Thursday, March 16, 2017

Goof'n Off At Gardner Village

Janers has art at a place called Gardner Village on Tuesdays and this Tuesday the weather was SUPER nice so we went a little early and stayed a little after dropping her off. We went straight to the chocolate store where the kids like seeing taffy be pulled and where we can get a very tasty sample of caramel. Jane and Wendy also bought a couple Warheads with change from "their" pocket in my purse (where we put money they randomly find). We dropped Jane off at class and then the other kids saw a bridge that sat over a little lake so I took some pictures of the kids next to it.

This little cheeser is officially a 2 nap a day cheeser! He's exhausted by dinner time but that last nap just wasn't happening. It's nice having the flexibility of not having that "nap".

I think he's getting one of his top teeth! I'll know in a few days but I think I see white coming through!

I'm not in a rush though... this little toothy grin is my favorite.

This picture is so appropriate because I took about 8,900 pictures of him trying to get a smile but he was pretty tired. Makes me laugh... "No more photos mom, no pictures please."

I love you little chunk! You have a long lock of hair behind each ear and I can't bring myself to cut them. I also have two teeny bits of blue nail polish left on my big toes from the pedicure I got the day before you were born to celebrate your birth. It's almost gone but I've left it. I hope it stays until your birthday. I saw a one year old at the park today and though you are three months younger you looked three months older. As long as you have those funny locks and I have a speck of blue on my toes you will stay my baby. I love kissing your chubby cheeks. I love the look you give me when I say, "Uh uh, not for baby!" as you are about to do something you shouldn't. I don't love how to do back bends and roll over while I'm changing you. Maybe you could stop doing that?

 Wenders and Bossy Boy!

Wendy was such a good sport taking these pictures. Boston was NOT cooperating and she sat there the whole time giving me smiles so I could hopefully get one of Boss. She's such a sweetheart. We matched shirts that day. I like being twinkies with her. She's getting too big too fast.

My two favorite things Boss says these days are how he says his name, "Bozzy" and how whenever he's excited or happy something happened the way he wanted he says "Horray!" in the cutest little 2 year old voice.

Boss likes to walk instead of ride in the cart when we go to grocery stores now. He usually does a good job of staying by me except for at Macey's where they have orange samples and salsa samples. He runs straight to those and throws a huge fit if I stop him. He loves "oosh"es and "sawsa". He doesn't really like cookies which would be fine if he'd at least take them and give them to me when we get samples from the bakery but he gives a yucky face to the worker and says, "Ew, no." Ha! This kid.

Wenders lost her third tooth on Saturday. She was eating a strawberry, held her tooth up and said, "Um mom, my tooth came out." I thought it had a few more days left on it. That night the tooth fairy forgot to come (eek!) so we distracted her by saying "Wendy, want to hold Logan?" Works EVERY time. I jumped out of bed and wrote a note from the tooth fairy saying she had to find her surprise  and hid it downstairs. Wendy was super excited to find a book of mazes, color changing click pen and three airheads (I felt bad for forgetting) which she shared with Jane and Boston all on her own.

I threw the tooth away and a few hours later we talked about how she was supposed to bring something that started with the letter t to school the next day. She really wanted to bring her tooth but the tooth fairy already took it. I told her we'd write a letter to the tooth fairy and ask to borrow it. The tooth fairy dug it out of the giant yucky kitchen trashcan (not easy mind you) and left it with a special note that she could bring to school. She was SO happy. When Wendy left it out for the tooth fairy to take back that night the tooth fairy was so proud of her for taking care of it and returning it that she left Wendy a giant pencil. Wendy was thrilled to have such a long experience with the tooth fairy. It was fun for me too :)

I like these two kiddos. Wendy, you're my pal. Thanks for being so patient with me and loving and forgiving when I'm not patient with you. Thanks for telling me "Jesus doesn't like the way you're acting right now". I need those reminders. You have a kind heart sweet girl. You're the first to give up what you want just so someone else will be happy. You're too good to us. Bossy, you make us laugh each day. You're 100% boy and crack us up. I love hearing you talk and I get excited every time you say a word for the first time. Your laugh is the best and I might just keep you in diapers forever so I can tickle you as much as I want.

Speaking of funny...

This boy decided to bear crawl instead of regular crawl while we were at the bridge. I was laughing so hard watching him move around like this.

Kids... they are good entertainment.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Logan Fox: 9 months

My little Fox is growing up too fast! As of today I can no longer say he's 8 months old. I've been holding out till the very last second to say he's 9 months.

 He had his 9 month well child appointment today and he's big and perfect. His stats are:
Weight: 21 lbs 6 oz (75th)
Height: 29.5 inches (90th)
Head: 18 inches (75th)

He's crawling everywhere fast and is fearless. Brandt played a game with him where Logan would crawl to the edge of the bed, fall off and Brandt would catch him and flip up over. Now tries to do it all the time wherever there is an edge even when no one is playing with him...

He's still taking three naps a day but the last one is super short and about to be dropped. Not too excited about that. He will drink out of the weighted sippy cups had some of a ring pop this month because he REALLY wanted it and looked so cute with it in his mouth. 4th child. He was really angry when we took it back.

He has been pretty healthy minus one bad cold/ear infection. It's so sad when he's sick. It's sad when any baby is sick. He powered through it and has been doing well. He loves food. He'll eat basically anything we give him that's a puree. He's not too into real food yet because his gag reflex is sensitive but today he had a fry from chick-fil-a and enjoyed sucking on it till it fell piece by piece into my lap.

He knows when you call his name, gives the biggest cheese face (partially shown below) when he's happy and is really good at picking up any tiny crumb and putting it in his mouth.

His bother and sisters came to the appointment today... always a fun time. They were NOT this content the whole time.

We love you little buddy! Even though I want you to stay my baby forever I'm excited to watch you learn everything and see you grow.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Random This Week

It's been a very picture heavy week already so tonight, while Brandt's out playing games with his guy friends, I thought I'd spend the evening eating kettle corn, listening to my "Chick Music" station on Pandora and unload the pictures I've taken this week, starting with today. Here we go!

 Jane's school has done this event where you come in for donuts and juice before school a couple times but I've never wanted to gather my gaggle and get there by 7:30am (I'm so not a morning person) but Brandt could come this time and Logan is fast at feeding now so we gave it our best shot and made it happen!

Jane was really excited. This morning I woke up to her poking me over and over. She was dressed and so was Wendy. She was upset that Boston wouldn't let her get him dressed and needed my help. She was on top of it today!

Well, kind of on top of it. After we ate donuts I said, "Jane, did you bring your backpack?" She didn't. It was ok. After we left I grabbed it from home and brought it to her. I'm sad she's already in 2nd grade. I'm super proud of her though, sometimes she amazes me. I heard her say to Boston today, "What Boss? You want some candy? (She had an airhead from an activity in her room) Ok, but we have to ask mom first." She came up 10 minutes later asking if it was ok to have her mini airhead if she gave a piece to Wendy and Boston. I told her I heard her say that to Boss and that I was proud of her for thinking to ask me all on her own. I was also proud that she thought to share. Then later today she started a game called "Skeeters" that involved her and her siblings wearing pink pjs (Boss wore her red pjs... close enough she said), socks on their hands and underwear on their heads. Yup, that's my Jane.

 As I was getting the kids out of the car Wendy put this blanket around Logan and stuck a binky in his mouth (he doesn't take a binky so he kept spitting it out, ha!). She said, "Mom, he seriously looks like a real baby!" Before I saw him I said back to her, "He IS a real baby, I know." When I went around to get him out and saw him I was shocked and said, "Aw, that's so cute! He DOES look like a real baby!"

While Logan napped we colored on some cardboard and played school in the playroom. I read books, pretended it was naptime (because I'm not a morning person) and then they played with the dress-ups. Boston wanted to wear Jane's pink leotard so he did and wore it while we played "baseball". He definitely has older sisters :)

Logey Bogey took a teeny second nap today so we tried to play quietly while Boston napped.

This boy is starting to have separation issues! When I leave a room he notices for sure. Well, that or he just doesn't trust his siblings. I don't blame him... It's been a rough week where him and they are concerned. Either way, he sure loves his mama.

An example as to why he may not trust his siblings... I seriously stepped away for 2 minutes. Before I left I said, "Wendy, DON'T touch Logan. I'll be right back. PLEASE just leave him alone. AS I turned around she ran over to him and started picking him up. I scolded her and reminded her to leave him alone. When I came back I said, "Wendy, why are you holding him?" She said, "Well, he just climbed up on me." Ha! Surrrre, you big turkey.

He can't actually climb up on his sister's lap while she's on the ottoman BUT he did learn how to climb up this step today! Nooooooo! And, he's officially a crawler as of this week. He crawls real style unlike Wendy (army crawl) and Boston (one-legged ape crawl?).

 Yesterday I had my first baby fall out of a crib. It was super sad. I didn't think he was big enough to climb up yet but sure enough, after I put him down for a nap I heard a huge thud and crying. I RAN upstairs and he was on the floor. He slept in his pack 'n play till Daddy came home to adjust his crib. It was a family affair (Jane is under the crib). He was ok, thank goodness. If it'd happened in Chicago with any of my other kids they would have hit the hardwood floor so I'm grateful it didn't happen till now. Also, funny tangent... I was trying to squeeze the pack 'n play through the door so I didn't have to unfold it and it got stuck. Boston was trying to help and eventually pointed at himself and then the door saying, "Me back. Hammer." He turned around and started running toward where we keep our tools. I was inside the room blocked by the stuck pack 'n play. It was one of those arm reaching, "Noooooooooo" moments. Haha. He came back.

We're also figuring out life with a crawling baby and stairs. We didn't have stairs in Chicago so this is new territory. We can't damage the walls in ANY way so I've been at a loss for what to do, plus I don't want to buy 4 gates for my 4th kid so we're experimenting. Gate attempt #1:

We had some good heavy snow yesterday so Jane and Wendy played in it after school. Wendy rolled the bottom ball all by herself! I couldn't believe it. Jane did the rest and I think it's the cutest screw-eyed snowman I've ever seen. I love it!

Before Jane got home though, Wenders and I played in the snow while the boys napped.

I wasn't going to because I was shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. She asked if I would play with her and I told her I'd see how my body felt after shoveling. After I was done she asked, "How does your body feel after shoveling?" It didn't feel great so I rested on the steps while she played.

Then she wanted to check the mail so we did that and after a mini snowball fight on the way home I had enough energy to play with her.

I'm glad I did cause she's a fun girl. Look at this snowman she made by herself!

She wanted to take a picture of me throwing a giant snowball at her. She was so brave! Ha! I threw it short so it wouldn't impale her. I'm not a HORRIBLE mom... Then she threw one at me. She got me :)

Snowball fighting is exhausting!

Thanks for playing with me cutie.

And lastly, my kids fight a lot. I don't know if it's a normal amount or extremely excessive. Their personalities are just SO different. Some days we are just over it and only two things stop it. 1) sending them all to separate rooms or 2) putting on a movie. We turned on Planet Earth and they all snuggled together for SO LONG! I love it when they can be in the same room peacefully. That night we had our first REAL Family Home Evening in a long time. Usually it's me reading from The Friend during dinner, eating a dessert and playing something together because Brandt is still at work. We decided to do it on Sunday so he could be there. It was super fun. We even had songs! Jane chose s'mores but we didn't have graham crackers so we did the next best thing... rice crispy treats with a layer of melty Hershey bar in the middle. Wendy chose to do Just Dance on YouTube. It was a great way to start the week.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Random February Part 2

 Here is some fun from the second part of February:

Ugh, this kid! I need like 5 extra hands to get him changed. Sometimes I give up and have to call for someone's help to hold him down. SOMETIMES toys help but not always. Each time though, he gives the cutest trouble-maker smiles because he knows he's giving you a run for your money.

 I was waiting for Jane to get out of school when I noticed this note she had written on the very dirty van window. She's always leaving me notes saying she loves me but usually it's with marker and paper. Made my heart melt.

When she got in the car I told her to come up front because Wendy was already up there (she loves standing in the front seat while we wait) so we could take a picture of me and my girls.

I love my girl team.

Dinnertime without Brandt sometimes means you do what you need to do. I put some puffs on the floor by me and Logan was finally content. Sigh. Cute boy, though!

We had the most beautiful sunset the other day! Even the girls were flabbergasted by it. When Brandt got home and I told him about it he showed me pictures he took on his way home from work because he was blown away by it too. I love living in Utah.

Walking into the playroom to do some laundry...
Me: So, um, what's up with all the naked women?
Jane: (Like it's not weird at all) It's our Christmas tree.
Of course it is.

My sweet, beautiful, highly emotionally unstable, selfless Wenders.

I just want to thank Oriental Trading for always sending the PERFECT reading material for cranky kids who need a distraction at 5pm. 
Me: Here Wendy, go sit on your bed and look at this.
Wendy: Ok.
And there she sat for a good 20 minutes.

Another good distraction... Just Dance videos on YouTube. Awesome way to get out all the energy before bed. We had to make a baby barrier so Logan wouldn't get stepped on. Perfect little nook for him.

A mobile baby who wants to explore but also wants to stay by his mamma means this is my new southern view. I love it.

I let this big boy sit in the seat of the cart for the first time and this was his initial reaction. SO EXCITED!

Then this reaction:

Then this reaction:

He cracks me up.
Who has two teeth and is officially not a baby? This boy: