It Sure is a Bright Morning in the Desert

Good morning!
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How can one feel anything but happy with that bright sun shining?
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And even if there were no bright sun shining, there is this cute girl lighting up my days!
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Every morning Payson comes out of his dark room (he has black out shades on his window) and blinks and blinks into the morning light. I give him his sippy cup and he asks me, “Mommy, can you turn out the light?” I smile and tell him, “I can’t turn it off, it’s the sun, baby.” Photobucket

The kids have been spending a lot of time outside. I go and peek out at them often to see what they’re up to. I was surprised to find they’d taken all their bedding out there yesterday.
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I set Ember down to take some pictures of her. I went to get my camera and came back to this:
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I was interrupted again by a request for a yana. “Mommy, can I have anudder yana pwease?”
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Tomorrow this little girl will be 7 months old!
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She’s a happy baby.
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She totally has a sense of humor.
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She loves when we do something funny and laugh along with her.
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The more we laugh the more she laughs 🙂
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I’ve been meaning to take more school time pictures. Just haven’t.
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Last night I was reading to the kids while they finished eating. Ember is pretty whiny in the evenings, wanting to be held. Not just held though, she wanted me to be standing holding her. So I stood at the table and read.
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Payson took this next picture.
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And Sierra took the rest of these.
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I ended up using a carrier for Ember because I really needed my arms free for putting the older three kids to bed. Especially Payson, I hold him and rock him and sing to him before bed and holding two babies in my arms would pretty much ruin my back. haha
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I’m thinking about heading to the park with the kids now. I’m bored today and don’t feel like being indoors.
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5 thoughts on “It Sure is a Bright Morning in the Desert

  • Sunshine! I don't know what that is anymore! 🙂 We have had constant rain for the past month!

    Ember is getting so big! I can't imagine how much you do during the day, are you exhausted after your kiddos go to bed?!?

  • Yes, genuinely exhausted! haha

    Is May better there? I remember in Utah and Washington April felt dreary because it was so close to summer and yet so gray and rainy all the time.

  • I've always wondered, just never asked – what time do your kids generally go to bed?

    I sure hope May is better! It seems as though we usually have more sunshine by now, I'm ready for some warmer temps. I've been to Utah in the summer (hello 120 degrees!) but I prefer the dry heat to the humidity that we get in the midwest. 🙂

  • What time do I put them to bed or what time do they go to sleep?

    Bedtime routines start around 7:30, sometimes 8 or 8:30. (It's really hard to stick to a 7:30 bedtime start when it's super bright outside)

    The three older kids are usually asleep by 9.

    Ember goes to bed with me when I go to sleep.

    Tonight was really rough. The four kids finally are asleep and have been for ten minutes and it's 9:40. And I'm so tired I'm thinking about going to bed right now which really, really depresses me because that means I get no alone time to just relax and do something fun.

    But if I stay up to get some desperately needed time to myself it'll mean feeling even more exhausted tomorrow at 6 or 6:30 when the two little kids wake up. Lose-lose situation.

  • You are so right, trying to put kids to bed when it's so light outside it very hard! You have a spread of ages, that would be hard to try and carve out time for yourself. Grr! 🙂

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