Thursday, September 24, 2009

You Birthed Me...

Duck and Cover!

Birthday Boy and Bubbles!

Yes, she's eating broccoli folks!

Pinata Fun!

Night Swimming!

Lil' Expert had his first slumber party a couple of weeks ago and it is hard to believe another year has gone by and he is nine years old.

His big surprise present was an Nintendo DS.

Last night I was putting him to bed and he said, "I love you Mom because you bought me a DS, and you give me food, and you birthed me."

Nine year old love... it can't be beat!!!

*Photos courtesy of my friend Lauren!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Quadruple the Fun...

Sometimes parenting can be hard and exhausting. I tell you I needed this video.

To me the essence of what makes it all worth it!

Hope this renews your spirit of fun too!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Girls Growing like Weeds...

My Baby

Laughing Girl

Brown-Eyed Gal four years old and Lil' Red two years old

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Adventures in Bicycling...

Lil' Expert and Storytellin' Boy did a great job learning to ride their bikes a couple of weeks ago. They are both now riding completely independently.

On the first day, Lil' Expert crashed into two barrel cactus and popped his tires. His Dad stopped him in the nick of time before crashing into the drainage wash on our property.

Lil' Expert has struggled to learn to ride his bike due to his Asperger's and fine motor delays. We are so proud that he has persevered and is now riding like a pro.

The same day, Storytellin' boy crashed into his two year old sister in the driveway. Luckily, we had bought her a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads at Target because she wanted to be like her big brothers. The padding came in handy when she was sailing across the pavement. She wasn't hurt at all. Storytellin' Boy said, "I'm sorry mom, I haven't learned how to avoid yet."

A couple days after they learned to ride their bikes, cousins from California came to visit. Their cousins rode with the boys and practiced with them several times during their stay which improved the boys skills tremendously.

Here is video of their first day of bike riding:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mount Lemmon Mother's Day 2009

The girls love water!

Boys hanging out!

The whole Gang!

Stream Walking!

Me and my last little one!

On Mother's Day we got out of the heat of Tucson and headed up the mountain. The kids love walking and hiking in the streams at Mt. Lemmon and we had a great family day together.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Pool is Now Open...

One of the best things about living in Tucson is that we get the use of our pool from May until October. 

The kids get lots of exercise and it is relaxing to go swimming after school and before bed.

These photos are from our first big weekend of swimming April 25-26, 2009. 

Today we are supposed to hit the 100 degree mark, so there will be a lot of swimming in our future!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Future Beauty Salon Operator...

Brown-eyed Gal cut her hair with her brother's blue safety scissors!

Are you talking about me?

It's not the first time we have had hair trouble around here!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

An Original Storytellin' Mama...

I love this Native American Storyteller. My mother-in-law gave it to me a few years ago. It honors the oral tradition of storytelling. My kids love to look at it and name which child they are in the storyteller's lap.

Storytellin' at our house

My kids all love books and I love the quiet moments before bed when we can read and laugh together! 

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Watch Out for What Might Come Through the Doggy Door!

Scout and Bear are inside dogs. They live the good life sleeping on one of the children's beds at night, chewing plenty of forbidden toys, and driving me crazy. Like this week when Bear ate the hawaiian rolls off the counter and a whole loaf of bread on the same morning and when Scout shredded in many, many pieces a roll of paper towels in the living room... everywhere.  

We recently put in a pet door through our back bathroom, we call the mud room. The dogs would have access to the backyard at all times. The dogs were used to going through a pet door to get to their food in the garage anyway.

Scout, our beagle had been waking me up every night to be let out at around 2:00 to 3:00 AM. On any given night with four kids I am likely to be woken up by a crying baby, or a child having a nightmare. The dog was not helping my issues with sleep deprivation.

Scout learned to go through the new doggy door right away and has not woken me up once since the door went in. Bear, our golden retriever still needs some reminders about the door and will often lie down outside instead of coming back in through the door.  

It is so convenient because now we can go for day trips, or even be out for several hours without worrying about letting the dogs out.

A friend of mine asked me if the door was sealed and if I was worried about other desert creatures (snakes, tarantulas, scorpions) getting through the door. Luckily, it is sealed and somehow we have these invaders from time to time anyway. Part of living in the Sonoran desert. 

I saw this video on my friend Jennifer's facebook page and I thought I wouldn't mind if this came through the door...   

Happy Friday!!
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