"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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


 Stink face from a Stinker.
Little Annie is giving me a run for my money. Last week if you asked me if I was done having kids I would have quickly replied "YES!" I realized that immunizations are probably the cause of most of her fussiness and lack of sleep last week. (which was also the week Chad was out of town) This week she has been much better, actually taking naps during the day, being happy when she's awake and not constantly wanting to nurse.

Annie watching the other two crazies dance.

Chad having fun with the kiddos in the mud. They LOVED it, as always.

We are starting the next part of construction on our house. Two more bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room. It's a big addition which will take at least two months (hopefully not more) We are so blessed to be able to do it and get the kids out of the nasty old bathroom that we were using. (You don't even want to see the mold that was growing behind the walls of the bathtub. YUK!) I was so glad to say good-bye to the carpet in the bathroom, the nasty bathtub and the small closet with a toilet.  Before it was all torn up we let the kids go to town coloring to their hearts content. They had so much fun! 
More pictures to come as the work progresses!

Friday, July 13, 2012

2 months!

Miss Annie hit her two month mark while we were on vacation in California. I can't believe it's already been two months! The days have seemed long but the months have flown by!
*Annie is still a little fussy pants. Although she has improved a little which I am grateful for.
*She seems to be most grumpy and fussy in the evenings although she has plenty of moments during the day as well.
*She seems to have better days when she gets a good morning nap. No morning nap and I'm almost guaranteed a grumpy girl the rest of the day.
*She has longer, happy awake times.  She will smile and "talk" to us.  I love this. Her little "coo's" almost make her fussiness worth it!
*She would still nurse all day long if I would let her. I think I took a couple steps backwards going on vacation. I was available to her 24/7 and I think she got a little used to that. (oops.)
*She did way better than what I thought in California. The first night there was terrible but after that she really was no problem at all, other than her normal fussiness.
*She went on her first plane ride on July 8th.
*We've had her on medicine for reflux, it seems to be helping.
*I think her eyes will be blue. She still has quite a bit of hair but I'm pretty sure she'll lose it as time goes on.
*She has the loudest poops EVER!
*She is never soothed by the same thing twice. What works one day will probably not work the next day.
*She sleeps awesome at night. Once we get her to sleep she usually wakes up around 4:00 and then at 6:30 (she'll usually go back to sleep at 6:30 until the other kids wake up)
*I sure love this little gal.  She hasn't been the easiest but I know she's just frustrated. She has this huge, outgoing personality but is stuck in this tiny little baby body that can't do much.