Mar 8, 2015

Crazy Cleaner

I am a bit of a crazy person when it comes to cleaning or organizing. Now that doesn't mean that I am the cleanest person in the world. Heaven knows that isn't true. Let's just say that I cannot wait until I get a dishwasher so I don't have to do nearly as many dishes by hand as I do now. I don't want to slave over the dishes anymore. Just because I am not a clean freak doesn't mean that I don't mean I can't get a bit psycho when I start cleaning. On Saturday I came home to Chad starting to clean out our piano/storage room. I was a bit annoyed at first because I hoped he would clean the living room and kitchen but at the same time, it needed to be done and it had been put off for months. I went in and started to help him out. We put things in trash, broke down boxes for recycling, made a DI trip, went through books and put them on a bookcase that we got about two months ago, and I went a bit crazy organizing some other things that needed to be done.

I went through all of my Christmas decorations and put them in an organized large bin that had held books (we went from two huge bins to one after filling the bookcase). I was able to empty another bin that was pretty regular sized by my standards. Now I was already in cleaning mode that I quickly went into crazy mode! I took all of my gift bags, tissue paper, tags, washi tape, and ribbons and organized every single bit of it. I rolled the ribbons, folded tissue paper, ect. I was in there for quite some time. I must have looked like a crazy woman doing all of this but I was actually having fun! And now, I know where everything is as a plus!

I was talking with my mom about how I get crazy about stuff like that. She laughed at first about this stuff but after a few seconds she realized I was right. All growing up I was a pain in the butt about cleaning. The only exception was the bathroom. For some insane reason I loved cleaning the bathroom. I was nit picky about it and cleaned every little corner of those rooms. I'm weird, I know.

I have used that talent/obsession to my advantage in the past. When cleaning checks came I was crazy and never had to re-clean anything. I was not the cleanest on average but I cleaned the best! I made up for all the messes I made on the average day. :D

Well, this is an odd post. But, now you know just a bit more about me and my crazy ways.

Feb 20, 2015

Sickies

We have been a bunch of sickies this week. I have a nasty cold that I am afraid is turning into a sinus infection. Kathrynne has Croup and I think she is getting a top tooth. She won't let us look for sure so I have to take small peeks when she is crying.Last night was the worst night for us. Kathrynne has not been sleeping well and I am waking up feeling like I hit a wall x10.

Despite the sickness around here, we had to drop Kathrynne's crib down. She has decided to figure out how to pull herself up on things. She can still do it in her crib but she can't climb so we are not as worried. She pulls herself up to standing in her crib and along couch. She also can do it on our TV stand and her little dresser. Those scare me a bit more but she has to learn somehow. The best thing I can do is watch her and encourage safety as she develops.

Last night I got to know a girl who is in my ward but I had never really met before. She has a little girl who is only one week older than Kathrynne. We are so the same it's ridiculous. We clicked so quickly and have decided to get together sometime soon during the day. I'm excited. I really like her and I think that we will have fun together.

I have a lot to do today so I am going to say bye for now.

Have a wonderful day!!

Feb 6, 2015

Our start into 2015

A lot has happened in the past month and a half since I last wrote. After our car got totaled at the beginning of December we were finally able to get a new one. Same car but a year newer and with about 6,000 more miles. We are happy to have a car again but I often find myself missing our old car. It had been through a lot with us. However, our current car has just as many awesome memories in it to come.

Soon after we got our new car it got backed into. Yeah... We didn't have a car for about 5 days altogether so it could get fixed. It was all cosmetic but it was just annoying. Well, on one of those days I had an incident. I broke my fourth toe on my left foot. Of all the crazy things I have put my feet/toes through I never thought a door would be my toe's demise. Yes, I our bathroom door trying to grab something on the vanity counter. I just swung my left foot out too wide while going in I guess.

I have two more weeks exactly until my walking shoe comes off. I will have it on for a total of 6 weeks. Unfortunately it cannot come off before then because it was an actual break, not just a stress fracture. I keep feeling like it is supposed to come off today because I am just used to a month with the past stress fractures I have had but oh well. At least it is healing well and is straight (getting it set was the worst part all because of the shot in my toe... it was not pretty).

Kathrynne is now 7 1/2 months old. She is growing so fast! She likes to feed herself in forms of finger food as well as trying to steal the spoon away from me while feeding her baby food, yogurt, etc. She rolls over all over the house but prefers to do her version of crawling more. She does a mixture between a real crawl on her hands and knees and army crawling. It is quite fun to watch her zoom across the floor.



When Chad and I were first married we received a love seat from my brother and sister in-law. They were moving and generously gave it to us. It was our first piece of furniture. We used it for a year and put it in Kathrynne's room right before she was born. We got a full couch and matching love seat that now resides in our living room.

Back in December we were talking with a friend of Chad's that is getting married at the beginning of March. He and I had talked of what to do with the love seat from my brother because it was not being used as it should and was taking up too much space in Kathrynne's room. We decided to gift it to Chad's friend and her fiancé. We felt really good about doing so because we had been in the same spot before and it was still in amazing condition. They came and got it last weekend and we were able to put up a small shelving unit from Ikea (one of those that has the squares and you can put totes in them). We put her toys in it and she loves being able to play in her room. I feel a lot better with her playing in her room as well.

Besides the shelving unit we got some other things that have made life so much easier. We got a bookcase and standing lamp from Ikea and a high chair for Kathrynne off of Amazon. We now have more light, more space to put books, and feeding Kathrynne is leaps and bounds easier. I am not worried that she will pop herself out of the bumbo anymore. :)



The weather has been so amazing!! I thought we were going to have a long, cold, and wet winter but to my surprise it has been so different. There has not been another good snow fall since Christmas and quite frankly that has been the only real snow we have had. It was a lot all at once but it is all gone now. The tulips have popped out of the ground and you can see them rapidly growing . It makes me really happy. It is weird though. I am not used to this. I am used to a lot of cold and a lot snow. Kathrynne and I went on a walks three times this week and each time I was sweating. (Of course that is a mixture of the weather and my body still trying to get back in shape.) It feels like it is May when it is 64 degrees outside on February 6th! I love Spring, so I am not really complaining.

"What is this that I feel? Grass? Hmmmmm. I'm curious."

In other news, we are going swimming tonight. We have not been in a pool since last February for my nieces birthday party. This will be Kathrynne's first time and we are SO excited! I will take videos and pictures to share.

To leave you with a quote, I would like to share one that my oldest sister Chelsey posted on her Instagram that I loved! It is about mother and captures my feelings exactly. I am not sure who it is from but it is great nonetheless. Have a great day and thanks for reading this scattered post!


"There is no perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. What matters is that a mother loves her children."

Dec 31, 2014

2014

There were some amazing things that happened this year. Some months were much more eventful than others (aka... March was pretty darn boring while June through August were more packed with a lot of fun). I picked one thing from each month. They don't necessarily adequately represent each month but they were things that stuck out in my mind. 

January: Found out we were having a girl!
February: Saw Swan Lake performed by BYU Theater Ballet
March: Put Kathrynne's crib up in her room
April: Celebrated Chad's 22nd birthday
May: Celebrated our one year anniversary
June: Welcomed Kathrynne Anne into our lives
July: Said goodbye to our friends Kayla and Evan as they left Utah
August: Blessed our daughter
September: Went to Chalk the Block at the Riverwoods
October: Welcomed in Theodore Gregory Killen (Chad's cousin Sarah's baby boy) into the world
November: Celebrated my 23rd birthday
December: Had Kathrynne's first Christmas

Our year was full of fun times with Kathrynne. Our lives have almost completely revolved around her and to tell you the truth I am happy that it has. I cannot wait for the year 2015. We are getting so close to the end of schooling and renting this apartment! One more year (maybe... most likely) and we will be full fledged adults! haha :) 

From our family to yours, we hope you have had a wonderful year and hope all the best for the coming one.

Love,
The Lanham Family










Nov 6, 2014

Late Night Postings

I always find myself blogging late at night. I don't know what it is but I have an affinity for writing at night. I don't really have much to say though. I just feel like I needed to write. So I guess I will post a few pictures with an update. I haven't posted pictures in quite sometime so this will be a nice break from the constant text. :)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to lunch with some friends. The girls were all friends from my home ward that I was super close to. It has been four years since we were all in the same area so I jumped on the chance to see them all again.
Katie, Myself with Kathrynne, Alison, Kari, and Melissa who is expecting in December!

Going in order with the picture let me explain why we hadn't been close by... Back in 2010 Kari, Melissa, and myself all graduated. Katie and Alison graduated the year after. Kari went down to Cedar City to attend SUU, Melissa went to Ephraim and attended Snow College, I stayed in Utah County and attended BYU. After Katie and Ali graduated things just got worse. Katie got married and Ali went to BYU-Hawaii.

We all went somewhere different for school and then Ali and Kari went on missions. Melissa and I got married (Melissa found her man at BYU-H after she finished at Snow) and now the two of us will have kids come December.

It was nice to get together with these girls. We were really close and had a lot of fun catching up. We had lunch at Cafe Rio and of course, it was delicious as always.



This picture was taken just after we came out of a baptism for a man in our ward. His name is Kevin P... I don't remember how to spell it but it is said like meow but with a p. He is a super great guy and his wife has been a member for sometime now. Their son is 5 or 6 I believe. I can't remember for sure.

In any case I had to document this because it was the first time I had been to a baptism that was NOT for a child that just turned 8. I didn't really know many non-members growing up and didn't have the chance to serve a mission before getting married so this was an experience I knew I didn't want to forget. It was so amazing to see Kevin's wife so happy. They are from Shanghai, China and came out to Provo so she could go to school. They are a wonderful couple and I feel privileged  to have the chance to get to know them better.


Isn't this sooo cute?! It is a wooden glove that has slots for a bat, ball, and a glove. We got some bins from Chad's parents that are filled with his stuff and this just happened to be in it. Chad has a ton of baseball stuff... unfortunately it is all Padres stuff. I decided that we will need to get some SF Giants paraphernalia so we can do our future son's room baseball (Padre's and Giants specifically) themed. 


This just speaks cuteness does it not? Kathrynne has had a few great things happen this past month or so. She just rolled over the other day from her back to belly. She laughs and talks all of the time. There are also some days that Kathrynne doesn't mind sitting in her Bumbo, like in this picture. She sat in it for quite some time this day. I was a super proud momma. 

But come on... don't I just have an adorable daughter? I can't believe that she is mine and I am so thankful for her and the chance I have to be her mom. 

The following pictures are just cute ones of Kathrynne lately.


Okay... I think I sent this picture to Kayla but just incase I somehow forgot to send it to her...
Kayla gave us these cute socks and the diaper cover. I had to put them on Kathrynne. I love them on her. 


Her first pair of tights!


The cutie sleeping in my arms. She likes to cuddle a lot more lately. 

I have always loved the sunsets in Utah. Unfortunately this picture doesn't give it nearly enough justice. It came from my phone so I guess it will have to do. 



There was one day two weeks ago where Kathrynne woke up at 3 am and would NOT go back to sleep. I had only had around 3 hours of sleep at that point and I was so frustrated. I had to be up by 7 to get ready for a WIC appointment at 8am. On the drive over to the office Kathrynne finally fell asleep, although it didn't last long. I got there early so I sat in my car and just happened to look out the window. This next picture is what I saw. It was my saving grace that day. It helped me get through a very hard day. You have to love the temple. This is of the Provo City Center Temple by the way.


We went to dinner in SLC last week at Benihana's. I had never been there and loved it! We went with Sarah, Michael, and baby Theo as well as Rachel and Auntie J. It was nice to spend time with them.


She is just getting so big! She is already sleeping in a big girls bed!! JK!! I stole her away and put her in my bed for a bit while I changed clothes. She just looked so cute I had to take a picture.



Anyways, that is a bit of an update for the Lanham family. We head out of town tomorrow night to go to Grand Junction. Chad and I need a weekend away from the usual so this will be a nice break from the normal day to day.

Hope this finds you all well! This definitely has helped clear my mind and I think I can finally fall asleep now. Gotta love doing some late night posting. :)

Oct 28, 2014

4 Months

Kathrynne is now 4 months. I cannot believe it. I love that she was born on the 24th of the month because we share a special day of the month. She was 1 month old on Pioneer Day (July 24th), will be 5 months on my birthday, and exactly 6 months on Christmas Eve. That is pretty great. 

Now on to the update of the cute babe.

At four moths she is wearing size 2 diapers. Even though she could technically be wearing size 1 still we haven't had as many issues with leaking poop. We ran out of size 1 and had size 2 on hand. We decided to use them until we could get some size 1 diapers but we liked the fit of the size 2 and she didn't mind them. So we just went with it. 

At her wellness check she was 13 lbs 3oz (13.2 lbs) and 23 1/2 inches long. That was on the 17th. Both her and I became sick with in a few days of that appointment so we went in on the 23rd. She had lost those 3 ounces and was a flat 13 lbs. She had a horrible week because she was not eating or sleeping. I thought she was possibly teething but she definitely was not. 

We got her on some medicine for acid reflux and it is like night and day for her. She seems like she is doing much better. She is still spitting up and throwing up as much but she doesn't seem in as much pain.

Kathrynne is a strong bugger. With a bit of help she can go from sitting to standing all on her own. She pushes herself up to a standing position. She is currently kicking her little kick n' play toy. She will stop and try to roll over from her back to her stomach. She has been trying so hard lately. There was one morning last week where she rolled over from her belly to her back! I was soooo excited! She hasn't done it since. She is getting closer to going from back to belly than she is the other way around. I think that one roll was a fluke. However, I have a feeling that when she does roll over she will be crawling in no time. 

Kathrynne has been starting to sleep without being swaddled. This is huge for us. We just have to help her fall asleep by doing cuddle time with her. I am more than okay with that. 

She is an absolute doll. We went to Grand Junction on Saturday. It was a good thing we did. It gave us an opportunity to see what Kathrynne would be like during that long drive. We will be making it for Thanksgiving and we both feel so comfortable doing it. I will be sitting in the back with her to give her company and play with her when she is awake. From what we saw though, she will be sleeping through most of the drive though. She was a peach during the trip. She only had a few hard moments. It was good for us to all get away and you can tell that she is happier after seeing Evie... Oh that dog. We sure do love that dog. Evie and Kathrynne love each other. It is absolutely adorable.

Despite the moments when it is hard, Kathrynne is a happy, smily, calm baby. We love having her around and would never think about not having her in our lives. 

Oct 16, 2014

23

As my birthday is coming upon me soon, I have been thinking a lot about the things that I have done in my (soon to be) 23 years of life. It actually is keeping me up at the moment. (Sometimes I hate being a night owl) I have made up three lists to put things under; Gospel, Education, and Life Experience. Pretty much anything that doesn't go under the Gospel or Education lists will end up on Life Experience. Humor me as I go through my life and try to put all of my memories and experiences that have made a great impact on me these past 23 years into those three lists.

*All of these are things I have learned and taken away from certain experiences, so the education one is strictly all about school, not just learning. If it was all about learning then I wouldn't have any other lists.*

Gospel:

  • Gained a testimony of:
    • My Savior Jesus Christ
    • My relationship with my Heavenly Father
    • The Book of Mormon
    • The true gospel
    • The leaders of the church and how they are truly called of God
  • Have had some great callings
    • Relief Society instructor
    • Dating class instructor
    • Church History instructor
    • FHE Ma
    • FHE Co-Chair
    • Served with my husband in a YSA ward
    • and now Activity Days
  • Have been through the temple to receive my own Priesthood Ordinances
  • Have performed temple work for the dead
  • Got sealed to the love of my life (part of those ordinances but I figured I should add that as a special one since that was a completely different experience on how I got there...)
Education:
  • Went through all of my elementary and secondary schooling with good grades (Don't know how now that I think of it)
  • Graduated from a wonderful high school
  • Was the second graduating class from that high school (GO SKYHAWKS!)
  • (Even though I won't finish...) I went to college at BYU
  • Figured out how I actually learn a little too late
  • Came to know that I have the passion to be a doctor after all
    • Too bad it isn't what I really want from life though
  • Learned all about the human body (which is something I will always remember and always brush up on. My most memorable thing about college has to do with those classes where I learned about the body I have been given.)
Life Experiences (Here is a doozy of a list... hang on people!):
  • Learned that not every boy is nice (as kindergartner)
  • Learned that not all teachers are like my kindergarten teacher, aka nice and compassionate (as a 1st grader)
  • Learned that being the new kid in school where everyone else knows each other is hard
  • Learned that horses are my soul animal 
    • and that they are super hard to build out of snow; possible but hard
  • Learned that life throws you curve balls and sometimes they land you in the hospital
    • not a literal curve ball... although I love baseball/softball and played it around the time this lesson comes from
  • Learned that I was more like my brother Ammon than I originally thought
    • Thank you Spina Bifida
  • Learned that even the most strict teacher wants you to do well 
  • Learned that teachers that look like scary women can become a woman that you want to emulate because of how loving and understanding they are, especially when you are embarrassed
  • Learned that reading is a wonderful escape 
    • Thank you Mr Dhal (Witches) and Ms. Rowling (HP series) for helping me see that
  • Learned that some teachers really can be just plain rude and hold up to their reputation
    • But you go with it anyways because of the other kids in the class
  • Learned that some boys will never stop crushing on you, all through elementary, middle school, jr high and high school, especially when you don't want them to... making it super awkward
  • Learned that I was good at history and math and didn't mind doing that homework
  • Learned that I LOVED the trumpet and was DANG good at it
    • Went from 9th chair (I came into the class later in the term) to battle it out for 1st chair with two other boys for the rest of the year.
  • Learned that I was a good singer, like my other siblings
  • Learned that I valued dance over doing a play
  • Learned that I had seasonal asthma, which changed my voice from a 1st Soprano to a 2nd Soprano 
    • I ended up loving that change
  • Learned what it meant to be a "real woman" on what should have been the best day of my life (thank you 14th birthday... on thanksgiving..... NOT!)
  • Learned that I valued dance over show choir, unlike my sister
  • Learned that I valued classical training for my voice MUCH better than what I had been doing prior
    • Thanks goes to Mr. Bills for that one! I can never repay you for what I learned from you, not just for my singing too.
  • Learned that I valued dance over a play.... again 
    • Loved Little Women, but I missed dance a lot.
  • Learned that I was extremely prone to getting injured around the same time of the year
  • Learned that dance meant EVERYTHING to me and I would not be anywhere if it were not for the love I got from my fellow students during an extremely hard time
  • Learned that I deserved better from a boy and should come before himself
  • Learned that I wanted more from a relationship than just a good kisser
    • I dated too many guys that didn't want to really have good conversations
  • Learned that I was great with computers when given the right training
  • Learned that science was my thing, not history
    • I could apply it, not just analyze it
  • Learned that I must have some good dance skills, better than I thought
    • I got in as a Dance Ed major after all
  • Learned that Folk Dance was my calling
  • Learned that high school isn't life and those friendships never really last
  • Learned, even after not believing it, that the friends you make in college will be forever friends
    • Thanks Kayla.
  • Learned that I had a lot to learn about myself 
  • Learned that my desires started to change, slowly but significantly, from what I wanted my senior year of high school/freshman year of college
  • Learned that there was more to life than what I thought 
  • Learned that it doesn't matter what you think you want, it matters what the Lord really wants for you
  • Learned that although my desire to go on a mission was good, it was not what I needed at the time
    • and should NOT feel put down by what other sister missionaries were saying at the time (this was right when the age got dropped... I could have been gone a month later because I would have turned papers in the July prior to that announcement)
  • Learned that there was a man that loved me and I loved him
  • Learned how special the temple was
  • Learned how amazing being a mother is
    • and to a daughter especially
I have so much more to learn and to experience, but I would never trade my 23 years of life (more like soon to be 23) learned lessons and gains for anything. 

Here is to another 23 years PLUS!