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A Summer of Fun

Whew September already! I feel like this summer flew by! We have had some amazing memories these last few weeks.

In July we went on a family reunion to San Antonio with Adam’s family. It was the first time in a while that everyone was together. Aaron’s family flew down from Washington, and Austin and Rhuvana traveled from Midland. Plus we had 3 new babies in the family since we were last together! It was such a blast. The girls were in cousin heaven and enjoyed quality time with them and were so happy to swim everyday in the awesome resort water park area. We felt really blessed to be able to all get together and spend as much time with each other as 11 children would allow haha. Im super thankful for Stacey and Dave for putting the reunion on for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

July 29th was Adam and I’s 8th wedding anniversary. 8 years! It’s crazy. The concept of time is always weird to me. 2011 seems like yesterday, and yet in the same breath it was a lifetime ago. Ive been asked by a couple friends if we ever hit the “7 year itch” and it’s funny, because we had a pretty intense 7th year of marriage between having Sophie and starting our own business and taking the leap of faith…but our faith in each other and in the Lord never faltered. So we were very blessed and Im thankful that even in the midst of everything going on and sleep deprived nights and stress over the anxieties of new beginnings, we never had the “itch.” Of course I am sure him being a marriage therapist helped a little haha. This year for our anniversary we decided to try out the Melting Pot. It is a fondue restaurant and it was such a fun experience. The girls loved it and had a fun time playing with the spear weapons used to dip the bread and veggies haha luckily we all made it out with our eyeballs in tact. I love my life and our family and there’s not a thing I would change. ๐Ÿ™‚

In August we then traveled over to Florida and saw my side of the family! We were missing Aj (deployed in the Middle East) and Celine (working in Utah) but I loved seeing my parents and have some quality time with my not so little anymore baby brother Danny. (The flew in from Utah) Im also blessed that I have so many extended family living in Florida too! It felt like another awesome family reunion. ๐Ÿ™‚ My parents rented a condo on the beach and we had our own private beach access. And because the girls are up so early, we were at the beach by 8am and had the whole place pretty much to ourselves! Heaven!! Seriously, the beautiful white sandy, clear blue water beaches are my happy place. Ironically since I am not a strong swimmer, so I hang by the shore…but it makes me so happy! We were at the beach basically every morning. Adam and Danny caught some sand crabs, we built sand castles, and enjoyed the waves. We also had a pool at the condo, which we also enjoyed. We basically lived in our swim suits on the trip haha. But it was so much fun having so much quality time with everyone and making fun memories. We even went to the Gulfarium and saw a dolphin show and fun sea creatures! Which, fun fact, is the same Gulfarium that my Mema would take me as a little girl to see the dolphin show! Talk about full circle!! My girls were of course spoiled by my parents and all our family living there. haha. They were missing home, but devastated to leave Florida.

Not long after we got home Bailey started kindergarten! I cant believe it! She was so ready and literally has been counting down the days since about April when she turned 5. It made it easier for me dropping her off knowing she was so happy to be there. She also loooooves riding the bus like a big girl. It’s all day, so we sure miss her a ton. Although it has given Claire some time to be the “big sister” in the house and she has found more of her voice and preferences, which is adorable to witness. Her and Sophie are becoming even more closer, which makes my momma heart happy.

This last week I turned 29 and had a great day with family and friends. It’s funny actually. This is literally the first birthday I have had since 2012 that I wasn’t either A) miserably pregnant in my first trimester, or B) crazy sleep deprived from having a newborn. It feels like a new experience for me! Haha! I am happy to have my whole family here and that we can continue making wonderful memories. Spring, Texas has become my forever home. I didnt know if I would ever be okay staying place in one city forever after growing up in the military… but it seemed to find me just fine! And I am so very grateful. I am excited to have this last year of my 20s and to be entering the hopefully cooler soon fall season. I know that as long as I have my family, and we rely on the Lord, we will all be okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Enjoy the MASSIVE photo dump in whatever order it seems to drop in haha.

 

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Summer is Coming to a Close

Well, we are in September already and time is flying by.

I had my 26th birthday on Aug 26. Adam and I celebrated by Pokemon hunting and eating a yummy surprise Pokemon cake thatย was chocolate on top of chocolate with more chocolate. This man knows the way to my heart. Family time. Chocolate. What more can a girl want?

I have a new calling/assignment at church; primary chorister. I was super nervous at first but I am totally in love with it. Hearing the kids sing about their love for Jesus Christ brings me such happiness and joy, and an even greater love for our Savior. I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Adam and I went downtown and we had no idea there was a splash pad; luckily we had an extra pair of clothes and a swim diaper in the backpack. Bailey cracked me up; we let her get wet in her clothes, but she didnt like the feeling of it sticking to her body. So there were stages of her from being wet in clothes…down to her diaper…and then her swim diaper. What she really wanted was to be in the nude!ย Haha. Silly girl. I love her so much. She is just a ball of fun, with such a tenderย heart. We went to a park the other day that had a jungle gym, and I was showing her how to climb on it. I got pretty high and she gave me a concerned face and was like “Oh momma! Be careful! Don’t fall!” Melted my heart. She has also hit a stage where she calls Adam and I “Mom” and “Dad.” I don’t know if it’s from cartoons or what, but it makes me a tiny bit sad…I thought I had more time as “Momma.” But it sneaks in there every once in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰
She has loved music since she was a tiny little girl, so anytime there is music on, even if it’s just piano music, she’s like “lets dance!!” And bee bops all over the place. Her singing voice is even more adorable. She knows all the words to Twinkle Twinkle, Once there was a Snowman, The Pokemon Theme, The Zing song from Hotel Transylvania, Do as I am Doing, Jesus Wants me for the Sunbeam, Popcorn Popping, Little Snowflake…and the list continues! She has got quite the memory!
So lately she has been watching me put on makeup, and I had been getting her her own “sparkles” and it’s been a bit of a mess haha so I ordered her some fake makeup, and she is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. She will put sparkles on me and Claire…I think we are her dolls haha. Bailey will play house with the toy cars the boys have. There is a Mommy car and a Daddy car and they give kisses. This kid cracks me up.ย I love having little girls so much. The drama is a bit on the thick side already…but still worth every second of it. Her imagination is so funny. Her and her cousins like to pretend play fun games like going to school (give me a couple years please!) ย giving hair cuts (gotta keep an extra eye out…) and running around in circles. Bailey already likes to be the boss and tell peopleย what to do. Oi Vey. Cant imagine where she gets that from… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Claire will be 5 months tomorrow! That is so crazy to me! She is just a ray of sunshine. She is so happy and content just being included and observing. She loves her older sister so much and Bailey enjoys making her giggle and smile. It makes me swell with happiness when I see those moments. She has been sleeping rough. Once she hit about 4 months, she went from sleeping 6-7 hours, to being up every 1.5-3 hours a night. Heaven help me! I am continually praying she will sleep and not wait until 9-10 months like Bailey did. Please no! This Momma needs sleep! Haha. She is also really long. She is already in 9 month clothes. Bailey wasn’t even in 9 month clothes at this point, and she was long too! So either my girls are growing a ton now and won’t grow for the next 10 years…or they will be tall! Ive had to buy Bailey new shoes 3 times this summer alone!
Claire is wanting to follow her sister around so bad. She is close to sitting up and already trying to figure out the mechanics of crawling. Things are about to get interesting. She played peek a boo with Stacey the other day is was the cutest thing in the entire world. She will not take a pacifier or her thumb for more than a couple seconds to just chew on, so she doesn’t really have anything specific that she uses for comfort quite yet. Although she comfort nurses…so maybe I am her pacifier haha. She has a tag toy similar to Bailey’s bunny that she likes to chew on. Bailey picked it out for her ๐Ÿ™‚ So now they both have it in the car, rubbing (or chewing) on the tags.

Oh my girls.ย They give me purpose and a love I have never experienced, nor can describe. They push me to my breaking point, only to bring me off the edge with their smiles and kisses. So it all evens out ๐Ÿ˜‰

I cant wait to make even more fun, quirky, unique memories with them ๐Ÿ™‚

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Five Wonderful Years

Adam and I celebrated being married for 5 years on the 29th of July ๐Ÿ™‚ Man where did the time go! Five years happened in a flash: 3 degrees, 3 states, and 2 kids later. I am so happy to be with Adam. He has taken good care of us during this half decade together. We have a tradition of doing an activity as a family on our anniversary instead of buying gifts for each other, so this year we decided to go to Moody Gardens down in Galveston, enjoy a fun lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe…topped off with pokemon hunting down the beach ๐Ÿ˜‰
Bailey loved the aquarium (even if she only lasted about an hour haha) and she looooved the Rain Forest Cafe. She kept watching the monkeys and butterflies mounted on the walls, making sure they wouldn’t fall haha. She is such a sweetie, and Claire didnt even fuss when the loud lightning and rain happened in the Cafe, what a trooper.

We also decided to tackle binky weaning with our Bailey Bug. I kept having a feeling we needed to get rid of it, but I wasn’t ready haha. We ended up going to a park that we never go to and sat her on a bench where we could explain that she is a big girl now and doesn’t need her binky. We showed her the clip of elmo singing the bye bye binky song and then we walked over to the trash and threw away the binkies in front of her. To see they were really gone. Poor thing was crying and saying noooooo. Broke our hearts! If I could let her have it forever I would have!! But then we wrestled her in the car and drove away. She kept asking for her binky and saying it was in the trash. (The real reason we did it at a park was so mommy and daddy wouldn’t fish it out! haha) That first night was really hard. But then it got pretty easy after that. By the morning of day 3 she stopped asking for it all together. Her nap times were harder than bedtime for a bit, but we got back on her schedule pretty quick. I am so proud of her. Every once in a while she would ask if her binky was still in the trash, and we would explain she was a big girl and didnt need it and that yes it was still in the trash. I knew we had to make it an event, rather than simply “losing it” without telling her, because I knew she would need to understand the reasoning behind it. She is a smart kid, if we just pretended like we lost it, then she would have just told us to go buy a new one haha or if she ever found a binky, she would be like ‘oh here it is.’ So unfortunately we had to be mean parents and throw it away :/ but by explaining the process to her, I feel like she did really well with it being gone after a day or two. So woohoo for success! I think it was harder for me to get rid of it than for her to be honest haha plus she still has her bunny tag toy. She can take that thing to college with her for all I care! lol.

Claire is just a happy little thing! I have never seen such a happy baby. And she now can roll over on her back and on her tummy, so that has been exciting! She always wants to be in the thick of all the action, and observe everything; it’s adorable to watch. Bailey and Claire love each other so much and it makes me so happy. Bailey tries to include Claire in her games, and she always wants to give her a hug and kiss night night. I love my girls so much. Bailey is getting so big. She is making up cute songs and games and is just this little person that blows my mind! When did she become this little person that creates songs and loves putting on sparkly eye shadow all over her face???? I love it.

This summer is coming to a close here soon. That went by so fast! But I am welcoming a reprieve from this heat come Fall. We can go to parks and not be drenched in sweat by 10am haha that would be awesome. We are still taking things one day at a time. That is all we can do right? Enjoy the journey? ๐Ÿ™‚

These are our Bit’s O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Hot Fun in the Sun

It’s definitely been hot here in Texas!!! I am still getting used to the humidity haha, but I would rather be hot outside, than cold outside. (Inside might be a different story lol)

So because there has been a heat index of 100+, it is not exactly play outside at the park weather. So we have had to be creative in keeping all the kiddos from getting cabin fever ๐Ÿ˜‰ So we have done crafts (which Aunt Ally is the queen of!), indoor bouncing castles, children museums, drives around the neighborhood, movie days with cousins, swimming in the pool, etc.

We even went on a cool family vacation to a resort in San Antonio! We went with Ally and Stacey and everyone for some fun packed days of swimming and resort activities. They had tube slides and some crazy water slides. Adam and I went on a slide that you step into a capsule and it drops you feet first into the covered slide. My adrenaline made me so shaky! But I did it! haha. And Bailey even went on the tube slide with Adam, and loved it! She is so funny. Ally and I both got cute butterfly temp tattoos on our wrists (and we were the oldest ones in line by about a decade getting one haha) and then I went back with Bailey to get a cute one on her little foot, because she wanted one too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love having little girls! It was a great trip. We got to see some great family who were stationed there as well. So fun seeing them. It was just some good quality family time.

And….Adam and I have been bitten by the Pokemon craze. I was a huge Pokemon girl back in the day! I had all of the original set of Pokemon cards. I still have them at my parents house lol. I remember many days where my dad would order boxes of Pokemon cards, and the neighborhood kids were waiting at the front door to do business (trading lol). So many fun memories ๐Ÿ™‚ That is why I am totally geeking out over this Pokemon Go app. And I knew I married the right man….when he was geeking out over it with me and going on Pokemon catching drives. Love it.

Bailey and Claire are both growing tons. Bailey’s continuing to talk up a storm and I love hearing her little thought process and funny ideas. Her favorite movie right now is Toy Story! She loves 1 and 2, but gets scared during the 3rd one because the scene with the big baby getting pushed around by the teddy bear. She has been sooo sensitive to anything being mean around babies. She was just break down crying. Ever since Claire has been born…what a tender hearted little girl ๐Ÿ™‚ Bailey has a bunny tag toy that she takes with her everywhere, and she treats it like her little baby. She cradles it in the crook of her arm wherever she goes, and calls it her bunny. So stinkin adorable. She is as tan as she can possibly be, and loves the water. ๐Ÿ™‚
Claire is my little doll face as well! I just got so lucky with two totally adorable little girls! She is such a happy baby. All you have to do is smile at her and she breaks out into a grin that just lights up her whole face! She just comes along for the ride and enjoys watching everyone doing their thing ๐Ÿ™‚ She had a checkup the other day and she is almost 12.5 pounds, and 24 inches long exactly. I could just nibble on her chunky legs all days long. She is greatly loved by everyone here at the house. It is so cute. And I cant blame them…she is pretty irresistible ๐Ÿ˜‰ She is soooo close to rolling from her back to her tummy. Any day now!

Things are going good! Still just chugging along and taking things day by day ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping we don’t melt in the summer heat ๐Ÿ˜‰

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Summer in Florida

I have found growing up in the military that I am a floater. I haven’t really had a place I would say I am “from.” The Air Force Bases are all the same wherever you go, so while thankfully there is a sense of familiarity, it’s not exactly a hometown. However, the one constant place in my life that I have visited almost every summer since I was a kid…Florida. Niceville and Crestview. Both of my grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins live there. It became the closest thing I had to a hometown. I remember the jitters I would get whenever we would pull up onto the street where my grandparents lived. Many fond memories of beaches, sunshine, family, and laughs have been associated with Florida.

Well, since we moved to the Houston area, it is only an 8-9 hour drive to Florida. The closest I have lived to itย in decades. So I kept feeling the strong desire to go and visit. With Adam trying to secure his place in his new job, I knew that him skipping out for a week to come with me was not an option; so I decided I would drive the girls myself. I hadn’t driven this long of distance before, but I could not shake the feeling that I needed to visit Florida. I ran it by Adam and he was so supportive. He let me know his different fears, but that he felt I was more than capable and would support my decision. We said a prayer and I got a blessing of safety and we were off! It was so empowering! The girls were so great. I stopped 3 times and I was always guided to safe rest stops where I had my routine down pat: 1. Get gas, 2. Pull into a parking spot near the gas station and get Claire in the front seat toย nurse while the doors are locked, 3. Change Claire’s diaper and load her back in her seat, 4. Change Bailey’s diaper, 5. Get both girls in the bathroom with me so I could use the restroom, 6. Load everyone back in the car and get back on the road! That order was the key to my success of driving with 2 kids in diapers by myself lol.

The girls did great and I conquered some fears of driving over bridges and bodies of water, and I made it safe and sound! It was definitely a long drive, but I am so thankful I was able to see that I could do it! Adam’s dad ended up flying him out the next Friday so he could drive back with me, and that ended up being pretty awesome, because it gave Adam a little weekend trip in the sunshine state as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Visiting Florida felt like home. It was familiar. I feel so lucky to have so many family members around to spend time with and make memories with my own kids. We went to the beach multiple times, the gulfarium to see the dolphin show, the Niceville children’s park that has a splash pad, the movie theatre to see Finding Dory, out to Jay Florida to see my cousin that I hadnt seen in like a decade, and good quality family time! Bailey became tan in about 10 minutes in the sun ๐Ÿ™‚

My Nana ended up in the hospital with pneumonia during our trip, but we were able to see them our first night in town and have lots of quality time with her and Papa with the girls. I am so thankful for that ๐Ÿ™‚ She is now home and recovering thank goodness.

Seeing my family and having good quality time was amazing.ย My girls were so loved and I know Bailey was so happy to play with her girl secondย cousins; which I am pretty sure she thought she was older like them….oh boy lol.

Once Adam got to Florida we were able to go to the beach one last time as a family, and it was just heaven. There is not a single beach in the world I love more than my Florida beaches. Just sayin. Plus, it was really nice having him drive back with us because we hit tons of traffic, and having another adult to talk to made it a lot quicker lol.

We are home now to my new hometown in Texas…but Florida will always be my childhood ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I also included some cute pics from before we left in Texas ๐Ÿ™‚ (Sprinkler, pool, and cousin/sibling time)

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Claire’s Blessing

This last Sunday Claire was blessed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ๐Ÿ™‚ It is almost exactly two years since we blessed her older sister Bailey! So crazy how time flies. It was a great, busy day! I saved Bailey’s blessing dress because I want it to be a family dress that all my girls wear on their baby blessing day. They have both looked so beautiful in it; giving the dress lots of awesome memories ๐Ÿ™‚

Claire is almost 2 months now and she is just the apple of Bailey, Jefferson, and Brayden’s eyes! They love her so much and it makes me so happy. Claire is such a happy baby. She smiles and coos and loves to observe and watch her big sister play. Her smile brightens her whole face, it is so beautiful. She loves to raise her eyebrows when she is amused as well. So adorable. So far she has been sleeping so great at night (knock on wood) and that has been saving my life with trying to keep up with both of them during the day!

I am finding that 1 to 2 kids is a big adjustment, but we are doing the best we can and taking things one day at a time. I have to tone down my usual 5 year plan, to a day by day adventure ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I am loving the stage that Bailey is in as well. She has such a sweet heart and a kind soul. She loves being around kids and she will give kisses and hugs for boo boos. She cracks me up with her sense of humor and sweet little voice. She loves to put glittery make up on, dance, swim, and cook in the kitchen. She is my little helper ๐Ÿ™‚ And she lovesย her cousins so much. Every morning in her crib the first thing she says is that she wants to go downstairs to play with Brayden and Jefferson. I love it. She is going through a bit of a hitting/pushing streak, but it isn’t malicious…she just has to realize she cant shove someone because she is happy to see them! (Sorry Jefferson and Brayden! She just loves you so much!) Her whole world has been uprooted and changed with a new baby and place to live in the past few weeks…so Momma is trying to learn patience too ๐Ÿ˜‰

But I love both my girls so much. They bring me joy and purpose. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

We have been here for a few weeks and have already had lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Adam has some very strong job opportunities, but I will write more on that once things become more official. But the Lord is definitelyย mindful of our little family and guiding us alone different paths that I hadn’t planned on! So I am trying to sit back and enjoy the ride haha.

The heat (and rain/flooding) season is in full force, and we are making the most of it!ย Gotta love summertime and family ๐Ÿ™‚

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Lubbock – Another Chapter in This Journey

This Saturday we will be heading down farther south to temporarily live with Adam’s family in Spring, Texas while Adam starts his career and we get ready to buy a house in the Katy area. Meaning that we are closing yet another chapter in this journey!

Lubbock has treated us well. I will miss it. With Adam working long days between all his diff jobs/internship and full time school, I spent a great deal of time just me and my Bailey Bug, soย I feel like I really learned more about myself particularly as a parent. Plus we added another addition to our family here with Claire being born at UMC right across the street from our apartments! I have fond memories here and I have met some great people…but we are ready to jump into yet another chapter in the Bertoch adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

Much like my Rexburg tribute in 2013, I decided to take a couple pics in the Lubbock area to commemorate our leaving.

Texas Tech University:

This University is the reason why we are even here in Lubbock. Adam is getting his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy…this coming Friday actually (but that will be a separate post ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and it has been a wonderful program. I have watched him grow both in confidence and in his ability to multi task ๐Ÿ˜‰ It warms my soul to see him fulfill his dreams and do so well in a chosen field that he has passion and a gift for. He has the perfect heart for this career path. I am so proud of him. This University will hold very fond memories for us ๐Ÿ™‚

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TTU Family Therapy Clinic:

This is a tangent off of the University of course, but it deserves its own category because this is where Adam put his blood, sweat, and tears. He not only experienced his first therapy sessions, but he also ended up working here as a Clinic Coordinator. Hisย cohort during these last couple years has becomeย like family, and I have been so thankful for their friendships.

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Maxey Park:

Lubbock has sooo many beautiful parks, and we have been to a great deal of them, but our go to park has always been Maxey. It has two different locations across the lake from one another. The front is what we found first right when we got here to Lubbock. Bailey has been coming to this park since she was a tiny thing and could only lay on a blanket! And now she is exploring everything! This side of the park has the coolest chair swings that I will surely miss. The other side of Maxey has a toddler area which I love because Bailey can roam free without too many worries of her falling off tall equipment and getting hurt. I love our park time ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Science Spectrum:

The last year we have pretty much lived at this place. The science spectrum is a place where kids go to learn and explore things of science. They have everything from dinosaurs to tornados to live animal exhibits. There is a section for 5 and under that has a music room, a water play area, and a pretend vet and grocery store. We have a membership, so we don’t have to pay every time we go and it has been such a blessing. On days where it’s yucky outside, or I don’t have the energy to chase Bailey at the park, I let her roam the spectrum. ๐Ÿ™‚ She calls it the airplane place because there is a huge airplane out front ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lubbock Temple:

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, our temples are so sacred and important to us. Each building is so beautiful and I am in awe every time I go in to worship. The Lubbock temple is no exception. Although I wish I could have attended it more, I am thankful for the times where I could go inside and feel peace from the Lord ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Edge Apartments:

And last but not least…the place we lived the entire time we have been here! The Edge Apartments. We have been so lucky with the location of these apartments because we are five minutes from campus, across the street from the hospital, grocery stores are around the corner, and the access to the highways are just down the street. Plus we have been lucky to get a corner apartment, which has the most natural lighting and is beautiful. I am definitely ready to be done with the apartment life, specially since our family just seems to be growing and growing, (now there are four of us!) But I have had some very fond memoriesย of being here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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There are obviously many places I could have mentioned, but I feel like these were truly the defining memories of Lubbock I will think about when I reminisce. I look fondly on the past couple years we have spent here in Lubbock Texas…and I am excited to see how things end up for us in the next couple of months. I couldn’t have asked for a better companion on this journey ๐Ÿ™‚

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

 

 

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Is it already February?

I feel like 2016 is already going so fast! I blinked and we are in February, I am 30 weeks pregnant, Adam is in his last semester, and Bailey is almost 2. What the heck?! But we have sure been busy. Bailey is my bundle of energy…something I wish she would share with her huge momma from time to time…but I think she enjoys running ahead of me and watching me sprint after her as much as I can haha. She is getting so big. She is still talking up a storm, but starting to form sentences, which is adorable. She will wake up from her nap and look right into the baby monitor and go “Momma where are you!?”, or she will hear a big truck go by, or a bird and say “Momma, what is that sound?” I have to do a double take sometimes when I realize this cute little voice is coming from my baby Bailey! She also has started to introduce me to people. She will point to me and say “This is My Momma!” and then give me a huge hug and kiss….cue me melting into a puddle on the floor. She is so fun to be with. She is my partner in crime while Daddy is gone all day, so we try to keep busy. We go to library reading clubs, swimming, toddler gym classes, and student run toddler communicating classes near campus. She loves it! My little social bug. When we go to the car she will say “See my friends?” and it melts my heart. I cannot wait until her little sister is born so she will always have a fun little companion. I am sure it will be quite the change though when we bring Claire home! But she is so sweet when she sees other babies…so I am not stressing too much ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it will be harder to chase two around, but I am still looking forward to having both my girls in my arms and a full range of motion haha.

Adam is in the home stretch! He is working so hard for us and getting prepared for all the milestones coming up. I am so proud of him. I cant say it enough. He is such a good daddy and husband and I appreciate it so much when he walks through the door after a long day and still is willing to jump in with bed time routines and gives lots of hugs and kisses. I think Bailey breaks the speed record when she sees her daddy walk through the door. I love it so much. He took his LMFT licensure exam a couple weeks ago and we are still waiting for results, but I have no doubt that he passed with flying colors. I know he is excited for the day when he goes to one location for work and then comes home for dinner every night haha instead of going in three diff directions all hours of the day/night. But everything is a time and a season ๐Ÿ™‚ We are making things work ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s how life goes ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been spoiled lately as well…my Mema sent me a beautiful kitchen aid, and I am in heaven! I have been baking up a storm! I think Claire has quite the sweet tooth haha. I love trying new recipes and feeling like Betty Crocker lol. Bailey loves trying to help me in the kitchen. I need to get one of those kitchen help toddler stools one of these days so she can be right there with me! But she also has her own little kitchen and food that she feeds Adam and I ๐Ÿ™‚ It is adorable. She particularly loves the muffins and the milk carton in the play food kit haha.

I am so blessed. I know these next few months are going to be super crazy, but we can get through anything together with family and with God ๐Ÿ™‚ And the Lord knows I am going to need every bit of it!

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

 

 

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Fun Activities :)

So we have been trying to take advantage of the warmish weather we have here in Texas. As much as it is weird not having snow during Christmas time, I cant say I miss it! I looove not having to deal with coldness and slippery roads and wet bottoms of pants. I will enjoy everyone else’s pictures and videos from the comfort of my still occasionally AC’d apartment haha. Although we have gotten down into the 20s in the mornings and I need my hoodies…which I am definitely NOT complaining about!

Lubbock has so many fun opportunities for families to enjoy Christmas lights and Santa sightings, so we have been going to as many as we can handle. Bailey loves Santa, as long as she is at least 2 feet away and he doesn’t touch her haha it cracks me up. She is just a bundle of love and energy! She can throw a mean fit….(thrashing and throwing herself and screaming until she works herself up into a panicky tizzy) BUTTTTT 90% of the time she is my perfect angel! Full of hugs and kisses and sweet smiles. I really cant complain. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although she is fast! So I have been having to make sure and stay quicker than her to catch her…all while my belly continues to grow and Claire kicks my bladder 15 million times a day lol. I am so excited to see both of my girlies playing together and to hold them both in my arms. My heart might explode. lol.

This Friday we head out to Houston to see Adam’s family for a few days, and then drive over to Florida on Monday for a Legge family reunion that has been in the mix for the last 2 years! So I am pretty excited!!! Then we come back the 29th to Houston to see Adam’s youngest brother get married on the 30th! Some really excited things coming up! I am so proud of Adam. He pulled off all A’s this semester, and only has one more left before he graduates and we start our next journey!

Thank goodness Bailey keeps me young ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Cramming in the Family Time

These last few weeks have been busy! Between Adam starting up his full time classes again, and having therapy, and having his internship, and plus now he is the young mens president in our ward (meaning he is the head of 3 people organizing activities, teaching lessons, and facilitating God’s love to the boys ages 12-18 in our ward). I will admit, I am a bit jealous of his time…but I know that he has such a huge heart to share and he is amazing at connecting particularly with adolescents, so I understand how the Lord would want him to bring the young men together. We have found a working routine for all our time and we are happy ๐Ÿ™‚ I am proud of all of the things Adam is doing. He only has 2 semesters left and he has his Masters degree. We can see the finish line!

In the midst of Adam being stretched in a million directions, my folks flew me up for a quick trip to see them in Utah! It was soooo fun! I wish Adam could have come, but such is life. I didnt even really tell anyone I was going so that I could soak up the family time.
We definitely played hard. We went to Swiss days in Midway, Utah where they had this huge festival and the whole town was themed as Switzerland. Super cool. We went to the Odgen Market where my dad was selling his Eiffel Dogs, and THANKFULLY meat doesn’t gross me out so far in this pregnancy, so I enjoyed me some delicious Eiffel Dogs! (it you want to know more about it you can check out his website:ย http://www.eiffeldogs.com) We also were able to visit the Ogden temple grounds where Bailey enjoyed the beautiful flowers and soft grass. Bailey and Zoey were best pals. In fact Zoey would treat Bailey like she was her little pup, keeping her under her belly side if she could help it haha it was totally adorable. We had a water balloon afternoon, which was a blast. Although there must be something special about my mom’s backyard and water balloons, because Bailey was not enjoying it when I tried it here haha. Must be a Nana thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a good quality week.
Celine and I had a combined birthday party since our birthdays are 10 days apart. We haven’t had a combined birthday in forever, so it was really neat to have some blast from the past type things. Austin and his fiancรฉ Rhuvana were able to drive up from Provo, so we had a good show from both the Legge’s and the Bertoch’s! Haha. I was even lucky to have my best friend in the whole world Merinda come and spend the night one of the nights with her hubby Stuart and their adorable son William (who is only 3 months younger than Bailey, but they are totally betrothed. No choices. Sorry guys). We had a big camp fire and all of us hung around talking and laughing. Merinda and I met in our freshman year of college, and now we are both married with babies. Besties with babies. It’s seriously the best thing ever. I freaking wish we didnt live so far away from each other! Grr!
I also got a bit nostalgic while Celine was getting ready to head back to school at BYU-Idaho because that’s my alma mater! And Celine and I were both overlapping there for a year while I was working and Adam was finishing his degree and it was the best ever! I miss those days. I am currently trying to convince her that Texas is the place to be….may take a while to convince….but I am doing my hardest! Sorry mom! lol.
All in all, we had some amazing family time. Both of my brothers are enamored with Bailey and it was adorable seeing them be so precious with her. Teenage boys’ hearts are gooey too ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have decided though that traveling alone with a super busy and independent toddler, while pregnant. Worst. Thing. Ever. It was such a long day and we had plane issues and Bailey was screaming and throwing herself around and the plane was as full as it could be….whew. There were a few times I was like nope. Done. So hats off to all of the single parents out there, or those who travel with multiple kids alone. I salute you.

It is so good to be home with Adam again. He is so amazing and helps out as much as he can when he has the time and I really appreciate that. This pregnancy is much like Bailey’s, and I am very blessed because I am not sick. However, my problem is that during the first trimester I am sooooo tired. Like lets-stay-in-bed-forever kind of tired. The 8-hours-of-cartoons-because-i-cant-move-off-the-couch tired. I have so much guilt that I haven’t been doing the fun things we usually do. I just feel like I’ve been hit with a mack truck. Only a few more weeks and I promise mommy will take you to every park in Lubbock Bailey!! Ugh. I definitely know we were meant to have kids close together. We have had very amazing spiritual confirmations…but I do get nervous at times when I have the days where I have to crawl out of bed despite getting decent sleep. This next year will be interesting…..but I know it will be amazing!!

I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.

Also… I have a bagillion pictures to share! From when Adam and I went to the Amarillo Zoo, a ridiculously cool kids play place, the park, etc.

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