Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Elliott is 12

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Holy Moly!

Elliott, you are TWELVE!  The other day I asked if you wanted to hear the story of the day you were born.  You didn't.  I told you anyway.

At least I told you what I could remember.

You are such a good boy.  You are smart and funny.  You are kind to your brothers (most of the time) and you love babies - especially cousin Brady.

You are getting taller and more grown-up every day.  There have of course, been some bumps along the way in the last year as you  test your boundaries a bit, but those bumps make you a better kid and hopefully make me a better mom.

I love you kiddo.  Your random science facts make my dad.  Watching you turn into your dad is a little strange at times, but pretty fun, too.  You do your best at everything you try, are becoming an excellent soccer player and have inspired me to read more books this year - I cannot believe how much you read.

Driving you anywhere, or getting you to go on a walk with me are my favorite times of day.  That seems to be when you are interested in talking to me the most and I am and will always be a willing listener.

The last year we had some major sadness with Grandpa Huber, Aunt Geneil and Grandpa Ted passing away.  I am so proud that you can show your emotions at all extremes.  That you can mourn with those that mourn and find joy with those that are joyful.  Watching you navigate all those emotions is such an interesting experience for's gut wrenching and exciting all at the same time.  Just one more sign that you are growing up.

Honestly, I wasn't sure you and I would ever survive colic, the terrible two's, torturing Wyatt, all those little kid things.  But, not only did we survive, we seem to be thriving these days.  Hooray. 

You have junior high orientation on your birthday.  What a way to celebrate with a mega school milestone on a mega birthday milestone.  You are so ready to grow up.  I am so ready to let you!  You are a bright star kiddo and I hope I can always help you shine.

Happy Birthday!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas


Last year Elliott's team played in a soccer tournament over Thanksgiving weekend.  It was a lot of fun to have warm and sunny weather, hang out and eat good food.  We did eat Shake Shack on the strip for our Thanksgiving dinner.

And, we shopped.  The black Friday deals were pretty good.

So, this August we decided that we should do the same thing.  We did.  It was great.

We drove down on Thanksgiving morning, ate Shake Shack for dinner and did some Thanksgiving night black Friday shopping.  Our goal was to find new basketball shoes for the boys, get some Christmas presents checked off our list, and eat, eat, eat.

In addition to eating, we did a lot of shopping, hung out at a nice park, drove through the Red Rock State Park scenic loop and enjoyed some much needed sunshine.

We were originally planning on staying through Sunday but after a couple of days in Vegas - there really isn't that much to do - we decided that it was a good idea to come home, so we drove home on Saturday instead.





Thursday, November 01, 2018

Harlem Globetrotters and Go Utes

The best thing about November is basketball, am I right?

Sometimes it feels like we wait forever for the Utah games to start and I guess this year we couldn't wait, so Ross got us tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Delta Center.

I've always wanted to see the Globetrotters in real life, not just on Scooby-Doo, and it was a lot of fun.  Our timing was pretty good, too because had we waited another year or two, the boys would probably be too old to really have as much fun as they did.





Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween 2018


Last years Napoleon Dynamite Costumes were the best ever.  We will never live up to that success.  This year, the boys opted for a theme again - tacky tourists.  They planned our their costumes all on their own.  All I did was make fanny packs and buy them old fashioned film cameras.

Quinn was pretty excited to participate in his first elementary school Halloween parade.  I was the room mom in charge of Elliott's 6th grade party.  As part of my planning, I ended up making about 45 Mexican sugar skulls for the kids to decorate.  They took forever to make, but were really cool once the kids decorated them all.  And luckily, all the kids were really nice to Quinn and let him do all the party stuff with them.



Monday, October 22, 2018

October Family Pictures

I should have known that when I hit my third string photographer, family pictures may not be going as well as I had hoped.  We plowed through anyway.

The boys schedules were so tight that we only had one day in October to get pictures done.  The males in my family were cool with whatever, even though when it was time to leave Elliott threw a giant fit about what he was going to wear and I wasn't sure we were going to make it.

deep breath.

We made it.   Our photographer girl was sloppily dressed, kept telling us to say stupid stuff, and had the five of us stand in the exact same pose with every single back drop, making Quinn hold someone's hand every single time.  Ug!

But, we got the pictures.  I was fatter than I thought I would be.  Ross wasn't so happy with them either.  Same reason, probably.  The boys though, incredibly handsome.

We got ONE.  One is all you need for a Christmas card, right?

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