Monday, December 12, 2016

December 4-10th 2016

Jaxton had his last Basketball game on Saturday. He scored 2 goal, 1 right at the buzzer! I should have gotten a picture but it was utter chaos trying to get everyone their medals and Justin was in such a hurry because he was in charge of a shooting activity and was already late. Dang, that is a fail. But the kids and I stayed and played in the play place at the Rec, so made up some Mom points there!
I don't know if you can tell, but Jax and Rod are fighting in the above pictures. No one would pose for a picture, so this is what I got...:)

 Cal is usually good for a picture and wanted some of him on the slide. And Jax is in one! Yay!!

That night, despite pouring rain, we went (as planned) with our friends ON THE FRONT RUNNER up to see the lights in Salt Lake. It was CRAZY. We will not be doing it again any time soon. Claustrophobia, in a word. Also, we accidentally paid $44 instead of the $15 it was supposed to be! (We have since gotten a refund--but we were freaking out for a sec.) 
It seemed everyone had the same "go see the lights" idea, and were equally undeterred by the rain. What is wrong with us? Why don't we listen to mother nature? Anyway, the kids LOVED the train, which was entirely why we were doing it in the first place. So that was a win. The win. Calvin was in heaven.
 Look at these cute kids!! Almost makes you want to do it again, ALMOST. 
Calvin's heaven. 
My cute Jax!!
We were SO soaked walking from the front runner to the temple that we sped walked through the lights (which are getting less and less impressive every year! I don't think we will be going back, very underwhelming for the insane effort of getting everyone up there!) and went immediately inside the Memorial building and got hot chocolate. Thank heaven. And can I just say, that building, nor it's staff, were ready to contain our many crazy kids. 
As we found out later, "We put up the black tables in front of the stage because we don't want people on the stage!" Because that makes sense?? Our bad. Maybe try a sign?? It was actually the 2 really docile walking children that got on the stage with their supervising parents at their side that actually got in trouble in the end. It made us feel really guilty because our kids were being SO much worse... Also, are we the only ones with crazy kids? I saw very few children, or maybe just misbehaving children...
These are my awesome friends we went with. I love them.
And this is the only picture I have of the kids outside at the lights. Because It was freezing and wet, and we were basically only using the lights as a walkway to get from the train to the hot chocolate, and then from the hot chocolate back to the train.
 By some MIRACLE, we barely caught the train back to Provo, just in time! Saving us an entire HOUR waiting in the cold, wet, dark, with all our kids. We thought the train wasn't leaving until 8:11pm, but it was actually 8:03pm!! We happened to be 9 min. early and just caught it!! THAT, was the best part of the whole thing.  I cringe when I think of what would have happened if we missed that train...!!
It was a fun train ride back that was way less squishy then on the way there. We even had seats!
I saw this moment with Justin and Cal and had to take a picture. This kind of thing happens a lot. Cal loves Justin. He loves me too, but he loves Justin. 
He still can't pull his face away!! It was so fun for him. Too bad we will never do it again...! ;)
 Okay, so there were some fun times... :) But i would not recommend it...!
Calvin has started emptying the dishwasher! He does such a good job and loves to help! In case you haven't caught on by now,  this is him saying "cheeese!"
 Another thing I want to remember about Calvin at this stage is that he is so polite. He always says, "Tane-tu!" (thank you!) I LOVE IT!! And if he is eating something he likes, he will say, "mmm, dis berry dood!" (this is very good!) It's one of my favorite things he says right now. Also, he will say "Hi Mommy!" or "Hi Daddy!" perfectly. And he says it a lot. He says it in a way and at times when it's like he is saying "I love you."  He will say it when I come get him in the mornings. And just randomly throughout the day. It's very sweet. He is good at greeting people. Also, he will say, "Loud! Teesimo!!" (Loud! Fortissimo!) He learned it from Little Einstein's. He screams like a siren, but talks so sweetly. He is my loudest screamer and cryer by far. He almost always prefers to not feed himself. And is disinterested in eating unless he is starving. And by that point he is usually pretty darn cranky, and super hard to feed. He can't seem to connect that eating helps him feel full which helps him be happy. And helps his mom be happy...! I love his haircut now.

I love these faces he makes! 
Thats about it. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Starting December

This last week we were invited to a friends to do "Chocolate houses." These are like Gingerbread or graham crackers houses, except 20x's better.  She has 3 molds, (1 roof, 1 side, 1 front) and then you double that to make each house. To assemble you use almond bark. It dries super quickly and the house is SO sturdy!! It was SO cool. Here is our before and afters of our chocolate house. 
 I think I might never make anything but chocolate houses from now on. AND they smell really nice...
 Here is a picture of Rod at karate. I can't get over any of it, he is so cute! It's interesting because it's all very formal and different, like the things they say and their strict things. Ex. They bow to some flags before and after they leave the mats, they have these chants they do, and they have these titles you must use, that are so hard for me to say, much less remember. Way harder for Rod to say/ remember. But it is SUPER fun to watch them do their little things. I love the loud exclamations when they kick/hit. I can see the kids feel powerful when they do it. Rod seems to be in his element. He pretends he doesn't like to go, before we are there; but I can see on his face while he is there that he REALLY enjoys I keep making him go...I hope it is a fun thing for him. 
I took my ACE exam to be a Personal Trainer on Thursday. And I actually passed!! It was such a relief. SUCH A RELIEF. That darn certification has been weighing on my conscious for almost 4 months. I'm so glad it's over. That is very exciting for me. 
 Jaxton had his 2nd recital on Thursday! He did SO well. And he is super cute. He has had those songs memorized for a long time! He surely has a knack for piano. It flows easily through him and makes him so happy. 
 This little cutie made 3 baskets in his game on Saturday. He came down the stairs before his game and was very proud of his basketball outfit. He loves to show his muscles. What a doll. 
I got Justin tickets to see Jim Gaffigan for his birthday. It's a gift that is nice because I couldn't just send him by himself, that would be lonely, so I had to buy myself a ticket too. :) Getting there and parking, and then getting out of parking and back home was an absolute NIGHTMARE. We left our house at 5:30pm for an 8pm showing thinking we would have plenty of time to eat and maybe run a couple errands. Not at all; We didn't get back until midnight; we ended up inhaling our food and driving the entire time through stand still traffic and hopelessly searching for a parking spot (I finally just ended up moving cones and  parking in a spot they were blocking) and arriving late to the show! But luckily, they started late. And Luckily, IT WAS SO GOOD!! We loved it. He has a gift. We were laughing for easily, 90% of the show. And it was a whopping 1 hour and 30 minutes! So fun. And then the happiness ended when we had to try and drive home. It was almost as bad as getting there. Anyway, Jim Gaffigan is the coolest.
Also, the Haight Christmas Party was on Saturday night and it was so great to be with everyone; such a nice time. We love them. I have video of the talent Justin and I did with Natasha, Steve, Jerica, and Gabe. It was super silly and fun. We sang "Once there was a snowman" on our husbands shoulders and then "melted" at the end of the song. It was fun. The Haights are great.