Randy went on a business trip the week after Easter so the boys and I ate out, had movie nights, and went on a super fun hike with our friends! The boys had so much fun exploring, eating snacks, and Wells was a champ being carried.
I got to celebrate a friends 30th birthday with a 90’s themed party that was SO cute.
Graham had his end of year art show for his art class and he did SUCH a beautiful job with all his artwork this year. It’s so cool to watch him learn and find things he loves. And we LOVE Miss Kenzie!
I’ve been trying new kinds of cooking and really loving making Thai food lately! We also had a cream puff bakeoff which was so much fun!
Randy ran the Salt Lake City Half Marathon and did SO good! He finished in 1:39 and had a 7:22 per mile pace. I am SO proud and so obsessed with him. He’s so incredible!
The boys are growing up too fast. Wells can talk your ear off, can count, knows some colors, and has LOTS of opinions. Graham can read and do math, is riding his three wheeler around, loves to scooter, and is too smart. Both of these boys are so fun and we are so lucky that our family is so fun!
We had such a beautiful General Conference weekend and then Easter weekend!
The boy loved celebrating Women’s History Month in March with cool shirts with amazing women on them!
General Conference weekend meant lots of playing with cousins, eating delicious food, and fun workbook activities.
Easter was the BEST. We colored eggs with Grandma and Grandpa at our house and Dad made his famous themed ones, choosing a Mario/Smash Brothers/Video Game theme that the boys LOVED.
Our neighborhood Easter egg hunt went really well, with over 60 kids and a pancake breakfast! Randy cooked eggs while Maddy helped with the Primary! The boys found lots of eggs and our cute balloon backdrop that a friend made was a hit! The Richards family dinner and egg hunt was so fun and Graham and Wells love seeing their cousins and their grandparents. Everyone always has to have Milanos and Pringles every time we go to Grammy and Grampy’s too which is so fun!
On Easter Morning the Easter Bunny brought SO many goodies, including a brand new CAR for the boys! Chalk, bubbles, and plenty of candy too. The boys were in heaven! After church where Graham sang, we went to the Lows for a fun Easter Egg hunt! Tons of candy and toys there for everyone to enjoy, and a delicious dinner. Wells wanted to be in the shed with Grandpa, jamming to music, while the adults played frisbee.
During the week of Easter we talked about Holy Week, and I got to do my favorite thing and wash the boys feet while we talk about Jesus and how He did that too. It’s always a time of beautiful reflection as I ponder the Savior I have come to know, and how much I love Him. I feel so lucky to understand more about His love than I ever have before.
Let me tell you, time is going faster than I can keep up with it. Every week I can’t believe another one has gone by. Then the months are flying. My boys are getting so big and it’s a wild feeling.
This month we celebrated both of my parents for their birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, and had lots of nice days as we hope for warmer weather. We loved the museum in Salt Lake that did projects of Art Nouveau with friends. We ate delicious food and had the BEST time at the aquarium, feeding fish and turtles and even getting to feed the otters. Dream come true in so many ways!
I threw a belated Galentine’s day for my close friends which was SO much fun and made my heart so happy. We are so lucky to know the greatest neighbors and friends, have amazing family, and have each other.
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.