Elephant Has Surgery!!

For the millionth trillionth time!

 I’ve not blogged about how frequently elephant needs patching. I’m sure it would get old considering it gets old sewing him all the time. Back in Castle Rock was the last time I sewed elephant, I think. I got SO sick of sewing him all the time (Payson is ROUGH on him) that I finally used those thick baby diaper pins to pin him shut!! Then if new holes emerged I’d reposition the pins instead of sewing all the time. Before that I’d started sewing elephant on the sewing machine. Not well, just enough to keep him together. I mean, if you’d sewed a stuffed animal as often as I had maybe you’d have done the same things?

Anyway, one day when elephant came out of the wash and I was looking at his pins I thought, I’ve got to do something different. The pins are ugly and stupid but I don’t want to sew him every week either. I finally went on the hunt for the strongest thread in existence (I’d tried strong threads before) and found some heavy, heavy duty stuff. I sat down one day a couple weeks ago and Elephant had what is hopefully his last surgery. I sewed and sewed and sewed. I did the best job I could to reinforce everything and make Elephant look close to his original self.
Here’s the result. It’s been two weeks and Elephant has held up strong! 🙂

Over 6 Years with My BFF

Payson and Elephant. Best buds since 2008.
You know just under 7 years ago I was walking through Target looking at cheap decor to try to stage our Texas house for sale. I spotted that elephant (and a lion and a monkey) and some animal bedding, and tossed it in my cart while my newborn son slept on my chest in a moby wrap… I never imagined that that giant stuffed elephant would become his lovey, would earn his love and devotion. I really didn’t. But here we are, a stuffed animal bought for decor becomes a child’s favorite possession. What a funny thing.  photo 001eresized_zpsqcri9flh.jpg photo 007eresized_zpsqyi5qzhe.jpg

The Simple Things

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Payson finds it amusing each and every time I tell him that Elephant is the same exact age as he is. And then we talk about when he was a teeny tiny baby and first got Elephant and how he also had a monkey and lion but he didn’t like them nearly as much. And in fact how he hated the lion and how I think it was because he didn’t like the lion’s mane. And then Payson cries and cries over his long lost lion because we gave that lion to Goodwill back when he was only one or two, since he literally never touched the thing and seemed to hate it!
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Daily Blogs?!

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I’m going to start blogging daily again. Just for the rest of this month. Because then Everett has his surgery (it’s probably next month) and I know I won’t. So while I can, even if it’s lame or just photos and super short captions… I’m going to blog Monday-Friday (and maybe weekends, too) the rest of April!

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Having five kids is total chaos. I’m busy all the time. Even when it doesn’t feel busy (while breastfeeding or sitting on the couch with a sleeping baby on my shoulder watching Dora with Ember) it is busy. I have to fight really hard to take those moments for what they are. Important. Even though I have a sink full of dishes, five loads of laundry to do, and a million other boring things (mommy chores get boring after 10 years!) I just have to stop myself from thinking about those other to dos and enjoy the to do of the moment. Because holding a baby and talking with a three year old are pleasant past-times if they are allowed to be the only thing happening in my mind at that moment.  photo 111eresized_zpscb953111.jpg

This elephant is Everett’s lovey. Have I blogged about it before? I have some pictures and stories of it in his scrapbook but I don’t remember if I ever blogged about it.
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He also loves being helped sitting up and standing up! He prefers that to any other position.  photo 283eresized_zps7265ab64.jpg photo 287eresized_zpsba40a418.jpg

He’s a big fan of playing airplane. Either up on mommy’s legs or held up in the air. He giggles like crazy ♥  photo 290eresized_zps32a02dbd.jpg photo 291eresized_zps255693bd.jpg photo 312eresized_zps8c48d9de.jpg

Ember is a spunky little girl. Never a dull moment being her mom 🙂  photo 039eresized_zps3650f29b.jpg

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Payson’s been into Spiderman a lot again. He never wasn’t a fan of Spiderman or anything but he got side tracked with Super Mario for a while. Spiderman poses and talk are back in full force in our home, though!  photo 089eresized_zps410d0568.jpg

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Taking Pictures While On The Go!

How do I easily take so many pictures while out and about? The only trick I have is that I carry a huge diaper bag (or a huge purse when my babies get bigger) so that I can grab my camera to snap a picture and then toss it back in the bag when I’m done!

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I took a picture of my diaper bag to show how enormous it is. Ember sees me with my camera and comes sprinting over and striking poses.
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And then Payson is calling from the recliner, “Mom, take a picture of me! Take a picture of me!!”  photo 089eresized_zps1372eb16.jpg

And the only other pictures I took this week are below. I have been on a video recording kick lately so I have probably an hour of home video footage from this week but barely any photos!

Pajama day for Sierra’s class.
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Allan went to the lake with his brother to go ice fishing again this last Saturday. When he got home and was unloading the SUV the kids climbed in the back for a five foot drive into the garage, from the driveway. haha  photo 008eresized_zps39f838a6.jpg

Payson got to read the scripture in primary Sunday and was scared to death.
We stayed in the primary room with him to give him courage. Allan went up there when it was Payson’s turn and helped him read the scripture!
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Sierra was excited that we were in there.  photo 021eresized_zpsb86fc2ce.jpg

You can’t really understand him in this clip (you couldn’t even if you were there) but here it is anyway.

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All of Sunday afternoon was spent looking at scrapbooks and watching home movies. It takes a good two hours (sometimes more) to keep up with scrapbooking and burning DVDs of our home movies every single week. Sometimes I feel like it’s too much work to spend the very little free time I have on that but when we’re all sitting together in the family room laughing and remembering things together… I realize it’s one of the most important things I do.  photo 007eresized_zps154bda6d.jpg photo 013eresized_zpsfaa01e2b.jpg

That leads us to today! St. Patrick’s Day. I’m the type of mom who forgets the smaller holidays! We don’t own anything green so I put green eye shadow on the girls with green hair ties and drew a (crappy) clover on their cheeks and sent them off to school! Pretty much a fail in my opinion but the girls were happy!  photo 039eresized_zps8cc75fd0.jpg photo 044eresized_zpsa81cf722.jpg photo 033eresized_zps9a3b0745.jpg

Brooke and Sierra wanted to be photographed separately so I took pictures of the littler three once we got home from dropping them off at school. And you’ll see, Everett was really, really happy about it! 🙂  photo 098eresized_zps65fe9d5d.jpg photo 114eresized_zps43bf1604.jpg photo 135eresized_zps3db8d875.jpg

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Shop, shop, shopping with kids!

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Sierra comes up to me and says, “Mom, take a picture of me with this BBQ sauce!” (We didn’t even buy BBQ sauce, she just wanted to pose with it, haha)  photo 148eresized_zps9f452b54.jpg

Ember fell asleep in the car on the drive over. Ember is the biggest grump when she wakes up and refuses to walk into stores. I usually hold her (and Everett in his carseat) while walking into the store and then put both of them in a cart. Problem is her in the seat of the cart and Everett’s carseat in the basket of the cart fills it up and there’s no room for food! So I wisely wore her in the ergo this shopping trip. It was perfect! I didn’t have to worry about keeping an eye on her, she was happy as a clam, and there was a bit of extra room in the cart!  photo 153eresized_zpsb9dcbbe3.jpg photo 154eresized_zps63d679db.jpg photo 163eresized_zps6b104036.jpg

Somehow I was convinced to buy three pairs of shoes. Brooke, Sierra, and Payson each got a new pair of tennis shoes in a size up. These kids and their fast growing feet!  photo 156eresized_zpsab3febc2.jpg photo 168eresized_zps7066d275.jpg

I bribed my kids with a quarter machine toy at the end if they were good. Surprisingly, they were all perfect! It was such a relief to shop and have them all stay mellow, not touch stuff, and stay near me!  photo 171eresized_zps4f5edab8.jpg

Once at home Everett was the one in the ergo while I made dinner! We had beef stroganoff that night and it was so good! (Paula Deen’s recipe on the food network website)  photo 183eresized_zpsf6cc7dd7.jpg

All of the Things We Do Around Here

That Ember baby, she likes causing trouble in this house.
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Right around Payson’s third birthday (in June) he started leaving elephant at home when we went on errands. He stopped bringing elephant into the living room with him every morning. I noticed last week that it had been a good month since I’d seen Payson with elephant besides at bedtime (he still cuddles with elephant every night) so the other day when he brought elephant out into the living room to cuddle with while watching TV my heart melted and all those elephant memories (that had surprisingly quickly been forgotten) came rushing back. I’m so happy that this week he’s been taking elephant everywhere with him again. It’s just the cutest thing.
This morning he gave elephant a ride around the house in Brooklyn’s stroller.
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I bought a lot of Halloween craft supplies this year. I mean a LOT. Target’s dollar spot had a lot of stickers and foam shapes and glitter glue and pom poms and pipe cleaners and on and on. And then Hobby Lobby, and the dollar store, and WalMart… we had a lot of fun stuff this month! I haven’t taken pictures of any of it! Shame! Today I snapped some and was so proud of myself!
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From left to right is Brooklyn’s, Sierra’s, and Payson’s.
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There are about fifty other crafts around here. I can’t seem to make myself photography them though. Too many, too lazy.

A couple days ago the girls broke our swing. It’s really old and I guess sitting out in the blazing sun all day isn’t very good for the fabric!
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I’m behind on laundry; Ember only owns two pairs of socks and both are dirty from our Utah vacation (nope, not done laundry since!) so I put her in tights with her sneakers so she could play outside.
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Payson and Ember really are great friends. She plays with him now and it’s just amazingly cute. They kiss each other a million times a day, too!! And Ember even puckers up her lips and does the “mwuah!” sound! It’s SO CUTE!
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Allan took the swing apart so we could get rid of it.
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The girls always look for the prettiest rocks out of our gravel and then keep them all in piles until Allan and I make them toss them back. They have a lot of fun doing this. Weirdos.
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Allan BBQ’d hamburgers for dinner. Yum.
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As if it wasn’t funny enough watching Ember in a onesie, tights and tennis shoes, she had dirt all over her tights and grass and twigs on her bum. It was adorable.
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I was there!
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The hamburgers were really good! Even Ember munched on a chunk of a patty.
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I told Allan tonight, if we’re not moving to Utah soon (and therefore needing to save money) we really should buy some patio furniture!
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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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Movie Theater Chaos, Stinging Creature, Sweaty Errands

I had just finished the utter chaos of lunchtime in our house. The kids scampered off to play while I hurried about the kitchen putting leftovers away. But it turns out I wasn’t the only one hurrying about my kitchen.

As I carried a bag of carrots towards the fridge I found myself jumping back and uttering a squeaky scream almost before I even knew it was a scorpion I was seeing dashing across my path towards my fridge.

Without thinking I’d grabbed a water bottle off my counter and swiped the scorpion away from the fridge. My eyes darted across the nearby counters for something heavy to kill it with. Darn my earlier cleaning spree!! Why is my counter clean the one day I need it messy with helpful crap to use as objects of death?!

I have my empty water bottle poised in the air. Then I make my decision. “Brooklyn, watch this scorpion and tell me if it moves at all!” And I’m sprinting to the cupboard for a glass jar. Scorpions can’t climb glass and as much as I loathe scorpions my stomach is too weak to hear the sharp crunch of one being killed by something in my own hand. So trapping it must be!

I come back with the jar. The scorpion is on the floor, pressed into the corner of the cupboards. Two inches from my fridge, and its certain escape.
I use a butter knife, so so slowly moving towards the scorpion to try to move him to a more open place to plop the jar over him. My hands are shaking terribly. My heart is pounding in my throat!

And I almost wince as the knife touches his creepy body and… he dashes. Before I can react he’s under the fridge and I feel my entire body tensing and the full on phobic reaction quivering under the surface of my skin. Utter panic is threatening to explode in my body. My trembling hands pull my phone from my pocket and I dial Allan at work and I can barely think of what to say. I know he’ll be upset (for my sake) that I let it get under the fridge, I know a scorpion free in the house will stress him out (he knows my fear), and I know there is really nothing he can do to help besides hopefully calm my nerves.

He tells me exactly what I was planning to do… get the glue traps, surround the sides of the fridge with them after spraying a generous dose of raid (oh my gosh, another fear of mine, deadly nasty chemicals, but scorpions… they’re a much worse fear!) and hope and pray he dies or gets caught!

But I know, I know that even after having done that, and putting shoes on all my kids (and myself, of course) he will get away. I just hope, so hope, that he doesn’t go into my living room or family room or… I can barely type it.. my bedroom. Where my baby, my little helpless baby, sleeps. Ack, it’s terrible. It’s enough to make me want to move.
AND I’M NOT KIDDING!

Woah, sorry, my phobias tend to make me a little crazy! I have got to get over it. I’ll call pest control and ask them to come out again and yes I know pest control is a terrible, terrible thing… just terrible for our earth but you know what I think is worse?

Scorpions.

So while we live here, which I dearly hope isn’t for longer than a few more years, it has got to be done.

My whole body just did a giant shiver, like it’s purging that horrible experience after typing it out! haha

Picture below: My shoes, next to a glue trap and my fridge- aka concealer of evil.
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The kids were wearing shoes, too. I couldn’t get Payson to keep any on. He doesn’t even own closed toe shoes that fit so he was in Sierra’s.
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This morning we went to another summer movie. It was one Brooklyn’s wanted to see since it first came out. How to Train Your Dragon.
I’ve been at least 15 minutes early to each movie so far this summer. We’ve had lots of time to find great seats, get snacks, use the bathroom…
Well today I got up with Ember at 6:45am and just dawdled all morning. I even got online! Why?? I don’t know, just being stupid.
I even french braided the girls’ hair!
Point is, by my own fault, we were late. I hate being late because finding four seats together is pretty much impossible.
So I get to the movie theater at 9:45, the exact time the movie starts. I open the car door to unbuckle Payson and immediately notice he’s not wearing shoes.
Crap.
I grab the stroller from the back of the car and he climbs in.
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And a few seconds later when I pull Ember out of her carseat I smell that she has a poopy diaper.
Great.
So we hurry inside and I pick the shortest line to get popcorn. Which, my luck, takes much much longer than the other nearby two lines!
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So then we make our way to the bathroom to change Ember. She looks around in terror the entire time I’m changing her majorly full (hadn’t pooped in three days prior) diaper and cries and cries and cries.
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We finally are on our way to our seats. Except like I mentioned before, if you’re late (or heck right on time) there are rarely more than two seats together. We found four seats together. Right in the very front row.
Yikes.
But the kids don’t mind 🙂
The kids are good during the movie. Ember refuses to sleep and wants to grab the pop and popcorn and my hair and basically everything and her very favorite is standing on my lap and squealing happily. Cute but not great movie theater behavior 😉 But she’s still just easy going enough to be distracted for the length of a movie.

I got ready to take the usual group picture before leaving.
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We then did our weekly Costco trip. Nothing special there.
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It was super cute how Payson shared his berry smoothie with Ember.
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We got home and I opened the new pencil sharpener I bought without giving it much thought. Brooklyn came over and started asking me questions and when I put the pencil in and it got sharpened she was amazed! lol
She’s never seen a pencil sharpener (we use mechanical pencils) and found it so cool!
I let her and Sierra sharpen their new pencils.
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And they were so excited they went and wrote a bunch of notes and birthday party invitations. (Brooklyn’s obsessed with making to buy/to do lists for birthday parties and also invitations)
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Then we had fun during lunch. I can’t remember what we were talking about. I remember they thought it was silly that I had a Cars bandaid on my finger. (I cut myself while washing a knife)
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The girls started singing a song about frog hands while playing with their olives.
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And Payson said he had cricket hands and made up a song about that.
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And that’s about it!
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Well, except for these two pictures of Ember nursing the other day.
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Happy Father’s Day! (and other pictures)

I’m blessed to have such an amazing father for my children.
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I didn’t do much for Allan this weekend. The kids colored him pictures and brought him home treats from their church classes. I took a picture of him with all four of them out in the desert yesterday. I wanted to make him a big breakfast but Sunday mornings are very much cereal days as we have to leave for church very early.

The main events today were a failed family water fight and a delicious success of a BBQ. Five minutes into playing out in the sprinkler Payson was screaming his head off about being cold and Ember was cranky as well. I ended up inside giving the little two a bath while Allan stayed out having water fun with the big girls. In our family this is very often the way things play out. Allan with the bigs and me with the littles.

Allan kept saying how fitting today was for Father’s Day. Him at the BBQ and leading the children in fun… not being pampered or waited on or spoiled, that is so not being a father. Working and finding the joy in it, that is being a father. Father’s Day was most definitely a father’s [work] day!

Swimming lessons ended this past Thursday. The four days a week thing was great while it lasted but we won’t be going in for more lessons. I know the big girls would love it and benefit from it but it was too difficult driving all that way every single weekday but one.

Since Thursday we’ve filled our time by reading and reading and reading some more. The children and I have been bitten by the need to read more than ever before. Which is kind of crazy because I thought we read a lot before, but no… this kind of reading a lot is the kind where my throat is so sore at the end of the day and my voice is all but gone. I’m quickly guzzling water in between books to try to keep up! But I love it.
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Payson is very fully obsessed with everything Cars. I am all for kids having obsessions. I think it’s adorable and makes them feel so special. I really love it. I don’t care what their obsession is, I go along with it very happily.
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Back to reading, a few of you mentioned a book or two out of the last library trip we had that you and/or your children love. I love several of them, too, so very much and the rest were so highly recommended at one point or another to me. And after having read them all I can see why. We have some major new favorites. I’m thinking some will have to be purchased for Christmas to be in our home permanently ♥
(The Carrot Seed, Five Minutes’ Peace, The Desert Alphabet Book, Way Out in the Desert, Owl Moon, The Kissing Hand, and The Big Hungry Bear to be specific!)
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I came out of my bedroom after putting Ember to bed for a morning nap and found Brooklyn reading The Kissing Hand to Sierra. When I walked in Brooklyn looked up with happy eyes from the page and told me, “This is just like what daddy does for us!”
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Speaking of books, I’ve been reading one called Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt and loving every single word. It’s written as a guide for parents to find great books which is awesome enough but there is so much in the first chapter that describes exactly how I feel about books. I filled an entire front and back notebook page in small writing with notes I took that I loved and wanted to remember and share here. I realized really, I should better just say check that book out if your library has it! It is amaaaazing! And if you don’t check it out maybe just google it and look at the beautiful image on the front of a mother and daughter reading together outside. Oh man, it’s gorgeous!
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Oh, hey, a random picture of my kids’ sippies in the dishwasher!
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The desert weather has been creeping up degree by degree this month. It has hit 105 and won’t stop there.
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The sprinkler got a lot of attention this week.
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Ember is starting to be able to join her siblings in more activities. And I marvel and yet mourn her babyness slowly slipping away. It’ll be only a few short months until my baby girl is a toddler.
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It’s super sunny here (thank you, Captain Obvious) so there are all kinds of weird looking structures setup in the backyard for shade for the little two and their sensitive skin 🙂
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Anything remotely resembling a fort attracts big sisters.
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After 30 minutes, despite my efforts at providing shade, Ember is ready for the comfort and cool of the house. She and I lounge on the floor together while the siblings remain in the backyard, squealing and shouting doesn’t stop until everyone is indoors again.
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She explores for a while…
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Until she realizes her personal chef is right here in front of her!
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She loves using my body as a jungle gym. She crawls all over me, she burrows her head into my stomach or shoulder, she lays over my legs and plays with toys on the floor. I never dreamed being equivalent to a piece of playground equipment could be so blissful.
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Meanwhile the big kids are having snacktime.
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And still enjoying little sister’s fort.
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When they come in an hour or so later their cheeks are red from heat.
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Changing gears… Ember isn’t exactly fussy but isn’t exactly easy going either. She plays happily sometimes and other times she wants to be held most of the day. This week it was mostly wanting to be held and there was so much to be done. And once again I felt extreme gratitude for whoever it was that introduced me to babywearing. I have no idea where I very first heard about it but it has completely changed my life as a mother to a baby and I will never have a baby without a long piece of fabric to assist me again! haha
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And sorry but another extreme shift in this post… we went to Famous Footwear yesterday with a $10 off coupon to get me some running shoes! I’m really excited to start running every morning.
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When I took pictures of Allan with the kids yesterday he suggested we take a quick family picture. Which I was happy to do!
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I love my husband!
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Before heading inside I snapped this of Brooklyn. I love her expression and I love Sierra in the background.
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And I fear this is getting boring so I will end with this picture from today. Allan and the three big kids (Ember was in my arms) heading into church. I’m more blessed than I deserve.
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