I really should go to bed right now. But I’ve had such a full week and tomorrow will be equally as full and I know I won’t get around to blogging and if I don’t blog tomorrow I won’t blog until like, Monday because Allan has Friday off and I want to go camping and if I don’t blog until Monday…
Well, that’s just a long time and I’d feel an anxiety attack coming on knowing you are checking in and seeing no new posts for days and days.
I am up this late (1:26am right now) because I just took a shower and blew dry my hair and then instead of going to sleep decided to come in here and upload the pictures I edited earlier today!
I have a weird favorite lunch right now. Bean burritos. Super easy, healthy, cheap. I make this lunch four times a week!
Perhaps one with a book buying addiction should stay far from Costco’s book section. The low prices make me feel like I’m dancing in air and before I know it books are flying into the cart left and right.
I took the kids to the arboretum today because it was so very nice out. And it was one of the funnest arboretum trips we’ve ever had. I was so relaxed and spent the entire two hours we were there soaking in every single little moment. I watched all four of my kids and felt like this is it, this is life, right here, right now. Nowhere else I’d rather be.
I love this girl and am so thankful, every single second, for her in my life.
I was very “let go” with the kids today. I stood back and they wandered and played. I stopped and smelled the flowers (really, they were so so yummy smelling!) while they explored and imagined and did all those great kid things.
I wish I hadn’t been so laid back when Payson licked this nasty water, though.
I love that there’s this entire children’s section and yet my kids are just as interested in exploring the rest of the arboretum. They don’t need the paint and statues and fountains and “fun” things to have a good time. They love looking at all the different kinds of trees and plants and playing pretend.
Ember likes to baby talk while munching on her toes lately. Cutest child ever.
I think we’d been there for an hour when we stopped to take these pictures together. We were laughing and goofing off during the “photoshoot.”
When posing got old we headed off again towards the river!
Sierra and Payson shared a seat on the double stroller with a swaddling blanket of Ember’s as their shade.
There were lots and lots of critters out today! We saw tons of lizards, birds, bugs, and squirrels. (There’s a second squirrel in the top right of this picture)
Brooklyn took quite a few pictures of me today. She’s pretty good at nailing the focus. It’s nice having shots of me that I wouldn’t normally get since I’m the one behind the camera.
Brooklyn climbed things (trees, rocks, walls) every time we stopped.
Payson was in a really good mood all day. He had a smile on his face for the entire two hours we were there. I found myself smiling big at seeing him smiling big. It was the best time.
We had stopped so I could nurse Ember.
Brooklyn took a lot of pictures while waiting for Ember to finish nursing. I love this one she got of Sierra.
And I begged her for a minute to take these next ones of Payson. He was cracking me up standing there making faces at me. Brooklyn was really into taking pictures of a (ugly, haha) bush nearby and I was like, please just take one picture of your brother really fast??? And then she took three and I loooove them.
And she took a whole lot of me and Ember. Some were blurry, some were of the bench close up with only my arm in them. haha
But a few were really sweet 🙂
I nursed Ember while she was sitting up in hopes that she’d stop arching her back and pulling away to see what was going on and just drink already. She spends 90% of the time at my breast turning to look at what’s going on. This age of curiousity is difficult for a nursing mama!!
Payson was still being super sweet and silly. I took these of him with my free hand.
After what seems like a long time but was only maybe ten minutes, we walked on. We stopped at this little stage area to play for a bit.
And finally we made it to the river! We looked out at the water from the bridge.
Payson laughed a lot whenever he’d sprint towards the other end of the bridge because I’d told him not to go over there. There is a bit of a cliff (5-10 feet high) and he’s such a daredevil I didn’t want him randomly jumping off it!
And, I got this super cute picture of the four of them!
We walked back to the entrance of the arboretum where there’s a little shop. The girls got some stuffed little javelina’s (we’ve been really into learning about javelina’s lately!) and all three kids got lollipops. Prickly pear (fruit from a cactus here in AZ) lollipops!
And on the walk back Ember fell asleep.
And didn’t stir when I moved her to her carseat!
When I got home I started to change into my pajamas (haha!) but stopped to take pictures of my bandages and some other things about my recovery and then I figured I’d hold the camera out and take a couple self portraits since I was wearing makeup for a change!
I need a wider lens!
Then I picked up Ember who was in the bathroom in her bouncy chair baby talking to me the whole time and she immediately grabbed my necklace for a snack.
I will have to tell you about my necklace sometime and how it took a bazillion years to get here after I ordered it weeks ago.
It’s a Mommy Necklace brand nursing necklace and I loooove it.
After my shower tonight I cut off 6 inches of my hair. I kinda regret it after seeing my hair in the pictures in this post. Though I don’t think anyone will really notice since my hair was so long. Oh well, hair grows back.
And now it’s 2am and I have to leave my house in 6 short, short, short hours to go to a doctor follow up appointment. I’m going to be one very tired mom.