29 June 2012

Returning Home


Monday we spent most of the day with Mom and the boys. Jared and his friend, Peter, got quite the work out entertaining my kids. I spent most of the morning organizing and packing the van for our trip home. Miekka and kids came over for a while to play and visit. The kids and I had Cafe Rio with Alan, Melinda, and their son. Alan and I were hired at DWS the same time. We went through quite a bit during our journey at work. He is amazing! There was so much to chat about that dinner went by way to fast. I hurried back to Mom's to take some missionary photos of soon to be Elder Jeremy Lance. He looked the part: handsome and ready to serve! The kids and I said good bye then headed to the airport to pick up Grandma Call. Her flight was 90 minutes late so we just kept driving to Charity's home. Kenny picked up Grandma from the airport while I put my cranky kids to bed.

Tuesday was a blur of activity with cousins playing. It was nice to visit with Grandma Diana. The kids showed off all their amazing skills. Amelia even massaged Grandma's back and feet. Libby with shopping with me to Home Goods, Michaels, and Emergency Essentials for last minute stuff. We ordered pizza for dinner. I reserved a hotel in Rock Springs for that night. Right before leaving I decided to take some photos of Reagan and Mason. Mason actually let me! That was momentous. I drove off into the sunset at 6:20 pm. The drive to Rock Springs was totally uneventful as planned.

Everett would not settle down with us to sleep. I put him on the floor after he wiggled for 30 minutes. Around midnight I found him under the bed, at 3 am he was sunggled inside the end table. Ah! The joys of locomotion. Right after breakfast we met with Laurie Mason's daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and her son Lincoln (7 mths). It was stinkin' cold outside. We drove to a park and I took some cute photos of little Lincoln. His daddy is a hunter so the deer hat and camo set up was pretty funny.

We left Rock Springs at 9:45 am. It still took us until 5:20 pm to get back to Sidney. Everett, Phillip, and I had a nasty bout of intestinal issues. I had to stop and change diapers about every 30-60 minutes. Justin arrived home from work right behind us. Took the kids a second to react but once they did Justin got a huge welcome home. Within moments the house was a tangled clutter of stuff, toys, and joy over being HOME. Justin played with the kids most of the evening while I unpacked and such. I am proud to say most everything was unpacked and finished before bedtime.

Neleigh came over to watch the kids Wednesday while I fininshed unpacking and organizing. Justin had a company picnic at noon that we went to. Amelia can walk a balance beam very well! Two new accountants joined the team with in the last couple weeks. Both are LDS and fresh out of school. We visited with one family at the picnic.

Everett decided to mostly wean himself. He gained about 2 pounds in the last week or so drinking whole milk. I love seeing him on the ground sucking away until the last drop is gone...my favorite...the sigh when he finishes. Dang. The best part is wearing normal tops instead of the nursing ones. I HATE the nursing tops with a passion.  

Room Switch (again)


Before we arrived home I had Justin switch the cribs. Everett and Mia are together and Phillip is alone. Justin took the rails off one side. I found a Cars themed toddler bed set for Phillip's "new" bed. I was super worried he would just refuse to go to sleep and play the open/shut the bedroom door game. The first night and since he's only opened his door once or twice. He loves his new bed and having his own room. Amelia loves sharing with the "cuter" brother. The second night home Everett started crying around 11:30 pm. I found Amelia in the crib with her pillow pet, quilt, and three animals. She said Everett was happy and wanted company. He was squashed at the end with her feet in his stomach. After consequences for getting in Everett's crib were set no more issues! I moved the closets yesterday night since Phillip was having a cow over his stuff residing in Amelia's room.

Saturday Ella came to spend the day with us. It worked out perfectly since her family was off for the day at Cub Scout day camp. It was hot, hoT, hOT, HOT. The girls wanted to have a lemonade stand. This time they earned about $10 total! While they played outside I played inside. A new little baby girl came to visit. She was quite the smiley girl and ever so relaxed. That afternoon Everett pulled himself up to standing while I put away groceries. Ironically, he was exploring the refrigerator and pulled himself up to empty the vegetable drawer. He is so fast scooting around. He flips and flops, gets on his knees, and scoots. Changing his diaper is not so fun. The octopus stage has commenced. He can say quite a few words now. Kitty is my favorite. His favorite binky is a kitty! He can say all-done, uh-oh, good job, sunbeam (un-eeeem!), 1-2-3 go, good bye, milk, etc.

While we were gone Justin only had three duties (said Nacho Libre style). Watering/yard duty, shelving my food storage duty (not so fun), and crib changing duty. He failed miserably at watering duty. My indoor plants were all dead or close, the porch plants scorched to ashes, and weeds sprouting out of every crevice. He did put wood between the food storage buckets to prevent lid damage. The rest of the storage room was a disaster...as it still is this day. We need more buckets and Walmart is never stocked, I cannot bring myself to pay shipping on that many buckets. I waged war on the outside areas. I weeded the vegetable garden, dug up about a million weeds in the front, then mulched the front garden. I've meant to upgrade the front garden for years now. Check. Done. It looks MUCH better. When I got home some of the weeds were taller than Amelia.

We are beating this hot summer with days at the pool, playing with the hose, splashing in the pool at home, eating mounds of popsicles, and playing inside. Monday night I made Great-Grandma's lemon ice cream in the ice cream maker John/Courtenay & James/Miekka gifted me. The next day I added fresh raspberries for ice cream that was over the top delish. Sidney reached an all time high for this time of year on Tuesday with a nasty 111 plus humidity. Yuck-o. I rarely sweat but broke into a major sweat bath yesterday grooming my garden areas. Finally all my tomatoes are staked, the carrot tops tied to prevent shading the neighboring plants, and more weeding. 
My good friend, Kelly, had her baby while I was in Utah. They named her Stella Louise. Love it. I've helped her photography Stella about 6 times already. We are cramming in as many ideas as possible. My favorite was the session we took of Stella in a moses basket IN A POND. We used her parent's Koi pond for the idea. It took us 40 minutes to get Stella settled, posed, and such. The pose only lasted about 5 seconds but Kelly got the shot. Can't wait to share some the images. I stood in the pond with my rain boots on getting everything set. Later I had to jump back in to get Stella's lost binky...in the pond. My second favorite was a strawberry themed shoot. So adorable. Thanks to Justin for letting me have some free time to play.

18 June 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!!! We miss our Justin very much. Amelia was super sad that Phillip added his colorings to the special picture she drew for Daddy; so sad that she threw it away. She made an awesome card in primary for Justin. Her primary teacher was super amazing! The tie part of her card ripped off somewhere between the church exit and the van. I went back after dinner to find the paper laying in the parking lot. We glued the errant tie back on the card. She was so excited to send Justin some pictures of her card for him.

I had a hard time getting everyone ready for church at 9 am, especially since we woke up at 8 am. I planned on going to church at my old ward at 11. The kids looked so cute in coordinating outfits, I really did not realize that Amelia's outfit matched the boys. The boys were so handsome in matching shorts and shirts. We drove around Mom's neighborhood searching for a good place to take photos. The street just west has a house with a gorgeous yard and nice shade. We started to drive to church when I realized that my gas tank was almost empty (again). In Sidney my gas tank gets filled about twice a month! Here it is once or twice a week. Grandma's ward still had an hour and a half left so we finished church there. I slipped out to attend sacrament meeting by myself for the first time in 5 years. That was strange. I could actually focus and ponder. Amazing.

Jana hosted a fun family dinner after church. She provided the meat and bread. We celebrated a welcome home mom and boys, John's birthday, and Father's day all at once. I made a shrimp pasta salad, blueberry walnut salad, and a berry dessert salad. Dinner was pretty tasty! The air conditioner decided to call it quits on the hottest day of the year so far. When I went to bed the temperature was 89 degrees inside. Phew. John, Courtenay, James, and Miekka gifted me an ice cream maker. I was a little overwhelmed by their generosity. Geeze, my eyes are watering now over their generosity. Tear. I cannot wait to make a batch of Great-Grandma's lemon ice cream. Phillip decided the temperature was too warm for clothes. He would randomly streak by bum cheeks flapping while the punkles grumbled about his lack of propriety. I guess they have a short memory. Phillip is enamored with his Punkles. He loves tackling them...amended...so does Amelia. She was playing tackle with Punkle Jared and a never ending game of chase.

The kids and I skyped with Justin before bed. Like most nights it was chaos. Too many interesting buttons to push, food pantries to raid, and messes to make. I hope Justin felt our love for him through the chaos. He reported today that he made himself a crab legs dinner. Good for you! Justin is our favorite dad.

17 June 2012

Oldest Friend from Birth


I really wanted to take my kids to the zoo before we left Utah. Saturday was chosen as the perfect zoo day, so did half the population of SLC. It was crazy busy. One of the elephants celebrated a birthday so cake, crafts, and shows ran all day. We met Catherine, Jeff, Malisia, and Kate at the zoo. Catherine got three of us in for FREE. Schweet! Amelia was so excited to spend the day with her oldest friend from birth. (me cracking up). We got to see the new polar bear, seal, and otter homes. The polar bear tried to kiss Reagan through the glass while he was swimming under water. Phillip was entranced with the otter tank. He could see the otter under the water...and above the water. He bobbed his head up and under the water line for several minutes watching the otters. We caught a nice break in the giraffe house where it was cool. Jeff took the hot route back to his car to retrieve lunch for us all. Jeff found a perfect picnic spot near the elephant enclosure. I lost Phillip when we migrated over to the carousel. I found him near the picnic spot sitting in the lap of a bronze ape. How fitting. We were super hot by the time we left. Amelia stayed to play with Kate at the zoo and later at her home. 

Aunt Melissa called asking if we could come get her kiddos while en route for Charity's. It was not a good moment so I declined. Turns out Grant was up at Primary's with a nasty case of encellitis (sp?) from a bug bite. He spent the night there. The rest of us visited with Raquel, Emma, and Elijah who drove down from Logan for the day. The boys and I drove to West Valley to pick up Amelia. We stayed for a BBQ dinner with Catherine and Jeff. Thanks for the spur of the moment invite! I wish there was more time to just visit with no kids sometimes! Jeff grilled up a fantastic teriyaki burger.