"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Texas trip

Flight there: The kids did great, even with the additional 40 minutes on the plane for de-icing. With about an hour to go they both got antsy, but we were able to entertain them. The rental car took forever to get, but Terran shared his Transformers with another kid who was waiting and Kenna slept on me.

Christmas dinner: We got to Brad's and it was so exciting seeing everyone. Mom made sure our Christmas dinner was warm and served within minutes of getting there and it was so good after all the travel! The company and festive air was fun! Right when we got there, Terran left us by the car and found his cousins. They played and played.

Legoland: For an activity, we went to Legoland. The kids had a lot of fun and it gave us a lot of time to chat about life with the other adults. I'd had the idea that we would try to do some of the touristy things around, but it really turned out that we visited a lot and that is more fun anyway!

Jason's baptism: Fun for everyone to get together. It was cool to be there and watch Jason prep for the big day. After he was baptized and they were getting out, Terran yelled "I want to swim!" Go figure.

Sickness with Linds: We only stayed at Brad's a few nights, then headed to Lindsey's. Brooklyn and Terran both came down with a strange fever and lethargy, and my whole family had congestion and colds, so we hunkered down and going out at the apartment. It really wasn't all bad though because we got to chat, the men ran to the store a few times and the Guntry Club for some bonding, and each day we got to walk or play by the river. Terran really liked playing with Brooklyn and was sad when she would nap. He even didn't want to go home because he wanted to stay with Lindsey and Brooklyn!

Park: We all got together at the park for the last time and got another hour of quality hang time. I live my siblings and their company and really love that the cousins love each other. Something I didn't realize would happen living so far apart....

New year's Eve: basically didn't even acknowledge it! Between sick kids and being tired, I think we were all in bed by 10, maybe earlier!
Flight home: our connection in Denver was delayed and delayed and delayed, but our kids did awesome and eventually feel asleep before we boarded and stayed asleep the whole time. The worst was when we went out to get in the car and had to stand in the freezing cold when Terran was half asleep because he starts yelling and gets uncontrollable in those types of situations.

We already miss our family it there but are so glad for the time we got to spend with them!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas

The buildup to Christmas this year was exciting because Terran embraced the idea of Santa and loved to talk about it. Santa came to Zach's Christmas party and Terran was excited to get on his lap and discuss presents. Kenna wasn't scared at all and I'm so glad!

We had decided to go to Texas on Christmas day, so we got to experience Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at our house. We kept with many traditions, some on a smaller scale because it was just us, but I love celebrating Christmas.

We got to visit Santa, visit Temple Square, we drove around looking at Christmas lights, we made Santa cookies on Christmas Eve, and Terran had lots of Christmas waffles all month.

I liked adding Christmas waffles into our celebration. In the future I also want to do gingerbread houses, probably on Christmas Eve. I missed seeing a live nativity this year. I loved that Santa left a little present outside Terran's door. He sent a little wish up on Christmas Eve that Santa would and he did! It was exciting.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Terran Tidbits

Terran just told me if I cry (when he kicked a toy into my foot) he will not give me presents. Then he said if I pout or cry he won't give me presents.

His new thing is "not just yet." Are you ready to go? Not just yet. Please turn off the TV. Not just yet. Etc. I love it...Most of the time.

Terran has got some serious attitude and tries to give me the "if, then" statements that I use to teach him. Ex: If you don't put your bike away, then someone might take it. His go more like "If you don't let me have candy then I won't clean up my mess" or something to the nature of his benefit. I struggle between disciplining and laughing!

He told me today, as he was singing in a different language and simultaneously kicking the couch, that I can't talk when he is singing (I was telling him not to kick the couch).

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Terran Tidbits

Listening to country: "I don't like this....I only like crazy music." I turned it to a hip hop station and I looked back and he's nodding his head with a smile.

We were driving by a park and Terran yelled "can we stop? Please please please?  I really want to!" So I did and when he was getting out I noticed he had taken his shoes and socks off. I asked if he was going to wear them and he said "no, they will just slow me down."

I told Kenna to stop biting me. She just got her two bottom teeth and keeps biting me while nursing. Terran asked why she is biting me and I said I don't know. He replied,  "Maybe she thinks you are lunch!"

Terran almost saw a Christmas present of his but I hurried and hid it. He asks me everyday if he can have it and whines for it a lot. One night I told home to stop because I didn't want to hear it and he replied "well I don't want to hear you talk!"

Early Christmas and Zach's birthday weekend

Being the amazing and thoughtful people that they are, my parents came to our house early to celebrate Christmas since they would be in Texas for the actual day. Terran was excited and thought Santa would come early, but Grammy and Poppy made our faux Christmas as good as Santa ever could! We had a traditional morning with presents and brunch, did some more Christmas shopping, and they watched the kids so we could go out to lunch for Zach's birthday. It is so fun to see how much love there is between them and our kids!
Sunday was Zach's birthday, so we had his favorite breakfast of sausage and biscuits, went to church, then celebrated again with a salmon dinner and caramel chocolate mouse dessert.  We love getting to share so many great holidays with Grammy and Poppy.

Friday, December 9, 2016

6 months

And there went a half a year! Baby Sis turned six months yesterday! Since last month, her bottom two teeth came in, she got her first cold, and she can now sit up unassisted for quite a while. She prefers to stand and walk places, with help of course. She can't stand being on her stomach. She is acutely aware of everything in her surroundings.
She loves to sleep right next to my body. She is ticklish all over. Always has a smile for Dad and Terran. She is a tough little cookie who barely cries with shots and when she gets bumped. She puts everything in her mouth. She reaches up and pots her fingers in my mouth every time she nurses, though that is really hard to get her to do because she is often too distracted to eat. But, she does great with solid foods.
She has a quick smile and shares it with almost anyone. She has done pretty well with having other people hold her, unless she is tired. If she is really tired, only Mom can comfort her. She has evolved to sleeping with us every night. If I'm not next to her, she wakes often, but if I am, she sleeps quite well. Not sure how that will play out in the future but I'm just going with it for now. With sickness and traveling, it isn't worth changing right now.
She is such a bright little being in our lives.