2.06.2018

Ski Day

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It has been a few years since I have put skis on.  My mom generously offered to watch Iyla for the day (our longest time apart yet) so she didn't have to spend two hours in the car and I could ski.  This year, our first time out, Nora thought she might be ready to try some bigger hills.  After several runs down the bunny hill she decided she was content to stay there.  But Jackson did a few runs with me.  This was my first time skiing at Wild Mountain and wow is it beautiful.  Similar to Afton you can see the river in the distance.  But unlike Afton it feels more secluded with long runs surrounded in forest.  At any rate it was a beautiful day and I felt so lucky to be out on skis with them.

2.05.2018

Five Months

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Oh Iyla time is moving so fast with you.  Here we are and you are five months old already.  Let's see, what can I say about you at five months old.  Daddy found you have a ticklish spot on your tummy and he loves to make you laugh.  While you are still not eating solid food yet, you have suddenly gained an interest in what the rest of us are putting into our mouths.  Maybe next month we sill start some food.  You seem to like a bit of a schedule, more so then with your siblings.  And when 7 or 8 roles around you are ready for bed.  You can role over from your tummy to your back and have almost rolled over from back to tummy but not quite.  You can also sit up but after a few seconds you usually tumble over one way or the other.  I can tell you are close on that one though.

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You are so content to be around your family.  Daddy plays a game where he holds you and zooms you up to people and you love it so much.  You also like to sit and watch your siblings.  They always seem to be up to something interesting.

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You have grown so much over the last five months and it's hard to imagine how much you will continue to change over the next several months.  What a joy it is to be your mama and watch you become you.

2.04.2018

Cousins and Weekend Highlights

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~ Sledding at Grandma Sam's with their cousins

~ Jackson would want me to add going to the Super Bowl Experience with his cousins and Grandma Sam

~ Swimming at Grandpa Glenn's with their cousins

~ Being home on Sunday (though if I'm being honest it wasn't relaxing enough for me, Ryan insisted we organize the mudroom which I'm glad we did in hindsight but I could have used more down time).

~ The fam would want me to say watching the Super Bowl (not exactly my thing but it was fun to have a food spread and hang out)

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1.30.2018

Their Birthday Party

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The girls decided to have a joint birthday party together this year.  They both only wanted to invite a few of their close friends and they both wanted to swim.  Jackson (by default) even got to have two of his closest buddies to swim with.  I wish I would have done a better job taking pictures.  I only brought my phone with which took poor photos but I also wish I would have taken some close ups of all the kiddos.  Oh well.  They had a blast!  Auntie Katie surprised us and came with two balloon bouquets too!  We had it at the same hotel we stayed at all those years ago when we had a fire, also the same hotel we had Grace's birthday party 5 years ago.  It's still one of our favorite swim spots.  Nora helped me make the cupcakes the day before and then the two of them made the frosting the day of.  Grace's party continued on with a sleepover.  All and all a great party for both!

1.25.2018

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1.24.2018

1.23.2018

Snow Days

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Remember going out in the morning the day after a blizzard?  On a snow day?!  After the plow had come?  Those are some of my best winter memories.  This is actually snow day number two for us.  Other than worrying about Ryan driving home yesterday early afternoon it's been the best couple days.  I don't think I've talked about Grace starting school, but Grace started school after Christmas break at a new charter school.  She is really enjoying it and it has seemed to be a really great fit for her.  That being said it has been very fun to have her home for a couple of bonus days.  Seeing the three of them jumping up and down when the plow came was one of my favorite moments today.  Well that and when I got to go outside myself.  It was just so beautiful.