Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Pictures

I have a lot of blogging to do.  So much to catch up on . . . .  While you wait with baited breath for those blog posts (I make no promises about when they are coming), here are some pictures from Christmas day.

We went to church at 9 am, so the kids had to wait until after church to open any presents.  I offered them the opportunity to change their clothes before opening gifts, but they wanted to get right to the action.  The result is super cute pictures of opening presents in their Christmas church outfits.  I would be tempted to make this a tradition if it made any sense to do so.

Our Christmas was wonderful!  We had a lovely Sacrament Meeting at church, followed by a bit of socializing and treats.  Then we came home to open presents and spend time together playing with our new things.  In the late afternoon, we headed over to Trenton and Kristyn's house for Christmas dinner with the little Moons and the Twohys.  It was such a nice, relaxing day! 

I spent a lot of time over the past few months working on crafts/sewing for Christmas gifts.  One of my major projects was making dresses for my girls and ties for my boys.  I think they turned out really nicely.  Enjoy the pictures!

Natalie, Peyton, Lydia, Maryam, Braden

Natalie, Peyton, Tobin, Maryam, Braden (Isn't Braden's face cute?!)

Better picture of Natalie and Peyton.  I love how she wears her headband as a necklace. 

Cute Kiddos!

More of the Cute Kiddos

Braden reading his new Elmo book

Natalie reading her new Big Bird book

opening the big family gift from Santa

Gift from Santa.  He got a great deal on a slightly used Wii

Natalie's favorite part of the day . . . taking all the wrapping paper out of the trash bag and playing with it!

Tobin's favorite gift.  Thanks, James (Krissy)!

Good thing we didn't give Braden too many gifts.  He was more interested in playing under the piano.

What happens when a girl misses her morning beauty nap?  She can't make it through lunch time.

This guy can always eat!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Father's Day A's Game

For Father's Day, we gave Tobin tickets to an A's game.  The game was July 29th, so he had to wait a bit to actually get his present.  Tobin, Peyton, Maryam, and I went to the game together, while the babies stayed home with a babysitter.  Poor Michelle Conover.  They really gave her a run for her money that night!  I believe she ended up putting both babies to bed around 6:30 because they would not stop crying.  I think this means I should leave the house without them more often.

Maryam and Peyton waiting for the BART train

Tobin, Peyton, and Maryam

Lydia and Tobin

Tobin and Peyton

Maryam and Lydia

 We had so much fun at the game!  We rode BART to the coliseum--Peyton and Maryam's first time on a train.  They were really excited to get to ride BART.  I'm not much of a sports person, so I don't even remember if the A's won the game or not.  Afterward, there were fireworks set to broadway show tunes.  The fireworks show was incredible!  One of the best I have ever seen. 

The kids were completely exhausted by the time we headed home.  They both fell asleep on the train ride home.

Sleepy Maryam

Sleeping Peyton

Saturday, September 10, 2011

More Posts are Coming . . .

I promise we have been doing stuff.  Not super exciting stuff, just regular life stuff.  I've been trying to get time to post about it.  I almost did post a couple times recently.  But inevitably, there is someone who needs my attention right now, and the blog gets put on hold again.  Oh well.  Suffice it to say, we have had the flu, a cold, and the flu again in the past three weeks.  I'm done with vomiting children now.  No one is allowed to have the flu again.  Ever.  I think we are finally done with puking.  The house has been disinfected.  The laundry is almost all clean.   Phew!

I'll try to get at least one post done this week before I take off on a fun filled birthday trip to see my siblings and parents.  I'm super excited!

Hang on just a bit longer, devoted readers.  (Are there any devoted readers of my blog?  I'm sure I lost any I may have had when I became a delinquent blogger a year or so ago.  Alas . . .)

I'll tease you (and hopefully pique your interest) with a couple recent photos.

Braden - Too cool in pink sunglasses!

Natalie - Ready for her close up!
Tobin, Peyton, and Maryam

The Wisdom of Maryam

Lately, the big kids and I often have discussions about wanting to move and not wanting to move.  They want a bigger house and a yard, so they do want to move.  But they don't want to leave our current house, the only house they've ever known; so they don't want to move.  Tonight when I tucked them into bed, we had another of these complex conversations.  I explained to them that when we bought this house we didn't have any kids and weren't able to have any at that time, so we didn't think about things like needing a yard yet.  (Plus we didn't plan to live in this house this long, but that's another story . . .)

Maryam looked at me, perplexed, and asked, "You couldn't have any kids?" 
I said, "Remember how the doctors had to help Mommy and Daddy get pregnant with Braden and Natalie?  Well, they had to help us get pregnant with you and Peyton too."
She huffed with disdain, "Help you get pregnant?  Ladies don't act like that!"

Oh my!  If only she knew the number of (medical) people who have seen all of my business by now!  I had to work so hard to keep from laughing out loud right there.  I didn't want to hurt her feelings.  She and Peyton don't actually know where babies come from yet, so I'm not sure what she is picturing when she thinks about the doctors helping us get pregnant.  But clearly it is something very un-ladylike!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Growing Kids

The kids are growing like weeds!  Braden and Natalie are 9 1/2 months old now.  Natalie has at least six teeth.  Maybe more.  It seems like every time I look in her mouth there are more teeth coming through the gums.  I think it makes her look older.  She is not at all interested in crawling yet.  She likes to sit up to play sometimes.  She loves to be on her back and belly.  And if she needs to get somewhere, she looks at her destination, then rolls (quite quickly!) to get there.  She is very flexible and agile and uses her feet like hands a lot.  That really cracks me up!  She sucks her thumbs, though not both at the same time.  She will just use whichever one is available.  And sometimes she sucks one for a few seconds, then switches to the other.  I don't know how she determines which one she likes best at any particular time.  When she is tired she sucks her thumb and uses her free hand to play with her ear.  She reminds me of King Richard (the lion) on Disney's animated Robin Hood movie.

Braden has two teeth in and two coming.  He is really interested in the food the big people eat.  He wants to try whatever we have, and gets pretty angry if we won't share.  He loves to sit up to play, and has figured out how to get to a sitting position on his own.  He will probably crawl soon.  He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks sometimes.  Right now he mostly scoots backward on his hands and knees.  He actually crawled backward a few steps recently, too.  I hope he figures out how to go forward soon; he keeps getting really irritated when he backs himself under a chair or into a corner and can't get out.  Braden is a serious mama's boy!  If I am in the room, he will fuss and whine and cry until I pick him up or play with him.  Even Daddy won't do.  It's nice--and exhausting--to be so loved!

Braden just after his first haircut

Natalie with her first (tiny) ponytail
Sorry it's blurry.  I need to learn to hold my iPhone very still.
Braden in pink sunglasses

Natalie in pink sunglasses

 This is what happens when the big kids help out by feeding the babies.  Messy!!!
Maryam just had her first dance recital last Saturday.  She was in a beginning ballet class at a local studio.  She did such a great job!  We weren't allowed to take any video or pictures during the recital, but I did get a few shots beforehand and a video during one of their classes.  Her class did a dance to "Put on a Happy Face."  They were adorable!  I really enjoyed the whole recital, and I hope she wants to keep dancing because I like to watch the performances.  We had decided to take a break from ballet class because she wasn't very enthusiastic about going (read: clinging to mom's leg instead of walking into the studio), but since the recital she has been asking to take classes again.  So, we shall see . . . 

Happy Face pose

Maryam and Peyton
Peyton is loving the summer time and wishing we had a bigger yard so I would let him go out and play sports more.  He loves every sport he has tried so far.  We were hoping to get him in soccer this fall, but we missed the sign ups in March.  I had no idea they were so early.  Now we know for next year, though.  Peyton loves Star Wars and has spent a lot of time working on a Star Wars sticker book that he got for his birthday.  He has been my more mellow child, but is learning to stand up for himself too, especially with his twin sister.

Our summer has been quietly fun. We haven't really gone anywhere. We have done some swimming and played at the park a bunch. I'm still really tired most days, so there has also been a lot of napping for me and the babies and "rest time" for the big kids. Tobin's parents visited in May and June, and I think they will be here again toward the end of the summer. My family is coming for a visit in a couple of weeks. And that's about all of our excitement. Maybe next year we'll do more . . .

I can't believe how quickly time is going. This afternoon Peyton, Maryam, and I bought their backpacks and school supplies. They are now ready for the first day of kindergarten in a few weeks. They have been driving me crazy lately, since it seems their current favorite pass time is bickering. I've been thinking how great it will be to have a few quiet hours with just me and the babies at home during the week. But really I think I'm going to miss them! I love my kids so much, and I'm so extremely blessed to have them in my life!

I'm excited for school to start, and also terrified.  I almost started crying when I had to leave Maryam by herself at her dress rehearsal for ballet.  How am I going to leave my babies at school every day?  I'm also terrified by the responsibility of it all.  I will have to get four kids dressed, fed, ready, and out the door on time six days a week!  Well, I guess technically the babies and I could wear our pajamas to take the big kids to school.  But still . . .  This is going to be a big change for me.  Hopefully we won't be late often . . . or ever.  The anticipation is killing me!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stinson Beach

My sister-in-law, Kristyn, and I took our kids (and her niece and brother) to the beach on July 5th.  We intended to hike in Muir Woods first and then head to Stinson Beach for lunch.  But Muir Woods was really busy, and we would have had to hike a mile (maybe not quite that far) just to get to the park to take a hike.  Instead we decided to nix Muir Woods and just head for the beach.  The last bit of the drive to Muir Woods was very windy, as was the drive between there and the beach.  Poor Maryam has inherited my car sick gene, and threw up twice on the way to the beach.  Luckily I already knew this, and the car was stocked with barf bags (aka, one gallon size ziploc bags).

It was cool and foggy when we first arrived at Stinson Beach.  We unloaded, picked a spot and got set up.  The sand was nice and warm; a nice counter to the cool air.  We had a fun time relaxing, playing in the sand and water, and eating lunch.  Even the babies enjoyed it!

Braden - Sunscreen makes great hair gel!  Does this kid need a haircut or what!?!?

Happy Natalie

playing while it was still cool

Natalie loving the beach

Braden loving the beach

Braden and Natalie

Heading for the Water!  Kymiyah, Kristyn, Braden, Peyton, Samantha, Maryam

Cute Twins!  Peyton and Maryam

More Cute Twins!  Braden, Lydia, Natalie

Auntie Kristyn and Natalie

running from the waves

Cousins - Peyton, Maryam, Samantha

Dig a hole . . .

 . . . fill it with water!  (I don't know why.  They just thought it was fun.)
Did you notice the gradual removal of clothing?  The weather did warm up as the day progressed.  It was perfect!  Not too hot, not too cold.  A fantastic day at the beach!