Friday, September 23, 2011

Every Mother's Dream

Eli comes home from school today and I told him that I wanted he and Josh to go outside and play for a while.

He says, "Please can I do my homework first, mom? Please? Please? Please!?"

I knew I needed to start him with good habits so I gave in and let him do his homework before he went outside to play.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Thursday night I noticed that my back was hurting a little bit. It continued to hurt Friday, but like a busy mom I just worked through it. Morgan gave me a massage Friday night but Saturday it still hurt.

We were heading to Ames to visit Pete and Emily and right before we went my lower back just kept hurting worse and worse. I tried carrying some bags out to the van but had to drop them.  I was able to force myself to walk to the van, but it was very painful and very difficult.

Once we got to Ames Morgan helped me get inside P&E's, then I spent our visit just sitting and having Morgan hand Noelle to me, I couldn't lift her up.  Getting back into the van was even worse on the way home.

We called a chiropractor friend Saturday night and he met us at his office to give my back an adjustment. It hurt like crazy. There was no way I could go to church the next day so we all stayed home. I was doing a little better Sunday evening, but I was still in a lot of constant pain.

Morgan called his parents Sunday afternoon and Shari very willingly agreed to come to Waterloo to help take care of me and the kids. She has been a lifesaver.

I have been to the chiropractor twice more and each time I had a lot less pain. Now I am walking around pretty well, though I haven't tried any big distances yet.  I can pick up and hold Noelle for a little while, but still need to try doing it with the car seat.

I am taking things easy and just trying to get my back to heal quickly and completely. I have also received a lot of love and support from friends, and that means the world to me.


I love this shot of Noelle, she is such a pretty girl.

Did I mention, that Noelle has a great smile?

Morgan and the kids playing disc golf in the yard.

Eli bought a gilder.

Josh used some birthday money (thanks Oma, Opa, and Spanish Fork Palmers) to by a car track thing. He and Eli love it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Getting Ready for Bed

The best way we have found to get the boys ready for bed is to wear them out. Bike riding seems to do the trick!

I tried to upload some videos but it wasn't working, I'll try again later.

Cheese-y Josh!

Eli loves to get his picture taken!

Handsome Morgan


Eli's school had a Chuck-E-Cheese Fundraiser night. My boys had been begging to go for weeks so we decided to support the school and go play around for a little bit. They had a blast!

Josh climbing

Eli on the Merry-go-Round

Josh on the Merry-go-Round

Eli and Josh driving a police car.


4 months 
13.8 pounds - 50%
24.75" Height - 75%
Head 16" - 25-50%

3 Years
Weight: 30.6 pounds - 40%
Height: 38.5" - 75%

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Rambling Blog

I'm tired.

I'm also feeling a little down.

One of the things I do when I feel down is write. I don't have the time/inclination to write in journal right now so the blog gets the uncensored thoughts.  But I don't even know what I want to say.

Right now I am wishing that we lived in a house with a high fenced in backyard that I could just send the boys out in to play. I tried to get them to ride their bikes around our house, and play outside today to wear them out, but they have still been fighting each other which drives me nuts. They haven't been listening well today especially when we rode bikes to school.

Bleh. Noelle has been very clingy lately too. She wants me to be with her all of the time. Last night I went to Relief Society and left her with Morgan, she was tired and I thought she'd sleep the whole time. Nope, she was awake and screamed most of the time which means Morgan wasn't able to get anything done around the house.

My kitchen floor needs to be swept and mopped badly. Maybe I'll do that now since I sent the boys up to their bedroom  for fighting. I also need to vacuum, but I just don't have the energy.

I just want to lie in my bedroom, let the sun in through the windows and enjoy some silence.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Joshua

Josh had a couple of birthday celebrations. We went to Oma and Opa Lasley's for Labor day weekend.  Oma made a treasure hunt for Josh to go on. She was very generous and made a map and prizes for Eli too. At every place on the map the boys would find a bag with their name on it and prizes inside. They had a blast. Ginny and Josh were on one team and Eli and I on the other. We only got 2 pictures because our camera ran out of batteries right afterwards. Oh, well.   Monday morning we all went and played Disc Golf and Wildewood Park and then stopped at Graham's for ice cream.

Josh decided that he wanted pizza for his birthday. I also made him an Angel food cake (he requested vanilla -same thing, right?). Josh picked out some yummy mint Oreo ice cream. We had our friends the Jolley's over for dinner, pinata, presents and cake. I think that J had a really good time.  He is now three years old. 

Team Josh and Ginny checking out their map.

Mom, Noelle and Eli figuring out where to go first.

Josh with a pizza mustache

Pizza is Yummy!

Pinata fun

Josh taking a swing

Eli's almost got it!

Here comes the candy!

It's a Candy Grab!

Josh is ready to blow!

Checking out some stickers.

J's First Day of School

Joshua started his first day of "Mom's School" September 6th.  It is a group of five Mom's doing our own little preschool, twice a week for 2 hours. On his first day he learned all about Johnny Appleseed and the Letter A. He had a great time and I think this will be a lot of fun for him.

Here is Josh in his Johnny Appleseed hat after class.

Getting Ready for Church

Here are some pictures of Noelle in her Sunday clothes. She is such a cute, wonderful baby and I love her smiles!
Noelle and Josh at Oma and Opa's house.

We call this her "Dorothy" dress. It just has a Wizard of Oz vibe.

Noelle and Eli

Here is Noelle this morning before church.

You can kind of see that we put a little clip into her hair.