June Roundup

- The Fault in Our Stars
- Jimmy Fallon
- So You Think You Can Dance

- The Fault in Our Stars
- Attachments

- Brian Regan radio

Fun Things with Friends and Family
- Jacob and Addie went to Wisconsin for Jacob’s family reunion. They were gone Friday morning – Monday morning. Addie loved playing with lots of cousins and hated the scary dogs. She’s still talking about both of those things. She picked up some things like “rock paper scissors” from the other kids (and she totally doesn’t understand the game.) She loved swimming in the hot tub. They missed their flight on the way home and couldn’t get another one on that airline until the next day. Since Jacob had to work they had to fly home on a different airline. The day they got home she fell asleep on the way to baggage claim, went back to sleep in the car, whined and cried and finally laid down on my bed when we got home and slept for 4 more hours. Traveling is rough!
- While Jacob and Addie were gone, Neil and I spent the weekend at home. And Heidi came up to do some work, watch Sherlock, and hang out on Friday night and Saturday.

Milestones, Holidays & Special Events
- The Family Reunion

Progress on Goals

The Good, The Bad, The Unusual
- We got called to be primary teachers.
- Addie started swimming lessons. The first day she was ready to quit the whole thing. But grew a little braver every day. By the last day of the 2 weeks she finally put her whole head under the water, yay! She has more lessons coming up later this summer.
- Jacob has had a stressful time at work lately and we’re both anxious for that to improve.

The Everyday and Routine
- I looked for every spare moment all day long to work, work, work. Heidi and I are having great success with our business. But with great success comes great responsibility (wink) so we are just so darn busy. The to-do list just keeps growing. And there’s always a bunch of e-mails to be answered, comments to reply to, social media posts to schedule. I’m usually able to work during Neil’s naps but sometimes Addie has a hard time self entertaining during that time.
- Neil is sleeping great these days. He’s still a grump but has more happy periods now that he is mobile. He does more of a “worm” than a crawl but he’s SO fast. He loves to crawl into the kitchen and roll out a drawer then push it back in. Except occasionally he catches a finger in there, ouch!

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May Roundup

- Sesame Street
- Vampire Diaries (don’t judge me)

- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

- Brian Regan radio (a new favorite! When I’m stuck in the car or cleaning this always puts me in a good mood.)
- Imagine Dragons radio

Fun Things with Friends and Family
- Heather and her family were in town for a couple weeks and we loved spending time with them. We went with them to the Discovery Museum, met up with them for lunch in Provo, had them over to our house, met up at City Creek for dinner, and went to the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point. Addie wishes her cousins could play every day!
- Emily and Lori came to town for a girl’s weekend over Memorial Day. We talked and shopped and planned and ate yummy food and got pedicures. Much needed and much enjoyed.

Milestones, Holidays & Special Events
- Moved into our new house. What a surreal and exciting experience after all this planning and stress. We love the house and are enjoying meeting our new neighbors.
- Neil started crawling at the very end of the month. He gets frustrated easily but when he’s not worked up, he does a pretty good job at it and can get around to what he wants. He started out doing a little of the traditional crawl but then switched to leap-frogging it!
- Addie’s last day of Preschool. She will miss it over the summer!

Progress on Goals

The Good, The Bad, The Unusual
- Getting the new yard going has been a mess. Lots of trouble with the grading and scheduling the sod and sprinklers and fence. What a hassle but we can’t wait till it’s done. Addie loves to be out in the yard!

The Everyday and Routine
- Not much feels like routine yet in our new house!
- Unpacking VERY slowly while we try and decide what we do and don’t want to keep and where we want it to go. We have all the everyday essentials unpacked and still have a garage full of stuff. What is all this stuff? After having it in a storage unit for a year and finding I don’t miss much of anything that’s out there, I’m tempted to send it all straight to DI. But we will slowly weed through it all and keep the important stuff. It’s been nice to live in a house that isn’t already full of clutter!
- Addie still goes to tumbling every Wednesday and adores it.

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April Roundup

Didn’t get a chance to come back and fill this out properly because we got so busy with the move but here are the notes I wrote before the end of April.

- Call the Midwife
- Jimmy Fallon
- Studio C

- The Rosie Project
- The Pigeon Needs a Bath (We read lots of kids books but this new one became a quick favorite.)

- Frozen soundtrack
- Imagine Dragons Radio

Fun Things with Friends and Family
- Design Center with Heidi
- Ikea trip with Heidi, Cassity + 6 kids (CHAOS!)

Milestones, Holidays & Special Events
- Addie’s birthday
- Addie’s Frozen Birthday party
- Heidi’s bday dinner + Dead Sea Scrolls

Progress on Goals

The Good, The Bad, The Unusual
- General Conference!
- Major house progress: paint, cabinets, counters, flooring, exterior stone, driveway
- Final walk through on the house!
- Closing on the house on April 30th.

The Everyday and Routine
- Neil naps best ONLY at home. Trying to run errands or go to things that interrupt his nap schedule ends up being torturous for all of us. He will nap in the car but usually for only 30-45 minutes max and is grumpy soon after. It makes going to preschool in Provo and doing other things very difficult! The upside to this: he is a great napper at home. Goes right down without a peep and sleeps about 2 hours, usually.
- Addie’s really into pretend play right now. She will come up to one of us in the midst of a pretend play scene and say something like, “Where are we driving?” And when we ask, “I don’t think we’re driving anywhere this morning” she will whisper, “No, we’re just ‘tending’.”

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Addie’s Frozen 4th Birthday Party

We had a Frozen themed party at Heidi’s house for Adelaide’s birthday. She invited Ella, Nolan, Clara, Tess, and cousins Luke and Sophie (and we missed cousin Avery who couldn’t come.) It was the perfect number of kids!

I tried to have the party feel almost like a play date with lots of fun activities to choose from. I didn’t want there to be lots of waiting for your turn or winners and losers. I wanted the kids to just play and have fun and I think we achieved that.

The epsom salt painting was kind of a bust. I should have tried it out at home first to make sure I knew how to make the paint! But it was a good “welcome” activity for the kids to do when they first arrived. We had Frozen on for a little while when they arrived and started painting, too.

The snowball throwing game was a hit with the kids. We had the cups stacked on the stairs which was perfect because it was out of the way and when the kids threw the snowballs, they would just bounce back to them. The kids could also easily put them back up on the stairs and keep playing.

Just like at Preschool, the sensory bin was very popular. I bought some Instasnow from Amazon and added the Frozen figurines and some glass marbles and jewels. They played with it a lot!

Melting the Frozen hearts was also a popular activity!

We made some Olafs with marshmallows, pretzels and food markers.

We built “ice” towers with Magnatiles. That might be a bit of a stretch but who cares, the kids loved it.

I used Addie’s present (Frozen castle) as a double duty for decor and otherwise kept the table and food very simple. I was tempted to go cutesy with food that tied in to the movie and had cutesy names and then I remembered these kids are 3-5 years old and I don’t think they would notice or really care. We had very simple sack lunches for them to eat while they watched a bit of the movie.

I have, in the past, always requested Addie’s birthday parties be NO GIFT parties but I decided it was probably a good idea for her to get practice in opening presents and saying thank you. And also, it’s been good for her to give presents to other kids at birthday parties.

She did a pretty good job opening up her presents and being appropriately excited and grateful. Her friends and cousins picked out gifts that were perfect for her.

What a great afternoon spent celebrating our favorite 4 year old!

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March Roundup

- Justin Time (Addie)
- The Monuments Men
- Sesame Street (Neil)
- Mitt documentary on Netflix
- Veronica Mars movie (at home, downloaded from Amazon)

- Someday, Someday Maybe
- My Father’s Dragon (Me and Addie)

- Frozen soundtrack
- Imagine Dragons Radio

Fun Things with Friends and Family
- Looking at house/lot with Heidi
- Daylight Donuts
- City Creek shopping and dinner from Red Iguana. Addie loved playing in the kids play area and quickly found some little friends to run around with.

Milestones, Holidays & Special Events
- Frozen came in the mail and we had a pizza picnic and watched it. As much as Addie loves the movie, she still can’t hold still!
- Jacob’s birthday fell on Sunday. The day before we celebrated with chocolate cake. After Neil was in bed we went to SLC and had dinner at Vinto Pizzeria. It was late after that so we ended up just chatting and then walked around the big Harmons store downtown.
- I didn’t do much for St. Patricks Day but a leprechaun did leave a little pot of gold chocolate coins and some rainbow stacking blocks. Addie pointed out that the leprechaun footprints were just paper but then seemed ok with that!
- Jacob and Adddie went to Disney on Ice. Addie loved it and has been asking to go back.

Progress on Goals
- Behind on Project Life but did start doing it digitally.
- Took my Sunday photos each week but didn’t keep up with getting them all edited right away. Still, very happy with what I did get with this goal.
- Read the Book of Mormon every morning this month.

The Good, The Bad, The Unusual
- Neil was super grumpy for 2 weeks and went back to waking up twice a night.
- Took Neil to Uncle Jess for an ear test which found fluid in his ear. Went to the doctor the next day and she said it isn’t infected so there isn’t anything to do right now.
- Asked to speak in church but then got out of it because Jacob had to work. Can’t say I was sad about that!
- Neil got a little cold and a couple new teeth which meant lots of grumpiness and a stuffy nose and difficulty nursing.
- Heidi started the process of building a house just a couple blocks from our new house! We’re ecstatic.
- Grandpa went out to take pictures at the island and didn’t get home until hours after he normally does. And his phone was off so he didn’t know we were calling him. We were just about ready to call 911 when he finally texted that he was on his way home. Silly man got caught up talking to other photographers and lost track of time.
- We discovered a bunch of pictures on Mom’s camera that Addie had taken when she’s up by herself in the morning. There were some selfies and pictures of the room. And some videos! One of the days the pictures were from 12:00 AM. It was the same night she came into me and asked to be tucked back in. I noticed the lights were on but I assumed it was because she went to the bathroom. I guess she was hanging out for awhile before she decided to go back to bed. Silly girl.
- Having some carpal tunnel pain as well as some issues with my left thumb. Wearing a brace at least some of the time has helped.
- Mom put up a fairy door and a fairy started coming to visit. When she’s here there’s glitter on the doorstep. It’s SO fun when Addie notices it. If she leaves a note for the fairy the fairy will usually leave her a little present (a tiny deck of cards, a little stuffed animal, a pair of sunglasses.)
- We got an official close date for the house. April 30!

The Everyday and Routine
- Daylight Savings Time threw us all for a loop. Neil’s routine just shifted. He now stayed up till about 7:30 PM and sleeps in until 7-8 AM.
- We visited the house several times and watched the small changes (finishing the sheetrock and drywall, putting up the banisters doors, shelves and trim.) They started work on the stucco as well.
- We were late to Preschool almost every day after the time change. Good thing Auntie Heidi forgives us!
- Addie’s solution to anybody being sad (including Neil) is to sing “Let it Go!” at the top of her lungs.
- My work projects this month were Jargon Journals and the 2nd Grade Language Arts review.
- Addie and I started reading My Fathers Dragon. She likes having me read it out loud to her but she does have a hard time following the story sometimes.
- Addie’s in love with playing Spot It and is genuinely very good at it. She often spots the match before I do and she LOVES to win. She says “I’m gonna beep (beat) you!”
- Neil loves Baby Mum Mums. I think he especially likes that he can eat them without help!
- Addie has been on a baby doll kick lately and it’s so cute to see her mothering them and talking to them. She pulled out one she never used to play with much and named it Flower. It became one of her “must haves” at bedtime. That list includes 2 bunnies, her light up “owl” (a happy meal Furby toy!) and a rotating list of other babies and/or stuffed animals.
- Lots of tax and mortgage paperwork this month. It’s so fun being a grown up. But in actuality, I’m glad we have an income to pay taxes on and the means to build a nice new home.
- Now that the weather is nicer Addie loves to go outside and “help” with yard work, play with the soccer ball or in the sandbox, go for walks or ride her bike.
- Jacob had a nice rotation this month with some bonus afternoons off. We so appreciated having him around more, especially since I had a lot of work to do!

No photo collage this month as I have been trying out digital project life and not saving my phone pics in the Collect App for printing.

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