Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10/21/2014--Day 18 -- daily journal

So today was busy and FUN!

I woke up to pick up the house (after checking facebook and pinterest first of course), and run to the grocery store.

I bought a few things I still needed for the once a month cooking, but ran home to vacuum before all the Preschool group got to my house.

We had a fun time of making a paper plate and toilet paper ghost craft, making "popcorn balls", which was more like 'rice crispy treat' popcorn balls, and I painted the kids faces.

I think it went well.  After that a good friend came over and helped me with some birthing information I  have been wondering about.  She was a great help and I think I worked through an issue or two I was worried about labor--like exactly how to visualize it.

After that all three kids had DR. appointments---including Flu shots-which are NEVER fun.

Followed by some grocery shopping and finish up the day with homework and bedtime.

Kind of boring to read about but I find it kind of perfect --except for the swollen feet at the end of the day!

Oh yeah--AND I was able to buy over 250 diapers for 30 bucks!! WHOO HOO! I am FULLY stocked up on Size 1 diapers---now time to stock pile size 2. (I have 3 small packages of newborns cause Little Man had grown out of them by week 3--so we never know what to expect)

10/21/2014 -- Day 19--Elf on a shelf Ideas

Here is my list of Elf on the Shelf ideas.

Once again Christmas before Halloween--I am a planner!

Maybe I will take pictures of each day.

Day in December

1. welcome letter and advent calendar (Dang it, better get the advent calendar together!)
2. With Cereal boxes in the morning
3. With a bag of stuff for s'mores for us
4. Wrapped up in Christmas lights
5. Watching a Christmas movie
6. Change computer screen to picture of self
7. Riding a dinosaur
8. Hanging his clothes out to dry (we got a cute clothing line from my friend)
9. Making a fort
10: Hid in the tea set with a box of new tea
11: working out--toothpicks and mini marshmallows
12: fill the middle room with balloons
13: Reading a Christmas book
14: Hiding Candy Canes around house
15: Sitting in Christmas tree
16: Dye milk green
17: Gifts to take to our neighbors (wrapping paper still out)
18: Paint kids faces while sleeping
19: T.P. the Christmas tree
20: Decorate the mirror in bathroom
21: playing in baby diapers -- a little mess with baby powder
22: Put kids underwear on Tree
23: Praying at the Nativity
24:  Reading the scriptures
25:  Just a note from the Elf saying goodbye

Last year my kids found the Elf in my drawer.  Why was he still there?  I told them he was checking up on them every now and again and today, I guess, was a day he was checking.  I made sure to cover him with a sock and hide him in a higher spot!

Monday, October 20, 2014

10/20/2014--Day 20--Pictures to take of my baby the first 30 days

So I looked for a list that tells of 30 specific pictures to take of your newborn in the first 30 days of their life, but couldn't find one list.

So I made one off of other pictures I liked.  I know that these should come naturally to take these pictures, but as the 4th kid and during the month of December things are bound to get a little crazy!

Like most of my posts, this is mainly for me, but feel free to read along.   :)

Wow this is proving harder than I thought!  I guess I will leave the last 10 days blank and see what I can come up with.  Plus I know these aren't in order cause we will most likely see our extended family before day 21--but I want to just get them down!  Looks like I will leave some blank spots and fill them in as I find pictures I like.

Day 1: of course the 1st picture and the siblings & Grandma meeting the baby the first time.
Day 2: Going home picture if you are able to go home this day
Day 3: Up close picture of body--ears, eyes, nose, mouth, fingers, toes, and so on!
Day 4: Picture of them all wrapped up in their cute blankets sleeping
Day 5: Crying Picture
Day 6: Individual picture with each of the kids
Day 7: Dad and Baby-lots of pictures
Day 8: Picture with toy-take one a month to show growth
Day 9: In favorite outfit
Day 10: Bath time
Day 11: Try to get a yawn picture
Day 12: Mom and baby sleeping
Day 13: With dads tools
Day 14: In dads monster truck--how? humm?
Day 15: In a Christmas box (as the present)
Day 16: In front of Christmas Tree
Day 17: Mom and baby hands-each kid and dad too
Day 18: snuggle and reading time with baby
Day 19: Belly Button (now it should look normal)
Day 20: Better Family picture--with mom NOT in hospital/frumpy clothes
Day 21: Cousins/extended family
Day 22:
Day 23:
Day 24:
Day 25:
Day 26:
Day 27:
Day 28:
Day 29:
Day 30:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

10/19/2014 -- Day 21--The perfect blog

maybe this is wrong of me, but if I run across a blog that looks perfect--I get easily bored.  I like to see peoples mess ups.  Not horrible 'life is ending' mess ups, but pictures with the kids dirty, or the house in the background a little messy.

I skip the blogs where every picture is of some expensive big adventure.

Do you know what I mean?

The first blog I stumbled on was a family in totally matching perfectly looking clothes and hair--all their pictures were at the 'family cabin' which was nicer than my house--the next set of pictures were on a boat with everyone water skiing or enjoying their gorgeous bodies on an awesome (but ridiculously expensive) smaller boat.  I read the first page of their blog....yawn....life is perfect.

The next blog the first post I read was about how each family member had been to the hospital that month and for all different things.  It is real (but the things were all 'minor'), it was funny, it made me want to read more about her real life and not just about all the sparkly things that happen in their life.

BUT to be honestly fair, I didn't read past the first page of that blog either.  Call me a blog snob!

BUT I am a total hypocrite because I also don't like blogs without pictures, and mine is just that.  A picture-less, colorless blog.  One day I will look into that more, but that is NOT a priority on my 'just survive today' list.

So I guess I can take a deep breath knowing that no one will ever look at my blog and think 'what a perfect life she lives', but in my mind it is pretty dang close to perfect!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10/18/2014--Day 22-- Forget November

I am not sure why but I just am skipping November for the most part in my mind.  Um..maybe because I will have a new baby for most of the month!

SO I am going to take down Halloween decorations and start Christmas decorations and totally skip Thanksgiving.

Also Thanksgiving this year will be SIMPLE.

Maybe instant potatoes, instant sweet potatoes, corn, store bought rolls, and steak (which I will ask hubby to cook).

Also I have started to think about Elf on the Shelf ideas and wrote down an idea for each day so that I don't have to think about it and plan ahead if I need to, but they are all easy and don't need a lot of prep or execution.  Maybe after this year I will be able to step it up in these fun little things, but not this year!

So sorry to be posting about Christmas before even Halloween, but I am ONE of those people this year.

December Daily Picture--cute idea.  I saw a list of pictures to take every day while waiting for the Big Guy in Red to show up.   Had to write it down before I forgot.

I think I should a list of pictures to take of your newborn for the first 30 days too!

Humm--after my 2 minute search I couldn't find a list -- looks like I will have to make my own--I feel a new post coming up!

10/17/2014 -- Day 23-- Christmas on the brain!

Since I will be out of commission during the biggest shopping weeks of the year I am planning WAY ahead!

I have completed Christmas shopping for my girls, 75% done for Little Man, and about 50% done for my husband.

Growing up we always had huge Christmas's and it was so fun!  It would take us hours to open gifts (we opened them one at a time and everyone watched the others open them).  We would stop halfway through and have a big breakfast, clean up the 1st round of the mess, and then start again!

BUT my husband and I have decided to do it differently.  I had a friend tell me a few years ago that they do 3 gifts because that is how many gifts Christ got.  (I don't count stocking gifts as the three gifts--but they have a set gift set they get in their stocking)

That same friend has even more detailed plans--something they can read, do, and something they want.

I changed my to
#1: Something to do together with Mom & Dad
#2: Something they want
#3: Something to do

In their stockings they get
-an ornament (dealing with something important that happened to them that year)
-Their own soda pop
-Their own bag of chips
-Mint tins-they LOVE mints
-New toothbrushes
-Their own fun band aids
-Fruit snacks

Also we ask Santa to only bring one large family gift.  One year it was money to go on a monthly family date (helped us get to Korea last year).  This year we aren't sure what to ask Santa for...maybe a horse (which would be believed in the spring).

I have a HUGE list of people I always want to give gifts to each year, but never do.

Here is my list

Little Man

Mother in law
Father in law

Father in law
Mother in law


Grandma Nana
Grandma Bev
Grandma Cluff

Family Name on Amy side
Family Name on Lucas side (this year each person drew a name giving me 5 people to shop for)
Lucas Name
Amy Name
Squirt Name
FireCracker Name
Little Man Name

6 Uncles
7 Aunts

Squirt Teacher
Firecracker Teacher

11 close friends/cousins

4 neighbors

Visit Teachers (2)
People I Visit Teach (3)
Person I teach with (1)

Home Teachers (2)
People to Home Teach (2)
RS Presidency
Primary Presidency
Stake Presidency

Trash man

Over kill?

Yes I think so!

Thank goodness for the dollar store, but really I do put thought into my gifts and try to get stuff people want.  I know I can cut out lots of these people--and honestly most of them NEVER get their gift even if I do get around to making/buying one for them.

I do a lot homemade (food) gifts, but again so many people are overwhelmed with that stuff lots of it goes to waste.  I have thought of not doing Christmas gifts, but doing Valentine or Halloween gifts instead.  Maybe this year I will do Valentine gifts and just send a family letter out.

But my question is how do you let people know you appreciate them without a junky little gift that takes a lot of time on my part, but gets trashed ASAP--or how not to spend a lot of money on lots of little gifts?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

10/16/2014 -- day 24-- field trips and home schooling

Last week we were suppose to go with the home school group to the dairy, but it was cold and rainy and muddy and miserable!  So it was rescheduled for today.

Today was beautiful. A little wind, but nothing unbearable.

So I take Little Man to the diary and we walk through the first room.  Oh no! It smells of milk and cows.  To say that my prego stomach flipped a little is an understatement.  I was getting worried I wouldn't be able to handle it, but we soon entered the room where the cows were milked and while it smelled horrible, I knew I could handle it.

BUT little did I know that Little Man didn't like the smell and HE threw up the small box of nerds he had just eaten.  The diary guy was really kind and said "good thing it happened in here so we can just wash it down with all the cow stuff."

We quickly exited and I asked if Wheeler wanted to see the baby calfs being fed.

"No, so stinky mom, lets go home!"

He had been SO excited to see the cows, and he hates going home, so I knew he really didn't like the smell.  He has been fine since then and I really think the smell just got to him.  So much for raising a rancher.


I will be removing my kids for the last three weeks of school in November, and since Thanksgiving is the last week and at our school we have a big Junior Carnival to help the Juniors raise money for Prom, the last week of school is really nothing.

I will be homeschooling them for two weeks.  It takes me a lot of prep to home school kids.  I have decided if we home school again for a longer amount of time I will just order a program, but since it is only for two weeks I am just making my own, again.

I was going to go into detail, but honestly I am just to tired tonight.  Maybe when I finally finish my brain book I will tell about my homeschooling.