace and James who moved out there for his job! It was a whirlwind move, and I was devastated, but I'm happy for them. Also, it's SO BEAUTIFUL there!

Exciting news: Logan was POTTY-TRAINED!!

And my oldest baby turned SIX?!

Oh yeah, and he started Kindergarten, whaaaat?
He had a rough transition, and still has some hard days, but is altogether doing very well. 

Sometimes we look really cute so I force my family to take a million outtakes to get one good picture. Totally worth it.

I spend a lot of time in Wyatt's classroom, and I love it.
Part of the whole school experience concerts! He was ADORABLE!!!

We still have to go to church without Daddy sometimes.
It's hard.
But the boys love church, so I'm glad we go.

Last year I was deathly ill with pregnancy and so it literally sat there for two months with no decorations and was very sad. 
The boys were so impressed though, and pretty much told anyone who would listen about all the decorations on our tree.

Christmas and New Years came and was gone in the blink of an eye, and now we're already in 2016. Hopefully I can post more than twice this year...
...I'm not making any promises, but I'll try.

Enjoy that recap!