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Halloween Flashbacks

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(2012- Hipsters)

(2013- Cereal boxes)
(2014- we were burglars, but I can't find any proof)

(2015- Gomez and Morticia Adams)
(2016- A witch (and not visible- a penguin))
(2017- Pharaoh and Cleopatra) 

The Twins

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Surprise! I'm pregnant! With Twins! We found out that I was pregnant this summer. We had been trying for kind of a long time, so we were super excited just to be pregnant. As far as pregnancy symptoms go I've had it pretty easy. There were a few weeks where I felt a little nauseous and I have been ridiculously tired for a solid month, but for the most part I've been feeling pretty good.  I had my first ultrasound this past week. We went to the office and talked with the tech. She was the same one we had last year when we had a miscarriage, so she was happy to see us again. The tech started waving the wand around on my stomach and then she said, "So last year there was no heart beat, but this time there are TWO!" I about fell off the table.
It was a crazy, surreal moment, and it took a while to sink in. All three of us where crying and laughing as she showed us both babies. They were waving their tiny hands around and doing flips. It was so crazy to see that ther…

Pasta Pasta Pasta

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I recently acquired the Kitchen Aid pasta maker, and I was really really excited about trying it out. I have been having visions all afternoon of all the homemade pasta I would make, and how I could package it in cute wrapping to give to my neighbors for Christmas.  Turns out, making pasta dough is kinda tricky. I used the recipe that came in the booklet with the attachments, and the dough kept turning out crumbly. So then I would add water and knead it more, and turned it into this disgusting pile of dry dough with a slimy outside. After starting over and trying again, and then failing again, I tried a different recipe from a blog on Pinterest.  3rd times a charm.


The part where you flatten the dough and then run it through the cutter was pretty easy. The noodles ended up a really nice thickness (as in not too thick, which I have heard is common). Btw, Clayton was my sous chef during this part of the process. It was fun!



The finished product. All in all, the whole process took me se…

Summer

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I love summer. It's my favorite season.  This year has absolutely flown by. We're busy, busy, busy all the time with trips, friends, family, work, and Abe. I threw a few photos up on here to commemorate some of the moments left on my phone's camera roll before I delete them.


This was at the beginning of summer. Hannah flew to Ohio to visit Nana and Abba, and we drove down to see her. We played at an Escape Room, which was awesome. We had played one game before and failed, but this time we actually succeeded and escaped! Our theme was the Pharaoh's tomb, which included so many hieroglyphics and I don't think a single one of them ended up being a clue. 


Dani had her 30th birthday, and we celebrated with a dance party in Utah. It was a fun reason to get dressed up and see everyone. 


Tatum got baptized (also in Utah, of course). Without meaning to, all of us siblings ended up matching with floral prints. I guess floral is very in right now. 

Clayton and I spent our su…

April

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Someone needs to create a blogger app, because downloading pictures from my phone to the computer is annoying (hence the infrequent blog posts).
This month has been a busy one. Work, callings, visitors, a sick dog, and physical therapy have made for quite the schedule. Clayton's physical therapist has finally said that if he keeps doing the exercises they showed him he can start playing sports, as long as he only plays at 80%. We all know there's no such thing as 80% with Clayton. So we've been dutifully going to the gym almost every day to do the prescribed workouts, and Clayton played basketball for the first time last week.
Abe has been a little sick. First he had round worms, because he likes to eat mud. Gross. So we took him to the vet who prescribed him some meds. Then we noticed that the stitches from his neutering got infected. They should have dissolved by now, but apparently sometimes they don't and then they have to pull them out and treat infection. So Abe…

Dog Watching

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We're babysitting Gus, the 2 yr old golden doodle who lives down the street, while his family is on vacation. He's a really well trained dog, so we don't mind having him around. He and Abe don't really get along though. Abe is constantly jumping on him trying to play and Gus doesn't like it. Hopefully they can be friends in a year or so when Abe calms down a little. 


Since Clayton has a few exercises he has to do for physical therapy, we've been going to the gym a lot lately. Recently we decided we should wake up early to go to the gym so that it doesn't take up our whole evening every day. I am not a morning person at all. To motivate me Clayton has agreed to do one extra chore of my choosing every day that I wake up at 6:30!  Here he is moping the floor 😊

Annual Pi Day Party

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Every year since getting married, Clayton and I have held an annual Pi day party. My family always celebrated Pi day when I was growing up, and I know that Clayton's family loves it- My SIL had a Pi day themed wedding. The weird thing is, everyone that we invite to these parties is always a first time Pi day celebrator. How can they not have celebrated this wonderful holiday their whole lives?!


We had a Pi recitation contest. Clayton thought he had it in the bag because he could recite 28 digits, but then Austin, our OBGYN friend, memorized 56 digits on the way home from work today!  I was really impressed with the kids who got past 3.14 (most of who are not in the picture because they were playing upstairs in our "secret room", aka attic). 4 pepperoni pizza pies + 1 apple pie + 1 homemade pumpkin pie + 1 chocolate satin pie + 1 razzleberry pie + a giant tub of ice cream = a successful Pi party
Lately Clayton and I have been doing a few house projects. Our first project …

February Shmebruary

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Since moving to Ohio we have had some really nice winters. This winter has been awesome. It'll snow heavily and be freezing for a couple weeks, and then it'll flip and be springy for a week. I can deal with the cold when it's accompanied by the sun. February is usually the month where I feel like we need to toss winter out the window and move on to spring, knowing that there are still at least 2 more months of winter ahead. Not my favorite. 


Poor Abe got neutered this month. It was pretty sad. He hated the cone of shame and would just mope around all day with it on. Look at those sad little puppy eyes! The cone only lasted a few days and then his stitches were healed enough that they didn't bother him anymore. The vet said that we should not let him run or jump for at least a week after the surgery. Yeah. Right.

Scott came to visit. This is Clayton wearing his clothes. Clayton thought it was hilarious, Scott wasn't as amused. I thought it was weird. They have the …

Reconstructed ACL

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When's the best time to get surgery? January! Because then you hit your deductible, and your health insurance will pay for the rest of the year of physical therapy appointments! Yay!

Clayton tore his ACL playing basketball a couple months ago. After an MRI and a few visits with a specialist, he was told that he would need knee surgery. He was surprisingly cheery about it. The nurses at Cleveland Clinic really liked him, they said they wished that every patient was like him. After he was sanitized and hooked up, the nurse led me to the back to see him before the operation. As we were walking she asked me if Clayton is usually a chatty guy. I said yes, and she said that she thinks he's a little nervous because he is talking everyone's ear off. haha. Sure enough, I go sit down next to him, and he's cracking jokes and babbling about nothing the whole time. In fact, that hyper chattiness didn't die down until 3 days post op. Percocet reaction?

Everything went really we…