Friday, March 27, 2015

The Spring Game

Per Brent's request, we went to the Spring BYU Football Scrimmage Friday night. Brent gets to see all the players, see them warming up and testing out their stuff. He even went early to get the players autographs! You know, to give to his 10-year-old nephew (who's obsessed with sports, naturally, as a Mouritsen). I liked it. What I liked was the spring weather and the warm evening light on those peaks!

Also, my parents came to visit last week. We had such a good time.

Please come back!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soup, Crying Tip, & Ella

A Panera classic made over for a creamy yet lighter Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Soup! You won't miss the heavy cream and butter in this delicious recipe!
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I found this healthy version of Cheddar Broccoli soup, and it is delightful. I was pretty worried about using almond milk at first... but its delicious regardless, and it cuts down the calories quite a bit to use it instead of regular milk.  I also used reduced fat cheddar cheese- still delicious.

On to 9 month old Ella...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ella: 8 Months

Girlfriend is 8 months old tomorrow, on Jan 19th.

She doesn't have any teeth yet! which is a little unusual from what I read. But, she does:
-sit up real well, only sometimes falling over
-pick up cheerios to eat with her thumb and sweet little finger
-army crawls
-goes from laying down to sitting up on her own
-claps her little hands
-pulls herself up to stand every now and again
-takes two naps a day, and for the last week or so, they've been a bit longer, sometimes 2 hours. Which always feels like an unprecedented luxury. But, unfortunately, she still wakes up once or twice a night.

She is moving a ton. Its a tricky business to change her diaper, she'll roll over in a hot second. I try to convince her to stay still with a toy, but its about 50-50.

She seems to rather like her "Pat the Bunny" book Brent's mom got her for Christmas. It has a fuzzy little bunny for her to touch, buttons for her to rattle, you know, blah blah. For toys, car keys and my watch are a no-fail.

We shared a moment the other day. I was feeding her peaches and telling her how delicious they were, and she was just laaaughing, and then I was laughing at her, and then she was laughing at me- you know, real bonding time. It felt like we were real friends for a minute.

The last few days she seems to get a bit slap happy when she's tired. She'll kind of cry, and then laugh real hard at something, and then cry again. Quite cute stuff.
The other day, I finally weighed 145 lbs., which is what I weighed pre-Eleanor. It was an excellent moment. But of course, I ate some pizza the other day at a friends house and now I weigh 149... but it'll go back down I'm sure... right? right?!

Also, I recently realized Ballet West holds adult ballet classes closer to my house so maybe I'll wander over there some time.

Monday, December 29, 2014


Ella started army crawling over Christmas. My life just got 10x harder. No more leaving her on the bed or on the hall floor while I do the laundry- she could fall down the stairs! yeep. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Night Nurse?

I can't decide how I feel about this article. It's about a mom who chose to hire a night time nanny with her second baby.

I mean, I get it. Babies are hard. But I still feel iffy about it. This mom doesn't have to wake up at all during the night and spends a vacation away while the nanny sleep trains the baby. Bliss!

I must feel this way because I'm a bit jealous. Kudos to this mom who is aware of the strains on her relationship and personal well-being that her motherhood situation causes, and then solves the situation. And then stands up to other mom's judgement about her solution.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Provo Fashion Week

While I adore Eleanor, I'm pumped to share something non-baby related...

Thursday, October 2, 2014


It was so nice to have my parents in town last week. They are so lovely. My mom suggested going to Hogle Zoo in SLC- which is a fabulous idea- but I thought... I will sweat so much walking around outside... maybe an aquarium? I'm glad she settled because gosh I liked it. The penguins getting fed, the octopus suctioned on to the glass, the tunnel under the pool of sharks, ooo and the 14 ft. anaconda in the South America animals section- it made me want to go to one of the huge aquariums with whales in CA or Florida... or wherever they are. Some of us may have snoozed during the visit, I won't say who.
My teeth look miraculously white in this photo... 
Also, I wanted to say that these blog posts on a woman's career were so inspiring to me. Although currently my career is being a mom at home, and I'm mostly happy with that (it is rewarding, but you know it has it's ups and downs), it felt satisfying to me to read posts about confident career women, especially this video of Peggy in the tv show Mad Men, which is set in the 60's. 

On a separate note, Grandma Phoebe you will love to know that my good friend Whitney Lawter (the one who went to India whose blog you followed?) is expecting a baby boy at the beginning of next year! As is my other previous room mate, Kelsey, whom I don't think you know, but they are both expecting baby boys within weeks of each other. I'm so giddy for them. Was it coincidental?! I think they planned it :)

And, I found a legit website for moms and moms-to-be, It's sophisticated, talking about maternity and mom wear, nursery decor, the cool diaper bag options, and personal stories of how moms deal with twins and babies in the NICU and that sort of thing.

Some more photos under the "read more" if you're interested.