Friday, September 30, 2016
We have church at 8:30, and this would be a little crazy--getting us all fed, dressed, and out the door by 8:15--but the kids wake up early and we're used to early church by now. Ryan even took the time to make sausage, eggs, and English muffins for us! The day certainly started off on the right foot.
Reed was still not feeling 100%, and we really wanted him to make it to school on Monday since he'd missed four days of school the week before, so he and Ryan stayed home. I went to church with the little guys. They are so good at church. Sometimes I think back to when our oldest was three and marvel at how much easier it is now that our youngest is three! Primary was kind of a circus, but it always is a little crazy. The kids made up for the crazy, though, during singing time. Sr. Primary is ready for the program. One of the ways I feel the spirit is through music, and my primary kids get me every time. There's just something about this group of kids singing their testimonies that touches my soul. And after church Asher showed off the absolutely adorable Daniel and the lion's den picture he'd drawn all by himself in primary.
After church, we lunched, then started a project I've been meaning to do for YEARS. Literally. What was it? New ghost footprints! Our last set of ghost feet was made when Ashie was 1 and Reed was 3. I've meant to make a set with Lila's feet every Halloween but have never quite gotten around to it. This year, I finally did it! Their ghost feet are adorable and now I just need to buy some ribbon so I can hang them before Halloween!
I left to go on a primary visit while Lila napped, the boys quiet timed, and Ryan hammocked. When I got home, we had a glorious afternoon. We started a puzzle that we ended up working on for a few hours. We were so engrossed in our puzzle, in fact, that I forgot to start dinner! I looked up at the clock and realized that somehow it was 5:00 p.m. Luckily, I already had frozen soup defrosting on the counter. I heated the soup and threw together some biscuits to replace the bread bowls I'd been planning on.
After dinner, we went outside and built a fire in our fire pit. The weather has been ridiculous lately and we've been basking in the cooler night air. We chatted for a while around the fire, then made s'mores. We had the perfect fire for marshmallows and they were coming out as gooey perfection. Lila's face after her s'more was amazing, too. We read our scriptures around the fire (we are all the way to Mormon!) and then it was time to tuck the kids in.
Our Sunday wasn't anything spectacular, but I think that's part of what made it so perfect. I'm so grateful we set aside Sundays every week to be together as a family and to avoid the distractions of the world. I feel so blessed.
She leaned against the door and it popped open, which made her land on her bum. She laughed so hard!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
7:00 a.m.: Ryan packs up a cooler with water bottles, snacks, and lunch while I get everyone dressed and ready.
7:50 a.m.: Leave home for the Forbuss Pancake Palooza
8:00 a.m.: See Lila's preschool teacher in the pancake line. Lila shyly says, "Hi!!!!" Then we proceed to eat pancakes, talk to our pals the Gage family, and have quite an enjoyable time!
8:40 a.m.: Leave Forbuss for the soccer field, a 20 minute drive.
9:20: Reed's first game! They lost, which was a bummer, but the snack mom gave Asher AND Lila snacks after the game, too, so we were still happy.
10:40: Asher's first game! They lost, too, but he got to try play goalie so was pretty happy. Reed ate lunch and tried to sit in the 2-ft patch of shade our wagon made. Lila spent the game playing with the Gourlie girls. (I am SO glad we have buddies on Asher's team!)
12:00: Reed's second game! Ryan, Asher, and Lila spent the first 15 minutes or so up at the playground, which was much cooler and shadier. I baked in the heat and wished for cooler weather. Reed got to play against his friends Lucas and Fiona from school and HIS TEAM WON! Yayyyyyy!
1:30: Arrive home and shower/change clothes
2:45: Leave for Reed's friend Sophia's party at Chuck E. Cheese. She invited Asher and Lila, too, because she's awesome like that. I offered to take the kids alone because Ryan does not love huge crowds or lots of noise and Chuck E. Cheese has both those things in very large quantities. The kids had a really great time at Chuck E. Cheese. Reed and Lila had never been before (Asher had been for a friend's birthday). We filled ourselves on pizza and cake and Reed hit the jackpot on a machine and got tons of tickets.
6:30: Arrive back at home and collapse on the couch. Start the BYU game.
7:30: Put the kids to bed
4:00 a.m.: Asher wakes us up. He's coughing so hard he almost throws up. We get him some water and settle him in between us. Neither of us can fall back to sleep, so we finish the BYU game.
4:45 a.m.: Realize that Asher is breathing really fast, his heart is racing, and he is on fire. Take his temperature. 104.2! Quickly consult Dr. Google and wake Asher to give him ibuprofen. He falls right back to sleep while we nervously watch him.
5:30 a.m.: Asher seems much more normal as far as breathing and heart rate are concerned. Ryan goes downstairs to try to sleep on the couch. I try to fall asleep but my knee hurts a lot and I just can't fall asleep. Pray for relief. Finally drift off around 6.
7:00 a.m.: Kids are up, so we're up, too. Ryan was going to stay home with Asher and I was going to go to church with the other kids, but as I try to walk around I feel clammy and like I got hit by a truck. Instead of church, we set up a blow up mattress, everyone gets blankies, and we spend the day watching movies, finishing reading The Witches and then watching the movie The Witches, and trying to sleep off our Saturday!
+That prayer in the middle of the night? That my knee would stop hurting enough that I could sleep? It worked.
+We didn't need to take Asher to the ER. The medicine lowered his temp to a still high but okay 101.
+Reed and Lila weren't sick and were probably so bored but they were SO GOOD. They played by themselves, didn't complain, and didn't fight.
+We woke up Monday feeling much better. I think we were literally just so exhausted we felt sick!
+Reed won a soccer game!
+Asher got to play goalie!
We have more double header Saturdays coming up, including a Saturday where both boys have double headers. Hopefully we can make it through a little more intact next time!
Friday, September 16, 2016
We moved the hammock outside the next day and have used it pretty much every day since then. The boys taught Lila how to climb in by herself and she looooooves to go out to the backyard and climb in, then yell for someone to come rock her. The kids like to all grab a blankie and a pillow, then pile all three of them and all their stuff inside. If they go in the hammock without the cozy paraphenelia, they pinch the top closed and make themselves a cocoon. The weather has been glorious lately, especially at night. Ryan often has trouble sleeping at night, and a few times since we've gotten the hammock he's gone out there to relax for a while in the night and ended up falling asleep!
My favorite thing to do in the hammock is take a book and a kid or two out and cozy up together and read. Ashie was home sick from school two days this week and we spent a fair amount of time relaxing in the hammock with a stack of books. Lila heard about our hammock time and was jealous, so today she and I had a cozy reading session. A few nights ago, Ryan and the boys laid in the hammock while I read out loud to them from a chair (I drew the short straw :).
I didn't even realize I wanted a hammock until we got one. Good call, Ryan.
Monday, September 12, 2016
And more about his book. I mentioned that Reed wants me to read it. Well, I had forgotten about that and when he finished it, I asked him to put it on the book shelf so we could remember to take it back to Grandma. He gave me a funny look and said, "Oh....okay...." and then as he put it on the shelf, "But were you going to read it?" Oops! I felt so bad! I've had a lot of foot-in-mouth moments this month with Reed, apparently. It was really sweet, though, because I could tell he really wanted me to read it but was kind of timid about asking about it...what a sweetheart. It's now on my night stand to be started ASAP.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
When we moved in to our Vegas house, the previous owner had not left a mail key for us. I tried calling the post office to see what documentation I needed to bring in to get a key, but despite multiple attempts on various days, they literally never picked up the phone. So I packed up my four year old, two year old, and two week old and went to the post office. The line was insane and literally took 45 minutes to get through. And when I finally got to the front of the line, I found out I didn't have the documentation I needed. Uggggghhhhh. I called my title company to get the right papers and found out the papers I needed were sitting in my mailbox. Haha. Thankfully, they emailed me a copy. I went back to the post office the next morning before they even opened and still had to wait in line for 30 minutes. After I turned in all my stuff, I found out I needed to come back in 10 days to get my key. More groans. When I made my third and final trip and came away with my key, I decided that I would wait and go to the post office in St. George whenever we were there so I never had to go to this one again. Then I found out about the Blue Diamond Post Office and all was well.
After the Russell Post Office installed the automated kiosk, we'd go there if we happened to be in the area but usually opted for the Blue Diamond Post Office. Anyway, one day we had been running errands and were driving to the Russell Post Office when Asher told me he had to go to the bathroom. AND IT WAS AN EMERGENCY. We were about 5 minutes away from the post office and there were literally no other businesses around. We walked into the post office to find they had no bathroom. So we rushed back to the car. We found an empty water bottle in the car and Asher proceeded to pee in the bottle. Turns out that peeing in a bottle was an ideal solution--until I worried it was going to overflow! He literally filled 3/4 of that water bottle with pee. He wasn't joking when he said he had to go potty!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Me: Maybe this week, but I’m not sure. Do you want homework?
Asher: Yeah, because when I’m home I’m just like doing other stuff.
Asher: (Wistfully) Yeah.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
I don't have pictures of all our summer activities, but here is the highlight reel. One day, we went to the 99 cent only store,where we found a ridiculously cute Sofia the First costume. It was actually $5, but a decent enough costume that we went for it! I called a few friends and ended up picking up three more costumes for various people. After we left with our Sofia dress haul, we went to Bass Pro Shops to check out the fish, then to Goodwill to look for legos. We didn't have any luck with legos, but we did find a fun new game--Buzz Word.
At home, we put on her dress, then she accessorized. She marched down the stairs yelling, "Princess Lila!!"
We spent a lot of time at Wet N' Wild! Our passes might have been our favorite thing about this summer. Our ward met there every Wednesday morning--we went for quite a few of those--and we went quite a few nights together as a family! Wet N' Wild is only open on weekends now, and closed after September, so I'm not positive how many more times we'll make it. We certainly made good use of our passes, though!
This is how Lila felt about walking over to the rainbow slides with the boys. She's not big enough for the slides, so she just had to watch:
After using a puddle jumped at the Buxtons' house last week and realizing she could float without being held on to, Lila got super brave in the water! In the lazy river, she wanted to float free (with a life jacket)--not holding hands or anything! She did great.
Asher got a crazy bruise on his ear at Grandma's house. The pictures don't even do it justice. The day it happened, his ear was hugely swollen and bright purple. It was crazy!
Baby doll got to go to her friend Amelia's (Buh-melia to Lila) birthday party! It was her first party that was just for her and mom--the boys stayed home with Ryan. She was SO PUMPED.
Our water heater stopped heating. It needed a $450 repair. But, it's 10 years old, and we could replace it for $600--so we went that route. Ryan replaced it while Lila and I partied with Buh-melia :) The box from the water heater made for a fantastic clubhouse. We even taped boxes over the open ends to make doors!
We had our friends the Gourlies over the play. By the end, everyone was wearing a dress up!
One of our ward activities got cancelled (due to illness), so we went to the park for a picnic! Thankfully, the park has shades, so we even played for a while before we went home.
We made Banh Mi and it was soooooooooooooooo good!