Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Growing families

We are officially a two loads of dishes and two loads of laundry a day family... Next upgrade?  A bigger crock pot. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Potty Training

I don't want to jinx it, but I have to remember this!  Evelyn has given up diapers all on her own (again), but this time she's been in underwear for about 3 weeks.  She had an accident or two each day for the first 2 weeks... but I did something I didn't do for Sam or Ada... I went and got those surprise grab bags with My Little Ponies in them for $2.50-$3 each... I got 8 of them and taped them all to the wall in the bathroom.  I told her that every day she went without pooping in her pants, she'd get to open one.  It's been 5 days and not a single accident.  I don't even have to set them timer for her anymore... just say that it's time to go potty and most of the time she hops up and just goes.  I hope it keeps up after the ponies run out... but I do love that she likes to go to the bathroom herself.  The next challenge is getting her to ask me to wipe her up when she poops instead of me just having to check all the time.  All in all, I'm impressed. 

I do bribe my kids... Ada learned to use the potty with the promise of a $3 bike we'd bought at DI... Sam wanted a Thomas the Train toy for $7... Evelyn has been about $25, but she's also taken almost two years to train... maybe I'm the most desperate with her.

My neighbor, Deb, came to the door while Evelyn was running around in her shirt and panties... Deb knew we were potty training and commented on her undies... Evelyn very proudly bent over to show her the back of her amazing panties and kept pointing out that they had ponies on them. 

The Symphony

Jer's two passions are classical music and chocolate... luckily I like them both as well.  Two years ago, we had lots of tickets to the Utah Symphony.  We enjoyed it so much that we did it again this year for Jer's father's day present.  Jer's dad also realllllllly enjoys the Symphony.  So we go double dates and it's always fun... despite things like traffic.  This year we've gone to Mahler's 7th Symphony and Dvorak's 2nd Symphony.  I LOVE Thierry Fisher.  He just signed another 10 year contract for the Symphony... looks like we'll be going a lot in the next 10 years.  It honestly wouldn't be able to happen this year without my family though! Last time we could get a sitter for the 5-6 hours that it takes to pick up Jer from work and make our way up there and back... With baby Seth it's harder.  He's not a happy baby, and while he's happier with my family than he is with sitters, he's still not always chippowah.  The last two times that we've tried to leave him with a teenage sitter (both of whom we've used and loved before), he's frustrated them to no end and even scared our favorite one off of any immediate sitting opportunities.  But between my mom, Seth, Janelle and Dad they're able to love him and cuddle him into all sorts of good things. 

This last time, Evelyn had been telling me about how my sister, Janelle had painted her fingernails and that she had to be careful because they would "melt off" if we got into the car without her coat over her hands.  Funny girl.  The time before last, Sammy and Ada excitedly told me all about getting to finish the Indiana Jones movie that we'd started but never finished.  They were in heaven.  Sammy has become a fan.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Honesty?

Ada was watching me put on some deodorant.  She asked what it was.  I told her that it was so I didn't get stinky... She just thought for a moment and said, "Like daddy!"  Yep... daddies tend to be stinky.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thank you Hobby Lobby

I really like that they had $4 shirts that I could put my appliques onto... Super easy 5 min project.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Evelyn

Evelyn is stubborn. She just is. I've learned some ways of working with her that not all people understand yet...But sometimes she just has to let me know that she is not going to do it anyways.  She quickly learned to say, "No thanks!" instead of throwing a fit... But her latest version of it is, "I'm exhausted." No doubt from watching the Fate game on the computer.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Seth

What are you talking about?  I wasn't sleeping.

Little monkey

With grandma, it's all about monkeying around

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gahhh

I'm not usually against cold weather, it's usually just something to live through, deal with and sometimes enjoy... but in the last two days I'm finding that I hate it this time around.  Maybe it's that I'm afraid that my toddler will pee her pants and come home freezing... maybe it's that I finally have my 3 month old not congested and I'm just waiting for him to get another cold... maybe it's that I hate to wear shoes and I'm starting to consider it as I walk in the 27 degree weather... or maybe it's the extra mess.  All the coats thrown wherever until I get mad at the owner to put them away... the 12 pairs of gloves on the floor because my 7 year old didn't find her purple ones... the hats and scarves falling out of the open closet... the 3 year old insisting that a rain coat is warm enough to go outside in and then learning that it's not enough... so she switches without putting the other coat away.  Sheesh, I'd like to actually be able to open my front door.

This week

I feel like not much has happen, but we've been very busy.  We did a sale in my front yard to try to help my mom and Sharon sell the rest of the inventory from the store... it went really well, and it was fun to have everyone over.  It turned out to be a very nice and sunny day.  Jer had his LAN party at our neighbor's house... Rachel and Anya came to play, and the kids had a Primary Program practice as well as the actual program the next day.  It was really cute.  It was about Temples and Eternal families.  Sam was very comfortable up there and sitting next to his teacher... He treated her like he treats me... so I think he likes her.  Ada was a great singing, and also a great nose picker... There's always  one of those.  It just happened to be mine this time.  Evelyn has been in panties for about a week and is really doing well.  Still struggles with pooping, but honestly she'd do better if I'd remember to take her more often.  She has about 2 accidents a day... mostly around lunch time when I'm trying to pick up Sam from school, feed the baby, make lunch, and help Sam with homework.  I'm so glad that she was willing to do it this time.  I was gearing up for a major battle of the wills.  We've only had one or two of those this week instead of every time like last time I tried her in undies.  She's even worn panties to bed the last two days without accidents.  Ada is out of pull ups too... and does have an accident once a week or so, but as long as Jer and I take her potty in the middle of the night she is doing a lot better... just a couple months ago, she'd have 4 or so accidents a week.  Progress.  Last night, my sister Janelle came to visit.  It's always fun to have her... and the kids all clamor for her attention.  We ended up playing Star Wars Monopoly... which Evelyn won without buying any properties... We had to end the game an hour into it to go to bed.  I'm sure Jer would have won though.

Morning

Between Ada unable to find school pants, Sam unable to find a school shirt, Evelyn not wanting to wake up and go potty, Evelyn not wanting breakfast, Ada making a mess with her breakfast, my bloody nose, Sam dumping his antibiotics on the floor instead of drinking it (he was wearing gloves and didn't hold on very well), feeding and changing the baby... we were lucky to make it to the school only a half hour late and without hair done.  Whoops.  Not the best morning... the kids were excited to take hats and gloves to school today though. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cousins

I love how cousins play. We have Rachel and Anya over to play... They turned off all the lights in the house and scaring the ghosts with flashlights.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fleas

Sam says that Grandma Wilcox has fleas and now that he is sick he must have fleas too. I think he means germs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Leaves

Post Halloween Party

Our Robertson Halloween party was post Halloween this time. I love this one every year because of the gigantic leaf pile. John and Diane came with their kids and Jer's cousin Julie brought her kids too.  Fun day.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Friends

My neighbor and friend made this cute blanket for baby Seth... I'm dying cause it's so cute.

The Wards

I'm starting to get back into some photo shoots again... man am I rusty and I really need a new camera, but this will do for now.  We got to go up Battle Creek Falls trail and take these on this past Saturday.  Such cuties!









Sunday, November 2, 2014

Family pictures 2014

 
So my photographer moved to Kentucky... sad day, and I haven't found any other photographer that I like that does family pictures for less than $175... so we did an exchange.  I took Julie Ward's kids' pictures and she took pictures of me and my family.  It was really windy, and while the lighting was nice and even, I regretted not having a reflector... everyone's eyes are kind of dark. Maybe after I edit these the eyes will be better, but I'm glad to have new pictures with all my babies.






This one needs cropping...


And I know this one isn't the best picture, but it kind of is Evelyn... always off doing something, refusing to let mom take pictures of just her... playing and running.



I love this one the most, but it's a little fuzzy, maybe I'll just pretend that it isn't.

And the biggest plus side of our arrangement, we get to play with cousins. (Well, 2nd cousins I guess.)





This one's my next favorite... Love these kids.  Jer needs a haircut and I need to shave off about 100 lbs... but here we are, all together, and all happy.

Halloween


 
Pumpkin carving.  We put this off until the night before Halloween this time.  Life has been rolling right along and we haven't been able to catch up.

 
Our kids are starting to get to the independent stage... they have their own neighborhood friends that they could go out with... just not quite.  We went with Keith, Laurel and her sister.  Sam was Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Ada was Elsa (who I accidentally sprayed in the face with the hairspray... so she cried and her eye make up ran... Her eyes looked more like Betty Boop eyes than Elsa.), and Evelyn was Anna.  It was fun to have everyone go the same speed this time.

 
Part way around the block Seis and Leilei asked if they could come with us... so for a while I had 8 trick or treaters.  That was a new experience for me.  Their mom came and picked them up and we met up with the Bronley's for a while.  I like Trick or Treating because I get to see all my mom friends and walk around together. 

Cutest kids ever