Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Are Ya Chicken?

I'm not sure whether it's more accurate to say that the chickens have adopted Jeeves as part of the flock, or if Jeeves has adopted the chickens as part of his pack. Either way, they have come to this fascinating relationship that I never expected.
They'll all "fight" over food - the chickens will hurt each other, but they won't peck Jeeves, and Jeeves won't hurt them - and Jeeves even saves some of his treats and then shares with them! (Except stale bread. That's his absolute favorite!)
They hang out together too - this picture is totally not unusual for them. Jeeves has started getting a kick out of herding them by bumping their backsides with his nose while they walk around (they don't run away, but it's obvious they are annoyed).
It's funny, but it's totally a relationship I'd expect from a family with one boy and five girls. I'm so glad too, because I really wasn't sure how the whole chicken-dog training was going to turn out. So glad I gave in and let Mark adopt all these guys.

Monday, October 24, 2016

And So It Begins...

Last week was the 10th anniversary of our closing on our house. The house decided it was so over us...
Luckily, we have super good insurance, and they'll cover part of the damage that around 2 months of water leakage caused under our floor and cabinets in our kitchen. (And ceiling in our utility room.)
We were planning on doing a big renovation anyway - raising the dropped ceiling, knocking out the pantry, all new cabinetry, countertops, sink, flooring, lighting - but not until we'd saved up for it for a few more years. So, with a more limited budget and timeframe, we'll see what we can do!
(So glad this happened right during Ikea's kitchen event!)
Here's a few pictures of the beginning of this process (the fridge died almost three weeks ago, so that was already gone) (and, yes, we are still attempting to use the kitchen until demo happens on the damaged part later this week, hence the crazy mess):

Dehumidifiers and fans that are INSANELY loud! (And the lovely dishwasher that caused all this trouble)

Where the fridge used to be...

We had to take apart the sliding door to get the monster of a fridge out. 

I wish we could knock out that stupid pass through wall, but it's structural. Having a roof over our heads is more important than my desires for a bigger table. 

Pretty sure our pantry is going! (Along with our priorities list that hasn't been updated since March of 2014...)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Jon was eating trail mix this morning. Later, I found raisins in the carpet and asked him why they were there. His response: "I don't know. I guess that's why it's called "trail mix" - it leaves a trail!"

Things Jeeves has eaten lately: a red pom-pom, our kiddie wading pool, a plastic magazine holder, a plastic bucket, a milk jug with about 1/4 gallon of milk in it, the zipper off of our tent, some tomato vines, the lawnmower base, an extension cord (it was plugged in).

Major things that have broken since Abi was born: oven, dishwasher, air conditioner, refrigerator, my phone.

Last month was the three year anniversary of Mark's accident. On the exact date, we discovered that we needed an emissions check on Mark's new car. (He was headed to the emissions place when the accident happened.) We decided to wait a few extra days on that one.

Abi moved up two sizes in clothes in three weeks. I got her out of her car seat yesterday to discover that her pudge had burst a seam on one of the new onesies. I guess we're moving up again.

The boys are on Fall Break. We're playing tons of video games. (I say "we" because the younger two still think they need my help every once in a while. One day, they'll figure out I'm no better at it than they are.) Mark camped out with them in the backyard on Monday night. (That was after Jeeves ate the zipper off the tent.) I think that's all the excitement we can handle this break.

Mike shared this video with me: https://youtu.be/gfijG7pmMqk Now, when I'm frustrated, I just start singing "I will punch all your buns" and then I don't feel so bad.  (Also, my boys all laugh their backsides off when I do it, so it's therapeutic for all of us.)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Two Months!

Here's some Abi stats at two months:

11.5 lbs, 22.5"

In size 6mo clothes because she has an insanely long torso

Is allergic to something in my vitamins (I forgot to take them one night and her rash/hives were totally gone before the next night. Took them again and they were back right after the next feeding...)

LOVES playing with her brothers

Rolls from tummy to back, but prefers to stay on her tummy to play

Has had multiple 7 hour nights (WOOHOO!)

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!)