I would love to say I will get in more than one additional post this year, but I should be realistic. And since this is probably it, I will try to make it a good one. And since this will take the place of a Christmas newsletter from our family, let's make it a proper update on this bunch, shall we? Yes, let's!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
This post has been a long time coming. The main thing of note from the summer was our mega road trip from Houston to Oregon (and all over other parts of the West) and it took a looong time to recover from all those days in the car. We've been recovered for quite some time, but then school started and everything else and I just barely looked again to see this post sitting as a draft since September. Ooops!
The picture above was at the Mulolla Rodeo. I think the rodeo each summer is the main thing Mulolla is known for. We loved it. I much preferred the quaintness of this little outdoor rodeo to the Houston rodeo and all its giganticness. Is that a word?
Last but not least, our family photo from the professional photo shoot.
I think I will have to find more pictures to post because there was so much more to document. Stay tuned for another post on this topic. Hopefully before next year!
Posted by Rachel at 7:37 AM
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I can't believe how fast the year is going by! I feel like I'm being catapulted into the holidays. Am I ready? Probably not, but I better get there.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011
I am sitting here wondering how in the heck I have let so much time go by without posting anything to this blog of mine. And to tell you the truth, I can think of a few reasons. One is that I have a new calling at church as the Nursery Coordinator. As the person in charge of overseeing 3 nurseries with over 40 kids total, I have spent a good bit of time and mental energy there instead of here. Also, Ian's birthday just passed (which I will cover shortly) and again my time and mental energy was required there. Finally, and probably the real culprit, is that I finally got into Pinterest and nearly every time I sit down at my computer I get sucked into Pinterest for more time than I care to admit. And though I feel bad for neglecting my blog, I am so in love with Pinterest! Corralling so many awesome ideas, recipes, etc. into one neat little spot is genius! I feel strangely productive after browsing around and gathering ideas even though I've really accomplished nothing. Anyway, this post isn't supposed to be all about Pinterest. I better move on to more important things.
I can't say enough what a wonderful kid Ian is! I can almost always count on him to be quick to obey whenever I ask him to do something. He's also a really good eater. His most recent favorite foods are carrots and apples. He's a great conversationalist, even if his favorite topic is video games or tv shows. Every now and then it will be about a book he's read. And he is a really good reader! He loves to lay on the rug in our entryway where the library books are and read and read and read. It's awesome. We are endlessly impressed with how smart he is. And we'd love to take credit for it, and maybe we can take a little since we are trying to be good parents who teach our kids a lot, but he is just really gifted. I have a feeling his smarts will keep me on my toes. Anyway, he is just so sweet and so kind and such a blessing in our lives! Happy birthday, Ian! You are the best and we love you!!
Posted by Rachel at 7:58 PM
Friday, September 23, 2011
Lately I have been reflecting a lot on how truly fortunate I am to be married to Spencer. As a 21 year-old bride, I was so in love and was so sure I had snagged the best possible husband. Now as a 32 year-old veteran wife and mother, I am reminded daily of how right I was. And I really had no clue back then. I couldn't ask for a husband who works harder to provide for our family. Or for a husband who is so concerned and interested in our children's lives, their progression and devleopment. Or for a husband who readily sees past my many flaws. I'm sure I should be better at showing my appreciation for all he does for me and our kids. And I hope he feels equally blessed to have me as his wife.
P.S. Sorry to be so sappy. Sometimes there's just no way around it.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
I know I already have earned "meanest mom." A couple weeks ago Spencer and I earned "Parents of the Year" hands down. We accomplished this feat by allowing our 4-year-old son to ride on a friend's zipline, without his foot in the rope for added security and without a helmet. Why would we do such a stupid thing? Well, Madeleine and our friends' kids were all riding it this way like a bunch of old pros and we obviously didn't think through the situation very well. So, here's what happened:
His glasses went flying too went it happend and they seemed to have vanished into thin air. I looked around for a few minutes before we went to the ER and then throughout the week our friends continued to look for them, all to no avail. We couldn't imagine where they could have gone, but they definitely weren't in the yard by the zipline. Until Saturday of that week (this happened on Monday) when they finally appeared in the grass. Very strange. Good thing he had his old, taped up pair to wear in the meantime.
Without a doubt, Parents of the Year, right?
Posted by Rachel at 5:50 PM
Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Monday, August 22, 2011
According to Madeleine, that's me. That little girl has been giving us a heck of time lately and our efforts to crack down and help her to shape up have earned me this new title. I don't think it's true, but perhaps it is.
As I have previously indicated, Madeleine is really into dressing up/dressing fancy/looking cute, etc. This is the thought that came to me as I was trying to figure out what I could take away in an attempt to motivate her to be a kinder, sweeter, more obedient child. So a couple weeks ago I cleared out her closet of all items that were not totally plain and told her she had to earn them back by changing her behavior. She also would not be allowed to have her new school clothes if she didn't earn her other clothes back. I hoped she would quickly turn things around, but I guess we have given her reason to believe that more and bigger fits equal getting what she wants. Well, we are determined to not give in to that anymore (I thought we already weren't giving in). And so we in the midst of an epic battle of the wills.
Posted by Rachel at 6:46 PM
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Background: Ian is a fabulous kid who doesn't complain about much, but he regularly gives us grief about going to church on Sunday. We've told him that in our family it's non-negotiable and we will do it every week no matter what, but still he complains. The other thing that must be pointed out is that he is fascinated with the computer. This took place one Sunday on our way to church. Are you ready for it?
Ian: "Mom, why do we have to go to church?"
Me: "Because we need to go and learn more about Jesus."
Ian: "Can't we just do that on the computer?"
Me: "Where do you think we would go on the computer to do that?"
Ian: "I don't know...maybe heavenlyfather.com."
Did you check the link? After this conversation we had to check and we were pleasantly surprised to see that it took us to mormon.org. Pretty cool, in my opinion. And I know that it's only August and a better quote could come along, but this one is staying strong for now and I just had to share.
P.S. I cannot wait for Madeleine to start school tomorrow!
Posted by Rachel at 6:36 PM
Friday, July 29, 2011
- Not a day (no, not even one single day) goes by without Madeleine and Ian fighting over who gets to sit in the coveted seat at the back of the kitchen table. This might make sense if the tv were on while we're eating (since that seat would have the best view), but it's not. It seems like maybe the reasoning has become that that seat is closer to Alayna's highchair. Either way, it makes me want to scream.
- You could hear statements like these at almost any mealtime at our house:
"No!! I want the blue plate!!"
"Mom! He got the blue plate yesterday!!"
"You get what you get and you don't get upset!"
- Our older kids also have a real talent for arguing over what they watch on netflix. There are a few shows they agree on, like Avatar: the Last Airbender and the Fantastic Four. But mostly if Ian wants to pick something besides those two, Madeleine will fight it. Pretty much if it's not her way/choice/idea/etc. it's worth fighting over.
- If you're like me, you hope that prayer-time will be a brief moment of peace in your home. But again, if you're like me, you are disappointed on that one. Those two even have to fight over who gets to say the prayer. Unbelievable!
Posted by Rachel at 6:41 AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Here's our sweet Alayna Camille screaming her lungs out just after she was born on July 13, 2010. That first washing wasn't fun for her. Since then, she has come to love the bath. :) In fact, she has been very good natured and a real sweetheart about most everything. Just a good baby!
At about 6 months she was chewing on everything, working hard at getting teeth. Now at 1, she has eight teeth and the doctor said Alayna's molars look quite swollen so I expect we'll be seeing more teeth soon enough. As a 9-month-old, Alayna was exploring all over the place! She had mastered crawling by then and really wanted to go everywhere. She particularly enjoyed climbing the stairs, and still does. Her sweet personality began to emerge more and more around this age.And now she is a big 1-year-old. She is such a wonderful girl! She truly keeps a smile on our faces since everything about her is absolutely precious! She started walking a few days before her birthday. A baby just starting to walk has got to be one of the cutest/funniest things ever. It's adorable!
We got to celebrate her birthday a little early while we were in Oregon with all of Spencer's family, including our niece Maren who was born about 2 weeks before Alayna. Maren was kind enough to let Alayna share the spotlight that day. Back here on her actual birthday, we just had a little family party. Since she doesn't know to expect anything, I think it was just the right amout of celebration. I must say, the cake was delicious. I had to eat waaay too much of it. Alayna liked it too:
Happy birthday, baby girl!! We love you!
Posted by Rachel at 7:21 PM