Saturday, October 8, 2016

Upping the Down

We have been trying to get some motivation to finish our basement.  It's been hard since we were so traumatized by the whole red gaurd incident.  Thankfully, our family and friends came to our rescue and helped us finalize the bathroom, and the bonus room (because we don't know if it's going to be a bedroom or a hobby room, or just a room to collect stuff...ha!)  It is so nice to see the progress and to recognize we're almost done!  Phew!  So. Much. Work!

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Year in the Life

Bogey and I took a quick trip (and by quick, I mean Tuesday-Thursday) to Stanford for his cleft team visit and echo.  We hopped on plane, stayed at the Stanford Guest House (our favorite Hotel) and spent some time at the Nike store--you know, the usual CA trip. ;)

Wednesday morning we got an early start on our clinic appointments.  We saw lots of doctors, nurses, and specialists.  It makes for a long, long day, but it's nice to see these people that we consider friends.  They do so much for us and we are so grateful we were led to the best of the best!

Because Bogey was such a champ throughout the whole day, he got to choose a "treasure" from the chest to take home.  He was pretty excited.

Even more exciting though, was that he is doing well enough that we don't have to go back to CA for another YEAR!!  It's been a long time since we've been able to say that.  No upcoming surgeries, etc.  Just another checkup in 365 days.  We feel so so blessed to have this little boy in our lives.  He is a constant reminder of answered prayers!

Of course I have mixed emotions about not having a valid excuse to get back to the Golden State--I'll miss the Nike store terribly.  

Until 2017....

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


There have been  lots of adjustments and new happenings going on over here at our house.  One of those big things is fully accepting the fact that I have a daughter in the 7th grade.  I don't know how to handle this fact, because I don't know what to expect.

12 years ago, when I first found out that I was pregnant, I didn't have to panic about this phase of my life because my brother Kimball and his wife were also expecting a baby, and we were due within 6 weeks of each other. 

We fought about who had the rights to the name "Spencer".  I had that name chosen when I was in about the 3rd grade, but he claimed he should name his baby Spencer because, duh..."Spencer Kimball"... (for those unfamiliar with Spencer Kimball, he was an LDS Prophet in the 80's).  I thought that was a terrible argument.  Luckily, both of us had girls.  

Kimball and I had big plans for our babies.

This brother of mine and I decided long ago that our girls would be the best of friends.  Kimball and Ace would get jobs at a golf course (eventually, they'd design and build their own...but for the time being, they'd start small, and just work at know, to learn the ropes and such), we'd have houses close together so that our girls would always go to school with each other. They'd keep each other on track, and they'd help each other.  Junior high and high school would be a breeze because no matter what, they'd have a good friend.  

In that first year of our girl's lives, Kimball and I made sure they were close.  They played together at grandpa and grandma's.  And by play, I mean they laid next to each other.  They were blessed on the same day, and they spent lots of time meeting milestones together.  

Everything was going according to plan.

And then, Kimball passed away.

That was NOT part of our plan.  

Our girls were only a year old.  

Throughout the 11 years since he has been gone, his sweet wife has made the effort to help fulfill our plan.  Although we haven't lived close enough to each other for our girls to attend the same school, they have become the best of friends despite the distance.  

Don't mind the height difference.  Kimball hogged what was left of those genes, so I was left with nothing. ;)

There is still hope that these two will fulfill the final phase of the plan and team up with our other 2004 baby girl cousins, Kinley and Anna to room together at college.  

Of course I miss my brother every single day.  I wish he was here today so that I could give him a hug and tell him Happy Birthday.  

Thankfully, there is One who has a more realistic and perfect plan for each one of us.  I know that our Heavenly Father knows each of us, and knows exactly what we need.  When things don't go the way we desire, God blesses us and strengthens us as we accept His will.  I will be forever grateful for the perfect plan that allows us to be together forever as families.  Death is not the end.  This life is not what we live for.  There is so much more. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

In our family...

This is how we handle losing a friendly competition.

He comes by it honestly.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

1st Day 2016-17

Welp.  The first day of school came and went and we all survived.  Gimme rocked her first day of Jr. High, and only got lost once.  She thinks she's going to love school this year.  

Birdie was super excited about her first day, but was disappointed that there will be no homework.  Only reading books and Scootpad.  She's already making sure she stays in first place.  Mulligan was the same way last year.  Hated coming in second for anything.

Mulligan has lots of great kids in his class, including his BFF, so he's ready for anything.  

I'm hoping this momentum stays with us for longer than the first week.

On a side note, I got a killer deal on their Nike shoes.  And...Mulligan's shirt is my favoite.  I want one that says the same thing that I can wear.  It says NIKE or NOTHING.

(We're back to Nike backpacks too. Phew!)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Don't Go!!

Confessions of a mother:

I hate to see summer vacation come to an end.

Summertime is so fun!  We always look forward to seeing our Oklahoma family members!  We love all of our cousins so much, and love it when we can all get together at Grandma & Grandpa Hart's house to play and enjoy their big, beautiful back yard!

Summertime also means lots of time spent with friends.  Lots of creativity comes from the minds of these kids when they get together!!  We also do a little neighborhood book club, and this year, the kids worked together to fill the jar promising a hot dog roast at the sand dunes, with beads.  Beads are earned by time spent reading.  We couldn't ask for a better place to live!