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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Noisy Stinkers Sunday

 Happy 11 months old to Spencer today!

 He looked so cute in his pin stripped outfit & 11 month sticker tie.

 It's a good thing that these 2 are cute, b/c I was ready to throw them away today at church (not really). Luckily we made it through the first 20 minutes of sacrament so I could take the sacrament, but then after that I had to take both of them into the lobby, and then into a classroom w/ the door shut. Spencer kept SCREAMING his blood curdling scream even though I was shoveling Cheerios into his mouth as fast as I could. Then Olivia got super sassy & tried to hit and kick Frank. They didn't like being stuck in that classroom but I told Olivia this was the consequence of making bad choices. Frank took them home after sacrament was over, b/c I had to stay for the 2nd hour to go to class w/ Susan and then I was conducting the meeting in Relief Society. Then I had stake training after church for about 30 minutes. WHEW! I was so happy when Frank & the kids came to pick me up at 4:30 and take me home.

 Spencer had fun using Frank's legs as a support to walk around the living room.

 Olivia LOVED it when Frank & Autumn swung her back & forth. We spent the rest of the evening watching movies (our DVR box isn't working), eating dinner, and trying to relax.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Savi's Baby Shower

 I got up this morning and went and dropped Autumn off at cheer practice and then came home to make deviled eggs for Savi's baby shower. Frank earned some MAJOR brownie points today! He knows how stressed & tired I am since I've been the main caretaker of the kids. I'm the one that gets up w/ them early in the morning, I feed them breakfast, I get them ready for the day, etc. So while I was doing dishes this morning & making the deviled eggs, he vacuumed the living room. He was able to kill 2 birds w/ 1 stone by keeping Spencer entertained while he vacuumed. This is such a "Dad" thing to do, b/c I never would have thought of this. It was so funny & Spencer was loving getting to go for a ride.

 He also swept the kitchen, b/c he knows that's one of my least favorite chores. As soon as it's clean, the kids are hungry again and it gets dirty again. I was telling him how I saw a meme on Facebook that said, "trying to keep the house clean when you have kids is like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreo's." LOL!

 Since his truck is in the shop, we're down to one vehicle. So, we loaded all the baby shower stuff that I was in charge of into the car & went over to Nick & Savi's. We loaded all the stuff into my old blue car & Savi and I went to Lori's house for the baby shower. I am SO THANKFUL that Lori hosted the baby shower, b/c it would have put me over the edge to try and have it at my house or Mom & Dad's house while having the 2 small kids this week.

 Lori had chicken salad & croissant sandwiches, a veggie tray, pasta salad, a fruit tray, my deviled eggs, and snacks. I'm also glad she hosted, b/c then more ladies from Nick & Savi's ward came since they know Lori and where she lives.

 I got this adorable cake from Costco, and it was a big hit.

 Once most people had gotten there, we went ahead and ate and then we played a few baby games. One is called "The Price Is Right." I had gotten a bunch of baby items (you can see them on the round coffee table) & people had to guess how much each item cost. Whoever was closest to the correct total of all the items won. The other game we played was the "Animal Pregnancy Game." I just printed off the list on the backside of the Price Is Right paper, and whoever got the most correct of this game won.

Whoever won got a "POP" prize since Savi is about to "POP." It's just a plastic popcorn container (2 for $1 at the Dollar Store), 2 tiny cans of pop (7-up), popcorn, pop rocks, and lollipop's. I liked these 2 baby shower games, b/c they weren't weird or embarrassing or long like some baby shower games are.

 Frank is a ROCK STAR & earned even more brownie points b/c he went and got Autumn from cheer practice and then watched all 3 kids while I was at the baby shower. He ended up taking them all to Chuck E. Cheese by himself!

 What a guy!!! He said they had a great time (as long as he was shoveling food into Spencer's mouth). The worst part was when it was time to go & Olivia had a MAJOR meltdown. As soon as they got in the car and drove away she fell asleep, so she was super tired.

After the baby shower, we loaded all of Savi's gifts into the car & I took her back home. Frank came and got me, and we came home to rest & relax before out next big event.

 Susan's friend had a birthday party tonight & she wanted us to come. She said he told her to invite us. She's talked a lot about him during our missionary discussions, b/c he just joined the church about a year ago. We drove over to the party and they had such a fun setup in the backyard!

 This is Mike & he's the one who's birthday it is and who joined the church not too long ago. He was super welcoming and made us feel like family. He said, "the more, the merrier." There was a TON of good food. Everyone was asked to bring something, so we took the rest of the Costco cake.

 We only stayed for about an hour b/c it was getting late and the kids were starting to get grumpy. But we had such a WONDERFUL time and are so grateful we got to go. Hispanics know how to        PAR-TAY!!!

It was SO AWESOME to fall asleep to a loud Texas rain/lightning/thunder storm tonight. We opened up the blinds in our room so we could watch the flashes of lightning. The sound of rain is one of my favorite sounds. What a great way to end a fun packed day!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Luna, Doughnuts, & Shopping

 We had to take Frank's truck to the shop today to have the transmission worked on. So, we followed him down and then took him to work. Olivia wanted to go inside and say hi to Luna. Luna is bigger than Olivia and almost ran her over a few times just playing around. LOL.

 I worked from home again today, so we stopped at our favorite doughnut shop on the way home to get some breakfast. Super healthy, I know. But the kids were happy.

 I decided to be brave & venture out on my own w/ all 3 kids to WalMart to get some things we needed. It actually wasn't too bad b/c Autumn is a HUGE help! I don't know how I could have gotten through this babysitting gig without her & Frank!

We went & picked Frank up from work, and I wanted him to come home to a happy message, so I wrote this on the shower door w/ dry erase marker. I love it, b/c it wipes right off really easily. I know it's hard on Frank to not have his truck & all the tools he needs for his job. Hopefully the transmission fix will be fast & not super expensive!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fun Uncle Frank

 I got to work from home today, b/c Nate & Riannon weren't able to find anyone to take the kids today. It was actually kind of nice, b/c during Spencer's nap I was able to mow the front AND the back yard. I honestly do NOT like yard work, b/c it's so stinkin' hot and I turn BRIGHT RED & get overheated. But I did it for Frank to show him how much I love him. That way it's one less thing on his plate that he has to worry about.

 We must have worn Olivia out, b/c she got really quiet for a few minutes (which is usually NOT a good sign). We found her behind the chair ... fast asleep!

 Everyone was SO HAPPY when Frank got home, b/c they probably got tired of all of my yelling. I felt like all I said to day was "NO" & "no biting" & "don't touch that." LOL! He was balancing Spencer on his hand, which is a lot harder than it looks b/c Spencer is a heavy baby.

 Spencer is ALMOST walking, and took a lot of steps on his own tonight between Autumn & Frank. It's so cute to see how proud he is of himself when he makes it and we all cheer for him.

Frank put him in a blanket, gathered up all the sides, and was swinging him around. Spencer was LOVING it, and of course Olivia wanted a turn too. Frank's such a FUN uncle!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Transmission Issues & A Missionary Meal

Poor Frank! Today at work when he was backing up, he heard a loud pop. Now his truck won't go in reverse at all! So, we'll have to take it to the transmission shop to have it looked at and fixed. We're really hoping it's the $300 fix instead of the $1,000 fix.
 
We were supposed to have a lesson at our house w/ Susan tonight. But she wasn't able to make it. We told the Elders to still come over anyways for dinner. As soon as we walked in the door, we had big cups of ice cold water for them, we put a big fan blowing right at them, and we made them put up their feet. We wanted them to relax and take it easy for a little bit.
 
Dinner wasn't my best b/c I made enchiladas & I used an enchilada sauce I hadn't bought before. It was gross. So we just covered it up w/ lots of sour cream to make it edible. LOL! The Elders didn't seem to care & were grateful for the meal.
 
After dinner we had ice cream, and then Olivia wanted to have a dance party. We found some upbeat church music that the Elders are allowed to listen to. They shared a great message w/ us about testimonies before they had to leave for their next appointment. We're so thankful to have the missionaries in our home.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Walk With Lions

 Nate & Riannon are having some GRAND adventures in South Africa. They got to walk w/ a pride of lions today!
 
 They are crazy brave! There was an ostrich off in the distance, and one of the lions took off to chase it down and eat it! They're way more brave than I am.
 
 They also got to hang out w/ some cheetahs! What the what!?!?! I'm so happy that they're having such a wonderful time. It's been nice for the kids to get to FaceTime with them a few times.
 
 When I picked Olivia up from daycare today, she was intensely focused on her beautiful & colorful painting. So cute!
 
 After Frank got home & cleaned up, we went grocery shopping for a few things we needed.
 
 When we got home, Frank was rubbing Spencer's hands on his rough facial hair. Spencer was laughing like crazy, b/c I guess the bristles were tickling his hands. It was so funny & cute. Especially when Spencer tried to do it on his own face but didn't get the same result.
 
Olivia was so funny tonight, too. She brought Frank one of this "spicy cakes" made by "spicy flies." They're plastic poop emoji eggs like we use at Easter. We were laughing so hard b/c she was so serious about it.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kissing & Dancing & Playing In The Rain

 When Frank got home from work today, he said it was raining & so we spontaneously decided to go outside & play (and kiss) in the rain. Olivia liked standing under the rain gutter that was pouring water.
 
 A few minutes after we got out there, the sun came out and it quit raining. But that didn't stop us from playing in the water running down the gutters.
 
 We all sat in it, except for Frank. When Autumn asked him why, he said that he didn't want to get a gutter worm. LOL!!!
 
 Spider-Man Kiss
 
We went in the house, got cleaned up, had dinner, did scriptures & prayer, and then put the kids to bed. We were in bed talking & watching TV when a commercial came on for Whataburger. It totally worked, b/c we decided on the spur of the moment to go over to Whataburger at 11:00 at night to get a treat. It was so much fun!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Restful Sunday

 One of the (MANY) things I LOVE about Frank is that he works right along side me. I was busy getting food ready for dinner, and he jumped right in and asked what he could do to help. SO ATTRACTIVE!!! It means the world to me that we're both hard workers and that we enjoy helping each other in any way that we can.

 Even though it's right during nap time, I'm thankful that we have church later in the afternoon so we had more time to get ready & get there on time. We are sure missing having the older boys with us today!

 Another thing that I LOVE about Frank is that he's such a good Dad & he loves babies. We got to team tag taking care of Spencer today. He taught Sunday School for the first time in his new calling today, so I kept Spencer during the 2nd hour. Then I had to conduct the meeting in Relief Society, so he kept Spencer during 3rd hour. A man holding a sleeping baby is so attractive!!!

 We came home, ate our delicious meal, and then watched some TV. Spencer was leaning over to pick something up off the floor when I saw it start moving! It ended up being a little gecko! Frank picked it up to take it outside & said, "well, thanks for helping me save 15% on my car insurance little buddy." It hit me as so funny, and I laughed and laughed and laughed. He's so quick witted!

 One of our dear friends in the ward went in for knee surgery earlier this week, so we made some brownies to take to him at the rehabilitation center. He wasn't feeling up to having visitors, so we texted his daughter (who we knew was there visiting him) & she said to come by & she'd come out and get the brownies. It was nice to get out of the house for a little bit (even though I didn't even change out of my pajamas).

 Spencer found this cloth sack that used to have a pair of sheets in it. After he was done playing w/ it, Frank put it on his head to show me how "gangsta" he is. I was really surprised that he actually does look good being all hard core!

We finally got all the kids to bed at about 9:00 & it was SO NICE to have quiet alone time together. Frank had never tried a nose strip before, so we did that while laying in bed talking & watching TV. I love it that he's so much fun & is up for trying new things. I'm so thankful for the weekends where we get to rest from our usual work & spend time together & make memories.