Monday, April 25, 2016

FINALLY...good weather

I LOVED having fall and winter this year again...but I think i planned having a newborn'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'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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2 months!

This guys is two months! I can't believe it!  He's getting so chubby and smiley and perfect.  I have to admit, those first 4 or 5 weeks are so stressful, I wish someone else could take care of them until they hit about 2 months...and then I wish I could put everything else in my life on hold and just play with them all day and hold them and squeeze them!  His favorite thing is when I craddle him and squeeze him pretty tight and say "squeezie squeezie squeezie" in a high pitch voice.  He smiles from ear to ear.  He is like Boston and sleeps with one eye open.  It's so funny.  Pearcen just LOVES to wake up early before anyone else and come out and make him smile  That's his smiliest time of day.  All of the kids love to hold him and do whatever they can to make him smile so big that he makes an almost giggle sound.   He's defintely the center of our world right now.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter 2016

This year for Easer we went down to the valley for the day.  We went to church with the Bollwinkles, which I have to say, with so many billions of tween and teen cousins sitting on 2 or 3 benches together, it was SO irreverent....ok,a nd Jase, Sam, Randa and I admiring Tru was pretty irreverent as well.  After church we headed over to the Bollwinkels for a nice lunch in some nice weather on their nice back porch.  Here are a few shots of the kids and some cousins in their finest Easter attire....

 And my new bookends lookin all GQ.

 Here are a few shots from my "taken way too late" newborn pictures of Tru.  There are a few more that I'll post as soon as I get his "way too late" announcements sent out.  I LOVE this little onsie and his baby guns.  SO CUTE!
 And I've ALWAYS wanted to be in a picture with my newborn but have always been too fat, so I researched poses that hid mommy fat.  and I LOVE THESE. I love his sweet peaceful face, and his adorable lips and the moments we have together which I'm cherishing more with this one than any newborn before, knowing it'll be the last. I'm so in love with this guy!

 and yes,I had to dress him up like a puppy and snap a few.  That tail!
 And at Randa's on Sunday we decided it looks creepy when the oversized bear looks down at the baby.
 "I want to eat you!!!"

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Vivian's 4!!!

Vivian turned 4 a few weeks ago, bbut we decided to wait until the cousins came up to have a party.   And since Stratton's birthday is next week, we decided to combine the two for a little candle blowing out ceremony.
But we started the day off with birthday pancakes.....which took a while to get going since Vivian threw a big fit about what to wear....

And then we headed to grandma and grandpa's for a big kitty cat birthday bash!!!

They played a funny game of pin the tail on the kitty cat....

Then it was time to open presents!!!!

It was a fantastic day filled with a few tantrums, lots of sugar, and lots of smiles!

And of course....a few pictures of sweet little Tru.  He's been a bit sick the last week, which is completely stressful for me, but I think he's on the mend!

Monday, February 29, 2016

This baby is my world!!!

These two girls sure make my job easy.  they love taking care of baby Truman.  Vivian loves that he grabs her finter and Kam loves how tiny his body is.
 Pearcey has been a reading fool!  He reads almost all day long.  Wheather it's just sounding out huge words (the latest is Pandamonium), or reading books, or reading labels on food or boxes, he's ALWAYS reading.   He's gotten so good at it.
 And this girl...she loved that her dress flew behind her like a cape at the park.   I loved that her cute bum was showing when her cape blew up.  She's hilarious!

I cannot beleive how much I love this little man! I know I've loved a newborn this much 5 times before, but knowing this is the end (which makes me feel so old since I feel like we just started having kids) makes me cuddle him longer, smell him more, and kiss his entire face every hour!  he's so dang sweet! J and I really can't believe we're at the tail end of having kids.  It's so incredibly sad to me.  And I know I still have a few more child bearing years on me, but I'm so scared to death to have another pregnancy like the last, or post partum like the one before, or a ginomrous baby like Boss, and of course, to just have more teenagers. haha.  But I want more babies!!! 0-5 year olds are the best!   I guess by the time Tru is 5, Jaden or Kam would only have a couple of years before they might start their families.   But as much as people tell me having grandbabies is the best, there's NO way anything can be better than your own, great smelling, cuddly baby. It makes me want to spend every second with all 6 of these kids...which I know is impossible, especially since my older two are preferring friends to family now. ;(  Just happened in the last month.  But these other 4 love to be around here.  I want to be a more fun/happy mom for them.  I feel like I was doing pretty good for years, and the last 4 or 5 years have been a fog as a mom.  I think all of the "ideas of pinterest" have overwhelemed my mom brain and shut it off.  I hope i can get back to it!
Back to sweet, sweet baby Tru.  He had his first (and hopefully only) dr. appointment last week where he was weighing in at 8.8.  Almost back to birth weight, which I guess they should be at by week 2.  
He' s done so well at sleeping long stretches at night (hope I don't jinx that) and being happy during his awake time.  he's a gem!
 We took him to the park yesterday with Uncle Justin and Aunt Elissa.  He loved it.
 And of course, I had to take this picture with this cute pacifier....
 and then him 10 minutes later...