Everett Gets a New High Chair!

Remember how I bought Everett’s high chair at Ikea a year ago?

I always liked it because it was really cute and went perfectly with our kitchen furniture.

But I really hated two things about that high chair. First it was really difficult to get that tray on and off. Really difficult.
Second, it was so hard to clean that high chair!! The wood finish was like a magnet to food. Or worse, it was like food was crazy glued on! Every single meal and snack I’d have to wipe down his chair and the food, any food, would just not come off. I hated it so much! It was so much work to clean it! And with Everett, I have to clean up a LOT and often! He’s my messiest child by a landslide!

But it was cute and I’d spent $50 (I think) on it so I felt trapped in using it.
Until one day after a particularly frustrating after-meal cleanup I realized, why am I wasting my time and energy, my valuable and limited time and energy, on cleaning this stupid chair?! There are cheap high chairs out there that are EASY to clean! I know because with all my other kids I had them! I had the cheesy, obnoxious looking, giant Wal-Mart high chairs! And you know what, they work so much better! They’re more comfortable for the toddler, they’re easy to clean, the trays are easy to put on and off. Why am I struggling with this?

I took myself down to Wal-Mart and bought this chair:

You can see his old high chair behind it, I purposefully took the picture to show the comparison. The old high chair might look better but good golly this new high chair is maybe my new most favorite possession. I mean that from the depths of my soul. Every meal I get Everett out of his new high chair and wipe the chair down with a freaking baby wipe or damp paper towel and everything comes off without a bit of elbow grease! It’s a miracle. It’s the best thing ever!!! I will never, ever, ever use another Ikea high chair again. I will forever use cheapy, cheesy, amazing, and adored Wal-Mart high chairs.

Guess what else. Guess what else!! The part he’s sitting in comes off and can be used as a booster high chair on a regular kitchen table chair. Yep. And then the base is another high chair without a tray. A high chair you can push up to the table like in a restaurant. Is this thing brilliant or what?!? Brilliant. Best thing ever.

Here are two more photos of Everett from that afternoon. I went outside to pick up toys and he was watching me from the sliding glass door.

And when I came inside three minutes later this is what I found:

Some of My Favorite Walk Pictures

My favorites because they’re simple and sweet and calm and it’s just what we used to do every single night together.

Everett always waves hi to the horses β™₯

Picking berries from the bushes. They play lots of fun games with their toys and those berries.

I will never tire of the beautiful sunsets.

Allan took the camera out of the stroller to capture me blowing bubbles. I suffer from anxiety. I don’t know why. I do everything I can think of to feel okay but I just feel sad, lonely, and stressed all the time.
I can’t do a lot of things that help ease my anxiety with a bunch of kids around me. One thing I can do is blow bubbles. It’s so relaxing. I’d suggest to any mother suffering from anxiety (it doesn’t help the depression as much as the anxiety) to blow bubbles. It’s a fun, easy way to control your breathing and it gives you something to do and feel and concentrate on so separate from every day life that it really helps you escape that depression/anxiety box. Sometimes I feel like my anxiety is a cage and the second the door swings shut my anxiety just grows and grows and won’t stop. I get anxiety about having anxiety and that’s the worst! Blowing bubbles. It sounds stupid but it literally changed my life.

I love these pictures of these two πŸ™‚

Everett Bites ANOTHER Hole in My Nipple!

I took this picture of my boobs to remember what date this happened. Allan happened to see a few pictures of my boobs on the back of the camera screen and looked at me like, “Woah! And Why?” lol! I explained that I will never ever remember to blog the whole boob thing if I didn’t take this. And I wouldn’t have! This happened on July 6th. Everett was being silly and purposefully bit me really hard. I couldn’t believe it. Did this kid just bite another freaking hole in my nipple? I went to my bathroom and examined my nipple and YES, a clear, tooth sized hole in my nipple!

I cried, not from pain, though it hurt like a mother, but from what this meant for me, and then I went to google. I did NOT want this to turn into mastitis again so I decided right then and there no matter how much pain I was in I was going to nurse Everett normally. I decided to go straight to what worked to heal my nipple last time, wash my nipple with mild soap after Everett nursed and then put breastmilk on it and let it air dry. I tried that for a couple days with no healing. I got really discouraged and decided to google nipple piercing healing in hopes that someone smarter than breastfeeders would give me advice on how to heal this STUPID HOLE!!

I read that sea salt soaks are good. I tried that. I don’t know if it helped. It didn’t get worse and my nipple hurt less.

Finally I googled and googled some more (this is over the course of a week) and heard that those silly gel breast pads I’ve seen a million times at the store ARE helpful. I couldn’t understand why they’d help. I didn’t need the cooling relief but figured I’d give it a go. Someone online had said the hole needs to be kept from drying so it could heal from the inside out. Okay, I’ve tried all other routes, I’ll try that one!

I bought the pads and cut them into fourths (because holy crap those pads are TEN dollars for two!) and covered just the hole in my nipple.
The next day when I changed the pad the hole seemed a little better! What? Really? Could this be the magical cure? Every time I nursed Everett I’d wash my boob, pat it dry, and then put a fourth of a gel pad on. And within two days the hole healed!! SOOOO I’m blogging this long drawn out post for a HUGE reason. If this happens again I’ll know what to do. It takes a long time, it’s scary, it’s SOOOO painful, but it can be healed. Washing with mild soap and patting dry and using those silly (not silly!) gel breast pads is the ticket for me!

Going to the Temple and Setting Off Fireworks on July 5th!

We had planned on setting off the fireworks we bought the night of the 4th but it was super late by the time we got home from seeing the fireworks in Coeur d’Alene (the traffic was INSANE) that we ended up waiting until the next night. My mom and Milo went back to Washington that morning and since we didn’t get ready for church in time we decided to go see the Spokane temple that morning instead.

We took some family pictures. We had intended the whole experience to be spiritual and bonding as a family. Allan and I thought we’d say a prayer together with the kids in the grass by the temple and it’d be this special thing. Turns out there were a lot of wasps, it was really hot, there were people around, and it wasn’t that special. lol! I mean, it was fine. Just not magical by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe we’ll come back some day when it’s cooler outside!

We took some pictures of our oldest daughters by the temple. I took this one of Brooklyn and Allan took the one of Sierra. At the same time actually πŸ™‚

It was a challenge getting Ember to not pick the flowers! She only ended up picking one part of one before I told her that we couldn’t, luckily!

Once we got home we had lunch. Burritos. Payson and Everett just had the inside of the burritos since I don’t have gluten-free tortillas. I haven’t been able to find them here in Idaho.

Then it was time to set up for our personal fireworks show! The Utes didn’t stand a chance!

We did poppers and sparklers first.

And now the moment Allan was waiting for! Using the tanks to attack the Utes! (The Utes are the BYU cougars’ rivals)

I ended up having to buckle Everett into his chair because he wouldn’t stay sitting. He kept running to the fireworks! :/

One thing Everett will do when he’s upset about being buckled anywhere is throw his binky repeatedly. He did that a couple times that night. I usually don’t let him suck on it after it hits the ground but Payson was there to quickly save his baby brother. Gross. There’s been tons of bird poop on that driveway. *sigh*

Sometimes when my kids are all lined up together I think, I made all those humans.

Everett had LOVED the fireworks we’d seen the night before in Coeur d’Alene so I figured he’d like these too. He did! But the funniest thing happened each time a noisier firework went off, he’d reflexively close his eyes. He did it each time! It was so cute and made the rest of us giggle.

I typically don’t have as many photos of the older girls because I don’t want to pester them but I told them to smile for a picture but they had a better idea!

Ember was scared of the fireworks! She refused to come any closer than this chair set up by the car on the driveway! It was so cute and yet sad because I wanted to sit with her but had to hold Everett instead! She had fun, she just wanted to be at a safe distance! πŸ˜‰

All five kids had a really hard time staying in their chairs. They really wanted to be close. Ember always waited until the fireworks were dead or not burning because she was scared.

Lots of tank wars were had. Each kid got one and chose a partner to aim their tanks toward. I don’t remember who won each battle, I’m sure my kids do. lol

By this point Everett was pissed being locked in a chair.

So I took him out and tried to hold him but he just squirmed and squirmed and whined and cried. Fun times with toddler.

When there were no lit fireworks I’d let Everett wander a little bit in hopes that he’d stop screaming. Payson was sitting right next to me during the fireworks and having the time of his life. He LOVES fireworks.

Brooke was nice enough to hold Everett for a little while and walk around with him to try to entertain him without letting him run wild.

And that’s it. It was a really fun day!!

Our 4th of July!

We were supposed to go to Washington for the 4th of July but this is when my back was severely injured and driving was one of the most painful things for me to do. Just a twenty minute trip to the store had me nearly in tears by the time I got home. That short time in the would have me laying on the couch with an ice pack when I got home. I couldn’t imagine how I’d survive a 6 hour drive to Washington and another 6 hour drive home!
So I told my mom we weren’t coming and not long after she called me and asked if she and Milo could come to our house. I said yeah! That’d work so much better! Me and the family tidied up Sierra and Ember’s room where they’d be staying, washed the linens and stuff, and waited around excitedly to see grandma and papa Milo!

They got here the night before Independence Day and we hung out and I didn’t take pictures… I pulled my camera out for the first time the next day when we went to Coeur d’Alene to see the parade.

You can tell from the pictures, it was hot that day! We went without enough supplies. We should’ve brought sunscreen, hats, more water, and maybe an umbrella or something. haha! It was bright, it was warm, but it was fun!

Because we’d planned on spending three days in Washington we had no food for the weekend! We stopped at Wal-Mart before going home and ate lunch at Subway and bought a bunch of food for that evening!

Once home Payson played Zelda.

And Milo started on a fruit salad while Ember watched πŸ™‚

Me, my mom, and the girls all started a game of My Little Pony Monopoly.

I went in the kitchen to help Milo a bit and Everett fell asleep in his high chair! He’s never done that and hasn’t done it since!

The girls were so cute playing Monopoly with grandma! (I stopped playing about this time)

I asked the girls to smile for a picture and Ember stopped was she was doing and flashed me this:

And I laughed my butt off. And then took a couple more pictures πŸ™‚

Sierra had lost her tooth the night before!

Allan helped Payson play Zelda. They had a lot of fun together.

And then once it got dark and very late we headed back to Coeur d’Alene to see the fireworks! They set them off at 10pm over the lake!

I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the fireworks because I was just really enjoying watching them. This is the best fireworks I’ve had in years! It was awesome!

The Things We Did on July 3rd

The kids enjoyed having their dad back πŸ™‚

I made yogurt for breakfast.

Β Everett was clingy.

Everett climbed.

Everett played with popsicle sticks and an empty M&Ms container.

Everett miraculously fell asleep as he breastfed.

I held Everett a LOT. He likes me πŸ™‚

Ember was working outside with Allan and got stung by a wasp! It’s a huge story and I’ll do a separate post on it!

We went to Wal-Mart.

Everett wasn’t happy about shopping.

This was the next morning, the 4th. We did a bit of school work.

I enjoyed being with Allan after missing him so much!

Everett, Everett, Everett.

Twister! Payson’s New Puncher!

I thought it was about time my kids try Twister. It was FUN! We were all laughing.

It was difficult for them at first so we decided to go in groups of two. We did rock, paper, scissors to see who was on what team and went first.

Sierra and Ember had fun watching Brooke and Payson.

They were cute when it was their turn.

Then we went outside because a package came from Amazon! It had taken 6 weeks because it came from China! Sheesh!

It was Payson’s puncher from Plants vs. Zombies 2!

It was gorgeous out so we played outside for a while.

And then later that day I got an email that my canvases were ready to be picked up. I used Wal-Mart for the canvases above my TV! The one on the mantel was from photobucket and is definitely better quality but from afar I think they all go together and look similar in quality!