Trying to Simplify

LIttle Bird Nest | Trying to Simplify

Garrett and I are in the process of having a new house built for us, and I am beyond excited. Our current house has cheap tan carpet and beige walls– I can’t wait for bright white walls and dark wood-look tile floors. More importantly, I can’t wait for a fresh start.

Right now our projected move-in date is estimated for sometime in October, so we just have to wait. The anticipation is wonderful– I browse Pinterest before bed and dream of ways I’ll make the house into a home. Garrett and I talk about landscaping ideas over dinner. It’s kind of like waiting for a new baby– you have so many hopes and dreams and expectations. And in reality, I hope this house can be a member of our family too. I hope it can grow old along with us, and that we become more attached to it with age.

I’m trying so hard not to let the anticipation of the new house make me resent our current house. We bought the house we’re living in now to be a starter home. We never expected to be in it that long, so we didn’t paint any walls or do anything major, except for a much-needed kitchen update. But even then, we went cheap– only what was needed to make it nice and sellable.

I look around me at the things in our house, and I imagine them in the new house, and I get this urge to just get rid of everything. Well not everything, but I want to purge. To get down to the essentials. The less we have, the less we have to pack, right?

With little kids, it’s hard to do any hardcore decluttering while they’re around. So that leaves me one day a week when they’re at daycare to fill boxes to give away and fill the garbage and recycling with stuff that just has to go. So that’s what I’m doing today. Trying to simplify.

It’s like I’m in a reverse nesting phase for this house-baby that we’re expecting. And I’m embracing it.

P.S. The picture on the dresser is from Brooke Smart’s “Bringing Up Baby” collection. Check her out– she’s amazing!

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Baby Animal Festival

On Friday, I took William and Winter to the Baby Animal Festival at Cross E Ranch. By most people’s standards, the weather was pretty horrible. It cold and gray and wet and fluctuated between regular rain and freezing rain. I’m so glad we went when we did, though, because after spending most of the week inside due to rain, we all had cabin fever and bored toddlers are never fun. On top of that, it wasn’t busy at all so it was like a private little event for us– no lines meant we could spend as much time with the baby animals as we wanted to!

After taking a quick look at some sleeping piglets, we headed to the baby goat pen. Apparently expecting us to feed them, the goats were all over us. One literally jumped on Winter’s head twice, and each time I bent down to help her up, I had baby goats crawling up my back like I was a mini mountain. After that, I honestly thought Winter was going to develop a lifelong goat phobia, but she eventually warmed back up to them.

After the goats, we headed into a warm room where we got to see baby ducks, chicks, and bunnies. William really loved getting to hold the little chicks.

When the weather got really bad, we headed inside the activity barn where they had sand boxes and tables full of dry grains. I bought us some fresh-made donuts while the kids played, and we waited out the storm before heading off to feed the calves.

William had a great time helping to mix the formula for the calves. There were tiny kittens and wrinkly little puppies in the house too!

William enjoyed feeding his calf at first, but he lost interest pretty quickly so I had to finish the bottle feeding. Which was totally fine with me!

When we got home, it was definitely time for warm baths and hot cocoa. But overall, I think it was one of the best things I’ve ever done on a rainy day. 

Easter

Okay I know, Easter was nearly two weeks ago. But after working out some stuff on the back end of my blog, which took me longer than expected, I am finally ready to post these pictures!

A couple thoughts on Easter:

First of all, you should know that Easter is my favorite holiday. It’s just so inherently joyful! And I also love it because it isn’t so hyped up as, say, Christmas. But also because of the relative lack of hype, I sometimes feel a little disappointed if it doesn’t turn out just so. Like for example, last year we only sang one Easter hymn during the whole Easter Sunday church service. And it wasn’t even my favorite one. Granted,  Mormons don’t usually celebrate Easter too much differently than an average Sunday, but c’mon! What’s Easter without rockin’ out some Easter hymns. This year, we sang a whole bunch of Easter songs, and I was seated right next to the organ, too, so I got to belt ’em out as loud as I wanted because that organ was way louder.

Second, the weather was perfect. I mean gorgeous. Sunny and a little warm with blooming flowers everywhere, just like it should be.

And finally, we all looked great in our Easter Sunday outfits. Pretty sure I took way too many pictures of Winter because she looked so adorable in her dress!