The past month or so has been INSANE. I have been constantly on the go. Here's an attempted update to capture some of the recent happenings:
Ate Thanksgiving dinner (lunch) early so we could leave right for California after we ate. Steve was coaching down there, and they were taking their babies to Disneyland after. I offered to come and help (basically I wanted to experience the magic of babies and Disneyland), and they let me come. It was quite the adventure. Love you Frankie but your teething while all of us shared a hotel room made it an interesting experience. We'll keep it at that. It was such a fun trip. I'm so glad I got to tag along! Thanks Steve and Dayna!
Frankie we love you, but we hate you for these early mornings, but mostly we love you.
Vin loves listening to JT on my ipod. He really is the perfect boyfriend
Frankie's first time at the beach
A man asked me how old Frankie was and proceeded to tell me all about his baby. Is it bad that I love when people think he's my baby?
Didn't actually try these donuts, but they looked yummy
Day 1: Disneyland
We got stuck on the Roger Rabbit ride. I love her.
Watched Frankie while the others went on Astro Blasters
With my best boys on the Winnie the Pooh ride while Jayne went on Splash Mountain
Day 2 California Adventure:
Nothing is happier than being with a two year old boy at Cars Land
I was a mom and wore running shoes with my outfit. Fashion sacrifices for the well being of my feet
Swinging ferris wheel with my boyfriend. Closest I'll get to an "OC" ferris wheel ride with my boyfriend. Too far?
Got to share a room with cute Taytem
Giovanni's garlic shrimp. HEAVEN ON A PLATE
Dole Plantation Selfie
First time paddle boarding
The Adams knew I like tomato juice so they got a bottle just for me. They don't drink it. Sent this to my mom to show her how great they are.
The Porter Christmas Party was that Friday at our house which is always crazy. I love seeing my cousins. It was weird having Brooke gone, but was still a great time. We also celebrated Kenyon's 40th, which included some good laughs.
Frank borrowed Violet's pajamas and Franklina was born
The next day was grandpa's funeral. It was such a special day. It was the first time that all of the cousins have all been together ever. The last time we were all in one place some of the younger cousins weren't born yet. The grandkids had the chance to get up and sing. Not sure if any words actually came out of my mouth, but I tried. His funeral was such a perfect tribute to him. His paintings were all over. When we were in the room at the viewing my niece Jayne asked me if we were in heaven. I told her it wasn't heaven, but then stopped myself and said but it kind of is like heaven with all of grandpa's paintings there. That's my kind of heaven.
Stevie turned 30 years OLD the same day, and Dayna threw him a little surprise birthday bash. Steve's the best older brother. I'm lucky to have such a great example in my life.
Each of us is holding a picture of Steve. Kim wins.
The next week was Christmas. Many hours were spent playing games. I spent a good chunk of my day with Vinny and his new cars track. We made up a victory dance that I wish I would have recorded. I love my little boyfriend. I went down in the gym to play with the kids and Jayne had on her new Frozen dress. She asked me if I would play dress up with her so I put on Lauren's prom dress and we went upstairs. Lauren and Dayna didn't want to miss out so Laur put on her wedding dress and Dayna put on one of our other dresses and we had a Frozen dance party. Christmas is so much better with kids around.
Jayne and my mom yelled to me, so I came from the kitchen to find this.
Frank is in there
A few days later I was off to DC for Kassandra and Kyle's wedding! It was such a great week. Blythe and I flew out together to DC, met up with Shelby at the airport then Kaile picked us all up and took us to her house. I love that house. So many childhood memories. It was New Years Eve so we watched the ball drop and stupid performances from artists that nobody cares about *cough cough Miley Cyrus and Jason Derulo. Then we stayed up late chatting. We slept in a vegged all day. Em and Alicia came over, and we drove by our old houses. We met up with Kyle and Kassandra at the visitors center and hung out with her family for a little bit. Then we had a girls night, our last girls night with Kassandra before she was Mrs. Stockamp.
Childhood home. It was much cuter circa 2000
It is the best seeing your friends so happy. Kyle and Kassandra are so good together, and it's the best knowing that my friends are getting the best for themselves. Perfect pair. I'm sad I couldn't be in the temple for the sealing, but I got my own special moment. I was in the waiting room of the temple, and I looked at the wall to see grandpa Magleby's painting on the wall. I cried. I love that I have the blessing of seeing his paintings in the house of the Lord.
Mac n cheese with Mare AT HER APARTMENT
Now I'm back to reality working like a mad woman. 47 hours of nannying in a week can take the life out of you. I would have worked more too, but one of my jobs ended up not needing me as much one day. I'm pretty much always tired, and sometimes it's hard to be positive, but I'm trying to stay happy and enjoy this time of life.