Sunday, September 25, 2016

3rd Week of September


Kate's picture of our camping trip
We had a pretty typical week. Not too much exciting stuff going on. But we did make it to the zoo twice to check out the new Lego Exhibit that just opened and started thinking about getting ready for our Colorado trip and preparing for Millie's birthday that would be here right when we got back.

Wednesday Henry, Millie and I headed to the zoo with a group of friends. Millie and I both felt bad going with out Kate so we quickly made plans to go as a family on Saturday! The Lego sculptures are pretty impressive. Each sign tells you how many legos are in each one and how many hours it took to build. One Saturday the girls especially got excited trying to find them!

Henry's first time in the round about! He loves it in small doses! He's feet don't touch the ground yet...but it won't be long before he's crusin' around!

Our next door neighbor recently got this bench and put it in front of their house. The girls love it and I loved capturing this pic of Kate and her buddy Hudson after car pool pick up one day!

We love our next door neighbors. They have a daughter that it Kate's age that the girls just adore. We had a few play dates this week!

And I just loved these two pictures I randomly took this week. Millie has always loved beans, especially refried beans. She usually likes to dip tortilla chips into them or often just takes a spoon straight to them but she recently discovered she actually likes to wrap them up in what she calls "a taco." I think it's her new favorite meal!

And then a proud Kate showing off her violin. Violin has been up and down. Kate loves it but wants to be able to play immediately. If you know anything about teaching violin to a little person you know it's a slow process with a lot of learning how to hold it correctly. We started practicing in the morning before school and I'm happy to report that it's going so much better now!

Well that's about it...I know kind of a boring week. Stay tuned for lots of fun from Colorado!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Second Week of September

We had a pretty great week followed by and epic weekend! I'm quite enjoying these weekly posts. Although they aren't terribly exciting it will be fun to look back and see the week to week activities of our life! Poor Henry...all this scooting, rolling and moving gets him in some pretty sticky situations! It's pretty dang cute although he only thinks it's funny for a few minutes then needs to be rescued!

Silly Millie had some pretty good falling asleep moments this week! I particularly loved this one because I swear while I was in the kitchen doing something I could hear her playing and seriously one second later I heard nothing. I rushed in thinking she was pooping her pants to find her passed out on the floor with princesses scattered about! Cute girl!

An awesome picture Kate drew for Millie! For those of your familiar with the film will recognize the Cat Bus. Totoro is in purple too. For those of you that are asking what is's a Japanese anime movie that somehow Disney adopted or something. One of our closest med schools introduced it to Kate and she immediately loved it. It's been a real family favorite for both girls and Millie is particularly attached to the large cat bus. So much so in fact that she has requested a "meow bus" birthday party this year! It's going to be awesome! Stay tuned!

I put Henry in his play gym while I went to take care of something...only to come back and find him chomping on some princesses the girls left out. I still get excited/nervous when I go back to the place I laid him down and he's not there!

Henry started solids this week! He isn't a huge fan or rice cereal. Most of it ended up on his face and bib. But he seems to be liking squash and green beans a bit more. But he adores biting and playing with the spoons! It's a slow process but he seems to be coming along just fine. Millie is especially excited to tell everyone she talks to now that not only does "Henry eats Mommy milk" but also exclaims "and rice cereal."

Family home evening yogurt stop at Menchies!

One day while I was folding laundry I was overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude. This mom job is not easy. In fact the last few months I've especially felt like a pretty crumby mom at times. It's easy to get discouraged or overwhelmed and as I look at my to do list and go through our daily routine complete with homework, violin practicing, making time for playing, and everything else it is just sometimes really hard. But as I folding these little clothes this night I was really struck with feelings that I am doing a good job, it isn't easy but keep going, you can do it. And look how lucky you truly are to get to care of these sweet three kids! I am always extremely thankful for moments like this that keep me going and keep me in check!

Kate started a little gymnastics class at the rec center this week! She already loves it and it's really fun to have a few little friends from church in the class too! Millie will start a little tumbling class in November. I wanted to wait until she's 3 so I didn't have to accompany her. And here's a picture of Kate below at her violin lesson. Violin is coming along slowly. We've had some discouraging times of practicing and me wondering if this was worth it. But after a great conversation with a close friend that teaches violin as well as discussions with Kate's teacher I am feeling better about things. We've switched up our routine and are now practicing before school which has made a WORLD of difference and started a little sticker chart for listening during our practice time to help motivate her.

I love catching these sisters imagining and playing so well together! They are such good buddies and have so much fun together! And here's Millie being my big helper! I'm still not over having Kate gone at school everyday! We miss her A LOT! But I am sure thankful that I get some special time with Millie and Henry each day! Millie has grown up a lot and takes her role as big sister pretty serious these days!

The other day as I was chopping up some vegetables for dinner, Henry bent down and snagged a scape piece of celery. I decided I'd let him play around with it for a bit...and boy did he love it!

Then Friday we headed out of town to go camping! We'd talked about wanting to go all summer and it just hadn't happened. In looking at the calendar these last few months there ended up being only one weekend where Tim didn't have to either work late Friday or on Saturday. So as this weekend approached I told Tim we better seize the opportunity or we'd miss our chance. We tentatively said we'd go but then my laziness started to set in and I wasn't so sure I was motivated enough. Monday night as I was texted my friend Chelsea I just happened to ask her if they liked going camping. She isn't a huge fan but turned out her husband loves going. I told her we were wanting to go and invited them along. And guess what they wanted to come! So Friday we packed up and drove about 2 hours north towards Flagstaff and had a fabulous little campout. The girls were SO excited and couldn't stop talking about it all week. Fortunately their expectations were filled by the joys of roasting hot dogs, seemingly unlimited s'mores, playing outside under the stars, getting to be with our best buddy Lola, staying up late and bagels and oj for breakfast!

It got down to ~45 degrees that it was cold. But we were prepared! Henry did okay! He was actually awesome just hanging out in my ergo carrier much of the time. But he didn't sleep so well. We've camped with a baby before and it has gone well. But I'm not sure if it was a combination of teething and/or gas perhaps associated with the new introduction or solids or maybe even just being in a new bed in chilly weather but Henry was up 4 times which wasn't super fun. The girls went to sleep quickly, slept through Henry's crying and slept till exactly 6am. Fortunately despite Henry's rougher night he woke up a happy guy and we had a great rest of our morning before we headed back to Phoenix.

Poor Henry had to wear his sister's pink floral sleep sack!

Kate and Lola
Henry's first time camping!

Forgot to include this amazing picture Kate made at school of all the states where we were each born. That "A" is for Amelia in Iowa, "H" for Henry in Arizona, "M&D for Mom and Dad in Utah, "K" for Kate in Colorado and the "G" is for Grandma and Grandpa B in Ohio...although they were not born there but did recently get back from serving a mission there :) And then Kate also grew this sweet picture of ours and the Gibbons tents from our camping trip complete with a campfire with chairs around it and stick figures of each family member.

We got home from camping around noon on Saturday. We gave the girls baths and then started the count down to the biggest event of the season...the Princess Ball. Our stake (larger church unit) hosts a Princess themed daddy daughter date complete with dancing, treats, a little craft, and even a photographer. The girls had been dreaming of going to the ball for weeks! You should have seen Kate the week they passed out the invitations in Primary. It's for girls age 3-12...Millie isn't 3 quite yet but we figured since she was only 2 weeks away she could go too. Saturday afternoon seemed like an eternity but soon enough it was time go get dressed for the ball. I let the girls decide if they wanted to wear a pretty dress they had in their closet or a dress up. Kate chose a regular dress while Millie insisted on wearing a dress up. I did their hair to their request and we even put on a little blush and lipstick. It was so fun to see them so giddy and then get the full report when they returned. I was SO thankful that Tim had the time off from work. He was a perfect prince for our two princess girls! What a sweet outing! 

Kate has this Princess book that is all about how to be a princess. She insisted on taking a picture with said book!
When I told her to pose like a princess this is what I got...
Here's Millie's princess pose

And here's a few pics Tim snapped while at the ball.