Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas bells are ringing

It is amazing how Christmas gets more exciting every year as the kids the older. Just when I think it was so fun, it gets "funner." We had a really special elf come live with us the beginning of December. Her name was Bells. She brought the kids random things like bubble bath, gum, pistachios, peanut butter cups, and red/green M&M's to make cookies for Santa with. She also would leave love notes reminding them about the way we should act, as well as thank them for the nice things they had done. She was amazing. Bells even came to the store with us and school a couple of times. Bells left everyone PJ's before she headed back to the north pole on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning the kids were very spoiled. They got scooters from Grandpa Brian and Grandma April. A remote control car (Branson) and princess tent (Maycie) from Grandma Sue and Larry. Pillow quilts made by Great Grandma Ashcroft. An 8' trampoline from Santa. An outfit, walkie talkies, and their own book of mormon from Mom and Dad. A box full of Christmas books from Grandpa Halversen. A popcorn popper from Grandma Hipwell. Spoiled! Santa sent the kids on a treasure hunt all over house until his final clue was to go look in the backyard. That Santa is so stinkin creative. He must have had Mrs. Clause put that together. After opening presents we put down our Christmas decorations. YESSS!!! Then headed to Enterprise to see some of AJ's family and have dinner. We are very blessed and are very aware and grateful for it. Branson was so fun this year. He kept reminding us how many days until Christmas and kept things exciting around our house. Maycie was so sweet and was just chilling Christmas morning. We had to remind her that it was her turn and to go ahead and open another present. Jerik was so fun to watch when you gave him something. He'd get so excited moving his feet all around and hitting at whatever it was. Just a little side story that I never want to forget.... On the 23rd, Maycie woke up throwing up at midnight. She threw up 6 times (every hour until 5:00am.) Jerik was up at 11:00 and 2:00, then was up for good at 6:00. I am not exaggerating when I say that I slept for one hour 10:00-11:00 and was able to function the entire day on that tiny hour of sleep. Well after picking throw up off the blanket, I asked AJ to shake it off across the street. However he shook it off on our grass. Christmas morning Branson ran out to see if the reindeer ate his oats to find out that the reindeer had thrown up. He came in and said, "What? The reindeer threw up on our grass!!! Why in the heck would the reindeer throw up? I have never seen a reindeer throw up. I think he must have eaten too many treats." I was laughing so hard I was crying. It was really gross but so funny!
Here are the kids sitting on Santa's lap at the mall. Jair Bair just stared at him. And stared and stared and stared.

Making cookies for Santa...

All of Bells' notes....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jerik - 6 months

We had Doody's 6 month appointment to find that he weighs 22lbs. 4oz. (98%.) His height is 28" (93%.) Head circumference is 46cm. I am pretty sure I am stronger then I have ever been from packing him around all day. However, he is actually on the charts this time for weight now. I think he is going to start slimming down and here is why.... He is too busy to eat each time & gets very distracted, he is now rolling all around and sitting up, and we have started him with real food a little. The rice cereal in a box was making him sick. He would cry for 5 hours following the meal. At 5 months I made my own brown rice, did double the water and put it in my blend-tec. He was a lot happier after but I totally had to shove it down his neck. At 5 months and 1 week we started to add a tiny bit off food here and there. We have done 4 days of avocado, 4 days of carrots, and 4 days of sweet potatoes. I really had to shove it all down his neck but he didn't scream for 5 hours afterward. We love this little guy so much! But I have totally jinxed myself. He now wakes up about every 4 hours during the night. I can't make him scream because it wakes up Branson. Hopefully we can figure something out in the next couple of weeks. Jerik's nicknames are Doody, Boom Boom, Lay Lay, Berik, Jair Bair.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Leaves, Leaves, and more Leaves

So we take care of our neighbor's yard and they had a ton of leaves. I have always loved everything about leaves. The beautiful colors that they turn each year and the thought of putting them in a pile and jumping in it. I realized a while back that jumping in a pile of leaves isn't as much fun as I thought it was. I still love the idea but know that I am not going to do it. So yesterday I lived vicariously through these four kids! PS AJ HATES leaves. This time of year he has gathered approx. 40 bags of leaves from all of his clients and isn't a fun anymore.