Thursday, July 30, 2009

13 more days...but who's counting?

I will never be able to describe the intensity of the 'nesting' instinct that is kicking in with me right now. I made a list today of the 'few' things (Yes, the word few is sarcasm) that need to be done within the next 13 days. I think I may go insane if I have to keep my list in my head. There is so much to do, and so little time. Although, I don't think I would prefer that this pregnancy last any longer.

The only problem with my list is that 99.9% of the items on the list are needing to be done by someone other than myself...namely Evan. My boy has spent every waking hour of the last month or more working. If he isn't working at work, then he is working at home and I have to admit that he has been great to keep plugging away at his honey do list. He has built an entire bedroom in the basement for my niece who will be living with us for the school year, doing nearly everything on his own. We definitely appreciate those who have helped out, especially my brother who contributed his electrical expertise. In fact, Evan is downstairs right now texturing and priming the bedroom. I am lucky to have such a hard working husband! We are seeing the light at the end of that project but it is a bit short lived since we haven't even started on the baby's room. Yes, thats right! We haven't even started...and yes, I said we only have 13 days. We will have carpet installed on Monday in Mckenzie's new room. Which will then give us the chance to start on the baby's room.

Whew! I just keep having to tell myself that ready or she comes.

More of Rylie's 5th birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to our Rylie!!!

I can't believe my baby is 5! She is so grown up and we have had many discussions on the fact that 5 year olds don't pout, whine, cry, fight with their sisters, or go to time out. So far it isn't working so well but maybe by the time we get through this year we will have her convinced.

Rylie is a beautiful girl and we are so happy to have her as part of our family. She is such a great big sister and is super excited to have another little sister. She is very proud that she will get to be a big helper now that she is 5.

I love this picture! You can see that she had a GREAT time celebrating her birthday with her friends.

Thank you to everyone who came to share her 5th birthday with us. We had a great time! And thanks to Torri & Josh for letting us borrow the water slide. We really have great friends!!

Ariel's Friends


Thanks to our friend Kirk Madsen and his incredible skills as an artist we each had our picture taken as Ariel. Thanks Kirk!!

The birthday girl!!!!! Ariel Rylie

Ariel Saige

Even Mommy got into the action.

Huh? Ariel with a stach?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy 5th Birthday!!!!

Today Rylie had her 5th birthday party. This year she chose to have a friend party with the them of Ariel.

Here are a couple of pictures of her cake. More pics to come as soon as Ev imports the photos from his camera.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I wrote my name!!!!!

This morning while the girls were coloring Saige surprised me by saying "Mom, look I did an 'S.'" She then asked what letter to do next and to my shock she wrote her name. You can kind of make out the letters in the picture. It is written backwards but they are there.

Good Job Saige!!!


Yesterday morning Rylie was so excited when she realized that it was her birthday.

Mom : "Rylie, its your birthday...what would you like to do today?"

Rylie: "Well, there are so many things we could checkers!"

Mom; "Play checkers?" "Have you ever played checkers before?"

Rylie; "Not yet"

I thought it was so funny that of all the possibilities she came up with playing checkers, a game that she has never played and that we don't own.

Happy Happy Birthday to Rylie

Yesterday was Rylie's 5th birthday. I can't believe my little girl is already 5 and will be going to kindergarten soon. We had a fun day and Rylie got to chose where we went for dinner. She chose Iggy's because she remembered the ice cream that comes with their kids meals.

Rylie was pretty excited when the employees came and sang to her and brought her ice cream. I love the look she gave Evan while they were singing to her.

Daddy, Rylie, Mckenzie, and Saige

Daddy and his girl!

Boondocks & Family Time

In June, my parents came to visit from Oregon. We had a great time going to Boondocks as a family and spending time together. Here are a few pics of the festivities...

In June, my parents came to visit from Oregon. We had a great time going to Boondocks as a family and spending time together. Here are a few pics of the festivities...

A little late...but you get the idea

This is the grand finale of our 4th of July. The girls both fell sound asleep in the middle of the fireworks.

We had a great time waiting for the fireworks to start and by then the girls were exhausted. Their falling asleep left Evan and I in a bit of a mess. We had parked a ways away with the plan for a quick get away after the show. Little did we know that the girls would fall asleep and were impossible to wake up. We had all sorts of blankets and coolers and chairs with us as well so we had to get creative in how to get out of there. First we tried to carry everything and everyone. Evan had all of our supplies and Saige and I attempted to carry Rylie and the baby (of course.) I made it to the parking lot and with my blistered, swollen feet could not physically carry her any further. We laid out the blanket and wrapped up the girls on the side of the parking lot and I waited with them while Evan carried all of our stuff to the car and then ran back to get the girls and I. He couldn't drive into the parking lot because it was all blocked with people getting out so he had to come back and carry both girls while I waddled along behind them to the car. It ended up taking us an hour or more to get out of there and of course the girls woke up when we got into the car. It was a fun and eventful 4th of July.