22 September 2013

Too Many Cute Outfits






The tree is gone. I miss it. Now there is no shade over our house, no screen between us and the neighbor, and a huge gap. Frown. The tree in our side yard is also slowly dying and will have to go once of these months/years. I dread that removal. Since we now have a fun stump I took some photos of Evelyn on the stump (course...). The tree came down with earth shaking thumps over the course of two days. The kids and I had to be out of the house while the lady cleaned our kitchen and bathrooms. I used the opportunity to get Evelyn dressed up. She looked so bight and happy wearing a cute flower coverall. She is starting to actually look at me and not at my hair. I swear she smiled at me yesterday! Melt my heart. Amelia got to stroll Evelyn around the block a couple times while Justin and I cleaned out all the plants that died in the storms. Lost 2.5 tomato plants, my chard, beans, peppers, and squash plants. Darn it.

Since Evelyn came home Everett refuses to fall asleep in his bed. He complains and mutters "I don wanna it" until he falls asleep on the floor. Now I roll him up in a taquito and lay him on the floor singing Primary songs until the doof brothers fall asleep. I secretly love singing to my kids. Reminds me of all the songs my own mom sang to us. Since then Everett is falling asleep in strange places during the day. I am so glad he takes a nap when he needs to. His long, dark lashes are so endearing! Phillip caught a stuffy nose this weekend. Justin stayed home from church with the boys. The girls went to church today...HOORAY! Evelyn made her debut! I FINALLY got to put her in a cute little dress.

We made it to storytime this week. Phillip was the only attendee so got spoiled with attention. He helped Ms Nightingale carry the treasure chest back to the office, a coveted task. Aunt Courtenay sent a fun "baby shower in a box" package this week. We love the silicone trays! The kids devoured jello snacks for treat that evening, loving the fun shapes. I saw a totally adorable photo on FB this week of a newborn tucked into blankets with the baby's hands clutching the covers. I spent 90 minutes trying to get the pose with Evelyn. She was not cooperating AT ALL, even with the heat blasting, noise machine, and a full tummy. I tried the next afternoon and sort of got the pose, she refused to grab the cover blanket. My days of newborn photos are very limited now, she is not so poseable anymore. I had fun while it lasted.

Friday while Phillip was at preschool and I was working on the dishes, Everett disappeared. He is pretty good at hiding and staying quiet while I look. I finally found him huddled in Evelyn's room sitting in a plastic tub with a green rug draped over his head. He had his old crib light playing and his binky stuffed in his mouth. He was delighted with a fun game of hide and seek. We went to visit Justin at work. All the ladies wanted to meet Miss Evelyn. One of Cabela's work mottos is "Born to Work Here." Evelyn visited shortly after being born, does that count? One lady gave the boys each a pinwheel. Before we left the boys had a WWF fight on the carpet over the pinwheels. Everett started pushing Phillip to the floor and then laying on him with a  huge smile on his face. Funny. Justin and I enjoyed a fun date night with Sarah and Robbie. Robbie's mom is staying with them while Sarah recuperates from having her baby last week. Robbie's mom watched the kids over at our home!We enjoyed pizza, salad, and Texas sheet cake while watching RED at the Wood's home.  I love that movie. Our evening was very relaxing and enjoyable. The kids did not get to bed until after 10 pm.

The late bedtime made for a horrible Saturday. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was in a foul mood. I am not sure how we made it through the day with everyone alive and accounted for. Maybe it was the trip to the park that saved some young lives (Everett). Phillip came down with a nasty cough, possibly even strep yesterday. Poor kid was feverish all day yesterday and today. I hope we can contain the sickness before Miekka and crew come this weekend. Going to the Dr tomorrow if he is not better. I found a cute dress at the consignment store this week for Amelia. She is so darn cute! Course she loved having some photos taken before church. Everett fell asleep in the storage room this afternoon. Talk about a strange place to take a nap. Phillip smeared snot and coughed spit on my face while I put him to bed, he was out cold but somehow managed to smear his germs on me. I feel like smearing my body with hand sanitizer...oh wait...I really did smear sanitizer on all my exposed skin.

**props to Amelia on her neat and tidy handwriting. She takes pride in having the neatest handwriting of all the First graders!

****ALERT****Funny story: I was outside waiting for Amelia to come on the bus. I chatted with Sister Siler and Sister Gull while waiting for her. After a while I noticed that Annie's bus had dropped off the kids but Amelia never walked by. I hoped she had snuck by me, nope! She was not in the house. I called the school. Mr Jeffers, the coolest principle ever, said he would find out and call me back. I got a phone call a few minutes later. He was laughing. Finally told me that Amelia and Bryn were in a nook of the play yard practicing magic. The girls were trying to turn the rocks into colorful rainbow rocks. Amelia said her spell was: "please, please, please, please turn a different color." She reported that the rock was not cooperating and stayed ugly gray. I am glad she missed the bus for practicing magic and not because she got lost.