Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Days....

Today was a typical summer day, except one thing...my BFF Jana and I talked this morning and she reminded me of the days when I used to take pictures of my kids during ordinary days.  Now I feel like I only take pictures during events, or vacations and not on any of the amazing ordinary days anymore, so today, I took pictures.  Kinda sad that Kam was at a birthday party all day, so I'll have to catch her on another day, but for now, here are the other 5.  Truman mostly sat around smiling, but I LOVE that he just falls asleep wherever.  I was playing with him on my bed early this morning and I went to do something in the other room and came back to THIS!  I LOVE IT!  He's perfect!!!!!

 These last two are right after I popped his binkie out...hence the adorable kissable pouty wips!

 Meanwhile Jase had the other 3 boys out doing yard work all afternoon.  Vivian kinda just wandered around checking on everyone.   Pearcen was the weed/lawn blower.  He just went around after the boys getting the grass and weeds off of the sidewalk.
 These two older "men" did the mowing....

 Vivian ate watermelon




 Luckily, they were done just in time to go play in the irrigation (gross, I know)






 And Vivian....ate watermelon


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Did I grow up this fast?!

FOUR MONTHS!  I can't beleive it was really 4 whole months ago that I helped this guy come to earth!   It seems like a few weeks ago!!!! I LOOOOVVVEEE seeing him grow, and get chubby and learn, and watch and smile and laugh and get control over his hands, but I hate that the newborn phase is behind us...forever....and he tries to lift his head sometimes (luckily he likes to cuddle). Packing up the baby boy 0-3 m and the 3-6m clothes is so incredibly sad!  But seriously, this baby round chubby gushy adorable yummy face.....

 He's blading...which I LOVE.  Pearce was a bald boy for about 6 months and with these round ole heads it's like a perfect little que ball. I love it!  He still has a bit of blonde fuzz...contemplating buzzing it.

 And this one.  Even though she's in, what I might say is the ROUGHEST phase any of my kids have ever been in (with the exception of a bit of teenagerness), I really am sad that she's growing up.  Vivians perks:  She loves to cuddle, color, watch TV, read books, help cook, sneak chocolate with mom, dress girly and get her hair done.  Vivian challenges: runs away, yells...A LOT, isn't the quickest learner with consequences, shoves clothes everywhere (learned from her older sister), cuts things (including hair and books), and sneaks chocolate without mom.   She keeps us all in stitches with her awesome dance moves, and hilarious sayings.  Never Grow Up Vivvy Girl!


Playin a little catch up...again!

So I of course neglected my blog...just like I'm neglecting many things in life right now...not because I want to, but because having 6 young kids in a tiny home in a place where I haven't yet made friends well, at least friends that i can just dump my kids off at their house (except the ever amazing Kiri, but she's pregnant and I'm not that mean), so other than keeping these kids ailve, entertained, and somewhat involved, I don't get a whole lot of anything else done.  Just today, after living here for 5 months, have I started to decorate a bit.  I'm just REALLY tired of decorating rentals and taking it down a few months later, but I'm also more tired of living in ugly, plain rentals all the time.  So I'm going to work with what little space I have here, and make it cute, uncluttered (which is INSANELY harder than it seems to unclutter 1000 sq ft with 8 people's crap), and LOVE IT!   What I DO a LOT of is this......
 I sit around and make Tru laugh.  It's SO hard for me to put him down when I get him to sleep.  It's got to be the most calming thing int he world to snuggle a chubby sleeping baby....but I need more time to do it!
Also, we had a 10th birthday for Bostone!   He wanted a sports party again...which is this mom's dream party. Just take a bunch of kids and drinks and popsicles to a park with a baseball, soccer ball and football, then they come back and eat cake!  This kid is so awesome.  He's learning to roll his eyes at us, and to put up a bit of a fight when he doesn't want to clean his room, but overall, he's a pretty easy and loving kid.  He's always had a smile that makes everyone else smile.  It's so contagious, as many of his teachers have told us.  He's a gem and I can't believe we've had him for a decade!!!!
 Back to Tru Barrymore.  This was when he was somewhere around 2 or 3 months and just chillin in the "bath" (our laundry sink that he has now outgrown).  Everyone LOVES to come in when Tru takes his bath  It's so much fun to watch him giggle and kick.

 We also had Tru's baby blessing last month and the Bollwinkles.   Grandma Mulder and Gramscile were both able to come.  It was a great evening....even though I was anxious to see what name Jase said since we've been throwing Benson, Anderson and LeGrande out there.
                                                        All of my favorite men ever!!!!
                 Truman and his favorite Grandpa. I need more pictures of this.  These two have a little cuddle or giggle time most everyday.  They're best buddies.
 And us with Tru.  Even though I DREAD cameras for a year or so after each baby, when I look back I LOVE the baby blessing pictures.   Just something great about another one in the books with this guy!






 These two are so great at playing together most of the time. I loved this day when they were playing store and doing some grocery shopping.  They're so great at sharing with each other.  Things only get rough when Pearce realizes he can tease her...then she'l let out a great yell, which she has...a great yell!


Monday, April 25, 2016

FINALLY...good weather

I LOVED having fall and winter this year again...but I think i planned having a newborn badly....it's not fun to have a newborn at the beginning of the cold....I freak out every night that he's not warm enough, and he's been congested for a whole month...but alas, the last few weeks have been 65 degrees or warmer, and he's not congested and the kids want to play outside all day (which is fantastic when you live in an 1000 sq ft home).  It's been so nice.  Vivian wanted to buy a watering can at Ross last week to water the flower seeds she planted.
 She has a hard time making the water go right into the hole, so it splatters, so she stays way back and holds her dress up.  She cracks me up!  It's so hard to get her to NOT wear a dress everyday, which is hilarious, because Kam would only wear a dress when completely necessary...and she's still the same way.
 I don't think she realized how heavy it was going to be, but she didn't want help.


 While we were watering all of the plants, this guy came running off of the bus.  I LOVE when he comes home!  I don't know if I can let him do full day 1st grade next year.  I think we'll be having A LOT of lunch dates.  He's the best!  He absolutely loves to feed and change Truman. He's the first one awake every morning (other than me and Truman) and goes right to him and works for smiles
 Speaking of the lump...he's 2 months....well, 2 months and a week.  He's THE easiest baby ever! (thank goodness).  He'll whine every few hours, hardly ever a full out cry.  And when he whines, he usually just wants someone to talk to him for a minute, or to move him from the floor to a chair, or from the swing to the floor.


 When I first tried to take his picture this morning, he kept putting his hands up. He's already tired of me taking his picture!  Just kidding, he's really working hard right now to control his little paws.  He is getting pretty good at getting his right paw into his mouth.  But he does punch himself in the eyes a lot too.
This guy is awesome!  And as low maintenance as he is...I can't believe how busy my life is.  I'm getting decent sleep now...4-6 hours a night (not in a row), but I signed 3 kids up for base/softball, not knowing that it's a hectic crazy sport to join.  Boston has a game or practice EVERYDAY!!!! so when you add the other 2 in there, plus Jaden's soccer, plus piano for 3, mutual for 2, scouts for 2, dance, track, homework, cooking, cleaning, organizing, laundry and keeping these kids clean and fed...alone half the week...I'm a bit overwhelmed.  I'm hoping next year the kids will have enough friends that I can throw them on a team with someone we know and carpool...and a year and a half and I'll have a driver!!!!! yay!!!!!!  Oh and hopefully a husband here...even more YAY!!!!!

So I love going back over the last 9 years and reading "my favorites".  So I'm going to list my top 5 favorites of the moment...

1. Zucchini brownies! I just found an awesome recipe for really healthy (but not low calorie) brownies on Pinterest!  I just made em for FHE tonight, but have had a hard time not sneaking to the outside fridge for a bite every few hours.

2. LifeVantage skincare system! I'm so glad Jase is doing it again...it's my favorite! I noticed results with my crepey eyes within a week, and just the smell of softness of it...I LOVE it.  I'm only on week 2, hoping it'll get rid of my forehead and neck wrinkles soon.

3. TurboJam.  I haven't made my way up to Turbo Fire yet...well, I do one or two a week, but I do TurboJam everyday and I love it!  I can't believe how out of shape I got this pregnancy.  It was by far my worst!

4. Isagenix.  Ok, I'm not 100% sold, but I've been losing 2 pounds a week, and I actually crave the shakes now. I just need to get better at not snacking, and as soon as I'm done breastfeeding I can do the cleanses, which is supposed to help me lose 5 a week...fingers crossed.

5. My niece Danica and my friend Melissa.  They're the best at making me feel less gross, and giving me good advice on fashion and house stuff...since my creative and trendy brain is on hold for now.