Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 2016

We had a visit from Aunt Amanda this month, which was wonderful. She was a fantastic helper and companion. We took trips to the park, library, museum, Pump It Up, and even a bread making class. It was so nice to have someone to help chaperone the kids around while feeling so big and pregnant.

Adam, Hannah, and Paige were home for Spring Break as well. Adam was so helpful and productive. We did a few fun things as a family, such as go to the museum, park, and the library, but mostly we just hung around the house while Adam worked on painting the girls’ room and taking care of little things around the house. A highlight for the girls was when Adam took them on a Daddy/Daughter date to see Zootopia. They went out to eat, saw the movie, and then got Sonic shakes afterwards. Lucky girls! Because Adam was home, I got to go on a Mommy/Daughter date with each of my girls. Hannah chose In-N-Out for lunch, and then toy shopping at Target, while Paige picked playing at the park and then being my Easter helper and picking out things for the Easter baskets.

Hannah was off track for most of March, and we had a lot of fun with her. She continued to read the Magic Tree House series, and even took some AR quizzes at school, going in a few mornings with Adam. She also continued to work on Lexia and a new math game that Adam introduced her to.
Hannah was extremely helpful to me, taking on chores like the laundry, and even mopping! Even though I’m having a hard time this late in my pregnancy, I’m grateful that she’s so patient and loving with me. She and Paige struggle to get along all the time, and Hannah can be extremely bossy to Paige, but other than their little tiffs, Hannah was a huge help during track break, and I feel like she’s grown up a lot.

Paige was back to school, but still got to have fun with Aunt Amanda, and she participated in all our outings. She likes being back in school. She got to bring snacks, and we all got to join in her Family Day, where they taught us how to make banana cream pudding with Nilla Wafers. Everyone loved learning to “cook.” She had Nevada reading week at school, and she got to dress up every day for school, she thought that was pretty fun.

Paige even got to have an Easter egg hunt at school! She brought home lots of eggs with treasures and candy, and she was so good to share with her sister and brother. Paige is very anxious for her brother to get here, and can’t believe it might be any day now!

Sam is a Hot Wheels maniac! He is always carrying around cars in his little fists, and loves being able to find videos of Hot Wheels on Netflix or YouTube. He especially loved Daddy being home so he could do manly things. He’ll be so happy for his brother to arrive so he can always have a buddy! 

Easter was very nice this year. Because we've been focusing on the baby's arrival we didn't have much time to think about Easter. On Easter morning we watched several videos of the Savior, and talked about his atonement, death, and resurrection. We gave the kids Easter baskets and dyed eggs as a family. Poor Hannah was feeling pretty sick to her tummy, so she participated from afar. She'd have spurts of feeling well, and she even wanted to go to the Campbell's for dinner, but once we got there her tummy felt tender and she spent the majority of the time on the couch reading. That night she got a blessing and by the next morning she felt all better, and you could really see the relief of that on her cute face. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

February 2016

As the months progress it becomes increasingly difficult for us to maintain our very active lifestyle. We did our best in February, and had a great time!

Hannah is on fire with her reading. She’s started the Magic Tree House books, by Mary Pope Osborne, and is flying through them. She’s reading about one a day. She’s also passed two math blasters and has been working hard on Lexia. She started to compose her song for the Let’s Play Music recital, and it sounds fantastic. Speaking of music class, she’s been working so hard on the piano, and learning musical theory. I’m very proud of this girl.

For Valentine’s Day she had a class party, and received a rose from a boy in her class. She thought that was pretty awesome. She enjoyed having Grandma and Grandpa over during Valentine’s weekend.

One of the highlights of the month was Hannah’s field trip to the Smith Center to see Elephant and Piggie: The Musical. Hannah invited Mommy to chaperon, and they both had a fantastic time riding the bus and seeing the show. We were even lucky enough to sit on one of the front rows!

Paige was on track break for most of February. We tried to take advantage of the time off of school. We went to a car museum, which turned out to be pretty boring, so we headed over to Bass Pro Shop to look at all the cool things. We went to the museum a couple times, and of course the Library and many trips to the park for picnics. The weather was wonderful.

Paige also had many play dates. She had Maya over, Brooklyn, Aria, and of course, Cheyanne. She is such a social butterfly, and has many fun friends. Paige and Sam are also great buddies, and they play very well together.

Of course, Paige loves being the center of attention, so she loved having Grandma and Grandpa visit. She did makeup with Grandma every morning.

Sam loves being at home with Paige over track break. He’s always happy to go and play at the park, and is super adventurous. He continues to improve with his communication, and is so fun to talk to.
Grandpa brought his Hot Wheels tracks on our visit, and Sam became obsessed! He couldn’t believe his luck, and now carries around his Hot Wheels wherever he goes. He’s also still loving Batman and Superman (although he calls them Matman and Supe-man).

Unfortunately, Sam also discovered the iPad this month, and likes to spend a lot of time trying to figure it out. He gets supremely angry if he gets it taken away!

February means the Color Run! This year was the best year yet! Both girls ran most of the way, and nobody complained at all. It was a blast, even though it was difficult for Mommy to walk/finish the race. We all tried to imagine what it will be like next year with six of us.

Mommy found out she has gestational diabetes, which has turned out to be a ginormous pain in the bum. The bright side is, we got to see baby boy in a 4D ultrasound, and he’s of course darling. He has some hair, and he’s a big, healthy boy. It made us even more anxious to meet him!