Monday, December 29, 2008

Aprons, my new passion...

Santa Claus brought Evie this cute new kitchen for Christmas and I decided she needed a cute apron to go with it. I found a free apron pattern online, if you are interested click here. While I was looking through all the patterns, I found one that I am going to make for myself, and I found a great story about how an apron is the homemaker's uniform. This is a concept that really spoke to me as a stay-at-home mom. You know, a symbol that is immediately recognized with respect as someone with a serious job to do. A doctor in scrubs and white coat, a judge in a black robe, a policeman or fireman in their uniforms. And a wife and mother in an apron, that says "I am busy raising these children to be civilized, productive members of society and providing the services of maid, nanny, cook, housekeeper, taxi-driver, gardener, and shrink to my family". As she says in her story, "The Keeper of the House, with a capital K!" I think having a uniform will help me be better at my job too, not letting the dishes and laundry pile up on me, get better at delegating and teaching my children about their responsibilities in this family. I suppose part of the reason this has been on my mind, is as my mom gets sicker and her time gets closer I feel like I have to grow up more and be prepared to be "the Mom". I won't be able to call her for advice or just to vent when my sweet little angels turn into hellions, and have her laugh at me for complaining that my children are doing to me what I did to her. Well, if anyone else wants to join my apron-as-a-uniform movement let me know, we'll have an apron sewing party.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Post-Sunday Hairdo Post

I just had to share the fro that happened after I took out all the braids from her hairdo. Brian said she looks like a lion.

I often have people ask me how I get her to hold still while I do her hair. And the funny thing is she is great while I do the hair styles, but she throws a royal hissy-fit when I take them out. You'd think I was pulling her hair out by the roots. Tonight I got tricky and cut the elastics out instead, but it was terrifying to me. I don't want to be posting a picture of Evie with a drastic haircut to hide where mom took out a chunk of hair!

No Naps on Sunday

You know you are tired when the climbing onto the couch is just too much...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Christmas Elf...

Evie loved decorating the tree, now if I can only convince her to stop rearranging it...

Monday, December 8, 2008

First Christmas

Yesterday evening we got together for a fun Christmas celebration. We went around and saw each others Christmas trees and decorations and then drove to the park to see the lights. After it got too cold we went back to Mima and Pa Dave's and had a mini gift exchange. Mima and Pa gave the kids new jammies and a Christmas storybook to read. Josh and Elena gave us each our wedding picture that Josh had photo shopped or something, you can see what they look like here. They are beautiful, and mom and dad have the whole set. They look really cool all together. Mom also gave Caitlin, Elena, and myself each a beautiful pearl necklace along with a letter about pearls of wisdom. It was a night of happiness and sadness and just enjoying being together doing some Christmas things. We hope Mima makes it to Christmas, but whatever happens we are making memories everyday and enjoying the time we have together as a family.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Getting into a new routine...

Don't you love when they are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand?

Mima and Lila enjoying an afternoon nap together. We like to spend the afternoons over at Mom and Dad's and just hang out with Mima Kim and all her visitors.

Both Evie and Jake are enjoying the new addition to our family. And people have been very kind in bringing little treats for them both when they bring something for the new baby. Susan Bellomy gave them this little DoddlePro that Evie is holding. She loves it! She will sit and play with it for 30 minutes at a time. Her and Jake used to have a hard time taking turns with the big one, now they sit and draw together. They have also gotten some christmas coloring books and m&m's from some sisters in our ward. Everyone is taking really good care of us.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Welcome to the world, baby girl...

Introducing Lila Faith, born November 30th at 6:52 a.m. She was 7 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches long.

We went to the hospital on Saturday evening because I felt like I couldn't get enough oxygen and felt really light headed. They checked me over and couldn't find anything wrong and my oxygen levels were 98%, and I was still only dilated to a 2, so they were getting ready to send us home and... WHAM! Contractions started hard and fast and I was at a 4 within another hour and a half. So they said, "Ok, you're staying and having a baby instead." Brian and I were thrilled, Brian especially because he had to work really hard to talk me into going in and getting checked out. I told him to enjoy being right, because it doesn't happen all that often.
One of the best things was Mima Kim and Pa Dave got to the hospital around 4:30, so mom and I were the oxygen sisters. We shared ice chips and she brushed my hair and held my hand and got to be the first to hold Lila after she was born. She was pretty worn out afterwards, but she was there.