27 September 2011

Rockin' the Sweatband


My little monkey boy decided to go 80's this afternoon. He found a soft baby headband and rocked with sweatband style. What a funny boy. Yesterday I got him up from his nap to find his socks on his hands, his pants on his head, and his shirt on his bum. Guess his is experimenting with how clothes function. He really wanted to wear his shoes to bed this afternoon with a Strawberry Shortcake bandaid. He seriously is a crack up! I can't help but smile, feel frustrated at his antics, hug, and spank him all at the same time.



Loved Amelia's outfit so much we had to do a little photoshoot with her, the new outfit, and my new pink backdrop paper! Goodness, she has so much spunk and personality. She knows how to pose and move like a little dancer. Reminds me of someone I intimately know (myself). Love that she is now using ballet positions to pose. We all got haircuts today! Her hair looks MUCH better, not so stringy at the ends.

Four Months Old

Everett turned 4 months old yesterday! He had his well-baby visit this afternoon, thus the post one day late. Goodness, this kid is so long. He is already wearing 6-9 mth clothing just for length. Amelia and Phillip are both pretty short kids so to have a long one is sorta strange. I think he just wanted a new wardrobe for the winter since he has already outgrown all of Phillip's hand-me-downs. Bummer.

Everett weighs 14 lbs 13.5 oz and measured 25.5 inches long.

He grasps for things (especially my dinner plate), clasps his hands, reaches and holds his toes, loves to explore his hands and fingers with his mouth, can wet a new shirt with slobber in no time flat, rolls to the right side when holding toes, bats toys, laughs especially hard when Phillip and Amelia play with him, is ticklish under his chin, absolutely loves baths, blows the most amazing spit bubbles, blew his first raspberry on Monday, has the most endearing sparkle in his eyes, and smiles all the time.

Everett is earning the nickname, Bubs, after my Grandpa Everett. Grandpa went by Bubs most of his life. The nickname came when he was an infant and blew impressive spit bubbles, his family started calling him bubbles, then just bubs. Our Everett can produce enough bubbles that it looks like he is foaming at the mouth! Amelia and Phillip just adore Everett. The poor kid has snot crusties all over his head from loving Phillip kisses. He sleeps amazingly well, especially at night. He usually goes to sleep around 9:30, has a night feeding at 10:45, then wakes up around 5 am for a snack, he wakes up around 8 am! He is not a great napper. He takes a 20-30 minute cat nap around 9:30 then a 10 minute nap around 12:30 then naps for 2 hours from 2-4, lastly a 20 minute nap after dinner. It is strange to have a kid who naps short amounts of time all the time. I am still working out the logistics of sharing a room with two napping kids. Everett naps in his crib, then in my arms, then in the bean bag, then crib, etc. At least he is learning how to be flexible.

Since his last monthly update Everett finally learned how to put weight on his legs! I pulled out the jumperoo 10 days ago and he caught on to putting pressure on his legs after a couple days. It is so much easier to play games with him now! He is a bit wobbly when sitting in the bumbo chair. He does this funny little circle wobble then centers with a comical "boing" move. Enjoy some photos of Everett cuddling with his new monkey friend and a new silly hat.

25 September 2011

Modge Podge Week


I can't believe it is Sunday already. Everett decided to nap again. I forgot how newborns/infants tend to go through spurts of napping then restlessness. Wednesday afternoon Amelia and Ella wanted to have ballet class together. I put on our silly little ballet DVD, helped the girls get dressed, then sat down for an amazing recital. Both girls were flouncing around like little prima ballerinas. Ok, it was a bit more hilarious than that. I almost peed my pants from laughing behind my book as I peeked at them. Their looks of concentration about put me over the top. I also had fun sewing two outfits this week. Yep, made another froofy number for Amelia and a fun monkey outfit for Everett. I love how the pants turned out.

Phillip and I are enjoying some alone time while Amelia is at Preschool or in dance. We went to the park together, played Phillip games in the basement, and snuggled some. He enjoys the attention and I enjoy his little personality. We caught a butterfly on Friday during preschool. He helped me catch it, fill a mason jar with grass and butterfly flowers, and punch holes in the jar lid. He was so excited to show Amelia that he chattered the entire way about the bug.

The series of photos above just about makes me cry with joy. I love the little stories on each child's face. Phillip's puckered lips and Everett's unknowing stare about what is going to happen tells a story we see around here every day. Then Everett's look of "Why, Mom, why are you letting him kiss me again?" Through it all Amelia sits with a look of curious by standing, only intervening when it gets interesting. Pretty much sums up our kids right now.

Justin and I are going through some interesting developments. We were able to hold a little family fast today to consider said developments. This week will be interesting, busy, and fun. More details when we have a better idea of what we want to do. Sorry for the suspense! Buhahaha, this IS my BLOG. Justin bore a sweet testimony about our bedlamite stage of life in church today. Our Bishop challenged our ward to read the Book of Mormon in a year's time about a month ago. Justin said he promises we will NOT read the entire book as a family, but that we will read every night and teach our kids to love the Book of Mormon. Scripture and prayer time is sort of crazy right now. It feels like the kids...and parents are not grasping much. His testimony bolstered mine that the point right now is to teach them a precedence for future learning. The spirit comes in small ways as I hear Amelia singing Primary songs, reading herself the scriptures, and saying her own prayers then watching Phillip emulate her makes it all worth it. We now have the stewardship to teach our nursery kids each week. More bedlam! More chances to teach!

21 September 2011

One Strong Arm


A picture Amelia drew of baby Everett, he has "E" hands, lol

We enjoyed having Justin home for the entire weekend! The first weekend in a couple months. It was nice to have time to clean and get the laundry done and folded. Justin worked on fixing the front screen door, which was partially ripped away from the door frame during one of the storms this year. Amelia had a fun service project with the Primary. The kids sang songs and handed out cookies at the rest home then cleaned trash up at the park. Each child earned ice cream toppings by reciting memorized scriptures. It was a fun day.

The weather is starting to turn a bit crazy with one cold day then warm then cool, then hot, then cold. This also means the wind is a lot stronger of late. Our utility bill is grateful for a break with the cooler nights. Justin gets the whole house fan going each evening for a couple hours. It really cools down the house in a jiffy. Sunday evening we all went on a nice walk. Amelia wore a cute little white dress with a white sweater over it, she also had a black purse slung over her shoulder. Justin and I looked back at her and both noticed how much she looked like a Sister Missionary. I regaled her with mission stories for part of our walk. THAT WAS FUN. At one point she said, "hey!" I said, "hay is for horses." She replied, "honking horns are for pigs!" I was totally stumped.

Everett decided to take short 15-20 catnaps Sunday-Tuesday. I feel like Popeye with one huge arm after lugging him around for three days. Monday I was so tired I went to bed at 9 pm, totally unheard of in these parts. He napped pretty well (so far) today. Maybe he was just going through a funky phase.

Monday we met Justin at the park for a fun little picnic. The weather was perfectly amazing! We noticed the Evans family taking a picnic lunch so joined them. Sister Evans said we looked like a perfectly adorable family. Awwww. That was nice. Amelia looked pretty cute in her vintage dress and boots, with pigtails to boot. Phillip said "I love you" for the first time, at least for the first time that we understood him. He keeps getting up between 6 and 6:30, that is early for me since I go to bed so late. I finished a cute outfit for Everett on Monday and a cute onsie for a little girl. Courtenay gave me the pants partially completed, I put in the waistband, cut the leg length, and hemmed the pants. The little chick hat I made last week was so cute that Everett totally needed one too. I enjoyed crocheting while Everett and I snuggled. I am so grateful to Justin for helping me clean up more this week since my arms were so full of baby.

16 September 2011

Crafty Alert


Here are a couple projects completed since July. Yes, production is down but still uber cute! Some of the photos are reposts just to get it all in one location. The pixie hat shown on the little baby (in yellow) outside was actually crocheted in green. I keep forgetting to take photos of stuff so don't have about 10 things I've made that went out the door. Oh well! Most were just repeat hats. Can you tell which photos were taken with my crappy point and shoot? I sure can. Makes me crazy! It does take good videos. The lace crowns were made with prefab crochet lace. I brushed modge podge on the lace and allowed to dry. The just glue ends and of course decorate (or spray paint). The crowns remain flexible but still pliable. Next time I will not use the semi-gloss modge podge.

14 September 2011

Walmart Cart Full of Fun

Other than ballet classes we've had a pretty fun week since I last wrote. We enjoyed joy school on Friday, see my new blog here. Saturday our ward participated in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Welfare Program. Justin got up bright and early to help remove a tree hanging over a member's home. Eight guys and one gal worked hard to remove the tree and saw it down for firewood. He spent a good 6 hours working hard. Two other service projects were going on as well around the same time. What a neat way to commemorate that anniversary. I felt out of the loop staying home like usual. I guess my service was to do the same thing I always do!

Sunday I was able to photograph a lovely young lady from our ward who lives 90 minutes away. She is graduating from HS in December. We had fun capturing that special time in her life. The new Elder's drove by while we were in the country. They stopped for a few cool photos with Nebraska landscape in the distance. Monday my visiting teaching companion, Megan, brought over her new baby girl for me to play photographer with. Little Dani slept through most of the session! I had a blast practicing my skills. I am getting better! Amelia, Ella, and Stella all played and played while Megan and I worked.

Last week I made a cute hat for Ella with yarn Alison has tried to pawn off on me for a good six months. She worked hard to find that shade of yarn but with my hands and new life changes I was not able to make her hat. She shipped the yarn off to her Mother-in-law but she also did not have time. Alison suggested a trade of hat for a day babysitting. She took Amelia and Phillip on Tuesday. Phillip insisted on pushing a toy walmart cart filled with a toy kitty, elmo doll, fire truck, and Belle shoes. Amelia brought a bag of princess clothes so the girls could play dress up.

Today I spent a couple hours assisting with a newborn session for a 4 day old baby girl. It was heaven to work with Kelly! We planned out about 7 scenes and completed them all in less then an hour. That is a wonder! Thanks to Christine for watching my kiddos. Sounds like she enjoyed snuggling Everett. We also went to visit the ladies at Justin's work. They love it when we come to visit. This was Everett's first time at the office.
Phillip's speech is really improving to the point other folks can understand him. Everett found his feet. He pulls up his feet under the bouncer to play with the toys. I watched him grab his toes for the first time on Tuesday and realize that those toes belonged to him. He also loves to do the "rainbow" move in the bath: arch his back so only his head and toes are touching solid surfaces. Phillip had the same moves. My favorite thing right now is when he clutches my shirt while he nurses, it is such an intense show of his concentration. He decided to nap a little better this week. At least he sleeps through most every night now a days. He gets up about 2-3 times a week around 5 am for a snack every other night or so. Amelia is having a hard time hearing. I looked in her ears with my otoscope and could not even see her ear drums. I could see her tube lying in the ear canal! That is exciting. We started putting drops in her ears again. I am tired of repeating myself 20 times instead of the usual 10 times.

It was soooooo wonderful, MOM!!

We enrolled Amelia in ballet classes a little while ago. Her first class was this afternoon. I knew she would love it, but was still amazed at her love of dance and music. For the past year we read ballet books, danced recitals in the livingroom, and watched her prance about in her ballet clothes. Her class has about 10 little girls between 3-4 years old. She was one of the few that did not cry. I was so proud of her when she walked up her to teacher, did a curtsey, and stuck out her hand to introduce herself. She has no reservations! Phillip, Everett and I had to wait in the hallway while her class went on. We heard a lot of jumping, skipping, bouncing, plies, and music. She bounced out of the classroom after class to exclaim, "that was the best lesson I ever had! Ballet is so wonderful, mom!" I had a great time meeting two other mom's in the hallway. Her first lesson she learned:

bounce, bounce, plie, plie
heels together
skip, skip, hop
marching in time

07 September 2011

Joy for Joy School!!

This morning marked the start of joy school for the year. We hosted the event at our home, kicking it off with some fun. Our theme this week is "All About Me," the letter is "F," and our shape is an oval. I am starting a blog for our joy school this year so check over there for details! Hopefully at the end of the year we can give the kids blog books of our joy school year.
Here is Amelia starting her first day of joy school, year two. I made her outfit two weeks ago and held back the tremendous urge to post photos early. She totally rocked the pleated skirt, appliqued shirt, and hat. I love this fabric line from Timeless Treasures. Reminds me of fall, school, and hot chocolate.

Alison took Phillip for me (major thanks) and then invited Mia over to play afterwards until 4 pm. Everett was not so happy today. It made joy school a little challenging. He ended up crying for about an hour since he would not nap, eat, or settle down. He was not happy the rest of the day either so maybe he was not feeling well. I think we will survive joy school! This week I am investing in the Rusty and Rosy reading program by the Waterford Institute. Jacob Lance used it and practically learned to read in preschool! They also have a cool looking DVD teaching the letter sounds that I want.