Friday, March 30, 2012

Tis the Season!

With the unusually warm weather,
we're about 3 weeks ahead of schedule in our growing season.

I didn't want to miss the daffodil field
(we usually are able to go over April vacation with Marty),
so I packed up the kids and braved the trail alone.

A few minutes walk through the woods...
And suddenly you are HERE:


And look--proof that I actually exist!
It is helpful that Dorothy is getting better with the camera.

Until next year...
Happy Spring!

Father and Son

I can't think of anything sweeter
than a papa snuggling his baby.
Like honey, I tell ya.

Monday, March 26, 2012

one month of handsome.

Is there anything cuter than a baby boy in a button-up?
I cooed my head off getting him ready for the big church debut!
And on top of his ridiculous handsomeness,
he has started giving super cheesey, awesome grins.
Oh, Ezra.
You are just too much, my son!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I liked this:

"Try putting your iPhones down once in a while and look at people's faces. People's faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous, or asleep."

~Amy Poehler~

Monday, March 19, 2012


I will freely admit that the first few weeks home from the hospital were rough. At first everything made me sad--especially the fact that my little girls were not acting like my little girls: Dorothy was extra combative and Lucy was extra needy. It was painfully difficult to get anything done without tears from someone.

After the first week or two, after all our company had gone back home, I felt myself moving from being sad to being frustrated. I just wanted our happy routine and put-together life back, darn it! I found myself praying more and more about how I could be better for my children, how I could not get angry when everything seemed to fall apart day after day, and how I could find joy in the simple things again. I prayed frequently and as fervently as I could, and I hoped that an answer would come sooner than later.

Well, this past weekend we had stake conference. My plan was to leave Marty to the Saturday sessions and we would all go together for the Sunday session. However, at the last minute on Saturday morning, my wonderful mother-in-law (no doubt heeding some prompting of the spirit) called to say her plans had changed and she would gladly watch the girls if I wanted to go up with my husband for the evening. I quickly accepted, got the girls down for naps and cleaned myself up, and we were off to our meetings.

Because they were calling a new stake president this weekend, one of the members of the first quorum of the seventy was here to visit. When he got up to address us, the spirit was strong. But then he got into his message and I was overwhelmed. It was the answer to my prayers--very specifically the answer to my prayers. I have never felt so strongly before that words in a talk were meant for me. I could not keep myself from crying and had to croak out the words to the closing song I was still so choked up. I went home that night resolved to get our little family back where we needed to be.

Here we are at the end of Monday, and we found our joy. I have my little girls back. I can truly enjoy my son. Our family feels cohesive and strong. I have spent the whole day smiling as I watched my girls eat leftover birthday cake for breakfast, Lucy running around the barn looking for chicken eggs, Dorothy moving around piles of dirt while I weeded the garden with my baby boy slung to my chest, and Dorothy wearing her new princess gown, ruby slippers, and crown as she held my hand on our walk to the library.

Will there still be hard days? Yes. However, I have felt such an overwhelming love from my Heavenly Father and reassurance that He will help me through all of this that those hard days will not seem nearly as hard. We are ready for JOY.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Happy THIRD Birthday
to my Biggest little Lady!!

I love you, my little wild child:)

Thanks for letting me be your mama.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ride-on Mower

little girl style.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Resident Artist

Here is my Polka with her latest and greatest:
Ode to the Little Mermaid--
King Triton has the orange head and blue body,
Prince Eric is rockin' the purple head and green body,
Flounder is actually pretty spot on,
and Ariel is black with a nice tuft of red hair.

I love it!

All dressed up!

Bringing home a newborn certainly makes
your other children seem so darn BIG!
My two BIG ladies.
More beautiful every day.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

2 weeks!

And I am happy to say that we have survived!

Sadly our little man has come down with a cold at his 2 week mark.
The girls, who managed to stay healthy all winter,
both came down with awful colds right when Ezra came home.
It was too hard to keep them from kissing and cuddling him
with all their sicky germs.
Hey, it's what families do, right?
He gets more scrumptious every day!

I think we'll keep him:)

Birthday Temple Trip!

We decided to start a new tradition:
Birthdays now mean a special trip to the temple with mom or dad.
Because Dorothy's birthday coincides with stake conference this year,
Marty took her up this past weekend.

I think she liked it:)
I'm looking forward to many more temple trips
with our children!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The first week home

This whole new baby business
is such an interesting exercise in redefining normal.

We are certainly loving having this baby boy around,
and we're slowly figuring out the new family dynamics.

This little boy gets more love than he knows what to do with
from his big sisters.
His auntie Kristi and cousins came to shower more love.
And grandma Heaps had lots of time to snuggle
and love on the little man.
He just gets more handsome every day.
Maybe it's from all that love:)