Friday, January 20, 2017

Recital + Knaus Berry Farm

Ruth had a ballet recital! She took lessons on Friday afternoon for six weeks from an awesome girl in our ward--another med student wife, Janessa- and she absolutely LOVED it! They were supposed to have a Christmas recital but with sicknesses, finals, plane dates, etc. it got pushed off. It was still sooooo adorable though!






She did such a good job! And she looked sooooo happy! I love her soo much!

For Martin Luther King day we headed to Knaus Berry Farm. The list of things to see in Miami before we move is getting smaller, as is the amount of time Sterling has to devote to anything outside of school. So we hit it up at 830am and he was studying by 11am--and studied the rest of the day. The cinnamon rolls are absolutely RAVED about here, people stand in line for hours! Luckily, we only stood in line for ten minutes, and our consensus? They taste very, very similar to my mom's. Which--are phenomenal, but I guess we'd rather just make them at home than stand in line for two hours, haha. They are homemade, fresh, and HOT--which was very, very delicious. 


After our delicious breakfast, we headed to the strawberry fields. The kids had so much fun--it was like a treasure hunt! Who could find the biggest, reddest, best big strawberry? Haha. At first it was a little tricky finding really good ones, but then they opened up the field next door to people and it was LOADED. We ended up racing the kids out so that they would STOP PICKING haha. You got to eat as you picked and I'm pretty sure Molly ate her weight before leaving, which was good, because then we didn't have to pay for it! One guy in the line behind us remarked as they were weighing our strawberries that it was a good thing they didn't weigh US before and after! Haha. 




 The kids loved it, and it was such a great activity to get outside of the city of Miami and enjoy the beautiful 75 degree weather we've been having. (today at the park it was over 80 and I was so hot and thinking...are we here already summer? oh yeah, we are, because this is Miami.)

A baby bump picture that may be a LITTLE bigger than normal due to the three pieces of angel food cake smothered in whipped cream and fresh strawberries that I ate right before, hahaa. Definitely not fitting my jeans anymore though! 16 weeks with baby boy Benjamin, or Tobin, or Silas, or Tucker, or Ira, or Levi. Who knows at this point.

Today after a hot day at the park (we played for a LONG time because I didn't take Ruth to school because Sterling's car had a flat so he took the van and I didn't want to worry about trying to find her a ride. We're just going to have a long weekend, haha.) we had strawberry shakes--the perfect way to cool off. Molly was hilarious, she 'lubs' shakes!



Other than that, it's been a pretty slow week. Sterling is studying like crazy for a test on Monday, which means that he hasn't been home for dinner or bedtime in....forever. I made dinner on Wednesday even though he wasn't there AND I taught piano lessons all afternoon (both of those things seem to conspire against dinner). Also--some of my piano students are driving me CRAZY lately. I just can't sit there for half an hour and listen to you pretend to play things you obviously haven't practiced and listen to the agony...I must be pregnant and ornery. But I'd almost just rather they stay home! On a happier note, due to Sterling's flat tire, we had to traverse Miami traffic during high traffic evening time. It was horrible. And because it took so long, I was starving, and we stopped to grab burgers at Shula burger. Best. Decision. Ever. If you are ever anywhere where they have those---you MUST eat it. They also had rootbeer. Nowhere in Miami has rootbeer. It made my whole life! Haha. I was trying to compare it to somewhere in Utah and I said Warren's and Sterling was like-no, waaaaay better than Warren's (which had my favorite mushroom and swiss). I have to agree. It's top of the charts of any burger I have ever tasted. We know where our next date night will be! (I want to taste their deep fried brownie and Sterling wants to try their jalapeno burger next time.)

We also had an appointment this week and both Will and Molly are under 3rd percentile for weight, and they encouraged us to give them Ensure?!?!?!?! It makes me want to go pull out all the pictures of me as a child where I look...skeletal, and just prove that it is all genetics and they are just fine. I don't think I filled out until 9th grade or so. Also Will grew two inches in four months, which means he used up all his fat to get tall in a really short amount of time! haahaa. I'm not too worried. That boy can pack it in (when he wants to, he happens to be quite picky lately. But give him cereal, sandwiches, or chips and cheese and he will sit at the table forever.) and Molly always eats so much that it surprises me, so I think we're ok. Haha. We already drink whole milk, serve real whipping cream over desserts, have real butter on all their toasts/sandwiches, etc., and heap the cream cheese on their bagels and the gravy on their potatoes. So they are definitely getting their fat. Haha.

And that's our pretty boring and typical January!

Friday, January 13, 2017

iPhone Dump

I really don't like uploading phone pictures. They always go to weird places, I really need to get more familiar with icloud (I know, I'm so behind) and I just want to cry a little bit about photo quality without my camera. Sigh. Luckily, I have the best husband ever and even though we are in med school he labeled it in our finances as a 'necessity' because, he said, it was stolen, so it is something we already had and needed. Love him.  So in backwards order and no further ado:
I did not take this. I was playing the organ. Which means...we have THREE children unattended during the songs. This happens every other week when I play the organ. Sterling used to find a sub more often to lead, but they just had a brand new baby, so they are much more unavailable now. He decided that it would be better to just take Molly up with him because during the previous song she had tried to run up to me at the organ. Then she led the singing through the entire song---right in Sterling's face, baahaahaa. Molly, we adore you, you little troublemaker! And thanks to my friend for taking the picture. It makes me look back with fondness instead of remembering the craziness that was that day.

Ruth either wants her hair down or in a pony tail every day. I can't stand it either way. A pony tail is usually fallen out and has whispies all around her face in about an hour. Her hair is TOO long to have down--it's in her food at the table, etc. So I looked through a bunch of pins and instagram accounts with her one day to get her excited about having her hair done 'princess' ways. And...then I haven't allotted enough time to doing it in our morning routine (why does she hate french braids so much?!?! they are so FAST!) and it has yet to happen for school. Haahaa.

Will's egg men. I LOOOOOVE this stage of drawing. Ruth used to draw people just like this. This was for FHE, it was a family. He was SOOOO proud of their teeth, it was hilarious.

Here's Will's and Ruthie's and Molly's is the turquoise. Ruthie drew a little baby on me (the purple haired one) isn't it soooo cute?

Will tucking in his 'babies'. His Spiderman is a barbie or a baby, depending on what game Ruthie and him are playing, haha.

At my OB appointment, in the waiting room, these two were looking through magazines and Will thought it was SOOOO hilarious that there were baby's bums. They had the giggles so hard. It was hysterical.
Sterling hid my mom's chocolates from Molly. But then I couldn't reach them either. See that white box at the very, very top? HAAHAA

 Before Sterling started school at the first of January, we hit up the zoo. I knew it would be insanely busy because school was still out, but we had to take daddy to see the new Everglades exhibit! None of us had been yet, but we had heard such good things! It did not disappoint---sooo much fun!

Sliding through the otter exhibit. They were swimming right around her!

If you look closely, that is Will running through the tunnel. In the middle of the crocodile exhibit. There is a crocodile between me and my son. It is intense!



There is a new bear exhibit, and they were sitting RIGHT THERE. It was really cool.

You can walk over top of the alligators. This is the first time I have ever seen Molly scared in her entire existence. She would not walk over the alligators. Smart, smart girl Miss Molly. (it does feel pretty unstable)

She went out this far, and no further.


Glorious Florida and your 75 degree winter days. I love you. And the sun. Oh how I love the sun.

Christmas presents! They were them every single day.

This boy is a SUNBEAM!!!! I can't believe it myself! He was so, so, so excited to go to Sunbeams because Ruth's teacher gives her these wonderful treats every single week (we're talking cupcakes). Unfortunately, no one showed to teach his class the first week, and the second week the teacher did not bring treats. I almost want to bring some for him just because he has been looking forward to it for so long! He's been doing great though. He only comes up to me a few times, and when I taught Sharing Time he stood by me for a few minutes before sitting back down. He's so good!



The sidewalk to the lake in our apartment has finally dried up! It has been it's own mini-lake since the summer rains. So we've had some lovely Sunday walks out there, and this time we saw two little turtles swimming around and the kids loved it.








Another zoo day!

Other than that, this week I've been feeling a bit better. I'm still taking anti-nausea prescription meds so I can't say too much (last monday when I ran out was a sick day the likes of which I do not want to repeat) but I've only thrown up about three times in the last week. So progress! Other than that it's been a week of OB appointments, eye appointments, going through the kids drawers to get rid of everything that doesn't fit (I swear Molly just grew five inches over night, but still nothing stays up around her waist...dresses it is.)  and trying to stay on top of laundry in the midst of piano lessons. Today my goal was to mop the floor. We might make that goal yet, haha. But we did have a lovely morning at the park--the weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS lately! That's all!