Ok, so I promise I have been thinking about updating for a loooooooooooong time! Life have been super crazy (as usual) and I am super embarrassed that I haven't updated in 3 months! Ok, so we have moved twice since last time. We are now in Utah, near Salt Lake. We are renting a super cute little home and are able to do some of the fix ups! Blake is now 6 months, almost 7! He rolls everywhere, but can't seem to get the crawling thing down yet. He gets where he wants an thats all that matters. Thayden is growing in leaps and bounds. He is potty training, (almost there!) and we are constantly amazed by how much he understands. the long conversations that happen sometimes are quite amusing! He certainly loves the snow now and tries to make snow men. Building "bird houses" (fortes) are our favorite pass time activity right now. I am busy busy unpacking things. I'm amazed that we have almost enough stuff to fill the house with the exception of storage! I'm trying to find inexpensive bookshelves and such to put all of our things on. It is so nice to be able to have all of our stuff in one place, and I know where most of it is! The boys love having all this room to roam and play. Shane continues to work hard. Christmas time is the busiest, so we don't see him too much right now. These hours remind me of APX summers, which totally bite but at least I know how to handle them!
My little side "job" so to speak is the selling of odds and ends at Shane's work. I am going to post all the items that I'm selling for them. Everything is very competitively priced and really we just want to sell them and get the space! His work as exxxcellent shipping rates, so I can ship anything super cheap. I'll give more info on the blog. Hope you all are having a great holiday season. As for me I can't wait to get into full Christmas gear!!!!!!!!!
So much has gone on in our little family over the past few months. Blake is now 3 months old and quickly growing out of most his clothes here. Thayden is 2 and a little ball of energy, his newest obsession is jumping everywhere! We've been trying to stay busy and keep out of the heat. Thanks to Sireena for lots of pictures and fun time with her family. Shane is doing well, the summer is coming to a close which is a relief b/c we're both ready to be back home. He however will stay here a month and I will head to Wa to escape insanity and help out. I can't wait to can anything that won't move and let Thayden play outside whenever he wants to. I'm looking forward to this fall's activities and all the fun I hope to have!
We're here in super sunny South Carolina. Here's a little update on whats been going on: Blake is now almost 6 weeks and definitely over 10 lbs. He's getting big and chunky fast! I forgot this stage and there have been some tricky moments, but I'm learning everyday. The toughest part is bedtime with no daddy around. Putting them both to sleep at the same time (by Blake's wishes) makes it a little challenging. Thayden is almost 2! I'm slowly working on the party plans and thinking of fun stuff for it. He decided 2 weeks ago that he wanted to potty train. Trying to potty train an almost 2 year only and having a new born is a whole new world of mommy-hood. He's doing well, and still doing it at his own pace. We're moving the office in <2 weeks. Which means we have to pack everything up again! Luckily we picked up a small beater van for me for the summer and we can through it all in there. The van is a heaven send, I don't feel as trapped and I can now go do all the fun stuff around here! Shane and I are doing well, we had our anniversary almost a month ago and have been so busy or he's been gone, that we have yet to do anything! Shane spent 1 1/2 weeks gone for work, it was long, but they did pretty well. Its now almost 100 degrees outside and thunderstorming. Almost an oxymoron. I should probably get off the computer and go play before its noticed I'm gone! Hopefully more soon!
I want to announce the birth of Blake Ronald Lindstrom, born May 6th. 8lbs 3oz. He's such a sweet heart and a wonderful little boy. We've been super busy, in the span of 4 days we had Blake, moved to SC and Shane started work. I'm here trying to adjust to the heat and having two kids. Luckily I have my mother-in-law here to help and we are able to get lots done. Shane has been super busy from the hour he got here. Work is crazy and really busy, so we haven't seen him as much as I would like. But him being busy is a great thing! I'm learning quickly about being a mom of two and how to handle everything!
So, I'm about a week out from my due date. No real news other than I'm still pregnant! I'm still hoping I have the baby sooner than late due to all the plans and activities we have going on in the near future! Things have been super fun here. I've completed several over due projects and tasks. Thayden LOVES playing with the chickens and going for rides on the four-wheeler. He thinks he can drive, and he maybe could if he was strong enough! Its really fun having all this stuff for him to do. We went to the Children's Museum on Monday and he had so much fun he could barely contain himself! There was a little grocery market, construction zone, hiking mountain, fire truck, and lots more. It wasn't too crowded, so we got to do whatever he wanted. He crashed on the way home and thought he was ready for more after an only 30 minute nap! Not much else, just waiting for baby! Send positive baby thoughts my way!
Had my 23rd b-day party on Monday. it was a lot of fun, exactly what I wanted. I invited some friends over, we chatted, ate ice cream cake and laughed. Thayden decorated my cake with lots of sprinkles, it was really fun having him do it.
Shane and were able to go out on Saturday, we went to Thai food and then got my free cold stone ice cream!! We had a great time out, and I loved being able to spend time with him. It was a fantastic birthday! (truthfully with all that's going on I forgot a lot that it was my birthday!)
I got the idea from my sis-in-law. This is the boy version, I have a girl version that I used for my b-day but I didn't take a picture. Directions: For Happy Birthday you need 14 "coupled" 6x12 pieces of paper. I cut mine out on my new Cricut (thanks Linda!). "Coupled" meaning, a print for the front and a plain piece for the back. I cut my big squares out with "Plantin Schoolbook" at 5" shadow. and the smaller squares are 4 3/4. I used my corner edge trimmer to make the corners rounded.
The letters are 4 1/4 shadow (in white) and then not shadow for the color. I used the same paper for the back of my squares for the letters. it saved me paper and I used pretty much all of the 6x12. The letter cartridge is Alphabilious. I love it. I'm now doing a "its a boy" sign for a baby shower and me!
Only 5 weeks of the semester left! I'm so excited! 8 weeks until number 2 is to join us, and we are so anxious. Lots to do before then, I find myself getting overwhelmed if I think too hard about all that needs to be done, thought of, planned for and taken care of before more things can happen. We are still thinking that we're going to South Carolina for the summer, with no job offers, this would be our best choice. Shane is doing great, he's not as busy as we both thought, but still enough so that I miss him a lot by Fridays. Thayden is my master Houdini. He can escape from his crib, take all of his clothes off including the diaper, and find mysterious things in the house. Every day is such a learning opportunity, we both are finding out what works best. I'm still getting big, I can't believe that I'm still going to get bigger, I'm having a hard time doing many things already, I can't believe its going to get worse! I've been wanting to do crafts so bad lately, its just difficult with Thayden. when he's asleep I need to get other things done or I'm just too tired. ahhh. a little frustrating. Thayden is a huge help doing laundry, dishes and making meals. Today he asked me for a hair cut! I couldn't believe it, but I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity. so, he got a little hair cut, it was fun! Our March is already getting busy, as it is the last full month we will be here (hallelujah!). I'm missing my family lots, I'm so excited for the day to be closer. Things are good for now, every day is different. Can't wait to have us both be college grads!
This is what I think of nursery!! hehe. Ok, so this is a little late, but I wanted to put it in there. Thayden has been having a rough time in nursery the past 3 weeks, he's just not used to us not being there. We work in the senior nursery, but we really want Thayden to get used to being with other kids without mommy and daddy. He's fallen asleep in there the past 2 weeks since it is the normal 2 hours of his nap time. He's getting used to it, and only a few more weeks 'til we change times. I think he'll get the hang of it soon.
Well, we're still busy here in Idaho. Lots to get done, plan and prepare for. We still might be going to South Carolina for the summer with APX again. Not sure, I'm still hoping for a job for Shane. In the mean time, Thayden and I are finding new and creative ways to fill our days and allow daddy to do homework. Things are good, I'm really feeling pregnant. I'm anxious for this baby to come and get our lives going outside of Rexburg!
This is our family from October until Christmas. Pictures can tell a lot more than my writing. Its been a great holiday and we've had many adventures. Thayden's tool set was a winning present for Christmas. Now we are finishing unpacking in Rexburg, and continue to settle in for a long semester!