Thursday, July 31, 2008
I guess it's no secret what I watch around here. Chase always says he hates that show because it makes me want to go shopping. (and he doesn't like to tag along) I think he's right. I dream about going shopping with all of my very Stacey Londonish friends and finding things that make me feel less matronly. I'm starting by just trying to get out of my pajamas a little bit more.
They know where every coin machine is in a twenty mile radius of our house. When we are too close for self control to last any longer they beg. When that doesn't work they resort to looking for change all over the dirty floor. (at this point I often give in and give them the money just to stop the visual image of my little beggar children getting hopelessly filthy!) When, however, I am not swayed by humiliation and being totally grossed out, they begin a frantic search of every machine. Opening one door at a time with their hand held underneath hopeful that some totally nutsy child left their candy behind. Surprisingly this method of collection is quite often rewarding.
Now a days the kids look forward to the coin machine at Dad's dental office. No candy there...but lots of cool prizes. Months ago, when we went for our first visit, Dave gave each child a token to get a prize. Katie came away with a little "squishy animal" turtle. She named it Shelly and has not parted with it in all these many months.
Kate was beyond devastated. So badly that I actually called Dave at work and made him promise to bring home a "back-up" Shelly. I think Dave said he and his office coworkers went though 10 or something tokens before a new Shelly was delivered. You should have seen the joy when Dad "found" her precious turtle. But then of course days later the real Shelly was found and Kate was doubly excited.
Mom was smart or cruel, depending on whose side your looking at it from, and put the "back-up" Shelly away for a rainy day. Cute little Kate now comes to me whenever she has misplaced her TINY plastic pet to ask for the "Back-up" Shelly. She is just to cute.
Who knew that a child's favorite toy could be a quarter machine treasure from Dad's dental office? Such simple pleasures!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
- Sara is learning how to wave. She doesn't do it at all the appropriate moments or by any means on request but she does do it.
- Sara is a pro at sitting. She has such amazing balance and plays with all her toys so happily. Just today at her doctors visit she went from a sitting to belly position by rolling right over her legs. I think Crawling is definitely in her immediate future.
- One of our favorite things that Sara does is dancing. She dances anytime we turn music on. She especially enjoys her Dad's performances on Rock Band. She is his number one fan. She sways side to side with the hugest smile on her face.
- New favorite games are pat-a-cake and pee-a-boo. She giggles with joy. Sara also loves to be an acrobat. Like her older brother before her she is always game for flying high.- She has her own little language for the dog. It is just a bunch of short syllable grunting sounds. Man does she love the dog!
- Sara has started taking baths with Katie. I think they both love it equally. She sits in the tub playing with toys, splashing and laughing at her big sister.
- Much to Mom's delight she is sleeping in until 8:30 or 9:00 most mornings. This fits right into Mom's plans for sleeping in most mornings!
- Sara is starting to try and pull herself up on things. Just the other day she was playing in the sink and pulled herself up onto her knees by pulling on the cookie rack that was in the other sink. Scary...I wish she would just be happy sitting, I love sitting!
- She loves to have Mom trace her face with her finger. I can't remember any of my children being so happy to be touched. She just loves caresses and having her cheeks and eyebrows stroked. We have had a few really slow mornings with wonderful cuddling sessions in bed this last month.
- Sara is still bringing so much happiness into our home. What a wonderful thing it is to have such a sweet baby!!!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
- be a playmate for a little girl so Mom could have some time to herself
- help watch a little one during a Mom's book club group
- FHE treats for a few families
- wagon rides for Kate and other lucky children
- she made cookies for a baptism
- cleaned windows
- accepted a dare to jump into the freezing cold Nisqually river
- cat sat for a family on vacation
- she had to remember all day how much her Grandma DeWitt loved her
- she babysat a sleeping Sara for me twice
-and last but not least she had a lemonade / bake sale
She leaves for camp tomorrow at 5:00 and she is so excited. Today we have packed up her stuff. We bought her a digital camera for her birthday (more for me than her...I had to have pictures of her at camp right!?). And she and her friend Kaitlyn are on pins and needles!
Chase has really been into bows and arrows lately. Especially after the Arrow of Light Ceremony we had a few weeks ago. he was very happy to have archery every day.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I bought a beautiful rattle like this for my sister when she had her last little girl and was so sad my own children hadn't had such a lovely toy. So you can bet it was one of the first things Sara owned. It makes such a soft beautiful sound. It is so beautiful and colorful too. Sara likes that it is especially easy to hold!
The oh so handy "Hooter Hider"! Let's just say I wouldn't still be nursing if I didn't have one. This little nursing shawl makes nursing so much more stress free. I really feel like I can nurse anywhere, at any time. I love how easy it has made life so much, that it is now a staple baby shower gift from me.
This is my new Diaper bag. It is Ju Ju Be bag. I bought it while pregnant. It was one of those had to have it kind of moments. I get almost as many compliments on it as I do about how sweet Sara is. I was at a favorite children's boutique in Newport once and the store manager came up to me asking me who the maker was because she wanted to start stocking them in her store. But aside from being ridiculously cute it is very convenient. It just wipes down when it's dirty. I love the magnetic closure and the amount of storage is perfect. Ju Ju Be has really cool accessories too. I personally love the stroller clips and the little "Mommy" purse.
My girlfriend Rachel's little girl used one of these when she was a tot. We would be over playing Settlers and I would watch her munching away thinking wow...if I had only know about those with my kids. Well you can be sure when Sara came around I went and got her one. I didn't know how much of a necessity it would be. Sara chokes (like really chokes) on everything! And with this there are no worries.
This is an Ergo Carrier. Way more handy than the baby Bjorn. Don't get me wrong I also love having the Bjorn, but once Sara was old enough the Ergo is so much better. I can wear her on my back and take her on long walks without feeling like I'm pregnant again. Thank you Stephanie for that heads up.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Poor little Emma has an ear infection. She must have been in a lot of pain or something to make her throw-up all over her bed just now. It is not my strong suit. You know being the cleaner upper. And there was so much to clean up. I am waiting right now for the washer to finish so I can put in another load to try and purge the stinkiness.
Little thing was so sad. She asked me, "Does Kaitlyn have to go to horse camp without me now?" I told her (THANKFULLY) that she has a whole week to get better! Thank you antibiotics!
Hope all my friends out there are having a better night or rest than me!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Yesterday there was a letter on my bed. Inside a paper folded this way and that with little red hearts all over. Next thing I knew my sweet Katie was running into my room telling me, "that's how much I love you!" She has beaten me I think her her little mind. In her world her letter was "filled with hundreds of hearts, one for everyday".
What a very lucky mother I am to have such a little golden ray of sunshine.
Monday, July 14, 2008
But the best part is always the pyrotechnic firework extravaganza at the end of the day. Here in Washington we never catch fire thanks to the hundreds of inches of rain we get every year. That means a firework free for all. In a day when Sparkles are outlawed throughout most of the nation we enjoyed full blown, fire in the sky fireworks. And when your combining your own personal stash with that of several other friends it is no small show.
Monday, July 7, 2008
This might be our favorie new thing to do. We went to the Jackson Hole Rodeo with the Lane family and had a blast. Bulls, Broncos, team tying, barrell racing etc... it was all just tons of fun! Half way through they let all the kids into the arena. Two calves with ribbons tied to there ears were let loose and a hundred children tried to catch them. the above picture is Katie after NOT catching the cows.
Yellowstone is just so cool. This was the only time we split up from the family. we wanted to cover new ground in this huge park. Our first adventure was on the natural arch trail which was closed because of bear danger. Yep, you guessed it we went anyway. We had fun teasing each other about being bear food if we were straggling behind. didn't see any bears but the trail was beautiful, deserted (I wonder why?) and devoid of wildlife (excpet for the prettiest hawk I've ever seen and a marmot that Zeke sent packing for home).
Teton Valley Ski Resort
This was our destination while the big kids went river rafting. The snake was running 8 feet higher than it was on our trip last year. I guess earlier in the season there is just a ton of snow run off. We had a great time taking the lift up to the snow. Well we meaning everyone esle excpet my girls whole cried the minute their "Crocked" feet hit the snow. The more hardy cousins weren't evern fazed. And Scott with his "Eagle Eyes" even spotted a moose for us on the lift ride.
Cousin TimeThe kids had such a wonderful time with their cousins. From building outdoor forts, playing tree fairies or just reading together, they built on friendships and hopefully added to their stores of lifelong memories.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Here are some of my favorite photos...
Finally we drove all over the place looking for the much anticipated swimming hole. Surprisingly the handful of people that we asked about it had no idea what we were talking about. So here is a map in case you choose to go. It is number 13. It was perfect. There was a slide in the shallow pool and one out in the deep part of the lake. Katie was so happy to see sand and played in it the whole time while her brother and sister tried to out do each others craziness on the slide.
Here is the link for the map and other visitor info:
We will definitely go back it was so much fun!