Friday, November 22, 2013
Happy (late) birthday to my Benny boy who turned two this week. He is my big baby boy and Emma is my little baby girl. They both are still babies which makes it so fun and so hard. But he is getting bigger! He is beginning to really be able to communicate and thinks that he’s big like his brothers! I always like to look back at the birth story and remember when they were little too…Danny was his age and he was a baby in this picture; so sweet. Benjamin is definitely into the
terrible tricky-for-mommy, twos. He loves to climb, hit, bite, run into the street, throw toys, draw on walls, scream, hmm…did I miss anything? Oh yeah, that he can also give the sweetest kisses and the biggest hugs. He loves to give high fives and “knucks” and is a pretty happy guy as long as he is not hungry, thirsty or tired!
Some of the things that he likes:
-Bugs (he often will lay on the ground with his face staring at the ants or whatever he can find).
-Laying on the floor or in the dirt/on the grass outside and driving cars
-Drawing (on anything and everything—and I mean everything; he even got the back of the car when one of the boys left a crayon outside!)
-Grandma and Grandpa
-Eating! He eats as much as the big kids but he’s not too into cake/ice cream although he LOVES candy and is still finding random stuff that the boys lost/hid around Halloween!
-Dogs; he sometimes is a little scared if they’re bigger than him but he still wants to approach them cautiously.
-Baby Emma – he goes searching for her so I have to keep an extra eye on both of them. He does love to smother her with kisses and sometimes hugs.
His words (well, the ones that I can remember!)
-Tirsty (thirsty and now he uses it for hungry as well); he is the thirstiest kid ever! I hear this one all day long mostly for water!
-Kay = car
-May me! = Help me!
-Papa = grandma/grandpa
-Tain tou=thank you
-One, two and sometimes tree (three)!
-Nana = banana
-Apple (for apples and any fruit besides banana)
-Where are you?
-Cha, cha, cha (especially at the end of the birthday song!)
Happy 2nd Birthday Benjamin! We love you! :)
Friday, November 8, 2013
I digress though since the point of this post is to tell you how to get out the stains in case you haven’t figured it out! Stains are something that a mom of five (including 4 boys) has a lot of experience with. I realized last year that not everyone has figured out this cheap solution and awesome secret! :) It’s called Zote. It is about $1 and you can find it at Target/Wal-Mart/$ Store etc. I have tried the pink and the white and don’t see much difference (for me) so buy whatever they have. It’s worth your dollar, I promise!
Here is what I have successfully gotten out of clothing with Zote: grass stains (out of white Yankee t-ball pants!), red clay dirt (from the baseball field), old formula stains on baby clothing (even the ones that magically show up while the clothes are in storage!), blood, poop (even that sticky yellow baby poop!) and popsicle. I’m sure that it would work on other stains too but it won’t work on crayon that you’ve washed and dried onto your clothes :( especially if they happen to be your husband’s nicest white church shirts and white baptismal and temple clothing. Yes, that happened to me too. Sigh.
Here is how I use it:
1. Wash the stain out with water (I usually use cold since I’ve been told that heat can set the stain) and get out the chunks (i.e. if you’re dealing with baby poop wash out the clumpy looking seed things before they get on another part of the outfit!)
2. Scrub the Zote directly onto the stain. I am always very generous with this part because it’s cheap and it doesn’t seem to damage the clothing. I always work in the bathroom sink and just have the water on low so I can get it a little wet and scrub the stain using the other parts of the garment. I don’t ever use anything additional but I occasionally scrub with my nail if something is stuck on there!
3. Add more Zote if necessary and scrub some more and then let it soak for a bit. Now I like to let it soak because I think that usually the stains magically disappear when it is soaking. If I don’t soak them I don’t think it gets the really stained things clean (i.e. old formula stains). Sometimes I just leave it for 30 mins or an hour but like last night I passed out and forgot about the stains on the clothes and when I grabbed them this morning there wasn’t any yellow at all on them (there was definitely still some yellow on them last night!)
4. Throw the clothes into the wash! If you think that there might still be a little bit of stain left put some more Zote in and then throw it in the washing machine. Like with any stain check your garment before you dry it!
I wish that I had taken before and after pictures last night so that you could see and believe but I’ll have to add those later
Monday, November 4, 2013
Here are some pictures from our Halloween Fun for 2013. Their ages this year are Emma – 2 weeks, Ben – almost 2, Danny – 4, Nathan – 6, and Sammy – 8.
Here are a few pictures from the ward Halloween party:
On Saturday, we spent the morning at the zoo while Thad volunteered for Beta Alpha Psi for the Zoo Spooktacular!
Here are some pics from the actual day of Halloween! Nathan’s parade at school, accounting firm fun, and more!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
My mother-in-law bought us a cute little blue gingham plaid dress for Emma Jane which we decided to use for a costume. It definitely looks like a Dorothy dress from Wizard of Oz but I figured that she needed some ruby slippers but I didn’t want to buy shoes just for this! I tried to clean some white shoes that the boys had gotten out and well, I ruined them, so, I figured why not. I looked up a tutorial (here and here) and used them as references.
Here were the supplies that I used:
-2 oz. bottle of red acrylic paint (50 cents)
-ModPodge (I got the “sparkle” but I wish I would have just gotten gloss; the shiny has irridescent sparkles which are pretty but take away from the red)
-1 paint brush or craft foam sponge
-(optional) painter’s tape to tape off parts you don’t want red
-red glitter! (or silver if you want to go with the book; I like the movie version, sorry!)
-Newspaper or paper to paint/work on
1) Start with clean shoes (and tape them if necessary) and paint them red (this helps in case you miss a spot!) Wait for them to dry.
2) Mix the mod podge with an ample amount of glitter. I used about 2 Tbs of mod podge and about the same of glitter I think. I put in a little and then stirred until I thought that you saw more glitter than glue.
4) Wait for it to dry (you could sand in between this step and the next like this tutorial; the shoes came out really nicely. I didn’t have any sandpaper on hand so I didn’t do this. There are a few spots that would have benefitted from this step. Here are the shoes after one coat.
5) If needed apply a second coat (I did just because I had enough mod podge already mixed.) I had enough glitter in the modge podge that they could have just had one coat.
6) (optional) Apply a coat of varnish or sealer to seal them in. I didn’t and I don’t think that it is totally necessary if you’re using them for a costume. If you’re planning to wear these regularly then this would be a good step).
7) Dress up and enjoy your shoes! :)
Monday, October 21, 2013
And what a blessing she is. I think that Heavenly Father knew that we really wanted another kid and that she would be a blessing for us. I definitely got a lot of interesting faces and comments when people asked how many kids I had (we’re more than double that 2.2 average now) but we always wanted this child (even if it was another boy—I have been a boy mom for 8 years and I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything else).
Today marks her one week mark…time flies doesn’t it? I thought that I better write down a bit about her arrival before I forget anything since it will be a story to tell around here! It all started on Thursday, 10/10, it was my due date…it was a busy day and it would have been so fun to have her on the 10th (I would have had kids with birthdays on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th). I was busy with the kids, cleaning, prepping, and Thad had class in the evening. I guess that I had done too much because I was having contractions but once I lay down they all went away and she stayed put for a few more days.
Disclaimer: This story might make some moms a bit angry especially if your labors were long and arduous…
Sunday I walked halfway home from church (less than a mile) and then later on we decided to go walking with the Woolley family in the evening to hopefully help my body get ready and it must have worked (although I wonder what people thought as they saw us with seven boisterous boys between us!) I woke up at 4 or 4:30 am with some contractions and by 6 we were leaving the house, then we dropped off boys at both grandparents and then stopped to get some breakfast for Thad before heading to the hospital. I got there and checked in and was at a six. The pains weren’t too bad yet just really uncomfortable. (The picture below is my “super hero cape” picture as I walked from the check in room to the actual L&D room. I don’t like using wheelchairs so she offered me a sheet to cover up my backside.) :)
It was about 7:30am when I got into an L&D room and found out that my midwife was beginning her shift at 8—how fun! My mom and niece were on their way and my water hadn’t broken so I decided to wait for them. It was getting a bit more uncomfortable though (mind over matter…I really “wanted” to use the bathroom but it was just miss Emma readying herself). I don’t remember the contractions hurting as much as just that feeling of “if I don’t get to a bathroom ASAP I’m going to go right here!”. My mom and niece finally arrived just before 9 am and I called and told them to send the midwife in as soon as she finished delivering the other baby.
9:26 am (my mom has a picture with the clock showing) the midwife, Cheryl, came in and chatted for a minute before checking me and saying that I was at a 10 and ready whenever! My water still hadn’t broken but she said I could either push and it would probably break or she could break it. I decided to push a tad (didn’t have to push too hard It was a relief to have the pressure gone—phew) and my water broke. She told Thad to wash his hands and get ready. I was on my side and she asked if I wanted to deliver that way, I said, “you can do that?” and then figured, why not as my back was bothering me. She lifted my leg up for me to hold and she told me to give a big push, Thad turned around (from washing his hands) just in time to see the baby’s head beginning to come out. She told me to give another grunt and as I did Emma came slipping out. She was born at 9:29 am and was nice and noisy although she did calm down quickly when passed to me!
:) I think that her quick delivery is helping with my super quick recovery! I feel great! What a blessing! If all of the deliveries were this easy I’d have 5 more (just kidding) but really, it was so fast, I’m glad that my water didn’t break at home or I would have had her there! The boys are loving her to pieces and they’re so gentle and protective of her (even Benjamin—and he loves to smother her with super soft kisses!) I’ll have to post more pictures later of them with her!
Here are some pictures from yesterday after church. Isn’t her dress fun?
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I can’t believe that eight years have passed since (or really even remember life before) that cold, drizzly October day when we brought our first little boy home. I wasn’t even blogging back then so I don’t have a cutesy little post to refer back to but in looking at pictures Thad and I sure were young!
Now, eight years later we celebrate him again! Eight. Wow. He sometimes seems so much bigger (and not just in his huge size 12 jeans!) and sometimes I’m reminded of how young he still is. I wonder sometimes if I put a little too much pressure on him since he is the oldest of five and I need him. But hopefully, I also allow him time to be him and to play and grow.
When I did Danny’s four year old post Sammy wrote down some things for me to include on his post. Here they are:
Favorite squash: pumpkin
Favorite toy: Legos
Favorite thing when I'm turning 8 at church: cub scouts
Favorite seafood: salmon, actually Alaskan salmon
Favorite coin: dollar coin
Favorite dollar bill: million dollar bill (I said that I don't know if this even exists to which he grunted)
How much mission savings I have (coins saved at Grandma's house): $13.07
Favorite Teacher: Grandma (she is his Sunday School teacher at church)
Favorite Spanish Teacher: My mom (who is lazy and is NOT teaching him Spanish)
Favorite Volunteer Policeman: Grandpa
Favorite 14-year old dog: Millie
Favorite brother: Nathan and Ben and Danny
Favorite TV show: Wild Kratts
Favorite Website: pbskidsgo.org
Favorite Friends: Elijah, Jacquie and Jasmine
He did start cub scouts this week (since he turned 8 on Tuesday just in time for scouts) and came home saluting and with a project which he began working on immediately. He wants to earn his communication belt loop first. It will be fun to actually have a scout in the house besides Daddy.
A few more of his likes/dislikes:
-Dislikes homework, being rushed, getting dressed (he’d prefer to sleep in his clothes), that Mom doesn’t let him play Minecraft, when he leaves his toys and little Legos out and his brothers lose them.
-Likes: Using Google Maps to search all over the world, Veggie Tales: Wizard of Has, Scholastic’s Who Would Win book series, minions, Minecraft, Legos, torturing his brothers (added by MOM!), his little sister, pizza, playing or looking up stuff on the computer, reading non-fiction books and being silly.
Happy Birthday Sammy boy! We love you!