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February 2018

Doctor appointment=ice cream!

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More basketabll for Cason!

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The kids take off on their scooters!

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Superbowl Sunday!  Holly and I found it funny that she and I were in watching the game while our husbands were in the kitchen getting food together!

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This was the weather…in February!

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Another field trip! (I feel like I go on one a month!)  This was one with Cason to the Baylands!

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Singing Happy Birthday to my dad on what would have been his 60th birthday!

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Oh goodness!  I had an ER visit! Boo!! 

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Homework time!!

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My pretty girl!

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Valentine’s Day.  Cason grabbed one of my roses from Connor and got in this position!

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I helped in Cason’s class!

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Then helped in Kinsley’s class!

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Their party loot!

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Our traditional Valentine’s family dinner!

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Baby snuggles!

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Kinsley had a showcase at school to show the work her group did on making a map!

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Then our trip to Utah and celebrating Corbin’s 10th birthday!

Getting back from Utah was hard.  Luckily, we had all of Sunday to wind down.  A family movie night was in order!

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Kinsley pretending to sleep on a saw box!

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This has been far and few between so I have to capture when my kids are getting along.

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Corbin loves this cousin of his.  It seems to be mutual!

Why does time just fly by? But it was such a great month!

Utah February 2018

We wanted to fly to Utah but it wasn’t it the cards, so driving it was.  We left on Friday around dinner time.  Cason had an appointment with his neurologist and we left after that.  Some of the kids fell asleep on the way and some did not.

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Wed did stop at a hotel to get some rest before we drove the rest of the way.

We got in just in time to have a girls night of Cafe Rio and watching my niece dance in her performance.

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 Sunday we went to church and got together for dinner and fun!  Sadie made Corbin some cupcakes for his birthday!

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The next day was Corbin’s birthday!

On the Tuesday, we went and saw a morning movie of Jumangi.  We all really liked but the boys had really wanted to see this one:

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Then we headed over to look at some ski stuff.  Kinsley really liked this mannequin.

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We got together for dinner and then visited with Connor’s grandparents who were in town from Arizona.

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The next day was another day of skiing.  I’d rather not go into the details of how I did but here are some of the pictures!

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That night, all of us went to a place called Dartside where we just had a big nerf gun war.  It was pretty fun!

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The kids got to spend the night with cousins.  Matching girls!

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Then the kids got to see Nana and Papa for some fun!

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Connor and I went to the temple since our temple is now closed!

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We ate at the Pie with some friends!

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The morning we left, we ate at Waffle Love!

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Then got back on the road! This is what makes driving easier…devices!!!

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We stopped at a hotel in Winnemucca.

Then back at it! Snow!!

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We had a great time together and as always it is so hard to leave.  

Corbin’s 10th Birthday!!

Our oldest child turned 10!!! I can hardly believe that I have been a mother for a whole decade.  Crazy!!  We were in Utah for his birthday and he really wanted to go skiing.  It also happened to be President’s Day so it was a little bit crowded.  But we were with lots of cousins and aunts and uncles so it was a blast!

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We got to Utah with 60 degree weather and woke up on Corbin’s birthday to snow! Perfect for a ski day!

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Play guess the Duke kid!

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Since I cannot ski and take pictures (yet?) most of mine are when I’m not on ski’s.

After skiing, we met the family that couldn’t make skiing and went to Corbin’s favorite Utah place, Pizza Pie Cafe.

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His cousin, Sadie, made him cupcakes.  They were awesome!

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We had this whole upstairs room to ourselves which was good because of this…..

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While we were there, Corbin lost a tooth.  I didn’t even know he had lost one.

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Later that night, his cousin Allie lost a tooth!

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When we got back from Utah, we celebrated his birthday with my side of the family and I made him the cake he wanted: Black Panther themed.

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Carrying the chips!

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Blowing out candles!

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Birthday questions:

1. What is your favorite color? BLUE

2. What is your favorite toy? LEGOS

3. What is your favorite fruit? PEARS

4. What is your favorite tv show? NONE

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? CORNDOGS

6. What is your favorite outfit? GIANTS COAT

7. What is your favorite game? LIFE

8. What is your favorite snack? Z BARS

9. What is your favorite animal? SNAKES

10. What is your favorite song? CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS THEME SONG BY WEIRD AL

11. What is your favorite book? DIARY OF AN 8 BIT WARRIOR

12. Who is your best friend? MY BEST FRIEND MOVED, KEVIN LEE

13. What is your favorite cereal? FRUITY PEBBLES, COCOA PEBBLES (ALL THE PEBBLES)

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? 4 SQUARE

15. What is your favorite drink? STRAWBERRY FANTA

16. What is your favorite holiday? CHRISTMAS

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? BOOKS AND MY 49ERS BLANKET

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? PANCAKES

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? CORNDOGS, BACON CHEESEBURGERS AND PIZZA PIE CAFE

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? COMIC BOOK AUTHOR AND VIDEO GAME TESTER

Corbin’s dr stats:

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We love this big 10 year old of ours!

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Our House: Family Room

As soon as we moved into our house I knew that I would want to re-do our family room someday.  We used it mostly as a playroom which was worked for us at the time but was becoming more and more annoying to me as the kids got older.  With Kinsley starting Kindergarten in the fall and the kids would just not be spending that much time there, I thought it was as good of a time as any to seriously start the project.  We had just finished paiting and putting up crown moding in Kinsley’s room so I think that gave us the bug to do more projects at home.  We didn’t realize how long it would actually take.  

We started in July finding a contractor to do what we wanted which was to put hardwood floors in and re-do the fireplace.  Once we found that we started work on the room.  

First getting rid of toys and furniture.

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Then pulling up the laminate flooring!

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Then Connor and I repainted the room.

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Then the work by the professionals could start.

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Once they left, we did the finishing touches and got a new couch for the room!

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This was all done by the end of August.  Our contractors were charging a little too much for the built-ins we wanted so we had to find someone else.  This took so long siince it was a semi-small project.  Most people were used to re-doing whole kitchens and houses.  But we finally settled on someone in October but they couldn’t start until January! I thought the day would never come, but it finally did.

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After they were in I could start adding the stuff to the shelves.  I assume this will be a lifelong process.  But there was still one last finishing touch.  

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Connor finally had time to hang our mantel that we bought.  We had it made by a guy that lives in Bountiful, UT where Connor grew up.  We thought that was kind of cool to have something made there in our house!

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We absolutely love this room now and love being here and spending time!  I actually like writing so many emails now that I have a pretty space to do it in!

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