the girls just left on a play date. now, i could do many things right now with my time. put away the clean laundry. get dinner started early so it's not a crazy rush. read my many books i have on my shelf, etc.

but here i am blogging. the good old insomnia bug has hit me again so i'm feeling a little dragging today. but all in all, can i tell you how fabulous i feel? i feel fabulous! this is the way i remember feeling with my first two babies. large, yet...comfortable. i feel so comfortable with how i look and feel and am happy with how well the whole pregnancy has been going. i bet i look as large as a blimp (i've had a lot of comments lately like.."any day now?") but i honestly feel so beautiful and confident. i'll take this deluded thinking any day! it's kind of crazy to think of how much work and drugs i had to take with phoebe- and this one...nada! granted, i'm not running any marathons or dancing the night away, but still. pretty awesome pregnancy and i'll take it!  (i hope you get how well things are going by counting the exclamation points)

i have lots of energy right now and determination to get things done. the bassinet is in the back of the car from grandma's house waiting for me to wash it's linens and get it ready. i have the kitchen and laundry room curtains to hem and the living room curtains to make. i have lots of trim that needs painting and froze meals that need making.

but danna has been in town the last few days and we've been busy visiting a ton. she graciously helped me tackle the girls' room. seriously, i cannot keep that thing organized and clean for the love of all that i hold dear.

what do you do to tackle insomnia?

lately i have been reading birth stories online.

and watching infomercials.
each one had me convinced in 15 minutes that i need this and this and this.
dang, those people are good.

this easter holiday

we hunted for eggs
and hunted
and hunted
the easter bunny had a hard time remember how many were hid. oh well...at least they are outside.
 then we tried taking pictures after church.
 the baby didn't want to cooperate
 at all
 so we let her go free
right after this picture the older girls were done too and lucy exclaimed, "let's go kill aphids!"
 so they did. my little murderers in matching pastel colors. awwwwwww.
sunday was a wonderful day. i'm always a little sad that easter isn't celebrated as much as christmas is. because my life is built on my faith in Jesus Christ. and that brings me peace. but something about this holiday's meaning seems to get lost in bunnies & chocolate. i did try to explain to the girls more than a few times how important this sunday was and why we wear our very best clothes on it.


a long weekend before easter

we left all of our animals to go on a trip this weekend 
(seriously didn't realize how many pets we had until we had to leave town)
aren't the kitties hilarious? more pictures will come soon.
we had not stayed in a hotel with the girls for over 2 years
they had so much fun eating sugary cereals, playing on the balcony, watching cartoons with commercials (so funny!), and swimming and swimming and swimming. 
the only requirement from now on for a hotel is: indoor pool. they slept like rocks.
everything about the hotel fascinated them. the elevators. the phones. the coffee maker. the jetted tub.

 on friday we attended uncle trent's graduation from BYU
it was a lot of fun to see him accomplish such an awesome thing.
*and i was proud of how the girls survived the 2 1/2 hr ceremony
 the leavitt and adams families
how neat is it that my kids get to spend so much time with grandparents and great-grandparents? we take it for granted until i see pictures like this, and think, they are so lucky.  i hope they know it.

on saturday i rounded up the girls and took them up to campus while the non-pregnant people helped pack up trent and tara's house. we had so much fun with cousin evelyn at the bookstore and the candy counter to see chelsea (we love chelsea!). those three girls run around like little peas in a pod (phoebe would have too if she wasn't strapped to the stroller 75% of the trip). we waddled slowly home and everything was already done! perfect timing. 
we followed trent and tara home and the entire trip the girls kept asking "is evelyn in front of us?"..."is that evelyn right there?"..."is she really moving today?".  i guess you could say they are more than excited to have her close by again.

i couldn't beleive how much the girls remembered about BYU and provo. the streets, the houses, their friends, the buildings on campus. my only regret is we didn't make it to the Museum of Art for the Carl Bloch exhibit. drats. but we did get a lot of swimming in!

i'm glad that i decided to tough it out and go and enjoy the girls on a mini-vacation before the baby comes. and i hope they remember it too. because we have less than 8 weeks left. but i've never made it past 39 weeks, so really, less than 7! (but i remember a little saying about 'never say never') ha ha ha

*bonus!* i got to have a late night date with jandee on friday : ) it was heaven my dear!
*double bonus!* we ran into our lovely neighbor and the girls' nursery teacher Coral Werner from our old ward AND our friends the Sandovals from our old ward just by happen chance. it was perfect! we wished we could have visited more people but it was a pretty crazy & busy trip.


seen and heard

our first blossom of the year

 "you're lap is getting smaller mommy"- abby

"DOWS!"- phoebe (cows/horses/goats)

lucy has had lots of friends come over to see her kitties. she is very good at showing them how to hold them, etc. but yesterday all 6 were out and dressed up in dolly clothes. hmmmm.

while doing the dishes the baby kicked me so hard that i let out a "oomph" and almost doubled over in pain. holy pancreas shot.

"there's a whole lot of straps going on there"- ty when seeing my gladiator sandals for the first time


what brings us together today

on the phone this morning 6:25 am

ty-  "hey"

me- "hi! happy anniversary!"

ty- "oh yeah! you too"  (he's at work- you know, can't say mushy stuff)

me- "how's your day been?"

ty- "good. you?"

me- "oh, you know, the usual. just cleaned up puke for an hour in phoebe's crib"

ty- "uh oh"

me- "yup. remember what she ate last night?"

ty" ewwww- the blueberries?"

me- "yeah. blueberries. so i'm going to lie back down now"

ty- "good. that sounds like a good idea. talk to you later"

me- "ok... (and then said mushy stuff)..bye"

happy 8th anniversary to us

i'm proud to say that we do have 'happy' anniversaries.
because every year it just keeps getting better and better.
even though some days have puke in them.


some snapshots

lucy's first toothless grin
one of her many drawings from quiet time
(flowers, fruits, trees, veggies, melons, welcome garden sign)
the baby calf we went to see for family night
walking home from family night
my niece sydney and her friend danielle at the fair (the only picture before battery death)

 abby and eddie

 31 weeks-and my easter(ish) decor


so you don't feel left out

here's everything that we've been up to, that actually matters enough to talk about.

-first and foremost, lucy lost her first tooth! for a few days she had been complaining that it hurt a little. i thought that all the sweets at the fair might have catapulted us into cavity land. i mentioned a quick, "well, we'll just have to go and see grandpa"  and let it at that. but in the bathtub a few minutes later i hear a "MOM! MOM! MOM! I think it's loose!" after i verified the fact, that yes, she had a loose tooth, she became so excited she started to crylaugh. you know, where you are laughing so hard there are tears coming out of your eyes? yeah, she did that.  she's been waiting a long time for this to happen. 

-ty and i don't communicate well enough. lucy lost the tooth the next day and i assumed that ty would have a dollar bill. i used to get a quarter, but hey, inflation right?  it wasn't until after 9pm that we decided to hit the hay and play a little tooth fairy. come to find out, there is not one $1 bill in the entire household. unless you wanted to break into their piggy banks : ).  so ty digs into his memorabilia and pulls out a wrinkled 2 dollar bill. what the? 2 bucks?  but we figured, he used to get $2 bills for teeth and she can get one for her first. cause it's special and all. 

-lucy takes things to school to show off to her friends. and she comes home with multiple things that aren't hers.  silly bands top the list of foreign objects brought home. i'm thinking i need to start patting her down before the bus comes in the morning, because apparently she took her $2 bill to school to show off. ah! embarrassed mom moment right here.

-phoebe has been a pill with a capital P lately.   sure, she's easy, when she's sleeping! but inbetween naps and bedtime i can barely keep my calm around her. she's defiant, and fast and ONERY.  i kept lamenting this to ty and anyone else who would listen. is this the terrible two's already? and i was waiting to find out, hoping that my sweet baby wasn't gone until 4 years old.  until i changed her diaper today and noticed two humongous molars cutting through on top. her gums were all red and tangled up in the mess. ouch!  so far she's teethed like lucy did, wherein we have no clue it's going on until a little ivory tooth is just glaring at us.  but i'm hoping these culprits (plus a few in front coming in) are to blame for all the fussing. please, please, be teething.

-abby is delightful in every way imaginable. she loves to play and laugh and sing and dance and buttoned up her own pajamas the other night. i can't believe how much older she is starting to look and act. she says some very sweet thoughtful prayers and always takes care of her sisters.  i'm very grateful for her loving nature. as my mom once said, "abby soothes your soul" and she really does. just a few minutes of one-on-one time with her can refresh me a million times over.  ps: she still lacks hygeine skills and eats like a pig (we blame this on uncle taylor) 

-i am large and in charge. i'll grace a photo of my rotundness soon.  i feel fantastic though. not uncomfortable and nothing out of the ordinary (knock on wood). the only exception is, i am still as tired as all get out. i can barely get anything done during the day. it's quite pitiful really. i hope my kids will forgive me for how lazy i am these days. and with 8+ weeks to go, we are in for a long haul.  the baby still moves like crahazazy during all hours of the night and when i try to drive or nap. and my fellow moms will be happy to know i've experienced my first sore ribs. i've never had that before but this baby seems to be carrying much higher than the other girls were. every day i have a feeling of what the baby will be. but i let it pass...because so far i've felt like i was having 3 boys. and...i have 3 girls. hahaha.  i'm so intuitive!

-ty is very busy. i know in years to come i will look back and laugh that we feel busy right now. but we do. he comes home from work and goes straight to work on the house. if he's not fixing something, he's adding on something or changing something or who knows what not.  it all is greek to me. but i'm grateful for how hard he works, (but it always makes me feel so lazy). plus, i think after all these years together he deserves an award for putting up with me.  we've enjoyed watching baseball at night and old movies together. it's the only time he sits down in the day. how does he do it?

ps-lucy told me today that someone told her the tooth fairy isn't real. and she flat out asked me if i did it, or the tooth fairy did.  my only response was, "well, what do you think?"  i am definitely not cut out to have older children yet.


an april monday

the weather has returned to a normal april day, which means that the fair is over.

the girls are thoroughly worn out. ty and i didn't anticipate just how much they would want to do at the fair.  last time we went they were small enough that the piglets and bunnies and pony rides entertained them. those days are gone. on thursday and friday they wanted to go and go and go and go.

we planned on all staying home saturday, but after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, thankfully, aunt taryn and cousins (and grandma and grandpa leavitt later) took them back up for us on saturday. hooray for family!   so while the girls feasted on hamburgers, had their faces painted, bunjee jumped up and down and ran all over the place, ty and i worked on the house.

the girls room is almost done! finally! i can't wait to take the final pictures after some painting and picture hanging.

as for the rest of the week, we are back to the normal routine of eating, cleaning, laundry, errands, bills, play dates and copious amounts of swinging.

and yes, my camera battery died right before lucy's dance recital at the fair.  i am such a good mom.

and yes, i forgot to check phoebe's diaper and she grudgingly sat in soggy pants for a few hours at the carnival. i really am such a good mom. seriously.

 some feathered friends on our walk last week
anyone know what they are?


a veritable smorgasbord

we started our weekend off early yesterday with a family night at the fair.

despite the blustery weather we stuck it out and enjoyed deep fried delicacies that have me questioning why we bought, tried, them in the first place? but it was fun. chocolate covered bacon? deep fried snickers bar?  but the strawberry banana kabob was awesome!

we are off again today to enjoy more food (ty says he wants to try the frog legs-yuck), some dancing and...the carnival! oh man, i hope i can survive.

saturday we [plan] to stay home and tackle our to do lists.

here's to a great weekend.

abby and wonka (a.k.a. the bunny assassin)

ps- pickles had 6 kittens yesterday and the girls are in heaven. some funny stories on that later.


seen and heard

"mom! we have to go and see that movie!....it's at the theatre this week!"- lucy 
 our small town theatre plays one movie per week.  you gotta love it.

"well, you guys have seen a lot of movies this year...i think we are going to have to pass on it"
plus, it's rated PG, and i'm such a natzi mom i only let them watch G movies still.

"BUT MOMMMMM! there's this bunny and it poops, but the poop is jelly beans!!!!!" -abby

"yeah, that's too bad you're going to miss watching that"



what a great weekend:

talking on the phone with friends who live far away

listening to our Church's General Conference.  my favorite talk so far was this one

something about not having to get 3 little girls ready for church this weekend rejuvinated me

visits with aunt sarah and uncle taylor and aunt taryn

beautiful spring flowers and chirping birds all around our house

and the fair is this week. we haven't been in a few years so we are excited.

things are looking good...finally!


fresh as a flower

i got a good night's sleep last night.
i feel as perky and happy as my geraniums.


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