Catch Up 2

More pictures from the last month.

One of the first days I felt better during my early pregnancy. I was about 12 weeks along, I think. I noticed the flowery tree against the sky and is was so pretty. And then I realized, I just thought something was pretty! Instead of being stuck inside my head, fixated on how awful I felt, I was seeing something outside!! It might sound crazy but it was an awesome moment.  photo 007eresized_zps9c2dd2e9.jpg

Brooklyn and Sierra had their end of school performance. The arrow is pointing at Sierra.  photo 009eresized_zps28bb2384.jpg

Payson whined a lot about being there. Ember was excited to be there.  photo 020eresized_zps5c976c8a.jpg

Being Mr. Social, he cheered up once I told him he could go play with the other kids as long as he stayed around that big bush nearby.  photo 023eresized_zps95159041.jpg photo 025eresized_zps7331b077.jpg photo 026eresized_zpsca55bf47.jpg

Brooklyn was definitely the goofiest one of the bunch.  photo 035eresized_zps07b5ec7b.jpg

There were treats provided after the songs and my family made quite a dent in those.  photo 056eresized_zps71b21d60.jpg photo 059eresized_zpscd3c93df.jpg photo 068eresized_zps474f8391.jpg

Being able to walk around wherever he wanted, Payson was happy the rest of the time.
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Ember spilled her water. On the left, in her hair, are flowers from the nearby trees. It was really windy that day and she and I got covered in flowers.  photo 085eresized_zpsb6df915a.jpg

The sunset was really pretty that evening. A very soft yellow with parts of the sky that were still a deep blue. In person it was so much prettier. Alas, a perfect photographer I am not.  photo 089eresized_zps9b1ac69e.jpg

The kids were sitting in this spot for a few minutes, the sun was setting directly behind them. Everything was glowing. Ahh, so pretty! (I told them to do a silly face. Brooklyn spit everywhere.)  photo 100eresized_zps1e2d9dff.jpg photo 103eresized_zps819fa3d0.jpg

I told them to do a sweet smile.  photo 107eresized_zps91220a61.jpg

I told them to do a cool dude face.  photo 110eresized_zps22bd9881.jpg photo 111eresized_zpsae12e613.jpg

The weather was nice, the kids wanted to stay a bit longer just to hang out.
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Ember had started walking along that edge, then she held out her hand to Allan, “Help me, daddy?” And I died of cuteness.  photo 146eresized_zpsa072beeb.jpg

I don’t remember what we were talking about, but I guess I was pretty serious about it.  photo 152eresized_zps6ea414dd.jpg photo 156eresized_zps614fcd83.jpg

Ember seely. (Seely= our baby talk way of pronouncing silly)
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Allan, the older girls, and I were taking turns standing over in the (then super messy) corner of the room to make her laugh or smile. She was cracking up at our silly antics.  photo 161ereszied_zps0d56eaa4.jpg

It’s important to me that the kids have fun while taking pictures. If it was a huge challenge to photograph them I don’t like the pictures even if they’re cute, because I’d only remember the not-so-much-fun process of taking that picture. This experience was a blast and therefore, some of my favorite pictures of Ember πŸ™‚
Oh and when we were snapping pictures she’d hop up and run to the corner while Sierra or Brooklyn (and even me and Allan a few times) would sit on the little bench and she’d make us giggle. It was a blast. I have some cute videos of it all, maybe some day I’ll get around to going through my video clips from the last few months!  photo 168eresized_zpsfd6ad0ed.jpg

One Saturday I took Brooklyn with me on some errands. Ember joined us, too, of course. That girl doesn’t like to be away from mommy.  photo 032resized_zps20cb9e1d.jpg

Ember fell asleep on the way there.  photo 033resized_zps5fbaefd6.jpg

Anything better than pizza?  photo 036eresized_zpsbf09ccd8.jpg

Brooklyn prefers a hotdog.  photo 037eresized_zpsb3c2e894.jpg

Ember fell asleep on the way home, too!  photo 038resized_zps8a18d0fd.jpg

The weather that day was awesome. When I got home Allan was working outside in the yard. I left the car on the driveway with all the doors open and let Ember sleep for another twenty minutes or so while I leaned against the outside of the car and watched and talked to Allan. I think the three older kids were riding their bikes at that point. photo 044resized_zpsd1c3c7d3.jpg

For mother’s day I made some chocolate covered strawberries for the family.  photo 049resized_zpsa2e489cb.jpg

Mother’s Day at church.  photo 162eresized_zpsbc76433e.jpg

I’ve been reading lots of books, often over and over again, to Ember. I love the book-loving phase!  photo 164eresized_zps6c3343d2.jpg photo 166eresized_zps654bf922.jpg

Brown Bear, Brown Bear was her very favorite that week. photo 167eresized_zps0c5ebd64.jpg photo 176eresized_zpsd5f366d8.jpg photo 177eresized_zps5f075786.jpg

For mother’s day Allan BBQ’d hamburgers.  photo 050resized_zpsf7eb022a.jpg

Suffering from some major cabin fever, I took the little kids to Peter Piper Pizza for lunch one day. I bought Payson a lunch buffet plate and he had three or four pieces of pizza, toppings only! I felt so wasteful throwing away all that crust, but, what else do you do with a gluten-allergic boy? He also had a big salad, which I had to make him eat by promising he would get ZERO tokens until he did. Ember ate two whole pieces of pizza and about three servings of salad! That girl LOVES pizza and salad!  photo 055resized_zps1c3d8bcb.jpg

WalMart trip to buy a baby pool.  photo 057eresized_zpse19e9440.jpg

Didn’t like the one or two options at WalMart, went to Target instead.  photo 060eresized_zps87c7e6b0.jpg

The day we set it up (that same day we bought it) got up to 101, good day for some backyard splashing! I hung up a tarp to provide shade over the baby pool. photo 031eresized_zpsfbb0f41d.jpg

Ember was not a fan. She didn’t like the splashing, she didn’t like her swimsuit getting wet, she just didn’t like it at all. lol  photo 049eresized_zpsc583988b.jpg

Sierra laughing at Payson splashing himself in the eyes.  photo 069eresized_zps76dba217.jpg photo 076eresized_zpscc2d1eb6.jpg photo 086eresized_zps45c1b040.jpg

Having some frozen chocolate covered bananas.  photo 088eresized_zps2d996e18.jpg

The next week, running a few errands while the older girls were at school.  photo 101eresized_zpsfd198370.jpg

Payson looked so serious watching the scenery. Usually he talks nonstop in the car. (Notice the McDonald’s cups? We always have at least one water cup in the car.)  photo 103bwresized_zpsb19a3c84.jpg

Michael’s craft store.  photo 110eresized_zpsdf3fa132.jpg photo 111eresized_zpscb391f82.jpg

Fry’s grocery store.  photo 120bwresized_zpsa40f53d9.jpg

Cooling off with some naked juice.  photo 134eresized_zps274058ad.jpg photo 141eresized_zpsd22a22ee.jpg photo 143eresized_zps5817c60e.jpg

Kissing her baby in the car.  photo 149eresized_zps967e019f.jpg

Fixing up baby with her doctor kit.  photo 011eresized_zpsf1e84997.jpg

She fell asleep on me one night and my camera was on the couch close enough for me to grab to take some pictures!  photo 021bwresized_zpsba4a7b53.jpg photo 022bwresized_zps2c62dbcb.jpg photo 025bwresized_zps094e4edf.jpg

Every morning Ember shows me her hair and laughs and says, “Wook mine haiw!!” And then she holds her bangs up with both hands until she can see.  photo 061resized_zps94f5c72e.jpg photo 062resized_zps8a9a0d2d.jpg photo 063resized_zps2aafd400.jpg

The little piece in the front is trying to grow back out after she or Payson cut it a couple months ago.  photo 069resized_zpsd80174b1.jpg

One day we went out for lunch. Just for something to do.  photo 017eresized_zpsbb0dcd51.jpg

Raise your hand if you want a hamburger!  photo 032eresized_zps3f9c3ddb.jpg

Lunchtime is often Ember’s naptime.  photo 037eresized_zpsc6bd9ec6.jpg

Payson loves ketchup. He loves to just eat it. Ember hates ketchup. She won’t eat anything that has even slightly touched ketchup.  photo 043eresized_zpsdaa95c42.jpg photo 048eresized_zpse9ab23f1.jpg

Payson got a cheeseburger with no onions and no bun. It’s always a “thing” when I say, “No bun.” The person taking my order always hesitates, thinking. They’ll fumble to figure out what to push into the register, “Just the… patty and… other stuff? Without the bun? Okay.” And half the time they call someone over to ask what to push. Ordering for allergies makes me feel like a picky person! haha (That’s why I like In N Out, they have a protein version, without bun, that’s a normal order!)  photo 057eresized_zps91ee6cbd.jpg

Belly is big. I’m measuring two weeks ahead, which I always do when pregnant. So big. *sigh*  photo IMG_3141resized_zpsa5df68f0.jpg

Craft project with the younger three while Brooklyn was at her best friend’s birthday party.  photo 003eresized_zps593967d6.jpg photo 009eresized_zpsc32f2839.jpg

I love that you hardly need anything.
Blue paper.
Fruit Loops
Mini Marshmallows
Glue

I had the kids sort out their fruit loops into colors before gluing and whatever cereal pieces were leftover (and later marshmallows) they got to eat. They loved it. They also got some more from the box after they were all done.  photo 014eresized_zpscc6f8562.jpg

We got some card games from the Target $1 spot and have been playing a LOT. Our new favorite is crazy 8s. We play one on one or with half of us or, my favorite, as a whole family! Even Ember plays and she does really well!! So fun! (This was the first night we played, only Sierra and I did and Ember was pissed at me because I wouldn’t let her breastfeed while we played!)  photo 019resized_zpsaeac746a.jpg

Spaghetti dinners are so great. So easy to make. I put Payson’s meat and sauce over rice and he gobbles it up. He really loves the stuff, luckily!  photo 024eresized_zps9b66b64b.jpg

Ember was pretending to be a puppy and bringing all kinds of stuff to Allan while he finished up some work.  photo 028eresized_zpsca133414.jpg

Ember is such a mini adult. She loves to copy everything Allan and I do. He was flossing so she ran for a flosser. Then when he came over to kneel by her to floss together she kneeled down the exact same way. She even made sure she mirrored him perfectly with which knee was bent up. So cute!  photo 077eresized_zpsac4b8f6a.jpg
That’s the end of catch up post #2! I have more pictures from this week which hopefully I get to this weekend. I can’t wait to be caught up and able to blog about the present day happenings!

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