Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jonathan Edwyn Stay

Jonathan Edwyn Stay was born on July 23rd at 6:18 pm, weighing in at 8lbs 2oz.  His middle name is for Ben's Grandpa, who shared that birthday.  We're in love, again.

 My amazing midwife, Wendy Dotson

 James brought his trusty rhino with him to meet Jonny, of course

Jonathan came one week late, but I forgave him for that as soon as he was placed on my chest.  :)  I had made a goal to make it through this childbirth wth no pain medication, (maybe I'll post about that another time) and the longer he waited, the weaker my resolve became.  I even scheduled an induction for Sunday the 22nd, which I ended up cancelling.  I'm SO glad I did, because he came on his own the following day. 

I'm so in love with my THREE men. 

When Ben drove me to the hospital the day I had James, we listened to a Weezer song in the baby's honor.  This time, I drove myself to the hospital while on the phone with Ben and I didn't get a chance to play the song.  So here it is--for the boys, I sing loudest starting at the 3:32 mark

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


It's July 11th, which means 7-11 is giving out free slurpees!  I didn't know about this until this morning...but once I was made aware of it, it became a concrete part of our schedule.  :)

We sat and watched airplanes land and drank our free was a good day.  Happy 7-11!

date night

Last weekend we went to grab some dinner and see The Amazing Spiderman .  I didn't think I was going to like it...but it is aaaaaaaaaamazing.  I loved it and so did Ben-Jammin!  Go see it!  Right now!!

I am one million months pregnant in this picture.  Or at least that's what it looks like.  My due date is FIVE DAYS FROM NOW, but who's counting?  I am.  I am counting.

Father's Day (late)

Look at my two cute men!

Ben is an amazing dad.  Like, really.  The man was raised by an amazing father who taught him well.  (I love you, Greg!)  When we were dating, I tried to imagine him as a father because my relationship with my Dad means so much to me.  (I love you, Dad!)  Ben is just such a tremendous example, I can't believe I got so lucky.  I feel so blessed.  We love you!

4th of July

Hello, America.  I am pregnant....

 Really excellent picture taking skills.  Oops!

My Dad and I

 James plugging his ears during the show :)

I love America.  I love our history and the people that are a part of it, proud to be an American!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

This is what our St. Patrick's Day looked like this year:

I've never done anything for St. Patrick's Day before, and it was kind of fun!  James loved having a leprechaun come visit our house, but he definitely thought the leprechaun was going to be in big trouble for turning our milk green.  :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sunday S'mores

Yesterday after dinner we did this:

James inherited my table manners. 

And some of this:

...and baby brother loves s'mores too :)

Right now I'm 34 weeks.  I still have six weeks to go until my due date, but I'm kind of hoping this boy will be sweet to me like James and come a little early.  James came 12 days early.  (Hey little one-do the same or you're grounded.  Also, we love you.) 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Play dough and planking

We make play-dough a lot because it's a cheap, easy activity to do.  I use a recipe from a friend that requires you to cook the mixture for a minute.  The kids love blowing on it to cool it off right after I dump it out onto the counter.  I have no idea why they think this part is so fun, but I love it because it's so funny to watch.  I need to take video of them next time, but here are a couple pictures:

This one is my favorite.  Savannah was trying so hard to cool off the play-dough that she started planking while blowing.  I promise I did not pose her at all.  It was...amazing.  :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mommy trip to UT

In April I took a quick little trip to visit Utah.  We had a free ticket, so it was a nice little getaway!  First we went to Sarah's in-law's cabin in Heber.  It was....faaaaar away from everything, which made it perfect.  It was snowy up there and we wanted to take a walk, so we had to bundle up sweet Cam Cham.  ("I can't put my arms down!")

 It was sooo beautiful!
 Then we visited Auntie BEV!  She is our great aunt and she is the funniest lady I know.  Nobody is cooler than Bev.
 I really wanted to go down to Provo, and Crystal and Jack were amazing enough to let me crash at their apartment for a night and hang out with me, even though they were finishing up finals.  (Love you guys!!)  While in Provo, I mostly wanted to go see places that I loved going when I was a student.  I drove/walked around and saw the places I'd lived, places Ben and I had spent time, blah blah...and I loved it!  I'll always love you, Provo. 

This is the house we lived in while finishing school, and the first home James ever knew.  It was old and strange and built in the 1950's and we loved it.  Piece of really old junk.  :)
Ben carved our initials in this tree, and even though nobody else would be able to spot them...I was super excited to see them.
This is the Brown House, where Ben and his buddies lived while we were dating.  Good group of guys, great friends, great memories.  Love ya, Brown Housers. 
This was my first aparetment in Provo, and I had to go by and see it!  Made me think about all of the stupid things we used to do, I missed my girls so much!  MANSION 11 HOES FOR LIFE!  Love you, ladies!
 I used to hike the Y all the time when I lived in Provo, but I was 27 weeks pregnant and kind of feeling crummy so I didn't go for it this time.  I did, however, make Crystal drive me to the parking lot so I could take a minute to look out at the view.  Thanks, girlfriend!

I can't lie, I was excited to leave Provo and move on when we did, but I've missed it and I'll always love going back and remembering all of the crazy things that happened. 

It was such a fun trip, and family was so kind to let me barge in on them!  Thank you, Porters and Farrells!  Things I didn't get pictures of: SUB ZERO!!  COSTA VIDA!  BYU BOOKSTORE!  Amazing. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Team Stay is expanding :)

We're having another baby! We're welcoming baby BOY #2 in July, (due July 16th) and couldn't be happier! I'm 22 weeks along right now and life is good. We kept it to ourselves for a little while for a few different reasons, (we told parents two weeks ago) but we're so happy to share it! After I had James, I told Ben that while I was thrilled to be able to hold my little one, I felt a little lonely in my body...(weird?) Now that I can feel this little one moving around and entertaining me it's amazing. We love him. :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012


I have so many pictures on our computer that I love so much and always mean to post on the blog but never do. Since each one is never going to have it's own post, here is one huge picture overload:

Dunkin' Donuts!


Children's museum in Harrisonburg, VA! James driving an ambulance...
and trying to figure out how to milk this fake cow...

With the Meldrums in Boston!

Boston Common
Running around at Lexington and Concord

So good to see the Meldrums again!!

James turned two in Boston, this is Grandma Stay's cute birthday clown. I LOVE this picture!

Easter in Boston

This picture is so old, but this is a pretty good example of what happens when I ask James to smile for the camera :)
James and Avery just drivin
Old picture of my guys