Life Lately – Mama's proud, Mermaids, and Sewing... go figure.

April 24, 2016
This past week has definitely had its ups and downs. Probably the biggest down was driving all the way to Provo (about 1.25 hours) with my sis-in-law for a Kortni-Jeane second anniversary party and arriving just as they were announcing the last three swimsuit winners. Boo! But we turned it around by going to Culver's for dinner.

The biggest up might have been playing at our friend's, the Nelson's house and painting mason jars to be flower vases as Mother's Day gifts, or maybe it was heading down to Highland today to have dinner with some of my sibs and their families. Chelsea LOVES playing with her cousins! I just wished we lived closer!

It was pretty fun to do some online shopping for Chelsea's birthday (coming up in about a week!) and getting some good deals, too! I cannot believe that she is turning four! I am so proud of that girl!

Today my friend Ashley who is in the Primary Presidency that our Bishop came in to sharing time and used Chelsea as an example on setting good examples. He told everyone about how on Saturday at an Emergency Preparedness Fair (which was basically just a way to teach everyone how to be prepared in case of an emergency), Chelsea had given him a sticker and that shortly thereafter, Alexa gave him a sticker too. Then he said that when we set good examples, it makes others want to be good, too. Proud mama moment!

Ready for another proud mama moment? Last night I turned on Netflix to see what was on and decided to watch "Once there was a Beehive." I started it out just me and Barrett, and ended it at about 10:15 PM with Barrett in my arms, Chelsea snuggled up next to me, and Andrew on the floor in front of the couch. The thing I love about watching movies with Chelsea is how in-tune she is with the feelings and emotions of the characters, and when there's a part in the movie that makes her feel something good, she gives me a hug or a kiss, or both and says that she loves me. These children are such blessings! It just felt so good to be watching a good, clean, funny movie with my daughter that also conveyed some of beliefs I hold so dear to my heart.

Alexa is seriously a crack-up! She is such a little sassy-pants and I love it! She's super hard to discipline, though, because she doesn't really take anyone seriously. I was borderline yelling at her for doing something she knew she shouldn't and she didn't even flinch! Haha!

She always likes to get into Barrett's stuff. Binki's, bouncy chair, and most recently, she's discovered how to get into his bassinet by dragging one of our little table chairs and climbing in. Well, a couple of days ago, Barrett was napping until I heard him crying, so I went in to get him and found this:

Too. Cute. For. Words.

Barrett is getting so big and strong! He had an appointment on Thursday morning and he's looking good! 50th percentile for height and weight, 25th for head circumference, but when the doctor put him on his tummy to see how that was going, she immediately exclaimed, "woah." Yeah. His tummy-time and scooting skills are pretty impressive.

I ran for the first time in probably about a year on Saturday morning! I probably only went about a mile since I only went for 9 months, but I feel pretty good about it. I was going to be done when I got home, but Chelsea asked, "Mom, are you going to exercise?" I said I wasn't, but she insisted. Haha! She's the best exercise coach I've ever had!

Is it just me, or is May like the busiest month of the year? Seriously! December can hardly even compete! I was feeling a little overwhelmed this week because I'm planning for Chelsea's birthday (nothing huge, just a little family party this year, I think), Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you!), and mother's day. Plus, I keep getting inspiration on more things I want to do and make. I guess I'd call it a happy problem.

So, I don't know that I've mentioned it much, but I sing. I sang all throughout elementary, junior high, and high school, and some college, mostly choirs, but I liked Musical Theater, too. I even got a couple of lead roles in some plays when I was in High School. So it's been a while since I've done any of that, but I found out in February that a nearby community theater is doing "The Little Mermaid," and I decided it was time to re-discover my thespian-self! So, I signed up for an audition date!!!! June 4 at 10:15 AM, you can find me auditioning for the part of Ariel! I'm a little nervous and don't even know exactly what I'm going to sing yet, but I'll get there!

Can I also just say that our voices sound way different coming out of an iPhone speaker than they really are? I learned this in a depressing, but also relieving way when I asked my Musical Theater-experienced sister, for some help the other day. She told me to record myself singing for her, so I did on my phone and when I played it back, I wanted to curl up into a little ball on my bed and cry. I literally felt like everyone who had ever told me that I was good in my entire life lied to me. It was not a fun feeling. Of course, I texted Andrew about it and he made me feel a lot better. I can't say enough for having a husband who loves and supports you, or for listening to your voice on quality speakers. Haha! I uploaded the video of me singing onto YouTube and listened to it on my computer speakers and felt MUCH better about myself. Haha!

I've also been thinking a lot about teaching sewing lessons and I'm gonna do it! I think it's the perfect opportunity for me since it's something I could easily teach from my home and have a fun time doing! Super excited about it!

SO THERE YA HAVE IT! If you made it all the way to the end of this post, thanks for reading! I try not to post these novels too often, but hopefully you don't mind it every now-and-then! Just for journaling purposes. ;)

What have I got planned for this week? Well, number one priority would definitely be Chelsea's birthday dress, but I've also got another tutorial planned! Plus, I've got play dates planned for just about every single day this week. It's gonna be fun! Promise I'll post on Instagram and Snapchat so follow me there!

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Thanks again guys!

1 comment

  1. Gasp!!!! That's so exciting. If I was in town I'd audition too! Ursula would be fun! 😉


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