Monday, May 11, 2015

Scout is 9 months, Mother's Day '15 and Lately

This past month has been a little crazy. 
-I started a new job and new specialty at a great local hospital (working one night a week, holla!), and since it required a pretty time-consuming two weeks of orientation my cousin Kacy and mother-in-law, Lisa, both flew in for each respective week to watch the little ones. 
-Scout turned 9 months! Nine months of Scout has been indescribable. This girl. Anyone who knows Scout knows her as a happy, social, bouncy, just sweet, sweet little (chubby) girl. She brings such joy and warmth into our family. And her and big brother are 100% best friends. It's magnificent. Also, these past 9 months have gone way too fast. When you're running after two kids life seems to go that much faster and these babies are growing up quicker than ever. 
-Shake Shack opened up here in Austin! Them and their burger/fry magic have already made us one very, very happy family. 
-I was completely pampered this Mother's Day (two naps, what??)! Jude made several sweet gifts for me in both school and church, Adam bought me a beautiful new necklace, and also cooked perfect pancakes for breakfast and a delicious Italian pasta for dinner. Am I one lucky baby-maker or what? 

Happy 9 months, baby girl! 

She stole that donut hole so quick I didn't even notice. Girl after my own heart.

Trying to teach Jude to *wink* is seriously the funniest thing ever. 

Jude thought Scout needed a snack, so he dumped his bag of Life cereal on the floor for her to enjoy. And she did. 

Salt Lick with Nana! This place is an Austin-area institution, and we are really learning our way around good BBQ. 

Adam sent me this picture of taking the kids to school via bike-trailer and I could.not.stop.laughing. Look at our little sardines! There's far too much cuteness packed into that little thing. 


Although we have been busy, we are not nearly as busy as we used to be. For the moment, we've found a balance, where there's far more time to make sweet memories and really sit and enjoy those heart-swelling moments. 
Life is so good right now. We love Austin. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Our Easter '15

Yesterday was the first time our little family has celebrated a holiday as just us and we had such a sweet, low-key day together creating our own memories and traditions. It was even more special since our church's general conference was broadcasted all weekend, and we decided to document our day by video. Although I'm nothing short of clueless when it comes to video-journaling, capturing these moments I take for granted every day and watching them played side-by-side made me realize just how incredible and pure my little ones are. 
How did we get so lucky? 

Easter 2015 from Britney Stevens on Vimeo.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, celebrating and pondering on the sacrifice and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know this week has reminded me how much He loves us and wants to be in our lives, and being a wife and mom has taught me that more than anything. 

Here's to spring and bunnies and beautiful weather before the heat! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The past month

Here's just a couple of shots from the past month. We've been enjoying Austin's transition into a make-shift Spring and can't wait to get to know this city a little (a lot) better. 
Scout also turned 6 months at the beginning of this month and she's developed into a totally, irresistible, ravenous (she LOVES baby food), little sweetie. And when she's in distress, she yells "Mom!" Just like everyone else in this house. 

Jude saw a video on YouTube of matchbox cars that change color in water. He then proceeded to flood our bathroom in a fit of confusion as to why his cars don't do the same. (Notice his sweet little confused look. *sigh*)

TJ's and I had some unfinished business to take care of one day :). 

Jude had his first day of preschool on Wednesday! These early mornings are definitely going to take some getting used to, but so-far he's really loving it!

I got my hairs chopped a few weeks ago. It is SO NICE not to have a birds nest probably full of day-old spit-up around my neck anymore. 

Jude got a glow-in-the-dark puzzle for Christmas and when he and Adam put it together he was so proud of himself! And when it started getting sticky (take note: glass table-tops near doors seem to sweat) and I had to put it away, he cried and yelled, "What are you DO-ing??!" Silver lining?--Adam taught him the correct way to say "Uranus." You know, before everyone had a stick up theiranus. 

Oh, my heart. These two. And all three of them--my world. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Scout is 5 months!

For the love of...
Seriously. What just happened? This little sweetie is 5 months today and it's not fair. I just got her! 
Now she's a super chubby, crazy loud (she prefers screaming over crying), beautiful, smiley, bouncing baby girl and I just love her to pieces. 
I took a couple little pictures of her, just to remember how she is at this very moment. 
Rolls, faux hawk, and all. 

 The start of the new year is so exciting with a new baby. I can't wait to see her little personality come out even more and to enjoy her as such a perfect addition to our family. 

We love you so much, Scout! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas 2014!

This year, my family from Idaho, Utah, and Pennsylvania all decided to drive and meet up in the middle in Missouri for Christmas! 
Last Christmas we were also able to spend the day all together--me then being newly pregnant with Scout and this year my dear friend Courtney and my brother, Bryon, are expecting their first little one (a boy!) in June! 
Once again, Aunt Darlene was an exceptionally gracious hostess and we can't thank her enough for all of the great memories. 

Prepare yourself for photo overload. Also, bonus points for identifying the correct number of pictures Aunt Brynne photo-bombed. 

We've made a Christmas card almost every year since having Jude and this is the first time we've actually sent one out! Sorry to all those we weren't able to send cards to--it's nothing personal, truly. I just knew that if I didn't cap it at 30 cards I'd probably ending up sending 300. Whatever, I know 300 people...

Back in those arms. 

Scout wore the dress I wore for my first Christmas this year! 

Soon-to-be Uncle Nick made Jude a custom Santa pinata filled with candy and cars! 

They treated us SO SO good. Christmas Eve ribs!!!!

Can't wait to meet little Andy in June!

Jude takes coloring very seriously, in all its forms.

That there is a hand-painted picture of  grumpy cat on a mug done by insanely-talented Nick.   (Not pictured are two more mugs with hand-painted portraits of Jude and Scout. Seriously, this guy.)  

My cousin Kacy made a pillow case out of one of my Grandpa's favorite shirts and gave it to my Grandma for Christmas. She responded by burying her face into it while simultaneously crying and laughing. So grateful to spend yet another wonderful Christmas with this remarkable woman.

And there you have it! 
There are about a million more pictures, awkward moments, cookies eaten, presents opened, and naps taken, but this is it. 
Family really is what it's all about. 

Hope everyone had a very, Merry Christmas! 
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