Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December 29th

Happy eleven years to us today! What a journey it has been!

Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28th

So apparently, I missed taking a photo on December 28th. But, I finally uploaded the short videos of Little Dorrit walking. She's doing awesome with it. You'd never know she was missing three toes on her left foot. 



Sunday, December 27, 2015

December 27th

Little D. was being super cute with Mr. Rochester. I took a picture of them and Trowtwood wanted to get in it too. This is what he did.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

December 26th

Little Dorrit looked so cute toddling around in sock monkey slippers today. She is doing so much better walking!

Friday, December 25, 2015

December 25th

Merry Christmas!! We said goodbye to my family today and drove back to our house. Trotwood was so excited to see if Santa had visited our house while we were gone. (He did visit us!) I loved being able to visit with all my siblings and wish we could get together more often.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24th

Christmas Eve at my mom's house! All my siblings and their families got together this year to celebrate at my mom's.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23rd

While trying to get ready to go to my mom's house for Christmas, I put Little Dorrit in her crib and she must have been tired. This is how I found her when I went to put her in her car seat.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22nd

Our annual sugar cookie Christmas baking! Trotwood loves to help make, cutout, and decorate sugar cookies for Santa each year. It's a lot of work and we always end up doing it last minute, but it is so fun to see how much he loves doing it.

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21st

Mr. Rochester and I did a little Chriatmas shopping today and stopped at a little pub for some lunch. Mr. Rochester tried an interesting Elvis-inspired burger called the "Later Days" burger which included peanut butter, banana, egg, bacon and mayo. I tried it and it tasted just like a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 20th

This is one of my favorite Christmas "ornaments." Trotwood made it last year and I love seeing it on out tree.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

December 19th

Yesterday, Trotwood and I went to a Santa event at the library and then did a little Christmas shopping. Here is the cool Christmas tree made of books:

Also, I just love this girl.

Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18th

Whew! It has been a super busy and stressful week for me at work and I am so glad I'll be taking some vacation days next week. I just love the Christmas season. Today, I got to attend Trotwood's Christmas party where he decorated cookies and made little Sanat Claus decorations with his class.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 17th

Are you frightened yet? We did a video at work that included this character and I was nominated to dress in the "Sparky" costume. That may or may not be me in this picture.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December 16th

The only picture I have from today is one a coworker took for me. We had a quarterly meeting at work and I was recognized! Also, Santa was there.

Mr. Rochester showed the picture to Trotwood and Trotwood was so excited that I got to meet Santa. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15th - A letter from Santa

Trotwood received a letter from Santa in the mail today with a real North Pole stamp on it! He was really excited to get it in the mail and read the whole thing almost all by himself.

Trotwood is doing such a great job with the his reading! His school teacher emailed me the other day to tell me that he's doing so well in reading, she has him going to another class to read with other kids on his level. That warmed my heart. Mr. Rochester and I both love reading and we hope our kids can develop a love for reading as well.

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14th

Ever since we built the gingerbread house, Trotwood has been asking when he could eat it. I finally gave in and let him demolish it tonight.
This isn't the best picture, I just like how Little Dorrit toddled into it.
Although, he doesn't look so sure about liking the gingerbread house, he said it tasted good.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

December 13th

Lately, Mr. Rochester and I have been trying to have different international/ethnic themed meals. Tonight, we had a few friends over for a Hannukah inspired meal tonight which included brisket, latkes, spiced pear and applesauce, challah bread, kugel, matzo ball soup and rugelach. I tried to make jelly donuts but something happened to my dough and it wouldn't rise. We had a great time and the food was deeeelicious!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 12th

Mr. Rochester and I had a Christmas get together with some friends today. We were all supposed to wear ugly sweaters but it just happened to be 70 degrees outside that day. (You won't hear me complaining about 70 degrees in December!) We still wanted to wear our sweaters, especially Mr. Rochester who was quite happy with his ugly Dodgers sweater. With the weather being so warm, the sweaters didn't stay on for long, but it was fun to try wearing them for a short time.

Friday, December 11, 2015

December 11th

Our elf has been in all sorts of places this year. He's hanging out above one of Mr. Rochester's 's dad's paintings tonight.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 10th

Someone was super excited to make a gingerbread house today

Trotwood kept asking when we could eat the gingerbread house. Luckily, the kit came with two gingerbread men that we put to rest when our decorating was finished.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 9th

Little Dorrit had a follow up appointment for her C diff and ear infection and she's cleared of both. Hooray! This is her in the waiting room of the doctor's office. She really is a happy little thing most of the time and she just has a very sweet, yet sassy, disposition.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 8th

Someone was getting into the clean clothes and she was so proud of herself.

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7th

Playing the Boss Monster card game for Family Home Evening.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

December 6th

On our back from visiting our friends this weekend. Trotwood fell asleep in the car on the way home and Little Dorrit didn't get too frustrated (meaning: she didn't scream the whole three hour drive back to our house. The screaming was actually very minimal, thank heavens.)

I didn't have headphones on the whole time - just for a few minutes. I'm listening to "To Kill A Mockingbird" on audio book.
Mr. Rochester is our in-resident chauffeur. Jk

Saturday, December 5, 2015

December 5th

Today, we drove a few hours to attend our "cousins'" baptisms.

Little Dorrit made friends with a kitty. 

So far, Little Dorrit's experience with animals has mostly consisted of dogs, and usually, what happens when she sees a dog is she screams and tries to crawl away as fast as she can. Lately, however, she has started to adjust more around dogs and after screaming, she might actually attempt to try to touch one on the nose. So, it was really sweet to see her approach the kitty and follow it around.

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4th

We had a busy day today and the one picture I really wanted to take today, I wasn't able to because I'd forgotten my phone. It was a Christmas tree made out of books at our local library. So cool!  I'll have to try to get the shot another day but here's a few others. Mr. Rochester working on a paper proposal.

And so far, one of my favorite spots for our elf:

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 3rd

Trotwood wrote a letter to Santa a few days ago and tonight he addressed it and put it in an envelope. Tomorrow, I plan on mailing it off for him. (If I write this here, maybe I will actually do it!)

Since we put our tree up, Little Dorrit has, amazingly, not tried to climb or pull on it. Tonight, it was so sweet to watch her because she would just stretch out her little hand to softly touch the tree.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December 2nd

Little Dorrit kept playing with Mr. Rochester's Razorback beanie. Woo Pig Sooie!

She also wasn't feeling great tonight. We have a follow up appointment next week to see if her C Diff and ear infection have cleared up. Lately, Little Dorrit has also been obsessed with Trotwood's old Woody doll. Of course, he hasn't played with the doll in ages but now when he sees her with it, he still feels attached to the doll and you can just see the struggle in him - he wants to share it but then he wants to keep it for himself. He's trying though and I'm so proud of him for wanting to share.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1st

I thought it would be fun to try to post a picture every day for the month of December. On Tuesday, Trotwood and I read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and our little elf sat on a shelf in his bedroom, just hanging around.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bear Crawls & Holiday Tunes

I had great intentions of posting throughout the month of November but things just got hectic. Despite the hectic-ness of life, we had a great month of celebrating my birthday and Thanksgiving. 

Little Dorrit is doing well and over her C-diff (thank goodness) although she did contract a small ear infection this past week. The doctor seemed hesitant to put her on antibiotics because she recently had C-diff but the ear infection manifested the day before Thanksgiving so we just decided to go with the antibiotics and feed her some yogurt to try to bump up her probiotics (C diff is often caused by an overdose of antibiotics - Little D. wasn't on any antibiotics when she got it so we're still not sure how she got it in the first place). Anyway, she seems to be recovering well from this latest infection. 

This month, Little Dorrit has made some great strides in her physical development! She's still crawling and cruising like a champ but she's also standing on her own and started to take a few steps at a time. I was able to capture some video of her doing her "bear crawl." It's something in between a normal crawl and walking. This little girl wants to walk so badly but her balance still isn't right on yet, so she uses this "bear crawl" (that's what her therapists called it) to get quickly from place to place. 


The day after Thanksgiving, we always decorate our home for Christmas. In the past, I've always had this day off from work but now that I've left behind government and non-profits and have joined up with the retail industry, the day after Thanksgiving was a work day for me! Fortunately, I was able to work from home that day so it wasn't a super hectic day for me. So, instead of decorating on Friday, this year we decorated on Saturday, (mostly because we were all sick with colds this past week, except for Trotwood). Trotwood loves to decorate our home for the different seasons and has been humming and singing Christmas tunes the last few days (perhaps not the most reverent of holiday tunes). Well, see for yourself below. (He did this during sacrament meeting today unbeknownst to me.)


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Our May 2015

Here's our May 2015! I keep thinking I should skip a few months to document our most recent adventures...I might just do that so I remember all the little things a bit better.