January Days

We survived January with ease this year.  It actually is usually our healthiest month of the winter for whatever reason.  Annie did get Roseola virus at the beginning of the month.  But that was about all we had go through the house.  We had a couple of big snow storms.  And Dan was able to take the kids night skiing once to enjoy it.   Luke graduated from the backpack and now is an independent skier!  So fun!  Jack played a round of basketball.  He has improved so much with his dribbling and shooting.  It was very fun to watch him excel.  I took hardly any pictures this whole month.  Oops.

This little Annie is the meanest to her siblings.  She growls when the approach her, pushes them away if they try to hug her, and in general wants nothing to do with them.  It is so sad.  So we had to document the loves she gave Sophs one day.

Sophie is the sweetest and such a helper.  She brought a whole tea party one day for her and Annie.

Our besties, the Cranes invited us to sit courtside at the BYU game one night.  It was really quite amazing and so fun.  It came with a complimentary meal before the game and unlimited snacks at halftime.  Pretty sweet hook up.

This girl in the bath!  It is like a waterpark.  Every single thing gets soaked.  It is not my favorite.

Dan and I ordered new ski goggles.  They had great reviews so we went for it.  When they came I was very excited!  Until I put them on and almost died.  The were huge.  Like over the top humungous.  Needless to say, I returned mine.  Dan’s actually looked great so it was a good find for him.

Stinker face by this little sass.

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December Randoms

December sickies.  Annie had an ear infection early on in December and then just 2 days later caught a stomach bug that spread to Luke, me and Dan.  Blah.  About a week later Sophie was diagnosed with strep throat.  Thankfully she was the only victim.  Towards the end of the month Luke and Annie both had a goopy eye disease for about a week.  No fun!

This year we were able to take the older kids to the Tabernacle Choir concert.  It was a fun time downtown and the music was so lovely.  The only bummer was the Sophie was starting to get sick with her strep so she wasn’t quite herself.  But we still had a great time.

First set of piggy tails.  And trying to cast spells with her new Harry Potter wand from Grandpa.

This boy melts me always.  He was all in on everything Christmas this year and it was so fun.  He also always wants to try on the kids glasses at Costco.  He looks pretty handsome.

These kids are truly great friends.  There are conflicts everyday especially between the boys.  But they do love to be together.

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Standing Up

The whole last part of December and all of January we have been working with our Annie on pulling up.  We decided that we would give her until her 13 month birthday to truly have it figured out before we would pursue physical therapy.  And slowly but surely she has truly caught on.  She now pulls up with ease and walks her legs in to get a more comfortable stance.  We are now trying to help her start to cruise along the furniture.  But she made great progress this month.

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Ski Day

On the last day of Christmas break we took the kids for a full ski day.  It was bitter cold that day.  But thankfully the sun was out and it wasn’t too bad.  We went with the Cranes and it was such a good time.  The kids did amazing.  Jack and Sophie are pretty independent little skiers and Luke is really getting the hang of it.  So fun!

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Christmas 2018

Christmas Sunday kiddos!  It took Annie some warming up after handing her over to Sophie.  She was not happy about me giving her away.  Oh dear!

We had a great Christmas Eve.  The kids decorated sugar cookies for Santa.  We went to Grandma Pett’s that night.  Sophie was able to play some Christmas songs in the family talent show.  And Jack was Joseph in the nativity and was able to carry Santa’s bag which was fun.  I actually missed out on most of it because Annie had a blow out all over herself and me right after dinner.  I didn’t have any extra clothes for her or me (obviously).  So I packed her up and ran her home to bathe her and get her in clean clothes.  I got back in time to pick everyone up to come home.  That night we watched a Christmas movie and then it was off to bed.  The kids sent out their goodies for Santa and slept the night away.

Christmas morning was so fun!  We had a great time as a family.  The kids were so excited to get a new iPad for the family since our old one was 7 years old!  They were also happy when they opened the Nintendo Switch.  We had a fun morning.  That afternoon we had visits from Grandma, Grandpa and the Taylors.  We spent most of the afternoon with the Taylors eating good food, taking naps and playing games.  It was a great day.

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Happy Birthday Annie

Our baby girl turned 1 and we can all hardly believe it.  We love her so but she has for sure been our hardest baby.  She still loves to be held and taken all over the house so she can open cupboards and point at all the pictures.  She likes me to sit right on the floor with her while she plays.  She isn’t very nice to her siblings and usually pushes them away when they try to hold her or sit by her.  Its pretty sad.  I’m hoping one day she will open up to them more.  Although they can really get her laughing sometimes too.  She is still a picky eater.  I think it might be because of all the sicknesses she’s had this fall.  She’s had a stomach bug 3 times, 2 ear infections, and pneumonia.  So her appetite has really come and gone quite a lot.  She loves to scatter her food all over the floor from her high chair.  It is such a joy!  She has taken to milk quite nicely from her sippy cup so as soon as we finish up the last bit of formula we’ll be saying adios to the bottle.  She loves her binkie though so we might wait until our family trip to Disneyland before we take that away.  She is saying a few words that only we probably recognize–hi, bye, ought oh (she says Ah Ah), what’s that? (all run together), woof woof, and Jesus.  She says the sounds Mama and Dada but I’m not sure she knows who we are just yet.  She has no interest in walking or even pulling up to things.  She acts completely terrified when we stand her up to things even.  The doctor seemed semi-concerned and suggested that we think about physical therapy.  We decided to give her a month to make progress with more of an effort from us.  So hopefully she will come around.  Even though she is hard and challenges our patience for sure, she really does light up our world.  Happiest birthday my sweet Annie girl.  1 year stats: 20.6 lbs (60%), 30.5 inches (85%), 19 inch head (100%).


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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

In the days following Thanksgiving weekend I worked on getting the Christmas décor set up.  It is always a big accomplishment!  I love how cozy it makes the house feel.  We went and got our tree.  I love getting a real tree every year.  It is fun to pick it out and see how it looks once its inside.  Every year we say “this is the best one  yet”.  We might be right this year.

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November Wrap up

We had the biggest leaf pile yet this year.  It made Luke the happiest!

Luke came down with an ear infection and the start of bronchitis a couple days before Thanksgiving.  Thankfully the antibiotic was in full effect so that he felt good for the break.  Poor buddy.  It just doesn’t bode well that his tube fell out and he got an ear infection.  Round 3 of tubes might be on its way.

This little lady is growing so much.  She is on the move and loves torturing me by going over to the stairs.  I have tried to work with her but she still doesn’t get it.  So she keeps me on my toes.  She is also only eating table food these days when she will actually eat.  She is by far my worst eater.  But she is somehow growing.  She moved up to the big girl car seat and for the most part still cries every time I put her in the car.  She also had her first piggy tail this month.  Its just a little one but oh so cute!

A few random Luke shots…he got so sweaty in the Chick Fil-a play place that we could spike his hair up.  One night we were watching Captain America and he came upstairs in the full outfit and jumped around like he was Cap for the rest of the movie.

And finally our thankful turkey for the year.  We had a great Thanksgiving this year.  We were able to see the new Wreck It Ralph movie in the morning with Richard and the Trujillos.  It was awesome and so funny. And then we went to Grandma Pett’s for the meal which was great.  I love this holiday and being with family.


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Girls Trip

Way back in June my friends bought tickets to San Diego for a short girls trip all the way in mid November.   I was really hesitant about it since I have never left one of my babies at such a young age.  I didn’t know if I wanted to do it.  But Dan insisted that I go.  So I booked a ticket too.  The morning of our trip Luke threw up everywhere and I was a mess.  I couldn’t stop worrying and crying about leaving my kids behind especially when they weren’t feeling good.  Anyway I did it.  But with some trepidation for sure.  But I had a great time.  We stayed at a condo right on the beach in SD.  It was awesome.  We also spent a whole day at Disney which was magical and so, so fun with my friends.  We got there at 8 and stayed until midnight.  The rest of the time we spent on the beach and ate good food.  It was a nice getaway.  The morning of the day I was coming home Annie started throwing up at home.  So I couldn’t get home soon enough to take care of her.  I really love these sweet friends of mine.  And I especially love my family and husband.

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Happy Birthday Luke

Having a birthday the day after Halloween is kinda tricky!  I feel so spent after all the Halloween festivities that its hard to put a party together of any kind!  Good thing its my Luke that has the birthday because he is the most patient and sweet boy.  He really wanted to take a few of his friends to Classic Fun Center.  But I just couldn’t muster up the courage to do it.  Some of his buddies are a little more adventurous than him and I was sure I would lose one of them.  So we compromised and had a little birthday party at home with his friends in the morning and then went to Classic Fun Center that night as a family.  It was a great day for our 5 year old boy!  Luke continues to be a bright light in our house.  He is so sweet and happy.  He loves video games and playing Super Mario Bros.  He is a great drawer, is picking up on reading, an expert puzzler and a lover of the board game Sorry.  Actually he loves all board games.  He is loving preschool 3 days/week.  He loves to play anything with Sophie and is often begging her to play.  He loves to wrestle Jack and terrorize him.  And he adores little Ann O Anns (as he calls her).  I can’t say enough about what a joy he is.  He handles his life with ease which is not that easy!  I tell him all the time that he will always be my baby boy.  I’ve recently felt really sad about him growing up knowing that his adorable face will not always look this way.  And that his sweet voice will one day change.  It makes me cry.  I just love this little buddy so much!  5 year old stats: 38.8 lbs (45%), 40.5 inches tall (10%).



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