Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a hike up table rock

Early this summer we hiked up table rock. The boys easily made it to the summit.  We were constantly telling Carson to slow down.  lily did really great.  It was a hard hike for her, but she hardly complained and made it all the way to the top by herself. Grant was a happy little hiker.  He was tired by then end of the excursion, and ended up sleeping most of the hike down. The view from the top is really pretty, and I think we will definitely be doing this hike again.  The only thing I didn't like is that the kids kept wanting to get really close to the edge at the top.  The drop isn't as high as it looks, but if you fell off you would get pretty hurt. I felt like I was yelling at my kids (especially Lily and Lincoln) a lot to get away from the edge.  It's okay to yell at your kids to keep them from severe bodily harm right? 

Lily turns 4

Miss Lily turned 4 on us this April.  For her preschool birthday celebration she and I made cupcakes.  Since it was for her birthday I let her put her finger in the batter once or twice.  It is always difficult to know what to get Lily for her birthday, because every girl toy we have ever given her has gotten very little use.  Despite that, we went with a Sophia the First action figures as her main gift.  She seemed to like them that day, but like all of the other dolls has been played with very little.  I had high hopes for the Sophia the First gift since that is her favorite cartoon, but she just seems to prefer to play with stuffed animals to dolls.  Lily has mellowed out a little this year. I think a little may be the operative word, but we will take what we can get.  She still tends to be a very spirited and independent child.  She does not like to be told what to do, which can make parenting a little difficult.  And if you try to get her to do something she doesn't want to when she is overly tired Watch Out, it can get a little scary.  Despite all the challenges it brings we love her spunk.  I feel like her independence and spirit will serve her well through out her life. Girls need a little spunk so they don't get pushed around.  I am not really worried about Lily getting pushed around ever! She loves to look at books, and she likes to "read" me the books she has memorized. She loves to play stuffed animals. She is a good friend and makes friends easily. She seems to be a natural leader, and usually kids follow her lead in games and play. She is usually cheerful and happy (unless she is tired).  She is sweet and affectionate, and still loves to cuddle and sit on laps.  She always looks out for younger children and makes sure they are not hurt or scared. She is a second mother to Grant and frequently follows him around and makes sure he is staying out of trouble.  We sure love our Lily girl.

Monday, August 25, 2014


I am not a gardener. Nor do I consider myself a person with a green thumb.  But when we moved into our new home last year Nate and I decided we should have a garden.  Not a dainty garden. A big, big, garden.  We have 5 garden boxes: a 7x4, 6x4, 5x4, 4x4, and a 3x4. Why, you might ask would we make such a huge change in our attitude toward gardening?  Well mostly we just thought it would taste yummy and it would be a good experience for our kids.  That has proved true on all counts.  So now we have produce coming out our ears. I really attribute the success of our garden to my parents who came up to help us plant.  My kids and my parents planted almost all of the seeds and plants. I hardly planted a thing!  The kids have been so excited about the garden!  They have loved going out all summer and checking on the plants in their garden boxes.  Nate built us some beautiful garden boxes. In the beginning we figured if we didn't grow much at least the boxes would look nice, but we have been surprised by our own success.  Grant even likes to get in on the garden action.  I had him outside with me while I was picking some tomato's, and he ran off with one.  He thought he was pretty sneaky.  He plopped himself down on the patio and ate the whole thing.  He kept saying "mmmmmmmmmmm." My thoughts exactly you cant beat a fresh grown tomato.  So I guess I should retract my first statement, and accept what I have become. My name is Emily and I am a gardener. And I actually like gardening. I know, I am so surprised.  It has been a kind of strange evolution from a person who swore they would never garden to becoming the proud owner of 5 garden boxes, but I think that gardening is now a permanent part of our lifestyle.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grant turns 1

Grant turned 1 back in May.  I can't believe how fast his first year went by.  I really did try to enjoy it since he is my last baby, but it just flew by.  Grant wasn't much interested in the opening gifts aspect of his party, luckily there were plenty of little people present who were more than happy to help him with that. He did however enjoy his cake.  I love to see little babies stuff their faces with delectable treats.  I am pretty sure that Grant tried to stuff at least half of his cake in his mouth at one time. Yes, the first time you eat cake I am sure it is that good that you have to get it all in as fast as possible. Cousin Max knew a good thing when he saw it and hung out under Grant's high chair snacking on Grants crumbs.  Grant is such a sweet easy going baby. He let's me tote him all over the place and  as long as we keep moving never cries or makes a fuss.  He is extremely busy, but very good natured. He is a BIG challenge in church right now.  He just wants to run around and climb on anything and everything in the building.  He loves to be chased by his siblings. He lets Lily boss him around and over mother him. He loves to go outside, if the back door opens he runs to try to escape to the back yard.  He loves music and will get down to any beat. He loves to eat tomato, cucumber, quesadillas, strawberries, and string cheese.  He is my first baby to reach his first birthday and not have any teeth. he loves books and will spend a good amount of time looking through and destroying his baby books.  It's a good thing he is our last kid, because our baby books will be lucky if they survive him.  At one he said: dad, mama, and barked like a dog.  Strangely, he loves dogs and doesn't seem to be afraid of them.  As I am writing this post he is 15 months and now says: car, ball, ily (Lily), uh oh, sit, me, shoe, bird.  He signs milk and more. The sign for more means generally that he wants to eat whatever you have.  If you ask the kids "who wants (fill in the blank)" he will say "me" no matter what you are offering.  He is a joy!  And we love having this little man in our family.   

A trip to the dairy

Lily's last field trip of the year was a trip to a local dairy.  It was a fragrant field trip to say the least, but Lily loved it!  Lily loves animals! She is always asking me if Grant is old enough that we can get a dog.  At the field trip she wasn't in the least intimidated by the calf, even though it was a little bit jumpy.  She was one of the first in line to feed and pet the not so little calf.  Lincoln accompanied us on this field trip and although he would probably not admit it, he thought it was pretty cool.  He doesn't like to get caught liking things that his baby sister thinks is cool, but don't kid yourself he still wanted to see the calf.  It was a fun time despite the dirt and smell.  I love it when my kids get to try knew things and they embrace the opportunity.  Lily definitely took full advantage of this field trip.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grant 9 & 10 months

Grant is such a cutie!  At 9 & 10 months he was at a stage where he was constantly underfoot.  He would always crawl over to me and then pull himself up on my legs.  This was usually cute, I would look down and there was his little face looking up at me. However, this habit did get really annoying when I was in the middle of making dinner.  Since I did not give Grant as much attention while I was trying to make dinner he would usually give up on me, go straight to the cupboards, and make a mess with his favorite bowls. This would usually keep him occupied until dinner time or until Nate came home and could off load me. Shortly after Grant turned 10 months he started walking on us.  He was our earliest walker by far.  The walking was really not that much of a pain except at church, where it was already hard to keep him contained.  Walking made church with Grant a full on nightmare!  We are already counting down the days until nursery.  Around the 10 month mark Grant also started waving hi and bye and clapping.  He really is a pretty easy going little guy and we love having him  in our family.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Easter 2014

We had a low key Easter this year.  My parents had a little Easter egg hunt for the kids the week before Easter.  Unfortunately, Lincoln was quarantined from the rest of the family during this time because he had pneumonia, so he couldn't participate. Grandma made sure he got some eggs any way, but he still missed out on a lot of the fun.  Luckily Lincoln was feeling better by the time the actual holiday rolled around so he still had an opportunity to enjoy the traditional Easter festivities. Our family attended the Silverleaf  Easter egg hunt (where the kids got way too much candy) and of course the sneaky Easter Bunny hid our eggs and left some goodies on Easter morning. Grant seemed to enjoy the Easter Egg hunt although he probably only picked up 2 eggs. I think he probably enjoyed being outside more than anything. The kids loved dyeing eggs and got a big kick out of making a few ugly grey eggs.  I teased the kids that the Easter Bunny might not bring treats if they made too many of the eggs ugly.  Lincoln took this warning seriously and left the Easter Bunny a note apologizing for the ugly eggs.  It was really funny.  The kids really love the holidays which makes them so fun!  It was another successful Easter.