Saturday, November 21, 2015

First Solids

And just like that...that little newborn (OK 5 1/2 month old) of mine is eating solids! We tried to hold off as long as we could but it was becoming more and more evident that she was ready to eat! She was following our utensils while we ate, she would open her mouth hoping something would come her way and then finally she started crying when we weren't feeding her. So one day last week I decided it was time. I baked up a sweet potato, tossed it in the blender and for days! She sure LOVED it! Cait got in on the action to and took her turn feeding her baby sister. It was a fun day for all of use and the big girls were so excited to help feed Nora for dinner that night. We're so grateful for Nora and the light she brings into our family! She's pretty awesome!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I'm going through Pictures

So I'm going through files on the computer right now and I came across these pictures of Nora that I completely forgot about. I remember this day. My Baby Blues were particularly rough with Nora. I was really struggling to get out of that fog and couldn't really see a way to get there. She was three days old and I thought to myself  'I need to take newborn pictures of her...or hire someone to do it for me'. Neither really felt like a great option...but I knew it would be the easiest if I did them myself. The first few days (weeks...almost months) of Nora's life were filled with Colic and bouncing and never laying flat. On this particular day she fell asleep in the bouncy chair and was out for the count. Like really really asleep. She was sleeping like she never had before! So I quickly ran downstairs, grabbed the few simplest props I could find and spent about 10 minutes taking her picture. There are maybe 8-10 decent pictures out of the bunch...and although it's not a TON it's enough. And I seriously can't even remember her looking like this! So dark, chubby, her hair, her cheeks, her eyes, her squishy lips. So I'm super glad I have these pictures.

Anyway, I really really love having this blog so I'm trying to catch up on the last few months. If you're super interested in reading you can just scroll I'm placing the posts in the months I'd like them to fall. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


So there's this thing about me...I just really really love theme costumes!! Like almost nothing makes me happier than a family all themed out for Halloween. It's getting harder and harder every year to convince these kids to go with a theme though. I can't even remember what they all originally wanted to be, but I was lucky enough to be able to convince them to be Mummy's. In my naivety I though this would be such an awesome and super super easy costume. Well...I have sure learned from my mistake. Mummy costumes are one of the most time consuming things to make ever, like it took me at least 6 hours to make just the shirt and pants on the two big girls costumes, then I had to make their hats and Nora's little sleeper costume. My hands were so sore form all the stitching and my lips had some sort of allergic reaction to the thread I kept running through them before tying the knots. OUCH. Anyway, there was literal blood sweat and tears put into those costumes. So guess what...they're being Mummy's for the next few years! We've got to get some serious mileage out those! Now, back to the theme thing; so there's this thing about can't convince her of anything. So she vehemently rejected the idea, and therefor ended up as a Mermaid for Halloween. And in classic Cait style, right as we were heading out the door for trick or treating she ran upstairs and changed into her Elsa dress. Oh Cait.

Anyway, Halloween on  Saturday is the best. So much time to get ready. We lazed around, went to a cousins hockey game, hit up a Halloween party and then carved pumpkins and ate dinner. Such a nice change from the usual gong show rush that Halloween is.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Jump Jump Jump

And so it last baby is now a jumping baby! Each milestone we pass is just a little more and more bittersweet...because I'm happy to be heading to the next stage of our life, but sad that I'll never experience a baby's first jump in her Jolly Jumper again. However, Nora is such a huge light in our lives and we honestly just can't get enough of her. She lights up when anyone looks at her, she smiles for any ounce of attention, and she always has this sweet little expression on her face like she's waiting for us to amaze her. Well she amazes us! She really is just such a fun and special girl!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Two Wheelin'

So one fine day last week I decided it was time to teach Cait to ride a two wheeler. We had lent our littlest bike to Chris and Lauren last year in exchange for their next size up bike. So we switched back and between general Conference sessions we ran out the front and tossed Caiter onto the bike. She pretty much rocked it!! She couldn't stop smiling and laughing and kept saying 'this is sooo fun'. So that's it - she's 3 1/2 and riding her two wheeler!! What a smart little girls!

I feel like I can claim that my method of learning to bike is the best. I start my kids out on a tricycle until they can pedal that properly. Once they're pedaling like pros I switch them over the a balance bike (around 2 1/2 years old). Then they ride that until I feel like they are getting some good cruising in...and then we break out the legit two wheeler. Since they have experience pedaling and balancing it's such an easy transition! Yay for never buying training wheels!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

It's my Birthday and I'll 'Mom' if I want to!

Everyone kept asking me what I had planned for my Birthday this year...and strangely enough there was nothing planned. It's been an incredible busy fall and ALL I wanted was to not clean up after dinner! That's it. On the actual day of my Birthday the girls had drama club and swimming all afternoon/evening. So I was busy running back and forth between the pool and the school. Then I came home for dinner and thank goodness Ben was taking us out to eat. JUST what I wanted and needed! So my answer to everyone when they asked what I did for my Birthday... Mom stuff. Just Mom stuff. And I'm so happy that I GET to do mom stuff. These 4 girls keep me busy, but I would never want it any differently. I was spoiled fact I feel so grateful to have so many great friends who dropped off treats for me. SO thoughtful!! It makes me feel like I need to step up my Birthday game. And after dinner we came home for presents...and Ben bought me a fancy new blender. I guess he'd been doing his research and had looked seriously at the Vitamix and Blendtec and ultimately decided to buy the relatively unheard of (in North america at least) Omniblend. According to his research it performs equally as well as the other two (if not better) and is significantly cheaper! YAY! I have pretty much been making pina colada's all day every day since I opened the box!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My girls

I really wanted some pictures of my girls together...something nice to remember this stage with. I have lots of little iphone snaps but I wanted something more put together. But once blues...postpartum hormones...emotions of all sorts all over the place. So the only way to get this done was to wing it on a day when the girls were happy, Nora was cooperating and I was not crying. And the perfect day came up thank goodness last month. So I dug through their closets, found some outfits that would work and we quickly ran down to the river to take some pictures. Oh man...I'm so in love with these girls. Can they honestly get any more perfect???