Friday, May 22, 2015

Happenings the 1st part of May

I can't believe how fast April and May flew by.  Here is a little bit of what we had going on.

Neighborhood community garden.  We spend a whole Saturday planting, mulching, and weeding in the garden.  We set up our pop out shelter and pack-n-play to have a place for the kiddos. We still only have 6 boxes but are hoping to get several more for next year.

We've started playing 'Go Fish' with the girls on Sunday nights.  Yes those are the cards from the liquor store in Rexburg :).  Free is free, right?

Dan has been running a race about once a month.  This month was the Ninja 5K.. You have have to go through several different obstacles and people will jump our randomly and through balls at you and such.  The race actually takes place here in Fuquay Varina and was only about 10 min from our home!

Before the race,

 The girls pretending to be ninjas while waiting for Dan to finish the race,

Dan's the 3rd guy in the back who's behind the guy in the red shirt.

The last obstacle!

After he finished.

We've had an amazing harvest of strawberries this year!  I've made jam, fruit leather, dehydrated strawberries and have frozen several and we still are picking several everyday.

Mother's Day with these 4 cuties.

Fruit Leather

My new food dehydrator I got for Mother's Day!

We've started harvesting kale from the neighborhood garden.

We decided to try making kale chips for the first time....

Hannah had some more of her chosen for an art exhibit!

Last Saturday was Bella's last Soccer game!

She had awesome coaches this season!

We've been super busy during the week with appointments, piano lessons, homework, school events and day to day with 4 little people. Weekends are full of races, soccer, occasional physical therapy sessions, soccer, gardening and yard work on Saturdays.  Sunday's Dan has ward council, I have ward choir before church and then we spend 3 hours of church will lots of little monkeys :).
  I had a rough month with some hormonal stuff which seems to finally be ironing it's self out and I feel less overwhelmed with life.  I dropped several piano students and just really simplified our schedule.  It has really helped.
Dan also changed roles at work this month and has had to work extra hours as he has taken over the role of managing his team.  So not only did he become an AVP (assistant vice president, which sounds so fancy :) but he has a management role to go with it now.  It will make for several months of hard work and adjustment but will work well for going back to school to pursue his MBA.
Hannah has been in physical therapy for a couple of months now and will being going to see a specialist in June.  She will most likely be getting casts, botox and then special boots for her feet. I do not believe surgery will be in the card but it's not out of the realm of possibilities.
Bella has been having lots of ear pain and will being seeing the ENT again in a few weeks and will probably be getting her tonsils removed.
Charlie has been potty training! He does great during the day but hasn't been able to stay dry at night yet,but we're getting there.  It was hilarious because we were at the physical therapist this week and when I went to take him potty, he totally shot pee on my purse like 4 ft away!!
Faith has been SO busy!  We've had to baby proof as she has been discovering new things.  She loves getting into the kitchen cabinets! She will make messes as fast as I can clean them.
We are very busy and will see how the summer goes in 2 weeks when school is out!  We have a family reunion coming up, Bella will be in the Early Start Kindergarten program in July and the girls will take some art classes and gymnastics.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

1st Birthday

Our dear, sweet Faith turned one 3 days ago.  She has been walking for several weeks and can now run.  Since her ability to walk has increased so has her ability to get into more things! I love that she is walking, which is SO darn cute.....but life has also become 10 times more busier.  She loves to watch people.  It's always interesting when I catch her studying someone, she's been that way since she was pretty young.  She is full of joy and happiness.  Her favorite trick is waving and saying 'bye-bye.'  She will also give hugs, which are still in that open mouth, slobbery phase :). She has started 'dancing' and singing' to certain songs, she'll play on the piano all the time.  I'll try to catch her on camera one of these days.  One thing that is unique to Faith is her growling!  She does this hilarious deep growl which always makes me laugh.  She is the best helper with laundry, a.k.a. she loves to climb into the baskets and empty them as fast as her little arms will allow her to. And she says, 'da-da' for me and Dan. Someday she will say 'ma-ma'!

We celebrated with the family on  Mother's Day, since we were already getting together.  On Faith's actual birthday, we had cupcakes, balloons and party hats.  I'll post a video below of her with her balloons.  She actually started getting sick that day and has been pretty sick turns out she has the Hand, Foot and Mouth virus.  It has made some pretty rough nights and days these week!

Shalyse is going to help me take some pictures of Faith for her 1st birthday, I'll post those as soon as can.

Playing with her birthday balloons!

This video is from several week back.