Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Of course Madeline would want to be Snow White for Halloween. My mom helped me with her costume including entertaining my kids while I worked on it. Thanks, Mom. I couldn't have done it without you!

Charlie's costume is very fitting.

We went to our church's Halloween trunk-r-treat party. The suckers were Madeline's favorites.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Sunday

Charlie is 6 weeks old. He made his debut at church today. It is definitely different juggling two kids, keeping two kids happy and quiet and lugging around all their paraphernalia. But it was nice to finally go as a family.

I do appreciate being able to stay at home, most days to contain the chaos and just play with my kids. Having two kids has definitely been harder than we thought. Charlie has tummy troubles and is fussy a lot. Madeline has been pretty emotional, dramatic and needy. So at every moment a child is crying and needs something! Most of the time we feel like we're in survival mode but we're making it. I've been spoiled because Matt has been home more with this rotation. He's been such a great help and support.

BUT we're all healthy and generally happy :) and grateful for all of our blessings.We're especially enjoying living in a place where we can enjoy autumn and the feelings of holidays coming!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I went to check on Madeline during her nap. I heard a little voice say, "Momma, look - Bracelets!"
This is what she had been working on for the last hour -

Yes those are rubber bands from a rubber band ball.
Yes there are a lot - 126 rubber bands to be exact.
Yes she's wearing pajamas for nap - she asked to and I guess it doesn't matter?

We thought this was pretty funny (except for the part about her not taking a nap. We suffered the consequences of that later that night.) And we were impressed she stayed on one task for so long. She sat there and took 126 rubber bands off of a ball and put them neatly on. I guess that was better than taking a nap. Never a dull moment.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I'm not sure how I managed to capture this, but I'm so happy I did.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Summer in October

This last weekend, the weather was gorgeous and we made a quick trip up to my parents' lake property. We didn't get to enjoy summer that much since I was on bed rest. Matt needed to get in a last ski and I decided to try as well. (Matt failed to get a picture, but it's probably best since I'm sure there is a rule somewhere that one should not get in a swimming suit 3 weeks after having a baby.) The weather was great, but the water was freezing. Thank goodness for wet suits! I failed to remember what pregnancy does to my back. I was only up for a short time when my back felt like it would rip into two! Even though my body aches several days later, it was fun to be able to get out and do things again.

Life with two kids is good but also a bit of a juggling act, especially since this rotation for Matt has him coming home at 11pm. The last couple of days Charlie has been extra fussy, so I have been trying to experiment with nursing, gas drops, etc. I'm sure everything will even out in a few weeks. Madeline is still really great with him. She still begs for my attention and I'm trying hard to make sure she gets quality mommy time. Any time I'm feeling overwhelmed, though, I think about my friend who has a little girl Madeline's age and just had twins! Yeah, no complaining here...

One Madeline quote - When we read the Book of Mormon at night, she has to turn to the page of Christ being baptized. (it's the family edition with some pictures) It's her favorite and she's really into the idea of Baptism right now. Tonight I sang her the primary song "When I am Baptized" while tucking her in. She watched my face intently as I sang and then said when it was over, "Thank you, Momma. I really love that song." Sweet moments like this make the hard days so worth it. Oh and I love that she still calls me "Momma."

Regarding Charlie's shirt, Yes, his daddy is happy he's a boy. They've watched the Red Sox win (and lose) together and Charlie is currently being taught the finer points of football. :)