Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Year of Door Hangings

One of my goals for 2018 was to do 18 projects in 2018. 5 of those projects were door hangings (April, June, August, November, and December) to finish off my year of door hangings. This afternoon I finished December's door hanging which was the last door hanging I needed to finish! I made February's door hanging back in 2015 when I was pregnant with Logan, so this has been a long time coming! A lot of these are from the Wood Connection (big surprise there, right?). 

Each month I hang these on the closet door in our living room. Here they all are!













Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fourth Quarter Reading

After a really great third quarter I continued strong in October and November, but completely lost steam in December (when I was newly pregnant and trying to get through Christmas). I still managed to get in a good number of books before then though. 

Books I Read

Books I Listened to


1. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story by Ree Drummond. This was my pick for book club in October and a reread from the first quarter of 2015. It was every bit as good the second time reading it. I made the Pioneer Woman's Apple Dumplings for our book club meeting which was an excellent decision. 

2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. This is a re-telling of Lady Jane Grey's story except they take all sort of liberty with the story (history be darned). I decided to read this one when it showed up on Janssen's list of 10 Most Recommended Titles. I took her advice and listened to it and I definitely wasn't sorry I did!

3. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. Ruby is a seventeen year old who has basically been taking care of herself and her alcoholic mom for years. But when her landlord discovers that her mom has disappeared, she gets turned into social services and is sent to live with her sister. Ruby is used to being on her own and has a hard time accepting help or getting close to anyone. Can she unlock her heart and let people in? I listened to this one on Libby and basically found every excuse to listen for a few days until I finished.

4. I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel. This is a collection of essays about being a reader. I picked it because I needed a collection of essays for the 2018 Reading Challenge and I was so delighted I did. I listened to it because that was the only way I could find to read it for free and I enjoyed it that way (although now that I've listened to it, I wouldn't mind owning a paper copy of it either).

5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Mary Lennox is an orphan who is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. She's sent to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor where a mysterious, abandoned garden transforms her life and the life of her cousin. This is a classic I had never read and I quickly discovered it's a class for a reason!

6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. After Harry's name mysteriously emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he must compete in the Triwizard Tournament. We were planning on reading this one after Christmas when we thought we'd be getting the illustrated version, but then I found out Jim Kay was going to be taking two years to illustrate this one, so we decided to read the regular version instead and start in October since we didn't have to wait for Christmas anymore. It's a bummer we didn't get to read the illustrated version, but the kids enjoyed this one nonetheless.


7. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Poppy has just lost her vintage engagement ring and then her phone gets stolen. She grabs a cell phone out of the top of a trash can and starts using it as her own to track down the lost ring. She soon learns the phone belongs to a business man whose assistant just quit. She convinces him to let her keep the phone and pass along the messages for him. This was a book club pick that I had been considering reading anyway since it also appeared on Janssen's list of 10 Most Recommended Titles. Like all Sophie Kinsella books, it has it's moments that are just completely ridiculous, but overall I enjoyed it.

Books I Read to Corbyn and Peyton

Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off and Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster by R.A. Spratt. Two more Nanny Piggins books that were just as crazy and fun as the other Nanny Piggins books. We've now read all of the Nanny Piggins books that our library has (although there are 3 more plus a Christmas one). I may have to order the rest from Amazon because the kids are basically obsessed with them!

Books We Listened to in the Car

The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker. Grassina, Emma's  magical aunt, is herself a teen in this prequel to the Frog Princess books. She and her sister, Chartreuse (Emma's mother from the other books) are vying to see who will get the family's inherited magical skills as they navigate the intricacies of being a princess.

The Dragon Princess by E.D. Baker. This is the story of Emma's daughter, Millie, who is trying to survive being a magical princess who happens to keep turning into a dragon. When she cannot stop her own magic any other way, she and three friends (one vampire, one troll and her cousin, a young wizard prince) set off for the Frozen North to see the Blue Witch to see if she can help her learn to gain control of her dragon magic.

Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker. Audun is on a quest to find Princess Millie, and to become human in order to win her heart. But The Dragon King has set out a number of tasks Audun must perform before he is permitted to even try to woo Millie.

A Prince among Frogs by E.D. Baker. Princess Millie and her fiancé, Audun, are busy preparing for their wedding when Millie's baby brother, Felix, is kidnapped and trapped in a swamp full of other frogs. With all the adults busy fixing problems elsewhere in the kingdom, it's up to Millie and Audun to find him, but they need all the help they can get to fight the family's oldest nemesis, the wizard Olebald.

My 7 books this quarter brings my total for the year to 24 which is always my goal (although it could be way more if I counted all the books I read and listened to with the kids). I used to never listen to books and I wouldn't have counted listening to books toward my total, but as I've found that I actually do enjoy listening to books (if I don't hate the narrator), I've changed my opinion on this matter.

Here are the books I read (or listened to) for the 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge:

A classic you've been meaning to read: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Fourth Quarter). I can't believe it took me so long to read this classic!

A book recommended by someone with great taste: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (First Quarter). Janssen talks about this book all the time. I'm so glad I listened to her and read it!

A book in translation: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Third Quarter). I had no idea what I would read for this category and then I found out this book we were reading for book club was translated from Swedish.

A book nominated for an award in 2018: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Third Quarter). This book won the Newbery Medal this year. It was delightful!

A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel (Fourth Quarter). I'm pretty sure Anne Bogel (who is Modern Mrs. Darcy) put this category on here, so we'd all read her new book (and I'm so glad she did).

A book you can read in a day: The only category I didn't get done. Who actually has time to read an entire book in a day?! (Not me!) I was planning on reading Walk Two Moons (a favorite from my childhood) during Christmas break, but we were just too busy in Utah for me to do much reading (let alone read a book in a day).

A book that's more than 500 pages: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Fourth Quarter). I had started reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on my own for this category, but stopped when I started reading the Goblet of Fire to the kids.

A book by a favorite author: Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Third Quarter). This is the fourth book I've read by Jojo Moyes and I've enjoyed them all (although After You was a little depressing).

A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller: The One and Only Ivan by Catherine Applegate (First Quarter). A librarian at the Happy Valley library recommended this one to us (after I told her the kids loved Wonder) and I'm so glad she did! 

A banned book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (First Quarter). It totally boggles my mind that all the Harry Potters were and continue to be banned books.

A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (First Quarter). Such a great memoir by the creator of Nike.

A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Third Quarter). Rachel is a Christian, but not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This book was #1 in the Religion & Spirituality category, so I figured I could count it for this category.

I'd say it was another great year of reading!

Monday, January 7, 2019

2018 was the year that...

Rog was promoted to LEAD PROJECT MANAGER at work and called to serve in the BISHOPRIC in our ward.

I finished TWO QUILTS and kept our HOUSEHOLD RUNNING.

Together we ran HOOD TO COAST...

And finished our YARD!

Corbyn was BAPTIZED a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and received the HOLY GHOST.

He started CUB SCOUTS... 

And ran with a RUNNING CLUB.

Peyton lost her FIRST TOOTH, learned to TIE HER SHOES, and mastered her STANDING BACKBEND.

Logan moved to a BIG BOY BED...



We visited DISNEYLAND...



We camped on the OREGON COAST...


We dressed up as characters from different lands at Disneyland for HALLOWEEN.

We welcomed another NIECE (Linnea Claire Ririe) and learned that the HOBBS will be moving to PORTLAND in 2019!

We were moved out of a ward we loved. And we lost another PREGNANCY in June, but learned just before Thanksgiving that we will be ADDING A CABOOSE TO OUR TRAIN next July!

It was a year of PAIN and ANXIETY, but also of LEARNING, GROWTH, and GREAT JOY!

Saturday, January 5, 2019


June was a busy month with lots of big events. I'll be blogging about Corbyn's birthday party, his birthday, his baptism, and our trip to Utah separately. This is the rest of June.

Free donuts at Krispy Kreme for National Donut Day. (And I'm noticing that Peyton's shirt is the shirt she wore for wacky day, so I'm thinking that was actually June 1st, not May 31st like I was thinking when I posted about May.)

Corbyn's baseball team had a little party for his last practice of the season. They played with water balloons and then had some pizza.

After I took the picture of Corbyn eating his pizza some of the boys started going out to eat on the pitching mound. I was proud that Corbyn went out there with them. He's pretty shy and didn't really have any friends on his team. He's the one in gray out there.

They also had ice cream.

The rest of the day we spent putting down weed barrier and spreading bark dust in our front yard. It was a big project and we all chipped in.





It looks much better, but more importantly Rog hasn't had to spend half of his life weeding since we put the weed barrier down

Peyton had picture day at dance. I like this one I took outside better than the professional one.

Mostly because I want to go fix her foot in this picture.

Corbyn finished up his baseball season. It will probably be his last since he didn't really enjoy it, but I'm proud of him for sticking it out this season.

One of the moms brought cupcakes for the last baseball game. They were purchased from a store and they had the most disgusting red frosting with way too much food coloring in it. Logan got some on his hands and was the red hand boy until we got to the car because I didn't have any baby wipes on me. 

I helped at field day and got assigned to help with this station. The kids were supposed to pick up a frog or duck with their feet and throw it out of the pool. It was interesting how some kids had no problem doing it, but others really struggled. 

It was this week that I lost that pregnancy from May. After I started bleeding they got me in for an appointment where they did an ultrasound that looked pretty much the same as the ultrasound from last November - a sac with no baby in it. They had me come in for a few blood draws and my HCG levels steadily dropped. While it was again hugely disappointing, it wasn't nearly as bad as the first miscarriage because we hadn't got our hopes up for months. If I had to lose it, it was better to have lost it early on and without the need for a D&C. There was one day when I was hugely uncomfortable and could tell that my body was dilating and later I found some tissue that I'm sure was the sac. After that it was just normal period bleeding that wasn't nearly as bad as that first miscarriage. 

With so much going on in June I knew I had to be ok. I couldn't let the joy of Corbyn turning 8 and being baptized be lost in the sadness of a miscarriage. Of course there were moments that I felt sad, but for the most part I really was fine. This scripture came to mind many times and I could truly feel the Lord strengthening me, so my burden could be light.

I finished this watermelon door hanging.

Caught in a rainstorm on the way home from a bike ride/run.

Indoor s'mores for an FHE treat? Sure, why not!

I helped at Peyton's end-of-school party. Each of the kids got an award and Peyton got the Remarkable Reader award. Reading came so easily for her and she really enjoys it.

I made pencils from the Wood Connection for the kids' teachers again this year.

Last day of 2nd grade for Corbyn.

Last day of Kindergarten for Peyton.

Logan and I decided to go eat lunch with the kids on their last day. 

Peyton really wanted to try hot lunch, so I let her do that.

Then we tracked the kids down after recess, so I could take pictures of them with their teachers.

Peyton and Ms. Fryback (and Evelyn).

Corbyn and Ms. Rowland.

After school we went to EZ Freezy with a bunch of friends to celebrate the end of school.

I had been working to design shirts for our upcoming Phillips family reunion. When they arrived, the kids got to model them to show the family.

I made some little treats to send to both dads for Father's Day.

And my dad also got this card because I saw it on Pinterest and knew it was perfect for him.

I made charts with the kids' morning jobs to make our summer mornings go a little more smoothly.

I also downloaded this free Summer Bucket List from Alexa Zurcher and added text before getting it printed out at FedEx Office.

Finally we started up our Summer Themed Days. 

Make Something Monday

We made pinecone pineapples for our first Monday.

We went on a walk to find pinecones and Logan insisted on carrying back way more than we needed for our craft.

The next week we made watermelons out of paper plates.


Logan's turned out a little more abstract than the others.

Time to Get Wet Tuesday

We put the sprinkler under the tramp for our first Time to Get Wet Tuesday.

And then got out the pool with the slide the next week. Both of these were on our Summer Bucket List. I think it's safe to say whichever day of the week we get wet always ends up being the kids' favorite!

What Park Wednesday

I was trying to keep our ward playgroup going through the summer and the consensus was that a consistent day of the week would be the easiest, so when Wednesday was chosen I made that our activity for the day and called it What Park Wednesday. The first Wednesday of summer we had to go to Bridgeport Village to take my laptop to the Apple Store, so we got Happy Meals and tried out a park over in Tigard.

Time to Read Thursday

Thursday became our library day.

Something Fun Friday

We had Corbyn's birthday party on a Friday, so that was our something fun for the week. Then the week after that the Grandmas and Grandpas were here for Corbyn's baptism weekend, so that was our something fun for the week.

The day after Corbyn's party and the day before his birthday, we saw Incredibles 2 with Emery for his birthday party.

Father's Day fell on Corbyn's birthday this year. We mostly just celebrated Corbyn's birthday, but tried to make our dad feel special too.

We had a huge rainstorm that afternoon. Some of us went out and played in the rain. Others of us stayed dry and took pictures of the crazies.

Rog had picked out a new grill for his gift (since our old grill was as old as Corbyn). The kids and I also got him a grilling apron and grilling gloves to go with it.

The kids all did swim lessons. It was the first year I haven't had to do a mom and me class with one of them and I thoroughly enjoyed just sitting and watching.

Logan's class was closest to where I sat, so I was able to get some good pictures of him. I tried taking pictures of the older two, but none of them turned out.

Logan fell asleep watching a show like this. I can't blame him, it was quite the month (and this wasn't even all of it)!