Monday, October 28, 2013

Lucy turns 4

Lucy-goose turned 4 years old on the 10th! Since I had just had Millie 5 weeks before and things were still pretty hectic, I was in mood to plan her a big party with her friends. Luckily, I just didn't mention it and she was perfectly happy to have all her cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents over to celebrate.

The night before her birthday we went to Krispy Kremes for her traditional birthday donuts! Grandma and grandpa Waite came with us again, which is always a treat.

Lucy is such a good girl. She is so good to her sisters and is really helpful with Millie. She will totally feed her a bottle if I'm needing to get dinner started or something (which has proved to be a lifesavor more than once).  She is helpful and happy most of the time.

Lucy is one of the most creative kids I know. She is very imaginative. She can play for hours with just a little doll and nothing else. Everything is very dramatic in her playing, someone's always getting captured or rescued. She thinks up the wildest things and I find it really entertaining to just sit and listen when she's playing. She's pretty good to let Jenna play with her, but Jenna doesn't always go along with everything like Lucy would like. That's good for Luc though, she's learning to compromise, as hard as it can be sometimes.

I'm learning more what it means to "become like a little child" through Lucy. She says things sometimes that make me realize how thin the veil is for children. Just the other day she said "when you and daddy got married I wasn't here, I was in heaven, but I watched through the fog, there was a little hole and I could see the earth, and the temple, and you and daddy got married and lived happily ever after for lots of days."  Where does stuff like this come from? Her prayers can be so sincere at times too.

She loves her sunbeam class and is learning a lot from her awesome teacher Sister Koyle.
She's given 2 talks in primary and I'm proud to say she did both by memory. When I was  a kid it was expected to memorize talks and our part in the primary program. That seems to be quite rare these days. Well, my kids will be the exception then! Lucy will be in the primary program next week and already has her part memorized. I think kids can do a lot more than parents give them credit for, all they need is a little push.

Lucy LOVES her cousins. We are lucky to live by all of them on my side and they really are her best friends. She would jump off a cliff if Livia told her to. Anything Liv does, she does. No questions asked. It's a good thing Liv is such a good girl or I might be worried. She loves when her Waite cousins come into town as well and wishes she could see them more.

Lucy is learning so much. She can write her name, knows sounds of and recognizes the whole alphabet. I swear she remembers everything. She'll bring up stuff that happened a year ago, that I wouldn't remember if she hadn't brought it up. It's really crazy. For instance, when Lucy was 2 we went to Target one night and on the way out got some popcorn and then went to look at Christmas lights. When we got to the neighborhood, we let Lucy climb on my lap in the front seat so she could see better. Well, just a few months ago we were at Target and got popcorn. The girls were eating it in the car on the way home and Lucy said "remember that one time we went and watched the lights with popcorn?" It took me a minute, but I realized she was talking about that time we went looking at Christmas lights. Not only was she only 2 years old at the time, but it had been almost 2 years ago and she remembered!

We love having Lucy in our family, she is hilarious and makes us all laugh all day long. Happy birthday little girl!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Staying BUSY

Things have been a whirlwind since Millie arrived. Oh yeah, I had a baby! Can't believe I haven't posted about her yet. To my credit, I do have a private blog that I write on, more like a journal, and I wrote down the birth story over there. It's suuuuupppeeerrr long, so I don't think I'll post it here. Long story short, after being a full week over due, I had a relatively short and painless labor and delivery, (hooray for that!) and out popped our third beautiful girl. We named her Millie Jane. She shocked us all, weighing in at a whopping 9lbs. 11oz.! Holy huge baby! Over a pound bigger than my other girls, 2 pounds bigger than Jenna! Adjusting to three kids under the age of 4 (Lucy turned 4 last week) was a little rough at first. It doesn't help that like every other baby I've had, milk supply was once again an issue. That always stresses me out when all I want to do is be able to feed my baby, but can't. Once I mourn the loss of breast feeding things always start looking up and we are getting into a groove as a family of 5. Millie turned 7 weeks old today. She is such a sweetie and adored by her sisters. Life is crazy and fun!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

This past weekend we went camping up past Idaho City, to Hayfork again. This time with some of our friends. It was so much fun and a much needed getaway, the last before we have this baby in 3 weeks!

We headed up by ourselves Thursday after work and the Hurst and Prices came up Friday afternoon. We had so much fun relaxing, walking, eating, playing, talking, and more eating. Oh and trying our darndest to keep the kids clean, which, seriously, what were we thinking?
Lucy 10 minutes after we got to the campsite Thursday night. She was seriously a dirt magnet the whole weekend.

Thursday night/Friday morning was pretty chilly, but I found it quite refreshing.

Brushing our teeth at the pump. Pretty sure I brushed my teeth there when I was 3 too.

Johnny's going to run out of lap room soon.

I think she's cute.

Camping at 36 weeks preggo. Why not?

Ben, Claire, Lucy, and Jenna enjoying the freezing creek.

Both girls LOVED sleeping in the tent.


Hiking up the Bad Bear road. Hot, but fun.

Ben, Ruby, Claire, Lucy, and Jenna

There's that dirty face again

Perry's sweet set-up

The Price girls

Playing in and adventuring up and down the creek was definitely a favorite. Nice photo bomb P.
Friends. 1 large, 2 small.

That last picture deserves an explanation. you can't really tell, but Lucy is enjoying a roasted marshmallow. The last night all the kids were in bed except Lucy and we were snuggling by the fire for a bit. Then we took her into the tent to go to bed. While Johnny was saying prayers, Lucy all of the sudden burst into tears with her face in both her hands. Johnny quickly finished and we asked her what was wrong. She looked up with big tears and said " we never roasted marshmallows! sob, sob, sob." Johnny and I looked at each other, laughed, and got her shoes back on and let her roast a few marshmallows. After that she went right in the tent and to sleep, no problems. It was seriously hilarious how distraught she was about it, but really, what were we thinking? 3 nights, no mallows? I chalk it up to having so much fun during the day we all just collapsed each night.

 Despite the lack of mallows, this was a serious blast. Hoping to make this a camping tradition with our awesome friends!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Jellycat (the only cats we'll EVER own)

We love Jellycat stuffed animals. They are sooooo cute! Their bashful collection is our favorite but all their stuff is cute. It all started when Lucy was born and a friend from Johnny's work bought her the Jellycat monkey.

 Lucy became attached to it when she was still a baby. We loved it because it was soft and cute.   Well her monkey (who has remained simply "monkey") has been her sleeping companion ever since. She used to take him everywhere with her, but now she just sleeps with him. It was nice to have something else to continue comforting her when we took the binky away at age 2.
Lucy was 2 here. This is right after a nap I'm sure. Monkey is even more beat up looking now. But we love him!
So when I was pregnant with Jenna we decided we'd get her a Jellycat animal and make it kind of a tradition in our family. We chose this squishy little piggy for her.

Jenna loves her piggy too, he's been there through the bad and the good. (Oddly enough, they've always been "he's".

With girl number 3 just a month from joining the ranks we decided we needed to pick her out an animal. This is the one we landed on:

The purple hippo. I think he's so cute. So, I guess if we don't have a name for this baby it's ok, because we've at least got her a Jellycat all ready and waiting!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Staying Cool

We've had WAY too many days over a hundred here in good old Boise and frankly, being as pregnant as I am (5 weeks left!!!), you'll either find me in the AC or in a pool. The girls are reaping the benefits. We got A Boise city pool pass and have spent many days there.
Also, my grandma Spjute got an awesome HUGE pool from her son who decided not to set it up at his place. So now we are all reaping the benefits of that. And we've gone many times. My uncle built an awesome deck with stairs and my dad helped put in a railing on it this last weekend.  Lucy and Jenna love that pool and since Lucy finished swim lessons last week, she loves cannon-balling off and swimming to the ladder all by herself.  (She's wearing her Puddle Jumper in these pics, but when we went again Saturday she was swimming all over with no floaties.) SO fun.
It only took her one lesson to perfect the cannon ball.

My dad, Lucy and Emmy jumping off "at the same time". Sorta.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Quick trip to the desert

I just got back last night from a quick over-night trip with my parent's to our good friend Natalie Simmon's wedding in Mesa, AZ. We got in Wednesday night at 11:00 and it had cooled down to 97 degrees from the high of 117 that day. Thank goodness for AC!
The Mesa temple is really pretty. The grounds are HUGE with palm trees and cactus everywhere.

Natalie looked gorgeous! I'm so happy for her. Greg seems like such an awesome guy.