Weekly Lemonade


SWEETS: bloguettes conference | everyone feeling better | s n o w w w w w w | hayward's buzzerbeater to send lebron home crying | jazz date night x3 | riding trax for the fist time | dinner with morg + ty | aub's birthday party | lazy saturday + sunday mornings | new costco play table | on time for church | quick visit with grandma before we took her to the airport for florida | bijou market | lots of new babies to love on: shelb + brandon, jon + bri, coy + suzie, john + kylee | homemade potato soup | slowly putting up the christmas decor | saranoni blakets | house plans after the kids are in bed | making thanksgiving name tags for grandma's house | selfies from jon + jonah at the jazz game | sour skittles | every single thing about jess kettle's remodeled house | hide + seek | the way the boys run + scream when jon gets home from work | feeding the missionaries | west elm | hats ordered online that actually fit #miracles | jon's oversized sweatshirts | homemade christmas ornaments | snuggling next to the heater box

now, the sours. because I think they are important to document + just as fun to look back on. 

SOURS: jonah tipping the shopping cart over at the craft store: harry potter scar for jonah, serious bruised battle wounds for riggins + one hysterical mama | losing the car keys | forgetting birthday card at home | riggy taking off his diaper in the kitchen then smearing it all across the rug + carpet | blog design taking foreverrrrrrrrrrrrr to program | no trips to logan this week | jonah breaking TWO snow globes | dead computer chord | long tithing settlement hours for jonboy | forgetting to mail our thankful cards | always feeling like i want to switch up home decorations | cramps | gold hair | waffle luv confusion at bloguettes | parking lots mixed with road rage | jonah scaring riggins with the vacuum + sucking up the rug while he was at it

Learning to make do

We don't have a yard right now. Which means that we spend A LOT of time on our balcony. The boys would play outside sun up to sun down if they could, so we have worked extra hard this summer to make the front little balcony a place that we love. We dream of the day we are able to send them outback to burn a little energy, but in the mean time we'll soak up our impromptu hot dog roasts before bed, the view overlooking the city + jump inside on our mini-trampoline.

half eaten mallow's put back in the bowl #myfave #nast

party lights to make things legit. not pictured: i think we're alone now on repeat.

^ ^ G U I L T Y ^ ^

There's kind of a running joke around here that we won't ever have expensive furniture until the kids are out of the house. I literally feel like every bit of furniture we have right now is broken or hanging by a limb in some way. I'm used to lots of little sisters, so boys bring a different dynamic to my scene that I'm still trying to figure out. They play HARD hard hard. Sun up to sun down. Finding furniture that is kid-friendly, indoor/outdoor + won't break the bank is tricky. But believe it or not, Costco has been pulling through lately. I love that they carry Lifetime products from time to time. Lifetime is the same company that makes the wiggle cars that we love so much. We scored this table a couple of weeks ago + we are super stoked on it. I'm not even kidding. It's wipeable, cute AND indestructible, which is huge for kiddos who play hard. You can find the set (with folding table) at Costco right now!! (Unless they're sold out, ha) Jonah dubbed the green "turtle" chair + Rigg scored the blue. Riggins pushes his chair room to room throughout the day + it makes me laugh so hard.

We decided to keep the fire pit out for winter this year. Snuggling around the fire with a warm steamer on a cold winter night? Yes please!!


Giving with Thanks


Our give with thanks challenge is still in full swing over here + our giving tree is looking beautiful + bright. It has been humbling to watch the joy bloom inside of my boys as they serve those around them. I hear it in their excited voices as they put their shoes away without being asked. Or as they held the door open at City Creek without me suggesting it.  Little moments like this warm me to the core. The intention is beautiful. Their hearts are growing through this daily service challenge + so is mine. I feel it in my soul. Here is a link to the Thankful kit + original post if you need to get caught up to speed on what I'm talking about. Just over a week until Thanksgiving is here! 

How to Entertain Toddlers


We caught that nasty stomach bug a couple weeks back + were cooped up at home for a few days in a row. It led to some pretty depressing thoughts on how we're completely doomed this winter. #stircrazytimestwenty Utah probs, I guess. Riggins was down for a nap, Jonah was watching Daniel Tiger on his ipad in the living room + I was pretty desperate for something fun to do with the kids. Something that definitely didn't require much effort on my end. Remember these plastic balls from Riggin's first birthday party?! You might already have some lying around, but if not, I'd suggest snagging a bag for the cold winter ahead. They have been saving my sanity lately. Just keep them boxed up until you actually use them. Otherwise they will most likely become your worst enemy during cleanup time. I got bag of balls down from the garage shelf + made a towering pile on top of my bed, shutting the door behind me. The boys had no idea.

A trick that I've learned in raising + entertaining our two very active toddlers is the surprise factor. Our boys are easily pleased, but their attention span isn't the greatest. This is where my surprise theory comes in! I can't let them in on what I've got planned for the day because if they see me setting it up (art project, snack time, movie fort, picnic, ball pit, etc) the excitement pretty much wears off before it's even ready to go. If you master the set up/planning without them seeing, your activity is that much more thrilling for all of you. Depending on what we're doing, it helps me to wake up a few minutes earlier + plan things out the night before. Both little gestures that make all the difference on how productive we are during the day. This has helped to keep my kids stay engaged for longer periods of time + I'm telling you, the way their eyes light up on a day like that make any hassle beforehand totally worth it. 

When we opened the door later that afternoon to our DIY ball pit, Jonah ran in circles screaming you're the best mom everrrrr + Riggins, well, he just stared at us like we were crazy. Haaa! He warmed right up in no time. They jumped, flipped, played hot tomato, sorted the colors, jumped some more AND even helped shoot the balls into the bag when we were done. Chalking this day up as a success on my mom chart.

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