So grateful for a husband who is active and gets my kids active! This was Harlee's first time on the bike attachment. Freaks me out! She's so little still but she did it and kept saying "do again". Have I mentioned that my garage is FULL of bikes. Barely have room for my car.
For some reason my camera is acting funny when I take pictures in the dark. So the quality of this is bad but look how happy and focused they are to watch a movie. On an average day, they don't watch TV at all so when I finally let them, it's like Christmas.
I decided since I am officially a stay at home mom (still weird to say out loud), I thought I should do my part by saving some money on things we buy anyway. I am slowing becoming addicted to this whole game. Sadly, I don't know if I'm saving money yet. I find myself purchasing things I don't need or use for the sake of getting a great deal. I will need to hone my saving skills better but I have to say, it's super fun.
WHAT!?!? Stop growing Miss Mayzee! She has her 2 month well tomorrow so I will post her stats later. You can just see in these pictures what an angel I have. She doesn't smile easily but when she does, it's worth all that goofy grinning and animal noises it took to get it!
I went to a DoTerra party because I have been hearing some amazing things about essential oils. Aren't these little sample bottles adorable? I have to say, I have tried both on Mayzee (since she has had some digestion and fussiness issues) and I have not noticed a slight bit of difference. For how much it costs, I'm definitely not convinced but we'll still keep on with the samples and see if we have luck with someone else.
I loved having a winter break. I was quite dreading my boys going back to school. Waking up early in our cold dark house is difficult for all of us. Plus, I enjoyed having them around. It's more work to get them ready and take them to school than it is to keep them home, I discovered. BUT, they enjoyed their first day and are thrilled to be back at school.
I love when we bless our babies. These days are so special to me and my heart overflows with love for my family. I am so grateful for my eternal family. I know that being a mother to these angels is exactly what my Heavenly Father wants me to do and had planned for me all along. I know it may sound corny but my dreams have truly came true. I am grateful to be apart of the Gospel. I KNOW it is true and I love raising my kids to learn it and know it as well. I know my Savior has felt my pain and my sorrows and because of his sacrifice, I can overcome anything through him. He lives! He absolutely knows me and loves me. These are the simple truths I am so grateful to know. I look forward to my new future with my husband and kids. I am beyond grateful for each member of my family. I am truly blessed.
Almond flour! One of my other resolutions was to stay on my Paleo lifestyle. This is a gluten, dairy, and sugar free lifestyle. It really is best for me and my health. I go through a decent amount of almond flour which I bought in bulk for way cheap. With it, I make this joyous almond flour bread (among other things). It is, in my opinion, the healthiest way to live and I love it!
We have a library close by but since we are in a different county, we pay a hefty fee each year to use it. Well, our card lapsed in October and the kids have been bugging me to go the the library again. We finally went and renewed our card and rented a ton of books. I love how much these kids love books. I truly enjoy my reading moments with them.
I thought it would be fun to set a goal to take a picture everyday and blog about it. Pretty ambitious for me but I think if I can do it, it will be an awesome book and journal for our family at the end of the year. To kick it off, on the 1st Brian and I got to go on a much needed date. We don't get to hang out together often (or hardly at all) but on this day, we went on a hike together and then out to eat. The weather was beautiful and it was fun to spend time with my friend. I kinda like him. :)
The boys got a bunk bed that they badly wanted (and needed). BUT, it was a real bummer that after all our careful planning of how to surprise them with it, they found it before any of us woke up. We were very dissapointed
She is awesome on the scooter.
I can't believe I didn't take pictures of my parents amazing Christmas house this year. Once again, the food was fabulous and we had a great time (other than everyone was getting sick). Looking forward to the new year!
For the second year in a row, we didn't get a real Christmas eve due to sickness. Harlee woke up with pink eye and I learned later that what I was coming down with was the flu. Brian and the rest of the family went to the Taylor side and had a great time but the only pictures I got of the evening were of Mayzee in her cute outfit .
It was not a good picture day. My sweet baby is 8lbs 8oz 21.5" long. She's my tiniest and I'm enjoying every minute. She typically sleeps a 6 hour stretch each night (Yay!) and she does well most of the day. She is smiling but it takes an awful lot of work. She is quite serious like a few of my other children. She even sleeps with a furrowed brow. Her siblings love her more every day and we are grateful for that! She's a doll and we just can't resist her!