Monday, September 28, 2009

Goodbye to Summer

I know summer ended a few weeks ago, but it was the most fun I've ever had during the summer. I really enjoyed the kids the whole time. In July we went to Yellowstone with my family. The kids were so good and we had a lot of fun hiking around and seeing all of the wild life. Then we went Downata Hot Springs with Tyler's family. I felt so proud of our kids, even Ethan was brave and went down the water slides. In August we had the Fair. Spencer won first place in Under Construction for the pillow case that he sewed and Austin won 3rd place for his. I didn't think my wheat bread or cinnamon rolls won, but I received a check in the mail a couple of weeks ago and I won 3rd place for both of them. I wish I'd gone and collected my ribbon. We also went to Lake Powell in August and the beginning of September. The kids were lucky they got to miss the second week of school. In September we went with Tyler's moms for the weekend and went to a place called Cowabunga bay. Grandma Dalton was so nice to the kids, it was a great time. It has been so fun spending time with the kids and I really wasn't ready for school to start and it has been going for over a month now.

Spencer is really growing up. He is so helpful to me, I consider him my right hand man. He helps me cook dinner and even makes brownies all by himself. He also plays the piano really well. I can tell he is growing up though because he can be a little bit moody. He still loves books and reads almost every night in bed.

Austin is starting to calm down. He still has his "special" moments but he is a nice kid for the most part. Tyler and I have been reading a book on how to parent a child with ADHD and it has really helped me know how to handle Austin a little differently. Austin really is a nice kid and can be so sweet. On Saturday I sent he and Spencer to work in the beet field for part of the day. When they came home for lunch he gave me a hug and was really nice.

Hailey is such a fun little girl. I think I've come to terms with the fact that she'll be my only girl. I'm so grateful that I have her. The other day I was driving home and she said "couldn't you try just one more time for a girl?" and I said for her to ask dad, and she said "should I ask him to have sex with you?" LOL I have given her the talk because she asked me about sex. I explained that sex isn't something you talk about. Hailey does have some characteristics of ADHD, and so I'm watching her to see how school goes this year. Hailey can't ever sit still. Even when we watch TV. I don't like to sit by her because she will be so wiggly that she will kick me in the face or poke my eye or do something to injure me. I'm hoping this is just something she will grow out of but we will see.

Ethan is my most charming little boy. He is so fun and I love having him around. Everywhere we go he tells people about Lake Powell and Cowabunga bay. It is funny when he talks about it because he always says "Yesterday we went to Lake Powell" or "Yesterday we went to Cowabunga bay." It is going to be his birthday in a couple of weeks and I asked him what he wants for his birthday and he says a combine. I asked him if he wants anything else and he just says no, I want a combine. There is a toy combine at the John Deere store that he really wants. I guess that is what I'll get him. He also started going to preschool one day a week. He thinks it is so great. I miss him while he is there. It is so quiet when it is just Brig and I.

Brig has been such a fun baby. I know he is more like a little boy now. He is wearing 2T clothes. He is starting to talk more, but when I ask him questions and the answer is yes he just nods his head.....LOL It is really adorable to see. When I think of him being my last baby I feel mixed emotions. I feel relief because kids are a lot of work, but I also feel a little sad because I love babies. Not sad enough to have another though.

I am the Room Mom this year for Hailey's class. Only a couple of other moms signed up to help me. At first I felt kind of annoyed that I didn't have more volunteers, but then I felt thankful that I am able to volunteer. I don't have to work like a lot of the other mothers in Hailey's class (although I'd like to go back to school when all of my kids are in school, and then have some kind of job). Life is good for me and I am so thankful for that.

I had this great idea of taking a picture of my kids heads in the sand like I did on the grass while we were at Lake Powell. Lets just say it didn't work out so well. Brig bawled the whole time.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

First day of school and Lake Powell

Well I missed posting the kids first day of school so I'll do it now :)
School Started on August 24. Here is Hailey with her teacher Mrs. Lloyd.
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Here is Austin with his teacher Mrs. Ashton.
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I didn't make it to Spencer's class fast enough to get one before class started so I took one from the door way. Here is his teacher Mrs. Hawks
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Our kids missed the second week of school for a vacation to Lake Powell with our friends the Gillettes. The one thing I worried about on the trip was that I didn't want any of my kids to drowned. I made them all wear their life jackets 24/7 except Spencer who passed a swimming test. We all slept on the top deck of the house boat. I worried a lot about Brig climbing out of his play pen in the night so we turned it upside down to make a cage..lol. It worked pretty well until he woke up in the night and bawled.
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Here is a pic of all of the kids sleeping. I thought they all looked so cute.
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All of the adults slept around the kids to keep them safe in the event that they woke up during the night.

Stacy's family was so fun. Here is a pic of her BIL Theron who made a row boat out of a log.
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He and Stacy's brother Daniel made a "raft" out of a few logs that were around with the kids. They all thought it was great.
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My little Ethan went from hating water to loving it. He found that with the help of his life jacket he could go anywhere.
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He really wanted to water ski, but the boat was a little to big to pull a little boy, so our friend Zane whipped up what I call waterskiing Redneck style.
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Ethan got a little bit tired of waiting for everything to be just right.
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Here dad is helping him to get ready.
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Here is my little 3 year old water skiing.
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Hailey, Austin and Spencer also water skied. My friend Stacy got some good photos of it and I'll add them when I get them from her.
Spencer also wake boarded for the first time. Here he is getting ready.
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Here is my little Spencer on a wake board.
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I forgot to add. I also tried water skiing. I didn't quite get up. When I got close my left leg kept going back like I was doing the splits. Maybe next time. This is the first time I've ever tried so I think I did okay. I think Stacy also got pics of that...lol.
Tyler is awesome at water skiing and Wake boarding. When he would get close to the house boat when he was done he'd always do an awesome trick. I tried to capture it with my camera but I got right before and right after.
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We also had a grand time building sand castles on the beach. The kids helped me build an awesome one with a moat.
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Here is Stacy directing the building.
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Here is sweet Brig just enjoying the fun.
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I think this was our best family vacation ever. We have enjoyed all of the vacations that we have been on but it was the most relaxing one by far, and the best news of all is that the kids were all kept safe.