Thanks

Thank you to everyone who gave me their opinion on my birthday party and gift dilemmas. I really liked Lisa’s idea of something for Zachary to climb, do you think I could install a climbing wall in his room? Actually I think he will get some kind of remote controlled car/truck. As for the birthday party I am still really leaning towards doing a big party. We are only going to do friend parties every two years so either we start this year or next and while her birthday is only seven weeks before this baby is due, I dont think I will have any more energy next year with a five year old, three year old, and one year old.

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Twilight: My Review

So for my birthday Rob and I finally went to see Twilight. I liked the book, it wasnt my favorite book ever but I enjoyed it. Maybe because it is set in Forks, Washington which isnt too far from Silverdale where I lived for awhile. It made it easy to picture the places they went since I too had been to many of them. Anyways I liked the movie, I had been told by a few people that I would like it better the second time so I didnt have very high expectations but I thought it was fine. I was distracted by the ethnically diverse high school cast, ummm I grew up in a small Washington town and there is no way that Forks is that diverse. My other problem with the movie was Edward running up the trees, kinda weird since he didnt do that in the books and I didnt see how it added anything to the movie. I have decided that what I am going to spend my birthday money on is the box set of books so that I can read the last two books, I just wish they were all available in paperback.

Need Advice

So I am looking for some advice on two things:

First what would you get for Zachary for his birthday? I can always come up with things to get for Olivia but Zachary is hard. I am thinking a remote controlled car like this one Tonka Bounce Back Car but besides that I am stuck! Please help, what do 2 year old boys like?

Second what would you do for a birthday party for Olivia? I just cant decide if we should just do a simple family combined party for both kids again or if I should do a friend party for Olivia, too. If I do a friend party should I do a church friend party, I feel like the right thing to do if we do it this way is to invite all the girl Sunbeams (I hate the idea of leaving some little girl out) and then a few of her younger friends so this would be a group of like 20. Or do I do a party with the little girls of friends of ours both from church and elsewhere, Olivia doesnt know some of them very well but it would be fun for the whole family. Or something else? I guess this is why my mom didnt do parties for us until we were in middle school!

30!

So Monday is my 30th birthday and really I cant wait to be 30, it feels like I am finally a grown-up. I feel like I have done most of the things I would have wanted to get done by the time I was 30. This of course isnt the life I thought I would be living at 20 but then I never imagined that I would be a Latter-Day Saint, which of course changed so many things in my life. I didnt ever get that college degree but hey there is time for that after the kids are grown. This is looking to be a great year with the new baby coming in April and a fun family trip in November to Disneyland, here is to 30! Tonight Rob and I are going on a much needed date while the kids hang out with Grandma Launa, we are going to Red Robin and then to see Twilight. I dont think we have been to the movies together since before Zachary was born so its about time!!

Sunbeam!

Olivia was overjoyed to finally be able to go to Primary on Sunday. She went right in and sat down with her class (our ward has three Sunbeam classes), she was a little sad she wasnt with some of her friends but had great things to say about Primary when we picked her up and even better her teachers said she was super! Zachary did just fine in Nursery without her so that was super, too!

It’s A New Year!

It’s a new year so its time to make some resolutions!

Mine are to:

floss my teeth more

be present with the kids more, not thinking of what to do next or checking my email

help the kids to watch less tv (now if it would just warm up so we could go outside)

keep on track with a housecleaning schedule

Good luck to all of you with your goals for the new year!

Christmas In Review

So this year I tried really hard to not get stressed out by the holidays. Some of the things we did/didn’t do.

We did:
Decorate a gingerbread house, this is a fun tradition for us. And this year instead of “helping” the kids to do it my way, I just let them decorate it their way.

Wrap gifts the week before, which was super on Christmas Eve since all I had to do was set the presents out and put stuff in the kids stockings.

We did go see the Christmas lights in the fancy neighborhood in South Jordan on our way home from the Christmas Eve party at Rob’s parents.

Have a wonderful time at Olivia’s preschool Christmas program.

Let the kids help decorate the tree, I did the middle with the ornaments I didnt want the kids to break or touch, Rob did the top with the angels and the really breakable ornaments, and the kids did as high as they could reach on the tree with the fun unbreakable ornaments.

Go to the extended family parties, it was great to see the kids make memories with great-grandparents, cousins, great-aunts and uncles.

Visit Santa (actually three different Santas), Olivia enjoyed the experience but Zachary was not happy with any of the visits. I dont know if we will go out of our way to do this again next year.

Do our advent calendars, one from Olivia’s preschool and our reusable fabric one.

Let the kids help with our neighbor gifts but we did a simple treat for the majority of our neighbors and just brought the cute cookies to the neighbors on our circle.

We didn’t:
Go anywhere on Christmas Day, of course it was really snowy so it wouldnt really have been safe to go anywhere but Christmas Day seems to work best for us to just stay home and let those who wish to visit us come on over.

Go to Temple Square to see the lights but we did go to Thanksgiving Point to do their drive -through light display, it was great to not be fighting crowds or freezing ourselves.

Send out Christmas cards or take a new family photo, perhaps we will do a little letter and picture of the family when the new baby comes in April.

Go crazy buying gifts, the kids each got a big gift from us (a stuffed unicorn and a train table), a box with several random toys we had gotten at garage sales and stored until now, and a new fridge toy. Plus their stocking stuffers that I had picked up during the year. Their wonderful grandparents and Aunty Jen gave them some other toys and books.

Decorate the outside of the house very much but I kinda liked the simple look we ended up with.

Put out our nice nativity set, I just couldnt find a spot that I thought would be safe from the kids and since they love their Fisher Price nativity we enjoyed that one instead.

I hope the rest of you enjoyed your holidays!