Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Recap

And all the rest of February.

Jovie considers herself "the bug girl" and takes great pride in catching anything that crawls. Including this cricket at Joann's. She was obsessed over it the 20 minutes we were in the store. Wes would've freaked if he would've seen her laying on the ground, butt crack showing playing with a bug. I thought the whole thing was pretty funny personally. I did have to convince her to leave him outside though.
 This boy is an eater. He can eat half of an in-n-out patty and bun. Plus fries. And he loves eating!
 My cute sleepy people.
 For Super Bowl Sunday we went to my parents house to watch the game, and celebrate Emmett's b-day.
 The big kids (Asher taking the lead) put on a magic trick for the little kids during the game.
 We celebrated National Frozen Yogurt Day with free yogurt. It really wasn't as bad as the line behind us makes it look. Maybe a 5 minute wait time.
 Story time at the library.
 And Jovie modeling something or another during our daily Polar Pop run. (She is constantly asking me to take her photo).
 Like this one here. This restaurant statue is right next to the kid's pediatrician, and almost every time we go she asks to take a photo by him.
 Park nights.
 But let's be honest, this is really what they want to do every day.
 Cute kids playing on the computer.
 Wes drove through some water. At least that's how he described it to me. It destroyed the engine. We had to have an entirely new engine built and put in (thank heavens for insurance). Big time stress involved (putting it lightly, it kinda ruined the entire month of March with worry and issues)! Moral of the story: don't drive through water.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Young Women

In our church we are asked to volunteer our time in callings where we help in different ways. Right now I am serving as a teacher for the young women of the ward (our church) who range from the age of 12-18. It is actually a lot of fun. I think it is so nice that our youth have friends who try to help one another, share similar values and are learning and growing together.

Some of our young women were part of the play "The Little Mermaid" at the Jr. High School, so we went to support them. I brought Peyton along and she loved it and felt very special at the end of the night when she got a photo with Ariel herself and Sebastian.
We also held a fun dance with the boys. I was surprised by how much the kids loved it and danced the night away.
 But our really big activity was our Spring Fling fundraiser dinner and dance. It turned out awesome! The food was delicious, the dance was a lot of fun and best of all the kids made a lot of money to support them for their camp this summer and other activities. My parents came out to join us and it was a great night!
Boppie bought them each a flower and they felt so special. He's such a sweet, sappy grandpa... and they are lucky to have such wonderful grandparents.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

On the Reg

I just think Jovie is such a funny little girl. She is almost always singing or talking to herself as she keeps herself entertained. She was playing the other day in the playroom and I was getting a kick out of listening to her. She had no idea I was watching her, but that's what made it so cute. I just enjoy her personality so much!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Citizen of the Month

Peyton was awarded the Citizen of the Month award for the month of February. She is such a good smart girl and a great student. I am grateful for her example to her younger siblings and can count on her to always try her hardest. We made it to her outdoor early morning assembly and Jovie made herself quite at home sitting next to Peyton at her class' table as if she belonged.
 Do you spy Jovie there among the kids?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Salvation Mountain

We've had this bizarre place on our list of places to go to for quite some time. So on President's Day our plans with cousins fell through due to some illnesses and we decided to do it that day. It was quite an adventure.

I don't think I can adequately describe our experience. It was far away, and I'll preface this whole post with this: if I were to do it again, I wouldn't. Not because it wasn't interesting and all, but it was too far for what it was. If I was an hour away in like say Indio or something, sure, but I wouldn't drive from here again. Because it was a full day of driving and fortunately my kids are troopers (especially when we put movies in the car).

But we rolled up and were surprised by how small and in what a funny location it was in. But the real surprise came from the surrounding area. It was weird!  Like what my nightmares are made of. Hippies everywhere. Naked bodies, weird art and cars. Anarchy at its finest people. Read up about it if you want here and here. And I'll say my worst experience was opening the porto-potty for the girls when we arrived. When they say no sewage they mean it. It was overflowing. We opted for the side of the road which was WAYYYYYY cleaner. Yuck! It also made both Wes and I on-guard as we read about the place and realized how little order was in the area; we were sure to keep the kids in eyes view.
But, some nice drifters gave the girls their own crystals on the side of the road. Jovie picked a pretty blue one, which they informed her would bring her health. Everytime she misplaced it (even for just a second) she was sure she was going to get sick and worried about her health instantaneously.

We walked around a bit, laughed about how the whole place was put together and took in the scene as a whole. I like having my kids experience the new and weird, gives them character. Then we started the long journey home. With just a short pit-stop at In-N-Out for dinner. So, I will simply say it was quite the experience.

10 Months!

Another month come and gone. And my boy is another month closer to his first birthday. Ahhh the joy this sweet guy brings. I've said it before and I'll say it again but he is just such a sweetheart and we are so blessed to have him. This month the picture was the hardest to get yet, he is a mover I tell ya! He's all over the place and it's his mission to get to the stairs. He will b-line it over there and then laugh maniacally as he makes his way up. I think he knows he shouldn't be there and wants us to come get him, because when he sees us come over to him it simply makes him laugh harder. He is pulling up and cruising and can stand by himself for a few minutes at a time. He babbles "mamamama" and can clap and wave (if he's in the mood, because he won't always do it on command). He's starting to destroy the girls creations and I am constantly telling them to move stuff off the ground and out of his reach. Wes and I are also constantly pulling their little toys out of his mouth, no matter how hard I try and think I am doing a good job keeping small things off the ground, he somehow finds them and tries to eat it. My favorite though is that he is such a cuddler and Wes or I still rock him to sleep for naps and bed, and he loves to just lay on our chest until he is relaxed or asleep. This month he stopped nursing. He acted like he was being tortured every time I tried and I was so sad to stop... I may have cried for a while the last time I nursed. He sleeps through the night 7am-7pm, and is an awesome napper still with 2, 2 hour naps. He has 6 teeth and LOVES to eat real food, which is convenient I guess if he won't nurse.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Puppy Brother

We sure love our little brother who crawls and always has something hanging out of his mouth. He's just the cutest puppy brother goin'.