Friday, June 13, 2014

Codi is TWO!


Codi, oh Codi. I can't believe she's 2! Although the terrible twos have hit with a serious vengeance. This girl is a strong broad. She can throw a great tantrum, something Caleb never did at that age, and she KNOWS what she wants. Codi is giving us a run for our money, yet she redeems herself because she is HILARIOUS! She is also incredibly sweet and loving...thankfully. Otherwise we would be pulling our hair out with this lady. 

One of my favorite things she does is when she is being bugged, she will say "go away Anna." Anyone who has seen "Frozen" knows how funny that is. It cracks me up every time. 

When she gets in trouble (which is often), she will frequently SHHHH us. She will put her finger to her mouth and SHHH us as we are talking to her. It makes me laugh EVERY time. 

While this girl is naughty, she is also sweet as honey. The primary kids got up to sing on mothers day. When they were done singing, as Caleb was walking down the isle, Codi got away from us yelling who knows what. She ran down the isle and fell into brother's arms as if they had been apart for years. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. Our ward LOVED it! She is like a dog that way. We can go out to get the mail, and she will greet us with much excitement as we walk back in the house. I love this about her. The girl definitely does not lack enthusiasm. 

Codi ADORES her daddy. When Dan is home, she will snuggle him several times throughout the evening and say "Daddy's home!" She has Dan wrapped around her finger.

Codi is an absolute chatter box. She can parrot anything we ask her to say. I love it. There was a woman who came into the gym talking to one of the workers in the daycare, she said "Como estas". Codi looked at her and perfectly said "Como estas" back. I love her little voice other than when she screams. She still has the awful high pitched scream! I sure hope she grows out of that. 

Codi is fearless when it comes to people. She has such confidence in the world around her. She will sometimes pretend she is shy, but it is all a part of her game. She knows how to work a person to fall for her. I love that she loves people. 

We are continually filled with gratitude that this little girl, our rainbow baby finally made her way to our family. Her life is an absolute miracle, and she has added so much to our family. There is no one like her. She is so dang lovable most the time, and continually has us laughing. I adore this girl, and pray I can raise this powerful woman into what she was sent here to be. She has such a presence in this world. I think she is going to be a world changer! Love you baby girl!!!!!




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kiddos Wrestling!


I know this is boring to most, but had to post it. I love their relationship. Caleb is so patient with Codi (most the time). Love my littles!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Living in a Hand, Foot, & Mouth Hell...


On Monday night Codi came down with a 102 fever (the highest either of my kids have ever had). It was a long night. The next morning she woke up with spots all over her face. Well, they got a ton worse the next day and started to show on her feet and hands, poor thing. It was a disaster. Usually when kids are sick, they sleep. She did not sleep.

On Wednesday night Dan was at the hospital until midnight. Codi was still freaking out, and I was losing my mind (after 2 nights of little to no sleep). When he got home close to 1, he could tell I was a mess. I don't do well without sleep. Honestly, Heavenly Father knows that in order for us to keep having children, he needed to send me good sleepers. Thankfully my kids are usually good sleepers even while sick, but not with this brutal bug...ugh. Dan took over, and I was able to go to bed. I woke up around 9am, and felt like a new woman! Dan stayed in Codi's room sleeping with her the whole night. Bless that man. I sent him a text the next day about how I felt he saved me...ha. I'm not cut out for all nighters. Good thing I'm not the doctor. 

This was taken when her face was a ton better. It was so bad! 


We were hoping Caleb wouldn't get it because we were sure he had previously had HFMD. Well, come to find out, you can get different strains. On Thursday when I got Caleb from the bus, I could tell something was wrong. He was burning up. Poor dude had a temp of 103, the new high for our family. He came home and fell asleep on this chair. He has been miserable.

Now I know why Codi has been such a pain. He has been able to voice the pain she was feeling poor thing. I am so ready for this to be over. We have been house bound since Tuesday. The kids have had WAY too much screen time (which Caleb loves), and we've been eating "kids food" which is rare in this house. Whoever gave us the virus deserves a round house kick to the face!

This makes me so grateful for our health. My kids get colds, but generally don't get hit with illness. I am also so grateful for sleep, and a husband that was able to step up (he usually isn't able to) when I needed him most.

Sadly we will be missing family/cousin time with grandparents coming into town this weekend. We have to keep our kiddos quarantined. Crappy timing. Just glad we are at least on the upswing!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Little Miss Sassy Pants

This girl, this girl. I know I shouldn't think this is funny, but she cracks us up. She can be SO SWEET yet SOOOO SASSY! We've watched this video several times, and Codi cracks up every time thinking it is so hilarious. It won't be very funny when she does this in 14 years...

 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gorgeous Weather

 We have had a blast the last couple of days walking the 2 mile round trip to the lake and back. It is unusually warm and sunny for the PNW this time of year. We had to take advantage. It is so refreshing to get out and play with my kids. I love watching them have fun together and be entertained. What I love most is to watch their fearlessness and toughness. I wont get in the cold water, but that doesn't stop these two!
 Last night we went to cousin Jake's baseball game. Here the kids are playing with Emmy. 
We are sure going to miss our Issaquah cousins. 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gracie Girl


We got Gracie shaved for the spring/summer yesterday. I LOVE when she is shaved. She is soft, cute, and doesn't shed. I pet her way more frequently, and just like having her around.

We have trained Gracie to not go upstairs because of her shedding, and I just think it is good to have boundaries. But tonight I called her upstairs to do the bedtime routine, and Gracie was THRILLED and so were the kids. Caleb begged to have Gracie sleep with him tonight, so we caved. How cute are they!? She was thrilled to be allowed on a bed since she isn't allowed on any furniture. It seems we have a great incentive for a positive consequence now! I love seeing a boy and his dog!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him, I get to be with these little miracles forever! Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Baby Hoopes #3!


After we had been trying for quite some time for Caleb, it wasn't until my sister Megan left on her mission when we finally saw those two lines. She claims Caleb is hers, and I don't blame her. I know her service is what helped us get him into our family. I've always felt very strongly about that. She offered a blessing the day she went to the MTC that I will never forget. Instead of blessing her mission, and her upcoming life change, she blessed me that my womb would be filled, and that we could finally become parents. That sweet prayer was answered 2 weeks after Megan left on her mission. 

Having my parents leave on a two year mission was difficult for all of us. I made the joke that if we are going to sacrifice my parents for 2 years, I better get a baby out of it. After the heartache of trying to get Codi into our family, the thought of doing that all again seemed so daunting. Little did I know how quickly we would see the blessings of their missionary service.

In the middle of January, I ordered a bunch of ovulation kits/pregnancy tests from the company that I had ordered from a bazillion times with Caleb and Codi. I started testing around the time ovulation should have occurred, but never tested positive. I figured I wasn't ovulating and thought "here we go again." 

A couple weeks later on my birthday I decided I would take a test "just in case." I figured by some SMALL chance I was pregnant, how cool would it be to find out on my birthday. When I saw a very faint second line I couldn't believe it. I ended up taking 4 tests that day. It was seriously the best birthday present ever! It ended up being the sweetest birthday I've ever had. What a gift!

Caleb was able to tell Dan because when I told him I was going to tell Dad at dinner, he was way too sad about it. He wanted to see Dan find out! Dan was SHOCKED and so so so happy! We were giddy little kids for the rest of the night. We still can't believe it. 

With my history, worry set in. The ecstatic honeymoon phase wore off pretty quickly. But I mostly felt hope. It just seemed like such a huge blessing I couldn't imagine it being taken away. How could we have gotten pregnant the first try? That doesn't happen to us! My parents had only been out a week, and we. were. blessed!

Which brings me to the first "meeting." I had my first midwife appointment on Monday and was so nervous. They were darling, and after going through all of my history, and how excited we were for this baby, they were just as excited as I was when we saw baby's HEARTBEAT! I cry just thinking about it. I am filled with such gratitude for this gift we've been given. The ease has been amazing to experience (other than I feel like poo, hence my lack of blogging). This doesn't happen to us, and we feel so grateful we get to experience it this way! Out of 7 pregnancies, this is the first to happen on its own without multiple meds. 

Below is the email I sent to my parents after the appointment. I wanted to post it here to keep record of it. Life is good, and we pray all will continue as it has! 

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March 31, 2014

Went to my first midwife appointment today. I was so nervous going in because of the fear of reliving seeing a baby with no hear beat. Well, everything is PERFECT!!! It was amazing seeing that little beating heart. We can't believe how easily this little one has come into our family. We know it is a direct blessing from mom and dad serving in London! 

Yesterday as I was looking at instagram, I saw a name of a little girl that I just knew was the name of our daughter the second I saw it. I was wrong about sex last time, and I might be wrong again this time, but I really think  this is a girl. If it is, her name will be London Andrea Hoopes. I love the name, but the meaning makes it even more special. Couldn't think of a better name for this miraculous little baby. Now lets hope it really is a girl;-).

Love you all and am so grateful for your love, prayers, and support. It looks like we really will be welcoming a baby come this October/November. We are SO EXCITED!!!!!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tubby!


This girl loves her tubby. Almost every time I change a poopy diaper she says "tubby". Glad Dan got this on video!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Playing Hooky!

The beginning of last week was rough with Caleb. My patience has been extremely short with him, and I am constantly feeling guilty for how I react to him. One particularly rough morning he said "Mom, you don't even play with me anymore." That hurt my heart.

Since Caleb started school, our schedule is the same every day. I run my errands while Caleb is at school, we go to the gym, and do the basic necessary activities that need to be done. Add rainy weather, and we have a recipe for a boring mundane life I suppose. In New Mexico we would frequently go to the zoo, park, playgroup, etc. so when I heard those words, I heard the cry from a little guy that missed his fun mom.

We woke up Friday of last week, and the sun was shining! It was such a beautiful day. I decided there were more important things than school. We played hooky! We quickly ate breakfast, got ready, and headed up the canyon to do the Twin Falls hike (about 3 miles there and back). It. Was. A. BLAST! So gorgeous, we were the only ones there, and my kiddos and dog were in Heaven! The trail was closed at .75 miles due to a land slide which would have been a huge bummer if I followed rules. We climbed over the fence(s) and were able to enjoy the entire gorgeous hike. Caleb hiked it like a champ, and Codi was my little chatter box buddy on my back. Afterward, we decided it was a special occasion to try out an authentic Thai restaurant I've been really wanting to try. Caleb LOVED it!

It was one of those magical days that don't come up very often. I'm so grateful that we as parents can make it up to our kids at times. I often feel like I am not parenting the way I'm supposed to, and it breaks my heart. Sometimes my kids drive me nuts, and the guilt, oh the guilt. But the day we ditched school together was a day that all was right with the world. Hopefully I can continue to break out of our routine here and there to create such beautiful memories with my littles!

I wish the video showed it more clearly, but here is our little Codi flirting with the people sitting near us. She is a CHARACTER! This girl is just TOO MUCH! We adore her! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Nature, The BEST Gym!


Saturday always starts with my GRIT class followed by either Yoga or Body Pump...always. I am very anal about my gym time. Sometimes too anal. It is my release, and keeps me happy and healthy. Dan has been taking Caleb to his ski lessons on Saturday morning which has been so helpful. He has been trying to talk me into going up with them, but the thought of chasing around a toddler in the snow for 2 hours and missing my workout did not sound fun.

Last Saturday morning he finally convinced me to skip out on the gym and head up the mountain. There was only one requirement, that we bring the snow shoes! If I would have thought about it before, we would have been doing it EVERY week!

It. was. AWESOME! It was breathtakingly gorgeous, and Codi had a blast! I carried Codi so I could get a good workout, and LOVED having that little chatter box on my back. She is a character. The entire hike we only heard happy sounds from the little lovey. She loved it. Not to mention our Gracie was in absolute Heaven.

I needed that time in nature. It is part of who I am. Since having children and Dan being so busy, I have gotten in a routine that works. Breaking out of my routine can be hard because I am so single focused at times. It was exactly what I needed. Nature is the best gym. You better believe we are going to take advantage of Caleb's last ski lesson on Saturday! Me, Dan, and my lovely lady are going snowshoeing!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Caleb's Valentine

 Above is a picture of the Valentine's Day card Caleb and his classmates were asked to make for someone they love. I'm sure most kids in the class made theirs for their mom or dad. Maybe a grandma or grandpa. But I had to giggle when I opened Caleb's card to find to whom he loved and made his card for.
Gracie has been with us since Caleb was 2 months old. He will never know life without her until she finishes hers. This card was a reminder of why I put up with the endless shedding that I HATE with a passion. Other than her shedding, she really is such a good girl. We really hit the jackpot with this ugly mutt rescue! Thank you Gracie for loving us. I know you mean a lot to a certain little boy! 

Love Is All You Need!

Here is our family greeting card we mailed out to family and friends. It is such a pain to get it all together, but once you start gathering addresses, and putting them in the mail, it is all worth it. It was so much fun going through all of the people who have blessed our lives over the years. It reminded me why we go through the hassle of doing it. I wish we had been diligent in doing it every year. My only regret is that I was cheap. I only ordered a small amount. There are several people we weren't able to mail it to. Bummed. So I am posting it here as a record. I also loved doing it this month because it is so low stress! I think a Valentine's day card will become our family tradition! But next year I will order at least 50 more. Below was what we printed on the back of the card. Happy Valentine's day to all! We love you! 
How in the world has it been 5 years since our last update? A lot has happened in the last 5 years. Dan finished his orthopedic surgery residency in July. Albuquerque, New Mexico was good to us and definitely became home for our little family. We miss it every day. We are now living in Seattle for fellowship (sub-specializing in lower extremity). The best part about Seattle is that we get to spend a year living near Steve’s family (Dan’s brother). Can't believe we are 6 months away from finishing up training. It has been a very long difficult, fun, and adventurous road. I am incredibly proud of all the hard, exhausting work Dan has put in the last 10 years. It has been a huge sacrifice for the whole family, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
WE ARE GOING HOME! At the ripe old age of 37 Dan will start his first “real” job with Central Utah Clinic in Provo, Utah! There is a long story behind it, but it was an unexpected blessing and miracle that Dan ended up getting what had been his unavailable dream job. We are thrilled and excited to raise our children with many of their cousins and grandparents (currently serving a mission in London, England) nearby. But let’s be honest, we are also very excited for the SKIING! Dan starts September 1st, which means all of August will be our much needed family time!
 Caleb is in kindergarten and loving it. He is also the sweetest big brother. Not many things move me more than seeing our children love each other. He often says how he wishes Codi would stay this age forever because he is so smitten with her (most of the time).
Speaking of Codi, on June 4, 2012 she was born at home. Her coming into our family has been the highlight of the last 5 years. Getting that feisty babe to us required much heartbreak, patience, loss, tears, and faith. She was worth the wait. We adore her and pray we can grow our family by at least one more.
We know a Valentine's card is random, but besides my laziness to get something out before Christmas, we thought it was very fitting. It really is all about love. I want you to know that if you are getting this card from us, you are loved, and we have felt your love for us. We want deeply to thank you for the love and support you have given us over the years. Know that you have blessed our lives. Happy Valentine's Day!

Much LOVE, 


The Hoopes                                                                                               February 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Horse+Dog=bestillmyheart


Anyone who knows me knows about my love of horses. You can imagine why I absolutely ADORE the Budweiser commercials. They make me cry. Seeing these draft horses running takes my breath away. The barn? I yearn to be there. I love everything about these commercials. Then you add a dog, and it is a perfect storm.

I suppose my love has been inherited by my son. He watched this commercial close to 40 times yesterday while I made dinner. He had tears in his eyes and really felt the message (minus the beer...ha). Yesterday I realized I really might have to have a farm. Not just for me, but for him. Horses really are good for the soul!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cutest Baby Ever!


This girl kills us daily. She is such a hilarious, sassy, sweet, naughty little munchkin. Caleb frequently says "I wish she would stay this age forever". We love our Codi Joyce!

When she says "owie" after I tell her to say Caleb, it's because he accidentally bit her when she was giving him a bite of her corn tortilla. He felt so bad that he put himself in timeout.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Source


We get a free Issaquah newspaper a couple times a week, and I find it annoying. We don't read it, and it ends up in the recycle. Such a waste of resources. Caleb loves it though. He gets so excited to get it and put it on Dan's desk thinking that Dad will be excited to read it.

Yesterday morning I got a knock on my door. It was my neighbor. She was ticked. She went on to tell me that Caleb has been stealing their newspaper a couple times a week. They finally found out who was doing it when they saw him run across the street. It all made sense why there were sometimes thick papers on Dan's desk. I. Was. Mortified. I apologized profusely. I headed upstairs to find Caleb. He was hiding under his bed and I'm pretty sure he heard the whole conversation.

We started talking about it, and he was shaking. I knew I didn't need to get mad because he was so embarrassed and feeling horrible already. I asked him why he did it. He was doing it for Dad. I asked him why it wasn't OK to take their paper, and he understood that it was because he was stealing. I knew he would not do it again, and went in to talk to Dan (who was still sleeping) about it.

Caleb was beside himself. He could not handle the emotion he was feeling. He was running around hiding in our closet, then coming out, going into our bathroom, roaming. We kept trying to calm him down so we could talk. He could not sit. He was devastated. Dan finally forced him to come into bed with us. He had to physically pick him up (while Caleb resisted and squirmed to get away) and bring him into our bed. We kept telling him that it would be OK. He made a mistake, but he can be better. We went on to share times where we made mistakes as children. He finally calmed down, but was visibly shaken from the experience.

The lesson in YW later that day was on how to create a Christ centered home. The teacher handed out scripture verses for each of us to read. The one I was given was not by chance. I knew it the second I read it.

2Nephi 26: And we atalk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we bprophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our cchildren may know to what source they may look for a dremission of their sins.

 I felt strongly that I needed to share the experience of that morning. Especially the part about how he was so devastated and how he was hiding. My heart was sad, yet filled with the spirit. My prayer and probably one of the greatest hopes of my heart is that my children will know as to what source to look to for a remission of their sins. My hope is that my sweet son will not allow the pain and anguish to overtake him and force him into hiding.

This was one of my favorite and most used verses on my mission. Little did I know the impact it would have on me on a certain Sunday morning in the future.

God spoke to my heart. I am so grateful for the atonement. I am so grateful that through Christ, we can stand tall and be forgiven. We do not have to hide. I am grateful that I was given this message today, and I pray that we were able to teach this to our son. This was such a great reminder during this time of year when we get to celebrate His birth. God is good.

Update: Dan posted a comment that I want on this post because I thought it was so dear. Love the man who is the father of my babies!

Dan: Caleb experiences things very deeply. I don't think I remember having the kind of understanding of guilt and repentance that he has gained. Even though these kind of experiences are hard, they're nowhere near as hard as if we have to learn them when we're older and the stakes are much higher. 

Thanks, Bri, for capturing the feeling of the morning and the anguish he was going through while he came to grips with the fact that even though you are doing something with good intentions, it can still be wrong. Like you said, I hope we aren't too hard on him and that the teachings of Christ and repentance overpower the Enemy's teachings of hiding, secrecy, and shame. I hope that when I come to the great and last day that I remember it also and don't try to hide in closets, bathrooms and laundry hampers, just because I can't bear the sight of a Father that I think is disappointed in me. He loves us and just wants to hold us and help us to know that it CAN be ok and that we CAN feel forgiven and eventually feel whole, clean, and pure in His presence. I know, because I felt it myself yesterday from the other side of the relationship.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gym

I love to work out. It has always been a big part of my life and is necessary for my mental/physical health. I need it. All I have to say is that my gym here in Issaquah is amazing. I know it sounds cheesy, but it has been a huge blessing for me in this transition of leaving everything we knew and loved to come to a place we would only be for a year. My classes rock. They push me. I am frequently sore, and the classes are helping me get my body back (I've lost 12 pounds in the last 2 months)!

Here is a video on one of the classes I take 3 times a week. Jealous? You should be:-). It is a blast. I WISH the Gold's in Orem had GRIT. I plan to work my hardest to get them to bring it in. I will miss my gym and the girls there when we move.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween 2013

One more Halloween down! I love Halloween. It was pretty low key this year though. This is the first Halloween that Dan has missed since Caleb was born. Not sure how we've made it this long. He was able to get home in time to see them in their costumes though. It was a fun night, but I was surprised how few trick or treaters were in our neighborhood. Today I realized that Halloween isn't nearly as fun when I'm not eating candy right now:-(. We are sending 90% of Caleb's candy to the hospital with Dad tomorrow. Best part is, Caleb didn't even blink an eye when we said for him to choose a few pieces and put the rest in a bowl to take to the hospital. Love that boy! 

Unfortunately the days of  choosing Caleb's costumes are over. We've had a good run, but this year he wanted to be batman. I still think he's cute! As for the little lady? I think she is the cutest monster around! Anyone who knows Codi will understand why this is so funny. She IS a monster! Although she seems to be growing out of some of her monstrous behaviors! 
The kids often dance when we leave the gym because there is music playing outside. I think they are adorable!