We managed to make it to the last BYU game of the season all together as a family. It was a super painful season for the Cougs. And this game was no exception. It turned super cold the night before the game and our seats were in the shade so we were freezing. The kids tried hard to be good sports but by halftime they were done. So we moved to some seats on the east side of the stadium in the sun and we were all happier. We did leave early though because it was a miserable game to watch. We hope BYU can come around next season.
I love my little Lukie. I can’t believe that he is 4! He has grown up a lot this year. He loves to color and really is a gifted little artist. He loves to play with Sophie most of all. They play house or school. It is pretty cute. He loves to wrestle and tackle Jack. They are kind of naughty together, laughing at potty words and funny movies they’ve seen together. They are good buddies but I could do without the constant need to touch each other. He is loving school and has the rotation between houses memorized so he loves to remind me that today we are going to Olivia’s or Jack’s. He is a smart boy too. He recognizes all his lower case letters now, is working on counting to 20, getting really good at letter sounds (he read his first word over Thanksgiving all on his own “beef”) and loves to write any and every word that he can. I love to see him excelling. We are still sticking to his diet plan and he continues to grow. We hope that his insides look healthy too. This year he wanted a PJ Mask party. We had a chill morning at home together. We made his cupcakes which he thought was so fun. After we picked up the kids from school we went to the dinosaur museum. It was fun for the big kids to be with us. Then we met up with Dan at Johnny Rockets which was Luke’s request. He wanted a hot dog for dinner. After dinner the Taylors and my mom came up to watch Luke open presents and to enjoy a cupcake. He was overjoyed about his Spider-Man guitar. I couldn’t even get a clear picture because he was jumping around like a wild man. It was a good day! Happy Birthday to my buddy! Stats: 35 lbs (50 %), 38 inches (10%).
We had a great October here. Halloween is so fun with these kiddos. A couple of Saturdays before Halloween we went to the Red Barn to pick out our pumpkins and enjoy the fun activities they have…jumping pillow, apple gun, driving tractors, gunny sack slides, corn mazes, etc. Plus we love to eat apple cider donuts and ice cream! It was fun to be there with Kerri just a couple of days before she had her baby. We took some prego shots together since its never happened before and never will again!
We had a lot of help this year carving the pumpkins which was awesome and made it go by so much faster. Jack did the LA Dodger pumpkin almost all on his own. And Sophie did everything by herself. It was awesome.
We enjoyed good weather on Halloween which was so nice. Luke had a Halloween party at preschool and Jack and Sophie participated in the school Halloween parade. That night Jack went out with some of his friends. So grown up! We stayed with Sophie and Luke and loved walking around with their friends Katie and Olivia. It was a great year!
Mid-October we went down to Fremont where our friends have a house to enjoy some time away and enjoy the outdoors. Fremont is about 30 minutes from Capitol Reef which is so beautiful. We had the best time hiking to Hickman Bridge, eating good food, going to Fish Lake to see the salmon run, riding ATVs (thanks Kari for going slow that I could tag along), watching a brand new calf be born on their cattle ranch, being stuck in a herd of cows returning home from grazing for months in the mountains, and laughing so much together. It was the best time! Love the Denisons and the friendship we have.
We ventured with some of our neighbor friends and Porter to see the witches at Gardner Village. It was the perfect fall day. The kids loved throwing the leaves. And I was pretty confident that I would lose either Luke or Porter in the duck pond. Why does it not have a small fence or rock wall? Almost put me into labor.
Kerri and I took the kids to drive the Alpine Loop and it was unbelievable. I have never seen the fall colors more beautiful. The only thing that made it terrible was the complaining my kids did. “When will this be over? This is taking forever, etc.” Next time I’m leaving them at home!
Sophie asked if she could rake the leaves one afternoon because there were “so many”! It made me smile so much to see the teeny pile she collected. But it didn’t stop her and Luke from having the best time jumping in them. Cute buddies.
We went with our friends to the zoo one morning too. It was so fun to see the lions enjoying their breakfast. Luke insists now that he eat a meatball for lunch just like the lions. We love our sweet friends in the neighborhood. Olivia is in love with Luke and we are trying to convince Luke to stop playing hard to get!
One of the best parts of having a little lady is going on regular pedicure dates!
Soaking up the last weeks of popsicle weather,
Obligatory Thanksgiving Point picture.
Luke art from the month. Picture of Mom with baby belly, BYU perler bead dinosaur, and a Halloween picture that always included a BYU with a green check mark & red U with a red X. Can’t make this stuff up!
27 weeks pregnant. Its a real life challenge to take pregnancy selfies.
You’re looking at the 2nd place winner from this years Pinewood Derby. Thanks Grandpa for helping with car.
Why was the 3 year old the most reverent and best behaved during General Conference? He sat there almost the entire first session. He’s a dream.
I can’t even believe that I almost have a child in the double digits. I still remember those slow, simple days when it was just me and him. Life is cruel to go by so quickly. Jack is still just as fun-loving as he was from the very beginning. He is great at making other people laugh (although now it involves a few more potty words than it should). He has matured a lot in the last year. He is starting to really enjoy watching football, basketball and baseball games with us. He was super into the Dodgers this post season which was fun. He is still the smartest kid around, moving through the multiplication tables with ease and understanding concepts that I barely remember. He loves to wrestle and tackle Luke at all times. He says they’re playing but it almost always leads to tears. He is enjoying having his own room and usually spends the early mornings reading books in bed. He still loves video games. But most of all he loves playing with his friends. On any given day we have up to 5 boys here which can be a tad crazy. He loves to play outside, ride his bike or scooter and hike around wherever he can.
For Jack’s birthday he wanted to go to Tucanos (expensive taste with this one…last year was sushi!). And then we came home for presents and apple pie. He is a great kid. He tries hard to do what is right and to be a good example for his friends. I love my big kid! 9 year old stats: 68.2 lbs. (70%), 55 inches tall (90%).
My sweet lady turned 7 this year. She is so mature for her age that it seems that she could be much older. She is my biggest helper around here. She cares for Luke with whatever he needs…getting him breakfast in the morning, helping him pick out his clothes, reminding him to wash his hands, etc. She also knows how to push his buttons but for the most part they are best friends. She is creative. Almost everyday she creates a new book on her own complete with illustrations and a story. We go through a lot of paper around here! She is super health conscience only allowing herself 2 pieces of candy a day, only drinking water, packing a fruit and a vegetable in her lunch. She is very responsible too. She always remembers to bring home her paperwork each day, has never forgotten her coat or lunch box at school, and somehow remembers every Wednesday afternoon to put her library book in her backpack for the next day. I love her and appreciate her so much in our house.
This year we had a small family party for each of the kids. Sophie’s birthday fell on a Sunday this year and Grandpa organized a family dinner that day so she got to be with cousins too that day. She planned her own game and made it herself, Pin the Tail on the Pony. On Monday night we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner, her choice. 7 year old stats: 52.4 lbs (75%), 49.25 inches tall (90%).
We spent Labor Day in Idaho with Deeds, Kimmy and Lynlea. And we had the best time. It is so beautiful there. So many hidden gems. We loved it. We went to 2 different waterfalls (Mesa and Falls Creek), spent some time at BYU-I and eating milkshakes at the Burg, ate some delicious BBQ, smoked some delicious BBQ of our own, watched BYU get smoked by LSU (the beginning of the end of the BYU football season) and enjoyed the Eastern Idaho State Fair. My kids are obsessed with those head cutout cardboard things so sorry for the overload of those pictures. Sophie grew so fond of Lynlea and had the best time playing with her and holding her. She is going to be the best big sister to our new baby. Jack just loves to explore and there is a lot of room to do that Rigby, ID. We loved our trip and hope to go back soon!