Monday, May 20, 2013

Wow, it's been a while

Life has just been busy!  I realize those of you who stalk me and my family are probably disappointed that I haven't updated.  So, here it goes in a nutshell.

Oakley - 10 months old and as every bit of independent as her brother.  Anything Talon does, she has to do and she loves playing in his room with his toys.  She has been standing and walking with help for almost 2 months now, she really wants to get up and go.  There is never a time that she isn't smiling and she just brightens a room with that smile.  Highlight: she loves to jump on the bed with her brother, she is even doing it in her own crib now.

Talon - 3 years old and is as smart as a whip.  He is doing preschool at BYU-Idaho and is the smartest one in his class of 3-5 year olds.  So, to make things more challenging for him he is going to be doing Montessori school starting in September.  Where he can learn more and be challenged more.  He loves to eat (he eats like a hobbit - 7-9 meals a day) and is solid as a rock.  Highlight: He knows his phone number, how to spell his name, his name and mentions every day that when dad wins the lottery he gets a big truck and a dog... and a house.

Hutch - The light at the end of the tunnel can be seen!  He only has 2 more semesters and he is done!  Then it is applying to Physical Therapy school and hopefully getting in somewhere.  We were able to go to A.T. Still in Mesa, AZ for our 5th anniversary to take a tour.  It is a great campus, but we are unsure about whether we want to live in the area or not.  We are just going to keep our options open and apply everywhere.  He is interning at Spine and Sport with Jody Rawlins this semester and is loving it!  Definitely something he wants to do!  Highlight: Got a bike for the semester to get around and Elise was gone for a week.  He biked everywhere.  Even out to his parents house which is 8 miles away...

Elise - Being a stay-at-home mom has definitely its challenges.  Especially doing the same thing over and over. So, this last week I was in Utah babysitting my sister's kids because she was gone on business and their dad just got deployed to Afghanistan.  It was fun, but I am definitely never having 5 kids.  2 is good.  But while there I was able to go to a ItWorks! wrap party.  I was a little skeptical at first, but after being "wrapped" one time, my tummy has been toned and I lost 2 inches!  Just one time!  So, this was the answer to my monotonous daily routine.  I needed to start my own business here in Rexburg.  So, here it goes.  If you are wondering what this is, you can go to my website @

Life is great and wonderful, couldn't ask for better.  So, hopefully I can keep up with everything happening.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Just keep them coming...

Where to start?
Quick update of things that happened before Oakley was born.
I got laid off from my job about 2 weeks before Oakley was born. It was kind of a big ordeal (especially for Hutch), but it took my apartment finding skills to a new level. (only had about 4 days to find an open apartment during the semester). We were blessed to accidently come upon a 3 bedroom apartment that wasn't $700 and we only had to pay power on. This was probably one of the hardest times in our life.. not only because I was majorly emotional due to the fact I was pregnant, but it was also a time where we did not realize how much we were blessed in that one week after being laid off until we look back at it now.
Hutch finished school/finals pretty much the day before I had Oakley. It was nice not having to tell my husband to leave me to take tests. He did pretty good on all of his classes, though it turns out that he will have to retake his chemistry class. Weird thing is, most of my friends that have taken Chem 105 at BYUI have had to retake this class during their time there. Does that say something about the teachers or the students?
Ok, that was a bunch at a time, but I just had to get that out there.
So, it has been 6 weeks and things are starting to work out. I'm getting used to having to wake up 2-3 times a night, but it is getting rough with the formula situation. Turns out that Oakley is lactose intolerant (surprise, surprise.) She started out well on the normal formula, but slowly we have figured out she has a lactose allergy and she is now on the more expensive, but better for her, formula. We go in on Tuesday and find out how tall she is and how much weight she has gained. I really think she is over 10 lbs. now. Her legs now have somewhat of a chub and her face is filling out. But she is still really tall and skinny.
I went in for my 6 week postpartum check up and I had been having problems with my incision area. The doctor took a look and said that I have cysts all around the area and they will just pop on their own. I have had 2 already and it looks like 2 more are forming. But, good news, my incision is pretty much all healed and I can start working out (very lightly) and getting rid of this extra baby fat, plus the baby fat I didn't lose before.
-My goal is to be to my pre-wedding size by my 5 year anniversary in April. Yes it is a ways away, but with the complications that have been going on, I think it is a good timeline. So, encouragement would be appreciated as I try to lose this extra, sad to say, 50 lbs. oy vey.
Talon is loving having mom stay home. Yes, there are days that mom wants to just lock him in his room all day, but overall it's good. He starting to express how he feels so there aren't as many tantrums, but there are still some.
Hutch is now working and this weekend was the opening weekend for elk hunting. He went with his friend Chris Bundy to hopefully get an elk with his bow. So, being the hunter's widow that I am, I went to Utah until this weekend when we are all going to Rexburg for Oakley's blessing.
Life is good, life is great. I'm tired all of the time and am living off of Dr. Pepper. Maybe I should try some of those 5 hour energy drinks.
Until next time.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Welcome Oakley Ann!

So here is the story of our beautiful new baby little miss Oakley. It won't be graphic, I was not really "present" for much of it.

It was Wednesday July 18 and we arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am. I had a planned repeat C-section because I had a C-section with Talon and for more blatant reasons, my body just doesn't go into labor by itself. Kinda good right? I don't have to put up with contractions :) Hutch and I couldn't sleep the night before because we were too excited for our little "ninja" to come out, more me because he didn't have to put up with your karate for 6 months.

The C-section was scheduled for 7:30, so the anesthesiologist came and let me know what was going to happen and asked a plethora of questions. The time came and they took me to the OR and gave me a spinal block. Definitely not on my list of fun things to have in a lifetime. That was the only time I cried during this whole experience. They strapped down my legs and my arms just in case, set up a shield between my head and my stomach and went to work. Hutch being the future surgeon watched the whole thing. He's a funny guy. The doctors were all amazing and talked me through each step was happening. Then I felt a push on my stomach and out came Oakley. She cried for a little bit while they were suctioning out her airways and gave her a rinse off, but quieted right down when they bundled her up and handed her to dad. Oh she was smitten. And Hutch was too. She didn't cry the whole two hours while dad held her and I was in recovery. She just stared at Hutch for a bit and fell asleep. Already, an amazing baby! Then from there on out she only cried when she was hungry or needed a diaper change.

When Talon came to see her for the first time he was so excited to hold baby sister and give her loves. At one point he even didn't want to let her go and started singing to her. All she did was stare at him. I can tell already they are going to be great friends and their bond is going to be epic!

Now it is onto recovery. Having a 2-year-old and a baby with a C-section is challenging already. I'm glad I have drugs to help through all that needs to be done. But Hutch says I need to be taking it more easy. We will see about that when I don't have nurses to dote on me every minute of the day.

Onward now to the future and whatever it brings. I can't love my little family more than I do now (except when Talon doesn't throw his little tantrums), but it too will pass as time goes on.
The hospital took some pictures of Oakley that the public can view here and enjoy the beautiful girl that we have been blessed with.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Big Changes

As of right now life is picking up the pace. I apologize for not posting in a while, but hopefully you will see why. Here are the updates.

Elise: Accepted a new job as manager at a men's housing complex called Rockland. It provided a better way for Hutch to just go to school and not have to worry about work. Though it did bring about it's financial problems because we had to move on site and I did take a pay cut (i.e. trying to sell the townhouse we bought in August, selling a car and the other bills we have)

It definitely was for the best though. I am definitely happier here than at my previous job and the management is awesome! We have a tight-knit community of managers in Rexburg housing and it is fun to get to know them. This job has definitely come with it's challenges, but hopefully I have found ways to overcome them and make this property better than it was before.

Hutch: Is doing really well with school. It definitely helps to not be working. He is able to focus on his hard classes like chemistry and medical terminology. He is playing football for the school right now and is loving it. His team is undefeated and usually wins their game by 30 pts or more. They did switch to 9-man this season because of the lack of participation. It definitely gives Hutch more playing time.

Talon is also loving the fact that dad is home more. He has started wanting to do things just like dad and do his hair for church like dad and comment on everything dad is doing. If Hutch comes home and hasn't taken a shower, Talon encouragingly tells dad, "Dada take a shower?" while smiling and nodding for confirmation.

So, onto our man of the house. Talon is getting to be a little man more and more everyday. He surprises us with words we didn't know he knew and he talks so well. We have the best conversations. He is enjoying living in the complex. Any time he sees a guy walking by he waves and says hi. He definitely is coming out of his shell more. Our friend from Hutch's parent's ward just graduated high school and she comes and babysits Talon most days and he just absolutely adores her. I'm so glad he is able to go out and play and do fun things that I can't do with him. She is a blessing for sure!

The best thing, Talon is excited for "baby dister" to come along. He can't say sister quite right, but he knows exactly where she is (in mommy's tummy) and loves to give her kisses. He LOVES babies! He loves wrapping up his animals in his blanket and putting them to sleep in his bed. He is going to be a great big brother. I can't wait until they can play games and annoy each other.

As for little sister, she has 7 more weeks. Though it feels as if she is ready to come out right now. She doesn't stay still at any time of day and you can definitely tell when she hears Talon. She starts pushing her pointy edges (just like her father) out as if she wants to come and play. It is amazing to think that they probably were the best of friends in Heaven. I kind of hope she comes early, for my sake and for Talon's.

Well, for now that is what we are up against. Life is good and we can't complain. It's heating up here so Summer is finally here! Hope all is going well with everyone and we will try to keep you up to date!

Monday, March 19, 2012

And the verdict is...

It's a girl. Almost 100% sure. Just like Talon did, she flashed the ultrasound so we knew for sure what gender she was. Wonderful children.

I think her and Talon are going to be best friends.

We have some names picked out, but we are just going to have to wait to see what she looks like in a few months.

Best part: she was smiling when they took the picture of her profile. That's my kid.

I can already tell, she is going to be pretty dang good looking :) Wouldn't have it any other way - she's our kid :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Today's the day!

We find out what we're having! It almost feels like it's our first one because we're so excited! We've had many predictions, most of them girl. But I can honestly say I have no mother's intuition on this one. With Talon I knew it was going to be a boy. With this one, I've had feelings of twins, a boy at time, a girl at other times and now I'm just going to wait until the ultrasound.

So fingers crossed it's a human, and there's only one. Until next time!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions....

I though all of my adult decisions were done with! I mean I got married, finished school, got a job, had a kid, got a place of my own.. now what? I wish I had a magic 8 ball that can give me all of the RIGHT answers for all my decisions. But alas, we got other resources that aren't so quick to answer :)

Here is an update of life so far.

*I walked for Graduation in December. We were lucky to have Quinten L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve come and speak at commencement.

*We sold the "devil dog". We called him that because he was smart as a whip, but knew exactly what not to do and did it anyway just to get back at us. And he didn't really like the fact we held Talon at a higher level than him. And Talon turned out to be allergic to him. So the next one will definitely be a Scottie because they don't shed and they have hair instead of fur.

*Hutch is going to school full time. We have his graduation plan all figured out and he knows what he wants to do for sure when he grows up. I told him there is no turning back. Orthopedic Surgery. After he got his knee operated on last summer he has had the feeling he needed to be more than just a physical therapist. Med school, here we come. Luckily, we have found a good program where he can do all of his schooling and residency in Idaho, but we will definitely keep our options open. If anyone has any suggestions on anything, please help. We have no clue what we're doing with this medical thing and don't know many people that can help us. So any referrals or information would be great!

*And I guess everyone knows by now, but yes, I am pregnant. I am due July 22, the day after check outs for my job. That should be interesting. Now the big decision comes. I don't know whether I should quit my job, or just go part time after I have the kid. I really don't want to take a month old child to day care while I work, and I don't have the option of bringing them to work with me. We also don't have family around that is in the position to babysit either. At this point in our lives, I almost don't have the option to stay home with them either. With Hutch in school and having our own place, it's just a hard decision. I mean, we can live off of student loans that he gets, I mean he's going to medical school anyway, might as well build it up ;) Any suggestions would be great on this too.

*Talon is growing like a weed, mentally and physically. He is starting to get the "Ott build" with a barrel chest and skinny lower body. He loves going to see his friends everyday at day care and doesn't hesitate to remind me who is all there by saying all of their names on the way there. He is talking like crazy and sings his ABCs with only 7 letters. He has the tune down, but just repeats the same 7 letters through the song. "A B C D, L O P!" Pretty dang cute! His favorite songs to sing to go to bed are: Twinkle, Twinkle; I love to see the Temple; Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam; ABCs; and "Mama's song" AKA "Angel Lullaby" from "My turn on Earth". He loves the whole idea of running. He will run from one end of the house to the other while yelling "Run, Run!" He definitely makes my day better when I get home from work. It just sucks I only get to see him 2 hours before work and 2 hours after work. Someday, I will get to be more involved my kids' lives.

*Side note: it hasn't snowed here in Rexburg yet. By now we usually have 3-4 feet already fallen, but no. We have rain and wind. Signs of the times (seasons switch and change, etc) is a possibility.

Well, that is our lives as of now, mixed with laughter and homework. Hope everyone is having a good January.