Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Checking in.

I'm not really sure how to start this post - except for we're still here!  :)
 
This is my last maternity leave - or long vacation as I like to think of it - and I've been making the most of it.  I know this is the last time I'll get to have lazy mornings, or not be held to anyone's time schedule except the one I make for myself - and I'm trying to enjoy it.
 
Actually - I'm not trying....I am enjoying it.  It's been a great few weeks at home.  When I was home with Chandler - I struggled a bit, and felt lonely quite a lot.  It was winter time, Clint was calving and I was a new mom who'd had a tough delivery and physically I just wasn't on my A game.
 
Having Cal was so much easier physically (well....not the hour or so that I really wanted an epidural and didn't have one, lol) and when I came home from the hospital - I was in such a better place physically that I've been able to kind of get up and go right from the start of my leave.
 
I've worked when I've wanted to; ran errands without feeling rushed; spent time with Chandler's babysitter and her other kids at library events; gone to Costco in the middle of the morning and looked thru all of the aisles; spent 15 minutes just sitting in a chair holding Calvin when I probably should have been changing water; traveled with the kids and Clint to AI projects in the middle of the week; helped with things around the house; changed water; gone to fairs that Clint has judged with the kids and our own local fair; done our taxes; organized our closets and I've gotten Starbucks almost every morning.
 
Oh wait....I've always gotten Starbucks every morning.  ;)
 
My new favorite is a quad shot, iced in a Venti cup, with 7 pumps of vanilla and a splash of cream - DELISH!  And actually, the most inexpensive SBX drink I've acquired a taste for yet.
 
Basically I'm savoring this time with my kids and Clint - and while I've been reading blogs, I haven't really been home a lot and in front of a computer where I can post. 
 
But next week I will be - because I don't really have a desire to travel in Oregon the first part of next week during the solar eclipse - and my goal is to do a bit of back posting to get caught up.  Because I want this blog to be a place where my boys can look back and read about their younger years - and know how much their mom & dad love them and love doing things with them.
 
For now though - I'll leave you with a few pictures of our sweet boys.
 
I know I'm biased - but they are so good, and we are so proud of them.
 




 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Life lately.

This is just a quick post to capture a few pictures of our life lately.
 
:)
 
 
 I should have been working on our 2016 taxes when I took this picture, but instead I took 15 extra minutes and snuggled this sleeping baby.
 
And then I finished our taxes - those bad boys are off to the accountant, and if I can get my act together - I'm going to do as much on 2017's as I can now next week.
 
 
Chandler had found a pair of Clint's Estrotect gloves that Jerry Jones had sent him, and run RUNNING all around the house waving his hands in them.  It was so cute - and I was trying to get a picture, but all I got was a blur.  This was the best one - but he was thrilled to have those on!
 
 
Our new night time routine is snuggling in bed with a bottle, while we watch Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.  Cal is usually passed out in his bassinet right beside us.
 

 
 Chandler was serious about his computer work last weekend....
 


 
 Nap time with daddy last Saturday after we got home from AI'ing.
 


We AI'ed a small set of cows last Saturday for an older gentleman in Elgin, and the last cow he was struggling to get to the chute.  He told Clint he thought he could just breed her in the pen, and that she wouldn't move.  Clint asked me if I could bring the semen to him - and I said only if I could take a picture.  He and the cow both obliged.  :)
 

 
The boys did so good!  Chandler watched the entire time - or played in the stroller, and Cal mostly slept.
 
 
 Sweet Cal got circumcised last week and had a rough time getting over it.  Chandler slept like he was dead to the world after his, and was a pretty happy camper so I guess that was what I was expecting Cal to do - but he was the opposite.  (I have a feeling this might be a reoccurring theme....)  He had a lot of trouble sleeping, so we laid low and did a lot of snuggling.  It was so sweet - he'd hold my finger tight, and then nod off.
 

Cheesing (above) and snuggling (below) for a picture to send to daddy when he was in Reno at the WVM sale.
 



And enjoying the back pasture and putting away Twist after dinner one evening.
 

Happy trails friends - hope you're living the dream!
 
We sure are...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A new cowboy hat.

 
Chandler has been wanting to wear Clint's old straw hat, so on Saturday after we were done AI'ing, we stopped by D & B and picked out one for him that fit and that had one of the elastic bands inside that will grow with him - at least for a bit..
 
His one from last year - which is a 6 5/8 is too small.  Homeboy has a big noggin!
 
He loves wearing his new hat - even if he's still in his pj's when he puts it on.  :)
 



And later yesterday morning before we headed to Kelley's - and he'd had a chance to put on real pants.
 


And even when he has nothing but a diaper on....
 
We'd just gotten done playing in the water, and were eating dinner - so I'd stripped Chandler down to his diaper since his clothes were soaked.  Clint came home after we were done, and Chandler saw Twist before I did and was asking to be put down before I even realized Clint was home.  :)
 

 
Clint was getting home after helping Jess rope a calf, and Chandler helped him lead Twist back to the pasture.  Twist is such a good stud horse for us, and Chandler had A BALL leading him.

 



 
I sure love this extra time I get to spend at home with my boys, making simple but special memories like these, while I'm on maternity leave. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Calvin - The first 2 weeks.

Calvin David Dean

 
You weigh 9 lbs, 13 oz and are 22.5 inches long.
 
It's crazy how fast the first two weeks went with you!





 
Because of how fast you came, you had quite a bit of swelling and bruising on your nose and face.  The doctor said it was all normal, and I waited to take your newborn pictures until it went down.....but the swelling on your right eye never quite went away, and is still a bit blue so we took them anyway.
 


 

 
You've done a lot in those weeks though - you've been to your first AI project, first jackpot show, first parade & first county fair.  You've traveled to Grandma's house, Aunt Lindsay & Uncle Henry's house, and my office a few times.
 


 
You take everything in stride, and are such a good baby.
 
On a normal night, you wake once or twice to eat but sleep well.  Let's not kid - you're a normal baby and you've had a few nights where you are a party animal for an hour or two in the middle of the night.  But for the most part - you sleep well which your mama especially appreciates.
 



You love to be swaddled, and bundled tight.  Most often, if you're crying - you just need to be swaddled.  (So different than Chandler, who hated to be swaddled.)  You like a bink when you are falling asleep, and then spit it out and happily sleep without it.
 



 
You have changed so much since we brought you home from the hospital.  It's fun to watch you grow and became your own little self.
 











 
Your dad & I joke that your hair is just like his (dark & thick) except you have a receeding hairline where he does not.  :)  I'm not sure what color your eyes will be, but look blue in certain lights and brown in others.
 
We love you so much buddy - and can't wait to see how you grow!