Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Week in the Life {6/18-6/24}

 Paige has the BEST smile ever. 

 Paige hates the texture of spaghetti noodles so much she cries when they touch her tongue. 
 Hannah asked for a picture and this is how she posed. 

 Hannah is totally enamored with Tayden. Can you blame her? I was trying to get the husbands to take a picture together and T volunteered. 
 Craig, Adam, Scott, Shawn (with Colin), and Matt
 Chelsea, Melissa, Stacey (and baby), Sheena (and baby), Cori (and baby)...The other two pregos are in Utah. Yes, 5 of my very best friends are pregnant and due within 5 weeks of each other (gasp). Makes me feel like I missed out on an awesome party last winter ;) 
I seriously would be so sad in life without these ladies. 

Our first week with Adam:

Lots of reading, playing with Daddy, naps for Mommy, McDonalds outing, Library story time, playing in the back yard, discovering a cocoon, going to the gym, movies, and fun. The last few pictures are of Adam and some of his best guy friends (minus Jake) and me and my best girl friends (minus Haley and Katie who were out of town). We had a BBQ at Stacey's house. Chelsea and I are the non pregnant ones...if I look especially skinny it's because I'm standing by Stacey who is (incredibly) 6 months pregnant! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Week in the Life {6/11-6/17}

June is half way over?!?!

This week Adam spent most of his time in a UNLV course for elementary teachers to learn about teaching science. He got paid pretty big bucks to take the course so woohooo!

I spent the week inside. It's about 105 here at this point and being outside with the kids is miserable. Seeing how we didn't have a car, we didn't have much choice but to sit around at home. Luckily I have very good friends Lidia and Athylie who made sure we got to swimming lessons every day, and Stacey helped us out by getting us to the library for Storytime. I would have gone mad otherwise.

Hannah finished up swimming lessons. She did a fantastic job. It's so cool watching your children learn and develop a skill isn't it?! The first day she would barley do anything and by the end of the two weeks she was loving it. She even asked if she could do it again, but I think we are going to be out of town too much.

Paige has eaten everything in sight this week. She loves to gobble everything up and seems to have an endless appetite. She is getting even better at walking although she is pretty nervous and will hold our hands most of the time.

Saturday we got our first babysitter EVER. We've done lots of trade offs with friends but I felt like I should give them a break while we went and saw The Million Dollar Quartet, a Musical. The name was given to recordings made on Tuesday December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The recordings were of an impromptu jam session among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. It was a really fun date. The girls did really great with a babysitter and I was calm the whole time because I picked pretty much the best girl I possibly could. We also went to another birthday party at pump it up, and a Goodbye Party (or as Hannah called it, a Go Away Party) for our good friends the Wongs who are going to Kansas City for Med school. We'll miss them!

For Father's day I woke up at 5:45 so I could be ready to take care of the kids/make breakfast so Adam wouldn't have to. People, my kids didn't wake up until 7am. WHAT. That is the first time that has ever happened. I swear they are out to ruin me. We gave Adam THIS VIDEO and made footprints (just the kids, not me lol) for Adam. I also made a yummy breakfast and dinner.

So next week starts our Summer of Adam! I'm super excited to see what it will bring! Adam's first summer off since he was a teenager (and possibly his only summer off ever?). One week from today Aubrey Turney is coming to visit and then a week later we'll be in my homeland, Utah.

If anyone is keeping track, we have read 41 new picture books this summer. Most of those have been read AT LEAST 3 times but books like There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly, Pinkalicious, and We're Going on a Bear Hunt have been read at least 20 times exaggeration.

 After nap hair is hilarious. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Week in the Life {6/4-6/10}

What a great week! I always always love the last week of school and the first week of school better than any other weeks in the year. Those weeks are always filled with so much energy and excitement if you are a student, a teacher, or a teacher's wife.

Monday is my regular cleaning day, so nothing too exciting there. I joined a gym and so I went for the first time. Much to the chagrin of my family members, the gym membership also includes unlimited tanning. I'm being as safe as I can be using a tanning bed and I only go for 3 minutes at a time 3 days a week. I just want to be even all around. I was supposed to hang out with friends but ended up falling asleep SUPER early. The big news is that Hannah started swimming lessons with our friend and ward member Steve Torrance. I was amazed at his patience. Hannah didn't want to get in the water and when she did she didn't want to put her head under. He got her to put her head under for about a second on Monday.

Tuesday we went to the library. We are having so much fun finding new awesome books. Hannah's favorite this week was probably a toss up between There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Tasack and any Mo Willems book that features Elephant and Piggy. Mo Willems tends to include little parts from his other books in his current book and I was pleasantly surprised while reading the line "blaggle blaggle" in Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Hannah perked up and said "That's from Knuffle Bunny" not realizing that Mo Willems wrote both books. I was super impressed. It sounds dumb now but it wasn't haha. Hannah enjoyed swimming lessons again and actually put her face underwater once or twice. We went over to Tayden's house for a little while and Hannah was so happy because according to her she is "Dying for Tayden." Paige's big news was that she actually took her first steps on Tuesday. She was SO PROUD of herself, laughing and looking all over the place. I was pretty proud too, just 9 months old.

Wednesday we had a Dr. appointment for Paige which went fabulously. She's a super healthy baby 50th percentile for height, weight, and head which to me tells  me that she is practically perfect ;). Adam was practically counting down the hours for the last day of school. I read the book House Rules by Jodi Picoult, who I have avoided in the past but REALLY enjoyed.

Thursday we spent some more time with Tayden. We are so lucky to have awesome friends, and we love them, and that's all I'm going to say about that. Hannah had her last swim lessons for the day and wouldn't you know she did FANTASTIC. I can really see her growth and comfort in the pool, although she is still wary and wants to be safe. Hannah is our little safety police. If she is outside and hears a car coming she instantly freaks out and I have to hold her hand for her to calm down. If the car is turned on before my seatbelt is buckled (or if she doesn't see me buckle my seatbelt she makes me put it on (same goes for Adam). If Paige is moving towards danger like a little object she might want to swallow or the stairs Hannah sounds the alarm. It's great but I sometimes worry she is too paranoid. Adam had a little too much fun with his facial hair this week as it was the last week of school. He was VERY happy to say goodbye to most of this years students but very emotional saying goodbye to Tanaka. He received a very sweet note from one of his last years students which validated him and made him feel like he does make a difference.

Friday, Adam checked out and came home at about 10:30. Summer vacation doesn't start officially for him until this next week is over (he has a science class that he gets paid to take so after Friday he's free) but there is a huge burden off his shoulders now that he is no longer responsible for a class. I took a glorious nap and Friday night we went to a BBQ for our friend's boy who just turned 2. We sure love him too. I just love my friends and their kids. I kind of feel like an aunt to them since I am so far away from family here in Vegas and oh that's right...don't have any nieces or nephews of my own...

Saturday we had another birthday party for my friend's daughter Sophia who turned 3. I can't believe that just over 3 years ago me, Amanda, and Ozra were all pregant going to UNLV together and within 6 weeks we all had our gorgeous daughters who are now in their threes. Wow. Time flies. We went to Pump it up, had cake, and birthday hats, so as you can imagine Hannah was on cloud nine. I read a book in one day called The Fault in our Stars and I'm dying to get my hands on every John Green novel ever. It was amazing.

Today we are just hanging out. I'm making a yummy dinner. We'll go on a walk, have brownies, and then read/bed. I'm reading another really interesting book about a woman who cannot retain her memories after she falls asleep and has missed out on half her life. It's called Before I go to Sleep. Hannah was excited today because her swim teacher spoke in church. She was also excited because Tayden's grandparents came to church so she thought that maybe her grandparents would be there too :(

In case you are wondering, We've read 26 new picture books since June 1st :) We are over 1/4 of our way to our goal of 100 books. I'm sure we'll read way more than that, but it will be exciting to reach our goal! Maybe we'll have an ice cream party!