Monday, January 8, 2018

Back to Life. Back to Reality.

Dave finished up our built in shelf in the bathroom! It turned out so great I want one in the upstairs bathroom now. I'll have to find things to fill it with, but for now these bottles will work.

Brooklyn always finds new ways to get into trouble. She has figured out how to climb up on the kitchen table. So now nothing is safe! She's only fallen off once so far, but I can't figure out a way to keep her off the table. Hopefully she will at least learn to be more careful.

Dustin has really bloomed as a artist lately. He will draw pages of pictures at a time and has added features like hair and belly buttons.

Brooklyn and Dustin are becoming better friends. Dustin has been sneaking out to the back yard to jump on the trampoline or skate on the ice. Lately after playing for a while he will come inside and request his sister join him. Sometimes I worry that the boys will spoil their little sister, because "she's so cute mom." but they fight enough that it probably won't happen.

One of Logan's Christmas gifts was a super over sized cheetah. So we are now the proud owners of 3 oversized animals. This one lives in the basement. The boys love snuggling with it while they watch a show.

For Family Home Evening on Monday we discussed goal setting and made some New Years goals. I broke them down into educational, health, and spiritual goals. We set some for our family (like swimming once a month and reading the scriptures every day), and each of us set individual goals. Logan has been dedicated to his goal to exercise every day. After dinner he asks if it's time to get on the treadmill.

The rest of the week felt mostly like catch up. We did a lot of cleaning, laundry, cooking and reading. Logan has been devouring books since he realized he can read himself chapter books.

Friday night Dave's parents asked if they could babysit (the answer is almost always yes!). So Dave and I hit up Barnes and Noble just to browse for new titles. It's one of my favorite cheap dates. We take pictures of the books that sound good and rent them from the library. I found one of my favorite Sci Fi authors, Marissa Meyer, has a new book out (Renegades). So I picked a comfy chair and got 40 pages in before Dave was done browsing. It sounds great and has been added to my birthday list (as well as to my Library hold list). After we were done in the bookstore we sat in the car for a half hour or so and just talked. Good thing I threw a warm quilt in before hand.

Saturday was full of fun! The boys and I got up early to go to a Mother/Son date to Home Depot. We built  and painted calendars. They have blocks that can be changed for the date and month as well as a pencil holder in the back. Both boys picked out their own colors, hammered in the nails, and attached the number stickers. They are SO proud of their creations. Logan decided his would go in the living room by the computer and Dustin's ended up in the kitchen. Both are happy with their creations!

When Brooklyn woke up from her nap we headed out for our first Family Snow Shoeing trip! We got the boys snow shoes over Christmas break and were so excited to try them out. Logan took to them a lot faster than Dustin but over all it was fun. We realized we should have brought our sleds for the trek down hill, so we have scheduled another trip up to the mountains for this weekend! Since the snow really hasn't come to us this year, we decided we're going to outsource more often. While we were up there it was really foggy and snowing. It was just beautiful and peaceful!

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