Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Break 2014

Good Friday – Camping in Monte Cristo
The boys played in the dirt, went on “adventures”, rode their bikes and scooters and played all day. We enjoyed simple camping food, smores and good company! They do love camping!

Easter Sunday – We went to church :) but had trouble getting the kids to cooperate for a family picture, oh well. I taught Relief Society for the first time in forever but I think that it went well!

Monday – I don’t remember what we did? Relaxed? Cleaned? Played? It must have been a catch up day! :)

TuesdayPlay dates with friends and a trip to Ben_Stitchesthe ER. We went to the El Dorado Nature Center in the morning and then Ben fell while running with a Nerf gun in his hands (try explaining that one to a nurse who was new to our country and whose eyes got really big when I said gun which I tried to explain what it was, plastic and that it shoots foam bullets not real ones. They didn’t call CPS on me but Ben did get a nice big stitch in his chin but he was so brave and didn’t cry and didn’t have to be restrained while they stitched him up! Oh, and if you’re bleeding at the ER you get in faster/right away but the glares from the other people who have to wait aren’t very nice!

Wednesday – Library “Splash Pad” with friends and then a trip to Oceanside to prep for Thursday. Sam said (and I quote), “Now this is a vacation!” when they upgraded our two bedroom condo to a three bedroom deluxe (with three full bathrooms and two of them with jacuzzis; it even had a name and was as big as my house). Thanks Dad/Grandpa!

Thursday – Sea World with Grandma and Grandpa Driggs – My parents were taking a cruise down the coast and were in San Diego for the day. Thad had to work so we met them and went to Sea World for the day. The boys loved it and are already planning their next trip down there! They especially loved the touch tanks (the cleaner fish were a favorite), the sharks, the giant turtles, the Shamu show and the dolphins. Nathan even went on the Manta Ray ride all by himself since Emma was asleep in the carrier and Sam was too scared to go on it. He had so much fun too!

Friday – I think that we were trying to recover from a few busy days and did a lot of sleeping (well, the littlest ones did). I had ordered two new games for the Xbox that I got on sale for $5 a piece on Amazon and we played inside while they slept!

Saturday – Daddy went to build some steps at someone’s house for Mormon Helping Hands day and we did laundry and cleaned up around here. I got Emma’s bed set up (bye bye bassinet) and folded lots of laundry. In the evening we enjoyed Lakewood 4th’s ward conference!

SundayChurch and family day…couldn’t believe that our time was already over. Really? Ten days were already gone? Oh well. It will be May by the end of the week and then SUMMMMMMER!

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Thanks for reading my journal! :)

p.s. These pictures somehow never got posted of Emma when she was five months…she’s pretty cute eh? :)

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!

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