Tuesday, March 28, 2017

February's Recap

In the winter months when it's too cold to go outside our family has a Saturday tradition of going to the BYU-Idaho Center. The kids love to run on the track and play basketball there, but I think my favorite part is when we walk past all of the pictures by Carl Bloch that are on display in the hall. The pictures are in order of Christ's life, and the kids have learned quite a bit about the Savior's life from those pictures alone.

I love to hear Tommy say, "Jesus" when he looks at each painting. And I love the above picture because it gives a small glimpse into what an attentive, caring big sister Ellie is. She is always making sure her little brothers are safe and following the rules.

Jonah cracks me up in this ^ picture with his head tilted back so far. 

The boys are so funny admiring this painting with their hands behind their backs!

Jonah was quite interested that this is a painting of the apostle Thomas. He couldn't quite wrap his head around the apostle's name being Thomas and his brother's name being Thomas. He kept saying, "There's two Thomas's?!"

For months Nathan has told me about this duck toy at preschool that says "Aflac." One day when I went to pick him up he asked me to take a picture of it to show to Ellie and Jonah, and his teacher said, "He sure loves that toy. He can keep it." Wow, was he ever excited! This is him explaining to me how it works.

At Ellie's school they are rewarded for good behavior with "Hawk Bucks" that they get to spend on Fridays. She bought these glasses awhile ago, and Tommy kept asking me to put them on him, then he would walk away proudly to show Ellie.

Poor little Jonah had a mishap with his ear. He was walking into his room to get dressed as I walked into the room next to it to grab diapers, and as soon as I opened the closet I heard a crash and then Jonah crying his real, hurt cry. He is usually extremely tough (seriously... he hardly ever cries when he gets hurt), so I could tell by his cry that he was really hurt. I ran into his room and he was laying on the ground in a heap. By the way he was laying I thought he had broken his arm or something, and when I picked him up there was blood on his back. I asked him where it hurt and he pointed to his ear, which I hadn't seen yet since I was looking at his arms, and these pictures don't do the injury justice. Apparently he had tripped and hit his ear on the metal bed frame, and it had kind of taken a chunk out of his ear. Yuck. The spot behind his ear had also been hit super hard - it was a giant goose egg that you can't see very well in the pictures.

I tried to get him to rest by laying on his bed, by snuggling with me and putting ice on it, by reading stories on my lap, etc., but he wouldn't have any of it. He wanted to keep playing! So I guess he recovered pretty quickly! Poor little guy. I am so glad it wasn't any worse!

For the week of Dr. Seuss's birthday Ellie's school celebrated by having each day be a different dress up day. She chose to be a leopard for animal dress up day, (don't mind my lack of artistic skills with the eyeliner!) and of course her brothers couldn't be left out!


This is probably boring for everyone else, but it is one of those things I like to look back on and remember. I took this on February 28 because I was so excited that it was going to get up to the 40's! Once the snow starts melting it always makes me excited because I know Spring is coming.

Okay, one more month of updates and I can get back to regular posts! Hooray!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

January's Recap

I didn't take very many pictures in January or February because this is basically what I was doing during those two months:

Sitting on the couch trying not to throw up. (I think in this picture I was eating? Or just making a weird face? Who knows.) But it is all worth it because we have a new baby on its way to our family!

We are all so excited! I love that Sam captured each of the kids' reactions to seeing the ultrasound picture.

Our little Tommy celebrated his first birthday! This isn't him with cake, but it was that same day... So that counts, right?

Our neighbor's house across the street burned down. Luckily the family got out safely, but the firefighters were unable to put the fire out completely because of the -20 degree weather, and it burned for a few days. 

The house completely burned to the ground, and they have since torn it down and are starting to rebuild. I am so glad they are all safe!

 Whenever Ellie requests a certain hairstyle she asks me to take a picture so she can see it. This is one of those. (Ignore the mess in the background... Yikes. When I look back on January it is tough because I was just so sick I did only what absolutely couldn't be done without, simply surviving from nap time to bed time - and often cleaning the house was last on the list.)

But hey, my boys wrestling sure are cute! Thomas loves to rough house with the older boys. I often find myself telling the big boys to be gentle with him only to realize Tommy is laughing... I guess he's surviving being number four just fine!

Monday, March 20, 2017

December's Recap

I have hardly any good pictures from December, which I am super bummed about, but I also think it was because I was fully engaged in enjoying the holidays that I didn't think to take very many pictures. So that's a good thing, I guess!

Whenever the kids get hurt somewhere they can't see on themselves, they ask me to take a picture... so that's what this is. Nathan had me take a picture of a scrape/bump on his back for him to see.

Just messing around on the couch.

The way Siri interprets what my kids say is hilarious sometimes.

A business in town had a community Christmas party, and Ellie was really excited to get to meet Buddy the Elf.

That day was also my birthday, so of course we had to celebrate with cake. I love these pictures because they so accurately captured the crazy moment!

After this Sam and I went to the Christmas concert at BYU-Idaho with Nathan Pacheco and David Archuleta, and I have to say - it was probably the most phenomenal concert I have ever been to. I still can't believe how amazing it was!

Random selfie while getting his hair cut.

And then he flipped the camera around and took a picture of Ellie.

Ta-da! (Ellie climbing on the couch in the back ground cracks me up... Even though I have told her a million times not to climb on the couch... hmmm.)

Stories with Daddy.

I met up with my friend Heather and her darling little girl who were in town for Christmas, and this is the only picture I got. Bummer.

We went to Arizona for Christmas, and while we were there I went and watched my mom teach one of her classes. It was fun to see her interacting with the students before class.

And these are the only two pictures I got from Christmas Day... That must have been because it was such a wonderful day!

Next up, January!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

November's Recap - Part 2

My parents were in Pakistan for a wedding over Thanksgiving, but my siblings made the drive up from Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with us and we had a blast!

Unfortunately I couldn't figure out a way to get the pictures from Sam's phone onto the blog without plugging his phone into the computer (he's at work) so I will have to post those pictures separate sometime because he got much better pictures than I did!

We all piled around the computer and watched funny videos on youtube. 

Eve and Hyrum couldn't get enough of the card games! Whenever I put my kids down for a nap they begged me to play uno or war.

And the bigger kids played lots of games too! Cover Your Assets is a fun one.

Lily bribed Jonah for snuggles with games on her phone.

Nathan's birthday was the day before Thanksgiving, so as we were driving home from one of our adventures in two separate cars, Sam had me stop with the younger kids so he and the older kids could run to the dollar store and pick up some streamers and balloons to decorate for Nathan's birthday. We had him walk in after it was all decorated and everyone yelled, "Surprise!" He was so excited! Then of course we had to have cake and presents!

...And quesadillas for everyone.

Ben randomly decided that it would be fun to try on Nathan's knight helmet? ...I don't know.

And the night before they left Hyrum and Eve each wrote notes to leave for the kids since they would leave before anyone woke up in the morning:

And Eve's cute note.

This was such a fun trip! We really appreciated Ben being willing to make such a long drive to get here and back - it's definitely no easy feat! Maybe someday we will have to do this again!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

November's Recap - Part 1

I have tons of pictures from November, so I will break them up into two posts.

Here we go!

I came out of Walmart with my kids, I noticed someone (cough, cough, Ellie) had drawn a person on the Suburban...Time for a car wash!

These boys love to play the piano. When it was new they wanted to play it constantly, (along with the other two kids) but now the novelty has worn off a little bit and they only play it occasionally (or when I sit down to practice. For some reason that seems like the opportune time to play...)

Sleepy boy! It was too difficult to finish his sandwich I guess.

Over those summer and fall months Nathan was quite the little mess maker: one of his shenanigans when he was supposed to be sleeping. I'm not sure what I was doing to miss this while it was happening??? Luckily he hasn't made a big mess like this in quite awhile! Knock on wood, but I think he may be out of that phase! Or maybe he just got sick of vaccuuming up his messes? Yeah, we will go with that.

We were so blessed with a nice, long fall! Playing at the park in November with just a light sweatshirt? Miracle!

I'm not sure why Ellie wouldn't smile. Silly girl!

The boy in the batman pajamas and mask had Jonah and a few other little boys captivated. They couldn't stop looking!

Wow, he sure has gotten taller since then!

Sam was out of town and requested a selfie. I love this picture - look at Ellie's face! So funny!

Jonah woke up screaming and unreasonable after only about 20 minutes of his nap, and the only thing that would console him was snuggling in my bed. Poor guy!

My little Nathan boy. He loves when he is the first one to wake up from naps before Ellie gets home from school! He gets some mom time all for himself.

Ellie brought these pretty leaves inside that she found as she was walking home from the bus stop.

I had forgotten how much she LOVED the pretty colors of the fall leaves. She would constantly bring  red, yellow and orange leaves to me and she couldn't stop talking about how pretty they were. (And again with the funny close-mouthed smile... I don't know what's up with that!)

Blurry picture, but I sure love this happy little boy!

Jonah went through a phase where he didn't want to wear his regular sweatshirt, he only wanted to wear the top to his dragon costume. Sure, why not? I secretly think it is cute!

Sam was gone for 10 days in November, but luckily Tami and Adam were living with us at the time and they were a huge help.

I took the kids to Porter's to look around (gotta do something when it's cold outside!) and contemplated fabric for Tommy's stocking... Which never happened this year. Whoops!

My sister-in-law was so sweet and spoiled Ellie and Nathan by taking them to dinner and a movie one night while Sam was gone, and I had a coupon for a free buffet at Pizza Pie Cafe and Jonah and Tommy are so young they eat free too, so we decided to make a little date of it. I cannot even describe how giddy and happy Jonah was to have me pretty much all to himself.

(Tommy had a good time too)

But seriously, Jonah couldn't stop telling me everything on his mind, and for awhile he just laid down on my lap and continued talking. I'm so glad he had such a great time!

My boys love to go to Walmart and "look at the animals." It's another way we kill time when it's cold outside.

Ellie requested to have her hair straightened for school, then of course we had to send pictures to daddy, who was still out of town!

Nathan couldn't be left out of the picture.

Jonah fell asleep on the stair like this.

What in the world?! Kids can sleep in some pretty weird positions!

A friend and I took our kids to a trampoline gym for toddler time, and they had so much fun!

Unfortunately these are the only pictures I took.

Look at that gigantic egg our turken (cross between a turkey and a chicken)
laid! Usually it lays eggs the same size as the other chickens' eggs, but wow!

Nathan left all of his treasures by the door for easy access after naps. He LOVED that stick he found at the park!

Another case of Nathan traveling so he could nap. He went through a phase where he REALLY didn't like to sleep in his own bed. And as long as he slept, I didn't care where or how many toys he was surrounded with!

I thought this would be fun to document - Ellie's sometimes-backwards numbers.

I went out to feed the chickens and this little guy had to keep an eye on me (Ignore the filthy window. It never stays clean for long with all of the little fingers we have around here!)

I couldn't wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas - it was fun to get all of the nativities out of the box in the basement!

And of course I couldn't forget a picture of my cute pilgrim girl in the hat and necklace she made at school.

She wore that hat so much! And just the other day she had to throw it away since it got ripped. Three months? That's pretty impressive if you ask me!

More to come from November!

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