Friday, September 19, 2014

Birthday time

My birthday happened.  I'm older now.  Look what I woke up to at like 6:45 in the morning ...
Amanda and Kate brought me an amazing breakfast in bed!! Maryanne - displaying her love for flowers.

Then we spent that evening at Horseshoe Lake.

Took a family picture. Our family is getting big, right?  Hopefully I will be getting littler.

The next morning the Wilsons and the Cremeans joined us.
And after Kate's lucky double double-yoke egg breakfast...

We tried out our new SUPER MABLE!!!
Super Mable - super fun.  It's more bang for your buck cause we can pile all the kids on there and we don't have a boat full of kids waiting and begging to go out.  Cause they are basically all out there. :)  And then we can dump them in the middle of the lake to play on it while we take individual kids skiing.  Super Mable, we love you.

and we kayaked around these lovely cyprus trees.  this is cyprus tree right?  And Kate did you get any kayak pictures? 

Favorite birthday present was Joey printed off the first year of this blog into a book for me.  
Good birthday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A day in the life

I have so much blogging to do it's crazy.  But just like everything else in my life - I feel like I'll never catch up.  I'm seriously drowning in endless "to-do's" that never get crossed off the list.  aaaahhh!  Caleb had us listen to this Jim Gaffigan clip on 4 kids and I laughed so hard when he said "you wanna know what it's like when you have your fourth kid?  Imagine you're drowning and then someone hands you a baby."
Anyway - I don't know when I will ever catch up on blogging but I thought I'd just write about today.  Not particularly funny or noteworthy but I thought some day I would like to go back and see what everyone was like on one particular day.  So feel free to skip this one.  It's more just for me.
Frederick today - Freddy has been really good lately.  He's making lots of happy noises and smiling up a storm.  It makes me feel so loved that all I have to do is make eye contact and he erupts into the smiliest smiles.  Today he was sitting on my lap at Kate's house and I felt him be so still and sort of limp and asked Kate if he had fallen asleep and sure enough he had.  No fuss or crying  - he just fell asleep!  I hope this is a new pattern cause that would be awesome.  He doesn't look like my other kids.  He's so fair and skinny faced. (unlike my olive, broad-faced ones)  And is looking like he'll have blue eyes.  And his roots are coming in light too.  Sometimes I think I see some Casey and Anderson looks about him.
Maryanne today - I spent a lot of one-on-one time with Maryanne today and she cracks me up.  She absolutely adores dancing and wearing beautiful things.  She slips into this character that you know she feels beautiful.  Today she had that look on her face where I know she was being Barbie or something.  Totally swept away look.  She gave me a very tight, loving hug and then whispered "say knock em dead"  I said "Knock em dead" and she smiled and said "I will!" and had a determined look in her eyes and danced off.  ???   So funny!!  Then she came back and said "let's hug again"  And after a very dramatic hug she whispered "now say break a leg" so I said "break a leg" and she went off to her dancing again.  She gets overjoyed when discovering something lying around that is pink or sparkly or that she decides is more exciting than what she has on.  It's like it's the best thing that ever happened to her when we agree to let her wear it.  So we change her clothes 50 times a day.
Lucy today -  Lucy spent the morning at pre-school and the afternoon at the cousins and the evening with us.  I went to pick her up from the cousins and she hid because she really just wants to stay there forever.  Tonight when I laid down with her and asked her about preschool she talked non-stop for 25 minutes and gave me a total play-by-play of her day.  (said in record speed with little or no pauses for breath)   "We played the playground and there was this thing that I wanted to play on so I waited for this boy to get off and then I got on and played but then I got off cause it was boring and there was this thing like a telescope to look out and I pretended all the big kid teachers were pirates.....and then we played duck duck goose and when I was it I said no because I was shy....and there is a reading center and the girl read me clifford a dog that is so big and......there is only one big kid teacher that I'm not shy of and her name is neenee and I love her but she wasn't there this day.  maybe she wasn't there because she's shy of me"  then she starts laughing really hard  "haha - no, big kids are never SHY of little kids hahahaha" .. and on and on... and on.  I love her zeal.
Luke today -  Luke went off to school early and came home at 3:10.  I looked through his school work and saw a game of tick-tack-toe and there were three games.  Two with "charlot" written next to it and one with "luke"  I asked him about it and he said he was playing with his imaginary friend charlot (we are reading charlotte's web at night) and that she kept blocking him with her o's and then she'd win.  But then the third time he finally won.  I liked that for some reason.   After family night I took him to cub scouts.   It was a first one so pretty boring with a lot of just going over what scouts is all about.  I seriously don't know how he learns anything at school.  That poor kid just could NOT listen to save his life.  He was drawing words that he heard which is good - but he had no idea what the dude was saying.   I feel for his teachers at school.  He is darling though and so enthusiastic anytime a question was asked (but I would have re-ask it to him in his ear.. cause he had no idea what was going on)  he'd have a passionate response.  He's just so in his own little world.  It takes a lot of energy to keep pulling him back to what is happening in the here and now.  Interesting to see all the little 6 year old boys doing a lot of the same mannerisms when they talk as Luke.  Nothing cuter than a little 6 year old in a scout uniform.
Joey today - he's totally exhausted.  I wish so bad that I could have a clean house for him when he gets home.  He has a big campout and boating trip he's planning this weekend for the priests and teachers and is the bishop and working and still has these 4 kids and messy house and tired wife to come home to. And most nights he somehow musters up the energy to do the dishes.  I sure do love him. Oh we are working hard on being healthy and he's gone from 205 to 189.  I've gone from 170 to 159.  I remember my first two kids it seemed like it was so easy to lose weight but maybe I'm just forgetting.  And being impatient. It's only been 3 months. I need to get to 140.  I'm doing a health challenge now with my friend - she's my life coach and is the boss of me and tells me what to do to be healthy.  It's good cause I have to report to her and 24 other people my "points" every day. 
Oh man I just got super tired.  Maybe this wasn't the best little exercise.  For some reason I thought it would cooler.  Oh well.  Good night.  I sure love my family.  It's neat to be a mom.

no shoes no shirt no service

Oh and speaking of drowning - I should probably document this -

A nice four kid moment happened just the other day.  We've been potty training Maryanne and a few days ago she finally (emphasis on finally) reached a milestone and earned her long awaited tinkerbell shoes.  I was excited for her and piled all 4 kids in the van to go to the Disney store at the mall and get them for her.  We get there and I'm unloading the kids and go to hoist Lucy out and...wait for it...she's not wearing any pants!  I had asked her multiple times to get pants and shoes on and get in the van.  Well...she had shoes on.  I thought, hmmm my van is messy enough I'm sure there are pants in there somewhere.  I searched high and low and came up with only things for the top half, nothing for the bottom.  But there we all were  - standing in the parking lot staring at the mall. What was I to do?  Maryanne was so excited.  It wasn't her fault Lucy wasn't wearing pants.  So you know what I did?  I went to the Disney store with a no-pants Lucy...and just tried to act natural.  :-)  These are the days...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Frederick - 2 months

 2 months
Stats - Weight: 11.1 lbs 25% Height: (forgot the inches) 25%
This boy is a good sleeper.... a little TOO good.  He's definitely our skinniest baby.  It might be because of all the sleeping he's doing.  We've sort of worried about him being so small but at his 2 month appt the doc said he's not worried one bit and 11 lbs is fine at 2 months.  But Luke & Lucy were both 13 lbs 12 oz and Maryanne was 11 lbs 10 oz so I'm used to chubby babies.  But this little skin and bones sure is a delight.
2 month old Frederick
so...ready for a bunch of pictures of him in his first 2 months?  Ok, here we go...

First bath

First Smile - 
July 3, 2014 around lunchtime at Amanda Cremean's house with Marshae holding him.

First Selfie  :)

Baby Einstein
(after removing cradle cap)

one month --- 7/6


2 months


 Sibling interactions
The first clip of this video is our very first outing with all 4 kids. Frederick was crying and the kids started singing song to him.  Lucy wrote the song and Luke wrote the lyrics :)  
Then it's mostly just Maryanne doting on him.  From the stories I hear, she's similar to the 2 year old me doting on baby Sarah.  I couldn't get enough.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Sarah! (vol. 3)

July 19th would have been Sarah's 34th birthday.  This is one time of year I'm really happy that Facebook and Instagram exist.  I get to celebrate with Sarah's friends all over who appreciated her crazy antics and we can all remember her charisma and charm together.  Oh how I love my sister!!  And what better way to celebrate her than hear what everyone else loved about her too.  My family gathered at the Huntsville Cemetery with a few of her friends and shared some great Sarah stories.  Jenny took notes and shared them and that meant so much to me. 
A few of my favorites from the day were Jason Barrows facebook post of his favorite birthday gift from her of his very own Sarah shrine.  Only it was seriously the very ugliest pictures she could find with really, REALLY funny captions.  Oh, I'll post it here... 
 It's a bad copy but this cracks me up so much.

A few more gems from the day is Tiffany Sillitoes reminding me about "Sarah bonks".  Yeah, they were just bonks straight down on the top of your head with her fist.  And Heather Brown remembered how she would always say  "Where's my damn tiara!"

Here's the family at the cemetery right before the sprinklers went off.  :)  (can you turn sprinklers on from heaven - cause if so that is a pretty funny joke.)

Here in Tennessee we celebrated Sarah with the #nevergrowup theme of sugar cereal and barbies (explanation: here).

That afternoon we watched my wedding video of Sarah singing the song she wrote for Joey and me.  And then clips of her touching up my makeup before the reception and just being really funny. 

That night we watched "Grey Gardens" in her honor.  This was introduced to her by Justin Rhees just a few years ago and she had me watch clips of it with her in the hospital in New York.   This was her favorite part:

Happy Birthday Sarah!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just keep swimming

Back to Ms. Carolyn this year.  But this time with Lucy and Maryanne. 
It was supposed to be Luke and Lucy but Luke was off partying in Florida so I put Maryanne in his place.  I was glad because she is one who will just jump in the deep end and wait to be rescued.  Scary!  We had to pull her out of the pool 4 times the first couple weeks of summer.
She was a little young though I think.  I was surprised how scared she was.  And sad.  She was never traumatized by almost drowning but was very afraid of swim lessons.  hmmm.  There was a lot of crying the first 3 days and it broke my heart.  It's so unlike her.  But I would try to just hide behind plants and stuff so that she would just do it. :) 
By the last week she was doing everything with no crying and her bravery of water came in handy as her face was dunked over and over and it was no problem.

Lucy did great and in two weeks learned to swim!!


PS - bad idea to do swim lessons that are 30 minutes away every day for 2 weeks when your baby is one month old and doesn't like his car seat.  It was a painful 2 weeks. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Luke goes it alone

So... we sent our 6 year old son on an airplane by himself to meet up with his best friend at Disney World.  That's normal right?

It was a strange feeling to know he was flying alone - oh that I were a fly on the wall of that airplane and could watch how he was with no parents.  He seemed pretty confident and brave about it.

The story is that we had a free flight that was about to expire and we were tying to think of a way to use it.  I was having a baby, Joey needed to work - so next in line was Luke.  The flight wouldn't get him to Utah but it would get him to Aiden in TX and her birthday was coming up.  I talked to Lezlie about it and she was excited.  So, I booked him a flight to San Antonio, TX as a birthday surprise for Aiden.  Then I got an email that they had changed his itinerary.  He was going to have a layover in Atlanta!  I called the airline and explained that he was 6 and there is no way he can have a layover.  And they said all non-stop flights from Memphis to San Antonio had been cancelled.   The flight just didn't exist anymore.  When I told Lezlie the trip was off - she said that Aiden was actually doing a Disney soccer camp in July and why didn't I just fly Luke out to Orlando and meet up with their family to do the camp with Aiden and Disney World with their family!  Well, who is going to say no to that!

This is a picture of Aiden the night they told her that Lukey was going to soccer camp with her!!!  (Aiden still calls Luke Lukey - it's cute)

Here are a few snapshots of Luke having the time of his life.  I was clinging to every text and picture Lezlie sent that week.  I missed him so much but was happy he got to have this amazing adventure (while I relaxed at home with a newborn)

Meeting up at the airport

Soccer Camp!

 Luke and Aiden's team was Chile in the World Cup and they got all the way to the finals and just barely lost.  Came in 2nd overall.  (that morning at breakfast Luke said "I am going to get serious and win this thing"
 Luke and his coach Christina

 Disney World!!

 they loved mt. everest ride.  Luke with his yetti. (he's wearing Lezlie's sweatshirt cause he got drenched in the rain)  Aiden's grandma said he rode this ride with her and she thought - oh this is so scary for such a little boy!  and he looked at her and saw she looked worried and said "don't be scared, it'll be ok"  :)

This boy was pretty hammered when he got off the plane to come home.  When the Terrys play, they play hard.  Once I texted her saying "Oh, I was going to call Luke tonight but just realized it's an hour later there so he's probably asleep!"  (it was 10:00pm)  She texted back "asleep? uh... no - he's riding Splash Mountain for the 3rd time"  I think they got home that night at 12:30.  

I asked him what his favorite part of the whole trip was and he said "the first time I saw Aiden"

Every story has a beginning...

Joey and Katie first met in Mr. Hawkes 3rd grade class at Valley Elementary. They became good friends in Jr. High and best friends in High School. Katie wrote to Joey on his mission in Tiajuana and Joey wrote to Katie later on her mission in Tokyo. Years later at the ripe old age of 25, these best friends finally fell in love... or maybe just realized they were already in love. They got married on January 22, 2004.

happy kids

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