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.
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.
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.
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%).
Jack and I have been participating in the book club his teacher has put together this year. At this club meeting we played a game of baseball and discussed the book Honus and Me.
Devastated that he had 2 math papers for homework instead of one! Ha!
She’s completely on the move. Tackling Luke and trying to push the Xbox button. She loves opening the drawers in the TV stand and eating ever single crumb she can find. She is almost completely on to normal table food. And is by far my worst eater but is somehow growing!
While we were in California, we hired someone to paint all of our ceilings white and redo the banister. We love it!
One day after we got back from CA Jack started complaining about sores in his mouth. After about 2 days I took him in and he had Hand, Foot, Mouth disease. Yuck. Thankfully it stayed contained just with him. But he did have to miss our trip to the Red Barn, Grandma’s Halloween party and a few days of school which led to more homework than he wanted!
Pretty sunset on our family walk home from Swig one night.
“This is awesome.” Luke is getting good at sounding out words and attempting to spell. It makes me so happy.
We had some super warm days at the end of the month which meant more time spent outside on the blanket while the big kids ride their bikes and scooters.
We had a great Halloween! Annie was our best baby about carving pumpkins and just dove right in. Sophie designed and carved her own pumpkin all on her own. And Jack and I worked together on the Grimm Reaper. Dan did Spiderman for little Lukie. We had a great time walking around with our neighborhood friends and thankfully it wasn’t too cold for Annie to go out trick or treating with us! It was a fun night.
Over the Fall Break I was able to find a cheap deal on flights so that I could finally take the kids down to California to see their cousins who moved away over a year ago. I was so excited to surprise them with the trip. After they got up they had breakfast and got dressed like it was a normal school day. Then when they started to make their lunches I told them that they didn’t need to make a lunch because we were heading to the airport to fly to California. They were so excited. And we had a really great week visiting our family. We went to my parents house first for a couple of days. The kids enjoyed a morning at the park and playing with Grandma’s toys. And we of course took a trip to Sequoia for delicious cookies! After a few days we left for Redlands to surprise our cousins. I called Kara when we got to their house so that she could make sure all the boys were at the door to answer it when we knocked. The boys faces were priceless. They were so shocked. Isaac even fell to the ground. Ha! And then the madness ensued! The kids actually got along really great and just played the days away. We spent a lot of time outside soaking up the glorious sunshine. We went to the beach all day on Saturday which the kids think is pure heaven. I had the best time meeting and snuggling baby Owen. It was a great visit. We love this family and all the fun we have together. In hindsight, however, I think it would have been easier to drive than fly. Annie is at the crazy stage of constant movement and not wanting to nap anywhere but in her bed. So the flights were long! But we survived and are so happy that we were able to finally make the trip!
Sophie was baptized on October 13th. It was such a special day. She was so excited and happy to be baptized. She was able to be baptized with one of her best friends, Katie. That was very special for Sophie. Sophie also was able to play I Am a Child of God at her baptism which was awesome. She played it perfectly. We loved having all of our family and friends there. It was wonderful!
Because Sophie is 8 years old now she is old enough to go to the General Women’s Meeting for General Conference. I thought it would be neat experience to take her to the Conference Center for her first time. It was fun to go downtown together with Kerri. She was a great girl. She said she thought it was a little long (Ha!) but she was good about sitting there and taking good notes. She is such a good lady. After the meeting we went to dinner at City Creek. All Sophie wanted was Subway! Her love for Subway cracks me up. We made her dreams come true. It was a great night.
The first week of October Annie had a high fever every day. I could control it if I kept the ibuprofen and Tylenol in her body around the clock. But its exhausting when she battles me every time. So there was some times that her fever would spike close to 104. I was so confused because she had no other symptoms besides the fever. No runny nose, cough, diarrhea. Nothing. She was eating ok and drinking her bottle good. Finally after 5 days I took her to the urgent care one morning. The doctor there couldn’t see anything wrong and sent us home saying that it was just a virus. But later that night her fever went close to 104 and we decided to take her to ER. They tested her for a UTI which is so sad. That test came back negative. The doctor then said they were going to do chest xrays to look for pneumonia. I thought it was a big waste of money. But it turns out that there was pneumonia there. I’m not sure what made the doctor even think of it since she hadn’t had a cold at all. But I’m grateful she did. Within about 2 days of being on the antibiotic she was back to her normal self which we were all so grateful for. We had missed her sweet sassiness.