Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side.
Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cader Raider

So, I just noticed that we don't have a picture of Caders on here for over a month. So, here you go! Cade is just a precious baby. He is very demanding about what he wants and likes, but at least I don't have to guess about what he's thinking. He is my best sleeper and loves taking naps and going to bed at night. (Go figure!) He is also an awesome eater and will eat almost anything you put in front of him. I can't believe he is almost 14 months old! He is my chubbiest baby! I think this is because he is not walking yet. We are going to be working with a physical therapist in a couple months to try to get his foot facing the right direction to make walking easier on him. (We noticed that one of his feet turns to the side and it is causing him to have a really bad sense of balance. We are waiting to work with a physical therapist and get a brace until after the baby gets here. Maybe if we are lucky he will outgrow it??? :-) We are so lucky to have this little angel in our family!

Dying Easter Eggs!

So, we haven't really even dyed Easter eggs, so we decided to do it this year. The kids loved it! It was fun to see them get all excited when the eggs changed color in the water. I let them put stickers all over the eggs as well. We had a great time. I am excited that Easter is falling on a conference weekend so that we can just spend the day together as a family. The kids can't wait for an Easter egg hunt. I think there is one in the community that we live in and we might try to check that out.

Monday, March 29, 2010

So much fun to get big . . .

Oh how I love getting big. I can't believe how fast I have gotten big this time around. The doctor says that having 4 pregnancies in 5 years will do that to you. I'm still feeling great, just a lot of back pain. They are moving my due date up by one or two weeks, which just makes me so happy. We have an ultrasound in a couple weeks to confirm the new due date. I had to find a new doctor, but actually am really happy with the new one. She is great. I guess it worked out for the better. (If I look exhausted in the second picture - I am. Sick kids are rough and 6 of Cade's teeth are coming in. Not much sleep in the last few days.)

24 weeks (or 25 or 26 with the new due date)

27 weeks (28 or 29 with the new due date)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Swimming Lessons, again

So, last year we had the kids in swimming lessons and were not to impressed with their progress. They were going once a week for 6 months and really seemed to be forgetting what they learned in between lessons. We decided to take a different approach this year. We have them going 4 times a week for an entire month (we are willing to go to 6 weeks if needed.) They are doing wonderful! I am paranoid about them learning to swim because every other person here in Arizona has a pool. I love the swim school we have them in and Mr. Justin is really good with the kids. They are the only 2 in their class, so it works really well. We hope they continue to progress like they are. We are thinking this was a better way to spend our money on swimming lessons this year! And yes, I have already admitted that I have a swimming suit problem in a previous post. Capri has too many swimming suits, but my mom has the same problem, so I didn't buy them ALL. . . :-)

Washing the car

See, I can be crafty. I made these cute socks for Capri. She loves them. (I need to make her some more because she begs for them every day.) I made some for the new baby as well and loved how they turned out. Don't you just love her Lightining Shoes?? :-)

She decided that the sidewalk was a little too wet and tried to dry it with the towel.

Helping daddy polish the wheels of the car. What a great helper!

Emerson was out there helping as well. They love getting all wet while washing the car. We love that the weather is so nice right now. Soon it will be soooo hot!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Adventures in Parenting

So, I shouldn't have written that post yesterday, because that just means that the next day would be worse right? This is just to good to not share. It's just laughable!

The new relief society presidency wanted to come and visit. Not a big deal, until Isaac informed me he was working late that night. My kids act fine with me, but get really excited and kind of out of control when people that they have never met come over. They love to show off and talk and I don't really get a word in. Emerson was OUT OF CONTROL! He was jumping on the coach, coming out with different pairs of underwear on his head, talking up a storm, etc. Capri was okay, just a little to touchy for some of the ladies, I think. My kids are really lovey and love to sit on your lap and hug and kiss you and I know that makes some people uncomfortable. Cade was okay, but about half way through the visit started crying and acting like a pain. To top it all off? Emerson started throwing the underwear that was on his head at the ladies from the relief society. I wanted to die! They probably think I am the worst mom and my kids are terrors. I don't know what was up with them. You'd think I gave them Cafe Lattes before they came over. I was praying for Isaac to come home the entire time. (By the way, he came home 5 min. after they left . . .) I was trying to discipline as much as I could without sounding like I was at the end of my rope, but they weren't really hearing me. Before you say that they understand or anything along those lines, let me share this. I don't really have a plan of what to do with the kids when the baby comes and was hoping I could take them to someone in the ward. Well, one asked if we could split them up! I felt like crawling under the coach and dying! Please, mom, make sure that you are here, so I don't have to beg several families in my ward to take my unruly children (who I would need to split up because all 3 are to much work)!!! Hahaha, it just makes me laugh! (Today I can laugh - yesterday, not really.) Luckily right when Isaac got home, I was able to "run away" to my friend Anna's house. We laughed about the whole thing and spent a couple hours eating chips and salsa on her porch and talking. I'm lucky to have such a good friend. Oh well, I think they are cute and glad they don't act that out of control when they are home with me. I can handle it when we have guests, even if I do appear to be deserving of the "Worst Mother Award." By the way, thank you for all my sweet friends and family who have called to ask me how I am doing. I am fine. Hanging in there. Just lonely sometimes. I can't believe that after over 2 years I still miss my old life and my old friends. Pray that the kids take a nap for me today, I sure need one!!! :-)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

And I cried . . .

Let's just face it, motherhood is the best and most challenging job in the world. Soooo rewarding, yet draining. I go days sometimes with no shower, get giddy if I get a phone call because I have a chance to talk to another adult, can't remember the last time I got more than 4 hours of sleep uninterrupted, and I actually call the grocery store "an outing." My poor husband was asking how my day went the other day (he is so sweet by the way - and helpful too), and I told him I was tired. His response? "Why are you tired?" I cried - no bawled actually. It's hard being pregnant and having 3 young children. It's even harder when people say "hang in there", "you'll miss these days", or any of those other familiar phrases. How about "ya, it stinks sometimes!" I'd love to hear that! :-) (I think that's why I don't even say anything about having a hard time, because I don't want to hear what others have to say . . .) So, to all you mom's out there. I admire you for all that you do. It's the hardest job out there. Just when you think that you can't take it anymore, you get a wet, slobbery kiss - and it makes it all worth it. Here are some phrases that the kids said that helped me make it through the days lately:

Capri: Can we get something to eat? My stomach is freakin' out with hungry.
Emerson: He found a spider and Isaac killed it. Then Emerson said "just leave the web there, another spider can move in if it wants."
Capri: Mom, koala bears are not mouses. (Okay?)
Emerson: Mom, can we throw a thank you party because you do so much for us?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Soooo Excited!

So, this is probably up there with one of the most exciting posts I have ever made! My beautiful twin sister is expecting! I always thought that it would be so much fun to be pregnant with her, but when I got to my 4th pregnancy, I thought I might not get that oportunity. She is due in November, so our babies are going to only be 4 or 5 months apart. It's so much fun because I know her and Dan are going to be the best parents ever. She is super excited and I hope that she has a happy, healthy 9 months. Love ya, sis. I am so happy for you and Dan.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Creative Child

Capri is so creative some times. The other day, she decided to entertain herself by making "hanger sculptures." It was so funny. She sat on the floor in the kitchen while I cooked dinner and played with the hangers. It was fun to just talk to her and listen to all the funny things she has to say. Sometimes she gets me laughing so hard!
Some of my favorites lately:
"Daddy, your my bestest boy friend."
"My tummy is freaking out from hungry!"
Oh, do you love the dress and headband she's wearing? I found this little boutique here that custom makes little dresses. I had them make one for Capri and a little one for the new baby girl. They turned out so cute! AND the best part? $12. Yip, that's all it cost for each dress!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Little Nature Explorers

We have had Emerson in a class at the local nature preserve called "Little Nature Explorers." He has loved it since the first week. We are sad that we only have a couple weeks left. They just go exploring once a week at this giant nature park. They dig for dinosaur bones, look for different plants and animals, and go on hikes. We are so glad that we are able to get the kids so involved. We love that there is so much for the kids to do with year round wonderful weather.