Friday, August 17, 2018

School started

And the boys are happy! They each like their teachers a lot this year (so far). Kai came home, reporting that his second day was even better than the first, because nobody threw up... Jon comes home and cheerfully does his homework (what?!). Isaac forgot his backpack and didn't freak out! We're off to an awesome start for this school year. Crossing my fingers that these guys stay this happy!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A test

I've been trying to post about Abi's birthday for 2 weeks now, but the app hasn't been working. Troubleshooting here, with the theory that it'll work if I don't add pictures. I'll get a real post up as soon as I figure out how.

Edited to add: okay, I can get one photo at a time to publish, but not two. So, at least we've got a picture of a very happy birthday girl! She got to wear a pretty dress, eat unicorn cake, and play ponies with some cousins, so her day was awesome. Her loves right now: the alphabet, My Little Pony (especially the royal wedding episode), anything with glitter, jewelry, makeup, her brothers, and fun shoes (she's got a bunch of pink shoes now - Mommy is a sucker...). She's definitely all girl, and so much fun! So glad to have our Abi girl! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

8 is Great!

Jon had a birthday last week! He's feeling pretty old now that he's 8. He chose to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was much more serious about the decision than I expected, and spent a lot of time pondering and changing habits beforehand. He's pretty dang happy now! 

Jon wanted a "space pool party" this year, so we took his friend Atom with us over to Uncle Mike's swimming pool, then had a galaxy cake. 

Jon liked that he could see his reflection in the cake. 

He was so focused that he blew out each candle individually! 

And he got just what he wanted inside his cake: a whole solar system. 

I'm so proud of Jon for the progress he's made this year in reigning in his boisterous-ness! He's had ups and downs, but he's persevered, and it shows. He's super sweet with his little sister, and, when he chooses to be, with his brothers. He rocks at math and dramatic reading. His kung fu instructor says he's extraordinary for his age group. His video game skills are legendary around here. I'm so glad to have him in our family!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Many Faces of Isaac Bailey

I decided to publish my first blog post! (This is Isaac) Mom took pictures of me, and she looked at some of them, and we were like, we need to put this on the blog! So here we go.

I'm too bleh to smile or cry.

She caught me mid-glare!
I don't like you right now.
I feel pretty good right now.
I look stupid.
Sadness, but not.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Generic Newsletter Post

The big boys got haircuts. Jon's hair grows so slowly! He was proud to have a respectable pile of hair this time. 

This is one of Abi's favorite pastimes: doing makeup at her vanity table. I REALLY want to paint it, since I find pink and purple plastic to be supremely hideous, but she LOVES it, so I'm not sure I can get away with taking it out of her room for a couple days. 

Abi found the mustache schnuler. Still funny. 

This was "kung fu stretching".

The swallowtail are back now. And our lilies bloomed super early, so we've had a good combination for butterfly watching. 

I'm amazed that they both still fit in a diaper box. 

I laid out Abi's quilt top to see which blocks need sashing. She realized there were butterflies on the fabric and started dancing around flinging the squares everywhere, singing "Butterflies! Butterflies!" A little irked that I had to start over once she was asleep, but also pretty pleased that she likes her quilt. 

Because IKEA... (Yes, that's where we go on all of our dates.)

Abi refused to sleep. Jeeves was up panicking about fireworks. They were snuggling when Abi fell asleep. I love that they are good friends. 

We've still been swimming like crazy, and Kai has not only overcome his fear, he's swimming like a champ with only his Water wings! And he's FAST! I have a hard time walking fast enough to keep near him. The big boys are also improving quickly, and are getting pretty confident with swimming underwater. Abi just adores being in the water, no matter who has her.

We hit the halfway point for summer break. July is all about birthdays, company, swimming, kung fu, and summer homework. Still enjoying the heck out of having the boys home! 

Friday, June 15, 2018

It's summer!

Another month has gone by already?!
We drove to Salt Lake for another funeral - my Grandma Foote's. She was the most fun loving person I've ever met, and one of the most loving too. I'm so happy that she gets to be with Grandpa again!
While we were all together, we had to get some pictures with cousin Darren! They were watching trucks get off the interstate near Denny's.

Kai graduated from preschool, and his favorite part about that was that he got to paint a pair of shoes as a graduation present. They have laces, and he's gotten quite proficient at tying them. 

We've gone swimming a couple times now. Abi can't get enough of the water, or of her flamingos! 

Jon and Isaac each had a week at an art camp at their school. Jon did sculpture, and decided Sculpy is the best stuff ever. Isaac did painting, and came home with some new comic characters. They both had a great time. 

We went up to the Wool Market in Estes Park. It was so fun to see the animals, and all the neat fibers! The boys were more excited about Poppy's pizza and a quick hike on Grandma Sue's property, and Abi liked the shaved ice the best. 
Estes is ridiculously pretty right now. 

Isaac did his last Cub Scout Twilight Camp. It won't be missed. Mark took one for the team and chaperoned for our pack.  He wasn't put with Isaac's den. A painting activity turned into non- malicious (we hope) vandalizing of a church building, so Mark was there super late with our power washer trying to clean it up. Hoping Jon doesn't want to go next summer...
The big boys and Mark are taking kung fu classes. Jon, especially, is really improving quickly! They all are, but Jon definitely needed a physical outlet, so this has been great for him. 
We've spent a lot of time trying to revamp our backyard. This is the worst state it's ever been in, and starting over is a pain, but also kind of fun. It's nice to know I can't mess any of it up! We definitely made the right choice in letting go of the chickens - we just aren't good at balancing everything in this phase of life.
Other than all that, we're doing our best to goof off and enjoy summer! 

Oh, and I finally took down all of the Mother's Day cards the boys made. Here's Isaac's:


And Jon's:  (translation: Dear Mom, Crazy days are every day for you and I'm so sorry if I caused one. Thank you for doing stuff like dishes. They're like 😵. Love, Jon)