Friday, August 26, 2011

Titus at 2 Months (well 2 and a half months)

I finally took Titus in for his two month appointment and just as suspected he is a chunk.  He weighs 17 pounds 6 ounces (over the 95 % for weight- that explains my backache- they didn't say a specific percentile) and he is 25.5 inches long (again over 95% for height).  He is growing - big so big. 

Along with growing nicely he is learning to smile.  Big smiles and they come easier everyday. He also is finding his voice and when we talk to him he makes noises back.  He is still a little fussy at times but seems to be mellowing out a bit.  He is perfect in my book!  I love my little Titus!

***Just for fun I looked back at Adele and Spencer's two month check ups (Garret's weren't easy to find) and he is bigger then they both were at this age and they were both big babies too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Great Grandpa Beck

Lately we have been apple picking at my parents, playing outside, enjoying dinner with new friends and spending an evening with my Grandparents.

 My Grandpa had a great experience during the Korean War.  While he was there he was able to share the gospel with his Korean translator. The man was one of the first converts in Korea, became the first stake president in Korea, was personal friends with President Hinckley and served the church in so many ways.  My Grandpa shared his story with the kids. It was fun hearing it again and watching my kids listen for the first time. He talked about the choices that helped him grow strong in the gospel and how those decisions helped him bring the gospel to HoNam and then he later shared the gospel with SO many others. He encouraged the kids to be "sunbeams" in others lives. I didn't get any pictures because I decided to video tape instead!

I found this very brief account written by Ho Nam on the church website-

Ho Nam Rhee


Ho Nam Rhee, first president of the Seoul (Korea) Stake, tells how he joined the Church.

I was first introduced to Mormonism when an American Army man I worked with, Calvin R. Beck, took me to MIA. Everyone at the meeting was American, and I was surprised that they all extended warm hands and called me “Brother Rhee.” I felt that brotherhood, and the word “brother” echoed in my mind for days.

I wanted to know more about this religion, so Brother Beck taught me about Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel. I still remember one lesson based on the following questions:

Where did we come from?

Why are we here?
Where are we going after this mortal life?

The subject shocked me, because those questions have puzzled great philosophers throughout the ages. But as Brother Beck explained the plan of salvation, I was thrilled. I had no doubts. I think the Lord blessed me at that very moment.

My spiritual birthday came September 5, 1954, in Seoul. Elder Harold B. Lee, then an apostle of the Lord, personally confirmed me a member of the Church—an unforgettable blessing. I can still picture his kind, serious face and feel his warm, tender hands on my head.

I could hardly wait from Sunday to Sunday to share the testimony of the Saints. I was greatly blessed a second time when I was ordained to the office of priest by Joseph Fielding Smith, who dedicated Korea for the preaching of the gospel in 1955.

I feel I have an even more important position than the Korean ambassador to the United States, because I represent not one nation, but the kingdom of God. I am an ambassador of God to this world.

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at my Grandparents.  I am thankful for all the time I have been able to spend with them and love that my children are no making memories and learning from them.  I didn't want a post with no pictures so here is one of Titus.  He is growing so fast. He was such a scrawny little guy when he was born and now look at all that chub!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hmmmm....Not sure what to call this....

I found a few pictures of the moving truck.  It was huge and somehow we filled it ALL the way up.  The kids loved the truck.



We play at the beach whenever we can.  It's in walking distance.  When we get there I admit I feel a Little envious of the parents that have lawn chairs and books in their hands.  I haven't figured out how to carry Titus, push Adele, encourage Garret and Spencer along and get a lawn chair there.  The kids love it so much though that it is worth the effort of getting there.  And it's beautiful.

The beach also has a park by it and a clubhouse with toys for the kids.  They have potlucks and activities.  It's a fun place to live.  It's not where we will be forever but we plan to enjoy it while we are here.
 Believe it or not Garret is starting Kindergarten in a couple weeks.  My sister takes each of her kids out before school to buy what they need and spend some one on one with them.  i think its a great idea so I took Garret on a back to school date this year.  (the whole Garret going to kindergarten is a subject for its own post but not today).  Our date was super fun.  Garret is such a great kid to hang out with.  We talked a lot about going to school.  He is excited and nervous.  He didn't need to much but I let him pick a shirt. I know I have to let him decide some things so I let him choose whatever he wanted.  I admit I had to bite my tongue when he picked star wars.  I just don't get his obsession with it.  He has never even seen it.  But he was happy with it and can't wait to wear it.
 I told him he could pick whatever he wanted for lunch he picked sandwiches!
Adele (and the others too) are missing their cousins.  If we say anything about basketball she says "kyle basketball" if we say what should we do she often says "go kyle-hailey house".  I don't think she understands that her cousin crush lives so far away now.  It's sweet that she loves them so much but sad we can't just run over anymore.

 Now that we are in Olympia which is pretty close to Shelton I have bumped into a couple people from the past. It's fun to run into people and think I know them from somewhere and have memories come back. If anyone reading this lives around us- we are in Olympia now and it would be fun to catch up!

It's been a little over two months since I became the mother to four kids. It's been a very crazy, busy, hectic two months.  It's taken its tole on the kids.  I think they are worn out and trying to figure out all that has been going on.  Despite all of it they are so great.  I think they have come through it really well.  They are such great kids and even though life is busy right now I really enjoy having all four of them.  I think I learn a little more with each kid and even though I don't know everything about parenting I feel like I know enough to be able to relax and enjoy them.  It's hard to get everything done but that's ok, because I know they will grow up way to fast and then I will have too much time on my hands so I just try really hard to soak it all in. 

 It's hard to believe that this little guy is over two months old.  He is such a sweet addition to our family.  He is a little fussy at times and not the greatest sleeper but he is my baby and can do no wrong!  Sometimes I wish I could just hold him all day long.  He is loosing his newborness and getting big and strong.  He is so smiley when he first wakes up in the morning and is starting to make little noises. 
 He has such a funny double chin.  I think it's so cute and squishy. 
I went to the movies with my Mom last night.  It is so fun living near them.  I haven't lived this close since high school and in high school my Mom and I got along but we weren't really at a "let's go the movies" place.  Now I consider her one of my best friends.  We talk on the phone all the time and I call her to tell her little trivial things.  Now we get to be more than phone friends.  I am just continually thankful for the great family I have.

I think that by next week the last of the annoying moving stuff should be done and life will start to find a rythm.  I feel like we missed out on summer this year.  I hope it stays around a little longer so we can enjoy it. Since I can not think of anything else remotely interesting to blog about I guess I better do something productive---like tackle insurance applications---ugh!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Update

So we finally moved.  It took us forever (or at least what felt like forever) to figure out where we were going but once we decided it all went crazy fast.  Tyler accepted a job, took us back to Yakima on the weekend, came back worked all week, went back to Yakima the next weekend and we moved.    He found us a house to rent during that week (once again I wasn't around to help pick it out).  Moving had it's usually stresses (will it all fit, where do I put everything etc) But overall it went really smooth.  A big thanks to those that helped us pack and unpack.

Then as fast as we could we got settled in because about three days after we returned the U-haul Tyler's parents came for a visit.  I will try to get pictures of the house and area up soon but here are a few pictures I do have of our visit with Tyler's parents.  We had lots of fun, sorry about the lack of details I am just trying to get caught up.  But did have a really nice time and we were so glad they made it up here this summer and that they were able to meet Titus for the first time.

We met up with them in Vancouver and visited Leah for a little while.

 Then drove on and met some of Tyler's cousins.  We played at a park with them.  Spencer threw up (so gross) while riding the tire swing.  I cleaned him up and he asked if he could get back on!  It was fun meeting some of Tyler's relatives I had never met.


 Tyler worked some of the time they were here so he missed out on some of the fun.  We went to the children's museum.

 The play place at the mall.  Adele had an accident here-  She was "that kid".
 Tyler's name is now on the door!!!
 Everyone enjoyed the beach near our house.  It will be fun living near such a sandy beach.  There is also a little playground and basketball hoops.

 Everyone worked in the yard some.
 I missed blueberries in Yakima so we went picking here. The berries were small this year but still tasty.
 My parents and Dan, Heather and Ridge joined us for a hot dog roast in the backyard.

We went to church here for the first time.  Everyone was really friendly.  We are anxious to get better acquainted and involved.

 Titus enjoyed getting to know his Grandma and Grandpa.

 We even fit in a few games.
 Thanks for coming, we had such a nice time and look forward to seeing everyone again. 

We are still working on getting settled- seriously moving is such a pain- I will love the day when I never have to switch my address again, cancel and start up utilities and unpack boxes again. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Long Update...

is coming but not tonight, I am too tired from moving and unpacking and having a two month old and company etc.  We are in Olympia now and lots has been happening around here...check back soon.

Friday, August 5, 2011

What's gotten into her?

 I must preface this by saying I love Adele.  She is the cutest little thing.  She is spunky, silly and loads of fun.  But these last couple days (weeks) she has been a real trouble maker.  I tell her not to do something she does it (picture permanent marker drawings, styrofoam messes, a naked girl etc).  It really doesn't worry me too much because I feel like I know the cause.  We have been in the process of moving for a very long time now and it's hard  on her.  She sense the change, she knows everyone is busy and at times stressed and she wants our attention.  I think that once life settles down she will as well. 

A couple days ago she was really driving me crazy, I tried to breath and figure out what she needed- something fun to do (her toys have been boxed up for a LONG time now).  So we went out and I asked her to water the lawn for me.  She was in heaven!




 The boys couldn't resist getting in on it too!



It seems like whenever my kids are at their worst it's because they need something (love, attention, a sense of security, a routine).  If I can take the time to figure it out then things work themselves out.  I know what this girl needs and I am excited to give it to her when we move.  Once we are settled Little Miss Adele is getting Mommy playtime and a schedule.  For now we are surviving by taking breaks with the hose!