December 26, 2016

Sammamish Christmas - Part Two (Christmas Day)

It is so much fun to be with kids on Christmas morning. Pure excitement and joy. Sophie woke up a little late and her cousins had seen their gifts already, so she had a full audience when it was her turn to go see what Santa had left. She got the "My Fairy Garden" she had asked for, along with some treats in her stocking, a light up toothbrush, and Froot Loops. 

We had just a short time to enjoy the fun before we had to get dressed and get out the door for 9 am church. It was a crazy morning and sadly I didn't get a picture of the kids in their Christmas Sunday clothes, but they did look cute. After church we came home to open the rest of the gifts and then enjoyed a delicious prime rib dinner. 

Christmas morning!

The group gathered to open the tree gifts 

When we were younger, my mom would use code names for our presents so we wouldn't know which gifts were ours until Christmas morning. It's a tradition we still like to follow and my dad chose ski brands for the theme this year. I was Nordica, Dave was Ride, Sophie was Saloman, and Davey was Dynastar. 

Our gift to Sophie this year was a bear family and my mom gave her a camper to go with it. She has had lots of fun taking them on adventures, while I chase Davey around and pull all the little accessories out of his mouth. 

Davey got some cars that light up and make sounds. Sophie has been enjoying them too :)

December 24, 2016

Sammamish Christmas - Part One (Pre-Christmas Fun)

This year was our eleventh Christmas together. We are still alternating visits to family each year and so we drove up to my parent's house in Washington after school got out. Our drive takes us through Eastern Oregon, where my sister lives, and we arrived just in time for their coldest day on record. It was -18 while we were passing through, but dropped to -20 later that day. I don't think I have ever been so cold and was very grateful to have a warm house to stay at for the night. Brrr!!!

Our second day of driving brought us to the cabin in Snoqualmie pass. We stayed here for a couple nights to enjoy the snow. Sophie's cousin, Anne, had come with my parents ahead of her family so she was around to play and the girls had a great time sledding, building a snowman, making cookies, and being silly. After two days and 13 hours in the car, Davey was just excited to be done with driving for awhile. 

The rest of my sister's family arrived a few days later and we stayed busy with holiday fun while counting down the days to Christmas. Sophie played much better with Will and Levi (cousins a year older and a year younger) this trip and I think they are going to be good buddies down the road. There were still plenty of disagreements and tears, but no real fights and nothing a five minute cool down couldn't fix. 

I was also able to ski with Dave and my dad. I was excited to get up on the mountain because with pregnancies and babies, I have only skied a handful of times over the last five years. I was a little rusty at first, but finally started to find my rhythm again towards the end and had a lot of fun!

On Christmas Eve the kids made cookies for Santa and then performed a cute little Nativity under the direction of Nat & Brodie. Sophie was thrilled to play an angel and Davey was an extra smiley baby Jesus. He thought it was pretty awesome to have everyone gathered around, staring at him. I think it will be fun to try this again a few years from now when we have some older kids, and more cousins to play other parts. 

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
(Pajamas all made by Aunt Amy)

December 19, 2016

December Fun

Since this is our last year in Utah, I really wanted to make sure we enjoyed some of the holiday activities the valley has to offer. There are so may fun things to do and we only had a couple weeks before we left for our trip, so we just weren't able to fit everything in. If we had more time, the activities left on our list were drinking hot chocolate at the Tree of Life in Draper (we only drove past it in the car), the North Pole at Seven Peaks, Christmas in Color in Provo, the Elf Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village, and Luminaria (if it wasn't $$$$).

DRAPER CITY CANDY CANE HUNT: This is a free activity for kids age 3-6 just around the corner from our house. There are a ton of candy canes hidden around the park, and if you find one with a special tag, you also get a prize. We got there about 5 minutes late, so I dropped her off at the park while I parked the car across the street and when I walked over I found her crying in the middle of the grass because she couldn't find anything. It was sooo sad. After some searching, however, we managed to find this one that had been stepped on and she was thrilled. 

WARD CHRISTMAS PARTY: Our ward party was in the morning so we were able to enjoy some breakfast, then visit with Santa and build a gingerbread house. Each table had some candy, frosting, and graham crackers in the center for you to work with. The frosting was really stiff and difficult to spread, but we managed to put together a clock tower that won 2nd place. As you can see, she was really proud of the "Sophie" house. 

HOLLY DAYS: This is a free activity in the Riverton park that we went to last year put on our list again for this year.. They had a tent to visit Santa, cookie decorating, marshmallow roasting, an ornament craft, hot chocolate, and live music. Much to Sophie's disappointment, the only thing missing from the year before was the little train ride around the park that told the story of the Night Before Christmas. They still had the story boards out, but you just had to walk. 

MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: I was able to get tickets this year for my brother and his wife, my parents, and Dave and I!! Derek went on Friday, and then was nice enough to watch our kids on Saturday so we could go with my parents. Our seats were down on the plaza level and we even saw Mitt Romney there. It was a great performance and I'm glad we were able to see this one more time before our move.  

TEMPLE SQUARE: Since the kids weren't with us the night of the concert, we went back to see the lights the next day. It was crazy crowded and bitter cold, but beautiful as always. Sophie enjoyed all the nativity sets and we had brought a thermos of hot chocolate that helped warm us up part way through. Sadly I somehow deleted most of our pictures from this night, but did at least have this cute one of Sophie. 

Davey at 9 Months

Amidst all the December festivities, Davey turned 9 months. He is a happy, busy boy who loves people and attention. He has starting pulling up on furniture, is crawling all over the place, but for some reason has no interest in stairs. He has found his voice and loves to babble, spit, and sing all day long. We love his funny little grin, chubby cheeks, and goofy personality. It's been fun to see him interact with Sophie more and more each day.

Davey at 9 Months
  • Around 22 pounds and 30 inches. He is in 18 month clothing and I think we should be able to stay in this size for at least a month or two (I hope). 
  • Prefers to army crawl, but will get up on his knees to move over obstacles, or if the ground is rough and he wants to protect his stomach. He also learned to move back into a sitting position from his knees. 
  • Got his second tooth on the bottom and I can feel one of his top teeth starting to break through.
  • Has developed a love for long sticks, power cords, balls and cars. He is definitely a boy and it's been fun to see how different he is from Sophie, even at such a young age. 
  • Still relies on nursing for 98% of his nutrition, but is slowly warming up to other foods as long as it is not presented on a spoon, and does not resemble baby food. This week he tried a few bites of cantaloupe, croissant, and pineapple. 
  • Sleep has been going better and most nights we can get away with just one feeding between 3 and 4 am. He can sit up in his crib now, which has made self soothing a little more difficult, but will usually go back down if you go pet his head and give him a blanket. 
It was really hard to take his picture this month because he started to crawl away as soon as I sat him down. To keep him contained I put him in a bean bag, which he thought was fun for about 30 seconds, and then he wanted out. 

He loves to curl his tongue and is always rolling it around in his mouth

We found out he will eat cookies

My little chubster

The spit up has mostly stopped, but sadly I can't say the same for blow outs.  A very active boy, combined with an all liquid diet leads to lots of explosions. We had one happen at church the other week and the only spare clothes I had in the diaper bag were Sophie's. 

Sometimes loves bath, other times screams bloody murder

December 5, 2016

November Roundup

November was the month we finally saw our warm fall weather transition into winter. We enjoyed sunny days for the first part of the month until the first snow arrived and we had to move our fun indoors. This month we saw Davey start crawling, Sophie advanced to the next month of swim lessons, Dave finished collecting data for his dissertation, and I celebrated by 31st birthday.

Davey is a stomach sleeper so naps at church are a challenge. We spend a lot of time in the mother's lounge nursing and rocking, and sometimes it's enough to send him into dreamland. 

Dave is still watching the kids every Thursday while I work, instead of our normal babysitter. Sophie loves to stand in the doorway as I leave and say goodbye 100 times. 

Me and my girlie enjoying one of our last warm days

Birthday dinner at Outback Steakhouse

Our neighbors have one of those laser projectors and Sophie loves to stand in front of it whenever we come home to make herself look like Christmas :)

Snow arrived the day after we got our outside lights up - perfect timing!

After watching toy commercials for many months, Sophie finally decided what she wanted REALLY, REALLY bad and wrote Santa a letter to ask for a "My Fairy Garden". She's been a good girl this year and is pretty sure she'll get what she asked for!

December 2, 2016

Hogle Zoo

During the winter, the last Wednesday of the month is free at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake. Since I work from home on Wednesdays, I thought it would be fun to take the kids. Dave even took the morning off so he could join us, but as soon as we got there Sophie transformed into Little Miss Grump and couldn't be pleased by anything, so it was not the fun family activity I thought it would be.  At least Davey seemed to have a good time. 

It was cold and snowy so I packed winter gear for everyone, but somehow forgot boots for the baby. Oops. Dave's gloves kept him nice and warm though :)

Sophie was willing to pose for one picture at the beginning, but it all went down hill from here. She said she wanted to see the crocodiles and refused to look at any animal until we got there, so we breezed right past the lions, elephants, gorillas, and orangutans.

We finally found the crocodiles! Sadly she was only happy for about two minutes and then went back to her grumpy self and I just gave up trying to please her and instead had fun for myself.

Davey was fascinated by this little monkey, who was equally interested in him. 

I wish I could say the little girl in this picture was Sophie, but it's not. She had no interest in the polar bear rolling around in the snow playing with his ball. In fact, she wouldn't even come into the viewing area. She was out on the sidewalk stomping snow clumps with her boots.