Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fourth Week of August

Ahhhhh! I'm so sad. I just lost a bunch of pictures. Fortunately it really only is like 4 days worth but I'm sad none the less. I just sat down to blog and upload the pictures on my phone so I could blog and for some reason my phone wasn't automatically popping up in iphoto. I got some warning saying I needed to update my phone to which I didn't have enough space on my phone so I started getting rid of some pictures and poof. They are gone. Really there weren't any pictures that were all that important but it still makes me sad. So this post will be a bit shorter since I'm missing pics from our trip to the Children's Museum, pictures from Kate's week with Fuzzy, other princess ball pics and our Sunday selfie (which rarely happens due to Tim's schedule). Anyway I need to get over it.

I can't believe there isn't an A but Kate just so happens to be the first person in her class alphabetically. So she had the honor of being Student of the Week first aka "Super Bear!" Kate was pretty jazzed about her week which including making this "All About Me Poster," bringing in her favorite book (Fancy Nancy Aspiring Artist), something special (Kit, her American Girl Doll) and an estimation jar (full of Shopkins). She also got to bring Fuzzy, the class stuffed animal, home for the weekend! It was a pretty fun week and perfect timing to help this worry-wart girl ease into school.

Monday was Eclipse Day! I don't know what I was thinking but I guess because I knew we were in the path of totality I didn't plan very well and come the week before called 16 places looking for eclipse glasses to which everyone was out and one lady laughed at me and told me good luck finding any. I was just about in tears due to my disappointment. But fortunately my mom is amazing and totally saved the day! She ran down to her planetarium in SLC and scored us two pairs of glasses the day before they ran out and 2 day shipped them to us. She is THE best!

It was pretty cute... the Tuesday or Wednesday the week before as I was calling places Millie of course heard me asking about eclipse glasses to which she asked me, "Eclipse? Like in Elena?" This girl doesn't miss a thing and has an amazing memory. Turns out there is an episode of Elena of Avalor that involved a solar eclipse, this moth fairy comes trying to keep them in endless darkness and Elena saves the day with her scepter of light.... Millie saw the episode at my parents house at Christmas and I guess it made an impact. She seemed to know a decent amount about eclipse all thanks to Elena. Tim and I were the lame parents that hadn't even talked to our kids about it yet. Then Saturday morning while were were at the pool the mail man came. I anxiously ran to see if our glasses had arrived. And that's when Kate learned about the eclipse coming. To which she replied, "like in Elena?" These silly girls! Kate later told me how she knew you couldn't look directly at it because it would damage your eyes and told me how in the episode Elena's sister Isabel, who's an inventor of sorts, builds some cool telescope/contraption that reflects the image onto the wall so all can see. Who know this episode would have been so important.

Anyway, we were all pretty excited about this eclipse! We went an picked up Kate from school at 10am since the ideal time would be at 10:33am. The girls were super interested and since we only got I think 70% of it they called it a "crescent sun." A bunch of clouds quickly moved in and we almost missed it. But miraculously they cleared just enough that we got a great view. Oh and of course the girls had to watch the Elena episode. And for lunch we made "crescent suns" with our cheese and crackers and nectarines. I had meant to make smoothie eclipse bowls for breakfast but it just didn't happen.

Millie insisted on dressing up as Elena for the occasion, of course!

Our good friend in Phoenix took this picture and I was so impressed!

I was so happy with our eclipse experience. That was until I talked to my brother who had driven up to Idaho for it as well as a few friends that got to experience it in totality. Man! Sounds like it was just incredible. Getting dark and cool, seeing stars and Venus, a 360 degree sunset. Man, I've got to see that one day! 

I snapped this picture as I read to Henry before his nap one day. I just can't get over how cute he is and how much this boy loves dogs. He's giving the dog a hug.

In very exciting news, our AC went out Monday evening. Yes, again! Our AC went out in June if you will recall. Monday as I was cooking dinner I thought it felt a little warm but I was in the kitchen with the oven on etc. I finally went upstairs to check the thermostat and our house was up to 83. I keep our house at 78. I immediately called our landlord. But since it was 6pm and I foolishly figured it probably wouldn't get too much hotter, plus we had fans and our landlord wanted to use their warranty/company they use I told them taking care of it Tuesday morning would be ok. Boy was I wrong. Fortunately, the kids and Tim slept just fine but I had a pretty terrible night. Our house was 88 when I attempted going to bed. It was just too hot. 

Fortunately Kate and Millie both had school Tuesday morning and Henry and I had made plans to go to a splash pad with friends so it ended up working out. Our house did get up to 92 but the repairmen came at 11:30am. We had lunch here at home while we fixed it and we then headed to a dear friends so Henry could nap and we would have a place to be while the house cooled down. Thank goodness for friends! By the time we picked up Kate and made it home the house was already down to 83 so thus we survived another broken AC adventure. 

Here's a couple pictures of Kate having fun with Fuzzy! It was pretty cute how we took him everywhere we went over the weekend. 

I also got a text from my best friend Ashley, who I've been friends with since I was 2. We grew up on the same street, both had 3 older brothers, she was the sister I never had. She somehow stumped upon this in an old journal and it made my day. 

 Saturday was game day. BYU Football started. We need a new cheerleading outfit. We only have one that fits. Gotta get on that. Henry sported his Cougar pride and we were happy to pull out a win. Although they didn't look very good. But look that that sweet boys smile!!! That's something to be super excited about. 

Tim and I got a babysitter Saturday afternoon and were able to go to the temple. It was so nice! And then Saturday night our Stake hosted their Annual Daddy Daughter Princess Ball. It's the sweetest thing. Tim went to great lengths to change his schedule so he could take the girls. I am so so thankful he could. It worked out pretty well. He was working nights and usually has to go in at 6pm (right when the ball was starting). Some kind coresident willingly stayed 2 extra hours for us so Tim could go. The ball was island princess themed. Kate was sure to wear her Hawaii jewelry my parents have given her over the years and Millie originally planned to go as Moana but last minute switched to Ariel. Mermaids swim in the ocean around the islands, right?!

Tim had to literally drop off the girls before speeding down to the hospital for his shift. But they had a magical evening. The girls were so excited to tell me about the decorations, the little sand dollar necklace craft they made, what songs they danced to and what yummy treats they got to eat. I am so thankful for our church leaders for putting on this sweet, memorable night. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Third Week of August

Tim was post call so after some much needed sleep he joined in on the family activities Sunday evening. The girls enjoyed playing games while Henry was napping and last minute we had a family talent show that turned out to be a smashing success. The girls are still talking about it. The girls sang and danced, Henry did some gymnastics and Tim played his guitar. 

 Oh and the Tucson Temple was dedicated on Sunday. I was able to leave Tim home with the kids and attend. It was very uplifting and was a real highlight.

 I love this picture I captured of Kate and her best bud Ellis walking to class...hand in hand! 
 Millie's last day of dance this summer session. 
 Tuesday night was Curriculum Night at Kate's school. It's a night for the parents to meet with their kid's teacher and go over the curriculum/all about the new year/classroom procedures etc. Kate so wanted to come...but it's for adults only. Kate's cute teacher had the kids make these paper plate people of themselves and had the parents guess who their child was. I spotted Kate from a mile away/no question. She was the only one wearing a skirt, had two bows in her hair and is wearing her rainbow running shoes that she affectionately calls her "rainbow rockets." It was pretty cute even her best friend, Ellis' mom, knew it was Kate. This cute family picture was at Kate's desk waiting for me when I arrived. 

 We went swimming after school one day and as I was pulling in the garbage can as we walked back home I was overwhelmed with gratitude for these 3 sweet kiddos. I had to snap a picture of them. 
 Thursday, Millie, Henry and I hit up the Children's Museum. 

 And Friday after school we went back to the Children's Museum for Members Night. Kate hadn't been in a little while and it was their Annual Member's Appreciation Night where they have ice cream sundaes. We had to go. 

 Henry's new favorite area is definitely the cars! Surprise surprise?!

 And since we were close and the kids have really been missing Tim this rotation, we stopped by the hospital.  We planned to have dinner with Tim but as luck would have it, we only got to see him for a few minutes before he was needed upstairs. But hey, we'll take even a few minutes. I snapped this picture as the kids spotted him. They all three took off down the hall. 
This summer our ward had a 90-Day Book of Mormon Challenge. I'm not always the best at reading my scriptures...give me a little competition and I'm all in. So sad but true. Kate heard all about it in Primary too and was especially excited about it. So we made it our summer goal to finish the BOM and you better believe we did it! Saturday night was the Ice Cream Celebration and Millie was awarded this ridiculously large 6 pound bag of candy because she was the youngest child to complete it. She was beaming as they called her name and she walked up to get her prize! Fun aside it really was such an awesome experience. I loved how the girls were so excited to read and although there with certainly times we listened to the audio on my phone while they quietly played, I know testimonies were strengthened and I know it's true. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back 2 School Pics

We don't get pictures taken very often. I wish we did. A friend of a friend was doing these cute back to school mini shoots for a crazy good deal so I jumped on it. I emailed the photographer Sunday night and was fortunate she had an opening Tuesday morning, the day before school started. 

I LOVE how they turned out...so so much! 

Photos by Jaime Harper Photography

Second Week of August

We had a BIG week... school started on Wednesday! Kate 1st grade and Millie preschool. All summer Kate has been dreading going back to school. However, last Thursday, the day the school lists came out, she got super excited. She not only got the teacher she was hoping for, Mrs. Abt (it was the one teacher's whose classroom they had toured) but her BFF Ellis also got Mrs. Abt. All weekend she couldn't wait for Monday to arrive and go to Meet the Teacher Night!!! I arranged for a babysitter so Kate and I could have a special back to school night together. 

We of course had to go get a special treat afterwards. And then I promised the girls we'd go get a treat after we took some back to school pictures on Tuesday (another post coming soon). The girls wanted chose Menchies.

Kate made this awesome 1st grade banner over the weekend! 
Tuesday night we had our first ever back to school dinner. It was a really sweet night spent as a family. And gloriously it worked out Tim has clinic on Tuesday afternoons and was able to be home for dinner. Kate chose the menu (pasta, french bread, peas, strawberries and homemade Oreos). Our families theme this school year is "Be Brave and Believe!" Tim also gave the girls Father's blessings. 

Kate was pretty excited that first morning. We found her friend Ellis as fast as we could. Kate was also pretty nervous but she went in easily.

And had a huge smile when I picked her up (see below).
Millie ran into preschool, barely looking back. I had to ask for a hug good-bye. We only had Kate do one year of preschool. However Millie still has two years before kindergarten because she is a Fall birthday. My little joy school group fell apart with a friend moving away and two of the other kids moving on to a real preschool so we decided to look into it and decided to send Millie to preschool 2 days a week. She's going to the small in-home preschool we sent Kate. Millie loves that it's so familiar and it's been so cute hearing Kate coach  and tell Millie all about it. I think it was a wise decision because Millie already misses Kate so much and now Millie has something to look forward to. And having them start school together was really good for Kate. 
Tim made it home just in time to join Henry and I for stories. 
Then Saturday I took the kids to the Phoenix Art Museum. The second weekend of the month is their free family weekend. Tim and Kate have gone on several daddy-daughter dates to sketch at the museum but Millie and Henry hadn't even been. We had a fabulous time. I was so impressed by all the different activities they have throughout and we were able to enjoy many of the galleries too. I can't wait to go back!

It was so fun to have Kate be our tour guide at the museum. She knows we way around decently and I loved hearing her pronounce to us "You have got to see the Monet!" 
Millie also filled up her Stop Sucking Her Fingers Chart and thus earned this incredible Shine (from Shimmer and Shine) dress up. This girl has been sucking her fingers since she was what 8 months old. We've been talking a lot about stopping for awhile now and decided it was finally time to really buckle down. And it's been the easiest thing ever. Boo-yeah!