Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Week in the Life {9/16-9/22}

Every week when I sit down to reflect and recap the events I feel so tired and lazy. This is such a chore, but I always appreciate it when I go back and read it later. It reminds me of a book I finished this morning, The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. The book has this undertone of finding beauty in every day life, and that's kind of what I want to accomplish. I don't always talk about things that are bothering me, or the messy bits of life, but it's not because I'm trying to put on a show, necessarily. It's more that I'm trying to focus on the good in my life rather than dwell on the disappointments.

Hannah and Paige started soccer this week. We are doing a neighborhood club, Every Tuesday we get together and work on skill practice, drills, and scrimmaging. All of the kids either are or were in our ward (before the split) so it's a lot of fun to be with the parents and watch these little kids grow. Hannah did fantastic on her first week. She was great at obeying instruction and had fantastic coordination with the ball. Paige on the other hand was too distracted by pink and purple soccer balls that she spent the evening collecting her favorite balls and running around, which is what I expected. It's pretty well organized, led by volunteers made up of the moms and dads and the occasional cousins. It's so much fun. Hannah has my cautious nature when it comes to team sports. She'll chase the ball with vigor but if she is close enough to kick it she'll let someone else take over.

Hannah had a respiratory attack this week and she's still recovering but she was pretty devastated to miss a day of school. She said to me, "Maybe all the other kids got sick and they had to cancel school!" She was very hopeful but I wasn't optimistic. We spent her sick day cuddling on the couch and watching movies. I didn't like that she wasn't feeling well, but I sure loved the down time.

Paige is hilarious. When we are playing around and I ask her to yell at Daddy she'll shout, "YEEEEEELLLLLL" I got out her Halloween costume and showed her. She said it was pretty, but when I told her it was for Halloween she got scared of it. (She's going to be Minnie Mouse.) Speaking of Halloween costumes I put together a Doc McStuffins costume for Hannah and she looks adorable. She is so excited for Halloween!

We had a fun family day on Saturday. We went to the Jim Gill concert at the library. He even got Adam to (begrudgingly) stand up and dance silly moves with the kids. After that we went to our annual Stake County Fair at the Mountain's Edge building. We had a fun time. Adam worked the Basketball booth for a while while Paige and Hannah collected tickets and gorged on cupcakes and cookies. Hannah asked for some cotton candy and I asked how she knew what cotton candy was. "I'm four years old Mom," she said, "And I've known about it since I was born." There was enough sass in her tone that I could almost see her teen years.

For the most part it was a quiet week. I read a lot. We played Candy Crush. I went to a Norwex party and Adam had an open house for school in the evening. I also went to the temple with some good friends (and dinner before at Zupas, it was amazing. The salted caramel creme brule was one of the best decisions I've ever made in life). We did initiatories.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Week in the Life {9/9-9/15}

Adam is of course working hard as always. He's such a fantastic husband and provider. I went to his school this week and every person I ran into kept going on and on about what an asset he is to the school. Adam spends a good bulk of his time helping others with their technology woes. This week his principal couldn't get the sound to work on a video he was trying to watch. He called Adam back to the school and Adam figured out that his speakers were on mute. Adam applied for another position teaching online in the school district, so we'll see how that works out. Adam's been extremely busy in his church calling as well. He's enjoying being in the E.Q. presidency and loves the men he works with. 

I've been back to editing my book. I'm hoping to add another 5k-7k words onto it before publishing. Hopefully I can publish the book and begin an illustrious career as a novelist. If not, I'll continue my illustrious career as an aspiring novelist lol. 

I had the privilege of watching Hannah interact as a student on Family Involvement Day at school. She seemed so grown up, listening attentively and obeying all the rules. I was so proud of her. She has awesome behavior at preschool and always comes home with smiley faces. She knows if she gets perfect behavior marks she gets to have "Friday Fun Day" at home. This last Friday we took her friend Emily to Pump it Up. 

Hannah started Let's Play Music this week. It's a three year music theory course with an emphasis on the piano. The class teaches music through body movement and play. I get to attend with Hannah every other week. It was so much fun to go with her this week, and even Paige wanted in on the fun. She slipped past her babysitter unnoticed, and then came downstairs to play "Me Re Do" with us. What a sweetie. I'm so impressed with the class and I can't wait to watch Hannah become musically literate. 

Paige is such a sweetheart and loved spending extra time with me while Hannah was at school this week. She had fun at family involvement day and especially loved licking up the food colored corn syrup we used to create a painting. She can do all the crazy attractions at Pump it Up, even though they are much too big for her.

I figured out the girls' Halloween costumes. I got Paige's on sale for $14.00 (plus one accessory) from $50 at the Disney Store! Bargain! I started piecing Hannah's together and I think I'll be able to do it for under $15.  

Our two week stint as pet owners came to an end when Duck-duck (so named by Hannah) escaped our backyard when her restraints blew over. I was much sadder than I thought I would be. I rescued her from the street, cared for her, protected her from the children, and somehow when you are responsible for another creatures well being you grow attached to it. I was pretty gloomy after she left, but Adam had no patience for my emotions so I tried to internalize it, which ended up meaning over-posting on social media sites. I'm still pretty sad, mostly because Hannah keeps telling me that Heavenly Father is going to answer her prayers and send Duck-duck back home. I hope that's true but I fear that in this instance her faith is much stronger than mine. I'm also worried about the little lady in a residential many dangers including dogs, cars, and pesticides. I just pray that we will all feel alright and I can stop worrying about Hannah's feelings and the tortoises safety. 

Until next week! 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Week in the Life {9/2-9/8}

Happy Birthday Paigey!

On Monday Paige turned two years old. I can't believe how the time has flown. She is an amazing little girl. I love her so so much. Paige is a really special person. She has so much joy to share. She loves her sister and especially loves her Grandma. She was really lucky to have her Grandma in Las Vegas for her special day.

We spent the morning celebrating Paigey. She opened her gifts and then we went to the park to eat cupcakes and play. She couldn't get enough cupcakes. She loved playing with her aunts and uncles and grandparents. It was sad to say goodbye but we had a really fun weekend with them.

Tuesday the girls were supposed to start soccer but we arrived an hour late. Way to go, Mommy. I seriously thought it started at 7:00. Next time we'll be there on time.

I also rescued a desert tortoise on Tuesday. We were coming home from library story time and as I turned into our neighborhood I saw a tiny tortoise crossing the street and I almost hit her. I stopped right there and hopped out, picking her up and then driving with her in my hand. My intention was to rescue her and then call the desert tortoise line. A person would come out and pick it up and take it to a shelter (since they are endangered) but apparently funding has been cut for the program and so it was either take them to a shelter (where it would be killed) or set it loose in the desert. I was going to opt for the second choice but as soon as Adam saw it he wanted to keep her. She is pretty cute and I do like her a lot. She is nameless. Paige especially adores her, as she is my little animal queen.

Speaking of Paige, it's been a big week for her. I decided to start potty training her. She did an excellent job, even going two days with no accidents, but she's had a really difficult day today, having nothing but accidents so I decided to put it off. My experience with Hannah was such a nightmare that I decided it was best to quit on day 5 than month five so she is back in diapers.

Wednesday I had an orientation for Hannah's Let's Play Music class. It's a three year program of music instruction and we are both very excited for it. It's taught by a cute lady in our ward. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Hannah has been doing excellent in preschool and I'm really proud of her. She is getting great behavior marks every day and already I can tell she is growing. I'm grateful for her preschool opportunity.

Paigey's 20 Questions 9/2/13

1. What is your favorite color? My Purple! 
2. What is your favorite toy? Animal
3. What is your favorite fruit? Applesauce 
4. What is your favorite tv show? A show (but the real answer is probably anything) 
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Applesauce 
6. What is your favorite outfit? Ballerina (any type of skirt that is big and flowy and that she can dance in).
7. What is your favorite game? No. 
8. What is your favorite snack? Cupcake 
9. What is your favorite animal? Turtle 
10. What is your favorite song? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 
11. What is your favorite book? Do Not Open This Book 
12. Who is your best friend? Hannah. 
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cereal.
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump trampoline.
15. What is your favorite drink? Chocolate Milk. 
16. What is your favorite holiday? (?)
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Blanket. 
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? (?) 
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Nothing. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Week in the Life {8/26-9/1}

What an awesome/emotional/jam packed week!

Adam's back to school and is really enjoying his new position. It's a lot different than before when he had his own classroom but he's getting into the groove and it's going to be awesome. After three years in Boy Scouts he had his very last activity on Tuesday and said goodbye. Wednesday he started with his new calling and went out with some of the Elders Quorum presidency to do visits to others in the ward. He's really enjoying his new calling and it's one that will allow him to stretch.

Hannah did awesome on her first week of school! She got all smiley faces which means she had a practically perfect week. She's really enjoying her class and talks about it all the time. It was hard for me to send her off and I cried pretty much all day on her first day but I know it's good for her and it's what she needs.

Paige had a fantastic week since my mom was in town. She LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES my mom. She cries for her whenever she isn't in the room or being held by her and when she sees her she RUNS to her and clings on. I've never seen a person so attached to another person. At church she had a melt down when they took separate cars. She loves her Grandma and calls her Dama.

Speaking of family coming to town we had a BLAST! The whole (and I mean whole) family came and stayed with us Thursday-Monday. It kind of made me wish we could all just buy a giant house and live there together. My mom made delicious food all week and we ate like kings. Thursday we just kind of hung out when they got there and the girls were super excited to see them.

On Friday we took the family to the museum and then we had family pictures with Chelsea. We took our pictures up at Calico Basin and it was so beautiful. Megan wasn't feeling very great afterwords though. She had some dizziness but seemed to feel better the rest of the trip. We played The Game of Things together and that was pretty fun.

Saturday we took everyone to Wet N Wild but unfortunately it closed after only two hours due to weather. Luckily, they refunded the tickets but we had an excellent time otherwise. We got to go on a bunch of rides we hadn't before. It was awesome. My parents and Megan and Caleb went to meet Caleb's grandpa in North Las Vegas and Sean and Lindsey came with us to In N Out and Golden Spoon for dessert then we lounged around and watched TV. We also decorated for Paigey's birthday!

Sunday the girls took care of some decorations for the wedding. Adam had a meeting and then we went to church. It was fun introducing my family around at church. We had a wonderful meal provided by my mom and then watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding to get in the wedding spirit.

The one downside to everyone staying at my house was no sleep for the girls. They were too excited (and enjoyed sleeping in Mommy and Daddy's room). It was alright though. I wouldn't have traded this last weekend for all the sleep in the world.