Thursday, October 20, 2016

Answering A Date

Look at me, I'm going to write about one of the older kids! Yes, I do have children besides the toddlers and baby. For example, I have a teenager who likes to go on dates. He's been quite the dater since he turned 16 in January, not wasting a moment. And now the love is being reciprocated - he got asked to Monster Mash! He got asked a month ago. I know it was a month ago cause it was the night I was at the hospital with a new baby. Corey texted me this picture. Joseph trying to figure out the clues as to who it is...
And Joseph actually got asked twice on one night - he's a hot item!
He said yes to the girl that asked him first, cause that is fair. And then he took the girl that he had to say no to on a date that weekend. But he insisted it was not a "sympathy date".

Fast forward four weeks... Joseph found out on Monday that the girl that he answered "yes" to a few weeks ago never got his answer. They had talked about going, so she knew he was, but was still a little puzzled as to why he hadn't officially answered her. Once she figured out (through a friend asking Joseph some questions) that he did answer her, they all figured out the mix up came by Joseph giving his answer to the wrong house, one that looks like hers and is on the same street, but isn't hers. Next time he answers, he isn't going to find their house by his memory, since that has just proved unreliable.

Another funny thing, the way he answered could be interpreted as an "ask"... Joseph said "I'd be a Happy Hippo to go to Monster Mash with you!" with a gift of some of these Kinder treats. And he didn't put his name or the girl's name that he was answering. ~ and they believe a high school boy lives in that house.... so the poor kid could be wondering who asked him and just how he's supposed to figure it out. Maybe Joseph should go by and clear that up if there is any confusion there... it would be so sad for someone to think they were asked but not know who or receive any further information about their date that might never happen.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

One Month Old

Daniel is one month old today. That went by fast. Oh to have a month of pregnancy go by as quickly as a month of a newborn's life! We love this little man so much~

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Concert Generations

Joseph and Melodie had a concert at school tonight. Mr. Chatlain, who was the band teacher when Corey played in the Skyline orchestra, was there too - Good opportunity to get photo.
Kinda fun having your children attend your alma mater!

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Hold Returns

Natalie's been a bit of a stinker these days. Several times over the weekend, as Lily as tried to make her Duplo creations, Natalie would come by and smack her tower in half or push Lily's house off the window ledge and break it. She totally does it on purpose. Yesterday we scolded her and told her not to do that and "be nice". And THEN she walked by Lily, totally grabbed her hair and pulled on it as she walked by - she didn't even look at Lily, she was acting totally casual pretending she was just walking by and somehow Lily's hair got tangled in her fingers... She's being a bit of a naughty tease, and that means it's time for the hold.
Corey's put Natalie in the hold several times the past two weeks. The way to get out of the hold is to stop fighting it and humbly apologize. But Natalie is pretty stubborn and is very slow to say she is sorry or admit any wrong doing. This time she didn't either. This time the hold took place around 7 pm and Natalie hadn't had a nap, thus she was tired and fell asleep before she was broken. But falling asleep is an acceptable outcome of the hold.
I'm sure she'll have more sessions of "the hold" in the coming weeks, cause she does need to be broken - this little girl dishes it out on both ends of her siblings. She picks on her older sisters Lily and Sophi AND on younger Owen (watch out Daniel!) With Owen usually she's just playing rough and isn't being careful and will pull him to the floor as she swings him around or something like that. But he's already so accident prone and he's also pretty sensitive, so we have to come to his defense rather quickly. She's cute though, and she knows she's a "good girl". She was wearing a batman mask the other day and I asked "Are you bat girl?" and she replied "No! I'm a good girl!" Bat girl = Bad girl, I can see those being confused. Yes Natalie you are a good girl. And I guess being the 9th of 11 you have to learn to hold your own. But unfortunately Sophi and Owen are both docile and sensitive, (I don't know that Sophi was ever even put in the hold! Here's two pics of Abi and Lily being broken though) you gotta tone down on your survival-of-the-fittest instinct or you're gonna be branded as the bully of the toddlers. Don't worry, wee'll try to help break you before things get too out of hand. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Double Screen

So, as I previously admitted in "Mom Guilt Bingo"... my center square is "using the television as a babysitter." Daniel was asleep and I was trying to take advantage of the time to get a bit of work done at the computer and saw Sophi and Natalie watching TV, and also noticed that Sophi and Owen were watching/playing the Duplo Train game on Corey's phone...
And I wondered... does one hour simultaneously watching tv and playing on a phone count as 2 hours of the 32 hours of screen time that they say kids ages 2-5 watch a week?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Danny Boy

Daniel had his two week appointment last week. I forgot the PKU so had to run back home with him and then run back to the clinic. After I got home Corey looked about wiped out from another morning playing Mom. Just another way Corey and I are different - it's probably not this way for all men and women, but for us, he gets wiped out from being home with kids, I get wiped out if I have to leave the house. I thought we'd be good for a month, but did have to go back in yesterday for a weigh in. Daniel's weight last week wasn't back up to his birth weight, so I took him in yesterday as a 3 week old and he cleared the hurdle - Just a few grams over 7 pounds 10 ounces, yay thank you Daniel.
So NOW we really are good for a few weeks - no eye or orthodontist or OB appointments. Maybe I'll be able to catch my breath and get things back in order here and remember all the things I am supposed to be doing... the orthodontist told me to take Abi in to get a loose tooth pulled... her top tooth isn't growing in over it. And the kids do all need to get their glasses prescriptions updated.... so much to do, hard to stay on top of it all. Dr. bills are coming in, good news there is we just had $900 more to meet our deductible, so that $8000= hospital bill was covered 100%, yay! Cheer with me Owen!
It's nice to see those insurance statements in the mail coming in that each have a $0.00 in the "Total Member Responsibility" column.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Doing Homework

Got a few cute pictures of Owen helping Mel with her homework on Saturday night.
He'd take the pencil she was trying to use and scribble scribble on her paper.
She turned to a page in her workbook that she didn't need. He's got the idea of how to do homework, that's right, you just scribble on paper! It was cute.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Goodbye Hamlet

Yesterday after Mel got home from school, she asked me if we could take Hamlet to the vet because she felt really skinny and has been acting not her usual self for the past week. I called but their vet that sees guinea pigs wouldn't be in until Monday. So I set an appointment. Melodie let her homework slide and full attention was given to googling things about guinea pigs that aren't eating and trying to feed Hamlet by hand with a little medicine tylenol dispeser.
We considered taking her to a pet ER but I ultimately decided against it - thinking that I'd take her tomorrow or if she was notably worse, then there probably wouldn't be anything a vet would be able to do anyway. The kids set up a little area for Hamlet and Vanilla inside and we let them sleep there for the night.
In the morning Hamlet seemed worse. I checked on her throughout the day and she passed away around 2pm. The kids will bury her tomorrow in our guinea pig graveyard. She was a good little pig. We will probably get another girl guinea pig to keep Vanilla company, cause guinea pigs are social creatures. Bye Hamlet, we'll miss you! We are glad you are with your mom and sister, say hi to Medusa and Twix for us, we'll see you again when we get there to Heaven!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cuts and Bumps

Owen's been good at getting bonks on his head these past two weeks. He's gotten a bruise 4 times. First time - I was in my bathroom, he walked over to me, tripped on the carpet - there was nothing else there except the carpet and his feet - and his hands didn't catch himself and his head just smacked on the bathroom floor tile and he got a huge bruise - on the right side. Next - a few days later - Abi was putting him in a supersaucer type toy that had just been delivered to us by my sis in law. Since it had just come out of the car, it was not hooked together at the bottom. It was also in the kitchen... on the tile floor. She put him in the seat and the base of it slid open, thus suspending him in air by his waist and holding him there, making his head swing down like a pendulum onto the floor. He got a big bruise on the left side, on the exact opposite of his previous bump, making his bonks very nicely symmetrical.
Third bonk - we were coloring with chalk in the front yard. I read a book and then colored for a bit, When it was time to move kids inside, I took Daniel first and had Natalie follow me. When I came back out, Owen was crying, he had fallen and scratched his head a little bit on the slanted driveway. It wasn't as bad as his other two, just looked like a little carpet burn. But he was sad, his poor head! The last bump, pictured above, was in the same spot at bonk #2. I didn't see that one. He just tripped in the side room and came over crying with another bruise coming. When I see him I want to chant that birthday thing of "Heavy heavy hangover thy poor head, what do you wish this person with a bonk on the head!"

Owen's not the only one with recurring injuries. Daniel got poked in his heel 6 times for his bilirubin checks, and then yesterday at his two week appointment he got it in the heel again for his PKU test. Later at home I was nursing him on the bed, and Natalie likes to get close to us when he's nursing.
She noticed his bandaid and spent her time kissing and kissing his heel non stop. It was cute.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pretty Boy

Some pictures of Daniel that I took tonight... Above in his "I'm sweetly sleeping" pose, and he made us laugh with an occasional scowl ~
and charmed us with a little grin too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kids with the Baby

Ok, here are a few more pictures of the kids holding Daniel. We have Ethan ~
Joseph stopped taking notes during conference for a bit to hold the little guy~
And Abi "listening" to Conference. It's not your fault Abi, holding a newborn makes even the most alert and awake person fall asleep. He did it to me a few times during the conference too.
I still need to get a picture with Wesley holding Daniel. But Wes is usually so busy holding and loving his BFF Owen that he hasn't had too much time with Daniel. 
Aren't they cute? Wes, we'll try to give you a break from Owen, which we call "being Owen-d!" Similar to being "sophied" but sounds cooler cause it's like "You've been owned!" :)

Monday, October 3, 2016

LDS Conference Weekend

We enjoyed listening to General Conference this weekend. 15+ hours of enlightenment. Every now and then I walked around passing out skittles to the kids that were listening and watching the broadcast. I was unnoticed by those who were not listening. Now Wesley and Lily were listening a little bit as they played with their food...
Playing with Risk soldiers, cavalry, and cannons - they were building trenches with the salted peanuts. Lily's fortress was made of cucumbers...
but when I asked Wes to share something he learned, he drew a blank and shrugged his shoulders with a "ok, I'm guilty" smile. And I know why, cause I've been there - it's hard to really listen and be present when you're playing something else (or loading the dishwasher in my case)

My note taking was probably the worst it's been, but my lap and my arms were otherwise occupied. I did listen to all of it. The talk that I think I was most in need of hearing and that I was thankfully in the zone for (listening-wise) was Elder Evan Schmutz's talk. Mostly I was listening thinking of my better half, who seems to be burdened with a load of care these days - a combination of a ton to do at work, lack of resources, and adding another kid to the mix probably has added to the burden. The stressful weight of it all manifested itself in a pulled muscle in Corey's back. He kinda hobbled around Saturday night and spent most of Sunday in bed. Another talk that I think we'll review was by President Russel M. Nelson. He talked about JOY ~ that we can be happy and find joy no matter our circumstances. "the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives."
"When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives." Ok, I want to believe that, help thou my unbelief!

Joy seemed to be a common theme actually. I look forward to reviewing the talks - I really love General Conference, so many wonderful messages to help me make it through the next 6 months until the next spiritual feast.
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