Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years in Seattle

Since we did a big trip last year for Rog's graduation, we decided to just do a quick weekend getaway to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. 

On our way up to Seattle, we stopped at Salt and Straw. It was the last day of their April flavors and there were a few I wanted to try. Rog got Apple Frosting Caramel Crackers and I got Lemon and Lime. They were both amazing and all the desserts we had in Seattle seriously suffered in comparison.

We stayed at a hotel downtown (La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown) that was within walking distance to a lot of the big tourist attractions. Friday was going to be the better weather day, so we planned to spend our day walking to all the downtown spots on our hit list. We slept in, had breakfast at our hotel (free and pretty good), and then I got ready and planned our day while Rog took a nap. He had some caffeine to stay awake on our drive to Seattle and hadn't sleep well. Then we walked to Pike Place.

We got lunch at Beecher's. Rog had a ham and cheese sandwich and I had the "World's Best" Mac & Cheese. We walked all over the market trying to find somewhere to sit down to eat. We eventually found this spot that didn't really have a table or place to sit down, but had a good view.

We got an apple cinnamon roll from the Piroshky Bakery and walked down to the Great Wheel

We enjoyed the views from the Great Wheel, but I think it actually would have been more fun with the kids. After riding the Great Wheel, we were both really thirsty, so we paid something like $1 to get some good ice cold water. We stopped at the gum wall for a quick picture and I took my sweatshirt off for the first and only time that day.

Then we walked to a theatre (Regal Meridian 16) downtown to see Beauty and the Beast. I had seen it with Peyton, but Rog hadn't yet. We had a few minutes before our movie started, so we FaceTimed the kids while we were waiting. It was just as good the second time and Rog enjoyed it too.

We went to Din Tai Fung for dinner. We were warned there would be a long wait and there was, but we happened to get two seats at the bar without having to wait. We got one of the pork dumplings and it was pretty good, but our favorites were the pork fried noodles and the green beans. I'd go as far to say the green beans were the best thing we ate in Seattle!

We walked over to the Space Needle and enjoyed the sunset from the top. 

The sunset was beautiful, but the best part was happening to be at the right place at the right time to watch a couple get engaged!

We walked back to our hotel and then got in the car for the only time that day to drive over to Hello Robin for dessert. We had to wait in a long line and unlike Salt and Straw, it was not worth it. We both thought the cookies might have been good, but they were way too hard!

We played a couple rounds of Monopoly Deal before falling asleep for the night.

We had planned to go to the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum before or after the Space Needle, but ran out of time. So we got an earlier start Saturday morning and walked back over there. It was well worth the second walk. I'm glad we didn't skip it especially since it was a good one to do without kids! 

We walked back to our hotel and drove over to the Bengal Tiger for lunch. They had a lunch buffet going on, so we got to sample a bunch of things. It was good, but I think it might have been better not as a buffet with the food brought piping hot and fresh to your table. (For me, it suffered in comparison to an Indian buffet I went to with my sister in Denver.) 

We drove over to the Seattle Temple and did sealings (and took a less than flattering selfie on our way out). 

The temple didn't take as long as we had anticipated, so we had some time to kill before dinner. I had been referring to this post about things to do in Seattle and we decided on a whim to go see the Amazon bookstore. When we got there we realized we had been to an Amazon bookstore in Portland while waiting for our table at Cheesecake Factory. (Janssen mentions in her post that the Seattle Amazon bookstore is the only one and it's possible it was at the time, but clearly that's not the case anymore.) We had a good laugh about how we both had apparently completely forgotten about it! It wasn't a complete loss though because I discovered the Disney Princess Beginnings books that we are enjoying so much while we were looking around.

Since we were so close we decided to drive over to the University of Washington and see the Husky Clipper, the boat that the crew team won the 1936 Olympics in. Unfortunately since it was a Saturday afternoon, the Conibear Shellhouse was completely deserted and the dining hall where the boat hangs was locked. We saw it through the window, but we'll have to go back to see it again when the dining hall is actually open!

We did find a plaque to take my picture with.

And we walked around the building to see the docks on the lake where the crew practices.

(I'm very slowly making my way through The Boys in the Boat, but it keeps getting overshadowed by other more exciting books.)

On our way to dinner we stopped to see the Fremont Troll.

Ever since reading Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, I had dreamed of going to Delancey for dinner and this was my big chance to make it happen! I got the white pie and Rog got the sausage pizza and we both thoroughly enjoyed them - even Rog who had been less than enthusiastic about going there for dinner because he typically doesn't enjoy "fancy" pizza.

When we got back to the hotel we decided to walk over to Pike Place for dessert. Unfortunately by the time we got there most of the restaurants were already closed or closing for the night. We ended up at Shug's Soda Fountain which was a cute little ice cream shop. We originally ordered the Kitty Canutt Sundae, but they were out of cinnamon ice cream, so we decided to get a Shugsicle instead. I'm pretty sure we would have enjoyed the sundae more, so we'll have to go back next time we visit to try that one out.

We walked back to our hotel and discovered we could see the Space Needle from our little balcony. Then we tried to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but ended up falling asleep instead.

The next morning we packed up our stuff and planned to quickly grab breakfast and go to a nearby sacrament meeting before driving home. My hands were full and since I was wearing a dress, I didn't have any pockets to put my phone in. I had set it on the top of the suitcase I was pulling and had put something on top of it, so I forgot it was there. When I was getting out of the elevator, it fell off and slid down the crack in the elevator door. Fortunately it only fell one floor, but unfortunately only the elevator company could get it out. Long story short I ended up getting it back about a month later (maybe a little less) and it was fine, but gah, don't drop your phone down an elevator shaft! It's annoying how much we rely on that little piece of technology!

So, we had our breakfast (while I shed more than a few tears over my phone) and we made it to a different sacrament meeting (left after the sacrament) and drove home. 

That night for dessert I made sprinkle cookies, so we could have ice cream cookie sandwiches with SOFT cookies and all was right in the world again. (Well, not quite all. I was still missing my phone!)

The next morning we dropped my parents off at the airport and sent my mom home to have her double mastectomy done. 😳  

Despite the phone mishap, it was a great weekend! It's nice to have such a fun city so close to visit!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Second Quarter Reading

This really was not a very good quarter for reading for me. It feels like I spend hours every day reading with or to the kids, but somehow there's not enough hours in the day to get in more than a couple minutes of reading for me. 

At the end of the first quarter, I had a pile of library books on my nightstand. I was really only interested in the chapter about teaching kids to talk in NutureShock, so I read that chapter and returned it to the library. (And after reading it, I kind of feel like it's a miracle Corbyn and Peyton ever learned to talk and worry Logan never will.) I finished two of those books (see below) and I'm more than halfway through the other (Lost in a Book), so I guess this quarter wasn't a total loss.


1. Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel. Kate has spent the last year of her life wallowing after her almost-fiancé dumps her. Things finally start to look up when Kate’s sister manages to get her a job interview in the admissions department of a ritzy private school in New York City and she lands the job despite bombing the interview. It's certainly not the best book ever, but it was light, fun, and enjoyable - and none of those are bad qualities in a book!

2. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham. I needed a juicy memoir for Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge and when I saw this one on her list, I knew immediately I would read it since I loved Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. It was fun to read her thoughts about playing those roles and the journey she took to become an actress. And now I want to read her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe.

3. How to Fight a Dragon's Fury by Cressida Cowell. Somehow I had it in my mind that there are 11 How to Train Your Dragon books. When we got to the end of book 11 and I realized there was actually a whole other book, I wasn't terribly excited because I was ready to be done with them. But then I ended up liking book 12 the most out of the whole series. It was a great way to wrap up the series.


4. How to Betray a Dragon's Hero by Cressida Cowell. This book was setting up for the final book and I was getting impatient to be done with them. Since I thought this was the last book, I spent most of it wondering how it was all going to wrap up so quickly. 

I also started reading chapter books to Peyton this quarter. I feel like they are too short to count toward my reading goal, but I'm including them for memory sake.

Cinderella Take the Stage by Tessa Roehl and Belle's Discovery by RH Disney. These new Disney Princess Beginnings books are just about the cutest books ever. They are about the princesses when they were little girls and just at the beginning of their stories. Belle was our favorite, but Cinderella was cute too. We're dying for Ariel to come out July 25th and Jasmine to come out September 5th. And I just saw that Tiana comes out January 2nd (of 2018)!

The Critter Club: Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley. We read this after finishing Cinderella and Belle's stories and it was pretty cute, but suffered in comparison!

Now here's to hoping I can get us in a good summer routine that includes a little more reading time for me!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

5 Years

Only 2 months late posting this! Better late than never, right?!

Peyton's 5 year stats:

Weight: 48 pounds, 13 ounces (90th percentile)
Height: 44 inches (80th percentile)

She's a solid one!

PJ at 5 years:

*Gives the best hugs.
*Loves to give kisses on the lips.
*Is very sad when I can't be home to put her to bed.
*Plays the "who loves who more" game with her dad. She'll say random numbers like, "I love you 149+12." Then he'll come back with, "I love you 149+72." And then she'll pull out the big guns with, "I love you 149+infinity."
*Still loves to cuddle at night and ends up in our bed most nights. Most of the time I hardly notice she's there, but Rog does and after her birthday he fixed the lock on our bedroom door to lock her out in an attempt to break her of that habit. We're still working on it.
*Does a little snicker laugh that I really don't like. It sounds very much like she's making fun of you when she does it and I feel like it's very rude. Also working on this.
*Loves Logan when she's acting like his mom, but is easily annoyed by him as her playmate.
*Has trouble saying 13. (It comes out sounding more like 14.) She used to just skip 13 when she was counting, but I've worked with her and now she at least says 14 twice.
*Says she hates a lot of things.
*Is very athletic and has a very muscular build. 
*Is loving her dance class. It is a combo class and she loves to tell people she does ballet, tumbling, and tap all in 1 hour. She is learning how to do cartwheels and headstands in the tumbling part of her class and is constantly rolling onto her back and doing tumbling moves around the house.
*Is SO ready for Kindergarten. I know our choice to keep her home this year was the right one, but it has been hard at times because she gets bored easily and wants to have more interactions with kids her age. But we saved SO much money keeping her home and she didn't need more preschool to get her ready for Kindergarten (academically or socially). She is such a good helper with Logan (most of the time) and we've enjoyed our Mom-and-Peyton time together.
*Is doing GREAT learning to read and write. I've been using the book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and she's picking it up very quickly.
*Will create little craft projects for herself. 
*Loves making cards for us. They usually consist of two stick figures and the word LOVE, sometimes with stickers or stamp pictures.
*Is a good little organizer. She enjoys organizing her drawers and other things. 
*Is also a hoarder. She loves to collect little trinkets from random places and keep them in her drawers. (At least she keeps her collections pretty organized!)
*Gets mad at me if she sees I've thrown something away she wanted to keep.

I am the absolute worst at recording funny things our kids say, but here is one of our favorite Peyton quotes. This was soon after we moved into our new house which was right after we saw Zootopia.

"Did you leave the door open?" 
"Yes, yes you did."
"Did Logan get in?" 
"Yes, yes he did."

This picture was actually from our April trip to Disneyland (so right before Peyton turned 4), but Mariah just recently sent it to me and I love it. 

Dancing at the Denver Zoo.

With the Denver Zoo hippo at 2 months and 4 years.

Splash pad dancing.

On the random elephant at Voodoo Donuts.

Morning buddies.

Waiting for a summer outdoor movie to start.

Peyton loves nothing more than being my twin. I'm enjoying it while I can because there's no way she'll want to be my twinner forever.

Flying around the house on a broom.

Whenever Rog gets me flowers he gives one to Peyton and she loves it!

Such a good helper.

The 3 Phillips girls cousins.

Her friend Kinley's mom sent me this picture. Glad she has at least one girl who lives close to be friends with.

Donut face!

I love my little dancer!

She's a strong one.

Loving on her baby cousin, Grey.

One morning Peyton and Corbyn came downstairs wearing some of Logan's clothes. So funny!

She got this sleeping bag from Grandma Dixie for Christmas and has had fun setting up beds around the house.

For the longest time she was convinced mom had an "o" at the end of it. It was too cute to correct!

Just being a cutie.

All the kids took turn trying out her dolly's binky one night.

Enjoying some ice cream on a daddy-daughter date. I'm not sure what flavor it was, but the colors couldn't be more perfect for a little girl.

She doesn't like this picture, but that's what she gets for joining me in my bed nearly every night.

One day she asked me to paint her nails to match her outfit. Then she said she needed to watch a show while they dried. Lol, she got me!

Look, it's Mickey the Mouse!

I'm pretty sure I already posted this picture on one of Logan's monthly updates, but it's too cute not to share again!

After the holidays we learned that Barnes and Noble does story time with a craft every Wednesday morning and we started going almost every week because she loves it. It's like her little preschool.

If you can't find Peyton, the play room under the stairs is a good place to check.

Catching some air jumping onto the Love Sac.

This was her favorite outfit for a couple months and she would often ask me to take pictures of her when she was wearing it.

She loves showing off how strong she is by picking kids up. This is her lifting her friend Elsie when we were in Utah in April. She does it quite often to Logan with mixed results.

These two buddies love helping me clean the windows and come running anytime they see me doing it. 

I always wanted a girl and I'm so grateful Heavenly Father sent me my Peyton girl. Life would be a whole lot less sweet without her in it!