Friday, January 31, 2014

January 2014 Summary

January was a great month and unlike most winter months we kept really busy and had a lot of fun!! We took a last minute trip to California so Joe could interview for a job and spent a day at the beach and another day at Disneyland. You can read more about our trip here.

Ali turned 3! She got to spend a day with Grandpa and Grandma Hinkson and Uncle Scott, then a few days in California then a day with Grandpa and Grandma Palmer. She loved it and I loved having company visit:)

We celebrated her birthday at Disneyland and she got all sorts of attention from the princesses. Rapunzel danced with her which was her favorite part of the trip!

Joe and I celebrated 6 years of marriage. Sometimes, I still can't believe we are married, I am a lucky girl!

My cousin Lauren left on her mission to California. She has been our only family member in Provo and an awesome babysitter to our kiddos. We are excited for her to serve but will miss having her over. 

Our good friends the Crumps moved. The kids are really going to miss Lewis and Claudia and lets be honest I am really going to miss Dakoti. Glad they are only 45 minutes away:)

I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the kids and being home with them. 

I rented a chef book and renewed it until I couldn't anymore. I am really learning to love cooking. James has loved helping in the kitchen too.

We did get outside and played in the snow a little bit. We always hurried in to have a cup of hot cocoa and sit by the fire. We have loved having a fire place. 

Last Minute Trip to California

We decided spur of the moment to take a family trip to California. Joe was in search of an internship for this upcoming summer and was given the opportunity to interview in California. 

Originally, Joe thought he would fly to CA, interview then fly back but after seeing how expensive plane tickets were to buy last minute he changed his mind and decided to drive. 

When Joe told me this I thought he was crazy but then thought of making it a family trip. We made a few phone calls, crunched a few numbers and within 2 hours were on our way to California. This was a super spontaneous thing for me...probably one of the most spontaneous things I have ever done and it was wonderful!

We left for California on Wednesday January 16th around noon. We stopped in St. George to get gas, eat dinner and let the kids go potty and have a quick break. We then drove to Vegas and decided to take a little detour and take an hour or so to see the strip at night. It was our first time on the strip and we were glad we stopped to see it. I snapped a quick picture of the Stratosphere from the car while we were driving though. 

We arrived at the Jolly Roger Hotel in Anaheim early Tuesday morning and slept for a few hours. After a few hours of sleep the kids and I went swimming while Joe interviewed for an investing firm. The interview went really well and we felt like it was worth the trip. When Joe got back we had lunch and then drove to Huntington Beach. 

The beach was beautiful and so warm! We had a lot of fun playing in the sand, chasing birds, jumping waves and watching the sun set. 

We had dinner at our hotel and then spent the night just hanging out in our hotel room. The kids loved watching TV!

We spent all day Friday at Disneyland! Ali celebrated her 3rd birthday in the park and got all sorts of special treatment. Her favorite moment was meeting Rapunzel. She loves the movie Tangled and Rapunzel was so cute with her. She asked how old she was and then got really excited that it was her birthday! Rapunzel took Ali on a little walk and showed Ali her tower and then danced with her and let Ali play with her hair. It was a special moment!

Ali got to meet Snow White, Aurora, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell and Cinderell-E! She also met Winnie the Pooh and Tiger! 

James is really into Star Wars and was excited to meet Darth Vader! He spent most of the day running from one ride to the next. He loved riding the rides!

After a fun day in the park we loaded up the kids and drove through the night.  The kids slept the whole way! We arrived back home early Saturday morning. It was a super quick unplanned trip and tons of fun! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Project 365

I got a new camera for my birthday a little over a year ago and have had a lot of fun playing with it and learning how to use it. I am passionate about photography and the more I have learned about it the more I realize I don't know. I have decided I want to invest more time in photography this upcoming year and so I plan to take a picture everyday for the upcoming year to challenge my photography skills and to help me learn how to take better everyday photos. I plan to take a photo everyday for the year 2014. I plan to post my pictures on facebook in a folder called Project 365. If you would like to follow along feel free to follow here.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013 Summary

2013 was a busy year for our family filled with lots of change. Rather then try to catch up on everything that fell out of my life for this busy and crazy year I am attempting to share a few highlights from the year.

Ali celebrated her second birthday. She was sick so it was super low key but she had fun and felt special!

Joe and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary! 

The kids, my mom and I took a trip to Iowa to see my sister!

It was so fun to see Holly and see what her life is like in Iowa.

The kids had a ton of fun playing together. They loved blanket rides!

James started preschool at Wee Friends Preschool! He was wait listed at the start of the school year so did preschool and fieldtrip group at home with me until he got in. We were a little nervous about him starting mid-year but he did great and loved his teachers and friends. We still do Mrs. Julies reading program and love it!

Ali potty trained! She was amazing and practically potty trained herself!

We had a fun Valentines day! James loved playing with his preschool friends Maisey and Claire and doing a valentine swap at his preschool. 

We visited Grandma for Valentines Day. Ali loved eating sugar cookies with her.

We took a family trip to Hardware Ranch. It was beautiful!

We went to Disneyland with the whole Palmer gang (all of Joe's brothers and sisters and his parents!) The kids loved Disneyland and so did Joe and I...BEST VACATION EVER!!!

We went to the beach while we were in California too! 

James turned 4! He had a fun Dinosaur themed party with his friends!

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day!

We celebrated Easter! We had a lot of fun with family and enjoyed the annual Palmer Easter egg hunt.

The kids had fun finding their Easter baskets and Joe and I enjoyed watching the sunrise and reading the Easter story!

We dyed Easter eggs...the kids thought that was awesome!

 The kids planted Jelly Beans in hopes to grow lollipops.

My brother Daniel got his mission call to serve in Russia.

April was a pretty laid back month. We enjoyed the nice weather and had lots of BBQ's. James and Joe loved riding the 4-wheeler. 

I had a lot of fun learning how to use my new camera and took some silhouettes of our family.

I tried to get a few silhouettes of my baby bump...

My brother Brian got married, we love his wife Tiffany!

 I was put on bed rest but still went to the wedding. 

We celebrated Mother's day! The kids made these cute frames for their Grandma's.

We went fishing a lot!

I took lots of pictures.

We got ready for baby #3 to arrive. We didn't find out what gender baby #3 was and so we were really excited to find out.

 We spent lots of time visiting the doctors office in prep for baby #3.

We had an adorable baby girl on June 7th! She weighed 8 lbs 2 oz. I went all natural and she was our quickest and easiest labor yet.

James and Ali loved meeting their sister.

They both transitioned pretty well to having a new baby around.

James took swimming lessons with his cousins Blake and Tyson.

We celebrated the 4th of July!

 Spent lots of time holding and loving baby Hannah!

We went to Lagoon with Joe's work- Harris Research.

We blessed Hannah!

We had lots of family come to support us...thanks everyone!

Joe turned 27!

 We packed up all of your stuff into a GIANT UHAUL and said goodbye to our home in Logan.

The kids and I lived in Provo for a few weeks and got the house unpacked while Joe finished working at Harris Research. (He joined us in August. We moved to Provo so Joe could get his MBA at BYU.)

Our new home in Provo!

It took us awhile to adjust to a new home...we enjoyed time together as a family!

Joe started school at BYU! 

Joe ran a half marathon!

Joe and all of his siblings did temple sealings together to celebrate his parents 40 year wedding anniversary.

Joe went hunting and got a nice buck!

We explored Provo Canyon and had a picnic by Bridalveil Falls.

We got family pictures with the fall leaves.

James fell off of his castle and broke his two front teeth. He got a root canal in one of them to save it.

James played Fall soccer with the MBA kids!

We had lots of company and Joe and his brothers went hunting and to a BYU basketball game.

We went to the corn maze...a few times. The kids loved it!

We played in the leaves!

We had a Halloween party with my family, Joe's family, the MBA group and our ward. The kids got to wear their costumes a lot this year!

We used our fireplace...a lot. We love having a fireplace!

We spent time with my family and Joe's for thanksgiving.

The kids had lots of fun playing with their cousins.

Ali got tubes in her ears. She hasn't had an ear infection since :)

We went to the light festival at Thanksgiving Point and saw the reindeer.

We put up all of our Christmas decorations, the kids loved this!

We had a big Christmas party with the Palmer's and the kids got to see Santa.

My sister Holly visited from Iowa with her family and blessed their little baby Andrew. I got to meet him for the first time. (Andrew, Hannah, Luke-my brother Tyler's baby)

It is so fun having babies close in age. We spent Christmas Eve and morning with my family. We all stayed the night at my parents and talked with my brothers Devin and Daniel who are both serving missions.

James and Blake had a ton of fun together...

We went sledding.

Made gingerbread houses

and I took pictures...lots of pictures! Here is one with my parents and all the grand-kids!