Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ending 2015 on A Good Note

Whew! Now that the holidays are done and gone, it's hard to recall all that we did since they seemed to be a big blur. Of course the rush after Thanksgiving just snowballed with all the parties, events, and light viewing. But here are some highlights.

 ~Jared's cousin Allison and husband Gabe came and stayed with us for Thanksgiving
~ After 7.5 years of marriage, we finally upgraded to a bigger TV
~ Got to go on the free train ride to see lights (except me- expectant mothers were not allowed ugh!)
~ Saw the boat light show at the Mundy's house and got stuck on the lake when their boat stopped working
~ Jared and I got to see the new Star Wars movie with Kara and Garrett
~ Addie had a kindergarten Christmas show
~ Kara and Garrett came for Christmas with baby Gwen! Kara stayed and extra week and a half so we got to soak in all the fun of her and Gweny Bird being in town!
~ Addie learned how to tie her shoes
~We bought bunk beds for the boys room!
~Dallin learned to ride a bike without training wheels
~ Jared and I went to his rockin company Christmas party inside a barn with country music playing and line dancing...Jared was in country heaven!

Now that all of the fun stuff has been made mention of, I wanted to include an update of the kids before life started getting to hectic again (or I forget)
Addie: Is obsessed with picking a name for the baby. Probably every day she gives me a new idea for a name! We've had a name picked out since we found out the gender, but it's fun to hear her suggestions! Right now, her leading name is Alice (from Wonderland...) I told her she should save it for her own baby ;). She is beyond excited for her sister to come and having Gwen around showed me how sweet she'll be with her sister. Over the break I started teaching her to tie her shoes. This was a big fight at first since it's so frustrating at the beginning. She fortunately has caught on and can pretty much do them on her own now with a little assistance here and there. She loves math and likes to read (when it's easy) but gets irritated when it doesn't come as naturally as she'd like. We're working on reading though, and I think she is doing really well! 
Addie had her first field trip and I got to chaperone! We went to the Musical Instrument Museum and it was awesome!

Dallin: Is still learning to read through a book a friend gave me and is doing really well! He has a short attention span, so most days I'm just glad he'll let us get through the lesson for the day, write his practice letters, and go through his flashcards. Jared taught him to ride a bike withought training wheels over the break since Santa brought him a Kylo Wren bike. Dallin was a little lazy at first and would completely stop pedaling anytime Jared let go of the bike- so that was frustrating for them- but eventually he started to catch on. The last time they went to practice, Dallin was doing really well! I love the confidence boost children get when they learn how to accomplish something they thought was too hard! Dallin is still our most challenging personality most days. He is so kind and loyal and loving, but has a hard time focusing and following directions. His love language is definitely touch and so that makes things irritating sometimes because he always has to be patting, rubbing, or touching someone. When Gwen was here, it was evident to me that I will have both Trevin AND Dallin constantly harassing the baby....I'd hoped Dallin would have outgrown that by now, but alas he has not. He loves too deeply to not be constantly involved in what everyone else is doing ha! :) Dallin has also joined the "what to name the baby" game and his one and only suggestion is Princess Leia!
Dallin got to talk to Santa on the day of his preschool Christmas party!
Trevin: Still fears any living animal including bugs. Whenever there is a fly in our house, he gets his game face on and repeatedly tells (and acts out) how to smoosh it. If we ever got a pet, I'm convinced I would have to hold him all day long since he doesn't want anything to do with them! Trevin has a knack for colors and knows most of them already(and has for awhile now), neither of his siblings did at this age! He can also identify pairs and loves having things with two....2 cookies, 2 trains, 2 papers etc.. Trevin is a very active boy and loves to jump on the trampoline for long periods of time. He has been able to jump with both feet together for a long time now, which helps him jump higher on the tramp. He loves playing outside and enjoys sports and trains. He thinks rain is very exciting and looks for "Addie's bus" (any yellow bus) wherever we go. This funny boy refers to himself as "eby" (Trevy) which makes me laugh a little...his siblings mostly call him Trevy....and now that I think about it, I think Jared and I do as well. Trevin likes playing legos with his siblings and Santa brought some more to him so that there are more to go around!
Trevin fell and his the corner of one of the kitchen cabinets :(
Jared & Aubrey: Jared got a very generous "thank you" from the company this year for all his hard work. It has been really nice that his company seems to go out of their way to let him know they like his hard work and that they value him and his commitment to the company. I hear nothing but praise from his co workers at any given party get together! Jared got to go see Star Wars with his friend David Kim on the first weekend it was out and had a lot of time getting some rare "guy time". His busy work schedule, calling, and family life keep him occupied to the point that it's farther and fewer in between that he gets time to do recreational activities. I am now 35 weeks and starting to get stressed and overwhelmed with the idea of adding an unpredictable newborn to our already busy schedules. This seems to happen right before every baby comes, but I'm particularly more nervous considering our lack of flexibility with having to be to places on time (school and such). I know things will be what they will be, but it's hard not to stress! At least it will be nice not having back aches and an awkward body anymore! I'm still in book club and enjoy reading the different genres and viewpoints. I'm also still the relief society pianist and love it! 
Jared and I at the ward party
Jared got to go shooting with a friend! Watch out folks, his aim is true!
Picture taken around 33 weeks or so