Monday, June 19, 2017

Life Lately--May Edition

The kids each picked out a flower to plant and Darin and I are trying our hand at cilantro, basil, and tomatoes. We'll see how this first ever gardening on a balcony attempt goes for us. Just hoping Belén doesn't destroy them TOO quickly.


 Playing "sleeping."
 This girl idolizes Shae's bestie Eppie. She has all the coolest dress up clothes and Belén just eats it up.
 While watching a show one day Shae said, "Don't worry Belén, I'll protect you," then put his arm around her.
 We went through a good bit of molar teething at the beginning of May which led to LOTs of tantrums for a usually very pleasant and happy toddler girl. Here she is losing it after our branch closing social. She peed her pants and we didn't have spare pants to put her in and she was not happy about it. 
I don't remember the reason for this meltdown, I just remember it was a good one. And I'm pretty sure that I had one too at some point during this day. The purple paint on the dress is bringing back bad memories for me...
After taking Belén's picture, Shae of course needed his own attention. "Take my picture too, please?"
 You just never know what you might find when you open the kid's door at night.
 We did a white elephant style book swap for our last book club in April and I got The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I had already been purging things like crazy in our home since I'm just so tired of the clutter and junk, and trying to figure out how to organize things in our small space, so this couldn't have been timed any better. I loved the book. My biggest take away was about knowing when something has fulfilled it's purpose, for example, kids art work, birthday cards, etc. Those random things that we feel like we have to hold on to, but we don't! I have read the thank you card, it has fulfilled it's purpose, no need to keep it forever. This is the same with clothes we buy, but then later realize we don't really like or they don't fit us as well as we thought. No need to hang on to it in hopes that one day we will like it, it has fulfilled it's purpose in helping us understand our tastes better. Even if it is a gift! It is okay to get rid of something that someone gave you if you don't really like it or will never use it. It has fulfilled it's purpose of someone remembering and loving you, but if you don't like it, don't keep it! Loved that idea.

These were the very last few bags I got rid of, but there were oooohhh so many more. Loved going through all the kids stuff and getting rid of all the little random annoying toys and stuffed animals that they have inherited from random places. Getting rid of stuff is oh so refreshing.
 Just another walk through the woods.


 They wanted to color the entire bridge.
 Belén’s first dental appointment.


 Had to go back and watch a video that I took of the below because I couldn't even remember what happened to Belén’s eye! (And this is why I have a blog...my memory just keeps getting worst). For the record, she put a blanket over her head and walked right in to the corner of a chair and gave herself a little black eye.
 Poor Shae caught a nasty bug early in May. He woke up one day at like 6:15 and when I came out at 7, he was already back asleep on the couch. I should have known something was wrong because of that, but just thought, "Well he did get up kind of early."
When he did finally wake up at 9:30, he was not himself AT ALL. I have never seen him this sick before. He literally stayed on the couch the ENTIRE day. He had a fever and threw up a few times.

After reading him a few books mid-day I told him that I needed to put Belén down for her nap and would be back in a few minutes to take a nap with him on the couch. He couldn't even make it the 10 minutes I was gone putting her down. I came back out to this:
 It sure was hard to see him so sick, but so sweet to cuddle with him and watch movies all day. Luckily he was much better the next day.
 Said goodbye to my sweet Paraguayan friend Alia. Her family was here for the semester while her husband did some school. They are just the sweetest family. I'm so blessed that I got to hang out with her so much, and practice my Spanish! What an amazing blessing to meet someone from Paraguay since that is one of the countries Darin is studying and we have a trip planned there in August! Can't wait to meet up with them down there!
Stole these pictures from her instagram...saying our final goodbye, the night before they left.
A morning trip to show off Buttermilk Falls.
We picked Darin up at lunch time, between the two portions of his comp exam to give him a little break and hopefully recharge his writing batteries and spirits :). Luckily his test was on a Tuesday which is dollar slice day at Papa Johns, so of course we hit that up.

Belén stole Shae's Unique crown that he made in Joy School that morning. Later in the week, Darin sat down and made one with her because she kept wanting to wear his.

 Daddy was too stressed to take pics with us...j/k j/k...he was inside getting the pizza :)

 Poppy hair! (from Trolls). Also, I just love her quirky little smile, how she squints that left eye.
 "I want trolls hair too. I'm Branch"

Some of my favorite Shae quotes from the past month or two:

S: Mommy, I love you.
Me: Well then, you should marry me.
S: No no no mommy, when I have my OWN mommy, then I will marry her, I can't marry you. 
(Pretty funny to see him try and navigate the words wife, mommy, parent, adult...so similar, yet, so different).

I also love seeing him try to figure out temperature. How he says, "Don't put it in the freezer, it will melt!" Or, "Let's put it in the fridge to warm up." Or, "Let's go stand in the shade so that we can warm up." 

Having a conversation about how I really like 4 year old Shae and he asks me, "What about the other numbers?" and then he says, "Do you think we can be 100!? Then answers his own question, "No, because then we would be TOO big and we would crash into Jesus! ...and the Holy Ghost because we would be so big!."

I took cookies to a RS activity we had (A Women's Health Presentation that I was so excited to organize and have my PT come to!). Shae was very concerned that there wouldn't be any leftovers for him (even though he already had one while we were making them). I told him if there were, he could have one the next day. In the middle of the night he came in to my room, woke me up, and asked if there was a leftover cookie. I said there was. He went back to sleep. The first thing he says to me in the morning, "Can I have my cookie now?" 

S: Mom, maybe someday you can have more babies and feed them milk from those thingys.
Me: What thingys?
S: Those UP thingys on your body. I'll show you.
He lifts his shirt and points at HIS thingys. 
I died. SO FUNNY.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Uncles Visit

Ammon and Philip stopped in to visit on their way home from a YSA conference in Palmyra last week. The kids were stoked to have their indoor jungle gym back in their lives.
Despite the rain, we went on a Memorial Day hike. Thankfully there was just some light rain at the beginning of the hike. We did, however, have to squeeze in the car and wait for a little while to get to the "light" rain part (Don't worry mom, we didn't drive there like this). 
We hiked Cascadilla Gorge. Can't believe this beautiful hike goes right through Cornell's campus.











When we got to the top, we stopped in College Town for some donuts and drinks before making our way back down again.
Such a nice visit with these sweet uncles!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hike Date

Winters sure are long here in Ithaca. I remember thinking that last week of April, will these trees ever fill in?! And they finally have! Thank you May. The trees are now beautifully green and so full. Time to get out and hike and enjoy this lovely lovely scenery that surrounds us!

Darin and I were able to sneak away from the kids two weekends ago and enjoy a new hike on our own. There are just SO many state parks around us, and we've been to all of the ones right outside of Ithaca, so we decided to look out a little farther this time. We didn't have to look too far as we found Fillmore Glen State Park just 30 minutes away from our house. The short drive was nice as well, just enough time to start our Rob Lowe autobiography audiobook (Stories I Only Tell My Friends). We finally finished West Wing and are trying to hold on to those wonderful feelings as long as we can, so clearly listening to Sam Seaborne's voice as he tells Rob Lowe's life stories was the best way we could think to do that...

 This hike was absolutely beautiful! I can't believe that I have never heard of it before! 


 This gorgeous waterfall was right at the bottom of the hike, you don't even have to hike anything to get to it!
 There were 8 bridges like this throughout the hike, leading us from one side of the gorge trail to the other.



 It was so nice to spend a morning together, especially since Darin had just taken his Comp Exam the Tuesday before, so we hadn't really seen each other much the past few weeks as he spent every waking hour prepping for it (He just found out this week that he passed!)