Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Been a while

I never blog anymore!  Life has been crazy.  Here it is in a nutshell.  

Sold our house and bought a new one.  We close next month and as long as everything goes well we'll be moving into this beauty!

Mark had a birthday shout hooray!  The big 34 this year!  Love this man so much!

This year marks the 2 year anniversary of Nathan's death.  In some ways it feels like just yesterday and in some ways it feels like an eternity.  I still miss him just as much everyday.  Love you Nate!

This kid graduated from Preschool!  For real this time!  We are both so excited for the adventure of kindergarden next year!

These three little beauties keep me on my toes everyday!  They totally have me outnumbered and have way more energy than one can imagine....but I am one lucky mama to call them my own:)

This sweet little chunk melts my heart!  She is the best baby ever!  She's 8 months and I just want to eat her up she's so cute!

 Had a rough day today, then I sat down and looked at these picture and brought myself back to the reality of how blessed I am.  I have an amazing husband who loves me unconditionally even though I'm crazy.  We have 3 beautiful children who teach me more everyday than I ever thought possible.  They are so pure and love life to the fullest.  And most importantly I have a Heavenly Father who knows me better than I know myself, who I can always turn to no matter what.  
What more can a girl ask for??!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Avery is 4 1/2 months old already!  Time goes way too fast!!  Our little chunk is just the happiest baby ever!  At her check up her stats came in at 70% for weight and something like 50% height and 80% head.  She is an adorable chunky monkey!!  She still doesn't sleep through the night but is just a joy when she is awake that it totally makes up for it.  
This month I finally feel like we are getting back to a little more of a "normal" around here since having a baby.  We have had lots of time playing with family and friends.  We even had a couple of snow days in the last week and the kids and I have been in heaven!!

4 Months!!

Jenny, London, and Avery at Safari Champ

Avery and sweet Audora!

They were ready to play!
Two cuties staying warm!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Avery's shower

I have the best friends!  Seriously Jenna should be a party planner.  It was beautiful and I had such a good time!  I'll be honest...I really didn't want a baby shower since it was my third kid, but I am so grateful for all of the hard work, time, and love that went into this for me and Avery.  Thanks so much Jenna and everyone who helped!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Avery Photos

My very talented friend Jenny Polson took these photos of Avery and I love them!!!  She was 8 days old.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Piece of Heaven in our Home

Avery Blair Allen

I'll try my best to make a long story short.....
-was in the hospital at 35 1/2 weeks pregnant dilated to a four, they stopped my contractions, sent home on bed rest for a couple of days....good after that.
-back in the hospital at 37 1/2 weeks at 4 1/2 but having regular contractions every three minutes for several hours.  They eventually slowed down.  Came home.
-38 weeks 4 days....THE REAL DEAL.  Started having contractions at 7pm...Mark forced me to go to the hospital.  When I got there I was at a 7 and already DYING!  I wanted them to give me the epidural right then and there, but of course these things take time.  By the time they were able to give it to me I was at 9/10 cm.  Right after I got it, they literally got me ready to push.  It was the most painful thing I have ever been through, but I was lucky that from start to finish my delivery was 3 1/2 hours.  After 9 pushes, little Avery Blair was born at 10:30pm weighing in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and 18 inches long.  She has literally been an angel ever since!!
-She eats like a champ
-sleeps like a champ
-hardly cries

Photos compliments of our good friend Jessica Shumway! ( She snapped these few precious moments when visiting us in the hospital.  Thanks Jess!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Coolest kid I know...

 Can't believe this baby is 5 today!!!
Is pretty dang smart
loves his little sister
obsessed with transformers, star wars, and power rangers
Has some mad light saber moves
loves soccer
does almost everything on his own(mr. independent)
says the cutest prayers

and is my favorite 5 year old in the whole world.  Happy Birthday Jaxon!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

All about baby

Best check up ever today!!  After Miriam's crazy pregnancy and delivery I have been really nervous as to how things are going to turn out for baby # 3.  As of now things couldn't be better!  I feel like crap pretty much all of the time but baby is doing amazing!
28 weeks 4 days:
-3 pounds 1 oz
-placenta looks great
-fluid levels perfect
-cervix perfect

It is crazy to think that this baby weighs almost as much as Miriam when she was born already!

 27 weeks
 28 weeks 4 days
28 weeks 4 days

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A LONG time!!

I can't believe I haven't written all year pretty much!  A lot has gone on but I haven't really been taking pictures and I can't even begin to try and catch up.  So here are just a few of the things that have been going on.   

I have been loving this boy!  He is the best big brother, and always so thoughtful!  Anytime he sees me lay down, no matter where it is(the couch, floor, chair, bed) he will bring me a blanket and ask to snuggle.    

 One of the hardest things to happen was the one year mark of my brother's passing.  We finally got his headstone in and it looks great(not a good picture it was wet).  May 12 just so happen to be mother's day this year and of course Mark's birthday.  So we celebrated Mark several days before because we knew that day was going to be hard.  We got together as a family and spent the whole day together.  We were at the cemetery for several hours and it was lovely.  We read letters from our family that were not able to be there with us.  It still doesn't seem real most days.... I miss you Nathan.

 Our most exciting news as of late is that we are expecting another little girl Sept. 28th.  I'll admit, I kinda had my heart set on a little boy but am getting more excited by the day.  Also don't know why it kept posting upside down:(

 Jaxon had his end of year school program and it was adorable!  He has just loved having Ms. Chavira two years in a row!!
Mark and I never went anywhere for our anniversary this year so my awesome sister and husband took our kids for TWO days so we could stay at a hotel on the river walk.  It was sooo nice to sleep and sleep and sleep!  Thanks again Jenny!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Binkies are the GREATEST thing when your kids are babes, and the WORST thing ever when they get old enough and have to be taken away!!  Miriam turned two in December and was way way way too attached to her binky.  We had to do it.  Last night we had a conversation with her and she helped us cut them and put them in the trash.  After an hour of full blown screaming, thrashing around in her crib, and a dose of tylenol she did it.  Sweet sleep through the whole night.  She even woke up happy and had a great day!  She talked more too!  Now it is nap time.  I am writing this as she has been doing the same thing she did last night for thirty minutes now and is screaming, "mommy I want that!!!!" over and over with some banging of something in between.  Torture.  I just want to snuggle her up in my arms and give her that stupid binky....... but I won't:(

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Perfect Day for Zilker!

The sun is shining.  The air is nice and chilly.  I'm happy.  The kids are happy.  
So much fun on the train ride and playground.
I love this time of year!