Friday, June 9, 2017

More of May

Harvey has spent lots of time on the floor learning to crawl lately! I love this stage!

We had Umpa over for dinner one night while Tyler was out of town, as well as Monka. He stayed for family night and I loved hearing him teach my kids the same way he taught me growing up.

Max dresses himself but I often do a cheek check for him to make sure everything is on all the way!

Millie gets so excited when a new Friend magazine comes in the mail! She also has started to keep the old ones in her room. She loves them.

I did some more sewing while Tyler was out of town and laughed when I inserted the sleeve inside out! Whoops.

We went to a park we don't get to often and the kids were so excited about the merry go round. Also, Max loves to match Millie. Sunglasses and rain boots were the cool thing that day.

We met Monka at the outlet mall one day. Max cracked me up when he grabbed the mannequin's hand and said, "This is my mom now." Because I laughed he now does it in every store we enter! Such a tease. I love him.

Our Friday walks/rides around the lake are less frequent these days since school is out. We still go sometimes though. Max wanted to run with me and it was so cute. Didn't last long, but it was still cute.

Breakfast food is still a favorite in our house, and we've kept the tradition of eating at the counter when I make waffles.

Weekend adventures

(Weekend of May 20-21)
Tyler and I got to go on a fun date to the temple and then to try a new burger place near us. Big thanks to Gigi for keeping the kids!

Burgerim was pricy but delicious. Sliders are my favorite way to eat burgers.

The kids wanted to swim when we got back to pick them up, and I got to snuggle with Harvey a bit at first.

Those lips! So juicy!!

When he woke up we got to join the party. We're working on Max's unconscious hand placement.

Harvey gets a little crazy in the bathtub, so lately I clean him as soon as he gets in and then empty the tub and let him play. Much safer for him haha.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Another week

I wanted to go for a run, so the boys sat patiently in the stroller and Millie rode her bike the whole way. They were so sweet and I was especially proud of Millie. She said, "This is tiring, but fun!"

Our neighborhood pool isn't open during the week yet but Gigi and Poppy are sweet to let us come swim anytime. 

Harvey isn't much of a cuddle so when he laid his head down on my shoulder I had to document it, even with no makeup and bedhead.

Millie drew a picture of her and Gigi swimming. The purple thing in the corner is the pool vacuum, which both Millie and Max are a little obsessed with/afraid of.

A funny picture to remember a project. We've had some leaky outdoor spigots and I totally fixed them! Watched some YouTube visits, made a Home Depot run, and fixed them. I was inordinately proud of myself.

Harvey's first swim! 

It's so funny to see the personality differences in our kids. Millie had her first swim around 5 months and was splashing and trying to lick the water and just loved it. She is still a fish now. Max screamed his first several times in the pool around 4 months and every year we have to drag him into the pool crying a few times before he remembers that swimming is fun. Harvey wasn't super splashy or excited but was happy to be there and watch his siblings play. It'll be funny to see how he'll like it as he gets older.

I caught Tyler singing to the kids at bedtime and he was using Max's sandal as a microphone. They thought it was hilarious! He's such a fun dad.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Millie update

Millie is seeming more grown up by the day lately! She's almost 5.5 years old. She recently finished her soccer season, finished swim lessons, and moved up a level in gymnastics.

Her team was so fun - everyone was from our ward. The coaches were so sweet with the kids and made it really fun for them.

We stopped doing swim lessons now that it's warm enough to swim outside! She's got a good base now and we're thankful for her nice coaches who taught her so much.

And of course this cute pic from Cy-Palooza. We'll keep her in gymnastics for now because she's enjoying it so much. I couldn't count how many cartwheels and handstands and headstands she does in the living room every day! Girlfriend can't keep her feet on the ground very long. Love her energy.

Millie doesn't love sleep lately. She has a hard time falling asleep and wakes up early in the morning ready to go. She's so full of life and doesn't want to miss a thing.

She is getting to be a good little reader but still prefers to do math workbooks. 

She's super excited for kindergarten in the fall! Especially to ride the bus. I'm not sure what I'll do without her.

Her favorite foods are chicken and rice, spaghetti and meatballs, waffles, and chicken nuggets. Her favorite treats are all treats!

There's still a few words she says that are not right but I'll be super sad when she fixes them: "aminals," "naybe," and "skabetti."

Millie loves to draw and color still, and gets better at that all the time!

We love our Millie Mae!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Harvey at 6 months

Oh Harvey! We just adore this little guy. If we could keep him this age forever we totally would. I can't believe how quickly these 6 months have gone. 

At 6 months, Harvey still has just 2 teeth. There have been several times where I can see and feel new teeth just below the skin but then they back up and don't come in all the way. Such a bummer. He's been working hard on those but they're just not here yet.

He eats solids 3 times a day and has loved everything he's tried, but now that he's tried lots of stuff he doesn't like peas anymore. Can't blame him one bit. I pump 2 times a day and the rest of the time he gets formula. I feel a little bit bad that nursing him will not have lasted as long as the other kids, but it is what it is.

Harvey weighed in at 19 lbs 9 oz (85%), was 28.25" tall (97%), with a 17.9" head (96%) at his 6 month checkup. He's a growing boy!

He's a pretty curious guy and can army crawl where he needs to go. I've had several talks with Millie and Max about leaving their stuff around, especially little stuff. Harvey ate some paper instructions to one of Max's toys and it was a good lesson! 

Harvey's best laughs come when he's on the verge of tears.

He takes 2-3 naps per day and does well at night. He had a little cold a couple weeks ago and slept 12 hours straight for the first time in his life and now does it almost every night! Not bad! He's enjoying his crib. We moved him to his own room a few weeks ago... maybe around 5 months? I don't remember exactly when.

He is just a super happy and smiley boy and we love him to bits!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mother's Day weekend

Tyler got home Friday night and the kids were so excited to see him! They gave him his birthday presents when they woke up Saturday morning, since his birthday was on Thursday while he was gone. 

And then, in true Tyler fashion, he had spent the week of his birthday thinking about what to do for me for Mother's Day. Saturday included a massage and haircut for me! First haircut in almost 2 years. It was super sweet of him and so nice to relax for a while.

Above is the before and below is the after, though hopefully that is obvious!

Harvey "helped" me prepare my lesson for Sunday.

Tyler offered to let me sleep in on Mother's Day but that's kind of hard with 9:00 church. I did have him take some pictures of me and the kids though and I love them. If you can't tell by my crazy amounts of blog posts, I'm afraid of forgetting these crazy and happy times. I want to remember motherhood at this stage and these adorable kids and my relationships with them. I just love them all so much.

Being their mother is one of my greatest blessings! I hope to be worthy of it.