Sasha turned one on May 4th. It turned out to be a perfect day for a party! My parent were in town and lots of family were able to come. I think Sasha new it was her birthday too, she would get so excited when we said happy birthday or sang to her, and she loved the balloon!
We had a Taco Bar to feed everyone, delicious cakes from Nothing Bundt Cake, and awesome decor borrowed from my friend Mauri.
Sasha loved all her presents and was very spoiled! We especially loved the Tweety Bird card she got from Grandma Fulkerson. See the resemblance?
We knew Sasha would love her cake too! She went right for it and didn’t stop. She had a death grip on it!
A few weeks later we also snapped her one year old pictures! She was semi cooperative. I was just happy we caught some classic “Sashsa” looks.
I have not been as good at updating things about Sasha as I was with the other kids (isn’t that how it is with number 4?). Sasha started crawling at bout 6 months old. It was so funny to see her crawl because she is so tiny! SOon after that she was pulling herself up and walking along things. We though for sure she would be walking at 10 months, but she waited until 11 months. Even now at 14 months (yes this post is delayed) people will make comments about how she is too little to be walking, and “look at that tiny baby walking around!”. At her one year check up (at 13 months) she was 30 % for head, 14 % for wieght at 17 pounds, and 1% on height at 27 inches. At 12 months she is still in 6-12 month sized clothes, and will be for a while longer. We love that she is so tiny! Her small frame is made up for in personality. She is such a calm and happy baby. She has some really funny mannersism and faces she pulls. Her little toungue is still sticking out, but we now know that it is simply pecause she has a small palate. We has to take her recently to primary chldrens hospital in order to have her skull examined. Luckily she is ok! Sasha does not say alot, but does understand alot. She can say mom, dad, bye, and hi, but she understand most of what we tell her. Sasha loves animlas and pretty much anything that moves on it’s own. She is fansitanted by Kenobi and will follow him around tha house waving and saying “hi” over and over. If she is lucky he will sit still long enough to let her pet him and she squeals with delight! Sasha loves being one of the big girls and being included in what Natalya and Nadia are doing. She also loves spending one on one time with Tanner in his room, and thinks he is the funniest! She also loves Dad and will follow him around when he is home. Our favoriteis when she wants to sit in his lap (or anyones lap) she starts from about 3 feet away and starts backing up and then just plops down. She also loves mom, especially when she wakes up in the morning. Sasha also loves being outside, and escapes anytime the door is open. She could be outside all day! We love our tiny happy girl! And liked Nadia asked not too long ago, “can we keep her?”
After Vegas instead of heading home, we decided to surprise the kids and take them to Disneyland for a few days. We had it planned a few weeks in advanced, but kept it from the kids. I packed two suitcases, one for Vegas, one for Disneyland. I packed all the kids Disney shirts and other Disney related items that we could use. At one point while I was packing Natalya asked, “why in the world do we need all these clothes for two days!” Good thing she is 5 and didn’t think anything beyond that.
As we left Vegas we headed towards California, but the kids still thought we were headed home. About an hour into the drive Tanner was sure we were going the wrong direction. He even said “Salt Lake is back that way, we are headed to California!”. We tricked him by saying we were taking a new route that took us north through Nevada and then we would head east when needed. He bought it. Randomly while we were driving through Death Valley, Tanner looked out the window and said, “Where are we, Death Valley or something?” He is too smart for us. Luckily they were all distracted enough to not notice signs and things. We stopped for lunch in Barstow at an awesome sit down Pizza Hut. I was worried the kids would over hear someone say something about California. Plus all the kids had on Disney shirts (yes they never questioned that either), so I thought for sure someone would ask if we were headed to Disneyland, but no! We were safe. In fact, we made it a lot farther than we expected. Here is a small portion of the video we took, the original one is 7 minutes long. The first part of the video, which I cut out, was us pulling off the freeway pretending we were lost and if the kids could help us read signs and figure out where we were. We drove right by the entrance of Disneyland… and only Tanner mentioned that he thought he saw a sign that said Disneyland. We drove all the way into the parking lot of the Disneyland Hotel before anyone figured anything out.
After we unpacked and checked out the room, we headed out to spend a few hours swimming. The pool was awesome, and had a separate area with some water slides. The kids all had a blast! Afterwards we went to spend some time in Downtown Disney to eat dinner and do some shopping (and most importantly get some Haagan Daz). We thought we would get back in time to watch the fireworks from our hotel room, but we just missed it.
We woke up bright and early the next day so we could be to the gate in time for Magical Mornings. I loved that we could just get ready and walk out the door and practically be at the front gate. It was so much better than parking, lugging a stroller and four kids all by ourselves. The kids were all very excited to get going!
We spent the first part of the morning doing all the Fantasyland rides. It was great because of the time of year and it being early in the morning we had no lines. The only bad part was having to force Nadia onto rides kicking and screaming. She was not a fan! She would be ok during the ride, but going on and getting off she would be screaming! We were the worst parents in the world forcing her to go on! On the other hand, Sasha, the baby, loved them all! If you ask Nadia which ride was her favorite? The carousel which she rode on three times. Near lunchtime Trent took the older kids on Splash Mountain, and I took Nadia to meet Tinkerbell and her Fairy friends! She loved it! After splash mountain Trent was going to take the older kids right onto Indiana Jones, but soon realized Natalya was not tall enough. She was not happy as documented in the picture. We went to the Tiki Room instead.
We had lunch on New Orleans Square (my favorite place in all Disneyland). Nadia wanted her own Monte Cristo, and I was just glad to get my mint julep (I have had one every time I have gone to Disneyland, even when I was little ). From then on we hit as many rides as we could. Including the Princess Fantasy Faire. At one point we had to take a little break cause the kids were so tired. We parked at a table and watched a few sessions of the Jedi Training, and also decided to get some dinner while we were there. Nadia even took a little nap!
After that we hit up the rides we missed, plus went on some of our favorites again (splash mountain, pirates, haunted mansion). We had been on it’s a small world earlier where we convinced Nadia to go on (and she loved it), so we then told her Pirates was just like it’s a small world, but with Pirates. She bought it and went on with no problem. After the ride was done she said she liked it, but she didn’t care to go on it again. when we were done we parked it for a bit so we could catch Fantasmic. We saw the show two years ago, but honestly I could watch it every night and love it! The park closed soon after so we called it a day.
Only to wake up early again to hit California Adventure! We also checked out of our hotel so I was sure to snap some pictures of our awesome room. The headboard not only lit up, but it has a music box that played “When you wish upon a star”. They didn’t leave out any detail!
We were pretty low key at California Adventure. It was pretty hot and a little bit more crowded than Disneyland. Plus after spring break, family in town, Vegas and Disneyland all in a row, we were all tired. Nadia was much better about rides this time around. At one point we went on Monsters Inc. At the end there was a little delay where we were stuck for a few minutes. While we were there one of the Monsters talked to us! I was holding Sasha and the monster said ” Hey, lady in the front row, that is a cute monster you have there! If she gives you any trouble you let me know”. It was pretty funny. We also had Natalya go on Tower of Terror. She was pretty terrified after, but no she claims she loved it!
By the end of the day Sasha had it, she wanted a real nap, and she was hot and tired. Around 5 we called it quits, packed up and headed back home to Utah. Even though it was a short trip we had a blast! Within minutes of getting into the car Sasha was asleep and slept the entire way home.
After a fun spring break week, spending lots of time with family, we headed for a weekend in Vegas to spend more time with family and to attend our newest niece Naomi’s baby blessing. We arrived Saturday afternoon and immediately went to my brother’s house to see baby Naomi and visit with family. During this time the girls all took off to help my sister in law Ashley find a super cute new outfit to wear on Sunday. We then headed to Wahoo Fish Tacos for dinner. Immediately after we headed to our hotel for the night!
Church wasn’t until 1pm, so we had some time to hang out at our hotel. We stayed in a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with a kitchen so it was awesome to have extra space to hang out. It was also nice to be able to enjoy our room and take time getting ready and eating breakfast. Around one we headed to the church and met up with the rest of my family. It was great that we were all able to be there for Naomi’s special day. After church we stopped by a small park to take some pictures.
We then headed back to Derrick and Ashley’s to enjoy a delicious lunch and just hang out. The kids all loved holding baby Naomi!
Later that evening we went back to our hotel room and let the kids swim for a bit (we had to take full advantage of our place). The kids had a blast and could have swam for hours! Unfortunately, we had to get them to bed. We had a big day and a big surprise for the kids!
Some how between Tanner’s birthday, baptism and then Easter I left out a very big event. My birthday!
This year was a big one, I turned 30. I am happy or sad about the fact I am getting old, but I feel like I am finally maturing, just a teeny bit. Regardless of how old I am I always love my birthday.
This year was a good one. I had lunch with friends, a hot date with my husband to my favorite restaurant, and shopping!
Since I am 30, I thought it would be fun to have a list of 30 things to do while I am 30, but unfortunately I couldn’t think of 30 things:) But some things I wanted to do this year is: run a 5k (done and done), travel to a new state (done), participate in some kind of food challenge, and be able to do 5 free hanging pull ups. So I have done half of them, here is to an awesome year!
The same weekend Tanner was baptized, it was also Easter!On Saturday before Tanner’s baptism we attended our neighborhoods annual Easter Egg hunt. The kids look forward to this every year!
We saw a lot of our friends there, which made it even more fun! Nadia was still young enough to be in the younger kids section, so she was able to collect a bunch of eggs. The other kids didn’t do so bad either!
After all the baptism festivities we let the kids dye their Easter eggs. Some year I am going to get creative with my decorating of the eggs, but not this year.
We have church at 9am, so when the kids woke up we let them have some of their more spiritual gifts form the Easter bunny. We hid their Easter baskets in hopes they wouldn’t find them until after church, but of course Tanner and Natalya did. Luckily they were good and held off until after church.
At church we had a wonderful Easter program where I was able to sing in the choir and also share my testimony of the savior. After church we let the kids have at it with their Easter baskets. I think Sasha likes chocolate.
Later in the afternoon my brothers and their families came to have Easter dinner with us. We had smoked ham (smoke by Trent) and lots if yummy side dishes prepared by all. Afterwards we had a little Easter egg hunt with the kids and then did video chat with my brother Derrick and his family who were home in Las Vegas. Overall it was a great holiday spent with lots of family and food.
We live in a more rural area of Lehi, we are pretty much surrounded by farms. Luckily we are friends with one of the farms owners and we were able to go for a visit one day. The girls had a blast seeing the animals, especially the baby lambs that were only a few days and some a few hours old. They loved Bonnie too, and they think she is their grandma now!
The girls were able to feed a horse, and some sheep. Bonnie’s brother who runs the farms was surprised that the sheep took to use so easily. Apparently they are leery around strangers (especially kids). The sheep loved them so much they tried to follow them home.
This is a bit out of order, but about midway through March Natalya had to have a minor surgery: adenoid removal and tubes put in her ears. Since she was three she would develop several bad ear infections during the winter months and she would not be able to hear well for several months. We would always take her to the doctor, but he would have us wait to see and by May she would be better. This time around I knew it had to be affected her schooling so I wanted to do something about it, luckily the doctor agreed. We took her to an ENT and she also agreed. The tubes would help relieve the pressure in her ear (Which was an amazing amount, and apparently she had a size 5 adenoid (which is the biggest you can have) and the ENT said she was surprised Natalya could hear anything. So, a week an a half later we went to a surgical center and did the surgery.
Everything went really well. Natalya was not happy when she woke up from anesthesia and she even threw up. Once we were home she was doing awesome! I was even going to send her to school the next day, but then she was much worse the next day. It was never really bad but she had some throat and ear pain. Now, she is doing great and has had no hearing issues since!
Even though Tanner turned 8 in February, it worked out that hiss baptism would be in April. It worked out great because it was the Saturday before Easter.
Tanner’s baptism was at 11am, and tanner was very excited. We had prepared him well, and he was excited to finally be baptized. We had a lot of family in town to witness it and it was very special to have everyone there. The baptism service started with a talk and a musical number, as well as all the kids being baptized were introduced. After the kids were separated by ward for the baptism. Tanner’s friends Milo and Kiera were being baptized as well! Trent was able to baptize him, with both his grand fathers at the witnesses. Trent was also able to confirm him, with both grandfathers as well as his uncles Ben, Josh, and Steven in the circle. Although the pictures do not show it, ( Tanner is self conscious about his newly frown in front teeth) he was extremely happy and glowing all day.
After the baptism we returned home and had a luncheon/party for Tanner. He received a new set of Scriptures (with his name), a neat “8” gift set from his aunt Elise, a ctr ring from his aunt Kristana, and his own hymn book from his Grandma Miskin. We has fun eating and visiting with family. It was such a special day for Tanner and I am so glad for the choice he made to be baptized. I am grateful for all that celebrated with us and supported him.
For two weeks in March the three older kids took swim lessons through the Lehi Legacy Center. They all loved it, even though some complained that it was every day (but they were all happy once they were there). Nadia would not get in water the first day, but eventually was convinced and ended up loving them in the end. I enjoyed every minute of it. Sasha stayed entertained by eating fish crackers and watching everyone. This left me to reading or playing games on my tablet. It was like a 30 minute vacation every day!
Tanner and Natalya can swim, so it was a nice refresher for them before summer, and it helped Nadia become more comfortable in the water.
During the month of February, Tanner and Natalya’s school did a Jazz reading program. They tracker their reading minutes every night for the whole month, and then in the end someone would win a bike (I wasn’t sure if they drew names or what). Natalya didn’t read longer than usual, but Tanner went gung ho. He read at least an hour and a half every night, usually more, but I never recorded more than 90 minutes on his chart for fear of him looking a bit ridiculous.
So, come March I asked the kids every day who won the bike, but Tanner said they had not announced it yet. It was well into March and I decided that Tanner must have just missed the announcement. So, one Monday when I went to do my usual shift of helping at the school, I ran into Tanner’s old Kindergarten teacher. She asked, “are you so excited?”. I had no idea what she meant. She then told me that Tanner had won the bike! I didn’t believe her at first, but then while I was at the school the school called me to let me know, and asked if I could come pick the bike up. Luckily I was already there so it worked out great! I went to tell Tanner I was taking the bike home and it was pandemonium in his class. His teacher ran up and told me how excited they all were about it! Even she seemed super excited.
When I went to the office to collect the bike, I told the secretary how excited we were, and asked how he had won. She said in years past they would put your name in a drawing for every 20 minutes read, and then draw a name out for the bike. So, if you read more, your name was entered more. But, that caused a problem because they didn’t know if they needed to buy a girl bike or a boy bike. So, this year they decided there would be two winners, one from kindergarten through 2nd grade, and then another 3rd through 6th and it would be whoever read the most minutes. So, Tanner had actually read the most minutes out of all the kids k-2nd grade! We were so proud of him, and he was super excited to have a new bike.