Thursday, December 27, 2012


Meet Maxwell Edison Blair. He decided to join our family today. Seven weeks ahead of schedule. It's a really long story and I truly intend to blog about it. Later. When I'm not falling asleep as I type it.
He came in weighing a whopping 4 lbs 2 oz and is 17 inches long. His lungs are slightly underdeveloped because he was so early, so for now, he's in the NICU so his lungs can get strong and stable. He's perfect. Teeny tiny perfection. 
I'm smitten.
Thank you to Brandon for taking these photos since I can't! :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I have lots of Christmas festivities to post. Until I get to it, Merry Christmas, from our little family! We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

This year, due to 2 weddings surrounding Thanksgiving, both of which were in CA....we spent Thanksgiving with my family for the first time in 8 years. It was a crazy day! I felt..not amazing. Surprise. But still helped out as much as I could. I did the stuffing, a pie and the table. Becca and my mom covered the rest. Working with limited resources, Kade and I went leaf collecting around the neighborhood before dinner to help decorate the table and make it more festive. 

Dinner was so delicious. It was fun to spend the holiday with some family. 
Kade wanted the biggest leaf on his plate. 

After dinner, Kade practiced his photo skills. 

Our family on Turkey day. I look as good as I felt.

Pie time. My mom always goes way overboard. 
Tadd waited so patiently for his slice.
And then enjoyed it thoroughly.
This was the pie invention of the year. Daniels idea: s'more pie. Graham cracker crust, chocolate cream and roasted marshmallow. 
My pie. Delightful.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's Gone. Nearly.

Kade's hair is rapidly leaving his head. His bald spots were getting so bad that the long hair was just looking weird attempting to cover it. Plus the oils we've been putting on the spots made the long hair really greasy etc. It was time to say goodbye. Many tears were shed on his part. He was sobbing, "I miss my hair." It broke my heart. But we have some pretty awesome guys in our family that made it a "cool thing" to shave your head. Let's be honest...Grandpa's head is already mostly gone anyway....but it still helped Kade feel better about it all. Daniel, Aaron, Brock and Joey also joined in the fun. In fact Brock ended up having a mishap with his shaving of the head that he was quite upset about. Kade told him, "don't worry Brock, it will grow back." It was funny because the kid that needed comforting earlier ended up being the one to comfort....

I looked at the Alopecia hashtag on Instagram. Not a good idea with my pregnancy hormones. I'm just overwhelmed and impressed by how many people are so proud of their baldness. I hope Kade can get to that point eventually. Because the tears over missing his hair hurts my heart. I know it's only hair, but hair makes a big difference on a person's appearance. And yes he's a boy, which is great but he's also 4. He's too young to bic it. We're trying to teach him that it's not a big deal, that way when kids tease hopefully won't affect him quite as much. 

Thanks boys for shaving your heads to make my little guy's life a little easier. 

My Boys

photo credit: Elisabeth Kate Studios

I love these two boys. More than I can put into words. I'm a pretty lucky mom. Today, I'm extra blessed. Tonight, I got to give them hugs and kisses and tuck them into their beds. They are here. With me. A lot of tears were shed today. Most of them were due to sadness and grief. The rest, were due to gratitude. I'm so lucky I get to be their mom. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

So Much To Catch Up On....

However, tonight I feel it's more important to write a few things down. Things I don't want to forget. Though, I don't know how I ever could. They're probably small and insignificant to most but to me, today, they meant the. world.

A little background info. I have not yet shared this on my blog. I don't know why, maybe denial, maybe thinking the people that would care, already know....? I don't know.

Here's the thing, we're moving to...

If you're not sure just how you feel about're feeling a mere fraction of how Aaron and I have been feeling. Emotionally, we're a wreck. 

Now, let me clarify, I have nothing against Texas. Really. Well, two's lack of snow caps and widespread adoration of country music. I'm not saying fields of wildflowers are ugly, nor am I saying that the kind folks that sing/listen/promote country music aren't people that deserve friends and loved ones...I just really, really REALLY love mountains (it might be a sickness)....and REALLY dislike country music. That's all.

Aaron and I have built a life here. It's only been 7.5 years. But all three of our kids have been/will be born here. We've made friends and memories and started traditions here. For both of us, this is home. (Aaron has said it himself, I'm not putting words in his mouth. Promise.) 
We've had personal experiences, that have led us to this decision to move. We're confident that it's the right decision for our family. We've felt an urge to move for a while, we just didn't know where. Now that we do and it's getting closer and more real. It's a hard pill to swallow. 
We are having a hard time focusing on the good that will come out of this move. We can't stop thinking of things we'll miss. For example:
*The MOUNTAINS! A lot of our traditions are mountain based, plus they're just pretty spectacular.
*Friends, family, our ward. This is the best ward we have ever been in. Ever. EVER.
*About a gazillion temples, within an hour of where we are.
*Kade's super duper best friend Christopher. (He keeps asking if Christopher can move with us.)
*Macey's. Not the department store.
*My business/clients. That we started from nothing and became successful. 

I know, I know, we'll be able to be happy wherever we go. We'll make new friends, new clients, new traditions, blah blah blah...  But the transition is still hard. 

Now, on to my main point. You thought that was it, but it wasn't! 
There's been stress. Aaron moves on Sunday. Yes, the Sunday that's three days away. I will be left alone, pregnant with two rather rambunctious boys. Don't feel bad for me, we chose it. I didn't want to find a new doctor just weeks before having a baby. So we chose for me to stay behind to have the baby. We feel good about the choice. 
The stress is finding somewhere to live, without being there. Finding an area with good schools, good neighbors, etc. We've had lots of welcomed help with this stuff though, so that's been very nice! 
We've also had a lot to get done around our house/yard before he goes. 

Today, I decided to tackle the leaves in our yard. Kade was being helpful, trying to at least. Once Aaron finished a project he was working on in the house, he joined us too. My body was hurting. Everywhere. This hasn't been the easiest of my pregnancies. I'm more exhausted, more worn out, still sick....blah. But, knowing what little time we have left before Aaron moves I was determined to continue working. If you've seen our yard, you know, we have a lot of trees. We also have a lot of yard. This equals hours upon hours of raking. About an hour and a half into the job, two missionaries walked past our house on the opposite side of the street. We waved, said hello, and they continued on their way. I thought to myself, "I wish they'd have stopped to help. Can't they see I'm huge?" But then kept thinking..."Don't be selfish. They're busy, they have much more important work to do. 

A half hour later, they pulled up to the curb. Dressed in more appropriate yard work clothing, rakes in hand. It took everything in me, not to burst into tears. They introduced themselves and got to work. I excused myself. I was in full blown tears before I got to the door. 
I can count on one FINGER, how often we've seen the missionaries walking down our street, since we've lived here. Heavenly Father knew. He knew I needed help. I couldn't have been more grateful....or emotional. Geez. 
We of course fed them, we're not savages. They shared a message with us and then they were on their way. Not only were those elders a huge help, they were a much needed break from our schedule and to-do lists. And a huge answer to lots of prayers! 

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