Callum is 3!

I was re-reading my post for Callum's second birthday and laughed because personality wise not much has changed! He is still the sweet spitfire we know and love!

He calls himself "Dowie". He loves puppies, babies who don't take his stuff, and watching Busy Beavers channel on YouTube. He is the grumpiest kid I know and it makes me laugh. I don't know how he got so grumpy. Hayes is either in his face wanting to play, or in his face teasing him, so that's probably part of it! He is a homebody supreme and on top of that really just wants to have his own space to do what he wants. He doesn't like people around bothering him. What did I say, grumpy!

There is a small handful of people that he gravitates too and is on his best behavior for, and honestly I'm not even on that list. Ha!

He still our honeyman when he wants to be, sweetly coming up to me grabbing both cheeks and giving me kisses, he is such a light in our home and is so funny. He is our jokester and has great timing. He keeps us all laughing even when we're not in the mood. I can't count how many times Cal or I have been head to head on something and one of us breaks into laughter, then the other joins. If I laugh at anything, he doesn't even have to know what it is, he joins in. He loves watching home movies of his family and cracks up at all of them.

Some quirks I love about him are how he is scared to death of cats big or small. Lions, tigers, and house cats send him running and crying and he's always been that way! We had Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeak-uel on DVR for awhile and there's this scene where a cat hisses and bats at the screen and Cal wails every time. He skips a whole page in his favorite book because there's a lion on it. I am laughing writing this, it just cracks me up.

I love how when I carry him to bed he always reaches one hand out and lets his fingers graze the hallway as we walk down it. Every time!

How he comes in for a hug and stops a few steps away, throws his arms in the air, his head back, and falls into your arms.

How he sleeps on TOP of his pillow every night. Even if that means his legs are folded tightly against the width of his crib. Finally I started positioning the pillow centered in the crib so he can lay on it length ways.

His lisp makes my world go round. Chipths and peetstha and "dop" instead of stop, and things are dee-withs-uths "delicious." He tries my patience in a completely different way as Hayes, he has challenged me to adjust my expectations and love him for exactly who he is. Not to try to change him, but to truly embrace his unique personality. He is an unbreakable spirit, he is so strong, and I have no doubt he was saved to come to this Earth when it was the most treacherous because he will do great things, simply because no one can stop or sway him. Even at three year old!

Callum, I love you so much. In a way I've never loved another person before, and I am so grateful to be your mom. The world is yours!


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This is one hair do I've been trying to master with the warmer temperatures. My hair has gotten wildly thick after having babies, and even after Bethany thinned out a good portion of my thickness, I'm still roasting under all this hair! This sweet double twist up-do would be perfect to get it all off my neck for a breather. Here's how you'll do it!

1. For texture and volume, use Bumble and Bumble's Pret-a-Powder at the roots and Surf Spray at the ends. 

2. Split your hair into to parts, either in the middle or side part, either way it works! Don't worry about perfect partings!

3. Start twist the hair by your ear back/ away from your face until the entire section is twisted. Secure with bobbies.

Trying this one tonight for my man's softball tournament. When I asked him how many games he would have (single-elimination style) he said pause pause pause...5!
Ha! I'm gonna need something nice and cool. Thanks Salon K!


you're the only ten i see.


Our original plan for this trip was to go over Bonnaroo to visit family and also see Alt-J perform. One morning a few months ago I read that one of Alt-J's bandmembers had quit and they pulled out of Bonnaroo altogether. CRUSHED, but also grateful that we hadn't bought tickets. So we re-evaluated and decided to go a couple weeks earlier than planned. Russ was stressed as he is knee-deep in his very first home flip and didn't want to leave, but he was a good sport and it ended up being perfect. The weather wasn't too hot yet, and as it turned our my brother Chad's family is moving soon to Arizona so we were lucky to be able to spend time with so much family all at once.

Flying four people anywhere is just the plain worst these days, for so many reasons, but our first meal together in Nashville, Hayes and his cousin Max became joined at the hip. While we ate this amazing meal Charity made, Max was getting his plate filled by his dad and looked up and said "Make sure my best friend cousin Hayes gets one!" A lump filled my throat and my heart melted. That made it worth every moment of stress. It's one thing to live far away from family and not really have any idea what you're missing, but to spend quality time together and see how much these cousins loved each other makes it all the harder to be apart.

Magnolia Trees || Hayes & Max

Franklin is just the cutest place I've ever seen. Downtown especially. Rolling green hills, giant walls of trees and bushes. It looks like Hawaii, it's SO green. Every house looks similar to these, and every kid we encountered was quiet and well-mannered and called me ma'am. Let's move to Nashville!

We went to church on Sunday which shares a parking lot with the temple. Awesome! We got the cousins together for a pic. (Another thing I noticed here is that there is no such thing as frumpy moms. Everyone is dressed nicely, hair perfect, jewelry stacked on, high heels, perfect makeup. Charity confirmed, people don't do sweat pants at the grocery store, period.)
We didn't have a ton of time to try a ton of new food, but the ones we did try were incredible.
Pancake Pantry - sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon sugar butter and syrup - I am going to have to try and make them here because I can't live without it.

We also went to the Pharmacy, a hip little burger/wurst joint that played all our favorite music and had two of the best burgers we've ever eaten.

Swimming. Cal lives for it. And was all about catching lightning bugs.

An example of the walls of green everywhere at the YMCA pool:

Sleeping brothers || Thrifting brothers. They spent an hour playing with toys at the Treasure Chest Thrift. Russ almost made it home with this vintage Huffy. In the end tired and hungry kids (and wife) trumps your haggling abilities. Sorry, babe. (For the record he was down to $70 from $130.

The Nashville Zoo had this killer dinosaur exhibit - Hayes asked if we were at the jungle or the zoo - the kids loved seeing all the animatronic dinos!

Making wishes

More dinos || Hayes at the peak of heat exhaustion. It was only like 75 degrees but felt like 100.

I loved being with my siblings so much. It makes me want to cry to be apart. I often think how different my life would be if they were close by. Having Collin and Bethany and even Casey when he rolls out of the cave, is such a blessing. Cousins are literally everything to my boys. I remember feeling the same way most of my youth, too.

Chad taking Callum outside to ride out a tantrum. He's so patient and kind. 

Charity and I at the Honky Tonks. It's basically 20 bars on each side of Broadway street where different types of live music are playing all night every night. Luckily Charity will be back in Utah for the 4th so I could hold it together.
We had yet to meet Liam and he won our hearts. He is just the sweetest little guy. Snuggly and sweet and I love him.

 The boys loved and treated Izzy like one of there own spending our stay under his roof. Which means they were darling and then rough and then loving and then fighting. Izzy was a good sport and so loving no matter what mood they were in.

Cousins! When we left Brinly cried and gave us the sweetest little drawing. I cried too. I love my family! Brinly is such a wonderful girl. I want her to be my best friend. Adam is wicked smart and such a great big brother and cousin. They all looked out for my boys and it was amazing to watch.

Then on the way home we were basically on an episode of Punk'd brought to you by Frontier Airlines. We were on the runway and then de-planed. The next flight we were in the air and turned around. The next flight they threatened landing in another city due to a storm, but then said just kidding.

To be nice they gave us $100 in food that expired the next day, so we ordered literally everything they offered to get the voucher spent. Traveling can be trying in virtually everywhere, but it makes me grateful that in the very most annoying of times, we can laugh through it. But seriously, never again Frontier.


Hayes' 4th birthday party

For Hayes' 4th birthday party we congregated at the Little Gym. Their parties are so great, they literally do everything. And they tailored the whole party to superheroes so Hayes was in heaven.

I did the party at the Little Gym so I would just enjoy the day, and not worry about details or making the party "enough" of anything, screw that! but of course, somehow i managed to let myself make capes for everyone. haha!

Absolute wonder underneath the parachute:

This face, made my whole day.

getting sung to. trying to play it cool:
my fam:

it wouldn't be a birthday without a little side of sad. i totally get it, i have the bday sads every year.
so glad he comes to me to cheer him up and hold him for awhile.
it's a privileged position.

maybe the best part about having remarried parents is how many new people your kids have in their lives that love them. everyday for a week we had different family members over to make him feel extra special. what a lucky boy!!

the next day i found him holding his balloons and eating a cupcake while i was getting ready.
at every turn he was celebrating.

At this restaurant of choice, Texas Roadhouse. the kid loves steak and rolls.

and one lucky little guy to have all these awesome friends.
he is such a fun-loving and kind friend, i'd want to be Hayes' friend, too!

California February 2014

We went to Newport Beach for the last buddy, Trent's wedding to Denise!
We all rented a beach house together, 5 couples, and 4 kids all under one roof. We had the best time, and I would do a beach house trip with these people monthly. That's how much we enjoyed ourselves.

The beach!

The house: 
One block away from the beach and every night after the kids went to sleep we stayed up way too late swapping stories. We celebrated Russ' 30th birthday here and this was the night they all shared their favorite stories about him. Some I had never heard before, which is a rarity after 12 years together!

Cal loved it here. He is a beach baby through and through. He can run around, scream as loud as he wants, and no one bugs him. Dream world!

Then we had a day of wedding celebrations at the Newport Temple
you can see the wedding party behind those trees, it was a beautiful day!

and a shot of everyone. it makes me so happy to see everyone with babies in their arms. this trip was definitely different than the rest, in all the best ways. 

so luckily, i had won a trip to Disneyland a few weeks before we left. we weren't planning on going at the time, but with free tickets, why the heck not? we went for one day and Hayes had the best time. Cal of course would rather be at the beach, like he literally wouldn't wear shoes at Disneyland.
we got stopped by so many "characters" and employees. feel free to try and pry some shoes on this kid, Goofy. I'd love to see you try!

Shoeless Joe right here. And the most bushed Hayes.

 Last Disney trip we attempted to see Pooh Bear a few times, and he was ALWAYS on break. this time, luck struck and we were finally there at the right time.
still shoeless.

and still...

and a couple randoms from our trip home, we stopped in Vegas for Russ' actual birthday because he loves it so much! we all caught up on much needed missing naps and sleep staying up with the buddies. it was a nice re-entry to real life!