Sunday, April 13, 2014

this week

I just learned how to make these animated photos. Joel's giving me an extra wink for effort :)
We are in the middle of some crazy scheduling over here. We've been working with the school district trying to figure out the right placement for Joel for kindergarten next year, and there are lots of meetings to get this accomplished.

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We took the kids to the drive in to see Rio 2 on Friday night. We inflated our air mattress and bought them some super fancy (dollar store) glow in the dark bracelets. They had the greatest time bouncing on the air mattress all night, but there were so many cars driving past that I was totally nervous through the whole movie!

Glow stick picture-- you can't see it but there are some happy kids there.

  Charlotte had a little virus this week. She slept all night and then when I woke her up in the morning she still wouldn't move. I got her bathed and dressed, but she was still just falling asleep. I let her stay home from school and she watched the bus drive away.... normally she would have cried but she was too sick. I took her in to the doctor but she seemed to be feeling much better. And a cupcake seemed to cure everything, as she was fine for the rest of the day.

Joel has been getting stuck on a few phrases lately. This annoys Charlotte to no end, and she resorts to violence to shut him up! Today he was singing his favorite song, "Birds in the nest". She kicked him in the teeth, and there was blood everywhere. We had just pulled up into the church parking lot when this happened, and it took a bit to get everyone all cleaned up.
She looks so sweet and innocent here, but she is a tornado when she's awake!





Friday, April 4, 2014

fun times in AZ

We've been busy just doing all the normal stuff, therapy and some fun stuff too. We went to the Children's Museum of Phoenix with some friends and it was quite the day. It was intense, there were a million field trip kids there and then once they left it opened up a lot.
Riding on the motorcycle
Fun in a toothpaste car

Checking for mail

The pencil car! The kids fought over this one, although there are two seats that did not cut it

Parachuting!!

Waiting for speech therapy

Loving and playing with Tinkerbell


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

lucky us!

This picture has nothing to do with the rest of the post..... I just liked it.
Yesterday morning started off with a bang. Actually, it started off with a dead battery in the Miata while Rob was on the freeway. I quickly canceled all our therapies and called Joel's school to let them know he would be missing the bus Then the kids and I jumped in the car, still in our jammies, and ran to rescue Rob. We found him at  Circle K and drove him to work, then hurried back home to change out of our pjs before it hit noon. At 12:30 it was time for speech therapy and then time to pick up Rob in Scottsdale around 3 pm. Then it was time to head back to the gas station and find a way to get the darn car to a mechanic, who was across town. After we dropped off the Miata at the mechanic, Rob and Charlotte got dropped of at the house around 5. Joel and I then headed to a therapy meeting that lasted until about 8 pm.

But. Good news for us, the parts that need to be repaired are all under warranty, resulting in a very small charge. Pretty good news, as I was expecting having to dump about eight hundred dollars into this car. Hurray for good luck! Yesterday was also a great day for potty training, and Joel got a new stuffed animal to add to his sea creature collection. Love that kid!


Monday, January 20, 2014

another year :)

Well, we finished off 2013 with a bang and here we are in the new year. We have some exciting things coming up, the biggest is that Charlotte will be starting school at the end of February. We are still unsure if she will be at Joel's school or if she will go to a different one, but there is the possibility still. I wouldn't mind the two of them going to the same school, but I think it would be a disaster to have them both in the same class. We have a couple more meetings to nail down all of the specifics, but I think she will love going to school and riding the bus like her big brother.

Now that the weather is nice (70's!) we are spending more and more time outside. All my Utah friends and family would laugh at us, all bundled up in jeans and sweaters for 70 degree weather. My kids' thermostats seriously are warm weather oriented, anything below 55 degrees and they are shivering all over the place. I wear fleece pajamas to bed and I think we may still have the heat running...... yup we are weak!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

this crazy girl

Score! Hit an after Halloween costume clearance and added lots of Disney costumes to our bucket, for the grand price of five whole dollars. (And a nacho libre cape, can't believe we didn't have one already!)

I tell you, Charlotte is at this age where everything is just SO big.... if she's happy she is really happy. If she's upset, she is REALLY upset. The moods come and go pretty quickly, but we just had a weekend of non stop screaming-tears-tantrums. 


Halloween day she was pretty upset, still not feeling 100%. But I took her to McDonald's during Joel's therapy, and then she was the happiest little girl ever.... until we had to leave. 
But she can appreciate a good granola bar!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween VII

Hard to believe that seven years ago Rob and I were going to costume parties and had just barely started dating :) Time flies. As the years have passed, I've gone from 4 costumes each, to 3, to 2, to.... whatever this year was. For our church Halloween party/ trunk or treat we went as characters from "Annie". I was Miss Hannigan, Rob was Daddy Warbucks, Charlotte was Annie, and Joel was Sandy the dog. I kind of threw it all together and got lucky finding an Annie costume at Goodwill.
Having a hard time getting everyone to look at the camera, but we were excited for the candy! 

Charlotte was having a very rough day. It's hard being a ladybug, I guess.... She's been sick on and off and Halloween was an off day for us.

Joel giving me his best doctor impression. His school did a thing where they wanted kids to only dress up as what they want to be when they grow up.... and I have no idea what he really wants to be, so I figured a doctor was a good bet. However, when he came home he had ripped his pants pretty bad. So we used the puppy costume for trick or treating that night. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

it's in the air

For the first time in forever, we are supposed to get some cooler temperatures this week-- think mid 80's instead of high 90's. Meanwhile, back in Utah you guys got snow on top of the mountain. We are gearing up to take a camping trip this weekend. I hope it happens, Rob will be post-call and I don't want him to be miserable.
Things we've been up to:
Working on potty training with both kids at the same time. Some days it is great, some days it is terrible. Hopefully we will get it soon!
Went out to Utah for a wedding, it was a nice day and a fun little trip for us.
Joel started another year of preschool and is loving it. Also, a new bus driver who cheers for him every morning.
I've been to the gym at least 3 times a week for the past month- it's amazing how much stress I'm able to work out there. Didn't think I was a very angry person, but usually by the end of the workout I've got no fight left in me!