Goodbye, California

The last couple of weeks have been such a whirlwind that I’m not sure I’ve been able to process the fact that we’ve moved halfway across the country. It doesn’t help that we’re staying with my mom and family is in town so it just feels like a long vacation so far. 99% of our stuff is in storage and we’ve been living out of suitcases for two weeks now! It’s been fun but I think these kids especially will be ready to get back to a semi-normal schedule and life once we’re able to move into our home in a few weeks.

We spent just over four years in San Jose, CA and it was just what our family needed. We’ve always lived within 30 minutes of both of our families (and we both have big families) so most of our time was determined by what soccer game, birthday party, family dinner was going on that evening or weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE family time buuuuuut I just remember the first weekend in San Francisco…we both looked at each other and said, “What do we want to do?! We can literally do whatever we want!” We grew and blossomed and leaned on each other in the last four years. It’s been just what our family needed.

Another beautiful side effect of us not having family close to us is that we really made friends that became family. That’s what we’re going to miss most about California — the people. Hands down. The weather’s great, the sights are great, but the people are what made it home for us. We are so thankful for all of the wonderful people who stepped in when we needed them and spent holidays with us so they didn’t feel as lonely. We’re really trying to sell Austin so people will come visit us or even better…move there! We’ll have a guest room all ready for you guys if you ever wanna test the Austin area out! Just saying.

The one thing I wanted to do most before we left the Bay Area was take family pictures by the bridge and I’m so grateful we were able to squeeze it in before we left! Our family will always hold our time in California close to our hearts and looking at these pictures will give us all the feels our whole lives, I know it.

Thank you, California, for your lack of bugs, beautiful weather that always cools off at night, the Golden Gate Bridge, the redwoods, amazing hiking, being the place we brought our sweet baby Sawyer home to, Boudin, your incredible fruit trees in everyone’s yards, for being the place we learned more about our amazing son Holden, our San Francisco trips, the beach, and the amazing people who live there. We definitely left part of our hearts there but we are excited to see what adventures living back in Texas bring our family.


all photos by Rachel Zee Photography

Blarney Castle

You guys, I’m FINALLY sitting down to blog about our Ireland trip! Only what, 4 or 5 months later?! Life hasn’t been crazy at all, if you can’t tell. I had gotten so many questions about our trip but hopefully I’ll answer most of them in my series of posts and that everyone gets the bug to visit Ireland because it was incredible.

I actually was such a slacker and didn’t take very many photos on the plane! It was kind of crazy and I feel like it’s kind of like birth — when you’re going through it it’s awful but afterwards you tell friends, “Oh it wasn’t so bad!” Sawyer was kind of sick leading up to the trip and our pediatrician told us to expect either throw up or some fun diapers and lucky for us, he gave us both on the plane! After that though it was a fairly easy flight. We were able to call ahead and reserve the bulkhead seats where they can put a little bassinet together for you which was great. Basically a box but at least it was somewhere we could set Sawyer down to sleep! I wish I could tell you he slept for like 5 hours but nope, maybe 45 minutes at the longest stretch and woke up every 15 minutes while sleeping on me BUUUUT it was fine. We did an overnight flight and I regret expecting him to sleep for at least a good portion of the flight because then I was extra bummed when he didn’t.

After 11.5 hours, we landed in Dublin and went to get our rental car. My mom was with us too so we got a little “bus” that can seat like 9 and that was interesting! Cars are typically pretty small in Ireland so it basically looked like we were driving a big, red delivery van but people couldn’t miss us so that was a plus! Driving on the opposite side of the car + road wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be! We drove straight from the airport to Blarney where we stayed at an old Woolen Mill turned hotel which was the cutest!


The hotel was literally a five minute walk from Blarney Castle. You could practically see it from our hotel window and it was amazing being so close. We toured the grounds and met up with two of Allan’s sisters who happened to be in Ireland at the same time! Our six-year-old, Holden, loved Blarney castle and could not stop talking about it the whole trip.

The older kids and Allan ended up going back for a second tour while we stayed back at the hotel and warmed up Sawyer. He got pretty cold while sleeping in the stroller so he was needing some extra attention and a warm bath. We actually wanted to go into Cork the second day we were there but with Sawyer having a hard time, we had to let it go. That’s the thing with traveling with little kids — your plans sometimes don’t work out the way you intend them to and things sometimes have to be cut short. My biggest recommendation is to be flexible! Don’t set your expectations too high or there’s a bigger chance you’ll be disappointed by the trip you’ve planned. You can read more about my tips on traveling with little ones here.

Next up is beautiful Killarney so stay tuned!


My Perfect Mess

I have to say, as much as I’d love for my house to be perfectly tidy all the time, with three kids that is just impossible. The second you clean up a mess they’re off making another one and it can be exhausting. Okay, beyond exhausting. I love those kids of mine more than words could describe but my “perfect mess” is not finding markers on the wall or the moss from our plant strewn all over the living room — no thank you! I’m really thankful that STAINMASTER® has created a campaign for all of us to share our perfect mess because so much of social media and blogs are all white homes and siblings that hug even while they sleep. That’s all wonderful! I wish sometimes that was my life but it’s not and I couldn’t be happier to partner with them to share My Perfect Mess!


Carving pumpkins is M-E-S-S-Y. Our son, Holden, is hilarious and would hardly even touch the goop. He has never liked to be messy but he sure loved to manage us all. We were calling him Manager Holden as he was cheering us on (literally) and telling us to let him know when we were done with each step. We were dying laughing and it was so fun to see a glimpse into his possible professional future! We did get him to scoop out a few pumpkin seeds before he switched into his manager role.


We had to put Sawyer in “baby jail” because this kid loves a good mess but also loves putting small things in his mouth (like pumpkin seeds). We were surprised to see that he actually loved watching everyone working and didn’t cry to get out once! I think his teething self didn’t mind chewing on that bar while he observed!



I’ve somehow become the official pumpkin carver of the family and I actually have a lot of fun doing it! I don’t remember doing a lot of it growing up (not saying we didn’t but #mombrain) so discovering that those little cheap tools actually do something was a lightbulb moment!


What I love most about our perfect mess is that we were creating a somewhat controlled chaos but it was such a beautiful family moment with everyone working away, Halloween music playing, laughing + dancing together. The kids were even going around the yard practicing trick-or-treating! The holidays are such a rad time to share with kids and it’s memories like these that I truly believe I’ll look back on as the best days of my life. And i mean, I’m pretty proud of this pumpkin! Arm workout for the week, check!


STAINMASTER is running an amazing contest where YOU can enter to win free flooring for one room in your home and a $500 retail gift card by posting your perfect mess on social media with #MyPerfectMess and tagging @STAINMASTER in the caption. I think we could all use $500 for some Christmas shopping coming up!

This post is sponsored by STAINMASTER but, as always, opinions are all my own.


>more Christmas fun!

>I told you…FOUR Christmases! It’s just been so much fun to stretch out Christmas. Luckily we have enough family that we might get away with this every year. muahahah 🙂 

We went over to my Mom’s tonight. Emily, Steve, John, and Chris all came down from Utah and Julie made the trip from Dallas. What a wonderful family we have. We opened presents first since the amazingly tasty chicken pies took a while to cook. Here are a few pictures of the shenanigans that ensued.

[they have a major bromance going on]

I had to take a picture of the loot we scored at Gigi’s. She spoils us [with gifts, with love, with everything].

[yes, that is just OUR stuff!]

[casey, look at my apron from robert! mrs.clause&santaholden]

Mom & Lori ordered these pies from Harry&David. We saw them on Oprah. “If Oprah likes them they have to be good” was our thought and we were so right! They are SO good [especially the gravy, right guys? :P] Check them out!

I’m so excited to use our new pots & pans! My mom surprised us with those. I’ve been complaining about our pots & pans for months [terrible. emeril. don’t get them.] and she was so sweet to think to get us those. We’re home now and are probably going to watch How To Train Your Dragon [thx mom]! I feel so blessed. I feel blessed every day but especially blessed this time of year to spend so much time with those I love [and the presents don’t hurt ;)]. 

Goodnight from the Andersons!

-Little Wife Power House

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>Christmas with the Anderson[s]

>What a fun day! I love having so much family. That means Christmas seems to last a bit longer. We get to have FOUR Christmases this year [didn’t they make a movie about that??] Two on my side, one on Allan’s, then the most important one…OUR LITTLE FAMILY! 

We did Christmas today with Dad, Elizabeth, and Robin. First we went to Kobe’s for lunch. That is only our favorite restaurant ever. I could eat it every day…It started out a little rocky with the H man:

Luckily he quickly shifted gears…

Let me tell you, they spoiled us. Especially little Holden. That’s part of being a grandparent right? Spoiling your grandchildren. It was santaholden’s first go at unwrapping presents and he did better than I thought he would! He loved playing with the paper [it crinkles. should have expected that.] He even ripped some! 

Then we went to Allan’s parents for some more Christmas fun. Games, burgers, family, presents, love. Sterling got me an AWESOME recipe box with AWESOME recipe cards! I was so happy when I opened it. Here are some pictures from the festivities.

[carrie&jett were folding their arms!]

I just love this time of year. I love our family and am so grateful for our Savior and everything He did for us. 

-Little Wife Power House

>Ugly Christmas Sweater Party 2010

>We had our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party last night and I have to say, it was a hit in my opinion! It was a mostly family party this year [I think we will alternate family party then friend party each year]. There must’ve been 30 people there [with only 3 friends]. Having a big family on both sides is crazy fun! Check out how awesome everyone’s outfits were!

[santaholden&daddy having fun]

[jett with a mouthful of casey’s amazing oreo balls]

[me&julie with her cute new haircut]

[my two favorite sisters]

I covered the table with butcher paper and they colored with Christmas Crayons. We also had cookie decorating, party favors, a Christmas movie [Rudolph], and bowling for the kids:

Here are a few pictures of the food and I’ll include links to the recipes [at least for the food I made]:

Go here for the pumpkin cheesecake muffins
Go here for the chicken quesadilla pinwheels
Go here for the hot mulled apple cider
I’ll type up the recipes for the snickerdoodles [yum] and Lori’s sausage dip [so good] if any of you want it! 

Can’t wait until next year’s party! Thanks to everyone who came and to my awesome photographer [Lori}! 

Happy Sabbath!

-Little Wife Power House

>The Gratitude Challenge: Day Seven


Day seven:
I’m grateful for my family.

{Allan’s family on our wedding day}

{My family on our wedding day}

I have to do the rest of my family in one post or else it will take up all 30 days! Let me show you how many people I’m grateful for in my immediate family (including in-laws): Mom, Dad, Lori, Robert, JR, Asher, Steve, Emily, Julie, John, Chris, Melanie, Tim, Jennifer, Babe, Sterling, Carter, Jett, Casey, Joe, Melissa, Jaimie, Jeff, Kirsten, Carrie, and Adelle. PHEW! Both Allan & I have HUGE families. My family has 8 people (not including in-laws or my nephews) and Allan’s family has 11 people (not including in-laws or my nephews). The family wedding picture when we got married was a little ridiculous. It will be a lot of ridiculous by the time Allan’s youngest sister (who is six) gets married. I’m so grateful to have all of them in my life. It’s nice having so many people to lean on – and boy do I lean on them! They help us SO much. They’re always willing to lend a hand whenever we’re in need of one. THANK YOU GUYS. It means a lot to us. I hope they all know that we’re there for them whenever they need us :). Love you all.

-Little Wife Power House

>Pizza Saturday

>We had to switch this week to Pizza Saturday instead of Friday because of Trunk or Treating. I think it worked out better, actually. We had a lot more time to hang out and watch almost the entire movie (and it was a long movie) before Asher wasn’t having it anymore. We would have had to start the festivities at 7pm if we had done it on Friday and that just wouldn’t have been as much fun. We started off the night making Jack-O-Lantern pizzas:

Asher played with some extra dough at the table while we made the “big pizza” as JR would say:

After the pizza was done, we sliced it up and ate it picnic style upstairs on a Halloween tablecloth. We made a little bed on the floor with a comforter and lots of pillows (the boys LOVED it) and watched “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” 

{LEFT: The Guerrero’s snuggling on our ‘bed.’ RIGHT: The whole setup. Please notice Asher on the floor!}

We ended the night with snickerdoodle cupcakes (the icing turned out much better this time!) and the boys ate popcorn. I have to add some photos of H in his Halloween costume!

I’d say from these pictures that Holden had a good time. I know I did! It’s always a good time when the Guerrero’s come over! Can’t wait until next time.

-Little Wife Power House

>Trunk or Treat 2010

>Tonight was our ward’s Trunk or Treat. We definitely weren’t missing it this year since Halloween is on a Sunday so we won’t be able to go. Today was kind of an off day in the Anderson household. Allan worked from home today since he was still a little sick and Holden was just so happy that he skipped a nap! He didn’t want to miss a second of Daddy time. So by the time Trunk or Treat time came around, H was not a happy camper. We still went and we were really glad we did. We got to hang out with Jenn, Babe and their boys and see some friends. I love Halloween!

{Husband and Holden then Jennifer and Superman…er, Jett}
{Maybe one of my favorite Holden pictures…ever}
{Me and H}

{Holden by the end of the evening}

Holden passed out about 20 minutes before we left and was seriously sacked out. I hardly ever get to hold him while he’s sleeping anymore so I really enjoyed it. Holding a sleeping baby is one of the most calming things, in my opinion. He was a trooper even though he was a little cold and a lot of tired. Can’t wait until next year when he can toddle around! 

-Little Wife Power House

>The Gratitude Challenge: Day Three


Day three:
I’m grateful for my Mom.

Where to start on the most influential woman in my life? Let me just say that when I think of what kind of Mom I want to be to my kids, I think of my own Mom. She is the most kind, compassionate, giving, loving person I know. As she would say, “I’m the kindest person in the world!” (Inside joke – apparently her personality type is supposed to be the nicest personality.) She’s always been there to bail me out. She’ll always be there to bail me out, I know that. She makes the best food {ROAST}, she can sleep anywhere {a talent she developed over the years having 6 children}, and she loves unconditionally. She is beautiful inside and out – and hilarious! She’s the “master of the universe!” Mom, thanks for always being there for me {like when I was two weeks overdue and I came to your house crying and you took me to get a mani/pedi}. I love you x a million and I truly hope I can be as good of a mother to Holden (and our future children) as you are to all of us. 

-Little Wife Power House 

>Pancake Breakfast 2010

>This past Saturday, the Guerreros hosted their annual Pancake Breakfast and we had a blast! Lori really should look into party planning…she is that good! She made pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin/chocolate chip muffins…there were pumpkin donuts, juices, games for the kids – all of the elements of a great party! The rain even *mostly* held out for it! I’m not sure how Holden felt about the rain…

{Allan’s makeshift umbrella}

{My adorable nephew, Asher}

{“Say Halloween!”}

{Lori is really talented!} 

{Some of my favorite people :P}

{JR popping a balloon to get his prize.}

It was a great time with family and friends. We can’t wait until next year! Thanks for having us Lori, Robert, JR, and Asher! We love you guys! 

-Little Wife Power House

>Halloween Party

>Casey and Joe had their annual Halloween Extravaganza on Monday. Pumpkin carving, yummy treats, prizes…what’s better than that? I love this time of year. We got to put Holden in his Halloween costume a little early! So fun. 

{Holden and his Aunt Jaimie. Both are decked out in their Halloween best!}

{Joe getting all of the pumpkins ready to carve. Their house looked great!}

{Husband loving on Holden}

We decided not to do the Zombie Party at our house again this year for a few reasons:

      1. I don’t have time to plan it.
      2. Things are a little tighter in the money department 
      3. Last year’s party wasn’t the biggest hit (in my opinion)

Maybe next year if those things change and I have time to come up with fun activities for the party we’ll do it again. It was fun getting together with friends but we basically just chatted in zombie costumes :P. We are going to the Pumpkin Patch in Flowermound this weekend with Mindy, Levi, Aiden and hopefully the Bigleys. We also get to go to the Guerrero’s annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning! What a fun weekend I have to look forward to!  

I’ve been testing out cloth diapers all week so that’s still to come 😛

-Little Wife Power House

>Lazy Sunday

>I love Sundays! They are the most enjoyable day of the week, in my opinion. The Sabbath (to me) means worshipping God and spending time with family. Today was stake conference which meant we got out of church at noon as opposed to 4:00 PM! Yay! That meant we got to come home and spend lots of time together. I gave Holden a bath, we did tummy time while Allan read a story to Holden, we napped. Nap time with Holden is the best:

{Together now: AWWWWWW}

{“Enough with the pictures, Mom!”}

{“The Giving Tree was his friend?!”}

{“So that’s what a tree looks like…”}

What a wonderful day. I would live days like this over and over again if I could…

Later this week: my experiences with cloth diapers. 

Happy Sabbath!

-Little Wife Power House

>Holden’s 3 Monthday, Cont.


{Holden and I had a photoshoot on his bedroom floor. I’m in most of the pictures so I’ll just post this one of his cute face!}

GiGi and Robert joined us on Thursday for dinner and cake for Holden’s 3 month + 1 day birthday :P. We had to do it a little late because Allan couldn’t get home in time on Wednesday. Just wanted to post a few quick pictures!

{Holden passed out before we even had dinner so we just took a few quick pictures and put him down for the night. This boy loves his sleep!}

-Little Wife Power House

>cinnamon rolls

>These are some seriously yummy cinnamon rolls. They take forever to make though, so set aside a few hours {They are sooo worth the time!} This time, I made them as far as cutting the rolls then put them in the fridge overnight. Nothing beats a hot cinnamon roll in the morning with lots of icing! Just set them out for an hour or so before you stick them in the oven if you decide to go the overnight route. 




Sweet Rolls:
Heat the following over medium: 
     2 3/4 cups milk
     1/2 cup sugar
     1 cup butter (2 sticks)
     2 tsp salt
When butter has melted, take off of heat and add 2 eggs that are lightly beaten. I temper the eggs (add a little of the hot butter mixture to the eggs before mixing them all in so they don’t cook). 
Let mixture cool to 110 degrees (use a candy thermometer). 
Add 2 TBSP yeast, let the yeast mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. Yeast will bubble. 
Put yeast mixture in mixing bowl and add 4 cups of flour (use kneading attachment on mixer). 
Then add another 4-4 1/2 cups of flour. Knead for 8 minutes until dough is stainy sheen.
Allow dough to rise for two hours or until doubled.

Roll out dough to desired thickness (I did about 1/4 inch), brush with melted butter, sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix. Roll dough up and cut into rolls with floss or thread. Let rolls rise an additional one hour. 
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes (my oven takes about 17-18 minutes to get the middle cooked through).

Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
4-5 tsp. milk

     *I doubled the frosting because I like a lot!*


The Bigley’s came to visit us (and to take a few cinnamon rolls off our hands) today. Sterling was so sweet with Holden. I can tell he’s going to be a great cousin! Holden LOVED being held by Sterling! 

-Little Wife Power House

>thinking of traditions


Oh, how I love thee, Anthropologie. Lori and I went to the Willowbend Mall yesterday. The night before, Allan asked me what I was planning on getting. I responded, “Nothing. I’m just going to hang out with Lori & the boys.” HA! I don’t know myself very well. me + mall = bad news for our checking account! I swear, I had every intention to window shop. With that being said, I got some seriously cute things for Holden {and mom & dad}. Got a few things at Janie & Jack {Of course on sale. I can’t afford that store not on sale}, the most ADORABLE hat you’ll ever see at Gymboree {I’ll post a picture this weekend after he wears it to Spaghetti Sauce Saturday at GiGi’s}, and of course my beautiful purchases from Anthropologie.

I’ve been thinking of traditions I want to start now. I figured it’s a good time to start a few traditions since we just had our first and he’s still young. I found these adorable mugs at Anthropologie:

We decided we are going to sip hot chocolate from these mugs every Christmas morning. Mom & Dad get matching mugs and each child will get his/her own special mug with their initial or name on it. Allan went to turn off the lights in the kitchen and when he came back to bed he told me when he looked at the mugs he saw us 80 years old on Christmas morning sipping out of those mugs. He said the mugs might break but the tradition will always be there. It made me really happy to imagine that. I’m so grateful that we were sealed in the temple and get to be a family forever. 

I also got this apron. I can’t wait to get it for Christmas from my mom! I’m going to look sooooo cute when I cook :).

What are some family traditions of yours? I’d love to hear! 

-Little Wife Power House

>bi-weekly family dinner


I’m officially an adult! Tonight we had the *big* bi-weekly dinner at our house! OK, so really we just added my mom since Julie couldn’t make it and the Guerreros come over all of the time for dinner buuuut…who’s keeping track?! I have to say that it was definitely a success. Had dinner ready on time and enough chairs around the table. The crock pot did a fabulous job preparing dinner. Thanks crock pot! The real treat was the dessert. MMMMMM. Easy Apple Cake. 

The name doesn’t lie. It is easy. I think the hardest part is probably peeling the apples (thanks Lori! She helped because it was getting late. What a great family I have). Bakerella is right, the batter is very thick and that’s how it’s supposed to be so don’t add more liquid! Here it is in all its baked glory. It took my oven 43 minutes to bake it all the way through.

What’s better than topping it off with brown sugar and butter? It was pretty healthy up until this point but I couldn’t resist the sugary goodness. Bakerella says she wants to try it without the topping but not this girl. Bring on the topping, I say! Give me extra! We even made it more decadent by adding ice cream.

It was a hit. Asher was a huge fan. He was even coming after mine after his cake was gone. This dessert will be perfect for breakfast tomorrow. {I think I’ll leave out the ice cream this time. 😛 It is breakfast, after all.}

Thanks for coming over, family. We love you guys. Julie and those in Utah/Australia (so jealous, John!) – we missed you guys! 

-Little Wife Power House

>conference weekend…sort of


This weekend has been amazing so far. I’ve enjoyed {almost} every second of it. Last night Allan and I scheduled in some chillin’ time. No joke. We put ‘chillin’ on both of our iCalendars for last night. When did life get so busy that we have to schedule relaxing?! Ah, oh well. Better to be busy than not. Anyways, we played Mario, ate cake, and just spent time together. It was such a nice evening. I had to work some but I did it while nursing Holden so it didn’t cut into our chillin’ time. Moms can multi-task like no other. I was good at multi-tasking before but I have taken it to a whole other level. This morning we woke up and had a breakfast of champions. CAKE. What has my husband turned me into?! iPads AND cake for breakfast? I’m a monster! 

Luckily the weather was on our side so we took Holden for a walk around 10:00. It was perfect jeans/t-shirt weather. Holden got to wear his super cute bear hat. {Allan was SO happy! He loves babies in hats.} 

Holden now sits up {assisted}. His “reward” for pulling up is to chew on my finger. My mom says that’s not a great reward. Holden begs to differ, GiGi!

What a big boy! “Look, ma, one hand!”

We got back to the house and we were all excited to watch conference. We stream it from the internet every year and it works nearly glitch free every time. This year everyone was having problems. Our screen was just black. Others said they could hear the audio but no visual. We didn’t get either and we couldn’t go up to the Stake Center because Holden took a super long nap. So we missed out on both sessions after we skipped a fun activity to watch it. Urgh. It’s okay though because Allan and I decided we will listen to a few talks every Monday for FHE for the next few weeks. I love conference weekend. I really do. The speakers are truly inspired and I learn so much from them. 

Casey and Joe came over for lunch. I made chicken parmigiana with spaghetti. It was YUM. 

After our conference shenanigans I decided to go pick up a few things from the grocery store since we’re having the BIG bi-weekly family dinner at our house this week. We are having roast, potatoes, carrots, corn, biscuits, and Easy Apple Cake. I’m excited to try the dessert. I’ll let you know how it turns out! I get to the Prius to go shopping annnnd…my battery is dead. Apparently in my haste to get the groceries and baby out of the car yesterday (YES – I went yesterday, too) I forgot to close the trunk all the way. It all worked out though. I just took The Golden Bu and picked up some jumper cables while I was at Target. I know it sounds like kind of a crazy weekend but I have really enjoyed it. 

Now Allan just needs to get back from Priesthood Session because Holden has been asleep since 7:45 and I’m kind of bored! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

-Little Wife Power House

By the way, I wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful sister, Julie who turned 25 today! A quarter of a century old, not century!! 🙂 

>a weekend with the great grandparents


We had so much fun in Midland this weekend. It was Holden’s first time on an airplane and I had nightmares of him crying the whole time and everyone on the plane going “ugh…” We got there bright and early – even had enough time to grab a Cinnabon! Yum! While GiGi was getting the Cinnabon, I went to a seating area to change Holden’s dirty diaper. He was crying pretty loudly. Here’s the conversation my Mom had with a guy in line:

*Everyone is looking over at us*
Mom: That’s my daughter. She said everyone is probably thinking, “I hope that baby’s not on our plane…”
Man: Yeah…*shifty eyes*

Luckily that was the worst of it. He was a perfect angel there and back! I nursed him on the take off and landing except on the way home Holden pulled away because he’s a tough boy and didn’t need to nurse on the landing! I’m glad it went well because now I won’t be dreading the next plane ride. Here are a few pictures on our way to Midland:

We spent the weekend visiting with my grandparents, playing with Holden, showing Holden off to various visitors, playing in the rain (see below!), making our traditional trek to 7-11, and just relaxing in general. It was nice to get away from everything and just be able to be with family. I wish we could go more often. For the first time I noticed just how alike my grandma & mom are. They are both soooo stubborn! Neither of them will let anyone do anything for them unless you force them. Their personalities are so similar. No question that my mom is her daughter. 🙂 Holden loved Midland! He can’t wait to go back and neither can we. 

Here is a picture of four generations. Grandma, Mom, me, and Holden:

This picture cracks me up. Like father like son…both infatuated with the iPad…

-Little Wife Power House

>the dallas arboretum

>I love love love the Dallas Arboretum. Especially this time of year. The pumpkins are out…it’s starting to cool down…happy, shiny people looking at all of the beautiful things there. It’s a happy place! We got to go this morning with my family and it was Holden’s first trip there post womb (weird?). Tom (my mom’s boyfriend) even came out for the event! We chatted as we walked around and JR had a blast playing in the pumpkin village. My mom and Tom were out in full force sporting their fanny packs!: 

Allan and I got my mom a fanny pack one year for her birthday to match Tom and this is the first time she’s actually worn it. I think she liked it!! She will probably never admit that though. It was so cute to watch Allan playing with Holden from afar.

We went to lunch at R&D Kitchen afterwards and I got their Carnitas Sandwich (yum!) then we were off to Pinkberry. OOoooooOOo my goodness. Pinkberry is heaven in a cup. GO if you haven’t yet! The one we went to was at Royal & Preston (luckily right by the temple since Allan & I needed to go). All in all, we were spoiled today by GiGi. Thanks GiGi for the awesome day! I’ll leave you with this action shot I love of me and my baby boy.

-Little Wife Power House

>a trip to the anderson’s

>Today we lounged around most of the morning then Holden told us he wanted to see his grandparents so off we went! We got there and right off the bat the cuties (Adelle & Carrie) wanted to show off their skit they had been practicing. Boy were they good! It was about a day in the life of Garfield. Their dad was video taping it and I bet they’ll get a kick out of it when they get older. Here are the actors: 

I played “You’re Bluffing” with Grandpa, Carrie, Adelle, and Allan. It’s a really fun game. Adelle creamed us! She’s such a smart girl. She can even tell you what “cumbersome” means! How many 6 year-olds do you know that can do that?! After the girls left we played “Bananas” – somewhat like scrabble but different. I’ve definitely expanded my game repertoire since marrying into the other Anderson family. Kirsten came home and played with Holden while we finished up our games. He was LOVING his Aunt Kirsten – look how happy he was:

She’s so sweet with him. He’s lucky to have so many people who love him so much. We came home and didn’t do much else. I wanted to go to Hobby Lobby to look at picture frames because I’m close to ordering the ones I want of his newborn pictures but it didn’t work out. It’s nice to relax a lot on the weekends anyway because Allan is SO busy during the week. Only 14 weeks left in the semester! I’m not counting down or anything…I’m excited to have my husband back! Bed time for Holden means Super Mario for mom & dad :). Goodnight all! 

-Little Wife Power House