January 24, 2019

These Days

Kyler was working on a pencil drawing before Christmas and Layla sat beside him to work in her own. They both share a talent for art and I love to see them side by side.

Kyler’s finished piece.

Kyler, Kacin, and I went with a big group of people from our ward late at night to serve at Feed My Starving Children. 

I finished my goal of reading 25 books in 2018! Reaching this goal inspired me to aim even higher in 2019 and read 52 books this time.

Perry was worried about “stomping feet” coming into his room at night so he set this trap by his door every night for almost two weeks. I think his problem solving paid off because no stomping feet ever got into his room. I love this kid so much.

Layla gave Brinn a rice Krispy treat to eat. Soon I found her walking around the house with said rice Krispy treat stuck to her little bum.

Kyler, Kacin, and Eric went on a snow trip with the youth on a Saturday. Layla decided to throw them a welcome home party because she missed them so much. She made a banner and set the table to serve rice Krispy treats with whipped cream (her invention).

Brinn is still obsessed with books. I hope that love of reading never, ever goes away. She especially loves this book with animals in it. She and E read it and make all of the animal sounds. I love hearing her sound like a whale and a monkey.

Layla had a friend over and all they wanted to do was play with baby Brinna. They played “baby school” for awhile and then it morphed to playing “baby queen Brinna”. They stuck her on her throne and were her servants. Haha! One thing is for sure, B does not lack for attention or inclusion.

Brinn is definitely a walker now. She really picked it up at the end of her 16th month. It makes life so much fun! She loves the park now.

Kyler gave her her night time bottle of milk. So she shared it with him.

The second graders at Perry’s school are going on a “trip around the world” and studying different countries. They had a “bon voyage” performance and send off. (If he looks cold that’s because he was cold, but he refused his jacket.)

A pirate wanted to play with me one afternoon.

This was posted on a community Facebook page—there is Perry sitting in the back with his pizza!

Perry had my phone during family home evening so I found these pictures later.

Layla was conducting.

Perry really has become an ingenious problem solver.
And if your know Perry, you know he has a deep hatred/fear of bugs. Especially flying ones. He spent a good twenty minutes trying to kill a fly that was in our house. This method of catching it was my favorite—attach the balloon to the pillow, sit on the pillow, and have dad throw you up so you could fly. It was so innocent and Winnie-the-Pooh-esque. I love the way his brain works.

We enjoyed a Saturday morning hike on the Mormon trail at South Mountain.

This trail has this cool rock you can slide down. And more rocks to climb on and through.

Perry has gotten all independent on us. He now asks to ride his bike to the park all by himself. It’s hard to see him in this picture, but I snuck outside to peek at him just as he finished safely crossing the street. I’m so proud of him.

Perry earned his money by helping to clean two of the cars to buy this Emmett stuffy. He loves it more than anything right now. And he is counting down the days until the new Lego movie comes out!

Layla put her in here once. And she was told right away to take her out. Since that day, Brinnie keeps climbing in by herself.

On the fire station is still another favorite place to play.

Another wrestling season has begun! 

Kacin went up at the beginning of the match as captain.

I love watching this boy work so hard.

Other things to note these days. Eric and I both got new callings in our ward. I am happy to be teaching a sunbeams/ctr 4 class in primary and Eric is the Elder’s Quorum secretary. Eric is also back at his master’s program and hoping to be done with his MBA in just a few months. Kacin was just called as a counselor in the deacons quorum. And Kyler is still a family history consultant.