Oh What a Week

Mike and I were the speakers in church today.  Are Mormons the only ones who have their congregation members give the sermon each week?  That probably would be weird, but kind of nice for a person-not-of-our-faith to experience.  I’m glad I won’t have to do that for a few more months at least!  I read my favorite faith promoting story about THE FILE ROOM and talked a bit about food storage.  I love those things! 

On Sat. I’m hosting a Grocery Smarts class to teach people how to use a free website  to help them buy groceries at the lowest price possible!  I love this kind of stuff.  And I’ve had a few people already RSVP which really settles my nerves as to whether people will show up or not.  Why would you not show up?  You learn how to shop smarter and save money!

My mom is making the boys matching St. Patty’s Day ties and Hannah will have a matching St. Patty’s Day dress made from the same material.  I’m excited that she’s excited to do those kind of projects, because I’m just so not in the mood.  I did however finally finish the rag quilt I’ve been working on for 3 years!  It’s washed and delivered to my sis-in-law with a note stating: Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas for the rest of your life!  So glad that big ole pile is out of my closet.

Oh, got diapers B1G1 Free yesterday at Walgreens!  Can I even write a post, have a regular conversation, speak to a stranger without mentioning shopping and getting a good deal?  I’ll get back to you on that question once I finish my shopping trip =o)

We need to do our taxes still!  Pretty sure we’ll owe money, since we prefer to have money collect interest in our bank acct every year rather than someone else’s, but maybe just maybe this will be the year we get a nice hefty check from jolly ole Uncle Sam!  I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming, but it’s a good dream at least.

I need to collect moving boxes this week.  There’s a chance we will be moving an entire house full of furniture/ belongings out this weekend and it falls on us to do it.  We are not moving, someone else already has and left everything behind.  Packing up someone else’s treasures actually sounds like fun to me except that we can’t have any of their stuff.  So basically we’re the free packers and movers.  We should be really good at this by now!

Hannah Bear is scooting.  Not crawling or pushing up off her stomach, but sitting (you have to sit her up) and stretching out and somehow moving across the room.  She really is such a good baby.  I’ve decided that babies at 7 and 8 months are finally wonderful and exciting and worth keeping.  Oh, she can sleep through the night too!  That’s totally worth mentioning, because the other 2 kiddos were closer to 18 months before we finally saw eye to eye on the whole sleeping at night issue.  She’s done it all by herself.  And she only sleeps in her carrier.  I mention this, because I’m sure there’s some new mom in blogger land who’s fretting over her child never seeing the slats of a real crib.  This one’s for you dear fretting mother!  My kid sleeps in a  carrier and not a crib either and I’m going to keep on doing it until she’s too big or I really see signs of flat head and require a baby helmet to shape it back to normal.  She seems fine to me!

Mikey has informed us what he wants for Christmas already!  The kid just had a birthday last month, but I guess when you become aware of holidays and months and stuff then you start planning early for the next big present receiving celebration!  He has covered our entire house in art work from preschool, primary, and his own original creations.  It was bothering me, but now I just embrace this arts and crafts movement and proudly display his creations.  Well, actually he is well versed in tape dispensing so he tapes his work where ever he wants!  And he somehow knows if I’ve removed piece 217 from his ongoing collection spanning in the six hundreds, so I’ve just given up.  They are pretty cute and I’m sure it won’t last forever so if you’re ever visiting our museum, make sure to check out the train tracks that span all over the house and view the art work, hung appropriately at a preschoolers eye level!

Josh supposedly has asthma and now has a nebulizer and does a breathing treatment every morning and night.  He’s fine in front of the tv, but starts hacking up almost phlegm as soon as he takes off to see who rang the door bell, who moved his train, or what Mikey is doing to tease him from the other room.  We’re trying to get a grasp on things, but it’s hard!  You want your kid to be active, but when they cough till they hurt from doing so, and the only thing that keeps them calm is being stagnant, then you start to wonder and worry.  He’s started defying nap time and I have unfortunately caved in and agreed.  Must do better this week…

Well there’s some little amusing tidbits from our life this week.  That reminds me that I need pineapple since I’m down to 2 cans and the whole talk of produce prices rising  50-90% in the upcoming weeks has me nervous.

All in a Day!

It’s been kind of an off day.  I woke up a bit on the late side, which always throws me off of my game, but the baby was sleeping in so I did too! 

She doesn’t do that so much anymore, the sleep thing that is.  She’s got a really weird burping  problem where she always has to burp.  Just when you think you get all the burps out and get her sleeping she’ll wake up within the hour with real tears and the uncomfortable painful shreiks, because she has to burp.  It’s just become my daily routine to hold her a lot throughout the day to keep her comfortable and happy.  So she doesn’t really take 2 naps like she used to. If I get 1 load of laundry washed AND dried then I feel successful!  Well today she fell asleep on her belly while playing on her playmat!  This is progress!  The first nap was maybe 30 minutes and she’s sleeping again now!  Knock on wood.  Taking down Halloween decorations filled the time. 

I of course thought that kidlet #3 would be so easy to manage and I could soothe my baby all while sitting down and mulitasking.  Not so much!

Dear little Josh didn’t take a nap today.  I didn’t even fight him over it, even though I know he needs a nap.  And he’s the kid who only knows loud and louder which is difficult when the little baby finally gets herself to sleep.  But today while watching tv he busts out singing Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam and reminds me once again that small and simple things can prove great things!  I don’t give this kid enough credit, but he’s got such a soft sweet side that I usually forget it exists since he wakes up screaming hours before normal people even think about waking up.

And Mikey!  He’s in preschool now and has picked up on  what other kids say and do.  Some of it I’m okay with and others I know it was just a matter of time.  “I’m too tired,” or “I don’t want to.” seems to be his favorite answer to whatever I ask him to do and he’s becoming quite competitive.  Today he’s really tried my nerves.  Note to self- don’t take kids along when donating boxes of their old toys. 

It’s not too often I’m ready to throw in the towel, but today was pretty close.  Being a parent isn’t always easy, but I’m glad I’ve improved my patience a tad and that I was a classroom teacher before I was a parent.  The whole no spanking thing comes pretty easy to me, but sometimes it would be nice to send these kiddos away to someone else for a while like I did at the end of the school day and then greet them happily at the door the next morning =o)

I just wanted to get something out there on the blog to help relieve my tension I guess.  I know I am truly blessed to have kids and to also be able to stay home with them each and every day.  I’m not complaining, just admitting that some days are better (and worse) than others.  Today was one of the more difficult ones, but I do see the good in them.  And would you believe it?  The baby is still sleeping, the kids are finally quiet while they bask in front of the tv watching Cyberchase, and my freezer meal that I didn’t have thawed out is cooking away in the oven.  There’s a bit of smoke in the kitchen- the paper label and tape affixed to the foil top of my freezer meal is burning.  Note to self- follow your first instinct next time to remove the label before baking.  Let’s hope dinner still turns out okay!

Glad the day is almost done and that hubby is on his way home from work. I look around and see so much stuff that needs to be cleaned, fixed, put away, etc. that I just get overhelmed.  We still have boxes to unpack!  Can you believe that?

Hannah’s 4 Month Stats

Hannah at 4 months:

15.6 pounds

she’s rolling over, grabbing and holding anything that gets close enough.  This includes willing and eager older brothers who like to tease her and then find themselves in her tight holding grasp and have to beg mommy to make Hannah let them  go.  Her items of choice are noses, hair, and big brother’s shirts, ears, and fingers.

Hannah’s 2 Month Stats

Talk about growing like a weed!  We went to the doc for a 2 month appt and here’s her stats:

height: 22.5″ (50th percentile)

weight: 12.4 lbs (75th percentile)

head circumference: 37 cm (10th percentile)

she’s starting to smile and goo and girgle.  She’s started spitting up a bunch too which is wierd.  She’s a really good sleeper at night- goes down about 10 and gets up at 5:30am to poop and eat and goes back to bed until 9am!  We’re slowly getting on a little schedule as far as naps.  She likes car rides, sleeps the whole time in her carrier while we go swimming each week, and has been to the mall already in the stroller!  She’s so much fun!

We’re Still Here!

Baby, then move, then have bad internet and a server down and blah blah blah… I’m back! We’re back and ready to start blogging again.

Hannah is becoming a little chunk!  She’s had a great day today!  She slept the whole time we went swimming at the Lagoon (community ctr) and has slept all afternoon too!  Last night she slept from 9pm to 5 am!  I’m enjoying those kind of days.  She’s starting to smile and she has dimples =o)

Josh is getting used to his role as the middle child.  He has a naughty and nice demeanor about him and you just hope he wakes up having a good day.  He loves giving Hannah kisses and says over and over “okay Hannah, it okay Hannah” when she’s crying.

Mikey is super helper to pick out a hair bow every morning and go get me a new oufit for Hannah when she’s had a bad blow out.  He likes to hold her too!

We’re adjusting to life with 3 kiddos.  I’ve only taken them 2 places by myself- CVS and Smith’s to do some much needed shopping.  I think I’ll wait a it longer before attempting that again =o)

Here’s Hannah!

We went in at 10am and everything went bam bam bam super quick!  We were actually allowed to go back early for surgery which really sped things up.  She was born Monday, June 7th at 11:30 something.  I didn’t even know they had taken her out, because she didn’t cry at all!  When I did finally hear her, she sounded like a cat!  Mikey sounded similar too when he came out!  She had to go to the NICU for a few hours the first day to help regulate her breathing.  At first she wasn’t breathing very deep and later she was breathing too fast.  She’s doing well now.  She was really calm yesterday and hardly fussed, but today she’s been poked in the heal, given the hearing test, been asleep but had to burp, and just not very happy.  She’s also gotten more hungry today!

We’re so excited for little Hannah, all her hair, and for Grandma taking the boys for a whole week up in St. George so we can get a grip on the new parenthood stuff.  Even though she’s #3 I feel like I’m starting all over from scratch when it comes to all this newborn stuff.  I could really use a nap and it’s only day 1!

Hannah (Banana) Jean

7lbs 3oz

19.5 inches

We’re Moving!

There, I said it. 

Yes, we’re moving out of the ward (I know, that’s like an unpardonable sin, please forgive us and bring us boxes to help in our adventure after you recover from the shock).

No, we are not walking away from our house (Mike would find that to be unethical and unpardonable).  We will rent out our current house so if you know any families who are looking, send them our way!

Yes, we’re staying in Vegas.  We are moving closer to family back over to the west side of town.  Hey, this is free for all to see so talk to me in person if you want to know where.  And if you have a boat, then you’ll want to come visit us =o)

Um, we are, well, really pregnant ME, is hoping and praying we can move before the baby comes (June 15), because it would be so much more enjoyable to move before a C-section than after.  So here’s to hoping the new stuff in the new house can get done before Memorial Day so we can move at the end of May. 

And seriously, feel free to drop by with boxes!  I’ve already gotten 2 loads from Freecycle, but I can tell already that we will be through those in no time!  And I just don’t have the energy or motivation to get to the store as much as I used to, but I know from helping previous people move that grocery store boxes make great moving boxes! 

In other news, I’ve added some posts to my blog.  We’ve got Christmas through February now taken care of =o)

My Big 4 Year Old

So Mikey had a pretty fun birthday this year.  We did go visit my parents for the week, but my pregnancy brain didn’t plan well enough for us to participate in the winter ice fishing festivus.  We were only 1 day late, but missed all the extended family and fun little cousins who joined us last year.  We did have a family party and homemade cake with Uncle Brian, Aunt Heather, Luis and Megan, and my parents.  Mikey got a Cars stool that my mom painted, a sticker maker, and a large piece world puzzle since he’s mastered the USA puzzle and some other stuff. 

We had lots of snow during our trip and my boys loved playing in it.  Living in Vegas sure keeps us sheltered from the elements having to buy things like snow boots and snow pants.   My car actually got stuck and required towing, then the battery died which was scary since it’s a hybrid, but after staying an extra day and Grandma’s we made it safe to the other set of Grandparents.

Mikey got cupcakes, balloons, pizza, and a shopping spree with Grandma (with no little pestery brother or parents) when we got to their house.  We played with cousins and then headed home to Vegas to try and make it in time for 9am church the next day!

Mikey’s stats:

38.5 lbs and 39 inches tall

has started a foreign stamp and a state quarter collection

loves arts and crafts- especially cutting up my scrapbook paper with decorative scissors and using a glue stick to glue them together.  He then tapes his masterpieces to the walls of the house.  He spells out words with letter stickers to let you know who the pictures are for.

Is a Sunbeam in church and already given his 1st talk.  We printed out little pictures next to the words to help him remember what to say and he did great!  He only needed help to remember 1 word.

loves singing primary songs.  Here’s what he’s learned so far for the song to learn the  Books of the Old Testament.  I crack up when he says Equisi-nasties for Ecclesiastes.

fave cartoon: Super Why

fave food: grapes

fave color: green

fave movie: Dora

fave song: stuff on the piano

Josh Turns 2

My parents came down this past weekend to celebrate Josh’s and my younger brother Brian’s birthdays.  My mom loves making the boys their bday cakes which is so nice for me.  I just provide supplies. 

So Josh got a dinosaur cake, big bday hat, helium balloons, a dinosaur stool hand painted by my mom, a ride on turtle, play kitchen, fishing puzzle, foam ABC puzzle, kite, garden rake, and lots of attention from everyone this weekend.  For being the 2nd child he sure made out well in the toy dept. 

More pics coming soon!

Joshy Speaks

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Last night I realized that Josh is slowly learning more words and that I better record them before I forget.  It’s so funny what he says and I know it’s a matter of time before he masters the real words.  And isn’t that a great picture of Josh up there, minus the forehead battle wound?  Love it!

Mo Mo or Amo = Elmo

Tommy= Thomas the Train

Oopyman= Superman

My My= Mikey

Ite= Light

Mil= Milk

Coooookee= Cookie

chee= Cheese

Naa= Snack

Dah Dah= Ta dah

Niy Niy= Night night

He also can say correctly: more, mommy, daddy, no, go, baby, Maddie (his friend), car, and a few others I’m sure I’m forgetting.