We Went Out! Thrift Stores + Barro’s Pizza

I feel a little guilty at blowing $70 on random things at the two thrift stores and dollar store we visited today.

We bought a bunch of clothes and even more books and a few DVDs as well. I was surprised by the total when I was paying at one of the stores. When I got home and was unloading the bags I found about ten extra books in the stuff I’d bought. How did I not notice this when paying?

Turns out Payson would grab a book off the shelf and flip through it and then toss it in my stroller.

So yeah, the thrift store was an interesting experience. I don’t mean to sound all uptight but they kinda gross me out. I find myself reaching for the antibacterial hand wipes far more than I’d like to admit.

This is ridiculous and I wish I didn’t think that way. Because shopping second hand is pretty cool. It’s really difficult for me to find things of value but if I’m simply searching for extra play clothes and books it’s simple and that’s exactly what I was looking for so it worked out well.

I wish I was the type of person who was creative enough to turn junk into treasures. I’d probably hang out at thrift stores more often. I read crafty/DIY blogs where they turn the ugliest crap into gorgeous pieces and I feel jealous and worthless afterward. I have not the talent. *sigh*

So yeah, some dresses for Ember and several bags full of books. Fun times.
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Ember’s favorite thing to do is explore. Sitting in a cart or stroller or on mommy’s hip when there are aisles and racks and shelves filled with new things to see and touch and mess with?
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She’s such a good girl, though. She might start to do something inappropriate like climb onto bookshelves but I tell her not to and she usually listens and doesn’t do it again! I told her once to climb down and she stayed off them from then on.
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Well, I’m 100% sure that if we went back to the thrift store tomorrow she’d be up climbing those bookshelves first thing, but within the hour after she’s been taught to not do something she’s usually pretty good about remembering.
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We stopped at Barro’s Pizza for lunch. It was really good and we had such a great time together!
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My kids have been really well behaved in restaurants lately. I’m pretty proud of them.
I chose to sit in the part of the restaurant that isn’t filled with toys and TVs with children’s programs playing because I wanted to spend our lunch talking and being together. We can watch TV at home! So anyway, before our food came the kids kept trying to kneel on the seat to peek into the other room and watch Scooby Doo! haha
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Payson kept standing on the booth like Ember. I’d tell him to sit and he would and then ten seconds later he was up on his knees or feet. I don’t really mind if he’s on his knees because it is pretty hard to eat when you can barely reach your food but standing is not ok.
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I’ve been considering investing in those portable boosters that fold up small for Payson and Ember. That way I could have Ember in the booth with us and she would be buckled in (she won’t stay sitting in the booster chairs at restaurants) while she eats. Same deal with Payson, I won’t have to tell him a hundred times to sit down. Have any of you used those? Would it tip over easily if it wasn’t strapped to a free standing chair? I’m thinking that if we’re in a booth I’ll seat Ember in hers between me and one of the other kids, not close to the edge at all or anything, but I just don’t know.
I’d also use them at home so I can get rid of our stupid, giant highchair once and for all! Ember really wants to sit at the kitchen table with the other kids and hates being in her highchair so I think this would be the best idea.
These two links are the ones I’m thinking about getting, one for Payson and one for Ember.
Munchkin Travel Booster Seat
Brica Travel Booster
Anyone use these? Could you tell me in the comments if you like the booster and if you use it a lot?
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My kids’ love of books has been a constant from the time they were all babies and yet sometimes it still surprises me. We got home from our outing and all four of them sat down in the pile of books and read for a long time!
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After reading the kids some books I went and sat with the older kids (Ember wanted to keep looking at books) in the living room and watched Shrek and colored. They love it when I color with them and I enjoy it, too! Especially when it’s a Precious Moments coloring book. I adored Precious Moments coloring books as a chid and still do to this day 🙂

Oh yeah, while we were hanging out I heard a few ripping sounds from the other room.
Uh oh.
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Hmm, also just saw this portable chair on amazon while browsing. I might get it instead. Having a chair to bring to the park for the kids or even on campouts would be cool. Buuut it doesn’t strap to a chair.

Hiya

We stayed at home today. We ate lots of good home cooked food, spent a lot of time playing loud and wild games, played some quiet, creative games and also watched three movies! Dinner is in the oven and we’re about to eat and then I’m getting these kiddos to bed and am going to read some books!
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For my own benefit- (sorry for no links, I don’t have time!)
The books I read at the end of last month were:
-Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin
-Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson

The books I just got done reading are:
-Ellen Degeneres’s Seriously… I’m Kidding
-Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
-Tina Fey’s Bossypants

The books I’m reading this week are:
-Magic Trees of the Mind by Marian Diamond and Janet Hopson
-Your Child’s Growing Mind by Jane Healy
-The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Books I will read next week (or rather a week from now) are:
-The 5 Love Languages of Children
-Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent

And then these other ones, too. Gosh I wish I could read all day instead of for ten minutes here and there! haha
-Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
-How To Win Friends and Influence People
-Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True
-Live Your Dreams by Les Brown
-The Tibetan Book Of Living & Dying
-The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
-Your Destiny Switch: Master Your Key Emotions, and Attract the Life of Your Dreams

*ahem* apparently I like to read a lot of books in one genre all at once.
And,
I freaking love books.

Baby in a Box

Have you guys read the children’s book, Not A Box by Antoinette Portis?
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It’s about a bunny who imagines a box is a mountain, a rocket ship and other fun things. We found it at the library a month or two ago and all four of my kids love it. A lot.
We checked it out again recently and have read it many times since then. I’m probably going to attempt to find it at a store soon and buy it for Ember’s birthday or something, we love it that much.
I’d say it’s best for preschool aged kids but my older girls get a kick out of it, too.

Maybe it’s even more special to us because we have so many empty boxes in our house this month. And they are a source of hours of amusement for all ages 🙂
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Library Books

It’s probably weird that I love going back through my blog and looking at what books we were reading when. Of course I end up rechecking them out so it’s not that weird.
I’ve missed taking my books pictures. So I’m going to start again. I have a running list in word of like 500 books that I want to read my kids eventually. I think that’s achievable with how much we read!

So we got home and I stacked the books on the column by our front door and would take one off the top and read it and then toss it to the ground when we finished. By the end of our little (long) reading session this is what it looked like:
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The books we got this week:
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I got 45 great books. I bet you’ll never guess what Payson’s favorite two were!
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Until we go back to the library I’m keeping the books here on our bookshelf.
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We got this book for free while we were there.
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We checked out a lot of books we’ve read a lot already. We certainly have favorites.

The books we checked out this week were:
Mommy Mine by Tim Warnes
Playtime Rhymes by Michael Foreman
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
Don’t Call Me Pig! A Javelina’s Story by Conrad J. Storad
Roadrunner’s Dance by Rudolfo Anaya
Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Kissing Coyotes by Marcia Vaughan
The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Way Out in the Desert by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward
Big Bad Bunny by Franny Billingsley
Stripe by Joanne Partis
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
All the Places to Love by Patricia Maclachlan
This is the House That Jack Built by Simms Taback
More, More, More! said the baby by Vera B. Williams
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.
All the World by Liz Barton Scanlon
Blue Bowl Down by C.M. Millen
Not a Box by Antionette Portis
Spiderman (two books based on the movies)
Where Do Kisses Come From? by Maria Fleming
The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier
Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier
All by Mo Willems: (of course)
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
We Are in a Book!
Can I Play Too?
Elephants Cannot Dance!
Listen to my Trumpet!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Moosetache by Margie Palatini
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence
Me Want Pet! by Tammi Sauer
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
It’s Not Fair! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Desert Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Martin/Carle
The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit by Susan Lowell

When the girls got home from school we brought over some of the not-as-preschoolish books to my bed and read them all.
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The little kids were ruining it, though. They wanted to sit on my lap, sit on the books, sit on each other, sit where their sister was, sit where their brother was, mommmmmyyyyy I want to sit THERE, and take the books and throw the books, and and…
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But we got them all read and the girls loved it. We’ll reread them today and a few times again this week before returning them. I think I might go back to the library on Tuesday, though. I really have some other books I want to get! haha
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Ember Baby!

There are WAY too many pictures in this post. But… BUT… how can I not?!
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We were hanging out in Ember’s room on our bed (twin bed and crib pushed together) with some books. She was so darn cute. I’m so glad I got these simple pictures in her room, on our bed, where we’ve spent so much time together ♥
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Once when I was reading to her I was showing her food in a book and pretended to pick the food up and feed it to her and then eat some myself, ever since every time she sees food in a book she pretends to pick it up and eat it. So so so cute!
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She is SO pretty! I can’t get enough of her. Which works out well considering I’m never ever away from her. ha
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Brooklyn had just came from the other room and was standing in the doorway playing peek-a-boo.
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I really do think Ember is just the prettiest little girl ever. I love her face so much.
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Then Ember noticed her lovey bunny sitting there. And she really loves her lovey bunny.
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Kisses.
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After a while it was time to leave.
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Big brother came in to hang out. Sometimes during the day when the older girls are at school he comes in with us and lays down next to me and Ember while Ember nurses to sleep. We started that the week we were all so sick and it’s sort of stuck. It’s sweet cuddling all together like that, with my two babies 🙂
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Ember decided she didn’t want to leave mommy after all and was a bit upset when it took longer than two seconds for her to climb up on the bed to get to me.
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After a minute nursing she was back to reading her books.
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The Stuff We Do

So Target’s dollar spot is one of the worst inventions ever for me because I have no self control when it comes to omgosh only a dollar items!
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And worst yet they had a bunch of little musical instruments! I am huge into play musical instruments so I bought like ten :S
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I’ve been working with Payson on cutting; that hasn’t been fun.
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Sierra wanted to try too.
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And even Brooklyn joined in. She was the only one who could do the folding activities and she loved it.
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I bought a boxed set of Karen Katz books for Ember. She needed some more books.
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I took fifty pictures of her because she is too cute not to.
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I love when she stops playing to come over and sit with me. She’ll stop playing to give out hugs and kisses sometimes, too.
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Sierra spends time reading to Payson now. In these pictures she got his little Brain Quest flip book of 300 questions for preschoolers. It’s ages 4-5, we had one when Brooklyn was little, and Payson got all but one of the questions right and had a blast doing them.
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She was being so dang sweet. I love it when my kids are nice to each other!
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I’ve been growing out Sierra’s bangs because bangs are a pain in the butt and they’re at that horrible length of hanging right in her eyes. Most days I clip them up or put them in a little ponytail but this day I hadn’t yet so she took matters into her own hands.
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I’m so glad I took a picture of it because it’s goofy but totally cute.
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We’ve gone to the library many times and read many books but taking pictures of all that wasn’t something I felt like doing after doing it so much last summer. But looking back through their albums I love seeing what we were reading and seeing my kids at the library so I brought my camera during this trip.
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All four of my kids love the library so much. I love the library so much. Free… quiet… books… it’s the best place.
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There was this little girl there, she must’ve been 5, who caught sight of Ember and wouldn’t leave her side after that. It was really cute and the little girl was darling and sweet but once she picked Ember up to cuddle with Ember decided that little girl was Satan. Ember hates to be held by anyone but mommy and daddy. Even her own siblings, she loves them to pieces but the second they pick her up she is furious and wants nothing to do with them for a while. lol
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These pictures were taken during the five minutes before the little girl picked Ember up. Ember thought the little girl was intriguing and had a lot of fun playing with her and Payson.
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The little girl’s older brother was putting on a puppet show and when Ember noticed she about jumped out of her skin with delight.
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Payson is such a social butterfly. He loves playing with kids and making friends. He talks about going to preschool all the time now. Because I told him once he was potty trained he can start preschool! He goes to Sunbeams (3-4 year olds class) at church now and loves it!! If he ever goes to public school I have no doubt that he’ll excel in academics and socializing. He is the perfectly well rounded child I wish I was when I was little 🙂
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The girls spent the whole time we were there on the computers. Happily they did talk to other kids and play with other kids most of the time so it wasn’t a total screen suck waste of a trip. I let Payson join them at the very end.
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Doesn’t Sierra look almost sweet here? The real story below, haha.
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Sierra’s been a moody little thing the last few months. It must be the age because my sweet, go with the flow child has turned into a sassy, rude little brat! haha
I’ve been working a lot with her on correcting her snotty, disrespectful behavior and it does help. She is mostly rude to Payson and she loves loves loves to correct me. On things that I’m right about.
Like if I’m giving her oatmeal for breakfast and say, “Here’s your oatmeal Sierra!” She’ll snottily snip back, “It’s not oatmeal, it’s maple and brown sugar.”

Um… how about instead you eat some go to your room for the next hour?? haha
Just kidding about the room thing… but it does annoy me when she says completely rude stuff like that. Which is often. I mean often, like every hour.
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Ember had spent so much time playing that the stroller was the last place on earth she wanted to be when her siblings were still having fun.
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The last thing we did was let Brooklyn pick out a bunch of books. She’s really into magic treehouse, goosebumps, and scooby doo right now. Anything spooky mostly. I feel like books are definitely one of the best things that bonds us. We both adore reading and she loves to be read to still and we love the same types of books. I’m so proud of her and her reading skills. Basically I love my Brooklyn and I love that she loves books. haha
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Reading on the Couch

I found some little toy lizards at Hobby Lobby yesterday. The kids wanted them and begged for them and 99.9% of the time I say no to toys but since they were only 50 cents for a pack of 3 and my kids LOVE little toy animals/reptiles/insects I said I’d buy them and we could start our own reading program. Every five books they read they get a toy lizard.
So we got home and Brooklyn grabbed a huge stack of library books and started reading to the other kids. It was adorable.
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Sierra will listen to Brooklyn reading but Payson doesn’t really like it. He only wants mommy to read.
So instead he sat there making silly faces at me. His faces make me laugh every single time and he loves that.
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I’d just finished nursing Ember and as soon as she was full she quickly crawled over. She loves books as much as her siblings do.
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It’s Not Fall

Well I’m back! Sorta.
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I simplified our summer quite a bit by not signing the kids up for any more classes. Turns out when we stay home a lot I have a lot more time. It’s nice. But extremely boring!

I thought we’d for sure do more swimming classes but the crazy high heat here in Arizona with a baby just doesn’t work. I’m really sad about it but it was unreasonable at this point. Next year when Ember is almost two we’ll do swimming lessons all summer.

Another one of the reasons we stay home a lot is because Ember refuses to let me use a nursing cover and that girl is a curious little bug. She pops off the boob constantly when we’re in public so nursing anywhere but in my car is almost impossible. Unless I want to flash everyone around me. Which I don’t.

So I had plenty of time to sit down and blog today because my older three kids are really into watching a Spongebob movie right now and Ember’s napping. I was going to finish reading a couple of my books or do some dishes but here I am at my blog instead!

Speaking of Ember napping… she still only sleeps with me or in her swing.
Her swing motor broke from so much use. There were a rough few days where she refused to nap in a not-moving swing and I debated going out and buying a new one. Then the third day, the day I was at the end of my rope and was going to head to the store to buy a new swing, she napped! And she’s napped in it just fine ever since. I have no idea how I’m going to transition her to a crib or bed but I’m trying not to worry about it. She sleeps just fine in that swing so for now everything’s good.
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She also slept through the night for the first time in her life the night before last! I was shocked. She hadn’t slept for more than a couple hours straight since her birth so I was pretty darn happy. Then last night she slept through the night again. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but, who am I kidding, they’re up! I need sleep. A year without one single even close to decent night’s sleep has taken its toll on me!

Ember loves to play with Sierra’s guitar.
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We’re still reading a lot.
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Ember still likes to be there when I take pictures of our books.
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We have so many new favorites. I really wish we could afford to buy more books. We read our favorites ten or twenty times a day! And by we I mean Payson and I. He is SO cute with books. He brings me his current favorite (this week it is Big Bad Bunny) and I read it and as soon as I finish the last sentence in the book he asks, “You read it again?” and every single time I say, “Of course!” and we read it again. And again and again. And I don’t know why but I never get tired of it!
Each new time is a fun way to add even more personality to the characters, to notice little details that we didn’t notice before, to talk about what the character thinks/feels/says, to have the book become a part of you. I freaking love it.
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Ok, I will admit freely a dark side of books. Shown below:
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Ember discovered the paper blinds the other day.
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It’s a good thing that we’re finally (after living here 2 years) getting real wood blinds this month! She’s ripped them quite a bit.
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Ember is into everything now. This age is so amazingly fun and so terrible at the same time. She’s so cute I can barely stand it. Often, very often, throughout the day I am just sitting by her watching her. And grinning from ear to ear at her adorableness. She’s so funny, so cute, so curious, so clever. But she destroys or eats anything she can get her chubby little hands on. It’s good I suppose because it’s even more motivation to clean my house!
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I can’t remember what they were watching! Allan and I were watching, too. A garbage truck? A dust storm? Lightning? We watched all three of those things this week and I can’t remember which I photographed! haha
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Our 4th of July:
We headed to a local highschool to see the fireworks. We ended up sitting at a church building. The wind was super strong. Allan said quite a few times that he was getting a ton of sand in his eyes. I was, too, I just didn’t care because we were going to see fireworks. 4th of July is my favorite holiday!

So a cop car is driving down the road and over a loud speaker the officer tells us all (the crowd was huge) that the fireworks might be cancelled if the storm didn’t calm down. Brooklyn got really sad. After five or ten minutes she said, “I know! I’ll say a prayer that the fireworks won’t be cancelled!”
Five minutes later the officer drove by again and said that the fireworks have been cancelled.
Brooklyn was so bummed out. She’d been looking forward to fireworks so much. She’d talked about it ALL day. I felt so sorry for her.
On the drive home we saw some lightning. More came, and more. I told Brooklyn, “Hey, you prayed for fireworks but God gave you an even bigger show!” And Brooklyn, as only excitable Brooklyn can do, started squealing and smiling and talking about how she just suddenly thought about praying and thought it was a good idea and was so glad she did! It was a really cute moment watching her utter confidence that the lightning storm was just for her from God.

It started pouring rain on the drive home. The kids were buzzing with excitement over it all. It was one of the funnest drives ever, I have to say.
We pulled into our driveway and I said, “Hey go play in the rain!” and at 10pm at night, we all did. We had a total blast in the dark. At one point Payson ran into the garage and grabbed a big wheels and starts driving down the driveway in the rain on it. I don’t know why now, but at the time it made the rest of us laugh.
And that was our 4th of July. Which Brooklyn told me was the best 4th of July ever!
Just after coming inside from playing in the rain:
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The next morning Ember helped me in the kitchen.
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And we went to another movie. This was The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

And I walked out. haha

I didn’t know anything about the books or the movie. I assumed all the summer movies are for young kids. I had no idea they’d put a middle school aged (though I wouldn’t let my middle schooler watch it, either) movie in the mix. After a couple bad scenes I just had to leave! It was terrible. The first scene that caused me to think we had to leave was when the 13 year old finds his older brother’s bikini chick magazine under the bed and they zoom in on it. I distracted the girls and Payson. *sigh*

After a few other crappy scenes filled with these kids and their terrible personalities I told the kids we were going to the bathroom and we filed out of the theater. In the hall I explained that that movie wasn’t for us because watching kids with bad behavior isn’t good. Brooklyn was totally fine and said she hated the little bit we watched anyway. I told her I was sorry we missed the movie.

I know some of you probably think I’m a stuffy old mom now. But hey, I don’t want that crap coming into my children’s minds because of a choice I make to take them to the movies. They’ll have enough crap brought into their lives as they grow older, I don’t need to add to it.
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After the movie we went and bought Brooklyn some clothes.
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Payson and I read Big Bad Bunny three or four times before bed. This book I randomly spotted on the shelves at the library and thought it looked cute. It’s really, really cute. It’s Payson current favorite by far. I will probably end up buying it for Christmas this year.
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There’s a part that talks about the Big Bad Bunny’s (who is really a baby mouse) long sharp claws going scritch, scritch, scritch. Payson started doing the scritch with his fingers when we read that part. Then he started wanted to scritch the letter ‘s’ in each word scritch on the page. So he does that every time now.
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He also loves to echo the sounds the Big Bad Bunny’s feet make as he goes through a rushing river, mucky swamp and tangly bushes.
We really love this book- if you have a three year old, I’d see if your library has it!

Payson was up late because he had a super late nap that day. He hung out with me and Allan and had a great time.
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Loud sounds are never a good thing in my house. The other day (yesterday? Wednesday?) I heard a crash and walked around the corner to this:
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Payson’s favorite food in the entire world- strawberries!
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So naturally he helped himself to a carton of them on the counter.
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And Ember quickly took advantage of her brother’s spill.
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Sierra’s dance class ended last week. Brooklyn’s tumbling ends in two weeks. I can’t wait. I hate sitting and waiting with the three other bored kids. I bring books and stickers and toys and stuff but they’re still bored. It’s not a very fun place, I’ll give them that.

We took a picture after.
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And lastly, here are some ipod pictures.
Waiting for Brooklyn’s tumbling to end:
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Playing with blocks. Barnes and Noble storytime.
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Going home.
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Other random ones.
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I don’t know when I’ll blog next. All summer I’m taking it easy on blogging. If it happens, cool.

Goodbye for a Season

Today was started after a sleepless night, before sunrise, with a fussy baby.

Today was leaving my room, baby on hip, and finding two little girls standing proudly in a clean living room. Today was hearing, “We just wanted to clean for you!”

Today was chocolate muffins and milk for breakfast.

Today was making it on time to the movie theater.

Today was laughing at my kids in WalMart as they joked around with each other.
Today was sticking to the shopping list for a change.
Today was smiling with the cashier as we talked about kids.

Today was coming home happy and so tired every step I took seemed like an event to be applauded.

Today was strawberry stained fingers and smiles while preparing our favorite lunch. (roasted chicken, a bit of salad, a bit of veggies, a couple strawberries, a half a peach)

Today was, “Mom look what I did, Mom look what I made, Mom looked what I colored, Mom look at my toy, Mom look at this, Mom did you hear that, Mom is this funny?”

Today was thinking of my husband as I cleaned the kitchen and planned dinner.

Today was very full and very good and over in the blink of an eye.
Today was lived.

And tomorrow will be the same. I will be present for it. I won’t miss it as I’m busy with the must-do tasks of motherhood. I will look up from peeling potatoes or scrubbing pots. I will put down the book or the phone buzzing with text messages and pull a child close for an unexpected hug. I will listen to what they are saying and respond with what will make them feel good about themselves and know that I care.
There will be so much more.

And in all of this there won’t be time for blogging.

Yes, I’m taking a break from blogging for a while. I’ll be back this fall.

I’ll leave this post with the pictures I took this week.
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It’s been such a full week!
Ember learned to clap.
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We made our weekly library trip.
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The kids love storytime more every time we go. We kept a few books from last week, the desert ones, to enjoy for a bit longer. We read all of the new books a few times over within the first day 🙂
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Ember helped me take the weekly book picture.
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Did I say helped?
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More clapping. She gets so happy and proud when we cheer with her over her new trick.
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Quiet kids and a stack of books, one of my favorite moments.
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Just waking up.
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Allan’s car needed hubcaps.
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So he got some off ebay.
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It was a beautiful, and hot, evening.
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The next morning there was even more reading.
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And always lots of playing.
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There have been attempted naps. I got an hour and Allan got four!
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We’ve played angry birds.
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We’ve shuddered over the taste of banana.
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We kept mommy up literally all night. After letting mommy sleep for a whopping hour we looked so dang cute that we were forgiven.
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We can’t help it if we’re sick and don’t feel well!
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Why I am typing “we?”
Anyway, this girl is too freaking cute!
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Brooklyn was sitting on one of those small child’s chairs when it suddenly broke. She asked me to take a picture of her resulting scratch. She had a couple other scraps on her leg and thigh!
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I’ve been wanting an ipod for a very long time. To take music with me all through the house and out on jogs and in the car. It’s been a fun toy this week. lol
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Music makes the mundane chores a little more pleasant.
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Watching TV in your undies is the best way to watch TV.
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Just ask Sierra.
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Brooklyn and Ember were still asleep.
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Getting to spend time with only two of my kids at a time is always such a treat.
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This little girl turned 9 months old.
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This boy had some cranky days because he’s been a super picky eater and is hungry all the time.
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He cracks his mama up.
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The littlest kids had a bath after baby sister got milk everywhere and big brother got a haircut.
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Being 9 months old is a lot of work. You wouldn’t believe the amount of stuff in this house there is to take out and toss around!
Not to mention the mirros to bang on and reflection to giggle with!
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Big brother tries to help…
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But he leaves and so I’m left to bang this chair alone.
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Have you seen my mommy’s makeup cart? It’s super fun!
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If you bring diapers and wipes on errands and decide to leave them in the car since you just changed your baby and surely she won’t poop again until after the movie.

You’re wrong.

You should bring the diapers and wipes in with you otherwise you might find yourself taking your own shirt off to fashion into a temporary cloth diaper in the movie theater bathroom.
(Notice the purple poking out of the back of her bottoms? That’s my shirt. lol)
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Well behaved children in public places make me very happy 🙂 lol
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Gosh they’re cute!
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Seriously? Aaah, so cute!
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We went to WalMart and I wasn’t stressed out once! Miracle!
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We actually had fun shopping for food. Unbelievable!
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Ember fell asleep and looked so sweet I snapped a couple pictures.
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And she stayed asleep when I moved her from the carrier to the carseat and I was happy because that meant I didn’t have to nurse her in the car before heading home!
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Sierra was very specific about how she wanted her hair.
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We got home and Payson played with his new Rainbow Dash.
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He’s always left out while the girls play My Little Ponies so he was begging me for a Rainbow Dash (he thinks rainbow dash is a boy when they watch the TV show) and so I said of course he could have one.
The very first thing he did was pretend Rainbow Dash was a monster and chased the other ponies.
That’s my boy 🙂
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Speaking of ponies… the kids played with them on the kitchen counter for a good hour.
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They wanted a picture of all their ponies lined up.
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These two are Sierra’s. (she wants more for Christmas)
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And all these are Brooklyn’s. (she bought them with her birthday money)
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Payson begs me to draw Lightning McQueen all the time. So I do.
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Then he erases the tires and draws them back on in red. He hates when I use black for the tires! lol
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His expression when I told him he could color on the whiteboard if he wanted to.
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And those are all the pictures from this last week. Whew!

And with that, I’m out of here!
Have a great summer!
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