Rainy Day Love

It started to rain. And the Hausens love the rain. (duh)

We spent as much time outside in it as we could before it started raining harder and got pretty cold. Then we trekked inside and admired the beauty and the sounds of the rain from indoors 🙂  photo 105eresized_zpsaaa596ad.jpg photo 109eresized_zps09117698.jpg

Payson was inside playing Super Mario, of course.  photo 110eresized_zpsf1b8d3bd.jpg photo 112eresized_zps1809808e.jpg photo 116eresized_zps1e2c62e9.jpg

Sierra is in this best-smile-ever phase that I’m freaking loving! She used to smile super fake for the camera (most kids go through that phase, especially since she’s had a camera in her face every day of her life, basically) but when she lost her second top tooth it was like a switch was flipped and she gives me these huge, adorable smiles every single stinking time I take a photo! I can’t get enough of them. But then I also try not to over photograph her (and Brooke) because I don’t want to annoy them!  photo 118eresized_zps9634f8ac.jpg photo 121eresized_zps2d58c25a.jpg photo 123eresized_zps79ca6af6.jpg

Ember was adorable out there. As always!  photo 126eresized_zps807e4afe.jpg

They, I, We

Finding her in the morning with my iPod. Quiet on the couch.  photo IMG_6813eresized_zps038c0037.jpg

Giving her things to do. She so very cheerfully helped me pick up the house that morning, without being asked, and then when she found out we were doing some fun stuff she chattered excitedly by my side, following me from room to room as I gathered supplies.  photo IMG_6824eresized_zps295d683a.jpg

She tells me what she’s doing as she goes along. I sit and listen to her adorable voice and feel so lucky to spend my day with her.  photo IMG_6818eresized_zps8d5faff7.jpg photo IMG_6823eresized_zpsdbabb1e4.jpg

She tried out painting with a toy car’s wheels. She loved it! It took her a minute to warm up to the idea of purposefully, with permission, using a toy to paint with. But once she did she happily played with the toys and paint and was oh so careful about her “work.”  photo IMG_6829eresized_zpsf6e6ec4f.jpg photo IMG_6831eeresized_zps15051627.jpg photo IMG_6833eresized_zpsf4d910df.jpg

She was carefully making her painting until she accidentally got a bit of paint on one of her fingers. Her finger hovered above the plate. Knowing what she wanted but that she wouldn’t because she was in a “being good” mindset for some reason… I told her, “You can paint with your fingers if you want to.”
She looked happy and moved her finger towards the plate. Then she stopped and looked at me, checking to make sure this was still okay?
“You can. You can use your fingers or your hand if you want!”  photo IMG_6836eresized_zps423f5688.jpg photo IMG_6840eresized_zps368d2663.jpg photo IMG_6845eresized_zpseabdebd0.jpg

After painting she played with pipe cleaners on the couch.  photo IMG_6847eresized_zpsc4851427.jpg

Then played cooking with her dishes and some letter tiles and beads for scooping and pouring.  photo IMG_6851eresized_zps8f2276fe.jpg photo IMG_6854eresized_zps39096e5c.jpg photo IMG_6857eresized_zps2531ac80.jpg

She went on to play with that set up for a good hour! I was surprised by how much she loved it. Though she loves scooping and pouring every time I pull stuff out to do so.
She also brought her pipe cleaners over and strung the beads on over and over again. In all kinds of patterns and talking out loud the entire time. I could happily film her playing for hours, it’s just so cute!

One day later in the week the kids and I went to WalMart. Probably Saturday. It rained. It stormed. It was a major downpour. We left the store with our groceries, the rain was coming down in buckets. I told the kids, “Well, here we go! Get ready to get soaked!” And we ran through the parking lot. Everyone was laughing, everyone took a bit longer than normal to get into the car, hoping to get rained on as much as possible.
Once in the car I waited a while until the rain calmed down. But later when I was driving it got worse than even before. It was crazy. But really fun. photo IMG_5698e_zps8dcb83c4.jpg

At home we ate and then when the rain had calmed down to a sprinkle we went back outside. It was still hot! But it was fun anyway and the highlight of the day (maybe my kids’ entire week!) was when Brooklyn found a baby frog (probably a toad, really) in our driveway.  photo IMG_6866esbresized_zps11891c1d.jpg photo IMG_6881eresized_zpsbcb5c7c5.jpg photo IMG_6883eresized_zps85d1f2f1.jpg

Payson and Ember play so sweetly and quietly together at bedtime. It’s actually extremely difficult to make them go to bed because they’re being so darn cute!!  photo 014bwcropresized_zpsdb366e6c.jpg

Over the weekend they stayed up two hours past their usual bedtime. It makes me sad that Payson’s in school. They are such good friends and miss each other during the day.  photo 025bwresized_zpsdff853b5.jpg photo 029eresized_zps98a482c1.jpg

A company contacted Allan about a job (well, two!) that they wanted to interview him for. He hadn’t applied for the job, they just heard about him and decided to initiate! So this company is a good company and the jobs (one where we want to move to, one in Colorado- where we don’t want to move to) are awesome. We’re pretty excited and anxious to hear more information. I think he has a second interview really soon and we’re hoping that means we’re moving soon! But I’ve been let down so freaking much I’m trying to mentally prepare for living here in Arizona for the rest of the year. If I plan for that I won’t be so let down if that’s what happens. There’s a lot going on with Everett coming in two months so, I can deal with it.
But I still prefer to move! ha
Anyway, Allan was sending off a thank you email for the interview he’d had that week. Ember watched.  photo 006eresized_zps8bd4a72f.jpg photo 012eresized_zpsc8c6b61a.jpg
And I’m spent.

More of that Rain!

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!  photo 388eresized_zps749516e4.jpg photo 389eresized_zpscc1d1ea1.jpg photo 400eresized_zps5f1a74b3.jpg photo 401eresized_zpsd8ad4e0d.jpg

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.  photo 407eresized_zpsa8728420.jpg photo 409eresized_zps031075ea.jpg photo 420eresized_zps0bf30879.jpg

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!  photo 426eresized_zpse2957c65.jpg

We drove past a flooded area of the desert as we drove home.  photo 444eresized_zps11350cb5.jpg

Fun for Littles on a Rainy Day

It was a glorious, cozy, rainy day. The younger kids and I pulled out all of our fun little activities to play with while listening to the rain fall outside.  photo 245eresized_zpsbcc1e64b.jpg photo 250eresized_zpsfd3d68c5.jpg photo 275eresized_zps8891d274.jpg

My kids love playing with the bananagrams letter tiles.  photo 281eresized_zps8a4578bb.jpg photo 304eresized_zps3c0762d1.jpg

I took a few pictures of our sopping backyard.  photo 284eresized_zps3330e121.jpg

And the view past our back fence.  photo 291eresized_zpsc13e3e0e.jpg photo 293eresized_zps25383bc6.jpg

After quite a long time playing with those letter tiles we switched to threading beads.  photo 318eresized_zpsab9f31a6.jpg photo 335eresized_zpsfb2d5331.jpg

Payson was thrilled with the necklace he made. He still wears it occasionally as do the other kids.  photo 343eresized_zpsee511502.jpg

Watching the rain while mommy finishes cooking lunch.  photo 372eresized_zps62462268.jpg

Desert Storm Play

We were eating watermelon and I was making dinner early when we saw lightning outside. The sky was this deep, threatening gray and without a word from me the kids asked excitedly if we could go to the park and play if it started raining.
And I’m sure you all know my answer 😉

The pictures don’t do it justice, but it was pouring.

And actually pretty chilly.

They didn’t mind, though. Luckily every last one of them inherited their mother’s love of the rain 🙂

Payson was showing me his dirty hands and Ember was watching with interest.

Then she wanted to show off her dirty hands. Except… they were clean.

No problem!

Yay! There we go! Just like brother!

The older girls made a lot of tracks in the wet sand. They said they were making deer tracks.

Yep, that was fun.