It has been a nice autumn. We were able to take a trip down to St. George during October for UEA weekend. Ashley held a big family party where the kids got to carve pumpkins. Always a favorite, and ours lasted the drive back home. Halloween wasn't nearly as overwhelming as other years, candy-wise. I got the idea to have the kids sell me their candy to get money to buy a movie - they agreed! Of course I let them eat as much as they wanted when they first received it, but then I got the rest! It was wonderful, and they loved giving their money to the clerk to buy Madagascar 3.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Lily is doing so well in school - it's so fun to see her acquire knowledge and enjoy going every day. She still loves to make people laugh - here she was showing me how she smiles without showing her teeth. She and Jackson started going to gymnastics and are having so much fun. Her favorite thing ever is to get tickled - especially if I say I will tickle her until she pees her pants.
Also in September I got the chance to go and visit Amanda to see her new house and paint a lot. A lot! Isaac and I flew over and left Adam to spoil Lily and Jackson (movies, a trip to the zoo, silly string, lots of candy and treats) for a long weekend. It was so fun to be with the Nays! After being around Amanda for a few days I feel like I can do anything - (small) home improvement projects; control my budget better; make meals that my whole family will eat; and of course be a better and more sensitive mom.
Speaking of great days....Isaac had his first birthday! Since he loves dirt so much I wanted to make the dirt pudding cups with oreos and gummy worms. He wasn't feeling too good the day of his birthday and so we did it the next day. Lily and Jackson (and Carly and Carson, who were here for a sleepover) thought they were pretty awesome but Isaac ended up crying - we found out he had an ear infection a few days later :(.
Monday, August 27, 2012
6:30 - 7:45 a.m. Isaac wakes up to get fed. Get everyone up, ready, fed, and in the car.
8:00 a.m. Drop Lily off for her first day of kindergarten!
8:15 a.m. Get to church and enlist Jackson's help in setting up: cover tables with paper, count paper products, make final list for Costco.
9:00 a.m. Go home to nurse Isaac for his nap, get Jackson ready for playdate (i.e. he was at this house for 7 hrs....), drop Jackson off; neighbor drops by to get the 3rd ham to prepare for funeral, I run to Costco while she stays with sleeping Isaac.
10:30 a.m. Clean kitchen and prepare funeral potatoes. Leave (late) to pick up Lily and Sebastian.
11:30 a.m. Lunch and pack up car with stuff to take to church.
12:00 p.m. Drop off Lily, Sebastian and Isaac at Boualay's house, then head to church to help set up more.
1:00 p.m. Pick up the 3 hams at 3 different houses and take to church. Go nurse Isaac and put him down for a nap. Return to church before funeral, find out someone forgot to bring rolls, rush to Fresh Market to get more and some ice too.
2:15 p.m. Realize that instead of 100 people coming like we thought, 40 did. Begin worrying what to do with extra food! Figure that out, clean up as much and as fast as I can before having to leave.
3:30 p.m. Go to pick up Lily, Isaac and Jackson to go to Jackson's Back to School open house at his school, which ends at 4 pm. On the way home, drop off clean dishes from people who contributed food.
4:45 p.m. Get home and make dinner (this 'making dinner' is pretty unusual on busy days but I had a pork tenderloin in the fridge I had to prepare).
A few observations:
I enjoy looking back at these days knowing that they only come around every 6 months or so.
I am grateful I had a small funeral before this one because I don't think I would have handled the stress very well (or at all).
I live in a wonderful neighborhood that takes care of each other. I had a LOT of help (with the funeral and my kids)!!!!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
To celebrate the milestone, I planned quite a few activities. I recruited my sister-in-law Sarah to take me shopping while her daughters babysat all day. :) It was so much fun! Sarah was so nice to take an entire day to talk to me about fashion and help me pick out clothes and outfits and shoes. I have been wanting to get a new wardrobe for a long time and Adam encouraged me to do it for this birthday. About a week later we went to St. George, where we basically dropped off Lily and Jack at the Bird's to enjoy the enormous bounce house that Janet got to celebrate her 60th birthday. It was so neat to have them spend time with their cousins - they are all such good kids - I am always amazed at how kind the older ones are to the younger ones. Jackson would tell me how Dreyden helped him go down the slide, and Lily would be included with Olivia, Boston, Elle and Claire. We are so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful family. Mom treated me to a pedicure and lunch; so fun to spend some time with just her! I also got some time with her and Dad while Adam was out golfing with Dreyden. Adam and I were able to go out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, and also catch a showing of the Bourne Legacy. Yeah for free babysitting!! The weekend went by too fast. The following week I finished training for the 35 mile bike ride I signed up for to do the day of my birthday. It was called the Wildflower Pedalfest, and I did the Sego Lilly ride. It was all girls, and so very low pressure and the 'feed zones' had fresh fruit, granola bars, candy, and a ton of other stuff. I was cheered on by Adam and the kids, who got out to yell "Happy Birthday" as I rode by. It was so cool! Put a huge smile on my face and made me so happy. Adam motivated me by saying I shouldn't be worried about finishing, but I should remember to finish FAST, which did the trick! I finished in 2 hours and 20 minutes (my goal was 2h 30m so I was very happy!) Afterwards we headed to Salt Lake to have Matt and Jana babysit while we went out for dinner. It was wonderful! I also got spoiled by friends and family who sent packages and emails. It was a very spread out celebration and I don't even miss being in my 20's!