Gorgeous Day

We went for a family walk over at the lake. It was a gorgeous fall day!

So clearly we had a lot of fun looking through those telescope things and taking pictures. We headed up a hill next. We spotted a squirrel.

Then we hiked down to the lake and threw rocks in the water.

Everett was super excited to point out all the birds. This toddler loves animals and birds and bugs and yeah, anything alive πŸ™‚

Allan Takes a Day Off and I Take a Hundred Pictures!

Allan took a Wednesday off work and we went for a hike atΒ  our favorite state park. Then we picked up Brooke from school and went to Cafe Rio. Then Brooke had young women’s and while she was in young women’s we went to Wal-Mart for groceries.

It was quite chilly when we got to the trail and Ember didn’t have a sweater! We’re still adjusting to the weather suddenly being fall-like and not summer-like anymore! I let Ember wear my sweater and I just had a tank top! I was chilly!

The kids were using all the sticks and rocks as weapons. It was adorable.

Usually Allan wears Everett but I wore him this time. He kept me warm!

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of Ember hiking around in my sweater. I loved how she looked swimming in it! haha!

Running to catch up to daddy!

The trail went right by the lake.

Everett woke up from his long nap near the last part of the hike.

The clouds moved in, that was cool.

Look what Allan got! I love this picture!

Allan took this, too!

We drove to Brooke’s school to get her and then went straight to Cafe Rio! Allan took these next two pictures while I was ordering the food.

This is when Everett saw me walking back from ordering. He lit up and smiled and waved! AWWW! So glad Allan took this!

When we were getting ready to go Payson and Ember went outside (there was a door right next to our table) and did funny faces and made up sign language through the window πŸ™‚

And lastly we went to Wal-Mart that night. It was a fun, busy day!

Letting Our Butterflies Go, Handwriting Without Tears

I’m obviously behind on blogging again. I try to not get behind but, I just can’t keep up. I am also thinking I will give up scrapbooking. I can’t keep up on that either. I am planning on making another blog and only blogging in a way that is for the kids and then I’ll print that blog into a book which will be cheaper and more importantly, take up less room than traditional scrapbooks. I’m going to try that out next year and see how it goes. I’ll miss scrapbooking, though! *cry*

Onto butterflies…
A couple days after the butterflies came out of their cocoons we let them go in our yard. We were really glad we did this butterfly kit right away because the week we let them go was nice and warm out and this last week has been really chilly. The butterflies would still probably be okay but if we waited any longer it’d be too cold here to let them go and have them survive!

A couple of the kids had butterflies land on them or were able to gently catch the butterflies and they were super excited! I didn’t do well at taking pictures because I filmed the whole thing.

One of the butterflies in our habitat came out with deformed wings. We ended up keeping him in the habitat and feeding him since he couldn’t fly and we knew he’d not survive outside. The kids all got to hold him. Brooke named him Miracle.

Back inside we started school time.

Payson and Ember are so cute when they do school together!

These two pictures I actually took when setting the exposure for a movie the girls wanted me to record. They created this long “play” about a queen, princess, and evil dead queen that they wanted me to film. I should probably finish editing it! I’ve just been busy, though!

Having Fun on Twin Lakes

This trip was kinda funny. We wanted to take our kids to do something fun but I was convinced it’d be horrible with Everett. I knew Everett would like the water but I worried about how he’d react to having to wear a life jacket and being on the boat. I almost didn’t want to go!

Once we got there I quickly changed my mind. It was going so smoothly and everyone was having a blast. We found a kinda horrible spot to stop and swim (it was jagged rocky) but were having fun anyway.

But after about three minutes it went bad. Everett decided that the floaty toy was super fun but more fun would be diving into the water without it. He spent the rest of the time we were there trying to climb out. And he could climb out! I was surprised by how easy it was for him to get his feet up out of the water and start climbing out of that thing.

We decided to go somewhere else with more of a shore. I took a group picture first. Notice Everett trying to climb out of the floaty?

The problem with Twin Lakes is most of the good shore was privately owned. We found many lovely beaches that would’ve been perfect but, they were all owend. Darn.

When we were motoring slowly the kids asked if they could hang over the side of the boat. We let them and they hung from the boat for a long time! Lots of kicking and splashing and laughing.

Payson is our goofiest kid. He is constantly doing the craziest faces and cracking us all up.

And then Allan caught this guy!!

Which didn’t impress Everett.

But the rest of us were impressed and excited!

We were all cheering and excited and surprised. No one, even Allan, expected him to catch a big largemouth while fishing with a crowd of people surrounding him!

Everett still not impressed.

Everett mellowing out with some booby.

Another fish!

Part of Everett’s problem is he wanted to be up by Allan and messing with all the fishing stuff. That’s not a good place for a destructive, wild toddler. I did let him walk around up there for a while, he didn’t want me to hold his hand at first but realizing it was the only way I’d let him up there, he eventually let me.

After searching unsuccessfully for a good shore we finally decided to just swim off the side of the boat.

After swimming and getting the kids bundled in towels Allan fished a little bit more before we headed home.

Some of My Favorite Walk Pictures

My favorites because they’re simple and sweet and calm and it’s just what we used to do every single night together.

Everett always waves hi to the horses β™₯

Picking berries from the bushes. They play lots of fun games with their toys and those berries.

I will never tire of the beautiful sunsets.

Allan took the camera out of the stroller to capture me blowing bubbles. I suffer from anxiety. I don’t know why. I do everything I can think of to feel okay but I just feel sad, lonely, and stressed all the time.
I can’t do a lot of things that help ease my anxiety with a bunch of kids around me. One thing I can do is blow bubbles. It’s so relaxing. I’d suggest to any mother suffering from anxiety (it doesn’t help the depression as much as the anxiety) to blow bubbles. It’s a fun, easy way to control your breathing and it gives you something to do and feel and concentrate on so separate from every day life that it really helps you escape that depression/anxiety box. Sometimes I feel like my anxiety is a cage and the second the door swings shut my anxiety just grows and grows and won’t stop. I get anxiety about having anxiety and that’s the worst! Blowing bubbles. It sounds stupid but it literally changed my life.

I love these pictures of these two πŸ™‚

Library and Bubbles!

Payson and Ember made friends with this little three year old and his 7 year old brother.

Everett was too pooped to party.

So I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about how I use the library with my kids. I let them pick out whatever books they want and they use their own library cards and take their books to the librarian themselves and check them out. Then I pick out books I’d like them to read (quality literature, haha) and check them out on my card. So Ember always picks out the most interesting books. Sometimes they have pictures but a lot of times they don’t. And she will look at each page and run her finger along the lines of text pretending to read. It’s just the cutest thing! So one day she had a stack of books, like usual. And I happened to turn to her and look at her stack of books for the first time that particular trip and noticed this one:

Me and the older girls laughed heartily over that. Ember asked, “What?!” And I told her it was a book teaching you all about periods. She knows about periods so she laughed along with us at the idea of reading about periods. I don’t know, it was funny.

Later that day we went for our usual walk and brought bubbles. Like always πŸ˜‰

Reunited And It Feels So Good! Ember Gets Her Babies!

Ember’s two favorite toys are accidentally packed in Colorado and it takes us almost 2 months to find the box they’re in here in Idaho. Part of the problem is they were put into a box that was filled with books. I had looked through that box several times in hopes that her babies would randomly be in a book box but never to the very bottom. Turns out, those two babies, and only those two babies, were at the VERY bottom of that box!! So when Sierra finally got around to fully emptying it out and saw those babies she excitedly ran to show me. What a HAPPY day in our home that was!!

After months living in a box you can imagine how hungry those babies were. Ember immediately breastfed them β™₯