Odds and Ends from December

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Eva went to a Birthday party where they got to meet Elsa and all dress up as princesses. Obviously, she had a wonderful time.

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Finn started sitting in his jumper this month and loves it so much! He gets so proud of himself. Adorable. Eva gets very jealous that she can’t get in.

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I learned how to carry Finn front-facing in my wrap. Total game changer! He doesn’t look like he loves it from the picture, but I promise he does!

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We drove through Thanksgiving Point’s light display one evening while we ate our dinner in the car and listened to Christmas music. It was a fun Christmas activity which we will probably do again since we don’t have to get out in the cold with the kids.

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One afternoon, I took Eva and Finn to the Christmas puppet show at the Library. I love all the little free events and activities they put on!

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I put Finn down on his playmat for one second and the next, I looked over and Eva had put antlers on him. She was laughing up a storm! So funny!

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They sang Happy Birthday to Eva and her friend at church one Sunday. I still can’t believe she is four years old!
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Eva LOVES playing (and eating) in the snow. We have an enclosed backyard, so I send her out there to play while Finn and I watch from inside!

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Insta-Update

What the heck? It’s almost the end of November and I’ve barely blogged at all! I feel like I’m constantly playing catchup on here now that Finn has joined our family. Life is busy, folks. And I don’t even know what we’re busy doing, but I do know I wish we had like six more hours each day (preferably after the kids are asleep) to get things done. But there’s not, and I’m sure I’ll start to juggle things better as the months go by. But for now, this is the best I can do.

Life with two kids is still great (overall). We’ve had some bumps with Eva, but are trying some new discipline techniques (such as a listening chart, which has been great) and that’s helped us through. And Finn seems to be a little colicky each night… which sometimes makes me think I NEVER want to have another baby ever, EVER again, but then he’ll fall asleep and be so sweet and cuddly in my arms, so I think I’ll want a hundred more babies. Motherhood is truly an emotional roller-coaster, changing minute to minute!

Let’s see, what else has been going on? This month has been kind of quiet compared to October’s Halloween Festivities. So, we have filled our days with play dates, library trips, Grandma visits, baking, crafts (Eva has been making little bead candy cane ornaments), and Christmas shopping. Eva really likes the play area at the Provo Town Center mall (which is kind of far, but worth the drive for a fun and free activity) so we’ve gone there a couple of times too. We’re just racking our heads for fun activities inside now that the weather has been cold (and sometimes snowy!). Have any ideas?

We are heading to Arizona this week to visit my brother and his wife, along with my parents who are flying in. I can’t wait for our little getaway, we need a little something to break up the mundane life right now.

Well, that’s all for now… here are some instagrams from this month!

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We took some family photos over the weekend and I told Eva she could take photos in her princess dress if she wore what I wanted her to wear first. She posed like this by herself… so adorable and passionate! Haha!

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Whenever it’s snowing, Eva puts on some snow clothes crazy fast (why can’t she put on her clothes that fast everyday?) and then plays on the balcony! This was on the first snow of the season and her excitement was so precious, I nearly cried. Something so simple like a little bit of snow was just magical to her.

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On Tuesdays at the Megaplex, all movies are $5 and popcorn is $1. So, we took the kids to see a matinee of Peanuts. It was really simple but very cute. I don’t know if the kids liked it as much as we did, but just going to the movie theater is exciting as kid so everyone enjoyed it.
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We bought a Christmas tree (thank you, Big Lots, for a tremendous deal!) and set it up last week. We aren’t decorating it until after Thanksgiving, but I have already loved sitting and watching it each night. I’m so excited for this Christmas season!

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I finally put up some pictures in our bedroom! I also set up a little Christmas tree next to our bed. Our room finally has a little charm.

Everyday Happenings

I am finally feeling back to normal and getting back into the swing of life again. Here are some instagrams from the past couple of weeks.

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.35.35 PMWe had a playmate with some friends who were in our Jersey ward and are out here in Utah.
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More fun with dad

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Eva is in love with her baby brother. It is so sweet!

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We went to Glen Park with cousins one afternoon after school.

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Eva really loves going to music class each week!
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Here’s our Diva Eva being adorable.
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One Saturday we went to Thanksgiving Point to check out some big pumpkins.

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As big as Eva!

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We celebrated our niece’s first birthday with family.

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End of February

LAST WEEK OF FEBRUARY! Can you tell that I’m excited? We did it! WE DID IT! Yesterday was sunny and 45, melting all the snow right away and it sure gave me a taste of Spring. I almost wanted to open the windows when we got home from church, but I held off, 45 really isn’t THAT warm.

Really not much has been going on, but just in case you aren’t on Instagram, here’s the latest happenings:

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Weird Pinterest activities

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Eva has been taking a bath nearly every afternoon in her swim suit for a little pool time.

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My friend Laura from Provo came to town and we met up at Brookfield for some lunch.

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Eva has been wearing a toilet seat around the house.

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Before Ashley moved, we went to see Phantom of the Opera!

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Here’s Eva all dressed up (w/ lipstick of course) for Vday!

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The outside of the theater may not look like much but the inside is AMAZING.

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Here’s Eva with her Vday bag at playgroup. Eva didn’t quite understand that you had to deliver each valentine in everyone’s bag, she wanted me to do that part while she guarded her bag.

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Ladies’ Night Out 🙂 I’m grateful for good friends and delicious pizza.

Three noteworthy things I want to remember for journaling purposes:

  1. I played piano yesterday for choir and did not mess up ONCE. Not one note. I was so nervous about the ending! So grateful to be the pianist at church even though sometimes it’s a lot of work.
  2. I also taught the Beatitudes and Matthew 5 yesterday in our gospel doctrine class and it really was great lesson for me to study. I’m amazed at how the teachings of Jesus Christ from 2000 years ago are still so applicable in our day. Let your light so shine!
  3. So many people have been looking after me and making an effort to reach out to me since Ashley has moved. It’s truly amazing and I just feel so blessed to have good friends and family. My neighbor has brought me dinner TWICE, a friend from church babysat Eva for a couple hours one morning, my visiting teacher from church invited me to come to Costco with her one night, a couple girls went to see a movie with me on Saturday, my husband brought me flowers and has played with Eva lots since I haven’t had much of a break… the list just goes on and on. And a new family moved into our ward pretty close to where I live. My prayers have truly been answered and it just shows me over and over again that God really cares about the little things in each of our lives.

Passing the Winter Time

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Valentine Cookie Making

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Liberty Science Center

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Lots of coloring/painting/playdough time

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Kidville Open Play

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Sesame Street Exhibit at Lincoln Center

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Big Bird!

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Snow days

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Car rides are very special since they rarely happen.

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Valentine’s Gifts from Nana
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Shopping Carts are also a treat since the kids usually are in their strollers.

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Date Nights

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Broadway Lottery Busts… tonight we are going to see Phantom though to send Ashley out of NYC with a bang!

February is half over… March and WARM WEATHER are right around the corner. I can feel it! I CAN’T WAIT!