Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May in (mostly) pictures.

Every time I empty my pictures from my phone, I realize how much I don't blog about.  I'm still deciding how much I care about all the little things.  But for now, here's a few of my favorite everyday-moments from the month of May, in no particular order.

 We went to the National Day of Prayer.  There was a lot of praying for the leaders of our nation, and a lot of calling Christians to repent for speaking ill of said leaders who they may not agree with, and to also begin to pray for them regularly.  I thought of a couple dozen people I wished were there paying attention to that part.

 I helped do the food at a wedding.  It went really well and after it was done I spent a day or two really wanting to start an event decorating/party planning/catering company.  But it's not time.
We had a fiesta on Cinco de Mayo.

Mother's Day gifts for my mom.
 I made her this mini memory game.  Little 1-1/2 inch wooden tiles, some with patterned paper, some with pictures of the kids.

Picnic at the park with friends.

Monster cards Garrett and I made for our California moms and aunts.

Poppy and the kids playing while my father in law made a mothers day breakfast at the park.
 I love Poppy (Paul's Grandpa).  He brought a whole bucket of supplies and scrubbed his wife's and his mother's markers at the cemetery.  Then he read a poem to me and my MIL all about moms.  He's cute.
 The reasons I got to be celebrated on Mother's Day.
Some of their best bonding moments happen in Costco carts.
 Addie had her 18 month well-check a few days ago.  She hates everything about the doctor.  She had a growth spurt since her last check-up.  The doc even asked if I've noticed her outgrowing clothes quickly the past couple of months.  I think she weighs 26 lbs. and is 32.5 inches tall.  She jumped to the 75%ile in both. And of course her cute head hasn't changed much. (Actually went from 95th to 98th.)  There's been some concern about my nephew having a big head.  I'll spare you the details, but my brother (Will's Dad), me, and Addie were all in the room when a doctor came in to talk about William's head size, and that it may possibly be something that runs in the family.  There was a lot of laughter in the room with that team of doctors and all of us.  The Mickey Mouse stickers on the way out of her appointment saved the day.
 Garrett's friend turned two last Saturday.  We went to his Cars party, but the train table was the best part. (For G and the birthday boy anyway.)

Life is moving so fast!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Project 365: 134-146

May 14- We made it to Salty Zion.  I dropped Paul off in St. George kinda last minute to work on Taylor's car and drive it up later.  So for the last five hours it was just me and the kids.  Addie would only not cry if I was singing and Garrett would only unplug his ears if I was not singing.  He finally yelled "no more sing-a-song!"
May 15- In the PICU at Primary's.  I waited as long as I could to tell Garrett that his cousin was there but that he was too sick to be able to see him.  When I told him he started crying.  He cried out, "Me go see Baby Willlll!"  I picked him up.  And for the first time while in a public place I didn't shush him or try to quiet him down.  I just let him cry.  He needed to cry.  I let him be sad.  He gets it.  I love his heart.
May 16- I realized how much had to be done before Saturday.  Around the clock makin' and bakin' has begun!
May 17- A cupcake is the perfect way to end a 5K.  Finally ready for Great Strides.  Rain or shine!
May 18- Great Strides was a soggy event but it didn't stop the supporters.  There were more than double the people this year and we made more than double our investment.  We were happy about it and had so much fun!
May 19- My mom turns 60 tomorrow and Garrett wanted her to have a beach party.  I added a little luau touch, and even with the rain we had a great time.
May 20- Paul and I had ice cream for dinner.  And also, I noticed, and missed the mountains more on this trip to Utah than I have before.
May 21- We stopped in St. George for lunch.  Garrett wouldn't eat because there was a baby frog jumping in Uncle Taylor's grass and that's way better than food.
May 22- I always takes us a couple days to bounce back from a busy trip and a full day in the car.  Today was pajamas, sidewalk chalk, naps...and we called it a day.
May 23- You know it's been a while since you've had one on one time with your spouse when a Funeral Directors/Hospice Caregivers Transitional Care Task Force meeting feels like a date.  But I did learn all about helping families seamlessly transition their loved ones from the care of hospice to the care of the funeral home.
May 24- Sister can think of about a million things she'd rather do than go to the doctor.  "It's ok Lu."
May 25- We went to a Cars themed birthday party.  The kids could hardly control their excitement when I made them stop playing and come try out the cars I made for them.
May 26- The in-laws have been building a huge fairy garden in a section of their yard and the kids love it.  So I told Garrett we could make a mini version at home.  We picked up some plants and miniatures and last night and today we worked on them.  This is the gnome one. We also made a fairy one and a dragon/castle one.  Garrett is so proud.  And I'm kinda loving them too.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Great Strides 2013/Mom's 60th

Here are the original reasons for our trip to Utah.  We're thankful it happened to all fall at the same time so we could be there with my brother and his family.

Great Strides 2013 was a success.  It rained the whole time, but the supporters still came.

CFers have to eat a high calorie diet, so we did a calorie guessing game with some of the stuff we were selling.

My whole family (minus William) came to the event.  They were a big help!

Garrett and Addie hung out with my mom inside the ESA before things got going so they could stay dry.

 We love this little guy.
 We love his parents, too.

The next day we had a luau birthday party for my mom at Dave's house.  The rain cleared up long enough for us to set up some blankets and games outside, and then it came back just as they started eating.

We used sand buckets to serve from, and I didn't even see it on Pinterest first!  Every once in a while I have my own idea.

Just before the rain hit.
My brother and sister in law picked up a Costco cake.  I was too tired to bake again.  It had huge frosting flowers on it, but Dave and Laura worked so magic and turned it into a fish/beach cake.

Addie couldn't reach the drink dispenser, so Garrett would put a little in his cup, then carefully pour it into hers.
I don't know why we're holding that blow up palm tree.

 Garrett and Uncle Scott.  The limbo champs!

 My grandma's marker got put in just before we were leaving town, so we stopped by to see it.  We also found a minute to stop by The Wood Connection and SereniCare.  Oh, and Curry in a Hurry.
 Addie hit the 18 month mark on this trip.  I'm hoping it was a turning point for her road trip drama.  The drive home was much better than the drive there.  We made this pit stop at Bass Pro Shop in Vegas.