Aug 22, 2014

Five years.


Today we have been married for five years! I don't know what it is about number five, but I feel like Steve and I have been talking about this anniversary ever since before our 4 year anniversary! I think it has something to do with the fact that this is the first year where we are no longer in school! yay! Five years seems like a long time, but at the same time, it's like our life is just now really starting to happen if you know what I mean.

This year for our anniversary we're doing a little getaway to the Coeur d'Alene resort but we were only able to make reservations for a couple weekends from now because apparently the weekend of August 22nd is really busy! But for today, in honor of our five year, here are five things that I love about Steve:

1. I love that Steve is the daddy to our two boys. Seriously, what a great example my boys have. I feel more relieved when I think that I have Steve at my side, helping me raise our boys. We're not perfect parents but together I feel like we actually have a shot at this thing. I know that I can trust that Steve wants the very best for them and is willing to sacrifice for them. And I love him so much for it.

2.Whenever we get in fights, he's always the first one to say he's sorry. A good quality to have and something that I obviously need to get better at.

3. Steve is actually an amazing cook! Hello, what girl wouldn't love this in a husband?! But this is something that I didn't really know about him when we first got married. Steve loves to cook but only with the best (most expensive;) ingredients which means it always turns out really really yummy. Cowboy burgers, roasts, chicken sandwiches. And my personal favorite: pancakes. Steve makes the most amazing homemade pancakes I have ever had! They're perfectly fluffy but they also melt in your mouth and I have no idea how he does it! He just eyeballs his recipe every time which makes it very hard to recreate! I've tried a handful of times and have failed every single time. Ha. Steve, keep it up. Your cooking is simply amazing. ♥

4. Steve always makes me feel beautiful. Even when I'm not looking my best, somehow he still makes me feel like I'm drop dead gorgeous. haha. I don't know how he does it, but hey, I like being around it ;)

5. I married an incredibly hard working man. One of his best qualities is that failure doesn't shut him down; it wakes him up, pushes him to try harder until he succeeds. And he always does. He also never gets embarrassed. Seriously, I've never known him to be embarrassed and you put those two things together and you get someone who brushes off failure like it's NBD. It just makes him try again until he's figured out what works. This is one thing I've always loved about him and I'm super proud of all of his accomplishments.

I love you, Steve. Thanks for letting me brag about you ;) But especially thanks for making the last five years by far the best of my life ♥

Aug 18, 2014

Better late than never.


Better late than never.

I don't think there's a better phrase to describe what I'm about to talk about: Potty training.
Cole is officially potty trained! He has been for a couple months now, but now that we've finally rewarded him with the bike we promised him, it actually feels like a done deal now. My adorable three and a half year old is potty trained! Every time I think about it I get this huge sense of relief. Something that seemed like it would never happen, well, it happened and we couldn't be prouder of our big boy.

The reason it took so long was because I did not want to potty train him while we were staying with Steve's parents. I had nightmares of him peeing in a corner somewhere and me not knowing about it and really, what's worst when you're staying as a guest in someone else's house?!

So once we moved into our new place, he actually potty trained really quickly. We rewarded him with taking him bowling and then this past weekend we finally got him his big boy bike which I'd been promising him ever since we bought him big boy undies way back in March of 2013. He loves his new balance bike and I will have to post pictures of him riding it soon. He's still getting a hang of it.

So proud of you, Cole.

Aug 7, 2014

S u m m e r F u n!


First of all I just want to say those puddle jumpers are the best invention ever!! They've made water fun enjoyable for both me and Cole :) This summer (so far) has been so.much.FUN!! Seriously, summers in Spokane are simply perfect and I'm already kind of dreading the winter. We've been to lots of splash pads, Coeur d'Alene lake, the Spokane river twice and eaten lots of pb&j sandwiches in between. (Cole doesn't even like pb&j but he will eat it if it's the only thing I've got in my bag;) Cole has loved every second of it and Logan has even learned to like the water himself. Summer, you've been too good to us. ♥

Jul 15, 2014



Here's some from a couple months back, before we moved into our new place. They never got posted, but really they should have. When I look at these, I remember Cole telling me out of the blue once "Mom, I love this place." He really loved living with his Mimi and Papa and Amachi and his uncles. Every day was a party and there was almost always someone there to play with him. And if not, there was always lots to explore outside :)

Jul 13, 2014

Making a house a home.

^^This is how we're feeling about our new place :)^^

So, about a month ago we moved into our new little home. For whatever reason it was cheaper to rent a house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, than it was to rent an apartment with the same features. So that's what we did! And we love it! It is in the best location; in a very family friendly area, close to parks, literally right across the street from the library and super close to grocery stores and the farmers market. I just love our new little home. We got spoiled by Steve's parents who let us live with them for the past six months, but we knew it was time to leave, especially when we found this great place to live in.

Before we even knew where we would be moving into, I had this vision of lining my kitchen window sill with little plants. I found those cute mugs for a dollar each and bought them knowing exactly what I would do with them. Actually, I'm pretty proud of myself for making my little vision a reality, even if it is very simple (and also one of the only things I've done so far, still! I have yet to put and pictures of us on the wall!) I found those cute plants at our local farmer's market. They were also only a dollar each and so I bit the bullet and bought them ;) I was a little nervous that I would kill them instantly but the lady I bought them from said they would be very hard to kill, so I figured it would be worth a try. And so far they are thriving! And I'm thrilled! It makes me want to buy lots and lots of plants! Because suddenly I feel like I can handle the whole plant thing since I've managed to keep those babies alive for three weeks now ;)

I have lots more ideas of what I want to do with our home, it just won't be as easy (or inexpensive) to see them through, but with time I'll get there. I'm excited to make this little house of ours a home ♥


^^Beautiful downtown Spokane. It almost doesn't look real, right?!^^

Just some Saturday fun when we went downtown Spokane for Hoopfest. It's where tons of little basketball games line the streets. It was a warm, busy day but Steve really wanted to go since a couple of his patients would be playing. We watched one of their games and then walked around and let Cole jump on the bounce houses. It was fun!

Some Saturday fun at #Hoopfest yesterday!

Jul 10, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

^^Cole was not impressed with the fireworks show. He said they were "flashing lights, not fireworks." ha! ;)^^
^^These two especially had fun together. Makes me so happy :)^^
^^Fresh Rainier cherries from the Farmer's Market! Yum!^^
^^Watching cartoons on their last morning together ;(^^

Back in April when I visited Emma in Utah, we decided that we were all going to meet up in Spokane over 4th of July weekend as our sisters trip. Spokane seemed about as central as it could get; Emma would drive up from Utah and pick Lissie up at BYU-I on her way and Marie would drive over from Seattle. But then Emma suddenly moved to NYC and this little trip to Washington wasn't so little for her anymore. And Lissie no longer had a ride and so it was just me and Marie. I was excited that at least Marie could come (although we missed the rest of them a lot!) and a few days before Marie came, she called and asked if her whole family could come since it wasn't turning out to be a sisters trip anymore anyway. I was so excited for Marie's whole family to come! I knew that Cole would have so much fun with his cousins and I was right!

They got here Thursday evening and stayed til Monday morning and it was a perfect 4th of July weekend. We joked that they would make it a tradition and come to see us every 4th of July! We went to the splash pad, the fireworks show and the farmer's market and all those places are really close to our new house and within walking distance! Marie, Bella and I also went on two big shopping sprees on Friday and Saturday afternoon. (Just fyi, way more stores are open on the 4th than you would think and they have huge sales! It was a blast :)

We also had Steve make us yummy pancakes in the mornings and cowboy burgers on Saturday evening. And we made a camp fire and roasted s'mores! On Sunday we did a double photoshoot of our families which was a little bit crazy, but still a good experience ;)

Here's a few more pics from my phone! Please come again! We had so much fun!! Happy 4th of July!

iphone pics2iphone pics1iphone pics3iphone pics4iphone pics