Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Photo Shoot

It snowed here a little while ago and Kade got really excited about it and got all bundled up. He had a blast, Maggie didn't last that long, but had fun too. It's weird even now, it's snowing lightly and our grass is STILL green! Green grass in December.


This photo is funny to me, she stuffed her mouth full of food.


My mom gave me Maggie's snow suit. Does it look like its from the 80's? It is, either or both Maren and I wore it when we were young.





So we did a home photo Christmas shoot...I thought they turned out pretty good!

Silly






She loves her "babies"






This is our weird boy. We tell him to smile and he does this:




I really like Kade in this one






Maggie was having trouble holding hands

And our favorites...
Bret used a little bit of his awesome editing skills to move Kade closer to Maggie and blur the background and get rid of some shadows. He is going to make one for me that has a slight snowflake background to it.

Bret did this one for me also, I can't decide if I like it in color or this better

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thanksgiving photos...and our little secret.

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun for us. It was really nice to be with family and take a break from...here. We loved having Bret in our lives for a few days. The car ride was pretty hard-we carpooled and had 2 extra little ones, so I was very busy. Small children are demanding! It worked out though. Here are some photos of the cousins:

Tried to get one of all the kids in the car



Cousins




Kissing the new baby

We got up at 3:30 am to go to black friday sales. I almost died from getting up that early, but we made off with some great Christmas gift deals... so I guess it was worth it...I guess.
We also got an ultrasound done by my brother in law while there. Yes, we are having baby #3! A few days after we got back we had the ultrasound from my clinic done and the due dates matched exactly-way to go Nathan! May 12! I am excited for another little baby, but it seems that lately the kids and I have been having a hard time with each other so I think in my head-What have I gotten myself into-how can I handle 3 small kids (when I can hardly handle 2 sometimes)?! I think it will be hard, but I know I will enjoy it too. We could have found out what we are having, but we decided to go with the other route this time. I think it will be fun.
That's all for now!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SICK, BORED, AND GOING CRAZY

Ok so this is me venting about us being sick and telling the long story, if you want a recap instead, here it is: We got horribly sick (except me for the most part) for ever and had no fun and it was hard.

AHH! We were doing SO good with not getting sick! But, with Bret being at school all day around so many other people, it's bound to happen that he brings it home. He did. 2 weeks ago. I expended all my energies to keeping it away from me and the kids. That was hard and pretty stressful. One week later, things are looking UP! Bret feels better, goes back to school and for 2 days we are excited about doing something together. It just so happened that that week was NOT a busy one for Bret so we were all disappointed that we couldn't take advantage of his extra time. The next week showed signs of not being super busy either-so we were happy about those prospects. Nope! Maggie came down with a fever. I thought it was teething because I felt a tooth starting to pop through. Not until the next day when Kade had a fever did I realize that we were sick again. This was the nastiest flu ever. From what I understand of the symptoms of swine flu-I would say they had it. I was kept sane by Bret and his help....until he got sick again with what the kids had. It was seriously NEVER ENDING!!! This flu kept going and going and going. Maggie did the same kind of thing as Bret. She looked like she was feeling better one day and the next day it was like she started all over with the sickness. I, however was extremely BLESSED to not get sick! It was SO hard caring for everyone and trying not to get sick that I got pretty stressed out. I got a slight cold but that was just about it. I was SUPER tired all the time. The kids woke up so early every day and woke during the night often. Bret tossed and turned plenty as well. So the day before yesterday Kade started looking better. Then he coughed all night long and the next day looked like he started over again. Maggie is doing better today, she is almost back to her old self! Bret is better also, and I am feeling much more rested! YAAAA! Kade slept on the couch pretty much all day yesterday and then slept all night long and seems to be a little better today.

So to bring a little cheer to our home, we bought a real sized Christmas tree (prelit for only $18!!)! We all loved it and played Christmas music and got out our scant suply of decorations. We no longer needed our 4 ft tree, so Kade got to have it in his bedroom and he loves it. It definetly brightened our day. I love Christmas time!!

I can't wait for Thanksgiving break either! We are going to Pennsylvania to Bret's sister and her family. I should be a lot of fun and great for us to get away from here for a few days.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Amazing Cucumber

My Grandma sent this to me and I thought it was interesting. My kids will usually eat cucumbers above most other raw veggies and I had no idea they had so much nutritional value.

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B 3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!


7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?
Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?
Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
(I did try to get crayon off of a door and it didn't work so well, but maybe I did it wrong or something. I don't know)

And a pic of the kids costuems. They both loved their costume and wore them around the house about a month before halloween.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkins, Party and Project

We carved pumpkins for FHE on Monday. Unfortunately Bret has been incredibly busy and has hardly had any time with us at all. So, due to his demanding school, he only got his holes punched out of the pattern he chose. It happened to be one of the hardest patterns too. The kids also ditched me....for bed. It was a lot of work carving those pumpkins! It took me all evening and my wrists were so tired at the end!

They had fun while it lasted though.



Our ward party was on Wednesday and I couldn't think of anything that was cheap that we could be. We thought we wouldn't dress up, but then I found this idea-Popeye and Olive Oyl! It was pretty easy to put together (I did it in the few hours before the party). Just cut out some felt designs and temporarily sewed them onto Bret's church shirt and belt. I put nylons on Bret's arms and stuffed them and drew a tatoo on one of them. Mine was super easy and I had the perfect, huge boots too! We even won an award! I didn't get any pics of just the kids, but I will post those after halloween.



We have hardly any halloween decorations so I made this a while back out of felt and those spongy little decor things. The kids always fight over who gets to put it on for the day. I didn't expect Maggie to be that interested in it, but man does she have a fit when she can't do it. I found the idea off of the pottery barn site and kind of changed it a little to what I wanted. I still have a little bit to do on it because I ran out of some string, but I figured I might as well post a pic now before halloween is over.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

It was my mom's birthday yesterday and this is what we have for her:



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Saturday, October 10, 2009

3 Years Old

Kade turned 3 yesterday. He had his friend Beckham and Nora over for a little party. They made trains out of beans and noodles and played pin the wheel on the train, ate cake and opened presents. Kade loved it. He has been talking about his birthday for about a week straight now. We gave him a tricycle that he rode through our small living room and dining room about a million times. He wanted to go outside so bad, but it has been raining, POURING, for a few days straight. I have been loving it. I figure if we were in MT we would have to be inside anyway because it would be snowing and/or cold, so I don't mind the really hard rain at all. There have been a few flash flood warnings in IN, not here though. But I guess downtown Bloomington was car-deep in water last year...
Anyway, we had to tell Kade we would wake up this morning and go ride his bike when the sun was shining. So he went to bed SO late last night and didn't get a nap, therefore I was expecting him to sleep in. NOPE. He woke up way early and marched into our bedroom and announced he was ready to ride his bike. Bret told him to get his blanket and lay on our floor because it was still dark outside. He did get the chance at riding it later though, and loved it. He is really good at it too!



Excited about presents





Mag-watching the festivities





Finally-he gets to ride outside!












I love Kade. He is so special and ads so much to our home. Kade is a very unique person. He has always been very aware of things around him, so aware that it takes him a while to get comfortable with new situations. Bret and I have always planned on having kids that were reserved because we ourselves were very reserved little kids, but still it was a little tough to handle at times. Over these 3 short years though, I have actually realized that I love the way he is and I am thankful for his personality. Maybe it was having another kid who is pretty close to the exact opposite of him that made me think about how nice it is to have such a personality as Kade. I hope that doesn't sound bad, but It really has made me thankful for Kade. I am SO thankful for Maggie at the same time, and would not change her personality one bit. Kade suprises me at how aware he is. When we go somewhere and come back home he will talk about things that people were wearing or things they had that I did not even pay any attention to. He can sit for a LONG time playing with something or drawing a picture. At nursery the leaders tell me he always sits so good during the lesson and singing time and pays really good attention. Even at his party, he outlasted the other 2 kids with putting his train together, wanted to play pin the wheel the longest, and stayed eating his cake when everyone else was done or ran off to play. It made me laugh. What a weirdo, but I like it. He just has a slower pace of life I suppose! (of course he is not always like this, but it does amaze me when he is :)
He is a good boy, but like most his age, the AGE has much to do with the hardships that we have throughout the day! Man it is tough! Does anybody else think that 3 is a hard age?
Anyway, I forgot to get a photo of the cake I made! It was the first cake I really tried to decorate. Well, it was cool, it was a choo choo train and Kade loved it.


Here are some funny instances with Kade.

Me: Kade, let Maggie see her book, you are blocking it with your book.
Nothing.
Me: Kade, you need to listen to mom.
Kade: I'm your mom
Me:I'm pretty sure I'm mom
Kade: No I'm mom
Me: Well then where is Kade?
KAde: he went up in the stars
ME: And who am I
Kade: Joseph Smith
I was getting okra in the kitchen and called out, "Who wants okra?" Kade answered back and said, "I want some oh-crap." I tried to tell him the correct way to say it, but he thought he was saying it right that way.
Kade was staring at Bret's nose and said "Is that not an owie dad?" Bret said, "I don't have and owie" Kade, "Oh, it's just a boogie then."



Oh! I forgot-Kade has been potty training for about 3 weeks and has been awesome at it! It suprised me so much and I am so happy with the way things are going! I'm so happy about it, I can't say it enough. I'm glad we waited until he was completely ready and settled here.






Maggie ALWAYS has to go in and sit with him.


Oh, and if you notice we have 2 potty chairs-the one maggie is sitting on is from walmart(safety 1st brand)-I would NOT reccomend buying it. It is horrible, Kade leaked through everytime, it was as if he peed on the floor. He still didn't like getting on the big potty then, so we went and got the $10 (ish) frog one which works a ton better and is an easy clean up job. So now we use the other one as just a stool.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Great Song

My Grandma email this to me and I love this song, just wanted to share.


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Monday, September 14, 2009

Giveaway

My old roommate Jess is having a one year giveaway! She is so so talented and has been featured on Good Morning America even. To see her blog click here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

4 years to the day...

Well, actually 4 years ago from this last Tuesday, this happened:

Celebrated on Tuesday by doing....nothing.

Celebrated tonight by....GOING OUT TO EAT....with the kids.

Aaah, still trying to find a babysitter or even better someone to swap kiddos with. Hasn't happened yet, so the kids come with.

Happy Anniversary to us

Friday, August 28, 2009

INDIANA...and then some

Well we are here. I hate doing long updates, but if I don't get on top of this blogging thing, it's going to continue to happen. So sorry.

The 3 day road trip went pretty good considering I was PLANNING on it being horrible. It totally whacked up the kids sleeping and we were all dead tired by the time we got here. So it actually helped adjust to the 2 hour difference in time. I brought TONS of surprise bags for the kids and Bret made, with his own two hands (and my dad's tools), 2 amazing travel desks custom made for each car seat. I couldn't have found anything better in a store and they worked GREAT, especially for eating in the car. I will have to post a pic because I love them.
It was also Bret's b-day on the road-yeah, some b-day. We did celebrate it a couple days before we left though, so it turned out good.

I love our townhouse. It is amazing. It has so much space and the 2 story is wonderful. There is a lot of pantry space in the kitchen and a little dining area apart from the living room. That's something that we haven't had before because the apt.'s before were meshed with the living room.

The ward here is really nice. The complex we live in has a large portion of our ward in it and they seem to be very interactive-which helps with adjusting to a new place. We already have a kid swap going with 2 other mom's and boys around Kade's age once a week. We just take turns having all 3 boys at our house for a few hours.

Kade has always been a wonderful sleeper. He adjusts SO quickly that I have come to really rely on it. So when he started having troubles sleeping last week, it was really hard for me to handle. One night he was awake freaking out (like really freaking out) for 3 hours in the middle of the night. But, things are going better and he is sleeping through the night again. Sometimes I have to hold his hand until he falls asleep, but we just barely figured out that he wants the door open and the night light on. Weird, I guess some little kids get to a point where they all of a sudden decide they are afraid of the dark.

Then after that Maggie decided to wake up extremely early for a week and a half. She just slept in this morning and it felt like heaven. This is actually the first day since we got here that I feel pretty rested!

Kids are funny though, a lot of the time it goes like this: Kade does great, no problems and Maggie is having a hard time. Maggie does great, and Kade has problems. Will they ever both go through the good times together?!! (but if that means they have to have problems at the same time, I'm not sure it would be worth it)

Anyway, here are a ton of photos of before we left Montana and after:

Payton, Kade and Kason-SO much fun together!





Kade on the zip-line and Bret and the kids on the 4-wheeler-we HAD to have 4-wheeler rides everyday. They loved them so much it was the perfect bribe!




At the cabin:





The hike




Litte Susie came and saw me before we left for Indiana! It was so good to see her.


Mckenzie and Maggie


A parade! Slip-n-slide fun











This is what we moved all our things in. Bret built it all by himself! (he built it on top of the already made flatbed trailor) He really got into the wood working while we were there!

Bret's b-day party. Kade "helping" with blowing the candles out and opening the presents.






Indiana

No pictures of our home yet, but we walked around campus which is HUGE

In the middle of it we realized we were in a hotel!



They have a ton of really fun parks, but this park is about the coolest I've ever seen. It is gigantic!



Bret's sister Carrie and family live within an hour and a half so we have gone there a few times. They have 4 young kids and Kade loves playing with them.



That's all for now!