~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 fell and his the corner of one of the kitchen cabinets :(|
|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|