Family · Holidays

Summer Eclipse 2017, holding hands, and another big boy bed

Happy Eclipse Day! I have to admit, I didn’t see what the big deal was at first, but after experiencing it I definitely see why people would drive so far to get a good view of totality! We might head to Dallas in 2024 to catch the next one 😉

Kender had so much fun watching it! I couldn’t believe how cold it got, and how eerie the light looked – we didn’t get to see the totality where we were at, so it just looked like twilight for a few minutes. I didn’t think to take any videos of the atmosphere, but I did get this cool shot of the eclipse shapes in the shadows of the leaves.

Today we watched the movie Sing! for the first time with our boys. We love it! The music is amazing, and the characters are so lovable. Ryan captured this sweet moment of Kender and I watching together ♥ Our favorite is Johnny the Gorilla. On the right are Rhett’s hands in mine. I love holding my boys hands, and I have to do it as much as I can before they start to think it’s uncool to hold hands with your mom.

After Rhett’s big boy bed fiasco a couple weeks ago, we decided to take a different approach – a tiny big boy bed! It’s the same color and style as his crib, so I thought that might make the transition easier for him (better than moving straight to a giant intimidating queen mattress). He loves it, but now we have the problem of him being too excited to sleep… He didn’t fall asleep until 9 tonight, which is super late for us. But I know he’ll get the hang of it soon, and milestones are still my favorite.


I can’t believe how fast these boys are growing. They are my most precious treasures, and I’m so grateful I get to be their momma ♥

I listened to this General Conference talk the other day and just loved it. It’s full of funny stories, and reminds me of what an awesome calling I have:

Children by Neil L. Anderson

Building Our House · Family · Motherhood

My Handsome Helpers

I managed to capture some cute little memories this week, and I wanted to quickly document them before we head to the park today!

Here are my ridiculously handsome boys all ready for church. This was Rhett’s first time wearing a tie. He loved it until the middle of the first hour, then he ripped it off. Still progress!


Kender is always so eager to help me with tasks and chores, and Rhett is starting to follow his example. Kender helped me cut our green beans to prep them for blanching and freezing. Rhett really wanted to help, but I don’t trust him with scissors so he got noodles instead 😀


They’ve both been helping me a lot around the house, and I love it! I love that Kender naturally loves to help, and is teaching Rhett to love helping too. I’m very blessed to have two such awesome little helpers ♥


Rhett is at the age where even when he’s a terror, he’s just too dang cute. I’m gonna miss this!

Here are a few more photos from when we were at the property last week:

I know this picture will probably scare some people (*cough* MOM) 😀 but don’t worry – the excavator was totally off, and Rhett was laying uphill of it. And we were right there to grab him in case the excavator came to life and decided to start eating children.

They just love machines! And getting dirty…


Here’s the left side of our circle-ish driveway! It makes exploring the property much easier for the kids and I.


Kender helped Ryan work at the property for hours, and he loved it. He was so proud of the progress they made cleaning up the driveway, and he was so excited to show Rhett and I ♥


I love all these boys of mine! They make my heart full.

Building Our House · Family

Excavator Rides

Ryan has been hard at work at our property on his days off from policing. He’s almost done clearing, and soon he can start digging the foundation hole. Things are really moving along!

The other day I took the boys over to see if we could help pick up any branches, but we ended up just having fun riding the excavator with Daddy. Our boys LOVE excavators… And Daddy, of course 😉

I had to get a few pictures of me enjoying the boys too. And a short video compilation of their rides, put to music to make things more interesting 🙂 I feel like the song (Better Together by Jack Johnson) describes perfectly how they make me feel. Everything’s better when we’re together ♥


Family · Lifestyle · Motherhood

Beach days, big boy beds, potties, and toenails

Yesterday we had a family beach day with some friends. It was nice for Ryan to be able to take a break from working at the property and come have some fun with us. He works so hard to support our family, and I’m so grateful for him. We brought Sadie too. She loved it. Her favorite parts were digging up dead fish and running up and down the beach with Ryan.

Rhett’s favorite beach day activity

After the beach, Ryan took apart Rhett’s crib and set up a big queen mattress in the boy’s room. Kender started sleeping on a big boy bed when he turned 2, so we thought Rhett would be ready at 2 and a half. But we were wrong…

After we put the boys to bed, they played for a while in their room, which I expected. I had to go in and get Rhett because he stepped on a toy and was furious, and I wanted Kender to be able to go to sleep. Rhett and I watched a show for a few minutes and then I took him back in his room, rocked him to sleep in the recliner, and then laid him down in the twin bed (Kender was sprawled out on the queen).

I hoped that Rhett would wake up in the morning, realize that he had slept all night in a big boy bed, be proud of himself, and then play with toys, but instead he woke up at 2am screaming. He had lost his blanket, and he was scared without the security of his crib. I tried to lay with he and Kender on the queen bed, but he insisted on leaving the room. I let him watch another few minutes of a show to calm down, and then brought him into my room to try to get him to sleep. That failed too.

We ended up staying awake until 7:30am, when I finally went in and woke Kender up and told him to go lay on the couch so I could put the crib back together. Once Rhett was safely back in his crib, and his room was back to normal, he quickly fell asleep. You know what kid? Keep the crib. I don’t mind if you stay my baby just a little longer ♥

In my last post I talked about how I’ve been getting sick of my boys always watching YouTube kids or playing Minecraft. Yesterday I went upstairs and found some of Ryan’s old Captain Underpants books and started reading them to Kender.

Showing off his new favorite book

I hoped their silliness would interest Kender enough to let us have some fun away from technology, and thankfully, it did! He enjoyed the book so much that we read another one, and started a third. It was his first time reading a chapter book, and he couldn’t get enough! And I loved the quality time with him.

And here’s Rhett, playing with his new potty, while quoting the book “Potty” that he got for Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa 😄

After the big boy bed fiasco, I doubt he will have any real interest in potty training any time soon. And that’s ok too.

One last fun fact before I say goodnight – today I was cutting Rhett’s toenails and I leaned in really close to make sure I didn’t cut him when a tiny toenail shot right into my eye… I got it out with eyedrops thankfully, but it was super weird and I hope his dirty little feet didn’t get any nasties in my eye!