Saturday, October 3, 2015

August 2015

 We didn't do much in August. Jake and I both worked a lot, and that didn't leave much time for grand adventures. That being said, we have found out that we LOVE day trips! Jake likes them because he can still sleep in his own bed at the end of the day, and I like them because I like everything.

We had a very eventful Saturday. We could smell gas, but I kept checking the pilot lights on the stove and they were always lit, so I figured it was just not us. Well, days of this happening was really worrying me, but Jake was out of town, and I knew he'd be able to fix it, so I anxiously awaited his return! When he got home, he couldn't figure it out either. Saturday morning came and so did Jake's parents for a visit! Vonnie was immediately worried, and so Jake ended up calling the gas company. They were out of the office, but had a message stating "If you smell gas, call 911 immediately." So Jake called the non-emergency phone number, and the person he talked to told us we needed to evacuate and that she would send firefighters immediately. Before J even hung up, we could hear the fire truck coming. The fighters came to the door and within 10 minutes found that there was a third pilot light on the base of the oven! I HAD NO IDEA. I still feel dumb about it. But anyways, they lit it, called off the numerous trucks that had also been dispatched, and ate some fruit snacks that we offered. Gwen and I went out to see the truck, and the captain said we could get it! Funny side story: We had JUST seen this crew at Target, and in the back of the firetruck was the Target haul, new crockpot included. I couldn't stop apologizing, but they said it was fine. We ended up knowing a lot of the same people and it was just a fun meet up. Gwen didn't want to leave the truck when the guys had to go, but she survived. 

Some monumental things did happen this month, though! Gwen completely stopped using bottles! One day, I decided we were going to not use them anymore, and Jake was at a week-long training, so the entire time he was gone, we transitioned to a new cup. With this new cup brought the need for a new bedtime routine. We would always eat dinner, and then let Gwen drink from her bottle after we finished, so she wouldn't eat a lot of food because she would rather drink milk. So, now she only drinks milk with meals (if that. . . we eat a lot of other diary though, no worries!). We eat dinner at 6:00, bath time is 6:30, and then we play and dance to Broadway showtunes or Disney until we read scriptures and brush teeth simultaneously, and then its prayers, and bed time at 7:30! It's suprising to me how minutes make a difference. If we try to put her to bed at 7:20, she struggles! If it's 7:30, she immediately passes out once the door closed! LOVE HER! She is so funny!

A few weeks prior to our Stake Conference, our ward had a temple day. It was INCREDIBLE. Flagstaff's designated temple district is the Snowflake temple. This is actually difficult for us because Jake's parents live about 30-45 minutes one way away from the temple, so to use them for sitting requires a trip to Snowflake, on top of that drive, and then back to pick her up, and then home from Snowflake. What our amazing ward did was offer babysitting IN Snowflake! IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER! We all drove to Snowflake, we dropped Gwen off at a nearby church where the kids were being watched, and then went to the temple! It was just amazing, and I hope that that can become the new normal.

Fred and Gwendolyn are my jogging partners. There are days when one or both of them are absolute crazies, but overall, the two of them are great company! Gwen can always tell when we're going uphill, and she'll shout "GO, GO, GO!!!!" Fred is pretty dumb, but he does his best. Ha! Poor Freddy. Gwen likes to grab onto his leash from her stroller, and so we are all helpers together!!!
Our monsoon season did not disappoint!
Mini has this new smirk she does. Hilarious.
Our babysitter, Melissa, is a hair queen. We've been so blessed with AMAZING and wonderfully kind babysitters.
Mini modeling.
J asked for a picture of G while in CO, so I told Gwen to smile for a picture. This is how she reacted! What a ham!
Those are our newest cups. They are awesome. So is spaghetti.
Gwen having to leave the firetruck was a sad moment.
We are friends.

Snowflake temple!
My delicious running partner.

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