Climb the Mountains

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Everyday we are running errands Max sees the mountains in the distance and asks if we can go climb them. I was so excited today as we decided to go hiking that I would finally be able to tell him we were going climbin’!

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We hiked the Wind Caves at Usery Park and only made it about halfway. We didn’t have a baby carrier and so we held Elliot the whole way. He was getting so tired of being held and kept trying to wriggle free! So we decided to cut the hike short. (If it were up to Max and I…We woulda kept going.) The boys did so great and had a good time. Dan and I traded off holding Elliot, helping Max, and giving Max a few piggy back rides. Next time we either need to invest in a handy baby carrier or get a sitter for baby brother. Then we can make it to the top!!!

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On the way down I decided to run the trail. I left Max and Dan behind to learn how to be men together. I held Elliot close to me and he relaxed and fell asleep in my arms!

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We sat in the shade at the bottom of the mountain and enjoyed the scenery waiting for the men to return. I love Arizona nature and scenery. I love our desert and think it is so beautiful. I loved pointing out different plants and whatnot to Max that I knew from my Dad teaching me.

It was such a good day! Families are hard work, especially when hiking! But there is joy in it all. Joy in being together and working together.

Oh Boy!

I am loving being a mom!

I have days or weeks were it will just seem hard and long and I am not quite sure what I am doing or even if I like what I am doing. But lately I have just been liking it! My 2 boys are such treasures to me. Their cute smiles or their sweet little fits and cries, they way they find new ways to play, fixing them little meals, putting them down for naps, watching monster trucks, trying to figure out how to share or what boundaries to set, enjoying our friends outside in the now cool evenings. It all brings peace and joy to my heart and I know that this is what I was made for.

This love, learning, and joy.

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Halloween!

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Oh how I love to trick or treat!! What a magical holiday! Max is at a good age were he is understanding and enjoying it. Which makes it that much more fun for me! I put hardly any effort into our costumes this year and it was nice. Max was a Shark Attack! wearing a shark hat and a bloodied white shirt, Elliot was a pumpkin wearing his lil pumpkin jammies. Dan and I were black cats (haha) wearing black shirts and drawn on whiskers. Real original I know. But Dan sure makes a pretty darn cute feline….

We walked around our neighborhood for 2 hours and then went back to our house and looked over our spoils of the night. Both Max and Elliot smiled enough and scored a nice stash! We put the kids to bed and then ordered some wings and had Jeffrey Jaret, Pwarker Sam and Allie, and Chonie (brother, brother and new wife!, and sister) over for food and a terrible movie. The Burbs. Whatever you do don’t look it up on Netflix. Despite the movie we had a lovely Halloween and I was sad it was over in one night! Good thing time seems to be speeding by cause I am out of candy and ready for next year!!!

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Niece and Nephew

I’m watching my sister, Ariel’s kids today! Dan and I were a bit nervous to have 4 children in our care for a whole day… Looks like they were the ones that should’ve been nervous.

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Hahaha!! We are having a grand ole time!

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A Few of Our “Adventures”

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My Mother, Elliot, and I arrived 6 hours early to save front row seats for opening night of the Easter Pageant! We camped out with blankets, umbrella, snacks, and water. It was awesome and relaxing. We brought books but mostly talked and walked around a bit. At about 4:30 we were joined by more of the gang.

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And then by 6 the rest got there with some din din. The show started at 8:00. Mom, Storie, and Ruby had to leave us to get dressed and then came to show off their costumes and visit right before it started.

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Aren’t they cute?! I am so proud of the hours they put in and the job well done. It is such an awesome show. I feel the testimonies of all who are involved so strongly and I feel Christ’s love so strongly. I have been twice to see it already and may just go a third time before it ends! If you haven’t gone, GO! It is quite lovely.

Below are a few pics of my cute boys hanging out at home. I like them. The Woody hat has become popular at our house as of late…

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Watchin’ a show for a minute while mother gets chores done.

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Playing together! Makes a mother heart sing!

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On Saturday we went with some friends to a Easter activity at the neighborhood park. It was fun! Max loved the petting zoo, especially the baby chicks. Also got to see Elsa and Anna and the Easter bunny. We are definitely looking forward to Easter and General Conference this weekend. I may have already filled eggs with candy and eaten a lot of said candy in anticipation….

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I have been buying myself flowers the last couple weeks. It feels good. You should try it!

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3 Months

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Elliot turns 3 months this week! Its a nice milestone to hit. He has started sleeping longer at night. Woohoo! He is talking and smiling. Loves being talked to and being snuggled. We love having him in our family. Max loves his “baby brother”. He kisses him goodnight and likes to ask to “hold it”.  Its so amazing to be able to bring these sweet spirits into our lives and to automatically love them.

Two nights ago I was up with Elliot feeding him. When he was done I cuddled and rocked him back to sleep and laid him in his bed. I lay down thinking what a sweet angel he is and how thankful I am for him. When I hear Max start crying downstairs. Max usually sleeps through the night so I wondered what was up. I got up to grab him. I think his foot was asleep and he was worried what was going on with it. I rubbed it and put a band aid on it and the we rock-a-byed and snuggled for a few minutes. Oh how I loved to snuggle him! My heart felt so full! I then laid him back in his bed and went to Dan. We snuggled and talked a little bit before going back to sleep. And as I fell back asleep I felt so blessed and grateful for my 3 boys. That I was able to snuggle and love on each one that night. Life is good.

Zoo Day!

My sister Ariel, my Mom and I went in on a Phoenix Zoo membership so I’ve got Zoo Days again! Yay! We went this last Friday and had a lot of fun! (The Houston Zoo will always be my favorite.) But if any of you all’s want to go, hit me up! It would be awesome!

It feels like such a big zoo. We didn’t even see half the animals I feel like. Max loved to see the fishes and monkeys. Lyla just wanted to ride the carousel. Storie and Ruby are amazing sisters and aunts and are so helpful and cute. I love having them around.

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Yay for picnic lunches! Aren’t we a cute gang? I like us.🙂

Spring Fever!

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I’ve got Spring Fever! You guys, I can feel it in the air! I have been waking up the past few mornings and it just feels like a holiday! I am loving it! I feel like me and da boys should be out picnicking all day. That’s what we did yesterday…kinda.

My Mom and 2 youngest sisters are in the Easter Pageant this year. If you don’t know what that is, its a pageant put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everyone volunteers to help put it together and play all the parts. And it re-creates Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection to celebrate Easter. It’s awesome! I love going to it. I am excited to be able to take Daniel and our 2 boys to it this year for they have never seen it. Anyways, my Mom and 2 sisters, Storie and Ruby are in it and so Max, Elliot, and I went to visit and picnic with them during their all day practice yesterday. It’s on the Mesa Temple grounds and the atmosphere is so fun. We had a jolly good time and I could already feel the Spirit of the pageant and the Spirit of Easter.  Really put me in the Spring time mood!

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Max too. He was laying in the shade and smelling the flowers. I think he is incredibly cute. Thus the next few pictures…

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My sweet son Elliot puts up with our spring time cavorting. I think he would rather be rock-a-byeing and sleeping. He will learn to enjoy it.🙂

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We go to the park often. It’s usually a family outing. Here they are making their funny faces.

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Going out and about with 2 kids is getting easier for me and sometimes even enjoyable. Ha! I do love my boys very much and at the end of the day always feel so very blessed and grateful for all the love I have in my life.

Elliot Guy Thompson

I’ve wanted to post for a while but my laptop is broken…still is! I’m doing this from my phone. We will see how it goes. I also have baby boy asleep in the crook of me arm. Again, we will see how this goes!🙂

So the early morning of December 27th I woke up to use the bathroom I think. Yeah I think that’s what woke me. It was 3:30am. I then laid back down and started feeling small contractions. They were a little painful, enough that I couldn’t quite fall back asleep. I started watching a show on Netflix. About an hour of this and I decided to text my mom. (Dan was sleeping on the couch that night. He was snoring and so we decided that place was best.) They were about 10 minutes apart and not too painful. We didn’t want to get our hopes up so we said we would try and get some sleep and see how I feel in the morning. Well I couldn’t sleep. I think at 6 I finally woke Dan up and told him I may be in labor. We decided we would just lay down and see what happens. I think by 7 my mom suggested I get up and move around. If it was practice labor it would go away. Now I was 2/1/2 weeks early so we were all skeptical it could be real. So I took a shower and started getting ready for the day. All the while having contractions. They were painful and I would have to pause to get through them. I think by 8:30 I timed them again and they were about a minute long and a little under 2 minutes apart. We decided we should get ready to leave. So we started packing our bags. I made Max and I a small breakfast and we headed out the door. We were going to drop Max off at my parents and then go get checked in. On the way to my parents I had to start breathing through the contractions but I felt like they were pretty manageable.

We dropped Max off and got checked in at 10:22. The nurse came and got me and offered the wheel chair. I didn’t feel like I could sit so we walked up to my room. Dan stayed behind to fill out a few papers. I got into my nightgown and began pacing the floor and breathing through each one while the nurses where in and out asking questions and getting the room ready. I hadn’t decided at this point if I would do an epidural or not. I knew I hadn’t liked my experience with Max with an epidural. I wanted to try natural but couldn’t commit. So when I was finally checked and dilated at 6 cm I decided I would take the epidural. I was feeling a little bit crazy. I think I told Dan to shut up and was cussing my mom a bit. So they got me hooked up to an IV to ready me for the epidural. I continued to pace the room. Sitting or laying was not an option. Then I started to feel like I needed to push! So they had me lay down to check how far I was dilated. They then said one more contraction and I would be fully dilated and ready to push. I still hadn’t gotten my epidural! I asked if it was even worth it at that point and they said they could still get it there for me. After debating with Dan and my mom I decided to just forget it and get the babe out!! I asked them to remove that stinkin’ IV and lets get the show on the road!

I think it took me about 20 minutes from that point to push him out. Elliot Guy Thompson was born at 11:44 AM. He was 6 pounds 15 ounces and 20 inches long.

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image I loved my birthing experience this time around. I had a really hard time deciding what I wanted to do but I had prayed asking to be able to do it natural and for me to be strong enough and I feel like my prayers were really answered. I felt like my sweet baby was so brave to come early and so fast too!

He Just turned 2 months old. He LOVES being held and sleeping with Mama. He has started his cooing and using his wittle voice. He is a very good eater. Enjoys long walks with Dada and Big Brother.

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Also…all my boys are very good smoochers! We all enjoy a good kiss from time to time!

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A Teeny Update

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This is me, today. Happy 32 weeks! Woo! You guys, I am so ready to be done! Have any of you seen the movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting? I feel like the unflattering prego lady from that movie. The one that shows how hard pregnancy can be. I just woke up from a nap with my hair stickin’ up everywhere and sweat marks all over my getting to be too small t-shirt. And to make matters worse, I have pineapples all over my bathroom walls. My life feels real classy.

Oh. it’s all good. Time has been going by pretty fast. Daniel is doing well in school. He stresses out about it but in the end always ends up doing so well on any of his assignments. I am so proud of him. Max is absolutely amazing. He is the best son in the whole world! Really though. I love this age. He is so cute and funny. I have been busy putting our town home together. Its coming along slowly but surely. We finally got our new dressers up to our room so all the clothes are disappearing off my floor. Yay!

We are all so excited for this Holiday Season. We have a few Christmas decorations up, we watch Christmas movies, and Max has some lights put up in his room. And we have definitely sampled some egg nog on more then one occasion. Dan is going to TX for Thanksgiving so we will spend that holiday apart. I will miss him but I am so glad he gets to go and visit his family. We have missed them! I look forward to my turn for a visit!