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Updated: 2018-03-05T11:27:32.094-08:00


He Did It!


Last night was Trent's graduation dinner from orthodontic residency. It's hard to believe all these years of hard work and jumping through hoops are coming to an end in just two weeks and we will be moving onto real life! Words cannot express how excited we are and also how proud I am of Trent for all his hard work he has put in to accomplish this goal. Last night was a night for celebration! Dinner was at One Twenty Six in Iowa City and was divine, as usual. Here are all the graduating residents and their spouses (Layne and Kristi, Niles and Sarah, Albert and Rachel, Trent and me, and Nathan and Suzanne): Dr. Karin Southard and Trent. He did orthodontic research with her during dental school and she has been such an amazing support to him. He clicked with her from day one and feels really lucky to have known her:Dr. Tom Southard (ortho department chair) and Trent: Don't even ask me what they're doing. It had been a long night! Trent and Albert: Tanner (Trent's younger brother in the program) and Trent. Tanner gave a little "roast" to Trent and I had to reflect on how funny it is that all these years later Trent is still being teased for the same things he was roasted for at our wedding dinner (think speeding tickets). It was really cute! Dr. Southard and all orthodontic residents:Rachel brought a darling cake for Albert since it was also his 30th birthday! Look how cute! A rare shot of the two of us: Congratulations again, Trent! I couldn't be more proud of you![...]

Jack's Preschool Graduation


These photos are all out of order, but I don't have the patience to go back and re-do them so bear with me! I just had to post some pictures from Jack's preschool graduation earlier this week. Even though this was just his first year, I'm so proud of him and all that he's learned at school. He has absolutely loved preschool and wishes he could go every day. Here are a couple shots from the night. This is when his teacher was reading what each child said they'd learned that year at school. Jack said he learned that he loves bugs. His 1 year certificate:Singing The Wheels on the Bus with his class: Charlie was so happy to clap for all the kids and when they called out Jack's name he yelled, "I see Jack! I see Mrs. Bounds!"Tuckered out from the big night:All of us out front: The after-party: Congratulations, Jack![...]



(image) I'm watching Rachel and Albert's kids all weekend while they're in Denver, and things can get a little crazy in our two-bedroom apartment with five kids (two of whom are still sick). In a moment of chaos, I popped this bad boy in and enjoyed 30 minutes of peace. Literally every single one of them was glued to it. Rachel, you might want to try it next weekend!

Easter Update


We've been forced to have a pretty low-key Easter weekend around here. This picture pretty much sums it up. Poor Charlie has a nasty virus and let's just say I've about filled my quota of bodily fluids I'd like to clean up for the next year. He's tired, I'm tired, and I don't think I can bear to hear one more episode of Thomas or Dora.(image) Jack, on the other hand, was all over Easter this year. He was thrilled when the Easter bunny brought him his new favorite show.
He went straight for the big eggs and didn't waste any time with the little chocolate ones. Smart guy!
(image) Honestly, they've logged way too much time watching shows. Sometimes it's the only thing that will take C's mind off his misery. You gotta do what you gotta do. I love how Jack lined up all his lizards he found in his Easter eggs to enjoy the show with them.

Daily Inspiration from Jack


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In case you can't understand the words, he's saying:

"He is alive! God's not dead, no!

He is alive! God's not dead, no!

He is alive! God's not dead, no!"

Aunt Ruby's the Bomb!


We just dropped Rebecca off at the airport this morning and Jack and Charlie don't quite know what to do with themselves without their latest favorite playmate. She came for a long weekend and we all had so much fun with her! I just loved this picture she took of Charlie settling in with a book at the library.The main event for the weekend was heading down to Nauvoo and Carthage on Sunday. Surprisingly, Jack and Charlie did really well and we all agreed the day was a success! We didn't get home until almost 8:00 that night and the kids were real troopers. Jack amused himself throughout the day finding as many sticks as he could and tried to throw a few of them into the Mississippi River.My three favorite boys:Rebecca peppered our tour guide Kevin with all kinds of questions. I'm sure he was glad to see us drive away at the end of the day! Really though, he was awesome!It was a nice day, but chilly! Poor Rebecca endured the two-hour drive each way smashed between the boys. Looks like we may need to look into that minivan! All of us outside Carthage. Jack was intrigued by the jail inside, but was happier to get outside and run around.And another stick: These two cannot sit next to each other without being shoulder to shoulder. They are best buddies and love to do everything together. Jack probably gave Charlie thirty kisses just during this lunch!Thanks again, Rebecca for coming! We seriously love having family come visit, and have been so thrilled to have so many come recently (and looking forward to Tommy next month)! We miss you already![...]

Grandma's Visit


My mom came for one last visit to Iowa a couple weeks ago to help celebrate Jack's birthday and keep me company while Trent was in Denver for the week. We loved having her here and she spoiled us with a night away at the Marriott, delicious meals, and tons and tons of help with the kids. Jack and Charlie just loved having her here (despite Charlie's expression here)!
(image) As if they don't get enough time playing with trains at home, we decided to head to the library for a change of scenery and storytime:
We had the best weather while she was here and spent a lot of time outside playing at the park. I really wanted to sign Jack up for soccer or t-ball this year, but we will be moving half-way through the season. Jack's really getting the hang of it!
And Charlie wasn't too shabby, either!
Charlie's heaven. He could swing and swing and swing all day long.
(image) One of their many creations:
Thanks again for coming, Mom! Can't wait for your next visit to Colorado!

4 Years Old!


Jack had a couple friends over to help celebrate his big day. I think he was in heaven having all of them here at once!(image)
We hit the lanes and I think the kids really liked it, despite a few smashed fingers. Doesn't Jack look like a little runt in this group?
Nice form!

Charlie pretty much did what he does best: wandering around eating snacks.
Here's Jack on his new ride. He absolutely loves it and is a real natural! We are so proud of him!
(image) Happy 4th Birthday, Jack! We love you!

Boys, Boys, Boys!


(image) Is anyone really surprised? The big ultrasound was yesterday and I am happy to say that Jack and Charlie will soon have another brother! Man, those Nestman genes are STRONG. Yes, it would have been fun to have a girl but I can honestly say I am really excited to have another little man running around.

And now Trent's golf foursome is complete, so he's happy!



After yesterday's Oprah, I printed out 18 new recipes I cannot wait to try! I'm getting a little bit tired of the same rotation and can't wait to try a few of these! A couple of my favorites are the
Rigatoni with Spicy Italian Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Olives and Capers:(image) and Prosciutto and Portobello Mushroom Wheat Pizza with Pesto:
(image) My mouth is watering!

At Last



  • I am finally weaning myself off Zofran. Although my doctor keeps assuring me it's perfectly safe, I don't like knowing I'm taking medicine every day. I'm now on my third day in a row without taking any and although I feel worse, I hope I can kick the habit for good!
  • Trent FINALLY turned in his thesis on Friday! I cannot even tell you how happy this makes me. It's been a long couple months with him going early and staying late to get that bad boy finished up. He defends it on Friday and I'm sure will have a few revisions to be made, but for the most part it is DONE!
  • The wait is almost over to find out what this little babe is (even though I'd bet my life it's a boy). We have our ultrasound on Monday and I cannot wait!
  • Also on Monday is Jack's 4th birthday. I think he's most excited about being able to eat off the "special red plate." He's been asking me nonstop for the last few weeks if he can use it and I keep telling him he can on his birthday. We made a chain and are tearing off a link each day.
  • Everyone in this household is finally healthy. After the last two weeks of pneumonia, double ear infections, fevers, chills, couging, throwing up, and unbelievable sinus pressure, we are all healthy and anxious to take advantage of some warmer weather!
  • I survived teaching Relief Society on Sunday. So nice just to not have it constantly in the back of my mind. I think it's getting easier each month.
  • My kids slept in until 7:20 this morning! Nevermind the fact that to them it probably feels like 6:20, but I'll take it!
  • I've been selling stuff like crazy on Craigs List. Our apartment is looking more and more bare as I prepare for our big move!
  • I finally bit the bullet and took Jack and Charlie to Great Clips to get their hair cut. I had a coupon and decided to put it to use so they weren't looking like such little homeless boys. It turned out great! A few M&M's go a long way.
  • The office leases in Denver are signed and we're good to go! Have I mentioned how excited I am to move?
  • The Bachelor is over. I never thought I'd say it, but I'm really quite sick of Jason/Molly/Melissa drama. I think I finally got burned out this season.
  • This baby is kicking like crazy. I didn't feel Jack or Charlie until about 20 weeks, but I've been feeling this one for almost a month now. I love it!

Eight is Great!


Yesterday was our eight year anniversary! I look at pictures from our wedding day and think to myself that we were just kids! Seriously, it's hard to believe it's been eight years, but in a weird way I cannot remember what it was like not to be married to Trent.
I have loved Trent pretty much as long as I can remember and still sometimes cannot believe I'm actually married to him! He makes it really easy to enjoy this ride we're on and I couldn't love him more. Happy Anniversary!

What's Up?


My dad came into town to help out with the kids while Trent was in Vail a couple weeks ago. They loved having him here all to themselves and I loved having a personal assistant for all I did! Thanks again, Dad.(image) We've been spending lots of time indoors just trying to keep warm. The kids have been loving having playdates and I'm actually surprised how content they have been just hanging out at home. I, on the other hand, cannot wait until spring.
(image) Jack and I built a tent in his bedroom and now he is constantly wanting to eat snacks, play Candyland, watch movies, read, and do just about anything in there. Who knew it could provide so much entertainment?
(image) Trent and I finally got a chance to go out this weeekend to a great concert in Iowa City. We had so much fun and it was so nice to do something together after me feeling sick for so long and him being so busy with his thesis these last couple months. If we can make it through this next month we'll be home free and soon moving on to Denver! We are so excited.
(image) Of course, I am eating up every second of The Bachelor this season. I cannot wait for the dramatic conclusion next week. What will I do without my weekly fix?

An Announcement from Jack and Charlie...


(image) Yes, we are expecting a new addition to our family the beginning of August! We are thrilled and are anxiously awaiting all the changes this summer will bring for us.

Jack couldn't be more excited for his new baby brother/sister and asks me constantly how big the baby is, how the baby is going to come out of my tummy, what the baby likes to eat, what the baby is going to say, why the baby makes me so sick...and on and on and on. He is convinced it is going to be a girl, but I'm not so sure.

Charlie, on the other hand, is clueless and is in for a rude awakening when he is no longer the baby of the family! It will definitely be an adjustment for him, but a good change.

When I first found out I was pregnant I really wanted it to be a girl and contantly had dreams about all things pink, but now I am totally thinking it's a boy and get so excited thinking about having three little men running around my house. My boys are funny, active, crazy, stressful, inquisitive, loud, wild, and I love it. Girl or boy, I cannot wait to have a baby around again!

Charlie is Two!


Charlie turned two a couple weeks ago and I've been wanting to jot down some things that make Charlie so special to us.
  • He has the funniest personality. Seriously, every night Trent and I talk about how cute he is and how much he makes us laugh.
  • He is passionate about Thomas trains. It is unlike anything I have ever seen.
  • He and Trent finally bonded over the last couple months. It is really sweet.
  • For the last half hour before bed he literally just runs laps around our apartment over and over again. I have no idea what the point is, but he loves it.
  • When he falls down or gets hurt he says, "I sorry."
  • He loves music and loves singing songs. He has some pretty sweet dance moves, too.
  • He is doing so great in nursery without Jack. I was a bit worried about it but it makes me so proud of him that he goes on his own now.
  • He plays so well by himself. Often times I'll find him just sitting on the floor flipping through books. I love it.
  • He knows all his letters and colors and can count up to the teens. He is constantly pointing out different letters and shapes while we're driving in the car. It's so fun to see him discovering the world around him.
  • He is so good about going to bed, as long is Jack is in the room with him. Over Christmas we tried having him in his own room and it did not go over well. Once I finally figured it out and moved Jack into C's room, it was sweet silence.
  • He has been such a happy little man ever since he had his adenoids removed and tubes re-done. Seriously the best decision ever.
  • He loves to laugh. Trent often says he thinks Charlie's going to be the kid everyone wants to hang with because he's just so much fun to be around. I agree.
  • He is so good about clean-up time. He sings the clean-up song and can put away their entire bedroom by himself.
  • He lets Jack boss him around and totally follows along. I often wonder if this is how I was with Rebecca.
  • He is a total mama's boy. Love it.

Charlie, we love you so much. Happy Birthday!

A Month In Review


January has pretty much rocked my world and in an effort to try to feel more like myself, I am updating my blog at long last. Our trip to Utah began by chillin in the Des Moines airport for like six hours, thanks to a delayed and then cancelled flight. Let's just say the boys pretty much had The Grinch memorized by the time we made it to Salt Lake. Trent and I enjoyed our first taste of Rock Band and were immediately hooked! Here we are with my sister Rebecca and cousin Hannah. The Whitney kids plus Trent: Jack at his sleepover with my brother and sister. He is so spoiled! Charlie's tambourine hat he wore while singing Christmas carols: Jack reading a Christmas story to Charlie on our Christmas Eve: They opened one present on Christmas Eve and I was shocked at how excited they were to receive matching pajamas! Trent took the kids to The Polar Express on his own. What a guy! And, of course, my surprise birthday weekend in Scottsdale with my mom and sister. As Rebecca said many times that weekend, we should be in a recession more often...the deals were unbelievable! Lounging in our room at the JW Marriott (thanks, Tommy)! Jack's preschool Christmas program. I loved it so much! It was a definite Christmas highlight for me.[...]

Merry Christmas!



Leaving on a Jet Plane.


My bag is packed and I am ready to go, but I have no idea where it is I am headed or who I am meeting at my destination. Trent really pulled off a birthday surprise last night when he told me he'd arranged for sitters for the kids today and tomorrow and (bonus): I don't have to teach my lesson on Sunday!

I am super excited and very curious...I have a hunch my mom is in on this, but we'll have to see. This is definitely a memorable 30th birthday.

Thanks to everyone who called, emailed, texted, sang, blogged...I loved hearing from all of you!

A Colorado Thanksgiving


We packed up the car and made the drive to Colorado for our Thanksgiving break last week. Kind of a different way to spend the holiday, but we had a great time! The kids enjoyed the Children's Museum. Charlie could have stayed at the train table all day long. He wasn't happy when it was time to go! Mykol and Ramsey were so generous to let us stay at their place. As you can see, the kids loved having just a bit more space. Watching Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving: Our self-timer shot of the four of us (please ignore Charlie's bare legs and Jack's crusty): More shots of Charlie and Trent playing their favorite game: Another self-timer: Jack and Charlie trying to help Trent fire up the grill. And, of course, some serious time spent on the Wii. My right tricep was seriously sore after playing tennis! Jack preferred the bowling. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I feel like I have so much to be grateful for. I loved celebrating with my own family but missed the rest of our families and friends. And now it's officially Christmas! Yea![...]

Wish List.


Since my big 30th birthday is coming up, I've been trying to decide what to suggest for Trent to give me. Rather than a couple small gifts, I think I might combine birthday money from parents and Trent and purchase a pair of boots. I just can't decide which ones!
These black boots I tried on in Chicago about a month ago and LOVED them. Seriously, I feel like we are meant to be together. You can scrunch them down or wear them pulled up and they look darling either way. But they are completely out of my budget and not quite as practical. (image) These next two are super cute and very functional. I think a good pair of boots makes any outfit...I just can't decide which color I prefer, saddle:
(image) or dark brown:

(image) And these are also cute...but I might get sick of the shearling cuffs.
Any recommendations?

The Final Batch


These are my last photos to post from our trip to Utah a couple weeks ago. One of the fun things we did was take the boys up to Snowbird and ride the tram to the top of the mountain. As we passed by each tram tower, Jack got really excited and said, "There's an Eiffel Tower!" I guess those Babar books have made quite an impression. Both Jack and Charlie really liked it! Trying to get a shot with Grandpa Whitney was not easy! It was chilly on top so we hung out in the warming hut. I thought this shot was so cute of them waving to my dad:Probably my favorite picture from the trip:All aboard! Jack wanted to see if he was smiling in the picture we took to show Daddy our tram ride: Brrr!Charlie and me:I think 5 out of 7 mornings the kids woke up at 5:00 a.m. This is what I had to resort to to keep them quiet so they wouldn't wake everyone else up.We had a great trip and can't wait to come back for Christmas![...]

More Utah


An action shot of Jack enjoying a morning snack of a chocolate doughnut and water at Emigration Market. I loved just being able to walk over there for whatever we needed! My mom, my sister, and me: Playing in the leaves at my mom's neighbor's house was a definite highlight. This is just one reason why we need a yard!Liberty Park with Grandpa Whitney:And a couple more from Gardner Village with the Nestmans:[...]

Charlie's Tubes (Part 2)


Charlie and I headed back to the hospital this morning to have his adenoids removed and his tubes re-done in his ears. I really hope this time will help! Although I dread having him taken from me, I absolutely love being there waiting for him when he wakes up and being able to hold and rock him for an hour or two with no interruptions. It has been so long since I've been able to just sit and hold one of my kids without them wiggling out of my lap, so I cherished it! So sweet.(image) And this is pre-surgery...back to Charlie's hot rod. He totally remembered it from last time!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will make my (and Charlie's) winter just a bit more bearable.



715 is the number of photos taken while we were in Utah for one week. So I am trying to pick and choose a few favorites to keep the blog updated. Here are just a few from Gardner Village with the Nestmans. Jack and Uncle B enjoying the petting zoo: Charlie checking out the goat:And both boys taking a ride on the ponies. I was shocked Jack agreed to do it!Aunt Ruby and Jack: Grandpa Whitney and his grandsons:Charlie Tuna:When I asked Jack and the end of the day what his favorite thing we had done was, he said it was the song at the water fountain.Breakfast time at Grandpa Whitney's:And, of course, some train time. I'll have to post some more will probably be several posts! [...]