Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Burton Dale!

Well, I had my baby and it was great and he is great! 

Waiting in the hospital

Long story short, he was born! As I was laboring in the late hours on Tuesday night and it wass evident that soon a baby would be born, the nurse said something like, "The only question is, will you have a 4th or 5th?" And I was like, "4th or 5th? Seems like something I'll be considering only after I take care of birthing the 3rd!" I thought she was pondering whether I would have a 4th and 5th child, but she was actually speculating whether, since it was so close to midnight on Tuesday the 4th, whether the baby would come on the 4th of April or the 5th of April! haha

Well, he came the 5th! 12:26, to be exact. There was a little prolapsed cord issue and a little NICU time but thankfully he was all right in the end. 

We thought he would be a scowly Jay-Z like Truman was, but he has unsquished and proven to not really have eyebrows at all.

Many joyous visitors came with many good name suggestions!

And Truman also finally got to meet his little brother. And ultimately was more excited about the strawberry shake and Lorna Doones haha. But he did so good being soft and sweet!

We were all too anxious to leave the hospital since they kept him a day longer than we were supposed to be discharged since he was having some breathing issues. Hospitals, for all their redeeming qualities, are just not among my favorite places in the world. 

We finally decided, after much deliberation, on the name Burton Dale. He's a good bub and we were so happy to be able to bring him home!

There has been much eye-poking, kissing, and secret-telling from Truman. He is so sweet even though there are the occasional whacks and throwing of hammers at poor Burton's head. On the whole, Truman has done tremendously well and much better than I expected or was warned he would do. He is such a good little boy. 

We have been enjoying our good transition to home with Burton!

Billy didn't miss too much work, which was good

And Easter! I LOVE easter! It is my favorite holiday. We had a fun egg hunt with the Hiatts, which Truman loved.

Many sprinkler parts

And we also had good Easter festivities at home

And now we are just charging on with good ol' life! The canyon in spring is so beautiful and me and my boys have fun every day. I forgot how tiring it is to have a newborn, but we are all getting used to each other and doing great!

Also, a brief summary of events before Burton is in the blog post below!

Before Baby

Here were the things that happened before the baby arrived!

Remember how Billy is the two-time reigning national paver champ? Well, BYU hosted that very competition this year and they asked Billy come judge. I went and watched and it was fun and endearing to be part of the Grounds/landscape world of joy. 

Billy was working on a Springville job the last couple of weeks so Truman and I got to visit him a few times. 

Me and Truman checked out the Bean Museum. OH my. You have never seen such a non-stop, enthusiastic display of every animal noise in the world by a small child. Truman almost passed out with excitement. 

As the weather warmed up we started playing outside more and Truman just loves, loves loves to play in his sandbox. 


We moved Tru to the big, front-facing carseat and he had no extraordinary reaction haha. Just the normal stoicism/glare.

Springville job. This is Billy's dream someday in the who-knows-how-far-future. The skid is obviously already his but he would really love a Cat mini-ex too.  

Unfortunately, the moose was taken out of our neighborhood:( It was so sad!! But the neighbors have been letting their chickens run loose and so Truman loves chasing those more than he would've loved chasing the moose. 

How far away seem those blessed days of but one child! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Moosen, Kitchen, Campin, Truckin!

Springtime is coming, it's coming today! Even in our mountainland, it's coming!

This is the magnificent creature that has taken up residence in Holiday Hills the last month or so. He was hanging around the neighborhood for several weeks but the last week or two he's stuck mostly to the mountain and most recently he's decided he likes it waaaay up by the cliffs. It's crazy!! I never want him to leave. 

I know someday he is probably going to be shot by some malicious  skilled hunter, but I just like him so much! He's so, so big. His shortest point is taller than Billy, easily. 

We went to Texas! It was SO FUN and Truman loved playing with the boys. It was nice to just hang out with Char while M&D and Jimmy served us (thank you people!).  

 Billy bought this truck. It is huge and quite! But somehow the flatbed makes it look stubby at the same time haha. But he is quite excited.

The kitchen is officially functional!! I am the most spoiled wife in the whole world! Billy did so good on every part of it and it is just beautiful, beautiful and I love, love it. And it's not even done!! I got so lucky. And i thought I might have a hard time transitioning to cooking again after not having a kitchen for 2.5 months, but I have never loved cooking so much. 

Obviously we still have to finish a few things, the backsplash, the upper and lower trim, the bar and island, knobs, etc, but it works for now and I am grateful!

 We went camping and it was so fun! I have been wanting to get back camping and this weekend was the time. Figured it would probably be awhile before we would go again once baby comes so we went and loved it. Truman loves camping and I am so glad. 

That's it! Billy has officially started full time work once again and is already busy, busy. We are so blessed and so happy. Truman is getting the hang of running around and makes us laugh so hard every day. Onward!

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Zealand!!!

 Oh my, we had fun! A countless amount of thank yous to M&D for the flying benefits and all the traveling advice and help!!

Here's a gazillion pictures (not a single one of which does NZ any justice). I'll try and keep the commentary to a minimum (sorry if you actually like that kind of thing...) but here are the summary points:
- We are international idiots haha
- We made zero reservations and plans which made for some interesting moments
- Everything still turned out so perfectly and we saw almost everything we wanted to
- The things we didn't see were just becuase NZ is so much bigger than you could guess
- We saw so many diverse landscapes; everywhere we went we were saying, "This reminds me of (fill in the blank)" and we named nearly every other place we've ever been; mountains, forests, plains, oceans, jungles, deserts, red rock, on and on. All in one country! And usually the NZ version was more amazing!
- Truman was the champion traveling/flying/backpacking/camping baby of all babies
- I love hanging out with Billy all the time! 

SFO Layover

Queenstown arrival and driving on the left side

Such dense trees!


Milford Sound

We took a boat tour of the Sound and it was CRAZY. 9 Meters of rain a year!!!! (the Amazon Rainforest only gets 2 supposedly!) Turns out I don't really like boats that much haha

This waterfall looks teeny but it was like twice the size of any Hawaii waterfall we ever saw

And this one was even huger. There were huge waterfalls everywhere

Mirror Lakes Boardwalk (Fjordlands)

Lake Marian Hike (Fjordlands)
One of our most favorite!

You would not believe this lake. This picture is so lame and cannot even show how crazy this place was. The land is simultaneously falling into the lake and exploding out of it. There wasn't even a shore!

An unexpected but rather quaint seaside town where we enjoyed a lovely stay with Barry and Sue

still recovering from jet lag and looking like an overweight tourist haha

The people's house where we stayed (Barry and Sue's) these nights was lovely and they provided a shower cap. It made us laugh and laugh and laugh. Lunch lady Truman!

Before church we visited a nearby park/botanical garden/zoo 


Is that the Wasatch Range?

This night we stayed in a little campervan parked on someone's property. Cozy!

Mt. Aspiring
We tried to go on a hike to Aspiring Hut and nearly blew over--fiercest wind I have ever experienced! 

So instead we tried for Meg Hut, which turned out to be one of our most favorite parts of the trip.

Meg Hut

Backpacked in to this little valley with the quaint hut at the bottom

Stayed the night with two other couples, both of which coincidentally were from Scotland!

We LOVED that part of the trip! And Truman was the master cabin sleeper.

Rob Roy Glacier (Mt. Aspiring)

Glaciers! Waterfalls! It as crazy. Again, such a lame picture of one of the coolest places I have ever seen in my life. 

Ginormous waterfall

Weta! (Before we came we read about these huge insects called wetas. This was a mini one. And also not alive so probably a tourist decoy haha)

We were SO tired by the end of this hike. Three straight days of hiking and camping really wore us out (also, each of us were carrying an extra 20 pounds in one form of baby or another)

Mt. Cook
We camped that night in the park and spent a few hours the next morning at their amazing visitor's center.

Hooker Valley/Mueller Lake

Icebergs in the lake!

Once again, AMAZING glaciers that we just could not capture on our lame camera phones

Dorky dad outfit haha

This was seriously one of the most amazing scenes of the trip. We sat and looked and looked for so long.

This lake (which is HUGE) is where all the glacier water flows and it was so, so blue. Lame picture. So blue!

If you could zoom in on this picture you would see Mt. Cook, which is the tallest mountain in NZ and couldn't be seen from our hike because of the low clouds. But as we drove away we could see it. It's 12,000 ft something, which is Timp, but it's prominence is 12,000. So crazy! 

Lake Wakatipu

We camped and fished. Caught nothing but it's a huge lake so what are the chances of a little fish finding Billy's stale powerbait?

North Island
 Beautiful countryside where we stayed in a cottage

Waitomo Glow Caves. We couldn't take pictures, but my it was COOL! 

This place was great, so cute, so meticulously attended to and so Truman size. 

Bag End

Truman the Hobbit! I wished with all my heart Trey was there in his LOTR costume haha

Green Dragon

So quaint! It was such a cool tour

Coromandel/Cathedral Cove

Truman still hated the water but loved the sand. Me and Billy took turns splashing in the waves and it was so fun.

(Don't forget this is in the same country where we saw those incredible glaciers and mountains and tussock hillsides and sheep farms. Such diversity!)

Hamilton Temple
On our way out we stopped at the temple. It's the 11th in the church! I wouldn't have guessed that NZ would have such oldness in the church, but it was built in the 50s!

We had SO MUCH FUN! Thank you, thank you M&D and also all the peeps who gave us NZ recommendations. We loved every second. We will go back, there is so much coolness in that country and so much to explore and next time I will go while not pregnant so I can backpack from hut to hut to hut. But this was fun!

Onto the finishing of the kitchen! Actually, the starting of landscaping! 

(speaking of the kitchen, there's a blog post about it below)