Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Family pictures and our Christmas cards

Just posting our family pictures that Dan took with self timer back when I was only 20 weeks. We debated taking them at all because I wanted to be either more pregnant, or less pregnant, but we did them anyway--right in the middle of the is-she-chubby-or-pregnant stage. 

Also, here is the card we put with our family picture.
-2016 was a year full of ups and downs.
My weight went up, and dans sure went down.
-That might be because...maybe just maybe,
that dan goes running, and I'm having a baby! 
-The year was full of laughter and fun,
and living in Provo, means so much sun. 
-We learned how to manage work and play, 
by going swimming nearly every day.
-Stori became a little fish in the water. 
And Sylvie became our thrill seeking daughter
-Dan had a fantastic lawyer job 
which is significantly better than being in the mob.
-Mel won a championship in volleyball,
but being pregnant she kinda had to crawl.
-the girls started dance; jazz and ballet,
They love it so much and wish it was everyday.
-we enjoyed time with family near and far, 
And got to travel to see them in our new car.
-Sylvie wants so badly to be in school,
But we practice at home, and she ain't no fool. 
-Stori learned to ride her new bike,
And we started the tradition, "on Wednesday's we hike."
-we love it here in Provo, yes we do,
and our kids became fans of the great BYU! 
-This poem seems to be losing its jive, so I'll end it by naming our
 2016 top 5

5. Stori starting kindergarten
4. Dan started his LAST year of Law School!
3. Disneyland/California friend reunion
2. Christensen reunion/Radford reunion.
1. Finding out we are expecting baby GIRL Radford #3. 

We're grateful to know people so dear,
And we wish you a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year! 

It was a very last minute photo shoot, but the weather was nice, and the kids were willing to work for licorice, so it was great! :)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Having fun with SDR

We love having so much time with Daddy! When he isn't at school, work, or mutual, we try to get out of the house as a family as much as possible. 

Took a snowy drive up through Sundance at Provo Canyon. It was unbelievably beautiful. I love taking pictures of Dan taking pictures.

We were pretty content to have no more snow after Christmas, but this winter decided to be the snowiest in over 30 years (it's finally all gone now), but we still managed to enjoy it as much as we could. 
We spent one day making this suuuuuper creepy family of snowmen. Little tiny baby rad was a favorite for the kids to make. (And that giant black bar is not part of dans snowman, it is part of our house haha)

How cute is Dan? This is how he has decorated his side of the bed. With all of Stori and Sylvie's card/crafts for him. The girls color him probably 3 new cards a day, but we try to filter out the more meaningful ones. The one with the house is an "I'm Sorry" card Stori made for Dan after she didn't pick up her toys when he asked her. The little card by it was her Christmas present to him--she wrote and illustrated a story for him. Top and bottom left are birthday pictures, and the shark is just a shark. :) 

I let Dan sleep in one Saturday morning, and Stori had climbed up in bed with him and fell back asleep as the little spoon haha. She was probably mid-scratching his back when she fell asleep. She usually wakes us up in the mornings by scratching our backs and asking to check the weather on my phone.

Dan plays slap-jack and memory with Stori every night, and one day I walked in on Stori teaching Sylvie slap-jack and letting her slap all of the jacks followed by, "Sylvie you are such a smart little girl! You are so great at slapping the jacks!" :)

this last Saturday was Sunny AND 55* so we took to the Provo River trail for a little 3 mile walk. We parked over by our old condo (that our kids still talk about as their favorite place to live) and did the trail that we did daily 2 years ago. It was fun not having to push them in a stroller because they are big enough to do it all on their own. We packed a picnic, and let the kids go at their own pace. They stopped to climb a few different trees along the way.
It's really fun to climb those trees.....
...until you realize you have no idea how to get down haha

Stori as a cheetah

^Stori wanted to take a picture of us by the waterfall, but didn't get the actual waterfall l in the picture. she looked at this picture right after she took it and said, "hmmm well that's not a great picture of you guys." Haha she is so right, it is an awful picture.
Stori and Sylvie were so excited to see the ducks that we used to feed all the time. They even gave them half of their lunch. 
After the walk, we headed to Macey's for some ice cream cones, and then Dan and I had Cafe Rio for dinner after the littles were asleep. It was such a fun day together.

A few girls that I sorta like...

Here is the newest little Sunbeam at church. She was a little hesitant to go, but having big sister in there was a huge help for her. Stori is now a CTR 5 and such a good little helper. I think I'll keep both of them around.

Trying to document a little of the pregnancy, so baby rad 3 doesn't feel so left out haha. I took one after church, but the rest are of my daily attire...sometimes I will change right before Dan comes home so as to appear that I actually get ready. Oh, and when I go to Target, I totally put on black leggings to spice things up.

These are somewhere between 29 and 31 weeks. I actually can't remember which picture belongs to which week.

^^Love walking to the Temple with these little sweeties and their Dad.
Stori showing off that she lost her most favorite tooth ever. She may be dramatic, but we think she is pretty cute. I tied some floss around it and told her I just wanted to see how loose it was. Well I gave it one tiny tug and out it went. 
Took this selfie of all 3 of my girls (baby @ 32 weeks) when all the sickness started. It was actually the fun kind of sickness where they just want to cuddle on you for 2 days straight and want to go to bed at 6pm and sleep until 9am. One night when the kids were out at 6, Dan and I decided to go to bed at 9:30 (we usually go to bed around midnight), and it was the best decision ever. I woke up at 4am to go to the bathroom and felt so well rested, and still had 4 more hours to sleep before I had to wake up the kids to go to school. I cleaned the house, had dinner in the crockpot, showered, and did 2 loads of laundry all before getting Stori from school at 11:30. I thought about going to bed early every so I could be this productive, but I was back to my midnight bedtime the next day. 
^^Sylvie was too sick to go to dance, and couldn't even stay awake for the 5 minute drive there while blasting Shake It Off.
^^One of our Wednesday Play Dates. there is only one boy, but he fits right in. These kids sometimes play for 4 hours at these play dates, and I love it. It's so easy to entertain my kids when other kids are doing it for me!! ;) On this particular day we did a movie party at our place with popcorn. It was great fun.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Post Christmas events.

WELLLLL... these first two are right before we left for Christmas, but I didn't get around to posting them, and I love them too much to ignore. Dan reading to our kids each night by the tree.

gosh, this is also before Christmas. I really didn't title this post very well. 
This is Dan dressed up for a mutual activity. He is the second counselor in the YM, and the activity was "Where's Waldo." All the leaders dress up in disguises and stand somewhere in the mall, while the kids try to find them. He sat at a bench looking at his phone; had a group even come up to him, look at their picture of him from their list, then back at real life him and decided it wasn't him haha. The goal for dan was to dress up like everyone else at the mall as to blend in better, and it totally worked. Bishop dressed up like Santa Clause, and that was also a good one. As Dan was leaving, Stori asked, "Why is Dad dressed up like uncle Jonny?" haha.

 The day school should have been canceled. 14" in one day and night. Luckily the next day it was cancelled, and we had so much fun! (speaking of school, SDR started his LAST FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EVER today!!!)

The next set of pictures were taken at 8pm. it is SO light in Provo when it's overcast and snow on the ground. It feels more like 5pm. Dan shoveled while the kids played and played. I opted to stay inside and work on dinner.

 Since Dan has been losing weight, we decided we needed to take him to get a new pair of pants for school.
He dropped 4 pant sizes!! The pants he had been wearing were literally falling off of him, even with a belt. I can't wait until I have pants that fit...haha.
But this is how we would shop with the kids. they made bunkbeds and pretend played for at least an hour at one of the stores.

my cute little SUNBEAM and adorable little CTR 5. BFFs for life

 finally a picture of me with baby rad 3. 29 weeks and living in sweats.

A 'Christmas Series of Unfortunate Events.'

You could definitely say that we struggle with Christmas luck. Last year we left all of our Christmas presents at home in Provo (we were in WA).
We also got stranded on the road for an extra 9 hours because of closed roads.
The year before that we had to take Stori to the ER on Christmas eve morning because she was so sick and weak.
The year before that Dan had ALL his camera equipment stolen from our car.
The year before that I had to go to the ER to get fluids pumped into me because I was so sick and couldn't take anything because i was pregnant.
This year just might take the cake though... (hope the trend isn't that things progressively get worse)
There are also some GREAT things about Christmas, so I'll get to those first

Yay for being with family for 2 straight weeks! It was COLD outside (hence the frozen face on SDR after his morning run), but luckily my mom has a great house for entertaining kids, and a plethora of cousins.
Zoning out to christmas movies one night. Sylvie and Ryder together again.

Games, games, and more games! I love that Stori is really getting into card games, and is actually quite good at them too. Also glad she has cousins to play them with, because I get burned out doing them all day haha.

The nativity this year was quite hilarious... I need to get the video from meg! haha. This is a pretty good picture though---makes it look like it went off without a flaw!

A christmas story lesson from aunt Meg

Christmas eve jammies. We always do a scavenger hunt with clues that lead to their new jammers, and this year was so fun to have Stori be able to read all the clues. She is getting so big!
We also attempted the pyramid because there weren't that many grandkids there this year... attempt was the key word haha. Im holding Sylvie up in the back just as the pyramid came crumbling down.

Our traditional Christmas Eve walk (and freeze) in the snow!

Each year we make name cards so that santa knows where to put the presents. This is Stori's that she made 100% on her own. She asked me later why she wrote the word raptor on her picture, because she actually wanted a raccoon haha. your guess is as good as mine sister.

CHRISTMAS MORNING!! oh it was so much fun! the girls are at the perfect age to get so excited at such small things. Our rule is that they get to ask Santa for 3 gifts (to represent the 3 gifts given to Jesus by the Wisemen), but our girls could only think of one thing they wanted. Stori wanted Rocco the Raccoon beanie boo, and sylvie wanted a tent. 

^rocco and the tent.

we also have the tradition of opening presents from family in the evening. Started that because my Dad used to work Christmas Day and we would wait for him, but now it's just fun because it makes it last longer. Plus it allows us to play with the stuff from Santa all day. Both girls got pretty good at the hover-board that Maizy got.
the girls also got: mermaid tails, puzzles, toy bird and cage, and some art stuff.

Okay, here is where I tell the bad news.
After Santa presents, we went to church, then back home for a big breakfast. Well it had snowed probably 14 inches in 2 days, so the roads in Lewisville were practically a field; no snow plows, and not a car to be seen. well... there was at least one car, and dan managed to find it! He had taken Megan and Joels snowmobile out for a quick trip before the plows came, and when he got to the road right by my moms house, he collided with an SUV. He went flying over the hood, landed on the windshield, and then slid off. The woman in the passenger side (where dan hit) was freaking out, probably assuming that Dan was dead. (understandable, because he very well could have been). The snowmobile was completely totaled. It was so lucky that dan wasn't injured. The sides where his legs "should" have been, was completely destroyed, yet he was untouched. He should have shattered his legs in 100 pieces, but for some reason, he didn't even get a bruise. He said it took him 20 minutes to get the courage to walk in and tell Joel that he ruined his snowmobile. He also spent most of the day crying from stress---wondering how we could afford $2,000 to fix their snowmobile. Megan and Joel were absolute angels about the whole thing, and totally understanding. And another miracle came through that night, when 'by chance' we were able to find almost the exact same snowmobile within driving distance, that had a blown engine, but a perfect shell. which was opposite of joels; broken shell, but perfect engine. So dan and Joel drove to Montana the next day and bought that snowmobile.... SO LUCKY!!
Also that night, my mom's septic tank flooded her basement, Sylvie started throwing up, and how about we just add: strep throat for all 4 radfords, Stori, then me, and then Dan also getting the throw ups, my moms garbage disposal breaking, a broken fireplace, and a windstorm that crushed my mom's siding. phew. that sounds exhausting. 
(the next day Sylvie casually walked down the stairs talking to herself saying, "I ruined Christmas. I ruined Christmas and I ruined the potty." Poor little girl must have overheard Dan and I talking about how crappy the day was. After that we tried to emphasize all the good stuff going on instead).

In an attempt to cheer up depressed little Daniel, we decided to take a trip to Jackson for him to take as many pictures as he wanted, of as many things as he wanted. I only lost my cool twice... really, another picture of a deer? oh what, like we've never seen a hawke like that before? 
I secretly saw a lot more animals than he knows about so that we didn't have to keep stopping haha. He did get some good ones though.

I love taking pictures of him taking pictures.

dans parents moved to Rigby, so we got to see them over the holidays too. I loved this picture of Dan totally unamused of his 5 year old sitting on his shoulders while in mid conversation with his family.

one of the boys made a tripod out of napkins and oreos, so this was the only picture of our high school/college friend reunion party. It is so not flattering of anyone, but the night was a blast!
See, not all of christmas was a bust, but next year we are hoping for a boring uneventful holiday!