Playing and Shopping

In the morning after the older kids went to school Ember was playing with some toys (we got at Costco and super love) and then later in the day we went to the dollar store to get a few things for her birthday. I can’t believe this little girl is 3 years old this week!  photo 022eresized_zps0be35d95.jpg photo 024eresized_zps4c8f75fc.jpg photo 012eresized_zps6831539f.jpg

She almost always falls asleep in the car for at least part of the drive.  photo 030eresized_zpsc0ac2239.jpg photo 034eresized_zps5affd79f.jpg

She pointed out the purple balloon in the store. She didn’t even ask for it, just pointed it out and said, “I love purple balloons, dey my favewit.” And I couldn’t not get her one. It is her birthday week, after all.  photo 037eresized_zpsd2843f70.jpg photo 041eresized_zpsbb277023.jpg photo 047eresized_zps275dccd9.jpg

BYU’s Saturday Football Game Against Utah!

If you know anything about BYU football you’ll know that BYU fans and Utah fans are not BFFs. Or anything close to it. Rivals… big time rivals.

Saturday night was the game we dread all year waiting for football season. The Holy War it’s been named by media. What media? I dunno. But that’s what they call it and it really does feel like going into battle for the fans involved!

So all day long Allan and I were nervous to watch the game. But I decided to ease that and cure my impatience problem I’d make another fun game day for the kids. They really love the mini football type parties we are having this year 🙂  photo 020eresized_zps68dc03c5.jpg

We had to go to WalMart for some food items. I swear it feels like I’m always completely out of food. I’d stock up but then I tend to lose things in my pantry, fridge, and freezer and they go bad. Buying for three days at a time is the only way I handle food usage well!  photo 025eresized_zpsfadd83d5.jpg

Ember was pretending to be super cold in the freezer aisles again.  photo 028eresized_zps9bf2f5de.jpg

Oh yeah, so, the night before that I’d been kept up by Ember most of the night (who knows why) and was e x h a u s t e d. I told the big kids to play nicely for another hour or so while I slept in a bit more with Ember, who was finally sleeping peacefully once the other three were up at like 6am! haha
I was shocked when I got up almost two hours later and the family room was clean! They had decided to clean it up while I slept! This is the first time this has ever happened and I was left speechless. They usually get into food and make HUGE messes all over the house if I don’t get right up with them!  photo 035eresized_zps05116c55.jpg

We got home from WalMart right at lunchtime and set up the table right away.  photo 038eresized_zps29136c38.jpg photo 043eresized_zps835fc551.jpg photo 047eresized_zps0377c250.jpg

My kids were in heaven getting hotdogs again when they’d just had them two weeks before. I try not to give them hotdogs often but they LOVE hotdogs. And rootbeer! And chips! And french fries! It’s like a food holiday!  photo 051eresized_zps26134888.jpg photo 060esbresized_zpscb55aeb8.jpg

I made philly cheese steak sandwiches for me and Allan. I can’t have hotdogs and really, philly cheese steaks? The best!  photo 068eresized_zps128c04d5.jpg

Since the game started later in the evening we only let the kids watch the first quarter before sending them to bed. The game was pretty intense anyway so it was nice watching it without them around 😉  photo 082bwresized_zps91928d25.jpg

Oh my gosh Payson and Ember were being SOOOOO adorable playing football games with their toys!!! It was difficult to send the kids to bed when they were being SO freaking cute!! Brooklyn and Sierra, too. They were watching the game and asking about plays… one of those moments where you almost let them stay up but then realize the next day will be a million times happier if you don’t! haha  photo 084bwresized_zps41130b5d.jpg photo 086bwresized_zps1ec9fca7.jpg photo 091eresized_zpsa0974c83.jpg
BYU lost 13-20. Total bummer. And the next day I heard about some fans who were throwing garbage at the refs as they exited the field and that made me even more upset than losing. Fans who show disrespect suck and I’m still annoyed that students would do that. Stupid kids.

Before There Will Be Five, There Are Four

I bought some cheap white shirts for the kids the other day. I thought it’d be fun to take a picture of them together before Everett’s born and then again in November when he’s there with them.  photo 248ecropresized_zpsef6c373b.jpg

Payson would absolutely not do what I said while taking these pictures. I took about one hundred shots (!!) and got that one shot above that’s okay. Payson kept doing weird things or covering his face or leaning way far forward and then laughing hysterically because he knew he was doing the opposite of what I wanted. The phase where kids don’t just disobey but disobey and then laugh like maniacs about it is my very, very, very least favorite phase!! Someone tell me six year old boys are a million times easier than five year old boys. For sanity’s sake! lol  photo 265bwresized_zpsbb4a84b6.jpg

Every time Payson did something different than what I told him to and then laughed, Ember would look at him and laugh and then copy him! She ends up acting up the whole time just because he is and she looooves copying her siblings. I’m so bummed she wouldn’t close her eyes for this picture because the other kids did it! I still like it, though. They are so sweet when they’re sleeping.  photo 311bwresized_zps07a959a7.jpg
Which reminds me of when I was little and I’d tell my mom I loved her and she’d respond, “I love you, too… when you’re sleeping.”
I’d laugh and think my mom was funny but then I grew up and had a bunch of kids and realized she was probably quite serious when she said that. haha

8 Months Along

Everett is growing a lot!! His movements are so different now than before. I can tell he has less room to move around. I can feel limbs moving around and I can push back on little baby feet pressing my sides. Each and every time he kicks or turns or moves around is still a joyful, miraculous feeling. As awful and tiring as being pregnant can be, it really is just such a gift to be able to experience it and have another little soul join my family 🙂
There’s a baby in there and I’m going to meet him pretty soon!  photo 165eresized_zpsa5e56480.jpg

Friday Lunch Date

Allan noticed our hot water heater had a leak so he called someone out to fix it. We ended up having to replace it, which is not a fun way to spend $1,000! Sometimes I really don’t see the benefit to owning a house! So pricey! haha
Anyway, he stayed home so he could be here while the guy was in our garage. I’m glad Allan dealt with it, I didn’t want to!
After the guy replaced the water heater we went to Bass Pro Shops so Allan could pick up a few things for a fishing trip. Then we went out (with Ember, of course!) to Famous Dave’s for lunch.  photo 030eresized_zps6715a9c1.jpg

We stopped by the giant fish tank to let Ember watch the fish swim around. She absolutely loved that! It was really awesome because we were the only ones there. Usually we go to that store in the afternoon or evening and it’s busy. It was cool hanging around the fish tank without having to share or move over for other people to see.  photo 034eresized_zps4fef10e1.jpg photo 045eresized_zpscc5ff1aa.jpg photo 049eresized_zpsec52ff1d.jpg photo 053eresized_zpsb6bb0544.jpg

I didn’t want to chase Ember all around that store that day and didn’t even feel like telling her to stay near me. At 8 months along now my belly is pretty darn heavy and I try to take as many shortcuts as possible. Which is just to say that that is the reason I brought the stroller with us and I was pretty darn happy when Ember wanted to ride in it while waiting for Allan to pick out lures and weights and whatnot.
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It was near 2pm by the time we got to Famous Dave’s and we were all super hungry! Good thing because we can never finish our meal when we go to Famous Dave’s. I love meat and all but my stomach is pretty small and I just can’t eat a lot at one sitting!  photo 075eresized_zps4b899f0e.jpg photo 082eresized_zpsc3cff339.jpg photo 084eresized_zps5369aa65.jpg photo 086eresized_zpsae2a9d30.jpg

Ember is not a fan of pork and thought the ribs looked gross so she stuck with fries, chips, and corn bread!  photo 087eresized_zps7379274a.jpg

There were some cool old classic rock songs on and Ember asked me if she could climb down to dance by our table.  photo 102eresized_zps69b3c62b.jpg photo 120eresized_zpsbbf89f9d.jpg photo 108eresized_zps891f0c37.jpg

I took Ember outside to wait while Allan paid. She was in the best mood ever!  photo 138eresized_zpse90e0cbc.jpg photo 140eresized_zps3ee9872f.jpg photo 148eresized_zps08c6adb3.jpg

Ain’t No Party Like a Strep Throat Party

Tired of being healthy? Come on over to our house! We’re loads of fun this week.
Party includes:
-Not sleeping
-Pain
-Water and chicken noodle soup consumption
-Whining (major contest over who is the most cranky going on this week! Verdict is still out over who wins!)
-Medicine taking

Bonus, kids will cough directly into your mouth as often as they possibly can. Chewing (and slobbering on) your pens and pencils and anything else on your counters included as well!! My kids must believe that sharing is caring because they are sharing their germs as if their life purpose is to spread strep throughout the world! Or at least throughout our family.  photo 053eresized_zps4a5077f2.jpg

Sierra was the one who started it all. She usually is. She is my most sickly child and catches EVERYthing under the sun.  photo 061eresized_zpsefb96136.jpg

Doctor office visits are the best, amiright??  photo 065eresized_zps481320b7.jpg

The most effective way to handle appointments is to crawl on the floor and all over the exam table and then put your hands up to your mouth as much as possible.  photo 071eresized_zpse329a67b.jpg

Cars suck. In case your mom forgot that fact, remind her the entire 40 minute drive home by whining and crying the entire time. If you stop for even one second she might not take you seriously!  photo 079eresized_zpsa79f6cdf.jpg

And the medicine distribution starts!  photo 085eblurresized_zpsb962e6a7.jpg

Payson had a sore throat that day but I’d sent him to school since his throat looked fine. After a positive test result from Sierra I stopped by his school to pick him up. Just in case he *did* have strep growing in him… didn’t want to expose the rest of his school more than necessary! So, I made three lunches instead of the usual one.  photo 088eresized_zpseecd5bba.jpg

It pisses Ember off when I decide to make lunch instead of breastfeed her.  photo 094eresized_zps99bd7026.jpg

To attempt to keep the kids separated during movie time I pulled out the camping chairs. On the couch they tend to lay all over each other and cough in each other’s faces.  photo 101eresized_zpsf6999f67.jpg photo 107eresized_zps3693e9c4.jpg

That night Ember developed a fever. 103. The next day she felt a little better but by the evening the fever was back up to 102. To urgent care we went.  photo 127eresized_zps0f614193.jpg

Payson’s throat was looking gnarly by then so I had him checked out as well.  photo 131eresized_zps8d2711cd.jpg photo 134eresized_zps6cad622e.jpg

The little kids were not listening to a word I said and the wait was long. And I went over to look at Payson’s throat (just double checking to make sure it was as bad as I remembered) and he coughed right in my face.  photo 143eresized_zpsfcf13301.jpg

And then while climbing on and off the table and attempting to stand up and jump on the table (and being sternly told to sit his butt down) he farted. And it stunk up the whole room and I was really annoyed.  photo 144eresized_zps2788c070.jpg photo 152eresized_zps104e5c87.jpg

The day we went to urgent care was the one day out of pretty much the whole year I’d decided to wash Ember’s carseat cover. It’d been covered in ice cream. So, we go out to the car to head to urgent care and I realize her carseat cover is still wet from the wash.
No problem, I put her in Payson’s carseat in the back. And then when I go look for our extra booster chair (for Payson to use) I remember Allan just put it in the trunk of his car to take to Goodwill since we never use it!
So our extra carseat and booster chair are in Allan’s car for when I use his car, and our second extra booster chair is in Allan’s trunk!! And Allan is an hour away at work, of course!
By this time Ember was buckled into Payson’s carseat and the straps readjusted to fit her so I just put Payson in her carseat without a cover! It worked in a pinch but geez!  photo 158eresized_zpsf63008d2.jpg

It took over an hour for the prescription to be ready. They’d said it would take twenty minutes. So we waited and waited.  photo 170eresized_zps5b703abc.jpg

6 bottles of amoxicillin in my fridge now.  photo 179resized_zps44340a50.jpg photo 181eblurresized_zps4c0ebe77.jpg

Waiting on the Next Phase

I wish that the company Allan interviewed with would contact him this week. I know it’s likely that they won’t get back to him until next week but gosh, as each day goes by I’m more and more antsy to hear from them.

It’s kinda weird that we’re so seriously considering accepting that job offer after initially being so against it! I was reacting emotionally when I first heard that one of the jobs was in the Denver area and immediately wouldn’t even consider it. I had to scold myself the next week and reevaluate my decision in a logical way. It’s difficult being logical rather than emotional when pregnancy hormones are involved!

I’ve spent hours of the last couple weeks thinking about if I should encourage Allan to accept the job if it is offered to him and I had to kick myself for my earlier feelings. There are benefits to this potential move.

Allan and I have come to the decision that the answer he’ll give is most likely yes. There are a couple BIG ifs. We’ll find out soon enough about all of it, though. And mostly… I just want to be out of the desert! This month is our 5 year anniversary of moving to Arizona. I think it was near September 18th, 2008 that we moved here. Can you believe that? It’d be fitting timing to find out we’re going to finally move away during the 5 year anniversary of when we moved here!

So I’m anxious because really good things are potentially around the corner and it helps me in my down moods. Which at this point in pregnancy are many. haha! I’m such an unpleasant person right now, I admit it. I know it and I try to not be that way but it’s not entirely avoidable! At the very least I’m the first to call myself a witch (with a B) when I’m being one. I know it even in the very moment I’m being one.  photo 002eresized_zpsab2f8975.jpg

I don’t know if I ever mentioned this but two or three weeks ago I started leaking colostrum and a few days after that I started getting braxton hicks contractions. I get them every day randomly throughout the day (rarely more than one in an hour) and I know my body and this is so just the beginning of a million more contractions before the big day.  photo 012eresized_zps9df7e64e.jpg

It’s driving me a bit crazy to not even know where I’ll be delivering this boy! Will I spend Everett’s newborn days in Arizona or Colorado? Will we be in Washington? No clue and it’s only two months away! ha. Life’s nuts!
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I have no idea why the older girls weren’t in this picture:  photo 026eresized_zps82d7b186.jpgWhere were they? Playing in their room with their door locked is my only guess. They love to lock out the little kids.

So the pregnancy nesting hit this month. It’s extreme! I suddenly want to not only clean every inch of my house but organize it as well. I burn myself out every single flipping day and the very next morning my spotless house is trashed again. Maybe I should give up.  photo 039eresized_zps766f9c80.jpg

I’m still sick of driving so far to get to the store. Nothing new there… but seriously when we live like 5 minutes from a store I’m going to die of happiness.  photo 053eresized_zps57945a6c.jpg photo 057eresized_zpscfd0bcea.jpg

In the cold section of WalMart Ember pretended to be freezing. She’s so cute, it’s not even fair to the rest of the world 😉  photo 060eresized_zpsb8881f33.jpg photo 062eresized_zpsa619fe0a.jpg

We walked down the Halloween aisle. That was a blast! I almost peed my pants from laughing when Payson got scared to death over a talking skeleton candy bowl. He’d been watching the girls play with it and laughed and said, “Let me try!” and when he put his hand in the bowl and the skeleton moved he jumped and squealed! haha! He knew it was coming but it still startled him.
I was standing there laughing so hard at that unexpected reaction and the more I tried to stop laughing, because what kind of wretched mom laughs at that?!, the more I laughed!  photo 084eresized_zps297c4f5e.jpg

Payson wasn’t scared at all of anything else but Ember was!! She was terrified of everything and I spent the entire time holding her or at the very least holding her hand and telling the other kids not to scare her. She was okay with them showing her masks but any scary sounds freaked her out!  photo 094eresized_zps669b4ba1.jpg photo 103eresized_zps3b475c47.jpg

It was still really sunny when we finished shopping. Really sunny. All the time. I dream of a place where it is fall, or cloudy, 10 months out of the year. ha  photo 117eresized_zpse305a6c9.jpg

I Want Out

Today I was watching the news when the weather forecast came on.
I don’t remember the exact words the guy said but something along the lines of, “It’ll be 104 today. But 100 tomorrow. Nice fall weather.”
I wanted to punch my TV. (It was 107 yesterday!)

Sierra handed me a flyer for their school fall carnival and Halloween celebration. She asked if we could go which I said, “Of course!” to. “As long as we’re still here. If we move we’ll go to your new school’s fall celebration.”
“Oh man,” she says, “I hope dad doesn’t get that job! Plus, I don’t want to live in Colorado!” (They want to move to Spokane, which is what our hope has been the last 9 months)

Colorado isn’t my ideal for a few different reasons but right now I have to think about it as a way out of Arizona. Ideal or not, it is my most likely escape route this year. Allan should find out by next week if he gets an offer. His interview was this last Monday and I’m hoping he hears from them this week. Patience, after waiting more than two years to move, is not something I do well these days. But… patience I must have. As there is no other way. ha 😉

"I Need Some Makeup"

“Mom, what I do now?”
“Mom, what I put on now?”
“Mom, what makeup now?”

Ember is officially obsessed with makeup. It’s the obsession that won’t quit and that I don’t love. She follows me into the bathroom any time I’m getting ready and brings along a little chair to push up to my counter. She looks around for any makeup left out. I always have makeup left out. It’s just one of those things… like my pair of pants on the floor. They’re always there and no matter how clean or organized I try to be or how I try to catch up on housework, those things just are what they are and always have been and likely always will be.

So with that flaw of mine comes access to a lot of messy items on a daily basis for Ember. And she really loves that. And I try to be better about putting my makeup away. But I’m really not that much better at all. So I’m sure messes like the one I walked into last week will be happening more often. But I really hope not.  photo 157eresized_zps79765e2a.jpg photo 158eresized_zpse02e511e.jpg

In my defense, I have all of our nail polishes up way high in a cabinet but these were sent from Grandma and never had a chance at being put away. The place I keep my nail polishes in is full and I wasn’t sure where I wanted to put these new ones. Though now they’re shoved in a box on the top of my highest shelf 😉
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How sad is it, Ember crying over being caught? She reacts so extremely to being noticed doing something she thinks she shouldn’t be. It’s interesting since she pretty much never gets in trouble for anything, I’m a really mellow mom with her about virtually everything. haha