"In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test- to return and live with our Heavenly Father."

-L. Tom Perry

Friday, June 29, 2012

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park

This past week we spent a couple days at a cute little campground. 
It's not too far from our house, we had never heard of it until recently. So, we packed up our kids and met Chad's family there.
It is such a cute place and we found out they are even expanding so I'm sure we'll be going there in the future as well. 
The kids had so much fun! They were so excited to see Yogi bear. I'm so grateful for Chad who entertained the older kids while Annie kept me busy in our little cabin. Like I said, we'll be going there again when Annie will actually let me do some of the fun things there.
I wish I would've taken a picture of our cabin, it was really cute. The kids had a little loft area that they slept in, they thought it was so fun!
Next time we go it will definitely be in the spring or fall. This 100 degree weather is just not fun to be outside in. (unless your swimming)

I guess we kept the kids too busy during the day.  While we were driving to a museum all THREE kids fell asleep in the car. Yes, I said THREE. I couldn't believe it myself. It was a little bit of heaven right there in our truck.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Below are pictures I took for Chad for a father's day gift.  It was very difficult and took a lot of bribery to get some decent ones.  Although, there is no bribing Annie. It was just pure luck that she didn't cry the whole time.  I even caught a smile, although she was smiling at Sam and not at me.

 She really does love her dad.

June 16
 Miss Carly finally got her ears pierced.  Chad took her on a daddy-daughter date for lunch and then on to get her ears pierced. She tried to chicken out at the last minute.  She came home and was so excited to show them off!

 June 1
Annie's first real bath! It's always so nice when you can actually bathe a baby instead of just wiping them down with a wet rag.  (especially when you have babies that spit up a TON!) She actually really loved it. Didn't cry one bit.  I may just keep her in a bath all day!

 Out of order, these should be up by the top pictures.

 These were taken around the same time Annie turned 1 month old! It sure flew by.  The days felt long at times, but the month flew by! Some facts about Annie at one month:
*She likes to cry.
* She is starting to smile a lot! She pretty much smiles every time she sees Carly. (that is of course, if she isn't crying)
*She is a great night time sleeper. (which I am really grateful for)
*She loves to be wrapped up. I can't really get her to sleep unless she is wrapped up.
*She would eat all day long if I let her.
*She spits up all the time. (all my babies did) With her it seems painful though. We're headed to the doctor tomorrow to see what they say about it.
*She is always trying to sit up.  I'm afraid that is a sign that she'll be just like her siblings. Crazy and wild and ready for action.
*She loves to sleep cuddled up on my chest.
*Although she is my most fussy baby I am so grateful that she is finally here in our family.  I know that these phases don't last and hopefully soon we'll be seeing a happier side of Miss Annie.

Monday, June 4, 2012

I have a 1st grader now!

Carly had her kindergarten Graduation/program on the 29th.  She was so excited and couldn't wait to sing all of her songs.  I still can't believe we've already made it through her first year of school. It flew by and now I have a 1st grader!! I'm no going to lie, I got a bit teary-eyed watching her up there on that stage. 
Carly is......well....there are so many words to describe her. 
Sweet, loving, dramatic, loud, caring, sensitive, energetic (that one is an understatement), HUGE personality!
As hard as she can be at times and as much as we butt heads I still love her so very much! I hope she knows and will always know how much I love her and how proud I am of her. At such a young age she is a huge example to me.  She is a leader, she knows what she wants and isn't afraid.


 Now, onto Miss Fussy pants. I've decided that this will be her new name. She will no longer be known as Annie unless she decided to shape up :)  I don't know if it's because it's been four years since I last had a newborn but I don't remember either of my babies being as fussy as she is.  She may look sweet and innocent but don't be deceived. Her days are split up like this.
30% of the day she cries
10% she pukes
10% of the day she poops
20% of the day she eats
20% of the day she sleeps
5% of the day she lays quietly
5% of the day she'll let other people hold her
It's funny though, I really haven't been too frustrated or felt overwhelmed.  Maybe it's because she's my 3rd, maybe because she took a while to make her appearance, maybe I've learned a little patience??? Who knows, but it is tiring and is starting to wear on me.  I have a feeling that something I'm eating is causing her to be so fussy.  I was bound and determined to breastfeed only this time around.  It's so much more convenient and it's so sweet to have that one one one time with baby. But it's very hard knowing that what I am feeding her may be the cause of all the crying.  Hopefully I can figure things out sooner rather than later and we can get her tummy troubles figured out (if that is what it really is.) It's so sad to hear her cry all the time and not know what the problem is, who knows maybe I just have a baby who likes to cry?