Lily giving the "I love you sign"
We have been able to spend lots of time with family and friends this month, which is kind of crazy because we have been super busy! We just sort of decided to MAKE the time and fit it all in. We have been so busy/sick/exhausted this past year that we haven't made as much of an effort. But in the past couple weeks, we have driven out to Chandler to spend a day with Matt's sister Heather and Tommy and their kids. It was great, we love them so much and used to spend time with them ALL the time when we lived in the east valley and now we hardly ever see them! My brother Charlie has driven over several days this past month since he has been home from his latest travels (he was gone from mid-may to mid august being in Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Prague, Amsterdam, Russia, somewhere along the black see and a couple of other places that I have forgotten--he is one busy dude!), he is so great to make the drive at least once a month and usually about every other week, even though is is SO swamped teaching at ASU and working on his PhD. One week he even brought Matt and my great friend Gary over to spend the day as well. He is such a great brother and just the BEST uncle, the girls absolutely adore him. Maybe because he is putty in their hands and will do just about anything they ask of him. Really...he is their play slave. I am sure he'll hate me for this but here is some photographic evidence of his love for them!
Both girls absolutely LOVE their uncle Tommy...almost to the point where I feel bad for him
Janeal, Heather (who is giving me attitude...what a surprise!) and Grama 'Kernan
What a wonderful backyard Nana has for us all, even if it is 110 degrees out! I love the smile on Colton below!
Rory (barry's), Eve (mandy's) & McKenzie (Heather's)
Boopah & Nana (matt's parents) have assembled stuff to have a jug band and the kids love it. Heather took a bunch of pics (which are much better quality I am SURE) from the previous week, but I have yet to see them...
If I see that Lily needs help with anything I'll be sure to let you know. So far she is a perfect student!"
This is how Izzie lays on the floor (with her chin in her hand, kicking her feet like a teenager) when she reads books and colors. It cracks me up.
Here is Izzie getting ready for Family prayer
Matt and I also went to the temple together last week. It was SOOOO nice (even if we did have to get up at 5 am to get it in the sched). I have gotten to the point where I just LOVE being there and wish I could go everyday. Or even every week. I set the goal in April to go every month and for the past 6 months I have only missed July (we moved and it was a CRAZY month). It is hard when Matt is so busy and I have to arrange a sitter and this month was the first time we have been able to go together in a long time. It was so nice, especially because we are just about to celebrate our anniversary in a couple weeks. It was kind of a busy crazy day and it seemed especially hard for me to leave the sweet spirit of the temple and come back to the craziness of life. Between the AMAZING women's conference (that I LOVE that I was able to watch online in my jammies with a kid on my lap! otherwise I would have had to miss it and it was SO good), and the temple this week, it was such an uplifting week for my soul!
I feel like just adding in preschool and gymnastics has made our schedules SO much busier. Things are just crazy and they are only going to get worse. I feel like this baby just sucks the energy out of me and somewhere in the back of my mind I am always secretly (or not so secretly) wishing for a nap! Life is really great, but I feel like it is one thing after another and there won't be anytime to come up for air and in just a few months this baby will come out and I will be even MORE exhausted. Some days I love the structure of our busy schedules and other times I look to see when the next possible pajama day is where we don't have to be anywhere and can just do housework and stay home all day in our PJs all day long. I have really been trying my best to be more cheerful and more proactive. Some days it works and others I fall short. I just wish I wasn't so tired half the time. Although I guess that is just part of the challenge of motherhood. Figuring out how to be exhausted and still productive and cheerful. It is a work in progress for me :)
I am just past 6.5 months in this pregnancy, and I know the next 3 months will go by super quickly. Next month we go on our first "real" family vacation (other than going to visit family) in 3 years. If you remember correctly our last vacation (last year) was thwarted last minute (our car was literally packed up), by the arrival in our house of the swine-flu. Well we are scheduled to be in Cali (in the beach house!) next week with Heather & Tom and we are SOOOO excited. Matt will still be having to do school stuff while we are there, which is a bummer but inevitable. The girls are currently sick right now, Lily even stayed home from school, and I am just hoping that since we have exactly one week before we go, they will both get better and not get Matt or I sick and not pass it back and forth. Say a little prayer that we will all be healthy and get to enjoy a great trip! ***side note-if you have a toddle size life jacket (for Izzie) that we could borrow, that would be awesome! We have one for Lily, but want a second one to strap on Iz***
After we get back we have something every single weekend in October, plus Matt being enrolled in like 6 classes, plus full time work. So October will probably go by extremely quickly for us. I just can't WAIT for it to cool off. We got a bike trailer for the girls to ride in (it gets pulled behind Matt's bike) and it is lots of fun, but we have to go super early or else it is still just TOO HOT! I am wishing it would be below 110 and even more that it would be below 100? Is double digits in October too much to ask for? Well, even if it is, I am still asking!
Anyway, that is our life in a nutshell! Hopefully the next post will be LOADS shorter... and sooner... and be filled with lots of pictures of our vacation! :)