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January 2020

January 2020

The most exciting thing we did in January was go on a trip to Costa Rica, but that will get its own post. Here’s what we did the rest of the month.

Second First Day of Preschool

Second First Day of Preschool

I think preschool is really the only “grade” you don’t have to be embarrassed about doing more than once.  If anything, attending multiple years is bragworthy amongst the parents which makes for amusing chit-chat during pick-up and drop-off. This year Cooper is at a new school, the one within walking distance of our house. It’s definitely a different crowd from last year as we’ve swapped parents smoking in their cars for parents that camped out overnight to get their kids…

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Summer Lovin’

Summer Lovin’

Apparently, summer is over. I’m still not sure how that happened. Three months ago when preschool ended I made a master list of things I wanted to do. I even divided it into categories and made a master schedule for what days of the week I would attack different types of goals. Then I never looked at it until yesterday. Instead of feeling bummed that I didn’t successfully micromanage our summer, I’m doing a recap of the fun things we did do…

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A Brief Camera History

A Brief Camera History

Noel and I don’t really have a great history with cameras. While we were dating, Noel ruined his camera when he left it in the pocket of his swim shorts and my camera decided to create abstract pictures instead of capturing reality. When we got married, we took a new camera with us on our honeymoon and left it on the roof of our car when we were leaving a trailhead parking lot at Bryce Canyon. That made for a…

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Utah Trip

Utah Trip

We found a killer deal on flights to Utah and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit family. I’m not very good at photo documentation (maybe you’ve noticed), but here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure. Among the undocumented adventures: a riveting high school cross-country meet, guest appearance in a high school English classroom, windy picnic with my good friend Emily, nostalgic visit to USU’s campus, and a free John Schmidt concert that was part of the Peach…

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Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting

Since moving, we’ve made friends with a handful of families with young kids. We’ve been able to be more social with park dates and family friendly parties, but best of all we’ve been able to swap kids and go on dates. We went on a date two weeks ago, so last weekend was our turn to babysit. Having two kids around definitely kept me on my toes more, but it was nice to have someone else for Cooper to follow…

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Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion

Last week Cooper and I went to the Butterfly Pavilion with our new friends Tiffany and Ava. Cooper is getting to be much more fun to take places since he is taking more interest in his surroundings. Even though the kids seemed to think the butterflies were fun, I think their favorite part was the indoor climbing park. (And I enjoyed it because it was air conditioned. Apparently butterflies like it hot and humid.)    

Perhaps We Shall Permanently Go On Vacation

Perhaps We Shall Permanently Go On Vacation

We met up in the heartland (AKA Vernal, UT) with a couple of Noel’s high school buddies over the weekend. Despite a long car ride and weather that wasn’t the most hospitable for the night we camped, we had a really good time. Cooper slept better than he does at home both nights, which was extremely nice, albeit a tad bit perplexing.  We’re considering setting up our tent in the backyard with the pack-n-play as Cooper’s new permanent bedroom. The…

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