Final Days of Summer | Peach Picking

Somehow I'd gone 26 years without ever picking a piece of fruit off of a tree. EVER. Though I'd like to put growing up in Alaska on blast for this, really I just need to get out there and live a bit more. We're embracing our new city and surrounding area and it's appreciation of all things peaches as summer comes to an end this year. 

When we got to the orchard I planned on only picking enough that we could reasonably eat that week: 4-5. Landon on the other hand came into it with plans of a peach cobbler. 

That husband of mine delivered. 

Life is good.

Fall can come now.

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Hudson Elle's Blessing Day

Hudson Elle. 

I just want to write her name a million times. 

Today Landon blessed her -- and I swear I watched him fall more in love with her in front of my eyes.

She's been with us for a little over three months, but today was the first of many exciting milestones. 

We had carefully packed the blessing dress that my grandma had made Paityn for her blessing day two springtimes ago, and dressed Hudson in it this morning, putting a white bow on her dark hair as we ran out the door. I had questioned if we should find something different or more simple for her the past few weeks. But as I held her walking into the church building this morning it felt perfect. 

I forgot to quietly record the blessing as Landon spoke, surrounded by family members. But the phrase that she will be a "beacon of light" was my absolute favorite. I quickly wrote it down as the blessing finished and will be thinking it all week as I look at her almost-always smiling face.

The First Two Weeks

The time flew by quickly as time often does during a transition phase of life. One second we were packing up our things in the hospital and putting Hudson in her car seat to go home, the next minute both of our moms had come to visit and then returned to their homes again. I'm a big believer in getting out of the house once a day -- so starting with that first official night home from the hospital we ventured out for dinner with Avery and Trever along to help. We caught up over nachos at Costa Vida on how Paityn did spending the night with them, learning that she woke up multiple times crying for the baby (having seen Hudson the day before when they came to visit us in the hospital.) We got our turn the next few nights as she did the same -- waking up just whimpering for the baby.

Pink eye had (of course) decided to land in both of her eyes the day we brought Hudson home so Landon would curl up with Paityn helping her fall asleep safely away from the little one.

By then my sweet mom had flown in from Alaska and was able to help with the 24 hour quarantine phase, and we got right back to little outings every day. The mall one day to grab a nursing friendly dress, grocery shopping and or the park another day. Landon was back to work a week after Hudson was born, but those six days together meant so much to me and our relationship. I can't tell you how much my love for him grew in that short amount of time.

One of my favorite nights with him was the night that Utah got hit with a random/freak windstorm. Without any real plans for the evening -- my mom spending the night with her sisters, we packed the girls in the car and went for a drive. I hope I'll be able to remember those sweet emotions forever. The simple but strong love in the air as we turned on some music and drove North and then up the canyon. Nothing to talk about we joked and laughed and held hands and watched the clouds close in on us, the sky becoming rusty colored and dark. Then up the canyon we went, the clouds parting revealing peaks of brighter sky and the ground showing off some of winter's snow. I accidentally also fell even more in love with Utah that night and vowed to never leave.

At some point we headed off to Pizzeria Limone to share a pizza and diet coke as the storm intensified in wind and rain. Paityn was the happiest camper, having finally gotten her first nap for the day on the drive. Again we ate and laughed, and I nursed Hudson for the first time in public. We got kind smiles from strangers in the restaurant who were sitting out the storm, the kind of smiles that somehow reassure every decision that led up to where you are now.

There were a few days in these first two weeks that weren't quite as romantic and lovely. Paityn's struggle to fall asleep without Landon near by kept up long after the pink eye was gone. I saw a jealous side of her for the first time during a random nursing session, and then saw it again and again. It's hard when I just have one lap but two babies that want to (or one that needs to) be on it. Speaking of we can't forget the days of counting down from ten and closing my eyes tightly every time Hudson would latch on, and wondering if that dang Lansinoh was even doing anything. But looking back if my biggest pain postpartum has really nothing to do with being postpartum or from labor, then that's probably something to celebrate. After a day or two of ibuprofen after coming home from the hospital I was really feeling great. Huzzah!

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Now that this pregnancy has come to an end, I feel surprised at how complete our family feels now and how uninterested I feel towards the idea of pregnancy again. Which is totally ok! I have a sweet little daughter to get to know and fall in love with, and a two-year old who suddenly seems years older to me. Big sister looks good on her.

xx

a Weekend In Idaho

This past weekend we headed over to Idaho to visit my brother Kyle and his cute wife and son Riddick. When we moved away to California a few years ago I felt bad that we hadn't made more of an effort to see them -- feeling like they were so far away, when in reality they were a 3 hour drive away, and that once in California they'd be 12+ hours away. So once we planned to move back to UT I thought hooray! a second chance at not sucking at visiting family. And then before we knew it and it was March and we hadn't seen them yet. *womp womp* I take that back, they drove out to see us the second week that we'd moved in! So by "we hadn't seen them yet" I meant, we hadn't made the effort to go see them in ID yet. So learn from us! If you have family or friends within a 5 hour radius schedule in a time to see them in the next month. I promise it's a shorter drive than you think.

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Paityn and I drove up to Salt Lake to meet Landon at his office which in of itself was a victory. Once of my goals last year was to become more comfortable with driving, so let me just, ah, pat myself on the back.

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We got in to Rexburg later Friday night than we’d expected — totally our fault with taking too long with “just a few short stops” in Salt Lake  before we hit the road. But Saturday we woke up ready to party. Kyle and Heather fixed us up a tasty breakfast then we all got ready and headed up to Idaho Falls. My favorite part of day was watching Paityn and Riddick run around near the Idaho Falls Greenbelt, feeding the ducks, and running after the geese. Which I’ll admit it, freaked me out.

Later that evening after the babies had a chance to take a nap we went to check out the BYU Idaho campus where Kyle and Heather met.

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That night, after some pizza we grabbed Big Hero 6 which Landon was so stoked to watch. Not exactly my cup of tea, don't hate me! But he and Paityn were happy as can be with how it went. In the morning we got to go to church together then hit the road by early afternoon to head back home. It was so nice to see them again, and to feel like with each time we see them, or any part of the family -- that those relationships are strengthened. I'm ready to make time with family + getting out on adventures here in Utah such a larger priority this Spring and Summer. My bucket list is growing.