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As is my annual tradition, I took pictures of the boys for a frame that Jeff has at work.  I don’t buy a new frame every year, I just give him these pictures and he puts the new ones in, replacing the old.  I figure by the time we’re done taking the pictures, it’ll be a nice way to “re-live” the boys’ growing up years.

This year was rough.  The boys did fine with the pictures – it was me!  We had to take some of them twice, on different days, so they’re not wearing the same thing in the group “Y” picture like they usually are.  I’m not aiming for perfection, so I let it be.  But I took them in the wrong mode.  Then I took them horizontally instead of vertically.  I can see now that the Y was backwards and that Ben’s D is really hard to read.  Oh well.  Again, not aiming for perfection!

2018:
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2017:

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2016:

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2015:

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It’s been so long since I’ve written that I actually had to remember HOW to log in and write something.  Goodness!

Let’s re-cap the last couple of months:

Finn:

-Turned 6.

-Started wearing glasses and is going to vision therapy to help with his vision processing.

-Going to take swim lessons this summer.

-Going to play t-ball this summer.  He isn’t quite sure what t-ball is though, so that’ll be interesting.

-Still taking Tae Kwon Do, but he kind of complains about going, but likes it when he’s there.

-We’re going to do TCA (Trinity Classical Academy) again in the Fall for him (first grade).  We debated between that and Millard public schools.

-Loves numbers.

-Hates letters and words.

Stephen:

-Rockstar at Pre-school.  They tell me that he has good communication skills and likes to help clean up.  (What!?)

-Just finished his first year of Cubbies at Christ Community.  Did really well.

-He’s going to take swimming lessons in the summer too, I think.

-He’s also going to take tumbling lessons.

-Pretty concerned about who he’s going to marry.  Tells me often who he is going to marry, but he never knows their name.  It often changes.

Sam:

-Sam turned 3.

-He’s potty trained now and got to ride the Ferris Wheel at Scheel’s!  He said “It isn’t scary!”

-He’ll do preschool in the fall.  Just 2 afternoons/week.

-He’ll also take swimming lessons & tumbling lessons this summer.

-Getting good at riding Stephen’s balance bike – I think he’s ready for a training wheel bike.

Ben:

-Almost 2.

-Definitely not potty trained.  We aren’t even trying.  Next year.

-Talking so much more.

-Loves to say “Happy Birthday!”  We’ve had a bunch of birthdays lately and he loves the ice cream and the balloons that usually accompany those!

Other:

-For a week or so, we had a 3, 4 and 5 year old. A right triangle!

-For Finn’s birthday, he got a tire swing for the back yard – a huge hit!

-We just had family pictures taken – turned out great!  Photographer was Katie Wheat with http://www.catturabellaphotography.com/.

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5 months!

It’s been 5 months since I’ve blogged and that’s got me feeling panicked about trying to recapture all that has happened in the last 5 months.  Fact is that I’m really bad at capturing moments in pictures and then actually writing about them.  Since I don’t keep actual photo albums, I worry that someday my kids will grow up and I’ll have nothing to hand them except for a hard drive and tell them to “go get whatever you want”.  Such is the risk of the digital age, I guess!

So…to recap the last 5 months:

  • Finn started Kindergarten at a private school called Trinity Classical Academy.  He goes 2 days/week and we homeschool the rest (using their curriculum and lesson plans).
  • He recently got tested and it’s been determined that he needs glasses and has a vision disorder.  We expect to start vision therapy in 2018.
  • He and I went to visit my sister & her family in South Carolina for a few days in October.  We got rained out at the beach, but had a wonderful time!
  • He learned to ride a bike without training wheels.
  • Stephen started preschool 3 mornings/week at Little Lamb preschool.  He loves it and sings songs from there all the time.
  • Stephen turned 4 years old.  Which he was obsessed about and told me every day what he wanted “for my next birthday”.  Everyday it was a new list.  Frequent items included a cupholder and a robot that will help him do a handstand without leaning against the wall.
  • Stephen had his Christmas program for preschool and actually sang!  He did great!
  • Both Finn and Stephen are in Cubbies this year and loving it.
  • Sam & Ben are home with me all week.  Both have had a language explosion over the last few months.
  • I continue to be a stay-at-home and Jeff continues to work at Union Pacific, having made it through a big layoff this past Fall.
  • Jeff has been working hard on our deck.  The coating put on by the previous owners was flaking off, so he’s been sanding it off.  It’s taken several weekends and only the “floor” of the deck is left.  We’ll tackle that in Spring.
  • We still don’t have a family picture of all 6 of us!  At least not a decent one.  I hope to fix that this Spring when the weather is nice and we can do an outdoor photo shoot.

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Easter 2017

I kind of forgot that it’s a thing to buy Easter clothes.  So I didn’t.  But I did manage to put them all in jeans.  That’s gotta count for something, right?  Probably not.  Ain’t no shame in my game though.

Here are my boys though!

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How I know he loves me

Being Valentine’s Day and all (Happy Valentine’s Day by the way!), I thought I’d document how I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my husband, Jeff, loves me.

  • It isn’t the fact that he proposed.
  • It isn’t that he said “I Do” 6 1/2 years ago.
  • It isn’t that he gave me 4 sons.  (4!  All boys!  Inconceivable!)
  • It isn’t that he’s supportive of me staying at home instead of working.

I know he loves me because of the house we live in.  

I’ve written before about the house we’re in. My husband and I were not looking to move.  We had been married almost 5 years and had already moved 3 times, thinking we were in the house we’d live in until our kids were grown and gone.  I had a 2 month old.  And a 1 1/2 year old.  And a 3 year old.

And the fort that’s in our backyard.

See, all last summer – for SEVERAL weekends, he built me a fort.  A gigantic one.  The platform is 7 feet in the air.  The roof is 7 feet above that, so that a grown man can stand up in it with no problem.  The platform is “L” shaped – the longest side is 12 feet long and the shortest side is 6 feet.  It’s LONG and TALL.

We have plans to add onto it in the future – a bucket and pulley system.  A climbing rock wall maybe.  But the bulk of it is done.

This isn’t the case where my husband is a builder by day and thus, had to build on the weekends too.  Oh no. He’s an Electrical Engineer by training (now in management).  This was not in his wheel house.  This is not something he would’ve chosen to do.  He enlisted help from his father, but he easily spent 100+ hours building this thing.  And way more money than we thought!

And it’s because he loves me that he did this.  If it was just love for his kids, he would’ve just bought a swingset (and saved lots of time and money!).  But because he loves me, Jayme, he built this.  The custom fort that I wanted.  The fort that I hope our children love for years.  The fort that they’ve already eaten lunch in many, many days last summer and fall. The fort that they can play board games on when they’re in Elementary school.  The fort that I hope they have sleepovers on when they’re in Jr. High. It’s just awesome and I love it.  And I love him!

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I’m reconfirming my choice to stay at home.  Here’s how it all went down:

Mid-December, I got an email from a company:

“Dear Jayme…in looking at your profile on LinkedIn, you seem really cool with mad skillz that we’d like to have at our company.  Do we have what it takes to make you look at us?”

My reply:

“Dear company…you seem cool.  I’ve heard good things about you.  And you’re right – I am awesomeness.  The total package.  But I love my life and would only want to work part-time.  Thanks for thinking of me.”

Their reply:

“Hey, part-time could work.  We’d do whatever it takes to make you love us.  Come on in.”

So I did.  Did an interview.  They loved me.  A couple of weeks later, they asked for another interview, with the owners of the company (it’s a small company).  So I went. It went down like this:

Them: “Hey Jayme…you ARE awesome.  We could totally make part-time work.  But I don’t think you’d accept the position that we had posted, amiright?”

 Me: “Yeah, you’re right. You’re a great company.  It’s a good position.  It’s just not where I want to go.”

Them: “We have many needs. Would you rather do position A?  Or position B?  Or position C?  How about we set you up with an interview of some others that work here so you can see how cool we really are?”

Me: “Okay, those jobs sound cool.”

Them: “By the way, how much are you looking to make?”

Me: [tells them what I used to make, clarifying that I had been full-time]

Them: “Great.  Well, expect an email from us!”

The next day I thought more about it.  It IS a great company.  The potential positions seemed good.  The timing for my family was just horrible.  I just wasn’t excited. Don’t get me wrong: I was excited about being wanted.  About being told that I got skillz.  That’s really nice.  But, I decided that, if offered, the soonest I’d start would be June.  I wasn’t out looking.  I don’t need to work.  I had been hoping that I wouldn’t really like the position or the pay (so that it’d be an easy decision).  Jeff was supportive of it, but wasn’t excited about it.  The timing was horrible.

But instead of the email for another interview, I got a “Thanks, but no thanks” email.  It flabbergasted me.  I imagine it was about money since things were good until then.  But who knows?  Maybe I’m bad at reading people.

Either way, it was a RELIEF.  I was relieved that I didn’t have to make a Yes/No decision.  I don’t know that I’ll be a Stay At Home Mom forever, but, at least for now, it’s what I want.

Lesson learned.  Decision reconfirmed.

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December 2016

Okay, December 2016 isn’t officially over yet, but let’s pretend that nothing momentous is gonna happen in the next few days and this is a “good enough” recap.  I’m loving “good enough” these days!

Highlights:

  • Ben turned 6 months old!
  • We got our first snow — well, enough snow to play in without being enough snow to make the roads a mess.
  • Finn had his Christmas program at his preschool.
  • We had Christmas!
    • We had my sister’s side of the family over a couple of days before Christmas for a “Cousin Christmas”, having spent the morning at Bounce U and then we ate pizza and opened gifts that night.
    • We went to Jeff’s side of the family for Christmas day.  No snow at all!  Weather was rainy in fact.  Not very cold, but windy.
    • The most fought over gift was Stephen’s new toothbrush.  Who knew?!
    • Big highlights: Finn got a real bike (with training wheels).  Stephen got a balance bike.  All the boys got a bounce house/inflatable.
  • Finn’s diet changes & chiropractor treatments are going really, really well.  More about that later, but I’m very happy with some of the differences we’re seeing.  Definitely not out of the woods yet, but major progress is being made.
  • Almost all of us got a cold or something.  Ben had it the worst; his cough lasted for a couple of weeks and really messed with his sleeping schedule.
  • We spent a lot of time in our pajamas – with sickness, days off school, no places to go.  So nice!
  • Jeff had several days off towards the end of the month.  A full day off here.  A half day off there.  It was nice!  We even got in a couple of afternoon movie dates!
  • We had some financial setbacks:
    • Our clothes washer died.
    • Our furnace got “twitchy” and needed some TLC.
    • The check engine light went on for the van.  $1200 later…

Some pictures:

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