Month: March 2014

    Best Buddies

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    We used to be best buddies – but now we’re not!

    Is that song stuck in anyone else’s head?

    My kids are best buddies and I LOVE IT.

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    These boys literally cry at night if they don’t go to bed together at the same time in the same bed. They are buddies. They got a drawing book at the last book fair and Packer wouldn’t let me draw with him. Only Benji. Another day Pack got mad when Benji went to a friend’s house because he felt like he was losing his friend. Another time Packet built a ‘museum’ upstairs and Benji had friends over. I heard Benji tell his friends several times not to mess it up cause Packer had spent like three days making it.

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    Best buds – Rose yells for Cali every morning and won’t get out of bed until Cali comes and helps her. Cali and Rose always give each other big hugs. They play house and nurture each other. The girls watch Tangled and act it out together. In primary Rose gets scared and Cali comforts her. They really are best buddies.

     

     

     

     

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    These two are still young but I’m hoping the gender difference won’t matter too much and they can be buddies.

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    Sometimes they switch up who their buddy is for the day. These two play really well when they aren’t too tired.

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    And these boys have been practicing puppet dancing and other crazy moves, be sure to request a show next time you are over at our place.

    Categories: Benji, Cali, Millie, Packer, Raymond, Rose

    March Madness

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    I love ncaa march madness. I love watching hours and hours of basketball. But it is not uninterrupted march madness. Life goes on. Kids play and eat. Family comes to visit and we all eat green food for St Patty’s Day. We’ve had a mix of summer weather and some rain. We’ve watched Frozen and played games. The basketball madness starts up again tomorrow. I am excited for that but I am more excited to see what life brings our way next…

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    Rose and Ellie on their Tuesday play date.

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    dancing kiddos

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    I’m addicted to Baller Beats. Ben is addicted to Hearth Stone. and Packer makes up his own games.

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    Ray thinks he is big enough to wander the yard. Here he is in the neighbors yard with the big kids 🙂

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    Dutch oven dinner anyone?? yum

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    And the girls finally got us out to fly their kites 🙂

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    Ben took an hour on a Saturday to go to the driving range with his brothers.

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    We made lots of Green Food on March 17th:

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    Millie is a big mouth smiler and trying to move on her tummy… and she always has a toy close by…

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    We bought Frozen the day it came out and have watched it many times since…

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    Wiggle cars are fun for all ages.

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    Millie can hold her own bottle when I run out of time and she’s starving…

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    We made it to the school fundraiser and the boys made fun 2 liter bottles again this year.

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    Ryan and the girls came down for a Friday night sleep over! Brady slept over too and Joel and Megan played with us both days…

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    This is what I see out my front window… I love when they play outside. I love that there are lots of neighbors to play with. This makes me excited for summer.

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    And that is the end of my pictures.

    Categories: General

    Dinosaur Museum

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    We went to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point on Monday because the kids didn’t have school and we hadn’t been since the big boys were little boys. and We finally used all the money on the Thanksgiving Point gift card that Ben got 3ish years ago!

    They had a “tinker” room at the beginning that we enjoyed. It was lots of science type games and seeing how things work with wind and electricity and spinning and movie making and our favorite was the Shadow box. The kids liked looking at all of the dinosaurs and bones and they loved playing in the water and sand. They also loved digging for bones at the end.

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    Categories: General

    Spring is in the Air

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    We have had warmer weather! We love the sun. We love being outside.
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    Our new location is great for letting the kids have a little more freedom on their bikes.

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    Packer finally caught the bike riding bug!

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    We’ve also played lots of card games with these girls and had a few tears learning how to lose…

     

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    and we’ve had a few runny noses…

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    And we set up the xbox in the basement.

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    And even when the weather is beautiful we still spend lots of time in the kitchen taking care of these munchkins:

     

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    Categories: General

    6 Months!!

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    Millie is 6 months old! She is roughly 20 pounds and 23 inches. OK – INSERT – my nurse was new and in over her head. She was frazzled the whole time and to say it nicely she was clueless. I did overload them with 3 appointments at one time BUT with the regular nurses it would have been fine. I just weighed and measured Millie here at the house and she is 17 pounds and 25 inches.

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    She Still LOVES the bumbo as all of these pictures will show – that’s where we get lots of smiles.

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    She is a good sleeper but she has decided to go to bed early like at 6:30 or 7:30 and then she wants to spend the 2-6am hours snuggled in my bed. I love snuggles but not all night long. I tried a bottle before bed last night but that made her gassy and in my bed even more.

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    Millie can still only roll from back to stomach. She is still SAFE on the couch. She likes to chew on her toys and hold on to toys or blankets. She sucks her thumb when she gets tired. She scratches her face all the time :(. She does not get swaddled. She does have a nap time Minnie Mouse in her bed that she seems to enjoy listening to to fall asleep.

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    I love my Millie Marie. She really is a good baby. The girls help “take Care” of her and even Raymond likes his “Mil girl”.

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    Categories: Millie

    February is Over!

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    February is over!

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    crazy

    Cali has been learning dance and gymnastics moves from her cousins.

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    a sunny day!

    Wednesday was beautiful. We got sun burns. I was outside from 11:30am until the sun went down and it felt wonderful. We kicked the soccer ball around. Benji and I played a little baseball. Ray didn’t want to be left out.

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    selfie’s with a baby are always cuter

    I can’t believe how big she is getting. She still has jowels and chubby hands and fuzzy fuzzy hair.

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    hockey

    I told Raymond that I was going to sit down and watch the USA hockey game. Next thing I know he was bringing me all of the hockey sticks and goals so that we could play. That Sunday he got the uncles to play hockey with him. We keep holding our breath that at least one of our kids will really love sports 🙂

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    Rose loves games right now. She and Cali are relentless in asking me to play with them throughout the day. Their favorite is still Spot It but they enjoy Apples to Apples and Candyland, Fibber and Disney Headbanz.

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    The king of projects was back at it this week – Packer built this “City” with all of his favorite toys. I’m pretty sure he has a similar “city” in the neighboring cousins basement.

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    playing with dad

    It won’t be long now until she’s running around with the rest of them!

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    The girls really wanted haircuts and they really needed them so I just got the scissors out and went for it. I’m afraid Rose is losing her curls – this was her first trim so I was very hesitant. She has some curl left but not like she used to.

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    look at that fuzzy hair

    Her favorite spot is still the bumbo. SHE LOVES IT.

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    get out of the bathroom!

    Raymond is trouble! He is. He is always looking to explore and get into things. My other kids were angelic in this department and he is not. He learned how to open doors this week so now nothing is safe: the game closet, the bathrooms, the front door and the worse one, the pantry! He raids the pantry whenever he gets hungry and looks for treats!

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    I think we’ve got a toy/baby stuff problem going on in our family room! One more reason we love our new bigger house. Good bye February

    Categories: General

    Cub Scout Cake Eating Contest

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    We went to Benji’s Blue and Gold celebration this week for cub scouts.Actually we are the Wolf Den Leaders so it’s kind of our thing too. Instead of the traditional dinner we did a cake decorating contest and cake eating contest. Benji was awarded scariest cake for his little monsters.

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    The boys had fun shoving cake into their mouths…

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    Cali and Packer got  to do the cake contest too:

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    Categories: Benji

    Shaelyn’s birthday party

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    My niece turned 19 last week so we had her over for Sunday dinner. She is at BYU and is getting ready to put in her mission papers! She brought a boy and we let Sean and Brady and Casey and Joel and Megan come 🙂 We love having so much family close by.

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    Look at that full kitchen table! That is one of the main reasons we wanted to move. Our new kitchen is great!

    Categories: Robertson

    Baby Over Load

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    Baby over load – But they are soo cute! I love these cute little babies and I love it when life slows down just a little bit, just enough for me to sit and snuggle and enjoy them.

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    Categories: Millie, Raymond

    homework is horrible

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    This is the first year that homework has been a struggle. Benji hates his Cursive and hates that I make him do the full 20 minutes of reading. He was reading at night but has decided he doesn’t like that as much.
    Packer just doesn’t like homework. He is so burnt out by the time he gets home that he truly cannot focus. Problem is he NEEDS to focus. He NEEDS homework. He needs help on his reading and he needs help on spelling. I’ve tried to let him wait until after dinner but it just doesn’t get done if we do. So we will keep plugging away because really homework isn’t horrible. Packer is learning a lot from it. Both boys do better in school when we do better with homework.

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    and then there is Cali who like to give herself homework. She just started bringing home word group papers from preschool and she asks me to listen to her read almost every day. She is catching on fast. I think she will be reading very soon.

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    Doesn’t Cali look so old here! 5 years old is big time 🙂 The boys are in the background checking their chores.

    Categories: Benji, Cali, Packer