Thursday, November 29, 2012

i always forget

During the days I think, oh yeah, I should mention that on the blog. Well everything I had on that mental list is off in never-never (remember) land except one.
Sean is laughing. My dad was over yesterday and while I was at the dentist Sean sneezed and then proceeded to laugh. I was bummed I had missed it. Today Joe's dad was over for dinner and afterwards he was holding Sean. Somehow Jim was able to get Sean to laugh a couple of times, the cutest laugh. It was awesome. He is full blown laughing. He's still a string bean, only about 11 pounds, but he is doing well. The napping is a little (LOT) off lately but still doing well at night.
Nope all the other things I was going to mention are gone. Maybe next time I will write them down.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


We have had a wonderful week of weather. It's hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and also our anniversary. I can't believe that we are 2/3 done with November and the weather has allowed us to get outside and play each afternoon. Today I took Molly and Julia for some runs done the street in their Radio Flyer wagon. Sean was sleeping so we had to stay close. They loved being out there are gong down the driveway and down the block. Our neighbors (8 and 4) were also out doing the same thing. I love our neighbors. Yesterday we were out with those neighbors as well as the three girls across the street playing four square. Cassidy didn't really get it, Molly was off in her own world and Julia had fun with the little ball she found. I love that if the neighbors are out, it's just a big party with all the kids. Did I mention that I love our neighbors?
Yesterday we had to have one of Joe's coworkers come by to deal with our plumbing. Three little girls have been putting too much toilet paper down the toilet. Nearly every other day we have to plunge them. Thankfully there hasn't been toys or valuables put down the toilets, but TP can give you problems enough. They snaked the line but since we couldn't find the clean out outside I fear the problem is not solved. Agh. Where is that clean out? I think we are going to start rationing the TP in the bathrooms. What is the attraction to toilets???? I don't get it?
Oh and yesterday Julia found the dry cat food on our neighbors' porch. She ate some and liked it! How come she'll eat that but then won't eat my chicken noodle soup? Or she'll eat dirt by the handful but not dinner sometimes? I don't get it.
Sean is on the verge of laughing. He makes noises but they aren't quite laughs. But he is so close. He gets the biggest smile sometimes and it just melts my heart. It's funny that sometimes when I go in to get him in the morning and he's wailing I will pick him up and he'll calm down until I put him down to change him when he starts wailing again. But then when I get his diaper off he starts smiling his huge smile. He loves to have his diaper changed. Today was a weird day for him. It is almost 9 pm and he is still sleeping from the nap he started at about  2:30 this afternoon!! Crazy. He must think it's night time. I hope that doesn't portend a rough night to come. He has been clock work lately during the night but is only taking one super long (four hours) nap during the day.

Here are some recent photos.

Friday, November 9, 2012

mini cassidy

after sean was born i thought he resembled cassidy. they both were born close to their due dates so they were similar weights, though sean was a couple inches longer. i compared sean to pictures of cassidy from her first couple of months; he is a little copy of cassidy. as i let the slide show on the right go through the photos of cassidy it really reminds me of sean. it's uncanny. as the photos go by, especially the ones where cassidy is in blue or green, oh and the one with the extended pinky, it is little sean. i just hope he doesn't get the curls.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

getting out

I feel like today was a half success. In the morning I had to take Sean to the doctor to get two of the shots that were unavailable at his two month check. I decided to go ahead and take all four of the kids because it would be a quick in and out appointment and they can't run away once we are in the office. I started packing them up at 9 o'clock (the appointment was not till 9:45). Getting them in to the car at home is easy, it just takes time. Getting them out of the car and into the Mobi (Sean) and the double stroller (Molly and Julia) with Cassidy walking is a little more complicated and it has to be done in just the right order. Crazy Molly always wants to walk when I need her to ride, and she wants to ride when I need her to walk, so there always seems to be a minor melt down involved. By the time we got to the office Sean was asleep, so the poor guy had to wake up to get two shots, yuck. He turned so red while getting the shots, but he didn't cry quite as much as last time, and he was again asleep by the time we got to the car. Getting the girls back into their car seats while parked in a parking lot is a little stressful sometimes and defintely has to be done in the right order, but I am always a little nervous having to leave one or two in the stroller while I attend to the others, afraid that someone driving is just not going to be paying attention. But there is no way to get them all out in one feel swoop and so I do the best, the fastest I can. So that trip went well. Minus Sean's crying every time the car would stop moving be it for a red light or a stop sign. He is not a car seat baby.
  Cassidy and Molly had a play date today which was wonderful. Despite the fact that Julia took the shortest nap ever, as did Sean, it was still nice to have a little break. I should have taken Sean and Julia to drop off our absentee ballots and stop by the store, but I didn't think I had enough time and so I had to take all four kids to the store and the school (our voting place). So again getting them all in the car and out of the car. This time I let Molly and Cassidy walk. Molly is the x-factor and the main reason we don't get out much, even when all four are awake (rare that it is). She has a tendency to not listen, not stay close by, and to not pay attention to where she is walking. That makes it hard when I have to keep track of three other kids. If it was just her it's frustrating but when it is all of them, it's a deal breaker. But she did well at the school. Of course it only took one minute to drop off the ballots, but 5 minutes to get them all back in the car. Then the store. Oh the store. Not fun. Not pleasant. It was already 5 pm and that means close to dinner time. I don't know about you but from 430 on it is CHAOS. They must have an internal clock that tells them to go nuts. At one point Cassidy and Molly take off down one aisle and up the next. I have catch up. I guess it doesn't sound bad now but trying to get them to walk past all the yummy looking food without picking it up, grabbing the rolls out of the bins, touching the hot surface under the chickens, not grabbing the jars of food, go really tiring. Shopping with just Cassidy walking is slow enough at times but her and Molly... oh my. But we survived. We even saw a man from our ward who commented on how well we seemed to be doing. Thank you. We made it, barely. I won't be doing that again for awhile.  Molly just needs to get a little easier to corral.
  Sunday I took the four to church alone as Joe was sick. At least he was able to help get them ready and in the car. Sacrament meeting was entertaining. Molly went nuts, Cassidy was crying, Julia was a doll, and Sean spent most of the meeting being held by the couple behind us. The logistics of getting the four of them (and all the stuff they need) from the car to the church to the classes and them back into the car... Thank heavens for those who were willing to give us a hand, and for Grandpa (who isn't a member) meeting us at church to help during Sacrament. I felt the love.
  Don't take this as complaining. I just thought it would be interesting to know the logistics of getting four kids four years old and under from point a to point b as a single individual. Pleasantly difficult.