I'm a SAHM to four of the cutest munchkins. I've been married to an amazing husband and father for nine wonderful and busy years. I love discovering new talents and hobbies and I really enjoy a good creative challenge.
This past week was my birthday and so we decided to visit family for the weekend. My one goal was to get some decent fall photos of the kiddos, fortunately I think we accomplished that and we were able to even get a semi-decent family photo, unfortunately though I forgot my camera and so we had to use the iPhone. I was a very happy girl.
I'm so happy October is here. Fall is my favorite time of year and the weather has been perfect here in the high 70's. I do look forward to it cooling off just a tiny bit more though so I can start wearing sweaters and jeans. Jeans are my absolute favorite thing to wear. They're just so cute and comfy. Anyways, let's take a look at September.
Homemaking - Start the fall cleanup - Done Switch light fixture in laundry room - Done and I love it. Thanks Dad!
Add hooks in laundry room - Didn't quite happen, but I got it all cleaned out.
Cooking - Get back into the habit of planning a weekly menu - We're working on this one.
Bake something new from Pinterest - To be honest I can't remember if I did this or not.
Mothering - Snuggle my baby - How could I not... he's just so squishable. Evan's baby blessing - Done. It was so nice and as usual Andrew did a great job. It was nice to visit with family too. Practice patience with my number two child - We've been working on this, but I've noticed a change in his maturity the last couple weeks. He is still an obnoxious three year old boy, but I think he's mellowing just a bit. Yay!
Paint the house numbers - Nope. I'm out of ORB spray paint and so is the store. Go figure.
Financing - Figure out the new budget - Done.
Enriching - Read a new book - Done. I've got a whole pile sitting on my nightstand currently just waiting for me to read them too. Make it to our Neighborhood Cooking Group - Done. I look forward to this every month. It's so nice to get together with friends and visit while we eat yummy food.
Finish the fall cleaning inside
Finish the fall cleanup outside
Clean out our closet and install new shelves
Dice onion and freeze
Dice red peppers and freeze
Plan the menu and stick to it
No eating out this month except for our date night
This is very late, but I just haven't had the motivation to blog lately. Kinda sad, especially since I have so much to blog about, but I'd rather snuggle my little man for now (and sleep). So here is how August went...
Clean the house in preparation for baby - Done
Wash the infant car seat cover... the last thing to do in preparation for little guy - Done
Get the carpets cleaned - Done
Clean out fridge and freezer - Done
Finish the freezer cooking - Done. I made 3 loaves of meatloaf, 2 gallon size bags of stuffed shells, 4 trays of baked ziti, 3 trays of beef enchiladas, 2 trays of enchilada bake, 10 quarts of pasta sauce and 4 quart size bags of taco meat. I also stocked the freezer with veggies, fruit and frozen yogurt scoops for smoothies, chicken, ground beef and various other meats. It was a very successful few days of cooking the week before baby was born.
Snuggle my new baby - Done
Make time to snuggle my other babies - Done
Make big sister shirts for the girls - Fail :(
Stay in budget - I think I actually managed to do this
Find a book to pack in hospital bag... maybe another gardening one - Fail... but I ended up taking advantage of the quiet and slept the whole time I was at the hospital anyways.
So August was a pretty darn good month. I guess that nesting instinct really helps to motivate you. Okay, onto September...
Start the fall cleanup
Switch light fixture in laundry room
Add hooks in laundry room
Get back into the habit of planning a weekly menu
Bake something new from Pinterest
Snuggle my baby
Evan's baby blessing
Practice patience with my number two child
Paint the house numbers
Figure out the new budget
Read a new book
Make it to our Neighborhood Cooking Group
Since I was very pregnant all summer we didn't do a whole lot. Fortunately, the kiddos seemed to be okay with that. We did have some fun though.
The kids favorite thing to do this summer was running through the sprinklers. This was huge considering last summer everyone was terrified to get wet. They started out running around the sprinklers, but by the end of summer they were sticking their little heads in the water to get their hair wet. It was kinda cute.
I love this girl! She is such a good big sister.
I was happy to see my little trouble-maker enjoying the water too.
I did some canning this summer. We've got nectarines, pears and pear sauce. Peach season is upon us, so hopefully I can get some peaches canned in the next couple of weeks and then in October we'll can some applesauce.
We also got to go swimming with Aunt Caitlin and Uncle Brian.
Most of the summer Cameron would only sit on the top step of the pool. By the very end of summer though, he had gotten much braver and was playing in the water.
Ella of course was a little fish every time she got near the water.
This lil' one loves all things girly.
We had a couple of rainstorms that the kiddos just had to play in. This was an especially good one.
The kids were lucky enough to go to the zoo with their Auntie and Uncle. Too bad it was so hot, but they loved it anyways and are so sad to see them move.
We had some pretty excited kiddos over the last few days. Ella started her second year of preschool yesterday and Cameron started his first year of preschool today. It's crazy how suddenly life can seem so much busier. Within a week we've managed to add a new baby to the family and two of my munchkins are now in school, which means we have school every morning.
My baby looks so grown up here.
This little one was so excited to start school. He's been talking about it all summer and that was all he kept asking me about yesterday. Hopefully it's all he's hoping it will be and more.
This is way late, but life has been crazy around here. July went way too fast, but we managed to get a lot of things done and then we were able to spend a week at the beach relaxing... well as relaxing as vacation can be with three munchkins. We got home late Saturday night to a very hot home (thank you swamp cooler for breaking and leaking all over the hall while we were on vacation). Fortunately, Andrew got it fixed Tuesday night, but let me tell you it was a very hot three days with no air for this 8 1/2 month preggers mama. But now I've got to get all the walls cleaned, the pictures cleaned or replaced (water made its way into some of the frames) and the carpets cleaned (I was secretly happy about this part since I've been wanting them cleaned for a while now). Anyways, as usual life is busy. I've got a week and a half to prepare for this baby... unless he wants to be really kind and come earlier, I doubt that though. So lots of cleaning and freezer cooking in my future. Good thing I finished the nursery and washing all the baby clothes before I left on vacation.
Okay, enough about that, let's move on to July's goals.
Swap kids rooms around - Done. It was a rough transition, but it's slowly getting better.
Decorate big kids room - I love how it turned out. Maybe I'll have the motivation to clean it and take pictures one of these days.
Paint the nursery - Done. Unfortunately, the color didn't color match very well so it's not exactly what I was planning on, but I do like the color, so I'll live with it.
Set up the nursery - Done
Finish cleaning and organizing the storage room - Nope and there is no time left for this.
Deliver the donation boxes to the DI - Done
Clean and decorate the laundry room - Fail, Fail, Fail... maybe this will be a good winter project.
Make six freezer meals - Done, although it wasn't technically in July... minor details though.
Sort through and donate cookbooks - Done
Try three new recipes - Done
Patience, patience, patience - Oh my poor, poor children. Between being prego and this ridiculous heat we've been having, the last thing I've had is patience.
Do at least one art project a week - Yeah right.
Find time to spend alone with each kiddo - I've been working on this.
Make art for munchkin room - Done and it's exactly what I wanted. Thanks honey for your help.
Find some crafts for vacation - Done, but they spent every waking minute at the beach, so we didn't do anything.
Plant potatoes in garden - Um, no... let's just say that sitting in my hot kitchen was not good for them and they had to take a trip to the dump.
Figure out budget for July - Done.
Stick to budget for July - Close enough.
Finish buying baby clothes - Little man has what he'll need for now, but I've definitely got to get some 3 month winter clothes for this little guy.
Blog once a week at least - This was obviously a big fat failure.
Start scripture study again - Again, no.
So, now that we're practically half way through August and I'm expecting baby any day now, lets see what I want to do in August.
Clean the house in preparation for baby
Wash the infant car seat cover... the last thing to do in preparation for little guy
Get the carpets cleaned
Clean out fridge and freezer
Finish the freezer cooking
Snuggle my new baby
Make time to snuggle my other babies
Make big sister shirts for the girls
Stay in budget
Find a book to pack in hospital bag... maybe another gardening one
Well I think that is enough to cram into a week and a half... wish me luck. Hopefully I'll get a couple more blog posts up this week. I've got several things to post, it's really just finding the time and motivation at this point.
My goodness, I can't believe we are halfway through 2012 already. Crazy. Time sure does seem to go by so much faster when you have kiddos... to me anyways. Let's see how June went.
Finish the kiddos closet - We finally finished this.
Move Ashlynn into kids room??? Nope, but this month for sure.
Refinish bunk bed - No, I think I decided to keep the wood finish.
Continue meal planning and cooking - Yep. Definitely a huge improvement from the past couple of months.
Organize recipe box - Sorta, but I'm going to count it as a yes.
Set up chore charts - I started working on this, but I'm not super happy with how it came out, so I want to start over.
Make art project schedule for summer - No, but I've got several fun ideas that we just need to start doing.
Plant potatoes in garden - Agh, no... Obviously this really needs to get done. I guess we'll have a nice fall crop of potatoes.
Plan budget for the month - Yep and I actually managed to stay in budget.
Read a book - I actually did this too. I'm not really sure why I've had such a hard time reading lately, especially since I love to read, but I just can't find the motivation for it these days. It must be the pure exhaustion by the time I crawl into bed.
Let's move onto July. This month is going to be crazy busy with way too much to cram in. Wish me luck!
On day two we decided to do the things we really wanted to do just in case we left early.
That morning we got up early and decided to do the hike to Delicate Arch. Now I am not a hiker, so the thought of a three mile hike, in the hot sun, across a big rock, with three kids and being prego... this did not sound fun to me, but this was the one thing Andrew really wanted to do, so yeah.
By the time we made it to the arch, Andrew was the only one still happy... Don't let my smile fool you.
All of the kids cried at least once on the hike. Fortunately, we all survived and as a bribe to the kids to finish the hike we got chicken nuggets, french fries and frosty's for lunch.
After lunch we went back into the park. I figured we could drive around while the kids slept. Ashlynn was out cold for about an hour, so I stayed in the car with her and the air while Andrew and the other kids hiked around some of the closer arches.
Cameron at Balance Rock.
Ella at Balance Rock.
The kids had fun hiking around with Andrew, but we were all ready to go home. It was way to hot, Ashlynn was still sick and Andrew and I decided it was just too much work. So we came home Monday morning and enjoyed a week at home. Lesson learned. No more week long camping trips in the heat with the kids for a few years. We also decided that we like camping in the mountains more than the desert.