Sunday, September 19, 2010

The hot fisherman.

Lily fell aleep in the boat with daddy and Jay.

I can't even remember the last time I caught a fish! I'm back in the game little fishies!

High time, ain't it?

Looks like it's about time to hop back on the good ol' blog and write myself a few lines. I figure since I am now four months post-partum I've given myself a good enough break. Life for me and my family comes to a bit of a halt with the anticipation of a new arrival. About a year or so later we come around again. More so me than the rest of us, but since I'm the one who's in charge of the comins' and goins', there's not so much of comin and goin when I'm expecting. That's just how it is.

Jaxson is. . . words cannot express really what I feel about that boy. What a light in every moment of my day. His giggle, dimpled smile, blue eyes watching his momma. It is something to drink and breath for me. All of my babies are that for me, so that year of sabbatical from life is nothing and well worth it. This is the first time I've had babies two years apart, the others were three. Lily is quite good at being two and this new addition has been a bit of a learning curve for me. Every woman hears the saying that after three, bring 'em on, well not for everyone I guess, going from three to four has definately harder even with a wonder baby. Dynamics are everything, personality, ages, genders and so much more factor in. Even with my dynamics Jared and I are still looking around to see who is missing. It may just be my mind, I've been looking for that for quite some time, or it may be that little spirit waiting to come into our family. We shall see.

Summer. . . well I blinked and I think I missed most of it because it's gone! Turning thirty started out our break and then our family was able to enjoy a couple of super fun trips, we upgraded our car and grew an amazon garden during my blink at least. Jared and I had a conversation about the length of our summer though. We remember summers being so long, with lazy days and feeling like it was so long until school started again. Not so much anymore, but is it just because we're getting older or do our kids feel rushed too? I got a bit of an answer to that question when Peyton (a.k.a. Jared to some, but will always be refered by me as Peyton) said to me, "School is already starting? We just got out of school!" Is this signs of the times or is life just plain different for our children? I can say that I miss those lazy days of summer and am so thankful that I was able to have them.

The day before we left for Utah to visit our friends and family, Jared and I bought our beast. With our growing numbers, we've bust out of Jared's truck and no longer able to haul anything and take our family with us. Jared was quite set on an Excursion and preferred the diesels. After a few months of craigslist, we found one in our budjet and with most of the desired options but no diesel. So we drove four hours down to Tillamook, Oregon and bought our beast. Then four hours back home to then leave for Utah the next day. For those who know me and how much I care about gas mileage, this was a big gulping moment for me. "Just face it," Jared tells me.

Peyton got out of Cub Scout Camp at four o'clock Saturday, the day we were leaving for Utah, so I was under the gun to get things done. Jared had to do some work to make up for his week off, so the preparations were up to me. We were able to do it though, yippe Utah, here we come. Our plan was to stop off in Boise overnight and drive the next morning to make it to our friends the Stone's church at one o'clock. Jared was cruizing and the kids were doing well, the beast has a dvd player :) so when we were rolling through B town, we decided to keep on trucking. Thirteen hours straight driving, all done by my sweet hubby and we made it just in time to take a quick nap, shower and enjoy our church meetings with our friends. Just a funny, crazy side note-during Sacrament meeting I look over at Petyon and there is blood gushing out of his nose and all over his clothes. I am thinking that we need to go back to the house and get cleaned up, but Jared swooped in and they scurried off to the bathroom. A couple of minutes later, they are back and clean and the nose is stuffed with toilet paper. Well, I guess wrestling has been good for a few lessons learned!

Our week with our buddies was fast and furious. Too much fun was had. Fishing, train ride to Temple Square, Subzero icecream, ohhh Subzero. . . wipe drool and . . . Boondocks, late nights shooting the moon, sushi, dreamy. We were also able to visit my grandparents in Midway and my kids and Jared were able to visit for the first time.

More to follow, still gotta catch up. Pictures coming once the site will work right.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It went off with a BANG! 4th of July/Birthday Party Rodarte Style

So I can enjoy my 20's for one more year! Bring on the thriving thirties. All I can figure is that even though we may get a bit more wrinkles and we may sag in a few places we would rather not sag, doesn't getting older mean we can have more of a right say what we want and be a little more relaxed about who we are and all that stuff that we worry about when we are young ;). I look at my 9o somthing Grandma and she can say and do pretty much whatever she wants and people just say, "Oh, you know Grandma, that's just how she is." I can't wait to be that old crazy woman who can just say it how it is and get away with it 'cause I'm old. So even though we get to saggin', there are some perks to getting a little bit older.

Celebrating the 4th is THE best! We eat, blow things up, eat, hang out in the sun (this summer is sweet with all of the sunshine, I'm soaking it up. . .literally!) and then eat a little bit more. You get to dress your girls (cause there's no "dressing up" my boys) in red, white and blue and be all matchy. It's always fun to have an excuse to get coordinating outfits for us three amigas.

JP (Peyton) got to ride his quad for the first time this summer and I didn't hardly see him all Friday and Saturday, he was a riding fool. Imagine being all dressed in long sleeve, thick riding pants all black on a 85-90 degree day? He managed it just fine, now if I could just get him to be as dedicated to helping out and cleaning and school as he is with riding.

Food Storage on a Roll!

Happy Birthday to me! Jared just bought me my first food rotations system and I am loving the very organized and efficiency of it all. It's a smaller pantry sized, no #10 cans in this one, maybe next year if I'm a good little house wife I can get the really big super dooper one. Gotta stock up on my food storage and make sure it's good and rotated :) Let the good times roll (sorry, I just couldn't hep myself)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jared and I went head to head in the birthday cake bake off! No, actually, I wanted both babies to get a special cake. Peyton (Jared, he is wanting to be called by his first name now) had been talking about what kind of cake he wanted for a few months now. We found a picture of a sweet sculped cake that looked like sand dunes, but after the cakes were baked Jared had the vision. there is a sculped bike track with a loop-d-loop, trick ramp and Chips Ahoy dirt track. I put J P on it to be kind of a symbol of the change of name. I am so impressed with Jared, he is so amazing. I guess that working in construction helps with architecture!
Lily got an inch worm/caterpillar. Man, this cake is huge! We had four different cakes at this party and about 1/5th of each one was eaten. But it's all about the love! Lily and Peytong loved them so that's all that matters :)
P.S. the antenna are the candles, kinda fun!

Tiger Lily

Little Ms. Lily in a small photo shoot with the lilies Grandpa and Grandma brought for her birthday along with the beautiful bracelet sent to her from Jen. With her hair in the piggies that she can now sport, she is a living doll :) I cannot say how much this year has flown by for me. Is she really a whole year old? Didn't I just get home from the hospital with her? Wasn't I just holding this little pea pod scrunched up on my chest? Now she is cruising around, trying to keep up with brother and sister, tearing things out of cupboards, sleeping from 7:30pm to 8:00am in her own crib, eating big people food. . . she is growing up. At times it really gets to me but really I am loving every minute I have with this beautiful spirit I have for a daughter.

So beautiful! The day after the fair (Sunday) we drove to Jared's parent's house for our weekly visit and we got a big surprise! It was a little philly that was just born that morning. Frank (Jared's dad) had two other horses bred last year and neither one took. What a shock when one of his mare's gave birth that was never bred. Those sneeky horses horseing around :). I got into the pen and got to give the new baby some nose pats and the mommy was just beaming with pride (or that's what I think anyway). Baby's are just such a miracle.