Friday, May 31, 2013
Adelle keeps us all on our toes with her unique sense of style. This wig is the latest fad around here. She seriously wears it and thinks it's beautiful. We are all playing along, understanding that this too will eventually pass.
In her defense, however, this girl is my right arm these days. She loves her little brothers so much and is more than willing to help out in whatever way I need. She is really a little angle and I love how she is so naturally caring and motherly.
The chickens have been confined to the corner of the backyard. It's a win, win, win. They are laying like champions and we don't have to watch for poop all over the backyard. This makes for a happy farmer's wife!
Gage is moving along....crawling!! I knew it would be quick and it was. He is cruising right along now and the kids are constantly having to pick up their small pieces. The other night Gage crawled under the table while we were eating dinner. He was quite content down there underneath Emmett's chair, satisfied with whatever missed Emmett's mouth. Ha, that's a minor exaggeration but we thought it was funny. Who needs a dog when you have a baby. Yuck!
In all seriousness I don't know about this whole crawling thing. It means making sure the door is always closed now and lots of other minor adjustments to be careful about.
Yesterday I got to go to Braxton's school and eat lunch with all the teachers during a volunteer appreciation. Braxton's class was chosen to sing to all the volunteers and it was really fun. The theme was, "The End of an Era," since his school is closing. Kids sang songs from the 60's because that was the year the school was built. Braxton was shocked when I started singing, "Yellow polka dot bikini," with him. He's like, "how do you know that song, mom??"
Braxton is experimenting with a new hairdo as well. He wants it longer and swoopy. I don't know if his hair is made for that look but I do know I am not going to start paying for someone to do his hair. He's only 7 years old!!
Yesterday was a hard day for my husband. Sometimes the business seems like a bottomless money pit. Thankfully we have good friends who have their own business and offer much needed perspective. I really need the validation sometimes and I find so much strength in knowing that someone else knows exactly what I feel like.
We had bacon cheeseburgers for dinner and Jeff's day was magically better. I love knowing my husband and what he needs ;)
Emmett is my little doll. He is so beautiful and sweet and looking at him always bring me to a smile. He loves his baby brother and his role as the big brother is taken seriously by him. You know the chubby little puppy in 101 Dalmations that is always saying, "but momma, I'm hungry." That is my Emmett. So sweet. Emmett is up with the sun and asking for breakfast. He is happy to do whatever and keeps us all laughing at his funny faces and honest expressions. Like last week while I am driving I hear him from the backseat, "ah mom! That light was red!!" Yes, like the one I just went through. I was behind a semi and couldn't really tell so I went for it and sure enough I got busted.
I made a meal calendar this week and so far I am 3 for 5 in sticking to it. I have never had a meal calendar in my life but I thought I would give it a shot. I am not sold on it yet, but I do feel like overall dinner prep was easier. I think I will try it again next week and see if it sticks.
Today is the 10 year anniversary of the first date I ever went on with Jeff. It's caused me to think on a lot of things. I love my husband and I think we were honestly made for each other. I was telling Adelle about this special day and she asked, "but who babysitted us on that day?" Funny how kids think the world revolves around them;)
My kids have a date with their aunties tonight and Jeff and I have a date. Cheers to dates... that's how we got to where we are now!
One week down since my sister moved. It's been hard. It has made me really appreciate all my friends and the life we have here. My earnest prayers are that my sister will make a special friend. It will seriously save her.
I have been running with 2 friends who are die hard. I go when I want, and then don't if I don't want. They gave me their schedule so the days I want to go I do. It's been good. The other day I did 5 miles and it knocked my socks off. I decided most of it is in my head. I told myself that morning that I could do it, and I totally did. Whereas the week before I ditched out on the 5 mile run because I was scared and didn't think I could do it. I was comfortable doing 3 and 4 but not 5. So here's to thinking positive and pushing myself a little harder.
And just so in 10 years when I read this I will remember the blueberry excursion I took with some of my friends the other night. Key words: email, texts, blueberry caravan, more frozen blueberries than I have ever seen in my life, shovels, free, desperate housewives, secret source.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Contrary to the depictions above, the kids really enjoyed this whole morning. They were very curious about my Papa and my Grandpa and about the baby that was still born and didn't have a dash on her marker. They asked questions all day and it made for really good conversation.
I love Memorial Day. I grew up with parents who valiantly took us around on Memorial Day to visit the cemeteries and taught us about our ancestors. I am so thankful for their example. There were times when I didn't enjoy it. Like in middle school when all my friends were meeting at the mall or going to a movie and I got to go around with my family, commonly in the rain, and put flowers on headstones. But, I am thankful that I learned to do it because I feel like it is a respectful thing to do and as it parent it offers numerous teaching opportunities. Also, I think the diligence paid off because my brother and his girlfriend met us at the cemeteries and spent the morning with us. I am sure if Lesha and Brent still lived here they would have met up with us too.
Then we took our kids to ice cream! It was a very special treat and they were very excited about it. Emmett chose chocolate. Braxton chose mint oreo, and Adelle chose cookies and cream.
We spent the rest of the afternoon vegging out on the couch. Jeff and I dosed off while the kids watched Kung Fu Panda 2. Jeff made us a fire and we had a family home evening lesson on the resurrection and Jeff taught the kids about what happens when we die and a little more about why are bodies are buried in the earth. I got out pictures of my Papa and Grandpa and we talked about them and what they were like. I was about Braxton's age when Papa passed away so it was interesting recollecting what I could about him and explaining it to Brax.
I love days like this with my family.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
today i made blueberry muffins
today i coached soccer
today i watched more soccer
today i mowed the lawn
today i went to a bar-b-q at friends'
today i did the dishes
today i ate chips and bean dip
today my baby fell asleep on me
today i layed in the grass
today i cried
today i said goodbye to my sister
not really "goodbye" to her, but "goodbye" to our lifestyle I guess
today i told my sister to be happy down there
and i meant it
This whole move of my sister and her family has been in the works for the whole month. It's been a lot. Lots of stuff going on this time of year and lots of fun.
We knew this day was coming and so we maxed out the past couple weeks. We had a fun going away party, we had plenty of park dates, we had dinner together like every other night, we had slumber parties, we did it all.
Today when we said goodbye it was hard. Next to my husband and my kids I see my sister and her kids more than anyone else in the world. We practically see each other every day. There is nothing quite like a sister. When she comes over I am usually bra-less. When I go to her house I usually raid her cupboards. The other day she took my kids so I could go on a field trip with Braxton. She needed my car because she had my kids and she didn't have room in her car. She texted me a few minutes after leaving my house saying I was out of gas so she was putting gas in my tank. Ha. Thanks ;)
When Lesha and Peter moved to town, like 7 years ago, Lesha watched Braxton so that I could go back to school and finish my degree. That was when we really started to get close. Then she got pregnant and I got pregnant. Then she got pregnant again, and I got pregnant again. And the rest is history. This whole time we have been figuring this whole mom thing out together. It has brought us so close together and our kids. I think that is the hardest part about them moving, because I am really happy for them. I just know that tomorrow when Carson isn't in Adelle's class at church and when they aren't at my mom and dad's for Sunday dinner, and Monday when they don't just appear at our house, it's going to be a culture shock for my kids. It's going to be an adjustment for all of us.
Adelle is ms. positive. She just keeps telling everyone that we are going to go on the train to Lesha and Peter's, which we will, eventually. But not everyday.
So today I told Lesha to be happy down there where they are moving. I want her to bloom and grow and make the most out of this new phase. I know there is purpose in this move for all of us and I hope we can all be stronger and closer because of it. I pray she meets a nice friend who loves her and reaches out to her. I hope her kids love their house and her husband loves his job. And, I hope the train conductor understands that yes, we will be on that train, a lot! I can't wait to visit you, Lesh!!
Braxton is growing up so fast. It honestly seems like yesterday when I was sitting with him out on the lawn, giving him baby food and being excited about everything he was doing. Well, I still am excited about everything he is doing and I still get to sit with him on the lawn, just not as often as I did back in the day.
Braxton is doing great things. He is a good boy. He is kind and funny and thoughtful. Last weekend we were at a birthday party for our little one year old friend, and Braxton was the oldest kid there. He was so sweet the whole time, playing with the other kids and being kind (like letting them win the races.) When we had to go this little 3 year old boy started crying, hysterically, because he didn't want Braxton to leave. It was so sweet. He is an excellent student and he loves to learn and read. He just finished reading the 1st Harry Potter book and absolutely loved it. Braxton is a good friend. The other day he told me that his friend at school lost his show and tell and was really sad about it. I asked him if he ever found it and Braxton said, "yeah, I think he found it because I went over by the couches and said a prayer that he could find it." He is very sweet and kind. Braxton is really excelling at soccer also. He is playing on an older team this year and he started out a bit timid but he has really gained a lot of confidence and had a really nice goal at today's game. One of my favorite things to do with him right now is play soccer in the backyard. Obviously it's paying off... ha, lol.
When I dropped off Braxton at school the other day I watched him run to the door and then hold it open while 3 or 4 other kids walked in. He didn't do it because I told him too, he just did it. That makes me so happy as a mother. It's those little things that I love getting glimpses of.
And lastly,Braxton is a farmer. He loves taking care of our chickens, especially getting the eggs and feeding them his leftover lunch.
This boy is almost done with 1st grade!!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Today as it rains outside, Emmett and Adelle are sound asleep in their bed napping, Jeff is working, Braxton is at school, and I am trying to study. But... Gage is keeping me company and distracting me in a big way. He came up with this trick all on his own through trial and error. Pretty amazing if you ask me. Love this little show off!!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Mother’s Day weekend was so wonderful. I am so grateful for the wonderful women in my life and for the love they show to me and my family.
Friday my mom, my sister, Gramy, all three of my mom’s sisters and I, went out to lunch with the little ones. It was so beautiful. We ate at a restaurant right on the water at the Bay and the sun was shining. The kids played on the beach and we ate lots of yummy fish and shrimp and fries. It was so nice and relaxing and we all spoiled each other with homemade cards, goodies and flowers.
And, just for journaling sake, I ran into an old customer that I waited on for years when I worked in my aunt’s restaurant and she told me that she thought Adelle looked just like me, which was totally fun to hear and flattering ;)
Saturday we got up and got ready for soccer games all morning. It was a nice day and the kids played hard. Straight from there I went up to my church where they were holding a Women’s Conference that I got to participate in for lunch and a class.
Saturday night Auntie Belissa (as M refers to her) came over to play with the kids and Jeff took me out on a hot date. Literally. We went and played numerous games of tennis and then we went and got chips and pico de gallo and took that and the book we are reading down to the river to sit on the bench and read and munch. This sort of thing is my favorite to do with my best friend. I love my husband so much and I so enjoy the simple things we do together. You can ask him about tennis if you are curious as to who won.
Sunday morning I woke up to fresh rhubarb crisp, just the way I like it. Jeff had made it and it was so delicious and we all enjoyed it. Then we went to church where the sweet children sang a special Mother’s Day song and it was really sweet. After church we headed out to my parent’s for brunch. My dad and Bryce spoiled us with crepes and fresh rhubarb sauce, hashbrown sandwhiches, fresh fruit, and Jeff poached eggs from our own chickens! You can’t go somewhere and get that kind of food and service! It was so yummy. I love men who cook and they are so good at it!
The rest of the day was spent either outside in the sand and water up to your knees, at the table playing cards, on the couch sleeping/resting, eating chips and salsa, or all of the above. It was a glorious day and the rain even held off until late in the evening.
When we left the Bay we stopped by Grandma Johnson’s so that the kids could give her a treat and a card and sing their special song to her. Then we came home and skyped, first with Uncle Ryan, then with Brent and Jess, and then with Jeff’s Mom and Dad.
I dearly love the women in my life. There is something so unique about women and I am constantly observing the kind things that are done by them on behalf of me and my family. Both my mom and my mother in law, all my sisters, Grandmas, aunts, friends, my kids’ teachers… I love them all. I am so thankful that I get to be a woman and I am thankful that I am here on earth at this time, surrounded by loving women to buoy me up and inspire me. Happy Mother’s Day!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The weather has been beautiful and we have been outside in the garden and on the trampoline with the sprinkler for the past 5 days. Love it!
Before that Jeff's mom was in town for the weekend and we were busy having Gramy time and soccer games.
Before that we were over at my sisters non-stop helping her pack up to move...
Before that... I don't really remember that well. It's all been a bit of a whirlwind!