4.29.2015

Where We've Been Wednesday

So, I figured my first Wednesday post could be a general catch-up on everyone in the family. You know, just the background info on what everyone's been up to so I can leave the fleshing out for Friday posts.

~Perhaps the biggest update is that we recently moved! We found a perfect house in a...city further west from where we were...in a relatively new development. We loved our time in our first home and we miss many of the neighbors and ward members, but we know this is where we are supposed to be right now. The house is approximately twice as big as our last home, and we're really enjoying the space. We're on a super quiet street tucked back inside a quiet neighborhood, which is a nice contrast to our last house that was just off a really busy intersection.

view from the front
Moving day! Don't let Lucas fool you--we were all pretty excited!
The view from our front porch. Yes, that's a park directly across the street.
~In March we took a family vacation to visit my parents, who were living in Eugene, OR at the time. We drove up the Oregon coast, saw lighthouses and Devil's Churn, and stayed a few nights in a beautiful beach house; we visited The Aquarium of the Pacific, the Portland Zoo, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Tillamook Air Museum; we went whale watching and saw tons of sea lions; and generally just had a really awesome time! It wasn't even that stressful to fly with 4 kids. :) Hallie DID have a massive blowout while we were sitting in the airport and the nearest bathroom was at least a 10 minute walk away from our gate, so that was fun. This will definitely be fleshed out on Flashback Fridays.
~We enjoyed the outdoors by taking hikes and playing on our new swing set in the backyard.
~We said good bye to my grandmother, who passed away unexpectedly in July just shy of her 75th birthday. It was the first funeral for our kids and the first one that I really remember. It was an extremely hard, sad week, but it was also a very spiritual, bonding experience for my family.
~We helped my parents move back from Oregon! They live a little further north than they used to, but it's way better than them living in a different state! It just means we get to take mini road trips every now and then. We've had a ton of fun getting to know another new city in our beautiful state and getting to spend way more time with Grandma and Papa!
~We wore matching pajamas for Christmas Eve.

Yes, those are one-piece pajamas.
~We said good bye to our cat, Felix, who had a really unfortunate incident with antifreeze. Before we realized what was happening, he was too far gone. It was really traumatic, especially for Kyle, but it turned into (another) good lesson on the Plan of Salvation for our kids. We adopted a new cat, named Frankie, to fill the void and he has fit in from day one.
~We thoroughly enjoyed our zoo membership and recently bought a membership to the aquarium.
~We had tons of dance parties and wrestling matches...Hallie included.

Cole
~Started working at The Yarrow Hotel and Conference Center in Park City as the revenue manager.
~Helped oversee a huge remodel and change in operations of the hotel. He NOW is the operations manager at the Doubletree by Hilton Park City - The Yarrow.
~Almost singlehandedly built the new swing set/play house in the backyard.
~Got new glasses and sometimes even wears them.
~Got pneumonia in August.
~Served as a gospel doctrine teacher in our old ward (and was, in my unbiased opinion, the best one)
~Became mildly obsessed with Minecraft and had almost weekly game nights with his brothers.

Jessica
~Finished nursing Hallie in January, which marks the first time since October 2009 that I haven't been pregnant or nursing. It's nice in some ways, but it's also a little sad.
~Crafted and repurposed old things into decorations for our house, and started thrifting (DI is my new best friend). Also got a sparkly Silhouette to help with the craftiness (Thanks, Cole!)
~Volunteered twice a month in Lucas' preschool class
~Developed a serious obsession of scarves, especially infinity scarves
~Served as the ward choir director and the Primary chorister (my new favorite calling!) in our old ward
~Read voraciously
~Became a little obsessed with Pick Your Plum. Check it out. It'll change your life.

Kyle
~Got his very first pair of glasses


~Had more play dates with his little girlfriend, Avry
~Finished Kindergarten strong and started the first grade
~Learned to read and tie his shoes
~Can now make pretty spectacular fart noises with his armpit and the back of his knee (I'm so proud)
~Lost a total of 4 teeth, and has another pretty loose one
~Got to go on a fun field trip to the zoo with his new class

Lucas
~Started preschool and loves every minute of it! He gets to ride the bus ALL BY HIMSELF


~Began speech therapy in November to address a relatively minor delay. Almost 6 months later, it's almost completely corrected
~Loves going to Primary with Kyle
~Loves singing just about everything...his current favorite song is Follow the Prophet (he knows almost all of the verses)
~Has not had any serious injuries *knock on wood* since the toothpick-through-the-foot incident (thank goodness!
~Has a tender heart and is the best snuggler
~Is a great, loving big brother, especially to Hallie

Matthew
~Was finally circumcised in February 2014 (it's a long story...). He was the cutest little patient and all the nurses loved him
~Gave up his fa-fa (pacifier)
~Started talking a mile a minute, just like his brothers
~Has the BIGGEST sweet tooth and tries to snitch treats when I'm not looking
~Learned how to go potty like a champ just after we moved
~Loves to carry a baby doll around--he makes the cutest little daddy!
~Is pretty much the coolest kid


Hallie
~Learned how to sit up, crawl, and walk (at 9 months old!)
~Cut 12 teeth
~Loves to torment the cat (he tolerates her really well)
~Only says a few words, but makes the "sss" incessantly. We joke that she speaks Parseltongue fluently
~Loves to give kisses to pretty much anything

even Bumblebee...
~Loves shoes, dresses, getting her fingernails painted, and taking care of her babies, but she also loves cars and makes a great car noise
~Is the LOUDEST of our kids. Seriously. She's loud.

So, that's the last year in a nutshell.

1 comment:

Danielle said...

that really is the sweetest location for a house-right across from a park. ENJOY!! loved all the updates-sounds like a fun busy year!

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