Saturday, February 01, 2014

Boys and girls

People always gave me a look of pity when they found out that I had three boys. They talked about how rambunctious they must be, how wild they could be. That was not my boys. They did have a bit of spunk to them but they in general were quite well behaved.

Lily has broken the mold. I would hear about how quiet and sedate girls were but Lily must have missed that lesson because she is not quiet nor is she sedate. I don't like having her on my lap for too long because it is not a matter of if you will get injured by her wild flailing but when. I have almost had my nose broken on more than one occasion. She still can't make it through Sacrament meeting at church. She has an intense need to move.

It will be interesting to see if the boys follow the sullen teenage male stereotype. Because of Lily's high activity level I will be thinking carefully about putting her in Kindergarten when she is 4 almost five (yay September birthday) or if I will wait another year.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I got a wild idea and came up with a plan to make Sonic the Hedgehog costumes for the older two boys. They love the game and the cartoon show (thank goodness for Netflix and the ability to see older shows). I designed the hood on my own but the rest was modified clothing.  Danny is Daniel the Tiger from the show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.  He is a major fan and had a fun time being his favorite character. Lily is what I call an 80 aerobic instructor. I twas crazy fun fuzzing her hair up instead of what I normally do which is to tame it in to nice curls. She loved the leg warmers so much that I am thinking of making her a few more pairs.

Monday, October 07, 2013

I am back

It has been a long time since I updated last. Having four kids keeps me crazy busy and I haven't felt the craving to write that I used to have. However I think it is important to keep a record of the going on in the family so here I am again.

Lily just had her second birthday last month. It is amazing to me that she is already two.  She was such a terrible sleeper that her first six months of life seemed to drag on and now suddenly she is a toddler with her own opinions on things.  I have been trying not to box her into being a girly girl but she has come by it honestly. I have had to put my food town and insist that she has her hair arranged every morning because she inherited my mother-in-law's tightly curly hair. I just can't let her leave the house with crazy hair and if I skip a day of combing and arranging it you can really tell. Some days I actually do it twice because after nap time it gets really crazy again.

Lily also looves shoes. They were one of her favorite teething toys and now she really appreciates them as accessories to her outfits. She will take her shoes out of the basket and try them all on one pair at a time. Along with shoes she also likes picking out her outfit for the morning. I will show her a shirt and she will bat it out of my hands if she is not feeling it or yank it out of my hands if she wants to wear it.

She isn't prissy though because that girl will get down and dirty with the best of them. She also enjoys playing with cars.  It has been amazingly fun having a little girl and I am so glad I got the chance. I am also glad that the baby factory is closed down and I can start looking beyond having an infant. I am ready to move on to the next phase of life, whatever that may be.

Saturday, August 04, 2012


It is amazing me how fast Lily is growing.  Those first few months seem to last so long because of sleep deprivation but once you get some sleep under your belt you can look back and see how that they are over in a blink of an eye.  I had been intending on babying Lily just a bit longer but she is eagerly growing up so fast.  Baby food was quickly discarded in favor of chopped up bits of what we were eating.  This kid will eat just about anything with gusto.  One of her favorite snacks is canned green beans and peas but she also likes some crazy spicy things like chicken with buffalo sauce.

Lily rocking her first hand knit item made by me.  I already have another sweater on the needles, it is filled with delicious cables.

Someone may be learning how to knit, EZ is a great choice to start with.

Look who is standing!

First trip to the beach

At Evan's baptisim

The whole family

My big boy!  He was rather nervous about being dunked but didn't start freaking out or anything so it was not too traumatizing :P

Gap toothed Harry
She is ready to pick out her first project

Monday, April 09, 2012

Just because

Lily is slowly warming up to the idea that baths can be fun and one does not need to scream the whole time that one is in the tub.

But she still screams up a storm when I have to leave the room to grab something I forgot.

My two companions at home during the day.

 Sometimes they even entertain each other.

Danny the bunny.  Bunnies say "Rawr!"

Harry got one of Lily's hair bows and put it in his hair and of course Danny wanted one too.  What a bunch of goofy brothers.

It is hard to get a serious picture around here.

Mom picks out the most tasty dresses.

What?  You want a picture of my face with out a dress stuffed in it?

There you go!

 Oh, all right, I will put it down.

You so silly mommy!

Harry wanted me to take a picture of him and his monster truck.  For posterity I guess.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I haz new computer!!!  It is total hotness and I love it a lot.  My husband is jealous of it since he short changed himself with the laptop he bought not too long ago.  I love him but sometimes he scrimps and saves on the wrong things.  We like to play World of Warcraft together and his graphics card was a cheap one so he has to crank his settings down to the minimum.  It was like walking around with out my glasses when I was playing on his computer.  My new one on the other hand can handle the highest settings in the most graphics intensive scenarios and it laughs.  That was the one thing I was insistent on is that I got a good graphics card in my computer.

My husband ended up getting a kit (some of the parts were already installed in a case) and then adding the rest of the parts we needed in, so it is a partial home built computer.  It is nice being married to an IT guy that can hook a girl up with a nice computer when hers breaks.  My husband is planning on trying to fix up the dead computer, just imagine him fixing up a junker car and you get the idea.  I figure it takes up less space than a car and will hopefully be cheaper.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Good things bad things

Last week was parent teacher conference week at school. I skipped Evan because we ended up having a big let's all get on the same page meeting with his team to get him more independent in school. I think they really got on board with the idea of trying to treat him like he is any other 2ond grader with still making allowances where needed.

Harry's meeting was great. He is very advanced in a lot of areas, his teacher was completely amazed at his grasp of the calender. I attribute that to me having to repeat things over and over again to Evan (he understands the calender but still likes to ask questions repeatedly to make sure answers do not change I guess). Socially I see a lot of me in him. He is friendly and helpful but does not seem to have any special friends in his class. There has been some trouble on the bus with two boys that like to tease him until he gets mad and yells or even tries to switch seats mid ride which freaks out the bus driver and gets Harry in trouble and not the kids doing the teasing. If this persists I may get my stink eye out and talk to the kids myself which will hopefully scare them straight. I would say talk to the parents but I happen to know that the parents in question barely speak English and my Spanish is horribly rusty.

My computer decided to die on me after an annoying operating system upgrade. My husband got a free copy of windows 7 through one of his classes and we had hoped that it would solve some ongoing issues that we had been having. Instead the mother board seems to have shorted out leaving me to have to share my husband's lap top which has made both of us grumpy. Everyone is always dumping tons of crap on my desk and my husband had the nerve to growl at me for leaving a drink at his desk. I got him back though by scoring an impossibly high score on a game he likes to play, so now every time he plays it on his computer he gets to see my name at the top of the list. He keeps asking me to look at the specs of the computers he is looking at and I keep asking him to find me a pink one with sparkles on the case.