Saturday, May 30, 2015

Everybody VS The Flu

Last Saturday Josiah, Jada, Juliet and I started feeling sick. The next day the four of us were really sick. We had fevers, body aches, cough and congestion. It was miserable. Monday Justin had to go to work. It was a long day. The three older kids had high fevers I was trying to keep down, while taking care of an infant, while feeling absolutely awful myself. Jameson was still feeling ok so I sent him over to Grammy's. By Thursday Justin and Jameson came down with it.
Thursday just so happened to be Josiah's birthday. It did not go as I planned. We were all still feeling yucky. Grammy made his cake for him and cooked tacos for us. Even though he didn't feel good, the night before his birthday he found a specific shirt and pants he wanted to wear. He washed and dried them, and as soon as he woke up the next morning, he put them on. It was so sweet. 
Here we are a whole week later. The kids and I are feeling a lot better. We do have a lingering cough. Justin is still down. Baby Jackson has stayed healthy this whole time. I have to credit that to breastfeeding.
7 Years old!

                                                           Feeling sick, but still smiling

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jada VS The Bookshelf

I was in the laundry room folding clothes when I heard a thunk and some crying. Around here there are a lot of thunks and a lot of crying. It's usually never serious. I wasn't concerned, until I heard, "Jada has blood dripping!" I ran to Jada and found lots of blood coming from her head. I could not find where it was coming from at first. Then I found it. I immediately knew it needed stitches. I do not handle these situations well. I almost called 911 however, I was able to get a hold of Justin and he called his mom, Penny, to come over and take a look. Meanwhile, I got the blood flow stopped, and I made another call to find someone to come watch the kids while I took Jada to the ER. After Penny looked at it, and Pam arrived to watch the kids, we loaded up Jackson and Jada. Penny followed  me to the ER. By the time we got loaded up in the car, Jada had already stopped crying. By the time I was driving down the road,  she was singing. I met Justin at the ER, and we went in with Jada while Penny stayed out in the car with Jackson.
When we got into the ER, it was packed. We had to wait to get a room. After we got a room, they put some topical numbing solution on her wound. Then they cleaned it out. She barely even flinched during the process. A little while later the Dr. came in and put two staples in her head. She didn't even cry. She whimpered and held my hands tight, but she didn't cry. She's one tough girl! We finished up with a trip to get ice cream.
She is doing well and still wild. The two staples in her head haven't slowed her down one bit. She freaks me out with all the crazy things she does.
So what happened? Well, when Jada was making her bed, she went to step off  her bed, lost her balance and fell backwards onto the edge of the bookshelf. She recreated the experience for me when we got home from the ER. I thought she he hit the corner of the bookshelf, but it was one of the shelves on the bookshelf that she hit. I'm so glad she is ok. 

Fickle Weather

The weather has been bright and sunny one day and snowing the next. I'm ready to get my garden in, but I am afraid I might lose it to the cold. So I wait.
Last week it snowed all day one day! The next day was beautiful, so we took advantage and had a picnic.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beautiful Weather!

Everyone's growing so quickly. Time is just flying by. We have been busy with school and planting flowers. We are getting ready to start our garden in the next few weeks. The kids have been spending tons of time outside. They absolutely love being outside. The weather has been beautiful theses last few days. We have even been able to get some walks in. 
Josiah has started second grade! Jada has started CLE's Learning to Read program. She has already finished a few light units, now we have slowed it down and are only doing half a lesson at a time. It's much easier that way. Juliet and Jameson spend most their time playing and exploring. Jackson is still the quietest baby I have ever met. He just a sweet little thing. 
Some pictures from our zoo trip.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Jackson is growing so quickly. It's times like these when I wish life had a pause button. I'm so enjoying being a wife and mom to a bunch of littles. Jackson couldn't be a sweeter baby. He is so content. He rarely cries. He use to get a bit fussy around dinner time, but not anymore. He is sweet and happy. We went to Albuquerque last weekend and he was content almost the entire time. It was a six hour drive there and back, plus all the driving we did around town. He didn't get fussy once in the car. The only time he got fussy was while we were at the zoo, but it was short lived. Never once have we had a baby  that was that quiet on a trip into town. It's incredible. He's content just to lay back and look around. It's such a new experience. I love having a baby in the house and am going to miss this stage in life tremendously.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring is Here!

We are so happy to have warm weather. The kids love playing outside. We have sundflowers popping up everywhere. The kids have been trying to take care of all the little sunflowers. Jameson likes to pick them, but thankfully we have tons of them.
Last weekend my laundry room finally got finished. I cannot thank everybody, that helped, enough. I love it! I have so much more space and storage. We have been decluttering this past week and it feels so nice.
Josiah helping with laundry in our "new" laundry room.

Lots of storage space.

Uma Thurman's long lost twin.

Our tiny smiley. 

Jameson is still not talking yet, so trying to figure out what he is saying is like playing a really bad game of charades. Finally, after me guessing wrong many times, he went over and pointed to Jackson. Come to find out he wanted to hold him.

Josiah finished up first grade this week. Now that he can read we purchased him his very own Bible and carrying case. He is so excited to have one of his own. We will start second grade on Monday. Jada has already started The Learning to Read program. We have started art and science too.  Jada and Josiah are doing CLE's art curriculum and for science we are doing Apologia Astonomy. The kids all get to participate in astronomy and Dad has been doing the experiments with them. 
We've been busy, but having fun. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Warmer Weather

The weather is starting to warm up! This means more outside time. Jada loves being outside the most. She can't wait for all the little bugs to come out. She found a beetle type bug, put it in a container, and named it Shell Protector. Then she found a moth and put it in the same container as the bug. The next day she went out to check on them, and that's when I heard, "Shell Protector, you're not allowed to eat moths, you're goin' to the chickens!" Apparently Shell Protector was eating the month. So she fed Shell Protector to the chickens. She is too funny.

All the kids love going outside to play together. When they are outside, they seem to get along better. Everybody wins. :) We are all loving the warmer weather. I even have flowers popping up!

Jackson is growing, growing, growing! The infant stage goes by so quickly. :( He is still a pretty good baby. He does get fussy right around 4:00pm for a few hours. It's not bad though.

Last week I found out Josiah wants to be a paleontologist or a geologist when he growns up. He said that he wanted to be a scientist that finds dinosaur bones and rocks. I also found out that he does NOT want to be an astronaut. He was horrified at the mere thought of it.

Jameson is still a hurricane of destruction. Longest "phase" ever. All we can do is stay consistent and remember to praise more than we correct. It seems to be taking forever. He is a big helper and he likes it when he gets to help Josiah with his chores. His favorite book is the same book that was Josiah's  favorite book when he was Jameson's age. It's called, Car and Trucks and Things that Go. He likes finding Gold Bug just like Josiah did. It's sweet.

Juliet is getting so big. She loves her big sister. You can generally find those two together. I think
their personalities really complement eachother. Her favorite animal is a jaguar. It's actually been the jaguar for over a year now. She has a collection of plastic ones and stuffed ones. When I asked her what she wanted for he birthday she said she wanted more Jaguars. I've noticed she is more reserved than Jada, but she is not as shy around strangers like Jada. She's just so sweet. I can't get enough of he hugs.

Last week the Stool Bus dropped by our house. We were long over due! The kids got to see Dad in action!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Life With Five Kids

I am really enjoying this season in life! I love having a bunch of little ones around. Now that the pregnancy hormones are almost gone I am feeling much better. I now look forward to waking up in the morning and facing the day, instead of almost being in tears feeling like everything was too over whelming. My body is taking a little longer to heal, but all in all I'm feeling great!

We have now established a schedule that we try to stick to each day. I feel everything goes much smoother with a schedule. The weather has been so nice lately the kids have been spending tons of time outside. They love it out there! Flowers are beginning to pop up! They have been taking care of a tiny sunflower they found. They put rocks around it and have been watering it. Unfortunately the back gate got left open and the chickens got in the front yard. The chickens went right for the little sunflower. The kids were so sad. Thankfully, we have a few more sunflowers popping up. 

Jackson has been growing too fast! He is such a sweet little baby. So quiet and easy. He sleeps so much! I can't believe it. I had no idea babies slept like this. We still can't believe how different he looks from the other kids. I'm seriously loving being a mama. I'm so happy!

Saturday, February 21, 2015


We are back to our regular routine. We started school back up with Josiah. He is doing really well. He flies through Reading, LA, and Math without any breaks. Math is his favorite of the three. He can do most of his math lesson independantly. Last week he got to go to work with Dad. He LOVES being with his dad. He also loves hard work. Justin was only going to take him one day, but ended up taking him two days because Josiah really wanted to go back with him.

Jada loves baby Jackson. She loves all things baby. She is a mini me. She likes to help out with anything having to do with Jackson. She is so sweet with him. Her personality countnues to develop every day. She has become extremely sensitive. If she thinks she is getting in trouble and your voice is a little bit raised she starts crying the saddest cry. When she thought our fish were going to die she was distraught. She has been "caring" for a caterpiller outside, making sure it has food and trying to keep it safe outside. We try to be as gentle with her as possible when it come to disciple now. 
 Even though she is still pretty wild right now, she has such a sweetness about her. 

Juliet is my little sidekick. She loves being with me. Sometimes when the other kids are outside, she will come in just to snuggle with me. She is such a love bug. She is also very tactile. She loves to feel everything. She plays with my hair quite a bit. It's so sweet. She is still the "easiest" child. If she was our one and only child I would think we were the best parents ever! She is just easy going, and oh so sweet. Her only nemesis is Jameson.

Jameson is the complete opposite of Juliet. He's wild! So so wild! He can climb like you wouldn't believe. I try to tell people not to underestimate him. He learns very quickly and can remember something  after only seeing it once or twice. He likes things to be a certain way and if they are not he gets upset. He keeps us on our toes. He loves, loves, loves water. Ever time I turn around he is running the water in the sink filling up a cup or flooding the bathroom. I think we will get a sand and water table for him this summer. I'm hoping that will tame his love of water. Jameson is the belly laugher of the family. It is hilarious. He is so ticklish. We love hearing his laugh. It kills us! None of the other kids laughed like he does. He also has the biggest smile. It's so cute when you tell him to look at the camera and say cheese. Jameson is super helpful. If he sees someone needs help or something needs to be done he is the first there. He loves helping haul in wood. He also loves vacuuming. I think he is going to be a very hard worker. 

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