Fall 2015

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It has been a long while since I posted about what we’ve been up to! We bought a home just before summer and have been spending lots of time rearranging furniture, discovering drawers we didn’t know we had (seriously, I found a kitchen drawer I hadn’t noticed, after 4 months of living here!), and saving up for extra furniture we need.

We have also been doing a lot of financial planning. This stresses me out. I know, I’m preaching to the choir! I have spent so many hours in our Excel spreadsheets. I just have to keep reminding myself of all the blessing we have and not dwell on the rougher parts of our plans!

We have been getting into extra-curricular activities. Noa and Isca both take piano lessons from a friend down the street. Noa doesn’t like lessons or practicing the same songs over and over but he LOVES to sit down and play by ear or compose his own music. Isca is the opposite. She loves to practice and do the lessons. I think she will be a great pianist but I wonder if she will ever ‘feel’ the music like Noa does. I wonder if he will ever be able to ‘feel’ the music when he feels forced to play. I’m interested to see how Hollis does when she starts!

Noa is playing soccer again this year. He seems to be hit or miss this season. Either he is on or he can’t quite get it together during his games. He has have a few goals and that always brightens up his day :) He wants to see if we can find an indoor league so he can play through the winter. I found one but it’s a Sunday league and we don’t do sports on Sunday.

Isca is dancing again this year but she is taking one dance class that covers ballet, tap, and jazz. She loves to dance and she has started using every surface of the house as a makeshift studio. The counters are her barre, she watches her reflection in the oven as she plies, she uses long stretches of floor to practice leaps.

Hollis and I go to the preschool story time and STEM lab at the library each week. She LOVES it. The STEM lab changes each week and has been so fun to visit each station and do some hands on exploring and learning together. We’ve flown airplanes, stacked cups, built toothpick buildings, played with play dough, sorted shapes and food groups, practiced cutting, looked at leaves through a microscope, etc.

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Noa also joined chorus at school. He seems to have joined for two reasons, 1. they MIGHT sing at a minor league baseball game 2. there MIGHT be a cute girl situation going on. Either way, he gets himself to school 30 minutes early once a week and has started singing the hymns at church with much more gusto than before.

Noa and I are also reading the Book of Mormon before his 10th birthday next month. We started in July. It has been a really great experience to read this book together. We are reading about Captain Moroni and Helaman and the 2,000 stripling warriors. Noa has been LOVING all the wars and strategies we’re reading about right now. He told me he feels like he has become a better boy since we started and that he feels like he has less temptations to make bad choices. I feel like it has softened a lot of my edges, too, and has helped me be more patient and understanding of other people when it seems like they can’t get their act together.

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Luke and I are getting old and our bodies are falling apart. Luke is currently going to physical therapy because he dislocated his shoulder a few months ago. Ironically, he was doing physical therapy on the shoulder when his theraband snapped and ripped his shoulder out of the socket. Fun stuff. I just finished up a round of treatment at the chiropractor for some hip/knee pain. Thank you, children, for all the damage you have done to my joints and ligaments. PS: There’s a huge dog that hangs out in my chiropractor’s office.

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Oh, and BYU football. We have watched a lot of that this fall. It is exhausting being on the east coast when the games are late starts in Utah. I’ve woken up at 2am to the sounds of cheering and announcing coming from Luke’s phone a time or two!

The other thing I’ve been up to is baking and cooking everything I can get my hands on. Soups, pies, crisps, pickles, jams… I just want to bake and cook all the time and fill my freezer and fridge with all the goodness.

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Luke and I are also getting ready for a trip to the Domincan Republic next month! I won a 5 night all-inclusive stay at a resort there so we are cashing it in and heading off on an adventure! I’m a little nervous because I have heard that the DR is not super safe. Luke speaks Spanish fluently and is really nice and charming so we are hoping that will help us avoid any sticky situations! I told Luke we are doing Europe next. Our 3 big trips since we’ve been married will have been Hawaii, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. I like palm trees and beaches but my melanoma-prone skin needs a break! Plus, Luke has never been to Europe and has been hoping to go forever! According to our new financial planning we should be able to go in exactly 1 billion months.

So that’s what we have been up to around here this Fall. Life is flying by! Here are some other things we’ve done:

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