Friday, November 25, 2016

Visiting the North Pole

We went to Seven Peaks in Provo for their North Pole attraction on opening night. It was a bit of a rough visit since we got there about 6pm and they go to bed at 7pm normally so that mixed with the fact that they had an EXTREMELY active day meant that it probably wasn't smart to have gone. But, they got to meet Santa and that was the main reason I wanted to go. Spoiler alert... I've told them a million times about Santa being a "character" and have shared the "story" of Santa with them but they still believe he's real, even if he looks like the Santa in these photos. Seriously Seven Peaks... You could have done so much better. Ugh, I can't even stand looking at this obviously fake Santa. He might as well have a flask under his coat :(

Anyway, here are some pictures from the evening:

Jane asked for an American Girl doll and loved meeting him.

Wenders was so brave! I can't believe she went to him without any hesitation! She asked for a baby girl doll.

Boston. Classic. Even while we were in line he kept saying "go bye bye". I tried everything, even telling him we were just going to say hi and I would hold him but nope, he wasn't into it. Stranger danger.

Terribly grainy but we daringly took a selfy on the bumper boat ride. Grandma rode with Boston, I went with Logan and Jane, and Brandt went with Wendy. I have to say, it was terrifying stepping on and off the little boat holding my wiggly baby and nothing else.

 Jane!

Grandma and Boston! These two were ahead of us

So fun!

Jane had to use the bathroom so while we waited, Logan and I took some more selfies.

Ha! I love this picture. It's like he is saying, "Pink mom? Seriously, you're making me wear this in public?" Sorry bud, your mom forgot a warm suit for you so you had to borrow one. Beggers can't be choosers.

We tried staying for the slide ride and the train but it was too late and the kids were losing it. Maybe another time!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Simple Saturday

 I love Saturdays! Jane's home, Brandt's home and sometimes we even get to see cousins! Here are some pictures from our activities today.

There was hardly any snow left but these rugrats still managed to build a very impressive snowman after breakfast!
Wendy: Can I have a carrot for my snowman's nose?
Me: How big is your snowman? (Thinking it would be teeny because most of the snow is gone)
Wendy: Um, medium.
Me: Let me see it. (Looks out back) Wow! That snowman deserves a carrot nose!

After the cousins headed out for the day and the little boys napped, I took Jane out to redeem her very first "Book It!" reward. I have so many good memories of getting these as a kid and she was so excited. Lucky for me she was not a fan AT ALL of the pizza so it was my lunch. We never order Pizza Hut so she was turned off because of the thickness of it.

After the boys woke up we headed to the park so the kids could run around and Brandt could play a little frisbee golf. I adore these next two pictures:

I've melted every time I put this bunting outfit on one of my babies for the first time. This was the first time for Logan. Stop the cuteness! He was so chill at the park which was nice because he sat in the stroller while I played with the other kids.

Wendy!

Boston!

Jane!

After the park we shopped for a rake and then went home for low-key quesadillas for dinner. Fun day, fun family.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Clothes

I just pulled out the next size of clothes for Logan! It is always fun going through the bins of clothes as each item brings back memories of the previous child who wore them. I also pulled out some Boston never wore because they were given to us for Logan. I love dressing up that little happy chubbers and I can't help but take pictures of him so here are a few with my favorite Logan faces...







Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Thanksgiving Point Visits

Grandma bought a pass to Thanksgiving Point and it is so fun to go every other Friday with her, my Sister-in-law Jenni and Jenni's kids! Here are some pictures from our recent trips:

Silly me didn't bring a stroller so Jenni was sweet enough to push Logan and Jane was sweet enough to carry Lily (who should have been in the stroller). I loved Jane's kindness and strength!

This picture makes me so so happy. One of the best things about living in Utah is that my kids will grow up with their cousins. These two. 

When we got to this clearing at the top of a hill Wendy said, "We should dance!"... naturally!

We found a wish fountain! I love Boston's expression here.

Obviously I gave them some pennies to make wishes on. Obviously Wendy wished for a pony.

My cute little Bossy Boy!

My kids probably shouldn't have sat on this Jesus statue but his lap was so inviting and I loved the symbolism of that. I'm sure Jesus would have invited them into his lap had he really been there.

Thinking of His love for each one of my kids touches my heart.

Thinking of their love for Him and the safety they feel in his lap touches my heart too.

Pony rides! Boss is big enough to ride on his own and I cannot even believe it!

Whaaa?! Did Wendy's wish come true!?

Tractor ride!

It was Logan's first tractor ride! He was suuuuuuper into it :)

Boston/Mom selfie... check.

 Grandma got the kiddos popcorn. Life could not get better.

Grandma and Wenders. Lucky little girl.

Grandma took this picture. This is how Boston is smiling lately and I love it because it shows his personality so perfectly. Silly boy. Couldn't love him more.

Can't wait for more Fridays to play at Thanksgiving Point!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Wendy Mae: 5 Years!

Wendy Bendy! I love sharing a special day with you. This year, every time I told you happy birthday you told me back, "You too birthday twin!" This year we went to playgroup, got Wendy's for lunch at your request and ate it outside on a blanket, cleaned out the van (because I spilled your lemonade on the drive home) and had a dance party while we cleaned and the boys slept, colored with chalk on the driveway and for dinner we had whatever you wanted out of the cabinets and fridge (you loved it and I loved not cooking). It was a super fun day and you didn't want to go to sleep because I told you the next day wouldn't be your birthday! You went to sleep though because you're a good girl... and you love sleep like your mommy.


Wenders, you are a sweet, sweet girl. You give hugs to everyone and you love to snuggle. One day I picked you up from school and saw you giving a hug to everyone in your class as you made your way out the door. I'm so happy that you've made friends in Utah.


You're doing really well at your preschool. You're starting to recognize your letters, you can write your name, you know your colors and shapes (you even taught me what a rhombus is). You are also super shy and get nervous really easily. You're a sensitive soul my dear girl.

You love to do gymnastics and are constantly doing flips off our couch. Cinderella is your favorite because she wears blue. That's your favorite color. You say your favorite food is pizza and cereal but whenever we eat those you hardly eat. I think your favorite is actually apples. You also love chips, salad, ice cream and gum.


You love love love your brother Logan. You are ALWAYS asking to hold him and if I say no you get super grumpy. I'm so glad you have a sibling you love so much. When he gets a little older I think you two will be best friends.


I really enjoyed taking your birthday pictures. We went to a park and you and I did pictures while the others played. You had a little pack of Starbursts in your pocket for when we were finished and you were so fun and patient. When we finished, I taught you how you could smoosh the two flavors together to make a whole new flavor and you thought it was really cool. Though, I don't think your mouth is big enough for 2 pieces at the same time, ha!


I love you so much sweet girl. I feel like I missed you being small because it was a hard adjustment from one kid to two and then I was busy with Boston. All of a sudden you are a big girl and I can't believe it. I hope you keep asking for snuggles and I hope I keep finding the time to give them to you. My favorite moments with you are when I see you for the first time each morning as you quietly come into my room after 7am (You asked for an alarm clock so you'd know what time to get up and you've done SO well with it!), when you get up in the night to go potty as we are about to go to bed and you give me the most loving smile, when I actually let you help me bake (you always want to) and you show immense pride in what you're doing, and I love it when you sing (especially when you ask me to sing with you).

(Shifty eyes!)

You're a BIG burper, and huge goof and natural dancer. You love Daniel Tiger, blowing bubbles and are the girliest girl in our family. You are very opinionated when it comes to what you wear and love getting your nails done. You also like to pick out our outfits and recognize right away when we wear something new.


You're a big helper and when I'm sad you make it your mission to comfort me and help me feel better. I'll never forget how you quietly held me and patted my back as I cried and cried during a particularly hard day a couple months ago. You could have left and gone to play with your siblings but you just kept your arms around me for like half an hour when I told you you could go be a kid instead of taking care of me.


You bring a good balance to our family and we are sure glad you're part of it. You're now one whole hand old. I'm excited to see what comes on your way to two while hands :)


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Curse of the Yellow Track Suit Continues




 
The yellow tracksuit has been handed down for many years mainly just to see if it still holds the curse. What curse? Well, you may remember what happened when Boston wore it. You can read about its explosive history in that link but basically, anytime a baby wears it, there's trouble... tummy trouble. Trouble that usually involves a change of clothes for not only the child wearing the track suit. 


Well, it happened again. I tested it a couple weeks ago and I thought the curse must be wearing off! Logan only leaked a little out of the outfit. Today, I asked Wendy to grab him some clothes and she ran back into my room, tossing this track suit to me. I was a little nervous, knowing what kind of mess can be involved when this outfit is worn but I thought, "Well, if it happens at least it'll be because this track suit still holds its power."



10 minutes folks. 10 minutes is all he was able to wear it for. Within 5 minutes I knew we were in trouble but hoped upon hope that all that rumbling would be contained. I soon realized it wasn't going to be and took him upstairs for a change only to find it had shot down his entire leg and out onto his sock. True to the track suit curse, my jeans were also victim. A chaotic bath and new clothes for everyone later, I don't think I'll be testing that curse again since it's obviously strong as ever.



And, naturally Boston needed his picture taken too. I'm glad the track suit doesn't come in his size :)