The Ence Gang

The Ence Gang

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Round Up 2015

January 2015! A new year, a new family member, and lots of great new experiences to be had! Here's the extra bits of our January from my phone.
We got a portable, foldable bathtub for Adelaide since our house doesn't have one. Bladen enjoys it as well and broke it in for his little sister.
I love everything about this photo. The cute baby, her crazy hair, and the super contrasting colors and patterns. What a cutie.

 Deric and I have a new obsession tradition. Every Saturday morning we go get paczki doughnuts from Eckloff's bakery down the street. They are polish doughnuts that they serve for a limited time, until Lent. They are filled with either raspberry jelly or bavarian cream or lemon curd, and the outside is more crispy or something than a regular doughnut. If you ever come across them in your lifetime, EAT ONE!
 This is a regular sight eat night, my child sleeps crazy!
Another new obsession hobby has been made. Deric got a remote control helicopter for Christmas from his parents. Now there are always helicopters flying around my house, and trips to the hobby store to look longingly at ones he wants and can't get.
Another food picture, shocker! Chipotle has a special place in my life. That place is my stomach.
I tried the tacos for the first time, they were delicious. I still dig the burrito the best though.
When I'm out in public and need to nurse Adelaide, I usually find a dressing room to feed her in (I refuse to nurse in the bathroom, gross). I always grab something to "try on" and bring it in with me and often I end up wanting whatever it is. I thought this shirt was cute.

I so dislike that face at the bottom in anything I see it with online. But I liked this too much not to take a picture of it to remember. Harry Potter forever.
I also saw this one on my Instagram. How rude! It's like the universe is against pregnant people. "Oh yes, you will likely maim your unborn child or stunt their growth horribly if you even think about sleeping on your right side. SO YOU'D BETTER SLEEP ON YOUR LEFT! But never mind the horrible nightmares you will undoubtedly have." -Leading experts, or something. Jerks.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ence Grandparents Visit and Christmas #2

We got to have TWO Christmas's this year. We saved all our presents from Grandma and Granddad so that we could open them when they came in January. I think they were mostly excited about meeting their new granddaughter and spending time with Bladen.
While Bladen was in school, we got to go to breakfast where Adelaide was ooed and awed over by everyone.
When Bladen got home from school we finally had our second Christmas and it didn't disappoint. Bladen was so happy and excited!
 Deric got a helicopter and a new hobby. Bladen likes to try to fly it as well, it's tough.
Grandma's favorite activity was to hold Addie as she was sleeping. It was safe to say between Grandma and Granddad that Adelaide was held plenty!
Bladen played all sorts of fun things with Granddad, he enjoyed bowling!
 I think Bladen's favorite activity was to go to the bounce house for the first time! He enjoyed figuring out all the different structures.
 And then of course Adelaide had her blessing day and it was very special.
We loved having Grandma and Granddad fly all the way out here to spend some time with us, we had such a great time! Love you guys!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bladen's Lenny Moment

It is a big understatement to say that Bladen loves his sister. He has transitioned so well with this big new change. He loves to hold her and to talk to her and is often giggling at everything she does. He loves when I make her "talk" to him, where I just say in my regular voice, "Adelaide says..." It's terrible when he is sick because we try to not share germs and all he wants to do is kiss her goodnight and give her a hug. He is a great big brother and is always helping me when I ask.

I have to admit I had a hard time for a little bit after Adelaide was born. I've never regretted her being here, she is a perfect addition to our family. But it's weird how things change, and I felt sad and maybe a little guilty that things were so different for Bladen now. He wasn't the only child anymore, he was going to have less attention and have to share his time. Gosh, it just made me sad and cry to think about it. It still actually makes me sad and tear up sometimes that it won't ever go back to the way that it was. I don't want it to, it's just like saying goodbye or shutting a door on an amazing part of my life, and it is for Bladen too. I think that's what makes it so sad for me. I love my Bladen Bug so much, and I would never want him to feel replaced or less special.

But as sad as it is, it is that much happier and brighter in our lives with Adelaide here. I don't think Bladen has been sad at all with the change, just very very loving.

We often have to remind Bladen to be soft, have soft touches, don't squeeze her, etc. He does really great. When I was getting ready for church last Sunday, I turned around to see Bladen full body hugging Adelaide. It was so cute. But as I gently reminded him not to squeeze and to remember to be soft, all I could think of was Lenny from Of Mice and Men, where he squeezes and kills mice. It kind of made me chuckle. I also thought of the WB's abominable snowman when he says, "I will hug him and squeeze him and call him George." haha

Cutest thing ever.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Name and a Blessing

Adelaide Lucy Ence was blessed and given a name by her father Deric Ence, and several other close friends and her Granddad Ence. Deric was less nervous this time blessing Addie than he was Bladen, and she received a wonderful and heartfelt blessing. It was full of promises to have health and to grow in her life, spiritually, mentally, and physically. My favorite was how Deric blessed her to know who her mother was, and how much she cares for her. That we will have a special relationship as she grows. It completely warms my heart and excites me to see this little girl grow up and become close with her throughout her life.

It was a very special day and we were glad to have some family there with us, Deric's parents.

My mom made the dress and did such an amazing job. The dress was perfect, not too frilly, just the right amount. And my sister sent the headband and the ruffle-butt bloomers that aren't pictured. Karen, Deric's mom, gave us these really sweet little shoes that she wore. So everyone had a little bit of a hand in her blessing day, she looked perfect.

At the end of the blessing I figured Deric would show Adelaide off by holding her up a bit so the congregation could see her, as per tradition. But much to my surprise he held her up high above his head Lion King style, like Rafiki and Simba.

Everyone laughed, and I said out loud (mostly to myself), "Well that wasn't irreverent at all..." Karen leaned over and said, "Well he's an Ence." So yes, that's about right. Funny and irreverent = an Ence. Haha, it was pretty funny. But you could see the spark of brilliancy of his idea on his face, right before he lifted her up. I'm not sure I even had time to think to myself, oh here we go...

It was a great day though and Adelaide did great during the blessing. She sneezed a couple times and just hung out smiling while all those wonderful priesthood holders bounced her up and down.

They asked me to bare my testimony and I did. I expressed my gratitude for the love and generosity of the people there in this ward, for a loving Heavenly Father who has blessed us immensely with a loving, growing family and everything we need. I testified of my faith and knowledge that my little family will be together forever because of Deric and I's temple marriage. I am so grateful for that knowledge and for my faith that Heavenly Father will bless me with the things that I stand in need of, it really keeps me going through hard times. (When is life not hard? Goodness.)

I love my little baby full of joy. She is already my new best friend and I can't wait to learn and grow with her. After all, I have so much to learn about all the new "girly" stuff I am sure she is bound to love. Bring on the purses, makeup, nail polish, frilly skirts, and whatever else comes with girl territory. Everything except too much glitter.


Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Favorites!

2014 was a pretty good year! Here are some of my favorites!


Marble run family fun


The happiest news and freezing sleigh rides
New firsts: Pineapple and washing the car
New York, New York!!!
 Grammy and Papa visit
We found out we were having a GIRL!!!
Fathers Day pies (epically good) and pool parties
Girls Camp and a trip to Utah to visit family!
 Which also means COSTA VIDA! I love food. So. Dang. Much.
More family in Utah and Bladen preparing for school! (That's a "B" he wrote in salt.)
Not a lot happened in August besides us waiting around to hear if we were moving here or there. So we hung out and packed.
We also went bowling and this happened... I still think it's hilarious.
Bladen started Pre-K this year!
And we ended up moving here rather than there!

Oh ya know, we had a baby...
Grammy and Papa came to visit and play!
And we enjoyed Halloween!
Babies and snow playing!
Cousin and family time!!!
Cute babies and best friend reunions!
2014 was a pretty great year, but I think 2015 will have it beat!
Happy New Year!