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[No comments] Argument/Agreed: Maggie makes nasty comment to Sienna.
Me: You didn’t need to say that.
Maggie: You didn’t need to say that. ... You love when I use your parenting words against you.
Me: *high fives Maggie*

[No comments] Mom Skills: Sienna announced on the way to school that she’d forgotten her backpack. She’s in kindergarten, so this was hardly a life or death homework situation, but she does need a snack. So, she and the neighbor hunted around for a ziplock bag (in the car for motion sickness purposes) while I got out a fruit snacks and applesauce from my massive car snack storage. As I was emptying wipes out of the bag the neighbor found, Sienna said “I found a baggie with my name on it.” Well then. Snack in a labeled bag, packed on the way to school. Done.

Me: Let’s wash your hands.
Arthur: Ok. Do I have worms on me?
Apparently he meant “germs.”

Croc Clock: Arthur whispering “never smile at a crocodile” in my ear at 5:45 in the morning is almost cute.

Price Dropping: I took the kids with some friends to Glow Zone over the recent four day weekend. It was $85. I remarked to John how nice it is to be people who can spend that kind of money on an outing for the kids for a special day. Then, I saw a woman at Disneyland with four kids, each eating a churro and I thought “I hope I’m never the person to drop $20 on a snack like that.” So maybe I have not yet “arrived.”

I’m Olden: Sienna:
Mom, are you from the 90s or the olden days?

And: Did they have deal or no deal in the olden days? When you were a kid?

<3: Dalton and I ate breakfast together - his second breakfast (third if you count the piece of cake). We passed a paper back and forth drawing each other pictures and emojis. It was fun.

All the Dogs: Sienna: that’s a chihuahua!
Man walking dog: she’s so smart!
Sienna: I know all the kinds of dogs. Chihuahua, puppies, regular dogs, Dalmatians. That’s all the kinds of dogs.

January: I really love January in southern California, where I can wear sweaters and flipflops and laugh at all the miserable people in colder climates.

Pita Show: Maggie has been reading The Hunger Games and got the movies for Christmas, so we watched the first three over winter break. Sienna loved them and was begging for more "Peeta Show" all the time. I can never tell with that girl; she refused to watch The Addams Family with us because of the disembodied hand on the cover.

Six Monkeys: Twice the past week, all six of us slept in the same room, and it wasn’t traumatic. We stayed in Las Vegas on our way home from Utah so Dalton and I could go to The Beatles Love cirque du soleil show. And then we stayed at Great Wolf Lodge. Everyone slept, Arthur went to bed pretty easily. A page has been turned.

Family New Year’s: We started the new year off right with an early morning trip to the hot tub, where we blind taste tested chewy sweetart flavors. We had lunch at CPK, did new lego sets from Christmas, worked out, and sat around. It was great.

18 in '18: Earlier in 2018 (March, haha) I made 18 goals to accomplish, and I actually met all but one. Most of them were really fun, because I like fun and wanted to have more of it.

1. Finish Aurora dress
2. Try 30 new recipes
3. Play all board games, do all puzzles
4. Take a family name to the temple
5. 2 Disney dates with John (several!)
6. Overnight trip without kids SF 8/17, Orlando 11/26
7. 30 day spending freeze
8. Week without social media
9. Special date with each kid
1. Maggie - yorgurtland
2. Dalton - Target
3. Sienna - McDonald’s
4. Arthur - Disneyland
10. Play every hymn 11/6
11. Read Harry Potter -> Book of Mormon (Harry Potter bored me, so I gave up, but then I decided to speed read the Book of Mormon.)
12. Declutter 2018 things
13. Plan a girls night - 5/18 trip to San Diego
14. Disney girls night 10/1
15. Plan a game night (This is the only one I didn't accomplish)
16. 100 blog posts on journal blog 12/1
17. Try something new (like the rock climbing) kayaking, line dancing, zip line
18. Read all conference talks by October.

I have a vague list of 19 things I can hopefully accomplish this year. More fun, coming right up!

From a 2016 Note: Me, watching something on tv with a metal Merry-go-round at a park: This was obviously not filmed in America.

Dalton: Dalt: mm hmm. They don't have ice cream trucks in America. You just drive yourself to the store

Awember: A couple of Sienna-isms. She says awember for remember and wumber for number. The other day I heard her telling a friend in the car “do you have a wumber 6?” And her friend said “what’s a wumber?”

Careful What You Wish For: I made a Christmas wish for Arthur to sleep until 7:30. He slept until 8:40, but it was at the expense of keeping me up for over an hour in the night, and my last couple hours of restless sleep being on the uncomfortable couch bed with him. Sigh. And the kids were annoyed they had to wait for him to wake up to get to their stockings.

For the Record: I just renewed my Disney pass when I bought one for Arthur. Not sure I’ve ever directly renewed before. I made 36 visits in my car this year. Plus date nights and at least one girls night that I didn’t drive. Not nearly as many trips as usual, but we usually go every Saturday, and that was John’s job this time around, plus I couldn’t go most of the summer because of the other kids. Lots of fun though, and my favorite addition was the date nights. Love spending time with John at our happy place.

The Box Nest: Sienna has been sleeping in a large cardboard box for two months now. Today I cleaned it out to wash her blankets and found:

3 blankets
1 pillow
9 toys
5 pieces of trash
18 stuffed animals

Arthur, Age 3: Arthur's 3 year visit, he is 30 pounds (29%) and 37 3/4 inches (53%). Very similar numbers to Dalton this year. He made a good effort at carrying on a conversation with the doctor, other than randomly going off about mom's bandaid.

Doctor after talking to Sienna about the box she sleeps in: Where do you sleep?
Arthur: Bed!
Sienna: He sleeps in a bonk bed.
Doctor: Are you on the bottom? Who do you sleep with?
Arthur: Dalton and mama.
Sadly it's true for a bit most evenings. And he's still a terrible eater.

Sienna, Age 6: Sienna and Arthur both had their check-ups today (just coincidentally the day I got around to writing about Dalton's). Sienna is 38 pounds (10%) and 46 inches (65%). She couldn't remember what grade she was in to tell the doctor. She also struggled a little with the vision test (Possibly because Arthur was interrupting with the correct answers). But she still passed, 20/25.

Dalton, Age 9: Two months ago. 56 pounds (21%), 53” (58%) and he passed his vision test. Dalton loves playing games and watching YouTube videos on his kindle, but he also likes building race tracks, reading Calvin and Hobbes, being a helper, having contests, and school. He makes friends easily, and has a nice group of boys he hangs out with at school. Dalton loves vegetables (mostly roasted) and besides not wanting to eat breakfast most days, he’s probably our overall best eater.

Fancy New Executive: For John's promotion, we went to Orlando for training meetings and fun. We went a little early and spent our first morning at Animal Kingdom, going on rides I didn't get to do last time because I was pregnant with Arthur. That evening, we ditched the dinner and went to Hollywood Studios for another roller coaster (yay), Tower of Terror (boo) and Fantasmic.

The next day, I went with the other spouses on a Wild Florida airboat ride on a lake where we saw interesting plants and lots of different birds. Then we explored the little wildlife zoo - lots of alligators. Did I mention it was 45 degrees? Aka freezing. The boat would have been a lot more fun if it had been a lot warmer.

That night, the company rented out Universal Studios (!). We hung out in Diagon Alley, escaped from Gringott's twice and drank a lot of butter beer. All the food was free. We had ice cream from Fortescue's, chili dogs, Korean beef tacos, Chinese food. That and more was just there for the taking, and I'm all about free food.

Which was the main awesome part of the whole trip. During the conference, there were meals served. And on the airplane! I didn't have to cook a thing, or feed anyone.

Speaking of not feeding people, we left the kids with a couple in the ward. They have a 1 year old and stayed at our house and I paid them and it was amazing. That was our main expense. Otherwise, we bought Disney tickets, dinner at Disney the one night, one Uber ride, and a Mickey ice cream bar.

Set Ups: The kids call an arrangement of toys to play with “a set up.” For example, Maggie and Sienna made a set up of TsumTsum to play with, and add the new ones from the advent calendar.

Date Night: We made plans this afternoon to go to dinner with our neighbors tonight - to our favorite new neighborhood taco place. Left the kids all home with their big sisters and did not intend to be gone for three hours, chatting the night away. Maggie handled everything great.

December 1st: The first day of December is always a fun day. Today the kids got to eat their first chocolate from the Trader Joe’s advent calendars aunt Pat bought for them. They got a letter from their elf, Peppermint, and a gift - a TsumTsum advent calendar! So they got to open their first tsum tsum too. Plus, they got to put the first get ornament on the advent Christmas tree that was mine when I was a kid. An exciting day, and an exciting three weeks ahead.

I also got some fun Christmas activities at the dollar store that I think Arthur and Sienna at least will love. Window cling gingerbread house and decorations, mini Christmas train wind up, Christmas stamps etc.

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