Thursday, October 2, 2014

Time to get things in order--January 2014

Let's get down to business.... to defeat, the huns...I mean, uhh, get the blog back on track and updated.  YES!  That is right.  I am finally going to update it.  And I mean UPDATE it.

So one of these days, I will totally write a post about what my life is like.  It isn't a mystery that I struggle.  I have 5 children for goodness sake.  Life is a bit loud, and busy ;)  (fyi, it is kinda a personal pet peeve when people talk about how "busy" they if to imply that no one else really understands what the word means.  Really?  Busy?  Aren't we all?)

Exhibit A:  Look at the chair on the left will you.  Yeah.  We spill a lot of milk around here.  A. LOT. Actually, we just spill.  If it is liquid, it will eventually end up on the floor, at LEAST once a day.  I think I need to invest in some more absorbent towels or something.

Exhibit B: yes, busy being ninja chess masters.  Notice the walls are, in fact, painted, but the blue tape was not yet removed.  I think it stayed up for a few months.

Exhibit C:  I think I have mentioned this child before.  He's "the middle child."  Should I elaborate on this, or does the picture speak for itself?

Aww, look at them all setting together.  And smiling, for the most part.

I have to say, I really wish I had one of these things with each of my babies.  Baby wearing is the best thing ever.  Eve is my cuddliest baby by far (and my others are big cuddlers).  When she cries to get picked up, once she is in my arms, the first thing that she does is hug me.  None of my other babies ever did that.  She actually hugs me.  I love her, I love holding her, and I love wearing her.

I am starting to get into the habit of taking more pictures of me along with my kids.  I am trying to not become one of those people who only has selfies, but selfies were probably invented by a stay-at-home mom because who else would capture those special moments.

She was only a year and a half when this was taken.  I need to resign myself to becoming one with the mess.

Me and my girls.  This picture makes me so happy.  Being a wife and mother truly makes me feel beautiful.
 We take ninja weapons very seriously around here.  Just sayin'.
 During a homeschool activity day, instead of doing the given art activity, he decided to scribble in a book found in my purse.  Thanks buddy!
 Thailand Globe Trekkers day.  Flag and floating candle thing (the name is escaping me right now).  This was probably the coolest craft ever.

And this guy was busy making and flying kites.
 Nice glasses.
 No, he's not wearing some Halloween teeth.  This was in the process of losing some of his own teeth.  Pood kid.
 More baby wearin' love.  Snuggly, sleepy baby.
 Handsome with the spikey hair.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

When it Was December

I love my family.  I love that my husband and I have made covenants that bind our children to us and make us an eternal family.  That is my motivation for becoming better, THAT is my reward. Eternal happiness.  I don't need recognition or a trophy.  My family is my prize.  I am trying to be better for them.  I love them so much.  I wish this sort of joy for everyone.

 this is my kitchen.  Isn't it pretty?  I know it is pretty small, but I absolutely love it.  I can do anything in here.  A kitchen doesn't have to be huge, ya know.

Awww. Smiley sleepy baby.  She is so happy.

 Happy little 1 1/2 year old (now she's 2...still happy, just a little more volume)

 Another funny face newborn picture.  Yeah, I totally love it.

 Daddy is the best

 Wakeful smiles at this stage melt my heart.  It is usually around this time when I am exhausted from lack of sleep.  Then the baby looks up, and give a half mouth smile, and it is like her way of saying thank you.  I love babies.

 And this is just hilarious.  My mom's neighbor has given me a crocheted hat for each of my babies, and this is by far, the best.

 This boy is obsessed with babies.  he loves loves loves babies.

 Jude did it.  Need I say more?  I love that kid.  I go crazy on a daily basis as a result of him, but I love him to pieces.  I can picture the adult Jude channeling that creative genius into something truly spectacular.

 Again, this boy loves babies!

 More smiles.  Yay!

 cheesy smiles.

 This guy makes me want to be better.  We motivate each other.  Life is so good.

 I love these girls so much.
This is pretty much one of my favorite pictures ever.

Well, well,'s November

So instead of attempting to make a post for every single event that has transpired over the last 9 months, oh dear, I am just going to do one big post of highlights with a few explanations. Today I will see how far I can go.  It might end up being a post for each month.  Whew!  I have a big task ahead of me.  Dang it, being a mom is hard.  Soon I will write a post about the transformation I am trying to put myself through.  Not a physical transformation, but an internal, mental, spiritual one.  I am learning so much right now.  I am trying to very hard to be organized with my time and my surroundings and having more peace within myself.  Ah, but that is a post for another time.  Now is time for pictures.

So here we go.....starting with November.  Eve was born....but that was covered already.
 I love funny face baby pictures.  I can't get enough of stuff like this.

 Awww.  Daphne loves her baby sister (I am so glad she waited until now to pull on Eve's hair.  Kinda frustrating that she has adopted some habits...but we're working on that)

 Yeah.  I kinda love this.

I love the following pictures of the boys holding Eve.  They are the sweetest boys.  They are rough and tumble, and pretty physical with each other, but they really love their sisters.  They are sweet and kind boys, and full of love and concern for others.  Even 9 months later, they are still excited to hold and love their baby sister.

Oh yeah, and Daphne loves her sister too....most of the time.  No, ALL of the time!  Every time she wakes up, Eve is the first person she asks to see.

 This was just cute.

Not so sure you can tell by this picture, but this is so Jude.  He found a marker somewhere....seriously, he has radar for these things.  I intentionally put things away where he can't get to them.  Have you heard the story about what he did with a glue stick?  Ask us sometime.  Anyhow, here he drew all over himself with a marker. 

And here is a handful of pictures from Asher's birthday party.  Have you ever thrown a party 2 weeks after having a baby?  Whew!  I am so grateful for nice family & friends who help me out when I need it.

Yay! month down 8 to go!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Can You Say Slacker?

Seriously...what month is it?  And my last post was in reference to OCTOBER!  Some people blog daily.  Seriously.

So I am going to just start slapping down some pictures and calling it good.  Here we go.

When I willed myself to go into labor, I made sure that it was AFTER the Primary Program at Church on November 10 (my due date was the 11th).  Every year, the children from church do a program on a Sunday in the fall where they show what they have been learning about the whole year.  It is pretty much my favorite Sunday.  Asher has progressed from not participating at all his first year, sitting on the stand, but with his back to the congregation when the children sang his second year, to singing with the children, and ALMOST going up to say his lines this third year.  I can't wait for next year.  We don't take pictures during the program because it isn't a "show" and the church is a sacred place, but I did take these pictures of the kids with some of their friends.