Scripture Case Pattern

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I am LOVING...

My new wheat grinder

My new used Ford Explorer with a third row, leather seats, and get has a working heater!!!  That's probably my favorite feature.  We've spent too many winters without a heater.  It's so nice to have a second vehicle again and one that keeps the frost off the inside of the windows.

My cheeseball of a son.

And of course, this little guy.  Even though he'd rather cry than open his presents, he's still a cutie!  (Good thing big brother was more than willing to open his presents for him)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I thought I was progressing. Guess not.

Yesterday, Gavin says, "Mom! You're going to have another baby!?"  I said, "No, why do you think that?"  Gavin replies, "Because your belly goes like this (he then pushes his belly out)."  :(

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This picture needs only one word

Enough said.

Merry Christmas!!

Picture of Kade and card created by DMC Photography
Picture of Gavin by Cody Buell Photography

Monday, December 21, 2009

What do you get...

when you mix The Book of Mormon with Harry Potter?

"andjerusalem" becomes the new killing curse.  I promise!  Ask Gavin.

Tim was reading the scriptures to Gavin the other day, and after they read, they watched Harry Potter.  At the end of Harry Potter, Gavin went around waving a stick yelling, "ANDJERUSALEM!".  We asked him what that meant, and he said "it makes you so dead like Dumbledore."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A touch of Gavin

Monday, December 14, 2009

Working Out

I was given the "o.k." to start working out last Monday, so I hit up the gym.  I can do the elliptical for forever, no problems.  But I get on that treadmill and after 5 minutes of walking, I feel like my stitches are about to pop.  It's ridiculous and a little discouraging.  I even tried yoga, but doing those lunges makes it feel like my lady parts are about to rip apart.  I can feel the strain on my stitches and then I come home waddling. So, it's looks like I'm stuck to the elliptical for a few more weeks.  It feels great to workout again.  It's been 9 months and I sure can feel it, but it's a great feeling knowing that I'm doing something good for my body.  Hopefully I can lose the rest of my weight quickly.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Nothing keeps HIM down!

Saturday we went to Tim's work Christmas party.  It consisted of bowling and watching Gavin get a beating by the world.

Gavin's first time bowling started off well.  He found his ball, pushed it down the lane...

Watched it roll down...2 minutes later it made it.  SUCCESS!

THEN...on his second attempt, he decided he wanted to run after the ball down the lane.  Feet went flying and his bottom and head came away with some bruises.

To help make things better, Tim took him to see Santa. This was his first time getting to sit on Santa's lap (yeah, we suck as parents. You don't have to tell us) and it cheered him right up!  He completely forgot about the earlier fiasco.
After Santa, Gavin was ready to get back to bowling.  Tim was up first.  He picks up his ball and as he was bringing his the ball down, Gavin's mouth walked right into it.  Teeth went into lip and blood started streaming out.  His face and hands were covered, my hands were covered, and Kade's burp cloth was covered in blood.  After 10 minutes of consoling, Gavin was ready to go play on the arcade machines.  He was pretending to play on a driving one and three little girls decided they wanted to play on that too, so they started to climb on top of him and push and hit him. Our friend, Whitney, saw this happen and went and saved Gavin and scolded the other kids.  Gavin was in tears.  I asked what happened, and after he told me that some kids were hitting and pushing him, I asked him why he didn't do anything.  He told me he couldn't hit or push girls.  I love my boy.  He's such a gentleman.

Last night, we went to The Roof for part of my mom's birthday celebration (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!).  As we're walking to be seated, Gavin wasn't paying attention and walked right into the corner of a chair.  He got a big bump and bruise on his head.  But he didn't let that ruin is appetite (an appetite that is usually non existent, but decided to surface at a restaraunt that charges $16 for a kids plate!!!) and asked for some chicken, rice and a cupcake.

Here's the fam, minus Matt.  He got a lame ticket for a cracked tail light and windshield and decided he was fedup with the day, so he went home.

Gavin loves to help out with Kade.  This morning he wanted to hold him while I made Kade a bottle.  Here he is trying to calm Kade.  He then wanted to feed him.
Kade feels goooood.

Happy Brithday, mom-mom

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I forgot how hard this newborn stage is!  Why didn't someone remind me!?  Shame on you!  You could have been a little more considerate and given me a nice reminder.  You could have said:

- "Tricia, remember how Gavin just cried and cried and had the most horrible gas and stomach pains and you spent so much time consoling him and spent countless amounts of money trying out different formulas to try to ease the pain?"


- "Tricia, remember how Gavin had all those digestion problems, so therefore you didn't get much sleep at night because he was in so much pain?"


- "Tricia, remember how Gavin was born in the winter and was constantly sick with something ON TOP of the ridiculous digestion problems?"


- "Tricia, remember how much money you spent on copays and Dr. bills because you had to take Gavin into the Dr. basically every week because if it wasn't RSV, Pneumonia, or Croup, it was eye infections that were constantly be misdiagnosed as clogged tear ducts or ridiculous eczema that was called an extremely severe case of baby acne like has never been seen?"

I could go on and on, but seriously...why didn't you remind me?  WHY?  Not that it would have changed my decision to have another baby, but it would have been nice to remember.  I finally have a pediatrician that listens to me and doesn't misdiagnose things...AND I actually get to see him every time I go in as opposed to just seeing the nurse practioner every time.  Kade has been plauged with the same digestion problems as Gavin and I have.  BUT this Dr. gave me some things to try.  One of which is the most expensive formula on the market, but HEY! It works!  Within a day, Kade's constipation, severe gas and stomach pains, and acid reflux magically disappeared.  I'll gladly spend $30 a week on formula just so I have a happy baby.  But of course, the week after we get all that cleared up and right when we thought things were going to be tons better at night, Kade gets some kind of bronchial thing.  So now we're back to being up all night, trying to comfort a baby in pain and distress.  No fun.  Life is great, though, and I know this hard newborn phase will end very shortly.  I'm excited for that day.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Black Friday

I'm not a huge shopper. It actually depresses me...especially when I've still got my post-pregnancy figure. What's the point of buying anything cute that isn't going to fit me in a week or two (hopefully that's as long as it would fit me). So, for Black Friday, I locked myself up in my mom's house and crafted away. We wanted to get blankets and crafts done before she had to go back to work after having 2 weeks off to help with the bebe. We made frosted looking candles (thank you Martha) and finished a Christmas quilt (HERE) that I talked my mom into buying the kit for. I don't have pictures of the quilt, so you'll have to click on the link to go see it...BUT, here is our candle making process! Exciting, I know.

The ingredients: (candles are a must, but I didn't post a pic...sorry)

FIRST-paint the Mod Podge onto the candle
SECOND-roll the candle in Epsom Salt
THIRD-let dry

What did YOU do on Black Friday??


(one shirt wasn't good enough...he wanted to wear TWO)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My boys...

Can I just tell you how happy these boys make me? I can't believe how natural and easy it has been having a second child. The transition has been amazing! After this delivery, I have been so happy all of the time. I feel so normal and content. It's made me realize how depressed I was after I had Gavin. It wasn't a severe depression, but it was enough. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a mother of two boys. I love watching Gavin be so protective of Kade and I love to just stare at Kade. He's perfection. I'm so glad he got to come to my family. I LOVE having a house full of boys! Tim's maturity level is right there with Gavin's, and you know what? I love it! I love how he can connect with Gavin in a way that I never could. Their dynamics is amazing and I love watching them together. I love my life!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My thoughts...

First off, I enjoyed New Moon. I thought it was A LOT better than Twilight. Robert and Kristen's acting was much more bearable. They still had their annoying moments, but overall, it was better.

Here are some things that totally bugged me or made me want to vomit. First up... Robert Pattinson's sicknast body.'s totally obvious his abs are airbrushed on. His chest was more nonexistent than mine (and that is definitely saying something) and 13 year old boy chest hair is just gross. He is so far from manly, attractive, a heartthrob, or anything else along those lines. His arms are less defined than my 3 year old's. Does he intentionally go out of his way to do everything possible to not build muscle? Shouldn't daily living with the help of mother earth's gravitational field give him some type of definition?
Next up...the kiss in this scene is a and gross. My friend warned me that during one of their kisses, they make sounds as if they're doing it. I thought that it would be some hot, steamy kiss. No, it was a short, uncomfortable kiss where those noises totally don't fit. I think they were supposed to be kind of crying or something, but it was just weird and I couldn't help but giggle.
This frolicking scene was so cheesy. Many in the audience giggled at the cheesiness. I'm surprised Robert had the strength to run with Kristen. I'm glad I've never seen his legs. He's probably got terrible chicken legs with sick, splotchy hair on them.
This underwater scene was just weird. It wasn't romantic or sweet at all. It was just weird. They both looked like corpses. This was totally portrayed wrong.
Rosalie's wig was HIDEOUS! It couldn't look more fake! I'd take the brown roots from Twilight any day over this wig. She makes a terrible Rosalie anyway. But...Jacob...mmmmm...he's perfection.
Maybe Robert needs to take some lessons from Taylor on how to portray your character accurately and on how to get a hot bod. Isn't Edward suppose to have a body like Taylor's? On a different note, I thought Taylor did a wonderful job being Jacob! He got all the emotions across and he made me Team Jacob all over again (not that I have ever been anything other than Team Jacob, but he reminded me again of why I love him more than Edward. Edward's a creep.)
Taylor and Kristen did a great job together. Their relationship is so much more believable and natural on screen than the Kristen-Robert relationship.
Even though this is a lame picture of Kristen, it's the only one I could find of just her in it. I thought she looked so pretty in this movie! Her hair and makeup were so much better!

Overall, I liked the movie. New Moon is my favorite book of the series and it will probably be my favorite movie of the series too. Maybe because there isn't much of RPatz in it. If he wasn't so brooding and scrawny, I'd probably like him better.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday, Gavin!!!

Oh man, I love this kid SO much! We seriously got so spoiled with him. From day 1 he's been the best sleeper. We've never had a problem getting him down for a nap or at night. He LOVES his sleep. I love how opinionated he is when it comes to what Tim and I wear and how I do my hair. He loves to pick out Tim's shirt and tie and does an amazing job getting them to match. If Tim is wearing something that Gavin doesn't think looks good, he'll let Tim know and then go and find him a different tie, and without fail, it always is a better choice than what Tim picked out (and Tim doesn't have bad taste at all, Gavin just has better taste). He hates it when I put my hair up in a ponytail. He will seriously break down and cry until I put my hair down. He'll tell me, "No, mommy! Don't fold your hair up! I like your hair down!" and after I put it down, he'll run to me, give me a big hug and say, "You're such a pretty girl! You're beautiful!" He sure knows how to work it. He loves shoes, just like his dad...especially girl shoes, but don't let that throw you off. He is ALL boy (with a little bit of class, like dad). He sure knows his cars. He can tell you what almost all of his toy cars are...Aston Martin, Bronco, Mustang, Jeep, Mini Cooper, Bug, etc. He loves to help Tim with all the manly work he does around the house. He loves to pretend he's a dinosaur so much that we now have to tell him he can only do that in his bedroom, otherwise, he won't act like anything other than a dinosaur at home, out in public, in nursery...everywhere! He still loves wearing his green boots. He loves girls so much, it's almost scary. The other day he asked my mom and me to take him to fabric store. He said, "I want to go to the faggot (he can't say 'fabric') store and see the cute girls and say 'Hi cute girls! What your name is!?'" At church, he asks us if he can go see the cute girls that are playing in the isle. We'll let him and he'll go up to them and just stare. It's so funny! He loves to hold theird hands in nursery and spoils them with hugs. There are multiple girls in the ward that claim that Gavin is their boyfriend. He's already a heartbreaker. He's an amazing big brother. He can't get enough of Kade. We woke up this morning to Gavin in our room loving on his baby brother. He says Kade is his best friend and he is always there to put a binky in Kade's mouth whenever he cries. I sure love this boy! I am so glad he was sent to our family. We couldn't be luckier!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We produce super humans...

It's true. We first documented Gavin rolling over at exactly 2 weeks...Kade-1 week and 2 days old. I told you...Super. Humans.

The Rest of Kade

Mary just posted the rest of the Kade pics. Check them out HERE. Thank you SO much, Mary! We REALLY appreciate it! You rock!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Photoshoot preview

Our AWESOME friend, Mary Clark (HERE), offered to do a photoshoot of Kade as a baby gift. She did an amazing job! She was SO good with Kade. She sure knows how to work those newborns! Check out a little preview (HERE) of what's to come...and leave her some feedback!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Some Kade Pics

The delivery was SO easy, I was up for a picture or two taken of me! This is seriously like 5 minutes after giving different from my experience with Gavin.
Kade in his take-home outfit
Gavin is super cute with Kade!
One morning he came into my room and told me that Kade wanted to watch a movie with him. Here they are watching "Transformers". Gavin at one point leaned down and told Kade, "That's Optimus Prime. He's me favorite. And that's Bumble Bee, he's my other favorite."

We have another jaundice baby. Gavin had to be on lights too. I hate this! I feel like those precious newborn days are being taken away from me. I can't hold him except to feed him or change his diaper and then he has to go right back on the

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Please Welcome...

Kade Spencer Layton!!!
November 9, 2009
5:30 PM
7 lbs 4 oz
20 inches
Everything went extremely well! I was so scared it was going to be 3 hours of pushing, just like with Gavin. It couldn't have been more opposite! I only had to push 5 times!!! CRAZY! I feel awesome! I'm still in pain, but no where near what it was last time. Kade is such a little cutie. He's so sweet and a big snuggler. We love him!

Monday, November 9, 2009

4 AM...whaaaatt??

In 2 1/2 hours I will be calling the hospital to see what time they want me to come in and I have yet to sleep a wink. I'm freaking out maybe just a little. I'm stressed and annoyed over everything and everyone...probably even you. Sorry, but it's most likely the truth. Blame it on the baby, because I sure can't be held accountable for my feelings. I feel completely out of control with my emotions. I feel so bad for all my family members (in-laws and all) and friends that are suffering in the wake of my awfulness! I'M SORRY!! The anxiety I'm feeling is driving me to some kind of madness...I've yet to figure out what kind, but it's a madness of sorts. I'm terrified out of my mind to have this baby. I'm so sad that my last week with just Gavin and me was not a very good week. Gavin must be sensing a huge change is near because he has done nothing but act out this entire week. I'm sad that I'm leaving on such a sad note. I wanted to snuggle with him and laugh and play, but instead it was a constant battle of the wills with him. :( I love that kid. I am SO sad that I can't share the birth of his new baby brother with him in the hospital...that I have to wait 3 days before I get to introduce them. This sucks. I'm already missing Gavin and I haven't even left for the hospital. I love my boy and I'm so afraid that I'll have a hard baby and have a hard time loving him as much as I love Gavin. THIS IS A STUPID POST AND I'M TOTALLY ANNOYED WITH IT AND MYSELF! AH! Feelings suck.

Friday, November 6, 2009


Tim's mom had a bassinet that she used with 4 of her 5 children. She asked if I would like to use it too. I have a hard time saying "no, thanks" so she brought it for me. After finding out that I could make any changes I wanted to it, I decided to put some love into it.

Here are the BEFORE pics:

This pad took me an hour to scrub clean!
$100 and some elbow grease later:
I made 2 covers for the pad. All fabric is that super soft chenille stuff