Backyard at Sunset

Lately it seems that when I’m the busiest and have a million things on my mind I want to get done and it doesn’t make sense to be laid back and hang with my kids, that I just do anyway.
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The sight of the sunset most nights causes me to rush outside. It’s just so pretty and the weather cools down enough not to melt my skin off my body. And the kids love being out there.
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Brooklyn lost another tooth.
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And it wasn’t until the third night spent under her pillow that the tooth fairy finally remembered to take the tooth and leave a dollar. That darn tooth fairy and her crazy life and forgetfulness!
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And this one has her very first loose tooth right now!
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This is the picture from a post below, my kids were asking me to take their picture and they were having the best time of it. I took a short video as well which is adorable. I’ll share it some other time. (If I remember to!)
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Monday!

Right now I’m feeling pretty darn happy after spending two days with Allan home!! I really love my husband!

We didn’t go anywhere besides church this weekend and it was a lot of fun! Hanging out in the house and the backyard was exactly what we all needed 🙂
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Friday Didn’t Come Soon Enough This Week

But it’s here now so yay.

We a lot of time in Ember’s room again today. It’s my favorite room in the house because it’s so bright and it’s almost always clean and it’s just… pink. ha

Ember was helping me figure out where I wanted to hang her frames.
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Payson joined in and now I have gray streaks all over the walls from the frames. I didn’t realize that would happen. lol
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Payson loves playing in Ember’s room because she is a good sharer. He loves playing with her toys. (He’s good at sharing with her, too. I love my little kids!)
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This is like a half hour into getting Ember to sleep. She was pretending to sleep. lol
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Once she did fall asleep Payson and I had lunch together. I LOVE alone time with my little boy!! He’s SO cute and funny. I truly enjoy our time together. And he really does, too! He’s my sweetheart.
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Ember did not appreciate today’s lunch.
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She posed like that above and then this below is her saying, “see?”
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Brooklyn and Sierra are taking the bus home today for the first time this year. I hope it’s a good experience for them.

Going Out with Friends

I have the hardest time taking pictures when we go out with friends. I feel embarrassed.
Payson was begging me to take his picture while hanging on this rail. So I did.
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After the splash pad we all went over to Chik-Fil-A and then I hung out at my friend’s house for a bit. Then I picked up the girls from school and then Brooklyn had activity days (a church thing) and then finally, at 6pm, we were home for the day! WHEW.
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Brooklyn’s showing some treats she made with the other 8 year old girls. Sierra’s showing their pizza dinner. haha
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Ember Sleeping

I don’t know if it’s because she’s not feeling well or just a new stubborn toddler phase but she refuses to sleep without me in the room. I’m just going to go with it and let her, she’ll only be little once.
The other night she eventually fell asleep in my lap and I managed to scoot her off and sneak away to shower! Allan said she woke up but he patted her back and she went back to sleep.
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Laundry pile added. My word do I hate folding laundry!
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When she’s going through a phase of refusing all naps and not sleeping well at night either. And when I’m feeling too tired to function. Those are the times when calm, laid back experiences are the very best. Together on a soft bed. Books. Lounging with kids jumping around me. That’s what I need. That’s about all I can handle on days following sleepless nights.
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I blogged about this cute little Hungry Caterpillar set a while back. I reposted it just for comparison. Brooklyn and Sierra were so little!
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Ember is a new convert to The Very Hungry Caterpillar! She sat and listened to the entire book and giggled and played along. And she sat and listened to it a second time when Payson asked me to read it again!
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In this next picture she was dancing. (We’d watched The Emperor’s New Groove before this and the end music was playing on repeat.)
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It’s always a must to act out the story when the book ends. Reading through the third time Payson was the caterpillar filling himself up before turning into a butterfly.
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This week Ember has had a huge appetite and has been eating a lot of food. She has also been wanting to breastfeed all day long. I suppose she’s just going through a major growth spurt.
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She often has her leg over me when she nurses. She’s done that since she was a really little baby and I really love it.
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What post would be complete without a Spiderman pose?
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I should write about the time Payson was in his Sunday school class with three other four year old boys and they were all talking about Spiderman. I suppose I just did write about it. It was pretty funny/cute.
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Pretend sleeping. (Payson hasn’t napped in years and Ember hasn’t napped in weeks so pretend was most definitely pretend.)
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If I lay down and close my eyes the nap is not pretend. I’m out cold in like 3 seconds.
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He was telling me that sometimes he dreams about puppies and then he wakes up feeling really happy! It was adorable. I freaking love my son!
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What the HECK is THAT?!

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What the HECK?! (It’s a whip scorpion!)
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We had a house guest recently. I’m afraid his arrival wasn’t well received, as he is now dead.
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Today when we weren’t killing whip scorpions we were eating oranges.
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And doing Spiderman poses.
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And eating more oranges and throwing fits.
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Terrible twos are here in full swing. It’s actually pretty easy for me to deal with Ember’s toddler age tantrums. I think mostly because I’ve done this three times before. The only thing that frustrates me is the not sleeping. I can’t function without sleep.
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We do all kinds of fun things together during the day. Taking care of two kids is pretty much the easiest thing EVER. (Even though both of them have decided their favorite activity on earth is destroying my house. haha)
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Today’s been so much better than yesterday. Not because anything is better, all the “issues” are still here. But another day has brought my white flag out. I announce my defeat. My house may be in shambles and my daughter may not sleep a wink but I’m just going to be a happy mom and live with it all.

How’s your week going? Did you blog today? (If you blog?) Leave me a comment with a link!

The Day I Don’t Want Again

Today sucked.

Nothing dramatic or noteworthy. It just sucked. I felt annoyed by a lot of things. One of which is the fact that my toddler won’t sleep! She’s been completely refusing to take a nap and she freaks out at bedtime, too. She’s been a terrible, terrible sleeper her entire life but this is just ridiculous.

Speaking of ridiculous and Ember and things she’s been “terrible” at her whole life…

Ember’s been my pickiest eater by far. She breastfeeds all day long and refuses almost all food. I haven’t worried about it too much since she is growing perfectly; I just figured she was content with her mama milk and her nibbles here and there of food and eventually she’d eat.

And this week she has started to eat!! She’s still picky but she eats a full serving of food for every single meal now! Woohoo! (She also still breastfeeds just as much if not more than ever! My nipples are not happy nipples this week!)
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Someone recently asked about Payson’s gluten and dairy allergies. The update is pretty boring: he still has them. We “test out” gluten and dairy every 3-6 months (not at the same time) to see if he still reacts as severely to them and, he does.
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Oh yeah, remember how Ember isn’t sleeping? Today I was trying desperately to get her to nap because she was SO cranky exhausted. Well in the twenty minutes I was failing at putting her down for a nap Payson was coloring on my bedroom door with permanent markers. I’m sad about it.
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Um, this picture doesn’t even have a story. It is Allan, on the phone. haha
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Switching subjects completely,
I am really done with summer. The 110 degree temperatures are beyond old and making me crazy. We’re on a super strict budget now (gearing up to move and take a huge loss on our house) and so going anywhere is a big no no. (It costs me $8 in gas to drive to the store!)
Sad.