BEGIN April 2017 | Corina's Corner

Motherhood Thoughts


I just reread this blog post I wrote over two years ago, and I'm sad to report that recently I've been feeling the exact same way I did all those months ago. I've been struggling with motherhood and my role and I've been thinking and mulling over my thoughts, reflecting about my little life and I decided that I'd like to share some of the thoughts I've been having on this topic. Just know that even though motherhood is hard for me right now I still LOVE my girls. I love them with my whole heart and I do my very best to take care of them everyday. BUT I so badly want to effortlessly enjoy being a mom, unfortunately though, motherhood is hard. It's repetitive and exhausting and draining. I had a big melt down last week after a few particularly hard days and I told Jordan that if this was my "job" I would quit and get a different one. However, you can't exactly quit your kids. You just have to keep on trucking along trying to figure out what works. I feel very fortunate to be home with my girls but for heaven's sake can't we just have a few less tantrums and a few more naps and a little less nagging and a few more minutes to actually get stuff done?

I recently read this book (and loved it) and one thought from the very beginning has stuck with me. She said that not only do our kids need us, but we actually need them even more. At first I couldn't figure out why I needed them (a low point, obviously). They make life SO difficult. They make simple tasks into week long endeavors. They make messes and turn any average trip to the store into a living nightmare. They take away all of my independence and free time....etc. But then I realized that maybe one of the reasons why I need them is because of who I can become as I mother them. Could it be all of the lessons they teach me about patience and service and slowing down and gratitude and love? Are they actually teaching me more than I am teaching them? (I mean yes, I am teaching them, why does it take YEARS to figure out which foot your shoe goes on? And why do they get it right less than 50% of the time?)

I was at a baby shower one time and one of the bits of advice that was given was something like "You don't have to love every minute of motherhood. Because guess what? Not EVERY SINGLE PART of it is going to be awesome." Someone recently told about a mom who said they "loved every part" of mothering their new baby (and I couldn't help but reply by saying, "I hope they still love every minute when she turns 2"). The comment made me mad and sad. It made me feel like I was somehow less of a mom because I don't "love every part" of motherhood. I know that's not true but I could't help but feel frustrated by it. There are ups and downs in life and I know that even those moms that look like they "love every part" (or even say that they "love every part") have bad days too. No one is exempt from the trails and challenges in life.

I guess one of the good things about motherhood is that if you just give it a few days the annoying or frustrating parts will fizzle out and you'll be back to enjoying the good moments again. And those sweet little people will learn how to express themselves a little better and you'll learn to be just a little more patient and things will be happy again. And maybe you'll finally finish that month long project that would have only taken an hour without children and you'll realize that the most important tasks on your To Do List were actually taking your kids to the park, playing with chalk, or finally baking banana bread with them (because they've only been asking everyday for 2 weeks).



We had a great Easter weekend full of egg hunts, Easter baskets, and ham. On Saturday we went to a great Easter egg hunt put on by some of our friends. The girls had the best time because they both understood what they were doing this year (pick up egg+put in basket=candy!). In years past this hasn't been the case.

The girls have been all about accessorizing these days. Please notice all of the necklaces, rings, bracelets in these pictures. That is all their doing. They are both girlie girls through and through.

^^Love Logan's face in the background!

We had a little egg hunt Sunday morning at home and gave the girls their Easter baskets. The girls were pretty thrilled about their new flip flops (Minnie for Naomi and Frozen for Reagan), and Reagan was also very excited about her new hat.

I had to snap a few photos of the girls in their new dresses before we headed to Stake Conference, which is like the most torturous meeting of all of church when you have little kids, amiright? 2 hours sitting in the same chair?! We survived though and of course I'm glad we went.

Bryce Canyon National Park


We realized earlier this week that Jordan always has work off for Good Friday. Usually we remember this well in advance and have great plans lined up, this week however, we had no plans and didn't want to let this opportunity slip by so we planned a last minute trip to Bryce Canyon. We have National Park Passports and are pretty obsessed with getting stamps so it's pretty ridiculous that we don't even have stamps for the 5 gorgeous National Parks in our own state. We decided to make it an unofficial goal (may or may not happen) to visit all of them before the Summer is over.

We drove down to Cedar City Thursday night and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. We enjoyed some late night swimming in the hotel pool and then went to bed. In the morning we had some continental breakfast and then hit the road. We got to Bryce at about 10:30 and headed straight to Sunrise Point to start the Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Hike. Reagan was pretty disappointed to find out that the National Park, did not actually have a park, according to her definition of the word. The whole first hour of the hike she kept asking where the park was and we kept telling her, "This is the park. This is the National Park. Everything you see is the park." She did not get it and when she finally grasped the idea she did not like it one bit.

Naomi did the hike on Jordan's back and never once complained. She was a champ and even took a little snooze towards the end. Reagan did the whole hike on her own two feet and complained quite a bit but we were so proud of her for being so tough (we need to take the girl hiking more often). It ended up being like 3.7 miles (according to Jordan's Garmin watch).

We loved looking at all of the windows and hoodoos and especially loved hearing the girls say hoodoo, doodoo, bloodoo smoodoo, deedadoo...etc. Such a fun name for a rock formation and for 1 and 3 year olds to say.

After our hike we had lunch at the Bryce Canyon Lodge and then checked out some of the view points. Inspiration Point was truly inspirational and Bryce Point was also quite nice. And then after just 30 hours we were headed back home. It was a great little getaway!

^^Thor's Hammer!

^^We loved these little tunnels. When we walked through them, Naomi would scream "Woohoo!"

^^Can you see those tiny people on the right? Jordan and Reagan look SO small compared to those huge walls.

^^This part at the end of our hike just about killed us all. SO many switchbacks! And Reagan was soo over it by this point.

As far as the National Parks in Utah go we've also visited Arches (twice), Canyonlands (twice), and Zion National Park. We're so lucky to live by such beautiful places!

Happy Birthday Mom!


Summer Project House | Bathroom Edition


After selling and moving out of our house this is where we landed. This tiny house used to belong to my late great great uncle Dale, who passed away in January. (And actually belonged to my great great grandparents before it was his. They purchased it in 1950!) My Uncle Dale was never married and didn't have any children, so he left this house to his nieces and nephews when he died, one of which is my grandma. The nieces and nephews are looking to sell it and generously offered to let us stay here and fix it up over the summer. They also gave us some money to fix it up. (We are only going to be here until September because we have some pretty big plans that will be set into motion later this year that I can't write about quite yet but rest assured you'll know about it sooner or later) This is the perfect little place for us for the next 5 months and we love a good house project (especially when it's over!). The first thing we wanted to tackle was the bathroom. Here is a before picture of the bathroom in all it's glory:

The tub was disgusting and there was a crack in the linoleum flooring, so I really wanted to fix those problems. But the biggest issue (to me, as a women) was that there wasn't a single shelf or cabinet in the entire bathroom.  And since we were downgrading from three bathrooms to one, I was thinking that we would be needing some storage solutions. There were also lots of glaring cosmetic issues I was dying to fix too.

We decided on the direction we wanted to go, bought the tile, paint, and vanity (that couldn't really be any bigger than 19" wide... aka TINY!) and got to work with the demo. The bath tub was original with the house and was made of cast iron and about 300 pounds. Jordan had to pound it out with a sledgehammer to break it into two pieces just to get it out of the bathroom. We took out about 3 layers of subfloor, and also had a crazy hard time removing the big piece of plywood that was attached to the back wall. Once we were all demo-ed, it was time to start the actual work.

It was also about this time that Jordan fell through the ceiling at our old house, and our car broke down, all the while Reagan and Naomi had pink eye, and all of us had a nasty cold (oh and we only had about 10 days until we needed to be packed up and moved out/in). Needless to say it was about the craziest time of our lives to date. My dad swooped in and helped us A BUNCH on this bathroom. First, with the drywall. He replaced all of the drywall for us and helped us a ton with the tile. Jordan also had to take off a few days of work to get this all done in time. My in-laws graciously babysat the girls so we could stay up late into the night getting work done.

We had a heck-of-a-time getting that new bathtub in. If you've ever replaced a bathtub before then you know how stupid it is. You have to put it in place and then take it out and add stringers (some support beams) and then put it back in again. The first time we put it in it took us about an hour but thankfully the other times (yes, we ended up doing it 3 times...) it only took us about 5 minutes each. The plumbing was also a bit of a nightmare but I'm pretty convinced that all plumbing issues are.

Once the bathtub and drywall were in it was FINALLY time to start the tile. Once we got going on the tile it went pretty fast. And boy was it satisfying to see that pretty tile start to fill the room. We did the shower first and then the floor.

We decided to do white grout in the shower and gray grout on the floor. It looks AMAZING! After we finished the tile Jordan put the vanity in and my dad helped us get the toilet back in as we were moving stuff into the house. Literally in the nick of time. From there we only had a few more things to do and we spent the first week in the house finishing them up. We painted the bathroom, hung the mirror, changed the light fixture, added shelves, and towel hooks. We still need to put molding back on but we're so close I can taste it, and I just wanted to blog about it today!

This bathroom is SO pretty and it's SO tiny that it's really hard to photograph but here is my best attempt. It also has such good lighting, I just love it in there. It's probably totally weird if the bathroom is your favorite room in the house, but as of right now, this one is totally mine.

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