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Sunday, July 19, 2015

2015 Recap

      I'm really good at this keeping up with my blog thing. ;)  I really like keeping everything in order so we'll just start with Christmas.

      We had a great Christmas Eve dinner at my Aunt Karin and Uncle Charlie's house.  I actually Skyped with my mom earlier in the week and she taught me how to make the traditional Sauerbraten that we always have every year.  My first time ever making it.  I think it turned out really well!  Yay! It's been so nice to have family to be with at Christmas.  The next morning we woke up, opened presents, and had our gingerbread pancake breakfast. We decided to make bacon and the house smelled of it for a LONG time.  Haha.  Afterwards, we headed over to hang out with Nathan and Celia's family.  We all lounged in our pajamas and had a nice relaxing day.

        The next day we flew to Washington to spend a few days with my parents and siblings as our last get together with everyone there before my youngest brother, Michael, left for his mission.  It was Anna's first flight and once we got on the plane and it started getting ready, she was not a fan.  She really doesn't like loud sounds and the poor thing plugged her ears and laid down in my lap.  Luckily, I remembered that I had my old phone, now dubbed the Monkey phone because of the protective case it's in.  I also had my small earphones.  We put those in and let her watch videos and play games until we landed.  The flight for her went really smooth after that.  Seeing her Papa made her pretty glad.  He took us out for lunch at our favorite diner place in Tri-cities and it was awesome.

      When we got to my parents' house the pretzel jar was a big hit for Anna.  The chocolates and treats were a big hit for her mommy.  :)  Unfortunately, the next morning I woke up feeling extremely ill.  Not sure what happened or what I might have eaten that caused it, but my stomach bug kept from enjoying a good portion of our trip.  Luckily, I was the only one to get sick and I was feeling better towards the end, but not very much like eating a lot.  Still it was great to see and hang out with everyone for a bit and it was great for Anna to play with her cousins.  I wish we lived closer to more cousins. Unfortunately, for us we missed the little snow Utah provided when we came home.  I'm beginning to lose faith in these "Utah Winters" I was promised.

     Just a couple weeks later, I picked up Michael from the airport and we took him to the MTC for the official beginning of his mission.  It was kind of weird to think that I was sending my baby brother off on his mission.  When we got to the MTC, a group of missionaries with an instructor came out of one of the buildings and were ready to take him in.  We got a quick picture, said our quick goodbyes, and he was off!  No dawdling for these guys.  He's now serving in Virginia and seems to really be enjoying his mission and everything the spirit has to offer him.  You could definitely sense the change in him while he was in MTC.  He's a good kid and is, I'm sure, a great missionary.

   Pause for adorable double braided Anna and just a bit more random fun. Seriously, cute. :)

      Anna and I have birthdays right next to each other on the calendar, so that makes birthday planning a little interesting.  Anna's day is first, but this year I turned the big 3-0, so I decided that I would only make one birthday cake a year and since I knew the cake I wanted I was going to make mine this year.  Anna isn't old enough to really care anyway.  

       Her birthday was President's Day this year and since there were some deals happening, there was shopping to be done. (She will definitely appreciate this more as she get's older.) We went to Savers and they have a big toy section that they let kids play with since the toys are all used anyway.  I let her play longer than I normally would and she definitely enjoyed herself.  Then we went to get a birthday balloon at the Dollar Tree.  She LOVED it!  We headed to the mall where I bought some stuff at Bath & Body Works.  I realized they had a little kiddie train and a carousel inside.  I wasn't sure how she'd do with the carousel so we went for the train.  HUGE hit! She still talks about it.  We are definitely planning on it for next year, as well as the carousel.  Later, after Ty finished work, we went to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point with Nathan, Celia, and their kids.  It was great.  The Eliza and her twin brothers know more about dinosaurs than most adults I know.  Afterwards, we ate birthday cupcakes and Anna opened some presents.  She definitely enjoyed her birthday. 

       My birthday was pretty low key.  We were planning to go out and do something fancy and fun later, but nothing turned the way it was supposed to.  We ended up celebrating a little extra more for our anniversary, so it all worked out.  I still had a good day on my actual birthday.  My parents sent flowers and I made my yummy Black Forest cake that my mom would always make growing up.  Anna was still beaming from the great day she had yesterday, so I felt pretty like a pretty good Mommy.  Ty and his parents gave me some great gifts and I was sufficiently spoiled.  

      A week and half later we randomly decided to hit the Waffle Love truck for dinner and I have to say, AMAZING!  Worth all the hype.  We also went to an indoor pool in February.  Outside was freezing and actually had some snow sprinkle the ground, but we were oblivious inside and Anna had a great time splashing around and swimming.  Her favorite thing was the lazy river.  

      For Easter, we decided to make the drive to Moses Lake and see everyone again before my parents went off on their mission.  They hadn't received their call yet, but were just waiting to hear back and knew that they would be leaving really soon.  It was almost weird seeing everyone so soon since we're not used to having visits so close together.  It was fun though.  We even took family pictures and only missed having Michael there.  So apparently, no one brought Easter Eggs for the Easter Egg hunt for the kiddos except for me.  Haha.  It worked out, but the hunting didn't last very long.  That's probably for the best since I'm not sure those kids needed any more sugar.  On our second travel day back home, I got sick.  Man, I think I'm allergic to Moses Lake.  Just kidding Mom! :) 

      One day Anna fell from one of the stools and chipped her tooth.  I wasn't sure how bad it would be so I texted my super awesome dentist brother and asked him for advice.  He said that I should take her in because it might need attention.  It was somewhat ironic because that very morning I noticed a sign for a pediatric dentist as we drove home.  The office was great and she loved playing there.  They checked her teeth and did an x-ray.  The dentist said that her tooth would be fine, especially since she wasn't having any sensitivity or pain.  Yay!  My parents happened to come down for my cousin's homecoming talk so my mom was able to come with us.  It's always nice to have family here.

      Our second annual spring trip to Temple Square was great.  It was a pretty hot day so we didn't stay very long.  Afterwards, we went to the mall across the street to get lunch at Johnny Rocket's diner.  So yummy!  I think we are gathering up some good ideas for next year.

      Mid-May my parents were finally headed on their mission.  Once again, I picked up future missionaries from the airport and dropped them off at the MTC.  It was definitely a different experience for my parents.  They were there only a week and then they were able to stay the night with us and I dropped them off at the airport in the morning.  We really miss them, but it was so great to spend their last day in the U.S. with them.

      In June we went to the carnival in South Jordan.  As we were walking down the sidewalk to cross the street to it, Anna tripped and skinned her knee pretty bad.  We headed to the first aid tent and they gave her a band-aid.  She played the victim card for a bit, but soon recovered as soon as their was rides involved. 
She just had a hard time on the ladybug ride, but that's it.  She wasn't a big fan of the bouncing that it did.  She also wasn't to keen on riding ponies for some reason.  Liked the idea, just not the actual riding.  She loved everything else. 

      Ty and I both were called to new callings.  His was a little less of a jump, going from the 1st Counselor to President of Sunday School.  Definitely more responsibility, but he's been in the Sunday School since we moved here.  I went from teaching Sunbeams (4 year olds) to being the Beehive teacher (12 year olds).  As a part of this, I was able to go to our ward's Youth Conference.  It was a cool experience to be there and get to know the youth in our ward.  

      Fourth of July was a low key day, but lots of fun.  We decided to let Anna stay up late so that she could watch the fireworks.  Our balcony has a great view of all the fireworks from the surrounding towns.  We even saw the ones from our close neighbors.  Like I said before, Anna doesn't like loud sounds.  The closer fireworks freaked her out a little bit.  We did some sparklers and she loved watching those, but didn't have much desire to actually hold them. 

      We were at the family reunion for Ty's birthday, so we gave him his present a day early.  It was fun having everyone together for his birthday and to enjoy his cake.  Transporting the cake was interesting and we had to do some putting together there.  I'm hoping we can be at home for his birthday next year to avoid that.  Haha.  It was fun to be together with everyone and celebrate though.

      This was the first year that we didn't have our Robbins Reunion in Othello at Rex & Cheryl's house.  It was great.  We had some weather issues with a wacky week of rain and cloudy, cold weather.  Overall though, it was fun.  We definitely learned some things for next year, but we had a blast. 

      Well, we're all caught up! It's been a crazy year so far and we are excited about all the upcoming things in our lives.  Including a new sibling for Anna to be a great big sister to! Yay! Due in February!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Playing Catch Up

      Boy, have I ever fallen off the wagon keeping this blog updated.  I can't even say that I've been busier than usual.  I just haven't thought to get around to it.  But I'm back now, so you can all rest easy.  Since it's been awhile I'm going to overload this post.  Hopefully, not too much since I'm afraid we lead pretty quiet lives, but you'll finally in the know about all our goings on.

      In March, I finally got my long locks cut for Locks of Love.  It's such a great feeling doing something for people who are unable to grow their own hair.  I was glad to do it.  I really liked how my hair ended up after the cut, but I must confess I really missed the longer length.  Good thing it can grow out.  :)  It's even longer than this now. It's actually kinda surprising how fast it's grown.  Someday, I'd like to get it long enough to do this again. 

      We celebrated our 6 year anniversary with a night out by ourselves with a little shopping, dinner, dessert, and some driving down State Street.  We loved being together on our own and recharge.

      Easter was a few weeks after and it was so fun to watch Anna enjoy the day. 

Here's a video of her finding her basket.  

       Since we still live in a condo and don't have a yard or grassy area of our own, hunting Easter Eggs was going to be a little bit of an issue.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found some great ideas for what to put into an Easter Egg for a toddler and how to let her find them inside our home.


      The week after Ty left to go to his brother's wedding.  His parents were awesome enough to pay for all the boys to go.  Unfortunately, the expense for Anna and I was way out of our budget so she and I got to play at home by ourselves, but enjoyed getting texts and pictures sent from our family who were there and it helped to feel part of the day.

 All the Robbins at the wedding.  Doesn't Ty look handsome?!
(Discloure:  I totally stole this from my sister-in-law's FB page.)

      I'm really glad that all the boys were able to be there for the last brother to be married, but picking up Ty from the airport was pretty awesome.  We were pretty lonesome without him.  Well, at least I was.  :)

Visiting the gardens at Temple Square was a great Spring highlight.  So beautiful.  And FREE!

Mother's Day

Memorial Day fun at the Splash Pad

      Anna and I went to the Aquarium for my cousin's birthday.  It had just opened and some of the exhibits weren't filled yet because they were waiting for all the animals to get there, but it was a lot of fun to see Anna see so many of the awesome things they did have.

      The beginning of June was the marking of a personal milestone for me.  Since Anna was born, I had been holding onto that extra weight and struggled with it a lot.  Last year, I started working towards losing the weight again.  Unfortunately, in September I had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured and I needed to have emergency surgery.  Working out had to be put on hold for awhile and when I was finally cleared for it, it was hard.  I had to take baby steps.  At the beginning of the year, I started my weight loss journey over again. I worked hard and achieved my goal by June.

      The Museum of Natural Curiosity opened up at Thanksgiving Point and Anna and I went with Nathan and Celia's gang and Cheryl, who was visiting.  This is a really incredible place for kids.  So much to do and a great way to get some of that energy out.

Father's Day
This picture actually isn't from Father's Day, but it's seriously so cute.

      We took a drive up Provo Canyon and had a picnic.  It was absolutely beautiful and the perfect day.  There's a river that went through the park we went to eat and it was soooooo cold.  We drove up a little further to go for a little hike to see the waterfalls.  Anna was in her own slice of heaven.  Outside, dirt, rocks.  I think she thought it was paradise.  Haha.  It's definitely going to be something we do every year.


Anna was such a big fan of the picnic idea, that we started eating our lunches on our balcony.  It was so great to be outside.  I can't wait to have a yard to do this on.

Big Milestone.  She finally has enough hair to put into a ponytail! Instantly she started looking older to me. I don't care for it one bit, but she is still pretty dang cute.

Fourth of July

      We celebrated Ty's birthday two days later.  I don't claim to be a master baker and/or decorator of treats, but I do love to make them.  Especially, for the the people I love.  It's always fun for me to make something new for our birthdays each year.  This year, Ty was inspired by the dessert we did for Memorial Day.  Root Beer Floats.  Only we had a variety of sodas and Ty did a Strawberry Fanta Float.  He was such a fan that he asked if it could be done in cake form.  Well, it was an interesting request to say the least, but I think it turned out well.  We had Ty's cousin, Darcy, and her family over and I think everyone enjoyed the cake and floats.  

      Next up was our road trip to Washington!  We stayed at my parents house for a couple of days and then went to Idaho to spend some time with my brother's family and meet my newest niece, Ava.  We had such a great time and Anna loved getting to play with her cousins she doesn't see often.  We even got to celebrate my nephew, Jaden's, birthday just before we headed out.  Only downside was the deerfly bite I got just as we were leaving.  It swelled up so fast and kept me from being as active as I wanted.  We left Idaho to spend a week in Othello for Ty's family's reunion.  It was such a great time and it was awesome to see everyone.  Never feels like enough time.  Anna developed a cold the day we left and the drive home was not so enjoyable.  We were definitely happy to be home at that point.

After awhile, things got back to the normal crazy.

We went to a fair.  Anna thought the animals were too loud.  There was a Lego display that was awesomely impressive.  They even recreated scenes from The Lego Movie.


 Anna helped me make snickerdoodles.  She LOVES to help us bake and cook.

      At the end of September, Ty's Grandma Robbins passed away and we came back to Othello for the funeral.  We miss her very much and are sad she isn't with us, but we know how much she wanted to be back with Grandpa Robbins and are glad they are finally together again.  It was great to see and spend time with so much family again.  Even though these were sad times, we definitely appreciated a reason to gather together.  

      The day before we came home, my sister-in-law had her sweet little baby boy.  The labor and unbelievable trauma that occurred afterward were something you see on one of those crazy "it-couldn't-possibly-happen-in-real-life" kinda shows.  She is fine now and the baby, Emerson, is perfect and by far their best baby.  I went over as soon as I could to help Celia's mom out before Celia came home from the hospital.  Her mom got to take a nap and I got to snuggle this sweet little man.  Best Deal EVER!

      We went to pick pumpkins.  There was dirt so Anna was happy.  Haha.  She loved looking through all the pumpkins and I think she would have taken a dozen different ones home if we hadn't stopped her and told her only one.  The patch was really cool.  They lined all the pumpkins up in rows and gave them all farming street names.  They also had some Cars and Planes characters.  I was more excited about it than Anna was. 

Pause for this sweet random moment.

And this crazy one. :) No idea why this happened, but it's too funny and cute.

Pumpkin Decorating & Carving

Anna's Halloween Costumes
Originally, she was just going to be a pumpkin, but somehow the witch thing just kinda fell into place.

      This was her first year trick-or-treating and it was fun to take her and have her figure out this whole get-free-candy business.  The first time was at Ty's office.  They set up a day for the employee's families and kids to come around to everyone's desks and even decorated part of the office as a haunted house.  Halloween night we went to the town Trunk-or-Treat and then to one of the nicer neighborhoods.  It was fun.  She was a little timid to actually interact with people, but she was sweet and always said thank you.  

      Ty's parents came to town for a weekend and took us to dinner one of my favorite places, Leatherby's.  If you ever get a chance to go, do it! So good.  The food and the ice cream are amazing.  While they were in town, Nathan and Celia had Emerson blessed.  I'm so glad we were able to make it

      My parents came to visit for a week and Anna even let her Papa hold her hand.  This was big stuff since she's really leery of touching anyone male, other than Daddy.  It was good to have them here and we love getting visits from family.

      Ty's cousin, Darcy, invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner the day before Thanksgiving and it was awesome!  She's an amazing chef and everything was fantastic.  Lucky for us, there were enough leftovers for us to have on Thanksgiving with Nathan and Celia's family.

      I started decorating for Christmas as soon as December started.

Anna and I made Sugar cookies.  And by that I mean I bought some premade, already rolled out dough and we just cut out the shapes with cookie cutters.  I love that stuff!  We definitely enjoyed eating it.

Anna has been singing Christmas Carols all year long, but now that it's the season she's our own personal Christmas radio.  She knows so many songs and surprisingly knows most of the words.

      We went to go to the Live Nativity that our church was doing, but the line was about 3 hours of waiting and she was getting ancy.  I had heard about a park in Draper that had a tree completely covered in lights that was nicknamed "Tree of Life" because it reminded people so much of the Tree of Life in the Lehi's Dream in the Book of Mormon.  We were so glad we went! The whole park had trees covered in lights and it was great to let Anna run around.

St. Nikolaus Tag and Emily the Elf

      We went to a Christkindlmarkt that was being held in Salt Lake in Heritage Park.  I was so cool and really reminded me of being in Germany with my family.  The lines for the food were way too long and I think next year we'll go during the day or just not on a Saturday.  

We haven't had any snow and are still playing in the leaves.  It's nice that we aren't freezing, but I'm aching for a blanket of white.

Anna helped me make some more Christmas cookies.  She just loves to be in the kitchen.

Like I said, we haven't had snow.  So when it comes to building snowmen, we've had to improvise.

      And with that ladies and gents, we are officially caught up.  Christmas is fast approaching and we're all excited to celebrate.  We'll be here for Christmas and the day after we're heading to WA and Anna will experience her first plane ride.  I'm kind nervous, but it'll be great to be with family.  My youngest brother is leaving on his mission in just a few weeks so this will be the last time we'll all be together for at least two years.  I won't be posting until after Christmas so I hope everyone has a great holiday!
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