Sunday, July 29, 2012


I don't have any pictures but I just wanted to do some journaling.

Yesterday was Cortney's uncle's funeral.  Tyson babysat my kids during the day.  He is such an awesome and amazing kid.  I couldn't imagine a better example for my little ones.  It was so AWESOME to see Bob's brothers and sisters...because we hardly ever get the chance to.  Also we got to see Heather, Tyler and Cameron...and of course Bob and Roberta.  It was a really special time together as a family, and a beautiful service.   Later in the night Cali watched my kids and Cortney and I joined the family at the IMAX to watch the Dark Knight Rises, the batman movie.  Honestly it was a bit violent and scary for me...but I loved sitting next to Cortney in a theater.  We never get out.   I started feeling sick halfway through and thought it was because I was hungry.  When we got home I was ornery and feeling real sick.  When we got to Cali's to pick up my kids all SIX of her kids were asleep...and my 4 were up....and it isn't because of Cali.  Cali Rocks....Henry just kept pounding the door and turning on the lights and Theo just wouldn't go down. It frustrates me that my kids aren't that good for babysitters and it made me realize that for a while I just can't leave them.  I hardly ever do...and there is definitely a reason. It annoys me but I guess that is my reality.

Once we were home and the kids were asleep I made myself a little dinner and went to bed.  I was feeling so sick.  Around 2 I got up and started throwing up the whole night long.  Over and over.  I hate throwing up and usually do everything in my power to not, it was horrible.  It was a long night.  I slept in super late and now I am just as weak as a newborn kitten.  I can barely stand up.  So I thought I would do a little journaling.

Theo got his first tooth on Sunday July 15th, and his second tooth today Sunday July 28th.  He has been pretty good even though he is teething.  Just not wanting to go to bed at night.  Once we get him down though he sleeps a good 10 hours straight.  He also tried his first cracker today and loved it.  He loves baby food (when I get the gumption to give him some) and he has stopped spitting up so much.  It is still probably 5 times after each bottle but way better than 50 times.  Haha.  He is still not sitting up on his own (not really when supported by pillows either) but rolls all over the place and is trying to get up on all fours. I hope he doesn't crawl before he sits up.  I will most likely make a doctors appointment to check in on his not sitting.  He is a good boy and a very easy baby.

Henry, is so awesome.   He is throwing a lot of crying tantrums right now, and still having a hard time adjusting to this house.  He is my most impossible sleeper on vacations and such.  It is crazy how much of my traveling I spend trying to get him to sleep.  Doesn't seem worth it.  He is still eating next to nothing, but we have gotten rid of bottles all together.  He now just drinks two sippy cups of milk a day. (down from his million bottles before) His sippy cup is pretty darn similar to a bottle but at least it isn't one.  He eats: toast, dry cereal, american cheese (yuck), string cheese, bananas, grapes, apples, hot dogs, nuggets, noodles, fries, and of course any and all treats.  He tries my patience and I just wish he would try more foods.  My parents did get him to try quite a few new foods at their house...I was pretty impressed.  I don't fight him about it too much. Despite all of these things he is just so lovable.  He is my child that is most like Cortney, charismatic and nice.  He LOVES church and asks me everyday if he can go.  He also is my most spiritual 2 year old.  Always wanting to say prayers and talk about Jesus.

Rob is growing right up.  He is so much like me...and I feel because of that I am more sensitive to his trials and also more defensive of him.  He loves to do school work and has done about 150 pages of homework this summer.  He is really learning to read too and is awesome at math.  He is starting to make some friends in the neighborhood but can sometimes be hard to play with.  He and Carolina and Grace are the BEST of friends.   He really plays good with girls and loves to imagine.  He hates rejection and failure and nearly shuts down when either happens.  He has been doing so well in our new primary and is doing so much better without me in there as the president.

Oliver is so helpful. This morning when I was still so sick from last night, and when Cortney was gone at a elders quorum meeting Oliver and Rob got Theo up and fed him.  Oliver also changed his diaper.  He also watched Henry and kept the kids from coming in and bothering me.  He has always been responsible and it is nice seeing him grow up and becoming more and more helpful.  He does his chores pretty good without complaining and I never have to ask him again to get it done.  He takes a little more prodding to get his homework done but once I get him started he can do it so fast and is so smart.  He is now a Bear scout and is doing real good at that.  He is making a lot of new friends in the neighborhood. Unfortunately none of them go to our school.

Cortney recently stopped working from home, and got an office at one of his friends, office buildings.   It has been really good for him and I know he gets more work done.  I sure miss him being here though.  He is getting ready to launch a fly fishing equipment company, so he is pretty excited about that.  He also drew on a "once in a lifetime" elk hunt this year...and that is nearly all he thinks about.  He really took good care of me today while I have been sick.

I just took this picture of Henry after he got home from church. Yup still wearing these goggles.  He got his eye poked so poor baby has a bloody spot in his eye.  I took this after I took a picture of Cortney, I am trying to get him to be an extra in the lds videos.  They are looking for people with beards. hahaa.  I would love it if he was an extra.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Moses and a baby

It is hard to believe that I haven't posted in almost a month.  Time is just shooting on by. I don't even know where to start.  

The summer has been going great.  It feels crazy busy but there will be times when I don't leave the house in days.  The hardest part about having 4 kids for me has been that it is a nightmare going to the store.  I just get in there...and then I want to leave because it is so horrible.  Soooo....I haven't been shopping at all.  Which definitely has it's pros and cons.

I am going to try to piece a little post out of all the pictures on my phone...once again I feel bad because most are repeats from instagram but...who cares...if I don't put them here they didn't happen.  I love going back in time to see what I did when...

My parents came to Utah for ONE day...I decided I better go back with them because I don't know how I can drive alone with these guys.  I had the BEST BEST time in Moses Lake.  To all my friends/family I didn't see, my apologies.  We were supposed to stay another week but my sister Cali was having mega high blood pressure so we had to RUSH home to be with her.  I was kinda relaxing the first week and then I was going to do my visits the second.  I felt bad.  That aside, I had the funnest time.  It was great to have my parents back and have a place to go home to.  I love Moses Lake and I have so many great memories there.  I can't help but think of my friends and miss them when I am home.  

My kids are the most amazing travelers.  They do so well.  Theo is the best baby I have ever seen in the car.  We put his car seat in the back row and didn't hear a peep out of him all day.  He literally didn't cry once.  Henry on the other hand looked like this most of the time... (it breaks my heart how crappy phone pictures are...better than nothing, I guess)...

 Poor guy was sweating from head to toe trying to get out.  This trip he wouldn't go to the bathroom in his all.  It made it a lot more stressful for him.  

This was the start of our trip...we learned right away that we had to split up Oli and at the first stop I put Theo in the back row.  Rob has to sit by Theo and Oli has to sit by Hens....otherwise there is chaos.  

My mom drove my van the whole way while my dad drove my two grandma's in his car. It was so great going with them and my mom and I talked the whole way.  We stopped at Costco in Boise for hotdogs for lunch (of course).

 Home sweet home.  My parents got our house all fixed up...the yard was a mess before and the house needed all new carpet and paint.  It looks great now.  Feels just like home. Just looking at this picture made me sad to be back in Utah. 

 Henry was a nightmare with going to sleep.  But a cute nightmare nonetheless.   I would have to stay outside his door until he fell asleep.  Booo. 

 Oli took this picture.  I kept staying up late with either my parents or Amber and Sean.  Then at seven the kids would be out trying to wake me up.  
I was so tired...a lot. 

 I love how they think it is so funny...It wasn't. 

 we swam every day.  We also put my kids in swimming lessons.  (unfortunately they only got to do half of them since we had to come home early)  They REALLY learned to swim though.  I couldn't believe how good they did.  By the end of the trip they were getting stuff off the bottom of the deep end and DIVING off the diving board.  
This is my grandma's pool.  They got it in the 60's when my dad went on his mission.  They have had it so long it is unbelievable.  My dad and I were talking and we decided that there is something magical about this pool.  I totally agree.  

It was awesome to see my Grandma Earl too.  She made scones (TO DIE FOR), with fresh apricot jam, and sugar cookies.  I tried to get out and see her as much as possible.  

 Oliver found this frog in the pool...I always LOVED it when we found frogs in the pool when I was little. 

Me and Hens waiting for swim lessons to be over.  

 For the 4th of July we got together with David's family at Grandma's.  

 Henry got these swim goggles for 75 cents...they didn't work but he wore them everywhere.  One time I went in to his nap and he had them on and they were all fogged up.  He reminded me of this guy from can't hardly wait...

My mom bout some pretty sweet fireworks and the boys had the time of their lives setting them off.  We were worried about getting burnt, but I was the only one that had a close call...a sparkler went off in my face and burnt my hair. :(

Rob, Oli, Grandma Jones, Hens, Mom and dad.  It might look like my did is intently watching Theo but he actually has an empty carseat with his Iphone inside watching a show of some sort.  HAHAHAA.   Theo was originally in there but he hated the fire works.  

After our fireworks I took my 3 oldest by myself to the church parking lot to watch the fire work show.  It felt weird not watching it cuddled up with a boy so I really tried cuddling up with my littles...Henry did think it was pretty romantic and kept kissing me between each cool one. 

I spent as much time as possible with Amber and Sean.  They are two of my very best friends...I love them...and their kids (someday their kids will love me, I guarantee).  This picture was at Sean's parent's house.  
(our kids look like they were playing together...but they were being pretty shy)

 Someone mentioned to me that Henry is almost always in a diaper/no pants on my blog. It is so true.  Here he is relaxing on my parent's bed watching a show.  My dad wasn't too sure about letting henry play with his Ipad...Pshhhaww...Henry knows how to navigate that thing better than my dad.  My dad didn't even know he had Netflix on there but Henry sure did.  Hahaa.  

I have had this baby swimsuit for years.  I think Nena gave it to me??  I have never used it because my babies rarely go swimming (it is a 0-3 month size).  Theo got a chance for a little dip and thought it was pretty fun. 

Family swim time.  Rob and Oli played with Matt's (my next door neighbor growing up, and practically my brother) boys (they have 4 boys too!!!)...a lot this trip.  They LOVED them.  It was so awesome to see them all playing and it made me so happy.  One night though we took all the boys swimming and one of Matt's boys had nose plugs.  My boys were instantly hooked...and wanted us to go look for some for them.  Oye.  They were so funny with their nose plugs. ( I wouldn't let them wear them to swimming lessons)

Look at that little guy.  Love him. 

My mom likes to take the kids out to a deer farm on the side of the road.  I was skeptical but it was pretty darn awesome. 

 Theo with a cheeto that Henry gave him without me knowing. 

bristle blocks at grandma's
(the exact ones I used to play with)

On Sunday Cali called and said her blood pressure was through the roof.  She said we were probably going to miss the birth because she couldn't wait any longer (she was 38 weeks but we thought she would have him at 39 weeks).  I went and talked to my parents about what to do and they just said...get packed up we are leaving right now.  I was really happy because I didn't want to miss her birth.  We packed as fast as we could and were on the road by 12:30.  The drive home was pretty horrible...but by 2 am we made it and sound.  

My boys may have shed a few tears leaving Moses Lake.  We loved our visit.  I was sad to be coming to utah too...but so HAPPY to have my parents come with me. 

Cali went in to the hospital Monday morning...her blood pressure was crazy high.  They admitted her pretty quickly. 

She has to be on magnesium the whole time and it makes her really sick.  He she was still feeling good.

And then pretty soon feeling horrible.  She was hallucinating, and throwing up all day long. 

It was a long day. 
It was crazy because Cali's Mother in Law Lori flew in for the birth but had to leave at 6:45 to get home for work.  She was getting ready to leave and tearing up because Cali, we thought, wasn't near ready to have the baby.  I urged Joey to have the nurse check just to make sure.  The nurse checked her, looked at us astonished and said "she's complete!".  15 minutes later he was here, Lori kissed him and ran out the door to catch her flight.  It was a miracle. 

At 7 pm on the DOT, William "Willie" Mays was born.  6 lbs 12 oz.   He is awesome.

These are brand new pictures...he looks pretty different now. 

Good job sissy. 

I had to include these last two of Henry because I LOVE THEM.

Sorry for the long post.  

It was a great trip.