Thursday, December 31, 2015

Welcome 2016!

This year started out as one of the lowest points in my life, but I'm happy to say that it not only got better, but became one of the best years yet! 

Here's a quick recap of our family's major events this year:
My little sister, Brooklyn, got married (still haven't posted about it)!

We've been so blessed with so many good changes that definitely outweigh the hardships. 
We're heading out of 2015 feeling exhausted, but so grateful for the great year we've had. 
Happy New Year, Everyone! Now go kiss someone you love! 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Day

Christmas morning, Ryan woke up with Norah and Lucy and let me sleep in. Once I finally rolled my carcass out of bed, I made us a Christmas breakfast of fruit crepes and sausage, which both of the girls snubbed, as per usual. 
Norah was excited to open presents, the princess wrapped ones in particular. 
Lucy has been on a book-ripping-rampage lately, so I think she was a little confused when we told her it was okay to rip the wrapping paper. 

They got a monster bowling set from their Aunt Janel, and Norah took that over to Grandma & Grandpa Brand's house to show it off to everyone. Lucy got a pounding set from Santa. She flinches every time she hits it haha. 

Jane was quite content with her gift--a mamaroo swing, which we ended up taking back because she doesn't care how fancy it is, she just would rather be held.

Ryan's shirt gifted from Janel. haha

I remember loving this Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly doll when I was growing up, and so I got it for the girls, which they both love as well! I'm so glad! 

After a relaxing morning, we went over to my parents' house to skype with my little brother on his mission in Brazil. Then we had a nice big Vegan dinner to accommodate a few family members who only eat vegan diets. My parents bought everyone a nerf gun and we ended the night with a big nerf gun fight! It was a fun Christmas and I'm so glad we got to spend it together as a family.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Holidays are so fun with the girls around. They've been eye-balling the presents under the tree and constantly reorganizing the ornaments on the branches. I haven't put much effort into talking about Santa, but I think Norah has picked up on it enough to know that there are presents coming from him, but not enough to understand that she has to be a good girl in order to be on his nice list haha. Next year we'll be using that as leverage as much as possible. 

The presents are wrapped, the kitchen is clean, the breakfast is prepped, and we're ready for some cozy christmas morning festivities. 
Santa better hurry his belly over to our house if he wants to get any cookies before they're gone!
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Card 2015

Merry Christmas from the Grimmetts! 
Since it's just too dang hard to do a self timer on the camera these days, you just get pictures of the girls this year (which is who you really want to see anyway, let's be honest).

I might have a slight obsession with buying cute holiday outfits, and these Jammies were no exception. 

Norah: Age 3, Big sister, preschool star, netflix binge-watcher, too smart for her own good
Lucy: Age 18 Months,  Stuck in the middle, snuggle monster, family jokester, learning to talk
Jane: Age 4 Weeks, Newcomer, baby skin, favorite food= organic milk

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fourth Anniversary

Happy anniversary to Ryan and me! Over the past four years, we have gone through a LOT of change. We've had three kids--I don't think I need to name any more. I've changed a lot (and not just my pant size), and yet, Despite some drastic changes, Ryan still loves me. I feel like a completely different person from the one that married Ryan 4 years ago, but Ryan has taken it all in stride and it makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have that kind of unconditional love. 

 Happy Birthday, Marriage! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Redefining Normal

Monday marked 3 weeks since Jane joined our family, and it's been 3 weeks filled with tears, tantrums, tummy troubles, and sleepless nights. If it hadn't been for Ryan's sister and mom (who both stayed with us for a few days), as well as the generosity of friends and neighbors, then our diets would have exclusively consisted of frozen pizzas. 

I thought that this transition could not possibly be harder than the transition from 1 to 2 kids, but I guess Jane is up for the challenge, because she has been proving me wrong. I find myself overwhelmed with tasks that used to seem so easy, and instead of rising up, I pout in a corner and wish more than anything that I could run away. But then I think of others who have hardship after hardship thrown at them, and they not only survive, but are grateful. Which makes me feel like I'm going to hell for being such a ninny. 

But in all reality, I am grateful. Ryan has been my rock during these three incredibly hard weeks.
Norah and Lucy have their own ways of dealing with the adjustment, but thankfully they both adore baby Jane. Norah often asks if she can "hold that little baby". And Lucy will gladly and promptly plop down wherever she is if you ask if she wants to hold the baby. They both often lather her with kisses and pats. 

I get to smell Jane's newborn skin, and kiss her newborn lips and cheeks over and over again. I could soak in that smell all day, and I do!

I had so many ideas that I wanted to try for newborn pictures, but when it came down to it, I was simply too exhausted, and it suddenly didn't seem all that imperative to have fancy props and poses. 
Luckily, I still think they turned out really sweet.

She looks a lot like Lucy to me in this picture

This headband was given to me by a friend after Norah was born and I used it in her newborn pictures, so now I have a picture of all three girls wearing it. 




I really do love these three girls, I'm so glad I have Ryan to help me, and I'm so glad we have Christmas just around the corner to keep our spirits up.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Polar Express

One tradition that has developed for us is going to the Polar Express Train Ride that a family in Lindon puts on every year for anyone who wants to participate. Luckily, we were able to reserve seats ahead of time. I hear that they fill up really quickly and then they end up turning people away.

Before boarding, everyone waits in the garage, which has been decked out with christmas trees and presents, where a projector is showing the movie The Polar Express. The train track goes around a few different houses with a stop at "Santa's workshop". The seats have speakers built in with Christmas music playing and picture displays of Jesus the whole way around.

They called our group name to board the train, only 45 seconds before it was about to leave the "station". And so, of course, Jane thought that would be a perfect time to spit up all over Ryan, meaning that he missed the first part of the ride in order to run to the car for a burp cloth and new blanket.

Because we were the last in line to see Santa, Ryan was able to meet up with us for the visit. But not before Lucy, who was on a destructive mission, climbed back behind the small train display to grab all the toys within her reach. Fortunately a worker was able to grab her and keep the damage to a minimum.

We really tried to prep Norah about our expectations for sitting on Santa's lap, but when it came down to it, she didn't care HOW many candy canes he offered her, she was not sitting on his lap, which meant Lucy didn't want to either. 

At least one of our children sees the importance of this kodak moment. ;)

Back on the train all together with candy canes and Santa no where in sight = contentment
Still not enough for smiles, however.

Hymns played the rest of the way as we looked at the pictures.  

I really loved this one in particular.

It may have been chaotic most of the time, but then again I guess it makes for a better story, right?
It was a really neat experience though, and it was so fun to take the girls out. 

Norah refused to get a picture in front of the entrance sign with us after she fell and skinned her knee, but little did she know that she made it in after all.  ;)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Janel Visits!

Ryan's sister, Janel, stayed with us for the week after she finished a six week adventure across the United States visiting friends and family. We were glad to have her spend such a long time with us, especially since it has been so hard with a newborn. She has just swooped in and taken over with Norah and Lucy, and it has been a lifesaver. 
Not only did she entertain the girls, run errands, and make meals, she bought birthday gifts, early Christmas gifts, and gifts just because--she is seriously the most generous person.

Lucy loved trying on the boots Janel gave me for my birthday. And Norah got her dream gift from her cousins, a princess makeover set. 

Janel bought the girls some nice coats and, let me tell you, they LOVE them. I'm not kidding when I say that Lucy wants to wear her coat every day, all day. Whenever she sees it, she immediately starts saying, "toat" and insists on putting it on haha! 

The girls got ahold of same cassette tapes and started pulling out all the tape, so Ryan started to stop them and then realized...wait...people don't use cassettes anymore....proceed. And they did so happily.

Janel took the girls outside during a rare sunny afternoon for some sidewalk chalking. 

As you can tell, they had a grand time. It was so nice to have Janel here for the week and we will all miss her so much! 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hospital Pictures

My good friend, Arielle, came and took pictures for us at the hospital just a few hours after Jane was born. Arielle has her own photography business, Anchored Image, and today is the last day to purchase her awesome black friday deal, so if you're in Utah, you should definitely check that out.

She captured some really sweet things of little Jane.


I love these little toes

I thought it would be a good idea to have Arielle come right before Norah and Lucy came for the first time so that we could get their first reactions to the baby. However, what we really should have done was let them come before, because I think the hospital was overwhelming and so both of them were pretty cranky. Norah didn't want anything to do with the new baby haha.

And yet, Arielle still managed to get some cute pictures out of them.

Our first family photo. You can tell that Ryan and I are both completely exhausted.

We put on a whole show in order to get the girls to stay still and look towards the camera. 

The cutest bunch of toes I ever did see. :))

My mom with Jane.

Even though I didn't make it to the scheduled induction time, Ryan's mom had come into town to watch the girls and so it worked out perfectly. I love all of these pictures of Jane with her grandmas.

My sister was also in town for Thanksgiving week and got to meet Jane, which was really special since she lives so far away (boo)!

I love these pictures so much! And since then, Norah and Lucy have both really warmed up to Jane. It's definitely been an adjustment for all of us, but Norah loves asking to hold Jane and then using her new doctor set that she got for her birthday to give "the new baby" a check up. Lucy loves to say "baby" every time she sees Jane and loves giving her kisses, but we are still really careful since Lucy still grabs at her, luckily nothing has happened yet. 
I love my three girls and I'm so glad Jane is finally here safe and sound.