Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Five: Moving, Sunsets and a New School

Happy Friday everyone!  Hopefully you all have some fun weekend plans.  Here is my week recapped in 5 thoughts and 5 pictures.

5 Thoughts

1.  I have so much I want to blog about and tell you, moving tips, our eating the alphabet adventure, just so many things, but right now unpacking is monopolizing my time.  My kids start school next Wednesday, so I think that will help my routine feel a little more normal.

2. So far this Utah winter is being very kind to us, in the 50's even somedays.  It is almost kind of disappointing in some ways, and I am sure the ski resorts are hating it.  Now that we are moved in, I actually kind of want a really good snow storm.

3. This last week when I took Lucas over to the middle school to help finish registering him, well my heart was racing a bit. I truly hope he finds a good group of friends quickly.

4. Yesterday Lucas went to a movie with my FIL.  Being close to family was definitely a huge draw for this move.

5. I got my Utah Driver's license this week.  The DMV employees were actually all really awesome and it moved totally fast, which I must admit totally surprised me.

5 Pictures
Moving Boxes

family at Five Guys

Power of Moms

eating icecream

sun set over mountains

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Years Kids Interview Questions 2018

It is time for the Yearly Kids Interview Questions.  I am a little late posting these, as we finally have internet and our computer set up.  Moving definitely throws things off.  I have loved asking my kids these questions every year, some answers seem to always stay the same and some totally change every year.

Feel free to copy the questions at the bottom of the page to ask your own kids.

This year's answers are in Blue, last years answers are in red.

Name: Lucas
 Age: 13 12  
 Height: 5'8" 5'4 1/2"  
 Shoe size: 10 1/2 8 1/2  

What is your Favorite:
  Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Captin Crunch Berries   
  Vegetable: Crinkle Cut Carrots Crinkle Cut Carrots   
  Drink: Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper  Mountain Dew Pitch Black 
  Toy: iPhone iPhone 
  TV Show: Studio C Tricked 
  Thing to do: Play Roblox Play Video Games 
  Game: Roblox Minecraft 
  Book: I don't know, I like a lot of books Percy Jackson  
  Restaurant: Five Guys Five Guys 
  Place to go: To bed Mimi's and Poppie's house  

If you could change your name what would you change it to: Lukas  Lukas  
What is something mommy says: Turn off the computer Turn the computer off   
What do you want to be when you grow up: Something, I don't know A millionaire- I don't know, A Scientist 
What are you going to do different this year than last: read more  eat healthier  
Who are your friends? My friends- that is the only answer I am giving you Steven and Ryan and Radi  
What is one wish for the New Year? To do well in school That the world won't end this year  
If I gave you $100 what would you do with it? Spend it on Robux I really don't know, I don't have $100 so I don't know   
What are you afraid of? exploding  nothing, except for roller coasters  

Name: Alexandria
 Age: 11 10  
 Height: 5'2" 4' 11 1/2"  
 Shoe size: 8 1/2  7 Wide  

 What is your Favorite:
  Cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios Honey Nut Cheerios  
  Vegetable: Corn on the Cob Corn 
  Drink: Rootbeer Rootbeer 
  Toy: American Girl Dolls  American Girl Doll  
  TV Show: I want to make it a movie- Wonder Studio C 
  Thing to do: Play with Ryder and Lucas Acting and Singing 
  Game: I don't know- I'll play most any game That's a hard one, I don't know what games I like 
  Book: Echo The Missing Series  
  Restaurant: Cheese Cake Factory In-N-Out 
  Place to go: Home home   

If you could change your name what would you change it to: Alexandra  I wouldn't change it- but if I had to I would change it to Alexandra  
What is something mommy says: Stop messing around- to my brothers Go clean your room 
What do you want to be when you grow up: An actor a teacher 
What are you going to do different this year than last: Not wrestle with my brothers draw more 
Who are your friends? Scarlett, Hilary, Eva, Emily, Riley, Kiera, Darcy  Scarlett   
What is one wish for the New Year? that no one will get sick that no one will have to go to the emergency room again  
If I gave you $100 what would you do with it? Hide it from my brothers  save it for something 
What are you afraid of? Spiders  spiders and bees 

Name: Ryder
Age: 7 1/2 6 1/2  
 Height: 4'1" 3' 10 1/2"    
 Shoe size: 1 12 1/2 

 What is your Favorite:
  Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnamon Toast Crunch 
  Vegetable: Crinkle Cut Carrots Broccoli  
  Drink: Rootbeer Rootbeer 
  Toy: Fluffy All of my toys are my favorite 
  TV Show: I don't know, Studio C Tricked  
  Thing to do: Play  Play 
  Game: Video Games Minecraft 
  Book: Duck's Vacation Ducks Vacation   
  Restaurant: Five Guys Five Guys   
  Place to go: "This is a hard question, Parks I guess" Theme Parks 

If you could change your name what would you change it to:don't know  Ride   
What is something mommy says: don't know  Do Your Homework  
What do you want to be when you grow up:I don't know  A fireman  
What are you going to do different this year than last: Play more video games Do less screen time  
Who are your friends? How am supposed to answer, we moved to Utah Jack, Eternal, Elijah, Kyle  
What is one wish for the New Year? To make lots of friends That no one gets hurt    
If I gave you $100 what would you do with it? Save my money Buy stuff  
What are you afraid of? "Meep, a lion" Snakes  

My Thoughts:
  We are definitely in a time of transition right now, the kids have not begun their new schools yet.  That definitely seemed to have an influence on Ryder's answers especially, and Lucas well he is a teenager and some of his answers seemed to reflect that. 

Christmas Eve Pajamas
Christmas This Year
Christmas Last Year

Copy The Questions Below For Your Own Kids

Name: Age
 Shoe size:

 What is your Favorite:
  TV Show:
  Thing to do:
  Place to go: 

If you could change your name what would you change it to:
What is something mommy says: 
What do you want to be when you grow up:
What are you going to do different this year than last:
Who are your friends?
What is one wish for the New Year?
If I gave you $100 what would you do with it?
What are you afraid of? 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Ten Things to Smile About This Month

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Today is the last Tuesday of the month, which means it is time for Ten Things to Smile About this Month.  It is very appropriate that this list is falling today, as today is also our last day in California, kind of feels like a closure.

10 Things To Smile About This Month

1. Remembering the meaning for the season and participating in the our church's Living Nativity one last time.
Living Nativity 2017-Sunday_0056

2. Being able to find an amazing home in one weekend, it was a crazy weekend, but we are excited about the new adventures.

3. Belated friend Birthday dinner and movie for Alex and her best friend, also became a farewell dinner, since we are moving.

4. Having my parents and my MIL here to help pack.  They were all so amazing and I never could have done it without them.

5. Extended family!

6. Watching Alex perform her solo in her Christmas Concert!
grandparents and granddaughter

7. Christmas Eve Pajamas
Christmas Eve Pajamas

8. This picture of my family
silly family picture

9. Having family over for an amazing meal of Prime Rib that Eric made on Christmas Eve.

10. Christmas!!
Christmas Day

What made you smile this month?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday Five: Concerts, Polar Express and Family

Happy Friday everyone!  Do you have your Christmas shopping done yet?

5 Thoughts

1.  This week we continued packing.  My Mother-in-law returned home over the weekend, but my parents were here and worked hard with me all week.  We got most of the house packed expect the kitchen, garage and kids' clothes.  That will be the day after Christmas that Eric and I tackle that.  I have been so grateful for all of their help, as I know if it was just me here trying to do it, I would find excuse after excuse not to do it very much.

2. This week Alex had her School Christmas Concert, the program was so wonderful as usual, but even more special to me this time as she had a solo!  She sang Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.  She did an awesome job!  Definitely a proud mama moment.

3. I helped this week at Ryder's Pancake breakfast and Polar Express party. I was just grateful the flu or whatever he had over the weekend, was quickly gone so he could enjoy his last week at school. Since my mom was here that day, she came and helped me too.  I really do love being able to volunteer at the school, and I was saying my goodbye's to the office staff, it made me realize how many people I have been able to get to know because of helping at the school.

4. I have so many ideas and an actual desire to really get the blog going again, this year has probably been the year I have blogged the least since I began this blog.   This year has also been a big year of transitions, especially with Eric's career and now this move, but I love this space and want to continue sharing.

5. Last night my sister and her girls came over to pick-up my parents, as they will be spending the rest of their trip at her house.  They are probably half relieved to get a break from all the packing!  We had fun visiting and all went out to dinner at a new place my family had never gone. We will be all getting together Christmas Eve again.  I have loved being able to live close, or fairly close, to my sister these last 9 years.

5 Pictures
soccer team party

sick kid

grandparents and granddaughter

snow day in California

7th grade teacher

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Week of Lasts

Today it hit me.. the reality of it all.  I think I have been living in denial a bit.  We are moving in less than a week.

This is a week of lasts.

My kids last day of school.

Our last time attending our local church ward.

Our last time enjoying the warm California Winter weather.

Our last time having the kids come down the stairs in this house Christmas morning.

This morning, it hit Lucas hard.  He is having a wonderful school year and has made some great friends this year.  Today being, the last day of school here is not easy.  Once it hit him, that is when my bubble burst and the reality of it all hit me too.

I truly do believe this move is the right thing for our family... but today, today it is just hard.  Today is going to be kind of a sad day.  As I tell my kids, it is okay to feel sad about the move, it is okay to be nervous about it, and even a little scared; but we must also never forget that we know it is what is right for our family, and while that doesn't take the sadness away, it can be that little glimmer of peace and hope.

Soon we will have a week of firsts.

Our first snowfall.

First days at new schools.

First time meeting new friends and neighbors.

First time starting new traditions in our new home.

And we will do it together as a family, as that is what we do.

To this week of lasts, you truly are so bittersweet- but we will endure, we will enjoy, we will cry a little and maybe a lot, but in the end we will come out strong and ready for new adventures.