Monday, June 23, 2014

Jared's Second Primary Talk

I know I just wrote a post like this, but with Annabelle, instead of Jared, for whatever reason, two weeks after Annabelle gave her talk, Jared was asked to talk.  It seems strange that Annabelle would give her second talk first, but for whatever reason last year, we always seemed to be out-of-town when Jared was scheduled to give a talk.

I think they finally decided to stop trying to assign him.  It's a good thing they picked this week since we're leaving for California this week.  And, since we were up in RR for Father's Day, we would've not known about this assignment, if it wasn't for the email reminder sent this week.

So, Jared and I sat down and figured out what he wanted to say.  He even wrote it down; until he got tired a few sentences in.  So, I became transcribe while he reminded me what he wanted to say.  Since his last talk, he's learned how to read, so we didn't even go up to help him; Greg and I just watched our little boy grow up some more.  Seriously, why are they growing so fast?!?!

His Topic: I can prepare now to be worthy to enter the Temple.

His Talk:
The temple is a sacred place.  Even though I can't go inside yet, I can prepare now so I will be worthy when I am old enough.

I prepare to go to the temple now by helping my family.

I prepare to go to the temple now by playing nicely and being a good example.

I prepare to go to the temple now by going to church and listening in primary.

Every time we do what is right we prepare to go to the temple.

I want to go to the temple one day.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

9 Weeks

**back posting how I felt with each month of this pregnancy, since this is the first pregnancy post, I'll include all of the categories and then add/subtract them when they are relevant** 

How far along: 9 weeks exactly

Approximate Due Date: January 13th, 2015
Starting Weight, Total Weight Gain: 130, about 5 lbs
Approximate Size of Baby:  Green Olive
Gender:  We should find out in August sometime...
Maternity Clothes:  I'm still fitting into most of my clothes, but I broke out the BellyBand faster this time and can already fit into my small maternity clothes.  My doctor said, 'well, honey, it is your fourth.' :)
Sleep:  Constantly tired.  I have very little energy and it's really frustrating with three kids at home all expecting an awesome summer (and I want to give it to them).
Memorable Moments:  We're telling the whole family this weekend, we've even kept it a secret from the kids.  Tee hee.  *** When we found out, I took a test a couple days early and it was negative.  Fast forward a couple days, and I thought maybe a really am.  So, I fished the old test out of the trash (because I didn't have any) and it had a really faint line.  I was so shocked and started laughing; I took a picture and sent it to Greg because he wouldn't answer his phone.  Later that day, I bought another box and took another test... just to make sure... and this time the line showed up right away.

Movement:  Not yet... but I'm really anxious to see just how much sooner I'll feel this one.
Exercise:  It's pretty much whatever I'm doing to keep up with the kids.  We occasionally go on walks, but I'm so easily exhausted right now.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  I'm not too bad this time around.  If I overstuff myself once I finally get hungry then, I'll get nauseated.  Also, it's inconsistent on what will make me sick.  For example, I'll have ice cream one day and can't handle it the next.
Not-so-Fun Symptoms:  Just like the rest of my pregnancies, I'm extra tired and Greg is doing so much to help me out.  I feel so guilty not being able to do "my job," but I am building a human being and trying to get used to the hormones again, right?
Labor Signs:  Sure hope not!
Status of Belly-Button: a little bigger than normal
What I Miss:  Doing my jobs as a wife and mom.
What I'm looking forward to:  The 2nd Trimester (hopefully, no more nausea, tiredness and worrying about losing the baby), Feeling the baby move
Anything Else:  I thought I wouldn't be anxious about this pregnancy, since I had a healthy one with Luke, but I am.  I'm not going to the doctor frequently like I did with him and everything looked great, except for a little clot that should go away.  Greg & Z gave me a blessing of health and strength.  It was very comforting and fit exactly into what I was anxious about.  *** Greg teased my doctor at my first appointment, asking her to keep her calendar open for New Year's.  Since Annabelle and Luke were two weeks early, that's where we looked on the calendar.... December 30th.  She said it was a little too early to keep it open and laughed.  I guess we'll all have to wait and see what happens over the holidays.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Annabelle's Second Primary Talk

Annabelle gave her second Primary talk yesterday and she did a wonderful job.  She spoke clearly and we even brought pictures for me to hold while she spoke.

Every day she amazes me; mostly because she's growing up so fast.

Her Topic:  Temples make it possible for families to be together forever.

Her Talk:
Families are an important part of Heavenly Father's plan.  I love my family & I want to be with them forever.

Temples make it possible for my family, and all families, to be together forever.

If we live worthy, we can go to the temple and make special promises with Heavenly Father.

These promises are how we get to live with Jesus Christ & Heavenly Father forever.  It is also how we get to see family members who have already died again.

I know if I live worthy to go to the temple, Heavenly Father will keep those promises with me.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Birthday Questions: Jared at 6

  1. What are 3 words that describe you? helpful, silly (said in a questioning tone), my skin is peach
  2. I'm really good at:  running, galloping, reading & baseball.
  3. What makes you happy? Going to a Dinosaur Museum & spending time with my family.
  4. What makes you sad? When I lose something that I like.
  5. What is your favorite animal?  Orca Whales
  6. What is your favorite food? Sushi
  7. What is your favorite color? Green, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Gold & Silver
  8. What is your favorite part about church?  When we take the Sacrament
  9. What is your favorite scripture story? Mormon because he put all of the stories together.
  10. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween, Christmas & Easter
  11. What is your favorite treat? EVERY treat!
  12. What is your favorite type of music? The music from Star Wars
  13. What is your favorite toy? Dinosaur & Star Wars Legos
  14. What is your favorite sport to play? Baseball
  15. My favorite books are: Star Wars books, Silly books
  16. What is your favorite movie? Star Wars: all of the episodes!
  17. Favorite TV Show?  Wild Kratts
  18. If I could go anywhere, I would go to: Dinosaur Museum, Disneyland, WDW, Disney Cruise, Beach
  19. What songs do you like to sing? (He started humming the Star Wars theme & Cantina Song when I asked) and "Love One Another"
  20. Best thing our family does together: Have fun, watching movies and spending time together
  21. If you could pick any pet, what would it be? Hamster, ant-eater & lizard (because they'd eat ants & caterpillars)
  22. When I was little I used to: crawl and scribble
  23. My best friend is: Caleb
  24. What do you like to do with Mommy? Playing Disney Infinity and go to YogurtZone
  25. What do you like to do with Daddy? Same thing as Mommy & to build towers with him.
  26. What do you like to play inside? Hide-n-seek, legos & play video games
  27. What do you like to play outside? throw frisbees & play in the sprinklers
  28. If I had one wish, it would be: Being a grown-up so I could do whatever I want to do.
  29. Are you afraid of anything?  tarantulas & zombies & Haunted Mansions
  30. When I grow up, I want to be: a Paleontologist
  31. Who is the coolest person you know: Dad & Mom (editor's note--- woo hoo!)
  32. *EXTRA*  My favorite memory is: Going to Aquatica last summer.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jared: Year Six

Yesterday at Sea World
Weight: 46 lbs
Height: 46 1/2 inches
Hair: light brownish red
Eyes: dark amber brown
Teeth:
 He's getting his six year molars (a couple are stuck behind his other ones--- hopefully that changes) AND he lost his first tooth last week.
Shoe Size: 10 1/2 to 11
Clothes Size: 5T pants for waist, but 6 for height, 5T & small shirts
Nicknames: Bubba, Buddy, Handsome, Big Guy
Likes: Annabelle (although this one changes on an hourly, maybe minutely, basis), Luke, Star Wars toys, dinosaurs, reading, playing the Wii, Sea World, Avengers, playing with Legos
Dislikes: being misunderstood, when Annabelle or Luke touches his stuff
Favorite Food:  Burgers & Japanese food
Favorite Toys: his dinosaur & star wars legos
Favorite Books: anything he can read by himself especially silly books like the Elephant & Piggie Series.  We're still into Magic Tree House; Captain Underpants is done after the one we finish.  I want to start Harry Potter this summer...
Favorite Things to Watch: Octonauts & Wild Kratts--- he's really into learning about animals right now
Other New Tricks: He's one of six Kindergartens who accomplished the GT (gifted & talented) tasks, so now he goes to that class, as well.  He reads at a mid-first grade reading level & LOVES to learn
What's next: Making a Summer To-Do List, including books to read.  We definitely need to teach him how to tie his shoes (parenting fail on our part).  Saying goodbye to his best friend who's moving to North Texas...
How he drives us crazy: He's still really LOUD.  The couple days this year that he's gotten in trouble is because he doesn't listen and is too loud in the classroom.*** He's super poky in the morning--- I feel like I spend the whole morning nagging him (and I don't like it).  We need to figure out something else to try for next year.
Why he's so awesome:  He is still a great helper & brother.  Everyone has moments of frustration, especially with siblings, but for the most part, he loves & treats Annabelle & Luke so nice.  He learns SO FAST and wants to help with almost anything.    Random funny thing is does right now:  He's nearly tongue-tied, which will be fixed next month, but because of it he has a hard time with Ts & Fs.  SO... when he counts, it sounds likes this... ONE, TWO, FREE, THOR.  Apparently, someone's got the Norse God of Thunder trapped somewhere & Jared is the key to finding the location. :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Week Ago...

We boarded a boat, with our best friends and had the best vacation...



We had a great time.  Funny enough, we're both dealing with a little bit of motion sickness now that we're off the boat.  Hopefully, I'll fill in the details soon with the amazing adventures on the Wonder... especially since I threw out my back and won't be going anywhere anytime soon...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Frozen Family

I need to write this down before I forget...

Last night while the kids got ready for bed, we started to sing the songs from Frozen.  We have the CD and it's currently on repeat in the car... and by repeat I mean, Mom will get chewed out if she even thinks about listening to other music.  Backstory properly established, back last night...

Everyone (Greg included, minus Luke) started singing the songs.  We got through most of them before we started reading scriptures and pushed off bedtime because of our impromptu karoeke.

Hopefully the grumpies today will be because it's way too cold for my Texas Weather Wiennies, and not because we made a Frozen memory last night.

Today: Annabelle and her preschool carpool friend listened to "Let It Go" and sung every. single. word.  I couldn't help but giggle listening to two four-year-old girls singing a Princess song.  So cute.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Luke's First: Utensils

I'm recommitting to this blog.  Just in time to go out-of-town on a big cruise.... so excited! Seriously though, I want our family to have a record of what we've been up to.

Luke is growing up so fast--- he's only three months away from nursery.  CRAZY.

Today, at lunch, I was feeding him some yogurt and he started squeaking at me and signing 'please.'  I then, asked him if he wanted the spoon.  'please' was the answer I got---- it's his go-to sign.

He had a grand ol' time with the spoon.  He even got some yogurt in his mouth a couple of times.  Couldn't believe it.


After a few minutes, though, he decided it wasn't fast enough and he went straight to the source.

Everyone always tells you, it goes by faster with each kid and it's so true.  It doesn't feel like it's been two years since we were so excited to finally be pregnant again--- let alone to have a now TODDLER in the house.  This is one of the reasons that it is necessary to keep up with this blog.  I'm going to forget things.... and I don't want to forget.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas



Saturday, November 30, 2013

Birthday Questions: Annabelle at 4

Happy Birthday to our wonderful little girl!  Even though it's a little late, as per our new tradition, here's the next round of questions for Bellie (she just said, "I have a lot of words to say"):

  1. What are 3 words that describe you? A person... Fun... and I don't know
  2. I'm really good at:  playing basketball in the backyard
  3. What makes you happy?  going to the pool
  4. What makes you sad?  Not going on the right path where my Mom and Dad go when I'm right behind them (side note: she's never gotten lost, I don't know where this came from)
  5. What is your favorite animal?  MONKEY
  6. What is your favorite food? Tomatoes
  7. What is your favorite color? Pink and Purple
  8. What is your favorite part about church?  everything in church... and treats in primary
  9. What is your favorite scripture story?  Moroni
  10. What is your favorite holiday? Why?  Valentine's Day because it's so fun
  11. What is your favorite treat?  Lollipops
  12. What is your favorite type of music?  "I have a Family Here on Earth," "Let It Go" and the Frozen music
  13. What is your favorite toy?  Coloring
  14. What is your favorite sport to play?  Hula-hoop
  15. My favorite books are:  ALL of my Princess books
  16. What is your favorite movie?  Frozen  TV Show? Octonauts
  17. If I could go anywhere, I would go to: Disneyland & Disneyworld
  18. What songs do you like to sing?  "Let It Go" & "Reverently, Quietly"
  19. Best thing our family does together:  Go on walks and go to the pool
  20. If you could pick any pet, what would it be?  a cute cat
  21. When I was little I used to: go to the zoo
  22. My best friend is:  Alex & Elise
  23. What do you like to do with Mommy?  play a game
  24. What do you like to do with Daddy?  go on a Daddy and Annabelle date
  25. What do you like to play inside?  Color
  26. What do you like to play outside?  Play in the sandbox
  27. If I had one wish, it would be:  wishing to go to the pool (I think this girl likes summer)
  28. Are you afraid of anything?  Only crocodiles and sharks and everything that eats persons and snakes and lizards, but not Mema's lizard (hilarious)
  29. When I grow up, I want to be:  the best baseball and basketball player
  30. Who is the coolest person you know:  Mommy (sweet!)
  31. *EXTRA*  My favorite memory is: playing my matching princess game.

Gratitude Turkey 2013

I kind of dropped the ball the last five days before Thanksgiving, but we still did most of the month, so it still counts... right?  Our list still has plenty of things we are grateful for... in order it goes:

Greg, Amber, Jared, Annabelle, & Luke*

1:  Friends, Coupons, Burgers & Fries, Grilled Cheese, feet
2:  Leaves, Our Van, Mommy cleaning my cut, Sea World, Sweet Rides
3:  Primary Teachers, Books, Sleep, Temples, his stuffed Mario
4:  Home Teachers, Doctors, Medicine, Jesus, Mom
5:  Mommy, Daddy, Thanksgiving, Mommy, Noodles
6:  Jared, The Spirit, Mrs. Miller, Turkeys, Green Blankie
7:  Belle, Carpools, The Prophet, Preschool, Naps
8:  Service, Willing Helpers, Birthday Cake, My Party, Jared & Belle
9:  Luke, Asgard, Books, Mema & Deda, Using Signs
10:  We LOVE ANNABELLE!
11:  Work, Aunt Meggie, The Earth, Books, Blocks
12:  Priesthood, Priesthood, Daddy, Oba & Jiji, Milk
13**:  Good Books, Anthesthia, My Tonsils coming out, Jared, Oba
14:  Grandparents, Phone Alarms, My Life, Leaves, Cheerios
15:  Patience, Chocolate, My Family, Heavenly Father, Daddy
16:  Race Cars, Technology, Trying New Food, Aunt Megan, Kitty-Kat Maggie
17:  Ward Members, Sharing Talents, Church, Church, Sippy Cups
18:  Medicine, Rocking Chairs, Rest, Daddy, Cuddles
19:  Co-Workers, Tile Floors, Ice Cream, Luke, Balls
20:  Callings, Good Blankets, School, Gatorade, Boxes
21:  Cuddles, Alone Time with the Kids, Special Thanksgiving Food, Priesthood, Learning New Things
22:  Showers, Prayer, Doctors, Granni & Grandad, New Teeth
23:  Testimony, Warm Jackets, My Body, Prayer, Playing in the Decorations

*Since he's only got a couple words under his belt, we took turns saying what Luke was most grateful for.
**Day of Jared's Surgery

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Four Years of Annabellie

It's so hard to believe that she's four!

Weight: 37 lbs (50 %)
Height: 40 1/2 inches (75 %)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: depends on the day--- dark to amber brown
Teeth:
nothing's changed
Shoe Size: 8 to 10--- depending on the shoes ;)
Clothes Size:  5T dresses and shirts, 4T shorts/skirts
Nicknames: Belle, Annabellie, Bellie, Little Mama, Little Girl, Sissy, turkey, button
Likes:
Luke, Jared, Daddy, Mommy, Pink Blankie, anything Disney Princess, Sea World, anything girly/princessy, singing--- the newest thing I would add to the list would be COLORING and art.  She will take any opportunity to sit and color in one of her MANY coloring books or create something new.
Dislikes: she absolutely HATES (and I try not to use that word a lot) being bossed around--- she's a very independent soul, Luke touching her stuff, and she's recently become a much more picky eater--- much to the frustration of her parents.  Dinner conversations sometimes go like this...
A: I don't like this
M/D: You've had this before.  You ate it up last time
A: Well, I don't like it now.
Favorite Food:  Mac & Cheese with Chocolate Milk is still her meal of choice.  She also gobbles up tortellinis, most burgers, cheese pizza (anything cheese actually), and Japanese food (phew).
Favorite Toys: Princesses & their Castle, her baby dolls and her big dollie Princesses.
Favorite Books: Scripture Stories, All of her Princess books, her new mini Book of Mormon
Favorite Things to Watch: She'll still watch Mickey and Disney Princess movies (without the scary parts).  She also now likes Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood A LOT.  I hear the songs from that show ALL. THE. TIME.
Other New Tricks:  She's gotten really good at writing her letters.  She usually mentions something new every time she comes home from preschool.  The other night in the car, she counted to 29 and got stuck at 30--- it was cute.  She picks up songs really easily and in relationship to her new love of coloring, she's started to color in the lines and be particular in her colors.
What's next: Continue to learn to count, Reading more stories, remembering to use words when she communicates
How she drives us crazy: Her independent (and very similar to my) nature gets us to not listen to each other fairly easy.  We want her to be able to make choices, but sometimes she doesn't listen to us before she makes those choices (like most of us).  She also does a little bit of reverting when Luke gets too much attention (i.e. whining, pointing, using one word)--- frustrating considering she's been talking since the womb... well, not THAT early.
Why she's so awesome: She's my girl and keeps me sane among all of the boy-ness.  She's so sweet and loves to take care of anyone and everyone.  She's also willing to be silly with me, even if it may be embarassing.  She's also really thoughtful; she made FOUR Get Well cards for Jared's surgery yesterday.  I don't know what we're going to do with all of her art projects, but she usually makes something for a specific reason in her mind.  Already willing to serve.  Her smile also lights up the room, or your mood, because she looks at you with complete adoration.  Annabellie-button is the best button girl for our family.  Luke and I definitely miss her on preschool days and I think her growing-up will be the hardest on both Greg and I.

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