Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Henry 4 month letter

My darling Henry, or as we sometimes call you, Little Hank,
It's hard to believe you are already 4 months old! Although it seems you've been a part of our family forever. What tremendous joy you bring us. You are such an "easy baby". Almost always happy and content wherever you are. You entertain yourself well and smile contantly-usually with your tongue out. You have been able to soothe yourself for weeks now. I can lay you down swaddled up when you are tired and you will simply go to sleep. You are doing this earlier than your older siblings ever did. That might be simply that I have learned from experience, but whatever it is, it is nice. You are pretty consistent in your sleep patterns and usually wake up twice during the night. I love nursing you and you seem to love it just as much. There is nothing better than seeing you look up with a big smile and a milky chin. You look so much like your older brother, but you're unique as well. Your brother and sister simply adore you and love to touch you and make you smile and laugh. Oh that laugh, it is music to my ears. You are very ticklish and you laugh at all the silly faces we throw at you. How fun it is to see you recognize me from across a room now. You're eyes follow me everywhere. You have the strongest grip and grab at anything in your reach: hair, earrings, fingers, and toys. You pull everything to your mouth now and suck on your finger often. You are entering the drooly stage and your chest is usually wet. You are very strong and test your stomach muscles by pulling your body up to a sitting position while you are strapped into your car seat. Yesterday it seemed as if you didn't want to let your four month birthday go by uneventfully and you rolled from your back to your stomach and back again several times, as if you had known how for ages.
Henry we are so blessed to have your sweet spirit in our home. What greatness I sense in you! I am so grateful for the opportunity to watch you grow. I love you more than you'll probably ever know and I pray I can always show you that love through my actions. Thank you so much for coming to live with us, you enrich our lives so much.
All my love,
Your Mother

Monday, November 26, 2007

more from last week

Thanksgiving weekend

Every year we go repelling thanksgiving morning with Trent's family. My camera's battery was charging, so I don't have pictures. We all got in on the fun though. Trent harnessed Tucker up and rigged him to himself and took him down with him. Charlotte got to swing on the rope too and had a good time playing in the dirt and pushing her dump truck.

This year I hosted Thanksgiving at my house with my siblings and their families. We had a tasty spread. It was really fun to have everyone together hanging out and eating.

The day after Thanksgiving I got up for "Black Friday" and scored some deals at ToysRUs (after waiting 2 hours). Then we put up the Christmas tree. While I was in the attic, I got down the baby saucer.
After that I picked up 2 of Lindy's girls to spend the afternoon with us. They were great and Tucker spent the whole day playing outside with "girlfriends". Then we headed to a get together with my Dad's side of the family at a church.
Saturday was mostly cleaning and hanging out with Henry and Charlotte while Tucker played outside again Trent worked on various projects and then when shooting with his brother Blake. Then we joined Blake and Andrea and Ashlyn for dinner at Red Robin.

It was a nice, exhausting holiday weekend.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Keepin busy

Friday we went to the zoo. Lauren came with us! We had lots of fun.

We stopped at my mom's on the way home.

Saturday Henry tried the johnny-jump-up for the first time.

Tucker had a soccer game. He did great again.

We went straight from the game to our nephew Kolbe's 7th birthday party. The "Reptile Guy" came and showed some really cool reptile's. I thought Tori would've liked it. Tucker was fascinated. Look here for pictures.

Sunday was my first time as a Primary teacher. i am now teacher of the CTR-5 class. Cool.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fridge Art

This is my favorite drawing of Tucker's. It is our family. From left to right-Charlotte, Tucker, Mom, "a messed up Dad",pumpkin, Dad, and Henry on the bottom.

Also, right now I am enjoying the most delicious scent of my Spiced Eggnog Gold Canyon candle. I love it!

Monday, November 12, 2007

wacky week.

so, it has been quite a week. charlotte sick wednesday, tucker sick on thursday ( although it was not even close to the severity of charlotte's), and then saturday tucker woke up with a painful earache right before we should've been going to his soccer game. then saturday night (technically sunday morning) at 1 am our electricity went out. tucker woke up scared saying his room was too dark. after getting him a flashlight and going back to bed, henry woke up vomiting. i spent the remainder of the night with him on the couch with lots of towels close by and trying to sleep. it was nice sleeping with him right against me, even under the circumstances. although sleeping may not be the correct term, since very little sleep was had. sunday day was much better and he was being especially cute after his bath. we are all feeling well today, but staying home just to be safe.

i am very excited for the upcoming holidays! i love this time of year. i can't wait to get our tree up and to go looking at lights and to smell the smells and eat all the yummy food. does anyone have any suggestions what to send my little brother on his mission in madagascar for christmas?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Blah Blah

Saturday Tucker did awesome at his soccer game. No, he didn't score any goals or even touch the ball. However he played soccer! That was the awesome part. No pouting, crying, or whining. He played in his new cleats and new shin guards. He even got to play goalie for a little stretch. Nobody scored on him either (or even came close).

Our hot tub is now fixed. All of us but henry had a nice little soak Saturday night. It was fun.
Monday we had fun at playgroup and Jill and Jordyn even came over afterward.

Tuesday night Charlotte puked pretty much all night. Between her and Henry I maybe got 3 hours of sleep. So yesterday was a lot of resting and a few more vomit episodes. It seems like a lot of people have been sick lately. I am just sick of this stinkin' heat. 6 record highs in the last 2 weeks. I find it difficult to get in the holiday spirit this way.
Well Charlotte is feeling much better today. Tucker has school pictures. I can't wait to see how that turns out.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Spidey, Chicken,and Bumble

This year we did the same thing as last year. We went to Queen Creek to Bart and Dusti's. We ate delicious food. Chili, cornbread, fried chicken, Cowboy caviar (corn, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, and some other yummy stuff that goes on tortilla chips), and I brought the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that Stephanie gave the recipe for on her blog. They were really tasty and not too heavy.

Anyway, on with Halloween. Charlotte the chicken would not look at the camera or smile unfortunately, but she was adorable!

Tucker wore his mask only for pictures.

Henry got to wear the bee costume that Aunt Sarah bought for baby Tucker. He was darling, as usual.

Uncle Bart pulled the kids around the neighborhood on a trailer of hay bails. We had tons of fun. I thought the kids would tire out pretty fast, but they were loving the ride and the trick-or-treating. I decided not to wear my make-up stitching, cause I didn't want to freak Charlotte or Henry out and Tucker kept saying he didn't want me too. Maybe when they're older I'll do it again.

We had a great time!