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?

Monday, February 11, 2019

November 2018

I really don't have stylish clothes! It's not something that bothers me because I wear scrubs to work (and they are in excellent condition, well tailored and pressed!!!!) and then workout clothes to the gym, and pajamas at night! I'd been telling Jake how I'd like to work on my style, so for my birthday he set up a babysitter so he could take me shopping! We went out and got some beautiful pieces and then went home to a surprise birthday party! It was so, so, so good! I loved being surrounded by love and Mexican food, and it seriously was a true surprise! It's no secret that I'm a crier, so when I realized what was happening, the tears started flowing! Allisa planned it with Jake, all while planning newborn Rooney's blessing, and I just felt so loved!

Rooney got blessed and it was so sweet! I love blessings!

We had family pictures taken by our favorite gal. She is Kyndra's sister and handles our crazy so well! We love you Kylie! In October, when I quit my job, I was sad to tell the girls that Ninna wouldn't be coming over anymore. They took it well (they like me decently enough!) but there are days when they ask me, "Mom, can you let Ninna come over and you go away?" hahah! I love the whole Hassell family so much!

I went with Kyli and Esther to see the Alison Show's live podcast and it was so fun! We expected a dance party(just a little one) and it was great even without the dancing!

JAKE AND I WENT TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!!!! This trip had been many months in the making, and we had been planning for a long time. In February or March, Tami Stark from Flagstaff contacted me and asked if I had any interest going to the DR to do dental work. I IMMEDIATELY AGREED. She told me they had had a hard time finding a hygienist to come since they were going over Thanksgiving, but that wasn't a problem to us! We had grandparents watch the girls, and while they were having a blast in Arizona, we were working and playing hard in the DR!

We went snorkeling(for five minutes on my end due to sea sickness! Holy cow, I felt like death!), ziplining, waterfall hiking, church go-ing, and swimming in the ocean. We went to a Haitian refugee camp and provided dental care in the local church/school building that had no running water. It was such a stark change from the way I've practiced dentistry in Arizona, and so rewarding. We also contributed in helping donated 200 bags filled with rice, beans, noodles, oils, spices, and feminine products to the locals. It was amazing. Jake was Dr. Ben Stark's assistant, and we were dripping in sweat working on the patients!

The day we arrived, we went to an inclusive resort with the prettiest beach! I've never felt such warm ocean water, and the weather was so perfect. Warm and slightly windy. We left the resort the next morning to go meet the rest of the group at the villa. We had a security guard, a cook, and a maid, and it was so cool! The cost of the villa afforded the inclusive features, and we were just there to work and play! We got invited to go back in October 2019 and cannot wait!

Fred ready for my party! With Nicholas and Farris
Morgan, Gwen, me, Farris and Holliday!
Gwendolyn, November 2018

Emily, November 2018
Harry Potter Jammies
Allisa, Nicholas, and Farris

The Alison Show!
More Alison Show shenanigans!

Terribly dangerous, but very cute. And naughty. But sweet. But time out for all three of you!
Me, Allisa, Abby, and Esther forever!
Friendsgiving movie night!

breakfast in DR


Swinging into winter! ha!

Waterfall hike!

Our Villa!!!!

The church/school where we practiced! Lots of triage and injections from me!

This hot tub was on the third floor of the villa!

Our view from our bedroom. The beach was a 5 minute walk away.

I drank Pina Coladas everywhere we went, and this was the very best one!

Snuggling my girls before leaving for the Dominican.

Some supplies we packed for the give away bags.

Ziplining crew!

Working hard! Brayden in the back was sterilizing instruments with bleach.

Jake used to assist Dr. Stark, so it was a happy reunion!

Church on vacation is one of my favorite things!

Best beach ever! This is the same beach as the swing picture.

This was our room for the first night!

Ella, Brayden, and I with some local children!


Hiking the waterfalls. I love these two! I used to be their nanny and we are buddies!

Ziplining is so fun! They had a line that essentially was like a bungy jump. It was so scary! But we landed in a pit with a lot of toads, so I pretended I was at Hogwarts.

I'd tell all the little kids in Spanish that Dr. Stark was Santa Claus because he'd make their mouth not hurt and then give them a present! They loved him. And me. hah

Our waterfall guide!

The last jump had this lovely beach that we could jump over and over at!

The beach!
Emily and another car!
Gwen at preschool!