Summer Eve

It’s summer eve today – the day before the last day of school. Both Jaylee and I are done with school tomorrow. So its a beautiful time of year – this is one of my favorite transitions.


Having a school teacher for a mom means you get to play with all the extra “highly scientific math” dough after her class has used it. 🙂

I love the cyclical nature of being a school teacher. Though its a lot of work (and HARD work), the seasons are always changing. I’m ready for the slow-down and relaxing pace of summer break. Fun is the only thing on the menu, though learning always comes along with that. The kids are enrolled in swim lessons, gymnastics classes, and a music class. Plus we’ll have trips to the museum, mom’s school garden plot, hiking, the library, etc. Its different from “school learning”, but its equally important. And I’m looking forward to it – especially the more-relaxed pace of it.


My district is adopting a new math curriculum next year, and I’m excited to get to teach something a little bit different. I go to pick up my iPad tomorrow and get to start diving into the curriculum over the summer. In an unexpected twist, I will actually get paid to do this work! So that’s nice – especially since its work I’d planned on doing for free. So even though its “summer break”, any teacher will tell you that teaching work still continues. Just in between pool trips and vacations.


The family merry-go-round

We have a little vacation celebration coming up – we’re going to a new family hotel chain that just opened up in our area to celebrate Jaylee and Jaxton’s birthdays. I’m really looking forward to that little piece of family fun time. And its a fun way to celebrate our soon-to-be 5 year old and 3 year old.


Jaylee is also getting her own birthday party this year (Jax will probably get his first “individual” birthday party next year). She’s having a gymnastics party at our gym, and we’ve invited a handful of her friends. It should be a total blast – she’s definitely looking forward to it. Plus she designed the birthday invitation herself, so its just a great picture of almost-5-year-old glory. And it features all of her favorite things: legos, Moana, Frozen, a pink/gold background, and a dinosaur. Its a riot.


For her birthday, Jaylee is getting a table for her legos. We actually repurposed a table we already had by gluing down some lego tiles. And Jordan is going to print little storage containers on his 3D printer to hold the little pieces. We’ve already set it up (temporarily) in the living room, and its gotten a lot of play so far.


No word on what Jax is getting for his birthday (besides the family vacation, that is).

Let’s see – what else has been going on around here? I took a day off a couple weeks back to take Jaylee on her school field trip to the butterfly pavilion. That was fun.


Jax’s favorite part was getting to see the inside of the REAL bee hive. He could’ve stood there for hours. Both of my kids held Rosie the tarantula. Let’s just say they’re both much braver than I am.


I’m trying hard NOT to pass on my fear of spiders to my kids. So I was proud of them for holding the tarantula. Though when the gentleman helping them let go of Jax’s hand (once Rosie had exited), he pulled his hand back immediately with a cute little squeak. It was funny, and everyone around said it was super cute.


Jaylee and I went to her kindergarten registration meeting to hear information about next year. Its crazy to me that she’s already going to be in kindergarten. Wasn’t she just born?


But at the same time, she is 100% ready for it. She loves her preschool and loves to learn. She also LOVES to be around other kids her age and get to play/learn with them. And I’m so proud of the reports I get from the teachers about her – she is kind to other kids and helpful whenever she can be. Hopefully she will never lose that sweet nature.


Jace is growing like a weed. He doesn’t sleep at night, but he’s super sweet the rest of the day. My father-in-law shared a photo of himself as a baby, and all I could see was my sweet baby Jace’s face. I put a side-by-side comparison together for him.


He’s started to dapple in solid food. He’s not usually interested in it from he (unless he can grab a hold of what I’m eating). The only thing he’ll consistently accept is ice cream. But other people have had luck getting him to eat the baby foods. He still gags on anything too-solid (like a little piece of salmon).


Chicken legs are fun to taste though!

Aurora / CO / United States - 5/23/17

The entourage greeting Jace after his nap

Jax also continues to transform into a super fun little boy. He just never stops talking when we’re alone together. And its fun to listen to him play and talk to his sister and his cousin. He asks lots of questions and offers lots of suggestions on the next activity/snack/etc. And he’s fearless.



“I touch the nemos!”

Mother’s Day weekend was a bit rough around here, because Jordan went out to town to visit his grandpa and grandma in Oklahoma. Normally we’d go as a family, but circumstances required that this trip happen sooner rather than later. So he went down to see them while the kids and I stayed here for a weekend. Even though we have tons of family support around here, it was still a bit challenging to be so exhausted on Mother’s Day. But oh well. I guess I can catch up on sleep when I’m…. retired?


Speaking of tired, Jaylee decided to get up at 3am randomly the night before last. There was no getting her back to sleep, so we just gave her her iPad and had her stay in her room watching shows until a normal wake-up time. This was the result at 3:30pm yesterday:


She still looks like my beautiful little baby in that photo.

After about an hour, Jordan carried her up to her room and she slept there until 3am this morning. Hopefully we can get her back on a normal sleep-wake schedule tonight. She can’t take another couch nap – we have gymnastics today!


So happy summer-eve to everyone! I’m SO ready for this next season. 🙂

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What. A. Day.

Phew! Its been quite the day around here!

But first, lets play catchup. Life has been chugging along as usual. There’s only 3 week of school left (THANK GOD!). I’m ready for the summer break. One evening when we weren’t able to make it to the gym, we took the kids up to my school where we have a plot in the community garden. We played in the dirt and planted our seeds. The water wasn’t turned on just yet, and the seed packets we were using are about 3 years old. So we’ll see if anything comes up. It was mostly to work the ground and kill an evening hour anyway.


Jordan has gotten really into 3D printing – he’s got two printers running in our basement pretty much 24/7. This worked out well for me though, because my department at work decided to purchase two printers to use with our students. So Jordan was able to snag the deal, come in and train us, and troubleshoot when things go wrong. Its been a great experience so far. I’m pretty excited to upgrade my math manipulatives – particularly the sets of paper cones and cylinders I use every year to explore the relationship between the volume of cones and their related cylinders. Its gonna be awesome.

Jaylee has got a couple weeks of school left. She’s learned so much this year – its really amazing. Kindergarten for her next year! In another year (2018-2019), it’ll be Jax’s turn for preschool. Its crazy to think we’re at the school stage already.


Aurora / CO / United States - 5/3/17

The kids spend 2 days a week with their Grams and Popsi as our “day care” while I work, and 3 days with my mom and sister. This has worked out really well on our end because they get to play with all their favorite people, including their cousin Jaina. But this last Friday when they were with Jordan’s parents, it seems like the idyllic childhood day. The weather was beautiful so they played outside climbing trees


…and swimming…


…and playing in the sandbox.


I love that we live so close to family. I NEVER have to worry about my kids when I’m at work – I know they’re being loved and cared for by people who love them. And dirty, messy, outside days are the things childhood memories are made of.

Which leads me to today – that’s exactly the kind of day we had today.

Let’s start with this: Grant is in town! Grant was Jordan’s college roommate, and one of his closest friends. He was in our wedding, and we spent a lot of time hanging out with him when we were just newly married kids in Marshall, Texas. He and Jordan have a tight bond, though I consider him my friend as well.

Since he’s in town, I knew Jordan would appreciate a block of time where the two of them could do man-things (like play board games) without having all the responsibilities of parenthood. Luckily, the children’s museum also scheduled a “members-only” morning for the Saturday that Grant would be here. I try to always go to those, as they open the museum 2 hours early and its generally MUCH less crowded than usual.

So this morning, I packed the three of them up and we headed to the museum for some play time (and to give daddy some man-time).


The museum was AWESOME. May is when most of the attractions in Colorado switch over to their summer stuff – which means they turned the water on at the little river in the outside section of the museum.


The water section is one of my kids’ favorites. There’s a little 2-inch deep river which flash floods every couple of minutes. And there’s a big rock section with waterfalls and all kinds of fun toys. Jaylee enjoys scampering all over the rocks like a mountain goat.


…while Jax enjoys continually filling up his watering can and dumping it out (either down the drain or back into the pool). This was the first time Jace has been to the outside section of the museum when the water’s been on, so he mostly just enjoyed watching. Though I did put his teeny little toes into the water a couple times.


I’ve said it before, but these memberships are awesome. We love coming here, especially when its not so crowded (on members-only mornings). And with the outdoor area being completely open and running again, it means the inside of the museum is also under less pressure to hold all. the. people.



Jace is SO CLOSE to being able to sit. He enjoys getting to try, even if I arrange all kids of pillows (made to look like granite) around him to keep him safe.


He also really enjoys playing with his siblings. And they often oblige him.


After we left the museum, we headed up to Lair o the Bear park in Morrisson to meet Jordan and Grant for a little family hike. The kids and I went up here last summer, and it was awesome. So I thought Grant might enjoy getting to see a little bit of the “mountains” without having to drive 3 hours. He is from Texas after all – they’re easily impressed with the foothills.


So they met us up there (where there is no cell signal), and we ate a picnic lunch of fried chicken. Jaylee was generally refusing to eat – she was in a MOOD. But Grant convinced her to at least eat her roll so that she could try one of his candy worms. Which actually worked – shocking me!


The kids were pretty worn out from our morning, so we didn’t really get to hike. But we made it a little way up the trail to where there’s a little beach with access to the river. Jordan taught Jax about the joys and strategies of throwing rocks into a river.

While Jaylee spent most of her time climbing this epic tree, with the help of Grant.


We all had to get in on the tree climbing fun though. This tree is the thing childhood dreams are made of.

Morrison / CO / United States - 5/6/17

Morrison / CO / United States - 5/6/17

And then, all three kids fell asleep in the car on the way home. In fact, I left the car idling in the driveway for a little while so they could sleep a little longer. We had a birthday part to go to this evening, so I wanted them to be somewhat rested after all the activities today.


I’ve got no photos from the birthday party, but it was just a typical kids birthday party at monkey business. So the kids had a blast, while Jordan got to stay home with Grant and start their weekly board game night several hours early.

After the party, the kids all had to take a bath (seriously – it looked like Jax had gotten a sweet tan in just one day). But though it was exhausting, we had a lot of fun. There were definitely poor attitudes at times, but that’s to be expected with such an action packed schedule.

I love getting to do these family things – my favorite childhood memories involve things like this. So I’m happy to be able to provide some of the same things for my kids. I kinda like them. 🙂

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April… snow?!?!?

So here it is, the 29th of April.

And outside, it is snowing.


We haven’t gotten a lot snow this winter. But now that its firmly spring and we’ve been enjoying the warm weather… NOW it decides to snow. We’ve been cooped up in the house most of the day (aside from a jaunt to the grocery store), which is never fun with toddlers who like to go places and do things. Jordan took the kids outside to make snow angels for a while, which they really enjoyed.

But it just doesn’t seem right to be looking through the last two weeks of photos on my phone and see all this nice weather when outside we’ve got about 8 inches!

Most of our days have looked more like this:


Empty garden beds ONLY because we KNEW we’d get a snow curve ball sooner or later. Seems to always happen. Maybe this time, we won’t have one on Mother’s Day that ruins all the tomatoes that I plan to plant (in the currently empty flower beds).


Jaylee insisted I take the above picture.

This little guy turned 6 months this last Thursday:

Aurora / CO / United States - 4/27/17

Its hard to believe he’s already been here half a year. Though I can’t imagine life without him. Its also strange since we didn’t know we were having a boy. But now that I get to dress him in all of Jax’s old outfits (like the one above), I can’t imagine anything else!


Jaylee and Jace have a special relationship – she loves him and he adores her. In fact, he thinks both of his siblings are pretty funny, but Jaylee will ham it up specifically for him. Jax is less interested in being the entertainment, though he loves his baby brother in his own special way.


Jace has been the worst sleeper of all my babies. Maybe that’s because he doesn’t get a “normal” nap schedule, since he gets dragged around to the various family activities. But its also about the time that we sleep trained both Jaylee and Jax. I probably need to do it with him as well, but I need to wait until school is out so I can commit to getting him his proper nap times. In the meantime, this is what he looks like at 10pm.


This definitely contributes to my feeling of exhaustion. I brought him into bed with Jordan and I last night, and I felt so wonderful because he slept for 4 straight hours (which meant that I also slept for 4 straight hours). Of course, I woke up sore from sleeping uncomfortably. But it was a really long stretch of sleep for me. It makes these days really hard – getting no sleep. I work from kid-up to way past kid-down with no real breaks (except for SOMETIMES, when I get to use the restroom alone). Teaching is 100% on all of the time, and so is mothering. Not to mention cooking, cleaning, keeping the budget, fighting the laundry, washing diapers… If I blow off all of my responsibilities, then I can be “done” at 8:30pm. If not, then its more like 9:30pm. I just don’t really get any rest, and its not real great for my mental health.


I know this is just a season, and there are some wonderful parts to it. This evening, I took a 20 minute break from the housework and sat on the floor to play marbles with Jax and Jace. It was so nice. I want more time like that, and less time like the 2 hours I spent today doing laundry.


But its not really like I can blow off the housework (or grading papers or emails or cooking/planning or budgeted or etc etc) – it doesn’t disappear. It just piles up and hangs over my head like a dark cloud. I’m hopeful that this summer will be better, because the teaching work will decrease significantly (though not totally disappear – we’re getting new math curriculum next year). Maybe THEN I’ll figure out how to balance all of this.


For now, I’m doing the best that I can. Like bringing all three of them into Jace’s room with me while I hang up his clean clothes.


I took this picture because it struck me that all three of my babies have slept in this crib, even though those older two dwarf the bed now. And there’s only a 4 year difference between the biggest one and the smallest one. These times really do go fast, and I want to be able to savor the sweet moments. Instead, I just feel like a Debbie Downer right now.


Jaylee and Jax are in a 6-week running series. This past week was the first one.


Jax was kinda in a mood, and seemed really overwhelmed by all the kids and adults around. And since he raced first, he didn’t get to see Jaylee do it. So he was whiny until the horn went off and all the little boys took off. He ran with the pack for about 5 seconds until he realized I wasn’t running behind him. When he saw that, he stopped immediately and started crying. I ran up to him and tried to encourage him to keep going, but he wasn’t having it. Jordan came and helped him run the rest of the way, but Jax was crying for the next 20 minutes or so.


Until he got his post-race banana, anyway.

Jaylee feeds off of other kids’ emotions. So she was unhappy at the start, but did well during the race. But then when she was in line at the end so they could grab her tag number, she started crying again because “Jax is so sad” (even though he wasn’t around).

They go for week 2 of the series tomorrow (assuming the snow has melted from the field). So hopefully this second round will be a better experience. If Jax hadn’t gotten overwhelmed, I think they would’ve had a fun time. I guess time will tell. Either way, I’m proud of Jax for finishing the race, and of Jaylee for running so well.

Till next time!

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Happy Easter!

Monday at work, I asked one of my coworkers if he’d had a good Easter. He replied that he’d had a good weekend, but he was Jewish so he doesn’t celebrate Easter. I then said happy passover, and we had a nice sacrilegious discussion about peeps and the land of milk and honey and all that. It was funny.

But around here, we had a pretty good Easter.


It was this little guy’s first Easter. Which meant lots of photos, of course.


Though lots of photos is pretty much standard anyway.

So let’s see. We had 3 different egg hunt events. The first one was at our church. They have a fun spring/Easter festival every year in the morning, which works out well for our nap times.

They blow up bounce houses and have a bunch of different stations where you go to complete various activities. One of my favorites is the photo booth where you choose some props, take 4 photos, and they print you out a strip. This is the second year we’ve done it, and we laughed when we got home and compared our photos: Jordan chose the SAME hat this year as he did last year. Apparently his taste hasn’t changed.


We’ve gotten more involved with our church over the course of this year, so these events have gotten even more fun since we know more people. Our church does something pretty interesting too – the egg hunt is at your own pace. All the eggs are spread out in the field, but they’re all empty. So kids can go out and gather as many eggs as they want, and then they bring them back and trade in the empty eggs for the candy. Jaylee loves this, because she can collect as many eggs as she wants without competition.

Jax is a gather-and-open-immediately kind of kid. So he gathered a couple eggs, but since every one he opened was empty – he stopped gathering pretty quickly. He was plenty happy to trade in his eggs for candy though.

Even baby Jace “got” an egg. He’s getting pretty close to being able to sit on his own. He can do it physically, but doesn’t have the sense of balance to stay upright for very long. So photos like the one above are snapped pretty quickly. It won’t be long before he’s sitting on his own.

After the first Easter party, we came home and took quick rest periods. Then it was off to another Easter party at the church where Jordan and I met and were married (and where his dad still works). In some ways, it still feels like my home church since both of our families attended/were on staff there. But so much has changed since then, and we decided we wanted to attend closer to our home.

Anyway, its fun to go back.


We went to this one with my mom and my mother-in-law. Which was really helpful, since Jax fell asleep in the car.


Apparently the sugar crash combined with the relaxing car ride knocked him out. He woke up eventually and joined in the festivities. I’m actually really glad we were there – usually he’s a BEAR when he wakes up from a nap. But when you wake up to jumping castles and carnival games, your attitude gets adjusted pretty quickly.

The kids looked so cute in their matching egg-hunting outfits. Poor Jax’s pants were too big, so he was having a hard time with them falling down. But somehow, that didn’t stop him from grabbing lots of eggs during the hunt.

And these eggs weren’t empty, so he’s was totally into it. Even storing the suckers in his shirt pocket.

Jaylee listens to EVERYTHING that is going on. The pastor was telling jokes, one of which asked something along the lines of “Why was the Easter bunny sad? – Because he was having a bad HARE day”. Her look of concern was for the poor Easter bunny, because he was having a bad day. 🙂 She didn’t get the joke obviously, but it made me realize that she was actually listening to what was being said through the microphone – even though there was a lot of noise and other conversations going on. It was pretty cute.

Jace got an egg or two at this hunt as well. But mostly, he hung out on my mom’s hips and watched all the commotion with his huge brown eyes.

Its crazy to think that this time next year, he’ll be toddling out there with all the other babies to pick up eggs at a very leisurely pace. I don’t know – in some ways this season of babyhood has dragged by (like at night). But in other ways, I just can’t believe he’s already so close to sitting on his own. The old motherhood conundrum that matched my favorite saying about motherhood: The days are long, but the years are short.

After all that Easter fun, we walked to the park as a family and had some pizza in our nice egg hunt clothes. It was a good, but tiring day. All the kids fell asleep pretty much instantly that evening.


The actual day of Easter was fun too. The kids opened their Easter baskets and played with their new toys. Then we went to church in the morning, in our nice Easter clothes of course.

Centennial / CO / United States - 4/16/17

Then we came home and hung out as a family for a couple hours. We were still pretty wiped out from the day before, but that didn’t stop us from playing in the sand and trying out the new egg-shaped chalk (courtesy of Aunt Chelsea).

Then we headed over to my parents’ house for our usual Sunday family time. But this time, with bonus Easter activities. Like egg painting.

And ANOTHER egg hunt.


And MORE egg coloring.

I do love these wonderful family times. The kids love playing with their cousin, Jaina. And I enjoy having all the reinforcements to help keep the kids happy. We’re lucky enough to be related to some pretty cool people.


When Jordan and I were first married, we wanted to make a couple of our own traditions. One of the ones we started was to ditch the traditional Easter ham, and do a nice cajun crab boil instead. When we moved back to Colorado, my mom started to do the crab boil Easter dinner too. Its fun to all gather around the table and dig into a huge pile of shrimp, crab, corn, sausage, and those lonely forgotten potatoes.


Especially when my dad gets out his drone to function as the selfie stick for the family portrait, and everybody has to stare into the sun to take a photo.


Overall, it was a gorgeous and wonderful weekend. We had a ton of fun, and we’ve got enough candy to last us for a couple weeks (as long as it stays hidden).

So what else has been going on lately. Lets see – Jaylee’s BFF had a unicorn-themed birthday party.


And there were even real-live unicorns to ride! Both of the kids got to take two rides up and down the block – giggling the whole time. The party was a blast overall.

And funny story – we didn’t put a card in our present and had to leave before presents were opened. But apparently Jaylee had already told her BFF what we’d bought for her birthday. And when the gift was opened, Bella knew EXACTLY who it was from despite the lack of card. Her mom texted me to say thanks, and I laughed. Even though we’d discussed it, Jaylee still gave away the surprise because she was just too excited to tell her friend about the cool Moana legos.


Both Jaylee and Jax got haircuts – the first professional one for Jax. I’ve cut his hair myself, but I only know how to buzz it with the razor. I didn’t want it cut that short this time, so we went to a professional.


Other than that, life has resumed a relatively normal pace here after the luxury of spring break ended.


We went a visited an old house in our area from the 1820’s that used to serve as a boarding house, a ranch, and a farm. Its been on my mind a lot – how lonely it would’ve been back then with no one else around for at least 17 miles.

Jace got to wear one of his daddy’s old outfits, which was SUPER cute. Crazy to think this little outfit is 30 years old. He looks super stylish, like my little sailor boy.


He’s also reached the age of sink baths and pureed foods. He spent a long time not be interested in food – but has recently decided that it seems to be a good deal. So he gets to try pretty much anything we are eating (mashed up, of course). Of the baby-food lot, carrots and sweet potatoes seem to be his favorites so far. And of course, all these foods mean that sink baths are a necessity.

Its a pretty good season of life right now.


And soon, it’ll be summer! Only 26 days of School left for me! And something like that for Jaylee. I’m looking forward to a more relaxed pace, though definitely not the HOT weather. Spring has been just lovely.

Until next time. I hope everyone had a happy Easter (or passover or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate). 🙂


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Spring Break!

Well, it’s been two weeks again. I guess I’m at a point where I’m writing bi-weekly these days. 🙂 That’s ok. Perfect isn’t exactly the standard around here.

Its been nice and warm spring weather for us. This means lots of time outside for the kiddos.


Jaxton in particular LOVES to be outside, and will happily play in the backyard by himself for quite a while. He enjoys making messes and digging in the dirt. Jaylee has been really into Moana, so she’s been enjoying wearing her dress, finding an oar (broken rake handle), and sailing beyond the reef on her table/boat.


Of course, Maui comes too sometimes.


We’ve also walked over to the elementary school playground once to play on their equipment. Jaylee enjoyed getting to play on parts of the playground that she usually doesn’t get to touch (because its for the “big kids”). She liked getting to show off her school and tell us all the rules of the playground. Of course, we broke most of them. But we discussed how rules are different when mommy and daddy are around, as opposed to the rules the teachers need to enforce.

This little guy turned 5 months old.


I don’t know why, but it just suddenly struck me that he really is getting bigger. Mind you, he’s still not sleeping through the night. Not even close! But he’s also had chest congestion for the last two weeks. Still, its hard to believe that he’s almost 6 months old. It feels like we JUST found out we were pregnant. Sometimes I still haven’t gotten used to the idea that we’re having a 3rd child, not to mention that he’s already here. But I love him so much, and can’t imagine life without him now. He’s my last baby, and I’m trying to soak him up as much as possible. Even in the middle of the night.

Jaylee is on spring break for two weeks (!). She LOVES school, so this is actually a negative for her. She has to go back to taking rest time (when she normally goes to school) while the boys and mom try to nap. She handles it ok, but she hasn’t needed to nap in almost 3 years. So she stays in her room and watches her iPad and plays with her toys. It works ok, but school is better, of course. We had her BFF Bella over to play once this week, and that was wonderful for her. Those girls play together so well. I wish we could have her over more often, but the school schedules don’t often allow for that. And next year, both girls will be in kindergarten!


Jax has been his usual crazy self. We got the final bills for his hand surgery to remove the piece of glass. All in all, we’ll be paying $1100 for that little accident. I’m sure that’s only the beginning of the crazy doctors bills that boy will gather during his childhood. He’s just a walking accident. But at least he’s an adorable one.

We did a couple fun things for Spring Break. We went to Little Monkey Business with my sister and my niece. That was a good time of running around and being crazy on (relatively) safe surfaces. We also enjoyed the art room, where Jaylee painted a mural of everyone holding the Heart of Te Fiti.

We also visited the natural history museum. Jax had a great time playing in the water, as usual. But this time he was particularly interested in this contraption that you build to direct the flow of the water. He would stick the pipes on and off and watch where the water went. I enjoyed seeing his brain work – learning in progress!


Jaylee always enjoys the programming they have for the toddler/preschool set. Leaders come and lead a quick 15 minute little program about some sort of science-y thing. This time around, they explored animal tracks around a pond and thought about the different ways that animals walk. Then in her second one of the day, they invented dances to match the seasons (fall, spring, etc). The museum used photos of the seasons from their diorama area, and Jaylee enjoyed identifying the seasons scenes when we came across them later.

They both enjoyed playing with the light-brite. And on the way out, we took our picture in the viking long boat. Jax declined to be in the picture, but baby Jace got to be in it! What’s funny is that the only way I could get Jaylee out of her Moana dress this day was to tell her we were going to the “dinosaur museum”. And as soon as we got home? She needed it back on. 🙂


I love that we have a museum membership there. Its so nice to be able to go for a couple hours and have some fun/learn some stuff. And since we can go anytime, we don’t feel like we have to get our “money’s worth” with every visit. It makes it nice and relaxed. If we don’t see something, we’ll just catch it next time. Thanks for the membership, grandma!


We also went to the Children’s Museum. One of the things they offer are various little classes/workshops for kids and their parents. A while back, I had received some marketing material about the various classes and saw that there was one all about ladybugs. Jaylee LOVES ladybugs (or ladybirds, as they’re called on Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom). So she and her daddy went to that today.

Denver / CO / United States - 4/1/17

They built a house for the ladybug, painted a mama rock for the ladybug, and got their very own ladybugs to bring home in their houses. Jaylee’s is named Rosie.

Jax was too young for the workshop, but we went and had fun while the class was in session. And afterwards, Jordan gave Jax his ladybug – Chrysanthemum. He was upset at first that he didn’t get to be in the class, but he got over it fairly quickly when he realized he got to be the boss of what exhibits we went to play at.

We also met Jessie, Bucky, and Jaina at the museum. They have a membership there as well, so we got to hang out with them for a little while. Jaina particularly liked to dance when I would make it rain. So it rained a lot. 🙂



This is another place where I am EXTREMELY THANKFUL that we have a membership. When we got there, there was a huge line of people waiting to pay for their admission. And we got to go through the “members-only” checkout, where they scanned my card and let us in. Its just so nice to have a free and totally awesome place to go play.

Denver / CO / United States - 4/1/17

The classes are a nice feature too, even though our kids are generally too young for them. But now that Jaylee is getting older, there’s a couple she’s the right age for. We’ll probably do another one sometime soon.


Baby Jace is such a trooper. He hangs out in the carrier and watches everything that’s going on until he falls asleep. I adore it when he sleeps in the carrier – its constant snuggles and kisses. He’s such a sweet, happy baby. Anytime I take him out to change his diaper or feed him or let him touch something, he takes the opportunity to smile at everyone around. And nobody can resist his wonderful smile. Its just the sweetest.

Spring break wraps up this weekend and its back to the normal grind. I really needed this break, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. 8 more weeks of school till summer break!



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Wait, two weeks?

Wow. Two weeks have passed since my last post. That’s crazy. On one side, these last two weeks have felts months long. On the other side, its still hard to believe that two weeks have passed.

We went to JC Penny to get some family portraits done today. We were really after only one specific photo:

We have this photo with each of our children and their daddy. Jaylee, Jax, and now our last baby Jace. And this one is extra special to me because Jace is wearing an outfit that was a hand-me-down from his cousin Trek.

But of course, we got some other family shots too. Because if we’re going to put in all the work to get to the studio with everyone dressed and bribed (with candy), then we might as well get several good shots.

I do like these studio photo sessions, though I think I prefer the images we get biannually with our friends the Irons. Those photo sessions seem to be less stressful for me. And they’re more casual, while these seem more formal. I suppose they’re both good – just different. Either way, I love having professional photos of my kiddos. My house wall of fame of photos is getting super full and has begun migrating up the stairway. Good thing we just finished the basement, where I can start a whole new wall of fame. 🙂

I finished my masters degree back in December, but my diploma only arrived in the last two weeks. My wonderful mom-in-law bought me a beautiful frame so that I can hang it on the wall next to our other diplomas. I see it every time I walk up the stairs, and it reminds me of a stressful and busy time when I was able to push through despite having a ton of obstacles (see: baby Jace).

Jaylee and I went to see a middle school production of Cinderella with my mom and my sister. It wasn’t the disney Cinderella, but Jaylee had a ton of fun. She fell asleep in the car on the ride home from the huge emotional high. And she did really well! (Though, to be fair, a middle school musical production is a pretty low-risk environment to take a 4 year old).

This past week was the best (teaching) holiday of the year – Pi day! My teammates and I did a fun day where kids got to go around and work on stations of their choosing that were all related to pi. I seriously work with the best team ever – they planned pretty much all of it and just sent me my list of tasks to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to contribute more when my kids are a little older and I don’t have to leave the building so quickly after I’m off. I got to decorate my classroom with some memes shared by my sister-in-law Kimbre (also a math teacher).

Speaking of Jay, he had a moment of fame this week. I was watching my favorite streamer while nursing Jace this week, and captured this moment.

That’s Jay (Ptah) playing with my favorite HOTs player, Grubby. I didn’t get to watch the whole game since I had to go pick up Jaylee from school. But it was fun to catch that little moment. This game has been such a life-saver for us. Jordan and I (and Jess, Bucky, Jay, our friend Floj) get to play this a couple evenings a week. Its a nice, free way for us all to hang out and play together even though we’re spread out among different houses (with sleeping babies) and different states. I don’t get to play very often right now, but one day my babies won’t need me quite so much and then I’ll be able to play as often as Jordan does. Assuming we’re still into the game. But that’s just part of life, I suppose.

And overall, life is pretty good right now. It generally doesn’t take much to make these babies happy.

Garbage trucks are a crowd pleaser

And Jace is growing up right before our eyes. It seems like he was just born, but he tried his first solid food this week (he wasn’t a fan).

Jax seems like such a big kid some days. And then other days, he looks like he’s still my little baby.

We sure are blessed.

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Rough Week

So we’re officially into the 4-month growth spurt/sleep regression/nonsense.


On one hand, this is one of my favorite ages. Jace is super smily and has started to really belly laugh – usually at his siblings. He loves to pull his legs up to his chest and try to remove socks from his feet, and can someone use these moves to spin himself 180 degrees from where you lay him. He’s not rolling over yet, but he does enjoy sitting in his high chair while we eat a meal and grabbing at things on the table in front of him. He also has discovered that my watch is in easy reach while I’m carrying him, and he is constantly changing the settings.


But on the flip side, he doesn’t sleep. Like, at all. Naps are a challenge, and he’s up every hour at night. All the old tricks that used to comfort him aren’t good enough anymore. And to top it all off, he had to get another round of shots at his four-month appointment. So its been a rough couple of days around here. I pretty much lost my mind yesterday because Jordan was having illness issues, the kids were all crazy, and I hadn’t slept more than 2 or 3 hours at night. I couldn’t get Jace to stop crying, and I ended up just getting in the van and driving. I can’t just let things drop off my plate, because it doesn’t actually go away – only builds (like the pile of 1.5 week old unit tests sitting next to me that need grading). A full night of sleep would do me wonders, but I haven’t had one of those since October. This four-month thing is a season, but its a dang hard one. While also beautiful in its own ways.


I’m only three weeks away from Spring Break. So if I can hunker down and bear it, there is a warmer season on the horizon. But its a challenge for sure.


Apparently the entire Peppa family also wanted to watch cartoons on the iPad.

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