Friday, August 29, 2014
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She lost two in one day! And didn't even tell me about the second one! Fortunately the fairy noticed and left the appropriate double fee (two of each size coin).
Sneaky fairy gets Brianna excited to practice adding coins :)
It's like 10 bucks at BB&B. Go get one.
It's changed my life.
I'M ACTUALLY EXCITED TO CHOP STUFF!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Glad we survived.
This is what Medline calls "Phase 2 training." There are 4 phases.
Each are a 10 day trip to Chicago. Ugh.
But it's so much easier to handle these separations now that I live by family! Mom and Mere were awesome giving me breaks from the kids.
I'm grateful his job is going well! Especially since 2 of Brian's counterparts have already been fired (including the girl pictured here!!) But Brian's been assured several times that he's doing great and his job is secure.
The top photo was taken inside one of the largest shipping/distribution facilities. Medline sells over 350,000 different health care products.
Brian has a lot to learn!
Brian spent saturday morning at the Chicago temple, then went to the beaches at the Great Lakes to go running, then study.
I'm really proud of him, because this is what he chose to spend his "free" day doing, instead of joining the other guys at the movie theaters (they saw 3 "double features" - meaning walked into one movie after the other, but only paid for one). Not too cool.
So happy he's home!! I love passing the baby off to him and having some freedom :)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I hope I get around to blogging about the family reunion. It was SUPER! I just have a hard time doing long blog posts with lots of pictures. I can bust out a bazillion shorties, but big ones overwhelm me. So in case that doesn't happen, here's this! Mom's dream pictures, made reality!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
With Brian gone, I have to get it done in multiple short increments (I'm always the lawn mower - not him - because I prefer doing that to wrangling kids :)
It would take about 70 minutes if I could do it uninterrupted.
Got the one part down while Charity did her morning nap and kids played inside.
Another while she sat in swing, monitored by Brianna, twins on trampoline.
Another while she sat at highchair brought outside, snacks for all.
And the last part - while kids watched movie, baby in my front carrier. Absolutely exhausting.
But the lawn is MOWED.
Now to do it all over again NEXT Saturday... and every Saturday... until WINTER!
Friday, August 22, 2014
I'm really grateful for rain.
Simply because it saves me a lot of time - I don't have to go water the garden and flower baskets!
But sadly, it means the kids' outdoor time is somewhat limited. Fortunately, they're pretty creative.
At least, the fearless leader Brianna is, and drags the twins along with her.
Today she decided to decorate some puppets out of paper bags and put on a show for Charity and I!
We very much enjoyed it.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
At 9 months, I still quickly swaddle her before nursing her to sleep at each nap! It's amazing to me how that swaddled position seems to calm babies.
Big dark juicy Lambert variety. Mmmm.
Sunday morning, Courtney and Bennett wanted to come "help."
They did an excellent job doing absolutely nothing remotely close to helping.
When do we get to the stage where all those little hands become useful?!! :)
Monday, August 18, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Too many other thoughts competing in my head for attention.
But every now and then I remember that I can/should do the whole superfood puree thing, into the ice cube trays, etc.
So here we are, throwing avocados, bananas, chia seeds, kale, grapes, flax seeds into the processors. Yum!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Playing with my kids on the grass on a Summer evening has got to be one of the best simple pleasures in life.
And doing "airplane" with them simultaneously is very challenging. :)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Instantly I look down at my shirt, then look back at the shopper, confused.
He points to the bottom of my cart.
Ooooohhhh, *THAT* ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
|I love these milk jug containers around their necks!|
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
I like it when Brian's trainer from CA or boss from UT comes to town because I get a free night out at the dining establishment of my choice :) We elected to just bring 2/4 children so the likelihood of this being an enjoyable evening would be greatly increased. Dad did great at home as the babysitter for Bennett and Charity!
Monday, August 4, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The cause for today's celebration was Nathan's 7th birthday! He's the youngest son of my eldest bro.
Brilliant to have the kiddos eat their cake out on the lawn, right?! Keep the mess outdoors!
Steve and Meg are our "Texas people."
Wish they lived closer of course, but it's fun that they do these long visits here EVERY summer!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
It's so crazy that MY children are now friends with the children of my old childhood friends! I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.
All part of this adjusting to life "back home" !
PS - The Church is true. Forreals.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Just a buck for the yumminess.
I know why I like taking them here so much.... it's a combination of wanting to support local business and wanting my kids to have the same happy memories *I* have.
I remember as a child being SO excited when my parents would take me to Theno's Dairy in Woodinville (near Seattle).
There was a giant cow outside that Mere and I loved to sit on.
And the ice cream was legit - homemade, thick, creamy.... the real deal.
Colbert store does Dreyers brand, which is fine.
It's more about the experience than the actual product.
I was so sad to learn that Theno's closed down a few years ago.
They couldn't stay open
(DARN YOU BASKIN ROBBIN TYPE CORPORATE PLACES!!!)
So we will do our part to make sure the Colbert Store stays open so our children can have the fun we did :)
Disposable diapers are so much more absorbent than we think they are....
Seriously, she LOVES playing on the beach, right at the water's edge. It's like SENSORY OVERLOAD. Sun shining down, muddy sand to grab/throw/eat/stand in, and of course the moving water. So fun to splash in like crrrraaaazzzzyyyy.
Charity is especially happy to have moved to this unique locale where lake trips are multi-weekly occurrences!
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Our first visitors from Utah so far.... I hope they won't be our ONLY! Friends, come to Spokane!! :)
He's ALWAYS on it!
Biggest distraction ever!
Constantly checking email, sports scores, news updates, etc.
I've resorted to HIDING it many times. If he didn't "need it for work", I'd be happy to see it disappear....
Friday, July 25, 2014
I keep finding things I NEEEEEED, like this chair! Ahh!
Would be so perfect in our fam room....
This kept the twins busy for a full 90 minutes!! Long enough for me to workout (on week 6 of T25, good stuff), shower, and start packing for the reunion!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
So I let Mere chop off 14 inches kindof impulsively after 15 years of long hair and I'm selling it and I look awful with shoulder length hair now and I feel yucky and I don't wanna talk about it anymore