Sunday, September 25, 2016

All the things

This kid has an obsession with headlamps. Uncle Mike was installing a light switch in our Food Cave, and Kai was ridiculously excited to wear Daddy's headlamp to help out. 


Isaac still loves his baby sister. I love that when I need to make dinner/use the restroom/switch the wash, I can just put her down and know that he'll make sure she's happy.  He's a great older brother! 


Kai has been trying his hand at engineering. I think he should look into a career in architecture.


Uncle Mike (who is engaged!) gets Abi snuggles sometimes too. 


My stand mixer was making horrible noises. Mark opened it up and found this: (appetizing, eh?)


Kai's birthday present finally arrived: a "disco LED spinner" that makes fireworks sounds. 


My four babies. How did those guys get so big?!


Proof that Kai sleeps sometimes. 


Jeeves makes it hard to get stuff done. 


The boys don't help much. 


Abi likes to talk to the warning labels on her car seat. 


She also likes to talk to Kai. 


For Cub Scouts, Isaac needed to make a layered "snack" showing how moisture effects fossilization. The other two boys were all about helping. 


But they all decided jello isn't worth eating. 


It was a crazy week for Kai - another nap! 


In the hallway...


Abi wasn't impressed. 


Really excited about how well Jeeves is doing with the chickens! Our carbon monoxide detector went off this week, and we had to abandon Jeeves alone with the chickens for almost an hour. All were still alive and well when we got back. 


Abi isn't as big a fan of this onesie as she is of her daddy. 


But I think she likes this one...


Seriously, I knew these guys would love their sister, but it just melts my heart to see it in action. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Baby, A Blessing

Yesterday, we blessed Abi at church. We were lucky enough to have my parents, Kristi, Mike, Brittany, Brittany's brother, Sue, and Marty come join us. We enjoyed Sacrament meeting together, and, after the meeting block, a delicious dinner of burgers, salad, and peach cobbler. Abi thoroughly enjoyed being held all day long. (We knew all along she'd be one spoiled princess!)
I came down with a lovely cold, which I'm blaming for my lack of picture taking this time (I can't snap photos while hacking up a lung. I guess I better work on my multitasking skills...) Anyway, I managed to get a few pictures of our Daddy's girl with her favorite guy - still in the white dress, no less. I think they're pretty cute together. (And they have matching Bailey Cheeks!)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

One Month!

Abi has survived our crazies for a whole month now! (Plus a couple days, but close enough, right?) She's made it past 9 pounds now, and definitely outgrown her newborn outfits! Still got that male-pattern baldness though. And a wicked case of baby acne. BUT she has gorgeous blue eyes, and a pretty darn charming smile. She doesn't sleep like Jon did, but she doesn't sleep like Isaac and Kai did either, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that this one will be a good sleeper. Her brothers are still totally in love with her, but her heart belongs to Daddy.


And she has a rockin' Zoolander face! 


Mike made this awesome onesie that we managed to get her in before she outgrew it! Love it! 


In other news, our dishwasher stopped working last week... Not super fab when you've got a newborn and three other kiddos. The repair guy had come 3 times just trying to diagnose the problem before Mark decided he was just going to figure it out on his own. I'm happy to report that no counters or subfloors were damaged in this process. And we got one load of dishes sparkling clean this afternoon. Hopefully this means the problem is solved!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Thrilling Three!

Kai turned 3 this week. Jon has been concerned that Kai would magically turn into a terror on his birthday - luckily, that didn't happen. He's a normal 3 year old with a charming smile and excellent sense of humor. He did decide to potty train himself though, and has been doing an amazing job (which is cool, because I'm not much help while juggling a newborn).
Kai actually got to have a party this year! His friend, Eliana, and her family joined us, Mike, and Brittany for pizza, cake, and an Olaf pinata. A good time and WAY too much sugar were had by all!
Right now, Kai loves puppies, puzzles, Gouda, and Heath bars. He thinks his siblings are awesome, but he has a love-hate relationship with the dog. Nursery at church is a highlight of his weeks. He's just a sweet, fun little guy!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This week in pictures

Abi will be 3 weeks tomorrow, Kai turns 3 this week, and the big boys started school last week (Isaac is in 3rd grade, Jon in 1st). I figured the best documentation of these milestones is through pictures.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The pictures are at the end

Abi is done with the oxygen! It's nice to see what she actually looks like. And be able to dress her in clothes that have to be pulled over her head.
Our oven officially died. The new one will be here Saturday. (Thank goodness, since I have a bunch of freezer meals that aren't much good without an oven!)
Kai got sick. Fever, throwing up, super lethargy kind of sick. We're trying to keep it away from Abi, which means Mark is mostly on his own helping Kai.
Not sure what Jeeves ate, but he's been throwing up too. Throwing up chunks of rubber...
Mark's brother and his family have been here visiting. They took the big boys up to Estes for a few days, which gave us the chance to shop for a new oven and give Kai some much needed one on one time. Isaac and Jon enjoyed hiking and playing games with their cousins. Julie took over dishes and laundry for me, which means we're still caught up from when my parents were here helping.
It's been amazing to have so much help this time around! I'm so grateful for everyone who came to our rescue. I'm not sure how we would have juggled everything with Abi's recovery otherwise. Thank you to everyone who has come to help, and thank you to those who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers!