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Monday, May 25, 2009

Trying Again


Here I go again. It has been a while since I tried to do the digi scrapping and now that I have so much time on my hands I am trying it again. I need some more sites to go to and some tips if you have some. This is another beginning. I am such a slacker and start and stop so much. Hopefully I can get good before the twins are born and then it will be easy to do when I have 4!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thoughts Going Through my Head

As I sit here I think of the future and what it holds for our family. I am so excited to be a mommy of four and to have our complete family. I know that I cannot do this pregnancy thing again. It is too hard on me and the rest of our family and 4 kids will be perfect!

I was having a conversation with Alexa and I think she is a little unsure of what her role will be in our family when she has to share the spotlight. I was happy to tell her that when I have another baby my heart grows. I am able to love every one of my children with all my heart. I do not have to divide my love between them. I am so thankful for a Father in Heaven who lets my heart grow each time I have a baby so that each child is just as special and loved as the others. I think she kind of got it, but I hope I can show this when she has two siblings that are so needy.

I am conscious of how difficult it may be to show each child individual attention, but it may come at times when we are not expecting it. I plan on showing this to my other children by doing what I do now, reading to them, playing games, teaching and enjoying the ages they are at. Although we will also do individual "dates" we can't do that everyday so hopefully I can show them individual love daily. I look forward to being the mom that I can't be at this time because I am immobile. I hope I will look back on this time and love it because I was able to sit and contemplate how great it is to be a mother and to have the opportunity to raise children who are good and love their Heavenly Father. I love my role

Now onto the secular things that have been on my mind. I can't wait to go shopping after these babies are born. For them for sure, but, I want a new wardrobe, is that selfish? I know this is the last pregnancy so my body will be mine!!! I don't know how long it will take to have "my body" back but I can't wait to shop knowing that my body will stay that way for quite a while.

I am a jeans girl so I will be getting a nice pair (or two :) What kind should I get? I also want to get some cute shirts in bright colors. Tell me where to shop ladies. I want cute shoes too. I know I will need to spend a lot on the jeans so tell me how to get cute tops and shoes for less. I have also been looking on a lot of blogs and noticed the fun jewelry out there. Tell me where you got it or if you make it let me know how to buy it. I know kind of lame but when you lie in your bed 24 hours a day you think a lot. I also want a new hairstyle. Not too short but fun! Hey, I have an idea why don't you all just nominate a fun mom of 4 for "What not to Wear" and they will pay for it all:) I will be 26 weeks on Sunday so only 10 more weeks to my goal, wish me luck!

I hate posts without pictures so here's a cute one. This was 3 years ago when we were in Utah all summer. This is Jeff's cousin Liz and she is getting married today! Congratulations Liz and Duncan! Wish I could be there.

Monday, May 18, 2009

23 Weeks

Well, now that I am 25 weeks I am finally getting around to the shots that I took of my belly at 23 weeks. I had a doctor's appointment that day so that was the only day that my hair was actually decent looking so I decided that I could stand long enough to get a belly shot. Some of the shots were kind of silly including these two but I think taking a belly shot is kind of silly so there you go. This will probably be the only one that I do so enjoy! Yes, I am wearing black, doesn't every pregnant woman love black? It makes me feel less whale like.

I have another ultrasound this week to see the babes again, hopefully the bedrest stays the same and nothing is worse. I am looking forward to an outing, how sad is it that I am excited to go to the doctor.?!!! I also thought that I was feeling better, but now the vomiting is back because of such bad reflux and heartburn. I take medication and sleep at a 90 degree angle and it is still bad. I love these babies so much but man, is it taking a toll on this mama!

the sultry look, sorry. I didn't know what to do with my face since the belly is what you will be looking at.


A close up :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

It was a very Happy Mother's Day

I may complain about being stuck in my bed, but I would never complain about being a mother. If being in my bed for a few months is what it takes then it will be all worth it. Yesterday I reflected on how lucky I am to be a mother. I have a fun 7 year old and a sneaky 3 year old that I love more than life itself. Sometimes I say to Jeff that I wish I could bottle them up at this age because they are so fun! On Saturday Dallin was eating his french toast and Jeff told him that they needed to get the oil changed. He said, "yeah, we are going to the man store!" We didn't prompt him or anything, he just knows and he is too cute. He runs around with his frog rain boots on the wrong feet and is constantly stealing things that he shouldn't, ie. chocolate chip cookies that shouldn't have been left on the kitchen counter. He truly is what motherhood is all about.

Alexa has a heart of gold. She was so excited yesterday to make me breakfast and give me gifts and a wonderful card that she made at school. She said in her card, "If there is anything you need me to do you can always call me."She then finished the card off with about a million xo's How cute is she? She is my sweetheart and my tenderhearted little girl and I love to see her smile. She loves to be outside and I love to see her face when she finds a caterpillar chomping on a leaf. I sat on the bed with her on Saturday and painted her toenails and I saw how much she enjoys doing the girly things with me. She is a doll and being her mother is a privilege.

Now to the man who made me a mother, what did I do to deserve such a wonderful husband? The last month has been a tough one without me being able to do anything. I think he said it best yesterday when he was talking to his brother. His brother asked him what he was up to and he said, "I'm a father by day and a mother by night, you know grocery shopping at 10 at night and laundry at all times." He said all of this with a smile and he has not once complained. Yesterday he made me all of my meals and even when I requested a BBQ chicken salad for my dinner last night he made it happen. We have enjoyed each other so much at this time too. I am in no hurry to get anywhere and we just laugh when he is around. Last night he downloaded Super Mario Brothers to the Wii and we laughed so hard at how we remembered how to play from such a long time ago. We laugh and smile and are so grateful for each other. Jeff works long hours and comes home and makes sure everything is taken care of including playing with and loving the kids. He truly makes my life fantastic and lets me be the mother I know I can be. I love my little family and I love having small children. It can be challenging, exhausting and frustrating, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Bedrest Blahs

It is Saturday and I just want to get out and go somewhere. Jeff offered to make me a bed in the back of the pilot so I could go on a ride ,but that doesn't really sound like much fun to me. He took the kids to a soccer game today and then to lunch and shopping all while I watched lame daytime TV which is even worse on Saturday! I also read, slept, surfed blogs and talked on the phone. I am sure some women would enjoy a day or two off from all the duties they have, but it is getting kind of old and I still have a long way to go. I am 24 weeks tomorrow and we want to make it to at least 34, 10 more weeks!!!! I have ordered stuff online and I am starting to make sure we have things for the babies. I am hoping to start on some crafts next week and maybe brush up on my photo shop skills that have gotten rusty. I guess I just need to have a positive attitude. I am lying here so that I have two healthy babies and that is all that matters right? Right!


I have been surfing so many blogs and found so many recipe blogs. I sit here knowing that I can't cook but I want to bake so bad!!!! I have always liked baking but now that I can't I want to even more. So many fun recipes that are out there that I have bookmarked for when I am able to be up long enough to bake. I found a recipe for sugar cookies that are like the pink frosted ones that I will be baking as soon as I come home after the twins are born :)


I know I am rambling, but hey there is not much to do. Jeff is at the grocery store getting things that I crave and I am watching Special Agent Oso for the millionth time with Dallin. I have heartburn and my back is sore but the babies are still growing and that is what counts.


I have been going through pictures and I found this one from a few years ago. I have some cute kids.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Beach

We had a wonderful spring break! I know it was a while ago, but oh well. Anyway, my friend Erin's brother owns a beach home in Delaware. She was going there for Spring Break all by herself and she asked if we wanted to tag along. I of course jumped at the chance to go to the beach. As you can tell from the photos, it was cold!!!! But, we managed to have a great time. We played on the beach, played on playgrounds, shopped and ate. The kids had so much fun together and it was great to see the ocean. Erin and I joke now that this was my last hurrah because shortly thereafter I was put on bedrest. At least I went out with a bang. The kids checking out the beach, in their parkas:)
playing around with light on the playground. I love that little face.


I really think this is one of the best pictures I have ever captured of Alexa. That smile is so beautiful and she is genuinely happy collecting all of her sea shells.


This is a picture of the kids the night we got there. We had an easter egg hunt and they had so much fun being in a new place.



Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Easter

We had a wonderful Easter. I know it has been over three weeks but I got behind and I couldn't let these cute pictures of my family go unseen. Alexa loved her dress and her new bracelet She loved having hair that was so curly that it looked short. She would never really cut her hair though. I asked her a few weeks ago if she wanted to cut it and she said and I quote " I don't want to cut my hair, it is part of my inner beauty." Love her. Anyway, here are some pictures of our fun day filled with The hunt for baskets, dying eggs, decorating cookies, learning about Christ and his sacrifice for us and enjoying a wonderful dinner with friends. It truly was a Happy Easter.On the huntThe eggs were hidden everywhereEnjoying her basket of goodies and showing off how cute she looks in her sponge rollers My two men



Some of the fun eggs. Dad was the best decorator of us all

Cute kids Can you tell Alexa was cold? I told her it was part of being a woman, to that she said
"I don't think I will like being a woman."

I just love how happy they look in this picture






Friday, May 01, 2009

I told you I was going backwards

Shauna came to visit in March and we had so much fun!!! I was 17 weeks pregnant so I was kind of slow-going but being with Shauna is always an adventure. We went shopping at Paper Source in Georgetown, what a great place! We stayed in a hotel in DC, of course my pregnant self fell asleep early. We ate at La Madeleine and had a ton of fun in old town Alexandria. Tiffany came and later Anne Marie joined us too. I didn't get to see Anne Marie for too long because this pregnant lady couldn't keep up, but boy did we have a great weekend. I miss Shauna so much and hopefully after these babies arrive safely:) I will be able to go see her in Colorado. Enjoy some fun pictures. I swear I don't always wear my green coat, I just happen to have it on in every one of these photos!!!
We love Paper Source!


Anne Marie met up with us with her boys. We all planned to go to the National Portrait Gallery but I had to turn around and take a cab back to my car. This body of mine does not like being pregnant!!

The ladies with the cutest man in town, the only kid with us, but he was great!

Swinging with the ladies in old town