Thursday, July 9, 2020

Glacier National Park

Turns out if you stop using Facebook and Instagram for a week you have a lot of extra time on your hands! This post has been sitting in my drafts for months but I finally found the accompanying photos from our van trip to Montana and Canada last summer.

Tayler has been working tirelessly on renovating our Sprinter van to be ready for my brother's wedding in Glacier National Park. It was tricky finding time in between work and family duties to build out a van but he (mostly) did it! Our cabinets don't have doors and weren't painted, but other than that we were set and excited to take our biggest van trip yet.

The drive there was wonderfully uneventful, and we arrived a couple days before the wedding so we could explore. Glacier was stunning, all greens and blues and steep mountain peaks. We were able to drive on Going to the Sun Road and hike the Trail of Cedars and Logan Pass. The weather was a perfect 70 degrees and Ollie was a trooper despite his schedule being completely derailed. 
Chase and Chloe got married at the base of a European lodge overlooking a clear blue lake. It was dreamy and Tayler and I were honored to take their wedding photos. We are beyond thrilled to officially have a family claim on Chloe. She is the sweetest person and we couldn't be happier for them.
After the wedding we all went our separate ways, and our plan was Waterton-Yellowstone-Grand Tetons-Bear Lake-Home. Spoiler alert: we only hit two of those targets.

Waterton was dreamy, a mini Banff closer to the border that was a lot more doable for an Oliver who doesn't love car rides. We napped in the van by the lake, hammocked, strollered around the lake and town, and ate some delicious food. 
We headed back to Helena for the night and decided to stay at a swanky hotel to freshen up since we'd been sleeping in the van for the past 4 days with 4 more days of camping ahead of us. A dip in the pool was just what we needed after a long day on the road.
Unfortunately that was where our trip ended, because the following morning our camper van wouldn't start. Long story short, we tried a few things in the parking lot (jumping the battery and a can of ether) but it became clear that we needed to take it to a shop. We got a tow and ended up camping that night in our van in the parking lot of an auto shop. Since the Sprinter is a Mercedes the parts are hard to come by and have to be ordered in, so we decided that it would be cheaper to get a rental car and drive straight home rather than stay in Helena until it was fixed - a genius choice in hindsight as the van stayed in the shop for another month.

Even though the trip ended sooner than expected we loved every bit of it and the memories that were made. And on the bright side, the van has a brand new fuel filter, fuel pump, fuel lines, O ring, and fuel rail line. Lol lol. Shout out to Ollie for the tax refund money that covered that bill. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Baby #2 Coming Soon-ish

Surprise! Or maybe not surprise if you've seen me lately. We are excited to announce that we are expecting baby #2 in December!

  • April-May passed in one big nauseous blur, but for the past 2 weeks I've been throwing up less and tolerating more foods. It's a nice improvement!
  • Craving Chick-Fil-A, lemon anything, and watermelon.
  • I'm 14 weeks as of today, but my bump is the size of my 20 week bump with Oliver. (These pics were at 11 weeks.)
  • Gross, but my hair and skin have been so OILY this pregnancy. 
  • Official due date is December 20th, but I am hopeful this baby will come 2 weeks early like Ollie did.
  • Baby and Oliver will be 2 years + 2 months apart.
  • Going to try a Home Birth this time with a midwife! I'm really excited. My first birth went really smoothly without any medication or intervention so I'm confident I can do it again. Especially with coronavirus craziness, I'd rather skip the hospital and keep our newborn in the safety of our home.
We can't wait to meet this little one!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Easter + Spring 2020

Last year we stopped by Springville City Park to enjoy the blossoms and take some pictures with our then 6 month old baby. With COVID-19 this year, I was worried that the park would be crowded and we wouldn't be able to go this year. But we showed up on Saturday morning and had the entire place to ourselves! Oliver loved running around in the open space after being cooped up inside for so long. Even thought taking family pictures with a tripod is incredibly difficult (we literally got 1 with all of us), I'm glad we took the time to snap them. Oliver is changing so quickly that this stage of life feels like it will be gone before I'm ready. But that's how it goes right?

 Ollie has been the sweetest little quarantine buddy. He and I have figured out a pretty good routine now, with breakfast at 8, then a walk, snack, nap, and by lunchtime Tayler is usually home and we can all eat together. 

 Easter! I never realized how fun it would be to fill my baby's Easter basket. I shopped the end of season sales last summer for Ollie's summer clothes this year and it was fun pulling out all the items I've collected. I want to make that a tradition, buying a spring/summer wardrobe for kids the year before and then gifting it at Easter. 
I made these healthy-ish peanut butter bars so that I wouldn't eat as many Reese's eggs, but I ended up eating both the Reese's eggs and the peanut butter bars so that was a win. But I do recommend the recipe! Super yummy + easy. 

1 c natural peanut butter, 1/3 c pure maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla. Mix. Add 1 c almond flour. Press into loaf pan and freeze. Melt 1/2 c choc chips with 1 tsp butter and spread on top of frozen mixture, and freeze for 10 more minutes. 

Later in the day we went over to Tayler's parents house for an Easter dinner. It was mine and Oliver's first outing with other people since March 15th. Luckily Tayler's work hasn't been affected at all, so he gets out a lot more than us. We put Oliver in Tayler's Easter outfit from 1993 to surprise his mom and she recognized it right off! I love generational things like that, that tie us all together. 
This post is all over the place but that's how my mind feels right now! A million thoughts with no place to go haha. Hope you had a good Easter too and are holding up during this quarantine.