Monday, March 31, 2014

Innocence and Habits

Emily would kill me if she knew I wrote about this, but this blog is to write about their lives and I feel this is an important part of her life. Emily has been a thumb sucker since she found her thumb at 3 months old. There was a whole production about 4 years ago when Thumbelina, The Thumb Sucking Fiary, came to visit and brought her a gift. She said she'd be back in a month with another gift if Emily stopped sucking her thumb. We used Mavala Stop, which is the nastiest nail polish ever. It worked! Then, two months later, I went in to the hospital to have a premature baby. I was gone from my family for 21 days. Emily started Kindergarten without her Mom here to pack her lunch or fix her hair. Her little world was rocked, and she found comfort in an old friend, her thumb.

We've tried to break the habit over the years, but not seriously enough. I started to notice that Emily's front teeth were bucking out a little. Emily's teeth are very nice otherwise, so I encouraged her to stop. And by encourage, I mean threaten her with a trip to the Orthodontist. We went back to Mavala Stop. We painted her nail every night. She even got to the point that she'd paint her own nail at night. And just like that, she was done.

It's been over 9 years for my girl, but she finally kicked the habit. I'm so proud of her. And, I'm glad she doesn't read my blog all that often and she'll probably not know that I wrote this for years. Then, she'll want to kill me. But, isn't that what mothers are for?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Biker Boy

Noah had a bike a thon fundraiser at preschool on Friday. He was excited to go and bike with his class.

We registered and went out to the track. We were 15 minutes early. Noah wanted to start riding, so off he went.


They had a fire truck there too. Noah kept going in circles.


He was very serious.



He did about 20 laps and then they had them line up to start the race.


The police officer gave the kids some rules of the road. And one of the pastors at the church led us all in prayer.


And off they went! This cop is hanging out handing out citations for speed violations and no turn signal! Kidding, his daughter was racing.


Six laps in, Noah needed a break! Now mind you, he did another 20 that didn't officially count. He was super impressed with the snack bar they had out for the kids to pick whatever they wanted.


After snacks, he got back on his bike and did more laps. Then, he called it quits.


Firepal Rick put him in the firetruck!


And gave him a helmet!


It was a super fun morning!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cousins at the Park

David's sister, Alisa, is great about getting the kids out and about. She loaded them all up in the back of her rental car and took them to the park. Don't worry, it's less than 2 blocks away. It's better than the back of a pick up truck which is how we rolled in the 70's. Once my parents drove us from Phoenix to L.A. in the back of a pick up a truck. The lesson I learned from that is don't ever open a can of soda in the back of a pick up truck traveling at high speeds. The soda goes everywhere.

I digress.... Here are the cute kids on the way to the park.


This looks like fun!


He's part monkey.


I love this pic of the boys!


This is cute too if Noah would get would look at the camera and not yell.


And put his tongue in his mouth... Oh vay...


Miss Rachel looking pretty with bubbles. Where did they get bubbles?


Slides are for climbing on to of, right?


Now, the cousins are gone and the house is back to it's quiet boring self. Grammie is staying on for a few more days. Emily challenged her to a game of Scrabble.


Noah is back to "helping".


The cousins and Aunt Munchie will be missed.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cousins at the Lake

Sometimes I feel like giving up my blog. It takes time and effort and I just think I don't have time sometimes. As you can probably tell from my lack of posts lately. Then, I look back on things on my blog and I'm so, so, so glad that I'm doing this for my kids.

We wanted to take the cousins to Goldwater Lake. We've been there once before, so I searched it on my blog. There it is. Oh my gosh, it was two years ago. Look at my little babies. You can admire them here. Where had the time gone? Thank God, I make time for this blog and for the stories and pictures that go with it. It's a treasure!

They just put in a new playground at the Lake and boy was it fun!



Even the big kids tried it out. These things twirled and twirled until you almost threw up. I tried this too, but looked like a whale in the photo, so you can just take my word for it.


Gwynne and her kids.


We set off for our hike.


We stopped to get Grammie set up first. The boys had a snack.


Gwynne had a good book and a good view.


Here's my nephew Greg looking sweet.


Here's my beautiful niece Rachel.


Here's Noah....


Skipping rocks down by the water.


Probably as good of a pic of the five as I'll ever get.


Gwynne said she could hear us almost the entire time. This quiet little crew? Never!


Figuring out how old the tree is/was.


Seriously, these boys don't stop running.


If they saw rocks, they had to climb them.



Or do cartwheels on them...


On the trail...



Ben in action.


All of Gwynne's babies and grandbabies.


Noah needed a break.


Rachel looking cute.


She is super high up. This made me nervous. Sometimes, I'm just like my mother. Love you Granny!



Emily and Ben at the top. I should've taken a far away photo so you could see how massive these rocks were.


They spotted Grammie Gwynne and are waving.


Greg still going. Rachel ready for a break. Can you tell Rachel and Noah are related, they both need breaks.


And one more stop on the swing before we left.


The kids were a hot dirty mess by the end of the day. But, isn't that how it should be?

Cousins in Sedona

The kids all still went to school while their cousins were visiting. Sure, I could've let them stay home, but I try set a good example. I knew there would be plenty of time to have fun on the weekend, one more day wouldn't make a difference.

So on Friday while the kids were in school, Alisa, Gwynne and the kids went to Sedona for a day trip.




And when you go to Sedona with kids, you must go to Slide Rock.


They couldn't resist the 48 degree water. Yikes!




Grammie did not put her toes in. She's smart.



They had a fun outing. Sedona never disappoints.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cousins Visit

David's Mom, his sister and her 2 kids came out to visit last week. We were so busy that I didn't post a thing. I'll have to make up for it by doing several posts because I think I have over 50 photos to put up.

Let's start with Around Our House:

Alisa bought the girls matching bathing suits. They wanted to take a bath together, but Emily is modest.


These boys were being superheroes.


Trying to get a good picture of 5 kids is close to impossible.


They spent lots of time on the swingset. Glad David refinished it and nobody got a splinter.


I'm not sure what is going on with Noah here. It looks like Rachel is giving him mouth to mouth and Emily is giving him CPR.



He lived.

They played in this little inflatable pool in our backyard. Ugh, why can't they all look at the camera and smile at the same time.


Almost....


Then, I just told them to make silly faces. I think I like it better.



These boys didn't stop running. For 4 days...


David made homemade cheesecakes. It's one of the best things I've ever had. Luckily, with all these people we each only got about 2-3 pieces. I could've eaten the whole cake by myself. Seriously.


Cousin love. These 2 are so cute. They are only 3 months apart. Noah is older. Go figure.


Grandma Suzy got Emily a balloon animal kit a few months back. Those were an epic fail, but the balloons were tons of fun!


Dinners were always with Grammie at the head of the table.


Up next, a trip to the park and a day at the lake!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Noah's Got Talent

I have company coming tomorrow. That means I have to clean the bathrooms. It's a chore to do 3 bathrooms, and it's even harder with my "helper" Noah. I put on Just Dance yesterday per his request and he was busy for awhile. I couldn't help but laugh when I watched up. The video is over 4 minutes. Don't bore yourself with the whole thing unless you are his grandparent. My favorite part is at 1:10, 2:22 and the song ends at 2:48 and you have to watch how he carries himself to the left of screen just like the robot. He's talented.


Then, you have to watch the end at 4:22. He realizes I'm cleaning the bathroom and yells that he wants to scrub the toilets. And by scrub, he means swishing water all over the place.

Today on the way to school, Noah was singing Frozen. Oh vay, It's driving me crazy, but I let it go. Ha! Pun intended. I started the video at a stop light. Then, I just held up my phone. I had no clue if I was even getting him in the picture, but I did pretty good. He was a little quiet at first, but when he gets to the chorus at :55, he really lets loose.


He may have to rely on his dancing career as his voice, well it's special.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Let It Go

I think I mentioned that the Frozen Soundtrack is on repeat here.

I put Noah in a timeout this morning for hitting Ben. I totally forgot about him. After about 30 minutes, I heard the blinds moving and thought it was Rocko. It was Noah. I'm shocked he stayed their that long. I immediately told him I was sorry that I left him there so long and I just got busy working and forgot.

He didn't say anything and went to sulk outside. Then, I heard him at the top of this lungs singing Let It Go. Appropriate for the situation.


In other news, I have an ear infection and can't get in at the doctor until tomorrow. Not good.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Staining and Swimming

With the swing set sanded it was time to stain and seal it today. What a tedious process. Emily asked to help and actually did help for almost an hour. I was so impressed.


The kids talked me into buying them this little inflatable pool at Sams yesterday. It was only $30, so I figured they could have some fun in it. They did!




I would think it would be boring for them, but it provided hours of entertainment.


I helped Dave paint for several hours and he finally finished up after about 4 hours of painting. It looks great and we are so happy to be done with that project!


The kids had to test it out. Yea! No splinters!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

On Spring Break, I Rode a Camel

Today was the first day of Spring Break. To kick of Spring, I bought cute new dishtowels. I love dishtowels. They make me happy.


We typically go somewhere for spring break, so the news of staying home for 9 days with nothing to do wasn't the most exciting. To make matters worse, David and I have some sprucing up around the house to do, starting with the swing set. David started sanding it today.


I plan to help with staining it, but there wasn't much I could do with all the sawdust flying everywhere. So, I recruited the kids to help me clean up the back yard. It was a day of firsts. They had never cleaned up dog poop.


Well, Noah and Ben helped. But, I can say that Emily still hasn't picked up dog poop. She made some awful faces along with fake gagging, and I just didn't think it was worth the fight.

Then, they helped shift out bigger rocks from the sand pit. Again, Emily did more supervising than anything.


Then, I decided we were just in the way, so we I took the kids out for a bit. There was this petting zoo set up for the weekend at the tractor store on the highway. It was $1 to get in and really fun for the kids. Ben loved the zebra.


The camel and lama liked to try to eat us a little, so we kept our distance.


Noah's favorite spot was right in the middle where none of the animals could come anywhere near him. Smart kid. This little guy was more their speed.


Then, a guy outside was giving camel rides, 2 for $10! How could we pass that up? My kids have never even been on a horse, but they rode a camel today. Well, not Noah. He was scared.






Emily gave it a thumbs up and said it was awesome.


When I asked Ben what he thought, he just said "paradise". I guess he liked it.


We went to the store and got frosty's and fries from Wendy's. We got home hours later and David was still working.


On the agenda tomorrow, staining.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Around Our House

I love when I catch my kids being sweet to each other. 

Noah calls nipples, nibbles. I think it's awesome. That should be what they are called. It sounds so much nicer. 

I had to get a new recycle bin because ours had a huge crack in it. You know the big ones that go out by the curb. They delivered the "new" one today. It had mud on the bottom, barely wheeled and cob webs on it. I called to complain that my trash can wasn't clean enough. When I hung up, I was laughing at myself. Did I seriously just complain that the garbage can wasn't clean? Why yes, yes I did!

The Frozen Soundtrack is on repeat practically at this house. It's one of my favorite Disney movies. For now anyway. I have a feeling I'll hate it by the end of next week.

The kids get out 2 hours early tomorrow and start Spring Break. We have absolutely nothing planned. Well, the park on Tuesday. Other than that, nothing, except Frozen on repeat! Wish me luck.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Man Plans, God Laughs

My best friend Pam's boss use to say that...Man Plans, God Laughs. I always thought it was amusing and true really.

I wrote my last blog post all about my plans for the future. I was looking 6 months out and thinking of all that I can and will do with my life when all three of my kids are in school full time. I wasn't just planning. I was dreaming.

My monthly cycle is very regular. 28 days, give or take 1 or 2. Friday came and went...Saturday...Sunday....Monday....by Tuesday, I was starting to panic. David had a vasectomy right after Noah was born. The first day that I was home from the hospital, I made David that appointment. Then, I took him to the surgery a few weeks later. But, we never took in a follow up sample. How could this be? David looked it up 1 in 2,000 chance. Well, that's a little low for my comfort level. I figured this would be the one time we'd be the lucky 1.

Last night, I was a wreck. I couldn't sleep. I told David for sure it would be here Wednesday morning, 5 days late. The only time I've been 5 days late, I was pregnant. I woke up early this morning. Nothing. I hugged David and started to cry. Not happy tears either. This couldn't be. I don't want to start over with diapers and formula. Neither did David. He said maybe it was twins? Really, not seeing the humor here. I was completely and utterly depressed at the thought. I knew that if we were pregnant, then it was meant to be. It may not have been my plan, but it was Gods. I'd take the next 6 years and share the whipped cream on my frappuccino and put my plans on hold. Even more though, I was worried if I'd live through another pregnancy. Would a baby? The statistics aren't great, and when I read about preeclampsia mixed with HELLP syndrome, it's a miracle that Noah and I walked away unscathed.

Then, I went to the bathroom this evening. I've never been so happy to see blood in all my life.