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18 months

He is 18 months!! The best part of 18 months is Nursery. Now he can go to Nursery for the latter 2/3 of church. And it’s amazing. No more chasing our little monkey around the building or trying to corral him in a room he doesn’t want to be in. In nursery there are toys and snacks and music. He didn’t even bat an eye when we dropped him off, he just gladly walked over to the toys.

Ezra is very opinionated at 18 months. He can climb and run and he’s trying very hard to jump. He is a very picky eater win rules for food that I have not been able to figure out. He is very clear that any vegetable other than carrots is poison...

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Happy Half Birthday!

Well, that went by fast. 

The advice I usually give to first time mom’s is just to remind them that in the first year, you have a different baby every few months- the challenges are different, their likes and dislikes are different, their sleep and nap cycles are different.

But there is a wonderful thing that happens somewhere between 4-6 months, where a baby gets a nap schedule and becomes predictable. And Ezra is there. And it is wonderful. Except when you realize that some things won’t ever be the same, then it’s kind of sad. I know his sweet gummy smile will have a tooth or two in the next few months- boo!

He naps regularly. He goes to sleep when we lay him in his crib (usually). He eats predictably. 

Ezra went from the 80th percentile in weight to the 40th- because we won’t stop mo...

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4 years old

Well, this is overdue.

I can’t believe she’s four!!

She’s a bouncing ball of bright, energetic, dramatic, curious energy.

She has fully entered the world of imagination. She has many imaginary friends that follow her around and play games with her. She loves art and building things and digging in sand. She enjoys reading books and learning to write letters.

She loves her little brother and is both nervous for him to get bigger and get her stuff and excited for him to be able to play with her.

I think she has started to realized how much bigger the world is and how little control she has over things. She’s started to cling to the familiar more and she gets a little stressed over things outside her control. We’re working on emotional outbursts…

Some of my favorite Sabrina-isms from this pas...

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5 months!

Time flies…

I’ve been putting off writing another post. Whenever I post about something difficult or close to my heart, I don’t like writing again – it feels like the more meaningful things just get pushed down under the hum drum things of life. I know that’s not exactly true in actuality, but it’s taken me a little while to get back to the normal.

Ezra was sleeping great between 2-3 months old. He was sleeping from 7-7 (ish). And then… he learned how to roll from back to front.

He’d throw his legs up in the air and pivot his hips to get the momentum to turn to his side and then twist to get to his belly. And once he figured out how to get to his front, he had to figure out how to get back to his back. And then he figured out how to roll.

And then he started inch-worming forward.

And now h...

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The more difficult parts of life

When I was younger, I spent entire summers in California. For some of that time I’d sleep at my dad’s parent’s home. They have 10 acres of land and during our yearly family reunion everyone would gather and pitch tents and eat together and talk and swim. I have never loved sleeping outside and I would often just sleep on a couch in my grandparents’ living room (I’m stubborn like that).

In the mornings, I’d wake up to the smell of coffee and my grandparents moving around, which was my signal to go and sit on the edge of the bed and talk with my grandparents. Me and my siblings and my cousins all had similar experiences. One of my cousins would always sit in a chair pulled up by my grandparents bed. Another would always sit on the floor against the wall...

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5 years

5 years ago Dave and I got married. We went to the temple, kneeled across from one another and were sealed together for time and all eternity.

And then…

2 moves in two states, we bought a house, had a baby, graduated from a graduate program, I became a NP, Dave started grad school, we had another baby.

I’m looking forward to 5 more years. And 5 more years after that, on and on forever.



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Quiet Time

We decided that it would be a good idea to implement quiet time. Sabrina doesn’t nap and hasn’t napped in a year and a half. Well, she has napped twice in the past year – due to fever.

For my own sanity and wellbeing with a newborn (and because there are only so many times I can watch Bolt) I would like Sabrina to spend an hour in her room quietly playing. She has Legos, books, a giant Teddy bear, puppets, and more stuffed animals than is reasonable.

Honestly, I should have implemented this shortly after naps ended, but that would involve me being more organized.

Yesterday was the first day. She just sat on her bed, staring at the wall. For a whole 20 minutes.

Today, she “totally freaked out.” In the words of her favorite show Peg + Cat.

She acted like we abandoned her in the house, t...

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Sweet Joy

Some days I have glimmers of unbelievable joy and peace. Today was one of those days.

I listened to Lulu sing, standing at the microphone in the primary room. She sang “I Am Like a Star Shining Brightly.” She sang clear and loud and I don’t think a choir of angels could have sung it any better to these mommy-ears.

I feel so much joy from parenting (some days). And those glimmers of happiness keep me going when I feel like I’m about to pull my hair out, or frustrated, or PMS-y, or feeling mom-guilt...

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Lulu Turned Two!!! (in May…)

I know. I’m a blog slack-a-lot. I’m aware.

Any who.

About 8 weeks ago. Our little toddler turned TWO! We had the opportunity to celebrate twice. Once with our good friends and neighbors (well they WERE our neighbors until they LEFT us! Boo.). And then again in NoVa with Viddy’s parents and my father who was in town for a conference.

For the gathering here in NC, I made homemade funfetti cupcakes. Gluten Free, of course. I just added a vanilla pudding packet and sprinkles to my cupcake mix. Easy Breezy. Then I topped the cupcakes with green frosting and sprinkles and stuck dum-dums in them to be some kind of resemblance to truffula trees. From the movie The Lorax. Lulu is kind of obsessed with 2 movies – Finding Nemo and The Lorax. And Monsters, Inc., comes in 2nd.

I thought a Lorax theme...

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Cinnamon Swirly GF SF Muffins

These are GOOOOOOOOOOD. And don’t judge my picture of the muffins on the left – I gave it a good instragram try and it, well, it’s very red. Oh well.

Recipe adapted from

2 eggs
1/2 sour cream or plain yogurt (full fat – go big or go home)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c. maple syrup
3/4 c. water
1 tsp lemon juice or one pack of Real Lemon

Whisk it all up and add:

2 1/2 c. Flour (I used Pamela’s Baking and Bread mix)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt

Fold the flour and liquid mix together.

For the swirl/filling/topping – mix in a small bowl

4 Tbsp Honey
1 Tsp + 1 tsp Cinnamon or pumpking pie spice combo
2 Tbsp Butter
1 Tsp Vanilla
(mix it all together)



Add a scoop of the dough to a lined muffin tin (I ended up ...

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