Friday, December 26, 2008
"I was just saying that so I didn't have to finish"..short pause...smack herself on forehead "I just tattle-taled on myself!"
Jeremy and I started laughing and Miranda did too. Then Jeremy said that is a blog moment and I whole-heartedly agreed. That was when Miranda started crying and saying it wasn't funny. There were real tears, but I am too mean and it really was funny. So here it is in blog form, she may or may not ever know. **Hear wicked evil laugh here**
Thursday, December 25, 2008
After the darlings were asleep we had required duties to take care of. I truly contemplated telling the kids Santa did not want to come because he couldn't afford to get sick when he had so many deliveries. Luckily we had just enough borrowed energy to get things in order. We didn't, however, get our presents out. On the way back to bed I knew I was going to loose it. Well I did, all over the bathroom floor. Luckily, if you can say that, it was all on the linoleum and all that I had was water so it looked like the kids got a little crazy with the sink. When we woke up this morning we were feeling considerably better and were able to get everything in order before the kids woke up.
We had our little family Christmas with no major incidents, then went to Mom J.'s house for presents. We got there at noon and the kids enjoyed opening presents and playing with their cousins. At about 2:30 the kids ate lunch. Jeremy and I were still on the "I won't eat if it's the last thing I do diet." About 15 minutes later Haylie experienced the same lovely illness as Jer and I. Again luckily, it was over the hard wood floors. Unfortunately, her Aunt's brand new, less than a month old, Genuine Ugg boots received some splatter, UGH! Can you clean those? So our Christmas celebration came to a quick close as we told everyone of our kids to hold their breath, not to pass on germs, and get in the car really quick. Everyone was very nice about it, I can only hope that this ends with our family and we didn't infect anyone.
This has been the most nontraditional Christmas. The kiddos have been so good and we have heard "This is the BEST Christmas ever" lots of times. Jeremy and I just look at each other and laugh. It at least goes to show our kids have low expectations. As of now I just can't help but dream of a healthy Christmas next year!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
In all these cases, while painful, scary, or exhausting, all babies and mamma's were healthy. Why do I fear? The birth process is a miracle and dangerous yet I have heard more good stories and happy endings than the other.
I have only had an epidural with the twins and it was mostly for their safety. It was a pretty simple delivery, no complications, no stitches and virtually pain free, and the actual labor was quick. I didn't like the swelling afterwards or being cold. With this being my last pregnancy I debate whether to get the epidural or not? It's not that I don't get an epidural to be a hero, I kind of feel that the doctors/nurses help to move things along or take me more seriously when I say I need to push. With the twins I couldn't feel anything. In fact the doctor came and checked and said "you're ready, there's a head" I had no idea! I couldn't feel contractions, but I could still control the pushing aspect. I guess that is good. I also don't like the feeling of not being in control of my body and being numb is certainly not being in control. On the other hand when I had Lauren with no pain relief, I almost lost control mentally, I started to freak out. I no longer wanted any part of the birth process, which unfortunately was kind of mandatory. I had made the commitment when we decided to have another baby. There were a few nurses who wouldn't let me give up (just a note Jeremy was on the fence) and within a few minutes my little linebacker GIRL was born.
So maybe I am silly for being worried but I am nonetheless and can't wait for it to be over. The aches and pains have been tolerable through pregnancy but they are getting more difficult, sometimes I think I might cry, but I keep plugging along hoping that the activities that cause the pain such as cleaning, and walking, will help with spontaneous labor. Then the next day I feel the uncomfortable results and wonder if I may not be silly just crazy!
After all is said and done, I just want to hold a healthy little boy really soon, kiss his little forehead, and let him wrap his fist around my finger. It won't be too long before I am wrapped around his little finger! I am sure I won't be alone at least four of his older siblings feel the same way as me. As for Lauren we will see. Then there is Dad, I don't think he can wait too much longer to have two sons to teach and embrace.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
She is giving away 4 place settings, you can choose one color or up to four colors. The values is $50/place setting. Way cute! She will be doing the drawing on Christmas eve. Here's to Santa giving me a gift of Fiestaware!
I can't wait to meet baby Jackson. To see who he will be and how his personality will fit in with our family. I used to give Logan a bad time for his emotional outbursts, the twins had their mischievousness time two, Lauren is so much more strongly opinionated then any of our children. There is no secret when she doesn't want what you offer. She can't talk but she let's you know in an effective way, usually it involves swinging arms and a loud noise. Miranda was not perfect but I had nothing to compare her to so it is hard to see the little quirks she had. All of our kids are special and have so many fun qualities. They are like their dad in that they LOVE music. They love to play in a big group, small group and even by themselves. I think that is a benefit to a large family. They all have options. They love to do craft projects, I will claim that as coming from me. Miranda loves to read, while Logan has an amazing number sense. Before kindergarten he was using the clock to do math. he came up with that on his own. It will be fun to see Haylie and Hannah with their educational strengths. Time goes by so fast.
Parenthood is truly a miracle and a blessing. I am not the best parent and I have so many faults and fail at so many things, but I love my kids and by some miracle they love me too. Heavenly Father knows what he is doing when creating these strong bonds. I know what I feel towards my kids is only a fraction of what He feels towards each of us. It is hard to comprehend. I am grateful for that love too.
On the same note of parenthood I have been thinking a lot about the Savior's birth. I have been thinking about Mary too. Since both my boys will be born in the near vicinity of Christmas, it helps to understand the sacrifice Mary made. When I had the twins a weird thought came to me. They were child #3 and #4. The nurses will give the spiel about not giving your child to anyone without a certain name tag. I couldn't help but think some one would look at my "abundant load" of children, and think since I had two at a time they can take one, or even giving one up for adoption. It almost brought tears thinking of giving up one of them. It was a ridiculous thought I know but then I think of Mary. She gave birth to her son and knew from before conception that she would be giving up her son. She had a few years that he needed her, but He would be so much more. There would come a time in His young life that she couldn't teach him anything, He would be teaching her. It makes me appreciate my boys even more. While I am aware that Christmas is not really near Jesus' real birthday, it is a great reminder.
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is Haylie, she also appears beside her sister in the second video. Note when she turns to the side she is looking how cute she is in the mirror, no she's not vain at all. I told her she was cute and she said yup!
(If the videos don't appear click on their name and it will bring you to the video.)
Lauren can be found most times with a book in her hand. All the other kids want to bring toys in the car to play with but she will usually have a book. It is funny. She could be following my footsteps and is a sign that I read too much, and the computer isn't as portable.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Yesterday she picked up a Christmas card and said "What does this say?" I said like I always do "what do you think it says?" I love setting them up for creativity. She looked at the card and pretended to read "Dear Christmas, I love you, Santa!" I am sure he does love Christmas.
I can't remember the situation but Hannah said in her little three almost four year old voice. "I absolutely don't want to!" What little girls uses that word?
When she is done eating and still has a little left she never tells us No she won't eat it, she says "I can't know how to finish it!"
When we asked Haylie if she wanted homemade cookies last night or ice cream she said "I will have one of each, that OK with you?"
Although this was a while ago it deserves a mention. Jeremy and Logan were talking philosophically and Logan asked Jeremy "Where do Legs come from?" Jeremy trying to buy some time to think of a good answer said "what do you think?" Logan said I know, "from your bottom" Why didn't Dad think of that?
At Thanksgiving I was prepping the turkey and Logan asked what we eat on Thanksgiving I told him turkey so he asked "well what do turkeys eat?" I honestly said they don't, so Logan said that's right because they are cooked.
And lastly we were at Costco and Logan decided he didn't want to eat turkey for Christmas. I asked what did he want instead. He said "Pig" I think we might be a little too honest about what animal meat comes from.
Lauren although she thinks she says a lot he favorite command is "Na!" when she says it it is said with undeniable authority. Which means give it to me NOW! She also says Ka for sock and Zsh for shoes.
Friday, December 05, 2008
By the way tomorrow is officially 36 weeks. I can't say time is going fast for the pregnancy since I am practically counting every minute, but life is flying by quickly. We have lots going on, lots of plans, shopping, cooking, eating, movies, friends, family....you know all the wonderful things that go along with this time of year. I am sure after it is all said and done it will feel like it flew by. This due date makes me feel like I have been pregnant for the whole year of 2008!
This cartoon is particularly funny since I always say that my children get eviction notices in the form of pitocin.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Video Link (for some reason the video is not working so if you click on the link it will take you to the video.
My favorite thing she does so far is walk AND talk on the phone. I am a little scared for her teenage years in more ways than I can count! I had the cutest video but when I went to watch it I noticed Hannah in the background showing a little more than a modest girl should.
This post was started a month ago it just took me this long to get the video up. So for those of you clocking milestones. She was walking at the record age of 17 months just like her twin sisters.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
So I am officially 34 weeks. Things are going pretty good. I try not to think of Labor and Delivery, I am always afraid this one will be the bad experience! With a little less than 6 weeks left I am starting to feel pretty uncomfortable and the pains that go with that. I am still forever grateful that I have healthy pregnancies and my pains are normal, nothing to cause concern to me or our little baby.
The real reason I was posting was to share a couple things the twins say about baby Jackson. We took Haylie, Hannah and Lauren to my last appointment and told them that they will get to hear the heartbeat. They thought it was pretty neat, not like Logan though. Lauren just looked at me with lots of concern I took it as "what the heck is that?" Then Jeremy said no she hears COMPETITION! I think he was more correct.
Since the appointment on more than one occasion one of the girls will lean against my ever expanding tummy and say I heard his "heartbeef." They may be right and I will give birth to a cow! Hannah will tell me what Jackson is doing. Yesterday he went for a walk in my tummy. He has taken a bath in there with pretend soap. Today he is getting ready for Christmas. It is quite funny, they really don't get it. I know for some babies in utero they get cramped and I realize the twins created a penthouse "sweet" for the siblings who followed them. Seriously though I don't think he has as much room as they think. I asked how big they thought he was in there and Hannah held up two fingers and held them about 1.5 inches apart. Haylie was probably a bit closer with both arms opened wide. So would you like to see the penthouse suite:
The doctor asked if my stomach was bigger than with my other pregnancies. Umm? hum? I am not sure, but it it does look like a good size watermelon is in my shirt! I do have to give him props he is very attentive when it comes to the size of this baby, he is going to try and "Stir things up" at 38 weeks (4 more weeks yeah-baby!) give the exit door cooperates and doesn't put me or the baby at risk. Yeah for caring and compassionate doctors! Lots of gratitude in our home! And with that here is another good cartoon for me!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We took advantage of the fall colors and took some family photos too.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So on to the night. I made dinner for 7 great friends. I choose the only real meal shared in the book that happened to be the only real date too. I made ravioli's then added breadsticks and salad. I also served Pepsi, as I don't like coke. Dinner was good the conversation was fun. I let everyone take candy from our ginormous Halloween stash for movie theater snacks. As we were leaving my friend April asked "you have the tickets right" I replied "yep except Heather has her own" do you see where this is going? We wanted to leave about 1.5 hours early so we got to sit together. We pulled up to the theater about 1 hour before the movie started. There was hardly any parking in the nearby garage. It was my lucky night I found a spot. We get out of the car and I go to hand everyone there tickets, then realize I took only my wallet to the school craft faire and left it in the stroller...not the one in the car but the one I leave at home! Stupid, Idiot, Lame....These were all words that went through my mind with the mental word lashing I was giving my self. Luckily my friend Tara decided to drive home with me to get the tickets. If she hadn't I probably would have cried for all the prep I did to make everything work out timing wise. We laughed a lot, but when you are with her it is kind of a given. Great story teller, reminds me of Lucille Ball with her facial expressions! We made good time, we got the tickets and were back with in half an hour. Tara gracefully passed tickets off to Jen on the curb in front of the theater so she could run in and give the tickets to the rest of the group who were waiting in line. We got a way better parking spot. We made it! Come to find out the worker lady at Cinemark/Century Theatre held up the line until the tickets were there for our group. It was awesome and made me feel less guilty. (A little plug for the theater go to CineMark theaters!)
Backing up a little I planned this dinner thing and fully intended to let Jeremy relax while I did it all, since I am the one always coming up with these ideas. He was the perfect hired hand. He did all the last minute prep...which was everything since it was one of those 15 minute dinners, while I got to socialize. I did help a bit but he really went above and beyond my expectations. Then he fed the kids, helped clear the dishes while we continued to chat away. When I go back home from the movie, it was all cleaned up. It was awesome. I feel so lucky to have him as my partner, best friend, and example. He made it such a nice and relaxing evening. If only I hadn't forgot the tickets at hope it would have been the easiest girl's night in/out ever.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I am so proud. Then I opened up this photo:
Miranda started it but both girls got equally floured! They had a blast and the mom still said she can come over anytime.
While Miranda was playing Paula Deen, the new Betty Crocker in my book, we went to a park and were met by a friend:
OK it really wasn't that big but it was at least three inches long! It must have decided that the little munchkins were having fun on the playground and Mr. T wanted to join in the fun. UGH! Brittany i wish you were there...but be proud I didn't scream and pack up the kids. Instead I embraced technology and took a picture with my cell phone. That means I had to get pretty close.
With that Lauren would like to add a special service message. "We were unharmed, and continued to play...just not in the bushes. It was lots of fun! Check you all lata!"
Monday, November 10, 2008
Hannah is on the left, she was the least willing to be in the picture but still she gave a smirk and was not whining. I took individual pictures too. Lauren while opinionated and laud is appearantly fickle too and wanted to be in all the pictures. I had to tell the girls to run quickly and snap a picture before Lauren got in the shot. She has an arm here and a foot there. Ha-ha!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
At one point you hear Haylie say "Stop it Hannah I'm trying to sing!"
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
So I thought we could talk about Patriotism. It was linked to Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty. This can be found in the Book of Mormon Alma 46. It is a great story about a man known as Captain Moroni. He was a righteous man. There was another man named Amalickiah. He wanted to be king and gathered people to follow him using "flattering words." Moroni was angry and "rent his coat" and on it he wrote "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children"
It seemed the perfect way to liken the scripture story to the elections. We talked of the story and then I shared a more grown up quote from a modern prophet Ezra Taft Benson. It says "Patriotism is more than flag-waving and fireworks. It is how we respond to public issues. If we ask only 'what's in this proposal for me?--What do I get out of it?'--we are not patriotic and we are not good citizens. But if we ask, 'Is this right?--is it good for the ...people?--would it preserve and strengthen our freedom?'--then we deserve to stand in the company of [great patriots]. Patriotism is trying always to give more to the Nation than we receive. It is selfless service."
Although Captain Moroni was "flag-waving" he was fighting for what was right, and willing to give more, his life, than he was given in return. This really hit home for me and this time of year. It was especially great because Miranda gave the lesson and told this scripture story in her own words. She got it, and because she taught it, Logan got it too. It was awesome! I added the quote more for the grown-ups but I did tell the kids while they are too young to vote they are never too young to be good citizens of this blessed land.
I am not sure why, if it is said, or just in pictures or if it has been my interpretation but the Title of Liberty is always yellow in my mind. So for our treat I made "edible Title of Liberties"
As I got to thinking about it I noticed a coincidence. The Prop 8 signs are done with mostly yellow with blue writing on it.
Our sign is a little worn, as I am sure Captain Moroni's coat was too.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
On to my point. It is raining here, pretty hard at times. I was sitting at my table reading, while Jeremy has headed out to stand in the pouring rain, preparing to get absolutely drenched, yet doing what he has been asked to do, and with a good, willing attitude. I am sure this has not been an easy campaign for anyone, whether it is blogging, participating in public forums, knocking doors, making phone calls or holding or placing signs, it is ALL hard and makes you as an individual vulnerable. I get sidetracked...so Jeremy called to say he was there and people were indeed out there in the rain holding signs. Within about 10 minutes of his call, I looked up from my book and it had stopped raining. At that moment I felt the love of my Heavenly Father. It was one of those small blessings that reminded me that He knows that this is hard and He loves us for doing what we are asked to do, which is protect marriage, the marriage he created when he united Adam and Eve. He is always there to comfort us when we need it. I know how much He loves Jeremy and the other hundreds of people who are doing the same thing. So in a time when rain is much needed I am grateful that He stopped the rain for a time.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Mint Chip was the bomb-diggity for most people with 8 Sundaes
A close second was Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with 7 Sundaes
Vanilla 5 Sundaes
Stawberry 2 Sundaes
Chocolate 6 Sundaes
Bubble Gum 3 Sundaes
Rainbow Sherbet 2 Sundaes
So there you have it. I thought for sure Vamilla would be the all time favorite but now I know when guests come to have Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Chip with Hot fudge of course!