Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christmas and Owen’s pictures

Christmas was really fantastic this year. We woke up excited to open presents and Owen had a pretty decent understanding of Santa and opening gifts, so he tore into his presents pretty quickly. The hardest part was having to wait while we opened them so he could play with them!

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It was also pretty confusing to him to get a gift and then have to set it aside and open another one. He wanted to just play with it right now!

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Dan insisted Owen get a big dump truck because every boy needs one. And Owen has loved it. It was a great purchase by dad.

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Santa brought him an awesome train set and I spent some time setting up a pretty sweet track.

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Owen loved (and still loves) it!

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My family came over around 10, which was a new thing for us. Since we live closer, we decided to have cinnamon rolls at my house and open presents then! It turned out to be great and Owen got totally spoiled by my family!IMG_4603IMG_4627IMG_4629

Steph and Andrew got him a sweet basketball hoop and he loves dunking it.

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We all exchanged gifts and had fun playing with our stuff for a while. My family left and Owen went down for a nap and it started to snow! We had no snow all year and we got a good few inches on Christmas day! It was miraculous!

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We stopped by Honey and Papa’s house after Owen’s nap then headed to Dan’s parent’s house for food and more gifts. It was total mayhem but super fun as always.

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A few days after Christmas, we had Christmas dinner with my side of the family so we could all be there. It was at my mom’s house and lots of fun to have 4 little kiddos running around this year!

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We got Owen’s 2 year old pictures after Christmas and they turned out amazing. He is the cutest thing ever and I can’t believe what a big boy he is! We just love him so much and love how much joy he brings to us and our families!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

December

December was busy and full of fun. After Christmas was over, Dan and I looked back and realized what a great holiday season we had. We did a lot of festive things, spent a lot of time with family, and made some good memories together.

Owen loves to rock his sunglasses in the car and he looks pretty dang cute.

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We went to temple square in mid-December when it was literally in the 60s during the day. We went with Mike and Hailey (Owen’s favorite person on earth). He wouldn’t let go of her hand, and insisted she push him in his stroller. It wasn’t like she was pregnant and had a 2 year old to chase around or anything…IMG_4473

Owen’s little friend Kameron finally started nursery and they held hands the whole walk to nursery that day and it was adorable. We love Kameron (and Michelle and Landon). They have become some really good friends in our neighborhood.

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We had the 7th annual Hill Family Progressive Dinner and it was a success. We were only able to go to about half the houses and it still took a loooong time, but it was lots of fun, as usual!

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Stickers are one of my tactics we use to get through Sacrament meeting.

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Playing “choo-choos” with his cousins, Ryan and Matt.

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I was able to get together with some of my girlfriends while my dear friend Shelley was in town visiting from Texas. It was super fun to just chat with no kids (Dan brought Owen home to put him to bed!) and we laughed a lot.

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The Peterson Farm is right by our house and we just love it. We went with my  mom and rode a fun wagon pulled by the tractor. Owen was in heaven and got to ride on some of the tractors around the farm. They also had a cute Santa and Mrs. Clause FOR FREE and there was NO LINE. I was so happy but Owen wasn’t super interested. He wouldn’t sit on his lap, but he was fine talking to him and giving him high five. Maybe next year…

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He also got to feed the cute little goats!

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We went to temple square with Dustin, Kaley and Reese. Reese just really wanted to be in our picture and I love how it looks like we have twins. Those two are pretty darling together and have become good friends since we take turns watching kids each month so we can go to the temple.IMG_4559

We saw the “Tree of Life” in Draper and it was really awesome. We weren’t planning on it and it was freezing and super busy, but very cool. Owen wanted to run and of course we had no coat for him, so he threw a fit when we left.

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Dan picked up this bad boy right before Christmas and he couldn’t be happier. He plays at work all the time so now we can practice together. I love ping pong and we’ve already had a lot of fun playing.

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Owen’s birthday was the 23rd and we had a family party on the 21st. A lot of people made it and it was super fun. We just had lots of treats and ran around, but it was a blast. Owen got lots of great presents and he loved playing with all his cousins!

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We also sang to Ryan and Ryan was so cute to let Owen try to blow out the candles before he did. Love these boys!

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On Owen’s real birthday, we met my mom and Shelley and her cute kids at Chick Fil A. We love that place and afterwards, Shelley and kids came to play at our house for a while.

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We gave Owen his presents and he got this cool easel and lots of art supplies from Ikea. It has been a hit so far, but we have yet to bust out the painting supplies!IMG_4590

We sure love this little cutie and we can’t believe he has been around for two years already! He is so much fun and we just love life with him!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

November

   We didn’t do anything super exciting in November, but the weather was still amazing so we had fun enjoying it. Owen loved Dan’s cowboy hat and wore it all morning one day while he played with his tractors and trucks. He is the cutest.IMG_4337 My Grandma Phyllis has been living with my mom for a few years and she recently moved to Idaho to be with her daughter (my dad’s half sister). It was sad to see her go and we have really gotten to know her well over the years since we didn’t see her a lot growing up. Owen really loved her and still goes into her old room to look for her.IMG_4339 I started working part time in November and it has been awesome! I generally take off Wednesdays and Fridays and it has been so nice to have those days off completely and not even turn on my computer! On one of my first days off we rode on TRAX down to the Children’s Museum at Gateway. Owen was really nervous at first, but after a few minutes, he loved the train.

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We met my friend Nicole and her little boy Jack. The kids were so busy that we didn’t get to talk much and didn’t even take a picture! But it was still fun and Owen was in heaven with all the fun things they have there. It is a little pricey, but a fun thing to do once in a while.

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We got a new Christmas tree! We started putting up Christmas decorations a little early the year that Owen was born and we really loved it so we have kept doing it. We listen to Christmas music and put up the tree about a week or so before Thanksgiving. It just makes us happy! We had a tiny little tree for our old house but we have plenty of room for a big tree and we found an awesome deal and this tree is gorgeous. I really love it! We have since taken down the weird wood boards on the ceiling and patched all the holes around the house so it looks much  better! Dan also hung some shelves for me and I have started putting up frames which I also love.

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When I vacuum the floor, I put all of Owen’s toys on the couch and now he thinks it’s the funnest thing to climb on his dump truck while it’s on the chair or couch. He asks for me to do it even when I’m not vacuuming and he wants car keys as well so he can pretend to drive.

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We have taken quite a few trips to Ikea lately and we realized that they have a big play area with all of their toys on display for kids to play with. There is a train table, kitchen, work bench, and most of their toys out for kids to play with. There are a bunch of chairs and a tunnel and it’s really fun. So we will sometimes just go to Ikea to play with the trains and Owen is in heaven! Good thing he is getting a train set for his birthday next week!

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