Friday, April 29, 2016

Please Time. Stop Moving.

I am starting to understand the cycle of my feelings.  It always happens around this time of year.  When the smell of spring and summer start to hit.  When my students start to get.  They start to actually act like high school students.  Then there are graduations and proms and mission calls.  I feel like time quickly slipped away and somehow I missed something.  And this year might be worse than ever because it seems.  Every time I get home from school my baby has grown and changed so much.  More now than ever before I just want time to hold still for two seconds so I can catch my breath.  

And it's not like we've been doing much! I haven't traveled in nearly a month! Every day I get home from school and snuggle my baby until I HAVE to figure out some type of dinner, pack breakfast and lunch and clothes for tomorrow, and clean up a little of the mess from the day.  I fall asleep every night, usually on the couch, around 7 pm because my day typically starts around 3:30 am.  Baby has been a decent sleeper but when he wakes up every morning at 3:30 I feed him, change him, and put him back to sleep.  By that time it's usually 4:15 and I have to be awake at 5 so most of the time I don't go back to sleep.

We have SO much to look forward to... I am so so so stinkin' excited for summer.  But still I wish time would just slow down.  From listening to other moms I know that is going to be a common theme in my life.  But I guess it's a good theme, it shows how wonderful my life is right now.  I am very excited about the future but man oh man things are so dang good right now.  

But since I can't slow down time, I guess I'll just document our boring lives.  

Baby is growing so much.  He held his own bottle for the first time a couple of days ago.  He's almost too big for the insert in his baby bathtub.

He likes to try and put both of his hands in his mouth at the same time.

Jason loves to play with him.  He loves seeing his own reflection.

Baby and I enjoyed another beautiful spring Sunday at Temple Square.

Life is just so good. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Break

For the first time in the history of my teaching career I didn't go anywhere for Spring Break.  (well unless you count the fact that I went with my Dad to Rexburg the weekend before Spring Break.)  But I figure I should document the break even if it didn't include travel.  Here are the pictures from the trip to Idaho.  My uncle Leon sent me these pictures of my dad.

 Brad with my cousin Franci's two youngest girls.  They were so stinkin' cute with Brad.
 And then on my way home we stopped at my grandma and grandpa's house.  4 generations of the Bartholomew line.

 Anyway, back to the break.  It started with Brad's hernia surgery early Friday morning.  Now all 3 members of our family have had a same day surgery in Utah Valley hospital in the last 15 months.  The surgery was quick, uneventful, and Brad was a champ!

The next morning to cheer Brad up after his surgery I put on his favorite onsie!
 Later on Saturday after conference we decided we needed to get out of the house so we took Brad rock climbing to Rock Canyon down in Provo.  Jason thought he needed some sunglasses.

I decided it was time to get Brad's pictures taken by a professional.  So we tried on a few outfits to see what to wear.... I thought it was so cute how he kept putting his arm up on the armrest!

 The photo shoot.... kinda a bust.  But oh well.  Here is his 3 month picture.

The rest of Spring Break was filled with just random things.  Like one day I spent the afternoon with my college roommate who had a baby a month before me.  

 A picture from our morning run.  I thought Brad's bear suit was absolutely adorable!!!
 Then one day we went to Temple Square to tip toe through the tulips.
 Clearly Brad was super excited....
 Then Friday afternoon we took a couple from Jason's school out rock climbing.  Brad was so perfect it was crazy!  He didn't cry once.  Just enjoyed the great outdoors.

And then on Saturday Jason was working on his mom's car so baby and I sat outside and watched for moral support.  This boy sure melts my heart.

But the worst part of Spring Break was we had to say goodbye to Grandma Leigh.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Summer 2016

I'm sure you'all have been on the edge of your seat wondering where in the world I will be spending my summer vacation.  I'm sure you were wondering since I have a baby... since I became a grown up... maybe I would have a super boring normal summer.  It seems everyone has a baby and their blog becomes a boring scrapbook of their baby.  Well..... mine is no different.  Except for anyone that had hope that just maybe I will be doing something crazy this summer... you are in luck.  The boring baby blog is going to be pretty fantastic.... But first, let's go over the review one more time. :)

The Summer of 2007 or the Wanna Be Door to Door Sales Girl. (Atlanta to Annapolis)

The Summer of 2008 or the Raw Foodist that realized she HATES statistics. (BYU Masters)

The Summer of 2009 or the (500) Days of Shane.

The Summer of 2010 or The Introduction to Chi Town.

The Summer of 2011 or Lovin' in Los Angeles.

The Summer of 2012 or Cruising around the Mediterranean while my heart was in Provo.

The Summer of 2013 or Livin' off Love - the return of the Student Life Style.

The Summer of 2014 or Red Rocks, Rock Climbs, and Dixie.

The Summer of 2015 or both Jason and I living out our dreams in California!.... him as a dentist and me at Disneyland!!!


Now I thought the summer of 2016 would for sure be a total let down.  I mean what could compete with DISNEYLAND???? I am mean I have a baby WHICH IS AMAZING.... but let's be honest, babies can be total fun suckers. So I was afraid that baby and I would be spending the entire summer in our little 1 bedroom apartment dreaming of a better day.  But then last night happened.   We booked our tickets so I can officially announce that on the 19th year anniversary of the last time the Parson family was crazy enough to go across the pond. The month of July we will be spending in...


You see.... my dad is one of those artists.  (Pronounced ar - teest)  And he has been talking about doing an art class in Florence for the last 7 or so years.  He almost signed up and went back in 2010 but chickened out and went to Chicago instead.  (Hence I went to Chicago the summer of 2010)  Anyway, I convinced my dad in order to be "relevant" in the art world he needs to A. Go to Italy. (He's never been) and B. Be able to say, "Yeah I studied in Florence"  So........ my mom and dad will be spending a month of the summer living in an apartment in Florence.  But as I was thinking about it I said, "Dad, I bet a 2 bedroom apartment is almost the same price as a one bedroom.... and I bet Mom needs someone to hang out with her......." So I was on board with going with them.  And then we decided we should invite the whole family.... so the two bedroom turned into 5 beds.... and multiple of my siblings and spouses will be making an appearance.

So bottom line is: WE'RE going to LIVE in ITALY!!!

I am so excited because ITALY and as anyone who has traveled knows, the WORST part of traveling is how tired you constantly feel.   The hit by a train feeling... ran over by a train is more like it.  And the constant pressure you feel to be getting in as much as possible in the short time you are there.  But NOT THIS TIME!!! (Sorry for all the caps.... It's just I am pretty darn excited!)  I'm so excited to be able to just hang out, relax, sleep!!! and not feel pressure that I am wasting precious time.

So where will we go?  Good question... a lot is still up in the air.  But some places I'm sure we'll hit are.... well actually, for fun, let's step back and review my favorite places that we will for sure hit up.




And hopefully back to my favorite place on Earth..... Sorrento!

Other places I am hoping to go.... (nothing is set in stone yet.)

The Island of Capri, Italy

Cinque Terra, Italy

Interlaken, Switzerland

Lake Como, Italy

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland


Bavaria, Germany

And I'd love to end the trip in.........


Whether all those place happen or not.  It is going to be one heck of summer!!!!