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.
Annie turned 9 months old. She was causing a little trouble around her 9 month birthday…refusing to eat food or drink her bottle, sick tummy, yucky diapers and on and on. I was convinced that she was developing some allergies because of our family history. It was an exhausting time. But slowly she turned a corner. Maybe it was just some stubbornness about turning 9 months old. She is slowly starting to get around. She can get down onto her tummy from sitting and back to sitting from her tummy. She reaches far and then scoots her bum along so she can get around slowly. She is still a serious girl and is starting to prefer mom or dad over anyone else. She has a wicked scream when she wants to be heard. She loves Luke the most. She loves to be outside. She can wave bye bye, says “Ah” anytime she drops somethings, loves to scattered all the food on her tray onto the ground and is really getting the hang of the sippy cup. We love her! 9 month stats: 18.6 lbs (50%), 30 inches (100%), 18 inch head (100%).
We bought a piano. It is very fun and has led to a lot more piano playing in our house. It came with an insane amount of cardboard boxes!
Sophie had her first piano recital. She played the theme from Beauty and the Beast. She did awesome! She is loving piano so much and really is so good at it!
Watching Cora and Porter during a football game. Porter was not excited about going to bed so he hung out with me until his mom and dad got home.
I don’t remember what this tantrum was about. But isn’t his face the cutest and his eyes are so amazing? Love him. We went to the zoo one morning with our friends. Luke is still obsessed with taking pictures at all the statues!
How did our boy reach double digits?! I can hardly believe it. He is growing up into such a great kid. He has matured a lot in this last year. For the most part he is good to his siblings, loves to play with Baabaas (Annie), loves all things video games, riding his bike and playing with his friends. But he still loves to play Beanie Boos with Sophie and watch My Little Pony. Jack is loving 4th grade and is excelling. He loves to get wrapped up in a good book. He is starting to love all of the Avengers movies which makes Dan so happy. He has started doing his own laundry which is quite delightful. He is a good boy and I’m so proud of him. For his birthday this year we took some of his friends to Boondocks which they loved. And the next day on his real birthday we went to sushi for dinner and had apple pie for dessert. It was perfect for him. 10 year old stats: 76 lbs (80%), 58 inches (95%).
We were able to travel with our best ward friends down the Fremont to visit our other best ward friends who moved there this summer. It was such a fun getaway. We love it there. Our kids absolutely love hiking in Capitol Reef. This trip we hiked along a little river bed to a waterfall that had a fun slide the kids could down. The rest of the trip we hiked around Fish Lake and rode on the ATVs. The fall colors were amazing up there. We have such a fun time every time we go. I wish we could go every weekend! We love our awesome friends!
I love this sweet Sophie girl! She is kind, smart, helpful, responsible, talented and ambitious. She is the best there is. Sometimes I get sad because I think she gets a little overlooked in our family of 4 kids because she is so easy, so content and so self-motivated. But I hope she knows how loved she is! And I can’t believe that she is 8! For her party she wanted a Beanie Boo Adoption Party. So we invited friends and cousins over and did just that. It was fun to see the kids decorate their houses and animal collars. She had a long list of things she wanted for her birthday. But we surprised her with a new bike and she loves it. In fact, almost every afternoon since we have gone out so that she can ride around the neighborhood. She requested Texas Roadhouse for dinner which was fun for everyone. Annie loved eating a whole roll. Sophie at 8 is loving school, learning so fast at the piano, loves to dance and play soccer. She is a busy girl with many activities. I don’t know how to limit them because she is good at all of them! She is a great big sister and best friends with Jack and Luke. She helps with Annie (when Annie will let her without throwing fits for mom!). She loves to draw and color. She is becoming an expert reader and get into a good book pretty deep. She often sits down at the piano to play and practice all on her own. She is super excited to get baptized in a couple of weeks. And we are so proud of all that she does and the sweet person she is. 8 year old stats: 57.8 lbs (50%), 51.5 inches (75%)
We’ve made it a tradition to go to visit Deeds, Kimmy and Lynlea over Labor Day weekend. So we headed up there on Friday. Annie was a dream in the car. We rolled in at about 10 pm that night. And we woke up early on Saturday morning to head to Yellowstone. I had never been to the Mammoth Hot Springs so that was the only thing on the agenda. It was a long beautiful drive. It was a chilly 33 degrees outside. But the hot springs were amazing. It was totally worth it. After that we let Deeds lead us on an adventure. I was a little disappointed in the amount of animals we saw this time around. But it is still such an amazing place. The rest of the weekend we just chilled. Deeds smoked us a brisket. On Monday we went to the Eastern Idaho State Fair again which is was fun. We sure love all that fried food! It was a great week. We love those Idaho Cosbys!