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Monday, January 15, 2018

Luke and Ruby October, 2017

As I was scrolling through my past posts, I realized that I had not ever posted the pictures we had taken to document Ruby turning four. Because they change so often, I have tried to take photos to document the kids about every six months near either Luke or Ruby's birthday.   For Ruby's birthday I was happy when my friend Kim had an opening that we could make work.  My plan had been just to have her shoot Ruby, but at the last minute I decided to take Luke as well and I was thrilled at the pictures that I got of the two of them.  We had a lot of fun at the shoot and I loved how the pictures really captured their amazing personalities.

This little one completely melts my heart.  The other day, completely out of the blue, she told me "mama, I love you more than Jesus and everyone".  She loves to play Eeny Meeny Miney Moe to make all of her decisions, like which underwear to wear, and what book to read.  Lately she has started using this method to decide who she likes best in the family - she always rigs it to land on me

Luke truly is the best boy - he amazes me daily with his sweetness.  A few weeks ago he volunteered the list of his favorite order:  Peyton, Mama, Ruby, Halli, Mrs. Fox, and Robber Girls (I guess the bad girls are a little alluring).  I felt pretty good about landing in second place.  If I can just hold onto that position for the next 20 years, I will feel pretty good about myself as his mama.

Luke has learned how to tell jokes and it is hysterical.  Sometimes they are funny ones that he heard somewhere else.  Most of the time they are his own creation which makes it even better.

Luke only had 17 months alone in the house before Ruby made her grand entrance, we tease that she must have been so anxious to get here and join her big brother.  Watching these two together is one of my very favorite things.  Sure, they tease and fight more than I would like, but most of the time they play games, make up stories, create fantasy worlds to role play, and have the best time together.  I hope they will always be great friends and supports for each other.

We were just about finished with the shoot when Kim said she wanted to do a few pictures with me and the kids together.  I immediately started telling her all of the reasons that I didn't want to be photographed - not the right outfit, still had gym hair, this was really just to show off my cute kids, etc. etc.  Luckily, I got past the excuses quickly and decided that my dirty hair was no excuse to miss a memory with my babies.  She had us sit together and asked me to tell the kids the story of when Ruby was born.  I talked while she shot and pictures are pure magic. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Books of 2017

I like keeping a list of the books I read and listen to throughout the year - it's fun to look back and remember all that I have learned and experienced through words.  This year as I reviewed my list, I was surprised at how few books scored an "A", and how many were just mediocre.  Clearly I need to improve my methods for selecting books in hopes of much better literature for next year.

*Favorite Book Award for this year goes to Before You Were Mine

Books Read

The Pecan Man - B

One True Loves B+

The Education of Dixie Dupree B

When I'm Gone B

Burial Rites B

Last Train to Istanbul C+

News of the World A-

The Woman in Cabin 10 B-

A Mother's Reckoning A-

The Taming of the Queen B

10% Happier B-

Audio Books

Before the Fall B+

Be Frank with Me A-

Small Great Things B

The Long and Far Away Gone B+

From Sand and Ash B+

I Liked My Life A-

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane B+

Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine A-

Beartown A

Allie and Bea B+

Before You Were Mine A

The Secrets She Keeps B+

The Alice Network B-

The Chemist A-

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

December Miscellaneous 2017

After so many posts, it is hard to believe there is still more to talk about for the month of December.  But....we have had so much fun and I want to make sure and document the memories.

Brexley shared her Elf on the Shelf celebration cookies with Ruby
And we made it through another year without being visited by an elf.

Tim went to Dads and Donuts and loved being honored by Luke

Tim and the kids also spent an evening at the school for literacy night.  Various teachers read fun stories and handed out cookies.  Luke and Ruby love being part of the Lakeview community.

Nighttime pictures with their pets are some of my favorites

Tim and I had the best date night when we went to Salt Lake to see The Lower Lights Christmas concert.  Jarin had bought tickets but realized that he couldn't use them so we repurchased and were thrilled with his great seats.  The concert was so much fun, totally interactive, and it was the best way to start out the Christmas season.  Mostly, we just loved being able to spend some time together.

Friday afternoons with no work are the best, especially when they include Grandpa and Grandma and the mall.  Grandpa can always be convinced to pay for some games and rides.

Christmas filters had us laughing all night

Jami provided ornaments for the kids to decorate,
They have become the favorite decorations on the tree

Grandma gifted a singing Christmas Snoopy that was adorable

Spanish Fork dinner and lights continues to be a favorite

Luke and Ruby carefully chose gifts and cards for their teachers

When we went to Temple Square, Luke was fascinated by the street musicians and the fact that people were leaving money in their cases.  Lately he has been obsessed with "dollars" and how to get more, so busking seemed like the perfect solution.  He has been working to figure out the best combination of instruments and songs and is pretty sure that he needs an amp and a fancy case to be official.  It has been so fun to watch and I love his simple excitement.  One of his best songs was playing the drums while singing Rudolph.  One of our neighbors stopped by when he was outside and left a dollar which completely made his day.  He really is the cutest!

Ruby had her first clogging performance, a Christmas concert.  She was so excited to show off her new skills and couldn't wait to get the candy phone for the performance of Text Me Merry Christmas.  I loved watching her on the stage and seeing her interact with the other kids in her class.  She followed along some of the time, and the rest of the time just seemed happy to be in the spotlight.  We had a lot of family support which made Ruby feel so special.  Lucky girl!

She wanted a picture to see how her make up looked

Luke and Koa...Super Ninjas

Christmas carols at Pre School

Luke worked so hard on this picture of Rudolph and Santa
I am impressed at his artistic skills and how much he loves creating

They made Rudolph cookies for their friends

Santa visited the gym. The poor kids had been sick, and Ruby had just been to the doctor and diagnosed with another ear infection, but a chance to see Santa made everything better for a little bit.

Luke prize for being so good at the doctor's office was this sweet hat

Brycen turned 16!  We are so excited for him and all of the big adventures he has ahead.  He wanted sushi for dinner so we got a babysitter for the kids and went out for the most amazing dinner.

He chose my grandma's chocolate cake to celebrate

We always love the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point

We went to a few movies during the month and loved all of them.  Coco was all about family, and switched between Spanish and English - basically my favorite combination. 

Ferdinand was just silly and fun

And The Greatest, dancing, great message...we have definitely found a new favorite movie.  I wasn't sure if the kids would be bored, but for the most part they loved it.  At one point Ruby leaned over and said "when I'm a mom, I'm going to be a circus girl.  Perfect goal for the future.  We came home and downloaded the music and had a dance party.  Ruby decided to play circus and assigned the roles.  She told me that she was going to be the trapeze girl with pink hair, and I could be the lady with the beard - I'm not sure that would have been the role I would have chosen, but I guess I am just happy to be a part of the big show.