Thursday, December 01, 2016

Fall Feast 2016

two full days of cooking and weeks of preparation for our Fall Feast this year! We were full to capacity and it was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who joined us this year and for Kenz and Steve who I couldn't have done it without!

Fall Feast from McKenzie Marcum on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

For Thanksgiving this year we had the Marcums (or at least 4 of the Marcums...besides Mckenzie, who is already here) to stay. It was my first year hosting and it was so fun! Although, I have to say hosting the Marcums isn't like normal hosting, they all helped with the cooking (Kevin did the turkey) and I didn't clean one dish! The meal was so delicious, it's really a crime I didn't get more photos. For shame! Claire made roasted carrots in vinaigrette sauce and beets, Gena made her mom's homemade rolls, Kevin spatchcocked the turkey and made a heavenly gravy to go with it, Kenz made old fashioned yams, Audrey made pumpkin pie, I made my Grandma's stuffing recipe and....dun duh duh DUHHH Steve made the cranberry sauce. I have to say it was the best cranberry sauce I've ever had, and I don't think that's just the rose colored love glasses talking. I was very proud. Clara melted down right after the prayer (and in fact, right after this photo) and ended up falling asleep in my room for and Winnie was already asleep for her nap so it ended up being an accidental adults-only meal which has it's upsides. We all went around and shared the three things we were most grateful for this year and ate to our hearts content. Side note: I always cry but still insist on this tradition every year. 

This year I'm most grateful for...
my relationship with my Savior, life can really never get that bad when you have Him.
my family, but especially Steve. He's my rock and I go to bed every night so grateful to have found him.
Being a mom. It's my calling and I'm so grateful to raise my sweet girls.

I actually really love Thanksgiving but I'd be lying if I didn't mention that part of the magic of the holiday is that it leads right into Christmas!!! It was fun getting to celebrate a little with the Marcums since we'll be with the Veaters for Christmas this year. We made gingerbread cookies and decked the halls and listened to Christmas music 24/7. It was magic. We played games every night, and some afternoons, consumed many liters of diet coke, enjoyed roaring fires in the fireplace and had an overall amazing time. I really lucked out with these in-laws of mine! Thank you Marcums for coming to stay, we love you!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Our First Trip to Disneyland!

All I have to say was every bit as magical as we expected it to be! Despite it being 92 degrees (what the November?? SO confusing) the day was perfect. We had zero meltdowns and lots of sparkly eyes and smiles. Despite refusing a stroller nap and her scowly face in the above photograph, Winnie actually was pretty amazing all day! What a trooper. Clara's favorite rides were the carousel (first stop of the day), teacups and It's a Small World. She did NOT enjoy Mr. Toad's Wild Ride or the Winnie the Pooh ride, too scary. We had lots of treats and diet coke and it was overall pretty perfect. I love my family and I love Disneyland! What a dream it was. 

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Half Way There

Well folks, we're officially half way there! 21 weeks to be exact. Feeling large and in charge. It appears to be true what they say, you get bigger every time! I think my body was like "hey, I know the drill." we had absolutely no problem just popping right out. I'm feeling tired but overall much better than I was the first 20 weeks. Nausea has been almost completely replaced with heartburn at night, textbook Jess pregnancy. I have been having trouble falling asleep this time around a lot of nights and sometimes I never fully get into a deep sleep which is a major bummer. This happened during Clara's pregnancy as well, but not with Winnie's. Hot baths and back rubs before bed have seemed to help, luckily I have a willing husband who does it without me even asking most nights. He's a gem. I've also experienced fairly regular headaches this pregnancy which is new. I'm hoping that as I start to keep more liquids down this next half of the pregnancy they'll get better. I've been feeling our little chicky kick around for a while now but the kicks are starting to get bigger and more noticeable from the outside. It's the best part of pregnancy, in my opinion. Steve felt her for the first time about a week ago and it was just as magical as it was the first two times. We love her so much already.  

She is 4

Well, Monday morning at approximately 5:32am my oldest, my Clara Rose, the girl who made me a mom, turned 4. I can't believe it! Unfortunately our plans for Disneyland were derailed, or rather postponed, as the girls and I were all collectively sick (croup for Winnie, bronchitis for Clara, bad head cold for me, it's been a doozy of a week). We still made the best of the day despite blighted plans. She woke up to a room full of balloons and a Sees chocolate outside her door (we rather suspect she may have discovered the aforementioned chocolate in the course of the night rather than the intended morning.... mischief). 
side story: When we drove the grocery cart down the aisle with balloons the day before her birthday she proclaimed (out of the blue) "You're going to surprise me with my room full of balloons for my birthday!! I'm so excited!". We just started that tradition last year, it was so cute that she remembered and was so excited, I kind of wanted to cry. Ok maybe I did get a little misty. We mothers are a strange tribe.  
Anyway, we made the classic Birthday chocolate chip sprinkle pancakes for breakfast. I let her play with all the things she loves and which I am usually too OCD to get out, read; craft box, watercolors, etc (mostly the craft box). We had her favorite dinner, spaghetti and meatballs, obviously, and birthday cake! She has been requesting a "rainbow cake" and I did my best but it was still pretty janky, it did taste delicious though, if I don't say so myself. 
Happy Birthday sweet girl! We love you so much.