Thursday, April 27, 2017

2 Jobs

James started mosquito abatement again and worked Monday and Wednesday this week. Last Saturday, he was gone all day at a conference in Salt Lake. We really miss him when he's gone those extra hours, but school is winding down so it won't last forever.

Lewis is still such an awesome baby! He has his days where he needs more attention, but he's slept for 11 hours straight the last few nights...going to bed at 7:30 and waking up at 6:30. I am so lucky!

I finished digitizing all of our scrapbook stuff like letters, certificates, and kids' artwork, as well as a few old photos. Instead of taking up 2 1/2 shelves, our memorabilia now takes up 2/3 of one shelf. My next project (probably far in the future, but I don't know) will be to digitize all our old journals and the letters we wrote while James was on his mission as well as the other letters James received on his mission. I'd also like to make a photo book of our wedding and James's life before we got married, but I'll need more photos first. He also has a giant mission scrapbook that would make a much smaller photo book. For right now, I'm learning more about using Google Photos. The only thing I don't like so far is that I'll have to correct the dates on all the photos I've scanned in since it put the date I scanned them (most in 2014) and not the folder I uploaded them from (which usually has the correct year). It's going to take some time, but I really love having everything in digital format.

We found a small exercise bike at D.I. and having been using it while watching TV. I'm starting to lose weight already just from eating healthy (but not going hungry) the past week. My goal is 10 lbs., only 8.5 to go to get to my normal, healthy "nursing weight".

I guess that's about it for this week. What can I say, I have a pretty boring life sometimes.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Break

We left last Friday for Rexburg. All in all, we had an uneventful drive. We had to stop 3x to feed Lewis, get gas, etc. He barely cried. We had dinner with the Lee grandparents.

The kids did a big egg hunt Saturday in the yard. Then we went up to Victor for the the rest of the day. It was really fun. It's always great to see the Head grandparents. The kids got to color eggs.

Sunday after church we had dinner with Myles, Kyle, Mara, Ricky, Carmel, Maddie, and Ricky's brother. It was fun, though I started getting a cold from Kenny and couldn't think clearly.

Monday, I read a book all day since I was still tired. We had FHE with the kids.

Tuesday, I went to book group with Melodie. It was really fun, and we even got homemade eclairs. James and I went on a date for dinner.

Wednesday, we went to to zoo in Idaho Falls and got pupusas for lunch afterward. It was perfect weather, and the pupusas were delicious! I made dinner for my siblings and their extras.

Thursday, we drove home. I managed to unpack everything in time for the Relief Society un-birthday party, which was really fun. There was some really delicious cake.

Today has been crazy with grocery shopping and tons of laundry. The rest of the house is a mess now and James won't even be home tomorrow, which is a bummer. I'll make it, though. I really need to recommit to taking care of myself. I'm getting enough sleep now that I consistently sleep all night (go Lewis!), but I've been eating a lot of junk because I still feel kind of bad about myself. Things will get better. They always do.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blessings and Visits and Trips, Oh My!

My siblings came last Friday night to visit. We had lots of fun on Saturday shooting, preparing tons of food for Sunday, and hanging out. Sunday, we blessed Lewis. Along with Myles, Nash, Mara, and Kyle (Myles's roomie), James's mom, brother Joseph, and sister Anna came. Lewis was blessed to be a calming spirit in our home, as well as a peacemaker. Those were very happy words to hear. I already know that about him. His cute little smiles make everyone happy, and he is still the world's easiest baby. Last night, he slept for 10 hours straight!

We had a great dinner Sunday night with the family and one of James's friends. We had chili, cornbread, salad, and chocolate cake. There was the perfect amount for some leftovers, but not too much.

I haven't seen James much this week. He had parent/teacher conferences Monday and mosquito abatement Tues. and Wed. I used the extra time to work on my digitizing project and rake up all the grass in the yard. We've had gorgeous weather, and Lewis even cooperated enough so I could get it all done. The yard looks a lot better now that the thatch is gone and it has started turning green.

Today is packing day. It hasn't been great. Katie's had two tantrums, Lewis has been fussy and taking super short naps, and the two older kids have been fighting a lot. It's driving me crazy. I've finally almost finished now that it's afternoon. They're begging for a snack and whining, but I insisted on at least finishing the blog first. What is it about writing that's so therapeutic?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Project Time

James and I went on a date last Thursday to see Beauty and the Beast, and I loved it! I totally missed the "gay moment" that was talked about a lot in the news. The media can be so stupid sometimes.

We had a wonderful Conference weekend just relaxing. It was a little too relaxing because I fell asleep both afternoons. Good thing I can reread everything online.

Lewis went to the doctor on Monday. He is taller and skinnier than he was at 2 weeks. No surprise there. I'm glad to have such a happy, healthy boy.

Sometimes I feel like I go from being bored to having way too much to do. Today is one of those days. I'm working on a project to digitize a lot of old scrapbooks and papers. They are taking up too much space! I made myself a list so I won't feel so overwhelmed. I'm hoping it will take me at least a month, maybe more, or at least until I plant a garden.

Kenny is 5! We signed him up for Kindergarten yesterday after preschool. He asked for lava cake and breakfast burritos for dinner. His favorite present so far is the marble run.  He's been playing with it all day.