Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Because I've taken the kids to this pumpkin patch every year, I had to make it there this year too. It ended up only working out to go on Halloween, which made things kind of hectic, but darn it, you don't mess with tradition!!

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Man, has she grown!

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Have I mentioned Hud hates pictures now? Fun!

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Trying to get a picture with all three of these crazies... It takes patience. Which I'm sorely lacking.

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We love this place. Although it's not close anymore, it's free and it stores some great memories for us. What's funny is this is the first time Mike has ever been able to come... Hopefully not the last!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Trunk-or-Treat

This year our Trunk-or-Treat was on Halloween. I had been looking forward to walking door-to-door with the kids and them doing their thing and was actually going to skip the ward activity, but then they needed the Young Women to do the photo booth and all of the other leaders had something going that night. So.

We went to the pumpkin patch earlier that afternoon and ended up having to race home to make sure I could get to the church and set up in time. STRESS. It ended up working out just fine and Mike brought the kids to the church after he got them ready.

They looked so adorable. Hudson originally wanted to be Buzz Lightyear but by the time I got around to getting their costumes, I couldn't find the Buzz I wanted. Luckily Hud is pretty easygoing and was more than happy to be Iron Man. Now Brandt... I wanted him to use Hud's old shark costume, and Mike said he knew where it was. Guess what though? He didn't. :/ Luckily Kid to Kid came through with a little chicken costume that kept Little B warm - it got cold!!

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While I was taking pictures, Mike took the kids around and they had a good time. This ward does it a little differently - they dump all the candy in a huge bag and then distribute it to people that are actually lined up with their trunks decorated. So really, there were only maybe ten cards. It was weird.

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Brandt hung in there as long as he could but was pretty miserable by the end. I brought him home and put him to bed and Mike followed a little bit later.

*A couple days later, on that Sunday, Brandt had a fever of 103* and hadn't been sleeping at all, and what do ya know? Double ear infection. Poor kid.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Backtracking

Wayyyy back at the beginning of the year, Mike was working for a small litigation firm pretty close to our house. He hadn't been there a year when we both realized this was going to be a pretty insane position. His employer expected him to be there A. Lot. {kind of an understatement.} When I had Brandt, Mike had to fudge the truth a little bit to even get to take a couple days off. His boss told him, "When my wife had our kids, I went and shook the doctor's hand, gave her a hug, and went back to work." Ahhh, what a happy marriage they must have, yes? We knew the hours would be long but we had no idea the extent of it. In March, his old employer offered him a pretty sweet deal to come back, a deal which Mike just couldn't refuse. They mentioned that there would be some travel involved but the hours, the possibility of working from home some, and the hefty pay increase was too good to turn down.

After Mike was on the job two weeks, they sent him to Detroit. If you're doing the math in your head, Brandt was just a couple of months old.


I have no idea how I made it through. Oh wait, yes I do. My mom. If it wasn't for her, there's no way I could have done it. She came over almost every day, did my laundry, did the dishes, got Brandt to sleep (he's soooooooooooooo stubborn!), and was just exactly what I needed.



It was really tough to have him gone as much as he was, but it's a lot easier to write about this now that it's way in the past. He was gone basically every other week.




I'm so grateful for my babies! They make me smile every time I think about some of the crazy times we've had this last year. I love them so much!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

{seven}

Her favorites, at age SEVEN
(her exact words)

Cereal - Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Vegetable - Broccoli
Fruit - Apple
Drink - Chocolate milk
Toy - La La Loopsy
TV Show - Jessie
Game - Candyland
Book - Any Magic Treehouse books 
Restaurant - Papa John's
Holiday - Halloween
Animal - Cat
Song - Let It Go
Color - Pink
Number - 7

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Maddy is turning into quite the young lady. I get a little sad because there's not a lot of baby left in her. I guess just when she cries. ;) I'm happy that she's growing into such a sweet girl, but at the same time, she's my only girl, you know? And it's just gone way too fast. (I hate saying that, but it really is so true.)

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October 2014

She's polite (mostly), sweet (mostly), a great big sister and loves her daddy. She loves me too, but is a Daddy's girl for sure. I love that they have such a great bond, really. It makes me happy, especially because I never had that with my dad.

She reads like a maniac. She almost always has a book in her hand. She doesn't draw or write as much as she used to, I think ACA was really good about bringing that out in her. (Whether that was just kindergarten or her school, I'm not sure.) She's now at the stage where Hudson still wants to play like they did all summer, but she wants to read. Or do other things. And doesn't want to include him. This makes me more sad than I can say, but I know it's all a part of it. 

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August 2014

So far she's doing really well in 1st grade. She likes her teacher and follows the rules and all that. She's doing well in all her subjects and has a lot of friends. On her birthday we went to have lunch with her and that was fun. (Side note: a couple of kids told her "Your mom has pretty hair." Heh.)

We've been trying to read the scriptures more at home and it's amazing the stuff she knows. I can only credit her primary teachers for that, but also her memory. I know she's going to do great things with all that knowledge one day. :)

She still loves the movie Frozen, but mostly the soundtrack, she never really wants to watch it anymore. Or any movie, really.

She loves chicken, pizza, ranch, cheese, and ketchup. And anything that goes with any of those things. It's easier to get her to try new things but she doesn't like A LOT of food. It's a struggle. I can only hope she'll grow out of some of it.

Maddy has finally started to enjoy soccer. She's understanding the concept a little more and doesn't like the 'losing' aspect of it. I wasn't sure if this would come on its own or if it was something we should teach her, but she's getting it. She is able to run really fast with her long legs and wins most of the races her team has when they do laps.

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In the last year, she's lost SIX teeth. She loses them as fast as they came in. She hasn't been too keen on losing them, especially at first, she was very scared of it all. She has a few loose teeth right now, we'll see how quick they are to come out!

Maddy had a lot of little friends in Kindergarten and was very sad to leave them when we moved. She doesn't really have anyone her age at church (that are girls) but she has made friends with our next-door neighbors, who conveniently also go to her school. Soccer has been great this fall, she's gotten to pal around with those kids (mostly boys!) twice a week and she goes to school with one of those guys too.

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Maddy's cousin Ella moved here in August! Maddy could not be happier.

Last December (when my blogging was sorely lacking), Maddy was The Sickest for three days. She coughed all night long, which kept her awake. Literally. For three days, she was basically a zombie. Or a vampire. Maybe a zombie vampire. Finally we got the right meds going in the nebulizer because apparently she has cough variant asthma.

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On her actual birthday, she came home from school and opened her presents. She was very excited for a new La La Loopsy and her little mini Frozen characters.

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The Sunday after her birthday, we had my family over to celebrate. Love these folks. Very blessed to have them all live here! And Maddy is the luckiest. I hope one day she gets how much they love her.

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Last weekend we celebrated Maddy & Brian's birthday at our house. Once again, Maddy requested we not sing to her, but we did sing to Brian. (She's so funny, the thing she chooses to be shy about!)

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It's so nice to have family close and Maddy loves playing with her cousins!

I love you, Maddy! You are the best thing I ever did. Thanks for being our little guinea pig!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Three C

My darling friend Tracy is about to have a baby girl!! She has two boys so this she will be a welcome dose of estrogen. (In my opinion, ha.) I'm sure it's hard for Tracy to imagine what this little gal will bring to their family, but I know she's going to fit right in. And the best part is she'll always have two big brothers to protect her. I'm so excited to meet her!

We threw her a little shower a few weeks ago. It was so fun! We had games and delicious food and hilarious conversation. Sometimes I really wish we could go into business doing these things, we've kind of got it down to a science.

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(I know some people may think a shower for anything other than the first baby is, uh, a faux pas, but I disagree! In my opinion, the shower for the first baby is actually for the baby. Any showers for the subsequent children are more for the mom.)

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Love you, Trace!! ♥

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Early Halloween celebration: Happy birthday, Maddy!

Having a Halloween theme for Maddy's birthday really just appealed to me because I needed an excuse to buy some Halloween decor.

We invited all of her best friends over and had some nachos, cake and LOTS of candy. I didn't even bother with the veggies. Ah well. 

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She had so much fun running all over the place with these kids. They're a little insane when they're all together but as long as no one gets hurt, I'm cool with it. 

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I love this girl more than anything in the entire world! She is The Best. Happy birthday, sweet Buggy!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Nine months. What the heck.

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The big news this month... HE'S CRAWLING! Wow! The day before he did, I said "He'll never crawl." He showed me! It's an army crawl but the last couple of days he's started getting up on his knees a little bit. Eek!

I finally starting feeling okay about leaving him sitting up. He'll occasionally throw himself backwards, but I'll just not put him next to sharp things and hope he figures that out. ;)

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He got another tooth on September 24th, the other top tooth. So that makes FOUR!

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He is eating more finger foods and finally mastered the pincer grasp. He's so funny!

And this morning, he started waving! It's the most adorable thing in the universe.



At his doctor appointment yesterday, she said he's right on track for growth. Just under 50th percentile for height and weight, and now he's a bit more proportional and not as 'fluffy.' Ha! Also, "his head is still huge." (Direct quote.)

His stats:
19 pounds, 3 ounces & 27.75 inches tall

I keep wondering when the novelty will wear off with Maddy & Hudson but I really don't think it's going to. Until he starts getting into their stuff at least.

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With his Auntie Ashley

Right now he's upstairs - he just woke up from another 30-minute nap. Seriously, if this kid wasn't so adorable, I would be ANGRY right now.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stockyards

Tonight when Mike got done with work, I got all spontaneous and said "Let's surprise the kids & go to the Stockyards."

It all went well until we realized we didn't have any cash and couldn't do a couple of things the kids wanted to.

Still a good night though. Still some complaining ("I'm hungry!" "Where are we going?" "I wish my shoe didn't have muck on it.") but the food at Riscky's was delicious and the weather was perfect. Even Brandt enjoyed himself.

I love when Fall gets here and we can go outside again.

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Man alive, do I love my kids. They push my buttons at times but there's just so much sweetness!!! Lately I've been going in Maddy & Hud's room after I put Brandt down and cuddling with them for a bit. Tonight I put Brandt down and went in to say goodnight and they were both already asleep. They crashed hard. I love watching their little bodies sleep. They look so peaceful. They look so happy. And there are no complaints coming out of their mouths! It's amazing.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

eight months

My goodness. It seems all I do is update the blog with Brandt. The most documented third child ever, I'm sure.

What's hilarious is I put him in this outfit to take pictures, and it seemed all too familiar. BECAUSE I DID IT FOR HIS 7 MONTHS PICTURES TOO. Dur. Oh well. That's real life, yo. I have no brain left.

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My baby is a rolling fool. No crawling. The other kids were crawling at this point. I'm not a patient person but at the same time, it is infinitely easier when you know they can't get into every single thing they see. So I wait. He does get his butt in the air and try and move but he's only succeeded in going backwards so far.

He sleeps from 8 PM to about 7 AM. He continues to save my sanity at night and sleep well. I am soooo thankful. He doesn't nap well. STILL. What the. Oh well.

He weighs 19.4 lbs.

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He just adores Hudson. Hudson knows exactly what to do to make him smile and laugh.

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Me & my boys!!

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I feed him 5 times a day (usually, sometimes 6 I guess?) and he eats three actual meals. He likes everything. I'm still doing a little baby food but he's doing pretty well on whatever we eat. He's getting better at picking things up by himself.

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His first Ritz cracker!

His third tooth (top right) came in on the 14th of September. The top left reared it's ugly head last night! Hoping for less pain for him, poor guy.

He loves baths again. I ended up trying putting him in the bath with Maddy & Hud and it worked like a charm. Now he's fine. Phew. He's also a little calmer around the vacuum and stuff. Which I think is actually why he freaked about the bath - the water running is pretty loud in their little bathroom. He's still a little sensitive soul, love him.

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He started saying 'MA!' Aaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggh. It's the cutest.

Brandt has been a trooper with the kids starting soccer. He hangs out in the stroller and has a meal or two.

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He's very interested in what's going on around him. It's so fun to see him watch the kids and you just know he wants to get right in the middle of it. 

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With his favorite big sister!

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No one can get enough of my big baby!! He's just the cutest thing around. I can't stop kissing his cheeks and tickling his belly. He seems to be a lot happier on earth lately, which makes me really happy. My poor infants. They just need a little more time to acclimate. He's definitely still got a serious disposition, but is playing around a little more and basically is a joy.

Happy 8 months, Brandtster!!!