Donde Viven Los Monstros

Britton was the “lead” in his class’s play based on Where the Wild Things Are. Since his class is Spanish, it was Donde Viven Los Monstros. It was pretty darn cute. He made a great Max! IMG_20140403_113318867_HDR IMG_20140403_111742876 IMG_20140403_111755223 IMG_20140403_112117599 IMG_20140403_112335928 IMG_20140403_112423804 IMG_20140403_112551681   I didn’t really get photos during the performance because I was videoing it. But, it’s really cute. Maybe one day I’ll post it here.

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Princess Cambry is 1!

One year ago our sweet angel Cambry was born.

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She is such a fun, sparkly little joy of a girl. She didn’t crawl until 11 months, but she’s pretty close to walking already.

She talks and babbles constantly. She says: dat (that), yeah, dis (this), mama, dada, buh-by (with the cutest little wave), huh (hi)

She’s very smart and understands most of what we tell her, and follows commands like come here, lay down, no, sit down, etc.

She’s pretty sure she’s a big girl and can do what the other kids do. She hates to be left out. Her sippy cup makes her ridiculously happy. She grins while kicking her legs and waving her arms. The does the same thing for her teething tablets. She currently has 9 teeth, 3 on the bottom, 4 in the front top and two on the top sides. They came in without me knowing because they were farther back. She’s super snuggly–when she wants to be–but likes to go her own way when she’s feeling independent. She loves her brother and sister. They make her laugh on a regular basis, and love to play with her and make her happy.

She’s a delight to everyone. They say her eyes are so beautiful and amazing. Strangers often stop us to exclaim how beautiful she is. Cam is definitely a chunk. She weighs like 4 pounds more than the other kids at her age. Her face is perfectly round and chubby.

She likes taking things out of containers and putting them back, and can now open my laptop all by herself. So, it’s not safe anywhere.

She loves to “read” but only books with pages. Apparently she thinks board books are for babies. She’s very strong, and can stand well, until she thinks about it. She loves to drop backward from our arms and go upside down, often flinging herself back without warning, so we have to stay prepared.

Favorite foods include eggs, grapes, apples, tomatoes, chicken, beans, yogurt, bread, and cheese.

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Easter

We had a lovely Easter this year. It was later than usual, but I still felt it came up fast. Between Britton’s birthday, play and prepping for Cam’s birthday, I didn’t get to all of the things that I usually like to.

But, the kids did get small baskets with gifts mostly reminding them of the real meaning of Easter, which is what I wanted.

The pictures are in reverse order.

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Britton is SIX!

Happy birthday to my sweet boy!

I really don’t know where the time has gone, but my little boy has gone and grown up to a big boy of six. He was so excited for his birthday that he talked about it for months.

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He was set on an Angry Birds party again, and decided on Angry Birds Seasons. I found out during planning that really meant holidays. So we did activities and had food and decorations relating to Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween. He picked most of the games and food because he likes coming up with games and things to eat that go with the theme.

He had friends over and we played “pass the present,”  keep the balloon off the floor, colored Easter eggs and ate snacks & cake.

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It was really fun. On his actual birthday he requested tacos.

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He is a wonderful little boy who is loved by everyone. He’s very fun loving–and loving in general. He gives hugs and kisses liberally. He thinks of everyone as his friend, and loves friends.

Britton is a smart boy who is very often found day dreaming and thinking of many things. He loves science, math, computers, soccer, running, Angry Birds, and Hot Wheels.

He is doing great in school and is learning a lot of Spanish. He doesn’t really like to speak it at home, other than the basics, but his teacher says he does at school, and is always trying to get better and asks for words if he doesn’t know them. He’s in a more advanced group for math and is learning addition and subtraction.

He’s still a great reader, but lacks confidence for some reason. So, we try to encourage him to read at least the level he’s on, which is about 4th grade. In Spanish he’s getting better too. Since Spanish is a phonetic language, he’s able to read it fine, but it’s the understanding that I’m not as sure about. Though maybe it’s just to me, because his teacher reads with each kid fairly often and assigns them levels based on that, so I would think that he really does understand it too. He’s at about a 1st or 2nd grade level in that.

He’s been going to “Mad Science”  after school once a week. There he’s learning about space–gravity, stars, asteroids and comets, rockets etc. He LOVES it! He’s also in soccer this session and is loving that too. He is getting better at it and has a lot of fun.

He loves to dance, be super silly, eat healthy food and plays pretty well with his sisters–until Kaia doesn’t do what he wants or “breaks the rules.”

He has a great memory and after reading something he often repeats it at random times–like a book he picked up at the book store last week. He just started saying things from it yesterday out of the blue.

Today he gave a talk in primary and it was great. His theme was about how the prophets in the scriptures are an example to our family. He mostly came up with it on his own after I asked him questions about what prophets he wanted to use–Jonah, Joseph Smith and Nephi were the final three. His reasons were definitely ones that I didn’t think of. His delivery was great too–engaging, clear, and well-spoken. He definitely has a talent for it.

I love my little guy and I’m so proud of the amazing boy he is–and growing into.

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New Year, New Habits

I’ve spent the past few weeks really thinking about what I want to be doing and that I really need to get things together!

I’ve come to realize that I am definitely the kind of person who does better with a schedule and a list. The more that I “structure” my day, have more of a routine, I am able to get so much more done. I don’t feel like I’m forgetting things all the time either.

Some of the things I want to do are things that I did in the past for a short time, like learning bags, but then got disbanded somehow and fell by the wayside.

So, here are some of the things that I am going to do to get back on track

  1. Create learning bags for Kaia (maybe Britton too) that I can pull out when I need her to have something to do while I take care of things, and don’t want her on the Kindle. They loved them before, but they somehow got taken apart. Time to put them back together.
  2. Create a list of activities for Britton to do after school. These will have to include Kaia too because she hates to be left out. Things that are like games, but also educational. RelentlesslyFun will be a frequent resource. He loves to learn, and wants things to do. I need to get my act together and put stuff together.
  3. Teach Kaia her “school” on a weekly basis. She likes it when we do it and learns a lot. She likes thinking she’s a big girl.
  4. Write here on the blog or in a journal more often. At least once a week. I know the importance of keeping a journal, and I used to keep one up to date. For some reason, I mostly stopped when I got married. Maybe my life was full of a lot less angst, or maybe starting the blog took over that role, I don’t know. One things I do know, is that I need to share more life. Stories, silly things, every day happenings that are important to us. Not just holidays or special occasions. But things that will be important to look back on.
  5. Read more. Especially non-fiction and religious books.
  6. Teach. This kind of goes along with the kids activities, but it also involves teaching them life skills that they aren’t going to magically know how to do. I’m really bad at expecting them to know how to do things, but then realizing I never taught them how. So, more teaching and more patience.

There are so many more, but I think I’ll leave the list here for now. That’s a lot, but I’m looking forward to it.

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A Beautiful Christmas

I can hardly believe Christmas is nearly over…just 2 hours left here. It came so quickly this year. I keep saying “I just need one more week, then it can come.” But, unfortunately that’s not how it works.

It’s been quite a rush this year and we didn’t get to many things I wanted to. And, some of the ones we did weren’t really enjoyed. They were more hurried and had the feeling of “ok, we have to do this” instead of doing it for the fun and togetherness.

Every night instead of nicely reading Christmas stories and reading scriptures about the Savior’s birth, there is running around, craziness and fighting. I put the kids to bed quickly because it’s so much easier–and I can tell by their behavior that they’re tired and totally ready for it. But then I’m sad we didn’t get to do more.

Finally though, a few days ago the craziness slowed to a trickle and I felt like I could actually sit down without feeling the pull of something else that had to get done RIGHT NOW. And we had a couple of days to be slower and do more story reading.

And our Christmas ended up being wonderful. Two of 3 children slept until 7. The third until 7:30. We had a nice, calm–though excited–present opening time. With every one they wanted to stop and play with the new item instead of opening others.

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They were probably least excited about their new bunk beds, but we were, so that’s the important thing. Though, tonight as they went to bed they were pretty excited about it. We’ll see how the night does. Cambry was also excited to sleep in a crib for the first time. Yay! She’s finally out of the pack n play! Poor child, nearly 8 months old and is just now getting a crib. As she was laying there she kept kicking her legs and laughing. So, we think that’s a good sign.

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They played with their toys and things all day. Kaia wanted to watch her new movie. Britton played with Angry Birds launchers and Skylanders. Cam liked biting and sucking on her blocks.

We the kids got way more presents than they needed or knew what to do with. Our living room was a total disaster (I seriously had to just close my eyes sometimes to reduce the anxiety.) 

Mark set up the beds, we completely rearranged their room. I love it so much more. I also finally got the toy room cleaned–just in time for Karen to come.

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I feel like we lost the reason for celebrating Christmas, though we did a lot of that last night, and we were together. But, like every other day, this one went by so fast.

I’m thankful for our little family and the time we had to spend together. We had a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a beautiful New Year!

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Giant Baby

It’s official. My baby girl is giant. We went to her 6 month check up today and she’s nearly 18 lbs! She was 7.11 at birth, so bigger than her siblings, but they both weighed this much at like a year.

She’s in the 80% for weight and 40% for height. And those thighs! They’re just roly poly. But, one of my favorite things about her are her squeezable chubby cheeks!

I know this is blurry, but she just wouldn’t hold still, and I HAD to get this.

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I’m not usually a hat person, but this is just so stinkin’ cute she may have to wear it every day!

Happy Half Birthday Baby Girl!

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Four Months and Counting

It’s been a while since I’ve written any updates about Cam in a while. I mean, her blessing and all. But she’s growing up so fast! And I have been terrible about keeping up with writing about her. She is a pure delight! I mean, just look at this face!

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At her 4 month appointment she weighed JUST under 15 pounds. She still has a tiny head compared to her body too. Sometimes she looks like a little body builder.

She loves standing up–with help of course, and always wants to be involved with everything. She hates to be left where she thinks she’s alone, but she does play by herself too. She’s getting really good with her hands. She can pick up her binky by herself and most of her toys. She also reaches for things that I’m holding–so I really have to watch out!

She’s ticklish, and I love hearing her laugh! She also started a cute thing recently where she sticks her tongue out constantly. Like, half in, half out. It’s so funny to watch.

Oh, and the drooling is constant! I think she’s definitely teething already. Sometimes she’s soooo fussy till I give her a teething tablet, then she’s my smiley, happy girl again.

She is adored by her brother and sister who are CONSTANTLY  talking to her and loving on her.

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She’s getting better on her tummy. Though she has only rolled over once, she pushes up really well and looks like she’s going to roll over a lot. Whenever I change her diaper she reaches for her feet–ok, most of the time she’s on her back she does it. Then makes this little squeal sound.

Oh–and she’s had a few tastes of food. I gave her a little banana, though it wasn’t mashed up super well, so she spit most of it out. Then she had peaches and seemed to really like those. But, it did give her a little bum rash. I got her some avocado too. She really liked that too.

I keep meaning to get her some wheat or barley but never quite make it to that aisle at the store.

She’s still not sleeping super well at night. Sometimes I think it’s worse than when she was a newborn. Especially in the later morning hours. She fusses, or lays awake or is just a bug and we don’t sleep well. That’s really the biggest issue we have.

But, I love this little girl so much! She just brings a smile to everyone’s face. And those bright blue eyes and long lashes just make you melt! I just love to squeeze her and rock her and kiss her little face. Oh–and try to get her to laugh some more, ’cause that sound is the best in the world.

 

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A Visitor!

My kids were looking forward to their aunt coming for weeks. When the day finally arrived they were bummed that they had to go to bed before she got here….but it was a great morning!

We kept her pretty busy, even though most of our activities were kid-centric, not really exciting for teenagers. But, she was a trooper and went along with everything with a great attitude.

Oh–and I must mention I became pretty much in love with having a “mother’s helper” foe a week. Seriously, it was awesome having another set of hands during the day.

On Saturday when Mark was with us we went up to San Francisco to do all the “touristy” stuff. Wow. It was crazy busy. We didn’t know there was a lead-up race to the America’s Cup going on. And it was summer.

But, we had a great afternoon.

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We didn’t see seals–it wasn’t in season. But, we saw Alcatraz and the wharf. She liked the Left-Handed store too.

Because parking was a pain, but we wanted to show Chez and the kids Lombard Street, I dropped them off (with Mark).

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They thought it was really fun to see. I didn’t want to drive down it with our big long car, but when we drove away from the area to go over the Bridge, I was super glad I hadn’t tried. The line went down 4-5 blocks!

This is what view we got as we headed north.

 

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We ended up in Sausalito at a little Pizzeria that was  tiny, but yummy.

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This is the view of the bridge we got heading south–like an hour later.

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On Sunday we had Cambry’s blessing–that’ll be another post.

Monday we went to Happy Hollow. The kids love that place and we had a great day.

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I love this playground.

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Kaia had wanted to go on the Carousel at Fisherman’s Wharf–but I wasn’t spending $10 for 1 ride, so I told her we could go here.

They also love Granny Bugs

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We were so excited to show Chez everything and spend time with her. We hope she liked San Francisco!

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First day of Kindergarten

I can’t believe my little boy is in Kindergarten! He’s been waiting for this day for a long time, and so have I. As always, there were no tears, just excitement at drop off. He could hardly wait to get inside.

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I was excited for him to get in there too. He’s doing the Spanish Immersion program, so there will be lots of things for him to learn. He’s excited to make new friends and learn how to be a part of a bigger classroom. This is his first time being at school all day, so I was a little worried, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.

He also got his first lunch at school too. Big day.

Happy First Day little buddy!

xoxo

Mommy

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