Monday, March 31, 2014

Maylie Monday: The Park

We have been to the park more times than I can count in the last few weeks. Seriously if I hear, "I wanna go to the park" one more time, I might lose it. I mean, I am stoked that I have a little girl who wants to do something other than veg in front of the TV all day, but going to the park five times a day just isn't practical.

Also, the weather here in Provo is bi-polar. One minute it is a beautiful day worthy of shorts and a t-shirt, and half-an-hour later it is overcast, or raining, or just plain freezing out. It makes explaining why we can't go to the park very confusing.

There have even been a couple of days where we have had to go to McDonald's or Chick-fil-A just to avoid the weather and to subdue the child.

We were having a pretend tea party here.
She made me cram into this tiny beehive.
But even though I complain about Maylie's new favorite activity, I am so grateful to have a daughter who loves to play, imagine, and get a little dirty. Once the weather is nice on a more regular basis I am sure I will be loving soaking up the sun while she plays at the park.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Maylie Monday: Tiny Adult

For quite some time now Ryan has called Maylie his "Tiny Adult." I don't know why he started calling her this, but as of late it has become a really accurate nickname. A lot of the time she talks in complete sentences and says these big words that I don't feel like she should know yet. There is something really comical about a little person saying grown up words, and she crack us up every day. She never knows why we think she is funny either. She just laughs at us laughing or looks really confused.

She says things like "this is fantastic," and "I love you very, very much." She is polite, and is getting good at saying sorry without being asked. Sometimes if we ask her to move or put something back she quickly says, "Oh, I'm sorry." So cute.

And here's a few pics of May and Daddy from this weekend, cause what's a blog post without some pics?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Angry Ducks

I was so happy to be able to go to Mesquite last week for spring break! Ryan had to stay and work, but both Mimi and Joey were going to be in town. I couldn't miss out!

We had so much fun, and Maylie was in such a good mood the entire time! Poor girl has been begging to go back ever since we got home.

Last time May stayed with my parents, they took her to see some ducks. Ever since, she has been telling me about these "two angry ducks." I had no idea what she was talking about, but I just went with it. Well we went back to see the ducks, and now I know what she meant by angry.

There are two very angry ducks in Mesquite. They hiss and charge at you if you don't throw food in the opposite direction. We ended up giving just those two most of our bread just to keep them away. Joey and I attempted to keep them at bay so that May could feed the nice ducks with Gam, Papa, and Mimi.

I am so glad I finally got to experience the "Angry Ducks" for myself, and that May and I got to spend some much needed time with family. Love you all. Thanks for an awesome week. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Maylie Monday: St. Patty's Day

I failed as a mom for St. Patty's day this year. There were no green pancakes, green decor, or even green clothing in our house today. I figured she was too young to really appreciate it. We went to the grocery store and about five employees asked May if she knew what day it was. Then Ryan came home in a bright green shirt and attacked me with pinches for not wearing green. He then went over to May, who was having a snack and "pinched" her too, and by pinch I mean tickle. I don't know if it was because she just woke up from a nap, or because she is just grumpy today, but she burst into tears.

It was so sad and so funny all at once.  And being the awesome mom I am, I snapped pictures instead of comforting her. We were so surprised at how upset she got. Daddy cuddled her 'til she felt better, and I learned my lesson to always remember St. Patty's day.

P.S. Don't mind her bed head, she just woke up!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Best Advice I Ever Received [TGBTL 14]

"You have your whole life to be someone's wife and mother. This is the only time in your life you get to be just you. Take advantage of it."

These were the words my grandfather, Poppy, repeated to me over and over during a trip to Florida my senior year of high school. You see, my family was convinced that I was going to run off with my then boyfriend and get married fresh out of high school, and you can bet everyone was doing everything they could to prevent that. Guys, I swear I never, ever planned to get married at eighteen, but I can completely understand why you were all so concerned. I am sorry for the stubborn, know-it-all teenager that I was.

And then I got married at a whopping twenty years old. It may seem odd that I would identify these words as the best advice I have ever received since I got married and had a baby just a few years after this advice was given to me, but honestly, these were the words that drove my first two years of college life.

I have never been a drinker or partier, and I have never been reckless, much to my dad's dismay (actual quote: "Go get arrested or something!" I know you're secretly glad that never happened, Dad). But during my first couple years of college I was able to let go of a relationship that I didn't need to be in, and learn to be myself. That may be a cliche, but it's true, and it is something I am still working on all of the time.

It just so happened that I would meet my husband such a short time later, and I must confess, I don't promote marrying young, even though I did so myself. In an ideal world, I think Ryan and I would have gotten married much later, but we don't live in an ideal world, and I am so grateful to have a husband who is patient with me and is constantly able to work with me to make our marriage better--despite the fact we married young. I consider it a blessing to be Ryan's wife and Maylie's mom, but life could have been easier if we had been older. Easier? Yes. Better? Not necessarily. But given the right circumstances, I generally would encourage enjoying the time you have to be you.
Recently I've been talking to my brother a lot about his love life. And I have found that I have repeated these same words to him. I know we live in a world where temporal satisfaction is seen as the ultimate achievement, but that's not what I'm getting at with these words of advice. Instead, these words have always meant to me be you, understand you, and love you. Take the time to enjoy who you are because one day you will be covered in spit up and swimming in dirty dishes, and you will forget that you exist. You become the cook, cleaner, nurse, referee, entertainer, and personal slave to a small being, and you are all of these things before you are a student, a friend, a wife, a person. You lose yourself in taking care of others, and that isn't bad, it's wonderful. But for one time in your life it is okay, good, healthy, "to just be you."

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Maylie Monday: Bedtime

This little girl will do everything she can to resist bed time. She screams, cries, and begs whenever bedtime is even mentioned. Yay for terrible twos! Last night as we were leaving Nani and Grandad's, May started throwing a fit because she knew bed time was coming. Somewhere in the five minute drive home she crashed out. She was so gone that we were able to get her out of the car, changed her diaper, and into bed without her waking up. She is such a light sleeper, so this never happens.

I love a sleepy baby. If only bedtime was this easy every night!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Why I Blog

I'm linking up again with Hayley and Lauren to talk about why we blog.

I'll admit, I've been a little stumped with this post, which seems weird, but I guess I have never thought about why I just do.

I started out blogging because I was deleting my Facebook page, and I wanted friends and family to be able to see little May grow up. I mainly used this blog for a place to post updates and pictures of our family, but lately I've been doing a little more with the blog. I still focus on our family, but I'm expanding my range of topics slowly but surely. I'm still not sure where I want to take it, but I'm happy just figuring it out one post at a time.

But there are a few things that keep me coming back:

1. I love the relationships that form from blogging. Recently I've gotten to know some really great women that I never would have "met" without blogging. I love getting to know them and seeing this little window into their lives.

2. I love to write. I always have. Even though I don't write long posts, blogging is a good creative outlet. 

3. It is like an online journal. Despite my love of writing, I have never been good at keeping a journal. Having a blog keeps me accountable, and I am able to look back at our lives and even see what I was feeling/thinking about at that time.

Maybe one day I will figure out what I want to do with my little space on the internet, but for now I'm ok with just seeing where it takes me.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Maylie Monday: An Update

I totally flaked out on Maylie Monday last week. We had just gotten back from a mini-vacay to Vegas, and I procrastinated all of my homework for when we got back. Anyway, I thought this week I would just share a few things that are new with May Lady.

1. She loves to "help" do anything these days. Today she helped me pick out apples at the grocery store. After we got done, she says, "I your big helper, huh?" So dang cute. She also loves to help clean or cook. Every time she hears the vacuum she comes running to help out, and when I cook she brings her stool into the kitchen to stand by me and pretend to help. Sometimes an extra set of clumsy hands isn't actually helpful, but it is too sweet to not let her.

2. She's like a mini teenager. I just went into her room to put clothes away, and she said in her sassy little voice, "What you doing in my room?" I cannot believe how much 'tude comes out of this little one. I hope she gets it out of her system before she hits high school.

3. She's begging for a bike. I swear I cannot believe it is already time to start thinking about bikes for her. She tells me everyday that she wants one for her birthday, which is still five months away, and she even tells me that she wants a Minnie Mouse helmet. We've decided to use this as an opportunity for bribery. We have told her she can only have a bike if she quits sucking her thumb by her birthday. We'll see if that works out.

4. She likes to carry four million toys every where we go.  She makes me carry four million things every where we go. Every morning we have to go through the same melt down because I tell her she can only bring her blanket and one toy. Then once we get out the door she's handing me everything she has and tells me its "really heavy."

5. She tells me, "I love you SO much." And she says it in this big deep voice that I just melt over. It's my favorite thing she does right now.