Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween ..

This Halloween I dressed Cruz as a Ohoompa Loohmpa (which I ended up sewing) and Luke was dressed as a Garden Gnome which was quite adorable. David and I were going to dress up but I really just didn't feel like it this year - maybe next year?

We went trick or treating at Grandma Clay's house where they scored big with yummy Annie Crackers, ate lots of pizza at Grandma Talbots house with all of the cousins and did the traditional fish pond! Prizes this year were awesome - big glow balls, crazy straws and fun glow sticks! We went trick or treating around my old neighborhood with most of the cousins before heading up to Foremaster Ridge! Last year the hill was empty and they houses were very generous in what they gave out but this year there were a few more trick or treaters and a lot more dark houses than normal! We started to trick or treat and then met up with Mary & Jared (cone heads), David's parents, Eric/Annie & the kids! It really was hard trick or treating with 4 little ones and 8 adults - never again! ha ha (no offensive to anyone). Cruz and I ran the streets of the ridge for another 30 minutes after we parted ways and had a GREAT time (we even ditched David and Luke)! It was so fun talking to him about the next scary house or what kind of treats he got from two houses before - the view of St. George was beautiful, the weather was a.m.a.z.i.n.g and I got to spend one on one time with a very excited, hyper, candy filled Oohmpa Loompa! We snuck some candy and shared it together through out the night and on the way home and even a little before bed.

I am so in love with my two little boys & am so happy to have these special memories with them :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cancun fail ...

Sometimes pillow talk goes something like this ...

Tia: So i've been thinking ...
David: Where do you want to go?
Tia: Well .. ya know I thought it might be nice ...
David: How much is it going to cost me?

David and I started playing with the idea of researching Cabo San Lucas so we jumped out of bed and started looking for hotels, airfare and things to do in Cabo. I was soo unimpressed with the amount of actual worth while things to do in and around Cabo. If i'm paying for for airfare, nice hotel and a car rental I want to do more than going to clubs to party, pay for over priced whale watching, jet skiing or sitting on an "ok" tourist packed beach. No thanks. David was still stuck on the idea of visiting Mexico so we looked into Playa Del Carmen and Cancun and I was much more impressed! We found a GREAT 5 star crazy awesome hotel beach resort on the military (another perk) website for $49 a night. Seriously check this place out - The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya .
We couldn't find babysitters so we bought 2 adult airplane tickets and 2 children tickets! We didn't know we were pregnant when we booked this awesome vacation nor did we think I would be very sick when the time came around! The month leading up to the trip I started dreading even thinking about packing or planning so I put it off until just a few days before our departure day! I have seriously been so sick with baby number three that I hate even getting out of bed to pee. We loaded up the car and headed to Vegas for our 1:40 flight - we thought we left with hours to spare but everything seemed to take longer and we missed the "checked bag time" by FIVE MINUTES! We couldn't get on the flight without checking our bags and so we "missed the flight". Seriously. 5 minutes. We paid for the earlier flight so we didn't have to try and deal with the 12:30am flight which we ended up getting stuck with! Ughhhh!!! I might have cried a little bit (a lot) while Cruz and Luke climbed over things they weren't supposed to while throwing tantrums when the airline employees scolded them because of the lack of naps. I headed to the USO where we ate lunch tried to get the boys to sleep (which didn't happen) and hung out until about 8:00pm. The boys were literally crying and screaming (due to 0 sleep and past bedtime) and I didn't know how I was going to last 4 more hours until our flight departed. Our flight would have landed in Houston at around 4:30am and our connecting flight didn't leave until 9:00am to Cancun. Our kids have been trained to sleep in a dark quiet room so I knew the flight was going to be hell so I pulled David into the hall and cried telling him we weren't going. I was exhausted and so nauseated with a horrible headache and so sad that I couldn't do it. David was sad and really wanted to go but I knew I would be in the hotel room throwing up while David did his best to entertain them for the week.
We packed up our luggage & babies and headed back to St. George.
Epic fail. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Baby number 3

September 21st -   4 weeks
September was the last month that David and I could "try" for baby number 3 because I didn't want to have a baby while David was away on the Qatar deployment next summer. We went back and forth deciding if it was the right thing to do because I would have the baby days before he left on his deployment but felt right about trying one more month. Getting pregnant for David and I has been a piece of cake, all he really has to do is walk by me and boom i'm pregnant but not this time. We started trying in March and every month that passed by became more and more frustrating and made me wonder if something had changed in my body. The first part of September I started feeling a small child's presence in our bedroom at night and I didn't know why but it gave me hope that there was a little one waiting to join our family. Today I'm 2 days late and figured I would secretly try ANOTHER pregnancy test as soon as we got home from camping - the test results came out positive ... I was pregnant! I couldn't hold back the emotions I was feeling and thanked my heavenly father for trusting another little child into our family - we are truly blessed. I haven't been feeling nauseas like the first two times around, tiny bit of tenderness, everything feels ... normal.

October 6th -  7 weeks
The smells - UGH they are everywhere I go and they are all so awful! Needless to say I'm sick - not throw up sick but constantly nauseated all through out the day and even in the middle of the night! Everything seems to be a trigger - Driving, fast food signs, food commercials, spices, bread/yeast, meats and talking or thinking about food - seriously I'm dying writing this update. Ugh! Apples, Cheddar Cheese and anything super spicy is what keeps me alive!
If I don't have a little food on my stomach the nausea is 10x worse so I feel like i'm constantly snacking quickly gaining the unwanted pounds! Things I do eat are - corn nuts, PB&J sandwiches, grape juice, cheerios (sometimes) and spicy doritos, apples, oatmeal, energy oatmeal bites & ... that's it.

October 30th - 10 weeks
I went in for my first official doctors appointment to confirm that I was indeed pregnant....
I was indeed pregnant! I asked David not to come because I was peeing in a cup and getting the news "yup, your pregnant" and being told to take my multivitamin, drink plenty of water and to take those constipation pills they always try to prescribe to me. I should have had him tag along on this one ...
she announced it was time to hear the babies heart beat but couldn't seem to find it anywhere in my belly. She searched for a good 5 minutes and whispered to the nurse standing behind her .... go get the ultrasound machine... what? what does that mean? .... was it dead? The nurse left the room and quickly came back with a compact ultra sound machine and as she was setting it up they found the heart beat! Woooh! 166 beautiful beats per minute :) The doctor said they would still take a quick peek which was awesome! The view was of the babies face, tummy, heart and knees and looked exactly like a little teddy graham! I was able to see the babies heart beating which was really cool and the baby was very active at the time swinging his arms and kicking "His" legs! ("His" because I hate calling the baby a "it") Pregnancy this time around is just like the others nausea, sickness through out the day, lots of burping, cramps, sensitivity to any thing food related, tiredness, lack of motivation and a whole list of other things you don't care to hear about. I do have a crazy rash up my back, bum and arms which is different that could be related to a kidney problem (I have blood tests this week) which is odd. I'm starting to show (fat not baby :P)

Witches & Ghosts -- OHH MY!

Witches Night Out was a lot of fun this year out at Stahlie Family Farm! We had Waffle Bliss food truck cater the event, we had yummy chips & dip, a witch parade through the farm, carving pumpkin contest and a corn maze full of prizes! It was slightly disorganized this year but all in all I think we had a great time!

There were so many local businesses that donated to the corn maze hunt which was amazing!

Wood Creations
Freddy's Frozen Custard
Orange Peel
Jamberry Nails
Lunatic Fringe
Roys Pizza & Pasta
Starving Student Card
Closet Revival
The Habit Grill
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Lizzy Lane
A Touch Above
St. George Day Spa
Apollo Burger
Bella Donna Boutique
Brian Head Resort
& so many more!

Monday, October 13, 2014

four years

We started our anniversary weekend off by dropping the kiddos off at Grandma Clay's house Thursday evening to spend the night so we could sleep in the next day and get a fresh start to Moab for the weekend! We thought renting a movie, eating popcorn and ice cream sounded great ... until the concrete guy showed up. Long story short we recently had someone in our new ward lay a HUGE patio in our back yard because he said he did concrete for a living. It was horrible - beyond horrible. We ended up firing him as kindly as possible and decided to cut our losses and start over. We had another licensed great reviewed professional concrete team come over and bid out for us. We've decided to use him but have decided to rip the old (new), horrible concrete out ourselves and save quite a bit of money! So that's what we ended up doing instead of a quite movie. Trenton came out with his bobcat, sledgehammers (yes I did throw a few swings myself without making any sort of progress) and a big dump trailer. Trenton and David worked until about 9:30 (our neighbors wake early for work) and we got about 1/3 of the way through the thick cement!

The next morning we intended to sleep in until the early afternoon sense we didn't have little voices telling us "the sun is up" "come play with me" "I'm hungry!" David woke up at the break of dawn excited and ready to get up and get going ... ughh! Just one morning!! He owes me big time! We ate blueberry muffins on our bedroom floor out of the bakery box, packed up our car and headed to Moab! I slept most of the way which made the 6 hour drive more bearable! We were both pretty over the drive the second we jumped in the car - we have been driving a lot lately and the think six more hours in the car was disheartening. Ugh! We got to Moab and went into Arches National Park while we waiting for our room to become available! We hiked a few of the arches and explored a few slot canyons - it was busy but the weather was absolutely perfect! After spending a few hours exploring we headed to our room to unpack and relax for a few minutes! We ran to the store you grab a few supplies for the trail for the next day!

 The next morning David was up at around 5:00am saying we should go hot tubbing. Ha. Ugh. I was still sleeping so he went alone. He ended up jumping the fence to get into the hot tub which wasn't really hot because he was afraid to turn the bubbles on. Crazy Dave. Once he was done hot tubbing and showering we headed to Denny's for a big breakfast before hitting the trail! We picked up the XP 1,000 at about 8:30am and spent all day playing, exploring and admiring the beautiful rocks and scenery! I am not a huge fan of the desert scenery - but back in the canyons of Moab was absolutely stunning! The rock formations were insane - some of the rocks were rounded, some looked like massive ant hills, others looked like grand cathedrals and even goblin canyon type of formations! It was amazing! We drove out to chicken fingers and looked out over the Colorado River! David drove a little to fast sometimes and we didn't stop often enough to admire the canyons but the day couldn't have been any more perfect! Later in the evening we went to the Recreational Park to rock crawl a little bit - we didn't stay long due to me HATING rock crawling but we still had a good time!

My husband is the most generous, happy, silly, cuddly, manly husband out there. Seriously, he caters on me hand and foot every. single, day. I believe 4-5 times a week he will sit down and rub my feet, play with my hair and ears for at least an hour a day! He puts the boys in there carseats and takes them out of the car every single time. If I want flaming hot Doritos or grape juice from the store at 2:00am he's up and out of bed without a complaint! He'll wake up in the morning so I can get 10 more minute of sleep and start breakfast for us ... Seriously, I am beyond spoiled! Our two little ones don't know how great of a dad they've got yet! He loves C & L so much and loves making them giggle and loves sneaking them treats without me knowing. I feel the intense love as we kneel down to pray each night knowing I will be his and he'll be mine for all of eternity. He still does his best to open the car door for me, hold my hand and tell me i'm beautiful when I don't deserve it. I love the man that he is today and I hope to continue our adventures through this crazy life we have built for ourselves! I love you David