Harrison:18 months

It has been a really long time since I have done an update on sweet little Harrison! He is officially 18 months. I just can’t believe how quick this past year and a half have gone, it just doesn’t seem right!

He is officially ready for nursery now. We have been going sporadically and I think he is going to be immensely better than Addy. We went this last week and he did awesome. We didn’t have to go in once. Score for us!

He is still a pretty good eater, but can also be pretty picky and especially picky when it comes to healthy foods. My kids have an knack for that!

It would be an understatement to say that he LOVES to go outside. He seriously gets so excited when we open the door or say we are going outside, this kids lives for the outdoors! He especially loves being pushed in the swing, but seriously who wouldn’t?!, but really really loves the sandbox. He could play in the sand for hours, of course he eats a ton of sand and it always ends up piled in his hair but he is perfectly content with a shovel and sand! He also loves to run straight for the road or down the street if we are in the front yard which is completely scary to me. This kid acts like he just doesn’t care or just knows how to make his mama super nervous and frustrated all at the same time.

Again, he is a runner. He runs away from me constantly. He hates to be restrained and will not sit in a shopping cart. He wants to wonder at his own free will and will try to make it to the exit if he can. He has at the library and made it outside, the little stinker! He think it is the best to be chased, probably because we tease and constantly chase him around the house at home, so why wouldn’t we in the middle of Old Navy? But the second Addy starts to be my little helper and will “go get him” it just turns into a huge game and he is running full force, it isn’t always fun and games.

He used to be our “happy go lucky” little boy but these days he is sure hard. He whines all day and has no communication whatsoever, he pretty much just points and whines at everything that he wants. He does say maybe 5 words but his vocabulary has gone down and I am pretty worried about it. He does say Thank You, which seems huge to me, but he still isn’t very vocal and I feel like that is why we struggle so much.

He is so into cars, trucks, dinosaurs….you name it! He just loves them and is such a boy! He loves to see the cars fly down the floor and even better when they crash.

He sure loves his little sister. He looks for her when she is gone and loves to see her when he wakes up. He also loves playing with all her toys, especially the princesses that he can pull all the bodies out of the dresses, it is sure a fun game to him. They play fairly well together but Addy is definitely learning how to cope with him more and more.

One of my favorite things is how he giggles whenever I rub his back. He likes it for a few seconds and then thinks it is so ticklish and will giggle and think it is a game.

He loves to shake his head no to everything we ask. Sometimes he will pause, acting like he knows the right answer, but will still shake his head. We love to ask him questions to see him shake his little head.

He is obsessed with chocolate and anything sweet. He knows where the drawer of little chocolates are and will go whine in the corner, what seems like all day.

He is completely addicted to his blankets. We have 6 of these bamboo blankets and we now only give him two at a time because if we have more than that out he will walk around with all of them. He is a blanket lover, both of my kids!

He gives the sweetest hugs, he leans in with his head thinking that is the hug, he is still getting the arm part down.

He is struggling in the speech department, he has really regressed. Words he used to say often he won’t say even if we ask him to say it. He never really uses the word mom or dad either. He does however say “thank you” and pretty clear. It’s super cute. I feel like he has it in him but it just isn’t clicking. I contacted speech intervention and hope that with a little boost he will start talking more and more.

He loves music and dancing. And boy does he have the cutest dance of all time. He loves to wiggle, jump and squat. It is so so cute!!

He is fascinated with finding belly buttons and thinks it is the funniest thing to stick his little finger in, hide it with the shirt and then lift and find again.

He loves to get his hands into everything he isn’t suppose to. This is so new to me, Addy never got into anything. You can’t turn your back for a minute without being worried he is into something naughty. He is just now hiding in the corner when he knows he is doing something he shouldn’t. He also gets into toilets and thinks the toilet water is pretty entertaining. He loves to eat markers, play-doh, stamps, pretty much all of Addy’s crafts which are horrible for him.

He loves to do knuckles! He sits with his hand in a fist just waiting for you to react and blow up the knuckles.

He still signs a bit and will sign more and more all day.

He loves to swing in any shape or form. Blanket swing is probably is absolute favorite. He struggles big time when it stops and Addy takes a turn. A few months back he would not let Addy have a turn so I said let’s run him to the downstairs living room run back and swing Addy as long as possible before he runs up. Well it totally backfired, he started climbing up the stairs saw us swinging Addy and completely lost it and deiced to throw himself backwards down 3 wooden stairs. He definitely put us in our place. He is now getting slightly better at not running into the swinging blanket but still screaming until it is his turn.

 

Pumpkin Patch: 2015

Our 3rd year going to our favorite pumpkin patch at Mabey Farms. We had to continue the tradition with our good friends the Gents. We love spending time with great company. We even got a tractor ride, courtesy of Justin Mabey around their fields. We had a great time. Addy got hit with some allergies, so she was not quite herself. Harrison loved exploring and being on his own, throwing dirt and sometimes pumpkins. He did have a little fall and got a big scratch from the pumpkin vines on his cheek but all and all we had a great time, as always!

 

Harrison’s 1 Year Pictures

We went to fotofly yet again to get Harrison’s 1 year pictures. We had a pretty good session. He was so happy the first half and was loving the camera, giving us the cutest cheesiest grins. After about 20 minutes he was done and like the great parents we are we totally forgot to grab his milk. We still got a few good shots after that but definitely not as many as we could have. We also attempted the giant “1” balloon but that was a fail. We also tried to get a few with Addy but she too was being a stinker and they just weren’t turning out, but hey we tried. We are still really happy with outcome and glad we got them so we can cherish these memories of our sweet little guy!

 

Harrison’s First Birthday

On Sunday, March 8th, we celebrated Harrison’s first birthday! We kept Harrison’s first birthday to a small group, unlike Adelaide’s first birthday, we only had grandparents over for dinner and cake.

It was a gorgeous day and perfect for such an occasion. We had everyone come over at 4. I decided to attempt lasagna for the first time ever, because why wouldn’t  you prepare something you’ve never made before. Plus, what else do you make for a larger group. We made it the night before so all we had to do was warm it in the oven for an hour. I also made the cake the night prior. So prep the few hours after church was just little things and I wasn’t overwhelmed with tons to do.

The whole evening was perfect. We started with dinner, which also included a caesar salad, jalapeno popper dip (a staple and expected dish), potato salad and cheesy garlic bread. It was all very delicious. After dinner we opened gifts. Harrison was not into opening gifts and really could care less. He just wanted to play on the boxes, typical boy. Addy, however, practically opened all his gifts at record speed. He got some great gifts and a lot of well needed boy toys!

Finally, the moment we were all waiting for, the cake! I just knew he would be a good cake eater. He did not disappoint. He demolished the cake and loved every minute of it. He kept making noises and saying “Mmmmmm” over and over and shoving more and more cake into his mouth. It was so entertaining and so much fun. He was such a mess afterwards, as well as the floor.

It was so nice to have an small and intimate birthday party with just grandparents. He has loved all his gifts and we are slowly accumulating more and more cars and trucks into our toy collection.

I still can’t believe he is 1 years old. Time has seriously flown by this past year. It has had many up and downs. Fun times and lots of blurs. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. We love Harrison so much and we love his sweet personality and spirit he brings to our home. Happy Birthday Little Man!!

Harrison: 1 year

What just happened?! My little guy is 1! I seriously can’t believe how fast this year went, it has flown by. I don’t feel like I got to enjoy all the stages as much as I did with Addy.

Stats: He is 20 lbs. in the 21% percentile, his head is a little on the big side and he is a little short on in the 8%.

He is a pretty good eater, I am still determined to make him a better eater than Addy, thus far we are doing pretty good. He still loves the baby food pouches, loves ham (every time he takes a bite, he says mmmm and will wiggle a little), chocolate, blueberries/blackberries, graham crackers, and toast to name a few. He loves to make huge messes with his food and especially loves to throw pretty much everything on the floor.

He is a little destroyer. I am sure this is normal characteristics of a boy but man it is taking some getting used to. He is into everything and everything turns into huge huge messes. He is like a cyclone and goes through rooms and toys like crazy! He is hard to keep up with. This past week he got into an expensive bottle of lotion, his mouth, hands and the floor was covered in it. I learned my lesson that a quiet child is most likely getting into something he shouldn’t. I was seriously spoiled by Addy who didn’t get into anything. I didn’t have to put cabinet locks, toilet seat locks, however with Harrison I will need to all the above!

He stands up on pretty much everything and anything and walks along furniture and walls. He recently started standing from a crawl but it only lasts a few seconds before he is down again. He will pull himself away from the wall and hold a pretty good stand as well.

He really is a great sleeper. He falls asleep on his own and when he’s truly tired he will go down without a fuss. He is still waking up in the middle of the night but we will soon be cutting him off of his bottle and hopefully that is a smooth transition. Sadly, he seems to be transitioning from two naps already. Sometimes his morning naps are 20 mins. He takes really good long afternoon naps so I am totally ok with that.

He is a happy little guy and a whiny little guy all at the same time. He gives the best smiles and just loves people. The whining is hard at times though but it’s usually when he isn’t feeling well.

He loves his mom and loves to be held a lot and doesn’t like it when I leave his site. I shouldn’t complain, I am getting some buff arms because of it, right?!

He has a sister who loves him and hates him. She loves to give him the biggest hugs (that he doesn’t always love to receive) and tries to be his mom (telling him to stop doing things, telling him to stop whining, etc). However, she hates that he come and destroys her toys or gets into what she is doing.

He absolutely hates getting his diaper changed, it’s seriously ridiculous how much he fights when we try to change him. The second you lay him down he is screaming, whaling and rolling to the side trying to escape. It’s just easier if he is standing and to change him that way. He doesn’t love to be dressed either.

He’s been getting constipated lately and it’s the saddest thing ever. I don’t know how to control it, I guess I just have gassy constipated children.

He loves to pull hair! It is seriously so bad and it hurts!! He has been pulling Addy’s hair and she is not a fan either. He is also a hitter. He loves to hit and thinks it is so funny. I try to say, “We don’t hit” but this just entices him more, he proceeds to do it and laughs at the same time. Crazy little hooligan.

He is such a fun boy! He loves playing with cars, blocks, and anything he can throw. He is our little ham. Happy, wild, destructive and loving all at the same time!

I still can’t believe it’s been a year but I can’t imagine our little family without this little man. We love him with all his crazy shenanigans to the moon and back. Happy Birthday Harrison, we love you!!

 

Harrison: 11 months

We are loooong overdue for an update, boy has this little guy changed. He is already 11 months. Some fun facts about our little Harris man:

After falling down the stairs a few times, he has mastered crawling up and is pretty good at going down. We have extra wide stairways and getting gates would cost us a ton. So we have spent a lot of time hanging out on the stairs watching and teaching him. We’ve also found some great things around the house to block the stairs, like our bench from our room, the play kitchen etc. He is so proud of himself and every time he gets to the top he claps for himself. He is such a proud little boy.

He is becoming a picky eater, which is so frustrating. I have tried so hard to not make this boy picky. Picky eaters are the worst. We offer him pretty much everything we eat. He does like my green smoothies, he doesn’t like really tart fruit, he prefers pretty bland foods. He loves chewing on hard breads and pretzels (must be the salt like his daddy) but he absolutely LOVES chocolate. He does anything to get his hands on chocolate. 

He got his first two teeth, finally! I was getting worried there for a minute. He still hasn’t grasped the whole chewing concept, hopefully once that happens he will start liking a variety of foods.

He loves to hold his hand out/point to what he wants/where he wants to go. It’s the cutest thing ever!

He is a bit of a whiner, he kinda whines all.the.time! It’s definitely frustrating at times. He seriously whines more with me however, he will be perfectly fine until I walk in the room, then it begins. 

He loves to be around his sister and wants everything and anything that she has. His sister absolutely loves him and loves to give huge hugs but doesn’t like to share her toys. She is really rough with him. Even with the constant, “be soft” she is still really really rough with him. She will pull him down, push him, grab his legs so he can’t crawl, hug him around his neck…you name it. It’s definitely a battle but soon he is going to be bigger and will be able to fight back (Addy doesn’t know what’s coming).

He is a pretty good sleeper. He still wakes up one time per night, but sometimes more and sometimes not at all. If he does wake up he drinks a bottle in 10 minutes and falls right back to sleep. He definitely loves his sleep. He is a tummy sleeper and will roll right to his stomach and snuggle his blankets. He really loves his soft bamboo blankets!

Aside the fact that he is whiny, he really is a happy boy! He loves attention and he loves people! He is a little charmer, he stares at people to give him attention and then gives the biggest smiles and laughs in return. He definitely has a happy personality!

He still has bad eczema, it goes from practically gone to red and bleeding within days. We can’t get a grip on it so we will be visiting a dermatologist this week to hopefully get a better cream or at least some answers. Until then, we continue to put aquaphor, vanicream and hydrocortizone.

He absolutely loves the swing, he just laughs and laughs. We are having an exceptionally warm winter and have been able to visit the park and swing.

He started crawling right before Christmas, so just after 10 months. He did this funny crawl with his right leg, practically walking and the other leg crawling. He occasionally does it now and it’s quite comical. He is walking around with his walker, walking with our hands and along furniture. He pulls himself up on everything. He has only stood on his own a few times, so I am sure walking is still a ways out.

He is definitely a boy and into everything. I constantly compare boys vs. girls and this boy thing is so new but so fun at the same time.

He still has a love for baths. When he hears the water starting he gets so excited. He splashes like crazy, and has the time of his life for those 20 minutes, then he is done and just wants to stand out of the tub. I should probably bathe him more often than I do because he loves it that much.

He loves to sneak into the bathroom, when he hears the door open he quickly crawls to try to get in. He does this when we open the down stairs and pantry door too.

He is such a fun little boy to have in our family. He gives the best smiles and they are always the same expressions, he has the biggest eyes.  He has the cutest golf ball sized cheeks that I just kiss all day. He is relatively happy when he gets his way, pretty chill and into everything. We love him and can’t believe we are nearing the 1 year mark already! We love you Harrison!

 

2014: Addy’s Dance Recital

 

Addy had her second dance recital. This year we switched studios to a studio closer to home. The ballet class was full so we decided to try the tap/jazz combo class. I thought for sure she would like tapping. She definitely likes the shoes and the sounds they make but she was definitely skeptical of this new form of dance for a bit.

We had a few months of her screaming, crying and not dancing, which was frustrating and sad. I was about to take her out of dance and then something clicked and she started going on her own without tears. Now she loves it and she is learning a ton! She has the sweetest teachers, Miss Cindy and Laura, and she is learning so much! She talks about her teacher all the time and loves getting a stamp on her hand at the end the most!

Her winter recital was so entertaining to watch, the entire show was! Addy did awesome, her dance was called the flying suit. She did a lot of the dance but refused to hold hands and dance in a circle with the other girls…even though I had talked and talked about her not being stubborn and holding hands.

She had quite the audience show up. There were 8 of us there to support her. It was an hour long show (which was awesome because they split the entire studio up into 3 or 4 different shows and in different age groups so you weren’t there forever) and it was full of entertainment! Addy’s dance was at the tail end of the show, I was nervous of her being back stage without me and I was worried she was going to need the restroom or she would pee on stage, oh the joys of being a mom! But she did awesome!! It is so much fun to see her grown up, dancing on stage. She loved getting makeup on and asked for makeup for a few days after. The next day she had mascara under her eyes, it made me smile.

Matt recorded the entire dance with our nice camera and I was trying to snap pictures on my phone, which was silly because hardly any turned out and I was pretty bummed. However, our awesome neighbors and friends saw me taking them off my phone and snapped a ton of pictures of Addy for us. We are so lucky to have such great friends looking out for us.

It was so much fun to see her perform, I don’t think there is anything much cuter than a little girl in their dance costume. Afterwards, my parents (plus Mindy and Ted) went to one sweet slice to get Addy a well deserved cupcake for her awesome performance. We are looking forward to her tap performance this spring!

 

Summer 2014

Wow! We have had such a fun yet busy summer. We looove to keep ourselves busy and love creating memories with our family! Some of the highlights.

JUNE:

We blessed Harrison on June 8. Matt gave him an amazing blessing. We had lots of family and friends come and celebrate with us after with lots and lots of food!

Addy had her very first dance recital. She danced with the Lancaster School of Ballet to Snow Queen. She was a cute little flower. She did awesome. She was a little nervous to be left alone without me. But she stayed back stage and even danced. The night before the recital during practice, she ran on stage for the next number and danced all around it was so cute! I wish I had that recorded. She was quickly taken off stage by Masie and wasn’t too thrilled. It was such a fun experience. Yai Yai and Ted came and supported her, she loved it! We got her flowers and a cute little Anna frozen doll after her performance.

Matt ran in his first half marathon and did awesome. He ran it in 2:00 hours. He ran with my mom and Ted in the American Fork Half. It is a cancer run and he ran for my sweet cousin Abi, who was diagnosed with brain cancer but recently passed away after a long hard fight.

We bought a play set and had to assemble it over quite a few weekends. It was a lot of work and I don’t think Matt will ever be convinced to do it again. It is awesome and Addy has enjoyed playing on it this summer!

JULY:

We went to the Bee’s game for the 4th of July with my family. It was sooooo hot! It was a fun game, well I don’t think we really watched the game but we stayed long enough to see the fireworks.

We went to St. George with my family. We had a lot of fun. We rented a townhouse so we could all hang out after the kids went to sleep. Every night we played games and we had the best time! Danny and Demi killed us all. We played cranium and catch phrase. We went on a few hikes up snow canyon. Had delicious swig. The guys went golfing, the girls went shopping. We swam. We had a really fun getaway even in the heat!

We celebrated Matt’s 32nd Birthday! We had a little party with our friends at our house. Matt got an awesome 30lb pizza steel and pizza supplies, some new shirts and a golf belt.

We got a new car! We had decided we wanted a Toyota Highlander, even before we test drove it. Little did we know that it is one popular car and it was pretty much sold out everywhere new and used. We searched numerous dealerships and they had a few but it wasn’t in the right color or it didn’t have leather (I really really wanted leather interior). We finally test drove it and then we really knew we wanted it. We were desperate and the only option we were given was to wait 8 weeks and special order exactly what we wanted. Well, we are impatient and waiting 8 weeks was not an option. We started looking out of state, crazy right?! We looked in Texas, Colorado and finally we found one in Las Vegas. Matt emailed them and negotiated a little bit and they came back with a great price and actually thousands cheaper than any dealership here. So funny side note, the dealership right by our house said they found a car (exactly like the one we found) in another state that they could have shipped here for $500. When we had the price from the Vegas dealership, we went back to that dealership saying this is the price we were given at another dealership and they pretty much laughed at us and said yeah right. They didn’t believe us and said come back when the deal falls through. We wanted so badly to take our paperwork to them after it was all done. So back to our car, we called the dealership and said we wanted the car and asked if we could put a deposit down, they said they don’t believe in deposits and they said they would hold the car for us. We quickly ran to a few banks to get cashiers check and booked a one way ticket to Las Vegas for Matt the next morning. He got to Vegas, took a taxi to the dealership and drove home (but got stuck in some awful traffic). It was quite the story and experience for just a car but we absolutely love our car. I love the space, the leather (oh the seat warmers) and so much more!

AUGUST:

We went to Lagoon with Matt’s family. Every year Matt’s parents take all the siblings and their families. It was so fun. We were sick last year and missed out, so we were extra excited to go, plus Addy was older and taller. She absolutely loved it! She is about 34″ tall and most of the big kid rides you have to be 36″, we had to sneak her on tons of rides and she was undoubtedly having the time of her life.

We celebrated our 8th anniversary with our yearly tradition at Ruth’s Chris. It was just as delicious as every other time. We got macaroni and cheese this time and it just didn’t meet the mark, we won’t be getting that again. When we checked into the restaurant they said, “you know you can come other than on special occasions” We just laughed and said then we don’t get the free dessert. Plus, we can’t afford to go out there more than twice a year!

We also ventured to Promontory Point to see the Golden Spike with my dad and grandpa. My grandpa has really wanted to take Addy since she loves trains. We kept delaying going because it was such a long drive and traveling with a newborn and a toddler aren’t always easy. But I knew my grandpa would have an amazing time so we just buckled down and decided to bite the dust and go. It was a loooong day. We went to lunch at Maddox in Brigham City first. Once we arrived it was actually really crowded. It was a special day and admission was free, score! and  they let us get on the train and see the engine, which they don’t usually allow. We watched the reenactment, looked at the trains, took a little ride on their engine cab thing, and got a little souvenir at the gift shop. It was a fun time and seeing how excited my grandpa was to take Addy and show her things was worth the long day.

We had to go to the fair again, it is so much fun. Plus that awesome extra priced slide is just so fun. So is all the delicious food. Sadly, I was doing a month long food challenge so I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would’ve!

We went to the Ogden temple dedication with my mom. It was such a gorgeous temple. It was fun to see a temple dedication, it was my first temple dedication I have been too.

We had the Macias’ family over for breakfast while they visited from Texas. We were so glad we could spend some time with them. We miss them so much. Matt and Juan went bowling after while I had our other Texas friends over for a play date.

We went on numerous hikes this summer and Addy fell in love with hiking. Her only request was to have any form of water so she could throw rocks, pretty simple girl. We also went to silver lake, for the first time in my life. We went with our friends, the Gents, it was a lot colder than we were expecting but we embraced it and walked around the entire lake. It was a gorgeous lake.

Among all that we went to the: zoo numerous times, Thanksgiving point museum of curiosity, farms and dino museum, the local pool, splash pads, aquarium, parks, and so much more.

 

Addy: 3 years

Addy has grown up so much, my little baby shouldn’t have just turned 3! She has grown up in the past few months so much. I have been jotting down quite a few things in the past 6 months and here are some of our favorites or ones to remember:

One of our favorite things is how she refers to herself as Adelaide June Smith the Monkey. Very random and we have no idea where it came from but it sure doesn’t get old! She loves to make monkey noises. Her favorite is to wake us up with the monkey noise, it’s a high pitched oooh-ahhh. It’s funny sometimes, maybe when we are play sleeping but when we are rally really dead asleep it’s brutal. Matt definitely gets it more than I do.

She is potty trained! Hallelujah! I was so fed up with changing two diapers I just decided one night to start potty training the next morning and not look back. She has done SO SO SO well! She’s had a few random accidents but other than that she is golden. It was a long few days. We decided to just stay home for 4 days straight, we watched movies, played games, she ran around comando, she wore dresses for easy access, we got McDonalds, treats etc etc. At one point she sat on the portable potty (in front of the tv and toys) for 3 hours! I did my very best to not get frustrated. At one point she just wouldn’t go, we tried everything (running water, hands in water, rubbing her belly) I finally just walked away, to vent to Matt and she finally went. This was the ticket, we still have to just walk away and let her cry a little and she goes. Kinda brutal but not changing two diapers is beyond glorious! She is so short that she still needs help getting on and off the potty and she hasn’t quite got the whole pull your underwear up first then your pants. It’s funny. We are working on getting her to do it on her own, because in my opinion, it’s just as bad as changing diapers.

She knows her ABC’s! She just started singing it out of the blue one day. She is so stubborn and I knew she knew it she just wouldn’t sing them on command. She knows how to count to 10 but recently she will miss 3-5 and just say 1-2-6-7-8-9-10! 

She is so hyper! Boy this girl has energy and sometimes she is so rough she can hurt Matt and me. She usually gets really hyper at night and especially when she knows bed time is approaching.

She loves church, it’s hit or miss if she likes nursery or not. Every time we drive or walk by the chapel she points and yells, “Look there’s nursery or church!” She is going to be in Sunbeams at the beginning of the year and that just doesn’t seem right!

She is seriously a parrot. Matt’s parents watched her for our anniversary dinner and that was one of the first things Matt’s mom mentioned when we got home. But it’s no joke, she mimics everything we say. Sometimes we ask her to say big words to see how she says it. We definitely have to be more cautious at words we use. I purchased her Elsa dress for Halloween from a China website. (You can get awesome dresses for $8 bucks). Well when I got it we kept talking about how it came from China, blah blah blah and when my mother in law asked where she got it from she said “my  mommy got it from China!” She really does listen it’s almost scary!

She teaches me patience in so many ways. If I am frustrated, she will say, “it’s ok mommy” I am learning so much from her and she is making me a better person for sure!

She has the worst tempers. She hates to be disciplined. Now when she gets in trouble she will fall to the floor and crouch down or she will hide between her hands. It actually makes me so sad. She is so better at apologizing now.

She finally has ALL her two year old molars, it was a rough few months of her getting high fevers and in pain for a few days. They finally finished coming in a few weeks before we left to Disneyland. I hope that the future isn’t as bad!

She is so brave. We went to lagoon this summer and went on tons and tons of rides, including the roller coaster that she was technically too small for. She is definitely a thrill seeker and loves the wild rides!

She was so excited for her birthday, she would talk about what colors of candles she wants, that she wants cupcakes, about gifts. This was the first year she really understood what was going on. Christmas is going to be the best!

She loves everything princess, she loves dressing up more and more. She can practically name all the princesses, what can you say…so scholarly at such a young age.

She loves having her hand traced and tracing our hands.

She still loves to be outside. She loves drawing with chalk, throwing rocks, going to the park, swinging and just being outside in general.

She is so curious. She asks questions all the time. What time is it? What’s that? Are you mad at that car?

She is so very OCD. She loves to line up toys. She loves to make sure the house is clean. She loves to throw away diapers if she sees them. She will say: “Ahhh there’s a diaper in my house!”

Lately, she has hated washing her hands after going to the bathroom. She will seriously throw a tantrum and go to time out over washing her hands.

She has a blanket obsession. Now to go to bed we need like 5 blankets!

She loves to paint, color, draw, art projects. You name it. We started doing a preschool workbook and she loves it. She will ask for school constantly. Some days she is really into into and other days she wants to be silly.

She is still taking naps, and she really does need them. I can’t complain. We have 1 o’clock church so she misses her nap, by the time dinner rolls around she is mess. Most days she takes between a 2 and 3 hour nap.

She usually wakes up between 7 and 8am and goes to bed around 8:30.

She is one spunky, sassy little girl! She definitely has her own unique personality. She loves to be in charge and tells us what to do. But she can also be shy at times too. She doesn’t love to play independently as much but she is the first child, I only expect it. We love how much she has grown up in the past year. She is our little chatterbox. We can’t believe 3 years has flown past so quick, time needs to slow way down.

 

 

October Fall Fun

We had such a fun and eventful October it was worth an entire blog post! 

We went to the Mabey Family Farm pumpkin patch. We went last year and had such a great time, we had to go back. Plus this year we saw the Mabey family that we knew back in Texas, it was so fun to catch up and see their family! This year we went with our friends, the Gents. We had such a fun time. Addy was so excited all day and she just loves Sam. We searched for some awesome pumpkins and came home with way too many. Afterwards, the kids painted their pumpkins, we ate pizza and let the kids play. It was such a great night!

We also went to Cornbelly’s at Thanksgiving Point with the Gents. It was a fun fall themed fair in a sense. We went on a hay ride, rode a few rides and slides, played some games, did a few activities, let the kids run around, ate popcorn and snow cones and enjoyed a firework show after. 

My friends and I ran the Provo Haunted 5k. We had some great ideas of costumes but ended up wearing tutus like every other person. Regardless, we had such a fun time, it was a really pretty run and a beautiful day. Afterwards, we ended up running into Costco to buy the 8′ ($180) bear for Whitney (well her boyfriend). We stuffed into the back seat of our honda civic and we were able watch it for Whitney for a few days. The kids loved having it but I could never justify the cost to ever buy that ridiculously large stuffed animal. 

The Newman’s hosted a Halloween Party a week before Halloween. We decided to be Ron Burgandy and Veronica Corningstone from Anchorman. Matt went all out. We went to Savers to pick up our fine attire. Matt found an awesome pin strip suit with a vest for $20 bucks. I found a nice shirt with shoulder pads. (When I got home to try it on I realized it still had the tags on it. The tag was from 1986, the year I was born. My mom guessed there was a ZCMI tag still and low and behold there was in the sleeve, it was $45.00. Seriously so crazy.) Matt also got a wig and mustache to complete the look. Coincidence, I had purchased Harrison a dog costume last year when I was pregnant and it worked out perfectly for him to be our dog Baxter. Addy was the Snow Queen, Elsa from Frozen.

We went up to Heber to ride the Heber Creeper with the Newman family. It was a pumpkin fall festival train ride, with pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, Halloween music and a free pumpkin after the ride. I had never been on the Heber Valley Railroad and was really expecting it to be a very different experience. It was an awesome old train but the ride definitely fell short. The ride went through the city, which I thought went up in the hills, stopped after 10 mins and turned around. The kids enjoyed it though and that’s all that mattered. After, we went to dinner at a really yummy Mexican restaurant in Midway. 

I got Addy’s costume from an online China store for a whopping $8. She was so excited. Of course weeks before Halloween she wanted to be Minnie Mouse, which was what she was last year. But she slowly changed her mind to be Elsa. I didn’t think her costume would arrive before Halloween but when it did she didn’t want to take it off. She actually wore it so often that it ripped, what can you expect for such a high quality dress. I fixed it the night before Halloween and it’s holding up quite well. 

Halloween morning we went to Garner Village with my mom to walk around and see the witches. We got some delicious candy from the candy shop and grabbed lunch on our way home. Later that afternoon, my sister dropped her dog off. He had  been here a few minutes and the kids loved having him here. Sadly, Harrison fell down the stairs in his walker around 4 pm. He had just woken up from a nap and was starting to fall asleep so I ran him to the ER. A few hours later (and a CT scan and xray) we were cleared to go home just in time for trick or treating. Addy was having quite a fun time but she is a little slow we had to hold her. She was very soft spoken when she would say trick or treat. She ended up with a ton of candy but wanted to go home before I thought she would. 

We had such a fun October, it flew by and we are approaching winter. I am excited for winter but love the fall. The leaves changing and the cooler weather.