Project Life for Baby!

I’ve been wanting to buy a core kit of Project Life since it very first came out years ago! I just never had quite enough motivation.

When I found out I was pregnant, a baby book was the first thing I went to purchase (like with every pregnancy of mine!), but in the store as I flipped through them and remembered how there are never enough spaces for all the pictures I want to include, I remembered Project Life!

I ordered my kit (in neutral because I didn’t like the colors in the boy kit) and when it came in the mail I was giddy with excitement. I love putting together baby books!! I used to love scrapbooking but it became too much of a pain to keep track of supplies and find time to pull everything out and sit down and do it once I had more than two children!

So, yesterday I started to put together Everett’s baby album and I am head over heels in love with Project Life!!!  photo 001eresized_zps8af83efd.jpg

Every time I find out I’m pregnant I immediately add a file to our filing cabinet for the baby. This file has been filling up with stuff since the day I found out I was pregnant! (The pregnancy test is in this file, too!)
I pulled it out to add all his ultrasound pictures to the album.
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Sorting pictures.  photo 007eresized_zps2d5c539b.jpg

These cards are the ones they recommend for the first page.  photo 010eresized_zpsddf8b84e.jpg

All his photos so far. (Minus a handful of them which are hanging on my fridge ♥)
I love seeing them like this!!  photo 011eresized_zpsc6a767b6.jpg

I printed a screen capture of his hand to add to his album.  photo 014eresized_zps4f155310.jpg

And that’s all I got to so far!!
After putting it all away and feeding the kids dinner, Ember and I headed outside to hang out.
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She had a lot of fun watching the really tiny ants crawl around the curbing. She kept talking about the babies and what they were doing.
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Oh and I’ll just add, my older three kids got in big trouble for something and were sent to their rooms. Sierra kept pushing notes out under her door.  photo 102eresized_zps2c6b1add.jpg

Doctor, School, and More!

A quick post before I head out to the store!

I had an appointment with my OB yesterday. Baby Everett (or baby Evwett if you ask Ember!) is doing well. Strong heartbeat and growing great. I have another ultrasound to see my little guy in 5 weeks and I really can’t wait to see him again! I’m super ansy for him to get here!!  photo 011bwresized_zps35c8906e.jpg

I’ve been looking forward to Payson starting kindergarten for a very long time. This kid was born for school. He’s super smart and way social. He LOVES people. He LOVES kids. He LOVES learning. I think if he manages to keep his extreme goofiness under control he’ll be a star student. (I’m hoping!!) We registered him for school and I was shocked at how emotional I got. Ever since, every time I look at him he seems so tiny. He seems like my bitty baby again and I can’t believe he’s off to school!  photo 020resized_zps21dfa357.jpg

I had to edit out a lot of information on this next picture and almost didn’t include it but it was at this very moment when I teared up in the school office! lol. There’s a place (second line) where the student has to sign his/her name and watching Payson do it made it super real and I was suddenly wiping my eyes and trying to compose myself.  photo 026eresized_zps9d61e073.jpg

Speaking of school, we went shopping for all three kids’ needed school supplies and oh my goodness that was not fun at all!! Buying stuff off a list for three different children with all three excited and talking a mile a minute and pulling all kinds of things off shelves (most of which weren’t even on the list) was overwhelming. It didn’t help that Ember was crying or whining virtually the entire time! She did NOT want to shop for the kids’ school stuff! (Getting a new pack of crayons just for her helped a lot in the end!)  photo 040eresized_zps00b22db1.jpg

New backpacks! It took all of two seconds for Payson to find and grab his Mario backpack! It also took him about one second to walk down the lunch bag aisle, spot a Mario lunch bag, and throw it in the cart. lol  photo 044eresized_zps5668ad2d.jpg photo 054eresized_zps553e70c6.jpg

We also got one new outfit for each kid for the first day of school. Payson got two more outfits than that just because he has less clothes than his sisters do. He, for some reason, thought this undershirt, tank top was the best thing he’d ever put on his body.
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We finally got home around lunchtime and I was feeling like I was going to pass out with hunger! I hadn’t eaten all day (though I did feed the kids!) just because things were so hectic! I made us all a delicious lunch…  photo 030eresized_zps15ce82e9.jpg

Except I cut the crap out of my finger when slicing that bread and it still hurts!!
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But this pure deliciousness was worth the pain. Oh.my.gosh.so.good!! Everett spent quite a while after this meal kicking up a storm! I’m going to assume that means he likes baguette and cheese and I need to eat it daily 😉  photo 033eresized_zps1d38c1a8.jpg

The kids’ plates, minus Ember’s since she didn’t eat until an hour later, as she was napping at the time!  photo 037eresized_zps3cd8d4de.jpg

Now we’re on to today. Payson had his five year checkup (haha, yes a bit late!) and kindergarten vaccinations. He had four shots and was not excited about that! However, he didn’t whine or wince and most definitely did not cry! I was super proud of him. And just for my own sake, he was a total angel and charming during his appointment ♥  photo 004resized_zps8ce1b74a.jpg

We got home and after eating the kids watched some Pac Man show and then Littlest Petshops.  photo 015eresized_zps685353e4.jpg

Except Payson who was, of course, playing Super Mario World!  photo 027eresized2_zps8bd5f4e4.jpg photo 029eresized_zps9bc4552f.jpg

Oh yeah, Ember doesn’t watch TV for long so she broke away to color. I sat down and colored with her. She’s fun to color with because she’ll ask me to draw her something and when I do she thanks me profusely and tells me how she loves it 🙂  photo 034eresized_zps6afa9fd8.jpg

Mega iPod Dump!

I should add my iPod pictures to my regular posts more often. I do instagram a lot. My instagram username is Ariana_Tiffany. If you have instagram you should find me on there and we can be instagram friends!
Sorry in advance for the hodge podge nature of this post.

First up is a meal that Sierra loved. This was several weeks or a month ago. Spinach and cheese ravioli, chicken, and salad.  photo IMG_3645resized_zpsa779eacb.jpg

We’re stuck inside a lot from the heat so we play video games and watch TV a bunch. This day it was so hot outside (118) that even though our A/C was set to 70 (!) we were all sweaty and miserable. Video games that day were played a lot!
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I bought some awesome books at Costco. They’re $7.99 each and they have grooved lines and shapes for little kids to trace with their fingers. This is pre-handwriting skill development. Ember loves these books. Loves, loves, loves them!!  photo IMG_4167eresized_zpsfd96ecf6.jpg photo IMG_4183eresized_zps700c42f0.jpg photo IMG_4193eresized_zps89173684.jpg

I also bought two boxes of learning cards. One for Ember and one for Payson. They look pretty simple (they teach letters and numbers) but when I opened up the box they were even better than I imagined!  photo IMG_4195resized_zps421d5264.jpg

They have cards (shown below) with a different thing to learn about on each and on the back of the card are little things to teach kids along with activities or small projects you can do to reinforce what they just learned!  photo IMG_4196resized_zpsd4c6493f.jpg

The activity on one of the cards (the big, bigger, biggest one) was to trace different family members’ hands and compare the size difference 🙂  photo IMG_4198resized_zps36bdbeb9.jpg

Ember using her tracing book again. I bring one of these books with us everywhere we go and she loves to trace the lines in the car.
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I don’t know why I took this?
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My older girls fight a lot but really are best friends. I’m so glad they have each other to play with.  photo IMG_4259eresized_zps08d9efe2.jpg

Arts & crafts time!  photo IMG_4266eresized_zps8892313b.jpg

Spiderman poses.
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Concentrating.
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Brooklyn’s personality summed up in one picture.
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The little kids’ craft was making a lei.
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The older girls were coloring pages from a coloring book we got at Costco.  photo IMG_4301resized_zpsfeda8611.jpg photo IMG_4302resized_zpsa55979b0.jpg

The little kids and their finished leis. (These were from our Mother Goose Time monthly kit)
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Ember took her lei apart and put it back together a handful of times.
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Brooklyn’s been reading the Hobbit with Allan. She drew Gollum and Bilbo one day and I loved seeing her interpretation of them.
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I’ve tried dozens of brands/flavors of yogurt to try to get Ember to eat some and she’s adamantly refused all. She spotted this yogurt with Dora (her favorite) on the package and wanted it. And she ate it all!!!
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The older girls’ craft was this kit with pom pom animals. Brooklyn got really pissed and attempted to ruin the supplies. She can’t do crafts aimed at her age range (she is a couple years behind other kids her age when it comes to motor skills) and this was was targeted for 8+. I really thought it’d be okay for her but I was dead wrong. She threw all the supplies around the room when I refused to let her cut them up with scissors. Back to simpler crafts we go!  photo IMG_4355resized_zps799d8474.jpg

And in the same time frame Ember ripped a few pages out of a library book. Thanks, Ember! I just love paying full price for a book! Especially one that’s old and has been flipped through and worn out by hundreds of kids for who knows how many years!  photo IMG_4356resized_zps432b7077.jpg

I made banana bread and it was super yummy. (If you google banana bread it’s the recipe from allrecipes that is called banana banana bread)  photo IMG_4357resized_zps6f5fe8d5.jpg

While I was cooking dinner Ember was playing with toys on the counter.
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Lately the older girls ask me often to take pictures of them so that they can play with the different photo apps I have on my iPod. Their favorite is LensLight.  photo IMG_4373eresized_zps13c3381b.jpg

I’m 22 weeks along. Measuring 24 weeks along! I have measured two weeks larger with all five of my pregnancies! (this is a flattering picture, I’m really much larger than I appear here, as you’ll see in the picture after the one below! lol)  photo IMG_4394eresized_zps005dfa93.jpg

iPod pictures are not accurate; which is awesome if you’re overweight like I am! lol. I always find it interesting when women only take pictures of their pregnant selves with an iphone/ipod/camera phone. I’ve never taken an iPod picture that accurately shows my size!  photo 127eresized_zps20db51d5.jpg

I gave Ember pigtails one day and Sierra asked if I could do the same to her hair. She even wanted to use Ember’s hair barrettes.  photo IMG_4411resized_zps71ac2f05.jpg

There was a major storm here Friday. We didn’t realize how big the storm would get so I let the kids play in the rain for a couple minutes. In that time it went from zero rain to pouring BUCKETS. Full on storm, really not okay for kids playing in!!! I had them all come inside right away.  photo IMG_4425eresized_zps5440ac69.jpg

Sierra slipped on the wet garage floor (our floor is slippery because it’s sealed with… something?) and smacked her head on the tire of our SUV. She immediately had the biggest goose egg I’ve ever seen and it freaked me out. I got her frozen veggies right away and had her sit down while I inwardly freaked out and thought about taking her to the ER. My kids’ heads have been bumped so many times though that I know the drill… you check for the “bad” signs and if they don’t have them then you just ice it every few hours. Her pupils were dilating, she wasn’t dizzy or confused or anything, she wasn’t tired or lethargic or ill in any other way. Her headache went away fairly shortly afterwards. To this day (two days later) it hurts if you touch her goose egg but besides that, she’s fine. Thank goodness! Regardless, I felt so sorry for her. The goose egg is on the back of her head (under her hair) and you can see it sticking out 🙁  photo IMG_4429resized_zpse2dbce03.jpg

We waited quite a while for the storm to die off. When it stopped raining I let the kids go outside and play in the fantastic puddles left behind!  photo IMG_4437eresized_zps9f1ab3cc.jpg photo IMG_4444eresized_zps6f08473b.jpg
And that wraps up my insanely jumbled, long iPod photos post!

Sprinkler!

On a cloudy day (where it still got up to 105, darn it!) we brought out the sprinkler for some fun outside time. Sun behind clouds means my fair skinned, prone to burning Brooklyn is safe without needing to be dowsed in sunscreen 🙂  photo 149eresized_zpsdbf5f053.jpg

Up until this day Ember was never a fan of sprinklers. I was pleasantly surprised when she ended up running through the sprinklers quite a bit with her siblings!  photo 154eresized_zps42884c0d.jpg

The kids kept asking me to take pictures of their jumps. Well, you don’t have to ask this mother twice!  photo 184resized_zpsd02e318a.jpg photo 188resized_zpsb94cb2d6.jpg photo 209resized_zpsc362bf87.jpg photo 210resized_zps198c6023.jpg photo 211resized_zpsf9ea3a34.jpg

After a while Ember asked me if she could go inside and get new, dry clothes. We came in and I got her dressed. She watched her siblings from the sliding glass door.  photo 252resized_zps42193d34.jpg photo 254resized_zpsaf541d46.jpg photo 246resized_zps956fa2ba.jpg

And then she begged for mommy milky.  photo 228resized_zpsa3918dc8.jpg

Monster Hide and Seek!

My kids love it when I pretend to be a monster and chase them all over the house. I’ll take an extra long time finding them (usually I throw a load of laundry in or wash a few dishes or some other small chore) and they’ll squeal all the more when I finally do come in the room!  photo 051eresized_zpsc764389e.jpg photo 052eresized_zpsfc0d0587.jpg photo 054eresized_zps3246637a.jpg photo 059eresized_zpsc78e5de9.jpg photo 071eresized_zps783e7511.jpg

Subway

My kids love eating in Subway. They don’t prefer the food over other food, they just love the inside of that place for some reason!  photo 014resized_zpsf4115119.jpg photo 015resized_zps94d2a3f9.jpg photo 016resized_zps6a7acfd5.jpg photo 017resized_zps736f6987.jpg photo 020eresized_zpsa8b4bdb0.jpg

There were some good songs playing while we ate. Ember couldn’t resist dancing while waiting for her siblings to finish eating.  photo 027eresized_zpscc05dab4.jpg photo 035eresized_zps4dd9e10b.jpg photo 037eresized_zpsad0c7ba9.jpg

Brooklyn was telling me a story. She tells me lots of stories.  photo 040eresized_zpsfe0d4eb8.jpg

The guy that rang up our order handed me a huge stack of napkins saying, “I can see that they’re (motioning to my kids at the table) about to make a huge mess.”
It didn’t come across as rude, just matter of fact. And with my massive group of children that’s more often than not likely. But that day at Subway my kids didn’t spill even one small crumb. It was funny timing with that guy having given me so many napkins!  photo 042eresized_zps854e1073.jpg

Driving home!  photo 045eresized_zpsa0fe73c6.jpg

Walgreen’s

We went to Walgreen’s to get some colored pencils for the girls to use in their new coloring book.
Ember was coloring before we left and insisted on bringing her bucket of crayons. I made her take them into the store so they wouldn’t melt in the car!  photo 019resized_zps59475809.jpg

It took no time for the kids to start asking me for each and every thing in the store.  photo 024resized_zpse02e6738.jpg photo 028resized_zps53e2faa3.jpg photo 031resized_zpsac03b52b.jpg photo 040resized_zps43e7f098.jpg

Besides the colored pencils the only thing I did buy was a 99 cent notebook for Ember to color in since she’d filled her last one up.  photo 046resized_zpsa8f6990d.jpg