Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August Happenings

I had my ultrasound earlier this month and got to see our little one!

We were successful in not finding out what the sex was even though it was really hard to keep my eyes closed. Chad has always wanted to have a surprise baby, but I am crazy about having everything ready and wouldn't let him. He made me promise on our third child we would , but then I panicked that maybe it was a boy and we had no boy things. But now that we have both I am good with waiting, Easton didn't close his eyes of course and kept yelling "Mom mom its a brother!!!" The nurse that he was pretty funny but was really good about not spoiling it. I guess we will find out in December if Easton is right!

This month I have been kinda nesting a little crazy. I went through all of the kids toys and donated a bunch, got rid of old clothes, cleaning random things, and rearranged the house a bit. So the house rearranging was instigated by Easton. He had croup last week and wasn't sleeping. So Chad blew up our queen air mattress in the office so Easton and I could could try and sleep, much better than the couch. Then Easton kind of claimed the bed as his big boy bed and never looked back at his crib! We pulled out his big boy quilt Grandma Clayton made for him and he was so excited!!!

He has done so awesome! He just goes right to sleep and always talks about "Easton's Big Boy Bed!" He loves having his own room and the girls love having a girls only room. We think he is probably relieved to actually just go to sleep and not listen to the girl giggle haha. We thought about buying him his own mattress but since Chad has an interview in Oklahoma this week we weren't sure if we would be moving soon or not. So we just bought a twin air mattress for now until we know what we are doing. And blue sheets his favorite color!

Sophie is loving school and often comments how she never wants to come home. I don't know if we should be happy or sad about that. She also lost one of her front teeth. She gave us such a hard time for a week and wouldn't let us touch it. Then one night she was playing on her bed and caught it on something and it came out. She came bolting out of her room in a panic. She thought she had lost her tooth in her bed but we found it.

Lydia has been loving pre-school. She talks about it everyday and cant wait till the next pre-school day. She has also been doing a night time chart and has been doing so well lately! This morning she finally filled her chart and is so excited to go buy new church shoes! She is also getting better writing her letters. She practices her writing while Sophie does her homework and she has done so well.

Chad pulled out his blow guns the other day and the kids had fun shooting at our dart board.

On Saturday we cleaned the church in the morning and then went to Chad's boss' daughter's birthday party. It was at Pump it Up which the kids thought was so awesome.

Easton was one fearless kid on those giant slides. He would just climb right up and he looked so tiny flying down. On one slide he was actually in mid air he was going so fast and he loved every second. Then we had a fun game night at Sarah's house with Craig and Mike's family too. It was so fun to hang out and play games with each other. The kids had a blast playing with their cousins and were definitely tired by the time we got home late that night.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

End of Summer Fun

Sophie started school on July 20th. She was beyond excited to finally start and talked about school ALL summer long. She was especially thrilled to have the same teacher Mrs. Malm who is amazing!

She had a great first day and practically jumped out of the car to go to class. I was worried about how she would do adjusting to all day school, but she has done really well. The hardest part is getting her up at 6am when this little sleeping beauty likes to sleep til 9 or 10. And homework time...yikes, but that's getting better.

Cousins were still in town so after school we headed to the Tucson Historical Museum which ended up being way more fun than expected! They had a whole upstairs area where kids could touch and play with everything. The kids could have played there all day.

 When we finally got them to walk through the rest of the museum we found an excavation site which the boys were all over.

It was sad to say goodbye to the cousins and Kimberly. Easton still talks about Landon and Parker and how he wants to play with them and catch lizards with them.

Since we haven't gotten a chance this summer to go camping as a family we headed up the mountain after Sophie got out of school on Friday. The kids were so excited and had so much fun exploring around the campsite and climbing rocks.

Chad and I had fun cooking over a fire. We heated up a pan of oil over the fire and cooked french fries which the kids thought were cool. We even had some dutch oven dessert. The kids loved sleeping in the tent and did great all night. The next morning we went for a short hike on the butterfly trail.

We found a cool spot to take a picture overlooking the mountain. I asked the kids to stop so we could take a picture. The girls happily came. Easton on the other hand thought we were dawdling and kept telling us to come on and go! He was ready to hike.

He did finally appease me and quickly jumped in the picture and said cheese just in time for me to click the button before he walked away.

The girls like to stop and write in their journals on what plants and animals they see as we hike.

After the hike we had a picnic lunch and enjoyed climbing on rocks. I think it is our children's favorite camping activity.

We headed down the mountain and got ready to go to the Pima Air and Space Museum. It is sad that we have lived right next to this place for 7 years and have never gone. It turned out to be very cool and the kids loved all the activities that were there.

They made some really fun crafts and had a scavenger hunt and to top it all off got to see Grandma and Grandpa Clayton volunteering there,

Today is Lydia's first day of preschool! It is crazy to think my kids are getting this old. I keep thinking of her as this little girl but she is so smart and can do pretty much anything Sophie does. She is so excited to get to do Joyschool with her friend Addyson!

When I first asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up she wanted to be a doctor. then she changed her mind and said a dentist. And then finally after about an hour she looked at me and said "you know what I really want to be mom? I want to be a mom." She is such a sweetheart and takes such good care of her little brother I am sure she is going to make one awesome mom someday.