This blog has turned into a "weekend blog"... I post my "Weekend in Pictures" each week, and that is about the extent of my blogging as of late! But what can I say? We look forward to the weekends a LOT around our house.... Anyways, we try and do something fun each weekend whether that be traveling, camping, or anything outdoors ...to try and keep our sanity from parenting stress and work stress that we accumulated over the week.
This weekend, our camping plans fell through because of the rain, So we stayed home- which is a rare thing for us. Saturday turned into a cleaning, laundry, yoga kind-of-day. Ryan went climbing with his friend in the afternoon, so Ellie and I were getting stuff done around the house. Things took a turn for the worse, and I ended up spending a lot of the day dealing with time-outs, tantrums, and the dreaded Nap Time. I was starting to lose my patience really fast, and also any glimmer of feeling baby hungry.. that I hit a breaking point. So I locked myself in my room! hahah... I needed a second to clear my head, calm down, and scrounge for any memories of the"Love and Logic" book that I had previously read.
I was thinking in my head how I would be totally fine with having one child for the rest of my life, and thinking about how horrible of a parent I am, and how I don't know a dang thing about parenting my child, when a piece of paper started slowly sliding under my door. I noticed it, and then heard a little sweet voice behind the door say,
"I made you a rainbow, Momma"
Oh man. The roller coasters of parenting!!
One minute kids are throwing a tantrum, and the next, they are being so sweet and drawing rainbows for you. I really need to work on not getting so emotionally involved when things get crazy, because obviously things with kids can change in the blink of an eye!
This little rainbow drawing now sits on my nightstand next to a picture of my beautiful mother, reminding me daily that 'Everything will be OK in a minute', if I am ever experiencing Hurricane Ellie. It reminds me to breath, and to remember that I am constantly learning how to parent. That I am not perfect, nor should I expect to be the perfect parent. But that the main thing that I need to focus on is loving that girl no matter how she acts, and loving myself no matter how difficult parenting can get.
I didn't record many Ellie quotes this month, but here are a few that I did.
Ellie continues to be spunky and full of love these days!
- coming up on 4 1/2 years old. . . wwhhhatt?
Ellie: "What is a Honeymoon?' Me: "It is where you go on a fun trip after you get married." Ellie: "Oh. Who do you go with? a honey bear?"
Ellie told me to "Drive faster!" while in the car and I told her that we couldn't because there was a car in front of us and we would hit it if we went faster. Ellie said "Oh....and then the policeman will give a ticket and throw us in the dungeon??"
Ellie was mad at me for putting her in time out and she yelled to me, "I don't want a mommy anymore!! I want my mommy UNDONE!"
"Daddy, you're so great and beautiful and precious"
Ellie was really getting the hang of riding her bike one day, and she yelled while peddling, " I'm learning how to be 5!!!" Ellie: "Mommies make LOTS of rules." Me: "Yep. Because without rules, things would get out of hand, huh!" Ellie: "Ya, and we would drive all the mommies CRAZY!!"
Ryan and some of his guy friends joined the Utah Climbing Club, which takes them to various amazing climbing spots in Utah, as well as the surrounding states. They will also do some ice climbing, and hike some famous large mountains such as; Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney, and also at the end of the year hike Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina! I am slightly jealous..... but luckily, me and the wives of these guys are close friends so we have already planned a couple of the trips to tag-a-long to. :) This being one of them.
Ibex is a place west of Delta, Utah. Middle of nowhere! But boy, do they have some good climbing.
We got there after dark, but the guys just had to get some bouldering in.
I love this shot that Ryan got.
Leave it to the guys to make breakfast! They made yummy breakfast burritos for everyone. There is something about making breakfast while camping. So fun, and waaay better tasting than it would taste at home, for some reason. ;)
Taryn, Jason, Steve, Carly, Dane, Kelsey, and Ryan. The dream team.
I like to secretly snap pictures of my husband.... he could easily be a Jesus actor/model.. haha
Dane and Steve
Ry-Guy tearing it up
I finally did my first lead climb outside! woo! It was amazing. Never goin' back.
The coolest rocks! The texture was definitely an adjustment for climbing, but it was a fun factor to add to the challenge.
Jason topping out
The land next to all of the climbing was just completely barren and flat. It almost resembled the salt flats! It was the craziest thing. So naturally, we had to take some handstand and jumping pictures :)
I love these crazy people! So glad they are in my life.
Friday (Valentine's Day) was Ryan's Birthday!!! He finally caught up to my same age. ;)
For his birthday, Ellie and I threw a party for him when he got home from work, that started with a Nerf Gun fight :)
Then he opened our presents... a Goal Zero solar panel charger, camping chair, some camping stuff for cooking, a new headlamp, but I think the best thing of all was the Oreo O's. Remember that amazing cereal that they stopped selling forever ago?! Well.... Ryan always talks about it, so I found out that Korea is the only place that still makes Oreo O's! haha So I found some on Ebay and bought them for Ryan. I love the Korean text on the cereal box. Ryan was so surprised! (I love that he gets so excited over cereal)
On that same day, our company left for our annual company spouse trip! This year was a cruise to Ensenada Mexico out of California. Luckiest employees!
I realized that I am not a huge cruise person myself, but it was still a blast. I just tend to like being outside to be able to explore, rather than on a boat for a few days. Although, maybe me getting motion sickness easily is the reason... or that I lost $45 my first time gambling. UGH! But it was still a blast. and it was safe to say that we had soft serve ice cream cones at LEAST 3 times a day... (still going through withdrawals at home without it) and karaoke stole most of our time on the cruise ship- we spent hours there every night! Our company filled most of the room and we all kept taking turns singing the most ridiculous songs. Sooo funny.
Me and my love at Karaoke night!
It was nice to finally get off the cruise ship and walk around Mexico. I love this candid pic of my friend and co-worker, Annie and my mother-in-law. Such beautiful ladies!!
These tacos were heavenly.... I still dream about them fortnightly.
The three ladies of Acumen Learning! What would they do without us..... I love these two!
Night #2 of Karaoke... all of the men got up there and sang a song for the ladies!
Ryan and I can get a little crazy sometimes.
Let's just say this: What is classier than singing karaoke on a cruise ship to "Let's Make Love" by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill in front of your co-workers, boss, and in-laws? Oh, and yes. We were completely sober.
The whole Acumen Learning crew!
I am so blessed to be able to work with such a fun group of people.