Thursday, June 20, 2013

Clothes are overrated.....

In our house we have one who dresses herself:
one who cross-dresses:
and so should it even be a surprise that this is the new preferred method of dressing one's self??
So, if you ever make a stop at our house- there are no guarantees as far as clothing goes ;-) Consider yourselves warned!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Probably the best weekend ever

June 14th was our 5th wedding anniversary! Can you believe it?? Neither can we! Well in my opinion that is somewhat of a big deal- I mean, it's not like our 50th or anything, but still- a cool milestone, right?? Well we decided this was reason to celebrate. Plus, we had never left our kids overnight and just spent time as a couple..... Soooo this wonderful person I am proud to call my sister, flew down from Cali to take care of our kiddos for a little bit!
I was a little bit nervous they'd (ahem! Dallin) have a hard time with Jared and I not being there for bed times and such, but they did awesome!! Probably due to Kara's excellent skills- baby whisperer perhaps?? It was such a relief to know they were in such capable hands.
Yes, Addie fell asleep in her lap at some point....we're thinking she's going trough a growth spurt or something!

Kara flew in about 11:30 on Friday and Jared got home around 2:30. We packed up and went our merry way to the Squaw Peak resort which was only about a 20 minute drive. The room was great with a couch, two rooms, two TVs and was way more homey than typical hotels. Then we immediately hopped into our swimsuits ( which was sooo much easier than the event it always is when we take the kids swimming) and went to explore the resort's water park. I wish I'd remembered to take our camera (arg!!) because this place was seriously cool! It had a lazy river, water slide, and several large pools complete with basketball and volleyball nets and balls. There was also miniature golf, which we never got the chance to try out. AND a pool downstairs from the room we were staying in.....I think we swam more in those two days than in several weeks!

After taking advantage of the pool, we got ready and went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse and enjoyed a meal free of interruptions and food fights. IT. WAS. GREAT! I would have probably been satisfied with the dinner alone with no other was that wonderful! We got a chance to re-live our memories of how we met, what qualities attracted us to each other  and remember all the funny things we haven't  thought about for awhile. We probably stayed there after we ate, for a good half hour, just talking! How precious that time is!! Then we walked around the mall and jabbered some more, grabbed dessert at Culver's and headed back to do some more swimming.

The next morning we slept in...another marvelous thing all by itself and just relaxed. Then we went to breakfast (another great thing....when do we ever get to do that without the kiddos??) and went to check out and swim yet again! I was nervous about going down the water slide- being hugely pregnant and all- but Jared told me it was really slow so I thought I'd give it a go. UHHHH yeah, that wasn't slow! I was scared I was going to flip over on my stomach at the end, but fortunately managed to keep control just before I was spat out of the slide!  Looking back, I'd totally do it again though! I'd forgotten how fun those things are!
After checking out, we raced off to see Man of Steel in imax. Good movie to see- we both liked it a lot. By that time, it was late afternoon and so we headed back to hang out with the family. Boy, were they happy to see us......NOT! Addie and Dallin could have cared less, they were still more interested in their awesome babysitter :). My parents kidnapped Kara to take her to dinner shortly after, and when she got home again, Kara and I stayed up chatting until 1:30am! Yeah, haven't done that in a long time...we were pretty tired- but probably my favorite times spent with my sister are those late night chats and giggles that turn into laughing-so-hard-you-are-crying, nights. Good times!
Bright and early Sunday morning, Jared woke up to see his Father's Day loot:
Cute things from the kids, a new tie to wear, candy, peanuts, and later that night he got a new wallet! We sure do appreciate that man! He keeps our house running and chugging like it's intended. Just last week he was digging a trench, figuring out how to run a sprinkler system through that trench into a garden he'd dug out for me. Then he put in all the sprinkler things into the mulch he'd just poured into the garden AND hacked down all the bushes I couldn't reach. Oh! Did I mention that it was a record breaking day in terms of "it's boiling hot outside"???? A whopping 112!! This man would find a way to get to mars if his family asked him to (don't worry, we won't!). He is the most loving husband and father anyone could ever ask for. The kids think he's the best thing ever....and they're right! 

We got to eat dinner with my parents and brothers that afternoon and celebrate Father's day at their house too! Boy, do I love my dad. He is just awesome! He can fix anything and has never raised his voice to us kids (even though we were sometimes little snots). He is patient, loving, and quick to forgive. I can't think of a better way to be raised. Thanks Dad for all the great time you've put in being our Dad- and still continue to do for the family that I now have.
Jared took the kids home after dinner to put them to bed for me so that I could drive with my parents and drop off Kara at the airport. We were all sad to see her go:( And even though the weekend was short.....Now doesn't that sound like the best weekend ever??? :D

Monday, June 3, 2013

What I Love

It occurred to me the other day that although there are times where my kids drive me absolutely insane- there are a lot of qualities and characteristics I just LOVE about each of my children. Then I started thinking, "Wouldn't it be neat if I wrote them all down so they could read them someday???". So that is why I am doing this post. Of course this is an ongoing list, and one that will change as time goes by- but as of right now, here is what I love about each of my kids.  

Adelyn (3.5 years)
~ I love her gorgeous big eyes and eyelashes. If only we could inherit features from our own kids....
~ I love that after we go to the library every week, she as just as giddy as I am to read all the new picture books. This girl loves to read!
~ I love how easily she learns. Unlike me, I always expect that it will take her longer to catch onto concepts than it actually does. She recognizes almost every alphabet letter and their sounds and started writing letters a couple of weeks ago. Rhyming is also something she surprisingly understands.
~I love how obedient she is. Since she was really really little, I'd tell her something like,"Addie- don't touch the stove it will burn you and give you ouchies". Done. Never bothered to test it. This girl has NEVER run away from me nor done anything naughty just to "test it out". I can always count on my Addie girl.
~I love how much she sings. Sometimes its ridiculously loud, but regardless, I love everything about it. Her sweet voice, her ability to pick up the lyrics quickly, and her accurateness in tone. Thank goodness she isn't tone deaf!
~ I love how good her memory is. She asked me last week if she could see the fireworks for the 4th of July this year....the reason she asked that was because we ditched them last year (front row seats at my Aunt Jeanette's house) so we could see a not-so-great alternative near our house to avoid traffic and a prolonged bed time. This child hasn't forgotten and is determined not to get shafted again this year!
~I love how she talks. I realize that, "Please me go to the park" is not grammatically correct, but I can't bring myself to correct her because I just think it's too darn cute. 
~ I love how excited she is to go to kindergarten....even if she won't be going for another couple of years.
~I love her fashion sense. No, I typically wouldn't put together an outfit like she does, but I think it's hilarious when she tells me with a sigh of exasperation, "But Mom, this matches- see! Pink and....(searching for that tiny speck) PINK!" or "But Mom! I don't want to wear's not fancy! This shirt looks posh!"
And yes, those are three skirts she is wearing...she was really proud that she thought of this fashion statement all on her own!

~ I love how well she colors. She is seriously really good at coloring in the lines.
~ I love how she will spontaneously give me a hug, kiss, and tell me "I love you, Mom!" just because she knows I like it.....and then expects me to reciprocate her affections :)
~ I love how she always wants to know my opinions and feelings. If we're listening to a song, "Mom, do you like this song?" "Eehh it's okay, but it's not really my favorite, lets see what else is on the radio". "It's not my favorite either, please change it!" and if I show any emotion she doesn't understand, "Are you mad?" "No hunny, just irritated that this isn't working right" ....."So are you mad??" 
~ I love how she thinks her dad can fix anything. Especially if I tell her it's completely broken and there is now way to repair it. "Let's wait until Dad comes home, he can fix it!"
~ I love how excited she is to meet her second brother. Poor thing still doesn't understand time that well yet, but I told her he'd come just before her birthday. That seemed to make sense to her and she's stop asking when he's making his debut...although she informs us almost weekly that her birthday is, "on Saturday" or "in October" or "coming up soon, so we'd better to go the mall so she can pick out something for herself!"

Dallin (almost 23 months)

~ I love his laugh. He has the best bubbly laugh- I just inhale it and shamefully give him the hiccups because I keep making him laugh so I can hear it longer.
~ I love his grin. Sometimes I just stare at him if he's truly smiling....I want to remember it always.
~ I love how he has to have a toy in each hand all the time. Not sure the reasoning- maybe he's prepping for scouts, "Always be prepared"
~ I love how happy he gets whenever I return to him. If he's being babysat by someone or I got somewhere quickly (like get the mail). I know I'm returning to a boy who is more than thrilled to see me. Without fail, he runs to me so I can scoop him up. Love that.
~ I love how I just realized that he sings along with songs. His sister never does- she is a soloist through and through. Not Dallin, he sings along and by golly actually gets most of the words right! Somehow he knows lots of songs!
~ I love how he thinks Dad is just the greatest. He follows him around like a puppy - especially if it involves fixing things. But he is still a Momma's boy and always prefers me to take him to bed.

~ I love his positiveness. He is sort of going through a confusing stage right now where he gets angry at small interruptions in his play (toys being taken away, getting hurt, getting told "no") but he honestly always seems to get right back on to being mild tempered. He doesn't stay mad long, and it's always been easy to make him laugh. If I stare at him, he laughs!
~ I love how he thinks the world of his sister, and therefore wears her shoes, bows, hats, swimsuits...whatever! He wants to do it too!
~I love how he has declared himself a big boy....yet he's still not (and never will be in my eyes!). He pointed to the high chair one day and told me very distinctly, "" and refused to sit in it. He now sits at the table and makes twice as much mess- but there is no way to force that kid into a high chair!
~ I love that he loves, "men". He knows he's a boy and that they are his people. Somehow he gets very offended if he is left out of the men group whenever we are at family functions. All the guys go off to play basketball and he gets left inside with the women...he is not a happy camper when he figures out that they've all left him! Whenever I check on him in nursery, he's always being held by whatever male teacher is there that day!
~I love his exploration. This boy has places to go and things to do! He is always on the move and rarely stops and just plays. Thank Heavens that Santa brought a big wooden train set, I think that is the only thing that will occupy him for 10 minutes....but even that isn't too often.

Baby #3
~ I love that this boy is super wiggly and very active. Eases my mind so I know he's doing okay in there.
~ I love that I get to carry him for another 4 months and be his mother.
~ I love the excitement of being able to meet him soon and discover his unique personality

***Photo courtesy to Kiya Jackson who took the really nice looking photos.
 You can definitely tell the difference! ****