Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Hey 5 blog readers! October was filled with busy-ness. We headed back to Safford for tamale making time. Brady has been wanting to learn how to make them since we were dating, so it was about time. And we got 12 dozen of our own too. Yum yum.
Ready to assemble!
Sarah asked Grandma to take a picture of all of us working and she had a little trouble with Sarah's camera on her phone. When she got it figured out she was snapping pictures like crazy and had no idea. We were laughing pretty hard.

My mom had arranged with my cousin Clark to let us bring Ollie to check out the fire station. He's currently Safford FDs Fire Chief. Ollie gets excited when he sees a fire truck on the road. Clark said he would give us a ride too so it was pretty exciting.

Sitting up front for his first ride.

He even got to spray the hose.

Later my mom took Ollie to check out Uncle Craig's chickens and caught this gem.
A couple weeks later Sarah and I decided to go to ASU Band Day, just for fun. Since mom was in town she joined us. It was fun to just reminiscence and criticize bands. 

This year for Halloween, I wanted to keep it as low key as possible. We knew for about a month that Ollie would be a pirate. He's becoming increasingly obsessed with pirates and Captain Hook. He bought him has own sword and a Captain Hook hat. 

We only did our wards trunk or treat. Since I think it was 2 wards, it was crazy! Not my fav. Brady wanted to hand out candy for the trunk or treat. I kind of fought him on it, but he won. He made a Doctor Who TARDIS and wore a huge bow tie to go with it and set it up by our car. (I didn't get pictures of any of this.) He had fun, while I took Ollie around treat or treating. He looked pretty cute with his bucket going from car to car.

Yo ho, yo ho! A pirates life for me!

Brady needed to wear a costume to work on Halloween and found instruction online on how to make your own beard out of yarn. So he made one very luxurious beard.
Ollie did wake up on the morning of the ward party with a cold, so he, and us since then, have been fighting it ever since. Super booger house.

This month has been the adjustment month. At the end of September Brady switched careers. He is now working at an Assisted Living facility that his dad runs. He's currently helping with activities right now but is going to start management/administrative training this month so he can move into a more desirable position. 

It's been an adjustment for both of us. Of course it's a completely different career and environment than Brady is used to. This isn't his dream career, by a long shot. We just decided together that the never ending money struggles we've had for the past 3 years has been too exhausting to keep up with. We've been fine, and our debt is going down, but we've had 1 actual vacation in those 3 years. One! With no hope for another one in the future. We need wiggle room, and with this new job, hopefully we'll get that soon.

I'm now a normal 8am-5pm mom. I've always had Brady around during the day, so I've been having to cope with learning how to parent Ollie all over again, by myself. It gets frustrating and lonely. I struggle in the friend department so I have no social life to speak of.

Anyways, so now I'm in 'prepare for baby mode'. Today I'm officially in the 3rd trimester, 28 weeks. This pregnancy has been a difficult one for me. Not health-wise, but in other ways. But that's another blog post, or not, I haven't decided.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Some Fun Stuff...

Well, we've been busy. Last week we went to Safford for cousin Mallory's wedding to Alex. It was a great ceremony and it was fun to go to the Gila Valley Temple again. It was my first time since the open house. 

Photo Bombed!

The day before we had our big ultrasound to find out what our baby is going to be and the not so big surprise, to me, was that it's a boy! Most people were sure it was going to be a girl. So Ollie is getting a brother, but of course, he doesn't understand that.
After the ultrasound, we gave the pictures to Ollie to look at. He sure did study them, and wouldn't give them back. "Mine!" He calls the pictures the "baby doctors", since we went to a "baby doctor" to get them. We try to correct him by saying it's his "baby brother".
An exciting thing in our house this week is that we finally laid down a carpet that Grandma and Grandpa Bingham had given us a while ago. They had left over remnants from when they got new carpet and were kind enough to give it all to us. It's so nice and Ollie sits on the floor all the time and says "soft, soft".

So to end off, here is my 20 week pregnancy, wet haired, picture. 

Monday, August 12, 2013


Here we go into July! And August! 

We spent 4th of July hanging out with Sarah. We went to dinner and set off some fireworks in the backyard. We then went to a park to watch the fireworks in Mesa. Ollie had a fun time this year and was obsessed with fireworks for a week after. 

Brady and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary on July 11th. Since it was 7-11 free slurpee day and we're short on cash, we got a slurpee and had dinner at Chik-fil-a.

Later in July we headed up to Utah for the Gillman Family Reunion. We drove up with Brady's dad, Blake, in his car to save on gas. The drive up was uneventful. Ollie did pretty good on the way up but he got cranky every once and while since he didn't sleep much the night before. Brady's mom, Cindy, met us up there by motorcycle since she is in the middle of another motorcycle adventure.

I took this picture when Brady said that the clouds looked like the clouds from Toy Story.

 The day after we arrived in Lindon, we went to check out the cows that Grandpa and some other family members raise for beef. 

Ollie loved the cows and asked to see them every day we were there.

We then went to see the horse that the neighborhood seems to share.

Ollie loved seeing the horses, but freaked out if it got too close.

Later we would take a train ride from American Fork to Farmington to visit Brady's Aunt Cynda and Uncle Dan Limb.

Ollie was in heaven.

The next day was the reunion. We hardly knew anyone so Ollie just played around with other kids there until his nap time, then we headed back to the house.

The always needed four generation picture. L to R: Jvar Gillman, Blake Gillman, Oliver Gillman, Brady Gillman

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and went out to eat at the famous "Chuck-a-Rama" or as Brady calls it, "Upchuck-a-Rama". It's a buffet that Grandma and Grandpa love.

Grandpa's old barn.

Trying out Mamie's bike.

The next day was goodbyes and the drive back home.

In Kanab, UT, they were having some kind of Ford Model T car show.

Southern Utah
Northern Arizona

Ollie did great on the ride home. The last hour was the hardest, he just wanted to go to "my house". It was pretty cute.

August has been low key because we're expecting baby #2(!), so I've been out of sorts, since this pregnancy has taken every lick of energy out of me. Poor Ollie doesn't really understand why his mom has been so out of it. We're excited though. We find out the gender in a few weeks and other exciting things are coming up for us.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I know, lame blogger. But I'm far from the worst, so whatever.

May 9th, I turned 30. The big 3-0. Not as bad as I thought it would be. Most people still think I'm younger than I am, so it's all good.

Brady got me an awesome portfolio that I can put my best drawings in. I love it.

Mother's Day was great. Brady made me an amazing video. I bawled after first seeing it and watched it 15 more times that day. He also made me eggs benedict for breakfast. (The only way I like my eggs.)
Since the hot has officially arrived here, we got the always awesome plastic pool. Ollie loves it so far.

 Ollie has really been into coloring and drawing lately, it's pretty cute.

Something about Ollie: for a while now, his favorite song has been Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys. It's funny and cute, and sometime annoying, since he insists on hearing it everyday. Thank goodness for headphones.

Another thing: Ollie has really been in love with all things Mickey Mouse or "Gickey Mouse" as he calls him. I love it and love Netflixing the old Disney cartoons for him to watch.

I love Ollie as a 2 year old. He's learning everyday and is quite funny. He's such a joy.

P.S. I love this man as well. Beard and all.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Birthday Happened

I'm such a terrible blogger nowadays, but I'm not the worst so moving on. Brady had a birthday. It was on General Conference Sunday and we celebrated the whole weekend. I thought of the perfect gift for him.
Warhammer 40K models to add to his army. He loves building and painting these. Ollie gave him a day to go play the game at the hobby shop.
Brady chose Joe's Real BBQ for dinner. We had never been there so it was interesting, but delicious. I fell in love with their BBQ chicken. MMmm.

That night, when I asked Brady what he wanted to do for fun, he just wanted to be home with his family and watch a movie together. We watched some Season 1 of Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes 2 after Ollie went to bed.

On Sunday after conference we went over to Brady's parents for some dinner and homemade ice cream (rocky road, Brady's fav). Blake had also gotten Brady a cupcake from some place called Gigi's cupcakes. There was more frosting than cake, they tasted ok.

Other than that, we're just living. Ollie and I have been trying to keep busy each evening after Brady goes to work. Now that it's getting warmer outside, our options are becoming limited. 

Playing with his potato a couple weeks ago. He's now over it.

Playing with the trains at the book store. He loves it, especially when other kids come play too.