It has happened. My blog cannot store any more pictures. It has run out of memory. I've put a lot of love into this little blog and I'd rather not delete posts or pictures. And I don't really want to pay for extra memory, however little it might be. So I'm keeping this blog as is with no more posts. If you want to continue reading about our little family and our adventures, here's the new site:
I felt a little silly making Brynn's picture appointment because she really hasn't changed much since the last time we did them. But since I did pictures for the others at the same age, I had to do hers too. No one can blame me for slacking off on the third kid!!
We love this little munchkin of ours. So glad she joined our family. We love having her around, love the stage she is in, love watching her cute personality emerge more and more each day. She is just so much fun!!
Our home only has three bedrooms so when we were expecting Brynn we knew that Molly and Stocky would have to share rooms. The rooms are not big so we also knew that we would want to do bunk beds. (We could fit two beds but then there would be no room for anything like a dresser or bookcase.) We didn't want to spend a lot but we wanted beds that were sturdy and would last a long time. The solution? Justin was going to make the beds. He found a good deal on some raw lumber on KSL and was able to use his friend's shed to build most of them. They took a lot of time!! They are pretty awesome though...
He designed them himself, just sketched what he liked and then started building. He distressed them himself and stained them as well. For extra storage he found an old dresser at the DI...he used the drawers but just covered them with beadboard and put them at the bottom. Pretty cool, huh? This is what they looked like pre-distress and stain:
He's a pretty talented guy. The beds also come apart if we ever decide to just have two twin beds. (It looks like he put two headboards together in this picture. If we decide to just have two twin beds, we'd use a headboard from the bottom bunk and a footboard from the top bunk. So it would made the footboard shorter than the headboard, if that makes sense.)
The kids love them. Molly was so excited about sleeping on the top bunk that she wasn't even sad about leaving her girly room (we re-painted Stockton's room to make it more neutral and let Brynn have Molly's purple room). The transition from crib to bed was really hard on Stocky but he's good now-he should be since these have been done for one year now.
Did you know that bunk beds are for more than just sleeping in? They make awesome forts...
...and basketball backboards...
...and pirate ships, and club headquarters for your friends, and helicopters, and anything else your imagination can come up with!
Oh, and if you have extra wood? How 'bout a bookcase for Molly on the top bunk? This is Molly's special space.
Or some frames to fill up the super big wall that you didn't know what to do with.
So, there you go, now you can all see how much talent my hubby has...now I'm going to fill you in on a little secret. He collects bobbleheads. See:
He has 30 but the collection is growing. He keeps them up high where the kids can't break them, on a ledge in our bedroom.
The kids love when he gets a new one. He's been collecting them for a few years now. Molly used to call them "Daddies." Occasionally they come down from their ledge and we all get to admire them. I don't know where they will go when there is no more room on the ledge. Maybe Justin can use his woodworking skills and build a shelf or something for them. Hehe.
Looking back through my pictures, it seems like April must have been a busy month for us. Maybe I just took more pictures around home. Whatever the reason, here is all the fun we had at home and elsewhere...
Climbing the tree outside my parent's house.
Visiting the Church Museum in Salt Lake. The Book of Mormon exhibit they have there for kids is pretty fun.
Sometimes I'm on my own when it comes time to put the kids to bed. This doesn't happen too often, thankfully. Stocky was having a particularly hard time falling asleep and I was putting Brynn to bed. I let him come and sit on the rocking chair while I walked around with Brynn...pretty soon he was sound asleep. Comfy, huh?
Justin got to get away for a day and go fishing at Strawberry.
In March I got smart and implemented a quiet time-all of my kids down at the same time for one hour twice a week. Stocky usually fell asleep and Molly just listened to stories on the computer. I always made myself relax and read a book. It was nice. I'm afraid it's fading out now. Boo. But I'll still keep trying.
Brynn lovin' spaghetti for dinner. She can't make up her mind with pasta-one night she'll devour it and the next she'll just pick at it and barely take a bite. She's pickier than Stocky.
I have to make a conscious effort to stop being "busy" and sit down and play with the kids. One day we built towers.
Molly got her Kindergarten shots. She was very nervous for a few days and even had trouble sleeping the couple nights before. Justin gave her a blessing the morning of and I think that calmed her down a bit. She was very brave. I let her pick out a toy at Target after. She chose a pony, go figure. She hasn't played with ponies since she was three. Whatever makes her happy, I guess.
She didn't dwell on her shots for too long, however, because off she went with Justin a couple days later for a short little backpacking trip. Justin and Eric go every year and they decided that Molly and Tiana were old enough to go this year. It is a short hike in and out of camp. They fished and did other camping things. Molly was proud of herself for catching the only rainbow trout. She did it all by herself, with no help from Justin.
Took the kids to the duck pond. They fed ducks. A couple of ducks got extremely close and eventually they ate the bread right out of Molly's hand. We were done after that.
We've had a few tennis games in the back of our house, on the road that hardly anyone drives on. Molly misses most of the balls so I stand behind her and catch all of them.
Stocky has no clue what he's doing but he's happy to be outside. His preferred way to use a tennis racket is as a guitar.
We went to Temple Square again this year to see the flowers. This is becoming one of my favorite spring-time activities. The flowers are so pretty. The kids all really love this activity as well. I took 60 pictures (no exaggerating). It was such a gorgeous day and now I can't wait to go next year!
As with most holidays/birthdays around here, we celebrated more than once...
-The kids hunted for candy-filled eggs after Conference in Sandy.
Brynn really figured out what candy was for the first time this holiday.
-We had an Easter party in Plain City. My mom puts so much time into these parties. She plans games, treats, and presents that she thinks the kids will love. And of course they do!
-The Easter Bunny visited our house and left some baskets filled with stickers and treats. He also hid chocolate eggs around the house for the kids to find.
Brynn lovin' those chocolate eggs! She would put the whole thing in her mouth!!
-The kids in their Sunday best (we were all done hunting, and dressed and ready for church by 8:30 so we could take pictures. Quite the accomplishment, I'd say).
My mom helped me make the dresses. Well, more like, she made the majority of them because they were beyond my sewing skill level (which is pretty much nil). Poor Stocky, I didn't think much about his Easter clothes until just a couple days before...but he looks super handsome in his suit (not new) and I was able to find a matching tie.
-And finally, we decorated eggs with Grandpa Gene. Oh yeah!!
Feb 27: We went shopping with my mom and sister. We spent a lot of time at one store and Molly got hot and bored. When we were leaving she said, "I'm so glad we are done. That was so hot and...like...fashionable." Big sigh.
Jan 7: "Dad, today was so busy I didn't even get an opportunity to fight with boy."
January 2012: Stockton found some Tums and was wanting to eat them. I told him no because they would make him sick. Molly explained it further: "Stocky, it's just like what the devil does. He makes something look really good or exciting but it's not really that good or exciting at all."
November 1: "Mom, can I have some ranch for my carrots? Oh never mind, I didn't know they were melted." (cooked carrots, rather than raw)
November 1: "Wow, this water is ice hot!"
October: Every time a decision has to be made, Molly plays eeney-meeney-miney-moe . She tries to do it so nobody notices but I know exactly what she is doing!
8-30 Molly and I were playing a guessing game in the car. I was trying to get her to guess the word "arrow." Me: "It points you in the right direction..." Molly: "Jesus!!"
8-12 Molly was reading the story of Nephi getting the brass plates: "And then Nephi found Laban and he was drooped." (she meant drunk)
7-15 Molly was playing with an attachment for the vacuum-twirling it in the air like a baton. "Mom, watch me crouton this!"
6-26 Molly told us this joke on the way home from church: Which ghost has the best hearing? The eeriest!
6-13 Molly trying to get Stockton to say "helicopter:" "Stocky, say hell. Stocky say hell."
6-12 To Stockton: "The car won't say hi back to you, buddy."
6-10 Molly and Gavin were eating sour watermelon candy when Molly asked Gavin, "Do you want me to suck the sour off for you?"
USU Graduation, May 2007
Seattle, Washington, August 2008
Louisville, Kentucky, May 2009
June 25, 2009
April 29: starts sleeping in a "big boy" bed
May 2011: gets confused with hot and cold-calls everything hot; becomes obsessed with cars and trucks; can finally say his own name
May 30: Figured out how to climb to the top bunk-yikes!
end of May/early June- Stockton's last tooth comes in
August: says "Da-ee" and "Mo-ee" for Daddy and Molly
August 17: poops in the toilet!
August 21: pees in the toilet
September: calls Justin "Daddi-o" (he does this when he's happy, angry, sad, silly, you name it!); knows all his colors; counts to ten: "one, free, four, ten!"
October 2nd: We were watching General Conference. Stockton heard the congregation laugh after something President Monson said so he giggles and says: "Si-ee prophet."
November 5: Justin and I were watching a college football game downstairs long after we'd put the kids to bed. All of a sudden we hear Stockton clear upstairs yell "Tackle football game!" and run downstairs to watch.
November: His night-time farewell: "Night-night M&M face head!" in the silliest voice he can muster. He came up with it on his own.
November: At dinner each night we say what we are thankful for. Every time we ask what he is thankful for he says "crayons." All month long.
Dec 15: "Stocky, is daddy a boy or a girl?" "A boy." "Is Stockton a boy or a girl?" "Boy." "Is mommy a boy or a girl?" "Girl." "Is Molly a boy or a girl?" "Girl." "Is Brynn a boy or a girl?" "A baby."
December: It's been fun watching Stockton get excited for Christmas. He says "Merry Santa!"
Dec 21: Stockton has croup. He had to get a steroid shot.
Jan 12: Just playing tonight and out of the blue Stockton says, "Dad, I be baby Jesus!" and lays down on Justin's chest
Jan 19: Stocky is constantly telling us this joke he make up: "Mom, I have a joke for you." "What?" "What you eat for breakfast?" "What?" "A crib!" And then he says the whole thing again.
late February: Asking Stockton why Brynn is crying (he hit her): "Stockton, why is Brynn crying?" "Whaaaa!" "No, Stockton, why is Brynn crying?" "Whaaaa!" He gets his "who, what, where, when, why, and how's" a little mixed up.
Feb. 28: Stocky threw his binkies away today!!
Mar. 1: love that he says cute things like: "doonin'" = doing "Hold you" when he wants to be held
Mar. 25: "Mom, let's go play rice frisbee." (He wants to play catch with the frisbee.)
May 12: Stocky stays dry in underwear all day!
March 7, 2011
June 30- rolls over belly to back
mid July-starts playing with her toes
September 7-turns 6 months old and has her first taste of baby food: rice cereal
September 11-Brynn's been getting up on her hands and knees and rocking forward and backward for very short amounts of time. I'm hoping that crawling is still a long way off!
September 18-She's been practicing sitting up on her own and is getting so strong. She can sit on her own for long periods of time now and only falls over when she is reaching for something.
September: Molly and Stockton have been calling her "coo-coo"
October 5: starts crawling!
October 20: Today she went from crawling to sitting. She is also trying so hard to pull herself up on things.
October: starts babbling a lot: mostly "da-da" but a few "ma-ma's" and "ba-ba's" too
October 31: First Halloween. Noticed today that her first tooth was starting to come in. On the bottom (middle left).
November 30: Second tooth. Bottom, middle, right.
end November: Brynn has not been sleeping well. She's always gone right back to sleep when I feed her but now she's up for hours at a time. We've had to start letting her cry it out if she wakes up before a certain time at night.
December: saying "ma ma" a lot
December: Brynn has been mimicking us. At dinner we all put both arms in the air and she smiles and does the same.
December 10: Brynn stood on her own for literally a full 5 seconds! She starts doing this more and more over the next few weeks. She's getting very brave.
December 12: Noticed first tooth coming in on the top. Middle right.
Dec 19: first ponytail!
Dec 25: starts walking along furniture
last week in December: Justin's been holding Brynn's fingers and helping her walk all around the house. She is getting so strong and is actually very stable.
Jan 3, 2012: Brynn slept all night!
Jan 9: first steps...very wobbly, but they were steps alright!
second week in Jan: 4th tooth came in. Top, middle, right
Jan. 22: starts climbing the stairs
mid-February: gives kisses
last week in February: starts climbing on everything!
March 14: At her 12-month well-check she weighed 14 lbs 4 oz. She also got 4 shots!
Mar 21: 5th tooth-top left
April 1: nursed Brynn for the last time
tooth #6, 7, & 8: mid-April, end April, mid-May
June 23: first haircut
Disneyland, June 2011
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