Monthly Archives: May 2013

School’s Out For Summer! (Well…Kinda…)

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On the last day of school, the entire student body at Megan’s school put on a Dance Festival. Each grade has a traditional dance they perform at the end of each year. First grade did the “Ribbon Dance.” Megan was the cutest little ribbon-er out there.

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I didn’t get any pictures of Megan doing the dance because she wanted the entire thing on video. Oops! Here she is with her sister after though.
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Megan had such wonderful teachers this year. Both were a perfect match for her. Her English teacher was patient and experienced, and her Chinese teacher was young and eager. Both had such wonderful things to say about Megan at the end of the year. Her English teacher got teary-eyed telling me how much she loved Megan and how much she was going to miss her. She was so proud of how far Megan had come and complimented her genuine sweetness and good heart. Her Chinese teacher was more impressed by Megan’s academic prowess. All year long, whenever she saw me, she would just get this huge smile on her face and tell me how great Megan was doing and how amazed she was by her. The last day of school she told me that Megan was just excelling in Chinese and was capable of using Chinese to a much further extent than any of the other students she had. It’s so funny that at the beginning of the year, she was telling us that Megan never ever seemed to pay attention. We told her not to worry, she was paying attention even though it didn’t seem like it. 035

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We decided to enroll Megan into a Summer school program that ran through the month of June. When school officially ended, Megan wasn’t ready for Summer to begin. She needed some help with the transition from all day school to all day Summer, so the summer school program was perfect. It was just three hours a day, four days a week. She is also participating in a Chinese program that was a week long in June and once a week through July. I think it’s a wonderful tender mercy that Megan will have school programs for 2 months out of the Summer. She doesn’t have to leave school abruptly, nor does she have to suddenly start up again in the Fall. A real blessing.

She is DEFINITELY enjoying Summer though!!
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Let the fun in the sun begin!!!

Caps For Sale!

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On the day before the last day of school, Megan’s class put on a cute little play called “Caps For Sale.” Megan’s teacher is all about the arts (art, music, theater, etc.) so she did all sorts of wonderful things like this throughout the year.

The play was about a peddler who was trying to sell caps, but no one wanted to buy them. The peddler took a nap, and monkeys stole and wore all the caps. When the peddler awoke, she had to beg the monkeys for the caps. After the monkeys returned the caps, the peddler went about her way, trying to sell them again. In the end, the peddler was successful.

Megan was one of the cute little monkeys.

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Jane loved watching her sister’s play.

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Megan’s sweet friend Karen was the peddler. Karen has always been so kind to Megan. Megan was lucky to have her as a classmate.

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Megan loves any opportunity for her parents to come and see her at school. We are so proud of this little monkey!!!

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Jane Update

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This girl. She is something else.

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I am so crazy about her. Sometimes I will just sit and watch her play or eat or sleep or run around and I just can’t get over how much I love her. Corny, I know. She’s just got me wrapped around her little finger. Seriously.

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She’s a whole lot of spunk and attitude, but she’s also super sweet and kind.

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She’s got a knack for numbers and she loves spotting and calling out numbers she sees when we are out and about. She also loves colors too and knows all the standard ones. She thinks it’s pretty funny to call things by the wrong color though. Like when I ask her what color her hair is and she says “blue” and starts giggling like crazy. I’m pretty sure she learned that from me because I am the teaser in the family. She also knows almost all of her letters. She gets some mixed up, but she’s got them almost all down pat. She often will burst out singing the alphabet song at any given moment, and again she thinks it’s funny to mix up the letters (much to big sister’s chagrin.)

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Jane has gone through obsession after obsession after obsession, but no obsession has hung around as long as her “Cars” obsession. We’re talking the Disney movie. She LOVES Cars. She has watched both movies a million times, but it’s not really about the movies. It’s about the toys. She has always loved her toys. We went through the sing-a-ma-jig phase and the Sesame Street phase and a few others, but Cars has been the longest lasting by far. She ALWAYS has to have a Cars toy on hand. In the shower, at the table, in the car, at church, in bed. ALWAYS. I am glad she has a little brother to pass the Cars on to. That makes every purchase a little easier to justify!

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Jane really struggled when little brother arrived, and she wanted very little to do with him. Just recently she had a big turn around, and is falling more and more in love with him. She was also having pretty strong mommy attachment, but she is getting better about that too. Just the other day, she put her arms around me and said, “mommy, you’re my best friend.” She really is just the sweetest thing…when she wants to be!

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Jane loves her big sister, and they play really well together. I think she is going to be in heaven when school is out, and she realizes she doesn’t have to say goodbye to Megan each day. They are so sweet and so cute together. I love watching my two daughters together.

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I love my little Janie. This really is a very fun age. There’s nothing terrible about this two-year old!

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Alec at Two Months

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Little brother is now two months old!

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Alec is just so sweet. I am serious. He is happy and calm and peaceful. I can not imagine an easier baby. He never cries. I mean NEVER. He falls asleep SO EASILY. I just pull him close and he falls asleep. He is never up at night. He goes down for bed and sleeps for 5-7 hours straight and then wakes up for five minutes to eat and then sleeps another 3-4 hours. He has never caused Adam or I one sleepless night. He has been a great sleeper from the get-go. I think he is debatably the easiest most perfect baby ever.

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I think that it is really a tender mercy that he is so easy. I still deal with daily back pain and even with how easy he is, it is still hard on my back. I can not imagine what state I would be in…emotionally, physically, mentally…if he was a difficult baby. I am grateful every day that the physical toll of having a new baby has been so small.

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Alec is so quick to smile. At his two month appointment, his doctor remarked that it took so little to get a smile out of him. At that same appointment, he weighed in at 12 pounds 12 ounces; my biggest 2 month old baby yet. He is just perfect. He still spends most of his day sleeping (in fact, his doctor said he sleeps more than most 2 month olds, but as long as he is alert and active when awake then I should just see it as a blessing. And I do.)

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Everyone always says that dressing a girl is more fun than a boy and that there are so many more cute clothing items for girls, but I have been having so much fun dressing up my little guy. I have to say that I no longer believe when people say dressing a girl is more fun. They’re both fun.

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Oh and I have been meaning to mention Alec’s dimple. Both Alec and Jane have a very subtle dimple in their cheeks. It’s been hard to catch a good picture, but it’s there.

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Our little boy is just growing before our eyes and it so fun watching him become a little person. He gets cuter and sweeter with each passing day. We all just love having him in our home!

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Art Show. By Megan

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Hi. This is Megan. I want to tell you about my school’s art show.

My school did a lot of art during the year. At the end of the year, we had a big show to share all the art work. It was AMAZING. I loved taking my daddy to see the art. I showed him all my art and all the other art from the other grades. There are some captions on some of the pictures so you can know what the pictures are about. Thanks for reading my blog. Comment if you want. Love, Megan.

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Blessed Event

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Alec was blessed in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 5th 2013 by his daddy.

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Adam and I decided long ago to treat our baby’s blessings as very special, very sacred events. The blessing of a baby is an ordinance of the Gospel. The child’s name will be placed on the church membership records, listing him as “A Child of Record,” and the children are then counted in the Church statistics. Family and friends travel from far and near to attend. It is not an event we take lightly. Both of us spend a lot of time thinking and praying about what special blessings or attributes we wish for our children throughout this lifetime.

In the weeks preceeding Alec’s blessing, Adam and I spent a lot of individual time thinking about what kind of man we want our boy to become. One day, not long before the blessing, we discussed the thoughts we had had. It is amazing to me that we both had the exact same thoughts regarding our Alec. It was a further testament to me of the sacredness of this event.

As Adam began Alec’s blessing, I felt very calm and at peace. My girls were quiet, and I was able to focus on the words from my husband and have my heart completely open to what inspired blessings might come. Each of our four children are so very unique, and so also have been each of their baby blessings. I love baby blessings. I love hearing the love and gentleness in a father’s voice as he blesses his new baby.

Alec’s blessing was beautiful. My heart was filled with warmth and my eyes were filled with tears as Adam blessed our boy with health and strength in body and mind. I also love how he acknowledged those wonderful men who participated in the blessing, “you have come into a troublesome world at a troublesome time but you are already blessed as you are surrounded by family who are righteous holders of the priesthood.”
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I felt so strongly that Alec’s blessing was deeply applicable to him when Adam said, “in a day where there is much backbiting and evil speaking and unkind words, we bless you with a special spirit and with the gift of the tongue of angels that you may not participate in such speaking. May your words and your speech always be edifying and may you be an example to those whom you love and with whom you associate. May you always build up faith and always speak kind words and may those who know you feel the holy ghost and feel the love that their father in heaven has for them and for you.”
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Alec was blessed with his cousin Levi. I am so glad that we were able to do the two together so that I could also be present for Levi’s special blessing. His father gave him a beautiful blessing as well. These two are such sweet boys. I hope they will always be close friends.

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We had a wonderful whirlwind blessing weekend filled with loving family. Special thanks to my sister Sarah, my mom, and my Uncle Kenny and Aunt Valerie and Aunt Debbie for all they did to make the weekend wonderful. Thanks also to Anthony for the beautiful pictures of my boy. Thank you to all who came and who love our little boy so dearly.

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Bath Time!

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On Monday I was super sick. Late Tuesday it got Jane, and Wednesday evening it hit Alec too. After about 12 hours of not being able to keep any milk down, Alec finally was able to eat without getting sick. A bath was definitely in order. Can you believe this little guy was not feeling his best and so exhausted when I took these pictures?? I do NOT exaggerate this boy’s sweet disposition!

The lighting during bath time was perfect for some great pictures of my little boy. He looked so beautiful; I took almost 200 pictures!! Here are just a few of my favorites!

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Love this little scrunchy face

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Often he squints one eye more than the other when he smiles! So cute.

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Love those baby blues.

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Look at that face! I just can’t get enough!

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[caption id="attachment_8722" align="aligncenter" width="266"]Big Yawn.  Official signal that bath time is over. Big Yawn. Official signal that bath time is over.

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All done. Squeaky clean.

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Dressed and ready for a nap! He was out about 26 seconds after this photo!

My boy is so cute and just growing up so fast! He is now 6 weeks old and more perfect with each passing moment.