Sunday, August 28, 2016


"The days go slow, but the years go fast"

Isn't that the truth. I can't believe there is only one more week until September!

Here's a recap of the year thus far:

In January I started teaching at Flip's Clubhouse. My dream job! :-D It was an amazing experience teaching preschool and gymnastics to the cutest 3-5 year old's ever.

In February... SUPRISE! as always ;-) We found out we were expecting baby #4... what? I thought you were only going to have 3 kids? Yup, me too. Due date: Oct. 13th 2016

The first trimester kind of stunk. It felt like another long winter. I was sooo sick and emotional I was sure this one was a girl. Luckily, I found out I could deliver at a smaller hospital, which I hope will give me a better experience.

Jayden continued to excel in 2nd grade. He absolutely loved his teacher. I'm so glad Jayden had him as a teacher, and how much Jayden grew in that class.

Alex was diagnosed with celiac disease. Poor guy can't catch a break. He was diagnosed initially by blood test and then it was confirmed with an endoscopy. It was a diagnosis that turned our life upside down. But he continued to do amazing in gymnastics and in preschool. He got to use a program called upstart which taught him to read, and was a student in the preschool class I taught.

We took quite a few trips down to St. George. I never thought I'd admit it, but I love having a mini van :-D Makes road trips so much nicer.

We found these gorgeous mahogany doors on clearance at our local hardware store. They were custom ordered for someone else, but were too big. SCORE!!!

Miss. Aliya had a rough time be left at home while mommy and Alex went to preschool and Jayden went to school. She got a lot of one on one (or TV) time with our daddy. I can't complain though, Ryan works nights, and did very good watching her after sleepless nights. But she and I got to do fun things once in a while!

Summer came which included camping and a couple more trips to St. George 


Alex graduated from preschool and upstart. Jayden finished 2nd grade, and Aliya came along for the ride. 
 Jayden turned 8!!!!! And chose to get baptized
The kids had an awesome time at my mom's company party at Lagoon. It was the first year Aliya really enjoyed it. I couldn't go on any rides because of the pregnancy. Speaking of pregnancy, we were so surprised to find out we were having another boy!!! He didn't cooperate at the 20 week ultrasound (I found out at 16 weeks with all my other kids, but since I went with a new doctor... I wasn't able to find out till 20 weeks.)... there was no way I was going to wait another month to find out what i was having. And so... I spent $50 bucks and got an elective ultrasound to determine what he was.

 Jayden started THIRD GRADE and Alex started half day kindergarten.
I'm really nervous about Alex's blood sugars being controlled or at least watched. Fortunately it's only 2.5 hours. And hopefully he'll be sensitive to how he's feeling. No preschool for Aliya this year. She gets to hang out with mom, and soon her baby brother.

She just turned 3!! :-O

This pregnancy has been going well. It actually is making me a bit nervous on how it's not exactly following suite of my other pregnancies. Blood pressures have been fairly consistent. And I never hit insulin resistance. I'm not sure what to think. I do know they're planning on inducing me at 37 weeks, but if things continue to go well, I may hold off and try to go a little longer. 
I'm 33.5 weeks now. I'll have an ultrasound to measure him in a couple of days. I was having pretty consistent contractions yesterday, but I'm pretty sure it was due to dehydration and the stomach flu. 

I'm not teaching preschool this year due to this baby. But hopefully next school year. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

7,8, AND 9

Day 7 was:
Split into teams, we’re playing Christmas charades

The kids absolutely loved this one.. and they have begged to do it every night since, despite the fact that we already know what it says. 

Day 8 was:
1 Let’s have a ring pop eating contest… who can suck theirs the fastest??
I thought they would love this one.. because they love ring pops... but they did not like the competition aspect. They wanted to savor their ring pops. Noted. 

You may have noticed the quality of my pictures increase. I GOT A NEW PHONE! Ryan did too. It was our early Christmas present. Also, we're cheap, and have been putting off getting new phones for a while even though our current phones were struggling daily. Anyway- got new phones, and we're paying $40 less a month for upgrading. Learned my lesson. Research before assuming.

Day 9 was:
 A snowball race!!! Grab your straws and a snowball. On your mark, get set: GO!

We had cotton balls and straws and just raced them along the entry way. I didn't get any pictures.. although we did do family pictures that day. And oh. my gosh. Aliya... I don't even know what to do with this girl. I need to compress the files, and then I'll share a few gems on here. 

Tonight's advent has not yet been opened.... but it'll be great I'm sure... ;)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

On the sixth day





 Somtimes, I've just got to put my OCDness aside, and let the kids be messy, let my kitchen be destroyed, let my kids eat a cookie with 3 inches of frosting on it, and let it be done for the sake of memories. And I never want to see another sugar cookie, ever, ever again. 

Day six was filled with small tubes of frosting, and said:
"6.)    Let’s make Christmas cookies!!! "

On the fifth day...

Fifth.. that's kind of a weird word.

"5.)    Let’s give a treat to the birds! Here’s some bird seed. Find a pine cone, rub some peanut butter on it, and roll it in this seed!!"

Coming back from looking for pine cones  Let's see if the bird's find them

  Forgot the birds! Aliya thinks these are quite tasty!

Saturday night Ryan and I got to go eat at a fancy restaurant for his work Christmas party. I didn't get any pictures. But the kiddos got to stay with Gma and Gpa S. They went to their ward Christmas party and saw, "the REAL Santa"

On the fourth day

I can't find number four's bag! I also can't make a serious selfie face, but it's okay, because I have a partner in crime. 
But the bag contained some "AVENGER" fruit snacks and told us,
"4.)    It’s Friday night… Let’s have root beer floats and watch a Christmas movie!"
We don't own the movie, Elf. Is that unamerican? I think so. But since the kids had never seen it, I decided to rent it on amazon for that 24 hour period they give you. So we watched it Friday night, and then THREE times on Saturday. I'm just making all sorts of bad mom confessions. 

I made this fantastic Grinch for a Christmas party my friend was helping with. Isn't it cute? I totally had the Lord's hand in it, cause I'm not great at free handing, and it actually turned out well!

I got to watch some adorable kids for the last official time. I had been watching them over the last year once or twice a week, but since I'm going to be starting a preschool in January I can't commit to it anymore. I was hoping the kids would be terrible so saying goodbye wouldn't be so bad, but darn it they were super good, and I'll miss them!

And then my best friend got in a jam with work, so we got to hang out with her little man till the wee hours. I think the kids all had a lot of fun, and it was a great kick off to the weekend.
Note to future self: Rootbeer floats= none of my kids like them!!! Boooohooo!

The third day

At last years Christmas clearance's, I found this game called hide n' seek elf or something. It was this hard plastic elf, and it played music. The object was to hide the elf, turn on the music and let everyone search for him. The game lasted about five minutes. Mostly because our kids kind of stunk at hiding it, but perhaps it'll be better next year! :)

"3.)    Peek a boo… where are you??? Let’s play the hide and seek game with Zat’s friend, LiyaAlexJay"

Clever, right?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On the second day

December 2nd was a crazy day! I worked all morning, and attempted to get on top of the house cleaning (didn't happen)
I took Jayden to gymnastics, and got to play with my kiddos in the little gym where I usually work .
Check out my workplace:



We ran to Costco when Jayden's class was over.. Stopped at McDonalds for dinner and then called dad to meet us at our friend's house since Aliya was getting her first hair cut, and I was FINALLY getting my hair did. 

I didn't get home until 9:30, so we didn't even get to finish our advent activity. But here it is Alex was in charge of opening it.

Aliya picked the book. She chose the Rudolph book with characters. And Jayden got to buy a "fruit  roll up" with the Christmas jewel he got out of our train advent. I don't know what we'll do if we ever have another kid. I'll have to figure out another fun advent thing