Friday, July 7, 2017

24 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2


How far along: 24 weeks
Total weight gain: 11 lb.
Sleep: Getting a little worse. I'm not what you would call agile. I'm up and down all night trying to take the pressure off my hip. Sometime soon I'm going to bust out the maternity pillow. Sorry Max.
Sickness: Feel great!
Cravings: FRESH FRUIT!
Make me queasy: nothing really.
General Symptoms: Dry skin and stretching pains. My skin feels like it's going to split open Alien style at any moment.
Miss anything: BLUE CHEESE and sandwiches.
Maternity Clothes: I've taken my winter long sleeve maternity shirts from Jack's pregnancy and cut and hemmed them into short sleeves! 4 new tops for $0, can't beat that.
Movement: A lot!! I feel like it moves a lot more than Jack ever did. I was constantly worried about Jack and wondering when was the last time I felt him move. But this one is always on the go. I just wait an hour or so and it starts flipping out. Maybe that means it'll be a handful... 😓
Gender Prediction: Girl. I don't think I'd believe the doctors if they told me it was a boy. I've even started calling it "she" including the air quotes ;)


Dr. Appointment Update : At our 24 week appointment they checked the placenta again to see if it had moved. And it has!! A whole bunch but not quite enough. It's still considered a complete previa but only by a sliver. So the doctor is hopeful it will move completely out of the way since it has already moved so much. So I'm still on pelvic rest and no exercise. At 28 weeks we'll do the glucose test then at 30 they'll check me again to see if it's finally out of the way. Keeping our fingers crossed!!


Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High
Skin : Better / Worse
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Violet, Ruby, Eliza, Fiona, Hazel, Penelope, Claire, Molly, Brooke
       Boy: Henry

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

22 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2



How far along: 22 weeks
Total weight gain: 8 lb.
Sleep: Every night is different. Some nights I can't sleep on my side for more than a few hours before it starts throbbing, other nights I last until 4-5AM. Out bed has been a God send this time around.
Sickness: Feel great!
Cravings: fresh fruits and chicken wings.
Make me queasy: not too much these days. I'm not really into hamburgers right now but I think it's because we've just had too many over the last few weeks.
General Symptoms: Dry skin! It's been so crazy! I've always had oily greasy skin so dealing with itchy burning dry peeling skin is totally new for me. Also my hair and nails are not as great as they used to be. This baby is sucking everything out of me lol.
Miss anything: BLUE CHEESE and sandwiches.
Maternity Clothes: Nothing new this week.
Movement: A whole bunch! I think it's still breech because the kicks still down low even though they are super strong. I love feeling it. It's even kicking me as I type and I can't help but smile :)
Gender Prediction: Girl. I don't think I'd believe the doctors if they told me it was a boy.


Dr. Appointment Update : We haven't had our next appointment yet. It's scheduled for 6/29 so we are patiently waiting to hear if the placenta has moved. Everyone cross your fingers!


Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High
Skin : Better / Worse - I would say a little worse but with a toddler running around a more hectic schedule my face wash routine hasn't been the greatest so who really knows.
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Claire, Ruby, Violet, Felicity
       Boy: Henry

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

20 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2


How far along: 20 weeks
Total weight gain: 6 lb.
Sleep: Getting harder. My hips hurt earlier in the night and I wake up more times to go to the bathroom but nothing too terrible...yet.
Sickness: Doing great!
Cravings: fresh fruits and chicken wings.
Make me queasy: hummus - but going to give it another go now that I'm not so sick and see what happens.
General Symptoms: FATIGUE! And my skin is starting to itch from stretching. Almost time to break out the belly cream.
Miss anything: BLUE CHEESE and sandwiches.
Maternity Clothes: I finally found a bra I like! I decided this time around instead of stretching out all my clothes I would buy a few maternity staples and shop some sales. So far I've been able to wear a few things left over from Jack but most of it was winter clothes and the AZ summer is way to hot for that. So I've found a few tops at a consignment store, Old Navy, and Target. Old Navy is the best! Highly recommend. The motherhood store is great but kinda pricey unless you get coupons and shop the sales.
Movement: A whole bunch and Max has finally gotten to feel it! Only once but it was still pretty cute. I can't wait until Jack can start to feel it.
Gender Prediction: Girl. I'm so deep in the girl camp.


Dr. Appointment Update : We had our anatomy ultrasound appoint a few weeks back. We didn't find out the sex so it's another surprise for us! We also found out that I have placenta previa. Over the last couple weeks I've come to terms with it and am just trying to move through this pregnancy as gracefully as I can. Basically at this early stage it's a waiting game. I have a few restrictions like pelvic rest and little to no activity. Basically no sex or exorcise. I also need to watch for bleeding or heavy cramping. So far I have had no symptoms and I'm feeling great. If the placenta doesn't move then I will have to deliver via C-Section. There are some other complications with bleeding during delivery that could lead to some scary things but we're just nothing thinking about that right now. We're just hoping it moves and we can deliver vaginally and relax a little. I've been having some pains down low and in my back which is where the placenta is and since I wouldn't classify them as cramping more just pressure and stretching pains we're hoping it means it's moving!! I will have another ultrasound on the 29th to see if it has moved. So fingers crossed!


Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High - seems definitely high now, especially compared to Jack. But check out my belly timeline and tell me what you think.
Skin : Better / Worse - I would say a little worse but with a toddler running around a more hectic schedule my face wash routine hasn't been the greatest so who really knows.
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Matilda (Mattie), Grace, Violet, Clara, Cora, Mabel, Margot
       Boy: Henry

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dr. Amanda Moore!

In the Wilson Family...


The Wilson's don't start anything they aren't willing to finish...multiple times. Max's dad has a JD (law), his mom has an EdD (education), Max has a masters in biology and is working towards a PhD in Biology and his sister, Amanda, JUST got her PhD in Chemistry. They are a family of smarty pants.

Having known Max and his family through his mom's EdD, Max's undergrad, masters, and now PhD, and Amanda's undergrad and PhD I can tell you it takes a lot. They are the most persevering, dedicated, goal oriented, bunch of crazy people I know.

And we are so proud of Amanda. So much so that we packed the whole family up and flew out to Houston to watch her graduate at Rice University.

Sorry about the poor quality. A picture with a cranky toddler in the Texas heat doesn't lend itself to high quality :)


So I have a few tips on how to take your 2 year old on a "family vacation" and attend a very important graduation.

1. FAMILY FRIENDLY - try to stay somewhere that loves kids. I mean really loves kids. You'll be there awhile and they are going to make a lot of noise. We all stayed in an AirBNB house on the beach in Galveston. This was perfect and I'm so grateful my mother-in-law thought about it. Our neighbors weren't close enough to hear Jack cry in the middle of the night and the beach was a great outlet for Jack to run off energy. With big events planned daily for the graduation having somewhere were he could let loose and run off steam was amazing! Plus who doesn't love seeing their kid enjoy the ocean for the first time. It was so much fun!








2. BE FLEXIBLE - There are going to be a ton of plans, opinions, and stress so try to go with the flow as much as possible. We nodded and did what we were told. If Jack missed a nap, o'well. If he took 8 because he fell asleep every time we got in the car even better! We ate french fries and beef jerky and dry cereal for a snack and lunch, who cares. No toddler has ever died from eating french fries as a meal. It's only a long weekend everything will be ok. That holy grail of a routine you keep is going out the window and you need to cope with that. For example; Jack slept the whole way from the rental house to the ceremony which was about an hour and a half. So once we got there he was ready to go! He wanted to run and play and do all the toddler things. But we needed him to be quite and sit in his seat....not going to happen. There was luckily a tv and an empty room just outside the hall so we could take Jack out to run and still watch what was going on. Max took the brunt of the Jack watching because it was getting too hard to keep up with him at 17 weeks pregnant. Then once it came time for Amanda I snuck out and traded places so he could enjoy his sister's special moment. As Jack and I stood in the wings of the hall waiting for Amanda to appear he started to whine. I quickly asked him "whats wrong?". He promptly and loudly said "POOP!". Awesome. Some poor person's video recording of their son/daughter has Jack screaming poop in the background. Go.with.the.flow.





3. TAKE A VILLAGE - No matter how you feel about your in-laws, parents, extended family etc. you will need a village. A large village. You're 2 year old will scream "NOOOOO" several times, mostly for no reason. They will ask to go places that they just asked to leave. They will want to walk and be held at the same time. They will want to look out the window at the airport but not the one near all your luggage but the one across the airport near the ramp with the plane that's boarding. They will want to frantically run the halls and cry. They will want a fresh clean diaper right in the middle of graduation but not bad enough to hold still as you wrangle them on the dirty bathroom floor because for some god forsaken reason that women's bathroom doesn't have a changing table. They will only sit still for food and electronics which you can't dole out too much because they will have zero affect on their attention when you finally get to your destination. This is why it's important to have someone who can walk the halls, can carry them to and from the beach multiple times, who can hold them, and who can play games to grab their attention. You will need someone at some point so it might as well be someone you know. Because at your lowest and most burnt out you contemplate strangers, and how bad can they really be? This is not good. So you're village, no matter their relation, is super helpful but use them wisely you will call on them many many times.




But most of all enjoy. You don't get to "vacation" very much these days so soak up every ray of sunshine and peaceful, giggle filled moment you get.

Monday, May 22, 2017

18 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2

*We have had several family trips in the past two weeks so watch for some posts about those too!*


How far along: 18 weeks
Total weight gain: 4 lb.
Sleep: So far so good. My hips still hurt sometimes but the new bed is doing so well!
Sickness: Eating a lot more and finally craving some things.
Cravings: fresh fruits and doughy gooey breads.
Make me queasy: hummus - but going to give it another go now that I'm not so sick and see what happens.
General Symptoms: FATIGUE! And my skin is starting to itch from stretching. Almost time to break out the belly cream.
Miss anything: BLUE CHEESE and sandwiches.
Maternity Clothes: pants, shorts, and a few tops. My belly still isn't quite big enough for a full blown wardrobe change so I'm still wearing some stretchy favorites.
Movement: A whole bunch of fluttering! Still waiting for Max to feel it on the outside though.
Gender Prediction: I go back and forth but I think I'm still team girl.


Dr. Appointment Update : Next week is our anatomy ultra sound. Can't wait!


Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High - kinda in between
Skin : Better / Worse - no change really
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL - some things are changing like my cravings and belly so who knows!



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Matilda (Mattie), Grace, Violet, Clara, Cora, Mabel, Margot
       Boy: Henry

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

16 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2


How far along: 16 weeks
Total weight gain: 3 lb.
Sleep: Hips still hurting so I'm still sitting/lounging in the early morning to take the pressure off.
Sickness: Feeling much better and eating a lot more!
Cravings: Sweets, fresh fruits, salt, and doughy gooey breads.
Make me queasy: purple onions and hummus.
General Symptoms: FATIGUE!
Miss anything: BLUE CHEESE and sandwiches.
Maternity Clothes: I've started wearing maternity shorts and pants, and have integrated a few tops back in. My belly still isn't huge so most of my stretchy favorites still fit.
Movement: A whole bunch of fluttering! And I've felt a few stronger kicks. Still can't feel much on the outside so Max is patiently waiting :)
Gender Prediction: I go back and forth but I think I'm still team girl.


16 Week Dr. Appointment Update : The heartbeat is doing great and it was moving around a lot. My blood work from last time came back normal so our changes of a terrible chromosome disease has drastically lowered. That was a great sigh of relief. They drew some more blood this time to check for spina bifida. So we're crossing our fingers!


Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High - kinda in between
Skin : Better / Worse - no change really
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL - some things are changing like my cravings and belly so who knows!



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Matilda (Mattie), Grace, Hazel, Violet, Clara, Cora, Mabel, Margot
       Boy: Henry

Thursday, May 4, 2017

15 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2


* So this is a little late since I'm 16 weeks today but o'well lol. 16 week update to come tomorrow or Monday! *

How far along: 15 weeks
Total weight gain: 1 lb.
Sleep: Finally got our new mattress! It's amazing but as I get bigger sleeping gets harder no matter what. My left hip hurts around 4-5AM so I tilt the pillows up and sleep until 6AM in a reclined sitting position which helps a lot.
Sickness: Feeling better. Food still sounds "meh" most of the time but I'm gradually getting my appetite back. I'm actually starting to crave a few things.
Cravings: Sweets, fresh fruits, and salt
Make me queasy: purple onions and hummus. I'm so sad about hummus, it's my go to healthy snack but after a week of trying I just can't seem to eat it.
General Symptoms: FATIGUE!
Miss anything: BLUE CHEESE and sandwiches.
Maternity Clothes: I've started wearing maternity shorts and pants, and have integrated a few tops back in. My belly still isn't huge so most of my stretchy favorites still fit.
Movement: A whole bunch of fluttering!! I can't wait until I feel some more solid kicks.
Gender Prediction: I think it's a girl.

Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High - kinda in between
Skin : Better / Worse - no change really
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL - some things are changing like my cravings and belly so who knows!



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Grace, Hazel, Violet, Clara, Cora, Mabel, Margot
       Boy: Henry

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jack's 2nd Birthday! - Welcome Race Fans!

I can't believe my little boy is already two! Time sure does fly. I remember soaking up every little moment in our tiny hospital world, then planning his barn yard bash last year, and now planning a super fun race car birthday!


Jack loves cars more than anything else in this world so picking a theme for his birthday was super easy. I've been pinning ideas on Pinterest for months (ok maybe a year 😉) and I officially started buying them a month in advance so I knew everything would be here on time.

Of course I missed some things and I was running around like a crazed woman the day before but such is life.

My parents were in town this year which made it all that much more special and they were a great extra set of hands to help get everything ready. And the decorations came out perfectly! I was probably more excited than anyone else but after so much planning it was fun to see it all come together.

Right when you walked in the door there was a sign that read "Present Parking" and our coffee table was covered in black road play tape. This is the coolest product. It's just tape that sticks to your table or floor and is designed like a road. I was skeptical at first about it peeling the finish off our table but it sticks more like masking tape and not like duct tape so it was super furniture friendly. I HIGHLY recommend to everyone! It's also super affordable.


Then we hung a race banner and put some balloons in our arch way to the kitchen.


On the kitchen bar we put a water cooler that read "fuel station" and hung some cardboard stop lights. There was also some red, yellow, and green fruit and we hung the extra banner along the bottom just to drive home the theme 😉.


On the table we had a race flag table cloth and red, yellow, and green flat ware from the dollar store. I also hung a "Start your engines" sign that was super cute. My mom also came up with some really fun names for all the snacks we had out. The Chex mix was "Nuts and Bolts" and the Tortilla chips were "Traffic Cones".  And for a sweet treat we had rice krispies with red, yellow, and green M&Ms pushed into them to make traffic lights. God we're so adorable 😅




Then outside in our back yard was where the fun really was. We had three stations for kids to play at; though let's be honest it became one giant free for all. And I'm perfectly ok with it!

There was a "Car Wash". Which was Jack's brand spanking new water table, great present from my parents, under a nice large umbrella to keep some of that desert sun off of the kiddos.



Next was a "Speedway". I took some spare wood we had around the house and spare gray stain and had my dad stain it the night before. Then the next day when it was dry we leaned it up against our gazebo and put a bucket of cars at the top. This was the one thing I thought the kids weren't really going to use because it was so simple but it turned out to be the most used! They loved throwing, sliding, pushing, and shooting the cards down the slide. Then it grew into anything they could get their hands on. It was a huge hit! Because the kids were of such varying ages (6-2) I didn't set up prizes or scheduled play time I just let them at it and it worked perfectly.



The last area was a bean bag toss. I bought some inflatable pool floaties that were designed like tires. I bought 4 because they were supposed to go home with each kid as a party favor but at the end of the party I completely forgot. I'm sorry!!! But we had some left over bean bags from last year so I set those outside next to it. Needless to say Jack and his little friend Ellie were too small to play and the bigger kids didn't think it was much fun so the tires got used for other made up games which was way more fun to watch anyway 😊.


Other than that we setup balloons at each "station" and let the kids do what they wanted with them. The wind blew some bunches around popped them and other bunches were used as splash targets and punching bags. All perfect uses for balloons!

After some serious play time we all sat down for dinner and most importantly CAKE! We had burgers, hot dogs, Mac & Cheese and a salad, exactly what I would expect to have at a race track 😉. We ordered the cake from our local grocery store about a week before and picked it up that morning. It was perfect! It was a Disney Cars theme which is the one and only movie Jack will actually sit through, no surprise there.


We quickly made him blow out the candle and cut him a piece before he could smash the whole cake. He was skeptical about getting messy just like last year but after that first taste of frosting he was all in!




And after it was all gone he required some extensive cleaning.



But right after was present time and he couldn't have been happier with everything that he got. Of course the majority of them were car themed but even the ones that weren't he still enjoys playing with.

He's getting to be such a big boy and I'm already so excited for his next birthday and to see him as a big brother but I'm a little sad he's not my cute cuddly new born anymore.

We love you so much Jack! Happy birthday!



Monday, April 10, 2017

12 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2


How far along: 12 weeks
Total weight gain: 1 lb.
Sleep: Still waiting for our new mattress. I can't wait!
Sickness: Feeling a lot better. Food actually sounds delicious though I'm gradually eating bigger and bigger portions.
Cravings: Sweets and chicken
Make me queasy: purple onions and hummus. I'm so sad about hummus, it's my go to healthy snack but after a week of trying I just can't seem to eat it.
General Symptoms: Just some nausea and fatigue.
Miss anything: BLUE CHEESE. All I want is a roast beef sandwich slathered in blue cheese.
Maternity Clothes: I've busted out my maternity bottoms, jeans and shorts. I'm on the verge of a needing a new bra so maybe this weekend I'll go nursing bra shopping. Babies aren't kind on them and the one I kept from jack isn't as nice as I remember :)
Movement: None yet but I can't wait!!!!
Gender Prediction: I think it's a girl.

Ultrasound Update * : Our little nugget isn't a big mover but it's growing big and strong. It's about 2.5" long and has a super fast heart beat. We passed the neck fluid test (can't remember the technical name) so we were so excited about that. They drew blood to test for the other chromosome issues and we should be getting our results back soon. Cross your fingers! But our little baby is looking so good and I'm always so glad when I get to peek inside and double check everything is ok. :)

Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High - kinda hard to tell right now though
Skin : Better / Worse - no change really
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Grace, Hazel, Violet, Clara, Cora, Mabel, Margot
       Boy: Henry

10 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2


How far along: 10 weeks
Total weight gain: 1 lb.
Sleep: Terrible back and neck pain. Hoping our new mattress will come soon and help!
Sickness: Feeling less nauseous but still uneasy. It gets better every day so hopefully I'll be able to eat full meals again soon.
Cravings: Sweets.
Make me queasy: nothing specific. Some gross sights like carving up a whole chicken makes me a little sick feeling but not really any tastes.
General Symptoms: Just some nausea.
Miss anything: SANDWICHES - roast beef, salami, meat in general
Maternity Clothes: I've busted out my maternity skinny jeans. My boot cut jeans and shorts that I bought right after Jack was born are still roomy enough for my belly.
Movement: None yet but I can't wait!!!!
Gender Prediction: I think it's a girl.



Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low High - kinda hard to tell right now though
Skin : Better / Worse - no change really
Attitude : Happy Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Grace, Hazel, Violet, Clara, Cora, Mabel
       Boy: Henry (we've decided already lol)

8 Weeks - Baby Wilson #2


How far along: 8 weeks
Total weight gain: 1 lb.
Sleep: Uncomfortable already but hopefully our new mattress will help!
Sickness: I feel nauseous a lot more than I did with Jack but so far I've been able to keep it at bay! Cross your fingers that it stays that way!
Cravings: Sweets. Though I'm still a little too sick feeling to eat a whole bunch of anything.
Make me queasy: nothing specific just generally not happy with food.
General Symptoms: Just some nausea.
Miss anything: SANDWICHES - roast beef, salami, meat in general
Maternity Clothes: Nothing yet but I'm getting close to busting out my old maternity jeans. WHAT? This early!
Movement: None yet but I can't wait!!!!
Gender Prediction: I think it's a girl.



Old Wives Tales:
Morning Sickness : No / Yes
Cravings : Salt / Sweet
Chinese Calendar : Boy / Girl
Heart Beat : Low / High
Belly : Low / High - kinda hard to tell right now though
Skin : Better / Worse - no change really
Attitude : Happy / Moody

It's all adding up to : GIRL



Names I like at the moment:
       Girl: Molly, Fiona, Grace, Hazel, Violet, Clara, Cora, Mabel
       Boy: Henry (we've decided already lol)



Baby Wilson #2!


We are so excited to announce that Jack is going to be a BIG BROTHER!


Baby Wilson #2 to arrive October 19th 2017, roughly 😉



He is patiently waiting for a wagon ride partner!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5 Year Anniversary!

This past weekend Max and I celebrated 5 years of marriage! I can't believe it! I love this man more each day and I'm already excited to see what next year brings us.


This year was the year of WOOD!

I've had my idea planned for about a year now. Max is addicted to watches. He loves having a nice watch and has collected many through graduations, birthdays, and Christmas'. But for a while now his nicest watch has been broken. The band wore through and snapped, the battery was dead and we were saving up to get it fixed. Little did he know I was planning to buy him a nice fancy wood one for our 5 year anniversary.

Well he really didn't know...

2 weeks before our anniversary he informs me he has fixed his watch and a new band is coming in the mail....

Plans ruined. A year of waiting for nothing! So back to the drawing board.

It had to be something good, something worth 5 years, something better than whatever he was getting me ;)

I had nothing...wood is actually kind of hard.

  1. I could get a piece of wood and write on it or engrave it. Except he's a dude and pinterest inspired scripty wall decorations aren't really his thing.
  2. I could buy him a bonsai tree but he's a scientist so he'd probably have to study for a year before deciding how to prune it, feed it, water it, etc.
  3. I could write memories or funny sexy things on jenga pieces....except he hates games and we'd never play.
  4. I could get him a picture frame from Michael's and customize it! Except he wouldn't have anywhere to put it because he shares and office with many other PhD students and he'd take forever to decide which picture to put in it and it frankly kinda sucks.
All my ideas suck. Everything sucks!

Then finally after hours of searching the deep depths of pinterest I found it! A wood carved phone case! He got a new phone recently and was upset that he chose the same style and color as mine thus rending us with each other's phone all the time. He wanted a case for it but couldn't decide, it obviously needed further studying ;)

So before he could buy his own I jumped at the chance. I went to carved.com, which is amazing by the way, and started sifting through their cases. They have so many beautiful designs but I know Max, he'd want something outdoorsy. So I started looking at mountains and different animals. I finally landed on the Grand Tetons. It was exactly what I was picturing.


I am totally winning this year!

We went out to dinner at Chisto's which is a super cute Italian restaurant in Phoenix. It's not really kid friendly, they don't have highchairs, kids menus, or crayons. It was perfect! We dropped Jack of with the Grandparents and headed out for a night to ourselves.

After dinner but before desert we took the chance to exchange gifts. I went first. Max had only brought an envelope so I assumed it was a confirmation of something being shipped soon. As I was opening it he said he couldn't think of anything wood so he included a stick. And sure enough there was a tiny stick in the envelope. Well that meant the paper was not wood related?

He was right and he won...

I unfolded the paper and it was a picture of a PURPLE MATTRESS 


We have been trying to save up for a new mattress for over 5 years. Ever since we started dating we've been discussing buying a nice mattress instead of our usual sub $500 discount thing but we never seem to be able to afford it.

Well now after both of us are having terrible back problems we are pulling the trigger and I can't wait!

He was next to open which was a little sad compared to the whole mattress thing but he loved it. It fit his phone perfectly without adding to much bulk.



It was a wonderful anniversary and I can't wait for the next one!





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Grand Canyon

My best friend of 20+ years, Katy, moved out to Tucson several months ago. She's only here for a year to finish up her PHD program but I thought while she's here Max and I should show her the sites. This obviously includes the Grand Canyon.

Picture courtesy of Katy
I'm pretty sure when we demanded asked her to go she wasn't super enthused. Everyone, including my younger self, that isn't from around here think's its just a giant crater in the ground. But OMG you would be wrong. It has side canyons, waterfalls, a giant river, and amazing views and the sheer size is over whelming. I tried my damnedest to convince her but I don't think anything quite sunk in. She was just going to have to see it for herself.

We booked reservations at the Bright Angel Lodge, scheduled a babysitter for Jack and the dogs (a toddler at the Canyon sounds like my worst nightmare), and packed up the car. Her fiancee even flew into town so he could see it too.

Picture courtesy of Katy
We all crossed our fingers that it would be a clear day with snow on the ground. There is nothing quite like the Canyon in snow. It adds a little extra something.

But sometimes life sucks....

It was a super foggy cloudy day with rain. When you looked over the Canyon edge it was nothing but white as far as you could see. All the fog and clouds had settled into the bottom. We toured some gift shops, ate lunch, and got settled in our rooms in hopes that it would clear up through out the day.

No such luck.

We ended up driving to Hermits Rest anyway just to see it. On our way back down we noticed a few vistas off to the left. We stomped on the brakes, jumped out of the car, and ran to the edge like children. My mother would be appalled.

But sure enough as we peered over the edge we saw Canyon floor! We could see everything. All the clouds had lifted and the fog came spilling out. 


We even got a great view of the river which can be hard to spot. 


Needless to say we took an unholy amount of pictures in every pose you could imagine so we didn't waste our one good view. Who knew if we were going to get another one.






We drove back down to the lodge and milled around passing the time peering over the edge in hopes the views would come back but not so much. We enjoyed dinner and went to bed early. We were all pretty beat from the drive and the view search.

The next morning we threw the curtains back and OMG a winter wonderland! It had snowed something like 3-4 inches. It was magical. 

Picture courtesy of Katy
Katy has very limited snow adventures so this was a super treat and we were all so excited! I was bummed Jack missed it but he was only somewhat amused on our last snow adventure so it was probably for the best.

We spent the morning searching for views again but the super cold weather and active snowing filled the Canyon with clouds and we found nothing all day. 
Picture courtesy of Katy
Picture courtesy of Katy
We headed to a few tourist destinations and then decided to call it day. We picked out souvenirs and headed home. Max talked a big game about the "back way" home and how it was so amazing so we decided to trust him. The first half was filled with a beautiful drive through the snow. We stopped to double check a few vista points but we didn't find much. Except a snow angel. No one is quite sure how it got there 😉
Picture courtesy of Katy
Picture courtesy of Katy
As we came further down off the rim we decided to visit the Little Colorado Gorge on the Navajo Reservation.

It was simply breath taking. The river was flowing at the bottom and the sheer cliff sides were stunning. We all took it in as much as we could.


After we had our fill we piled into the car and made the long trek home. 

Our Grand Canyon trip was short with not as many views as we would have liked but it was so much fun!

I can't wait for our next adventure :)