Monday, June 29, 2015

Birthday Pictures

Like last year I had the kids' birthday pictures taken in between Peyton and Corbyn's birthdays at CheapShots Photography. And while we were at it, we took some of Logan and the 3 of them together. 

First up, our handsome Corbyn...

Pretty sure this is the first time he has ever let a photographer pose him.

Next up, our beautiful Peyton... She looks so grown up in these!

And our little Logan man... He would not smile for the strange lady taking his picture.

But when I was changing him into his outfit for the pictures of the 3 of them together he was smiling for me.

I don't love this one, but it's the best we got of the 3 of them together.

I almost like this more candid one better. 

I realized after we left that I should have had her take some of Corbyn and Peyton, Corbyn and Logan, and Peyton and Logan. I'll have to remember that for next year! 

Overall I'm so happy with how they turned out. We sure love these crazy, cute kids!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Seven on Sunday

1. Tuesday afternoon we went to see Inside Out. It was $5 Tuesday at Cinemark and we were dying to see it. It was cute and fun, but also pretty insightful. We loved it!

2. On Wednesday after spending a couple hours at Seven Peaks we went to the BYU Bookstore, so I could buy a dress I saw when we were there on Corbyn's birthday that I couldn't stop thinking about. While we were there Corbyn saw this BYU football Lego set and clearly it was something we could not live without! (You can't tell in this picture, but the last mini figure on the right is Cosmo!)

3. Corbyn learned to ride his bike without training wheels this week. He has great balance on his scooter, so I thought he might be able to do it and I was right. We just took off his training wheels and away he went! So proud of this big boy!

4. Saturday morning was the Grand Opening of the Spanish Fork River Trail. Corbyn rode his scooter, Peyton rode her bike, and I pushed Logan in the stroller 4.5 miles of the trail. Grandma and Grandpa came with us and rode their bikes as well. (Rog was volunteering at the American Fork Half Marathon as part of his internship.) We collected stamps along the way and at the end we got hot dogs, wristbands, water bottles, tail lights, and t-shirts. We also won a $50 gift card to an athletic store here in Spanish Fork, roller blades (that we will return because they don't fit any of us), and a helmet. It was such a fun event and I was so proud of the kids for making it the whole way!

5. When we got home from the grand opening, we ran through the caterpillar sprinkler to cool off. And then for dinner we grilled Asian BBQ Chicken Pizza. It was a pretty perfect summer day.

6. We have baby giggles!

7. We finally finished this Beauty and the Beast Thomas Kinkade puzzle. We have been working on it sporadically for over a year now. It has 750 pieces and was much more difficult than you'd think. One of my goals for the year was to finish 3 puzzles, so we'd better be a lot quicker doing our next 2 puzzles.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

3 Months

Logan turned 3 months on June 18th. 

Logan at 3 months:

*Holds his head up very well.
*Loves to stand. He gets the biggest smile and is so proud of himself!
*Loves when we do the "Choo Choo Train" with his legs. (I'll have to take a video because it's hard to explain.)
*Squeals with delight.
*Brings his hands together.
*Is starting to play with toys that are in front of him.
*At night he usually wakes up about 6 hours after I put him to bed and then every 3 hours after that to eat.
*Is easy to put down for naps if I get him right when he's the perfect amount of tired. If I wait too long and he gets too tired, it's much more difficult. 
*Usually takes quick, power naps that are only 10-20 minutes long in his crib. His afternoon naps are typically a bit longer and if I'm desperate he'll nap longer in the swing.
*Has great endurance for crying when I try to make him cry it out.
*Sucks on his hand.
*Has the best smile - I like to call him Mr. Smiles.
*Just started wearing 3-6 month clothes - although some of his 3-6 month shorts are pretty long, so he's still wearing some of his 0-3 month shorts.

I feel like I spent the whole day taking pictures of him trying to get the perfect 3 month picture. I got a lot of cute pictures, but I never got that one perfect picture.

And now for some random pictures from the last month...

One day he had a blowout soon after Rog got home from work. Rog took him up to his room to change him and when he brought him back down, he realized he had dressed him in basically the same outfit I was wearing. 

He loves being able to sit up by himself in the Bumbo.

And he loves being able to stand by himself in the Jumperoo.

I never would have let Corbyn sleep like this on our bed... He must be the 3rd child.

It's so fun hearing him play with his car seat toy while I'm driving.

The other day I was telling Peyton she used to play with this toy when she was a baby and Corbyn asked if he did too. I had to tell him he didn't because I didn't know these toys existed when he was a baby. He was so sad!

He's growing up so fast! It's fun to watch him learn new things, but also sad to see the newborn stage go so soon! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Corbyn's Birthday

Corbyn's birthday was on a Wednesday. The days leading up to his birthday, I kept trying to ask him what he wanted to do and eat, but he insisted he didn't care. He told me he would like whatever I picked, so I just had to do my best planning what I thought he would enjoy. 

Rog had to work, but he went in a little late, so he could see Corbyn open his presents and eat breakfast with him. He got Lego Batman 3 for the PlayStation 3 (want), a batting tee (need), a BYU hat (wear), and some Bob Books (read). Lego Batman 3 has been his favorite present by far. He needs help playing it, so he can't wait until Dad gets home to play it with him!

For breakfast we had smoothies and donuts.

We got ready for the day, ran a quick errand, and then met Rog at Chick-fil-A (right across the street from UVRMC) for lunch. 

The kids played at the playground there (I'm seriously regretting it because Peyton got a cold a few days later and that's most likely where she picked it up!) and then we went to the BYU Bookstore to have Corbyn pick out his BYU hat. (I wasn't planning on it, but Peyton had to have one too. And how could I say no to a pink BYU hat?!)

We played at the Pioneer Park Splash Pad for a bit. (It was super hot, so I knew any activity we did had to involve water. And a splash pad was really my only option being alone with the 3 kids. Logan and I hung out in the shade while Corbyn and Peyton played in the water.)

Grandma and Grandpa Ririe had been in Colorado, but they drove home that day, so they joined us for dinner at our house. We had pizza and breadsticks from Papa Johns.

Corbyn opened this caterpillar sprinkler from Grandma and Grandpa and we just had to try it out. (Thanks Rachel for the idea!)

The day before we were at Walmart picking up some things for his family party and he saw some Spider-Man cupcakes that he really wanted. I convinced him to let me make a Spider-Man Sugar Cookie Bar cake instead.

He's pretty much a pro at blowing out 1 candle, but 5 all spread out was a bit of a challenge for him!

It was a super fun day celebrating our big kid! I can't believe we have a 5 year old!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Payson Temple Dedication

The Payson Temple was dedicated June 7. It was so special to be in the temple district of a new temple and to be a part of the dedication. (I would say it's a once in a lifetime experience, but Rog was in the temple district of the Redlands California Temple when it was dedicated.)

The night before the dedication they held a cultural celebration at the LaVell Edwards Stadium at BYU. Rog and I had tickets to attend and Logan got to come with us, so I could feed him. An hour and a half or so before the cultural celebration was scheduled to begin, it started pouring rain. We drove to the stadium, but waited in our car. We could hear announcements coming from the stadium saying that it was postponed until the rain stopped. Rog wanted to leave, but I knew Heavenly Father would stop the rain!

When it stopped raining, we went into the stadium and found some great seats in the section we normally sit for football games, but closer to the field. The youth in our ward were performing in the celebration, but we didn't see any of them other than our next door neighbor, Kaitlyn Martinez, who walked with the flag in the parade of stakes at the beginning of the celebration. We learned that Spanish Fork has more baseball diamonds per capita than any other city in the United States - kind of a cool, random fact!

The best part of the whole thing was at the very end when all the youth took off their white shirts to reveal colored shirts underneath that made a rainbow.

The next morning we had tickets to attend the actual dedication in the temple. (Finally a perk to having a husband in the bishopric!) We ended up sitting in one of the instruction rooms in the basement of the temple. (They had people sitting anywhere they could, so that more people could attend.) Unlike other temple dedications in Utah that are broadcast to all of Utah, this one was only broadcast to the stakes in the temple district. Watching it in the temple wasn't all that different than watching it in a stake center, but it was cool to walk in and out of the temple and to be able to say that we were there when it was dedicated.

President Eyring represented the First Presidency at the cultural celebration and the dedication. He seemed to hardly be able to contain his excitement and happiness. (This picture is from the church's Instagram account.)

We will only be in this temple district for about a year and then we'll be moving wherever Rog gets a fellowship or job when he graduates, but I'm sure the Payson Temple will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Suddenly Summer

After almost an entire month of rain in May, as soon as June hit, it suddenly became summer and it has been hot!

When we got out the pool for the first time this summer, we dipped Logan's toes in and he was not happy because that water was COLD!

But he was happy to show off his favorite trick. This kid loves to stand!

It's not summer until we've had an impromptu visit to the splash pad. 

Oh to be a kid again and to not care that your clothes are soaking wet!

We've been going on walks about 3 mornings a week. We usually just go around our neighborhood, but a few times we've gone to the Spanish Fork River Trail. This time Peyton lasted about 7 minutes on her scooter and then I ended up carrying it the rest of the way, so now she is only allowed to ride her bike on our walks.

I look forward to National Donut Day every year. I can't pass up a free Krispy Kreme donut - especially when it's not just the glazed ones that are free!

Our neighborhood used to be full of friends for our kids to play with, but most of our favorites are gone now. We still have the Woods, but the Goodrichs recently moved to Heber and of course the Howards are in Arizona for the summer. Corbyn and Peyton will occasionally play with Easton Zorad and other kids that are outside, but most of the time they just play together. They like to play inside and create huge messes which I don't love, but I'm grateful they are such good friends. 

Before we know it school will be starting and we'll have a Kindergartener, so here's to a great summer!