Thursday, March 19, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

You would literally think it was Christmas morning when the kids woke up on St. Patrick's Day. We had set a trap for the Leprechaun the night before and all the kids were up early to see if they caught him. Well...of course they didn't, but they got to go on a little scavenger hunt to find what the little green dude left. They all got a new green shirt and some gold candy.

We had Lucky Charms for breakfast, green milk and then we had green eggs and ham for dinner. There was a lot of green food coloring ingested!

I can't get over how big my kids are getting! They are some pretty cute kids too!






Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February Download

I decided to put on my crafty pants and decorate for Valentines Day. It has only taken me 3 years to make those red balls!

Isaac celebrated 100 days of school. They had to come up with something that represented the day. Thank you Pinterest!

We took the crib down for the first AND the last time in nearly 9 years. It was a bitter sweet day. I shed a few tears knowing that my "baby" stage is over. I can't believe how fast it has gone! The kids got new bunk beds and I'm in the process of re-doing the room.

Taysom thinks this horse was meant for him to ride!

Kelsie is my creative one. She LOVES to color. It is probably the first thing she asks to do when she gets up in the morning and I'm happy to let her go it. When she's coloring....she's not in trouble!

At the age of 2 EACH ONE of my boys has been obsessed with Buzz Lightyear. They have carried his around EVERYWHERE they go , especially to bed. It's fun to have something they are attached to, but it's also horrible when they lose him!

We have had a VERY MILD winter this year. In fact we have already had some 70 degree days! So when the snow decided to come it REALLY to come down!

Kelsie has learned how to take "Selfies" She has learned that even though I lock my phone, she can swipe the camera up and take pictures. So we have lots of Kelsie selfies to search through.

This is Taysom's new trick. Talk about a blood rush!

I had the really fun opportunity to go on a field trip with Kayleb and the 1st graders. We went to the Children's Museum at the Gateway. They kids all had a great time! Although I think their favorite part was probably the bus ride.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kayleb Turns 6

It's hard to imagine that this kid is already 6 years old! Time has flown way to fast for this mama! This year we told him that we were going to have a family party. So he decided he wanted Taco Salad for dinner....it is one of his favorites....and then he wanted to play the Wii and PlayStation with Ben and Isaac. It was a good day. I think he enjoyed getting all the attention just on him for one day. Grandma and Grandpa Larsen came over do we could have ice cream. Kayleb doesn't like cake so we didn't do it.

We went for his 6 year old check-up as well and here are his stats:

41 lbs
43 3/4 inches tall
He LOVES to eat and is my BEST eater....he will eat everything I make...even broccoli.
Favorite Food is Taco Salad
Leaning how to read...does really well.
Loves to play the Wii and Playstation.
Loves Basketball and watching the Jazz games.
He is the comic relief in our family and always has something funny to say or do.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Potty-Training...for the LAST time!

This is really happening at our house! I wasn't even ready to start with potty-training yet, but this little guy has been telling me every so often for the last week that he needed to go! So last Friday we went and got him some undies and we decided to go for it. The first day he only had 2 accidents, and he woke up dry from his nap. Then he was sick on Saturday and Sunday and I didn't want to push it, so we started again today. He has had 2 accidents so far. We'll see how the rest of it goes. Heaven help me! I HATE potty-training!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Valentine's Day was a pretty fun day. It was actually on a Saturday this year, so we got to celebrate all weekend long. The weekend started off by Ben and I going away Friday night. Ben had NO IDEA we were staying the night at the Armstrong Mansion. I had booked everything, gotten a sitter for the night, packed our bag and hid it in the car. We went to dinner and it was at dinner that I told him that we weren't going home after dinner....we were headed to the Armstrong Mansion for the night. He was SUPER surprised!

Saturday morning Ben and I stopped off at Banbury Cross to get the doughnuts for the kids....they are some of the yummiest doughnuts around! Then we headed home and gave the kids their gifts. They each got a new T-Shirt to wear for Valentines Day and some chocolates. It was such a beautiful day ad we really didn't have much going on, so it was fun to





Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Phone Download.....

I always love when I download the pictures off my phone because most of the time it shows what we have been doing during the month. So here is our January updates.

 Kelsie got a whole new slew of dress-ups for Christmas and so not a day goes by where she is dressed to the nines in her princess gear.

I caught this little gem one night after the kids had all been bathed and were waiting for me to do the bedtime routines. I love that they love each other! Brother loves are THE BEST!

One of Taysom's FAVORITE things is when I'm doing laundry and the laundry baskets are empty. He decides that it's time to play! Love his smile of pure enjoyment!

Emily and Abby were over to play one day and the ALL had to get dressed up...then they played "Dance Recital." Love these girls and that they are the best of friends!

Ben had a customer who had a new baby, so Ben asked me to make a diaper cake for them. It had been a while and I haven't got my craft on for a while, but it was fun to be crafty again and even funner to see the finished product.

Someday's mothering is REALLY hard, but somedays it's these little moments when they all want to cuddle that make everything worth it.

Kelsie's hair had been getting REALLY bad. The ends were completely shot, so fine and damaged. She had only had trim before when she was a year old, so I decided it was time to help it out a bit. Since we were only trimming the ends I decided to try it myself. I did an ok job and her hair looks SO much better and healthier and thicker. She was so worried to have her hair cut because she thought her hair would turn brown like Rapunzel in Tangled. But it's still blond!


Friday, January 30, 2015

The Cops!

Anyone that really KNOWS my daughter, knows she can be SUPER sweet, but they also know that she can be a REAL stinker sometimes. SO today she asked for a drink. She wanted a drink in a sippy cup, well she had just gotten a drink from another cup that was sitting on the counter. I told her that she didn't need another cup and to use the one she had. Well THAT was not what she wanted, so she proceeded to have a complete and utter meltdown. I told her I didn't want to hear her screaming so she needed to go to her room until she could control herself. Well she proceeded to scream for about 20 min. She finally calmed down and she came out of her room. About a half an hour later I get a knock at my door and there are 2 police officers asking to come in. They told me that someone had been walking down the street and heard a child screaming coming from the house and called the police to check it out.
I am COMPLETELY embarrassed and a little bit angry! I'm glad that someone cared enough to have the police check it out, but I'm hurt that it might be because someone might think I hurt my child. Sometimes I get so frustrated now days because you cant do ANYTHING to discipline your children! I sent her to her room to calm down and I get the police called.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Guts

Kelsie has had strep throat the past week. Today I went to give her, her meds and she told me she doesn't need them and that she's not sick anymore. I asked her how she knew that and she said "when I swallow my guts it doesn't hurt anymore."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It Goes To Fast!

Today I rocked my "baby", (who's not so much a baby anymore but rather 2 years old) as I do every day to put him down for a nap. As he fell asleep I rocked him just a little bit longer. I held him as he steadily breathed in and out. So peaceful. My eyes welled up with tears as I remembered not long ago wondering if it would ever end. The sleepless nights, the crying babies, the endlessness of needing me for everything. I realized then that it is almost over. My kids are growing up before my very eyes. All to quickly. It won't be much longer before I won't have a baby to rock to sleep anymore. I won't be the person that can solve anything and everything by just a cuddle and a rock in my lap. There is a time and a season for everything in life and all to quickly this season is coming to a close. Just as quickly as I used to ask "when this will ever end" I now wonder if I can go back? I look at the baby pictures and even though days were long and hard they were filled with everything I dreamed about being a mother. I have been blessed to richly with these children I call mine. This year will be then beginning of the end. I'll take the crib down....it's been up for nearly 8 years...potty train for the last time, and then the baby stage will be over. My heart aches a little bit that that season of life is almost over. There is something special about having a baby in the house. Sure I can always have another baby, but there will always have to be an end. I pray that the Lord will help me during this change the season of my life and that the next season will be just as fulfilling.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Years Eve 2014

We had a really fun time again this year for New Years Eve. We got together with the Speirs and the Inman family again. We did a whole bunch of finger foods, we played a bunch on Minuet to Win it Games, we did a White Elephant gift exchange and then the we put the babies to bed, sent the kids down to watch a movie and the parents played Catch Phrase until the ball dropped. It's always such a fun time to get together with friends and it's something my kids look forward to.