Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Pumpkin Patching

We have the most darling pumpkin patch/produce store near us that has chickens and ducks and a pig named Penny haha!  The chickens just roam around and Tally was in heaven.  We played in the hay bales for a bit but he was WAY more interested in the animals.  He loves learning animal noises and was SO excited to see those ducks.  Just look at that face!  He was squealing with excitement!  One of the sisters in my ward just had a baby so I offered to take her boys with me to this little outing and I was cracking up at myself.  I had three carseats in my car and I was literally SWEATING because I was trying to keep track of three CRAZY energetic boys.  I made the mistake of going on a day that they had "story time" so the place was PACKED.  It's usually a pretty low key place haha.  Regardless, we all left in one piece (only a few tears), and Tally and I loved it so much that we went back at least 4 or 5 days during the month of October.  

^^ It's so hard to get him to smile for a picture but aren't those the cutest pumpkins?!^^

I was honestly crying I was laughing so hard while taking this picture.  This was a different outing, we went later in the day and we were pretty much the only people there so all of the chickens were out and Tally was following them around and trying to mimic how they were walking!! haha!! 

Ok and these last two photos just make me smile.  I feel like a lot of these pictures just embody Tally's personality.  He's such a goofball, and he can get SO excited over the smallest things.  That's probably one of my most favorite things about him right now!  Like today we went to the dog park with some friends and when he threw the dog's toy and the dog ran to go get it he was ECSTATIC!  He thought it was the greatest thing.  I love seeing the world through his eyes.  

Cox Hill Farm + Family Night At Costco

For family night Braedon supervised me at Costco ;) and after we shopped we shared a slice of pizza and a hot dog....and don't forget the frozen yogurt swirl.  Our weekly phrase ends up being "Is it family home evening or family home eating??" Cause we're all about the food over here.  

^^ Lately Tally insists on walking down the stairs ALL BY HIMSELF^^

October is my absolute FAVORITE month of the year.  I love the crisp fall air, the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, pumpkin cookies, halloween decorations, haunted houses, halloween parties... everything!  It's just my favorite.  This was our first activity to kick of the fall season.  I went to Cox Hill Farms with a friend and her little boy and we had so much fun.  I love how Tally isn't afraid to do anything.  We rode all of the slides, played in the hay bales, and spent the majority of our time near a wooden train that Tally was ecstatic over!  We shared an apple cider donut, and a slice of greasy pizza, and played till Tally was covered in dirt and SO tired.  I know it's been a good day when I put Tally in the bath and he has dirt stuck between his toes haha!  There is just something so cute about a little boy with dirt under his fingernails. After his bubble bath we snuggled up on the couch in our jammies and I fully enjoyed his warm little body sprawled out on my lap and smelling + kissing his head about a million times while we watched Winnie The Pooh.  

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Catch Up

I started this post two months ago. TWO MONTHS AGO!  So you'll just have to laugh when you read my "goal" below.  At least my intentions were there! haha!
Lately I feel like I am always playing catch up on this little online journal of mine!  We are making so many memories and Tally is doing and saying the funniest things, and I just don't want to forget any of it.  My new goal is to try to blog weekly.  Hopefully these memories can be shared with my kids as they get older, and it will be something Braedon and I will enjoy looking back on.  

Toddlers, man!  They are hilarious.  They try you in every way imaginable.  They test your patience, they push buttons, they throw tantrums that make you want to pretend they aren't yours....(wait, is that just me???).  BUT, they are SO FUN.  At least I think so.  Tally 100% makes up for any of his "bad days" through all of the incredibly SWEET things he does.  He has me laughing one minute, and my heart melting the next.  

This morning he squeezed one of those food pouches so hard that half of it squirted out onto his outfit and was then stomped into my carpet.  Somehow he got ahold of a crayon and drew blue "art" on my kitchen tile.  The lasagna that he LOVED last night was served for lunch and thrown straight to the floor, then rubbed into his freshly washed hair.  But when I laid him down for his nap he snuggled right into me, gave me a kiss, and then started tickling my arm while whispering "soooooft".  And suddenly I'm not mad anymore.  Suddenly all of those "bad things" are just good stories, and someday, I'm sure, funny memories.  And now an iPhone photo dump for your viewing pleasure...

^^ Probably one of my favorite Tally photos ^^
When we ask Tally where his nose is, he immediately does this! haha! Picks his nose! Such a boy. And he says, "doooon't" while doing it because he knows that's exactly what we will say!  

I have a feeling we will look back on this photo someday of Braedon in his white coat and Tally's little smile and it will make us so happy.  Cutest duo ever.  

^^ The National Zoo ^^

And I really have nothing else to write cause it feels like these photos were foreverrrr ago haha. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

White Coat Ceremony

^^ My HEART ^^

Watching Braedon receive his white coat was definitely a highlight for me.  He has worked SO hard to get here!  We are honestly just feeling lucky that he got in his first year, because it's definitely not easy.  It seems like there is no rhyme or reason to the medical school acceptance process.  

Tally didn't get a full nap before the ceremony and I was worried that it was going to be a disaster and that I would be spending the ceremony in the hall entertaining him.  I REALLY didn't want to miss it.  So I said a little prayer.  The first hour he was pretty bad haha.  But he was just SO tired.  However, after walking back and forth at the top of the auditorium and then sitting down with a movie quietly playing on my phone I looked down and he had finally given in and fell asleep in my lap...  which is so RARE for him!  He is very much a routine kid and does much better in his own crib, with a bottle before naps and bed time.  He slept for probably an hour and a half in my arms which allowed me to actually enjoy the ceremony.  I felt pretty emotional that day thinking about this new chapter we are beginning.  Braedon will be full time focused on school and I am full time focused on doing the mom thing!  We will be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary next week and it's crazy to think we have just four years of med school.  Those four years of marriage went by so fast!  Of course then we'll have residency and who knows what else but I'm trying to take it all in small chunks haha!  

When Braedon walked across the stage, after reading where he is from and his undergrad degree they read two "fun facts" about him.  His two facts were 1. He loves finding new musicians on youtube and 2. He speaks Cambodia and enjoys Cambodian Karaoke haha!  I definitely cracked a smile at that because that is Braedon to a T.  I could tell he felt so relieved after receiving his white coat, but I knew that he was starting to feel a little stressed about starting school.  Braedon's dad Kelly gave him a priesthood blessing just before they left and it had us all in tears- every word calmed our fears and I could just feel the love that Kelly had for Braedon and especially the love that Heavenly Father has for him too.  He is truly such an incredible guy and I'm just lucky to have him by my side as we navigate life together!  Love ya babe, here's to starting medical school!w  


^^ Just blowing kisses ^^

Ok so Tally has started this new thing that completely MELTS my heart!  He will wrap his arms around my head or grab my face and just pull me in for a big hug or kiss.  It's something he only does with me right now and we never "taught" him how to do it so it makes it that much more endearing.  

Leesburg is one of the areas in Virginia that Kelly and Elise were SO excited to take us.  They loved to take little day trips to Leesburg back when they lived here and just tinker around in the antique shops- which is exactly what we did!  It was such a cute little area with a small town-colonial feel.  We had street tacos at SeƱor Ramon that rocked my world and then we went through a couple of antique shops.  I have to say, it's not 100% my "thing".  I definitely enjoyed it and it's cool to see though.  Everything reminded my of my Grandma Nana's house- especially the dishes!  I was having flashbacks of staying at her house for sleepovers when my brother and I were little.  

That night we drove through Embassy Row and ended our night in Georgetown.  Georgetown is SO fun at night!  We walked by the water, had dinner, and then just enjoyed window shopping.  Can't wait to go back.   

Iwo Jima

^^ WWII memorial ^^

Since we had family in town last week we got SOOOO many things checked off the bucket list!!  I was so consumed and honestly just content with hanging with family though that I neglected to take very many pictures ugh.  My sister in law Whitney and her husband Evan got into town a few days before everyone else and we had so much fun adventuring around the city.  Whitney has lived in Virginia so she was our little tour guide and we did so many fun things and ate ourselves sick!  

The first day we went to Arlington and hit the Iwo Jima memorial and then walked over to the Arlington cemetery.  It was so moving to just see rows and rows of white headstones.  We walked up to the tomb of the unknown soldier and got there literally right in time to see the changing of the guards which was amazing.  Tally had fallen asleep in his stroller and it was just so quiet and made me feel so proud to be an American.  I also thought about how grateful I am for all of those men and women who serve our country.  

The next day we went to Annapolis-which deserves a separate post!  And the following day Braedon had orientation all day so Tally and I adventured out with Whit and Ev to do the national mall.  We hit EVERY monument and literally walked our faces off haha.  I think we did close to 7 miles??  We also stopped by the white house, had chopped for lunch (holy yum) and then we were able to meet up with Braedon at the Lincoln memorial before heading back to the car.  Again, I am a dummy and took like zero pictures, but now I feel like I can go back with Braedon and be the tour guide for him when it's less hot outside.  Tally LOVED all of the planes and helicopters that were flying around once we got into the city and would point and gasp and ooohhh at EVERY SINGLE ONE.  He seriously makes everything ten times more fun because of his reactions.  

Honestly one of the best parts of the trip though was coming back to our place to eat junk food and watch fail videos on youtube haha.  It was so fun to just be together and laugh with each other.  I'm already trying to figure out how I can convince them to come back!  

First Week Of Med School

We had Braedon's family in town last week and I was so sad after we dropped them off at the airport!  Sunday night was emotional for me thinking about Braedon starting school and being gone all of the time.  I felt like I was just getting left behind a little and kind of jealous that Braedon was starting school.  Luckily I'm married to the most amazing guy out there, who offered to give me a priesthood blessing and it was exactly what I needed.  We took the evening to just enjoy time together and we talked about all of the (many) blessings we've been given and the great opportunity we have to be here in DC.  We are both just ready to get into a new groove, make new friends, and explore all that this amazing city has to offer!

I can't say I'm not nervous, or that I know I'm going to love it all of the time.  I already miss my family so much, and wish I could go to lunch with my girlfriends.  But I am SO grateful for FaceTime and phone calls!! I'm typically pretty shy at first so I'm doing my best to be more outgoing and make new friends here since I really can't count on Braedon to be able to do much with me. 

I was having a hard day today and my cute Tally boy must have sensed it because he climbed right into my lap and wrapped his arms around my neck for hug.  Then he gave me a kiss right smack on my lips!  Talk about melt my heart.  After that we sat in the playroom on the mattress and read books for 30 minutes or so.  He kept pointing to the bookshelf and showing me which book he wanted to read next.  He has never been super into reading so it was honestly such a treat and I loved seeing his reactions to all of the new pages and hearing him repeat all of the animal noises I was making.  Talk about MELT MY HEART.  My mother in law and I were talking about him and we both just agreed that there is something so SPECIAL about Tally.  He can truly make almost anyone smile!  It is rare to not get a smile out of the cashier whenever we go to the grocery store.  

Heavenly Father knew what he was doing when he sent Tally to us.  If anything else, I know I've got my little side kick to experience DC with me- and he makes everything WAY more exciting.  I love getting to see the world through his eyes!

^^ Just doing his "wink-y" face ^^