Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring, Spring, Spring

There is a song in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers about Spring.  When I wake up and the sun in shining I want to sing it!  It feels like we made it, we survived the rainy weather (I know it's Washington, there will be more) but Spring still feels great.  We have been busy mowing lawns and cleaning up after winter.  

My Dad came up and took Garret for a little Kayak adventure.  He loved it.

 My cousin Ambur was visiting too.  We played on the beach while they kayaked.  It was so nice seeing her and the kids loved hunting for crabs with her.

 Everyday (literally) we have a fresh bouquet of flowers, sometimes lots of bouquets of flowers.  Adele picks and picks and picks.  It's so sweet.
 Spencer has been begging to go to the bug museum.  We finally went today.  The people that own the place are really nice and make it lots of fun for the kids.  It's great having it close because our kids can enjoy the reptiles and bugs without having to own them.  I'm ok with the caterpillars and butterflies but no thanks on tarantulas and snakes.

 Adele is absolutely fearless.  She held the snake over and over again.  She thought it was hilarious when it slithered around her neck.
 After the bug museum we made a quick stop at a park.  It was  a little crowded for our kids taste but they did enjoy their time on the teeter totter.

 There was a beach nearby that was pretty peaceful.  That was more to their taste.

The sun in staying up longer and making more appearances.  It's a great time of year!

***The only sad thing lately is that our pregnant cat that we LOVE has gone missing.  It's been a week since we have seen her and although we all wish so much that she would return we know she likely will not.  She was such a good mouser, loved the kids but wasn't underfoot, and she was the kitten we spend so much time getting friendly.  It's sad for us and sad helping the kids get over it.  We love you Copper!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Break Fun

We always do March Madness Brackets as a family.  Tyler and I help the kids pick out all of their teams.  When we got to Titus we were a little lazy and said "do you want to pick the top teams or the bottom teams?", he said top. We circled all the top teams in each match up.  We already know he won and it's not even over.  The winner got to pick a book or a movie.  He picked a Tom and Jerry.  The kids laugh the entire time.

 We decided to take a mini vacation for spring break.  With the new baby coming it might be a while before we do one again.  We got tickets to opening night of the minor league team.  We go to some kind of baseball game every year for Tyler's birthday.  Since the baby is due close to his birthday we were counting this.  The game was rained out.  They called it a delay for an hour (we were pretty wet).  We finally left and as we drove out they set off the fireworks that they had for opening night.  We watched them from the car.  I think they should have given some warning so we would have stuck around five minutes longer.  Tyler will have to take the kids to another one now.

 We stayed the night in Tacoma.  The kids think hotels are pretty awesome.  They all slept really well.

They were in the pool by 8:30 and swam all morning.
 The afternoon was spent at the zoo.

 The zoo is nice but I feel like it is missing some of the animals we like to see.  I miss the Buffalo zoo.  But we  had a great time.

 They went back in the pool for a while in the afternoon.  Titus was finally brave enough to move around the pool without us holding him.  he looked so cute treading around in his life jacket.
 Adele was her normal fearless self.  She jumped in over and over again.  She did tricks while she jumped in and was a regular little fish.  I think she needs some more lessons, this girl likes the water.
 The big boys loved it too.  They were all over the place and loved that the pool was only 4 1/2 feet at it's deepest.
 They crashed again.  Titus was so cute.  I looked over and he was sitting up then he slowly fell over.  Funny kid!
Today we headed for home, warn out but happy from the fun time together.  We had to hurry back because the antique store (that I LOVE) was getting a new shipment and I have been waiting for this shipment forever.  Tyler told me way back in January that I could pick something for my birthday.  I found it today and it's gorgeous.  It's a sideboard that sits in our landing and I filled it with the kids books.  You will all just have to stop by and see it!  Well worth the wait- Happy Birthday to me!

The day just kept up it's greatness.  We got to watch General Conference (semi-annual meeting for the whole church, the Prophet and apostles speak- so awesome).  We get to continue watching tomorrow.  Great way to wrap up spring break.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sunshine and Beaches

This Spring break has started off with gorgeous weather.  The kids spent most of the day outside.  We even explored a beach we had not been to before.  The kids never get tired of the beaches.  They played and dug and got their shoes stuck in the mud and had to be dragged away from it at dinner time.  They were happy muddy messes by the end.  We asked them at dinner what their favorite part of the day was and they all said different things but they each picked something they had done outside.  Hopefully the sun sticks around!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break Starts....

Friday night the kids had a "sleepover" in the basement.  It was the spring break kick-off event.  Adele picked The Sound of Music and they stayed up late watching it and finally fell asleep.  Titus was so good about staying in his sleeping bag with the big kids...he slept so good that he had one of his first ever night time accidents- uh-oh!

 Saturday my Mom and her sisters stopped by.  I felt very lucky to get to have a houseful of such great women.  I don't get to see any of them very often.  We usually only visited Utah once a year growing up and since being married I have seen them less than that.  Even though we didn't see each other often I have great memories with each of them.  Aunt Kathy was the first person to take me to Temple Square,Aunt Jodee used to let us sleep in her "tent trailer" with her girls every year, Aunt Jeanette had four wheelers at her house and her daughter Tenaya liked to show off her driving skills, Aunt Gayle baked cakes and let us all decorate them and Aunt Marianne and her kids went to the zoo with us a couple years in a row.  I could go on and on about our fun Utah Aunts and the great memories we made over the years.  It was lots of fun seeing them for a couple hours this Saturday.

 Spencer finished a unit on Native Americans and brought home some of his art.  We decided it was something we couldn't keep forever (it actually didn't make it very long after the picture because Titus decided to take it apart).
We have lots of plans for the week and are all excited to spend it together.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No Pictures Update

Spring is here! I love hearing myself say "go outside and play".  It's wonderful (aside from the mud that is always being tracked in.

My Aunt Marianne stopped in for a quick visit.  We always enjoy seeing her when she is in the area.  We will get to see her again Saturday!

A friend from growing up stopped by with her family.  It's always fun to see people after a long time and realize we still have things to talk about.  I also always LOVE knowing they are doing well.

The kids got their report cards.  They did excellent in everything.  The teacher comments made my parent heart proud.  Garret's teacher said that "he reminds her why she loves teaching".  Spencer's teacher says he is always helpful.  It's always nice knowing they are doing well.

Everyone is very excited for the new baby.  We talk about names a lot.  We still don't have one we are settled on.  The kids like giving their ideas.  Titus loves either "Garret" or "Daba".  Adele is always coming up with girl names.

Adele and Titus love watching my stomach move around and Titus likes to give the baby kisses.

They are equally excited for our cat to have kitten.  Tyler and the kids built a house for the cat.  He let them paint the sides of it.  It's very "creative".  The boys painted a big BHC on it.  We couldn't figure out why they said because she is the "Best Happiest Cat".  If you ever see if now you will know!

Adele is very into doing her own hair.  I usually let her if we are just staying home but insist on doing it myself if we go out.  She comes up with some crazy hair dos.  She likes to put multiple pony tails in all over.

Adele is able to read very simple reading books now.  She still has a long way to go but is starting to really get it.  It's fun watching her catch on.  I find teaching phonics a bit exhausting but it's always worth the effort.

The boys are total book worms these days.  We are forever telling them to turn their lights off and go to sleep.  I hear myself in them whenever they say "just one more chapter" or "only a few more pages".  They loved the Percy Jackson books, Indian in the Cupboard, Hatchet etc.  I thought I had a lot of books but at this rate they will have read their way through them by the time they are 10.

Tyler has been busy mowing the lawn, putting new lights in the basement and he still digs on the septic nightmare from time to time!

On one of the nicer days we went to the school playground.  Adele knows how to do the monkey bars a couple of times.  She is very proud of herself.  Spencer and Garret had fun showing off their playground tricks.  They hang from bars, climb on the top of everything and Spencer even got stuck in a tree.  Actually Spencer gets stuck in trees more than any of my kids.  At home it seems like people are always coming in saying "Mom help quick, Spencer is stuck in a tree".  Usually I just take my time going out there because I know that he will be about three feet up and just waiting for me. One of these days when it's a real emergency we will be in trouble.

Titus loves telling people his birthday is June 10th.  He talks about it all the time.  He will say "sit down, lets talk about my birthday".  Whenever I go to bake something he says "are you making my cake?".  It could be a long couple months for him.

Most days I am a pretty nice pregnant woman.  But sometimes I am totally allergic to noise.  Which is not a good thing since it is pretty much always loud around here.

This baby didn't seem like he moved as much until recently.  Now he is a total wiggle worm and up in my ribs.  I always think it is such a neat experience being pregnant and getting to know a little person without having ever seen them.  It's a very personal relationship that a Mother and baby share.

I think I am very realistic this time around.  I am very excited to welcome this new little guy.  I am also a little nervous about having a new baby.  If I could just stay home and snuggle him it would be so blissful but I will have to take kids to school and scouts and getting a nap in will be tricky etc.  Luckily I know that phases pass and things work out.  I just hope the other kids cooperate so I can soak in some of this baby's newborn phase, it's always too short.

Hopefully I will pull my camera out soon and get some pictures of these awesome kids of mine!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Time Out

I told Titus I was going to Time Out for Women.  He thought that was pretty funny.  I am sure in his head there was a giant room full of Moms standing facing the wall in a time out.  It actually went more like this-

Thursday night I snuck away as soon as Tyler got home from work, cruised down to Shelton and picked up my Mom.  We drove on to the airport and picked up Stephanie.  Then the three of us drove to Yakima and crashed there.  The drive went really fast.  I guess grown up conversation makes time go faster than "are we there yet" conversation I am used to.

We woke up Friday said hello to the rest of Anna's family then hopped back in the car.  As much as we love Anna's kids (which we do) we were excited to be spending time with just the ladies.

We reached Spokane with time to spare so we checked in to our hotel and went out to explore the town.  We ended up walking through a shopping area (but not really shopping), seeing a movie (which was totally lame) and stuffing ourselves with Red Robin burgers.  I waddled around from place to place and had a great time- I admit the pregger pictures of me are not my favorite but oh well.

 Then it was time for the main event (A church conference geared just for women).  We went to the convention center, ran into a friend and we all found seats.  It might sound lame to some but it really was so good.  We sat and listened as speakers inspired us to be a little better and we got to share the experience together.  That first night there were memorable moments like Stephanie confessing she thought one of the musicians was really cute - that might not be exactly what happened but it was funny!

 Friday night of the conference was really great.  After it...  We crawled into bed and crashed.  The days of driving had caught up with us all.  We are not as young as we once were!

We woke up ready to go and spent the bulk of the next day at the conference.  The speakers and music were so great.  I shed some tears, laughed in others and felt inspired.  And I got to spend it with my family.

We left reluctantly when it ended (I was a little burned out of sitting, this pregnant lady had a bit much of that, but the rest of it I could have continued with).

Tyler called as we were driving towards Yakima.  He told me that we sounded awfully giggly...I guess we aren't that old after all!  Even the drive back was fun (except for the constant teasing about me having the Air Conditioning on....).

We enjoyed ice cream (it's a girls weekend what do you expect) and then finally reached Anna's house again).  We fit in a little more fun before crashing for the night.

I finally arrived back home Sunday to find Tyler and the kids happy and well.  Talking about the great weekend they had.  Tyler's Dad came to visit and they all had lots of fun stories to tell.  Being back together always feels nice. It was an Awesome weekend!  I look forward to going again next year.