Monday, May 10, 2010

Lots of fun things

It's really too bad that I don't write as often as I'd like. We do so much fun stuff all the time, but it's lost as time goes on. It's as if it never happened. Aubrey said the other day, "Mom, do you remember going to see Santa? We went to different houses. Santa didn't have his reindeer. We were with Grandma Terry. Do you remember that?" She was talking about how Grandma Terry had a grandparents pass to pioneer village. She went there lots of times with Grandma, but the last time was Chrismas, and she got to write a letter to santa and give it to him. It's amazing the details she remembers!

We also went to Las Vegas the weekend of May 1st to see Aliza get baptized. Aubrey went to the doctor for pink eye the morning we left. I gave her anti-biotics all day as we rode with Gradma Terry and Grandpa Mike. That night we went shopping and met up with my Uncle Robert and Aunt Kathy for dinner. (Seth didn't go bc he had to work. He is also worked on mothers day and is working late tonight.) Anyway, I got the kids to bed at the hotel. Since Debbie, Ronda, and Christian all work at Marriotts, we were able to get good deals. Carol, Mom and I all had rooms next to each other. The next day, we went to the baptism and I got to play the piano for the stake event. As we waited for each ward to have their turn for baptisms, the others sang their favorite hymns. Aliza's was "I Know that My Redeemer Lives." The spirit was so strong as we sung; I love that hymn. Aubrey got to watch Aliza get baptised; it was so special. (Someone played the piano for me for one minute so I could watch Aliza, then I had to hurry back to play.)
That afternoon we played at the park, and swam at a resort, and went out to dinner. Aubrey had so much fun with her cousins! When I gave her a bath that night, she thought the hotel bath tub looked like a baptismal font! Mom and Mike agreed to watch the grandkids while all the siblings went out together. We had fun shopping at H&M, eating ice cream and admiring the sugar store. It was short, but nice to enjoy each other with no kids!

I also wanted to make note that Aubrey has a play-date with her cousin Drew almost every Tuesday. We go down to Murray and play. Sometimes heather has other friends there and we do a craft and sing songs and such. Sometimes its just us. Sometimes we go places like fun parks. Tomorrow we are going to the aquarium. Drew's favorite is the hammer-head shark! Aubrey has been earning dimes with little chores lately, and I think she's excited to buy something at the gift shop with her very own-hard-earned money!

Sam just started crawling on his knees these last couple days (instead of army-crawl). He also started pulling himself up to standing a couple days ago too! He so excited to explore now. We've certainly entered a new stage with him.

I'm trying to do reading with Aubrey with the BOB books every night. She's so good at it, but she doesn't always like it. Sometimes we play reading memory games or flash cards. Sam likes to eat her books and it's really distracting. We give him toys, but he just wants the books.

Sam has been my drooliest baby! Drool and spit up--so gross! He has also been my most cuddly baby-- so sweet! I guess I also need to video the way he eats, bc people always comment on it. He just opens and swallows so quickly that I guess it's worth noting. he eye-balls everything I eat. I think he'll be my biggest eater, but he's still skinny.

Mother's Day was nice. Seth took me shopping to buy a pair of jeans that fit. I've lost a lot of weight after having Sam, so it's nice to have the clothes that fit, and nice to ahve Seth's approval. I loved it so much, that I'm thinking I'd like to do this for my birthday, our anniversary, Christmas, Valentines, or just whenever I feel like it!

At the same time, we are thinking about just how fast we could pay off our house. If we live way below our means, we could do it pretty fast. We need to find a balance between live for today and living for the future. Both are important.

lately I've been thinking how important it is to me to have balance in my life. Sure I want to be in shape, be educated, be a musician, be a good cook, balance my budget, spend time with my children, etc... If any of these things takes too much of a priority, the other things suffer. I need them all. A little in every area. Balance. I think I want bablance more than being an over-achiever in one area. Maybe I'll be an over-acheiving balancer?

Have I talked lately about researching schools for Aubrey? I don't want her to get bored with the curriculum at school. I want her to always love learning. Where can we achieve that the best? I still have over a year to decide, but so far I've found, Layton Elementary, Oquirh Mountain, Syracuse Arts Academy, North Davis Prep, and an online K12 school. I still have lots of research to do. it will be an interesting road regardless.

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