Thursday, August 18, 2016

Plastic and children

That moment when you realize your life is ruled by plastic and little children

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A new home!

After one unfortunate event after another we are officially moved into a new home and are now calling Rock Springs, Wyoming home! It was a whirlwind of events the 2-3 days before we moved out of Nebraska but we know that the Lord's hand was in everything and we kind of just went with the flow having faith that it would all work out in the end. It was hard. There were some really hard days in there but we've almost completely made it to the other side. Just have to wait for Casey to officially start work mid September!

Our home happens to be the neighboring town to Casey's parents! It has been such a blessing to have them close by. They have all seriously been the absolute biggest help. If we had moved into this home in any city not by them it would have been a TOOOOOOON of work (not to mention a lot more money because we've borrowed so many of their tools, ha!)

It was a true blessing that we found this home to rent on Facebook. Big enough for all our needs, a HUGE backyard, and we could move in in about a week. We felt so very fortunate. I have officially named this Wild Rock home due to the large wild rocky area in our backyard for kids to explore and it is in rock springs :)

It is kind of like one of the kind of split level home but not a true split level. You walk in to a little family room and then will walk in to the kitchen/eating area. The kitchen is nice and big and plenty of room. But unfortunately there's no pantry :( Ugh. I will be very happy when I get a real pantry in my life, ha. (Actually, let's be honest I am already SOOOOO happy having so much more space than our Nebraska shoebox, ha) The kitchen cabinets are quite old, but still function just fine. It's a HUGE sink which is great except that the faucet barely goes over the side that has the disposal (yay I finally have a disposal!), the fridge is huge and new but doesn't have hookups behind it for rate and ice. We do have a dishwasher right next to the sink, love it! It has a broken wheel right now but that's supposed to be getting fixed soon.

(all these pictures are for the benefit of me seeing where we started with this place, they're not cleaned up, organized, cute, whatever, but it's our home right now so bear with me)

There are a total of 4 bedrooms. 3 are in the upstairs portion, the master and 2 kids room. There are also 2 bathroom upstairs. It seems like such luxury to have my very own bathroom in my room! (The shower has room to complain about but oh well). The kids have their own bathroom for baths which is again just a nice luxury too. It's great to have enough room on one level to gets ids dressed, bathe, brush teeth, bed time stuff, it's just nice to have SPACE!

Downstairs there is another family room where we have our big couch and TV and the 4th bedroom which we've made the playroom! Oh man I love having an actual room for all their toys and a place where it's fine not to pick up the toys every stinking hour! There's also another full bath downstairs. It doesn't get that much use, but it's convenient to have for potty breaks when you're in the playroom and not having to go all the way upstairs finally.

We have a 2 car garage, woohoo! It has some extra stuff we need to sell before we can try to fit Casey's car inside. It's going to be a tight fit with both cars, so we'll see how it goes!

But the backyard is really the great area. There's a large grass area  for kids to play in (to be completely honest it's actually not grass though :( The owners who just moved out had 4 dogs and kids and just let it go to pits. So Casey has been working his tail off trying to reseed it, keep birds off of it, getting sprinklers to work, water it like crazy, and just overall baby it, ha. He has done a marvelous job and we're seeing new seed growth! Hopefully in time we'll have a luscious  green backyard.

There's a nice big newer playset that the kids LOVE playing in, a huge deck- which in the evenings gets the bet shade coverage, it's so wonderful to be outside- and we also bought a trampoline! Definitely a highlight of the backyard for the kids, especially Max, he begs us to jump with him like 5 times a day. It's in a perfect spot right off the deck where it's shaded in the morning with a big tree o that side and then again in the evening with the house shading the other way. It really has been so much fun for our kids.

The rest of the backyard (it's huge I tell you, 17,000 sq ft supposedly!) has a big fire pit area, a big shed, a big greenhouse (don't get too excited reading that, it hasn't been used in like 10 years, the roof is broken in, not sure I'll fix it up either, there's plenty of room elsewhere for me to have a huge garden without putting in a bunch of effort for a greenhouse, my next door neighbor's garden is HUGE and luscious so I'll hopefully just pattern my time and effort after there's!). After all that there's still a huge area in the backyard that is kind of like a mini Wyoming mountain: sagebrush, sandstone, paths, trees, small hills that max has LOVED exploring to find lizards in! We also love trying to spot a bunny rabbit or two that cross our yard each day! But Casey and his family have done a massive amount of work in the back making it nice hauling off loads to the dump.

The old greenhouse
Trimming so many bushes back
Brad weed eating, Derek helping set up the tramp
Making the sprinkler go to the corner up here.
The sprinkler goes to this barren bottom right corner, I guess there used to be bushes in here at one point but we want grass to grow.

The first days working on the non grass backyard , we raked all the dead grass and trash away, the kids LOVED helping throw seed out.

After about 5 days you can see more green coming through!

So that's our new little home for now. Our neighbors on both sides are oh so nice. They are both older married couples, one side, his name is Ken, has been so kind to let us borrow one tool after another to get small jobs done. He's also given great advice on small projects we're working on like getting the grass to grow and the land around our house in general. The other side the woman is actually a member of our ward we realized the first day at church! That was a nice pleasant surprise! They're the ones with the super nice garden.

I kind of feel like we're renting a fixer upper. It's not in that bad of shape but there's lots of little things we can do to make it better, like painting door frames, touching up baseboards, filling in lots of little holes in the walls and then painting those, lots of yard work of overgrown trees and bushes, picking up trash and dead stuff in the backyard, picking up dog poop (ugh you read that right), cleaning walls and ovens and inside cupboards. Just lots of little things that add to my overall happiness of living there but that weren't quite up to the standard of our landlords living situation.

Moving in has been an absolute pain though. Without the help of my inlaws, the Cutlers, we'd been living in a mess sill. They helped me get this place into shape and mostly unpacked in about a week. It has seriously been so difficult to unpack and get organized with kids around, like seriously so so hard. And then trying to make food for everyone. And then naps and crying and fighting and getting hurt and the list goes on, ha. And then since I'm pregnant I get so tired so quickly from doing a little work and I have to take naps during the day to function. After reading this do you understand the difficulty of moving in with my kids? Ha.

And our home in Nebraska just had that huge unfinished basement where we just put EVERYTHING. We didn't need a craft area or office area, or storing old baby stuff area and the list goes on. So the creativity of finding new spaces to fit it all has been a tiny challenging but we're making it work just fine.

The weather has been incredible here. Highs in the low 80's everyday and then it drops down to low 60's high 50's at night to cool down your house.

We'll make this place for however long as necessary. I'm glad we found a place to fit a lot of our wants, needs and wishes. At times it leaves more to desire, but it's not our forever home, we can do it temporary :)

Friday, July 29, 2016

A quick stop in Wyoming

We spent a longer time in AZ than normal because we wanted to do so many activities on our POGO pass before it expired, and swim a lot, and stay for Annalen's baptism. So when we got back to Wyoming it was just a quick stay for Casey to interview at a bunch of places before we had to be back for a doctor's appt for myself. But even the short time we had there was great. The weather was BEAUTIFUL!

I loved this little scene of Grammie and Bryson.
We took a walk one evening down to the river to throw rocks in the river, look for birds, and play in dirt. It was seriously such a wonderful evening on that windy walk.

Blessed Quinn was a dreamy sleeper one morning, bless that child! Whereas naughty Bryson woke up at 3 am, wouldn't stop crying, so he slept in my bed with me and then at 5:30 feel off the bed onto Max who was on the ground, which meant the rest of us were awake form then on!
The result of Max waking up so early.
The day back from our long long trip= restocking the fridge. Our children are very unhelpful shoppers as you can see.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

randoms of AZ

Caged in like monkeys when we left on a date.
Some seriously GREAT helpers peeling sweet potatoes for me!
A little visit to In-N-Out, yay! So delicious
Except it's a little less delicious when you're trying to force children to ear just 1 quarter of a plain burger and then they just end up harassing all the other customers around you.

Helped my mom with a balloon job one morning.
People complain about how hot Arizona is. No. No, Arizona is not nearly as unbearably hot as the midwest! Humidity is a KILLER! The dry heat was such a great break from the humidity and was so much more bearable for me to be in! We went to the park one morning and could last longer than in Nebraska because it wasn't intensely humid! But then again, it's where I grew up, it's the type of weather I have memories so I'm partial to it.
Bryson and Quinn (and even Maxson sometimes) were OBSESSED with Goldie! She's one of our new little nieces that happened to be staying at my parents house while we were so the the twins LOVED all the baby time they could get around her.

Poor Max and his ear infection, this is the first he's had that's been painful.
Some of the grandkids with Granny and Papa at night after some little fireworks
A little firework show on the driveway for 4th of July, complete with otter pops!
Happy 4th of July!
more firework fun.
Our 4th of July dinner was delish with so many great sides and recipes thanks to Mels Kitchen Cafe!
More baby love! This is our new little nephew, Calvin, Logan and Blair's little boy. Snuggling with your own nieces and nephews is the closest you get to snuggling a child of your own with all the love you have,
I was so proud of Max going to Primary all by himself to a new ward. he just walked in, sat in the front row and let us leave so easily! Man when this boy is good, he is good, I love him so much. He did so great during sacrament too, not the same can be said of the babies...we had to take them home after the 2nd hour to take a nap.
Baby Goldie! Don't trust this face she loved me. This is Kirk and Whitney's first baby girl. Seriously so cute and (at least in person) she looks so much like my brother Kirk, it's hilarious.
Splash Pad fun with Blair and her girls!

Luckily we went together because Blair's car stopped working on our way out! So we squoze her 4 kids into our back row while she sat in the trunk area to take them to their house, haha, Yay for so much room in mini vans!

Max was stoked to finally get some of his own shooter guns from my birthday night.
Love me some sleeping children in the backseat.
And lastly, we got to bet there for Annalen's baptism! It was unfortunate that my parents were on a church history trip but we were so happy we got to be there with them and for her! Max has seen a baptism before but now that the event is connected to someone he knows and loves he talks about it and connects events and all that important stuff, I'm so happy we got to stay for her! Although my twins were AWFUL during the blessing and other waling parts, ugh. I didn't even get to hear Annalee's blessing after she had been baptized!

(It seems like all my brothers are only working on producing girls...where I'm the only one producing boys!)