Sunday, February 7, 2016

Little things

We lost the binky. At first I decided it was high time we get rid of it anyway, but that was quickly overruled by my desire to survive this busy season with my sanity intact. I bought two more pacifiers and then of course found the missing one! Poor guy had a rough couple nights though.

Max insisted he wear a backpack to walk Millie to preschool. Why are kids wearing backpacks so cute????

Hosted a book exchange for our ward book club and got rid of 2 boxes of books in the process. Win win! I didn't get a pic of all of us but I got a pic of my give away library.

We have enjoyed some nice days at the park lately. Max insisted on setting up train tracks there. 

My two little monkeys at the library. Not even sure why I take them out sometimes! But I take pictures so I can laugh later, because this really is hilarious.  It was so not at the time.

My sunshine girl.

We decorated sugar cookies with royal icing at YW last week. I was a total newbie when it came to the process (who knew the tip goes inside the icing bag?? Not me. It was messy) but we had fun and ended up with yummy results. Can't wait to try again and maybe do it right!

Thursday, February 4, 2016


When Millie got her set of princess  barbies a couple Christmases ago, we hid the shoes and crowns that came with them. We were pretty positive Millie wasn't old/responsible enough to keep track of them, and Max was sure to eat them when found. I finally got them out recently and she has been over the moon about it!

After seeing old home videos of Millie sliding down the air mattress, the kids wanted to do it again. Just as fun this time around!

We inherited a bunch of toys recently, which I made the mistake of bringing home while the kids were awake. Max has been especially enthralled with a set of train tracks and we have had a lot of fun bringing them everywhere with us. He calls them "tain tacks" which I think is pretty adorable.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Another week, another picture dump

Let's be real, nothing really exciting happens to us in January/February. It's a lot of getting through the best we can. I'm okay with that. Makes for not very exciting blog posts, but not everything has to be crazy/exciting to be memorable.

Just some cute Maxness for you. Excuse my post-run frizzy hair.

I finally read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, and have actually started to apply it! I went from an overstuffed closet, dresser, and built-ins to a clean closet and dresser, with actual empty space on the built-ins. I think eventually I'll put our food storage there and turn our storage room into a guest room/office for Tyler. Anyway, I thought the author's way of folding stuff was ridiculous until I saw my drawer so beautifully organized. I can see everything at a glance and I love it!

We are starting to venture out instead of just riding around our driveway. This attempt to go around the block would have been successful were it not for the inconvenient need for a potty break.

Max got a little curious about Millie's glass slippers. It was hilarious to watch him try to walk.

Not a great picture, but Tyler has been joining us via FaceTime for family scriptures and prayers. The kids love it, and Max gets especially chatty. I'm so thankful Tyler works so hard for us and still makes time for these important things.

I had a 11:45pm-4am shift at the peanut butter cannery. It was really fun and I got to buy a lot of peanut butter, but it is taking me a while to feel caught up on sleep!

We picked up Tyler at the park and ride which is right by Sam's. I did not mind bringing home a pizza!

On Saturday we visited Gigi and Poppy and then Monka and Ampa came over for a few minutes. So fun to have everyone close, especially when we are trying to keep busy on weekends without Tyler.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Farewell to Sarah

Sarah has left on her mission! She is in the MTC preparing to serve in Reno, NV. We spent a lot of last weekend with my family before she left. My parents had an open house for her on Saturday night, we attended their ward to hear Sarah speak on Sunday (Sarah and I got to sing together too!), and we went to a dinner with her mission prep class Sunday night. The kids and I went to my parents house for FHE on Monday and to say our final goodbye. We're going to miss her!!

Side note: the Houston marathon was the day of her farewell and we had the craziest time getting around it to get to church!

The rest of these pics were on Monday. We explored the apartment complex and Millie played so so so many games of Candy Land with Ampa. They claim she won 25 and he won 4! But every game end wi a hug, so I'd say they both won. Pretty cute.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Last week, in pictures

Max likes to hold my hand in the car lately. I don't mind! Well, until my arm goes dead from reaching to the back for so long.

They love to color at the library while I look for books.

Waiting for Dad to come home (reminded me of a puppy).

Kisses before punches.

Millie snuck her helmet off while riding her scooter and learned the hard way why we wear helmets. I'm glad it wasn't more serious than a scrape and bruise!

Max has had a hard time with Millie going to preschool lately. When I get my way, we get some errands done, but when he gets his way, we play outside!

Millie's training wheels are too low so she can just sit on it and peddle and it goes nowhere. She thinks it's hilarious.

Millie's 2 obsessions lately: Candy Land and The Sound of Music. I was so happy to pass down my love of Julie Andrews!!

Max hasn't been sleeping well at night lately and sometimes has a hard time napping too. Lovely! But he makes up for it by sleeping in my arms on occasion.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

10 on 10: January 2016

1. Both kids grabbed a baby wipe, pulled chairs over to the window, and started cleaning! I'll take it!

2-5: just a small sampling of my attempts to get a decent picture of Millie and Max.

6. Max does this several times a week, and most of the time he puts them back so I don't mind. 

7. Searching for lost toys under the couch.

8. Tyler was making the kids laugh so hard with his karate kicks and shouts!

9. I love that when Tyler is around, Max is a total Daddy's boy.

10. Millie fell asleep for 15 minutes that day and consequently had a hard time going to bed that night. Instead of fighting her, I let her watch the first half of The Sound of Music with me (her first time)! Afterwards she whispered to me, "I want to watch that movie always." So happy to pass along my love for that movie and Julie Andrews to her!