Friday, May 31, 2013

We're Home!

Last night we were discharged from the hospital. It was so good to come home...even if we came home in a crazy amount of rain. Mike had to work, so it was just the two of us girls at home. Having my bed back was wonderful....but i'm already missing the magic nurse button from the hospital. Now I just have to go in the kitchen when I'm hungry.

These are some pictures of the family in the hospital, not all great ones...but we did get one of Olivia with each of her protectors.

Owen

 Michael

 Rodney

 Alexander
 Gavin


this is Olivia's Going home outfit.


Seriously...cutest little girl ever.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sweet Olivia

She's here! Everyone say hello to our little Olivia. Even though she's right next to me, I still can't believe it. Baby no 6! She came last night just after 3am.
 She was 5lb 10oz and 19" long
 Look at the skinny little stick. So cute and long.
 I'd post a picture with Daddy, but he was the one with the camera...and now that I can move, he's asleep. But when the other kids come to visit, we'll get a picture of daddy and Liv.
This one, I just LOVE. Sweet baby eyes.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Day Off

Today was Fantastic. Yesterday I was overly tired and feeling very worn down. I couldn't seem to find the energy to do anything. So my wonderful mother told me I could come to her house. I was really grateful because that meant my kids wouldn't be making more messes at our house....then I realized my seats are still out of my van. Mike was asleep, as he had just gotten home from work, so I had no one to help me put the seats back. Oh well, I was stuck till he woke up. Then as I talked on the phone with mom in the afternoon, she decided she'd just take the boys and feed them dinner at her house and bathe them for me so I could just focus on getting everyone's clothes ready for church the next day.

Once mom drove out to my house, she looked at me and said, "how about I just take them for the day tomorrow. And then after church you can come get them." Uh...YES! Going to church is really hard on me, but we go because that is where we're supposed to be. Each Sunday morning I gather up 5 children's clothes hopefully I can find a shirt in the right size for everyone, then I have to find shoes and socks. I'm usually doing good to get socks on them, matching socks is a miracle in itself. And if I'm aloud to shower in the morning before church, then we're doing fantastic. The best days are when we have matching socks, I get a shower, and we're in time to take the sacrament.

Today, however, I just had to get myself ready. Admittedly we were a little late, they were singing the opening song when we got there, but we sat IN the chapel and actually heard the ward announcements. It was SO wonderful! I heard every word of every talk. I actually got to sit and listen for the first time in YEARS. Each portion of church was fantastic. In sacrament meeting we talked about being positive. Sunday School was about spiritual gifts, and Relief Society was about chastity. Each hour had some part of the subject that really touched me today. I LOVE going to church! Someday, it will be like that every week. But for now, just getting a full Sunday in without kids has re-energized me for a long time. I CAN handle keeping kids in line, and quiet during church. And it IS worth it.

Thank you to a friend of ours who goes to work with Mike for the picture. Sadly someone said something to me right as he snapped the picture so I wasn't looking at the camera, but I am glad he took it. It was great to have him come. Hopefully he got some questions answered about the church. I know there are some he knows that feel we're a cult, and after today I'm wondering what he thinks. All in all it was a really wonderful Sunday, and a beautiful day of rest.

....that'd be the kids walking in my front door.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Grandpa Teaches How to Hula Hoop

We went to Grandpa and Grandma Adams' house and found Aunt Lilly's hula hoop. Grandpa was kind enough to show us how it worked. Hahaha. Out of all my brothers, Dad trying to hula hoop makes me think of Keith.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

School Today

Well, It's not technically the beginning of the school year until June 1st. Since I'm new to this whole home school thing, we're starting with a few lessons here and there to get my feet wet. Yesterday the boys only did math, and EVERYONE is on a different level. Pretty much we had to take one on one time, both me and daddy, to make sure they each got the instruction needed. Our oldest, M, is learning multiplication Next one down, X, is refining his addition and will be starting 2 digit addition soon. G, is just beginning simple addition, and learning math symbols. O is just learning his numbers. So that took quite a bit of time, but that's what we were given the time for. To teach our kids.

Today's lesson was in Geography. The boys have been asking questions about the world so we started today with Continents. It was a good review for me. I had to look it up to remember. But we have a large floor puzzle of the world so once I got the refresher from an internet search, it went great. We put the youngest, R, who is almost 18months, down for a nap. Then we began our puzzle. We talked about how there are 7 continents. Then we named them all, North America, South America, Antarctica, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. To help them remember I told them a few facts about each continent. We were talking about the continents for a good 2 hours. The boys got to the point where if I gave them the first sound of the continent, they could tell me what it was. By the end of the lesson, my oldest had all but 2 of them memorized without help. Looks like we'll keep reviewing this for the week. For the rest of the week, each day we'll focus on one continent at a time and by the end of the week we'll do a review.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baby Update

Well...the Dr does't think I'll make it to my due date. I'm dilated to a 2 and 50% effaced as of yesterday. And I've been having contractions all week. My next appointment is the 30th. The Dr. guess about 6lb 10oz for her weight. He called it a little on the small size...but that's about average for me. I'm trying not to get to apprehensive  but just knowing that the doctor doesn't think I'll make it to my due date makes it hard for me to ignore all the contractions I'm having this week. I'm not worried at all....I just don't want to get impatient. It would be so convenient for me to have Olivia early. We have a family reunion coming up in June and if I go early, I could be recovered enough to actually get to spend time with my family. If I go till my due date....that's the week of the reunion. I could feasibly miss the whole thing. So yes, I would LOVE to have this baby very soon....but I think every 8 month pregnant woman feels that way. Anyhow...mostly I just want to sleep on my stomach again. No scratch that. I just want to be able to sleep again. HAHA like that'll happen AFTER the baby comes. Guess I better try to get the sleep I can right now while I don't have a newborn. Night all!