Monday, April 14, 2014

Emma: 6 months

TheKids_April2014_ 106I can’t believe that six months have already passed since Emma was born! It is one of those things that feels like it has always been this way! She is such a pleasant and happy baby. She loves adores her brothers and will pretty much ignore Mom and Dad if they are anywhere where she can hear or see them! Here is a little bit about her!

  • She loves to chew on things, anything, everything! She almost always has her whole hand in her mouth (which always gives her cold, wet hands!). If she has a toy she’ll chew on that though until she drops it and then go back to the trusty old fist!
  • She is very happy. She smiles and tries to get others’ attention and then will smile at them which wins her a lot of attention and fans when we’re out!
  • She is very long and skinny She is so much more petite and lighter than the boys but she’s going to give them a run for their money in the length department!
  • She loves to roll over and is getting up on her hands and starting to get up a little on her knees. I am not ready for her to be mobile yet!
  • She has a few names/nicknames that we use… Emma, Emma Jane, Em, Emmer, Emmer Jane and she seems to respond to most of them!
  • She loves to see who is talking even if it means throwing her head back and looking at you upside down!
  • She started sticking out her tongue and blowing little bubbles/raspberries this week. It is kind of cute.

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We love you Emma! We’re so happy to have you in our family!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A love story: Ben + Emma

Everyone always (read: with each kid) asks me if the two-year-old gets jealous of the baby and I can honestly say that all of the boys have always been okay with the new babies :) which I’m grateful for. But this rough and tumble Benjamin has got a sweet spot for his Emma Jane. If you (are not Mom or Dad) and try to talk to him and she’s anywhere around he will divert the attention and babble and tell you about Em-ma! Ba-by! Em-MA!

Here are a few pictures and my made up 2-year-old dialogue (since he’s not using full sentences yet; he enjoys grunting and throwing his 30-40 word vocab around if and when he feels like it!) These were taken in a two-minute period on Saturday during Danny’s baseball game while we were “relaxing” at the park. Enjoy!

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Ben: Hi Emma! How are you? I wanted to come see you. How are you?

(By the way, I don’t think that he actually said anything intelligible at any point besides maybe “Emma” and  “baby” and maybe “Mama” to get my attention.)


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Emma: Hi Ben!

(She is always happy to see him and so patient with him even when he’s a bit…hmm… crazy?!)





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Ben: You want this bottle? Hmm. Taste it for a second and then I’ll take it away and giggle. It’s so fun!






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Ben: I do just love laying by you and snuggling with you (or on top to hug you but Mom says that I’m smothering you) so I’ll just lay here. I’ll put my chin on your shoulder. What do you think?




TheKids_April2014_ 069Ben: How about another hug? I was just missing you!








TheKids_April2014_ 070Ben: Yes! That is nice! I love hugs! :)








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Ben: Hey look Emma! You have eyes just like I do! Awesome!







TheKids_April2014_ 072Ben: Beep! Aunt Addie and my big brothers always beep my nose…It’s funny!:)







TheKids_April2014_ 075Ben: I just want to kiss and pretend to eat your little fingers because they are so cute and you let me! Thanks!






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Ben: Isn’t life great?







TheKids_April2014_ 076Emma: Yep!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Baseball Season 2014

We are right in the middle of baseball and spend most of our evenings at the baseball fields for one of the boys teams. It keeps us really busy but they love it.

Here are a few pictures of them in their uniforms!

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Being silly!

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Samuel – Single A Orioles

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Nathan – Rookie Rangers

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Danny – T-ball Yankees (he’s already gained a nickname – smiley – since he rarely stops smiling while he’s playing, running, batting! He is loving it!

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#1 fan and chauffer, Mom!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

One of our valentines: Emma–4 months!

TheKids_January2014_ 162bA little (and much needed) update on our Emma Jane. She has acquired a few more nicknames from the boys since the last update and just beams from ear to ear when she sees or hears any of them! They adore her and call her Em, Emmer, Emmer Jane, Emma Jane, Baby gir-rl, and more!

TheKids_February2014_ 106So, she is so long and skinny. So different from my big, hefty boys. I can still carry her one armed and not have my arm fall off! She was 13 lbs almost 14 oz at her 4 month appt and 26.5 inches long (and looking back through the blog Danny, Benny and Nathan were both almost 17 1/2 lbs and comparable lengths by this point!)

TheKids_January2014_ 064She is such a genuinely happy and calm baby. My other babies were quite content at this point but she is so patient and calm (unless it is way past nap or feeding time) and has already been on her own self created schedule since about 2 months. No crying it out unless she gets over tired then she’ll talk a little and be a bit agitated and fuss and move in her bed to get settled for 2-3 minutes and then she’s out like a light! Phew. I needed an easy one. She gets dragged all around and is still quite happy. She will giggle but at random times and isn’t as easy to get to laugh as the boys at this point. She is also very ticklish! She’ loves tummy time and scoots on her tummy on the bed. Oh, and she likes to cuddle-hooray–the boys didn’t like this!

TheKids_February2014_ 074Her current favorite things to do are 1) stuff her hands (both at the same time if possible) in her mouth (thus giving her cold, wet, hands all the time-fun!), 2) watch her brothers run around like the crazy boys that they are-endless hours of entertainment there, 3) chew on anything close at hand(clothing, blanket, toys, or anyone else's fingers that are close by, and 4) coo at anyone who will talk and smile to her. He is quite chatty! :)

TheKids_February2014_ 137Life has been fun with her around as I have seen new growth in the boys with another baby and a girl in the house. Yesterday before going to meet Daddy for dinner I had the car packed with everyone but Emma and Sam who was following me out to the car (me with the needed supplies) said, “wait Mom, you forgot Emma!” I hadn’t forgotten Emma, she was still sleeping and I wanted to wake her at the last possible moment but as we went back to the house together he carefully went and woke her up and spoke quietly to her as her brought her to me.  Nathan (who was 4 with the last kid and is now 6 can be very helpful when he’s willing but he does adore her just has a strong aversion to work unless I deem it an emergency!). Danny wants to help all of the time with her but is not as big and strong but will “protect” her from little Benny if needed, hold bottles, fetch diapers and just love and talk to her. Ben, dear Benny boy, is my big baby boy. His eyes light up and he starts talking when he sees his sweet baby Emma. I think that he thinks that she must be his. If anyone tries to talk to him while we’re out he always says “Baby” and “Emma” and points and babbles about her. They face each other in the car and I need to get a video of their little chit chats, and he will just smother her with kisses (which he doesn’t hand out often unless you’re Grandma) and hugs and non-stop babbling!

So, life is good. Busy. Crazy. And today was one of those days that everything just went wrong but we survived it. Someone might have ruined half the food in my freezer but hey, I needed to clean it out anyway, someone might have forgotten his HW, but pictures were taken and it was emailed and printed and done, every time I tried to begin dinner another kid would crash on his scooter and come in crying, or fight over said scooters (even though I purchased THREE at Costco per Daddy’s suggestion) but I did finish dinner and they loved it, and I might have finally imported the pics from my camera only to find out that a bunch were missing/gone :( (Danny’s first t-ball practice, Emma smiling—all the pictures from three separate days-phewy but they’ll smile and play again!) and then finally my TheKids_January2014_ 031“sweet” angels might have even been caught whispering at about 9:34pm tonight (not that I was checking my watch) and had a long lecture about their age, sleep requirements health and mom’s sanity, but we’re all alive, very blessed, and very glad that we have everyone in our little family, including our newest baby, our dear, sweet, Emma.

Here are some pics of the boys at this same age just for fun! :)

a. Ben_4months

b. Sam-5monthsb

c. Nathan_4months

d. DannyBoy_4months




Ready for the answers?




a. Benjamin

b. Samuel

c. Nathanael

d. Daniel

Disclaimer: I may or may not have used a 3 month old picture of Emma at the top because she was smiling when I had a bow in her hair and the camera out. Not as much solo photo shoot time when you’re #5! Whenever I get the camera out the boys want in!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sammy - His Baptism Day: It’s Great to be Eight!

IMGP4830 - CopyWe had a fun time with lots of family in town for our two big events last weekend, Emma’s blessing, and Samuel’s baptism. It was a fun weekend (although at times, very, well, busy!)

We belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which still amazes some people; I get the “you’re Mormon?” question a lot!) and we don’t baptize until age 8 (or anytime after) as we believe that children aren’t accountable for their sins until that time. (That is why our sweet Emma received a blessing at church but wasn’t baptized—she is still perfect!)

Well, it was Sammy’s big day, (I mean, Samuel, he prefers Samuel now although Mommy still calls him Sammy boy) and he was very excited. He spent the morning hiking and even saw snow and the day just continued to get better. Daddy gave him a hair cut and he got all showered and clean and in his suit. They went to the church early and when we arrived he was dressed in white.

It was a Stake baptism and two of his friends, Laura and MeleAna,  were also being baptized. Some of his cousins and church friends sang, talks were given and the baptisms went off without a hitch. We celebrated at my sister’s house (thanks Carrie and Mike) and had a great evening! Now I have to help him continue to grow in faith and remember not  to get overwhelmed by his imperfections (he’s really hard on himself). That is what the sacrament’s for each week though…repenting and beginning again clean each week. (Phew!)

Thank you to the village (aka. ward family) who has loved and taught him in class or by example and helped us raise him to be the wonderful boy that he is. Enjoy a few of the pictures from our special day.




Saturday, December 14, 2013

Emma–2 months old / Blessing Day

IMGP4997I can’t believe that it’s been two months since our sweet little baby girl came into our family that Monday morning. She is such a good little baby and even slept through the night a few nights back (which is something the boys didn’t do for a long time!) She loves to smile and coo at her brothers (and Mommy and Daddy) and it is hard to remember life without her.

Last week we celebrated her a bit and she was blessed at church. It was a special day for all of us and my mom even found the dress that my sisters and I were blessed in while she was going through things a month or two ago and it fit her! The men who participated in the blessing said that she was so happy and smiled the whole time at Daddy while he was giving her the blessing. The Lord has a wonderful life in store for her.

Here are some pictures from her special day!


With Mom and Dad


With Great Grandma Marcroft (and Aunt Addie)


Smiling at Aunt Becky


An attempt at a happy family picture!


A Marcroft Cousin picture (missing a few cousins who were sick and others who were with Mommy)…

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Merry Christmas (Card) 2013

Merry Christmas from the Marcrofts!
This is just in case I don't actually get the cards addressed, stamped and mailed again this year! :)
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