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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

First Day of School 2011

The summer is officially over and the new school year is upon us. I really was done with the little to no routine. We needed to have a schedule and I was out of ideas to keep everyone busy everyday. But, it is always bitter sweet because not only are they gone from me, but it means they are getting older. How is it that my first born is already a fourth grader??? I remember when I was in fourth grade and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago.

I really can't believe that my sweet little Dallin is a first grader. When we moved back here from Colorado Alexa was starting first grade. Time really does fly. He is six years old and before I know it he will be 16! They were excited to meet their classmates and teachers. It was cold and rainy this morning so all the pictures are in the house but these are my cute kiddos all ready to go. the back pack shot

such a big kid. she even has her accessories on!

Love this guy!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

I'm Not Ready for This

The other night Alexa and I got to spend some time together. The twins were with us, but they were good little two year olds. Anyway, we went to a sandwich shop and then walked around. Before we went to eat we strolled by TJMaxx. I asked Alexa if she wanted to pop in and browse. She was up for it. Alexa has always loved clothes, but was content to let me pick them out. (I kind of have an obsession with kids' clothing, but that is a separate post:)

In the past little while she has gotten a little more opinionated, but not much. This night she started to really look and she brought something to me. The best part of this particular outfit was that the necklace was attached so she would always be properly accessorized. She tried the dress on and to my amazement it was pretty cute. When I told her we could buy it I thought she was going to explode from excitement. she had actually picked something cute! She couldn't wait to wear it the next day.

As I was putting the dress back on the hanger I couldn't help but notice the label. This particular company selling this dress was called b-tween. I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. Here I am with my "baby" and she is wearing clothing for a tween. She is still such a little girl, but as my brother likes to point out, she has been with me for 9 years and I only get 9 more. I almost started bawling right there in the TJMaxx.

When she put the dress on the next day and also asked if she could do her own hair I realized that she is not my baby anymore, she is b-tween, but maybe just maybe the next 9 years will bring as much joy as the first 9.

My little tween, I love this girl so much!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Year of Sickness

It all began around Halloween. Dallin threw up almost every week. Then around Thanksgiving I got it. We were well for Christmas but that didn't last long. We have all thrown up. There have been more fevers than I can count. The twins have had more diarrhea than I care to remember. We've had strep, scary high fevers, sinus infections and even trips to the ER for beads up the nose.

I know it seems like a lot, but I guess that is what you get when you have so many little kids walking around your house. The twins eat things off the floor and stick their fingers in their mouths after playing in the toilet. Dallin is less than stellar at always washing his hands, way less than stellar. I was surprised when Alexa went down this week with strep though. She is almost OCD when it comes to handwashing, but even she couldn't escape it.

It hasn't been all bad though. I got to spend some one on one time with Dallin last week and Alexa this week. When Dallin was finally feeling better I took him to get some ice cream and Alexa and I made some cards this afternoon. I do want some health in our house though. So, hopefully Spring will finally come to this part of the country and we can get out of our house of sickness and into the fresh air.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Worm

Chances are if you come to our house this is how you will find my oldest child. Completely engrossed in a good book. This child has a thirst for reading and learning that I have never known. I love to read but in a different way. I read books. Alexa gets lost in them. She becomes a part of the story, rereads her favorite parts and juggles four or five different ones throughout the day.

I gave her 9 books for Christmas. She has read all of them and some of them twice. She has also read other books since then too like "The Wizard of OZ" and "Anne of Green Gables". She brought home another Nancy Drew book today as well. Six of the books I gave to her for Christmas were Nancy Drew books.

She also comes home from school and tells me how exciting her day was and how much she has learned and she is always so happy to tell me what they are working on. I love this girl and sometimes can't believe such a smart, talented beautiful girl is all mine. I love her to pieces.

*sometimes I do have to tell her to put the book away so we can do other things. Yesterday I took her shopping for some shoes and she was bummed that she didn't bring her book so she could read while we waited in lines. I told her we didn't need books while we shopped, we could chat.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It Gets Him Every Time

I know I said I was going to blog more. Why is it that life gets away from me? The babies are quite handfuls these days. When they are awake I have to be fully aware and ready for anything. Lily loves to throw things in the toilet. I found Carter's shoe in one the other day. They both love to see if they can get into Alexa's room and color themselves with as many markers they can get their hands on before someone stops them. There is never a dull moment around here.

But, this post is really about Dallin. This child loves to watch movies. He is kind of a junky if you let him. I have had to cut him off and make him earn some TV time. He now has a chore chart that he loves to check off. One of his favorite things to do is laundry and today he learned how to dust the furniture. He did his chores and read me a book so I let him watch his beloved Toy Story 3 while Alexa was at a friend's house. He tries to watch this any chance he gets.

The babies were downstairs playing so toward the end of his movie I went down to play with everyone. The movie had gotten to the point where Andy was giving away his toys and it was hard for him to do. Dallin looked at the screen and said, "why is he giving them away mom?" He had big tears in his eyes. I told him, "he needs his toys to have a new home." He shed his tears and then kept playing and then we danced to the songs of the closing credits.

I write this story here because this is a true representation of this little man. He is rambunctious, busy, stubborn and cute. But, one of his greatest qualities is his tender-heartedness. He really has a tender soul. Somedays I think his other qualities may make me scream but then he reminds me of who he really is and I hold my tongue and hug him tight.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Where I Left Off

For some reason I can't move pictures so they are a little out of order. Let me know if you know how to move pictures. mmm... these cakes look good

Lily demolished hers

Carter just kind of picked at his

We're one!

Cute birthday girl

Cute birthday boy

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to

The desserts

The Cakes- my friend just got into cake decorating. I asked for polka dots and she did a great job!

decorations- thanks for the cute buntings Nancy!

Birthday breakfast

Cute Carter

Dad showing Lily how to open a present

Cute one year olds!

Carter July 22, 2010

Lily July 22, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What Happened That Year?

Well, it has been a long time since I wrote anything. I almost didn't even remember how to sign in. Last night as Jeff and I were talking I told him that I didn't feel the need to blog right now. I had rationalized and felt that I was actually telling the truth. You see, I thought, I am busy, I have four little kids, a house, a calling, a busy husband blah blah blah. I just thought I didn't need another thing to worry about. It wasn't that important.

Until this morning as I was sweeping the floor and thought to myself. What did we do Christmas 2006? I racked my brain and could not for the life of me remember that Christmas. I didn't know if we had traveled or not and what the kids looked like that year. I didn't know how I had felt or what activities we had done. I could have found pictures somewhere, but I just looked back in the archives of my blog and I found everything. Cute pictures of the kids, stories of what we did, accounts of people we saw. It all came flooding back to me. I looked back at a friends' blog last night who told me about a picture of me holding her newborn in the hospital. I said, I don't think I have seen that picture and she told me to look on her blog. I went back to 2008 on her blog and sure enough there was that picture. I guess it is not the blog that is important but my thoughts that are.

I read through some of my posts this morning and saw that I don't know how to write eloquent poetry like so many out there. I sometimes laugh at how lame I sound sometimes. But, I do like to think about what our lives were like then and it makes me happy. So, I am back. I may not have the best pictures or the funniest stories but at least I will remember what we did for Christmas.