Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A call from the office

Well.  I officially got my first call from the principle's office today!  Apparently the week before spring break, a girl in Josi's class called her Joslyn.  Josi told her not to call her that or she would "punch her in the face."  Apparently the girl told her mom and during spring break, the mom called the principle.  Josi has no recollection of the event, but shook the girls hand and basically said no hard feelings.

 It's slightly funny because she says outrageous things like that:
- to be funny
- to express that she indeed does not want to be called Joslyn
- even though she would never actually punch someone in the face.  Kick someone, maybe.  But not punch.
-at home, all the time.  And I try to get her to stop.  And I warn her that if she says things like that at school they might believe her and she'll get in trouble.  She used to say she'd kill for things but I've since had to start putting hot sauce on her tongue just so it doesn't slip at school sometime!
- even though NO BODY in my family talks like that.  I don't know where it came from but she's always just been more aggressive than my other kids.

Anyway.  I love her.  She's hard sometimes and says crazy things but I'm sure she'll grow out of it.  I mean...right??!!!  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday

We finally got to bless Lincoln today. He is 6 and a half months old so it was long overdue! At the beginning of the blessing Kyle said "we hold this CHILD in our arms" instead of infant. We thought it was pretty funny. He was quiet and happy throughout the whole blessing, sitting upright and kicking the men in the circle. The best part about it was that he still BARELY fit into the blessing outfit that Kyle wore as a baby. He seriously looked so cute. The only people in the circle were the bishopric- Bishop Gerry Wieland, Brannick Adams, and Stu Cowie,  and Kyle and his dad. Kyle did a wonderful job and I was able to record the blessing on my phone. It was a beautiful blessing and I just felt so much love. It was a great morning. After church, we came home and had a traditional Sunday dinner (lunch) of ham, rolls, and potatoes, and then Terry and Kathy headed home! Wah wah. I hate when the party ends. That evening my friend Sara Cowie came over and took a few pictures of Lincoln in his blessing outfit. It was a special Easter day.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Saturday

Knowing that Easter Sunday was going to be busy with Lincoln's baby blessing, we decided to have the Easter Bunny come on Saturday instead. I'm so glad we did. My kids all woke up and found their hidden baskets, and ate candy all morning. I slept in with my baby, which means no pictures of my kids with their baskets. Then we met up with a bunch of families from our ward and had a huge Easter Egg hunt inside the church (as it was raining outside). That afternoon I made 5 batches of hot fudge and took Kate to her first General Women's broadcast with Grammy. You could tell she was feeling the love so hard. She held both of our hands the entire time and kept trying to snuggle us even more than that. It was pretty cute. FYI- 5 batches of fudge is way too much for 50 women. :)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Kate and Owen

Kate and Owen turned 9 this year! We spent the morning making their birthday "cakes," which were actually brownies, since my kids don't love frosting. Owen's was topped with Reeces peanut butter cups and Kate's with caramel. then Kate and Owen opened up their presents to each other- Owen got Kate legos and candy and Kate got Owen a stuffed panda and candy, silly putty and a "sticky hand." Grammy and Poppa also got them some fun presents. They got Owen a logic game called Gravity Maze and Kate a creative game called Pattern Play. They also got Owen a little church suit and Kate 2 skirt sets. So the kids spent a good part of the day playing with their new games. It was awesome. That evening my kids got a friend party. They have only had one "friend" party before, and that was when they were 6, so we decided it was time. Each kid invited 3 friends and we met at the bowling alley for bowling, pizza, and arcade games. Then we drove them back to our house where we had brownies, ice cream, and opened gifts. Parents trickled in while the kids ran around playing so hard. It was such a fun night. The bowling alley was perfect because everyone was contained and it wasn't stressful at all. So as a parent I could be FUN! Instead of stressed and "in charge." And all of those kids. They are such good kids. It was a really nice night. Our kids are still babies and still pretty innocent and sweet. After the friends left, around 8 pm, Kate and Owen opened up our gifts. Owen got Battleship and roller blades, and Kate got Connect Four and Illustory. They also got money from Grandma Connie and Grandpa Doug, Grandma Mosher, and Grandma Aha. I can't believe that 9 years ago I got to have these little babies. And now they are so old and such good examples to my other little babies. They are best friends. They are smart and creative and not afraid to share their talents. They (sneakily) stay up late reading books and I still find them sharing a bed half the time. Happy birthday to my babies.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Break 2016

Grammy and Poppa drove up to Roseburg for our spring break this year! It was a really great week for a visit too. Not only were the kids out of school, but it was Kate and Owen's birthday, Easter, and the main event- Lincoln's baby blessing. Kyle took a day and a half off of work too so that made it extra nice.

 The boys went golfing twice, we made our traditional trip to Wildlife Safari, we fed the ducks and biked/roller skated down to Stewart Park. Kathy also brought an Easter craft for all the kids and that (frustratingly) took half a day! One day they took my kids to the movies and I was able to drive around town and run all my errands for birthdays and Easter. It was awesome. Also it was also really nice just having a few extra sets of hands to hold my needy baby.  Kyle let the kids ride the camels at Wildlife Safari in honor of their birthday week.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

These days

Let's be honest.  I've never been a super strong cook.  I love to make delicious treats, but I've never been a strong dinner maker!  haha  I try recipes and then I just really don't love the end product.  But in the meanwhile I've been in the kitchen for 3 hours and it just isn't worth it to me.

So then one day in January I got an email from my sister Ashley.  Her and Cali had planned a 2-week menu and emailed it to me too in case I was interested.  I went grocery shopping, bought all the ingredients, and all of the sudden I'm making tons of really yummy meals!  I print out each recipe, and the ones that I like, I make notes on and put in my binder, and the ones that weren't as successful I just throw away.  All of the sudden I feel super domestic!  And motherly!  And my kids are trying all new kinds of foods and some they just love and it's been really rewarding.  I'm so grateful because I'm pretty indecisive when making a menu and Ash takes all the guesswork out of it.  And she sends her own hints along with the recipes.  I've made chicken noodles soup with homemade noodles, Godfather's dessert pizza, two different types of quiche, just- a bunch of different stuff.  It's been good.  And she's sent me a new menu each month since!

The rest of the pictures are just random shots of our day to day lives.  Kyle was gone for 4 days and it was my first time taking on 5 kids without him.  I always feel pretty powerful after I make it through times like that.  I felt like we did well.

The picture of the 2 baby boys is Lincoln and his little friend Rial.  The funny thing is Rial is 3 months younger than Lincoln.  Look at that big baby.

Also, on Sunday night, Kyle was still out of town at his dental continued education course, when I found out that my in-laws were coming the next day.  I knew they were coming; I just thought they were coming on Tuesday.  My dear friend Laura Rietmann showed up on my doorstep with her daughter and told me they were there to help me clean.  Jean put my kids to bed while Laura and I started cleaning.  They were at my house for 2 and a half hours.  We mopped, vacuumed, dusted, scrubbed.  It was seriously the best thing EVER.  I love my people here.  

Finally, FACE SWAP!  Turns out Owen and Josi have IDENTICAL faces!!  Crazy.