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Fun at KiDiMu

We have been down and out for what feels like three years (it was really more like 2 weeks). We've all been taking turns getting this cold/flu thing but I think we are finally on the tail end of it. And by that I mean I feel like we can go places now without someone spontaneously running a fever or me falling asleep at the wheel. It's been a rough go, and I'm SO excited to get back to our normal activities! 

Kender built A LOT of forts the past couple weeks.
We ended up taking this past week off from school. We didn't have the energy to do much more than watch movies all day. We did try though... The conversation went something like this:

Me: Ok Kender, let's do school.
K: Mom when can we have playdates again?
Me: I don't know bud... You guys are sick and I don't know when you will be better.
Kender: Well... Maybe I should rest...
Me: I think that's a great idea.
K: ...and not do school.
*look at each other and laugh*

Touche Kender. Touche.

The rest of the pictures in this post are from when we went to the Kids Discovery Museum before we all got so sick.

Kender loved the bouldering on the rock wall. He is half monkey!

And this was Rhett's favorite part. It was pretty cool to explore a smart car!

I think the murals were my favorite part! The walls are painted to make it look like a little city, and there are lots of props to go with them.

And here's our Quik Story 😊

Fun at Ahoy Kitsap

Last week Ryan and I took the boys to Ahoy Kitsap to play. It's basically just a huge, really cool indoor playground. The boys have been sick for a few days (I think we are dealing with croup) and I'm starting to feel sick too so I'll mostly let the pictures speak for themselves. Don't forget the video at the end!

This thing is so fun! But it's for kids only... Ryan and I learned that the hard way lol 🤣

I love this picture. These boys are my world ♥

When we got home, the boys helped Ryan load up the sleds for his snowmobiling trip. 

Finishing Our Foundation, Homeschool Changes, and Rock Climbing

So far in 2018, Rhett turned 3, we finished the foundation for our future house, and we changed up some things with homeschool. We've spent most of the winter so far being sick, but the boys are good sports, and Ryan has been really good about taking care of us and taking cute pictures. I have like 5 posts worth of pictures backed up that he took! 

Ryan has been home for the past couple of weeks for vacation, and it's made us really spoiled. He's been gone for a couple of days snowmobiling and we miss him so much! But he will be home tomorrow and will have a couple more days off before he needs to go back to work, and we are going to soak up every last ounce of Daddy time!

After a long break from school, we added some stuff from Discovery k12 to our curriculum. It's really helped to break up the "boring" stuff and it's been a great supplement to the Good & the Beautiful curriculum. Also, it's FREE! 

He only had to write each month, but then decided to list the birthdays in those months too. Don't be upset if your name isn't there - I cut him off so we could move on with lessons lol
I love homeschool because we can go at our own pace, and have so much freedom in our schedule. Kender is almost done with his current grade level, and we can go ahead and start the next one whenever we want. And for PE, he does rock climbing!

Kender can be really outgoing, but he can also be really shy and scared at times (especially with new things). He was really nervous about rock climbing when we first started, but it looked fun and he wanted to do it so he stuck with it. He had a few weeks of climbing halfway up the easy wall, and then one day he made it all the way up! Then he moved on to medium, and the other day (our first day back in over a month) he monkeyed himself all the way up the medium-hard wall on his first try! We were SO proud ♥

Kender at the top of the medium-hard wall

This week he tried the hard wall, which is ridiculously hard (it's the one with the big cliff sticking out halfway up) and uses an auto-belay. He made it halfway up before he slipped and the belay dropped him slightly slower than if he hadn't had a belay at all... So needless to say he was scared, but he still loves climbing and I love him for finding something he loves and sticking with it!

While Ryan and Kender were off working at the property, Rhett and I had a grocery shopping and chocolate milk date. He loves all things chocolate.

It's kind of hard to see what's happening with all the dirt piles, but the concrete guys are pouring our foundation.

Kender really enjoyed watching all the concrete trucks!

Every little thing that gets done makes it feel a little more real... The framers start in the beginning of February!

I stayed home from church last week with a stomach bug, and he came in and snuggled me as soon as he got home ♥

Making banana bread together!
And last but not least, some Daddy bonding time 😄

Rhett's 3rd Birthday

I'm a little late with this, but Rhett had a birthday!!! I can't believe my baby is three....

He's still my precious snuggler. He gives the best hugs, and has the best laugh. He's a BIG momma's boy, and I love that. Actually since Ryan has been home on vacation he's been a little less of a momma's boy, but that's ok because it's precious to see how much he loves his dad too ♥

We adore you Rhett. We are so blessed to have you in our lives!

PS - Sorry the pictures are so grainy. I thought I could multitask by snapping photos while I was taking a video, but apparently multitasking takes away from the picture quality... Lesson learned! Melissa got some good ones though, so she saved the day.

Photo credit to Melissa on these last three. Rhett and Soren share a birthday, so it was pretty cool for them to celebrate together!

Soren age 9, Rhett age 3

He still LOVES trucks lol
UPDATE: Finally got around to editing that video! I really like the GoPro Quik Stories app. The Google Photos video editor that I raved about keeps messing up the cropping all of a sudden...

Celebrating the New Year, & other holiday memories

Happy 2018! We brought in the new year by trying new foods and playing games with family. Ryan had to work, and he took Paul for a ride along so we missed them, but they had fun too.

Rhett stayed up til 7:30. I knew he would wake up at 5am either way, so I opted to put him down early! Kender lasted until 9 before I had to put him to bed due to tiredness tantrums. I lasted until about 10... We are party animals!
Our family started a "new foods" tradition where on New Years Eve, everyone brings a food they've never tried before and we all try new things together. Some are really good (like chocolate rocks and veggie fries) and others are a little different (like dehydrated okra and sardines).

Last year we did a "weird foods" tradition and ended up with things like chocolate bacon and seaweed... I like the new foods tradition better 😄

Kender LOVED playing the Pie Face game he got for Christmas! He battled every willing opponent lol

Kender enjoying the "gear bike" he got for Christmas. Now he can ride in style! He's been using the bike that his Dad learned to ride on when he was a kid. It's 20 years old... It was time for an upgrade!
These pictures are from last week. Whenever we go outside, Rhett always wants to play in either Ryan's truck or his patrol car. This time, Ryan made all his dreams come true! He showed the boys where the bad guys sit.

Rocking his own unique style, as usual 😂

This sweet snuggly little goober turned THREE!!! More pictures to come 😊
And here is a cute video that captures the snow we got for Christmas, and our fun with Pie Face!

A Recap of 2017


We visit the Bug Museum and meet Sssstella 


We get lots of snow


I start getting spring fever and am desperate to plant flowers


We take a girl's trip to Vegas & see the Cirque Du Soleil Michael Jackson show!


We enjoy visits from family and beach days


Kender turns five and I make the most awesome cake ever


Sadie turns two and has to go to the doggie ER
We celebrate the 4th of July surrounded by family
We start clearing the land on our property - Yay!!!


We get to see the Solar Eclipse


We go to the gamefarm
We get some exciting news
Kender starts Kindergarten, then we decide to do homeschool again
We go to Newport Beach for a family reunion


We enjoy General Conference
We visit our first pumpkin patch
We get some sad news
We enjoy Halloween together


Try to focus on gratitude
I cook my first full Thanksgiving dinner


We start digging the foundation for our future house
Soren gets baptized
Ryan and I celebrate 7 years of marriage
I get my first sponsored post

And that's a wrap! See ya in 2018!