|Note to self: I must remember to get a picture of her with her hands down.|
Friday, November 1, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
I was about 6 months into my pregnancy with Aliya when I realized I had done an awful job of taking Belly Bump pictures. For my other girls I had taken a monthly (well almost monthly) picture of my growing belly. As I was going through my pictures I realized I had only taken one! I am not kidding! I took this one at 2 months. That is it! I thought about it but with how hectic life was I just kept forgetting to pull out the camera and tripod.
Knowing I had done such a bad job of documenting the pregnancy I promised myself that I would be really good about taking weekly pictures for her first year. It was a great idea and I was faithful about getting that picture taken...
It is the story of my life. I have what I feel is a good idea I try and implement it and after a shamefully short period of time the project looses salience and I forget. Everything from craft projects, home organization, chore charts, time management plans, blogging, and things to do with the kids suffers from my inconsistency. All the while my babies are growing faster than I can keep up with. I know that in the blink of an eye they will be heading off to college and I will look back and wonder if I have done enough. Have we taught them what they need to know, will they have fond memories of growing up? I try to be consistent about a great many things but it is probably my greatest vice. Why can't I seem to see something through to the end? Will I look back and wish I had finished more things or will I look back and say the time I spent (like the 4 hours spent on this blog post alone) wasn't worth it and would have been better spent in other ways. I just don't know. What will be of value later on?
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Some Sundays when we go to church I feel blessed enough to actually be able to pay attention to what the speakers are saying. If not that at least I usually feel the Spirit that comes with attending sacrament meeting even though I may be distracted by attending to my kiddos. Then there are a few weeks where it takes all that I have to not bust up laughing at the funny things my kids say or do and I almost completely miss what was going on in the actual meeting. Two weeks ago was one of THOSE weeks...
First exhibit of our silly sacrament meeting, Kylie drew the above picture and thrust it in my face when she was finished.
"MOM!" she didn't exactly whisper, "Guess what this is!"
"Umm, is it two girls?"
"No. The green one is a girl. The colorful one is a boy!" she said in a tone that was somewhere between hurt and 'hello duh Mom'.
"Oh well they look like they are happy." I tried to fix my obvious error.
Kylie heaved a large sigh, "No, she is happy. He is NOT happy." She paused for a brief moment then asked again, "So what is it a picture of?"
"Um, I don't think I can guess."
"You have to."
"Can you please give me a hint?" I asked feeling completely baffled.
"Ok," she agreed to give me a little help, "It is Somebody that I Used to Know." Which just so happens to be one of her favorite songs on the radio, we have watched the music video a couple of times on youtube. Don't you love the fact that her hint was flat out telling me what her picture was of?
Yes, of course that is what she was drawing. Now that I know what it is I am also surprised I didn't guess it right off the bat. Can you see it too? I had to stifle a laugh, but I kept it together. Little did I know my ability to keep it together was about to be seriously tested.
It cannot have been more than a few minutes after figuring out Kylie's mystery picture that Kaelyn moved very quickly and with a fair amount of urgency from her seat at the other end of the bench by Daddy over to me. She was trying very hard to keep her voice down but apparently she was very, I repeat VERY, concerned about something. "MOM!" she whispered brusquely.
"What?!" I responded somewhat jarred by the suddenness of it all.
I fixed my eyes intently on Kaelyn's desperate face. "Mom, is it true that Daddy is growing hair in his armpits so that if he ever goes bald he can cut it and use it?"
My eyes shot up to meet Jon's. He was silently laughing his head off (Is that possible?) I don't know for sure what look I had on my face, but I know I was thinking, "Did she just say what I think she said?" She had a rather nervous look on her face. A look that said something along the lines of "What Dad said sounds crazy, but it just might be plausible! I don't know what to believe!" I let her know that I did not think that was really Daddy's plan. It was super funny. Jon later explained that he had his arm up on the bench and Kaelyn had caught a glimpse of his hairy armpits and asked incredulously, "Why are you growing hair there?" She made it sound as if he had planted it there like you would a garden, so he figured he'd better come up with a good plan.
So yeah, it wasn't exactly a reverent worship service for us. It was, however, pretty memorable.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Now I know you may have been wondering if life has continued on despite the fact that I haven't blogged in eons! It has. I have dreamed up and planned out so many blog posts So many fun times, so much drama, so much learning, and so much growth. Realistically though I am going to be excited if I can get a post up about each of the girls birthdays. Our camping trips would be a nice bonus, but let's not get our hopes up.
My story today begins with this adorable little girl. A sweet little 3 year old with golden curls. Newly learning to talk and express herself. Clearly showing that she has an astonishing amount of determination at times. if she sets her mind to something she can rarely be deterred.
|My 3 year old Kylie|
|My 4 year old Kylie|
|Kylie round about the time she decided to be 4|
To this day I am not sure what was so great in her head about being three years old. However, she did eventually decided that it would be okay to be four. Six (6) long months later! I am fairly certain it is because of that whole ordeal that I am kind of having a hard time remembering that she is now in fact 5! That or maybe, just maybe I am not ready for my sweet little girl to grow up...
|My 5 year old Kylie|
As one might suspect she had a long list of wants/must haves when we sat down for that talk. In fact she insisted that we had to use every single idea that we had pinned. Given that my budget for the party could never hope to stretch that far I came up with what I felt was a rather ingenious idea. I printed out a page with all of the pictures from pintrest and wrote the approximate cost of each idea on each picture. Then I gave her a number of beads equal to the amount I had budgeted for her party.
So on the Friday before her birthday (which was on a Sunday this year) we threw a Puppy Paw-ty!
|Front and inside of invitations|
The party was set up in 4 stations. When the guests arrived, they first stopped at the Puppy Shop where they chose their puppy and filled out their puppy adoption certificate. It was fun to see how excited they were to choose a puppy.
Next stop, the Pet Supply Store. The girls shopped for goods for their new puppies. They received:
Puppy Chow (little bags of Cocoa Puffs with a bone label)
Ball for playing fetch (wiffle balls from the dollar store)
A supper cute bag to keep all of their pet supplies.
Our guests were able to pretend they were vets. I had borrowed a couple of pretend doctor kits and set them out. The girls loved going back and forth between the two activity stations. The girls went back and forth between being a vet and a being a very concerned puppy owner. They also each got a little bag of doggie Vitamins (gummy bears) to take home .
|The pink dog house was a pretty popular play spot.|
Friday, March 22, 2013
So Google, in an effort to "improve" things, is shutting down Google Reader in July of this year. Don't they know that I am using that to keep track of all of the blogs of friends and family. I am a little upset about this discontiunation for a number of reasons. There are good reasons that I took blogs off of my sidebar and started using Google reader to begin with.
1- Google reader is a place that I could go and have all of the 50+ blogs I was interested in together.
(Not that big a deal since having them linked to my blog does the same thing.)
2- Google reader told me when new posts were made on each of those blogs. (Apparently a list in my sidebar can do that too.)
3- Google reader also made those blogs disappear off the list when I had read the new content.
4- The blogs I read are for my eyes only.
I have some people in my blog list that would like to have a private blog, without going private. In other words they try to keep their names off of their blogs. Then there are those who don't want people to know that they even have a blog. They could be in my reader list without other people knowing that they have a blog.
Somehow I need to transport all of my blogs to the sidebar again so that I don't lose them. I don't know how to input them so that I can tell who they belong to, but I want to respect the privacy of those friends. Curse you Google for complicating my life! I liked things fine just the way they were! I could bookmark all of these blogs, but that wouldn't tell me if new content had been added. Google reader was doing exactly what I needed it to do. Maybe for now I'll just throw them in by their given blog name. Suggestions would be much appreciated, especially from friends who care about how your blog shows up on my list. You can email me or send me a private message on facebook about it.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
|Aliya has been able to hold her held up quite well since day one.|
|This week Aliya has started to smile. Baby smiles melt my heart.|
pintrest. Super cute idea, that was super hard to duplicate. It is incredibly difficult to get the same perspective in two pictures. Especially when they are taken on different days (or weeks or months).
Monday, February 11, 2013
|My sweet little angel|
|That dress looked so huge on my tiny baby girl.|
|Surrounded by loving grandparents|
|Alyssa is loving her new role as big sister.|
Saturday, February 9, 2013
I don't remember exactly when it happened, but I do know late last year I asked Kaelyn to start thinking about what she would like to do for her 7th birthday. I knew that I would have a newborn, so all of the party planning and prepping needed to happen before the baby's arrival. She immediately responded that she wanted a Kirby's Epic Yarn birthday party. If you have never heard of Kirby's Epic Yarn go ahead and click on the link, it is a short demo of the Wii video game, and seeing a bit of it will give you context for our ideas. That and you should check it out because it is seriously the cutest video game of all time.
|Kirby and Prince Fluff balloons|
Unlike last year, when I had no clue how she came up with Wild West as a theme, I knew exactly where she had come up with the idea. We got a Wii back in October and this Kirby game is one of two that we own. The girls love it and have spent a number of hours playing together. I was completely baffled though as to how you theme a birthday party around a video game, that is without letting the kids play said video game. I thought and thought...and here is what I came up with.I am actually pretty excited about it, because unlike many parties past I actually came up with all of these ideas on my own.
The first idea I had was for the invitations. In the video game Kirby is changed into yarn and transported to Patchland (a land made up entirely of fabric) where he meets Prince Fluff. So I thought it would be fun to use up some scrapbook paper scraps to make a patchland of my own, complete with a yarn Kirby and Prince Fluff. Making characters out of yarn proved to be a lot more work than I thought it would be. I am glad that she was only allowed to invite 7 kids.
Now for a very funny story about the invitations. I made 8 of the invitations (the cutesy part you see above) about a month before Kaelyn's actual birthday. However, since we weren't sure where we would be holding the party I didn't put the actual information in them until the night before I wanted Kaelyn to hand them out. I typed out the info, had Jon look it over to make sure there were no errors, printed them, and tried to glue the first one in with some past its prime rubber cement. That didn't work at all so I trashed that insert and switched to elmers glue. Gluing the remaining 7 inserts into the invitations. The next morning I helped Kaelyn write her guests names on the back of the invitations and sent her to school with them. It was much later that day when I realized that one of the invitations I had sent with her was the blank one. Yep one person got an invitation that looked like the one above and when they opened the fold they discovered a whole lot of NOTHING! We spent the entire next week trying to figure out which friend did not get the party information. That would have been a completely impossible task, except I inadvertently FORCED people to rsvp. We had forgotten to include our address! So I got more than a few, "Sure my child would like to come to the party, but where am I supposed to take her/him." kind of phone calls/emails. I just let them know in no uncertain terms. Sorry about that, but I just had a baby the brain is not yet functioning again.
|Waddle-Dees all ready to be knocked down|
So each child at Kaelyn's party earned a bag of beads by defeating the Waddle-dees. They were then able to spend some of those beads at our treat shop.Kaelyn was thrilled that I let her choose what we would have available to purchase: fruit snacks, MandMs, licorice, gummy bears, and mini marshmallows.
We finished off the party with cake, ice cream sandwiches, and presents. I had fun creating the birthday cakes, one for the birthday party and one for the next day, her actual birthday. I am glad that I got to make two cakes, because I think the second one turned out so much cuter. I learned a lot from the experience like the ups and downs of using spray coloring and how some tastes should never be mixed. I am confident that if I ever need to make an Epic Yarn cake again I could use the best of both cakes to have a truly awesome cake.Kylie is currently claiming that she also wants a Kirby's Epic Yarn birthday party. I hope it sticks because that means less work for me in the future.
|Picture I found on the Internet to use as cake decorating inspiration.|
|Cake I decorated for the party. FYI- sour punch straws and frosting should NEVER be mixed.|
|Cake for the actual birthday.|
I think the party was a great success. I am thankful for Jon and my parents who were all there to help things go smoothly. They helped me wrangle kids, took care of my little ones, etc. I am especially glad that Jon was willing to take all the party goers downstairs to play for when I had run out of party and still had time left before parents would start arriving to pick up the kiddos.