Valentine’s Day was so fun! Graham had a great time handing out valentines to his friends. We had heart, pink pancakes, ordered Red Lobster, and just had a great time being together. Even though Randy had to work late, it was still a fun night.
For Randy’s birthday, we started on Birthday Eve by getting In N Out and going to get a massage! The boys LOVED the burgers which was surprising, we had no idea they would love them! And the massage was SO relaxing. On his birthday, Randy went to a fun seminar at the gym for a few hours, we showed up and surprised him with donuts and balloons and got to see everyone. Then Randy and I went on a shopping scavenger hunt and to dinner which was SO delicious.
Randy is 29 and he is the best person ever. Every day I am so lucky to have him. He is aging like a fine wine, getting better every day and every year. I just love him more than I can say.
The rest of February has been a blast! We’ve been loving having the bounce house inside, playing with stickers, having movie nights, and baking together. It’s been a wonderful February so far.
At 4.5 years old Graham is sweet and sensitive. He loves to be goofy, and is getting so great at trying new things. He marched into his new primary classes nervous, but came out so excited and happy. He loves preschool and loves telling us about all his friends, enjoys art class, and always wants to play imagination games. He loves playing “Graham time” where we have good guys and bad guys of all kinds. He always impresses with his memorization skills and knows scriptures, songs, and quotes. He is practicing reading and is doing great. He is so sweet with Wells, is getting braver and slides and swings and climbing, and loves playing with friends (the gang as he calls them). He is sweetness all around and we love him so much!
Oh our sweet Wells. Wells is so curious and fearless. He climbs, slides, bounces, jumps, all with so much enthusiasm. He loves music and will ask for “Laba” or “Party” or “Was” or “Feeling” a million times and bop to all of them. He will plop down on my lap for a book at any time and loves the bath. He wanders around the house looking for “G!!!” and can name all the body parts, animal sounds, and even count. He loves to give hugs but doesn’t want to hold your hand most of the time. He is fiercely independent but at the same time, doesn’t love to be alone. He would drum all day if we would let him. He is obsessed with coloring and all his musical instruments, is sometimes entertained by cars or trains, but really wants to do whatever Graham is doing. He is a champion sleeper, a great eater and loves eggs, turkey, cheese, noodles, rice, strawberries, and really anything we give him. He is sweet and brave and we love him so much!
Somehow the month of January just flew by! We blinked and it’s gone. We had a lot of routine and normal days with Graham going to school and art class, spending time playing, working, adjusting to busy season, playing with Noelia, cooking and baking, and just enjoying everything!
This month we also enjoyed movie nights with friends, sledding, a trip to the natural history museum where the boys loved the geodes “dine-saurs” as Wells calls them, and the statues.
There was a fateful trip to Classic Skating where Graham biffed it on his scooter and we ended up at an emergency dentist! His lip has healed and his teeth should be fine, but what an adventure! Graham was BAWLING in the car, adamant that the whole day was ruined and that he would never be going back to the skating rink, asking HOW COULD YOU TAKE ME THERE MOM.
The boys were so proud of themselves making a cake from scratch. Wells loves helping, saying “help you” and “turn” every time I’m in the kitchen.
Graham finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Mom and Dad so we had a full on WONKA NIGHT which was such a blast! Graham LOVED the movie and Wells loved eating snacks with everyone.
The boys also went to the jump park Get Air and Wells was in heaven. Graham is finally getting brave enough to go try the slides and bouncing, but Wells has just never had any fear! He was getting bopped around and loved every second.
We rang in the new year in style! Complete with a wild dance party and fireworks with friends and neighbors. The boys had so much fun hanging out, running around, and then Wells went to sleep and slept through the fireworks like a champ. 2023 has so much anticipation and fun, and I can’t wait to see what it brings for us.
2022 was a wonderful year for our family. So many memories and so much fun made this year truly perfect in so many ways. Hard things happened and not everything was easy, but it was perfect for our family.
Christmas was pure magic at our house this year. Christmas morning was so fun, Graham loved his Magic Mixie and the nugget, Wells loves his broom and dollhouse, Randy loves his Paramore tickets, and Maddy loves her running shoes.
We spent a ton of time with cousins and family eating yummy foods, playing lots of games, and chatting about everything. Grandpa Dave and Uncle Jon (Or Chonch as Wells calls him) both came into town and it was so fun to be together.
We enjoyed work parties, Candlelight Christmas, gingerbread houses, and snow this Christmas season.
Our Christmas staycation at the Grand America was magical. Shopping, pizza, swimming, movies, games, the display window, a giant gingerbread house, a delicious breakfast. It was so fun and we can’t wait to go again!
Festival of Trees. Snow days. Christmas movie nights. Books. Decorating. Sledding. Hot cocoa. Grinch day at school called for green hair. Layton lights. A ward Christmas party to see Santa. It’s been a December we will never forget. I will remember forever Graham being so excited about all the Nightmare Before Christmas trees. His elf wand and dancing to the music. Wells scarfing down his scone so fast.
The kids so excited to run up the paths at the Layton Lights and press the sound buttons.
Graham insisting he do a Grinch face to match his hair.
Graham being so excited to make snow angels and throw snow balls and shovel the walks. The way Wells starts laying down on the floor to read all the time now and repeats every word he hears. How he marched right up to Santa to get his candy cane.
We’re so excited for Christmas and have been enjoying every day in December.
Thanksgiving was magic! We ate delicious food with both families and enjoyed a fun pie night, Black Friday shopping, games, movies, and Christmas decorating! The boys loved the food and especially the pie! Wells would not stop chatting and repeating the words everyone said, and Graham was in cousin heaven. The perfect start to my favorite season.