Friday, May 30, 2008
Later that night we took Caylee to Red Robin with her friend, Kimbre at the Galleria mall. Grandma and Grandpa Garrard joined us and after a yummy meal, Caylee got her ears pierced. She was SUCH a trooper, not even flinching. I flinched plenty myself at the teenage PREGNANT worker at Claire's who's 6 month belly was totally sticking out of her shirt and pants. Nice.
Monday (between the girls b-days) and on Caitlyn's actual 3rd b-day we celebrated with the Barlow side at Jared and Mindie's. I owe Mindie a HUGE thanks since we totally ended up at their house after being blown out of the park with some insane winds we had. The Freed's cake was totally the highlight for me, but the girls enjoyed their presents from aunts and uncles and cousins. It was really a nice night with the family.
*Insert pics of Kenzie's birthday on Thursday here.*
The following Monday we partied one more time with the other May celebrants (Zoee and Gus) at Erin's. The weather had turned wicked-summer-Vegas hot, so the kids frolicked in the sprinklers and blow-up pools while the adults sat inside and listened to Mom tell us how hot her office was that day (I KNOW it was 87 degrees hot and Mom, you should totally gripe about that . . . over and over.) Fun was had by all and the cake was DARLING that Stacy made.
Friday, May 23, 2008
And here's some of me and Jill (and others) THEN:
This was on a choir trip our junior year. I want to say we were touring through Utah. Funny how I seem to remember more about hanging out with them more than the choir stuff.
Jill and I at prom our Junior year. Our dresses were similar, but not identical. Interestingly, they look a lot like our Expression dresses from our senior year.
Some random shot in the choir room (our junior year, I think) with Erin. BTW, Erin and I were wearing each other's shirts, so I think we were friends on this day.
For some reason Leanne, Jill, and Tiffany (another BFF) came to our house one Sunday after church. I can't remember why, but I do remember we had plums and Leanne was FEASTING on them. My mom was always good to grab the camera and take pictures of us hanging out, so it's fun to have a good collection of just hanging out.
The second year of college I was supposed to room with Heather and Jill and three other BEST friends I had made freshman year at BYU. I ended up getting married instead. It seriously is one of the bummer-things about getting married so early. I know I missed out on some good times at the Riv, but it was always fun to visit (this is with Moana, Nancee, Jenn, and Miss Molly in the spring of 1997 when I came up for a golf tournament of Tyler's, I think.)
K, and here are my peeps. These are my closest friends from high school and college all in one place at my bridal shower in Dec. of 1996.
And yes, Jill caught the bouquet at my wedding reception.
I love ya Jill! So glad we've stayed close and you've been such a great ear and support over all these years. Have a great 31st year!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
A cute key chain from Brevin, hand-colored, thank you very much. And Tyler just thought my keys were bulky before!
Mackenzie is about as crafty as they come in 8 (almost 9) year olds. She made me this darling card and a scrap-booky framed picture that she made at Activity Days. It was really cute, a-la Becky Higgins style. One of these days I will actually scrap with her cuz I think she'd really get into it with me.
Here's why I love being a mom:
Because I get to listen to Brock's sound effects all day long. And we have good, in-depth conversations about Spiderman and the state of his diaper (which, according to him, is never poopy, just a "lil bit wet").
Because I get to still cuddle with Brevin when he gets all broody and moody. I'm teaching him the fine art of NOT SASSING his mother and he's teaching me that "FINE" really means, "Just stop lecturing me and I'll stop doing whatever you told me not to do." And even though he gets mad at me when I pick him up from his playdates, he told me he still does love me.
Because I get to witness my little 6 year old act like she's a teenager and then tell/show her a NICER way of acting like a grown-up. I love Caylee's spunk and passion (as trying as it may sometimes be) and have enjoyed seeing her mature and understand more complex dynamics of our family relationships.
Because she started it all, Mackenzie carries a lot of responsibility and I can really relate to her "trials" and "afflictions". She keeps me on my academic toes by asking us all sorts of questions and I am grateful she's such an obedient, responsible little girl (who's growing so fast and getting progressively hormonal - oh joy!)
And because someone has to be the end, I love Briggs for being the sweetest (hungriest) lil peanut of them all. He's got a strong spirit and an opinion already. Let's face it, that's how they're sent to us, and for that I'm grateful, too. It means I'll be learning and growing more than I thought possible. All thanks to being a mom of these 5 darlings.
So, thanks to Tyler for the wonderful day complete with breakfast, tulips, kid gifts, a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and new cordless phones. More importantly, though, was being appreciated and recognized for being alive and there for my kids. Me and my brood got somethin' special for sure!
Friday, May 16, 2008
I cried for an hour this morning when Tyler's alarm went off because he was leaving early for work.
The ugly cry. Snot all over. Can't catch my breath cry.
Because I knew I'd have to get up with the other four kids sooner than I wanted.
And I had only slept 3 hours at that point.
We're bustin' out the formula soon.
I'm going to have to rely more on supplementing.
And PS. I can't think of a reason why 6 would be better than 5, yet. So those of you thinking we'll do this again . . . RASPBERRIES to you.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"I just can't take it anymore. What is taking so long? Come and wipe my bum, Mom! I just can't sit here forever. I just can't, can't, can't! Moooommmmm!"
All I'm saying is you are four years old Brevin! Learn to wipe your own freakin' fanny!
Friday, May 9, 2008
AND, if you thought I was kidding about the super-dooper-cool packages we get from the Petersens in Cedar City (ie, Caffeine-Free Mountain Dew), then you gotta be impressed with these items we pulled out of the old mailbox last week.