Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where the livins easy...

Today Jase and I were sitting on our front porch swing eating cookies that one of our neighbors brought us before our kids realized we had them, and we were talking and Jase asked, "seriously, how did we get so many cute kids?!"  Our two middle boys were busting up laughing at each other and they both looked over with their big sparkle eyes when he asked that.  They're so awesome! We really are THE most blessed family I know.

Today was our first irrigation of the year.  The kids went crazy.  Our whole front yard was a big swimming pool.  They had races, and raced Gus and did a few science projects with our bridge and their toy tractors, then realized IT"S FREEZING!!! The water is SO cold and it's windy today!  They're so crazy!
 This guy, however, is a little smarter.  He stayed on the porch with me.....


 He's so stinking naughty though!  He's pulled the flowers off of almost all of my flags!  I'm nervous the snap drags are next, then the Shasta's, and then my long awaited peonies!  I need to train him quickly or he'll be wearing a straight jacket everytime we go outside this summer.
 This week we planted a ton of flowers and started getting our garden spot ready....and I guess we got another bunny.  Next week we're hopefully getting more chicks, planting our garden and picking our neighbors weeds.  And Jase just told me...for Mother's Day....I get to pick out a new puppy!!!!!!  I'm so excited.  I've got it narrowed down to two breeds.  I've missed having a little dog around the house since Fox died a few months ago.  Gus is SUCH a great dog though.  We hug everyday, which if you knew me 3 years ago, you know I HATED big dogs. I was afraid of every single one, but now thanks to Gus, I'm only afraid of pit bulls, rotweilers, Dobermans and German shperads!  Maybe someday Ill like em all (doubt it)
And Bibs  wanted to plant strawberries and basil.  She picked this little spot in the yard for the basil. I'm a bit nervous it won't get enough sun, but she's excited about it.
 Easter is always so much fun with the Hatch's.  We did another egg hunt at the Bollwinkles, but it was even better because it was Caitee's homecoming, Randa's 50th birthday (major dance party!) and Zane opened his call...to Dominica Republic!!!!!  He's going to do AMAZING there!!!
Here's the smaller monkeys pre hunt....
 Tru just wanted one egg and he was happy.  He wasn't feeling tops.  This teething thing is a pain in the booty for him, but I LOVE that he wants to cuddle so much!

 The other day Vivian picked out this girly outfit, and asked me if she looked pretty.  And she loved wearing the dress with the horses....but then....



 Truman came into her room and she decided to take all of his clothes off and put them on herself and ask, "do I look like a tough guy?"   ha!  Too cute to be tough!
 The other day this stud came up for me to take his senior pictures.  We hd so much fun!  He's THE sweetest, most easy going teenager I've ever known.
 Vivian and Caitee came with us.  I got this quick shot of Vivian as I was checking the lighting.
 I think I have a picture of all of my kids surrounded by a mess, figured I couldn't leave this guy out.
 Um, sexy!  He got his mamas figure.
 I just have a lot of really cute pictures of this really cute boy!



 and then...WHAT?!  This is Pearcen....same kid!!!!
We made this carrot patch cake for FHE last week.  
 And I just LOVE when my kids fall asleep in random places.  Not that the couch is random, but still. Her hands...her belly, her feet!!!!  STOP GROWING BIBBY GIRL!!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cruising with my peeps

Mom and Dad have waited years...decades...to take their kids on a trip, and finally last year was able to plan it.   We decided on a cruise and it was amazing!  We left on a Sunday and got back on a Sunday.  Flew to Houston, met the Jones and cruised out and went to Cozumel Mexico, the Grand Caymans and Jamaica.  
This was the first day as we were taking off....the girls were just sitting back relaxing...and the boys....
 standing by the edge talking about the ship.
 We played a lot of cards, shuffleboard and hit all of the shows.  The comedians were hilarious, the ice show was ok, and the last night musical was lame I guess...I was sleeping right through it.
 The first stop was Cozumel and we rented jeeps and toured around a bit before we found a great little beach where the girls parked it and the boys snorkeled for a bit then we all ate.
 Us and our beach boys right before we took off.
 Every night we met at the same table at 5:30 with the same awesome waiters.  Dress up night was fun even though I never got around to buying a fancy dress...I figured a big ugly necklace and an updo will dress up any dress enough.
 The whole gang for dress up night #2.
 We took a lot of pictures of these fine people, and these ones are my favorite!  Dad does NOT LIKE pictures...he talks his way right through them.  Honestly, my sisters and I rarely get a picture where dad isn't talking.  It's hilarious.  And mom is always by his side looking as adorable as ever!
 but I LOOVE these pictures...it's his real smile because our little Indian waiter came right up and said he's his son and gave him a big hug on the last night.

 Our waiters were amazing.  They even knew by the last night to bring me chocolate milk and sliders before I even ordered (yup, gained 8 pounds in a 8 days)
 It was such a fun trip and we were lucky enough to get to bring Caitee Jo.  She got home from her mission just a day before we left, so we couldn't just ditch her.   Here's a shot of Tru and her at the airport...he was teething big time, but obviously very happy to see her.
 And this last week I was lucky enough to have Zane sneak up here for some senior pictures.  I LOVE THIS KID!!! He's so sweet and caring and smiley and happy...and obviously good looking!
 Vivian came with us because Caitee was there and Viv loves Caitee...so of course I snapped a quick shot of V in this dead old field.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A day in the life on Mom Mulder 2017

I decided I needed to write a typical day since I went back about 8 or 9 years ago (3 or 4 kids ago) and read a typical day and was amazed at all the time I had to workout, quilt, do puzzles with the littles and make awesome meals for every meal!

5: wake up, don't get up.
5:30 : Jase gets up to go to the gym.
5:45 : Jase goes to gym, I get out of bed and change into workout clothes and start a Jillian Michaels yoga.
6: Boston wakes up and I tell him it's not time, but he's up anyway, so Jillian must go, so I wake everyone else up to get going on zones.
6:45 : I start breakfast, which today was easy...yesterday's waffles in the toaster.
7: Jase stumbles in, I make the kids come to the table and turn on a conference talk (since we missed conference last weekend)
7:20 : everyone cleans up, I brush hair, check rooms, feed Tru, clean him up.
735 : I take the first "bus" to school, which only Kam and Jaden caught.
7:45 : I take the second "bus" with Pearcen and Boston.
7:55 : come home to finish cleaning and change Truman.
8:30 : a load of laundry switched, folded, put away.
9:  Dress Viv and Tru
9:15 : Take V to dance...realize I'm 15 minutes early, take package to UPS to ship.
9:30 : take V to dance...where she begs me to stay and watch, so I stay and watch and write my grocery list with tru's help.
10:15: Grab a quick lunch for V.
10:35 : Take V home to get her backpack and change out of dance clothes
10:45. Take V to preschool.
11: get home, change Tru, lay him down, do some more laundry then get interrupted by a guy wanting to sell me a super awesome huge galvanized trough for a pool/garden.
11:30: Figure out where all of this weeks money has already gone (first of the month, dance, piano, voice, preschool, restock fridge from trip, baseball pants and shoes)
12: Start 60 minute Turbo Fire
12:30 : Tru wakes up.  Feed him some baby food and grapes.
1 : Vivian gets home from preschool by walking with dad, but dad stayed to "play with the neighbor" (to see how his wife is doing...leukemia)
130 : Feed Vivian some grapes, turn on Beauty and the Beast so I can finish that load of laundry.
2: make this weeks meal plan and finish grocery list.
2:30 : lay Vivian down and start dinner.
3: Pearce and Boss get home and I have to weigh and measure them for the special olympics track program.
3:30 : Bathe Tru since he pooped all over.  Change his bedding.
3:50 Lay Tru back down
3:55: Run Boss to baseball
4: Finish Turbo Fire
4:30 : Kam gets home
4:40 : Jaden gets home. I sit down to write this...and here's the rest of my day...

5:10 : Go pick up Pearcen from the neighbors and take him to piano then come home to check on dinner
5:30: Jase might be home, and I'll go pick up Boston from baseball and drop him off at home.
5:45 : Pick up Pearen from piano.
6: Make everyone sit down and eat these delicious crock pot tacos!!!
6:25: Clean up a bit, then load everyone up to go to Boston's pack meeting.
7:30 : get back home and finish cleaning up.  Throw a couple of kids in the bath.
8: Lay Tru down.  Jase reads with one and I read with the other of Pearcen and Vivian and Boss reads to himself
8:30, middle 3 go down and J and I watch some TV with the older two or help them with their homework.
9:30: Older two go down. and I either clean,  fold laundry and watch more TV, write down goals, read old goals, Pin, or hopefully I'll get the energy to do a last minute workout.
10:30-11:30: BEEEEDDDDDD!!!!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

March

March has happened WAYYY too fast!   We had Disneyland, then a week of school to get caught up, then spring break, and now a week of school, and now we're packing to leave the country for a week.  April and May WILL slow down! I loved February with it's unbusiness and the pictures and time I got with my kids. I've known for a few months that March would be insane.  But we did sneak in a few happy memories.  The kids all wore green for St. Patrick's day, but I didn't do a dang mom thing.  No green food, no green crafts, nada!  So I snapped this pic of a few of my boys together. They're pretty handsome!
 Then Stratton and Millie came up and made spring break amazing!  These two really feed each other's energy level, but they have such a good time doing it, that we just kick them outside and let them burn it all off!
 Favorite thing about March is still this....

 He's the most beautiful baby boy, and these two are seriously glowy! I love it!

Meanwhile, MY Mr. beautiful has turned naughty, just this week, which sucks because he's going to stay with Danica for a week.  He LOVES to open every cupboard and pull everything out as fast as he can.  He loves to throw all of his food on the floor as fast as he can..even if he wants it...he wants it to hit the ground first.  He's obnoxious!  and SOOO CUTE!!!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Best, Day, EVER!

Justin and Elissa finally had Baby Benson!!!!!  That pregnancy was longer than any of mine...seriously felt that way...even longer than this last horrible Truman pregnancy.  I couldn't wait for her pregnancy to be over and everyone safe and an adorable happy Mulder family.  He's seriously  as cute as my own too!  Ok, as cute as mine and doesn't have the swollen nose.  He kinda came out completely perfect!  We rushed down to hold him and take a few pictures on Saturday when he was born, and now Jase and I are both DYING to hold him again!  He was 9 pounds 5 ounce, the Mulder average, and 21" long...again, the Mulder average.   He's going to fit right in!   It was so great to see Justy and Lissy so happy and a feeling of relief was in the room for all.   I couldn't help but cry when I first got to hold him because of how long everyone has waited for this little man, and all of the trials that had to happen before he could come.   He's seriously an amazing blessing to the whole Mulder family.  Congratulations Justy and Lissy and welcome baby Benny!





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Grateful for...

So, I have a hard time getting much excitement out of anything anymore. I'm happy, and I know I'm blessed, and I have more LOVE than ever before, but I feel boring, and bored, and I think back to when I didn't feel this way and I felt so much more alive.  I was more active, I was more creative, I was more adventurous and I was more confident.  I know I used to write a weekly gratitude post on here, so I'm starting it up again.  Each week, I'm writing my top 5 things that I'm most grateful for that week.  And I'm interviewing my kids again, and taking quizzes on here so my kids can know me at all stages of life.  Because 10 years ago when I first started this blog, I was A MUCH different person than I am now....good ways and bad ways.  Hopefully I can get it all back to good ASAP!  For now, my top 5!

Country Living!  I just got off the phone yesterday with a. friend that moved from here to Gilbert, and we both agree, things are much too "fancy and perky" there, but she was saying how now she could never move back because the education system is so much better there...and I agree, it is.    I told her there are great things and obnoxious things about both places, and it just depends on what you feel is a better way of living for your kids.  I do wish the schools were better here. I wish  they had a gifted program for my 3 straight A kids, or any program to keep them on the up and up, but the daily living lessons they learn here are what make country living worth the crappy school system.  And I shouldn't say crappy school system.  Honestly my kids have had some of their best teachers ever in the snowflake/taylor system, but we lack so much funding!!!!  But I love how many kids are in each class and I love how personable the teachers are.   But getting chickens and bunnies in a couple of weeks, and riding their bikes down to Ed's and quads in the wash and the huge, wide, clean street that we live on with huge old trees and super friendly people that love to garden all day.  I LOVE IT!!! I know you can get all of this in the outsikirts of the country, but it's never the same (speaking from experience) I know some in the "smaller cities" of the valley feel that it's country, but when there are so many stop lights, so many cars, so many people and SO many nail salons.  haha, it's not real country livin.

This van! I'm SO grateful for this awesome van.  This last family road trip was probably the best we've had as far as getting alone, being comfortable and having a good time in the car.   There was 2 kids to a row, Jase put a TV in it, and there were blankets and pillow all over the place.  Per request of Jaden I made the kids individual snack boxes to keep em refreshed the whole week, and everyone was set.   There was a couple of usual squabbles, but nothing that even got my feathers ruffled. (country girl speaking there)

Health.  I've been SO obsessed with how chubby I am these last 2 years (it's been bad, and I've SUCKED and dieting) but lately I'm so glad that I'm able to run around with my kids, and wrestle with my littles, and jump on the trampoline and go for jogs. I'm so grateful for my sight and hearing.  My sight is going downhill QUICKLY the last year and a half.  At night I can't even see road signs, and the words I'm typing now are even a bit blurry, but I'm so glad that I'm able to see my cute kids faces and watch them learn for the first time, and hear their squeaky voices, and my older two and their amazing singing voices.  I am So grateful for a healthy body!

FOOD!  Ok, on the flip flop, I wish I didn't eat so much of it, but I love playing with food. I love making new recipes, I love buying new foods and I love spending half of my life in my kitchen! I'm so glad I'm not a picky eater.  Well, I do wish I didn't like sugar and cheese, but I'm so glad that I'm willing to try anything and like most everything except octopus, crab, squid, shrimp, cod and mushrooms.  Ok, and some really hot things. I'm wuss, I need to build up my spicy glands or whatever.  but I love food!

My parents! I'm so glad they live so close. I see them most every single day, wait, I see them EVERYDAY that we're both home.  Dad comes over to take pictures of me with his jewelry on, and to try  and win over Tru, and mom comes by to get caught up on whatever is going on with her calling and whatever is going on with the family.  Last night I was in a pickle!  Jase was in the valley and I dropped Jaden off at soccer, then had to run with the other 5 to Boston's pack meeting.  In the middle of the pack meeting I remembered Kam has dance in 30 minutes, the same time Jaden has to be picked up at soccer, and the pack meeting had another hour! I  called mom and they were there in a jiffy...even took Jaden out to dinner, which he needed after a day of studying to catch up, going to soccer with out dinner and sweating his gross little teenage guts out (stinky!).   They save me!  And we get to have dinner together every Sunday.  We all look forward to that, sometimes followed up by a game of cards. I'm So grateful for their health and that my kids get to know them while they are so active still.  They're such fun grandparents and so caring and great examples of service and kindness and humility to my kids.

Monday, March 6, 2017

FINALLY DISNEYLAND!!!!

Oh my gosh! My dreams just came true!  Ok, other than the dream of all of my kids raising their families here in Taylor by me and being happy and amazing, THIS is my favorite dream...to spend a week at Disneyland with all of my kids. I can't believe it's over.  It went by so fast!  Totally wore us all out, but so worth it!!! Everyone had an amazing time!!! We gave this to the kids for Christmas, but couldn't find a good time to go until now.  We got 5 day tickets and went back and forth between Disneyland and California adventure.   This was our first day at Disneyland...

 Truman was a bit freaked out, but also very intrigued by the characters.
 I had to post the picture.  Jason took it because he knew the lady was walking right in front of us.  ha!
 But then we got a nice guy to snap one of all of us in front of the castle on Main Street!
 Here's a usual picture of my boy Jaden....his palm.
 But then some lady behind me in the dole whip line talked him into moving his hand for a second.  Thanks lady.
 Tru's first taste of a dole whip float was a win!  He loved it!
 The jungle cruise was so great!  We had a hilarious skipper and watching the younger 3 was so much fun!

 I got a picture of most everyone, but not everyone at the same time, so here's one by one on the jungle cruise.



 I don't know why I don't have a shot of Viv and Pearcen.  But Tru was worn out by noon....