Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Monthly Asher: 42

One day Asher finished breakfast, then trotted over to the living room where I was doing exercised. He said, "I'm done! And just so you know my chair is a mess." Nice of him to give me a heads up. 

Asher picked up our box of dominoes and almost immediately dropped it, spilling the dominoes everywhere. He told me, "I like picked it up and I was like oh. My. Gosh."

Showing off the magnet he keeps on his bike.
Asher loves hearing about words he said a little funny as a littler kid. One of the words that has evolved started as "huh ho keen!" Now it's "Nightning nakeen." Any guesses? Lightning McQueen, like from the movie Cars.   

One night at bedtime, Ashie told me, "Mommy I wish I could just sleep in your bed. I would just like use the other half of your pillow." Sweet boy.

Hard at work during conference.
Asher loves doing school. We haven't done it crazy consistently, but in addition to his one day a week joy school we usually do some form of school three ish times a week. Some days are very loosely school--I don't think it needs to be very rigid, especially since he is so young, so if he thinks it would be fun to  do puzzles together for our entire school time, we go for it. Anyway, back to the point: his handwriting? It has improved SO much. Honestly, we don't do a lot of letter tracing or writing because he's not a big fan of letter writing. But he does LOVE pre-writing worksheets--the kind where you trace various lines of various patterns from one point to another. And apparently these worksheets have improved his dexterity hugely. His name is where the improvement is the most obvious. At the "beginning" of the school year, his name was not really recognizable. The A was usually kind of apparent, but the other letters, particularly the S, weren't. Now, though, he writes his name so well! Every letter is definitely recognizable. Even he has noticed the improvement. He'll write an S and say, "Mommy! Look how great my S is!! I just get better each time!" I love it.

Unfortunately this picture is totally out of focus--but check out Reed ad Asher's epic photo bomb!
One of Asher's catch phrases right now is "boom" or "kaboom." He'll say, "I just boomed it up to he top!" or "we all kaboomed down the slide!" Tonight at bedtime, he came out when he was supposed to be lying down, and told Ryan that the songs weren't working. They went in, he said, "Let me show you Dad." Then pushed the play button and said, "BOOM!" It didn't turn on. Ryan switched the CD player from "tape" to "cd" and as soon as Asher heard the CD start spinning (before music was playing) he yelled, "There we go!" and scampered back to bed.

Showing off. Ryan was working on this particular Saturday so Asher of course wanted to take a picture of what he did to show Daddy.
Asher is kind of clumsy. He is constantly falling or bumping his head or getting hurt in some way. He says, "I got a bop!" When I ask him what happened, hoping for a little elaboration so I know what he really means, he always just tells me the location of said bop. He is very sad about each supposed injury, but thankfully. he is distracted pretty easily

Asher LOVES Lila and is always trying to help her or hold her. She isn't always a big fan of that.
Asher has this funny little voice he uses when he's explaining something--it's like he thinks we should already know what he's telling us and can't understand why we don't. When he uses this voice, he almost always has one hand open out to the side. Examples of the use: Me: "Asher, did you change your big boys?" Asher: "Yeah. There was just like some pee pee in them." Ryan: "Asher, aren't you supposed to be in bed?" Asher: "Yeah, I just like needed to tell you that the drinkie cup is empty."

"Mommy! Look how cute I made my guys!!! Can you take a picture?"
Now that we've entered much warmer weather, both Asher and I have been wearing shorts (or night shirts, for him) to bed. We usually read a few books together at night while Ryan and Reed read their books. Asher generally sits on my lap. The past few days he's told me, "Mommy, your freckles are hurting me!" and not wanting to sit on my legs. I finally realized that my freckles=my legs needed to be shaved, haha.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Lila's hair is kind of the bane of my existence. She won't keep ANYTHING on her head. No tiny spout on the top of her head, definitely no headbands, no little clippies, nothing.

One day, I tried to be sneaky. Her hair was finally long enough to coax into her very first tiny pigtails. Her tiny piggie tails were ridiculously cute. I was dying. And she didn't even find them for a full 24 minutes.

But once she found them, it was peace out pigtails. And her hair looked like she had horns. I hope she has an anti-hairdo daughter one day so she can appreciate my pain.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Recent Happiness II

He told me that all his straws looked like pipes--Reed pitched in that they looked like pipes at Hoover Dam!

Beautiful weather calls for a picnic at the park.

Girlfriend thinks she is hot stuff in this chair!

We were babysitting friends and they had ridiculous amounts of fun eating dinner together.

Discovered umbrellas in the closet. Best. Day. Ever.

Giving Lila a ride.

Reed with his BFF stuffed animals. They were going to a "hat show"

She. Kills. Me.

One night I went in to check on the boys before I went to bed. I found them like this. SO CUTE.

LJ fell asleep in my arms one of the last times I nursed her. It was a very tender moment.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

You've Had a Birthday, Shout Hooray! {4 months late!}

I was going through pictures on my phone and found these pictures from my birthday. When I realized that I'd never posted them, I thought it would be worthwhile to do a {very} belated birthday post.

I don't have a lot of expectations for my birthday. I have a December birthday, but my mom did a lot to make sure I had a special day that didn't get overshadowed by Christmas. But I've never been a "birthday person"--I really don't make a big deal about my birthday, especially now that I have kids. I was actually pretty excited for my birthday this year, though, because we had a babysitter and were going to go to a magic show we'd got a Groupon for.

Lila had other plans. She woke up not in the best of spirits, and by late afternoon she was running a fever and coughing. I wasn't sure exactly what was wrong, but I didn't want to leave her with our friends, who have a baby, and get their baby sick. And I didn't want to leave her when she was feeling yucky, either. So instead of date night, we had family date night.

We went to a quick dinner, then got poor Lila home to bed.

When Lila was in bed, the boys sang "Happy Birthday" and we ate my favorite treat: snickerdoodle blondies, yum. My candle was a "3" because I am a mere 3 years away from 30! We put the boys to bed, then Ryan and I watched a movie together.

I know Ryan felt kind of bad because our night didn't go exactly as planned. But, honestly? The night was great nonetheless. I would have loved a date night out--but I loved a date night out with my little family, too. Being a mom is so much a part of who I am that it only seemed fitting that I spent my birthday being a mom, too.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Moving back to Vegas has given me the chance to reconnect with some old friends--girls I've been friends with since middle school. We get together every few months. Most recently, our friend Mallory came back in town for Alaska--so we had to get together, especially since it was her birthday! We gathered at my house with all eight of our kids (two of us providing six of those eight!) and had a fabulous potluck dinner. The kids were amazing together--they created a fantastic mess together but didn't fight while doing it! And the company was lovely. I love having the chance to catch up with these ladies and enjoy having some girl time! 

The next day, I met up with Kylee and Brakell and we took our kids to Bass Pro Shops and then out to McDonald's--a crowd pleaser, for sure. Reed and Asher both had a friend to play with (Kylee's boys are the same ages) and we again had a wonderful time. I'm so grateful for fun friends!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recent Happiness

I've been trying to actually do something with the pictures on my phone so that I can delete them and have more storage space--so here I am, doing something. Enjoy some of my favorite phone pictures:

If Asher isn't up from his nap by 3:30, I wake him up or he won't go to sleep at bedtime. I don't usually have to wake him up, but when I do I can't help but smile at his cuteness.

Speaking of cuteness and sleeping children, this picture just kills me. Hugging her giraffe, her ladybug under her arm, laying on her blanket, her bum in the air, and her ankles crossed--it's just not fair!

Ashie loves his new bee-ball soft!

Lila is obsessed with my cup. She has to have a drink any time she sees it. 

Another sleeping Ashie. He's just a cute sleeper!

I love this girl!

LJ flips a lid when I make dinner. I usually let her sit on the counter, but one day she just couldn't stop diving for me--so I put her in the high chair with a snack in the kitchen--and it actually worked!

Reed loves math, so much. He's getting really good at single digits! We've started working on adding numbers that go into double digits.

Lila loves to give the boys fives when they ride bikes.

These two are SO goofy together. They were trying to hold this cup between their face and just dying laughing. Check Reed's photobomb, too.

One day we made quite the marble track. Or marble tube, as the case may be.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

I love traditions. But I've also realized the need to simplify in some ways. So yes, we did build a leprechaun trap this year...

...but the leprechaun who came must have been way more lame than leprechauns of years before, because he left no magical trail of shamrocks and stars for the boys to follow. 

Like his predecessors, though, he did manage to escape our trap.

And he did at least dye our milk green.

Lila wasn't really interested in the leprechaun, lame or not.

And honestly, Asher wasn't either.

Especially once he convinced Lila to lay by him. For fifteen seconds.

And this can't not be a part of this post. Lila loves her towel, so much. Here, she's just cuddled with it, and is about to give it to me to hold for her while she gets in the tub.

After the bath, we donned our green clothes. And attempted a picture. Or twenty.

Lila had other plans.

And eventually abandoned the picture altogether.

Later, we went to the store (where NO ONE ELSE was wearing green. Bah humbug) for chocolate chips, then came home and made green shamrock rolls (which a friend pointed out look like molars--and they totally do!), green cookies, green jello, and corned beef. A very St. Patricky dinner, I'd say.

Honestly, I think Reed was a *little* disappointed by the leprechaun. But, overall, I think we had a great day!