Monday, October 29, 2012

Adelyn's Third Birthday!

Addie turned 3 on the 22nd which was exactly one week ago- I am a little behind! We decided since we'd just gotten back from California the day before, that this year her birthday would be low-key (okay, I decided). Addie didn't care and it was still exciting and fun for her. We had my family over for waffles for dinner (her choice) but what she really wanted for dinner was cake. I kept asking her what her she wanted for her birthday dinner and she'd tell me, "uhhh...cake! Let's have cake!" and I would reply with something like, " No, we will have cake for dessert- cake is a treat. But what do you want to have for dinner? Hamburgers, Torillas, Soup, waffles?" and she would still tell me, "...................CAKE!!". Haha she finally told us waffles, although she was dying to eat her cake. And who wouldn't when it looked like this! Doesn't that thing look amazing???? I wish I could take full credit for it (especially when I first showed it to Jared- he was like, "WOW! You made that??!!") but my good friend Kiya- who is good at EVERYTHING and who took Dallin's 1 year pics- made this whole thing! She only came over to help (which was enough considering she has two girls the same age as ours) and made the entire thing instead! How nice is that?? Anyway, I thought it looked so amazing and Addie loved it too! She got a big grin when I brought it to her :)

Adelyn got some girly things for her 3rd birthday including, a princess Minnie Mouse from Aunt Kara, dress up princess figurines, a wooden dress up doll for church, a book from my parents, money from Grandma and Grandpa Steve, lots of neat cards, and a pink pony. This girl was in heaven this year! 

We love our Addie girl so much! She is really into pretend play, and loves playing mother and daughter with her toys. Adelyn is so kind to Dallin, and is getting good at including him in her play lately-which he loves. She LOVES watching movies and is so good at knowing movie titles, movie songs, lines from movies, and is basically a genius if you ask her anything about a movie.  She is always asking me, "What movie is this from?" if she hears a song off Pandora she doesn't know. It's probably my fault- I have a useless talent of memorizing movie quotes and I've passed it onto her. We will often start reciting scenes from a movie or song- and she is right there with me- jumping right in when it's the child's line. For instance: In the sound of music when the VonTrapp family singers are singing their "so long, farewell" song, Addie can sing the whole thing but will ask me (just like in the movie/song) "I'd like to stay, and taste my first champagne. Yes?" and will wait until I respond firmly, "No!" :). On the way to California Jared popped in The Sound of Music soundtrack and we were singing along- I was singing Fraulein Maria's parts and Addie sang all the children s' parts. I never taught her- she just did it! Funny girl! That's just how she is- always a lover of the theater!
Addie is really good at sharing with other kids (generally speaking) and lately is very concerned as to the whereabouts of all her friends. I am always getting questions about where they are at. She really loves her friends and talks about them constantly. Lately Addie has gotten more independent and likes to tell me when she's done something by herself. She finally knows and recognizes the letter "A" (we've been working on it for awhile) and is somewhat acquainted with other letters- but we have a start! Addie loves nursery and we are always surprised at the songs and stories she learns from her teachers. She still loves books and gets pretty interested in the stories. Adelyn is 100% a daddy's girl and loves Jared soooo much! I really love watching the cute relationship they have and the fun way they interact together. Addie is a good listener and has yet to run away or not obey an important command, like staying close to the car / grocery cart which I SO appreciate and love so much about her. Adelyn is such a sweet individual and it is crazy seeing her develop, grow, and mature in ways I didn't think she would at an early age. We truly love our Adelyn and are so grateful she has been in our family for three years! Happy birthday my sweet girl!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Balboa Island Trip

We took a short trip to spend time with our friends who have a beach house on Balboa Island- Newport beach, CA. We stayed there with the Fremming and Jacobsen families and it was a lot of fun! I am writing this all out so I have a record of it, but mostly so I have a hard copy to remind myself of how difficult vacations tend to be with our children (ahem...Addie).

We drove the 6 hours and the kids did pretty well considering they both took short naps each, until we were on our last hour. So we stopped off at Downtown Disney instead of heading straight into LA (where my sister and her hubby live, which was where we were staying the night). Fortunately, it was a great break and the kids were ready to get back into the car to see their aunt and uncle. We were relived because Dallin was hysterical in the car before we stopped and was trying to break free of his car seat like he was superman or something! haha We were worried he'd be traumatized and not want to get back into the car!

It was great hanging and eating with Kara and Garrett and they spoiled me rotten for my birthday! It was so nice to see them and we wish it could have been longer.

Wednesday we hung out at Downtown Disney again until we met up with Natalia and Ellie at the beach house. Ellie and Addie instantly clicked and basically played together rather nicely the entire time we stayed! I was glad they were good friends! We did a lot of walking around and going to parks, seeing shops, and relaxing but what I really want myself to not forget is how sleeping went. Addie has always had a difficult time with simulating situations and being out of her element. When my sister got married, she did surprisingly well and so we didn't think she'd have many problems this vacation- or better yet, that she'd finally grown out of it. YEAH NO! Adelyn did well during the day, but every nap and bedtimes she flipped and refused to sleep. She kept crying that she wanted to sleep in her own bed and that she just wanted to go home. It was like this the whole trip unless she fell asleep in the car or when she zonked out at Disneyland. When she would finally go to sleep, she would wake up every hour or so and freak out and start all over was like having a newborn again. FOUR. DAYS. STRAIGHT. Which may not sound like a big deal if you have a newborn, but keep in mind that Addie just turned 3 so this was something we finally thought we'd gotten past. It was rough.

This is supposed to say "Newport '12" with our footprints...curse Pintrest for making everything look so perfect!

Friday night we went to the Halloween Mickey's Party at Disneyland. It was so nice to go back again, although we were so sleep deprived and exhausted (not to mention lacking some patience) that we really didn't go on many rides and I kinda felt like we didn't take advantage of the time we had there. Granted, Adelyn was having a difficult time wanting to go on most rides and therefore kind of killed the hype for us. Oh well! We got lots of candy and had fun being with Kara and the Jaccobsens! Dallin was an angel and fell asleep at his bedtime and slept the whole time. Although, he did pee in his mickey costume an hour after we got there, so that was a bummer. It was cute on him while it lasted!

Saturday morning we rode the ferry over to the docks so we could go on a boat. Addie was really wanting to ride a boat, and I thought it would be nice and relaxing. It was, and could have been the entire time, had Addie not flipped about wearing the life vest. She screamed almost the entire time (Sleep deprivation probably didn't help either). Only until I could get her caught up in wild and dramatic tales of beauty and the beast meets Addie and Jared, did we have a peaceful boat ride....but then it was nap time for Dallin. Actually, that was probably my most favorite thing we did. I liked seeing the houses on the shore and the interesting boats. But I felt really bad for our friends who were stuck in a boat with our screaming children.

I make it sound like it was a horrible trip- but actually, besides sleep times  it was rather nice and enjoyable. Jared and I love that atmosphere and hoped our kids would too. They really liked the beach and Disneyland, so I suppose that it wasn't a complete failure of a vacation. Just difficult when you are exhausted. We actually came home Saturday night instead of Sunday morning because we didn't want to suffer through another grouchy night. Thank you Jaccobsens and Fremmings for covering the cleaning so we could go!

Oh! And neither of our kids peed on the sidewalk at Disneyland like last time- so for that reason , I suppose the trip was a complete success!! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Handy Helpers

Our kids are pretty funny about being helpers. Adelyn has been pretty good at being obedient from the get-go and so will help out if asked (especially if bribed to watch a show) and Dallin is a people pleaser I think. If I bust out the broom, he is instantly wanting to sweep too. I start vacuuming  he is grabbing his toy vacuum to help out too. He's into everything when I'm trying to get something done, but I honestly think he just feels like he's helping out. Maybe he is just at that age where he copies everything an adult does- but I feel like he has Jared's "helpfulness" which is pretty cute! Either way, I accept any help no matter who is giving it! Addie is like me, and one of her favorite chores is dish washing  Don't know why she loves it so much- probably because she just plays up there instead of actually washing. Whatever! I like that it gets her used to the concept of helping out in the family!

Addie helping Jared fix the lawn mower:

 Dallin helping me make dinner:

This was the worst idea ever! I totally thought re-planting a couple of flowers(a 10 minute job) would be just fine with the kids outside with me....NO! Dallin kept digging up all my plants and then trying to eat the soil (evidence of that is smeared all over his face) plus, it got all over his cute clothes until I finally ripped them off...hence why he is in his diaper! Oh! And it probably took me an half hour to get a half-as-good job done. Never doing that again!

Dallin has learned how to climb up the stove so that he can touch the burners...scary!

Also, Look at the costume I made for Dallin's Halloween costume! The shorts turned out longer than I thought they'd be, but other than that I am proud of what I made! Can you tell who he is supposed to be?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Life around here

It's been awhile since I've posted anything, which means it's time for a long post so I can catch up! First thing is, I've ripped out my flower garden and planted some vegetables and fruit hoping some fresh produce will come up! I planted carrots, tomatoes, squash and cucumber. So far I have a few seedlings but nothing's really started growing yet. I was going to leave some of the flowers, but decided that all the new plants would be vines and therefore need as much space as possible. Jared suggested I make a bouquet of flowers- so that's what I did! Jared also cut our lawn down and planted winter grass (normal grass for everywhere else in the world) so that we will have a beautiful backyard to accompany the wonderful weather that should be coming soon! I am so excited to have picnics in the backyard again!
Our good friends the Urrutia's came down from Ohio to interview with Hospitals down here in AZ so we got to eat lunch with them and take them to see the temple site! The temple site wasn't terribly exciting (especially not for the kids) but I think it will be neat to show the kids the pictures in several years. We were so glad to see Brody and Erin! Last time we saw them, Jared and I were engaged- now they have three girls and we have two kids- crazy!! Thanks for visiting us, we hope you'll be living here soon!

This week was general conference- boy is that nice! Not only is it great hearing from the Prophet, but we definitely love the convenience of nap time at our house! We have one o'clock church and it is SO HARD with our kids since they nap at one! Although, Jared and I were just laughing at several moments of watching  general conference because we basically didn't hear much of what was said- Addie was singing "Choose the Right" while marching around the love sac (and other random songs) while Dallin kept climbing all over the place. This is how our kids were Sunday morning session:
Fortunately, we got them down for naps the second session on Sunday, but, after all that wildness going on that morning.......Jared and I totally fell asleep. I know, I know- what bad parents!!!!!

My grandparents started a tradition  a long time ago that after the second session of General Conference, our families get together and make donuts while listening to Christmas music. Totally random, but probably my favorite tradition regardless! My Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Eric with their kids, my parents and siblings, and Jared and I, were the lucky ones there this time! This was Addie and Dallin's first time of helping out/ eating the donuts! Dallin just loved that he got undivided attention from his Uncle Jesse, and Addie thought pretty much everything was great! Good times!