Friday, March 1, 2019

February 2019

We went to California with the Bishops! We had a ton of fun. We drove up after work on Thursday, and while Jake napped off the dreary drive, Emily, Gwen and I walked to Disney to meet up with Jan, Chris, and Rachel! We love them!

We went to a character dining breakfast early on Friday morning, and I just think it's so magical! Plus the food is so great!

Disney has a new show for the theme "Put your ears on!" and it was a total dance party on Main Street!

It rained so heavy on the last day we were there! My clothes were soaked, and I had to use the in-hotel hairdryer to get my bra dry enough to wear again! It was hilarious!

I also got to meet Austin, Sara, and Indie! Gwen and Emily consider Indie to be their best friend now!

The last day, we met Jake and Ally! It was so fun and even though getting caught in the winter downpour was a little bummer, we had so much fun!

We got to play with Rachel a few days after our California trip because she was doing an event for work! We went out to eat at Jake's favorite Korean BBQ, and ended the night with banana milk. It's such a treat!

GWEN LEARNED HOW TO RIDE A TWO WHEELER! She's so cool! Abby Standage taught her in one session at the park, and Gwen has been non stop on her bike since!

The Claridges came from Yuma to Mesa to do some last minute shopping for Cordelia's mission, and it coincided with Kate being baptized! We spent the weekend with family, and it was so great!

We went as a family to see Aladdin at Gammage! I had prepped Gwen and Emily with big naps and fancy outfits, and told them that Jake was taking us out on a fancy date for Valentine's day! It was pretty magical and the girls loved it!

EMILY IS POTTY TRAINED!!!!We started in January, but this was the month when it all came together and there have been no more poop accidents!

It snowed in the valley! We got snow on Four Peaks and the Superstition Mountains! We went to play in the snow in Rye after church, and only drove 30 minutes to play in the thick, fluffy snow! It was so fun! Fred loved it. He loved the snow in Flagstaff so much!

Kate got baptized! Gwen wanted to match her dress, and Emily is Cinderella.

Emily and Jake selfie!

We love listening to Wicked in the car, so the girls wanted pictures in front of the poster!

Gwen always says, "I'm the white girl (girl in white dress) and Emily is the green girl." It makes me laugh every time.

Pre Dance pictures. Jake got Em this tutu and she loves it.

Aladdin!!!! IT WAS SO GOOD! Gorgeous set, hilarious acting, and beautiful music!
In our seats! The girls did so good! I had a bag of candy, and when Em would get restless, I'd give her a candy.

Rachel visited us in Mesa! Banana milk forever!
Gwen is such a beauty and loves playing at the park.

Jeremy was really the popular guy after our pizza party!

GWEN RIDING THE TWO WHEELER!
Emily is very proud of her banana trees.

The snow in Rye!

Emily is so funny!

Grammy Jan got us all the best shirts. This one says "Cousin Crew" and then each one has the kids' name!

Rachel, Sarah, Jan, Jacob and Jacob!!!!!! We love this bonus family of ours so so so so sosososososososo much!

Rapunzel, Gwen, and Eugene.

Family picture with Minnie Mouse!



I told Jake to give me an expression based on the recent sprint through the pouring rain. This was his and Gwen joined in! HAHAHAHAH!

Everyone who wasn't sleeping at the moment before we left for home! Chris and Ally joined in!

Emily got Grammy time and Chip and Dale time while the rest of us rode Soarin'!

Sarah brought the fanciest cookies. . . and best cheetah pants ever.

WE COOL.

Gwen, Indie, and Emily with Daisy Duck!







Tuesday, February 12, 2019

January 2019

January started out cold and wet! We played with fireworks at 7pm, and put the girls in bed shortly after!

I watched a Netflix show about decluttering. I'd read Marie Kondo's book years ago when it first came out, but her Netflix show and my friends tidying moved me to "tidy up" as well!!! I got a hold of every room, every closet, and even the attic! I would definitely put us in the minimalism category, but now everything has a place and makes much more sense!

In December, I started a new job working as a hygienist for a couple days each month, and we just really relished in spring cleaning, spending time with family, and hitting up all the parks we could!
Gwen selfie

Her hair is so pretty!

Emily's hair is getting so long!

Dr. Emily!

I don't have a pantry, so this is what I've made work for us!

Spice cabinet!

That knick knack container is the biggest mess in our whole home, but it has whatever you  need. ha!

Another Gwen selfie!

Gwen, Emily, and Ian!

The girls got library cards and are so proud!

Emily and Jake went on a date while I took Gwen to the ENT!

Emily loves sticking out her tongue.

Jake made us some delicious kabobs!

Medicine cabinet cleaning!

Gwen at preschool, searching for the hibernating bear.

December 2018

December started off right with a weekend of family!

Gwen and Emily had their first dance recitals with The Dance Barn. Earlier in the semester, Gwen told me she wanted to invite her grandmas and grandpas, so we wrote to all three sets (Ellsworths, Denhams, and Bishops) and invited them! We had just had the Denhams over, so they went back home to the mountains, but we loved the company of Grammie Jan and GramE and Papa!

My mom arrived a few days early and we went to see Dear Evan Hansen! It was incredible! I think it was the best show I've ever seen. I loved it. It was a stressful show built around a character's lie, and at times the stress I felt had me gripping my mom's hand for dear life! She was a champ about me holding her hand! Ha!

We went and saw the newest Spiderman movie with Jeremy, Kate, Megan, and Morgan and we loved it so much!

WE GOT A NEW ROOF! Merry Christmas to us! Our roof had been leaking from the several large rain storms we had gotten, and insurance covered the cost of replacing it! It's beautiful, and every time I see it, I feel so thankful for our home and the literal roof over our heads. We love this place and will never move!

Day 1, delivering supplies to the top of the roof. We loved watching!
Day 1, everything delivered.
We had a low key Christmas, and loved every minute of it!
Roof progress!
Roof progress!
Gwen and the crane

Post dance recital. Hungry and tired short people plus the Ellsworths!


Chrismtas jammies!


Ward Christmas party with Santa Claus

Emily and a motorcycle


Mom and I at Dear Evan Hansen!

Gwen enjoyed wearing the Christmas tree skirt as her own skirt.

Grammie Jan and Gwen!

Grammie Jan and Emily!

Christmas Sunday

He visited us!

Emily learned how to take selfies. Also, she got a big owie after running in the gym parking lot and tripping on her own feet.


Gwen, ready for her dance number!

Bishop family Christmas jammies!

Gwen got legos for Christmas and has loved them so much!

Picnic during the roof delivery. We look rough but had a blast!

Emily did NOT want a picture with Santa, but she is ready for recital, too!

More Emily selfies.

Gwen and Santa!

Girls at the spiderman movie!

Kyli came over and Emily selfied us! I love this!


Emily, Jake, Grammie Jan, and Gwen. Notice the still-irritable short people?