Weekend Roundup

Happy Friday!

Here are a few fun things we did this week.

Farmers Market fun! Everyone was tuckered out from playing and snacking on seriously delicious strawberries (and chips).

We finally had a day hot enough to bring out the pool and water table. I don’t understand how people in Washington get much swimming done- I feel like if its below 75, its too cold!

We also took a lot of walks this week. Taking advantage of the sun- and its just so sweet to see Randsom look after Emersyn!

 

Happy Weekend to you all!
Mommy Little

Memorial Day 2017

We were blessed to be able to spend Memorial Day with family this year. It has been wonderful having Grant’s family in town so often. We love spending time with them, and I’m happy the kids are able to be with that side of the family so often. We spent the day enjoying cooking out, and running around outside in the beautiful weather! I am a huge lover of Memorial Day (and the 4th of July)- they have always been a close second to Christmas in my mind. Something about the start of summer and spending time with family outdoors.

I know that these holidays are hard earned by our troops, and that many of them did not get to enjoy the day with their family. I am so thankful for all the sacrifices made by those who choose to serve our country.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart on this Memorial Day.

Pumpkin Picking

My family spent yesterday morning picking out pumpkins! It was so much fun, and we were especially glad that Daddy was able to join us for our little adventure. He has been so busy this semester, we hardly see him! Anyway, Randsom loved seeing all the pumpkins and sitting on the big red tractor! Emma was also thrilled at all the fall sights. Washington is absolutely beautiful this time of year, we are so glad to have been able to enjoy it. Stay tuned for pumpkin painting pictures!

Happy Sunday,

Mommy Little

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Outfit Details
Jacket: Old from TJ Maxx
Shirt: Old Navy 
Pants: Loft
Boots: Hunter Boots

Emmas Hat: H&M Sold Out

One Year Update

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As of August 4th, we have been living in Washington for 1 year! Time seems to have flown by, and also dragged on all at the same time. I still remember crying my eyes out as I hugged my family goodbye before we left. I didn’t talk the whole first hour of our drive and I was sick to my stomach… but that last part was probably because I was pregnant and hadn’t realized it yet ;).

I thought it would be appropriate to give a family update, one year into our adventure. A lot has changed, and thankfully some things have stayed the same.

The biggest change has been adding a new member to our family! This last year I was pregnant while adjusting to our move. It was really hard being away from my family (especially my mom) while I was sick. I was afraid that my pregnancy would have complications like my last did, and I felt so alone. There were some hard days, and a few set backs (like having to have another c-section) but thankfully everything worked out, and Emersyn Claire is such a joy in our lives! I still can’t believe that she is here, and that just one year ago we weren’t even expecting her presence!

The second biggest adjustment was adjusting to how busy Grant was (and is!). I knew going into this that Grant would have to work hard, but it didn’t dawn on me just how hard it would be for me. Most days, Grant was at school (either in class, or studying) from 7 in the morning until 8 or 9 and night. Sometimes he would stop home for dinner, but he always left quickly to get back to studying. Randsom and I both missed him, and honestly I know it will be even harder when school starts again this year. Thankfully, Grant is loving school, so that makes it easier to get through the long days without him. I know that 3 years from now I will be writing about his graduation, and it will all have been worth it. Going into this next year, my expectations will be more managed, and I will have two kids to fill the lonely days.

We became members at our church this year, and we are slowly getting more and more connected. I’m thankful to be surrounded by such a strong community of believers! We have met so many great people, and I’m blessed to have made a few mommy friends. I can’t wait to start Bible Study again in the fall and reconnect after a summer away.

I am loving our home here, we are so blessed to be in a house and not an apartment. I’ve enjoyed decorating with the knowledge that things will stay for a few years. I’ve never been motivated to hang pictures or truly decorate before because we moved so many times. I’m excited to share some of my projects with you guys! I’ve already shared Randsom’s bedroom, which I LOVE. Our neighborhood is also wonderful, I love living a few blocks from an amazing park with a beautiful lake. We have really enjoyed the small town feel, and also the amazing local farmers market every weekend. Overall, Washington is really starting to grow on me. It will never be “home”, but it holds a special place in my heart. I even miss it a little bit when we travel.

I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!

Blessings,
Mommy Little

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Little Adventures: Palouse Falls

My husbands summer vacation has finally started! Today we took advantage of the fact that he is on break and made a trip to Palouse Falls. I am continually surprised at what adventures can be found here is Washington- I definitely would never have seen a waterfall where I’m from in the Midwest!

We walked a trail that lead to the beautiful falls. It was so relaxing… Until we got to the cliff. It was beautiful, but you can imagine my panic when we neared the edge with a toddler. Thankfully my hubby had Randsom under control and no one fell off a cliff. And we even got a few pictures to document it. We ended the afternoon with a picnic, which I think was Randsom’s favorite part. I’m looking forward to even more adventures this summer!


Blessings!

Mommy Little 

A taste of Spring

Yesterday was beautiful! A solid 56 degrees all day long. 
It has been relatively warm in my part of Washington for several weeks now, but we have also had non stop rain. Yesterday the sun was shining and the birds were singing. I hauled my massively pregnant self out to the park with my toddler…. and it was the best. Grant even escaped from school for a half hour to join us. 

Judging by the 3 hour nap Randsom had when we got home- it was a successful morning!









Hope you are all experiencing some warm weather too!
Mommy Little


Travel Diary: Trip Gone Wrong

My family and I left early Thursday morning to fly out to Washington. I was very excited to finally get to see our new house in person (I had only seen pictures online), and also to get a feel for the city we will be living in for the next 4 years while my hubby attends Vet School. 
I absolutely hate flying (I have a death grip on someone’s had during take off, landing, and any turbulence). Thankfully it was a quick and turbulence free flight, and my little guy was all smiles! 
Once we arrived, we had a wonderful lunch and then spent the rest of afternoon resting at the hotel. We even went out for dinner and a walk around campus that evening. 
That was about when the magic ended. The next morning (Friday) Randsom woke up in a terrible mood. He was acting out and throwing a lot of tantrums. I just brushed it off to being tired from traveling, and we tried to go about the morning. I should have known something wasn’t right because he is normally a pretty happy go lucky kid. We attempted going out to breakfast, but he kept acting out and eventually we just headed back to the hotel. We had plans to meet the realtor at 3 to see our house, and didn’t want to push our luck.
The whole time we were at the hotel, Randsom was clingy and cranky. And wouldn’t you know, as soon as we buckled him in his car seat to go meet with the realtor… he threw up. Everywhere. 
I quickly threw away his clothes, gave him a bath, and he fell asleep. Thankfully my amazing mother in law was with us and was able to hold him while he napped. We left to quickly meet the realtor, but hurried back as soon as we could. I spent the rest of the night cuddling my baby and holding a throw up bucket.
Thankfully we were able to leave early the next morning. Let me tell you, flying with a sick kid is no good. And we had horrible turbulence on the way back. I was crying, holding a sick baby, and praying it would all end soon.
So glad to be back on solid ground today, and Randsom seems to be on the mend.
I’m ready for a nap, and maybe wine. 
– Mommy Little

Life Update: Puppy, Allergies, and We have a Home!

Hi Family and Friends,


While I doubt many of you are following our little family on this blog yet, I know eventually you (or maybe just me) will be looking back at this post and enjoying the story of how we got where we are.

First I want to address our puppy, or better stated, lack of a puppy. We brought Maverick home with us the day before Easter. Everyone loved him, and rightly so because he is adorable. Sadly it didn’t take long for us to realize that Randsom was allergic to him. This fun friend we brought home for our son was making him cough and wheeze. He had snot pouring out like a faucet and he broke out in hives when the puppy licked him. We waited 1 week, took Randsom to the allergist to confirm our fear, and that was that. 
Thankfully, my wonderful family graciously decided to adopt Maverick and give him a loving home. We are sad that Mav couldn’t stay with us and that Randsom won’t get to be around him much, but I know my family will love him and hopefully we will find a remedy for Randsom so someday he can play with all the puppies he wants.

Speaking of remedies for Randsom’s allergies, we are exploring our options. We have made appointments with several natural care doctors and we are hopeful. While I fully believe in the good that modern medicine does, I don’t want to discount anything that may provide relief just because it isn’t main stream. We will forever continue to see a certified allergist who works closely with a hospital, I know the risks my son will face everyday with his growing list of allergies and I never want to be without professionals in this field. But, Randsom would have to live in a bubble if his only form of allergy treatment is avoiding his allergens. I want to give Randsom the best chance at being safe and healthy. I know that I can’t keep him out of contact with every single allergen he has. Because of this I have decided to explore several safe, noninvasive, natural procedures. I will update more on what they are and if they work after we have finished. 

And for the final update…. WE HAVE A HOUSE! Purchased this month in Pullman, Washington. It’s a 3 bedroom beauty and I can’t wait to post pictures of all the decorating and updating I plan to do. It is a relief to know we have a place to live when we move in July. I can’t believe it’s only 3 months until we start our next chapter.

This was a long and rambling post and I’m impressed that you made it to the end.
Blessings,

Momma Little

Life Update

     Grant started applying for graduate collages last year. He spent several months traveling for interviews and he was accepted to several great schools! He spent a lot of time trying to decide where he wanted to attend. In the end, Grant decided he wanted to attend Washington State University for veterinary medicine. I am so thrilled that he will be fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Grant is so smart and kind, I know that he will be dedicated to his field and the people that he works with.
     When we first got married, Grant was still attending UNO and working on his under graduate degree. I knew that his goal was to be accepted to a vet school, and that there were not any located in Nebraska. I never doubted his ability to get into a school, but everything seemed so far into the future and I didn’t spend any time thinking about moving away from home.
     Now we will be moving across the country (a 23 hour dive to be exact) in less than 4 months, and the reality is finally starting to sink in. I have lived in Nebraska for the majority of my life, all of my family and friends are here. I am not well traveled and consider myself a homebody; I know that this will be hard for me. We are starting to look for houses, and movers, and thinking about packing up all our belongings, and it’s very overwhelming. I have a tendency to ignore my feelings and just keep going, but I‘m going to make a confession now: I’m anxious and scared and dragging my feet a little.
     It will be difficult for me to say good bye. Stepping out of my comfort zone is not my favorite thing to do. I know that I will be tested in more ways than I can imagine, but that I will also grow in faith. This is our next adventure in life and I won’t be taking it alone. Thankfully, I am madly in love with Grant and know I will follow him anywhere he decides to take me. I know that home is wherever he and Randsom are. We will also be adding another member to our family before we make our trip, a furry member to be exact. He is an Australian Sheppard puppy we have named Maverick.  
     It is going to be a crazy adventure, especially the trip to Washington! We will be driving for several days with a puppy, a baby, and a crazy lady who has to pee every 15 minutes (me).

I guess it’s time to start preparing for the madness!