Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter 2017

Last weekend we celebrated Easter!
First things first, the girls hunted for their Easter baskets as soon as they got up...Morgan being the last one up (she almost slept the morning away!).  

We had a leisurely breakfast of French toast and then relaxed (and watched a couple of their new movies) before we headed off to Grandma and Grandpa's for the Easter egg hunt and dinner.

 The girls with their cousins, Jett and Rowan.  Rowan just turned one April 1st!  
Wow, did that year go fast?!  She is such a doll and Rory is absolutely obsessed with her...she follows her around and helps her with anything she needs.  It's awfully cute!

 My mom had the house looking so festive!
And the dinner was top notch!

 And it wouldn't be Easter without the annual sibling picture on the porch!
Unfortunately, this year Andrew wasn't able to be here for the event...sad face.
But the show must go on!

 And just for kicks, Ryan and I posed for a few!

 The opening of the annual Easter balls!!

Every year my mom makes each kiddo a ball that's made of crepe paper.  As they unwind it they find all sorts of little trinkets hidden in between the wrapping.  So they must unwind it slowly so they don't miss anything!  The little ones (mostly Piper) are still working on this concept.  Everything is a race with that girl.

 It's good fun and makes a huge mess!!
They love it!

And also, this year Easter was a beautiful, warm day!
I just love it when the weather cooperates, don't you?

And that's all she wrote.
Happy Easter!
The end.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring Break 2017

Usually we try to camp for our Spring Breaks (at least for part of it), but again, my darn knee kept us from doing that.  So we made the best of it and tried to do some fun things from home.

We kicked off the break by taking the girls to see Beauty and the Beast at the theater.  Now, this is a big deal for our family...we usually hit up the dollar theater when we do movies. Sadly however, our local dollar theater closed down recently making way for a larger shopping center...don't even get me started...I'm still mourning about this.  
I don't think my two youngest have ever been to a regular theater!  And let me tell you, they were blown away with the big recliner seats they got to sit in! 
We loved the movie...and it was beautifully done!  And then after we got some lunch.  (Yes, we hit up the early bird showing time...and goodness sake, it's still expensive for a family of six!)  
But anyway, it was a fun day!

Later in the week, we took the kids into Salt Lake City to visit the Capital Building.
But first, we hit up some lunch.
 It was a little vegan eatery that Ryan has been wanting to take us to.
They serve things like Philly Cheesesteaks, Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, Barbacoa Burritos...all vegan.  Ryan says it would fool any meat eater.  I was skeptical.  But, actually, I thought it was quite good!  The kids however, not so much (except for Haley...I think she liked it.)  But it was a lovely day, and we got to eat outside...I call that a win!

After lunch we traveled over to the Capital Building.  But first, right across the street from the Capital Building was the Pioneer Memorial Museum that we wanted to hit up.

This museum is huge!  I can't believe we hadn't seen it after all these years of living here.  It has all sorts of artifacts from the pioneers that traveled west and settled the Salt Lake Valley.  Clothing, handcarts, wagons, tools, name it, they had it.  It was really interesting. 

 And then we walked over to the Capital.
It was such a beautiful day...all the blossoms were out in full force!

I have to admit, all the walking completely wore me out, but it was well worth it.
What a fun day!

Our Spring Break also included a lot of late nights, movies at home, and playing with friends.
Maybe next year we'll be able to get back to back to some camping.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Piper turns 7!

Piper's birthday was pretty low key...I hope she wasn't too disappointed.
I know that she wanted to have a big friend birthday party, but I just wasn't up for it with my knee still the way it is.  I'm just very slow at everything I do and I walk with total concentration so I don't over extend it (something I'm very fearful of doing).  So hopefully she understands. 

 Her birthday landed on a Sunday.
We woke her up with her birthday breakfast and then headed off to church.  We enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon and then celebrated her birthday with hot dogs, strawberries, and sprite (her request).  We even found some pretty good meat free hot dogs for Ryan and Haley, and I must say, they were pretty good!

Morgan made her cake! 
(I helped with the frosting of it.)

 And then presents!
I was so proud of Morgan...she used her own money to buy Piper this doll she had been wanting and she was so excited for Piper to open it.  Piper was thrilled!

 I gave Rory some money to pick something out for Piper and Legos it was.  It's funny because my kids love the bigger Duplo Legos (even though they are geared for younger children).  And to be honest, I prefer them as can't lose the pieces into the carpet (to be stepped on!) and it's easier clean up.

Oh how we love our Piper Cub!
Happy 7th!
We love you!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Peter Pan and a new smile.

This semester Haley tried out for her school's play, Peter Pan musical.  She was part of the Neverland Ensemble, they did a lot of singing and they also were in charge of a bit of the stage crew.  She was so busy these past few months with all the rehearsals!  For weeks her rehearsals went until 5:30 and then she'd ride her bike home and walk in just in time for dinner.  And although her role wasn't a lead, she put just as much effort in it, and I kid you not, she could have substituted any role as she knew everyone's lines by heart!  I'm just so super proud of her!!

The production was amazing!
The teachers did a wonderful job putting it on, I was so impressed with the talent (so much singing and dancing!) and the set design!

We went as a family opening night...and then Ryan and I went again ourselves on closing night.  While Ryan and I were gone, Morgan and the little ones decorated the dining room with streamers and balloons.  They set the table and had cupcakes and flowers waiting for her (I may have helped buying that part).  And as a special touch, when we walked in the door it was super quiet and there was sign that said pointed Haley to the dining room.  When Haley opened the door the girls jumped out and surprised was pretty awesome, as Haley had no idea.  She was thrilled!

I just love it when my kids do nice things for each other.

And speaking of Haley, she got her braces on today.

She's been kinda dreading it for a while...I have too for that matter...these puppies aren't cheap, I'm still recovering from the initial shock of their price tag.  BUT, I keep telling her how lucky she is to even get them and how much she'll thank me when she's older, ha!

Happy Monday ya'll!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to Piper!!
Today she turns 7!!

I know I'm super duper behind on updating life...I will need to do that...soon!
For now though...we are celebrating this girl!

Monday, March 13, 2017

ACL recovery.

I've been pretty much MIA since my surgery on the 22nd of February, but today I've decided it's high time for a little update.  And it's a bit easier now to get myself situated at the desk to do a proper blog and all.

I won't's been pretty miserable these past (almost) three weeks post op.  I've never gone through a surgery before (other than a C-section) and this whole recovery thing is the absolute pits, and I'm afraid I'm pretty much terrible at far as my mood is concerned anyway.  I'm irritable and to be honest, depressed.  It's just plain hard not to be able to do the things I'm used to doing and relying on others as much as I am.  I'm just super frustrated with a leg that's absolutely useless to me right now...yes, yes, I know it's not forever, but still.

 Ryan went with me on surgery day...and I was pretty much terrified.
This is right before they wheeled me away and my fate was in the doctor's hands.

 Is this picture not the most pathetic picture ever? 
 This is me right after surgery...yes, I'm surprised I'm posting it too, but this is reality folks.  I felt exactly the way I look...miserable.

 I perked up a little before heading home.

Little did I know I had a whole new set of challenges to face very getting from the car into my house in which case I kept fainting and finally Ryan had to scoop me up and carry me in.  
Sounds romantic, huh?  
Not really, try to imagine being carried with a leg that is locked straight in a brace and probably weighs 20 pounds.  My mom on one side of Ryan gently holding my leg up while I'm trying not to faint and be complete dead weight...and then trying to get through a door way...yeah, I'm sure the three of us were a sight to behold!  But I'll just go ahead and picture a very romantic scene.  I'm just super thankful I'm little and Ryan could carry me...although at the time I would have been completely happy if they let me just lay down on the driveway for the rest of the day.

 So this was my life for the first several days.
Couch, ice pack, and brace...I pretty much only got up to go to the bathroom.
I even slept on the couch for the first two nights as the stairs to my room completely freaked me out.

 I didn't shower for two weeks...I resorted to mini "bird baths" and my mom would wash my hair in the kitchen sink.  Seriously, my mom was our saving grace...she did all the cleaning, laundry, cooking, and carting my kids all  over the place...we could not have survived without her!!

 And in the middle of all this, I had a birthday!!
It happened to land on the night of the Academy Awards, so my friend and my mom created a little impromptu was lovely and definitely perked up my spirits!

 And then the following day my mom threw another little birthday party with my brothers.  And they all chipped in and gifted me a BOSCH mixer!!  I'm so excited as I've been wanting that mixer forever!!  

I had my first post op appointment and physical therapy session a week after my surgery.  The doctor unwrapped my leg and other than it being super swollen, it didn't look too bad.

The weather has been warming up these past several days and the rest of the week looks like more sun is coming!  I try to get outside when I can to catch some vitamin D!

I will say, the first two weeks were the worst!!
But I feel as though I'm turning a corner.  I just have to keep reminding myself how far I've come!!  Otherwise I get super frustrated that I'm not where I want to be!  Physical therapy as become my life as I try to squeeze in 2-3 sessions a day at home and I go in twice a week to work with the doctor.  
I'll just keep plugging away!

Happy Monday!

Monday, February 20, 2017

What I've been reading.

In my quest to simplify my life and do more things I enjoy, I picked up a couple of books the other week.
Like I said before...less phone/computer time, more reading!  My problem though is once I pick up a book I have a tendency to just sit and keep reading all day and throwing everything else to the wind.  So I'm working on giving myself a time's a work in progress.

Rory and I hit up the library for her to grab a few books and also I wanted to pick up "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up".  Unfortunately, they didn't have any on the shelf and I didn't want to deal with the waiting list for it.  So I quickly browsed the shelves for something that sparked my interest and found this:
"The Girl's Guide to Homelessness" by Brianna Karp.
It's about a young woman who loses her job during the recession in 2007 or so.  She tells her experience living in a 30 ft. trailer in the Walmart parking lot and the struggles she went through along the way.  Not too definitely held my interest.

And then back to my mission finding the book I originally went to the library for, I ended up finding it at Target:
Thank you Cheynna for the recommendation!
This is so up my alley!  I'm excited to put all these ideas in motion...unfortunately, it may have to wait until my knee recovers first...but it's going to be good, I can feel it.

I think I'll try to swing by the library again tomorrow to pick up a couple more books, because you know, I'll be sitting around a bit more for the next few weeks...

Any other recommendations?

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