Published by Sara on 08 Sep 2013

First Day of School

I had TWO little girls going to school this year!  Here is Bethany all ready to start third grade!

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She’s a pro at this now.  I did walk her into her classroom just to be sure she made it to the right place, even though we already visited her new classroom twice before the first day.  She has an amazing teacher this year, Miss Wiltrout.  She has been teaching for over 20 years and is so amazing!  I snapped this pic right before I left.

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Then we went back home so I could finish getting Julia ready for her first day.  Her school starts 20 minutes later than Bethany’s.  Here she is, all ready to go to Kindergarten!

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She was very ready and looking forward to this day.  When I pulled into her school, she says to me, “what if I am nervous?”  So I guess she was a little apprehensive.  But I explained to her that everyone is probably nervous and it’s no biggie.  So we went into her classroom and put her stuff into her cubby and then went outside to await instruction from her teacher, Mrs. Thoeny.  All the kids lined up against the wall.

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Then her teacher began to tell them the morning routine in two languages.  First she would say in English, then she would say the exact same thing in Spanish.  So cool!  Julia became very interested in what was going on, so I just kissed her head and said bye and skipped away!  I love my girls, but I have to say that it is so nice having both of them be in school all day every day.  And I love digging through Julia’s backpack when she gets home.  It always has stuff like this:

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And she always comes home saying random stuff like, “muy bien maestra!”  Haha.  So far they have really been enjoying school and I am enjoying the peace and quiet.  🙂

Published by Sara on 06 Sep 2013

Last Week of Summer

We tried to squeeze as many things into the last days of summer as we could.

We went to a drive-in movie, something that we usually try to do at least once in the summer.  We watched Monsters University with some of our friends and I don’t know what the second movie was because we left.  🙂  We had a dance recital the next day and needed to get some sleep.

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The girls have been going to dance camp all summer.  This is two days a week of pure dancing fun.  It is the same one they did last year, which is a sweet teenage gal that teaches the girls all different types of dances.  It’s nothing fancy, but we love it!

Before leaving for the recital:

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I had a hard time getting any really good videos because I was holding Luke.  Here is one of Julia’s little dances.  She’s on the far left.  She does a really good job and it cracks me up for some reason!

The next day was exciting for the girls, they came running into the house one evening shouting about finding a baby hummingbird.  Sure enough, we must have had a nest in our honeysuckle bush because this cute little guy was hanging out in our yard.

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The kids loved him and named him “Winger”.  They wanted to keep him, but, um…no.  So we took some pictures with him and we put him back up in the tree so that he could finish learning how to fly.  The next morning I let Luke out back to play.  Shortly thereafter, the girls went out too.  Then I hear screaming so I run out there to see that Luke has the hummingbird in his hand and is not exactly being gentle with it.  Luckily Winger only lost a few feathers and one of his wings was just a little twisted, but no real damage done.  I put him back in the tree.  A few hours later we saw him high up in the tree, flying from branch to branch.  And then later that day we watched him fly away.  We really enjoyed our time with this cute, tiny little creature.

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A few days later we went to Eagle Island for the first time with Trisha (who is getting married next week!) and Sarah.  We loved this place!  I don’t know why we have never gone before.  Sand and water keeps kids happy for many hours.  We spent the whole day there.

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And last up was our ward campout.  We look forward to it every year!  The weather was perfect, but the skeeters were terrible!  Even worse than Lake Fork.  But we still had a blast hanging out with our friends and playing on the water slide.

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We sent Luke down the slide for the first time this year.  This is how he felt about it.

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He would rather play in this giant mud puddle anyway.

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Published by Sara on 20 Aug 2013

Well Child Checks

I had all three kids go to the doctor this month (not all at the same time) for their wellness visits.  Bethany and Julia both have a great bill of health, no issues to report.  Here are their stats:

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Weight:  60.75 pounds…65%
Height:  50 inches…46%

Julia
Weight:  49.75 pounds…77%
Height:  47 inches…84%

Luke
Weight:  30.3 pounds…74%
Height:  34.25 inches…47%

Luke is still having problems with lactose intolerance, so the pediatrician had me get some new probiotics that she said should cure him within six months.  If not, then he might be stuck with it.  Also, he doesn’t breathe well at night and I showed the doctor a video of him sleeping/breathing.  She said that his adenoids are probably too big and he needs to see an ENT for a possible sleep study which may lead to adenoid removal.  We will have to see what the ENT says.  Another funny thing is that he is missing a tooth in the front, and the doc says she thinks that tooth is missing and he probably won’t get it at all.  He will get the adult tooth probably, but the baby tooth is missing.  Strange.  See pic, it’s that cute little gap on the bottom.

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Otherwise, we are blessed to have three beautiful and healthy children!

Published by Sara on 20 Aug 2013

Lake Fork 2013

When we got to Lake Fork this year, we were a little bit upset because our usual spot was taken!  This has never happened before.  So I sort of felt like I got punched in the stomach for a few hours.  But then we realized that this other spot was really great.  It really is a better spot, although the potty is smaller and the water area isn’t as easy to play in, but that can be fixed.  We ended up really liking where we were.
Another fun thing about this year is that Ciera was with us from Boston.  Julia and Ciera became fast friends and played together most of the time.
It rained like crazy for one day and night, so the girls eventually ran out of clean pants and I had to do some “laundry”.
The girls caught all kinds of creatures, butterflies, frogs, fish, caterpillars, etc.
We laughed like crazy about wenises.
Those are the highlights, now onto the pictures. 🙂

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Published by Sara on 07 Aug 2013

Random Stuff

1.  Luke’s favorite (and most annoying) thing to do is to pull every pillow off of the couches and either lay on them or jump on them.  The second I put them back on the couch he rips them off again.

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2.  All of us girls went to the eye doctor.  We all had our eyes dilated.  Scary looking!!

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My eyes got worse over the past year, but neither of the girls need glasses.  Julia’s eyes are very slightly fuzzy, but not bad enough to need glasses anymore.  So that is good news.

3.  We are doing some slight revisions to the backyard.  A pergola, a metal gate around the garden (so that a certain little boy stops stomping on my carrots), and we will have some more curbing put in as well.

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4.  We went to a Boise Hawks game for FHE last Monday.  Neil got some tickets from his boss that included appetizers and drinks before the game.  It was fun, but we didn’t stay that long because Luke started to get antsy.

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The end.

Published by Sara on 07 Aug 2013

Bethany’s 8th Birthday

Our first born child has reached the age of accountability!  Eight years ago a perfect, beautiful baby girl was born and placed into our arms.  The past eight years have been amazing with this girl.  Watching her grow up has been such a joy.  We are sad that she is getting older, but looking forward to all the fun years ahead.

On Friday the 19th, we started celebrating her birthday.  We went to the movie Despicable Me 2 which was such a cute movie.  Then immediately after that she spent the rest of the afternoon roller skating/blading at the Roller Drome.  Roller skating has become one of her very favorite things to do.  Directly after that, she got to go play at Krista’s house for the rest of the night for date night.  Both she and her sister were beat at the end of the day!

The next day we had a party for her at Grandma and Grandpa’s pool in Emmett.  She requested a pool/beach theme this year, so we decided to do a swimming party which was really fun.

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The girls got in the pool right away while I set up the party.

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Party favors!  Mini beach buckets and beach balls, and sunglasses for the kiddos.

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I made these mini-popsicles and life tubes out of candy to go with the summery theme.

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I also tried to make some frozen lemonade, but couldn’t get the recipe quite right and so they were kinda yucky.  The kids thought they were fun anyway.

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After swimming for a while, we all had some pizza for lunch.

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And then it was time for presents!  She really tried hard to keep a straight face while opening presents.  🙂

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Her jaw did drop a little when she opened her present from Neil and I though, because she wasn’t expecting that we would get her these really nice dolls that she has been drooling over.  She was planning on using her birthday money to buy them for herself, but we surprised her with them.

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Not only did she get the dolls she wanted, she got every single thing on her birthday list (plus some) so she was a very happy girl!

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The funny thing about the above dolls is this:  they are now old news and have been sitting under her bed for the past week or more.  So I am packaging them back up and selling them on ebay.  True story.  I’m not paying that much for dolls that don’t get played with.  Lesson learned for me I guess.

After presents we had cupcakes.  They were individual little beaches with an umbrella and tiny pina colada in a coconut (Whoppers, licorice, sprinkles, and frosting).

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She is pretending to blow the candles out, because the wind blew them out first. 🙂

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After that, there was much more swimming to do!

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There are way too many farmer tans going on in this picture.

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She had a wonderful birthday.  Thank you everyone for coming!  We love you!

Published by Sara on 21 Jul 2013

4th of July Camping

We usually try to go camping over the 4th of July weekend, and this one had perfect camping weather. So we headed up to Lake Fork with Keith, Carmen, and Riley, and our friends Rob and Julie and their family. The Williamson’s also came up and joined us for a day.
Within minutes of getting there, this boy had already gotten in the water and soaked his pants and shoes. And he threw a bucket in the creek and it floated away.
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After camp was set up, they caught a frog.  Luckily it escaped, otherwise it would have had to endure hours of torture.

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We got the girls some good new sleeping bags.  They are so nice and they slept wonderfully that night.

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The next day was the 4th.  The mosquitoes were terrible.  I brought up these repellent bracelets to try.  Even with one on each hand, one on her ankle, and one on her head she still got eaten alive.  She was also wearing spray.

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Shortly after breakfast, we got to work on project Dammit.

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Lukie was a good helper.

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And so was Beano.

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Then Vicki and Oscar showed up with their family, and we had a whole slew of people working on the creek.  And by working, I mean standing around. 🙂

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For dinner that night, we prepared some dutch oven dinner that took forever to cook.  Oscar couldn’t wait and so he cooked a bunch of dogs and brats.

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At about 9:45, we went into town to watch the fireworks.

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Our view wasn’t that great.  But we didn’t want to have to fight traffic and crowds.

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The next morning Keith and Carmen cooked us a delicious breakfast and then we hiked to Duck Lake.

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The fishing wasn’t great, but Neil always manages to catch a few.

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Luke hiked the way back almost all by himself.

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Neil caught another fish out of the creek when we got back and he ate it for lunch.

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Riley and Luke both had baths that night.

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The next day (Saturday), we put the finishing touches on the creek.  Here is the completed project.

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Luke playing in the creek with no pants.

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We were supposed to pack up and go home this day, but we were having too much fun so we decided to stay through until Sunday.  So the girls continued their fun by catching caterpillars and butterflies.

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And some cards of course.

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We love camping!  And we just had so much fun with our friends and Kiki and Carmen.  It was an unforgettable trip.

Published by Sara on 08 Jul 2013

Luke’s Story

In honor of my little boy turning 2, I thought I would post his birth story.  This is the exact article that I wrote while in the hospital.  I didn’t edit it at all.  There is only one section that Neil wrote (you will be able to tell which one).  I remember telling him when I was in the tub to “write something!”  And he asked “what should I write?” and I said, “I don’t care, just write something!”.  Anyway, here it is!

Arrived 5:45
Cytotec inserted at 6:30 after being monitored for a while.
8:00: still nothing…just watching tv and playing ipad.
Hooked up to monitors, bed is pretty uncomfortable.
Miss my girls terribly.
8:00-9:00: walked the halls for a while then bounced on the ball while talking to becky on the phone.
10:30-dr. Hughes came. 2 cm dilated, 70% effaced, -2 station. Did a pretty violent exam and put another pill in. She had her eyes closed the whole time during insertion and we all laughed at how she was doing her exam. I said it wasnt funny even though it was. She said she would be back in two hours to break my water.
And now there is a serious lightning storm with wind and sideways rain.
11:40-storm is over. This bed is horribly uncomfortable and neil is fast asleep over there on the pull- out bed thing. I am having occasional small contractions.
12:00-nurses came in and said i’m dehydrated. I have to drink a big thing of water. They also brought me a softer bed. Neil is still snoozing.
12:25-dr. Came in and broke my water, her exam was extremely painful. Now I am shaking uncontrollably and a tad scared. Feeling slight pressure.
1:25- shaking is better. having regular contractions that hurt but tolerable. We are walking around the loop with a blanket because i’m freezing and a hot pad on my tummy. Now i’m on the yoga ball and we are going to start timing contractions. Neil ismaking me drink tons of water. The pain is 30seconds long with 1 minute 10 seconds apart so far.
2:50-was checked…i’m a 4… Contractions are worse and i also barfed. This freaking sucks. Feel like i want some pain meds but i’m not sure how long this will last?
3:28-my wife hates me and she hates having babies and claimes that she will never have another baby! She just got in the tub and it seems to be easing the pain a little. She is measuring 6 cm!
3:32 ish- feeling pressure in the tub. Told neil to get the nurse asap. Two nurses came in and said they were getting the doctor.i. Had to get out of the tub as quickly as I could. Ripped off my wet bra as people toweled me off from what seemed like all angles. I kept asking what I should do and Dr. Hughes told me to get on the bed and push. I was surprised that it was already time to deliver, i was only 4 centimeters 45 minutes ago. I got on the bed. Dr. Hughes had poured mineral oil on the area and was also using a hot washcloth to ease the pain and it felt so nice. Neil also put the ice pack on my forehead (the one I was using on my shoulder) and that felt heavenly. About five minutes of pushing and three or four contractions, he was born at 3:45 and they flopped him on my chest! I was so relieved that it was over. I had a “first degree” tear and got some stitches…not sure how many, but the doctor said it wasn’t a bad tear at all. She didn’t use any anesthetic while she was stitching either so that was fun. He was 9.14 in weight, and i kept asking..how much did he weigh again??? No way! The nurses were all pretty amazed at his weight.

Published by Sara on 08 Jul 2013

Happy Birthday Luke!

Little Brother Luke turned two on the 23rd!  We celebrated with a party on that day with a Lightning McQueen party.  He is obsessed with “Queen”.

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The goody bags were pretty heavy this year.  I went a little overboard I think!  So don’t be expecting such awesome treat bags every birthday. 🙂

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Photobomb.

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The cake had to have a few patch jobs done.  When it was finished, Luke took a wooden spoon and started poking at it saying “pancake? pancake!”

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We had pizza and salad.

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Then Bethany handed out the goody bags.

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Luke got the motorcycle out of his, and abandoned everything else.

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Time for presents!  Luke is so easy to buy presents for.  Anything with wheels is all he wants!

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He got LOTS of cars, trucks, tractors, etc!  He was loving it.

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Three cute girls with McQueen suckers.

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After presents, the kids played and played until it was time for cake.

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Happy birthday Luke!  We love you so much.  Thank you to all of our family for making his day perfect. 🙂

Published by Sara on 29 Jun 2013

Bob Lebow 2013

This years bike ride had beautiful weather, unlike last years freezing temperatures.  We did the 10 mile ride this year.  Julia had to have been the smallest kid there doing the 10 miles on her own.  10 miles is a long way for little girls to ride on their small bikes!

Getting ready to head off!

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Off we go!

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About halfway done.  We stopped at the aid station and got some snacks and gatorade.

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Luke rode in the trailer the whole time.  He loves that thing.  He can ride in it forever and occasionally falls asleep in it.  Towards the end of the ride, he decided he wanted to stand up and look around.

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We did it!  Julia was so tired.  We have done ten mile bike rides as a family before, but we usually stop and take breaks.  Bethany has really strong legs so it was no trouble for her.  We finished up our Bob Lebow with a delicious BBQ at the end.  They had burgers, hot dogs, Greek yogurt, yummy cookies and all sorts of other stuff.

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So proud of my little biker family!

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