My New Sweater, Rain Play, Sad Baby!

I’m really excited about my affordable Costco sweater. It’s the little things ♥

Checking the mail with my sick baby.

It was raining and Brooklyn and Sierra had fun out there!

Lyla was unhappy with me taking 2 minutes to snap those pictures of Brooklyn and Sierra without holding her.

Allan wasn’t around so I wore her in order to brush my teeth!

But she was not happy on my back.

Life with Sick Lyla

Laundry in the morning. I washed the new clothes we got from Costco!

Made breakfast while she fell asleep in the ergo.

Got Everett dressed while Lyla still napped.

She woke up and played at the window.

I had a snack.

Then we went outside.

Here are some of Allan’s pumpkins.

And unfortunately the corn died during an early freeze we had.

Everett loved looking at the veggies Allan and the other kids pulled.

Here he is happily showing off his playdoh. This kid LOVES playdoh!

There were some spiders and ladybugs on some of the vegetables!

The people who worked hard that day!

Poor Everett begs me to hold him all the time and I’m almost always holding Lyla instead. Since I was wearing her I could pick him up and he was really happy about that!

I’d noticed that Lyla was warm all day and took her temperature with a new thermometer since the kids broke my old one.

I tried it on myself first and she was happy when I did it on her next 🙂

With her slightly sick I didn’t want to go to the store but we were ouuuuut of food and needed to. Everett was extremely excited to go to WalMart for some reason! 🙂

That night I was up late with Lyla who was really cranky. I snapped these pictures before finally heading to bed.

It wasn’t long before I woke up… Lyla tossed and turned and cried and cried. I finally got up to just walk with her and rock her. She was burning up so I took her temperature again. It was 103. I don’t usually give my babies tylenol or motrin for fevers because I am a believer in letting fevers run their course but she was not sleeping at all and I knew that she’d get better faster if she could sleep more so I attempted to give her baby tylenol. Problem is Lyla throws up everything (even many foods!), when she gags on new tastes and sure enough- one drop of tylenol hit her tongue and she immediately projectile vomited!! Oh but it didn’t stop there! I had set off her barf alarm and she threw up twice more! She throws up so so so much when she doesn’t like a taste! I’d JUST nursed her for like five hours straight too so she was full of milk and there was a whooooole lot of vomit. Luckily it was mostly milk so it wasn’t really gross but unluckily it got all over her and me and the bed which meant baths for her and me and an entire load of bedding laundry!!
The GOOD news is her nighttime bath cooled her down significantly and she was able to sleep much better. So from 3am until 7am or so she slept decently well. She tossed and turned and I didn’t sleep much but she didn’t cry much and she got some good sleep.

Here’s a problem I ran into. I bought two new thermometers and they each give me totally different temperatures each time! The one below seems to be closest since it matches our regular body temperatures when we’re not sick so I use that to go by.

Paint Mess :/

Lyla is our little climber. She LOVES climbing on furniture. Problem is she’s only 13 months and still will fall! So we have had to come up with a dozen or more solutions to keep her off of the couches, the table, the chairs, the fireplace, my bed, my office chair, etc.

It feels like she develops a new climbing skill every day. It’s stressful!

Another nap on mama.

Everett got into my paint and had some fun.

And Lyla got into it, too!

After bathing her and cleaning up as best as I could we went to Costco.

Brooklyn and I got new sweaters!



And then we stopped at Safeway for produce before going home.

Lyla helped pick out tomatoes.

A hike, Safeway, and Harry Potter!

Allan is still on his hike with Kevin. Me and the kids went on our own hike this day. The weather was perfect and the kids were really excited to go. This was the first time I had Everett walk on one of our hikes!! He was really excited about that and was skipping a lot in that excitement. He is so freaking cute!
Lyla, on the other hand, was just getting over a virus and was teething and was miserable! She was miserable at home as well so it’s not like the hike caused her misery… she just was miserable that whole week no matter what. Poor baby!

We haven’t been back to this particular hike in ages because it’s a bit further of a drive from our house but it is so worth it. It’s one of my favorite places!

I gave the kids new packages of film for their instax cameras and they enjoyed taking their own pictures on the hike. Most of my pictures from this trip were taken because they wanted to stop to photograph things 🙂

They each have albums that are the right size for their photos and they label their photos and take good care of their albums. It’s so cute!

Payson didn’t have a bag with him so he handed me his pictures to keep safe in my bag.

My kids saw somewhere that some people keep their developing photos in a dark place so Payson takes that very seriously and keeps his pictures in his pocket to develop. Or at home he stick them in a drawer in the living room. I love his interest and attention to detail with things he cares about ♥

He was climbing on a fallen log and fell off. He didn’t get too hurt but was covered in dirt. Before dusting it off I snapped a picture to remember.

Trees are my love language. Thanks, God.

My kids all love nature. One of their very favorite things is playing on logs.

All three of the older girls were taking a picture of the same thing and I had them pause to let me take this of them before they took their photos.

My view looking down.

This spot was one where quite a few of the kids took a picture. With the sun coming from behind the trees they’d each pose over where Ember is and have me use their cameras to take a picture of them. I also took a few with my camera! 🙂

Ember asked me to take a lot of pictures of her on this log. She was pretending to fall off and then she wanted jumping off pictures. I’m only posting one but I have at least a dozen 😉

Everett was still happy and excited about the whole experience and skipping and jumping along the trail.

We were walking downhill at this point and the big kids kept running ahead of me and Everett. This was as they were passing me on the trail below. I do have a rule that they have to be in my sight during hikes. They can go ahead (as long as there aren’t cliffs) as long as I can see them at all times. The other main hiking rule is no running when we’re going up and down hills/mountains.

Having fun with his shadow.

Used this fence to sit my camera on and got a group shot!

We made it back to the parking lot.

On the way home we stopped at Safeway for a couple things. Produce mostly.

Payson was trying to get Lyla to look at him to take a picture. The girls helped out by making silly sounds and faces to get her attention.

Ember helped me push the cart.

I love fruit and vegetables in the summer! So yummy!

I don’t let my kids ride under the cart because their fingers are at risk but they love to climb under there when we stop and hope that I don’t notice. haha! Stinkers!

Lyla loves when I let her hold items we’re buying in the store. I’m recovering from my germophobic ways of not letting her hold anything that strangers might’ve touched. haha! She was really into this box of cereal!

Payson and Ember are my two kids who love to climb all over the cart while shopping. They spend at least half of our trips climbing on and being told to climb off. haha!

These two are best friends!

Lyla pulling stuff out of the basket to hold.

Every time we go to Safeway Everett stops to look at this display of toy cars and ask for one.

And every single time we go to the store at least one of my kids climbs on these and gets told to

Lyla loves my lens cap.

We got home and turned on the third Harry Potter movie and had popcorn!