Sunday, November 6, 2016

Who he is: Lincoln at 13.5 months

Lately Lincoln has been rocking my sweet little world and I realized I wanted to write it down so I can always remember him like this.  He started walking in the middle of October and now he walks about 98% of the time.  He still falls down a lot but always pops right back up and keeps going!  He loves to be right by me all day.  When the kids get home, he'll venture off more to play with them, and when Kyle gets home, he gets the biggest smile on his face and always runs straight for him.  He still takes two naps a day, puts up with my endless kisses, and screams when people won't share bites with him.  My parents just watched my kids for 5 days and they said he is a tank (aka heavy) and that he never stops eating!  He's a great sleeper and a real joy to me.  I just started putting him in Owen's old 18 month clothes and man, I feel like I have another little Owen on my hands.

Lincoln LOVES music, and so he does well in the car if I have the music blasting.  I've started noticing lately that when I start singing he starts singing along.  I noticed it first in the bath, and then yesterday we were driving and belting out Adele and I could hear his little voice singing along!  Be still my heart.  When the doorbell rings and all my kids run for the door, he does too!  (In a panic though.  I think he thinks he's getting left behind!)

This little dude is LOUD, and he does this pterodactyl scream when he wants something.  He loves to clap and he loves to pound his chest when he's happy or proud of himself.  He goes way more willingly to men than to women (except for momma of course!).  He has huge mitts, and his thumbs are just so chubby for some reason!  I love this stage.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery

Sunday was the last day of our trip, and we felt like visiting the Arlington National Cemetery was an appropriate Sunday activity. I'm so glad we went. We first booked it up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was the second time of our trip when I was touched to tears. The reverence and respect shown there was so beautiful. I am so grateful for those who defend our country. I love our country so much and I'm grateful for the reminder of what a great country we really are (despite how horrible our current election is).  I truly love this country.

And that was the end of our trip!  Thanks to the Millers for loving our babies while we were away!!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

BYU at West Virginia

Aaaaand on to the main event!  Cali and I had NOT planned to wear the exact same thing so we got a good laugh of it when we met in the lobby!  We got an uber and headed over to the stadium.  It was so much fun listening to the music and getting pumped up.  We had pretty good seats too, so that was fun.  Oh man, this game.  We were gonna lose, and then we were gonna win, and then in the last few seconds of the game, we threw an interception at the 1 yard line.  It was pretty devastating.  It was ALMOST AMAZING.  It was almost miraculous.  We sat in the stadium and sang "Country Roads" with the rest of the crowd.  I think it made the West Virginians like us because as we left we had a LOT of people pat us on our backs telling us "good game."  We waited by the buses to say hi to Andrew Mikkelsen, Anna's brother who is also a kicker on the team.  It was fun seeing all the players.  Man, why didn't we win that game?!!!  We ended the evening by riding the metro back to the city and eating some Mexican food.  Oh man.  It was a real heart breaker.   Still fun though.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

DC Segway Tour

We spent the last 2 days of our trip in Washington DC.  The reason we booked this trip to begin with, was that BYU was playing in West Virginia (right out of DC) and Kyle and I had never been to Washington DC so we thought it was a good excuse to go.  One thing that has been on our bucket list for a long time is going on a segway tour, so once we decided to go to DC, we KNEW it was the perfect place for a segway tour.  And boy did it NOT disappoint.

We all flew into DC on Thursday night, including our friends from Roseburg, the Allens.  We all went to dinner that night at a french restaurant, Le Diplomat, and then we had our segway tour booked for the next morning.  I was pretty sure I was going to end up falling in the road and dying but once we got there, they gave us a quick lesson and it was a lot easier than I thought.  We had a 3 hour tour where we drove by the White House, the Capitol building, WW2 Memorial, National Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, and a lot of other things along the way.  It really ended up being a highlight of the trip!

We finished off the day by going to the National Archives, where we got to see the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the original Star Spangled Banner, Old Glory, and the Emancipation Proclamation.   It was really amazing to get to see these inspired documents.  I was touched to tears twice during this trip, and the first time was when I was able to read the original Emancipation Proclamation.  And it made me proud that I have a little Lincoln of my own.

We took an hour tour of the highlights of the National Museum of Art, and then that night we went out to dinner with the Allens to a fancy seafood place.  It was fun because there was obviously some political person there because there were secret servicemen everywhere.  It was a great, long day.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and resort that has been welcoming guests since 1778, although I believe it was built to what we see today around the 1930s. This place was pretty insane. It was decorated in bold colors, stripes, and florals, just, over the top, everywhere. It was really beautiful. There was a dress code and we were the youngest there by quite a ways. On top of that, there was a steep gratuity and historical preservation fee on everything we did which made it a little rough by the end, but besides that, we had a lovely 3 days there.

We ate a lot of yummy food (Kyle had to borrow a jacket and Joey had to borrow a tie!), we took a tour of the grounds and later took a tour of an old secret government bunker.  That was definitely a cool highlight.  The boys golfed, Cali and I went to the spa, we all went swimming, we picked different foyers and different rooms to read books in... haha.  We played shuffle board, toured the chapel, ate high tea while listening to a woman play the Downton Abbey song on the piano... haha Kyle loved that part.  We played checkers and a dice game called 4,3,1.  It was a really unique experience, like we had traveled in time, just, old school luxury and charm.

Our flight back to DC was pretty funny.  The airport was so small and quaint.  We got checked in and they didn't even open up security until our plane was there and we were walking out, as if it were a one man show.  Kyle and I picked the back of the plane so Kyle could have ultimate leg room.  It was really fun.