Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow day!

I'm a rock star mom when it comes to some things, and other times I'm a not-so-rock-star mom.  Snow is the bane of my existence. It's one of the things that makes me a not-so-rock-star mom. I HATE snow.  I really really do.  I loathe being cold and wet and having to change clothes because I'm all cold and wet, then to drag my children into it- that's just a cold, wet process I don't want to deal with, so because of my hatred for snow, we don't play in it.  Almost ever.  But the boys have been asking to build a snowman- thank you, Frozen.  And since there was plenty of snow today, I knew it was time to weather the snow.  -did you catch that, oh yeah, pun intended.  Obviously hilarity falls under the list of rock star mom qualities.

2 things happened first:  1. I forgot that it takes 20 minutes just to get ready to go play out in the snow.
That was fun.
And 2. I realized I don't have correct sizes of gloves for my older boys, so we improvised with layered cheap 2 for a $1 gloves and it seemed to work for what we needed.
Finally, we ventured out into Lubbock Blizzsard 2015 and tried to build a snowman.
I say "tried" because it didn't happen.  The snow was far too powdery and soft that we couldn't ball it up.  Apparently, we aren't cut out for Arrendale or Olaf.
So, the boys made snow angels instead.
Jackson's angel looks more like a butterfly, but I appreciate that it reminded me of spring.

 And then they played!

And played!

And played some more!
(He's throwing snowballs at his mama, the nerve!)

Well, Jackson felt the need to clean off the window, "so we could see better".
I didn't have the heart to tell him the snow wasn't hindering our view.

Annnd about about 9 minutes later they wanted to come inside because they were what?
Cold and wet.
Of course.
So we went inside.
We all took warm showers and ate quesadillas for lunch before taking a nice nap.
Frozen Uno (seems appropriate today) and chili to follow.

And where was Harrison, you might ask?
Warm and snug, sleeping soundly in his crib.
I was more than a little jealous.

Harrison: 7 months

Well, since he's almost 8 months old, I should probably talk about his 7th month...
He's just growing so fast I can't keep up!

Here's a quick comparison of how much he's grown.  He's only about 2 weeks old in the picture on the right.

He's not very mobile because he's my lazy baby.  His brothers feed into his lazy by doing everything for him, but he can still get into things!  I brought him into the kitchen with me while I cleaned out the fridge, so he found a way to keep himself busy-

He's eating pretty much everything we put in front of him.  He especially loves quesadillas and carrots.  And he'll never turn down some bread.

He's beginning to play with his brothers!
He still cries, "brah brah" when they leave the room.  Here he is playing Legos with his big brothers.  The older boys had gone upstairs to play and he cried and cried while staring at the door they left through, so I decided to take him up to their room so he could see him.  As soon as he saw them he started giggling and screaming (excited screams).  So he ate a Lego while they built stuff.

His favorite toy is still an empty water bottle, but his jumperoo is a very close second.

This is kind of random, but I'm so so grateful Harrison will get to wear this shirt.  Jackson wore it, then Austin, and next, Harrison.  Austin's just about grown out of it, but it's my very favorite shirt, and I'm so grateful Harrison will wear it in a couple years.  I don't know why I'm so attached to this shirt, the boys have had several "I love mommy" shirts, but this one just makes my heart happy.

Harrison is growing so fast, it feels like the first 12 months of his life are merely 12 weeks.  I blink and he's one month older.  He's such a good, happy baby, so maybe that's why it's going so fast.  I don't know, but I wish it would slow down.
I love this face, he gives me this face quite often.  I think he thinks I'm a little crazy.
...he's probably right.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FREE Impromptu photo session

Recently, I sweet girl from church wanted to get some photography practice and fill her portfolio a bit more, so she did a quick photo session with the boys.  Pictures of my babies and it's FREE?  Um, yes, please!  She was super sweet and took some really cute photos!

All 3 of my little handsomes!

The older boys-

I love love love this picture! 




The boys were crazy that evening, especially Jackson.  They were being very silly and she captured some of their silly.  It shows their personalities-

Jackson being "cool"

Austin being The Hulk

I'm not sure what they're doing here, but it's totally them.
Austin always follows this face with, "Um, probably" or "Um, that's probably not going to happen"

Jackson always makes crazy eyes.  He is cursed blessed with my big ole' fish bowl eyes (I've since grown into mine, so he will too eventually) and it's easy for them to get crazy...

It was a fun session.
Thank you, Lynsey!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentines Day 2015

Oh, how I love thee, Valentine's Day!  This year was wonderful!  I really really appreciate not being pregnant this time around.  It was a really nice day and Jim spoiled me with candy and roses, but my favorite part, it's always my favorite part, is the sweet love note he wrote me.  I LOVE flowers and Dove chocolate truffles are one of my favorite candies on the planet, but I really don't care about those things at all (sorry, babe), it's the note that I want.  Heart day is always about telling the people you love that you love them, and why you love them.  I kind of failed this year...  We bought the boys little Lego Star Wars things and some treats, but I forgot to write them little Valentines notes and Jackson asked me where his note was.  I felt awful that I forgot!  Duh!  I was so busy thinking of cute ways to make their Valentine's Day special that I forgot the most important part, but my sweet boy remembered.  Oops!  I'm even tempted to nix all gifts next year, and only write sweet notes.
We'll see...

Friday was Jackson's class Valentine's party.
We told him that I couldn't make it because I had his brothers and it was just too much commotion to take his brothers to his class party.  He asked over and over again for Jim or me to come to his party.  
Little did he know, I was always going to go to his Valentines party!
He was so so so excited to see us show up.  He almost noticed I was there, but mostly he was stoked to see his brothers.  Story of my life as Jackson's mom.  ;)

We started the morning with special heart shaped breakfast treats!
I meant to cut out some heart shaped cantaloupe, but I forgot.  Besides only Austin and I eat canteloupe, and 50% of the time Austin doesn't like canteloupe.

They turned out pretty good!

I didn't want Harrison to have all the sugar that the sweet rolls had, so I gave him a heart shaped frozen waffle (frozen waffles are great for teething babies, just a little fyi for ya).

Is it just me or does he look a little fearful eating his waffle?  Maybe he thinks someone is going to take his delicious heart day treat?

I had heart shaped sandwiches on the menu for lunch time, but we were out running errands and ended up eating out, but the Freddy's we had was delicious!
Dinner was our old tradition of a heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's.  Jackson has never liked pizza so I got this heart hot dog idea from my dear friend, April, and made Jackson's dinner a little love note (you know, since I totally spaced on his real love note from mama).

As always, I had to take a few pictures of my littlest valentines in their Valentine's outfits.

The boys made some really cute Valentines too!
Some of the "reasons" they listed were a little hilarious...
Jackson loves daddy because of his curly hair.
Austin loves grandma so much he's going to die!

Another great Valentine's comes and goes, and we were able to give lots of love and remind one another just how much we love each other!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FHEs 2015: Articles of Faith

This year I want the boys to learn the Articles of Faith (the basic beliefs of our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).  January is all about AofF 1:  "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in his son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost".  It was a lot of fun!

The first week we talked about Heavenly father.  I didn't get a whole lot in pictures of week 1.
Week 2 was all about Jesus Christ.  We made fun books about Christ and the boys colored them.  They're still floating around the house too.

The 3rd week was all about the Holy Ghost.  I have made several attempts to teach the boys about the Holy Ghost, but it's a very hard concept to understand.  We made paper bag puppets and we used a flashlight/flashing ring to light up our puppets to try to explain that the Holy Ghost lives within our bodies.  I think this actually came the closest to helping the boys understand.  Here's a little video of them practicing this little object lesson-

They kept making up scenarios (both good and bad) and the Holy Ghost would whisper and light up and tell them whether their choice was good or bad.

For the last week, this week's FHE, we discussed the Godhead and the boys took turns choosing characteristics of all 3 members and deciding which characteristic belongs to which member.  They did really well with this activity!  Austin needed a little help trying to decide between Heavenly Father and Christ, but I was still really impressed!
We then talked about how to serve like Christ.  How can we be "His hands"-

Jackson's says, he can be Christ's hands "by hugging people when they're hurt".

Austin said he could "be Christ's hands by helping others clean their room".

I found some Article of Faith cards that I laminated for the boys to have as they memorize them.

I also found a card that they can mark off as they memorize each AofF.
They memorized #1 within days.  Pretty impressive for Austin!
Jackson's a goofball.  all.  the.  time.  :)

I'm hoping to get both AofF 2 and 3 done in February.  Wish us luck!