Valentine’s Day 2015

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We had a pretty chill and low-key Valentine’s Day. Adam’s parents sent Adam an Olive Garden gift card for his birthday, so our family went out to dinner a few days after his birthday and a few days before Valentine’s Day and called it good for both ;).

My cousin Sara sent Megan and Jane these bookmark Valentines she made to give to their friends and classmates. Such a big help for me that I didn’t have to make Valentines this year!

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Adam had to work Saturday morning, so while he was gone I made him his favorite dish, pot pie.

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We got the kids little gifts this year. I love any excuse to give them stuff! Megan has been saying since Christmas that she asked for Battleship and didn’t get it (I have no recollection of her asking for it!), so I thought it was the perfect gift for her. Jane still loves Beanie Boos, and Alec needed a backpack to carry around all his action figures.

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For dinner we had our traditional heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s; a crowd favorite.

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I know some people think Valentine’s Day is a lame, over-rated holiday, but any excuse to shower my family with love is a good excuse for me.

Happy Valentine’s Day from my loves to yours.

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Noah’s Baptism in Vegas

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Less than 24 hours after Adam returned from Australia, my sister and I headed to Las Vegas. We took my three kids and a couple of her kids down for our nephew Noah’s baptism. I was so tired from Adam being gone that week, but I am so glad we went down.

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The kids loaded up and ready to go. Alec was so excited to be sitting in the back with his cousin Marshall. I sure missed him way back there though!

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Alec wanted Jude in his arms the moment he saw him. This boy loves the babies! (please let it stay that way!)

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Noah and my brother Loren. What a special day.

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Pretty cousins waiting for the baptism to begin. Jane loves Katherine and Lyla!

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The men from the confirmation circle. The only way this group could get more handsome is if Adam was with them.

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The baptism attendees. It was packed! You can tell lots of people love and support Noah and his family.

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After the baptism we had a luncheon at Loren and Sonya’s house. I got to spend time with one of my favorite people ever, Sara Kelley.

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We are so proud of you Noah! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.

Trip to Australia Number 3

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On February 2nd, Adam made his third trip out to Australia to use telescopes there. It was his quickest trip yet; he left Monday night and was home in time to teach his Thursday evening lecture.

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CSIRO is the Australian equivalent of the US National Science Foundation. Adam conducted his observations from here.

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One of the old radio telescopes that now decorates the grounds.

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Adam taking his observations.

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Apparently what radio data looks like. Adam says that radio astronomers don’t listen to anything with headphones like they show in the movies. Well…except Taylor Swift.

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This Big Mac is made with 100% Australian beef.

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Just the tip of Sydney, headed out over endless miles of ocean.

We sure missed Adam while we was gone but I’m so proud of him and his hard work.

Jane’s Eye Update

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We learned shortly after Jane turned two that she needed glasses. Her left eye was incredibly far-sighted (+6) and her right eye was perfect. We knew from the very beginning of her glasses journey that she would need to patch at some point.

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One year later, her ophthalmologist said it was time to start having her wear an eye patch. Her left eye had gotten better (+5.25) which was great news, but her vision was at about 20/60. He recommended we start patching her every day for 2 hours. The idea is that we would patch her strong eye so that her weak eye was having to do all the work, which would hopefully make the weak eye stronger. He would check for progress every 2 months or so.

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Patching was NOT fun. Jane hated it. We found a patch that slide right onto her glasses instead of stuck to her eye, and she seemed to like that more. We only saw a little progress however, and at her next appointment, the doctor said we needed to start patching all day long. After about 6 months of patching, her eyes were only at about 20/50.

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Next her doctor suggested we use eye drops to blur her good eye at all times so her bad eye was doing all the work with or without the patch. This was actually quite easy, as we could put the drops in while she was sleeping. She was also supposed to wear her patch about 8 hours a day. We also stopped using the fabric patch. I wanted to be sure that she was entirely using only her bad eye and she would sometimes look above or under that fabric.

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At her next check-up, she was at 20/20! The drops and patch combination had worked! We were so happy. We stopped the drops and patching went to 3 days a week for 2 hours each time.

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At our next appointment her bad eye was at +4.5 (YAY!), however, her vision was back at about 20/40. The doctor recommended we continue patching the way we were and see how things worked out. That’s where we are today. The doctor is hoping to have her done with patching when she starts kindergarten, so we still have about a year and a half to keep trying things.

This hasn’t been the most fun process, but Jane is such a good sport. It’s also fun finding her new glasses as her prescription changes. I am so hopeful that we can get her eye in the best shape possible. I am also super grateful that we caught the problem in the first place and that she hasn’t needed surgery.

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With or without glasses, this girl is as cute as can be.

Jane Turns FOUR!

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Once again, we had Jane’s birthday party in Las Vegas. Her birthday was actually on Sunday the 28th, but we decided to do her party a day early on Saturday.

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Jane is such a sweet girl. She is so loving and so genuine. She is very protective of those closest to her. She is so loyal. She loves to be surrounded by family and cousins. She is so happy and carefree. She is quick to be silly and to laugh.

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Jane is so very smart and loves to learn new things. She has a large vocabulary consisting of many large words which she uses appropriately. She loves to learn new things and looks up to her big sister to teach her.

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Jane has the cutest smile and the sweetest little face. She gets more beautiful with each passing day. She is slowly shedding her baby-hood and is becoming such a little lady.

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Jane is very social. She loves to play with others, but her favorite playmates are her siblings, parents, and cousins.
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Jane is eager to please her mom and dad, but she also speaks her mind and says what she wants and needs. She is obedient and honest and well-behaved. She also loves to have fun and let loose.

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I often think back on the day that we found out Jane was a girl (at 34 weeks pregnant) after having initially been told that we were having a boy. I tell her all the time how grateful I am that I got her instead of any other child. She always gives me the best hug and kiss when I tell her that story. I love her so very much.

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Jane’s party was fun and low-key. It’s so fun having her party right after Christmas with so many of her cousins around.

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Most of Jane’s party guests

We had pizza and then a little dance party action. The kids had a blast dancing around the house to their favorite tunes.

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After dancing, we did gifts. Jane loved all the gifts and got spoiled by so many family members. She is such a sweet girl and is always so grateful for each thing she gets.

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After gifts we did cake and ice cream and then headed back to Utah. It was the perfect end to our Holiday vacation.

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Oh Jane! I love you so much. Thank you so much for being born! I can’t wait to see how you change over this next year, but I don’t mind at all if you slow it down a little!!!

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Christmas 2014

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We kicked off our Christmas holiday with my nephew Jude’s baby blessing. Jude is so perfect and so sweet and I am so glad we were able to be there. I think it’s crazy that my sister has six children, but I couldn’t imagine life without a single one of them; I love them so much.

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My Sister Sarah and her family on Christmas Sunday and Baby Blessing Day

 

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Our family on Christmas Sunday and Baby Blessing Day

 

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Our family again, this time after Jude’s Blessing

 

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Jude and Me.

 

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All the Baby Blessing attendees

 

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The priesthood circle. Such wonderful handsome men.

 

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The ladies love Jude!

 

The rest of the holiday is kind of a blur! I didn’t take too many pictures, and I can’t remember all the things we did!

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Adam took the girls and some of their cousins to his parent’s house to watch the BYU bowl game. I watched it at my sister’s with Jude and Alec.

Sarah always makes sure the kids dress for the nativity. Alec was so hilarious during his photo-shoot. He would look around at all of us and slowly drop the lamb and then chuckle.

My sister always makes sure the kids dress for the nativity. Alec was so hilarious during his photo-shoot. He would look around at all of us and slowly drop the lamb and then chuckle.

Sweet Angel Megan. Jane didn't want to participate this year :(

Sweet Angel Megan. Jane didn’t want to participate this year :(

On Christmas Eve we had dinner and a Christmas program at the Johanson house. I am kicking myself for taking ZERO pictures. :( Sorry Megan.

We returned to my sister’s house and gave the children their Christmas Eve jammies. They were a hit.

Christmas Eve Jammies!

Christmas Eve Jammies!

Then we had a second Christmas program with the Marshall family. Megan read the Christmas Story in Luke 2. Once she was done she decided to also sing a song (which wasn’t planned.)
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Alec reenacted his lamb routine for the whole gang.

Alec reinacted his lamb routine for the whole gang.

Grandma likes to give the children a little Christmas Eve gift. This year it was Kendamas for the big kids and Beanie Boos and Hot Wheels for the littler kids.

Grandma and many of her grandkids on Christmas Eve with the gifts she gave them.

Grandma and many of her grandkids on Christmas Eve with the gifts she gave them.

After the little children went to bed, the bigger children and the adults participated in our annual adult Yankee swap gift exchange. Always a blast.

After the little children went to bed, the bigger children and the adults participated in our annual adult Yankee swap gift exchange. Always a blast.

After the children and adults were all snug in their beds, Santa went to work

After the children and adults were all snug in their beds, Santa went to work

Christmas morning dawned bright and early. I love the excitement of the children. I am always equally excited!

All Jane wanted was a Wii U for Christmas. She was so surprised that she got other gifts too.

All Jane wanted was a Wii U for Christmas. She was so surprised that she got other gifts too.

Alec kept walking up to Uncle Tyson begging for gifts. This boy had a great Christmas!

Uncle Tyson played Santa this year and Alec kept walking up to Uncle Tyson begging for gifts. This boy had a great Christmas!

 

Alec opening a gift. He had so much fun.

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Since Uncle Tyson handed out the gifts, many of the children thought all the gifts came from him. He was pretty much Alec’s favorite person by the end of the day.

After gift opening was complete with the Marshall family, we headed over to the Johanson house. We got spoiled even more with some great gifts (and more food!) We love Christmas and we love gift giving (and we love food!) but mostly we loved being with the ones we love most.

At the end of the day we stopped by the wish our little Jack a Merry Christmas. The children love going to the cemetery and love their angel brother so much.
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Hope you had as happy of a Christmas as we did!

Megan’s Third Grade Choir Christmas Concert

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This year Megan has been a member of the third grade choir at her elementary school. Sometimes it’s not my favorite thing since choir practice is an hour before school but she loves it and seeing her perform makes it so worth it.

Megan was singing right next to her beautiful cousin Allison.
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Pretty girls singing their hearts out.
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Megan had a little part on the triangle. She took it so seriously and was hard-core rocking out. So so funny and cute.
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I just love this little beauty queen. She is so sweet and so fun in so many ways.
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And now I leave you with a little gem. More cuteness of Megan rocking out on her triangle. She was so darn adorable. I am so glad I got a good video of her. She is too much.