{it's my birthday | 31}

I was greeted with a hug and kiss from my littlest guy at 5 am.
At least he said, "Happy Birthday Mommy. I love you!"

And just like that, it's my birthday again.
So, you know what that means…
I'm dropping the kids off at their grandma's and heading to the big city.
A pedicure, lunch and a movie are in order.
I might even swing my Anthropologie and see if there is anything this big belly can fit into… 
I do get my birthday month discount you know!

Last night the boys and I made this deliciousness.
And I am planning on picking up a pizza on my way home this afternoon.
These are the makings of a fine fine birthday.

I'm also hoping that I will get to see my farmer for more than 10 minutes.
The hay has a different plan though and it is a little more high maintenance than I am… it needs baled. 

Oh, and p.s. did you get entered into my big birthday giveaway?
Over $200 of goodies that I love.
You're welcome.



{oh hey, friday | 19 weeks}

Just like that I'm 19 weeks pregnant.
Almost halfway there.
I'm getting super excited for my 20 week ultrasound on Thursday.
Let's chat more about me, shall we?
But first, some link up info.

1 | Go ahead and write up a post about five things.
2 | Paste the html of the button below on your post.
3 | Link up at the bottom.

Ok, back to the bump.

1 | gender predictions?
As mentioned above, I have my 20 week ultrasound on Thursday.
I was planning on finding out the second that I could, but I am debating to wait a couple days longer.
Next Saturday we are going to be having a gender reveal party.
I thought it might be fun to find out with everyone else for once… since it will most likely be our last babe.
I will see if I can hold our through the entire ultrasound first. Ha.
SO… what is your prediction!!??
Another little farmer?
Perhaps we are due for a little miss?
What do you think?
I've set up a little poll in the upper right hand side of my blog.
Go and answer what you think!

2 | stats

how far along | 19 weeks

size of baby | as big as an heirloom tomato

weight gain | official weigh in will be next week, but I think I'm at 6 pounds.

gender | we will find out soon - gender reveal party next Saturday!

feeling | great - this second trimester is the sweet spot! I'm certainly embracing it since I know how miserable that last month or two are.

craving | I can't say I have any consistent cravings. Usually sweet things. I load up on fruit at Costco weekly. And I'm trying to be cautious of what I eat - lots of salads, not much processed sugar. It is hard!

sleeping | uh… if my children would let me sleep, I'd be sleeping great. Brody wakes up to go potty once, which wakes me up. And Beckam will wake up usually once or twice and want to be rocked back to sleep.
Pregnancy wise though, I'm sleeping pretty good. I really miss sleeping solely on my stomach.
I may need to invest in a pregnancy pillow… anyone who has used one? Are they worth it? If so, which one?

movement | feeling some wiggles… nothing super strong yet, and anxious for it to be a little more consistent. It will be interesting to see if this baby likes to beat me up on the inside like Beckam did.

3 | working out
I have never really worked out with my prior pregnancies.
I am super duper paranoid and just thought for some reason I would hurt the baby.
Perhaps it was just a good excuse for me to not to work out.
Either way, I've been moving my booty a lot this time around and it feels great!
My Fitbit has been keeping me going, along with this Move Your Booty challenge Karli and I started.
I think that we will have to do a challenge every month until this baby comes just to keep me motivated.
You see, I am super competitive, so when someone challenges me on Fitbit, I really try to win.
My daily goal is 10,000 steps… until I go head to head with someone like my brother who is kicking my booty and I have to pick up my pace.
All of this to say… working out during pregnancy is good.
If I only would have known that four years ago.

4 | nursery
I've got big plans for the nursery.
Even if it is a boy… it needs a bit of a facelift.
I've used the same bedding for both Brody and Beckam and we I need a change.
Do you have any favorite places to buy baby bedding?

I am also on a big kick to de-clutter my house.
Perhaps early nesting?

5 | national bump day
Did you know that yesterday was National Bump Day.
Here is what I want to know… who makes up these national days?
Like National Siblings Day, where everyone takes the opportunity to share a picture of them with their sibling.
National Donut Day.
National Hot Dog Day.
You know the ones!
I am certain that these days are created by some bored and lonely person who strategizes their post going viral in order to get all of social media to take their bait.
Or maybe I'm wrong.
I might just be making up my own National Day to see if I can get it to spread like wild fire.
Any good suggestions?

But, in honor of "national bump day" here is another bump shot...
Have a terrific weekend friends!



{shared boys room inspiration}

As we impatiently wait to find out the gender of baby #3 {one more week!}
I realized I should get some inspiration for shared room ideas together for the boys… 
instead of any nursery planning/updates that need to be done.

What would I do without Pinterest?
I mean… what did we do without Pinterest? 
If it was around when I was wedding planning, things would have gotten crazy.
Or how about my elementary ed major in college… that would have been so easy!
The subpar creative lesson plans I came up with weren't great.
Future teachers better be finishing college with summa cum laude.
All of them.

Totally off track.

Back to the boys' room.
THIS is what the room currently looks like.
And here are some ideas that I have come across to possibly change it:

What do you think?

Bunk beds are so expensive, I'm feeling like I {aka my farmer} need to get out the ol' hammer and nails and build something.
We will see how that goes though.

Either way, I'd like to get the boys put together in the same room in the next couple of months.
We need to get them adjusted before baby comes.

Do you have any great shared room ideas?
Send them my way!



{farewell pacifiers pt. 3}

Honestly, I never thought that there'd be a part 3 to this "series".
BUT… if you read part 2 you know that it was pretty much a fail.
Even though I snipped holes in every on of Beckam's pacifiers, he still used them for every nap and at bedtime.
So much for my idea to make it "his idea" to get rid of them.
So, here I am, nearly a month later and the whole pacifier saga has finally come to an end.
Here is how it all went down:

Even though Beckam used his pacifiers everyday, he knew that they were different. 
I had convinced him to throw away a couple early on telling him that they were "broken."
{he had lots… like 7}
But after he threw one out, there was always a back up, or three, so he didn't really think much of it.

Recently I had him down to one pacifier.
He didn't even like this one pre-cut because it is some fancy orthopedist approved version of his binkie.
Turns out toddlers think orthodontists are stupid.

He would ask for a new one every night, and search his bed for another one.
But, I told him that we couldn't find them, and that was all he had.
He was waking up multiple times a night though, and I was tired of it. Literally.

And then… just three days ago, I was done.
Saturday morning I was very convincing, and had a nice little chat with Beckam.
We talked about how he didn't really like the last lone "night-night", how he is such a big boy now, and that maybe he should throw it away.
He was basically like, "yea, ok!"
I did remind him that after that one was gone, there were no more.
He went and found it and tossed it in the garbage though.
And then I waited all day until it was bedtime to see how it was all going to play out.
{He fell asleep in the car for nap time and transferred nicely, so we didn't have to worry about it then.}

Bedtime came, and he asked for his pacifier.
I reminded him that he threw it away and we didn't have any more.
I also told him how proud I was of him and what a big boy he had become.
He didn't ask again.
And he fell asleep TOTALLY FINE.

Also… he didn't wake up five times that night like he had been doing.

He has been a rockstar, and just like always, I was dreading it more than necessary.
He will still ask for it at sleep time, once, but then is over it when I tell him we don't have any.
I'm sure this will stop soon, the longer he goes without.

This was the most drawn out weaning of a pacifier ever, but luckily it was successful.
I am thrilled.

And now, he just needs to get a little more consistent on the "no pooping in your diaper" house policy.



{rodeo boys | why we might be getting a sheep}

It's Monday.
I'm sure you are all well aware.
It's okay though because I've got a rodeo post for you to read.
And there is an extra dramatic episode of The Bachelorette on tonight.
Things are looking up.

Last Thursday I dressed up myself and my guys in our best rodeo duds and we headed out on the town.
Naturally we took pictures of ourselves as we waiting for our farmer to get home from combining.
Brody talked the ENTIRE way to town about the herd of baby cows that he thought we needed in our backyard. {not going to happen}
And both little guys asked quite often "are we there yet?"
Needless to say, they were excited.

 We snagged some pretty fabulous seats right in front and next to the bucking chutes.
SO many chaps and wranglers right in front of us.
Prime view.
 This was also ideal for optimal "awe factor".
I think he was more in awe of the animals than the chaps though.
Beckam was very very serious about every event.
 The mutton busting was an all time favorite.
So much so that it is still ALL Beckam talks about.
He found a sheep stuffed animal at home that he pretends to ride.
He tells us that he won't let go.
Rodeo lover. Oh boy.
A sheep might be in our future. They are pretty low to the ground... and fluffy.
 Brody particularly thought that the rodeo clown was hilarious.
He was way less serious about the whole rodeo scene obviously.
Every person that came out riding, Brody would scream, "they won!" after they finished.
We may need to attend some smaller more local rodeos soon because the boys have been asking daily to go back.
Is it possible to forbid them from ever riding a bull?
Because I'd like that for that to become a family rule.
Did I mention we ate our weight in fresh hot mini donuts?
And kettle corn?
it was worth it.
I think.



{oh hey, friday | all the good stuff}

It's Thursday afternoon and I'm busting out a super quick Oh hey, Friday post.
Why am I so diligent, you ask?
We've got a rodeo to get to.

For the past several years we've gone to the Snake River Stampede.
HERE is the recap from last year.
I'm pretty sure Brody is not going to fit into that shirt for the fourth year in a row.
Beckam is going to have to rock it now. 

I am super excited to have two little guys that have been talking non stop about it, and are old enough to get very excited about it.

I'll let you know next week how it went. :)

But for now, it's link up time!

Go ahead and write up a post about five things, paste the html of the button below on your post, and link up at the bottom.

And now, onto my five…

Did you see the totally awesome birthday giveaway on my blog from yesterday?
If not, you'll want to check it out HERE.
Or, you can just go ahead and get entered:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

2 | 18 WEEKS
This was literally the only picture taken of me this week.
So… there you have it!
Me and my boys standing in front of our farmer's massive corn field.

Back to this little babe though!
It's wiggling around.
And is the size of a bell pepper.

It has been craving lots of pizza which results in mandatory nightly elliptical use.
I'm going to cut that habit out, starting tomorrow.

Luckily, nothing is really different and I am feeling great! 
Love this sweet spot in the second trimester.

As mentioned above, I've been on the elliptical every night.
I have to.
And I am always super happy with myself after I complete my 10,000 daily step goal.
So much so, that I usually have a nice little snack.
Totally counterproductive.
The boys love going for walks with me too.
I captured them actually moving, in between stopping every couple of seconds to pick up another rock.
How is your booty moving going?
Am I going to be winning all of that moola? :)

We are mid grain harvest around these parts.
{Although we did have a week break because of so SO much rain.}
It is always exciting to have a new crop to harvest with another big machine to ride around in.
Crossing our fingers that we can finish up quickly, with impressive yields. 
 Speaking of big machines…
these cute kids are starting their own tractor trends.
 One tractor doesn't mean that three kids can't comfortably ride.
They are certainly making the most of the situation… and enjoying it.

Let's all do that this weekend, eh?
Have a fabulous one friends!



{big birthday GIVEAWAY | over $200 worth of goodies}

It's my birthday month.
And I have teamed up with some fine peeps to bring you one big fabulous birthday giveaway.

I figured it would be super fun to give away some things that I love for my birthday month giveaway!

Up first, there is this totally adorable Meriwether leather clutch.
Not only am I in love with the design, I am in love with it's functionality.
It is made out of leather that is made in the USA and will fit an iPad mini, along with your
other daily essentials. 
Jessica from Hawks and Doves is responsible for this beauty, along with dozens of other fabulous designs. 
You really need to check out her shop.

{Oh, and ps. If you love it, you should know that she is currently running a Crowdfunding Campaign through Etsy.  This Clutch, along with a Tote and a wallet are being offered at awesome prices for the
next 20 days as she tries to raise funds for a new leather sewing machine for her shop. You can see the campaign HERE.}

Next up in the list of things that I love…
Candles and sprays.
This farmhouse candle and spray are not only obviously beautiful, but they smell aaaamazing!
Z & Co. is a family business {which I love} and they do a great job at making quality products that are perfect for your home or for a wonderful gift. 
Aren't they so pretty!?
Go and check them out!

Finally, I love... cash.
I mean who doesn't?
We've got EIGHTY-FIVE bones to hand out.
Oh the things I would do with $85…
I'll spare you from the details, but it would most likely include some pampering of sorts.

That's over $200 worth of amazing stuff for you to win.

NOW, what are you waiting for?
It's time to get entered!

Good luck!

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