Catch Up Post

Pictures from the last month. Part 1.

Allan went fishing a month or two ago. (Yes, these pictures are all like a month old… but at least I am blogging so who cares if they’re “old?”)  photo 002resized_zps8803ba14.jpg

Because it’s ten thousand degrees in Arizona, or at least feels it to this overheated pregnant gal, we had to go out and buy the family sandals. We got the sandals for buy one get one half off at KMart. The kids were really excited about it. (To be funny, Allan got in the picture and angled his feet. lol)  photo 039eresized_zpsbcffd8b6.jpg

We went to Costco. Costco is a favorite. Too bad it’s so far away.  photo 031eresized_zps697b574f.jpg

Allan dropped me and the three youngest off to shop and took Brooklyn to Home Depot (I’m guessing, my memory of that day is all but gone) and we finished shopping and waited outside Costco for them to get back. They parked and met up with us so Brooklyn and Allan could get some food. Because we went ahead and ate without them! lol  photo 017eresized_zps0a8e4516.jpg

Quick funny story, my kids were covered in pizza and ketchup so I gave them some Burt’s Bees baby wipes I keep in my purse for Ember, they were playing with them a LOT, especially holding them up to make Santa beards and telling each other “ho, ho, ho” over and over.
Some lady walking by stops and looks panicked, and starts walking over to one of my little kids saying, “Oh no, honey!! Don’t put that on your face, it’s poison!!”
I had to bite my lip from giggling because I instantly knew she thought they were playing with those cart sanitizing wipes at the front of the store. I grabbed the package of wipes off the top of my purse and showed her. She laughed and then asked me where I got Burt’s Bees wipes from. I guess she’s really into natural stuff and has a grandson (or granddaughter, I can’t remember) she watches and wanted some. lol. It was just funny at the moment.  photo 009eresized_zps9674cc56.jpg

These shoes pictures were actually taken at Sprouts, not Costco. We stopped at Sprouts for some groceries and I snapped photos. All three girls were posing up a storm.  photo 049eresized_zpse0cfba91.jpg

Then I snapped a couple from the hip.  photo 040eresized_zps2fc95d29.jpg photo 042eresized_zps945ed374.jpg

Ember’s been obsessed with my cameras since she was a little baby. She loves to take pictures. She tries to grab my dSLR all the time and pushes her bottom lip out really far in a pout when I take it from her. Even though it makes me nervous, I let her take pictures with our point and shoot.
I don’t treat our point and shoot carefully enough. Because it’s not my ginormous dSLR, I don’t think of it as being fragile or expensive but I think it was like $250 and that’s a crap ton of money!!!  photo 009eresized_zps3f18d4e2.jpg

I was cracking up watching her. She’d put her eye up to the lens in the front of the camera, then take a picture, then turn the camera over to the back and try to move the pictures on the LCD screen like you would on an iPod, since she’s used to the iPod. I was actually laughing the whole time I was sitting with her. She just makes the littlest things so fun!  photo 011eresized_zpsae6ea514.jpg photo 020eresized_zpsb076ab19.jpg

A shot of her putting the lens up to her eye. I have hundreds of pictures of a giant red blur with a small black striped spot in the corner. The red blur is, naturally, her cheek/face super close up (since her face was right against the lens!) and the black spot is/are her eye/eyelashes. lol! I haven’t even deleted them yet because I smile every time I come across them in my pictures folders!  photo 023eresized_zpsc03a6563.jpg

Once in a while she managed to take a picture of something other than her face pressed against the camera. Here is a tiny sampling of photography by Ember!  photo 012eresized_zps2c59a54f.jpg

Ember was pretending to talk on Brooklyn’s [toy] cellphone. photo 038eresized_zps1bc05664.jpg

I can’t remember why I took these pictures, these were taken during that week we were all so sick. photo 073eresized_zps5154b518.jpg photo 084eresized_zps2da76c5a.jpg

“My baby wan mommy milty!” (she always pronounces milk “milt” and milky “milty.”)  photo 098eresized_zpsa9032db4.jpg photo 109eresized_zps8fbc406d.jpg photo 116eresized_zpsc9769f81.jpg

McDonald’s after a doctor appointment I had. Ember being silly.  photo 012eresized_zpsd7336755.jpg

Payson, noticing my laughing at Ember, starts being silly with his fries.  photo 014eresized_zps5f7663b3.jpg photo 016eresized_zpse9c7946e.jpg

Target shopping, searching for some coordinating clothes for a family reunion picture we’re having this summer with Allan’s family.  photo 023eresized_zpsbce3179a.jpg photo 026eresized_zps6aa41315.jpg

Stay at home movie night!  photo 046eresized_zps0f77c550.jpg

A Barro’s lunch date with my little two a couple weeks later.  photo 001eresized_zps6d73ccfd.jpg photo 004eresized_zps46bd1190.jpg

Ember was walking back and forth on the diamond shaped floor tiles. She’d count, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9!” each time she went back and forth.  photo 014eresized_zps2b8b88c6.jpg
I don’t know if they were actually diamond shaped, I think they were probably perfect squares angled differently than the other, larger square tiles, and Ember just called them diamonds.
Wait, squares are diamonds, right? But a diamond isn’t a square? Something like that.
Part 2 coming later today or tomorrow. Not because it’ll be so amazingly exciting but because my backed up photos-to-be-blogged are driving me nuts and I need to catch up now. I don’t have a good enough memory to blog more than a month in the past. ha

Payson Cut His Hair

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!”  photo 006eresized_zps5923bdc3.jpg

I sure was bummed. The chunks he cut were to his scalp and I didn’t want to buzz his head.  photo 011eresized_zps361c23e1.jpg

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.  photo 019eresized_zps8dc5a1e7.jpg

It was a beautiful day out so we brought toys so that we could play out there, too. (These pictures were taken weeks ago)  photo 027eresized_zps04aa03a5.jpg photo 039eresized_zps7523dfdf.jpg

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)  photo 045eresized_zps3b2deb4e.jpg photo 047eresized_zpsa4d392dc.jpg

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.  photo 050eresized_zps6f1a39d9.jpg

This was before the scorpions and rattlesnakes came back, we used to take daily walks in the desert.  photo 070eresized_zps5b82eec9.jpg

If you ever see a picture of my kids pretending to breastfeed their babies, that’s all their doing. I don’t ever tell them to but I’m glad they do because it’s adorable.  photo 088eresized_zps2797ece7.jpg photo 096eresized_zps6291610c.jpg photo 124eresized_zps3f47b5fc.jpg photo 126eresized_zps39d44b97.jpg

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.

Talking ‘Bout

My kids, the little ones, are obsessed with babies. Payson pretends he’s pregnant all the live long day. Both he and Ember breastfeed their babies all throughout the day. They bring their babies with us on errands, they point out all the babies in the store, they’re just plain old obsessed!  photo 007eresized_zpse727e729.jpg

Payson was crazy excited when he found out that we were going to the doctor to see the baby growing in mommy’s tummy!  photo 008eresized_zps79890526.jpg

I didn’t know if he’d be able to tell what was on the screen or if the pixelated weirdness of ultrasounds would lessen his excitement. I told him ahead of time that we’d only see a little dot or a small bouncy ball shaped thing and that would be the baby!
The minute he saw that tiny little blob on the screen and I told him I could see the heart beating he was giggling and happy because I’d told him all along (since we found out I was pregnant) that we wouldn’t know for sure if we were having another baby until we saw the baby and the baby’s heartbeat.
So. Yep. Baby #5 will be joining us in early November!  photo 015eresized_zps516d7137.jpg
A few more little-kids-pretend-breastfeeding pictures and also some early pregnancy ones of me (yikes) below!

In this next picture Ember is making a sucking sound while her baby nurses. It cracks me up that she always does a slurping sound even though she doesn’t make sounds like that when she nurses.  photo 029eresized_zpsf12a8963.jpg photo 035eresiezd_zps01814eb7.jpg photo KidsPlayNursing_zpse196f6a1.jpg

9 weeks along.  photo 455eresized_zps4e9f9e97.jpg

The photo on the right, below, is when I was 8 weeks along.  photo 8weeks_zps92629673.jpg
I’ll do a separate post about the kids’ reactions. Allan and I sat down with each kid alone at different times to tell them. Each reaction was adorable.