I have been a bad blogger. I can probably just blame it on being busy with 5 little kids. Mostly, I am so tired at the end of the day that all I want to do it watch TV, or I fall asleep in front of the TV. Things have been happening around here and I'm going to try to recap some of them.
broke her two bottom teeth at 7 months and has been leaving teeth marks
on various items since, including making the first marks on Jared's new
shoes (you read that right, Jared bought new shoes without me being there, which is a big event in itself).
fake tooth started getting loose about a month ago and she has had fun
slipping it below her other teeth and freaking people out on the bench
behind us in church. The dentist cemented it back in place this week and
should be in for another year.
-We found out yesterday that Alex
has an ectopic molar which means one of his molars is growing into
another one and destroying its root. That will either resolve on its own
or have to be pulled eventually. He also has two bottom permanent teeth
in the space of three baby teeth that he's lost so he'll need to see an
orthodontist pretty soon. There's always something new with Alex at the
dentist. Also, he was playing a punching game with his friends (for
some reason??) and one of his friends punched his front tooth out. It
was loose so it wasn't a big deal, but it was kind of a funny way to
lose it. He just lost his second top tooth on Saturday when he was
-Erin has had a new adventure
with her orthodontia. It seems like she's had an issue every
appointment. First, one of her spacers fell out. Then when she got her
expander in, one of the back bands broke. Because of this, they took out
the expander completely (which they told us had to stay in for 9-12
months). Then when they put her top 4 braces on, one of them came off.
And at her last appointment, her wire came out of the back bracket the
day after. I've been slightly annoyed by the whole thing, but I'm going
to trust that it'll work out fine in the end (besides, I've already paid
for the whole first phase).
-Even though Connor
doesn't have any issues with his teeth except a little tarter, he is
included in this section because he screamed and screamed at the dentist
this week. I was a little surprised because he'd had two appointments
before where he never cried. He now joins the rest of 'em for
having traumatic experiences at the dentist.
started crawling! She was 7 months and 1 week when she really started
getting the hang of it. Now she is all over the place. She can crawl,
but she never really got the hang of rolling over. Once she falls on her
back, she is stuck (like a turtle on its shell). Funny how they are all
so different. Just this week she started pulling herself up on things,
but I don't think she can get down without falling on her head. I keep
finding her standing up by the shelf, on the stairs, by the couch, etc.
is potty trained! I didn't think it would happen for a long time
because he has been so stubborn about not sitting on the toilet (he saw a
picture of Alex in the toilet as a baby and has been terrified of it
ever since). I finally bought him his own little potty at Ikea hoping to
get him excited. The first day he sat and sat but nothing happened. He
said, "It's not working. It needs batteries." He finally got the hang of
the little potty and, as disgusting as it is, has been using it for
over a month now and dumping as much of the contents as he can into the
big potty on his own. He pooped in the big potty for the first time
yesterday. Exciting. Now we are trying to convince him he still needs a
diaper at night, but for him it is all or nothing. It's a process,
that's for sure. On a related topic, when I asked him if he needed to go
potty, he told me to stop saying potty words--you know, like "potty".
must have learned some new skills at gymnastics because they are moving
her up a level, although I am not entirely sure what they are. She has
gotten a lot more flexible and loves it, so we'll keep doing it for the
-At some point between I'd say November and February-ish, Alex
learned how to says his "r's". I have no idea when he finally got it or
how, but one day I noticed that he was saying them right. One less
thing for me to worry about.
-Almost forgot. Hallie
learned how to clap, surely a necessary life skill. She makes a great
audience for the kids when they do hand stands and she claps for them.
planted a garden this year. We built three 4'x4' raised cedar boxes,
planted some random stuff and hoped for the best. Amazingly, everything I
planted has sprouted! I have no idea what I am doing, whether I planted
the right things in the right place in the right quantity giving it the
right amount of water. No idea. But I'm glad we got it going anyway.
was my dream to build the kids a play structure (no surprise there). I
had been designing and redesigning it for over a year. But one day, in
the spur of a moment, I decided I would buy a play set for them instead
(okay, maybe not instead because I still want to build something in
addition to this). We got a Lifetime swing set with 3 swings, a trapeze
bar, monkey bars, a slide and a fire pole. All the kids, including the
neighbor kids love it. There will often be 8-11 kids on it at one time
and it gets used every day. It still puzzles me as to why kids love to
swing so much, but they love it. I'm so glad I decided to buy it because
we have it now as opposed to 4 months from now, even though my design
was cooler. Our next door neighbors just got a trampoline (which is
essentially part of our yard) so the kids have plenty to do out there.
-After we filled the garden boxes with dirt, all the kids wanted to do was play in the dirt (another thing that puzzles me. I mean, I
don't like to play in the dirt). After a certain percentage of good
soil got flipped out of the boxes, I made the declaration that I would
build them a sandbox, for crying out loud. So we did. It's another one
of Ana White's designs with a cover that folds up into seats. It's a
pretty slick design, and will be that much better once we finally get
some actual sand in it. Yes, even more to do in the back yard.
had some curbing added to all the beds around the house and it makes
things look a lot better. We still have more landscaping and mulching to
do, as well as pavers under our BBQ grill and a travertine path along
the side of the house and rocks in the front, but it will come in due time (it just seems like
everything we do takes forever.)
-Even though it isn't
necessarily a project, it's outside and I love it. I've been wanting
some hanging baskets for a long time but could never justify the price. I
finally used a coupon and spent the big bucks on two baskets full of
pink geraniums. I thought they would last a little while, but they have
been blooming and re-blooming since I got them two months ago and I love
them! Now if I could ever justify paying for some sort of seating on
the porch I could enjoy them that much more. All in due time.
Other Happenings That I Have Not Been Able to Blog About:
-Erin finished 3rd grade
-Alex finished 1st grade
-Marissa finished preschool
-We spent Memorial Day weekend up at Jared's parents' house
-My parents got their mission call to Los Angeles, Family History Center
-My oldest nephew got his mission call to North Carolina
-My dad turned 70 and finally retired from his job (wohoo!)
-Marissa had a dance recital (this was around the time that I really started to lose it)
-We spend Mother's Day at my parents' house
-Jared's Aunt Christy got married (yay!)
went to the doctor and was barely on the chart for weight (but for some
reason they weighed her with her diaper and clothes on). No matter,
I'll take it.
-I won a major award in the form of a bowling trophy (courtesy of DI, thanks to one of the pin-up girls, Jen)
-We went to the Tulip Festival (pretty!)
-I started going to a neighborhood Bunco group (fun times)
had spring break at some point in there, though I would be hard pressed
to tell you a single thing we did, even looking at my calendar
started going to some Turbo Kick/Insanity classes at a local gym a few
times a week at the crack of dawn (so not what I like to do--wake up
early--but I can't think of any other way to fit in exercise)
listened to General Conference and bribed the kids with gum if they
took notes (which they actually did--never underestimate the power of
-I got some 6 month pictures of a very tired Hallie.
She wasn't crying but she was a tough crowd, I tell you. There was only
one smile, one.
-We celebrated Easter, and somewhere on
this computer is a whole Easter post that I never finished. Somewhere on
my camera is a whole lot of pictures that have not been uploaded since
Easter. I cannot keep up, obviously!
-I have been helping a
few people with some of their home designs and love it! I only wish I
had the right programs to design with. It makes me excited to go to work
some day... but that day is not right now. Will I ever get ahead of the
-Hallie stopped sucking her thumb somewhere along
the line and ever since has been waking up about 3-5 times a night for
about three months, and this was after sleeping through the night for a
good four months. This may have something to do with my tiredness,
impatience, being overwhelmed, etc. (yeah, yeah, yeah... I know what your thinking, but I am not pregnant). I still feel like I can function,
but I'd probably be functioning better if I ever got a full,
uninterrupted night's sleep.
And since it's past midnight and since I haven't uploaded my photos anyway, this is all there is.