It’s cruel timing of the universe that we’re moving out of Arizona during the nicest part of the year. I think after suffering through that miserable summer we should get to enjoy nice weather until April. But, instead we’re moving to the snow right after Christmas! I suppose I’ll just be thankful Arizona is seeing us off with gorgeous sunsets (and perfect weather) the last week we’re residents here 🙂
It’s November and the weather has finally made it to where it drops below 80 degrees in the evenings.
Which for our family means one thing…
I wasn’t too sure how my uterus would take this hike but it turned out to be easy peasy. I wasn’t crampy at all (until the drive home when I had a few strong contractions) but since I’m still fighting off a wretched cold I felt really horrible. Not like, I wanted to stop hiking… I just wanted my nose to stop running and my throat to stop hurting and to stop coughing!! lol
But besides that it was SO much fun and every single one of my kids was on their best behavior and we’re planning on hiking every weekend from now until the end of the year! haha (well, not the weekend after I have Everett, obviously!)
We’ve been having some major, major bullying issues in our home. I typed up an entire post about it last Friday but then deleted it for Brooklyn’s sake 😉
Allan had this genius idea to make it a special project of Brooklyn’s to be Payson’s buddy and be nice to him. If we notice Brooklyn being nice to Payson we’ll keep track of it on a chart and every week or so Allan will do something special with her. Maybe not a prize or treat but just extra time together or a campout (she LOVES camping) or something.
He’d just talked in depth with her about it that day so right before the hike he told her that she could be Payson’s hiking buddy and lead the family on the hike. Since both she and Payson love being in front of everyone else it worked out really well! Payson was SOOOO happy that Brooklyn was being nice to him!
I should add my iPod pictures to my regular posts more often. I do instagram a lot. My instagram username is Ariana_Tiffany. If you have instagram you should find me on there and we can be instagram friends!
Sorry in advance for the hodge podge nature of this post.
We’re stuck inside a lot from the heat so we play video games and watch TV a bunch. This day it was so hot outside (118) that even though our A/C was set to 70 (!) we were all sweaty and miserable. Video games that day were played a lot!
I bought some awesome books at Costco. They’re $7.99 each and they have grooved lines and shapes for little kids to trace with their fingers. This is pre-handwriting skill development. Ember loves these books. Loves, loves, loves them!!
I also bought two boxes of learning cards. One for Ember and one for Payson. They look pretty simple (they teach letters and numbers) but when I opened up the box they were even better than I imagined!
They have cards (shown below) with a different thing to learn about on each and on the back of the card are little things to teach kids along with activities or small projects you can do to reinforce what they just learned!
I’ve tried dozens of brands/flavors of yogurt to try to get Ember to eat some and she’s adamantly refused all. She spotted this yogurt with Dora (her favorite) on the package and wanted it. And she ate it all!!!
The older girls’ craft was this kit with pom pom animals. Brooklyn got really pissed and attempted to ruin the supplies. She can’t do crafts aimed at her age range (she is a couple years behind other kids her age when it comes to motor skills) and this was was targeted for 8+. I really thought it’d be okay for her but I was dead wrong. She threw all the supplies around the room when I refused to let her cut them up with scissors. Back to simpler crafts we go!
And in the same time frame Ember ripped a few pages out of a library book. Thanks, Ember! I just love paying full price for a book! Especially one that’s old and has been flipped through and worn out by hundreds of kids for who knows how many years!
I’m 22 weeks along. Measuring 24 weeks along! I have measured two weeks larger with all five of my pregnancies! (this is a flattering picture, I’m really much larger than I appear here, as you’ll see in the picture after the one below! lol)
iPod pictures are not accurate; which is awesome if you’re overweight like I am! lol. I always find it interesting when women only take pictures of their pregnant selves with an iphone/ipod/camera phone. I’ve never taken an iPod picture that accurately shows my size!
There was a major storm here Friday. We didn’t realize how big the storm would get so I let the kids play in the rain for a couple minutes. In that time it went from zero rain to pouring BUCKETS. Full on storm, really not okay for kids playing in!!! I had them all come inside right away.
Sierra slipped on the wet garage floor (our floor is slippery because it’s sealed with… something?) and smacked her head on the tire of our SUV. She immediately had the biggest goose egg I’ve ever seen and it freaked me out. I got her frozen veggies right away and had her sit down while I inwardly freaked out and thought about taking her to the ER. My kids’ heads have been bumped so many times though that I know the drill… you check for the “bad” signs and if they don’t have them then you just ice it every few hours. Her pupils were dilating, she wasn’t dizzy or confused or anything, she wasn’t tired or lethargic or ill in any other way. Her headache went away fairly shortly afterwards. To this day (two days later) it hurts if you touch her goose egg but besides that, she’s fine. Thank goodness! Regardless, I felt so sorry for her. The goose egg is on the back of her head (under her hair) and you can see it sticking out 🙁
We waited quite a while for the storm to die off. When it stopped raining I let the kids go outside and play in the fantastic puddles left behind!
And that wraps up my insanely jumbled, long iPod photos post!
I noticed Payson’s hair looked funky one afternoon while we were at the store. I looked a little more closely and discovered quite a few chunks of hair missing. I was surprised and asked him if he cut his hair. He happily responded, “Yeah, I got a haircut!”
I cut it short but not too short. If you looked closely you could still see dents and grooves on the top of his head but I figured that was better than shaving it closely.
After his haircut he asked if we could go outside to photograph it.
I later found a chunk of hair cut out from the very front of Ember’s hair, too. It’s so hard to grow out her bangs so I was totally bummed about that. I couldn’t get a straight answer out of Payson so I’m not sure if it was he or Ember who did the cutting. It doesn’t really matter, I suppose. I did have a long talk with him about only moms and dads cutting hair and how scissors are only for paper and only when mom is in the room and gave them to you! (he’d climbed our tall bookshelf, after breaking down the baby gate to that room, to get the scissors from the top shelf)
Several months ago Payson started hanging on my legs as I walked. Like, wrapping his arms and legs around my leg and clinging on for dear life. I really, really hate when kids do that. Ember saw that and thought it looked like the greatest thing ever and does it all the time now, too. It really annoys the crap out of me. They both also LOVE to pull on my dresses or skirts or pants when we’re out. I tell them not to but it still happens. We’ll be out and suddenly my skirt is inches away from exposing my undies. Haaaate it.
Lastly, I had originally planned on writing about the kids’ reactions to us telling them about the new baby but I don’t have enough brain power to do it justice. Instead I sat them down and asked them to share what they felt about having a new sister or brother.
It was raining, which you know, is my favorite thing ever. Payson asked if we could go outside which I said ‘of course!’ to.
But. It was cold. The wind chill was crazy that day. Buuurrrr. Not too cold to be outside for me, but definitely for the little kids. They were hilarious while outside though. Ember kept getting that little kid face when the wind blowed on her… where they catch their breath and their eyes open up huge? Haha, so cute!
It was soooo windy and cold I decided to pick the girls up from the bus stop. I prefer picking them up anyway (because I’m overprotective) but they loooove when I let them walk home. I figured they wouldn’t enjoy walking in the cold. So off we went.
When I spotted the girls getting off the bus I was glad I drove down. Sierra wasn’t wearing her sweater. Crazy girl. She said it’s because she just didn’t want to get it out of her backpack and she was really glad we picked them up!
I don’t know if you noticed in the last few posts that Payson was in desperate need of a trim. This had been the very longest he’d ever gone without a haircut in the four years he’s been alive.
His hair grows crazy fast and has since he was an infant. The last time I gave him a haircut and messed it up so dramatically I vowed I was never cutting his hair again! I don’t have a lot of faith in hair dressers, either, after a hundred botched haircuts from my lifetime… so I made the only logical choice I could. Payson would have long hair. lol!
The problem is, I really, really can’t stand long hair on boys. I know some women like it or even *gasp* prefer it, but not me. I LOVE short hair on boys. But, I’m not good at cutting hair and I don’t want to spend $20 for someone else to do it every month!
As much as I’ve wanted to get the heck out of the desert already, I can’t deny that the weather last month was amazing! It was just cool enough that the scorpions hadn’t come back and just warm enough to not need a jacket or sweater. The sun was always shining and all the desert foliage was starting to come to life. It is actually pretty green here in Arizona these days. As green as it gets here anyway! (And just this week I’ve seen flowers started to blossom, yay for Spring in the desert!)
This was on a Tuesday, February 19th.
I didn’t think I’d ever be so lucky as to see it snow in Arizona! I’m so happy that though we’re moving, this was the year it snowed, the last year we’ll ever live here! Allan spent most of his life here and he says this is the first time he’s seen it snow in Arizona! Just so so cool!
It was chilly that day early in the morning. It also rained. When I noticed the rain I got really excited about taking the little kids outside to splash around. We were busy doing something or other (can’t remember) and couldn’t get outside just then. Allan was home from work that day (so rare!!) because we had a repair guy coming. He and I both kept looking out the window at the rain, just enjoying the cloudy skies and comforting feeling of it all. One minute I was looking outside and noticed these giant white dots. At first I thought it must be hail but, they were larger and fluffier. I almost couldn’t imagine that they could possibly be snowflakes. Just as I was about to comment on them to Allan he spoke up, “Ariana, it’s snowing!” He asked me if I was going to go outside and I said, “Of course! Yeah, I’m going to take the kids out!”
And that’s exactly what I did!
I was excited and having an awesome time outside, the kids were having a good time but the snow didn’t make any more impact on them than rain would. Snowflakes, raindrops- the craziness of snow in Arizona was lost on them. lol
The kids’ toys floated down the gutter to the desert into this rock area set up at the end of our street. Once last summer I told Payson not to go on the rocks because snakes hide out there (because legit we get rattle snakes over there, mostly during summer) and ever since he’s been terrified of that area. He asks me each and every time he wants to walk out on the rocks if it’s ok and most of the time he insists I walk out there and check for snakes first. Despite that area being flooded with rain water he still was skeptical and almost wouldn’t go retrieve his toy. I don’t mind, while we live in the desert, that he has a fear of snakes and is careful about where he steps!
Thanks to getting his toy out of the icey water, Payson started screaming about his freezing hands. I told him to run over to Allan (who’d been watching from the porch) and that daddy would take him inside to get warm. Payson ignored me, choosing instead to stand there and scream and cry some more.
I got the kids dressed up warmly and stuck them in front of the TV and told Allan I was going to run outside for just five minutes to take a few more pictures. I mean, it is sooo not every day you see snow in the desert for crying out loud!
Despite being into photography for 15 years, I have never photographed falling snow! I was momentarily stumped on how to capture it. Slow shutter speed to have the blurry flakes falling down? Quick shutter speed to freeze the flakes mid fall? In the end I did some of both.
Forgive me for posting so many, a landscape/nature photographer I am most definitely not, but I couldn’t resist snapping away. It all looked so foreign. Snow on cactus! Okay, that’s it! Thanks for “experiencing” my snowy desert day with me 🙂