Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas

Things here have been quite busy, hence the no posts. What have we been up to?

Sean- Work, work, work, and a little Christmas shopping.

Alishia- Cleaning, organizing, getting rid of things to make room for new things to come on Christmas! ;) I didn't think it could happen, but I think I can honestly say that I am shopped out!

Tyler- Trying so hard to be good for Santa. We don't want a stocking full of coal.

Emily- "Convinced" ;) Tyler to take down the ornaments from the tree like the Grinch does in the movie. :)

Isabelle- Very excited for the presents that Christmas will bring her.

Ethan- Is climbing on top of EVERYTHING!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Primary Program Sunday

Today was the Primary Program at church. It went REALLY well. Tyler and Emily were very good sitting up in the seats with the other children. I must admit I was a bit worried, especially for Emily. That girl is the sneaky/funny type. But everything went well. Tears came to my eyes one time while I was watching the kids. I am so grateful for the gospel and raising my kids in the church. I love hearing them speak of Jesus and sing songs to praise him. Great job Tyler and Emily!
After church we headed home. It was such a yucky rainy day. Today Sean was leaving to go to West Virgina for a few days so I packed his bag and got him on his way. Then the kids and I ate dinner and played a game of Balloon Lagoon. I LOVE Cranium games! We had ice cream and headed to bed.
I love relaxed Sundays!

Picture Update

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas!




Helping decorate Grammy's Christmas Tree

Ethan waving bye-bye.

If looks could kill....

He loves his Star Wars Legos!

I can't get over that Tyler is seven years old now!! He was thrilled to have a Optimus Prime Cake!



Poor Ethan got in a fight with an Oreo and by the looks of it he lost! :)

Isabelle definitley had the vision. She LOVES this dress up dress so she wanted to be a green, fairy princess. She is so funny.

Emily was going for the Rockstar look, I guess we kind of accomplished our goal. She is just from the 80's era.

Homemade Halloweens are the best! Tyler's costume took me some time drawing the bones and cutting them out. It was fun for me to make it (sort of). ;)

Our little puppy. We can actually can retire this costume now. We won't have anymore babies wearing (at least not from our fam).

Yes, I am behind. Oh well.
































Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Ethan!

It is hard to believe my baby boy turns one today. It makes me kind of sad to think how fast the kids are growing up. It makes me happy to know that I won't ever have to go through labor again.



It has been a fun day. Tyler woke up this morning so excited that it was Ethan's birthday. He asked me if Ethan can talk now. Being the mom I am I said, "Yeah, when Ethan wakes up he is going to say Good morning Tyler, it's my birthday." Tyler smiled so big. I had to tell him I was teasing. Tyler whined, "But he is one, now." "Yes, but most one year olds can't talk." I replied.



Today was off to school for Tyler. I took the rest of the children to the library for a playgroup outing. Next we went and saw Sean. While we were visiting with Sean, Isabelle peed in her pants. I must have forgot to cross some toes or something. I actually think that the potty at the library terrified her so she held it until she could hold it no more. The potty at the library flushes automatically and not just a little flush but a huge, Niagara Falls flush. She screamed, "I am scared!" while sitting on the toilet. I guess I would hold my liquid too if I thought mom was going to put me back on that thing. ;)



Well, I am going to go decorate the Birthday cake. Emily and Tyler decided on making Ethan a puppy cake. Here goes....

Monday, November 26, 2007

Getting back into the swing of things.

We had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving. I love getting together with family. I love playing games, talking, and reminiscing about old times. Getting together with family always reminds me of a "Full Moon Night". Growing up my mom would always comment that the crazy people come out on nights when the moon is full. Well, I think that holidays bring out the crazy in some realtives. I guess that makes the holidays memorable-family drama. ;) It really was a nice Thanksgiving and the food was amazing! I always say the best thing about Thanksgiving is the LEFTOVERS! I can't pick a favorite food they are all so good, but if I had to chose one....Hmmm....cornbread stuffing? sweet potato casserole? HOMEMADE rolls? pumpkin pie?, No Wait this year I would have to give the award to PECAN PIE!! Yum!
So, yes we had a great Thanksgiving. Great food, great company and a great times!

Update-
Tyler's 7th birthday was the day before Thanksgiving so he had his a couple of his cousins and a friend over. Sean took the boys to the dollar theatre to see Under Dog. The boys liked it, but Sean didn't, go figure? Tyler had a good day- Transformer cake, presents, and a movie.

Emily started getting sick which lead to her having breathing problems. On Sunday morning I was up until 4am talking with the doctor and giving her treatments. I really like the children's doctor, so I am grateful for that. Emily is doing much better, now.

Isabelle is (knock on wood & cross all fingers and toes) POTTY TRAINED! All it took was some mental abuse on my part and some Princess Ariel underoos. Not really abuse, but I just explained to Isabelle that when she goes to the bathroom in her diaper than Santa can't bring her big girl toys for Christmas. When she goes to the bathroom in her diaper that is being a baby. Now when she goes on the potty she smiles and asks in her cute, little voice, "Christmas is going to bring me big girl toys?" (She calls Santa Christmas.) She has done extremely well! I am so excited! Yay Isabelle!

Ethan has been trying to cut the naps out in his life so lately he is a tad on the cranky side. I can't believe he turns 1 year old tomorrow. This morning I told Tyler that tomorrow is Ethan's b-day and he will be one. Tyler was so very excited and said, " He will be able to think now!" I started laughing. I told Tyler that Ethan can think now! It was so funny! I guess the kids think that little babies walk around everywhere they go in a daze- duh! Oh how I love little children's conversations. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Where does the time go?

Another one of those days when I look at the clock and say, "It is already 2:00?" Hmmm....what had I done by 2:00? Laundry, school with the girls and assisted Sean in taking unwanted music off my MP3 player, and I got caught up on emails.
Today I blame me being unproductive self on waking up at 4am. Ethan woke up screaming and throwing fits. I think his tummy was hurting. Around 6am I finally got him to fall asleep. So, I am a little tired. My other enemy of time is the computer. Yes, it is helpful at times, but it do think I spend more time on it than I realize.
I picked Tyler up from school and treated him to his free cheese sticks from Domino's Pizza. He had perfect attendance last semester so he was rewarded! He was so nice to share with his hungry little sister and brother. :)
Well, off to change not one diaper, but two! Man, it must be my lucky day!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tagged

So, my good friend Christine has tagged me. I must write 6 things about myself and then tag 6 other people. So, here we go!

1. First things first. I have to go in order on things and can't just start something in the middle. Even when I pick out my clothes to wear for the day I can't grab something from the middle of the closet or drawers. I HAVE to wear what ever is first in the category. It is really strange I just hate getting out of order.

2. I love when I vacuum and have vacuum lines.

3. I LOVE making lists. I make lists for EVERYTHING!

4. I dislike the Summer season. I hate being hot and sticky, plus my hair doesn't do well in these months. ;)

5. I LOVE food! I love reading cookbooks, cooking, baking and trying new recipes.

6. I like to clean except for a few chores- ironing, mopping, and cleaning the bathroom.

Hmmm.... I don't know who will read this, but here goes the tagging. I tag Jessica, Stephanie, Ivy, Megan, Meredith, and Sarah P.

A new week

Starting a new week with new goals can be exciting and overwhelming. Today I am moving right down the list. 1. Balancing the checkbook- done. What a depressing task, but it needed to be done. 2. Did schoolwork with Emily and Isabelle. I feel like such a crap mom. I didn't know Emily knew all the letters of the alphabet, but she does and she knows MOST of the sounds. When did she learn those? What mom doesn't know these things about their children. Um, that would be me. Isabelle was doing a great job on identifying shapes. I was impressed she remembered the shapes, oval and triangle. Great job girls.
3. Washing laundry. Almost done, just one more load to go.
I better get off here and fold the laundry now.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Our new residence...

I think I am going to ask the doctor's office if they will be willing to rent out one of their rooms to my family because we are seriously at the doctor's all the freakin time!! Oh my gosh, I think we have been to the doctors office FIVE TIMES in TWO MONTHS!!
Yesterday morning Emily woke up not feeling well. This past weekend she sounded like she was catching the cold that has been being passed around from child to child, but with Emily and her breathing problems I never can be to careful. I had a presidency meeting yesterday morning so Sean took Emily. The doctor checked her over. She has nothing but a nasty cold, but the doctor told us to continue breathing treatments as needed. We asked if she has Asthma, but she told us "no". She said Emily suffers from allergies which causes her to sometimes have Asthma like symptom, but since she doesn't use the nebulizer everyday than she doesn't have Asthma. They did give Emily an unexpected shot- the flu shot. Emily went crazy, Sean said. He had to hold her down for the nurse to give her the shot, but once it was over Emily started laughing. When our kids get shots we always take them to the Dollar Store and let them pick out one item. It always seems to "heal" their pain. ;)
I really didn't get much accomplished yesterday. I paid a few bills, did some laundry (only wash and dry, no folding), made dinner ( I cooked all last week) and helped with homework. Huh, sounds like a normal day, I guess I don't get much accomplished any day then. It is so sad when I am busy all day long and exhausted at the end of the day, but I look around and I think to myself, "what did I do all day long?"
The missionaries stopped by last night. They seem like a hardworking pair of missionaries. I love it when the missionaries are so excited about the work that they are doing and then that helps me get excited again. Not that I don't care about preaching the gospel, but life gets so busy and other things take priority. Last night I was trying to think who I could talk to about the gospel. Such a hard thing for a couple of reasons- 1. It will definitely make me come out of my comfort zone. 2. All I hang out with for the most part are members of the church. I need to be a better member missionary. Sean is going out with the Elders tonight to help teach a family. I am sure he will enjoy that.

Friday, November 2, 2007

September and October Pictures

Tyler's big day!

"Look Ma, no training wheels!"

Time to lose the training wheels.

Isabelle with some of her birthday presents.

The much anticipated pretty, pink, castle cake requested by Isaboo.





The fam with the birthday girl.

Isabelle on her actual birthday. No, she didn't get ripped off on her cake, but her birthday was packed full of activities that we weren't able to celebrate the way we wanted to. We chose to celebrate the following Sunday with her pretty, pink, castle cake.

Isabelle so excited we are singing, "Happy Birthday to Isabelle."

Isabelle flower picking at the park.
Ethan enjoying birthday cake.

More Ethan and more cake. :)

Emily strumming the strings of her guitar. Maybe, to the Happy Birthday song? :)

The Big 33 year old!
The cake I made for Sean on his birthday. It's a golf course cake! I had alot of fun making it! :)

Another view of the course.




















































Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween

Pictures are yet to come. Yes, I know I am slow.
Well, everything went smoothly. Tyler did stay home from school that day because he was coughing through the night and in the morning when he was getting ready for school he sounded horrible. I thought he was getting the croup stuff that Ethan had, but he didn't. I took Tyler to the doctor and his diagnoses was a bad sore throat. The doctor told me that if he goes out to trick or treat not to stay out too late because the cold air won't be good for him. Lucky kid! No school AND gets to go trick or treating. ;)
For dinner and trick or treating that night, Sean's sister, her hubby, and their cute little boy came over. We all had a great time! The kids got PLENTY of candy to last ummm....about a week. ;) Roll call for costumes were a butterfly fairy, skeleton, rock star, a puppy, and Tigger. We were blessed with fun times, great weather, and safety!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I wish potty training was this successful!

Today was a memorable day for Tyler. He learned how to ride his bike without training wheels. I was actually dreading having to teach him this lesson in life. I was in visioning the falls that would happen. The crying I would have to hear. The scrapes, bruises, and cuts I would have to band-aid up. But it was a success!!! We took the necessary precautions, knee pads, elbow pads, helmet, and gloves. I told him over and over, "Now you will probably fall off the bike and you might get hurt, that is part of the whole learning to ride your bike experience." He listened and was a little nervous, but he did great! I was very pleased with how quick he caught on. I was reminded of my memory of learning to ride my bike without training wheels. If I remember correctly I wasn't so quick. My little sister actually learned before I did-on MY bike! :) Great job Tyler!

Today was a day I actually was able to check things off my oh so long "to do list". I made calls for the computer business. I was dreading that too, because I feel like I am soliciting. I guess I am kind of. But at least I am a nice solicitor. I am not trying to put people on the spot or weasel them out of money. I am simply just letting them know about the services which are now available. I am actually doing them a favor. ;) Ha! But I know that it is still annoying! :)

I am going to get my visiting teaching done for the month. Wahoo! All that I have left to do is drop of the lesson and some goodies to two sisters. Yes, sadly I won't be able to actually visit with them, but at least they will get the lesson. I have one sister who is just a letter only so I don't feel guilty about that.

I have been really thinking about the HFPE activities that are going on now. I think I am going to change them around a bit. I just don't feel what we have going is good right now. I am not comfortable with how things are set up and if I am going to be in charge of it I want it to be WOW! I want the sister to be actually improving themselves at these activities. If they are going to take time out of their busy schedules and time away that they could be spending with their families I want the activities to be worth it. I have a vision, but it is just bringing that vision to reality.

Tyler had a soccer game tonight. At first Tyler was being his usual self at soccer wild and crazy, but then the coach had Tyler play defense and it totally clicked. Tyler was awesome! That must be Tyler's area. He did a great job at defending the goal. The girls had a great time running around and chasing after the extra soccer ball that we brought. Ethan was enjoying running around outside, too! A couple of times I had to run after him because he ran on to the field. He is so cute!

Tyler did a great job finishing his homework quickly. I am not bribing him, but motivating him. ;) He wanted to watch the Halloween Charlie Brown show. (I don't remember what is was called.) So, Tyler quickly did his work. :)

I am glad I was able to teach Tyler how to ride a bike today and spend some quality time with him. Sometimes I feel like when he gets home from school we are always in a rush with activities to do or homework that I don't have very much time with him. So, I am grateful for the time I had today with him.

I just wish Isabelle would catch on with going to the potty as fast as Tyler caught on riding without training wheels. :)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Holy Cow!

We have been busy! I am not going to play catch up here, but we have been doing tons! Soccer, Scouts, Zoo Halloween Party, Ethan getting sick, Trunk or Treat, Weenie Roast/ Trunk or Treat II, Pack Meeting/Halloween Party, Isabelle's Third Birthday. Needless to say October has been super busy for us.
I will post some pictures later. We are all doing fine now, no one is sick. :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Pictures

Look how big my baby is! Ethan likes to push things around while walking. He is growing way too fast!
Watch out for Ethan! Don't let him fool you with the toothless grin he can gum hard! OUCH!

Here is Isabelle the morning after the Princess Party. We had to spend the night at our friend's house because I locked the keys in the car.

Emily AT the Princess Party!

Another beauty in the morning! Emily is showing off her princess wand she made at the party!

Daddy and Tyler heading out for the Father & Son Campout. Ready to have a fun night of camping and shooting!
The girls getting ready for the Princess Party!







On the go Monday

Yesterday was a pretty good day all and all. The kids pretty good most of the day, all except for that rock incident. What were thinking throwing rocks across the street?!

In the morning we had some errands to run. Children in Circuit City don't mix well.

Around noon we headed over to a friend's house to eat lunch and do school work. We have been trying to do a weekly little preschool with the kids, but life has just been so busy that we have only been able to do "school" twice. Sarah read a couple of Halloween stories to the kids. My kids LOVE having stories read to them. Then they colored the letters in their names, cut out the letters, and laced the letters on to a piece of yarn to spell their name. The next worksheet was coloring a pumpkin and then choosing a face to cut out and paste on the pumpkin. The girls really do love to color.

Next we were off to pick Tyler up from school. Yay! He kept his green card for the day! (Green card = good behavior) At school Tyler had a Boosterthon assembly. Dang school! They have Boosterthon -Fun Run going on. Tyler needs to find people who are willing pledge money on how many laps Tyler walks/runs around the track. Just another annoying thing for me to do! I know how my mom must have felt when we came home so excited to sell all that crap the school would send home. Poor lady! She always had at least 3 of us wanting to sell the chocolates or the gift wrap, so we could win the cool light up phone or the "boom" box. Ha! Ha! Oh the memories. Anyways, I haven't decided if Tyler is actually going to do this. The run is during school, so maybe. He is begging me, because he wants to win one of the prizes. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree after all. :)

After a short break at home we were off to soccer practice. Emily stayed at home. She didn't sound very good breathing wise. I feel so blessed that I don't suffer from allergies or what ever she seems to have, but I do feel bad for her. At soccer practice, Isabelle, Ethan and I went for a walk. She talked to "baby" grandpa on the phone (my dad). She is so funny. I honestly can't remember why she calls my dad baby grandpa, but she does. Maybe one day he was pretending to cry. I don't remember. Tyler was acting strange at soccer practice. The coach seemed annoyed with him and another little girl. At first I had mixed feelings about Tyler's coach correcting him, but I think it is good that Tyler knows that when he acts weird it isn't acceptable. This way he doesn't always hear it from me.

Off to Little Caesar's again to pick up pizza. The employee there is very nice. She is always giving the kids toys. Last night they got some Halloween bags with a toy and glow stick in them. The kids were thrilled!

I am exhausted at this point in the day. 7:30pm and I could fall fast asleep. How pathetic! I am only 28 yrs. old and I am wiped out by 7:30pm?!! How in the world did Abraham and Sarah raise a child at 100 and 90 years old? Maybe little Issac ran wild in the wilderness while they did their parenting from their beds? :) Hopefully when Heavenly Father blessed them with Issac he also blessed them with the a mountain of strength and energy. Interesting....

Anyways, at dinner I was weak. I couldn't pass up my favorite pizza, but my mouth totally paid for my loss of will power. My mouth is so sore from chewing my food and having my wisdom teeth removed! After dinner we had homework, bathes, prayer and scrips.

Whew!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The weekend

The days are just zooming by! I still can't believe it is the middle of October!!
Well this weekend was a blast. ;)
Friday- I had an infection in my mouth caused my wisdom teeth, so I took an unplanned trip to the dentist. I decided then I was going to have my bottom wisdom teeth pulled! The whole procedure was done in NO TIME FLAT! Seriously, I was done within 15 minutes! What an awesome dentist!! So, the rest of my Friday was spent changing my gauze pads, but I was thrilled that that was all behind me. I won't have to worry about any more infections.
Sean was a major help on Friday for me. He watched the girls while I went to the dentist. He picked Tyler up from school. He took the girls for me in the evening. Thanks babe!
When Tyler came home from school I took him to go and drop off cookies to a friend's house that was from the Family Home Evening "Phantom". He did such a great job and was so excited to play the phantom role. We dropped of cookies to someone else's house earlier in the week and Tyler wasn't able to participate so he was thrilled when it was his turn.
Later that evening we ate dinner, or should I say THEY ate dinner. I drank mine. ;) We watched the Fantastic Four the Rise of the Silver Surfer again, but this time with the kids. It is so corny, but hey it is a comic book story. Then later on we watched, One Night with the King. It is the movie about Esther. It was okay. I fell asleep so I will have to watch the ending later.

Saturday- We woke up and got ready for Tyler' s soccer game. When we got there the other team had to forfeit the game, because they didn't have enough players show up. It was a good lesson for Tyler to see why it is important to do your part when you are playing on a team. I told him that his team won the game, because the other team's players didn't show. When you play on a team everyone counts on each other to do their part. I guess it sunk in to his head. All I got out of him was, "I know Mom." I can totally her myself as a child in that boy. :)
So, the kids used the time to scrimmage each other. Tyler needs to work on alot of things. He needs to practice dribbling the ball down the field. He needs to have more control of the ball. He definitely needs to kick it up a notch on speed. And stay out of La La Land. :) He is pretty good! I would like him to stay with soccer. He has great potential and I don't want him to throw all his hard work down the drain.
After the game we spent the rest of the day at home. It was nice to get caught up on laundry. Sean has been a major help with that as well. He has been in charge of switching out the washer and the dryer, but I fold the clothes. Good lil' teamwork going on. Thanks again, babe!
I have been recovering EXTREMELY well from my wisdom teeth pulling. I am a little sore, but not too bad. I have been recovering without any prescribed pain medicine. I am taking Tylenol around the clock, but that is it! I thank Heavenly Father for that. I do feel very blessed with how good I feel.
For dinner I made some grilled cheese and heated soup from a can. Note to self: Can soup is disgusting!! I did try and eat some grilled cheese. That was a little painful. My mouth is still tender. I made some Prune cake. It taste So Much better than it sounds. It taste just like a spice cake, but it has prunes (duh?), but you can't really taste the prunes.
Later we had FHE. Sean gave the lesson on the Good Samaritan. We voted on the activity and watching the movie, Elf won! That movie is hilarious!
Sunday- I woke up and my mouth was sore. I stayed home from church today because of the teeth thing. I let Tyler and Emily sleep in. Emily was running a small fever last night and has a sore throat, so I thought they could use the extra sleep. I went upstairs and got Ethan, Isabelle, and myself some breakfast. I washed dishes and cleaned out the microwave. I don't know why I have so much energy, but I do and I am actually enjoying cleaning right now.
I came down stairs to get the kids and myself ready for the day and then Emily and Tyler woke up. Then, Sean came walking through the door. He left church early to help me out. I feel bad for him because he fell yesterday and hurt his leg. He took some pain medicine, but then a couple hours later he almost had a stomach spasm. Poor guy. His dad gave him a blessing.
The kids have been EXCELLENT today. We read Halloween stories, they played with Play-doh, and now they are making Halloween cards for aunts and uncles.
Well, Ethan Finally fell asleep so I better get off her and go and change Isabelle. AAAHHH!!! Dang that girl! Potty training SUCKS!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Special Person

Yesterday we were invited to Tyler's school to celebrate "Special Persons' Week". This week is for the students to invite the special people in their lives. We invited Grandma Wellings, Sarah, Adam, Rachael, Jackson, Grammy and Grandpa Brown and of course mommy, daddy, Emily, Isabelle, and Ethan. Tyler had the most people BY FAR! Tyler should definitely know he is loved and special! It was nice of everyone to take time out of their busy lives to come to Tyler's school, too. Thanks everyone! I could tell it meant alot to Tyler. The school had refreshments and they took pictures of the students with their "special persons".

It was nice to see Tyler in his environment. He was excited to have everyone there and to show them the library. I was able to talk to Tyler's teacher for a few minutes. She is so nice. I am glad Tyler has her for a teacher. She said that Tyler has a really good memory, that he remembers EVERYTHING! She said he raises his hand and will say, "My mom taught me that the e and y make the long a sound when they are together." I just laughed. His teacher said sometimes she lets Tyler teach the class. So, I am thinking I am the mother of one of those "know-it-all-kids". He must get that from his father. :) Ha! Ha! Actually it makes he happy that Tyler raises his hand and voices his opinion. I am pleased with that quality, as long as he does it in a humble and respectful manner. Well, Special Persons time only lasted for about 40 minutes. Tyler wanted us to stay, but of course we couldn't.

We came back home and got a snack. The girls watched some cartoons, I made some phone calls and Ethan napped. Then it was time to pick Tyler up from school.

Later on we all headed to the park for Tyler's soccer practice. The girls rode their bikes, played on the playground and we went for a walk, while we waited for soccer practice to end. After practice I took the kids to Sonic to get a snack. I must have been starving, because I really don't care for Sonic and I thought their food tasted delicious!

We came home and started the bedtime routine-bath, scrips, prayer and bed!! The kids are doing really well on saying their personal prayers. I guess the charts are working. We also are working on memorizing the scripture for the month. This month is Matthew 5:16.

Sean and I stayed up and watched Fantastic 4- Rise of the Silver Surfer. It was o.k.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The weekend...

Nothing special really to report.
Friday- Tyler had school. I helped out a friend and watched her kids for a couple of hours. We headed over to some friend's house and had dinner and just hung out that night.
Saturday- No soccer game. Hooray!!! General Conference this weekend. Hooray!!! Sean went to the Priesthood session that night and then we went to our friend's house, again. It was such a late night. Never again that late. The kids get so cranky! We watched, The Astronaut Farmer. Weird move. I didn't care for it at all.
Sunday- Conference. Loved what I heard from all of the speakers. We played two rounds of Balloon Lagoon game from Cranium. It is a fun game! The kids really like playing it. I made a some charts for the kids, and Sean printed up some new family goals. I love the new attitude we always have after listening to the speakers at Conference.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Another Day

Woke Tyler up, dressed, breakfast, and off to school without any problems. It can be done, folks!! Good thing I write this down for proof that he can be a sweet little boy.

Ethan is feeling much better. The poor little guy had 2 ear infections from teething! The Amoxicilin is working wonders! Today I got a call from the Target pharmacy. They were just checking to see if Ethan was feeling better. How sweet! I never had that happen to me. I just thought that was very caring of them to do. He is a much happier baby and is taking better naps! That makes me a much happier mommy and a clean one too! I took a shower and got ready for the day during Ethan's nap.

I did a little bit of school with Emily during the day. Then, we headed off to Sean's cousin's house for a little spur-of-the-moment, surprise, birthday celebration. Kelby turned 31 today! He and Laurie just bought a nice house. They still have a bit of work to do on it, but it seems like fun. I think he was surprised that we showed up and I think he enjoyed it. Emily and Isabelle were extra cute. Kelby and Laurie have 3 big dogs. They have a St. Bernard puppy so, he is a big dog! Ethan loved the puppy. Isabelle said that Ethan said that he wants to go for a ride on the puppy. I have a feeling that, that is not what Ethan said. :) The girls enjoyed the dogs somewhat. Poor Emily had a hard time with them, breathing wise. When we came home she had to have a breathing treatment. I would say that I can safely say that we won't have a dog in the house.

I picked Tyler up from school, switched clothes for soccer practice and headed to Target. Target has all of their backpacks on clearance for 75% off! So, I got 3 backpacks for the kids 72 hour kits. Yes, we are just now getting started on this, but better late than never!

Off to soccer. The coach was 15 minutes late. I was so hoping that practice was going to be cancelled. I was so tired! Oh well, the coach made it so they had practice. The whole teams needs the practice so good!

Little Ceasar's pizza tonight, of course. Dinner, homework, shower, scrips, prayer and bed. Yay the day is over!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fast and Testimony Meeting

I stayed up almost until 1:00am this morning doing laundry! So, when Sean got up for his early morning meetings at 5:30am wondering where his white shirt was I was alittle confused. Was I imagining washing the white shirt? Well, I wasn't imagining washing a white shirt, but the white shirt that I did wash was Tyler's. Oops. I was racking my brain wondering what I did with Sean's white shirt. I finally remembered that Sean went to the temple this past week and never returned it to me. So, I just took it out of the temple bag and ironed it. There he went to his meetings with a not so clean shirt. He seriously needs to invest in at least one more church shirt.

After Sean left I folded some clothes and got the kids clothes laid out. I got ready and then started to wake the dead. :) The kids did good getting up and dressed for me. The only problem that we had this morning was Tyler being bossy and teasing his sisters. So really nothing new.

Well at church the kids did well. Sean got Ethan to sleep during Fast and Testimony meeting. Isabelle was a little on the cranky side. I knew that I really wanted to bear my testimony. I hate giving talks and I dislike bearing my testimony, but I felt the spirit so I knew that it had to be done. I was trying to talk my way out of it, but there was such a LONG and awkward pause that I knew it was my turn. So, I stood up and carried Isabelle up there with me. I didn't want to chance her screaming for me and waking up Ethan. So, as I am bearing my testimony I see people smiling and laughing a little. I am thinking to myself, "i don't think i am saying anything funny." I look over to Isabelle and the girl is totally digging for gold while I was holding her! Eeewww!!! How embarrassing!

I was asked to help with nursery the first hour. Sure. Okay we got a little spoiled down in Florida. The nursery was so clean and the kids were actually fed food, not just animal crackers. I am sure budgets are different every where. The nursery needs a major makeover in the toy department, too! Broken toys, missing pieces to toys. Also Florida's nursery was so well organized and ran right down to the minute. That totally makes a difference for the kids and the adults. Maybe it isn't always like how it was today. It was probably a little chaotic because lack of teachers and it is the 5th Sunday combined meeting. We shall see.

Tyler had a talk to give. He did such a great job standing up there and repeating everything I told him to say. I think Tyler is now past that stage. I think he is to the stage were we can sit down with him and help write out his talk and he can read it at the pulpit next time. I think it will mean more to him. But for today he did a great job!

The last hour of church was combined. The topic was about unity in the ward. I wasn't able to hear all of it, but what I did hear I completely agree with. We also talked about being prepared in case of any disasters. I know that is is good to be prepared and that to be prepared things like this need to be discussed, but it does frighten me. I want to be prepared in case that something does happen, but I pray that nothing ever will happen.

As I pulled up to the house after church I could see that the home teachers were already here. Makes sense, last day of the month. :) I really do enjoy when the home teachers come, but I with living arrangements right now I don't want to have any. Way too stressful!

After the HT left it was on to two of our family's favorite Sunday activities- Lunch and Quiet time. Oh my gosh! I took a 2 hour nap and it felt fantastic!!

I woke up and went on to another great Sunday activity-dinner. Tonight was leftover night. Chili was our leftover from last night when I made it for the GRS broadcast. It tasted so good! It is funny how dinners are at our house on the Sabbath. It is either feast or famine. Some Sundays I really go all out and make a great meal or some Sundays nothing is really planned it is every man for himself. Nothing usually in between.

Well we ended our Sabbath with creating our family banner/Title of Liberty. The stake is having a some activity next week and every family was asked to decorate a handkerchief and make a banner representing your family. All other wards in the stake received their handkerchiefs in August, but we got ours last week. Ours isn't the cutest, but is what we came up with. Maybe I will take a picture of it. Maybe not. It is super ugly. Oh well the kids had fun decorating it.

Tonight we also read our scriptures and Isabelle was so funny. I would read something and then she would repeat a couple of the last words I would say and cheer. So I read, "Herod was a wicked king." Isabelle, "Yay Herod." I read, "Herod killed his wife and 2 sons." Isabelle, "Yay Herod." I stopped and said, "Isabelle, Herod was wicked." Isabelle, "Oh." (with a big grin on her face.) Silly girl.

Sean and I are working on two things, kneeling during family prayer. I think that is very important and sadly we have never really made the kids do this. The other thing is having the kids be responsible and say their own personal prayers. I think that is very important. The kids usually do say there personal prayers while they are laying in there beds, but I want to make sure they are doing it every night and I would like them to kneel and make them meaningful. I think I am going to create some prayer charts for them.

Well, that is about it.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Saturday

We woke up hurrying around the house. We slept in which felt wonderful, but it left us pressed for time to head to the bank before it closed and before Tyler's soccer game started. Mission was accomplished, we made it to the bank. :) We got to Tyler's game and was set up to cheer him on. The first half of the game Tyler was so slow and in La La Land. Finally he snapped out of the spell he was in and did really good the second half of the game. Tyler's team, the Sharks won!! We were thrilled about the victory and Tyler was happy that he SCORED!!

We head home for some lunch. While I was making lunch the kids were arguing with each other. Okay that has got to stop. I can't stand the bickering back and forth. DRIVES ME CRAZY!! Well they didn't just stop the arguing, but they stepped it up a notch. AAAHHH! After they ate lunch they played for alittle longer, Sean got Ethan to sleep and I jumped in the bath! It was so nice to be by myself even if it was for just 10 minutes. The kids were still really restless so I tried to calm them down by making them sit down and watch a cartoon. That only works for alittle bit. It did give me enough time to almost finish making chili for dinner and the General RS Broadcast, tonight. Well, the rough housing ended with a bang. That would be because of Isabelle. She ran into grammy's coffee table face first. She busted her lip, bruised her chin, and scraped her chest. That is when dad stepped in! Needless to say all the kids were sitting down again watching a cartoon afraid to move a muscle. ;)

I headed to the store to pick up a few items for dinner tonight and for tomorrow. I just had Ethan with me so my trip to the grocer's was quick. I hurried home, dropped off the groceries and headed back out the door with the MIL. We were headed over to a sister's house in the ward to eat, visit, and watch the broadcast. We were having a potato bar. It was very good and the desserts that were brought were good too! It was nice to be able to visit with the ladies in the ward. I am glad I went. I loved the talks that I heard tonight as well!

I glanced around the room at each of the ladies and it is so nice to know that no one is perfect. We were gathering and listening to our leaders as sisters. We need the love and the support of each other. Everyone's trials are going to be different, but we all know that everyone has some sort of trial. No matter how big or small it may be you don't have to master it on your own. I just think that is beautiful. Heavenly Father is there for us right along with our sisters' in Zion! I feel truly blessed for the wonderful visiting teachers that I have had in my life and the visiting teachers that I have now! I feel blessed to be a part of such of wonderful program called Relief Society.

After the broadcast I came to a happy home filled with happy, clean kids. I am so happy that Sean had bathed the kids. So all I had left to do was to make sure they brush their teeth and have family prayer and scriptures.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Dang Computer and mail man!

Tyler was sent off to school in a grumpy mood. Talk about moody! What is his deal? On the way to school I asked him if he would say the prayer. The only thing he said or asked for was "please help my mom be nicer." After that I told him that he needs to lose the attitude because it will get him in trouble at school and he said, "I am not mad at anyone else, just you." I seriously don't know what to do with that boy. I guess I can look on the postive side at least he is praying and at least he is honest. Any suggestions on dealing with a grump? Can't wait for teenage years. Yipee! (NOT!)

I called the doctors office today to see if I could bring Ethan in for a sick visit. I think he is getting an ear infection. Well, since I just switched new doctors, I need to go into the office and fill out paperwork and then it will take 24 hours for them to process it AND THEN I can make an appointment for Ethan.
So, I hurried and got cleaned up, canceled my visting teachers to come and see me, and give the girls a bath. Well, I got through to one of my visiting teachers, but the other one wasn't able to be reached until she reached my door. I let her give me the lesson. It was short. I hope she doesn't think I was rude, but I was in a hurry. Sean had finished giving the girls bathes for me and I got them dressed.

I knew it would happen, but my the time I got the girls dressed and fed it was time to feed Ethan, then feed the girls lunch and so on and so on. So, I wasn't able to make it to the doctor's today. I will have to do that tomorrow.

Today was JaNae's b-day and I made her the funniest card. I laughed so hard! It was off of JibJab.com. What a fun site!

I picked Tyler up and he was in a better mood. He told me that he got in a fight at the playground. I had to pry the information out of him and this is what I pieced together- The girls were out numbering the boys so Tyler and a couple of his buddies went and started spanking the girls on their bottoms. WHAT? He said his teacher talked to him. I didn't jump all over him about the incident, because I want him to know that I am here for him when he makes mistakes and I will always love him.

I ventured off to Sam's Club. Oh my gosh the kids were so good. I got talked to by a Sam's Club employee about how smart I am for having my kids so close together. I was surprised how interested this man was about my children and the age difference between them all. Luckily for me the kids were so well behaved I didn't mind having people talk to me at the store.

Came home, ate dinner, homework, and bed. Sean went to the temple tonight. I could have gone as well, but Mrs. Procrastinator procrastinated and doesn't have my new temple recommend. I am very happy that Sean was able to go the temple, next time for sure I want to go with him!

Emily's allergies seemed to really be acting up, too. Her sneezing is out of control at times. She had to have a treatment tonight. It has been almost a month since she has had a treatment. Poor Girl.

Isabelle is very good at playing the game, "Monkey see monkey do" If she coughs she thinks that she will get to take the treatment medicine that Emily takes, WRONG!

Well that is about it. It seems like I wasted the day on the computer or waiting on the mail man. Tomorrow is filled with all the stuff that needed to get taken care of today. Fun! Fun!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Finally!

I finally have a moment to type something. We have been crazy busy here. The weekend was packed full of fun so we are still recovering from all the partying we did. We are doing well. Well, everyone but Ethan. He is cutting his bottom teeth and hasn't been feeling so good. I am off to go through Tyler's backpack and folder, sweep the kitchen and get ready for soccer practice. :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Key to a Great Day!

What a great day today was!

Sean stayed home and studied. He also made a couple of phone calls that could REALLY help business. Definitely pray and keep your fingers crossed for us.
I was able to clean, do school work with the girls, take Tyler to soccer and pick up Little Caesar's Pizza for dinner. *( Maybe that is the key to a great day. Make Monday nights pizza nights.)* When Tyler woke up this morning he was not grumpy. He was not grumpy when he came home from school. He did his homework in less than 30 minutes WITHOUT complaining. He did great at soccer practice. He wasn't too resistant at bedtime either!! Holy cow! I can't believe I am typing this!
Emily was such a big help today!
Isabelle was alittle on the cranky side, but hey since I was in a good mood I could handle her.
And lastly Ethan didn't even fall down the stairs head first. Oh my gosh talk about scary. I put Ethan down in the living room and I ASSUMED (we all know what happens when we assume) that Sean was watching him. I was unloading the dishwasher and I went to check on Ethan. I was terrified to see that Ethan was seriously head first down on the first step of 14! I bolted over to get him and in my mind for that second it seemed as if I was running in slow motion and wasn't going to get to him in time. I prayed thanking Heavenly Father that he didn't fall. I felt so shaky and sick when I picked him up. Well I learned my lessons. Don't assume and don't let Ethan out of my sight.
See what great day- no kids were harmed, lessons learned and I didn't have to make dinner.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

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The Weekend

Friday- Friday was the much anticipated day, it was Father & Son Campout for the guys and The Princess Party for the girls. The kids were so excited for evening to come! Other than that it was pretty much a normal day.

While Tyler was at school I received a call from the nurse at his school. A kid touched Tyler on the back of the neck with peanut butter fingers. ;) Tyler is allergic to all nuts so if he comes in contact with the nut's oils that can break him out into hives. The nurse informed me that it happened about 5 minutes ago and she washed Tyler's neck. I told her just to watch him, but don't give him the Benadryl unless she sees the hives. If he is going to break out it will happen with in 30 minutes and I don't want to make him drowsy if it is just a false alarm. After I got off the phone with the nurse Sean and I quickly said a prayer. I never received a phone call so I knew he was going to be fine. I was getting mad and jumping to conclusions of what happened. I pictured a kid teasing Tyler and purposely touching him to see what type of reaction he would have. Kids can me so mean. Thursday night at Scouts a little boy was chasing Tyler around with a peanut butter cookie trying to touch him. So, here I am thinking that he might be being picked on at school and I am ready to walk in the school boxing. Fortunately my assumptions were wrong. Tyler said that he was eating lunch next to a boy who was eating a peanut butter cracker and the kid was stretching or waving his arms in the air, but when his arms came down he accidentally TAPPED Tyler on the neck. I personally think that Tyler was touched so lightly that any oils that were on the kids fingers couldn't have rubbed off on Tyler because the touch was so soft. Tyler said when he felt like he was touched that he "freaked out". Poor paranoid kid. (I wonder where he gets that from?) Tyler said the kid felt really bad for what happened and repeatedly apologized to him. Glad nothing serious happened. Still has me nervous for the future.

Well, after we get home everyone is running around the house getting organized for our big nights. The guys had gone shopping the night before so all of their food is ready. Tyler packs up his clothes. Sean packs up the bedding, t.v., dvd, movies, and guns. On Saturday morning the guys are going target shooting with friends. I get the girls ready with makeup and nail polish. They were so excited! They looked adorable. Beautiful Princesses.

After the guys left we left shortly after. We made a pit stop at Wal-Mart (of course). I bought drinks, chips, and dip. There were 10 girls and 5 moms. It was lots of fun. We ate, made princess wands, took pictures of the girls and made princess picture frames and just talked.

Towards the end I noticed that I couldn't find my keys. We looked everywhere, but no luck. I had locked them in the car, so I spent the night at Sarah's. I was grateful to Sarah for letting me stay, but I wanted get home to finish my cleaning. Oh well, fairy tales don't always have happy endings, do they?

Saturday- We (the girls, Ethan and I) woke up and we were at the Faulstick's house. I had to wait until noon for Sean to bring me the set of keys to unlock the car. Locking the keys in the car seriously put me so far behind on what needed to get done for Saturday. When we got home the boys got cleaned up and Sean made lunch with the leftover campout food.

Ethan was so cranky!! He is getting his front bottom teeth in right now, so maybe that is his problem. I was kind of in a grumpy mood myself. I didn't even get to take a shower until around 3:30pm. Talk about a late start.

Later, I went to the store to figure out what we were going to have for dinner. I decided we were going to have dinner for breakfast. Always a family favorite. We had FHE. We talked about Alma the Younger, played UNO, and for treat (brace yourself for this super exhausting, lazy treat) Fruit Snacks. What a crap FHE. I have got to try harder. After, FHE bedtime. I stayed up way too late doing laundry, making HFPE reminders, and organizing up activities for HFPE.

Sunday- Should have never stayed up that late. I slept in 15 min. longer than I liked to. I was rushing around getting the kids up and dressed. This morning the kids were a little slow rising from their beds. I just didn't feel prepared as I was heading over to church this morning and I don't like that feeling.

The speakers were good. Sean spoke so I took Isabelle and Ethan in the Relief Society room so they wouldn't cry for him. Actually all the speakers did a good job. I actually was able to hear all of the talks. Rare. I didn't make Sunday School, one of these days I will. But, I did get to hear Relief Society, mostly, and the lesson was good as well.

Came home from church with the munchies. Yum food! The kids are finally taking naps so I am going to do more with the HFPE calendars, plan out my week, plan visiting teaching appts., and write to some relatives today.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Boring

Started the day off in a grumpy way. Tyler is a grouch when he wakes up and it is so hard keeping a happy disposition when dealing with a grump. Sometimes I just want to smack him, but I know that wouldn't be right. Blah, blah, blah...so I TRY to discipline with love, much easier said than done.

Off to school for Tyler. I hurry home and get myself ready for the day. Next on the the girls and get them ready for the day. I was planing on spending my afternoon at home. I have gotten behind on my household duties so I was trying to play catch up. It didn't go as planned. At least think I got the doctor situation straightened out (keeping fingers crossed).

I made the girls and I lunch. While we were eating I couldn't help but notice how cute they are. Emily is thrilled she has her baby dolls back. She also keeps dressing up as Princess Ariel. Well, Princess Ariel's outfit isn't very modest so I just have the girls put the costumes on over there clothes. Today Emily was just wearing her Princess Ariel costume and nothing under it, except her undies, so she looked like Hooker Princess Ariel. Isabelle was so cute in her green princess dress. She loves twirling in it! They are so funny. They also played beauty shop and I was a customer. They must be trying to tell mom something! :)

Anyways, I made some, actually I spooned some dough out of a tub from Sam's Club and baked some cookies. Whatever works. I also made some Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup(oh yeah! making up for the cookies)! YUMMO!

Sean was home most the day. No offense to him, but it seems like I hardly get anything accomplished when he is home. I don't know what it is, but it always seems like that.

Thursday night is the big activity night. Tyler had soccer practice. He looked really good out there. Go Tyler! The girls had fun playing on the playground, the swings, running wild, and digging in the dirt! Ethan enjoyed the swings.

Straight from soccer and on to Tiger Scouts. The kids were super wound up!! On the way to Scouts Sean called me and told me that after Scouts Tyler and him were going to go to Wal-Mart and pick out snacks for the Father and Son. "Hurry it up Sean, Tyler does have school in the morning." . At Scouts the Tiger Cubs were introduced to the Flag Ceremony routine. They will be in charge of it at the Pack Meeting in October. They need LOTS of practice. They also went for a little walk and collected leaves of trees around the building to do a leaf rubbing. They handed out to the parent an agenda for the rest of the year. YIKES!! Oh well, I like staying busy. I still need to get Tyler's book and uniform. Next week Sean will take Tyler and it is a bicycle rodeo. I need to work with him this coming week on riding a bike without training wheels. That will be fun. After scouts I picked up Burger King for the starving children and Sean. Then I dropped Tyler off to dad to get some snacks.

I brought the girls home. They were so good about going to bed. Tyler got home around 10pm. I know super late! He is going to be tired and cranky tomorrow! Ethan finally fell asleep so I should be getting in bed too.

On to another event full day.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I am in the Fall Cleaning Mode!

Last night I was up until 1am finishing the packing up summer clothes and organizing our closet. I have 2 boxes of clothes for my sister to send out, two bags of clothes to give to my friend for her little boy, 1 bag of baby girl clothes to give to another friend AND a garbage bag full of clothes to give to the Goodwill. I swear I could clothe a small country with my children's clothes. The crazy thing is I hardly buy clothes for them. Tammy gives me TONS of the CUTEST girls clothes. Thanks Tam! Love you!

I dropped Tyler off at school today and on the way home I received a phone call from a friend who accidentally locked her keys in the car. So, she asked if I could take her little girl to school. Sure! Been there and it sucks so anything to help out a friend in need. I drop off the little girl. I was in good spirits, the "I just helped someone out today and it is only 9:00am" mood. That feeling quickly changed when I heard a message on the answering machine about a credit card we had SIX FREAKIN YEARS ago. Hopefully everything is taken care of. I won't go into detail about it right now, because I am tired and my back is killing me.

Why is my back killing me? Well, sweet little Emily has been begging me to get her baby dolls out of storage. So, I loaded up 2 boxes of stuff we weren't using at the house and a tub of toys and traded them out at storage. I am so glad it wasn't hot outside. It was nice and breezy. Perfect weather to go box climbing in the storage unit. Who ever unloaded our stuff just piled all the stuff any way. No organization what so ever. It was dangerous maneuvering around in there. I felt like I was playing a life size Jenga game. In the process of lifting and rearranging in there I hurt my back. But, I did find everything that the kids wanted out of storage. They were in heaven! They haven't seen some of this stuff for six months, so it was like Christmas all over.

Here you go a frugal tip-If you are low on funds around birthdays and Christmas just pack up some of their favorite toys 6 months before the holiday so it is long forgotten and then when they open it up they will be so excited!

Around 3:30pm I was finally able to get cleaned up for the day. Better late than never. :) The rest of the day I just cleaned, watched a little Food Network programs, ate dinner (I didn't even have to cook tonight thanks to the MIL), and did some homework with Tyler. I was falling a sleep doing homework, I guess somethings just never change. Sean worked all day with Eddie and then had Ward Council to attend this evening. The kids just had a grand time playing with their "new" toys.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Wrapping up the weekend

Friday- Sean and I were able to go out. Emily seemed all better after her medicine! We dropped the kids off at my dads. (All of them except Ethan) Then we stopped by Golf Galaxy to look at golfing shoes for Sean. After that we headed over to the St. Matthews Mall. It was kind of fun just browsing. Then we stopped of at Cinnabon and shared a cinnamon roll. YUM! After the mall we met Sarah and Eddie at Outback Steakhouse. We had a little bit of a wait, but not too bad. We were seated and we ordered our food. The whole time we were out Ethan was with us and he was really good, but of all things must come to and end. He started to get really fussy. By the time the waitress brought out the food there was nothing we could do to make him happy so I immediately ask if she would box my food up. Oh well, I wasn't mad. But, I was really excited too try the new Ahi Tuna Salad. Yum! Sean hurried and paid and we were on our way. We went to pick up the kids. The kids were a little hyper, to say the least. In the car, I asked to Tyler if grandpa gave them a pack of fruit snacks. Tyler replied excitedly, "He gave us two packs and 4 cookies AND 2 glasses of punch!" For Father's Day the kids gave grandpa a shirt that said- Grandpa's To Do List: 1. Load grand kids up on sugar. 2. Send them home. I called my dad up and said, "Dad, when we bought you that Father's Day shirt we didn't mean for you to take it literally." He just laughed. He had a good time with the kids and they had a good time as well. They played Uno, Go Fish, and told silly knock knock jokes.

We spent the rest of our evening hanging out with the Faulsticks at their house.

Saturday- We went to Tyler's soccer game. Half the team is good and half the team sucks. Tyler's team was defeated, hence half the team sucking. But that is not what matters, it's how you play the game. ;) We have a cute video of Tyler's cheering section at the game. Emily and Isabelle are the cheerleaders. They brought their pom-poms and megaphone. Go Tyler Go!!

The rest of Saturday was filled with laundry, cooking, and FHE. For FHE we talked about Alma. We decided on Chocolate Chip Cookie bars for treat. For the activity the kids voted and it was decided to watch the movie, Monster House. FYI Monster House was WAY to scary for my kids. Isabelle was clinging to Sean. Emily was stuck to me with her eyes glued to t.v. screen. Tyler would cover his eyes during some parts. Tyler called out to us, "I am going to have bad dreams." Well, I don't know if they had any bad dreams, but they are too scared to go downstairs or to the bathroom by themselves. I told them we can turn the movie off, but they all protested! It was kind of a strange movie, too.

Sunday- It has been a calm Sunday. The kids woke up good. The kids were good in church. Bonus!! The R.S. presidency was running around today passing out the new Visiting Teaching Routes. Who knew that new visiting teaching routes are such a big deal. It kind of reminds me of registration at high school. Everyone looking at their routes and hoping they get so and so. Just like school hoping you get this teacher and if your friends are in your class. I guess somethings don't change.

Well, all the kids have woke up from "quiet time" so time to play with them.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Allergy Season is ALL the time!

Poor Emily! This poor girls seems to always be using her nebulizer!! I feel so bad for her. I want to find out more about her allergies but am having problems with her doctor.

As I was walking out to the car to take Tyler to school today, I could totally feel a change in the weather. Then this afternoon when I went to pick Tyler up from school Emily sneezed about 5 times just walking to the the car. She just asked for a treatment later on. Hopefully this doesn't mean a trip to the Urgent Care tonight. I am lucky that I don't suffer from allergies, but Sean is always sneezing so she gets it honest. I feel bad for all the people who have allergy problems. That is one thing that I am blessed that I don't have.

So, tonight Sean and I were going to double date with the Faulsticks and my dad was going to watch the kids. Now, I am wondering if I should let Emily stay at my dads. She really wants to go to Grandpas! And Grandpa is really excited for the kids to come over tonight. He went and bought games, snacks, and is going to make them dinner. We shall see. :(

I need finish what I started today- getting the fall/winter clothes out and washing them. I have been going through the summer clothes and putting some away and deciding which ones I will get rid of. YAY!! My favorite time of year is approaching. I have noticed some of the leaves of the trees are changing colors. Another blessing in my life is living in this area during the fall. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

O.k. I serioulsy need to get ready for my hot date tonight and pray that Emily feels better!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Pictures

Here is our little family at Squire Boone Caverns.

Walking in the caves with the kiddos. Baby Ethan for the most part was good. He was just really tired.
Sean helping the kids dip their candles. After the Brown's made their candles it was the Ross's turn and Jacob did his hand into the little crockpot filled with 220 degrees of hot wax. Needless to say he was screaming. Poor kid! He did manage to score a free drink, cookie, and candles. Sean joked for all the goodies Jacob got he would have stuck his hand in hot wax. Luckily, it didn't leave a mark on Jacob's hand.

Tyler's first day of school. Showing off his new gear.
Watch out Ethan's crawling!

Princess Isabelle

Ethan's pulling up!

Almost there!

He did it!!


I am just looking at the photos and I really didn't have any of Emily, but yes we still love her. I'll just take more of her next time to make up for the lack of Emily shots this time. Oops!! Bad mommy!








Long Weekend

Friday evening the kids went go-carting with dad. I stayed behind and got dinner ready. We played an action packed game of UNO. I won! :) Sean and I watched the movie, Hitch. I forgot how much I liked that movie. So funny! I love the part were "Albert" thinks he can dance. He has got those crazy moves like, making the pizza, q-tip and throwing it away. I just laughed and laughed. That part reminded me so much of my sisters moves. I am still laughing just thinking about it. (Jessica, seriously if I didn't know any better I would have thought you did the choreography for that scene in the movie.)

Saturday was all about running errands. I went to the library to drop off over due movies. I went to buy makeup at Clinque. I went to Dillards to buy Ethan a blessing outfit. (Whoa! I know Ethan is 9 months old, so why did we wait so long? Here are the reasons- Ethan was born in Florida and we knew we were moving so we decided to wait to be around family and everyone could witness it. Then we tried to get every one's schedule to work with each other, but it never seemed to come into place. Then I guess after a few months of trying to accommodate everyone and it not working I guess I forgot. Poor Ethan! Poor 4th child! So, I said to heck with everyone and their schedules if they can't make it than....than can't make it- I won't be offended. If we don't bless him soon he will walk up there on his own and give himself his own blessing. ;) So, we had him blessed on Sunday.

I have issues with Saturday nights. Ever since I had the paper routes I kind of get freaked out. I feel like I am super pressed for time. I did the paper route for about 3 years. Saturday nights were the hardest for me with getting everything ready for Sunday for our family and then going in the middle of the night to do the paper since Sundays are the biggest paper of the week it took a little longer. I just feel stressed out on Saturday with getting dinner ready, kids in the bath, and just all the errands that I do on the weekends. Just kind of funny that even though it has been almost 2 years I feel have weird feelings. So this Saturday was a little hectic with the kids bathes and we had to have our FHE and get everything ready for church in the morning. We are usually a little early to church, but I wanted to have everything ready to make sure of that especially since Ethan was going to be blessed.

Sunday arrives. Of course Ethan looks adorable in his white little suit. The outfit came with a bonnet. I wouldn't have him wear it at church, but of course I do have to have a picture with him wearing it . He hated it! I put the bonnet on and I had to seriously hold his hands down so Sean's mom could take a picture of him in it. So, we were all ready for church and early. The kids did really a great job getting ready this Sunday. We prayed on the way to church that he wouldn't scream during the blessing. Since he is much older than the normal age of kids being blessed I knew he would not like the hands on his head. Sean was nervous too, but everything went fine.

Sunday afternoon we headed over for some grub at Stephen and Tammy's. I always enjoy hanging out with them. The kids had a great time running around with their cousins.

Labor Day- We had made plans at church to go to the zoo with the Ross's. Well we get there and it was so packed. We found out it was Ford Day. That really sucked. It took an hour out of our day , but since we were over in Louisville we stopped off and picked up a treat from KK. (Krispy Kreme- YUMMO!) We decided to go to Squire Boone Caverns and take a cave tour. We had a good time. The kids were really well behaved. After SBC we headed to the Ross's for a cookout. It was nice to eat good food and talk with our good friends while the kids had a blast playing with the Ross children. We had to leave a little earlier than planned because I was coming down with a BAD headache.

After 2 Excedrin and 2 Ibuprofen I went to bed and woke up without a headache Tuesday. :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

No fuss homework night!

The girls and I were going to the Science Museum today to meet Sarah and Margene so I had to wake the girls up. Emily was a little whiny. That girls is a power sleeper. I was a little late getting out the door. It is so hard sometimes rounding up the kids and making sure you packed diapers, wipes, and plenty of snacks. We finally made it and had a good time playing with other kids. The Science Museum is o.k. since I grew up in Louisville I went there every year with field trips so it is the same old stuff to me. Oh well, what matters is the kids had a good time. I, do, LOVE the Kid Zone! It is an awesome room where the doors are locked. No one can come in or out, so you don't have to worry about your children escaping. But the whole room is child proof! They can play with ANYTHING! Love it! I also don't have to worry about where the kids are or what are they into! We went to two sessions of it. Isabelle cried when it was time to leave. She was so cute playing with Margene's boys. The older boy sometimes calls her Elizabeth and she tries to correct him by saying, "No it's Isabelle."

I love watching kids play. Sometimes I will sit and watch them and wonder what their little brains are thinking.

We came home from our outing and picking up Tyler from school, man I was tired! Tyler had a great day at school. He also did very well at homework. Homework for today was to read a book of his choice and to practice spelling words. Well, tonight I thought I was super sly. I told him we needed to practice spelling words, and then I saw it coming-his "I hate school. I hate homework" face. So, I quickly said, "We are going to practice our spelling words outside. You will write them out with side-walk chalk two times." He was so happy I and I was so pleased with my quick thinking super mom power. (I never knew I had that power. I hope it wasn't just a one time thing.) ;) So, yay for no fuss homework night!

Tonight everything went pretty smooth. I did get a call from Tyler's soccer coach. He will have practice twice a week and a game every Saturday.

Emily has been taking Singular along with her otc Claratin and she seems to be super hyper. I will have to reread the side effects. I wonder if I missed the one that says, WARNING: May make child bounce off walls as if they had just drank a case of Red Bull. Maybe I will check Emily to see if she is growing wings. ;)

Cute thing about Ethan- he is crawling now and he crawled right over to Sugar (the mini dachshund dog) and licked him. No, the dog did not lick Ethan, but Ethan licked the dog. It was cute and at the same time disgusting. The cute little moment was ruined by a question from Tyler, "Why does the dog lick its butt?" Thank you Tyler. Kids say the funniest things. I wish I had my camera right then. Ethan is so the fourth child because we haven't video taped him since Christmas. Bad Mommy!