Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, we got a babysitter and got sushi together. I surprised him with an Apple Watch with money from our tax return. It was pretty fun to surprise him with something big like that, especially since it was totally unexpected. He thought it was a Harry Potter wand from the shape of the box! Ha!

I went to a chocolate tasting (plus vinegars/oils) with some girlfriends in Provo. It was a hilarious evening and a much needed girls night out!

Play Dates and Co-Op

We are big believers of play dates and the co-op babysitting system I’m in. I can’t really imagine life without it all! I do babysit at least one time a week but because of it, I also have tons of time without my kids! We were also able to go on a trip without the kids because my friend was able to watch my kids! In turn, I watched her kids while she and her husband went to Hawaii. Yesterday, I had 11:30-4:30 without my kids because we swapped kids with friends. Now today, they’re playing at my house. They’re playing, the TV stays off the entire day, and the kids learn how to play with other kids and go to other people than just me! Because of the co-op, I can teach a class in the middle of the work week without paying a babysitter or run to Target sans kids. If you don’t have a co-op in your neighborhood, you should start one! I can send you the details! This sounds like a weird sponsored post for babysitting co-ops, but clearly it’s not. I just am super passionate about it!

Funny Finny: Age 2 to 2.5

Finn is a ham. We say it nearly every day. He loves to make us laugh and is naturally a silly kid with so much character. But the age two has also brought lots of tantrums and other difficulties. Some phases, such as hitting for no reason, thankfully have ended, so progress is definitely being made. But he is sometimes incredibly stubborn, will throw huge tantrums about something ridiculous or something I don’t even understand, and still doesn’t really understand how a bribe works.

In February, Finn learned how to climb out of his crib. It was something I had been dreading ever since Eva was a baby, however she never did it and would have been content in her crib forever. But fiesta Finn figured it out and no solution seemed to work. I lowered the mattress to the floor. He still climbed out. I turned the crib around. He still climbed out. I was really worried he would get hurt, so we decided we needed to switch the crib into the toddler bed. I was such an emotional mess because I was not ready for this monumental step. He was still napping regularly and I could just lay him down at night for bed and he’d go right to sleep. I also just didn’t like thinking about my baby not being a baby anymore. I wasn’t ready for it! But alas, it had to be done.

It was quite a ride for February/March. He had this new freedom in his room so napping was a joke. I put a lock on the outside of the door to make sure he’d at least stay in there for quiet time though. Quickly I realized, I had to childproof the entire room. I took all the toys out of the room, removed anything that could be a distraction or could be a hazard, I even had to put a lock on the closet. Thankfully that helped but he still would occasionally just take off all of his clothes for no reason, which as you can imagine, sometimes turned into a complete nightmare. For whatever reason, he really only did all of this at nap times, for bed time he really was doing great in his toddler bed, so I figured out-if I wanted him to nap, I’d lay next to him for a few minutes and then he’d fall asleep. By April, he was over making the huge mess, and if he was really ready for a nap, it wouldn’t be a problem at all. So, we did it! We made it through that difficult (although sometimes hilarious because I never knew what I’d walk into when I went into his room) time!!! Hurray, me!

Other than the crib issue and the meltdowns that are normal for the terrible twos, we are still so obsessed with this kid. He loves to wear hats. He has a few buddies he loves so much, like Lincoln. He has a few stuffed animals that, at times, he wants to bring around with him everywhere. He has the funniest dance moves, mostly where he slaps his behind. Finn loves his sister so much, and if he wakes up before her, he is so worried where Eva is and really wants to wake her up. He still cuddles and will put his head on me when he’s tired, I love it so much. He finds the words “toot” and “poop” hilarious and sometimes replaces song lyrics with those words… oh boy. He can be tricked into napping if you tell him it’s not nap time, that it’s bed time. Everyday he tells me that it is his birthday. He would take a bath three times a day if I let him. He likes to be naked and is so proud of himself when he gets undressed by himself. He enjoys the pool, can swim with his puddle jumper now in the “blue water” aka the deep part of the pool. Every time his face goes under water, he screams, “YUCK!” He has the deepest voice. His favorite animal at the zoo is a cow. And last but not least, he’s convinced that his name is Finny, definitely NOT Finn.


Finn really wanted to wear these Crocs, but they didn’t fit in his in-step because his feet were too chubby. So, I cut the top part off and he loves them but they look so ridiculous.

“Look, I’m Katie!”

Snow Days

We didn’t actually have much snow or even really cold weather until the very end of Winter, when everyone was hoping Spring would come along. But we did have a few big snow storms which the kids enjoyed. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but in our back yard, when we opened our fence the snow had gotten crazy high! We keep our garbage in the back, so to get it to the front yard through the snow was an interesting task.



Vegas Work Trip

My dad had another convention (Shot Show) he was working at in Vegas in January, so I went down to help him for a few days. The show was pretty crazy, I’ve never seen or been around that many guns in my life, but it was really fun getting to spend quality time with my dad. Unfortunately, I had to cut my trip a little short because Finn had gotten sick and couldn’t go to his sitter. Of course, it had to be when I was out of town! Till next time, Vegas!

COPA Recitals

Eva did a musical dance theater class this year at COPA. By the end, you could tell she really did enjoy it, although it was sometimes out of her comfort zone and she really wished she had a friend do it with her.

In her Winter concert, they did songs from Meet Me in St. Louis, then they had a workshop mid-semester where they all memorized a poem and recited them in front of all of the parents. It was pretty amazing to see her stand in from of a huge room filled with adults and be able to have the confidence to recite a poem by herself. Then for the Spring concert, they sang and danced to Shirley Temple songs. Unfortunately, the Spring concert I was out of town and couldn’t attend. But I did at least stay through the rehearsal the week before.

New Cousins!

This Winter we got two new nephews and one new niece! It’s been fun having new babies in the family again, and no… we haven’t gotten the fever yet haha!

When my sister-in-law Lacey was in labor, we got to keep her older kids. It was so much fun anticipating with the kids. They were both so cute when they found out their new brother had arrived.

Go Jazz!

The Jazz season is over now and we really had a good time getting to go to so many games! We were really lucky that TJ’s work offered him so many free tickets, it made our date nights this past Winter so much fun. Can’t wait for the next season, although we don’t have cable anymore so I’m not sure how we’ll watch the games at home anymore. In one of the photos, you’ll see TJ standing in front of the mural he made that’s in the arena. He’s so talented!



Christmas in Kentucky

Sometimes it’s hard to have my parents live so far away, but one fun thing is that when we visit at Christmastime, it makes us feel like we get two Christmases! The kids and I flew to Kentucky the day after Christmas. The kids did pretty well on the flight and were excited to see the grandparents. It was a little more quiet than usual because my sister and her family weren’t there for the first time, but we still enjoyed being together. Some highlights of the trip:

  • Watching lots of Star Wars movies with my dad
  • Crafting and baking with Nana
  • Going to the aquarium
  • Puppet shows and play dough
  • Mickey Mouse Waffles
  • Going downtown to see the Christmas decorations
  • Skyline Chili, of course

It’s been six months since we’ve been home and we are feeling quite homesick! Miss you, mom and dad. Thanks for always making our trips back feel so special!

Christmas Shenanigans

Life is BUSY! When I do have free time, I don’t want to get on my computer, but it’s now JUNE and I still haven’t posted about Christmas yet! So I’m going to do my best and remember the details from the past few months since I use this blog as my journal!

Christmas Eve fell on a Sunday which I really liked because we got to kick of Christmas with a beautiful Christmas program at church and all dressed up in our Christmas clothes. Finn was so excited for pictures as you can tell.

After Church, we headed over to my in-laws house for the rest of the day. They had lots of cute activities for the kids like making ornaments, playing bingo, and acting out the nativity. We all changed into our Christmas jammies and then headed home so Santa could come!

This was the first year I had EVERYTHING ready for Christmas, so all I had to do on Christmas Eve was bring the gifts and stockings out of their hiding places. It was so nice not having to wrap anything that night like usual and to just put on a Christmas movie with TJ.

The kids actually slept in pretty well and wouldn’t you know it, we woke up to a white Christmas again!

We did a really simple Christmas. Santa just brought two gifts for the kids and we gave them one from us. Even the stockings were filled with useful things, not just junk. It was probably our best Christmas yet and the easiest to clean up afterwards. We always say we want to do it this way, but it usually just gets out of control. I felt so proud sticking to the three gift limit for the kids and realized they still were thrilled and thankful for all that they got! Eva finally got a mermaid tale (from Santa) and she is obsessed with it at the pool this summer! Christmas Day, we headed back to Mark and Kelly’s for lunch. We exchanged gifts and the kids enjoyed playing with their new presents from the cousins and grandparents.