Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 14-20, 2013

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Happy 18 month anniversary to us! We decided to use mom’s new cake pop maker with the recipe for our anniversary cake. Yum. They were delicious little balls of chocolatey goodness.

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Jon and Anna came over with the boys for dinner. We love having them around.

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Cutie couple.

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Sometimes I go crazy and think it will be fun to “play with water.” Spencer very quickly soaked his whole outfit, so he got to strip down and play IN the water. 🙂 It was about the best day of his little life. He LIVES for bath time. He was furious with me the other day when he had to play in his exersaucer in the bathroom while I took a shower. He desperately wanted to be in the water.

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He has started to brush his teeth with me in the morning. He prefers the real toothbrush over his banana toothbrush (in between his legs). We have to start his dental hygiene early.

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This boy learned how to sit up all by himself this week!! It’s crazy to walk in his room after a nap and see him sitting with his blankie. He’s growing so fast.

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I am spoiled. I won’t deny it. I’ve wanted a jogging stroller and bike trailer now that it’s getting pretty outside. At Costco I found a two-in-one! We’ve loved it so far. I’m grateful to have money in savings that we can use for fun gifts like this. I’m excited to be able to get outside and enjoy the weather with my boy, while I exercise.

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Spencer was a huge help while I cleaned out the pantry.

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We took these cute cousins on a walk in the new stroller! They were….unimpressed. 🙂 I love that the stroller has a plastic cover for when it’s cold outside. I have one less excuse to not exercise.

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Markers are on the top 10 favorite list right now. He could play with them for hours.

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Tom and I went on our first “non temple” date in months. We ate a delicious meal at the Olive Garden, and watched GI Joe at the theater. Tom and I love going to the movies, so it was a nice treat to get out. We hadn’t been to a movie since Les Mis in December. That’s just pathetic!

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On Saturday morning, Tom left us to fly to New York for the DrivingSales Presidents Club. To wallow in our sadness, Spencer and I had a lunch date at In&Out. He wanted my food really bad. 🙂 I gave him a few bites of the bun. He loved it.

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I’ll let Tom do a post on his trip to NYC, but this is a picture he put on Instagram of his flying buddies (Bart, Craig, and Ron).

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I have been using this C25K app to get myself running again. It’s been great (and pretty easy) so far…until week five. On the first day I had to run 5 minutes straight – 3 times (pretty hard for me). On the second day, I had to run EIGHT minutes straight – 2 times (WHA?!). And I was shocked that on the third day, they expected me to run for TWENTY minutes straight! What a jump! I decided to run this one outside with the new stroller, and I totally did it. I ran 20 minutes, with only one stop for water. I was so proud of myself. I haven’t run for that long in years and years. Maybe someday I’ll lose these pregnancy pounds.

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Spence gets very curious about how things work…like his jumper. He’s a lot like his daddy.

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 He didn’t crawl from point A to point B….but he got there. He does a funny little spin turn that gets him places. Crawling will be coming any day now.

April 7-13, 2013

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He’s too cool.

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Happy birthday, dad!! His birthday landed on Conference weekend. We had a nice family party with Jon and Anna. We’re so grateful to have lived with dad for the last 10 months. He is a wonderful man, and I’m grateful that he passed those genes on to my husband and son.

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Spencer was having a BLAST ripping the paper. He is definitely a ripper. He even tries to rip up his plastic toys. Sorry, buddy. You’re not quite that strong.

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Can’t you just imagine Tommy and Jonny as little boys doing creative/crazy things all the time? I can see my future…

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Spencer with his namesake. Spencer Thomas and Thomas Spencer.

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The sweetest babies.

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Torbin ALWAYS wants to help blow out the candles. He’s a good helper. Happy birthday, dad! We love you!

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The beautiful blanket is what dad got from Jon and Anna for his birthday. It’s a sudoku on the back!

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The Sowards came over for another minute before they left Utah. It is always so great to spend time with oldie but goodie friends.

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My man, rockin’ out on the guitar.

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Dad always finds the best seats for his boy.

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DrivingSales office decorating.

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Happy birthday, Kim!

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This is Spencer’s new angry face. Unfortunately for him, I find it hilarious. My little Monkey.

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Life.

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He hasn’t crawled yet…but he’s on his way.

2013-04-10 19.31.07_smallBath times! We started bathing him in this laundry basket to keep the toys near him, and reduce the risk of falls. It gets slippery in that tub! He loves every single second.
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Happy National Sibling day! Tom has great sibs. We’re lucky like that.

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The boys first art project – “Pencil on Desk.” I’m so proud.

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Best week ever! Our house is under contract. We can’t wait to close, move in, and start this new chapter in our lives. It’s going to be a wonderful chapter. Things happened so quickly and so smoothly, that we are confident this neighborhood is where we’re meant to be. It’s a good feeling. I hope the Lord has great plans for us. 🙂

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Fish watching at Walmart. Too fun.

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The inspector did his thing on Friday morning. Mom, dad, Spencer, and I got to go over to the house to look through again and see what needed fixing on the house. Luckily, it’s not too much. So grateful!!

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Hanging out in the den.

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And the shed. I’m SO excited to have this storage space. Nothing is better to me than an organized storage space.

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On Friday night, we did lots of gardening with dad in the backyard. Ryan helped. Then, we finished Tom’s Easter puzzle. Productive night.

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Spencer’s very favorite thing to do right now is unload all of his toys from the bin. He played on his own for a good hour the other day. It makes me a happy mom! 🙂

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“MOM! Not another picture.”

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We took Spencer to PetSmart, thinking we would get to see lots of animals (cats, dogs, bunnies, etc). Not sure when this happened, but they don’t sell normal animals anymore. His favorite were the ferrets. They were wild! We saw fish, turtles, snakes, rats, and two sad cats. Maybe we should splurge on the zoo next time. 🙂

March 31-April 6, 2013

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Spencer has the best belly button I’ve ever seen. I just had to document it.

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Happy Easter!! My handsome boy all dressed up.

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John and Lucy joined us for the Easter celebrations. Tom, Brittany, and I are all in the ward choir, so it’s a good thing they came! Lucy is amazing and actually got him to fall asleep in the middle of sacrament meeting. We call her the baby whisperer.

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Tom hid all of our Easter baskets – a Bay family tradition. He hid mine on the roof. Thanks, honey. 🙂

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I got to hide his…in a suitcase. 🙂

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John’s basket.

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 Brittany’s basket.

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Lucy’s basket.

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We hid Spencer’s basket in his bed, because he was sleeping. We thought it would be cute to let him actually find it on his own. He liked it!

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He mostly loved chewing on his new books.

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Dad looking for his basket. Tom hid it somewhere much trickier.

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Playing with Uncle Bubby! We sure love having him in Provo, but we still don’t see enough of him.

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We went on an Easter walk to the park. It was a gorgeous day. We’re grateful for the spring weather!

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Spencer lost the swinging competition. 😉

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 Spencer wasn’t too impressed with the acrobatics.

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Cutie cousins.

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Loving the grass time.

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April Fools to Brittany!! Jimmy did this to one of his companions, and so Tom ran with the idea. She was pretty confused.

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Spencer had a play date with Sam Whitaker. It was pretty cute to see them smiling at each other.

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 Loving some Snickers. I love his eyes!

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Ted and Rex Sowards came over for a visit! They were in town to see their parents off to Thailand, and for General Conference. It was great to be able to sit and talk with Arizona friends again. They are great guys.

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We went house hunting this week! This picture was taken in the house that we put an offer on…12725 Bergen Circle. Hopefully in my next post, I’m saying that we signed a contract to buy it. Spencer was very excited to be there, I think he wants us to live there just as much as I do! It’s only 0.45 miles away from mom and dad’s house.

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The front of “our” house. We really like it.

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Poor little guy wasn’t feeling well…not sure what was wrong, but he was super fussy and wouldn’t go to sleep. So he got to watch Baby Signing Time with dad while I ran my C25K.

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Singing with Aunt Brittany. She’s the best.

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My mom got us tickets to the first session of General Conference. We went up with John and Lucy. It was nice to walk around Salt Lake for a minute, and to be in the presence of the Prophet and his apostles. I always love conference and the inspiring words that convince me that I need to be a better person. More spiritual, more focused, more service minded, a better mother, wife, daughter, and disciple of Christ. I can do SO much better.

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We barely got seats, because we were a little late. :/ I’m grateful that everything worked out for us to hear the inspired words.

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Enjoying the sunshine.

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This boy has better abs that anyone I know. He is a crunch master.