Showing posts from July, 2012

Happy Birthday Grace!

We had a great day celebrating Grace's birthday!  First thing in the morning she opened her new Dora chair, which she loves (and so does Sophia, of course).  Grace is not thrilled to share it, but hopefully it won't cause too much contention.

After the chair she opened some more presents,
then we blew bubbles,
and played with sidewalk chalk.
 Later, she tried to steal one of her cupcakes,
 and posed for some pictures in her new birthday outfit. The recipe for these vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting comes from Magnolia Bakery in New York City and they were delicious, but not quite sweet enough for the kids' taste.  While the kids had their ice cream Grace finished opening her presents. After nap time we went swimming and then had McDonald's for dinner.  It was a good day.  Grace is definitely not a baby any more!  We finally turned her car seat around (the law is rear facing until age two in Utah) and as we were driving around she said, "This is fun!&qu…


Wednesday we had our annual trip to Lagoon.  The kids LOVE Lagoon and look forward to this all year long; when we pass the park in the middle of the winter Sophia asks if we can go and we have to remind her that it isn't open yet.  They love the rides and winning toys and Lagoon-a-Beach, and it is fun to see them having so much fun. 
 It was a great day at the park.  It wasn't very crowded and there were hardly any lines to speak of.  The family went on Rattlesnake Rapids over and over because as soon as they got off, they could get right back on.  In past years the line was so long it took over an hour to get on it.  Sophia and Richie don't like the tunnel and waterfall, so they only went once and my belly didn't like the twisting and jostling, so I only went once, too.
The kids didn't have to wait in long lines for their rides either and rode the same ones over and over.  They even went on some rides that they had never tried before.  They are getting a little b…

The waiting and the weight

I am 35 weeks along, at that point in the pregnancy where the end is so close, but still not close enough!  I have cleaned out most of the closets in the house, unpacked the baby clothes, gotten other baby stuff out of storage, and I have kind of run out of things to do (other than take care of my other three kids, of course).  I find myself just waiting.  I have not been working on any knitting projects or reading any good books, so I have felt really anxious waiting for the new baby.  I get the house tidy in the morning and try to stay on top of the kids mess during the day, but I feel like I sit around half the day.  I finally picked up a book I have tried to read a couple times and this time I am actually getting through it.  Physically I feel hot and tired and HEAVY.  I am not any bigger than I should be, but I feel huge.  Rolling over in bed feels like a monumental task and forget about bending over!  Basically, I am ready for the end! 
I had an ultrasound this week and when I …

Catch Up

It is actually Grace's birthday today, but I still have a little catching up to do before I get to that.

A couple weekends ago we had a yard sale.  We had a bunch of stuff in storage rooms to clear out and I really wanted to de-clutter as much as possible before the baby comes.  We also knew we needed a little extra cash to help us pay for our annual Lagoon trip.  The kids were excited about the whole yard sale thing and were even volunteering some of their things to contribute to the sale.  Richie was fascinated by the signs I made to advertise and made one of his own that we put outside the house that morning. We had a pretty good yard sale and it made it possible for us to go to Lagoon.

Lyric is up and running in full rep.  Richie is in "Big River" and "Lend Me a Tenor", and he directed "Greater Tuna".  All the shows are really good this summer, and "Big River" is selling out each performance.  We went to the openings of the other shows t…

4th of July in Blanding

I am a little behind but I needed to get our 4th of July post done before I have so many things to update that I just get overwhelmed and end up not doing any of it.

My brother and his family were visiting from Brazil the first week of July and we went down to see them, even though big Richie was too busy to come with us.  They lived in New York when we lived in New Jersey and we have really missed seeing them regularly.  The cousins had a great time playing and having a sleepover in Grandma's basement and I enjoyed spending time with the grownups.

The Barton girls came over a lot and one of the days all the girl cousins gave each other pedicures.  Sophia polished Olivia's toe nails and Stella polished Sophia's.  It was super cute.  At one point Sophia came in and very cautiously told me she accidentally spilled some polish on her shirt.  She was expecting me to get really upset, but I didn't and that surprised her.  I understood it was an accident and she chuckled a…