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Pictures from the week

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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.

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. =)

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.

New Layout

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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

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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 t…

Lagoon

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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' wais…

Pictures from the week

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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.

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' hea…
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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 F…

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 w…

Family Home Evening

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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 ou…

Update

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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 hol…

One Year Check Up

Ok, so now that all the intro "purpose of this" stuff is over, here's my first entry, a portion of my journal from last night:

Journal, July 7, 2005
On Tuesday, Sarah & Allison had their one year well-baby check-up. They weighed in small, as usual, Allison at the 3rd percentile and Sarah “under the third percentile.” I asked about Allison walking while Sarah doesn’t and he said to give it another month or so before worrying. I told him I wasn’t too concerned because Sarah wasn’t even trying. I would be more worried if Sarah were trying to walk and couldn’t. The best part about the visit was the empathy displayed by both girls. They both screamed during the weigh-in, then settled in happily to play while we waited for the doctor. When he arrived, I picked up Allison and he approached her. Sarah was a few yards away on the floor and started wailing the minute the doctor touched Allison. Later, Sarah was on my lap while the nurse prepared to give her a shot. Allison was o…

Starting a Blog

Well, I took the plunge. I've officially started a blog. But now I'm staring at the screen wondering what to write. I've been keeping a journal in Word for several months now, including emails I've sent to grandparents, cute stories about the children, and other things. I think I'll start tonight by sharing some of that. I intend this blog to be a place where I can share a portion of my life with my friends and family. I will probably include previews about some of the digital scrapbook kits I'm working on, perhaps some of my favorite scrapbook pages, but mostly I hope to fill this blog with the uplifting parts of my life and a reflection on my blessings.

As a wife and a mother to five young children, life moves so fast and what seems a constant one day is a distant memory the next. I hope my writing can preserve some of life's details -- the fact that Allison has 5 teeth while Sarah has just 2 right now, for instance, or the cute thing Joey said this…