Thursday, January 19, 2017

january so far

I'm seriously at a loss about time--how is it already the middle of the month? but also, how are people still talking about new years? wasn't that forever ago?
I'm basically over winter, so we've had to spice it up a bit with some fun snow-approved activities.
 Rhett's first day of Sunbeams. He is the only kid in his class, but he still loves every minute of primary.
 Rhett's first day back at preschool after winter break was delayed by a snow day. We braved the 5 degree temperatures to play in the snow...let's just say that Rhett loved it just a little more than me and wanted to stay outside all day.
 We spent MLK day at the candy factory with friends. It was a little crazy with so many kids and so much sugar, but they loved it (and so did we).

Friday, January 13, 2017

just triumphs

Good things are happening, folks! We're focusing on the positive to get us through the winter doldrums (I'm officially tired of the season and it's only mid-January. Send help).

Potty training is basically done. Rhett can go by himself if he's feeling it, but he's still in night diapers because I'm not ready for that and I like my sleep, ok? But we'll call this a win.

We paid of Andre's student loans! This is huge, people. We're officially officially not students anymore and it feels so good! Now it's time to save those pennies for a house!

Sunbeams! Rhett is obsessed with primary. I so badly want to be a fly on the wall in there, but I've heard from multiple sources that he's killing it in there and even making comments? He's the only sunbeam in our ward, but he's loving his one-on-one lessons and came home on Sunday and told us the complete story of Samuel the Lamanite. That's a win for sure. 

We survived a Saturday Costco trip last weekend. That's most definitely a triumph. That place is complete crazy-town.

Other triumphs: freelance bylines! We're refreshing our exercise routines! Andre's office is finally being built! Rhett thinks President Obama and President Uchtdorf are the same person!

Snow angel action shot. We spent longer bundling up than we did playing in the snow, but Rhett loved it, so I guess it was a good day?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

little moments: december

More like Rhett's adventures in December, but isn't that what the magic of Christmas is all about? I seriously don't know December went, but it was our first December without finals in our entire marriage, so at least the busy-ness was good! Some of our favorite moments:
 Trying to #LIGHTtheWORLD. My schedule didn't quite work out, but we still got some good service in and hopefully Rhett learned something.
Preschool gingerbread night aka night the kids ate alll the candy.
Santa's village featuring little houses and Santa's workshop that surprised us with really little people inside--apparently that's what they do in December.
Rhett's last day of gymnastics class waiting to enter the gym. He loved everything about it!
 Andre's musical skills made the rounds in December. He sang his original song with one of our missionaries at the nativity display.
We finally caved and took Rhett to a real kids haircut place with car chairs and personal TVs--definitely worth it.
An FHE lesson on the nativity ended with the camel in the tree, naturally.
Suddenly Rhett aged 10 years with a haircut and a fresh cooking class at the children's museum.
Weeks of practice and the youth performed a rousy Christmas song at the ward party--all sorts of proud
Cousin bonding time
Celebrating noon year's eve. Those party blowers were a hit.

christmas 2016

The Kaisers took over Utah this Christmas for a week of fun-filled family time. It was super relaxing--games, snacks, and chatting all day with only a few outings and lots of snuggles with baby Maura (except for me and the dang cold I had all week). It was nice to slow down after a busy year. And bonus! André got to join us for a long weekend that didn't even use any vacation days, though his flight was delayed til 2am--let's not talk about that. 
On to Christmas highlights!

Rhett thought the lights at Temple Square were magical--alll the lights, the temple, and shoulder rights from alternating uncles? The best combination for a three-year-old boy. 
 Cookies for Santa. Tracking Santa all Christmas Eve was serious business for Rhett. 
Matching pajamas. Rhett was obsessed with his first Kaiser cousin Maura. And fun fact! These pictures weren't taken on Christmas day, but the afternoon of Christmas Eve before the dumping of snow for our white Christmas. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

thanksgiving in independence

Never mind that Thanksgiving was a thousand years ago and we are in full-blown Christmas mode around here--I have to document our great trip to the midwest for Thanksgiving.

André only got Thanksgiving off (new job problems), but that didn't stop Rhett and I from taking a trip to Missouri to see my missionary mom and dad. We loved seeing Nana and Poppy in missionary mode and fell in love with the charm of Kansas City and Independence.
Hallmark's headquarters are in Kansas City, and they have an amazing, free kids art studio full of all kinds of supplies and creativity. Rhett was more into dancing with Poppy, but we definitely snagged lots of art supplies to take home. And found this fun couch!
Fritz's! Rhett was obsessed (so was I). A train-themed restaurant where the food is delivered via ceiling train track and model trains? Yes please!

Making rolls with Nana.
Just the cutest senior missionary couple you'll ever see.
Nana teaches Rhett the beauty of art museums. I teach him the beauty of the pillar lean. 

Art history class throwback.
Independence Visitor's Center groupies. We went a few times and loved it every time.

We stumbled on a room to write letters to Santa at Union Station. Rhett was sad to let his letter go but excited to ask Santa for cool cars. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

just some thoughts

How is Thanksgiving seriously next week? Bring on the stuffing and pie!

It is taking all my energy to not put up Christmas decorations yet. I caved the other day and listened to Christmas music, and I'm slowly wearing Andre down--last night he said I could bring in the Christmas bins. A step in the right direction!

Potty training, man. We finally just went all in and Rhett is rocking it, but there are some days I'd rather not deal with it and just want to put him in diapers again. Constant vigilance!

The weather this fall has been unreal. I'm a little sad I haven't had a chance to wear a coat or scarf yet, but kids in shorts in November is pretty great. Too bad I have a feeling we'll pay for it this winter.

I'm writing this on my phone while Rhett is in story time and I can distinctly hear his laugh through the door. A sign of things to come.

Earnings season finished last week (praises!), so I have my evenings back. But how is it that I'm still scrambling to get everything in?

My new calling in young women's is a major blast from the past. I see teenage me in all these girls and am trying to not to tell too many stories that start "when I was your age..." It's a fine line between being the cool, young leader and still having some authority, you know?

This clock has been a great investment for Rhett's room. He's getting pretty good about not coming out of his room until the clock turns green, which is awesome because naps are now far and few between. 

But seriously, all that is on my mind is Christmas...just get here, already!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

little moments: october

 The fall weather is seriously killing it
Rhett becomes a chess expert whenever he sees a board--"move the horse over there. now the pointy one"
A studious man during general conference
preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch. Rhett didn't understand the concept and kept being amazed that all his school friends were there. 
 It's always a win when we find a lake in Colorado
Starting him young with a love of those terrible, cheesy face cut-outs.
"fashion blogging" after I realized my entire outfit cost a total of $10.
King Rhett on his throne.
Somebody finally got brave enough to ride the penny horse at the grocery store--it was a big day.
Trick or Treat Street.
I caught Rhett watching Sesame Street like this one day...glamor shot
Setting the stage for the attorney oath ceremony. 
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