Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Father’s Day & Charlie’s Birthday

This year Charlie’s birthday fell right on Father’s Day. Is doesn’t get better than celebrating two of my favorite boys in one day! You can make that four with my dad and father-in-law! I made cinnamon rolls, eggs, and bacon for breakfast, and then we gave Charlie a new bike and helmet. He had fun riding around.

After church and Colson’s nap, we headed to Alpine to celebrate Charlie, Karl, and Father’s Day. Plans changed, however, as we were on our way, I found out that my Grandpa Arbon had just passed away. I dropped off Jason and the boys at Grubers for the party and then met up with my family to see Grandpa before they took him body away. It was very sad and touching, but precious to be with my family.

After spending a little time there, I headed back to Grubers in time to see the presents being opened.

That Saturday we celebrated Charlie’s birthday with the Arbons. As I mentioned in a previous post, it was the day after the funeral for my grandpa. We had a really fun, full day. Jason and I picked up donuts on our way to share with the family, and then thanks to my mom we played pin the tie on the missionary, jumped on the tramp, tossed water balloons, played on the swings, and played Spikeball. Charlie and everyone else had a blast. My cousins, the Phillips, showed up since they were in town, and we all got to hang out together. Some of them went to the new Independence Day movie while others stayed back with the kids. When they got back, we had a BBQ dinner with hamburgers.

We took full advantage of the day and put the boys down to bed there then played more Spikeball and roasted s’mores on my parents new fire pit. We stayed until 11:00 pm before grabbing the boys out of bed and driving home. And who could forget the event of the night: my mom backing into the basketball hoop and knocking it down. A neglected monument bites the dust. It was probably about time anyways.

To say the least, we had a very eventful week. I love the boys in my life!

Colson's Nineteenth Month

(May 6 - June 5)

Colson started nursery! And it was legitimately on Mother’s Day that he became old enough. It was awesome and he did great. Dad dropped him off to prevent any potential separation problems. They said that he ate his snack and he sat in his chair during the whole lesson. Brimming with pride right here. There are only two boys and three girls in the nursery. He is the only “baby”. There is a big difference in age. The others are already verging on three.

He is such a cute and funny kid. He will make faces and try to imitate what you do with your face. He will also try and imitate other actions, like nail filing or gardening.

Colson will say “mess” when he is getting down from his high chair and he sees crumbs on the floor that he has thrown. He loves sitting on the kitchen counter and playing with whatever is up there. He especially loves putting things in the Blendtech, like lemons. He and Charlie also love drinking from squirt bottles.

At his 18 month doctor appointment they said it was time to ditch the bedtime bottle. I always hold on to what seems to work for as long as I can, but it was definitely passed time. To clarify, he was not put to bed with a bottle, he would just drink from a bottle to soothe to sleep and then I would put him in the crib without the bottle. So with this new goal we went cold turkey. No more bottles. Miraculously, he did pretty well. We went strictly to sippy cups. The new bedtime and naptime routine became giving him a blanket and reading him a story.  He likes to hold on to the book in the crib when I put him down. I found that I have to be careful with what book I give him because he has been known to destroy the books during his nap. With this new routine, he will sometimes cry for ten minutes, but then he always calms down.

Here are his measurements from his 18 month appointment:
Weight: 21 lbs 12.5 oz - 16%
Length: 31.5 inches - 16%
Head: 48 cm - 66%

Here are some more pictures from the month:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Final Goodbye

Grandpa Arbon started declining quickly. His kidneys were failing and it was evident in his urine. He was no longer eating and he was very tired and weak. They brought in a hospital bed and hospice. Erin called the family together to say our last goodbyes because she knew the end was near. It was very sad and tender to see Grandpa lying there and Grandma there by his side. The cousins and family came and we spent some time together outside and took our turns with Grandpa. Then we all gathered in his room and sang "God Be With You Till We Meet Again".

That was Tuesday evening, and being the strong man that Grandpa is, it wasn’t until Sunday evening (Father’s Day) that he passed away. We were just leaving for dinner in Alpine to celebrate Father’s Day and Charlie’s birthday when we heard the news, so I dropped Jason and the boys off in Alpine and went to meet up with my family who went to see Grandpa before they took his body away. I arrived just in time and it was a special moment with them.

Thursday was his viewing. We arrived late because we were dealing with a popped tire from earlier that day. I ran over a huge screw-type thing and it went all the way through the rim. It was an expensive flat tire.

The funeral was the next day in Taylorsville. It was beautiful and very heartfelt. Everyone had very sweet things to say about Grandpa. He was a very dedicated, strong, loyal, hard working, faithful, wise, and loving man. I loved all the of stories and the sweet memories. I gave the closing prayer. After the funeral we caravanned to Idaho to bury him at Teton Cemetery. We met George and Nancy off of the freeway to drop off the boys since we were not going to take them with us, and Bryan picked us up and drove us to Idaho. Well, he kind of drove us. The transmission of his truck failed when we reached Pocatello. Luckily, my cousin, Brock, and his wife, Liliana, were 30 minutes behind us and they were able to pick us up with just enough seats. We miraculously made it to the burial. The wind was blowing like crazy, up to 30 mph. It was nuts. It was a little hazy, but you could barely make out the Tetons in the distance. After the burial, we had dinner at a church that my mom’s sisters helped with. We ate, played Speed in the gym, and then headed back home. The Brinkers lent us an extra car to drive back in since the truck needed to be repaired in Pocatello. It worked out perfectly because Aarika would be driving from Salt Lake on Monday and could bring it home at that time. My family was actually able to go back on Sunday to get it and drop off the other car. I’m glad it all worked out. Car trouble is not fun!

By the time we pulled into Draper, it was midnight and the Phillips boys were there, so we chatted for a bit. Jason and I took Mark, Dan, and John home. We didn’t get home until 2:00 am. Luckily our boys were spending the night in Alpine. Jason and I slept in until 9:30 am (can’t remember the last time that happened) and went to pick up the boys. The events didn’t end there. We were headed back to Draper for a party for Charlie’s birthday, but I will talk about that in another post.

It is still surreal that Grandpa Arbon is gone. He was always so gentle and kind with me and he made me feel special. I knew he loved me. He was a quiet man, but so full of strength. I definitely miss him and wish I could turn back time and ask him more about his history. He had a big heart and he loved unconditionally. We are blessed to have known him and are blessed to know he is watching over us. Love you, Grandpa!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

June 2016 - Paintballing and Bathroom Remodel

Jason and John did some glass in one of the Parade of Homes houses again this year with their business Everlast Surrounds and Glass. It turned out really cool, and as usual, we loved exploring all of the amazing houses. There was definitely some cool stuff. We even went around with Mark and Jaleah one of the evenings.

A new season of the Bachelorette started up again. I was definitely going to watch this one since JoJo was my favorite from Ben’s season. The PG gang and I got together to watch it when we could. It is always more fun that way.

We had our annual paintballing game with Arbon cousins and friends. It is always such a blast and ends up being more fun than I remember. We had about 20 people. Charlie and Colson spent the night at my parents and stayed there through the next day. Darnel played with us this year, so we picked him up from the FrontRunner stop then headed to Dead Dog Field up Hobble Creek Canyon. Paul and Steve even came into town and that was so much fun. One of the highlights was playing a game where we were split up into groups of three and had to be the last team standing. Jason, Darnel, and I were a team and we ended up winning just as it started raining really hard. It was so thrilling and exciting.

This is the first year we have done it in June and so the grass was way longer than we had ever played in before. It was great for sneaking around, but not great for allergies:

Later, we met up with the Phillips and Arbon gang at Red Robin for dinner. Charlie and Lily always play really well together.

Charlie started swimming lessons at the Orem Rec Center. It was thirty minutes every day for two weeks. He didn’t really know what to think at first and did better when he couldn’t see me watching him, but once he relaxed a bit he had a good time. By the end of the two weeks, though, he was anxious to be done. He passed all of the skills (somehow), but probably spent most of the time bouncing in the water looking at the other swimmers. That swimming teacher definitely has it tough trying to keep that age group from wandering all over the pool. It’s pretty hilarious.

Grandpa Arbon started declining really quickly so we went to visit him several times. I will write more on that in the next post.

Jason started redoing the shower and tile in the downstairs bathroom. We had intended the shower replacement to be one of the first things we did when we moved in, but things have a tendency to become less important or to be put on the back burner. What really lit the fire was the fact that I was going to be hosting Girls Week in July, so we knew it was a good time to update it. Of course these kinds of projects always escalate to more than you originally plan. At first it was just going to be the shower, but then it became the tile, the toilet, the counter. And then of course you have to redecorate. Jason was very busy each night working on that, doing his own Everlast work, work on PicSkip, work on the yard, and time with the family. In the end, it turned out really great! I love it! There are still some things we want to do, like touch up the paint behind the toilet, paint the sink cabinet, and put some more pictures on the wall, but the important thing is we were done just in the nick of time for Girls Week.

We had a game night with some of our PG friends (Bairds, Gibbs, Paces). It was at the Paces this time. We had dinner at Wallabys and went to their house and played Tumbling Dice and Once Upon A Time (a storytelling game that wasn’t really any of our cup of tea, but atleast we tried it). No matter what we play, it is always a hoot with these guys. Kim and Kyle watched the boys for us.

I had a girl’s night with Stacee, Kylie, and Kara. It was so much fun! Stacee has connections at the Wynnsong and was able to get us in for free to see Me Before You. Such a fun night.

I was sustained as the 1st Counselor in the Primary.

And, of course, there is Father’s Day and Charlie’s Birthday, but I will write about those later. For now, you will just have to be satisfied with these garden update pictures:

Some surprise lilies that I did not plant.

The amount of strawberries waiting for us when we returned from Colorado!
We couldn't believe it.

More strawberries a week later. 
We were swimming in strawberries this month.

And here are some more pictures from the month:

Some outdoor adventures:

With Phoenix Coburn

Swimming at Kara Stone's pool -
Hayden, London, Ryder, Kenzlie, Colson, Charlie, Emmy

With Lily Phillips

Robyn Coburn asleep with umbrella sunscreen

Can you spy the mommy and baby bird in our peach tree?

Some of Charlie's photography:
My mom's homemade granola