Friday, May 1, 2020

January 2019

It's been a crazy last 12 months. I keep all of our pictures on an external hard drive and also saved to our computer. Unfortunately my external hard drive went bad and I hadn't done a second back up to the computer in about 18 months. It took me months to get pictures from those 18 month backed up and in one place again with having different cameras and phones but I am finally caught back up again with my pictures being up to date and sorted in one folder. And I've learned my lesson the hard way and I have 2 external hard drives now in case one goes bad. I think I only have a 2 week period that I wasn't able to recover pictures from which isn't bad considering I was worried I would lose a lot more than that. So add that to the normal craziness of life and that's why I'm so far behind in blogging, again. :)

We always celebrate my nephew Eli's birthday by singing to him and having dinner after.

January 4, 2019

The next day I was officially 10 weeks pregnant which meant it was my last progesterone shot. Thankfully they didn't hurt most days but it was nice knowing I was done. It was a process each morning getting everything ready and then I would heat up the area before and after the shot to help so that I wouldn't be so sore. It was worth the extra effort but definitely made it more of a process than just a quick injection.

(Liz was much better at keeping track of dates, etc. so I hope she doesn't mind some of the screenshots I took of her instagram posts.)

January 5, 2019

I couldn't believe all of the syringes I had accumulated so I took a picture of them before disposing of them. I probably sound like a record on repeat but I've gained much greater sympathy for those that go through IVF and everything that it entails.

January 7, 2019

Kaleb's school had an art show to display some of the kid's art from the semester so we were able to walk around and look at his exhibits.

January 9, 2019






Olivia had been looking forward to this night for months. Her first daddy-daughter dance at school. She had picked out her dress months before and picked out what shoes and jewelry she wanted to wear too.

January 11, 2019

You can see the excitement in her smile.



They went with a couple other dad's and daughters and went out to eat before going to the dance.




Matt was good about taking some pictures at the dance for me. It was a candy theme.







After the dance we all met up together to hang out. These girls were worn out and quickly fell asleep on the short drive home.


This was Kaleb's toothpick project that he made for his 3-D Art class.

January 17, 2019

Another birthday for Ashton! He wanted brownies with homemade German chocolate frosting and we celebrated at Sunday dinner. I like when they pick one of my favorite desserts for their birthday dessert. Yum!

January 20, 2019

The next day for Ashton's birthday he got to help shovel a bunch of snow! At least it was a holiday so they didn't have school. With the excuse of being pregnant I got to stay inside where it was nice and warm.

January 21, 2019

Our last pinewood derby ever! Ashton cut out his car by himself and did all of the painting. I think he came in 7th place overall which isn't bad considering we aren't very good at building pinewood derby cars.

January 24, 2019

Olivia was able to leave one of her stuffed animals at school overnight for a sleepover. The next day there were pictures of what the stuffed animals did during the time the kids were at home. Olivia always hates spelling words wrong, yes, even only being in kindergarten and so she'll come home and ask me how to spell certain words. So after I took this picture she changed her misspelled words on this paper. "Angel was played the ukulele and Angle was crazy!" She did great trying to sound out ukulele, that's not an easy word so it was fun to see how she spelled it.

January 24, 2019

It's a little sad to blog about the cabin because we actually sold it (July 2019) and so seeing pictures makes me miss being up there. I'm still happy we sold it when we did but we had so many fun memories up there.

This time we spent most of the day digging out the snowmobile since it was still up at the cabin. And being pregnant I wasn't much help with the digging and lifting and so Matt and Kaleb had to dig it out. Olivia brought a friend, Avaree and they had fun sledding and playing in the deep snow.

January 26, 2019


Even in the winter it's so pretty up there.


Olivia learned how to make snowflakes and spent the day making a whole bunch to tape all around the house.

January 30, 2019

Ashton and Olivia found this caution tape in the storage room and thought it would be funny to tape it to our door.

The sign says "Caution Crazy Parents in Room Beware."

January 31, 2019

Olivia was still in the "potty talk is funny phase" so her sign says toot.



Thursday, March 28, 2019

December 2018

We started off December with the Festival of Trees with friends. Olivia loved this My Little Pony Tree and it was still for sale. Too bad I didn't have an extra $5,000 laying around to get it. :)

December 1, 2018

The boys went off on their own and enjoyed the concessions the most but Olivia loved looking at all of the trees. 


There were some pretty amazing gingerbread houses too.



Cousins Austin and Victoria came over to play and Austin wasted no time dressing up.

December 3, 2018

Victoria loved coloring and playing with the kitchen.


While stopped at the light Santa pulled up next to us. Olivia thought that was pretty awesome.

December 8, 2018

On December 11th we had an appointment at the IVF Clinic for an ultrasound. I had been worried about the embryo splitting because my numbers were so high even for twin levels but thankfully there was just one baby in there. We were officially discharged from the IVF clinic and I made my next appointment with my regular ob. Crazy to see all of the appointments and the year that led up to this point. We started with my first appointment in January and in December I was finally pregnant. Although in December all I could think about was how far away August 3rd seemed. I guess when it took a year to get to this point and we still had 8 months left it seems so far out. Thankfully it's been flying by though!

December 11, 2018

Olivia had her winter dance recital and they danced to Peppermint Winter.

December 15, 2018


I was off to the side of the stage for the first performance so I took advantage of being so close and took some pictures since from the audience they never turn out very good.



She always practices smiling when she dances so that she smiles during the performance and I love seeing her big grin the whole time.



Posing for the camera between shows.




Kaleb is in a 3-D Art class at school and has done some pretty cool projects. These were 2 of his clay projects.

December 23, 2018


This girl was so excited for Christmas to come. She loves all holidays and any reason to decorate, celebrate or have fun!

December 23, 2018

I usually host Christmas Eve and this year we had Clam Chowder and Rolls, some appetizers, fruit and dessert. I also only took 4 pictures really quick during our gift exchange and then didn't touch my camera all night.

December 24, 2018


I love how excited the kids get to leave out treats for Santa and the reindeer. Ashton and Olivia both had notes they left for him too.


Ashton thought he might get lucky if he asked for a phone last minute. Unfortunately Santa thinks he's still too young for that! :)




Santa came and ate all the food he could!



We're lucky and our kids like their sleep so they don't usually stay up really late or wake up super early. I think they were up around 7:30 excited to see what was in their stockings.

December 25, 2018

Olivia really wanted an American Girl Doll. Luckily, she doesn't know the difference between the actual brand of dolls since actual American Girl Dolls are ridiculously expensive. It has been her favorite present since Christmas too and she plays with it everyday.


Kaleb didn't want anything which made Santa's job tough. He did find a couple things he wanted like his snow hat, a wooden watch and some games.


 He's all about soft things and being comfy.


Ashton is our military guy. He reads books all about wars, soldiers, etc. and loves all things to do with World War II. Inside the ammo box he got was a grenade. He was pretty excited. He also got an air soft rifle he really wanted.





It was a great Christmas morning. While we opened presents the breakfast casseroles I had made the night before were cooking and my parents and sister came over for breakfast. Typically after a couple of hours of playing games and hanging out we're all wiped out and the adults all take a nap until it's time to go to Christmas dinner at my aunt and uncles house.

Matt took the kids to a ninja type obstacle course on one of his days off. The kids loved and and were sore the next day!

December 31, 2018