Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

 Oh Easter.  I always want to have a spirit-filled, faith building week surrounding Easter, but it just didn't happen this year.  However, I did manage to have a coordinating family for Easter Sunday!  Priorities, right!?

Wyatt's outfit was one of the few things I kept from when Will was 2.  It's adorable even though you can't see the dogs embroidered on his pants. I had just gone through a box and found it and realized it's the right size.  Yay!  So I planned the rest of the outfits around that. Plus Elle was already planning on wearing this yellow dress.  I love easy.

Amelia's dress was made from a vintage pillowcase and the Geranium pattern.  I cannot say enough how good that pattern is.  Fits perfectly, sews up fast.  I already started another one.  And, it matched many a cloth diaper:

And for Will, I made him a real bow tie.  Of course it took a few tutorials for me to figure how to tie it, but it looks swell. I already had the fabric and it kinda matches Wyb's shirt.  I used this tutorial.  I think I will make about 50 more.  Love them.

Maddie was a little trickier.  She is rather particular about what she wears and won't wear stuff I make.  The best I could do was pick up a yellow scarf.  I'm sure she would have picked out a fabulous outfit if she had $100 and lots of time.

Anyway, church was really nice. Because I had to snap a picture we were a tad late.  Not exactly late to the meeting, just too late to get good seats.  I think I've mentioned before how this building is terrible for large families. It's cutthroat to get a big enough pew.  But the speakers and talks were great, the kids were pretty good except that Will brought a Lego creation to church with him.  Never bring legos.  Your little brother will scream for them and it will break apart and a million pieces during the sacrament.

Afterwards we had a sort of nice dinner.  I always have visions of this:

but it's really more like this:

But hey, everyone got a little protein before consuming candy.
Then I collected the Easter baskets, filled them with some little treats (bubbles, chalk and car for the boys, fancy pencils and post-it notes for Elle, mud mask and candle for Maddie, Frozen for Amelia, haha.) and hid them in the yard.  They know the Easter Bunny isn't real...

But really the day is to celebrate the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I am so grateful to have a Savior that make eternal families possible.  We did much better at last night's FHE discussing the events of Easter weekend and significance of it all.

And if you haven't seen this little video, watch it, and if you have, watch it again.  It's so good.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Good Friday

It was a good Friday.
Some neighbors of ours host a big egg hunt every year and this was Wyatt's first year to participate (last year he was napping).  He really couldn't figure things out until he stepped on an egg and out popped candy. Then it was hard to get him to wait for the start time.  Quick learner.

 He's so cute, but such a handful.  He was covered in mud and chocolate from the beginning.  He doesn't like chocolate apparently.  He does NOT get that from his mom.  

 See what's on his bum?  That's an Irwin diaper.  I traded a few diapers to get that.  Like baseball cards.

 Will wasn't as put-out as he looks.  His bucket was solidly full of candy afterwards.  It was worse than Halloween. At least they have to do some walking to collect all that sugar...

and Maddie and Mr. Eyebrows.  
Maddie helped Wyb with the hunt since she officially aged out.  
Wyatt is really my shy boy.  He's a homebody just like me also.  Whenever we go out in public with lots of children and chaos he grabs my keys and cries to go bye-bye.  Happened at the children's museum (with full on screaming and he was running out the doors) and at the egg hunt.  Always a little suspicious.  The candy helped.

It was a great event and the weather held out and everyone was ready for naps afterwards!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Will's Art Collection

Will brought home a wad of artwork from the year and I took pictures of it all (so I can toss them) except, some of them are so cute I might actually hang on to them.

 This tow-truck was a drawling for Wybee.
 Not a fan of cat in the hat, but he is rather cute here.

 Self portrait.  

 Non-scary clown.

 I love this watercolor kite.

 This monster on rollerblades is another fave.

 He didn't like his overly-large flower, but I did.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amelia's Baby Blessing

Yesterday was Amelia's baby blessing.  It was really sweet.  She wore the dress that was my great-great-grandfather's blessing gown from 1883. I was blessed in it, and so were all my girls.  It was a very beautiful blessing even though I couldn't hear a whole lot--Wyatt was squawking in my ear and she was fussing a bit until she apparently locked eyes with my dad and started cooing.  We are so grateful to have her in our family.  I look at this picture and feel pretty impressed that these peeps are mine for eternity.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Amelia's Week with Wyatt

I've been doing the weekly photo project with Amelia like I did with Wyatt.  This last week I spread out our fabric and laid Amelia down and Wybee immediately came and laid down too.  It was sad and pathetic and cute.  I think he remembered doing this and thought it was his turn.  Oh my poor big baby.

 I love this guy so much, but he is a lot of work.  It's constant and exhausting and I'm considering getting him a play yard or something. He's into everything.  I don't know.  He isn't trying to be naughty, he's just curious and a climber and maybe bored?  It's just hard.

And I'm tired.

Amelia is a good sleeper, but when she's awake, she startles easily.  She doesn't like fast movement or loud sudden noises (OK really, who does?) but being child #5, there is a certain amount of noise around here (especially with big brother Wyatt).  And she doesn't just get upset by it, she gets really really upset with loud screaming (louder than the sound ever was) that takes a long time to console.  Kind of an overreaction I'd say.  So that's hard too.

And I'm just tired.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

2 things

Mobile blogger lets me post 2 pictures.   I guess I won't be doing a photo heavy post. 

+I stand corrected! 3 pictures showed up!+

So here's my girl in pjs that were mine as a baby and a train going by.
And that's it.

My conference hair-do is on here too!  Courtesy of Maddie.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Monday Amelia

Ok, enough with the messy house.  It's even worse now, after a wonderful weekend of General Conference.  Well, I'm sure it was wonderful but I only heard a fraction of the talks.  I'm back to not hearing much.  I had a few good years there...  What I did hear was about LOVE.  Lots of LOVE.

I got the blessing dress out and tried it on Amelia.  She gets her name and blessing this sunday.  This gown belonged to my great-great-grandfather and is 131 years old.  I was blessed in it and all my girls were too (I tried to get the boys blessed in it too, but no-go).
It's in pretty good shape, strong fabric and all, just some staining I'll see if I can get out.  I love my pretty girl.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Messy House Tour 2014: New Mom Edition

Young House Love posted a Messy House Tour and I think it's brilliant.  Of course, their mess is still nice looking and reasonable: messy table because the counters are being cured, cute toys in the middle of play, that kind of thing.  Mine is a messy house plain and simple.  Sometimes it's really hard to sit there holding a new baby and look at the mess surrounding me and feel helpless--and then watch the toddler dump a bag of cheerios on top of it all.  Even when I wear Amelia, I'm limited in what I can do (bend over, pick up etc--must work on back carry).  It's frustrating for sure, but I know it won't always be like this.  Probably once my house is empty and quiet and only dusty I will miss this frantic, crazy time of life and those little chubby hands that do so much destruction.  

So, without further ado:  My Messy House!

 We'll start in my bedroom.  This is where 85% of the living happens right now.  Our bedroom is off the kitchen, it houses Wyb's stuff and all of Amelia's and it's where I sit and nurse all day long.  It's really the downstairs family room, the kids are always in here too.  I have laundry baskets just waiting to be put away,  dirty clothes flung off when baby's screaming and I'm covered in barf, Amelia's crib holding everything I don't know where else it should go, and a tv antenna wire so I can get PBS kids and distract Wyatt for 10 minutes.  

 Next, the kitchen.  I had just finished packing lunches for the kids and then taking Maddie to school.  They had spaghetti for lunch by the way.  Other notables: can of paint thinner, plate of raisins, dead tulips.

 And now the living room:  The Easter decor is at least in season.  There's bags of giveaway stuff from Elle's room that need to be taken out, a variety of diaper inserts on the couch and a sign up sheet to audition for Elle's play.  
 Back to the kitchen: The eating area!  The best feature is the sleeping baby.  We also showcase the highchair that needs to go to the attic, the box of craft supplies from spring break and the ever present vacuum.  I swear my tombstone will read something like this:

Here lies our dear departed mother.
Her life was spent in service to wood floors.

 Up we go now to the family room:
This one is really not too bad, really.  Exercise ball for bouncing baby while watching old episodes of Project Runway, wood burning tool, toys, pillows and even VCR tapes!

And the grand finale!  
Sewing/Guest/Wyatt's room.  The pinnacle of disaster.  Goodwill items, next season clothes, toys, craft supplies, stuff I have absolutely no idea what to do with.  

Yes folks, that concludes our Messy House Tour 2014! Hope you enjoyed the show!