Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Working Outside

Most of this weekend was spent working outside in the yard. Unfortunately all of the pictures except this one are on Sam's phone. 

Jonah loved to "help" in the garden. (He mostly just crawled all over the mounds we were trying to make and got moved out of the rows of tiny baby plants we didn't want him to smash) but he had fun. The older two kids went around and picked dead weeds Sam had sprayed this week, rode around in the trailer attachment of the lawnmower between piles of rocks we had raked up, put rocks into the trailer so we could put them where they were needed, and helped plant the rest of the seeds in the garden. And I learned that driving the riding lawn mower is really fun! I can't wait to see our garden when it really starts growing later this summer!

Friday, May 8, 2015

When Evie Comes to Town...

...they all feast on books!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Best Friends

"Hey Mom, look what we are doing!" I'm glad that they get along so well. (Most of the time...)

(And I can't believe that Ellie is 4 today! Where has time gone?)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Laundry Day

The kids all love to help me with laundry.

Jonah loves to "help" my by putting random things in the dryer when I'm trying to switch it.

I don't have a picture of Nathan, but he is great at helping me out clothes into the washer and switch things from washer to dryer.

And Ellie is learning how to fold dish towels and washcloths.

Hopefully this means that one day I won't be doing all of the laundry myself!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


     The kids' latest obsession is pretending they are "kitties." Every time they eat, they ask me "Do kitties like this?" (Do kitties like asparagus? Of course! *evil laugh*) They insist that every drink they have be out of a bowl and that it be "big water" so they can lick it out like our cat does. 

     I absolutely LOVE watching the kids pretend together. It makes me a little bit sad that Ellie will be starting preschool in the fall because it means that our time of no commitments and endless playing will be coming to an end. No more all-day pajama parties just because the kids are playing happily, and why bother them to get dressed? Some days I just try to remember this quote:

“It is OK if the house is a mess and the children are still in their pajamas and some responsibilities are left undone. The only things that really need to be accomplished in the home are daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening.”

     Jonah is starting to want in on the action too, and he especially loves to play "kitties" with them since he's not walking yet. He revels in the extra attention the older two give him when they crawl around on the floor with him.

     I thank the Lord every day for the blessing of being able to raise these three cute kiddos.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Playing Beauty Shop

Nathan is very cooperative with Ellie's beauty shenanigans...

I guess we will see how long this lasts!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shopping According to "Kid Time"

     Lately I have been a little impatient in my parenting - especially when I am in "go-mode." I usually get into "go-mode" when I am trying to get the kids out the door to run an errand, or when I have lots to get done around the house. To get away from that a little bit I decided that I would go according to the kids' time, rather than mine, when we went on our grocery run today. We didn't have anywhere to go after the grocery store, so I let the kids look at whatever they wanted, and I didn't hurry them along from thing to thing. And you know what? It was kind of fun!

     They stopped at EVERYTHING. Seriously, everything. They had to take something from a tray full of tortilla samples, they stopped to look at each fruit and vegetable, they asked for everything at eye level "for my birthday", they turned and turned and TURNED the make-up display, and of course they stopped to play with every toy they could find. I was surprised at how much they enjoyed it - and how much I enjoyed it. The trip wasn't full of me nagging them to stay by me, I just had to say "the train is leaving, you don't want to be left behind!" and they would hop on. And wouldn't you know it, we got everything we needed.

I think I may be trying this approach more often!

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