Saturday, December 10, 2005

We're Building a Home!



Hmmm. I guess I'm not the best at this bloggin' thing, am I? So much is going on in my life right now it's hard to stay on top of it all. Last month, we made an offer on a great building lot and life's been a whirlwind ever since. Between trying to finalize house plans, meeting with builders, worrying about every last detail, and trying to get our own house ready for sale, life's been even more busy than usual. Luckily, we finished 90% of our Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, so we don't have holiday pressures, too.

On Tuesday, we got our two 40-year-old bathrooms ripped out, and we hope to get those finished before Christmas. Luckily, unlike the last 10 million projects on our house, we are hiring someone ELSE to do most of the work this time. Also lucky is that our home has a seldom-used third bathroom in the basement that is getting a lot of use for the next few weeks. =)

On Friday we got preliminary plans from our architect, and I am SO thrilled about them. We'll need a few minor changes, but otherwise, this project is moving along. It's always been a dream of mine to build our own home, and I've loved thinking about every little detail and eventuality. Though we have an architect, he is drawing up custom plans according to the ones I drew in a home designer program I got for Christmas last year. It is so neat to see my concepts become reality. We're planning on this being our last move, so I want everything to be just right. I go from totally excited to worried that I'll mess something up and put the laundry room in the wrong spot. We're also planning on having quite a large family so we've tried to plan in some unfinished space we can finish off as we grow. The other fun thing about this project is to see DH & I work together so well. They say building a home can really strain a marriage, but so far, it's just been a lot of fun. We've done so much with remodeling old homes and DH is a cabinet-builder, so we know quite a bit about materials and the choices we'll be making along the way, and surprisingly, we agree on most everything. Of course, there are some things that he feels more strongly about (like the size of his shop and our storage areas) and some that I do (like where I want the stovetop in the kitchen) and we defer to each other pretty well in that.

We're still trying to decide on a builder, though we've got a lot of good possibilities. The one builder we're leaning towards is a craftsman that does a lot of the home himself. He loves doing framing and finish work and some cement work, and it shows in his hands. When you shake his hand, it's like holding sandpaper, and very rough sandpaper at that. It's easy to trust a man with hands like that, and because he does a lot of the sub-contracting work himself, he charges a lot less for a general contractor's fee. We're going to be checking his references and things this week, but I really hope they check out because from what we've seen of his work, he is a true craftsman.





The kids are growing up. We had a ward (what our church calls its congregation) Christmas Party tonight, and Lillian played "Once There Was a Snowman" on her violin. She did a good job and gave the cutest little bow at the end, and everyone complimented her on it. I was impressed with her, but a little surprised when people told me how talented she was. I guess because I listen to her practice every day, I notice the small flaws; where her rhythm is off or when she plays two strings for a moment and forget how hard an instrument the violin is to master, especially for a 6-year-old girl. And she is really improving this year. Plus she enjoys it and told me tonight she can't wait until she's good enough to take piano lessons, too (I've told her she needs to master the violin before adding the piano). She said when she starts piano that she'll practice violin before school and piano afterward. She really loves playing. She chose herself to play tonight and chose the song herself, too.

Joey is loving preschool and life in general. They had a field trip on Thursday to the mall to visit Santa and I went along to help. Unfortunately, I forgot how hard it can be to keep a certain set of 17-month-olds contained, so I'm afraid I wasn't much help to the preschool teacher. Sarah & Allison love to run off in different directions. Lucky Michael & Joey are so well-behaved or I would have been totally frazzled.

Allison has become a blanket gal, insisting on carrying one around the house with her everywhere. She hasn't chosen a favorite one yet, but she does seem to enjoy the quilts the best (smart girl, as they are all made by mom or grandma). She is so cute with nodding or shaking her head about everything when you ask her questions.

Sarah has become a snuggly little girl. She loves to give zurburts and be chased and is getting a little annoyed at having to sit still in her carseat. When she's upset, she sure can WAIL.

Michael is growing a lot lately and is getting tired more often because of it. He told me he didn't want to go to preschool anymore; he'd rather stay home and nap. So we had November be his last month, and he seems to be enjoying the quiet time at home while Joey's gone and his sisters nap.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


It's here -- P4D is doing an enormous MEGA KIT to benefit Breast Cancer Research! Above is a preview of my portion of the kit. The colors in this kit are beautiful, and you won't want to miss it. This enormous kit is available only until November 15th, so hurry. More information can be found here: http://www.promos4digiscrappers.com/projects.php

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Free To Be . . .




I just had to show off this cute layout of my twins! I had so much fun blending these photos and doing photo effects on them -- it really shows their personalities. Allison is everywhere at once and Sarah is content to sit & think.

In other news, Lillian was the spotlight student for her class a few weeks ago, and played her violin for the class on her assigned day. She had a great time introducing her whole family, especially the twins. Sometimes we meet her outside her classroom after school, and she's always thrilled -- "My twinnies!" she'll say and then hand them off to her friends to hold. Allison & Sarah still don't like strangers so while they grin and get excited to see Lillian, they aren't too happy about her friends.

New Designs

Wow it's been a long time since I've posted. Life's been busy. I start the day with a million things on my to-do list and I end it with a lot of those still on the list!

I haven't been doing as much designing, but I did finish up 3 kits in the past month, all really fun ones. I love working with such a variety of color palettes. The kits above are:

1. Star Toys (not currently available). I had so much fun making the space backgrounds and adding a few colors as accents. This one is in honor of my sons

2. Frontier Days. I made this kit to go with my family's pioneer day photos, and I think it's one of my favorite ones so far. Each paper is distressed and textured, and the sunflowers add such a fun touch to this western-themed kit. I've been so impressed with the layouts I've seen using it.



3. Berry Smoothie (not currently available)

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Out of the Mouth . . .

Joey is so funny and thoughtful. He has decided that when he is big, he is going to buy me all sorts of things. Like a new car. Today, he told me "Mommy, when I get big, I'm going to buy you a phone." Then later, he said he'd buy me lots of things, "like a whole chicken at Costco! And you can eat the whole thing yourself." He is a sweet boy.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Preschool


Joey & Michael started preschool this week. I found a preschool my neighbor's daughter attends, so we carpool for it. I'm so excited to have the boys in the same class. I really debated putting Michael in at all -- he's just 3 1/2 -- but I decided it would be good for them to do this together and found a program that takes 3 & 4 year olds. They've had a blast with it this week -- Michael followed in Joey's shadow a bit, and he played the big brother role perfectly. They go for 2 hours 3 days a week. Yesterday, I went to pick them up and Michael came running over to me, "Mommy! Did you miss me?" Their other big excitement has been driving to preschool in my neighbor's jeep.

Today, they were supposed to bring something special to them for show and tell. Joey brought his lightsaber and his Jedi helmet. Michael brought his lightsaber, and his WOOBIES! I got a kick out of that. Evidently everyone took turns showing their things, and everyone did well.

I'm very proud of the way Joey has stepped into the big brother role the last little bit. Yesterday, we went to storytime at the library for first time this year. Michael is just now old enough to go to the separate storytime with the 3-5 year olds, but he was nervous about it. He told me he didn't want to go. Joey spoke up, "Michael, you can go with me! Don't you want to go with me?" He took his hand and led him right into the room. They sat together, then came out together. I'm so happy with Joey's support of Michael.

Allison & Sarah are so cute with each other. When they are not fighting, they are playing with toys, looking at books, chasing the kitty, and occasionally giving each other hugs and kisses. It is the sweetest thing in the world to see them laugh and giggle together.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

One of the things I love about designing digital scrapbook kits is working with such great people. The designers at www.scrapoutsidethebox.com have put together 4 great Jiffy Scrap (Pre-made Pages) collections for a fabulous price -- just $8 each. These are huge collection, and 100% off all the proceeds go to the ALERT charity organization, to help with Hurricane Katrina. You can view the collections here: http://tinyurl.com/amy4l There are two 8.5 x 11 sizes and two 12 x 12 sizes. It was so neat to watch these collections get put together so quickly over the past few days. I love knowing such great people.

*** Just a note that these are outdated links. The Collection is no longer available ***

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

First Grade




Lillian started first grade last week. Her teacher is brand-new, enthusiastic, and fun. The biggest excitement, as far as Lillian is concerned, is eating school lunch every day. We packed a lunch for her the first day because we hadn't seen a calendar of what they were serving, but somehow, she ended up eating school lunch anyway ("Mommy, the teacher says we can bring the money tomorrow!" she said). She comes home and tells me EVERYTHING she ate, from the roll to the peas to the chocolate milk. She loves having so many choices, and for a little girl who wouldn't eat ANYTHING a year ago, this is great.

Lillian's also cute because she loves to wear her little knit dresses to school. She wore a dress every day the first week, and nearly every day this week. I'm glad I've got such a lady.

10,000 Leagues

Did you know how you can tell your husband loves you? It's not diamonds or chocolates -- it's 1's & 0's. I'm writing this on my "new" computer! My old one died an untimely death a few weeks ago. DH spent hours (& hours & hours) retrieving my data, troubleshooting, and making sure we got everything off my old machine. He stayed up way past his bedtime. But the ultimate sacrifice? He gave me his machine to use in place of mine. Which means I have a computer at home and he doesn't. Did I mention his is a better machine than mine? And that I'm really, really grateful? My old machine is still under warranty, so we sent it off to the shop to be fixed, and DH will use it when it gets back.



I finished a new kit a few weeks ago. It's named "10,000 Leagues Over the Sea," and was a kit requested by my friend Ilona. She's Dutch and works for a sailmaker and wanted a kit that would work for that. I had a lot of fun with this one and it kept getting bigger and bigger.

My other new project is a kit I'm going to call "Star Toys," in honor of my boys fascination with a certain movie. =) I'm not quite done with the kit or this page, but I just had to play with it tonight. I think it's my new favorite.

Thursday, August 18, 2005



See? This is what I'm talking about. :) These little gals get into EVERYTHING. Allison & Sarah followed their brothers out to the backyard yesterday afternoon. I followed a moment later and found Allison sitting in the garden, surrounded by tomatoes she'd picked herself and biting into a nice juicy one. They both love tomatoes; I just wish I could train them not to pick the green ones.

The picture below is the result of their foray into the pasta drawer.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Dynamic Duo



Well, I think we've got the "Dynamic Duo" around here now. It's started already, I'm afraid. This morning I heard what I thought was Michael in the kitchen, getting into the cupboards. I called to him to get out, but he answered from upstairs. Uh oh. I went in to find the twins having a blast. They had opened up a few drawers and found the drawer where I keep the pasta and were surrounded by little bits of spaghetti and macaroni noodles. We cleaned it up together -- Allison even picked up little bits of pasta and handed it to me. Later on, I was with Sarah and some of the other kids when I hear little "pings" in the kitchen. Allison had gotten into our pantry and found a few new toys -- she decided to mix popcorn kernals and whole wheat flour (hey, at least she's healthy), then spilled some of both on the floor.

I don't think I've ever seen anything so sweet as these two babies. Sarah adores Allison, and Allison has been covering Sarah with affection. The other day, Sarah woke up first and was on our bed when DH went to get Allison. When he came in with Allison, they both grinned. He put Allison down, and she immediately crawled over to Sarah and gave her an enormous hug. The past week have been full of hugs and interactions. When we're playing outside, I'll encourage one to go "get" the other, and they are so cute -- Allison will chase after Sarah or vice versa. The sweetest part is that the one being chased won't run away -- she'll just giggle and move toward the one about to "get" her.

I love having the river nearby. This afternoon, I took Sarah down with the older kids and we played while Allison took an unusual afternoon nap. The river has risen about a foot, which means our homemade dam which covers 3/4 of the river is now a pleasant waterfall, and the 1/4 of the river it doesn't cover moves at a fast clip, just perfect for floating. Lillian & Joey love to take their tubes up river a little bit, then float down. I love that the river is usually so low -- up to my knees all the way across.

Lillian decided to do "impressions" at one point. She sat down on a rock and said, "Who am I?" then proceeded to splash and coo and squeal. I correctly guessed Allison. Then she did another impression -- "Who am I?" she said, then she sat down daintily, bent over and touched the water gently, and cooed. I correctly guessed Sarah. It touched me that our identical twins are such individuals, that even our 6 year old daughter knows them by personality. They may look alike, but they each fill a separate place in our home and hearts.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A Couchful

The kids made me laugh today. We went wading in the river, and I brought the babes out with their bottles (called "boss" around here, courtesy of our last little kid who used one). They love playing on a large rock a little ways from shore. Today, after finishing their bottles, they got their thrills by dropping their bottles into the river and shrieking until Lillian or Joey chased after them and "saved" them. It was a hilarious game. Lillian would hand back the bottle to a baby, who would wait a few moments, then drop it back in again! Lillian & Joey even had a few squabbles over whose turn it was to save the bottles. They finally worked out a compromise -- Lillian would save the purple one, Joey the green one.

This morning, Lillian had an assessment at her school. She's entering first grade in a few weeks with a brand-new teacher (her first year!) and I really want to know where Lillian's at so I can help her be challenged and know where she's lacking. She's very bright and is reading chapter books. Her reading score was very high; as was the other scores. One thing that the test brought out is that her math skills are very good -- she scored a 33 on the part of the test that dealt with math application -- but her math "language" is pretty low -- she only scored a 3 on that section. She knows how to apply the knowledge and did fantastic on all the story problems, but hand her a sheet filled with problems like "3 x 2 = " and she doesn't know what it means. So I look forward to seeing her learn that this year, and I'm pleased to know now where she can make better progress.

Surprisingly, when I asked her about the test, she told me the math problems were the funnest. I need to do more of that with her. Sometimes to pass the time in the car, we make up math problems (things like "Joey has 10 trucks. 3 of them get smashed. How many does he have left?"). I hadn't realized how much she enjoys it. I need to make more of an effort with it.

I also need to do better with reading to the kids. We used to do it every night at bedtime, but since the twins are born, we're more interested in SHORT bedtime routines (imagine that!). So I've been reading more during the day, but it's been hard to make a routine of it. When the babies take their nap, I usually want that to be quiet time and don't really feel like reading. But when the babes are up, then I've got them climbing around grabbing the books and bothering everyone. Occasionally, I'll have all five kids on the couch with me while I read a story, but Allison & Sarah just can't sit still for long and I'll end up with protest from the other kids -- "Baby's bothering me!"

I just realized how silly these complaints are and I'm giggling as I type. I am so lucky to have a couchful.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Update

This morning DH found the cat in Allison's crib -- evidently, she had hopped in there for attention, which Allison was giving to her in abundance! Allison & Sarah continue to pursue the kitty whenever they can. Sarah is much more gentle than Allison. But the thought occurred to me this morning -- does the kitty know the difference between the two? Do they smell different to her? Just curious.

Speaking of differences, Sarah now has her fifth tooth -- another tooth came in on top. But the interesting thing is that it is on the opposite side of Allison's fifth tooth. It will be interesting to see if there are more mirror-imaging traits that develop. Back when they were crawling, they each crawled with the opposite foot stuck straight out to the side.

Sarah is now walking all the time, and is almost as fast as Allison. They are starting to run in opposite directions and both refuse to sit still in the stroller when we're at the library, which makes for some interesting problems when I'm in line to check out. Luckily, I've got two extra pairs of hands in Joey & Lillian, who love to chase after the twins and grab them when they stray too far.

We did a lot of swimming last week, both in the river and at the local pool. Allison loves to play with the hose. She grabs it and sprays herself, then looks surprised when the spray goes in her face. She & Sarah have also decided they love to splash and play with the rocks in the river. When we're outside, they go over to the gate and look down expectantly. I can only imagine how hard it's going to be to keep them dry NEXT summer!




I took Lillian out on Friday to see the class lists posted at her school. Her teacher will be a brand-new teacher. I think she'll be great. She's young and enthusiastic, and I think Lillian will do fine. I'm having Lillian tested on Tuesday to see where she's at academically. I'm somewhat worried about her being challenged and having alternative work to do when the rest of the class is learning to read.

Yesterday, we took a late afternoon drive up to Cascade Springs, a beautiful springs with waterfalls and . It was quite the Series of Unfortuneate Events. Sarah & Allison weren't too happy about being in the van, though the others did just fine. Halfway there, Sarah threw up all over herself, her carseat, and her chair. We cleaned her up as best as we could, and stripped her down to her shirt. She seemed a bit better as we drove, then threw up again just before we reached Cascade Springs. We did clean-up again, but this time we had to strip her shirt off. Luckily, we had a bag of clothes for DI in the back, so I found her an old T-Shirt of Joey's to wear. It was quite a sight to see her in this large oversize old T-shirt next to her sister in nice overalls and pink shirt. I told DH if people didn't know the situation they'd think we were playing favorites. Later, we had our dinner there, a picnic we brought with us. As we were eating, DH got stung by a wasp. But other than that, we enjoyed the beautiful waterfalls and the fish.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Pictures from the week








Just some fun pictures from the week. We went to Lagoon on Friday with a bounce-back pass and had a ton of fun, especially getting really wet on the Rapids ride. Joey & Michael had a "sleep-over" in Lillian's room one night. DH told me I needed to go in and see what was going on. I did, and found all four of the younger kids surrounded by books. "Mommy, I gave some books to the babies!" Joey told me proudly. He certainly had.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

I love coming home!

Yesterday, my husband & I spent a few hours out. When we came home, Allison came running to me with a delighted grin on her face and said her second word, "Ma - ma!" Boy, did that just melt my heart. But what happened next was even better. I heard an excited shriek in the kitchen and Sarah Jane comes around the corner and also says, "Ma, ma!" Does life get any better than that?

For the record, I should mention that the first word for both of them was "kitty." But it's nice to know I rank second. =)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Exercise

I've been meaning to check in with my recent workouts. Last week, Tuesday was spent pushing a stroller around the amusement park, so I think that counts. Then Friday night was a walk with the twins in the double stroller for 30 minutes, and Saturday night was a double stroller walk for 1 hour.

Yesterday I did 2 hours of yard work, including mowing the lawn.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

New Layout


Here's a cute layout of Sarah & Allison I finished tonight. They were so cute playing at the park. Lillian has decided she loves taking pictures, so she took the ones of me with the girls.

A Quilter's Dream and Update




Well, here it is; my new quilting kit. It's so big I couldn't even fit everything in the preview. This one's in honor of my mother, the quilter. I had so much fun making the different backgrounds, and I think I'm in love with my Sunbonnnet Sues. It will be for sale as soon as 3S gets back up and running.

Life's been busy as usual. Our family room is torn apart right now while my husband works on installing a built-in desk he's making for us (It's going to be so cool).

Yesterday, I took the kids to a Pioneer Day celebration at a local park. They had a great time, and were especially good during a concert of Celtic music. Sarah & Allison toddled around and danced to the music; it was so neat to see their joy.

I love having twins! They keep my hopping and constantly delight me with their antics. This morning, Sarah & Allison were SO tired at Church. They refused to sleep or sit still, which meant they were a little crabby and we spent a lot of time in the hall with them. At one point, our neighbor tried to hold Sarah, who stuck out her lower lip and glared at him the entire time. He switched me for Allison. Sarah watched Allison being held by this stranger, and started to cry -- she was so worried about it. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in her head. She is so loving toward Allison. Later on, I was feeding them Cheerios in Relief Society. Sarah picked one up and put it in Allison's mouth, and Allison smiled at her.

Yesterday, they were rolling around in their crib and wrestling before their nap. Sarah had managed to wiggle out of her clothes, and Allison was patting and tickling her naked tummy. Sarah was giggling. Then Allison leaned over and bit her! I don't think she even realized what she'd done, but Sarah sure had. I separated them after comforting Sarah and putting her clothes back on.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Lagoon




Yesterday, DH took the day off work and we all went to Lagoon, an amusement park north of Salt Lake. We had a fabulous time, and I was impressed with the children's behavior. Despite walking all over (we brought the double stroller instead of the triple) and being hot and tired, there were no complaints and no meltdowns. They had a great time going on all the little kids' rides and some big rides too. Lillian had one sad experience on a Mousetrap ride, when her sunglasses flew off as the roller coaster turned a corner. I took the three big kids on the Rattlesnake Rapids ride, and I was surprised that even Lillian was brave enough to go on it. Michael cried about how scared he was right up until the moment the ride left the platform, then he had a great time. Joey got the most wet and was thrilled by it, and I was a close second.

We also spent a few hours in Lagoon-a-Beach, much to Sarah & Allison's delight. They had one pool where the water was up to the babes' waists, so we spent most of our time there while the kids went on nearby slides. Sarah held tight to me in the wading pool at first, but gradually ventured out a short distance away. Allison, true to form, left me immediately and even put her head under the water a few times trying to swim (I had to remind her "You can't breathe under water, babes" when she came up sputtering.)

I also ran into a friend I'd met on an online Twins forum -- visiting her family from Chicago. We didn't have a long time to chat, but I did get a chance to see her four boys in person. What are the chances?

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Pictures from the week








Each week I send a few pictures to my parents and my in-laws. Since I've figured out how to post some here, I think I'll choose two or three each week to share.

I simply love this photo of my daughters. Lillian is such a nurturing little soul, and Sarah & Allison adore her. I love living close to the river; it is so peaceful and beautiful.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Moments of Joy

Transitions. I went for another walk with the twins in the stroller this evening. They are transitioning from two naps to one, which means I never know what to predict with their sleeping, and these nightly walks are becoming quite regular. If they take one nap, they go to sleep around 7 p.m., their normal bedtime. If they take two, they go to "play" at 7 p.m., their normal bedtime. They giggle and jump around and play with the blankets and each other, until giggles turn to demands that mommy get them up. I usually give in and take them for a walk.

I was thinking tonight as I walked about the tiny moments that bring me joy. It's amazing how much the little things really matter, and small moments touch eternity. My exuberance over Sarah's learning to walk, or Lillian searching the park for a feather for her brother, for instance. Today, I had many such moments.

I love to pat and rub my children's hair as a show of affection. I often rub the babies' heads when I'm nursing them, and they really enjoy it. This morning, I was nursing the gals. Allison finished first and rolled over to look around. She looked down at Sarah, smiled, and began rubbing Sarah's head. I was touched at the show of affection between them.

Then, tonight, I held the twins while DH got out the stroller for our walk. As soon as Sarah saw the stroller, she giggled with excitement and anticipation, the same giggle they both use when it's time to nurse. It was nice for me to see how much our walks meant to her.






















Hurray! I think I've figured this out, though I did have to do it the "long way." Above is first my new Allison's Joy collection, featuring the Princess Sarah Kit, the Cream & Sugar Kit, and the A Charming Girl kit, plus 7 Easy Pages or Scraplets, all exclusive to ThreeScrapateers. Each kit is also sold separately.

Next is my new kit "A Taste of Summer." I'm so excited to work with the fun colors there.

Update

Busy Saturday, as usual. DH was up at 4 a.m. putting some finish on some desks he's making for our family room, then he went to the gym for his morning run. He and his friend stopped by Walmart and picked up Harry Potter afterwards, so we're fighting over turns to read it. I walked into the bedroom this afternoon to find him reading towards the end of the book! He was skipping ahead to see what would happen! Scandolous, I know. Luckily, he's good enough not to tell me what's happening.

We got a ton of work done this morning. I mowed the lawn (my exercise for the day, and one of my favorite jobs), and DH put the finish on all the desk's cabinets, plus we vacuumed, cleaned the kitchen, folded all the laundry, and cleaned up everywhere.

Last night we had a great time with some friends who came over to beat the heat at their swamp-cooler cooled apartment. We had dinner, then our husbands took the older kids to the local pool, only to find out it closed early on Fridays. So they came home and played in the river and the backyard wading pool. I really enjoy being with my friend Rachel, she always inspires me to be a better mother and we always talk about meaningful things.

After our friends left, I took a walk with Sarah & Allison in the stroller for about 30 minutes. On my way home, our elderly neighbors were out on their porch, so I had a fun visit with them. The woman is so positive and cheerful and said such nice things about me and my kids; it made my day. We also chatted about some of our Church leaders. I told her I'd read a great talk recently by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,538-1-3100-1,00.html) where he talks about writing all his talks on a manual typewriter. He had a funny experience trying to purchase one recently, because no one knew what he was talking about. My neighbor thought that was great, because that's just like them; they don't do computers either.

I stayed up a little late submitting three new kits, bunches of pre-made pages, and my kit "collection," and they 're up in the store now. I wanted to include a preview here because I think they are all SO cute and fun, but I'm having trouble getting pictures attached on my blog. Grrr. If I get it figured out later, I'll try to post it.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Update

I've been busy as usual! On Monday night, my exercise was a 45 minute walk with the babies in the double stroller.

Tuesday afternoon, a new friend brought her kids over for an afternoon of swimming in our wading pool and the river. She just moved into our neighborhood and her 3 kids are very close in age to my younger 4. It was fun to talk with her, and we found we had much in common, including not allowing our little girls to play with Barbies. =)

Wednesday was library day as usual.

Yesterday, we went swimming in the backyard again. I brought the babies down to the river, too, though they mostly just clung to me rather than wading.

I finished up my "A Taste of Summer" kit last night and uploaded it to 3S, so it should be up in a few days. I decided not to include it in my Collection of Feminine kits, because it didn't really fit the theme with the other kits. And I decided to do a collection of just 3 kits, along with some pre-made pages. I'm almost ready to go with it -- decided to name it Allison's Joy in Allison's honor.

This morning, I took all the kids to the park. Lillian found a large duck feather when we got there, then we played. After a while, Joey and Lillian began wandering around the park. I figured they were just exploring or playing a pretend game, but I found out differently when we went to leave. Joey came up with a pinecone and said sadly, "this is the only treasure I found. It's not a very good treasure," and Lillian was holding her feather. I told Joey that feathers are awfully hard to find. Lillian piped up and said, "We know, we even tried chasing the birds but we didn't find any." I was touched that Lillian had spent so much time with Joey trying to help him find a feather like hers.

One more note -- Sarah & Allison are in love with our cat. They have started saying their first words, and for both of them, it is "tee" "tee" for kitty. They look around for her when they wake up from their nap (they share a room with Lillian, and the cat sleeps there every night). They giggle and shriek and "talk" up a storm when they find her. They pat her and poke her and have a great time. Luckily Zoe is patient and puts up with it, even purring for them when they're being reasonably gentle.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Family Home Evening


Busy day today. I took the children to the park and worked with Lillian on learning to ride without training wheels on her bike. She and Joey rode their bikes over while Michael stood up between the seats in the double stroller; our new arrangement when he wants to ride and I don't get out the triple. It was a little frustrating teaching Lillian. She spent the entire time worrying more about if I would let go than she did about balancing. I promised her I wouldn't let go, that I would either hold her or the bike the whole time, and that's what I did. Towards the end, I was mostly holding on her back while she rode, and she was getting better, but I think it will take a little longer before she's got it.

Tonight was our family home evening. After Michael led us in a song he made up called "I like cheese things," and Joey led us in "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam," DH gave a great lesson about nutrition, and it was a great success. He brought out a ton of foods and asked the kids to help him name which was bad, then which was good. When he asked Michael to choose something good, Michael ran up and grabbed a can of soda pop and said, "this is good for me!" DH then pointed out that none of the foods were bad, but that too much of many of the foods is bad. He explained about energy and vitamins and the kids were really getting it; all except for Michael. When asked what we should eat a lot of, Joey & Lillian said tomatoes and milk and apples and bread. Michael grabbed a package of M&Ms and said, "I eat lots of M's! They good for me."

After the lesson, Lillian led us in an activity of the pillow game, where we pretend to be different animals. Sarah & Allison LOVED it -- they giggled and shrieked and laughed the entire time.

I finished up my "Taste of Summer" kit today. I just have one kit left to go before I get the CD collection finished. Perhaps I'll start that later tonight; or I might read the last Harry Potter book if I can wrest it away from DH.

Good night, all!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Update

I'm planning on keeping track of my exercise on this blog, so here goes -- last night was a 30 minute walk with the babies in the stroller, and tonight I walked for 45 minutes.

Saturdays at our house are always family work day for several hours in the morning. DH got several hours of work done in his shop, with first Joey and then Michael helping. Michael hasn't helped much out there, but Joey's been out there since he was 18 months. Michael came in beaming and told me several times how he "helped Daddy." We also got all the windows washed, the laundry folded and put away, and the cleaning and vacumming done. It's amazing how refreshing it is to have clean windows.

This afternoon, we got Sarah & Allison's one year pictures taken at JC Penney. True to form, they were not interested in smiling for a strange woman with a camera. Allison wailed a lot, and Sarah followed her lead. Despite all that, we ended up with some decent pictures. I had to hold them with a blanket covering me, but you'd never know that from the pictures! Lillian helped a lot, taking care of the baby who wasn't posing, as well as getting them to smile. For her help, she got to go with Daddy to Costco and get berry smoothies and look at lawn mowers.



I'm working on putting together a CD collection of five new feminine kits. I've finished with 3 of them, and I'm working on the other two. I really hope to finish up by mid next week, but we'll see. The one I'm working on now is "A Taste of Summer" and I'm having lots of fun drawing popsicles and watermelons.

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