Monday, February 29, 2016

we're having a baby!

Surprise!! We are having another baby! Yes, you read that right. Yes, our lives will be crazy. (Did I say will be?) Our lives are already crazy. But you can be sure it's about to get crazier.

I'm almost 9 weeks along and the baby is due in October. I had an ultrasound the other day and, much to my relief, saw a little flicker of a heartbeat. One of the best sights/sounds. 

Back in December I saw this tutorial for balloon letter pillows. I thought it was such a fun project and was just trying to dream up a word to make. And then, well, I found out I was pregnant so I just had to make the word "baby." My pillows are really wonky and more like the off brand version of something good. But I still love them and think they'll be really fun to have around.

Anyway, I hope you all can join us in celebrating! I've really been nervous about announcing because I've been afraid there will be some negative responses. But I realized I can't be afraid of what people think. I am carrying a great gift and I think he/she is a blessing! **but with my track record, it's probably a boy!

And the best part of all? I'm pregnant at the same time as my two best friends. So within 6 months, we'll all have brand new babies :)

Monday, February 22, 2016

life lately

Sickness has officially hit our house. Yesterday I was feeling pretty bad--which was really rough with kids to take care of. Actually, Desmond was the hardest to take care of. He was quite crabby and didn't seem to be feeling well. I'm feeling better than yesterday but today Desmond has been down for the count. Poor guy only had a few ounces of formula since he woke up this morning and slept on and off the entire day. It's always sad when your baby is sick but I did enjoy all the snuggles. Hopefully this passes quickly and doesn't take down anyone else.

Anyway, I'm sure none of these pictures are too amazing by anyone else's standards. Mostly spontaneous portraits. But pictures I wanted to remember. 

***edited to add--I just looked at this post through my phone and noticed a lot of weird coloration on photos even though they looked fine on my laptop. I have no idea what's up with that. Sorry!

We missed the snow while Liam was in the hospital last month. But we did go outside a few days later when it was mostly melted. I made Liam sit down the whole time.

The same night that we got home from the hospital, Liam lost his first tooth! Then about 10 days later he lost the one right next to it. It's sad to see those baby teeth leaving and the "grown-up teeth" taking their place. Also, I hate everything about losing teeth so this is going to be a miserable stage for me haha.

The boys painted Valentine's for their BFFs to give with the cookies.

Desmond just wanted "one little drink" of coffee

One of the only pictures I got from their cookie baking day. If you can't see it, Evangeline has flour on her face. 

excuse me while I get lost in those beautiful blue eyes. I've taken approximately 10,000 pictures of that beautiful face because his eyes always have me melting.

and those chubby hands!!

this is a bit out of focus but it was just too sweet not to post. (also, Evangeline wears that Elsa dress about 98% of the time when we're home)

...speaking of beautiful blue eyes...

(the only way I can ever get pictures of Kai is with a goofy face)

that face!!!

Recently I had the opportunity to team up with Nuby to try some of their new teethers that will be in store at Walmart in March. Desmond has loved trying them out and is very partial to this Beaver. Liam immediately named it "Justin Beaver" and I think that's pretty hilarious. (also, that belly!!)

We're looking forward to spring and we're officially counting down to our San Francisco vacation in April!!!
Have a good week!

Friday, February 12, 2016

love is sweet (valentine's day video)

It's almost Valentine's Day! I think it's safe to say that for the most part, people usually love or hate Valentine's Day. I say that, but I don't fit into either category. We don't go out on Valentine's Day--who wants to deal with the crowds anyway! And we don't do gifts. (Although, if he wants to buy me chocolate or ice cream, I won't object ;) hint, hint) But I do love spending the days leading up to Valentine's Day by making it special for the kids--cutting their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into hearts (which has turned into a year round event), using pink food coloring in all kinds of stuff, and just throwing in as much of the pink/red/heart stuff as possible.

This past week, I learned about Personal Capital. They're a company all about helping people better manage their money with free financial tools and wanted to raise awareness about how to make someone feel special without breaking the bank. This is not a sponsored post but I did think it would be fun to join in because that's exactly what we already aim to do--show our love without spending a ton of money to do it. 

I asked the kids what they thought about making cookies and Valentine's cards for their BFFs and making a little video about it. They were super excited. What they loved best of all is that the video was going to show them doing everything "all by themselves." And minus needing my help to measure a few things, they really did do it by themselves.

So hopefully this video shows you that you don't need to spend a lot of money to make someone feel loved. Sometimes all it takes is a little thought and sugar ;)

(The music in the video is by my super talented husband, Don Roberts)

Monday, February 1, 2016

January iphone photos and kids say

Happy February! It seems like January just zoomed on by. 2016 has had a pretty good start, minus the little emergency surgery that was thrown into the mix. But Liam has bounced right back and you would never even know he had surgery, minus his scar. Kai keeps saying "Liam is so tough" and "Liam is so brave." And I have to agree.

So, like usual, I'm recapping the month with iphone pictures...

1) new year, same diet. 2) At the beginning of this month, Desmond could only sit up assisted. Now he's sitting like a pro and has officially become my first child to not only not be crawling by 6 months, but the only one who learned how to sit before crawling. I love it! I can set him down and not worry about what he's getting in to!! 3) stripes on stripes. 4) Mother/daughter matching with our pink coats and our gold top knots from my favorite seamstress :)

Desmond obviously gets a lot of love and attention around here. And how amazing is that Darth Vader towel from Don's aunt and uncle?! I keep meaning to write a thank you note, so if you happen to see this--we love it, thanks!!

1) his hand on her cheek makes me so happy. 2) this afghan was made by my great grandma many years ago and I recently inherited it. I absolutely love it! 3) Nothing better than a blue eyed baby in blue. 4) Evangeline is modeling another creation from our favorite seamstress.

1) If you want to know how homeschooling is going, remember that I'm teaching a 5 year old to read and keeping a day dreaming 7 year old focused on his work. 2) and 3) On a warm January day, feeling extra ambitious, I took the kids to the park by myself. We survived!! And had fun. 4) Love this guy!

1) This peaceful moment lasted about 2 minutes before... 2) this happened. But it's super adorable so I'm okay with it. 3) His face has me wondering if this is a glimpse into the teenage years haha 4) I found that cape at goodwill for $1 and I'm in love!

1) and 2) Evangeline got to play Pretty, Pretty Princess with her brothers and she won. And so did I...because I have these pictures of the boys in the jewelry.
3) and 4) Evangeline and Desmond played tea party for quite a while later that day. He was just another doll for her to play with.

Sweet colorful treats for January. That last photo is my order from Everyday is a Holiday. Everything on their site is amazing! The quality is unbelievable. (I actually won that stack of pancakes!!)

1) baby legs--reminding me that time never goes fast enough/slow enough. 2) My boys sure did rock that denim on denim look--even though our van wouldn't start and we never made it to church that day. 3) Bedtime book club. 4) The light that afternoon was perfection!

Have I mentioned that I think he's cute?

1) Thrift store finds that are perfectly pretty and feminine. 2) Don finally made it to church yesterday for the first time since Desmond was 1 week old!!! 3) Almost every day, Evangeline requests Elsa or Anna braids. Have I mentioned how much I love having a girl? 4) The cutest kitchen helper.

And of course, at the end of this ridiculously long post, I always have to add the kids say at the end. 
**by the way, for the one or two people who actually read this--would it be better to break up the kids say posts into a separate blog post? Don't be shy, let me know!!

Kai--"Will I always have to do school?"
Me--"You will for many, many years."
Kai--"Like until I'm dead?"

Kingston--"It smells like I need a snack."

Me--"So do you guys know what they did to Liam while we were at the hospital?"
Kai--"Yeah. They cut him open and took something out."
Kingston--"so is him's dead now?"

A couple days after Liam's surgery I said something that made Liam start laughing. After laughing for about 30 seconds it started to hurt him so he said "Okay, let's calm down now."

Kingston--"I'm going to keep kicking Liam in the belly so we can go back to the hospital."
Me--"Umm, no you won't. You would get in big trouble."
Kingston--"And then you would cut off my belly and my head?"
(I promise, we never threaten to cut off any body parts!!)

Kingston was holding a screwdriver and repeatedly and obliviously said "screw you!"

As I was feeding Desmond some baby food...
Kingston--"What is that?"
Kingston--"Desmond peed in that?!"
Me--"Umm, no."
Kingston--"Who peed in that?"

Evangeline was taking a pretend picture of me with a play phone
Evangeline--"Say Cheese, Mommy!"
Me--"Cheese! ....Is it a good picture?"
Evangeline--"Yeah" (As she's showing me the phone screen) "Look at that pretty smile!"

Me--"Do you guys remember when Evangeline was born?"
Kai--"I can't even think of what I was doing 2 days ago!"

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