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I’m just going to preface this post by saying this was a bad week. Like, if I could murder the calendar, I would. And by calendar, I mean humans.

Here’s What happened this week:

I touched down in SLC from JFK with the news in my inbox that we got the apartment we applied for! We paid the nice people, signed their 24 page document and are planning on starting our lease June 1, even though we won’t be there until mid-month. So hooray for that! I’m starting to overthink our decision to get this apartment and am having second thoughts…but we have no other options. So here goes nothing.

I got back from NYC to some sick kiddos. Blake had thrown up while I was gone and Eddie had started up with this nasty stomach bug and was nearly through by the time I rolled into town. I have good friends to clean up my kid’s puke. Just throwing that out there. So, instead of leaving Monday night with a sick baby, my friend let us stay one more night (bless) and we left early Tuesday morning. I thought I was in the clear of this stomach bug, but Wednesday night/early Thursday morning I woke up and started hurling.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I HATE THROWING UP. I’d rather have a week long cold than the stomach flu.

ANYWAYS, some really kind people came to my aid and helped me out so so much by taking my boys, taking Brooke to the bus stop, taking Blake to preschool, bringing over dinner, picking Brooke up from school, etc. etc. I could not sit up without throwing up, so there was no way I could parent effectively.

Brooke had her last volleyball game Thursday night and she DID NOT want to go with anyone else but me, so I tried my hardest and by around 4pm was able to sit up without having the need to lose my cookies. Nauseous, yes. But none of the pukey pukes. By the time 7pm rolled around, I had a sprite and some soda crackers in me and off we went. I tell ya, that was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Keep to myself, be all up in the hand sanitizer and keep it pulled together.

By Friday, I felt so-so. I could walk around and stuff, but please don’t make me eat anything! I stuck with toast and tea for most of the day.

Friday is also when the movers called and said they would be a few days late picking up my stuff. HALLELUJAH! Because with all the traveling and vomiting I had been doing, I haven’t packed a whole lot of boxes. So that is a very good thing.

VERY EARLY Saturday morning, Eddie started waking up sporadically with a high fever and runny nose. He is not happy about it and neither am I because today I felt my throat starting to get scratchy and my nose runny. I’m not busy or stressed as it is, lets add on another cold.

I’ve been talking to my husband this entire week about how awful everything has been and basically today, I told him I’d leave him if he does any more trainings for any more jobs beyond this. This week has been the worst experience of my life. Literally the worst experience of my life. I want to scream and punch allthethings. But, that gets me nowhere because it doesn’t change the fact that (1) I’m getting sick (for the 17th time in the past 4 months….all the swear words) (2) I’m still behind on all things work and (3) I still have to pack up our house alone.


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My life rages on!

Here’s the craziness that ensued this week:

Earlier in the week, we had the appraisers come to our house help to complete the sale of our home. Of course I forgot they were coming and my house was a disaster. Um, what else is new?

My dear dear friend, Candice, offered to sell the majority of my crap stuff online for me so I didn’t have to. BLESS HER EVER LOVING HEART. She came over with a nice wad of cash and I almost kissed her. *Almost*

Thursday morning, I left with my kids for Utah and stayed with my good friend Amy. Then Friday I flew out of SLC and landed at JFK 2 hours later than anticipated. (Our flight was delayed because of the awful rainy weather.) Ew.


Sometime between 11:30pm when I got to the hotel and 8am when I woke up, my husband arrived to New York too! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–>I love that man immensely. OBSESSED.

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Here we go again with another week under my belt!

Here’s what happened this week:

My kids are starting to sneak into my bed at all hours of the night and I don’t notice because (1) I’m asleep and (2) I have a king-sized bed and they enter at the opposite side. Once Gordon gets back, those kids of mine are going to be sorely disappointed. Plus, my husband is way better about sending kids back to bed. Me? Notsomuch. I’m too tired to care.
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Brooke scored the winning points for her team’s last volleyball game and it was the most precious and awesome thing ever!! My heart is so happy watching her play, succeed, and enjoy her own accomplishments. Her teammates were jumping up and down and giving high fives to her. It was seriously so precious 🙂 WAY TO GO BROOKE!

Yesterday at Dinner, Blake out of nowhere said “thanks for cooking dinner, mom’ with zero coaxing or bribing from me. It was literally out of nowhere. So I said “you’re welcome” and Brooke tried to one-up him and said “thanks for being awesome and cooking great food and being the best mom ever.” Well played, children. Well played.

Brooke also wanted me to open my Mother’s Day present early because I’m not going to be in town this weekend to celebrate. She gave me a framed picture of herself with a card that said she loves me so so so so so so so so much. That’s eight so’s, incase you’re one to count.

I’m starting to clear stuff out of my house and drop it off to Goodwill. It’s sort of weird to think we’ll only be bringing, like, 20 boxes of items to New York. I’ve sold most of our furniture already and some larger kitchen equipment. Now, I’m working room by room and packing, throwing out or donating everything. I even sold one of our two cars too! Things are getting real. In a month, I’ll be arriving at my parents house and Gordon will be finishing his training! NUTS.

Happy Birthday Blake! Happy Birthday Blake!

On Saturday, we had a little party for Blake because he turned FOUR!!

Ever since we had his party, he’s been announcing to anyone who’ll listen “I’m not THREE, I’m FOUR!”

Brooke was feeling under the weather, so we uninvited those people we had originally invited to our small get together. (Sorry guys!!)

Here are some of the photos I snapped from our fun and sugar-filled afternoon 🙂

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I’ve lived to see another week. Thank goodness this week is over!!

Here’s what happened this week:

So, about 12 hours after I posted last weeks’ update, we got another offer on our house and we TOOK IT! Heck yes we did!! My husband kept telling me “I don’t think we’ll have to wait another month for another offer” and sure enough, he was right!!

We are closing on the same date as before with our first offer and have already had our inspection. Now t’s just a waiting game to close. Fingers crossed everything goes off without a hitch. Those lucky buyers are getting one gorgeous house.

Thank you for all your well wishes on that last post! You are always so supportive and loving and wonderful! Our readers are the best in the world.

Also this week, Eddie had some sort of virus that gave him a really high fever!! Monday and Tuesday he was so miserable. He was waking up so frequently at night and would just wimper and cry. Tuesday night, around 3 am, his fever was at 105! I have never seen anyone have a fever so high. I was really scared he was going to have a seizure, so immediately I gave him more medicine and had him in a lukewarm bath. Just by doing that, 20 minutes later, he went down to 101. Then I got him back into pajamaas, rocked him with a cool washcloth on his head, gave him a bottle and he went right back to sleep. By the time Wednesday morning rolled around, he was back to him normal self. Crazy fluke devil virus.

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We started the week as normal one, taking Brooke to her volleyball practice, the boys going to the babysitters, Blake going to preschool, grocery shopping, etc. etc.

Anyways, mid-week we got an offer on our house! We signed our contract, the buyers signed the contract and we had our closing date. I was so excited I started selling extra furniture we won’t be needing in the city. I was so surprised how fast it all went!! You put mediocre pictures onto Facebook and the crowds come running.

So off the furniture went Friday night.

Saturday morning I cleaned the house completely (for the millionth time) and had the buyers do their final walk-through. Well, long story short, they terminated our contract and walked away. Our house went back on the market Saturday afternoon.

It was a huge shock to the system to feel like we’re making huge progress only to take a big step backwards again. Obviously our home WILL sell, we know it will, but it’s just a matter of when. I’m not super upset about it going back on the market, I’m more mad that I have to continue to keep it clean! (I hate cleaning and my children are tiny little monsters who destroy all.)

So that was a bummer.

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Another week in the books! I feel like I’m getting used to the crazy life I currently lead. I don’t really like it, but I only need to make it ’til June! I can do it, right? Technically its 46 days. Totally do-able, right? Riiiight?

Still feeling overwhelmed with the idea of selling the house, selling all our stuff in the house, packing the rest and moving in those 46 days, but I can do hard things. Half the time I don’t believe it, but if I keep saying to over and over again, then maybe I’ll believe it?


This Season of Motherhood Part III This Season of Motherhood Part III

Hello again, friends!

Since large and important things in my life have….shifted, I thought I would write another Season of Motherhood post because holy mother of pearl, I need to document this time in my life. It’s hard and difficult and stressful. And hard and difficult and stressful. Probably the most insane thing I’ve ever had to live through.

If you have read the post about us moving to NYC, then you will also know that my husband is at training for his job (meaning not home) and our home in Idaho is currently for sale:

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I really like taking a few minutes at the beginning of the week to recap what has happened and all that has yet to happen. It helps my brain function a little better. Sanity is always the name of the game. Hope you like these updates as much as I do!!

Here’s what went down this week

I started off the week feeling a little better for a day and then getting sick with a second cold on my way to Indulge Conference. Incase you are unaware, I not only run this blog, but I plan a conference for a bunch of other bloggers called Indulge every year. This year we went to Austin!

The MVP award goes to my sister-in-law who drove from Oregon to watch my three kids so I could attend. She rules.

ANYWAYS, besides me feeling completely awful and having to drug myself a ton, it was a great event! Very busy for me, but great!

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Another crazy week in the books!

I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more stressed or scatter-brained in all my life. If ever I were to have a mental breakdown at any point in my life, this would be it. Here’s the latest and greatest going on:

The sale of our house continues to roll on. Having to keep a house meticulously clean with three children so we can leave at the drop of a hat when potential buyers come to do a walk-through seriously BLOWS. I never knew I could be so on-edge when my baby is eating a soda cracker.

Spring Break for my kiddos was pretty fun and mostly uneventful. Brooke did amazing at her volleyball camp and had such a great time making new friends. She always gets so nervous leading up to it, thinking she is “so bad at volleyball”, but of course once she gets going, she realizes it’s fun and nothing to be worried about.

Eddie is getting two more teeth! And is also getting sick again…poor boy. I’ll probably take him back to the doctor, depending on how he fares over the next few days. His ears are what I’m mostly worried about. I think we’re heading towards tubes.


I’ve been posting here and there about our family, Gordon’s new job, a pending move and what has been happening….cryptically.

If you are a devoted reader (a lot of you are!!), then you will have picked up on these sentences here and there and made a comment or sent me a lovely, inquiring email. I’ve thought about if and when I would post about what is happening and finally decided today is the day! I did want to wait a little longer, but honestly, there’s no reason to drag this out. I KNOW I’m going to keep getting those emails 😉
So hold onto your hats, because here she blows:

A Trip to the Library A Trip to the Library
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This week was a pretty good one! Here’s what’s been going on at our place 🙂

This week:

We have been slowly packing things up and getting rid of things in preparation for our move in June. Gordon leaves in just a few hours for training for his new job (I just cannot escape the training curse!!) and the next time I see him, we will be moving into our new home on the East Coast! 87 days away….not that I’m counting or anything.

It feels a little unreal, but putting our house on the market tomorrow will probably make it all way more real! Ha! It’s a big and beautiful dream house we live in that we feel blessed to afford BUT we will be giving it up for something waaaaaaay smaller in a much busier city. We’re just setting our sights on a different dream.

Our children continue to thrive, mostly. Eddie has stopped grabbing at his ears and has started becoming a little more content (still hard to please…what else is new) but way better than before. So that’s great news.

Brooke on the other hand has been fading fast and continues to be quite the sick little girl. Wednesday afternoon, she started feeling tired with a very bad sore throat. Thursday morning, she woke up with a fever of 103! Over the last few days, it’s progressed into a bad cough and a consistently stuffy nose. On top of that, she’s pretty devastated that her Dad is leaving for 3 months. I’m right there with ya, Brooke!! I’m not sure she will be going to school very much this week.

Blake continues to bounce around and be his regular old silly self. We were going through all our toys in the playroom, packing some, getting rid of others. I made him a pile of all his toys and I told him to go through everything and pick out what he’d like to keep. He hardly kept anything!! I tried to persuade him to keep the small Batman figurine that goes with the Batmobile, but he refused. All that really will be coming with us are his hot wheels cars and large variety of construction vehicles that I don’t know the ‘proper’ names of.

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Gordon was able to go see his brother graduate from the Mayo clinic this week! He flew out to surprise him, so that was super fun for him.

Eddie is getting more and more cranky so I’m taking him to the doctor, probably tomorrow morning for a quick ear check. I think he might have another ear infection. At what point do little ones get tubes put in their ears? My little brother had tubes put into his ears. Is this a genetic thing? I have so many questions!

I thought of a brilliant idea for a streusel cake that I’m going to test…this gift of mine is evil sometimes.

I gained two pounds this week, probably from stress. And the big bag of jelly bellys I bought.
It was a sunny 60 degrees a couple of days this week and we were in heaven! Playing badminton and volleyball in the backyard and jumping on the trampoline! Eddie also loves crawling around in the grass. When we first moved in last spring, he couldn’t even crawl yet. Time is flying by!

Blake is getting really good at recognizing most letters in the alphabet and writing them out too! He also likes using a sharpie on things that you’re not supposed to use sharpies on. But generally, I’m impressed with him. He’s such a fun little guy to have around!

Eddie is getting really good at standing, not quite on his own, but leaning onto things to help him stand! It’s pretty hilarious to see him lean back onto the wall or the couch just so he can stand up and see the world! Ha! What a cutie 🙂

And finally, probably the biggest and most exciting thing that happened this week is Gordon got his official official job offer for his dream job so HOORAY and holy moly and wait a second, what does this MEAN?? Everything just got super-duper REAL! He partly can’t believe that this is actually happening and partly is super excited. He leaves for training one week from tomorrow! Yes, that’s soon.

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I’ve been so busy this week!! With Brooke getting baptized, my dad coming to town and all the in between madness of parenting and other work (read: food videos!) I’ve forgotten to post some of the recipes I have for you all! Well, never fear, friends. I gotcha covered this coming week 🙂

But in the mean time, here’s what has been going on this week!

If you can’t tell by that first photo, I somehow squeezed in the time to get my hair dyed blonde. I’m not sure if I like it. My hair had grown out so far with my natural brown that it was a big shock when the dye was rinsed out. Thoughts?

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Another week of 2017 under our belts!

Here’s what I want to remember about this week:

Gordon and I have been working on getting our little family together to do scripture time in the mornings. A wee devotional of sorts. Once our kids are all awake the first thing we do is gather in our room to read. Our first week has been a struggle for sure, but we did it!! Here’s to an easier second week. (Also, do you see how crazy Eddie’s hair is? To cut or not to cut. That is the question.)

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I almost called this post “Post Vacation Recovery” because that is what this weekend was. I’ve learned a few months ago from all of you lovely people that Vacations aren’t actually vacations; they are family trips. And family trips are a whole other different ball game than vacations (like going away on a trip where you can actually relax.)

We did a lot of laundry this week. Our house is still not in order. We’ve got clean clothes, but I don’t have time to fold them. Story of my life.

I took Eddie to the doctor this week because he was being so so terribly cranky. Turns out that poor boy has a double ear infection!! Poor little guy. But we got him good antibiotics and he’s slowly returning to his old self. (Still having trouble sleeping…’cause that is his thing…but we’re working through it all.)

Blake has also gotten some random bug on Friday. He’s just had a very high fever…and that’s it. No symptoms of anything else. Just a fever of 103. Random, but it made him tired and cranky too. We were grateful for lots of medicine this week!!

Gordie continues to wait for that job offer to come pouring in. He’s got a conditional job offer for his *dream job* and we have faith it will all work out, but dang Gina! We’ve been waiting since September! (But literally though. September.)

It’s GREAT to be Eight! It’s GREAT to be Eight!

My sweet little baby girl isn’t so little anymore!

I’m pulling out some OOOOLLLLDDDD pictures for this blog post so you can see just how incredibly cute this girl was and still is!!

Brooke Elizabeth turned 8 on the 8th of this month while we were at Disney World and had a wonderful day celebrating and giving her a little shopping spree (since we didn’t want to pack toys or any wrapped gifts to take with us to Orlando). Turned out to be *the best* thing for her!

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Hi friends!

This week, we were traveling again…this time to sunny Florida to play at Disney World and then go on a Disney Cruise! Tough life, I know.

We learned that Brooke loves roller coasters! I took her on Tower of Terror and she LOVED it. “My butt wasn’t even on the seat, Mom!”

We can live in tight quarters as long as we have a very loud noise machine! We downloaded a white noise app and it worked wonders for us!

Cruises are the bomb dot com. Especially for kids!

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I’m starting a new series on my blog called “This week at the Brennan’s”. Super original title, I know.

Basically, I want to start journaling so I can remember week to week the highlights of what happened. Of course, I document the fun trips we take and all the delicious recipes I make, but I want to start keeping track of the smaller, not so memorable memories. Feel free to read…or not! I love looking back to see just how big my kids have grown!!

Baby’s First Birthday! Baby’s First Birthday!

We celebrated Eddie’s first birthday this past weekend {on the 28th} and oh my heavens, it was a fun day! I can’t believe Edward is one. I mean, I can; It’s been a hard year; I’m not sure if it’s because he’s the third child or because he just came out not wanting to sleep {ever} or because we moved, or because I work a lot….or a combination of all the above. But man oh man, I’m sort of glad to be moving away from the baby stage and more towards the toddler stage. Of course I’ll miss those small pockets of time when I was cuddling a sleeping teeny tiny baby, or nursing said teeny tiny baby, but, I’m happy to look forward to the next year and see all the milestones he has yet to hit.

Even though you have been my hardest baby, Ed, you always bring a smile to my face with your funny faces, your happy demeanor, your hilarious impressions of daddy’s sounds, your willingness to eat anything and your addiction to me {even if you *still* don’t say ‘mama’ to my face}.

Here are some photos from our day celebrating with our sweet son. Be sure to scroll down to read about his 12 month baby update.

Edward at 11 months Edward at 11 months

Eddie Eddie Eddie!

This little boy is learning and growing so fast! Fun developments and adventurous eating happened these past few weeks! Can’t believe he’s almost ONE!! And please note that the photos with curly hair were taken after I got him up from a long and sweaty nap. That boy takes after his father in more than one way 😉 I LOVE THOSE CURLS!

Merry Christmas from the Brennans! Merry Christmas from the Brennans!
Eddie at 10 months Eddie at 10 months

This little nugget turned 10 months a few weeks ago {I’m a *leetle slow on this update…oops!} so here lies the latest and greatest.