Buying the house was pretty all consuming the first few months of 2012. And once in the house scrubbing, painting, renovating, demoing, and just all around lots of DIYing has been a constant (well I've slowed down as my pregnancy has progressed) but I'll enjoy blogging all the house goodness some other time.
Other than housing buying/making and April's events (that I actually did blog about), life certainly didn't slow down from there...
In May, Boz hit the big 30.
|Daddy/Daughter campout :)|
|On top of "Donkey" Rock with some of my YW, Amanda, Abby, and Emma|
The day before leaving for YW Camp, though it was a few days premature, I had some pressing business I had to take care for my mind to be at ease:
Yep, I was pregnant. It was also Father's Day so I wrapped that puppy up and gave it to Boz that evening. What guy doesn't love getting a stick his wife peed on for Father's Day? :)
So as my official announcement to the world (with less than 4 weeks to go- ha): We're Pregnant with #4... a little girl, due February 25th, 2013.
Aside from camping, our summer was filled with swimming, boating, tubing, fishing, shooting, chilling at the beach, evening movies in the yard, stargazing, enjoying the Millar ranch, kitty chasing (on Charlotte's part), biking Yosemite and, oh yes morning sickness :)... blah. Seriously though, it was a great summer.
|tubing Millerton at YW/YM activity|
|little dork :)|
|"I swimmeen, swimmeen..."|
|Elyette getting a shooting lesson family friend Ernie|
|4th of July sparklers at Great Gma Rae's|
Our last hurrah of summer was a bi-annual Smith Family Reunion (my parents, siblings and our families). This year at Bear Lake, Ut. All 49 of us (hence the "Smith Family 49ers T shirts) shared a big house near the lake. It was a BLAST.
|With my 8 siblings |
(From left to right- Top: Elisa, Jacob, middle: Marissa, Rachel, Stephanie, bottom: Matthew, Amy, Me, Jennie)
|All 49 of us|
|Charlotte and her also 2 year old cousin Sarah |
belly laughing about who knows what out alone together on the patio.
Elyette started 2nd grade and Jack started Kindergarten. And can I tell ya, sending them off doesn't get any easier!
|with Charlotte who thinks she so big :)|
I'm getting all gushy just writing about it.
Shortly after his first day of school, my little dude turned 5!
|Enjoy breakfast in bed: german pancakes, his favorite|
Jack played soccer again in the Fall and Elyette really wanted to join in this year so we signed her up too. They were on the same team (since she was 6 and he 5 at the time) so it made practice/game life super easy and really fun to watch them both.
|She got really good|
|Charlotte always making friends at the games|
Since getting much coveted play bow and arrows, Jack and Elyette have wanted them in their costumes. I thought about doing a family theme of famous archers; Robin Hood, Cupid, Merida, Katniss, Hawkeye, etc. -- Charlotte as Katniss. Myself as Cupid. My growing belly made me feel more chubby baby like than kick-butt tribute from District 12. -- but that was more work and Boz ended up being out of town anyway. Instead I sported my belly as a beer belly, I mean a "rootbeer" belly and went as a white trash dude (trucker hat, mustache, tats, tight shirt, etc.). Sorry, I never did get a pic of myself... I think my father-in-law did though... hmmm, blackmail?
Anyway, back to the kids.
Charlotte was Little Red Riding Hood. The corset and peasant top were already made, so I just did the cloak and skirt for her.
Jack was Robin Hood of course. I made him the cloak and hat but the rest were dress-up stuff.
Elyette decided early on she wanted to be Merida from Brave. She already had the purple cloak so the dress was the only thing from scratch I had to do. It was 2 dresses really. The tan under dress (nightgown like) and the green dress over it. The sleeve cuff things were interesting to figure out.
A week after Halloween comes Elyette's birthday. She's a HUGE fan of sushi (what 7 year old isn't?) so we made our 3rd attempt at homemade sushi rolls (no fancy raw fish though, just smoked salmon and shrimp combos). Followed up by her request for pumpkin pie. The pumpkin used was the ultimate gift sacrificed by Jack from his field trip to the pumpkin patch. A much loved pumpkin. He made an interesting pairing with sushi.
Its been a while since I threw a party for the kids' bday (Elyette's 4th and Jack's 3rd) so I decided I trade off ever other year with them. Elyette helped me plan a party of extreme girlyness. It was a Fairy Garden Tea Party. We planned to do it outside under a little tent and feature the kids' new treehouse that Boz had just finished, but it ended up too cold with possible rain, so we moved it inside. Elyette worked hard individually decorating teacups for invites and helping me assemble tulle flowers, wings, petal placemats, and all the food.
We made iced butterfly and flower cookie pops as party favors and had jelly filled strawberry cake with frosting rosettes that sat on a bed of wheat grass. The wheat grass is the coolest thing ever. It took us 2 weeks to grow from some wheat berries (just from food storage) on a large disposable platter. It was really cool to see it go from seed to 6 inch long thick green grass in such a short time. I might have to do it again for an Easter centerpiece or something.
Shortly after that adventure we drove off the Washington for Thanksgiving break. It had been 10 years since I had been "home" for Thanksgiving (last time was my freshman year at BYU). A first for Boz and kids.
|DANG! We look good after 8 years.|
Before Thanksgiving Day, Boz and I got to celebrate our 8th anniversary back in Seattle. We first did sealings at the Seattle Temple (where we were married), then had a YUM pastrami sandwich at Tat's Deli and visited the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center (I'd been wanted to see it since it was in SF the Fall we moved out of the Bay area).
Thanksgiving Day was filled with LOTS of cousins, games, cooking, food and most of all PIE. We had 17 pies to be exact. And apparently they are pretty much all we got pictures of that trip :P.