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!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Second Winter

We woke up to snow today.

But this is the forecast for the rest of the week:

...So I'm not TOO mad about it. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sick of Being Sick

     I'm getting so excited for summer for a lot of reasons of course, but right now I can't wait until my kids are not constantly sick!

     This poor little dude was pretty much comatose all weekend, which meant we got lots of snuggles:

     I think he's on the way up, but he's still got a fever and he's not quite himself yet. At least he's dang cute. I mean seriously? Look at his adorable chub. 

     I can't get over it.

     (Did you get a chance to tune in to General Conference? It was amazing! Catch what you missed here!)
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