Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Trip to the Temple

Jared gets every other Friday off and since it's an extra day to spend with him, and because our kids get cabin fever really quickly, we usually try and think of a fun place to go on those days. Typically, I have something in mind for that day- but last week I was drawing a definite blank. Thankfully, Jared had it covered and suggested we take a trip to the Mesa temple! What a wonderful  idea!! Somehow we'd never brought the kids there except two years ago to see the temple lights. I guess the idea of a 45 minute car ride each way has never sounded too enticing. But we were up for it in our new shnazy van, Rhonda the Honda, and it gave us an opportunity to visit the Urrutias who just moved in not far from there. Splendid!
I was actually really surprised at how well the kids enjoyed it. They really liked the Christ statue and when he started "talking" they thought that was so amazing. Dallin kept asking, "Jesus, mommy??" and Addie repetitively asked me if that was Jesus talking to us. They were pretty impressed. Adelyn also made the comment to me several times, "This is so great, Mom!". We unfortunately got there a little late and it was lunch time shortly after we got there, so we didn't stay for terribly long. But long enough to explore outside and snap some pictures. Then we started sweating to death and headed back to Rhonda for some stellar air conditioning!

Lunch was fun with the Urrutia's and we adults got some Costa Vida (very similar to Cafe Rio) while the kids got to play. They have three girls- two of which are twins!! It was nice to have the opportunity to see them again! :) But, boy things have changed since we didn't have kids- I swear we used to have uninterrupted conversations a long, long time ago!! ;-)
It was a great little trip- I'm so glad we went!

August Awesomeness

Haven't done a post about what's been going on lately, so here it is!

Has been keeping busy with work and exercise  Right now he has soccer, basketball, working out, and hiking that he is doing on a daily basis. He does either one or two of those things each day besides Wednesdays and Sundays. Crazy man! He is training for a hike he will be doing next week with a handful of co-workers on Saturday. They will be driving up early to hike in Flagstaff to the tallest point in Arizona- a total of a 5 mile hike! Pretty cool stuff! Jared has also been a saint at humoring me and all my projects. A couple of weeks back, he built a book shelf into our entertainment center and spray painted a different book shelf- simply because I proposed the idea. What a great husband!

I have been mentally, physically, and emotionally been trying to prepare myself for having three kids. When the day is long,difficult and chaotic, I have a panic attack about adding another human being to the mix. On days where the kids are good and we have a pleasant day, I think happy thoughts about a baby in the house. I swear I am not bipolar....though I will admit that I feel that way sometimes! I am currently at 34 weeks along and last week I got an ultrasound that Bass Baby #3 is already up to 5.3 lbs! He is in the 61st percentile (11% over average) and his tummy is definitely on the larger scale "Well, he's not starving in there!" was the technician's comment. Looks like we have another chunk headed our way!

This girl is still as much an entertainer than ever and we get lots of concerts around here! She doesn't like to share center stage, either, and will often tell a family member to stop singing if we try to join in. She has about all her uppercase letters down and knows their sounds (though some are a little tricky...curse you vowels and the millions of sounds you make!) and we are working on lower case letters now. She really enjoys learning and has to use the computer on a daily basis to do starfall.com and pbskids.org. They are really great websites for where she is at, and I'm glad there are websites I can send her to. She recently learned how to use the mouse, which has been SO NICE so I don't have to sit there and do everything with her anymore. Addie has also gotten a little sassy lately- a new stage I blame on being almost 4- which isn't our favorite at the moment....we're hoping it's just a stage and not here to stay. She is still really good for the most part, but I am surprised at the things she puts her foot down about. Particularly bed time- which is hard because my patience is left to a very small margin at that hour. Hard to be jolly and understanding when we am tired and ready for a break too!
You can't really tell, but Dallin came out wearing a shopping cart cover the other day!

Oh, Dallin! He is quite the two year old now. Mister Independent is an understatement! He is growing out of his "baby phase" completely and has started demanding to do things by himself or differently. Today was the first day I wasn't able to coerce him into the stroller when we went to the library- though I was pretty surprised that he actually did a good job at staying with me in the parking lot and through the library! He can undress himself and has proudly come to me buck naked a handful of times. He loves to climb on tables and counters and thinks he is entitled to everything up there (especially things I've been keeping from him) including knives and anything dangerous. Which of course, is accompanied with a big tantrum when I scold him about it. Dallin has also been big on screaming whenever he doesn't get his way or wants our attention. Not annoying in the least bit ;-). But I am going with the technique of either ignoring him, or simply stating, "We don't understand you when you scream. Can you use your words please?" which has worked better than I expected and he will usually stop and tell me what he wants. Thank heavens! Speaking of which- his vocabulary has really taken off! This boy repeats and has something to say all the time! Makes me feel foolish that I ever thought he would be behind in speech- he definitely does a great job communicating! He is the funniest singer too- he knows so many songs and sings along with whatever we are listening to! He must have been soaking in the lyrics as a newborn because the amount of songs he knows is unreal!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pirate Party

I'd never thrown Dallin a birthday party yet and figured this would be the year to do it! There was a HUGE baby boom the months before and after he was born- which were mostly boys- so there wasn't a shortage of friends to invite. Only trick was, we have so many friends in this ward it was hard not to invite everyone. I tend to hang out with people who have kids close to Addie's age- but not necessarily Dallin's age- so I really tried hard to invite kids that were close to Dallin's age, in hopes that he could get to know them better and that we could have more playdates specifically for him in the future. Anyway, enough of the ranting...he has been really into pirates lately and which worked out perfectly since that is relativity easy when you have pintrest at your fingertips!

I was really nervous about planning it all- I don't feel like that is my forte- but wanted to make it cute, cost effective, and fun for all the kids. We "walked the plank", dug up buried treasure, pinned the patch on the pirate, and put on pirate patches  I had things set up to go on a scavenger hunt- but it was just too humid outside I didn't want to drag anyone out there....and I was dying!! Oh! And check out Jared's awesome artistic skills! He totally free handed that poster of Jake the pirate! I asked him to draw it for me and look how great it turned out!!! I just can't bear to throw it away!

All in all, the kids seemed to have a good time, and Dallin and Addie thought the whole thing was super exciting. We were grateful to the friends for coming and giving Dallin such generous gifts- he's been loving them all! And thank you Kiya and Jared for grabbing the camera and taking pictures for me!!!

Happy birthday Dallin! I hope you had a great time!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Dallin turns 2!!

Dallin turned two!! I can't believe it- I feel like he is growing up even faster than Adelyn is! The morning of his birthday we went out to celebrate as a family and went to Jump street  which is actually where we went for his first birthday too! Thinking he'd love it again, we set off and to my surprise....he liked it for about the first 15 minutes and then was done...wah wah wah. I was disappointed  but he is going through a new phase where new locations can sometimes be overwhelming for him, which meant he was really clingy to me (which was ironic since I was the only one who shouldn't have really been bouncing on a trampoline). Oh well! He still had fun, but we didn't stay much longer than an hour.

That evening, my brothers and dad came over to celebrate with us and we had muenster cheese french toast (sounds weird but is delicious!) for dinner and cupcakes and ice cream. Dallin got "cars" figurines and "Winnie the pooh" figurines along with a Jake and the Never-land Pirates ship. My family got him a t ball set which was pretty funny because I think it entertained Jared, my brothers, and Dad, just as much as Dallin!! Boys never grow up I guess :)

  Mister Dallin brings so much joy into our home. He has such a sweet and entertaining personality! He always wants our family to be together and will freak out/ask when someone is missing, "where daddy go?". He still thinks that everything is funny and laughs more than I thought was possible for a child his size. Dallin is still a very determined boy and if it is important enough to get or accomplish something- he will find a way to do it. His vocabulary is doing leaps and bounds and it amazes me what this kid knows but hasn't necessarily shown us before now. He can sing the entire alphabet, count to 10, and knows TONS of songs that he just sings throughout the day. He loves singing primary songs and Disney songs. His favorite characters currently are Winnie the pooh (aka pooh bear), Lightning McQueen, Thomas trains, Pocahontas (or at least the soundtrack), and Mater. We are working on teaching him colors right now- although the only color that he tells us is pink- hmmm wonder why??? :). If Addie is picking out a flower for her hair, Dallin will come over and request a pink one as well- even if it isn't pink! Dallin repeats almost everything we say and has the best manners right now. He always says "please" and "no thanks" and will periodically tell everyone "sorry A EESE(Addie)" or "sorry daddy" even if he's done absolutely nothing wrong. We love this boy so much and are so glad he was sent to be apart of our family!