Tuesday, April 17, 2012

From My Phone

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Playing at Tuttle Mall

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4 month check up

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Playing in the bouncer

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Construction zone at COSI

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Admiring her beautiful reflection

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Pushing the neighbor’s pink stroller

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Playing football

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Blowing flowers

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Getting some vitamin D


Swinging at the park

Easter 2012

So these pictures are past due and no longer relevant…
but we are all dressed in our Easter best and smiling, so I am posting them anyway!


After enjoying our Easter at church, we came home to share Easter dinner with all our neighbors.

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A neighborhood potluck picnic had been organized and it definitely reminded me of what I am going to miss most when we leave Ohio.
We sure are lucky to have such a great neighborhood!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


After our Easter Egg Hunt, it was time for us to color some eggs.
We used kool-aid, just like we did last year, and got great results!


Kool-Aid is cheaper, smells better, and works just as good (if not better) than the kits you buy at the store!
Look at all those colors!


Of course, TJ and Olivia were our supervisors!


Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday was our neighborhood’s annual Easter egg hunt.
Livvy didn’t really care.


But Riker was ready to go as soon as he saw the eggs.
Our ward’s midweek group did an egg hunt at the park earlier in the week, so he knew exactly what to do!


The most difficult part of any egg hunt is resisting the urge to open each egg as you get it.
Riker knew there was candy inside and wanted to eat it immediately!


Riker tried to share with Olivia…
but she still didn’t care.


Once all the eggs were collected, Riker was ready to start eating his candy.
This smile was only achieved because I promised him a chocolate if he smiled really big!


All of our little friends!
Getting this many kids to stay still, look in the same direction, and smile as the same time is practically impossible.


Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

35 Things Update

#5. Try one new recipe a week.
Three out of four isn’t too shabby! I didn’t try anything new over Spring Break.
alfredo sauce: we are in search of an amazing alfredo sauce…this one was not a winner.
sweet and sour meatballs: SO GOOD! Riker could not get enough meatballs into his belly!
honey sesame chicken: meh. Riker loved it, TJ said it was good, I thought it was ok.

#8. Read 30 books
*The Soldier’s Wife…takes place on Guernsey during WWII, so I thought I’d like it as much as I liked “Potato Peel Pie”. I was wrong.
*Witch and Wizard…I found the characters annoying, which just make the book drag on and on.
*The Lying Game…I like YA fiction, so it was a fun, easy read.

#29. Print pictures to finish Riker’s clock
FINALLY! I started his clock forever long ago (you can read about it
HERE) and now I have the pictures all printed…just in time for me to pack everything up!

I feel like I haven’t accomplished as much as I would like…but some of the things on my list will just be easier to do once I’m in AZ (don’t ask me why, that’s just the way I’m justifying it in my head!). But our move to AZ is rapidly approaching, so hopefully I can start marking more things off my list!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Four Months


This adorable little girl is 4 months old today!

Facts and tidbits about Olivia at 4 months old:

*She can roll over!
She’s pretty much the bomb at rolling from back to tummy (like, as soon as I lay her down she immediately starts to roll over). Every now and then she will roll from tummy to back, but if she gets too frustrated about being on her tummy she won’t roll on her own.

*She can sit up like a champ (with support)

*she prefers to be sitting upright or standing up

*She STILL smiles all the time.

*she giggles much more frequently now, too. her laugh is my favorite sound in the world.

*She sleeps like a boss.
Olivia still does around 12 hours at night, going down around 9 and waking up around 9 each morning.

*her naps are awesome too. She takes 3 naps each day, usually for at least 2 hours each.

*she drinks 8oz of formula every 4 hours (typically 4 times a day)

*she grabs onto toys when we offer them (and grabs on to hair, noses, shirts, lips…even when they aren’t offered)

*she loves to watch and observe everything that is going on around her, turning her head every which way so she doesn’t miss a thing.


I know I’ve said this before, and I know I will say it again, but I sure do love this little girl!