My Family

My Family

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Isaac is changing so quickly!
It's hard to believe a whole month has gone by since his arrival.

His hands are beautiful.
And the family loves him.
We are so blessed.


I'm now into my second week with Bekah being gone all day.
It's amazing to see how much one child fills up so much of your day...especially when you feel their absence so acutely.
Bekah is a talker, and a rejoicer in life and little things.
She's very social, and enjoys people and DOING things.
There was rarely any down time with her home...although she did nap up until mid-summer.
Is it any wonder?
She lives life to the fullest, and therefore needs the rest more so than most other children I know.
It truly has been a transition for me.
Yesterday in fact, both Isaac and Sam napped at the same time for about an hour and a half.
I felt like I had snuck away from my mothering responsibilities, and actually had to convince myself that there was to be no guilt attached to such a nice occurance.
In fact, I made a mental note that now that I am not napping (of necessity due to a pregnancy-tired body), that I needed to work to get Isaac napping on a schedule.
It's heavenly to have a few minutes to myself...and actually get things I want to do done.
That part may help this not be too difficult of a transition to make.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Kindergarten Cutie

Bekah had homework even before school began.
She had to draw her family in a house...(I always feel a bit sorry for my kids trying to fit their *large* family into the space given)...and did a very nice job of it.

Here she is outside of her classroom. Her two brothers just older than her had the same teacher (*Hi Mrs. Door!!*), and so she was sooo excited to start school, with no nervousness at all.
She sat down within just a few minutes and got right to work on a puzzle...and then saw I was taking a picture of her...
...and struck this pose just for me.
I will miss my little girly girl. She is a ray of sunshine...and will brighten that classroom well.

Double Whammy

There are just over 12 years that separate my oldest boy from my youngest boy.
It made this last Sunday quite eventful in our home.
Stephen was ordained a deacon ( in our church, that's a priesthood office for boys....ahem, I mean young men, who are between the ages of 12 and 14).
As the eldest of our boys, he's the first of our children to reach this milestone.
Grandma and Grandpa John had made the suggestion that we bless little Isaac on the same day if at all possible...making it a more eventful day all the way around.
Really, as Sundays go, it was very low key, and went off without a hitch.
Nice to know that can happen every once in a while.

The only drama of the day was when we attempted to get a family picture...and we knew to try it BEFORE the 3 hours of church, but still, it didn't turn out quite the way we would have liked. This is the best of the 3 we got...and not that bad overall!

Saturday, August 18, 2007


I thought you'd like an update on our Isaac.

He's growing well, not quite back up to birthweight...but working on it.

His jaundice is fading...slowly.

He eats, sleeps and fills his diaper well.
Really, what more could you ask for?

True Blue

This, once eaten...
...equalled this.
Quite the look, don't you think?

Pat did an amazing job on the horse (Stephen's middle school mascot), but we didn't factor in that the dye in the dark blue would color EVERYTHING a beautiful, bright blue!

Thank heavens it was water soluble.

Happy 12th birthday, Stephen!

A Multitude of Thanks!

Thanks to Auntie Susan and her mom, Ruby who came over to see Isaac within the first week of his life. Susan spent a lot of her visit shuttling the baby and I to Dr. appointments, just to make sure all was well with Isaac! We actually made one run in a HUGE downpour...quite the adventure!

Auntie Becca spent 5 days here helping me. It was heavenly to have my sister here for that long....(and hey! she didn't get a sore throat on the way home the way she normally does.)
Grandma Jennie helped so much...from the middle of July until August 7th. She was amazing during the delivery. It was a blessing I cannot describe to have a mother willing to come and help with whatever needs to be done...especially when it is baby #7. you see that face??? We LOVED the Dilly Bars (a whole dozen!), and the run you made for lunch goodies at Costco was such a blessing. You also are talking Stampin' Up! products upto other people, and I'm getting calls for product! You rock!

Monday, August 13, 2007

1st Day of the 1st Grade (and 2nd, 5th, and 7th)

Today is the first day of school for my 4 oldest kids.
We've made it a tradition to take pictures outside the front door for the past couple of years.
Here are today's pictures:

Thomas--ready to go in his Humuhumunukunukuapua'a shirt from friends that just moved to Hawaii, the Petersons (Jeff and Dawn). It really is his 1st day of 1st grade.
Nathan's he's feeling pretty comfortable and confident even though he is usually very shy in new situations. The sun was bothering his eyes a great deal this morning, so he moved to the shade. He too is in his authentic Hawaiian shirt.
There's official 5th grader. Holy cow, how come I feel so much older with a daughter in 5th grade than I did with a son? Her best friend, Zoe Kasten, is in her class, so we're hoping for a really great year for her.
Stephen has been told over and over that 7th grade is the hardest grade in the middle school. His schedule is not overly intense, and he seemed excited about the year ahead. He'll be taking keyboarding and become an awesome typist, I am sure. He'll also be taking band and playing the drums for the second year in a row. He missed the drums this summer, as he would drum on the table and couches with his hands. It will be good for him to have a schedule for playing regularly.
Even though Bekah won't go to school until next Tuesday (torturous for both of us...I know), she still wanted to get ready this morning. She and I took her school supplies in and dropped them off in her classroom today...I felt that it would be easier today since my sister is here and stayed home with Isaac this morning. Tuesday I will have Isaac and Samuel and be dropping Bekah off, and I wasn't sure how it would all work, so now we have all supplies delivered, and I will just need to get Beakh there on time next week.
Have your kids started back to school, or have you? Do you have any desire to learn something new?
It's the perfect time of year to set new goals!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Look alikes?

Thomas with Isaac (2007)
Thomas with Samuel (2005)
We've had lots of people say Sam and Isaac (Zekie) could be twins.
I'm inclined to say they look like brothers, but Isaac has a lot less hair.
What do you think?