Monday, April 13, 2015

April 10 on 10: Stephanie

This month post is a departure from the normal 10 on 10 format. This is the top 10 things we did with my parents last week! My mom and dad came on Friday morning, my dad left earlier than my mom who stayed until today (I wrote this on the 10th).

In no particular order:

1. Easter:
In the morning we had a short "devotional" which led to opening a small box of candy filled eggs and a gift. It was nice to have their Grandparents able to watch as they opened the goodies. We all enjoyed a special breakfast before settling down for General Conference. That evening we had our good family friends (the Farmers) over for dinner. They hid eggs for the kids in the back yard. It was a short but fun Easter egg hunt! Both kids were super into it, and Henry was able to be super into it while still letting his sister find her eggs.

2. Reading lots of books with Papa and Grandma.
My parents were able to witness Henry's particular affinity for Piggie and Elephant books. My mom bought him another one... so that's all we've been able to read to him since she left:)

3. Visiting BYU campus.
My mom also told Henry she wanted to buy him a BYU ball cap. The above cap is the one he picked out and the only one he wanted. I have no idea why. He was pretty sad when I wouldn't let him have it, but I hope no one reading this blames me.

4. My mom coordinated a long-distance matching shirt day between all the boy cousins that have the same shirt- a shirt she gave them all at Christmas time. Lisa had texted her pictures of her three boys wearing the shirt, so we dressed Henry in the same and my mom texted Alicia and Natalie to dress their boys in it. Alicia said Xander already happened to be wearing his! (not sure if that's true... Alicia?). It was fun for us grown-ups.
And these awesome attempts at getting three boys into one picture by Lisa (Colin, Zachary and Clancy)

5. Yummy lunches with Grandma, including this picnic

6. "Grandma school"
I came back home from running an errand to find my mom and Henry engaged in a math lesson. In that time my mom successfully taught Henry teen number recognition.

7. Pizza buffet.
On her last night here, we went out to a pizza buffet restaurant with my mom. It was a lot of fun. My mom was extra excited because the restaurant has gluten free crust that was actually really delicious. The kids and adults all got ate too much.

8. Walks with Grandma
The weather wasn't all that stellar while my parents were here but there were enough sunny days that we got in a few good walks. This walk was to the duck pond on (or just off?) campus.

9. Date night!
We left the kids with my mom and enjoyed a date night: dinner, frozen yogurt and... thrift store shopping!

10. Bonneville Salt Flats
I said this list was in no particular order, but it looks like #10 is the best. We picked up my parents from the airport and headed out to the Salt Flats near Wendover. It was a long drive but really worth it. We enjoyed eating at a good Mexican restaurant then walked around on the salt flats. It was quite cool (temperature and otherwise). It was difficult, however, to convince Henry that the salt wasn't snow.

I hope it shows that we had a really good time with my parents during their visit - because we did! Thanks for visiting us, we love you and can't wait to see you again!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April 10 on 10: Lisa

9:00 - someone desperately needed a bath. Who knew soap could make him so happy

10:00 - Clancy is getting very good at standing on his own and even doing some walking. He even surprises himself most days. 

10:30 - showered. 

11:00 - playing blocks with Nana. 

12:00 - Clancy is mad about lunch

Zachary is a little more excited about his veggie straw. 

1:00 - Spiderman is hanging out while the boys are napping. 

2:00 - spring flowers

3:00 - he is looking way too grown up these days

4:00 - home from school and playing fashion show with the new shirt Nana brought. 

5:00 - the sun came out. Yay!

Friday, March 13, 2015

March 10 on 10: Lisa

The past few weeks have been full of under-the-weather boys and parents. Everyone has a bad cough and Zach and Clancy both have ear infections. Needless to say it's been fun. Thankfully everyone seems to be mostly on the mend. 

9:00 - Jacob is home from work this morning because we need to go in to register his car later. This mean two things- I got to sleep in and he got to cuddle with Zachary. 

12:00 ish - His temp plates until the title transfers. Then we can all go and do this again. No pictures allowed inside unfortunately. 

1:00 - Colin is still feeling pretty yucky. Too bad he used up his nap on the ride home. 

1:30 - Zachy loves selfies

2:00 - Clancy read on one of the more coveted seats in the house. 

2:30 - Clancy is also an avid climber these days. 

3:30ish - Zachary lost his pants during his nap. 

Later today we took Alyssa to her last basketball practice and had a short dance party before bed. Unfortunately those pictures seem to have been lost to these gems I found later. 

Overall, a pretty typical day. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 10 on 10: Stephanie

Hallelujah, it's March! January and February, my least favorite months, are behind us.

8am: Just finished my run at the Smith Fieldhouse at BYU. My first in three weeks (I was resting my knee)

9am: A nice text from my mom, it's nice to know exactly when she's thinking of us:) I had been looking up the weather for the city Rob will be in next week for a conference. Cold!

10am: In the waiting room for the doctor I went to go see about my knee (that didn't get better from being rested)

Noon: Reading at the park while kids play

1pm: The goal for the walk to the park was actually to get June to fall asleep on the way back.

2pm: Quiet time for Henry on my bed while I do laundry next to him. 

3pm: Popcorn is popping on our apricot tree! Our apricot tree is also buzzing, I'd say there are about 200 busy bees enjoying the blossoms. We must be the only blossoming tree in the neighborhood for this many bees to care.

also 3pm: checking on our (safe to humans) ant bait

also 3pm: getting the last fruit snack out of the wrapper

7pm: fun night with ladies from church. I learned how to make fried rice, pineapple horchata and a couple plantain dishes from a sister from Panama.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

February 10 on 10: Lisa

I was looking back at last February's post and realized what a difference a year makes! It also made me grateful to have these snippets of life to be able to look back and see those differences. Thanks Steph for continuing on with me.

8:00 - Ready for school and sporting the new Zips t-shirt from her dad. 

9:00 - Making "baby muffins" consisting of oat flour, bananas, squash puree, and cinnamon. Its a bit strange as all three boys are still asleep. For too quiet.

As a side note, these are two of my favorite kitchen things: vitamix and All Clad measuring cups/spoons.

10:00 - Back on the potty train

11:00 - This kid slept until 10:45. Maybe he's growing?? Baby muffins are a big hit. Zachy ate 3, Colin ate 4 and even Clancy ate 2. Too bad I didn't make a larger batch.

12:00 - The sun came out and even Harley is trying to soak up some Vitamin D and have a few sips of juice. Zachary isn't too sure he likes this strange light coming through the windows.

1:00 - When all else fails, the couch always seems to become the preferred playground.

2:00 - Everyday I take a photo of what Clancy has eaten PO (by mouth) or through his G-tube. This is obviously yesterday's, but now I have a photo and can erase and fill in for today. This helps me to keep track of his eating patterns as well as his calorie consumption. 

3:00 - While the other boys  napped, Clancy had some more to eat. This is our current set up for downstairs. He likes to watch Curious George to help pass the time it takes for his formula to finish. This week is also Feeding Tube Awareness week. The Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation has a fantastic piece with some feeding tube basics.

I'd encourage you to look through it and see if you have any questions.

4:00 - Evidence that the Feeding Tube has been a great decision for us to help Clancy with his nutritional needs. The kid is as "normal" as they get, just about ready to walk and getting into everything with the help of his brothers. 

Later in the day we had Basketball practice, grocery shopping and all sorts of other adventures which I forgot to take pictures of, but so it is. Hope you have a great day!