Christmas with Vivint

TJ had his work party last Friday at the Vivint Hanger and it was such a blast! We got there late because we didn’t figure we’d want to be there the whole time since it was Casino night. Turns out, we could have been there all night long, we had such a good time. We pretty much just played blackjack the whole time, and definitely didn’t do well… good thing it was all fake money! I’m so grateful for TJ’s job… that he loves it so much and that they treat him so well.

Christmas with the MoTab

My friend Eliesa had two extra Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Concert a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to get them! I took my friend Hannah since TJ was too busy with work to come. We were a little late because of the parking situation (lesson learned… just plan on parking in ANY lot other than City Creek during Christmas) which was disappointing because we had to sit farther away, but we still had a great time and loved the concert. The song they end the concert on each year is Angels from the Realms of Glory. They bring out the bells and the whole cast from the night, usually bringing me to tears. It definitely was a great way to spend the evening to get in the Spirit of Christmas!

Life at Home

Between the kids getting sick and TJ taking the car to work quite often, we have been at home a lot recently. It actually has grown on me. As you know, I’m definitely the type of person who loves to get out everyday and go on new adventures with the kids as much as possible, so at first it seemed so hard to be stuck at home ALL.DAY.LONG. The days still seem long at times, but with play dates, lots of crafts, and a little creativity, we are getting used to it!

One late afternoon, Finn was napping, so I took Eva outside and we played in the snow together. She found ice pieces and could have played with them all night long-she pretended they were pieces of a castle. It’s so fun to see her creative mind at work.

I searched long and hard for a new winter coat. I had several specifications. It needed to be in my budget and if it was too much, it had to be PERFECT. It needed a hood, needed to go to my knees, needed to cinch at the waist so I don’t look like a balloon, needed to be warm and soft, and needed to be a gray (or something other than black). I seriously went to about fifty stores and didn’t find one that I loved. Columbia had one but it was over my budget and wasn’t the warmest kind they had, so I just couldn’t let myself spend so much money! I was SO incredibly frustrated and figured I’d just wear my old Hollister coat I’ve had for nearly ten years for another season. Then I went to Target, you know… where I go 80 times a week, and lo and behold… I found this coat and it was on sale for $40! It’s not quite as warm as I had hoped, since I wanted a down one, but for $40, I can just wear a fleece underneath if I really need to. I love it! Here’s a photo with my sidekick, she loves jumping around in that big Target bag!

My kids started playing together this month a lot and I LOVE IT! They are so cute. This is why people have more kids!

I took this on the night before Eva turned five. I told her it would be the last day she would ever be four years old. She and I almost started crying! She said she would miss being four. I’ll miss you being four too, Eva Kay!

We went to music class for the first time in a long time last week. Finn didn’t sit still at all, but really did enjoy being with all those kids and dancing along to the music.

Here’s my cutie on his motorcycle, his ultimate favorite toy. He’s started standing on the seat, and tries to let go. What a daredevil. Eva was never like that! Boys… #amiright?!

We made a felt tree to stick on the wall with felt ornaments for the kids to play with. Finn’s idea of “playing” with the ornaments is ripping everything down. One day we were really bored and so we made clothes out of paper bags, colored them, and then did a fashion show. It was so funny!

Here’s my cute girl all ready to play in the snow!

She has always loved making snow angels. This is the face of pure joy!

N O V E M B E R

November was BUSY. I don’t even know where it went or what we did, but I know it went fast. I worked a lot for my dad and had a bunch of other projects going on so I didn’t blog much at all, so here’s my attempt to catch up! Here are some clips from the month that need documenting.

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Eva learned how to “do the splits.”img_0329

These two started playing together a lot this month. Finn simply adores Eva and Eva loves all the attention. img_0324

Finn got a new haircut, and once again looks like a big boy!img_0323

We went to the museum with friends one afternoon. It’s crazy how Finn now can play in most of the areas. His favorite game: putting things into things, aka balls into holes, stuff in the garbage, food into his mouth.img_0322

Finn sat in the little ball place at the end of the ramp for a while… it was so cute.
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Here’s Doc McEva. She used to want to be a vet when she gets old but now she wants to be a TAP DANCER! Dream big, girl!img_0320

My old young women’s president released a book and so we went to her book signing! img_0319

I let the kids get in the special cart at Harmon’s. Needless to say, Eva was thrilled. Finn also loved it, but was too distracted by the wheel to take a picture.
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November was unseasonably warm! We went to the farm several times. Finn loves the goat just like me!img_0317-2

Here’s my almost-five-year-old on the big horse! Finn rode his first pony that day too, but mid-ride, decided he was done.img_0314

One day, Finn had a terrible diaper rash, which was his first (Eva had them all the time as a baby but Finn has never had them). He finally stopped crying when I let him walk around the house naked.img_0313

This was from the same day. He was in such pain from the diaper rash, he wouldn’t nap. But he eventually fell asleep on me, which was pretty much the best.img_0305

We went on lots of walks around the neighborhood, pushing this boy around in the bike.img_0304

He loves that thing! img_0302

Our ham, always trying to make us laugh!img_0300

We checked out the new play area at the mall. He was so proud of himself, getting to climb and sit up on that rock!img_0301

We went to the mall with our buddies and the girls loved sitting in the chairs and pretending this was their fort. Cute girlies!img_0299

I put Finn in TJ’s old outfit. Unfortunately, it’s a bit small now, but he still looked adorable.
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My little monster!

Rock the Boat

A week ago in Sunday School, our teacher asked us when was the last time we wrote down a spiritual experience that we have had and if we have any experiences that we haven’t written down, but should. I thought about it all week long. What experiences have I had that I haven’t written down? Something I want to remember forever and want my children to be able to read one day. Something that maybe one of you all need to hear?

First off, I had one thing instantly pop into my mind that I haven’t been able to shake. Back when I was about 19 or 20, I’d go home in the summers and attend the singles ward with my brother. At the time, we didn’t really love going because we didn’t know many people, but I did make two memories there. The first thing was just funny. There was a man who bore his testimony and pounded SO hard on the podium saying something like, “Have you ever been so mad…” I don’t even remember what else he said, but he was passionate that day! The second memory is something that is so simple but so dear to my heart now. We would urge each other to go up and bear our testimonies. We called it “rock the boat.”

“Are you going to rock the boat?” We’d ask. “Only if you do it first.”

Those Sundays were good ones. And as Andy Bernard says, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

Then today, I was still thinking about spiritual experiences or memories that I wanted to write about when I realized one was enfolding right before my eyes. It was Eva’s primary presentation today, where all the children (there are probably 80 of them in our ward!) sit on the stand, each say something and sing all the songs they’ve been working on each year. Watching Eva sit up there as an almost 5 year old is touching, itself. To realize I have this real big kid who is brave enough to say a line into the microphone in front of everyone and to sing loudly, proudly, smiling and waving at me through the whole presentation… it’s just incredible. I’m truly blessed. But there was one song that stood out, and specifically one verse that sincerely touched me.

We have been saved for these latter days
To build the kingdom in righteous ways.
We hear the words our prophet declares:
“Let each who’s worthy go forth and share.”
I instantly felt the Spirit when I listened to these words, sung by my daughter and all the other children. They have been saved for THIS TIME. This critical and difficult time that we are living in. They were saved because they have the capabilities to be strong enough to make it. We need to be good examples for them. Teach them, show them the way. So that they can carry the gospel throughout the world. When I see all the hatred going on this week, all the riots, the crazy election stuff… Eva and Finn will be immersed in this world so soon and have a lot to bear. They are such precious spirits and God has entrusted them to us. I hope I can be a good enough mother and follower of Christ so that they are ready for what is to come, and that they one day can “go forth and share.”

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Disney: Snapchat Edition

I love snapchat. It’s just so casual and fun. Such an easy way to document the regular part of your day. So, I snapped some at Disney and put it all together. I love rewatching the part about what Eva packed in her bag for Disney. Too funny!

 

 

Oh, hey!

I feel like I constantly have a to-do list of a hundred things to do, blogging is on there but definitely not high up. I have so much to blog about. The rest of our trip to Disney. All of our Fall fun stuff. A wedding. A craft exchange party. 21 Day Fix and fitness stuff. A favorite things party. Finn’s monthly posts. My parents’ visit to Utah.

But they will have to wait. Sometimes I have to choose on my list from good, better, best. So, just know we are doing well and we will be back soon!

Wrapping up September

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One Sunday, we went to TJ’s office in Lehi so I could see the new floor graphics he designed. Long story short, we locked our keys, ID card (which opens up the door) and phones in the cafeteria there. We could have walked home, but we were both just so annoyed at the situation and kept hoping someone would show up. After we said a prayer, a security guard showed up outside and we were able to get our stuff back! Such a funny situation.

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Another trip to the farm and this time they had a couple special things going on!img_0024 img_0023

A balloon animal horse at the farm.img_0022-2

This huge BYU flag was hung on the side of the highway by our house on the day of the Utah game. It was amazing. It would have been cooler if we won the game though lol.img_0011-7

We have loved our Pass of All Passes this year… the Lehi Fun Center, although it’s pretty rundown, is so close and so fun for the kids!img_0059

We just picked up and took home this homeless boy at Walmart hahaha! I know he looks like a little orphan boy in this photo but he was so cute in there! And don’t mind all that junk food guys, we were about to leave for our road trip, okay? img_0058

Uhm… hello, adorable boy!
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Huge pumpkins at the fall festival at Thanksgiving Point!img_0050 img_0049

Just relaxing!img_0048

At Home with the Kids

We have been letting TJ take the car to work a lot, meaning we are left without a car. Honestly, it hasn’t been bad at all. It’s definitely a change though since I’m used to getting out everyday and doing a lot of stuff with the kids. But we just have to find other ways to spend our time. We’ve used our playroom much more than ever before, walk to all the different parks in the neighborhood, set up play-dates with neighbors, go on walks and bike rides, play a lot of games and chalk outside, and walk to the museums and farm nearby. Here are some photos from the past month of our shenanigans.

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Cascade Springs

I took the kids up to Cascade Springs (info about it over here) and we really had a great afternoon. Blue skies, nice breeze, it was beautiful.

I had a little spiritual moment up there that I thought I’d share. The Springs are surrounded by three loops, all paved. It’s an easy walk, doesn’t take too long to do all three loops. I had my stroller with me, so we had to backtrack a bit because I didn’t want to carry my stroller up the stairs. Well, at one point, we put the quilt down and enjoyed the scenery for a while, then when we were heading out, I went the wrong way. We got back to the stairs. Then I backtracked again but it led me to a dead end. There were maps pretty much every 100 feet or so, but I never took the time to look at them. I kept thinking, I can do this by myself, it’s three simple loops (with a couple extra dead-end paths). But I couldn’t. Even though it was a simple path (we weren’t in any danger, so Mom, please don’t be alarmed!), we still got lost. After a couple minutes, we went back to the map we had just passed and figured out the pathway without the stairs. The map led us back to where we needed to go.

I immediately felt that those maps are like the scriptures. They’re there for us. They’re ALWAYS there, ready for us to turn to when we get lost. Even on the simplest paths when we think there’s no way we’d need help, no way to get sidetracked, they’re there. If we don’t turn to them (even if life is easy), we won’t be able to find our way to safety. Things will come up, we will get lost. We need to swallow our pride and stop thinking we can do it by ourselves. We can’t. We need their help.

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