Friday, March 22, 2013

One, Two, THREE!!



Yes! We are excited to announce that we will have a new member of the family coming between September 29- October 6th. Those were the two due dates I was given...which never seem to matter much anyway- babies always come when they feel so inclined! But we are excited for this fun news to share!

Desert Botanical Gardens


Ever since we'd moved here from California, I'd heard about the neat butterfly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens at spring time. We'd never made the trip there for one reason or another, but after we'd read a Fancy Nancy about butterflies- Addie declared she wanted to go do that too, so I was determined to make it this year! We got free passes from the library and grabbed our good friends the Graff's to come along with us, and away we went! 




Honestly, I don't care for cacti much and that was mostly all that was in the Botanical Gardens (a misleading name in my opinion....by the name of it I had my hopes set for a luscious garden atmosphere- which wasn't the case) but the butterfly museum made it worth the trip!





We also got to see these neat statue faces. There were four, and one to represent each season. Pretty neat concept because they used a lot of flowers and fruit/vegetables to help express the season. Addie's favorite was obviously spring.....since there were tons of flowers all over that one. She is really into claiming her favorite things lately.


It was a really good time to make the trip since it got up into the mid 90's the rest of the week and the Graff's will be moving come June- so I'm glad we got to go enjoy that together! Thanks for coming with us!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Trip to the Zoo

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up some zoo passes from the library so that we could go to the Phoenix Zoo for free (our libraries are cool like that here in AZ)! This was Jared and Dallin's first time going and Addie was Dallin's age last time I took her, so it was fun to go back. All Addie kept wanting to see was the elephants and when we'd ask her what she wanted to go see next she'd exclaim, "Umm..let's go see the elephants!" super random- not sure where her sudden interest in elephants was all about! One of our favorites was probably the exhibit where you can be in the same enclosure as little monkeys. It's neat because they will jump and hop wherever they please, even if it's close to your head. Dallin thought they were pretty neat and wanted to take off after them in the "restricted sections". Which, thinking about it now- that kid sure climbs like a monkey so maybe we should have just left him there! lol Just kidding people!

 Only regret, Adelyn didn't see any dancing or singing zebras singing, "Afro circus"...this idea that they would be at the zoo was inspired from Madagascar 3. Bummer lol ;)
 Jared spotted some wild big horn sheep on the distant "mountain". Pretty cool, right? I was impressed- you don't see that every day!

It was a fun outing- and naturally the kid's favorite part was the carousel at the very end...duh. :)



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Our Lives Lately

I have been severely lacking motivation to blog lately- which I realize will only cripple me later when I try to think about our lives at this time. My memory has and always will be the worst....I have serious worries that Alzheimer's disease will be an issue for me in elderly years! Anyway, to remind myself of a typical Saturday night (inspired by last night's ordeal) here it starts. It's about 4pm and I ask Jared if this would be a good time to put up my heavy duty decorative shelf and mirror. Yes he says and starts on the project. Well of course the kids want to participate in this project which involves a lot of measuring and drilling into walls- which leads to a little frustration because within seconds the kids are touching, taking, and wanting to grab every tool at their viewpoint. Uhhh this is turning into a longer project than anticipated.

Looking over the instructions, Jared realizes he needs a predrill and stud finder so this shelf of mine won't rip down the entire wall....off to my parents he goes to borrow theirs.  Another setback and now it is 5:30 and definitely time to get going on dinner- guess we're not grilling today! So I head off to Cafe Rumba to get us some food. Jared and I get home at the same time, we eat, and Jared gets started on my project again with kids hollering in the background who want to be let out of their booster seats so they can come "help" to. After drilling massive holes in the wall, Jared realizes that Ikea did not include a crucial tool which means no shelf goes up without the part! Arg! Being fuming mad at Ikea, he goes to Home Depot to see if they have the part needed. I decide this is a good time to bathe the kids and collect everything for bath time, wrestle them into the bath and start to take off my makeup because it's been a really busy day and I am exhausted. I'm also sick and so are the kids- which never helps anything whatsoever. 

I hear that Jared has gotten home and is back at putting up my project (he must really love me because this was a beast of an ordeal!) so keeping the kids distracted in the bath seems like a great idea. I finish taking off my makeup and remember that Dallin hasn't pooped today.....which may not be a big deal to any of you, but if I know he hasn't and it's bath time...lets just say I get bath time over and done, FAST! Sure enough that kids has pooped in the tub AGAIN (can you tell this happens often??!?!) and they never even got soaped off!!! ARG! I fling them out, wash it out and throw them back in again to be cleaned. All the nasty poop toys I put with soapy water in my sink to deal with later. This time I make bath time a shorter event and rush them out because I am certainly ready for bed and it's now past their bed times at 7:50. I. am. done! I wrestle Dallin into his jammies while he's fighting and kicking, screaming, the whole works and finish and go on to help Addie with her's. When I hear a splash of water go on the floor...what??? I fling myself around to see Dallin who's found a stool and got himself into the poopy water full of yucky bath toys which he's playing in and dumped water onto himself and the floor. WHEN WILL THIS DAY END???? I have lost all patience by this point (Dallin and Addie were both in cantankerous moods the entire day, probably courtesy of being sick) and it is time to get the kids in bed!! No books for Dallin tonight! Change the clothes and straight to bed he goes!

Jared got the shelf up, which looks great, but there is still the mirror, which didn't get measured correctly and two holes drilled in the wall are measured slightly too close to each other so that two more drills into the wall are necessary to get that thing up! Arg! Needless to say, when everything finally got up that day, we were both really satisfied with how it looks but wish the effort wasn't' so great! WE WERE TIRED!!! Thank you Jared for all that effort to make me happy that we finally have what I wanted on our blank wall!! So There you go, that's our life right now- we love it but sometimes it's really hard. Besides our nightly fiascos, here is what we are up to:


Jared: Besides accommodating my requests for putting things on the walls, he has been working as usual, but has stepped up in his company responsibilities and gets to drive a company car around! That has been great and Jared likes the cool features that are included in the car (bluetooth etc.). He has also continued to go to soccer on Saturday mornings, which he enjoys very much. Although last Saturday he surprised everyone by showing up at Addie's last dance class instead of going to soccer! We were all really excited and appreciated the sacrifice of missing out on his only time during the week he can do something fun, to watch Addie "participate" in dance.  Jared also got a little helper when he was fixing the toilet paper holder the other week, Dallin has sure been Jared's shadow lately!

Aubrey: Besides cleaning up poopy bath water, I've been just trying to keep up with things! We decided to eat healthier and that has kept me busy meal planning and researching. It's more work than before, but I feel good when I know my family is eating better. Speaking of which, out of the weather freeze that killed my squash, cucumbers and tomatoes, look what I pulled out of my garden recently! They were delicious!


Addie: Finished up her last week of trial dance class and I haven't had the heart of telling her that she won't be going this week. I was honestly surprised by how much she enjoyed it and learned. On her own yesterday, she showed me about 4 different ballet positions and moves that I had no idea she'd really learned. I am really considering signing her up!  Adelyn has also been a little spit fire and sometimes rallies Dallin to her cause- example: "But Dallin REALLY wants to watch Strawberry Shortcake!!" " Dallin said I could bring my blanket to the mall!!!". She loves books more than ever and says the funniest things now. We have very interesting conversations sometimes! She is really into joking around and "just teasing" and by the picture below, has taken an interest in a modeling career ha. Also, she has been packing and planning a vacation to Disneyland :) By her accounts, we should be leaving yesterday haha. Her elaborate storytelling is constant and rarely realistic, which is pretty entertaining! 


Dallin: Whew! That boy keeps us on our toes! He climbs, yells, shouts, loves dogs, throws, kicks, and couldn't be cuter! His vocabulary has really taken off and says a variety of words and phrases but most the time he speaks in a language only he understands :). If only we knew what he was shouting at us! He loves to be around Dad, Grandpa, and his uncles (basically men) and wants to be involved in whatever they do. Basketball, soccer, he wants to be right in the thick of it! But despite all his boyish fascinations, he only wants his mama to put him to bed every night :). Oh! and he has the cutest obsession with Mickey Mouse and dogs...he loves them to no end!