March Wrap-up

Our best buddies came to town for a few days.  And we spent every minute that we could with them.  We went to the museums, had playdates with other friends from Draper, ate at good restaurants and talked and talked.  We got to meet sweet baby Ellie for the first time.  It was so good.  I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive Mark for taking Alicia to DC.  I miss her always.

When I went to volunteer at Sophie’s class one day, I saw this in the window.  She copied the sign we have in our house except she put school where ours says house.  She must have given it to her teacher who then put it in the window.  She is just about the sweetest girlie ever.

Jack and Sophie each played a round of indoor soccer during the month of March.  Jack moved to the big courts and it was a lot of fun to watch him.  Sophie enjoyed her first time and was even on the same team as her best friend Harvey.  I failed to take any action shots but at least we have a few pictures of them in their uniforms.

We had a girls day at Disney on Ice with Grandma and our cousins.  It was a nice treat.  Ice skating is already amazing.  But ice skating in Disney costumes is really something to behold.  I’m not sure how they do it!

Sophie came home from school on St. Patty’s day asked for a shoebox.  The next thing I know she had created a whole leprechaun house.  Complete with rug, blanket, measuring stick on the wall, TV (an old iPod) and movie collection.  She is amazing!

We had our annual St. Patrick’s Day get together with Dan’s HS friends.  The wives decided that they should take a photo all together.  And for whatever reason it ended up being on the stairs which made it sorta seem like a prom picture.  Anyway.  Its pretty fun that this group has been friends for 25+ years.  We sure laugh and have a great time when we are all together!

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Family ski day

We really feel like we’ve arrived now that everyone can “ski” together!  We have to say ski lightly because it was Luke’s first time and he is still in the backpack & will be for the next little while.  But Sophie really took off this year and is now independent on the slopes.  And Jack is confident and working really hard on making wide S turns.  We had such a fun time.  Luke worked so hard that he even took a nap on the slopes.  That is unheard of.  We love how much the kids loved it.  And were thankful when Grandpa showed up for a couple hours to lend a hand!

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Random February shots

Caught on top of the counter getting into the candy bowl!

First time giving a prayer in Primary.  Big boy Sunbeam.  He was so proud of himself.

You never know what face you are going to get when you ask him to say cheese.

We made Dan’s day and got a Traeger smoker one Saturday.  It has served us well many times already.  Smoked meat is so yummy.

Jack had a little fight with his best buddy at school one day.  He came right in after I picked him up and wrote this note.  I wouldn’t let him give it to him until I snapped a picture.  “Will you still be my friend in heart?”  That is my favorite line.

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February Sickies

We had some colds, fevers and strep throat go through our house in February.  For some reason we seem to make it through January every year just fine.  But February and March always bring disease!

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Ski Date

The first weekend in February Dan and I escaped to Deer Valley for the day and skied our 35 year old hearts out.  It was awesome.  We had the best time.  I think we counted that we did about 20 runs.  Pretty good for a bunch of oldies.  The snow was perfect all day.  And I loved it.  Turkey Chili for the win every time!  And we found a new run called Lucky Jack which we thought was pretty fun!

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January Days

We somehow survived January.  And it was a pretty snowy one this year.  One morning we woke up to a foot of snow!  It was the most in our neighborhood since we’ve been here.  In the dead of winter, we still were able to squeeze in a few fun activities.

Luke did this Mickey puzzle over and over again for days.  He did is so much he learned how to do it with the picture facing down so all you could see was white.  Maybe we were a little bored.

iPad Eyes.  January always equals a little more time than usual on electronic devices.

Luke learned how to climb out of his bed (my only kid to do that).  And he was giving us a hard time every night about spiders/snakes/bugs/anything really being in his bed.  One night around 6 pm he just started crying inconsolably about bedtime and how he was scared.  So we did it that night.  Big boy bed!  And he really hasn’t given us too much of a problem.  There was about a 3 week period where he was in our room every night.  That was terrible.  But we’ve overcome that and he is loving it.

Cousin Mario Kart battle.  Just imagine how long these races take when only to 2 oldest really know how to play!

Wolverine stopped by for a visit.

I died when Jack brought this paper home one day.  Geez Louise.  At least he’s being real.

Sophie was dying to make a snowman.  So I obliged.  It was great snowman making snow so it came together pretty easy.

We went with the Trujillos and Grandpa to a BYU basketball game.  We were on the back row which is a good place to be with kids because then they can roam free and pay attention as little or as much as they want.  And we always, always need lots of snacks!

You never know what the walk from your classroom to the car after school will bring.  One day Jack got covered in snow.  Who knows why he’s not wearing his coat!

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Staycation

We surprised the kids with an overnight hotel stay downtown toward the end of Christmas break.  Kids love hotels.  They think its one of the best things ever to stay in a hotel even if that hotel is only 20 miles from our house.  So we went downtown, checked into our hotel and then we hopped on trax and went to see the windows at the Grand America hotel and the lights at Temple Square which are so beautiful.  When we got back to the hotel we went to the indoor pool.   The kids of course enjoyed it but there were so many kids in there that it was overwhelmingly too loud.  Dan and I had ringing ears for about an hour afterwards.  The next morning we hit up the free breakfast and then took the kids back to the pool.  We had it to ourselves in the morning which was so much better.  After we checked out we took the kids to Tucanos for lunch.  All you can eat meat is oh so delicious.  It really was the perfect little getaway.

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Sledding Day

With all that fresh snow on Christmas Day we had to take advantage of it.  We went out Monday afternoon and enjoyed about 1.5 hours of sledding at the park near our house.  It was a lot of fun.  In fact, if I had remembered to bring water and snacks we probably could have gone for a couple more hours.  That’s how much the kids loved it!

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Christmas 2016

Isn’t Christmas the best?  We sure love it around here.  We started out our break by taking the kids to see the new Star Wars movie.  I ended up having the worst migraine that day & ended up throwing up in the movie theater bathroom.  But besides that, it was an awesome movie.

We went to Grandma Pett’s for Christmas Eve which is a fun tradition.  I love seeing the kids act out the nativity and see their confidence grow each passing year in acting out their roles.  Plus the food is awesome especially the orange rolls.  Mmm.  When we came home we reviewed Luke 2 and then got our goodie plate ready for Santa.  The kids love it so much and it makes me so happy.

We woke up to about 6 inches of snow on Christmas morning.  This is the 3rd year in a row that we’ve had a white Christmas.  It is pretty magical.  Christmas morning started at about 5:30 at our house.  Jack and Sophie came up together and before I could stop them, they had Luke awake!  But it made me happy that they wanted to include him and show him what Santa had brought.  We had a lot of fun opening our presents and eating a good breakfast.  We then went to church which I really like.  It is kinda a bummer to have to get dressed on Christmas day but I loved being able to think more about Jesus and hear the beautiful music.  Luke was actually a demon at church which was too bad.  A consequence of going to bed late and being awake super early.  The Taylor’s joined us in the afternoon.  We made stuffed mushrooms and had delicious sandwiches.  It was a great day.

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December days

December is always such a busy month.  But it is also so fun to celebrate Christmas in so many ways.  Here is a review of our December days.

Dan and I saw Jim Gaffigan one night.  We found out that our friends also had tickets so we met them for dinner downtown at Eva which we love!  And then we laughed our faces off at Jim Gaffigan.  He is hilarious and I physically hurt afterwards.  Do yourself a favor and watch all his specials on Netflix.

We have this sweet lady in our ward, Grandma Jessie, who is the most caring and lovely lady.  One day at church we gathered the kids around her and snapped a picture.  I love it so much.

Jack played a round of basketball.  There is no such thing as double dribbling, traveling, fouling or anything really so it is pretty comical to watch.  But he is getting better at rebounding and using the backboard to shoot.  He is so tall so we really need to hone this basketball skills!

We spent a Saturday morning at Grandma Pett’s.  We dipped a few chocolates and ate pizza for lunch.  Then we had a special visitor which the kids think is pretty fun.  My kids aren’t shy about Santa anymore and its fun to see them get excited to sit on his lap and talk to him.  Sophie asked for a new scooter and Luke wanted a Zurg toy.

Jack and I both had to have some cavities filled in December.  It was Jack’s first time.  He thought he would try out the laughing gas but after about 5 minutes he didn’t like how it was making him feel so he opted out.  I was really proud of him.  It was one of those times when you get a little glimpse as a parent into the kind of kid you have.  And Jack really is so brave in moments of pain.  He just takes it and acts like its not a big deal.  He had 3 cavities filled so his whole mouth was numb when we were done.  He ended up biting his lip quite a lot because he couldn’t feel it and had a fat lip for a few days afterwards.  Poor kid.

Sophie was pretty proud of her window art one night.  It’s funny how kids do the same things we did as a kid.  I remember breathing on car windows and writing messages and drawing pictures just like this.

We all loved the smell of our tree!  Luke had to get a few up close sniffs in.

Luke had a endoscopy mid-December.  He is a rockstar champion.  Even though visually his esophagus looked good, when the biopsy results came back it is actually doing worse than before.  It made me sad.  This disease is super complex and so hard to treat effectively.  I am just so thankful for Luke’s sweet personality.  He never complains, is so understanding and such a happy little man.  We’ll keep trying to get him to optimum health.

We also got to spend a morning at the school listening to the kids sing their Christmas songs.  And Sophie also had a short dance performance after her last class before Christmas break.  Such awesome, funny and cute kiddos.

 

 

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