Wednesday, April 12, 2017

pie face

Aimee was pretty excited to get to go to Toys R Us to spend a gift card she got for her birthday.  We spent what seemed like forever looking for something she like that was within her budget.  But, when we found the game Pie Face, the hunt was finally over!

It has become a great family game that we have found works backward for us.  Our kids WANT a turn to get pied!  We also like to use it in conjunction with other games like a trivia about an FHE lesson or even piano theory.  A right answer gets a chance to get pied!  I now try to keep whipped cream in the house in some form!

really sick

There isn't much worse than a sick tiny baby.  All you can do is attempt to comfort, and hope for the best.  My little Canonball fell victim to what our pediatrician suspected was RSV.

This baby was so sweet, even when it was obvious that he was suffering.  

Canon was really struggling to nurse those first few months.  When he got sick something switched and he actually started rejecting binkies and bottles.  While I was pretty bummed that the binkie got kicked to the curb, I was more than happy that such an unpleasant thing turned out to be a blessing to me.  I love nursing my babies (and I didn't mind not having to pump 5 times a day either)!

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Just another example of May's talent of stealth.
 Hair may not be Chads best skill, but he looks super cute doing it!
 We enjoyed making the most of the snow!

My number one helper during the day.

Aimee, with the help of her dad, made me this great purse!

May taking care of her baby.

Porter loves having the missionaries over!

We got these works of art in the mail from grandma.  She spent a Sunday writing each of the kids a special letter and drawing them a picture.

I wish the photo showed it better, but I am so cool, that sometimes I even work out with good old Abe Lincoln!

Pratt rocks at rocket math!  Medlar View will have one crazy smart boy in the Kindergarten next year!

My two cute riders!  This is how they do family bike rides.
If I mailed all of the notes my kids write to family, I would go broke paying for stamps.  They sure are cute though!

This baby boy makes our whole family so darn happy!

Porter and his mini-me!

The music teacher at the school does some random stuff.  Luckily, Porter isn't big enough yet to care. video

daddy/daughter, mother/son

May was so excited to get to be a part of the Daddy/daughter dance event this year.  Aimee wasn't thrilled to have to share, but such is life.  Chad even made sure he helped make it special by contributing to the pre-dance preparations.

The boys had looked forward to also continuing our tradition of going bowling, and we had a blast!  I'm pretty sure the people in the lanes around us were completely entertained!


pie face

Aimee bought this game with her birthday money.  It turned out to be a great family game!  We have since learned that Pie Face is best when paired with another game, and that getting a chance to be "pied" is a reward, not a punishment.


sick babies

In about February we got hit with a bout of the gombu.  

Sadly, the worst of it was taken by Little Ball.  It turned out that this illness made it hard for Canon to take a bottle.  Similar to Pratt, he had struggled to nurse and I had been pumping for months.  This was the bright spot in this sad illness.  He started to nurse!  Sadly, this also made him stop taking a binkie.  He was one sick little boy, and that was the least of my worries.  We later found out he had RSV.  We knew there was little they could have done for him, so we just made sure to keep him well hydrated and suffer through it. It broke my heart, but he was pretty sweet for being so sick.


During the winter months we managed to make it to several of the free kid building workshops at the various "man stores."  Chad also made sure he took some time out in the garage to build something a little more substantial, and make sure the boys knew how to do it right.

Here is the book shelf Chad made to make the upstairs a little more organized.