Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sometimes all it takes for me to make a good video is a good song. I heard this song at noodles and company yesterday and instantly loved it. So since my kids were up late being sick I figured "why not?'. They watched little baby bum and I edited this video.
This song spoke to me on another level. Listen to the lyrics, they're very fitting for the people in the video. Those we wish we could have close but for one reason or another we just can't. What a blessing it is to have so much family!
There are sooo many pictures/videos that I couldn't fit into the video. So many. It was hard to whittle it down to what's in the video. I'll post a few underneath the video. 
I haven't been on here for a long while, everyday at the end of the day when I would have time to do this I'm just too tired. Hopefully I can pop in more regularly with these little videos. My kids love them. There are already so many videos I wished I had made but didn't! Life keeps moving and you gotta hustle through it. Maybe someday when I'm old I'll go back and makes lots more.
Thanks for a wonderful family vacation Wydo. Can't believe we've built this life together and the tiny people in this video are our genetic makeup! Can't believe you have a job that makes enough money to support a family of five AND take them on family vacations. Thanks for all your hard work, we love you so much. I love that picture of you in the black towards the end. so handsome. 

My moms happy place, loves those crab legs! 

The reason this video exists! THE OG THE ORIGINAL OTP!

Oh he's so handsome, he's getting so big. 

Tinder profile pic right? swipe right ladies!

Marco gave Danny this neat little coin, I was worried he would loose it but he held onto it. It's on our playroom wall now... I keep a close watch on it. 

Fancy Time!

Watching Danny have the time of his life. 

Watching Danny have the time of his life. Like father like son. I love these two pictures. What wonderful fathers! 

Nanny+Danny two peas in a pod. 

Seeing an entire corner of pixar dedicated to coco was huge for me! Seeing the Mexican culture integrated into Disney is amazing. Who knew twenty years ago everyone and their grandmas would love a movie called Coco. While it's all the knowledge some people have of Mexican culture it's still better than nothing. Thanks Disney, representation matters! You made my heart happy. BTW the coco part of Disney was packed with hispanics. love it. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

This is Halloween!

Well we went to the pumpkin patch again! We will likely be frequenting this spot seeing as how I bought season tickets for Danny and I! Ever since I moved to AZ I wanted to buy season tickets but I couldn't afford it! I could barely afford to go to the pumpkin patch 1 time! However in 2018 we are season pass holders to Vertuccio Farms and it makes me so happy! The kids like it so yea, we'll be hitting that spot up a lot! I'm curios to see how crowded it is depending on the time of day so we'll be playing around with the times :). How cute is Danny with his Satchel, his BYU shirt, rain boots AND he's holding charlies hand? ugh Danny you are too cute! 

Jess bought a season pass too! Yes! "tire yourselves out kids!"

ah yea baby! 

After the pumpkin patch yesterday we took Danny to the doctor because he hasn't been feeling well 
But we got him on some anti biotics so he should hopefully start feeling better! After the Doctors office we ate lunch at a Pizza Hut! Yes you read that right a Pizza hut! wild eh? now all I need is a blockbuster and a little ceasars side by side and we'll have a blast from the past. Ah, those were simpler times. Actually, If you can believe it when Wyatt and I were dating we went to a Hollywood video together! I think we were looking for a movie. 

speaking of nostalgia I finally let Danny watch Nightmare before Christmas. He and Sammy loved it and I didn't realize what a work of art it really is until now years old. 

How cute are these cute haunted houses from Trader Joes?! They had a blast decorating them while watching halloween shows. 

I can't remember why Wyatt is doing this but for a min before bed he was dancing around and it made me laugh. 

Spotify has an awesome Disney Halloween playlist and we've been listening to that. I love listening to music with the kids. love it. Their changing taste in music is reflective of their current stage in life. Last year we listened to "What the world needs now is love" a lot from Boss Baby. These days the kids like...

1. Bye bye birdie - Sammys favorite
2. Duck Tales Theme Song- Danny's favorite 
3. This town- Charlies Favorite, still. 

Love these kids and their taste in music. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Took the kids to brunch with a friend (that was wild, two moms and six kids) then afterwards to Vertuccio Farms. They had a blast and their rain boots looked so stinking cute. Plus they were perfect for the farm. Mud ain't got nothing on us. Wish I had some for Charlie, I ordered some online. Add that to the list of unnecessary expenses, it's a long one. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

I've gone identity mad!

Take a seat son, I'm about to drop some wisdom on you.

Back when I was in high school there was a group of girls that I wanted desperately to be friends with. Yeah they were "friendly" with everyone but they weren't up for solidifying new friendships. They kept to themselves and hanging out with just one of them was never an option. They were a package deal and did little to hide all the amazing fun they were having without the rest of us losers. We, the outsiders, could only hope that one day we would be invited to be one of them!

Finally the clouds parted and the angels descended upon me. Theyinvited me to go shopping with them. I was over the moon, I had been chosen!

The day came and I excitedly ran out of my house hoping my parents wouldn't step foot outside and embarrass me. I quickly jumped into the car and was brimming with conformity. They were fabulous, and a warm sense of accomplishment washed over me, biggest accomplishment thus far hands down. The driver looked around excitedly and put a CD into the CD player (so cool).

A song came on that I had never heard and the girls around me erupted in squeals of "YES!". This would now be my new favorite song, obviously. I liked sound of it and didn't know exactly what the lyrics said only that it repeated the name Grace Kelly. I vividly remember this experience and the accompanying "I can't believe this is happening!" feeling that came with it.

My day out shopping with them turned out to be rather disappointing, as I did not understand their inside jokes or share in a lot of their interests. Often I listened in awkward silence just grateful to be apart of it and hoping no one would sense me as the intruder I was.

Disappointment led to sadness when I had spent all my money and the girls I was with kept going and going and going. They were like bottomless pits of money.  I couldn't keep up this ruse for long, it was either buy another top at Hollister or skip lunch. Much like the earlier experience, this realization is a vivd memory.

I was never invited on an outing with them again, and that was ok, mostly. Going out with them that day made me realize how out of place I was with them and how I could never  truly belong.

 Fast forward to now years old and I still really love that song. Both because it's an amazing and because it reminds me of a time where I felt like I belonged.  However, today as I singing along to it the irony of it slowly set in...
Do I attract you?
Do I repulse you with my queasy smile?
Am I too dirty?
Am I too flirty?
Do I like what you like?

I could be wholesome
I could be loathsome
I guess I'm a little bit shy
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you like me without making me try?

I try to be like Grace Kelly
But all her looks were too sad
So I try a little Freddie
I've gone identity mad!

All these years I had associated this song with a feeling of belonging when the lyrics were the exact opposite. Wow. The song speaks to an unnamed individual who refuses to accept the artist the way he is. He offers to amend whatever necessary to gain approval only to realize that nothing he does will make the other person accept him. Having had this realization he accepts that he can't help what the person thinks of him and how this lack of control brought him to the brink. To finish he realizes that the unnamed person is a victim of their own elitism in that they are told what to think and invites them to "walk out the door".

Who knew the universe was trying to school me that day I excitedly sat in the car with the "cool" girls?!

Listen, not everyone is going to like you. People will form their own opinions about you and it's not you, it's them. Jen Sincero compares it to peoples reactions after a movie, some people hated it, some people loved it. The movie, was just a movie.

 You don't have to change yourself to make friends. You don't have to try. True friendship is an organic process and good people will be drawn to you. You will make connections and friendships by being yourself. Those with similar interests and humor will come to you, those that are loyal are your friends.  I am still trying to learn this lesson for myself at the ripe old age of 28. High school ends but the social hierarchy never will. It never will. Which is why you need to stop giving a F about it! Let it go, be free of its oppressive nature.

"Until you conquer the fear of being an outsider, an outsider you will remain." 

PS. When he says tried a little Freddie he means Freddie Mercury from the band Queen. Who was also not initially accepted for being himself, but  became a legend because of it.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Well! There he goes. We dropped him off at Kindergarten today and he wasn't the least bit sad! 

Sammy broke our baby gate this morning. I nearly fell tripping over the swinging door.  I kind of crashed into it. I had no idea it was broken in the first place.

Our walk back to the car was a little weird! Sammy was so concerned about leaving Danny at the school! 

Wyatt and I got him that Spiderman watch as a special surprise. He loves all things Spiderman right now and it's so cute. 

Analise in our Sunday School class is a hit with Sammy and Charlie! It's adorable. 

Also side note, Charlie took his first steps two Fridays ago. OK well maybe just one step. but it was a confident step!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kindergarten- an expected journey!

It's the end of an era.  Daniel is headed to kindergarten tomorrow and I'm already crying my eyes out. I'm going to miss him so much it.

I can't believe his time at home with me is as at an end. Once he leaves he'll never really be back. Sure there is summer, and holiday breaks but already a small portion of his childhood is slipping through my fingers. 

He's going to an amazing school and I actually heard wonderful things about his teacher just today. He has a few friends in his class. I am grateful to the Lord for the small tender mercies he's shown me and Danny as I release him into the world. I wish we could spend everyday flying kites and playing mouse trap. But Alas, he's on to the next chapter in his life. 

The past year I have dedicated the time when Sammy and Charlie are both napping to Danny. We've played board games, eaten popsicles, laughed and built legos together for the last year. We started off our "quiet time" around this time last year playing games like Mouse Trap, Candy land, and my personal favorite Candy Land 3000 (a creation of Danny's own).  On Friday we played Blokus and he was really good at it! I hired a babysitter a few times this last week so that Danny and I could go out together and get ice cream while Sammy and Charlie were napping. Danny was so excited to go with just me. I don't think anyones ever been as excited to hang out me as much as Danny has. My friend, my companion for the last 5.5 years. 

We have had so many adventures together and we had so much time to ourselves before little brothers came on the scene. I am excited for him because Kindergarten is so fun.  It is definitely a biter sweet moment.  

I made a small video for Danny capturing some of the highlights of his "stay-at-home" phase in life. We've done so much together! I'd like to leave a few words for Danny before you watch this. 


I love you to the moon and back. Thank you for being you. You are caring, bright, patient and I'm so lucky to be your mom. Everybody at school is going to love you because you are so kind, thoughtful and generous. I'm so grateful that Wyatt made it possible for me to stay home with you, what a privilege! I know I wasn't always a perfect mom but I was always grateful to be home with you. You're future is bright and we love you very much. To end I'll leave you with these parting words...

You are braver than you believe
Stronger than you seem
Smarter than you think 



picked out his clothes for kindergarten today!

Went to find his "perfect" backpack let them play in the splash pad and bought them candy

Danny's "yes-yes" day! I told him we could do whatever he wanted on Friday (to mark the end of him being a stay at home-r)

Peter Piper Pizza for the win! Great choice Danny, it was fun.

Meet the teacher night

Meet the teacher night

Our Costco Ice Cream/Churro date!

Our Coldstone Date! Danny got cotton candy flavored ice cream :)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

In other news Sammy has started clucking, a lot.  It's equal parts hilarious and adorable! Some highlights include

- Nana Picock!
-Thank you mama Picock!
-No JaJee Picock!

Wyatt and I aren't sure why he started doing it but I'm here for it!


PS Also Danny and Sammy have started playing "pretend" and It's so fun. Usually they are at the airport on their way to see Nanny but recently it's been them going to school. It's all really cute.

ALSO- All last week I was walking on air! I wish I would have blogged about it at the moment! I blame being on my period for having lost the moment! Last week was a dream! I was happy all week long! I have so much to be happy for. I love my kids, I get to stay home MY MINIVAN my freaking amazing stroller the list goes on and on. I am so grateful for my kids and our cute little routines. Ah the library! Danny's karate class Mcdonalds on fridays I love it all! I am spoiled and I am LOVING EVERY MINUTE!