It’s odd to have hundreds and hundreds of pictures of my little two kids and only a dozen every week of my older two. But my older two don’t love having their pictures taken and my little two do. And my older two aren’t home nearly as much as their younger siblings.

So lots of Payson and Ember it is! PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Still Loves Spiderman

I didn’t know how long this Spiderman thing would last. It’s still going strong! Who knows what his next obsession will be or if maybe he’ll stick with the Spiderman thing. I get a kick out of it, though. Something he latched onto as a favorite without input from me or Allan. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket


After months of working super late during the week and even weekends, Allan’s work schedule has finally started to calm down and he’s been home a bit more. All of us are overjoyed about it and soaking up the extra daddy time.

Even with him home earlier and spending much more time with the family, the attention-deprived kids find it not even enough and stay up far later than they should to squeeze out every last second of time with him. PhotobucketPhotobucket

Mama’s Boy

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one in the world who Payson has. His older sisters are mean to him, his dad is rarely around, his little sister loves him but isn’t quite old enough to play imaginative games. We live far from his little friends so we don’t have many playdates. He’s desperate to go to school to be around other kids and I’m so happy that next year he’ll have that.

But for now it’s just mommy. It’s just me and him hanging out and playing games. It’s amazing to be his everything. His mom, his best friend, his buddy, his teacher… me and my boy ♥ Photobucket

He asks me all the time to take pictures of him. I love it. Every single time, too, he wants to make a bunch of silly faces.


I sure do love this little kid that I get to mother 🙂 PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Carving Pumpkins

We bought pumpkins last week and carved them Sunday. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

The kids colored their baby pumpkins while Allan carved the larger ones. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

When Allan picked up the “mean” pumpkin to put it on the counter Ember was standing there, he showed it to her as he walked through the kitchen and she freaked out! She started running away and crying! Photobucket

My poor baby. We had to cuddle with her and talk to her about the pumpkins. She talked about them nonstop for several days after that! She’d point to the goofy one and say “nice” and point to the scarier one and say “scared” and she’d say that the scarier one says, “Rawr.” PhotobucketPhotobucket

Last year during the after Halloween clearance sales I let the kids pick out some costumes. We tried them on to see if they fit well this year. And yay, they do! PhotobucketPhotobucket

Allan joined in. PhotobucketPhotobucket

I bought this Strawberry Shortcake costume for Ember last year on clearance and it’s SO CUTE but she hates the wig so she’s going to wear Sierra’s old witch costume instead. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

We’ve been playing with the costumes a lot this week. Photobucket


Ever since getting back from Washington Ember has been so clingy. She wants to be glued to me all day long. She hates when I cook or do dishes and am not holding her. The only way to get her to stop screaming is to pull out dishes for her to play with.

Sometimes even that doesn’t work and she just stands there screaming and screaming and screaming. Crying and screaming grinds my nerves so… praise the ergo! Photobucket

Distracting Them

Because my little kids are so destructive when left to their own devices, I have to come up with lots of ways to entertain and teach them. When we’re not doing preschool stuff or crafts or reading we’re playing with toys, especially finding new ways to play with toys.

I brought out a couple of my scarves for the kids to use as baby carriers, blankets, and hammocks for their dolls. They had the BEST time. Each new thing I showed them to do with the scarves they’d giggle over. Photobucket

What happens when they’re not entertained or watched 24/7: PhotobucketPhotobucket