Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June 2017

Summer is officially here and we're all very anxious and excited for school to be over. We've been spending more and more time at the water park, staying up later, and eating loads and loads of strawberries. It's heaven. The only thing that isn't heavenly is the heat and that reminds us of, well, the other extreme.

Hannah started working on memorizing some Shakespeare this month. She is a fan of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, thanks to her friend Jackson. Hannah is a really good goal setter and has great follow through, so she's reading and learning a lot. She has a goal to improve her math skills, a goal to read more books, and a goal to try and stay off a screen for most of the summer. A goal I'll gladly help her accomplish.

Paige accomplished a huge goal in June. She earned the Golden Rule award in Mrs. Evarts class. She's been desperate to earn it all year long, but her feisty spirit makes being obedient difficult sometimes. Her teacher wrote me an email and in it said, 

"One of the things I hate about my job is that I have to mold pieces and parts of their personalities to fit into an "acceptable" ideal of what a child should be. Sometimes it is rough. Sometimes a child just isn't going to be guided into that mold. Sometimes they aren't ready for the mold, but sometimes they overflow the mold and create something even better.
"I believe that Paige is overflowing with awesome! The things I love about Paige are the things that don't fit the mold. I secretly love when she dances down the hall. I have heard myself say many times this year, "there is no dancing in the hallway" and it always makes me smile because she is still full of magic and sparkle." 

It's so true. I wish I could bottle her personality up and keep the world out so she could grow up and maintain that innocence and sparkle forever. 

Sam perhaps had the biggest month of all of us. First of all, he turned THREE. He celebrated with an AWESOME Star Wars party and it was epic. Darth Vader came to our house and gave Sam some light sabers, and his cake was absolutely to die for. 

When Sam turned three we told him it was time to get rid of his diapers and use the toilet like a big boy. Sam has been a potty training champ. It took a few weeks for him to get it down completely, but after the second week he really turned a corner and started doing everything he needed to do. It's so nice to have only one in diapers and to have Sam be so independent. I have found with all three kids as soon as they potty train their vocabulary soars. 

Jonathan continues to be an absolute delight. He is becoming more vocal and has two words now that we're confident he can say: Mama, and Batman. He seems to have hit some sort of weird milestone where he's insane, opening every drawer and emptying its contents, running away every chance he gets, eating us out of the house and home...he's really just practicing for his terrible twos. My kids are so advanced. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MAY 2017

In May, Adam and I surprised the kids with a trip to Legoland. We'd been planning it for months, and we were so excited to finally take them. All four kids were extremely surprised and over the moon elated to be vacationing at the coolest place on the planet. At least to a 7, 5, and 2, and one year old. We also had a lot of fun staying with the Henn family and playing on the beach. If there is one thing I know for sure, my kids all love the beach.

Adam went to Astrocamp in May as usual. He was gone for mother's day, as usual, so my girls took great pains to make sure I was well taken care of. They were so sweet.

One of the best parts of May was Grandma and Grandpa coming for a visit. We went camping, played at the water park, watched movies, played toys, and had lots of delicious food.

Hannah lost a tooth at the beginning of May and is looking more and more grown up as the days go on. She's preparing for her baptism and we talk about it often. She took some beautiful baptism pictures at the temple, and it made me tear up to see this beautiful, grown up girl preparing to be baptized.

Hannah also got to go on a field trip and take me along! We went fishing at the state park about 45 minutes north. It was beautiful, and it's so fun to watch Hannah in her element, hanging out with her friends.

Hannah was extremely proud of herself because she went on a roller coaster at Legoland. Hannah wants to be a roller coaster rider so bad, but it scares her very much. I keep telling her that in time it might not be so bad for her, and she may enjoy it one day.

Paige discovered this month that she is a thrill seeker. She loves rollercoaster rides and water slides! It's so much fun to watch her be brave and take a chance on these rides. She used to think she was scared because Hannah is so scared but now she'll ride nearly anything, especially at Wet n' Wild.

Paige has decided that Aria Walker is her "BFF" and all her kindergarten artwork is reflecting that decision. We love Aria too, so I'm glad she has such good friends.

Sam couldn't be more excited for his birthday if he tried. It's all he talks about. He is going to have a Star Wars Lego party and he keeps pointing out all the cool things he wants. I can't believe my boy is going to be three. Sam was very appreciative after our trip and kept asking "do you bemember when we went to Legoland? What was your favorite part?"

Jonathan continues to be our sweetest, most chill baby...unless we're camping, then he's up throwing a fit in the middle of the night. He didn't make it through his first camp out, I had to take him home in the middle of it. He's also a mild terror in church. He knows there are toys somewhere in the building and he just wants to escape to find those toys. Nevertheless, we are so in love with him he can practically do no wrong.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 2017

April was a fantastic month. It's always a blast for the whole family when the kids are home on track break! We enjoyed activities like going to the children's museum together, playing at the park, trips to the library, swimming at Wet N' Wild, and a whole lot of time spent outdoors. In fact, all the kids have been basking in the gorgeous Las Vegas spring that we've been blessed with. They come in covered from head to toe in dirt and grime. Lots of bike rides, walks, and adventures. We celebrated Easter with an egg hunt, some baskets, and a beautiful dinner at the Campbell's home. The girls got to go on a special date with Adam to the daddy/daughter dance. We also had a fun visit from Aunt Meggie and Uncle Caleb! 

Hannah spent her track break playing Pokemon, both outside doing dramatic play or inside playing on the Nintendo DS Aunt Aubrey gave her. She sure loves Pokemon! Hannah had a piano recital and played I am a Child of God. She did a fantastic job, even though she was very nervous. 

Paige was so excited to learn to ride her bike and spent countless hours cruising around the neighborhood. She picked up on it very quickly and had a blast! Paige also had a music recital. She worked very hard to learn When the Saints go Marching In but during the recital the other students playing and singing were going too fast so Paige did her best to keep up and showed great courage and showmanship. She's also discovered how fun it is to ride the bigger rides at Wet N' Wild, which Mommy and Daddy were very happy about! Mommy was lucky to be selected to go on a field trip with Paige, and we had so much fun! We got to go see the students at Sierra Vista perform Once on this Island. The play was adapted a bit due to time constraints and so we didn't see the ending and Paige said, "I guess we'll have to see the second season!" 

Sam loves having his sisters home, and it amazed me how much more grown up he seemed afterwards. His vocabulary improved and he has a bunch of new phrases. We were sad when the girls went back to school, but it was also great to be able to spend so much one on one time. He's discovered the joys of feeding the ducks at the park, although he's not a fan of the aggressive ones that like to bite. 

Jonathan turned ONE! His birthday was a celebration for the whole family. It was fairly low key, we just played at McDonalds and opened gifts, but it was clear everyone felt that it was a very special day. Jonathan is a big sweetheart. He loves to cuddle and give kisses. He shows lots of affection, especially to our immediate family and Grandma and Grandpa. He usually has a big gigantic grin on his face, and loves to tease and laugh. He also loves to make sound effects, especially when he's "sword" fighting. He loves nursing, bananas, yogurt, and cuties. 

He got his first tooth at four months, started standing on his own at seven months, and started walking at nine months. We can barely keep up! 
His dislikes include: being in trouble, when he can't nurse or eat fast enough, laying on his back to get a diaper change (seriously, he hates being kept down), being on the wrong side of a safety gate, and being called John, or Johnny. Okay, that last one is a pet peeve of Adam and me. Jon-a-than. Jonathan. Or Jono or J. We sure are blessed to have this sweet, happy boy in our lives. He completes us.