Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Emma's 9th Birthday!

The girl who made me a mama, turned 9 years old at the end of January. And here I am blogging about it at the end of February! Life guys. For real.

Because school day mornings are crazy hectic, I bought donuts the night before so she could have a special breakfast. If you can call it that! Blueberry cake donut with 9 candles. It's how we roll.

Emma had activity days that night as well, which is like really important to her, so we had to get things done quick! Dinner was ravioli with alfredo and garlic bread, because if you know E at all, that meal is her favorite thing in the world. With 2 parents that crave alfredo on the regular, it's a heavy burden that had to fall to at least one of our kids. ;) Emma was disappointed with no cake, but we were in a hurry and cupcakes fit the bill.
I love this girl!
A very beautiful necklace from Grandma and Grandpa J that Emma adores! She also got slippers that she keeps by her bed and wears all the time. Slippers are one of those non essential things that she begs me for, like a robe, that I will not get her unless its for a gift.
We saw Moana a few months ago and we all loved it so much. Such a great message in that movie! We couldn't get the movie yet, but we did get the soundtrack and she was beyond excited!

Grandma and Grandpa Moore gave her a sweet card a $10. These are earrings I bought back in December when she got her ears pierced and they gave us a big discount that day. Thinking ahead people, I'm all about it.
An art set was the big ask this year. She loves having artsy stuff, but with school and toddler sister, it's hard to find a time to use it. Maybe in the Summer we'll see many creations.
I don't do friend parties every year. I'm sure I've said that before. Luke and I were talking recently and decided that it would be ages 5,7,9,11, and 13. Maybe 15 depending on the kid. The last few will be more grown up stuff, take a few friends to the movies, ice skating, that kind of thing. But after 15, we're done paying. We will do a bunch of family stuff, but then they'll be old enough to go off on their own with their friends and be making their own money, through a job or earning through us. When I look at it as only 5 friend parties it makes me a little sad. But then I remember I get them for 1-18 and then some. Plus 5 friend parties times 5 kids, 25 parties to plan, and I'm so good.

She invited a good mix of kids from church and kids from school. We did a pancakes and pajamas themed party. No cake cause pancakes! With chocolate chips and whipped cream and sprinkles, so it was basically all candy anyway.
 It was such a good group of girls and I love how diverse all of her friends are!
 Everyone brought pillows and blankets and we watched The Secret Life of Pets. Fernanda was so good with Gracie! She normally hates everyone and Fernanda just laid down by her and snuggled her up with a blanket it was so sweet!
 Opening presents is always fun! She got a ton of stuff that she loves. Shopkins, lots of art supplies, a beautiful necklace, a fun tweeny journal.
 Emma, Samantha, Kyla.

We gave her a little jewelry box because now that she has all those earrings and rings, she needs a place to put them and her tiny treasure box just wasn't cutting it.
It wouldn't be a Moore birthday party if brother and sister didn't help a little. Emma was sweet about it though.
8 little girls in all. Plus my 4 kids = a mom that's grateful she doesn't have 12 kids!
Amazing watercolor set from Fernanda, Genesis, Gaby and Dunia! They love Emma so much!
 All the cuties from church.
 Hillary was so quiet and genuinely sweet. But this girl had more bling on her than I have in my whole house!  Latest Iphone, REAL Kate Spade bag, diamond earrings. For. Real. Emma was more than a little green with envy, but we had the same talk we've had over and over since she was like 5. We do things differently in family. You can do what you choose to when you're 18. If your hearts desire is diamond earrings, girl you better start saving. ;)
It was a lot of fun for Emma and all of my kids. I hope that the other girls had a ton of fun as well! I'm so glad she had such a wonderful first North Carolina birthday.

Emma is seriously such a caring girl. She loves deeply. And definitely has a little mother's heart. She is so responsible and often times feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. I quite literally have no idea what I would do without her. Emma helps me and Luke so much and she cares for her family more than anything. She loves Jesus and tries her best to choose the right. I will never be able to express enough gratitude for having this wonderful little soul in my life. She's a good friend, a good sister, a good daughter and she's turning into such a beautiful young woman. Proud proud proud. That's what I am.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Gracie Girl

First blog of the new year! Holla! I'm totally going to be keeping up this year. I don't have anything like a massive move or graduation to derail me. 

I haven't done posts all about each child in awhile. So we're starting with Grace. She is 19 months now, it took me a second to figure that out. I count months until they're 18 months and then anything after that is almost 2, and then it's by year.

Ever since Gracie figured out she could move her body to music (right around 6 months) she hasn't stopped. To say that she loves music and dancing would be an understatement. It's her favorite thing, second only to the ocean.

She loves clothes and shoes and accessories, as shown in the pictures below. She saw a box of winter things and insisted that I bring it down so she could get what she wanted. I got her some clothes for Christmas, because she's now wearing all 2T and some 3T and that's the age where Emma and Lilah started being a little rougher on their clothes. And when Grace opened the presents with clothes inside she took each one out and snuggled it and said, "Meow, meow, meow." That's her way of showing love, by acting like a kitty. Cats are by far her favorite animal.

She loves to be sneaky and to play a crazy version of peekaboo. She runs in the kitchen and daddy hides, and she passes by him and he grows and she takes off like a bullet and runs into the couch. She laughs and laughs and laughs, and thinks it's the funniest thing ever!  Grace is super stealthy. She will suddenly appear behind you when you didn't know that she was even on the move. Plus mama scares easily. That's always a bonus for my kids.

Baby girl is still wary of strangers, especially when she's tired. She likes nursery and has lots of fun smiling about it when we ask her how it was. She is super independent. Like, do not even think about looking at me if I don't say so. And keeping her happy and quiet in sacrament meeting is hard. Last Sunday, she threw puffs every. where. All because I tried to help her not tip her snack cup over. The bishop was talking and just smiled. And the guy sitting behind me could tell I was like seconds from loosing it and just patted me on the back like, "Just breathe. We've all been there." Did I mention that we came in late and had to sit on the very front row. We were a spectacle for the entire congregation. Then as Luke is leaning down and picking up all the puffs, he whispers to me to take her out. No problem. So I head out of the chapel, the doors shut and I set Grace down, thinking that she just wants to walk around. Nope. She starts screaming and crying, so I pick her up fast, thinking, "Ah crap. Now everyone's gunna think I brought my baby out here to beat her." I laughed about it later, but was so stinkin mortified during that 30 minutes.
Gracie doesn't talk much. Sometimes she'll amaze us and say a whole string of new words and then the next week, she'll be mostly quiet again. She is really smart and understands pretty much everything we say. I can give her complex instructions like, "Gracie, go get your shoes out of the laundry room and bring them to mama," and she always does it.

Back story: I usually take soothers away when my kids turn 1 year. They're bad for teeth and babies need other ways to soothe themselves, so that when they can't find a pacifyer in the middle of the night, you don't have to go into their room and find one. Ok, so that's what I usually do. But Grace is different. She is our wild card kid. We thought we had parenting pretty well figured until she came along and flip flopped everything we thought we knew. A pacifyer really seemed to soothe her when nothing else would, especially when she was sick or teething. So around a year, I wanted to take them away, but felt mean doing it. So I cut it down to naps and bedtime and would make her hand it over as soon as she woke up. Grace was so good about it too! She would usually be holding out her hand for me to take her paci. Back to the present...I had been telling her for the last 2 weeks that pretty soon pacifyers were going to be gone, because now she's a big girl. She would look at me and smile and I wasn't sure she was getting it. But then yesterday morning, I told her it was time to say bye-bye to all the pacis. She helped me look under the bed and one by one put them in a plastic bag. We sealed it up and told her to say bye again and then I put them in the closet. At nap time I reminded her what we had done and how there weren't anymore pacifyers and she was just fine. Went down perfect and the same at bedtime. We are officially a pacifyer free house! Finally! 

As far as food goes, Grace is eating next to nothing right now. She is refusing all vegetables. Occasionally she will have a few spoonfuls of mashed potato, but that doesn't really count as veggies. She won't drink veggie juice yet either. Sometimes she likes bread, sometimes she doesn't. Same with fruit, and protein. She will pretty much always drink milk and water at some point in the day. The only consistent is cheese. Orange, white, string, sharp, cottage, she will eat cheese, without fail, every time I give it to her. I'm having to break out all my tricks with this kid. It's hard. But I know she will grow out of it, because every single one of my kids has. Emma has come the farthest, but Lilah and Will are doing good too. Just takes time.
Most of all, Gracie is such a loving girl. She gives hugs so freely and snuggles Luke and I all the time. She's a little more stingy with her kisses, and doesn't like kissing daddy's scruffy face. When someone gets hurt, she does a 'softie' where she kinda pets their head. It's so cute! She meows at everything. She loves coloring and tickles and squeezy applesauce (the pouch kind). We're so lucky to have this spunky little squirrel in our lives :)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve 2016

Lots of jammies, and snuggles and blankets and movie watching today. I am so proud and so amazed that these 4 crazies are mine! Don't ask me when I became a mom and an adult.
 The kids had mac and cheese, but Luke and I had brie en croute. A wheel of brie, with spices and honey and wrapped in puff pastry!! Best. Day. Ever!
 Usually I am so festive, but I wasn't feelin it today and that's ok. I did drag out the party hats and noise makers at the last second and they all had fun with those.

 We did a couple of those netflix countdown for kids things. And there was a lot of dancing and all around silliness.

 Last day enjoying the tree and the lights, for tomorrow, down it goes.

 I couldn't let my babies go to bed without a toast, so we did it up in rainbow style. Thanks Ikea. And even though Grace only had a tiny sip of water, it still ran all down her front and she needed new jammies. So not ready for a real cup yet.
If I could pick one word to sum up 2016 for us, it would've been Change. Everything changed this year. Our whole world as we knew it was different. We have grown and stretched and learned and changed. I don't have just one word for 2017 yet, but here are some I've thought of. Peace. Optimism. Zen. Acceptance. Growth. And again, Change. I think that no matter what, change will be a constant year in and year out. It's just a matter of rolling with it and learning from it.

We love you all! Have a safe night, and we'll see you in the new year.

Boxing Day in Charleston :)

For Christmas we got gifted money from a couple different people, and we decided to head to Charleston for the day! We've tried really hard to balance the traditions that we know and love, with new traditions that are specific to where we live. We never could've gone to the beach the day after Christmas in Utah! It was the perfect activity. And on a recommendation from a friend, we also went to Charles Towne Landing to check out lots of historical stuff.

The kids weren't super interested in all the wordy historical things, so we walked through there pretty quickly.
We love when daddy is dorky! He's lookin real dapper in his olde world clothing!

Hug a bear.

They had a 'zoo' with a few animals in it and the kids loved walking around. The Red Wolves were fighting with each other so we didn't get a great picture.
Emma could've watched the otters all day long! They're her fave.
It was a little scary being that close to a bear. He was pretty chill though. Only stood up on the fence once.

White tailed does.
The buck.
We stayed far back from these guys. But their faces are cute.

Don't ask me how we got such gorgeous children! But for real, this baby girl! So beautiful.

All the signs and all the bridges.

Isle of Palms beach is awesome! It's never crowded! Every now and again someone would walk or bike past us just enjoying the nice weather. The water was chilly and it was a little rainy when we got there, but we were good after that.

Hate the way I look, but I love a picture of me and all my girls :)

Grace got so excited when she say the water and started bouncing and screaming in the stroller. This is her favorite place!
So many shells around here!

Sand castles were a must.

Now these are my favorite pictures, not because of me, but because of what's going on in the background! I had lots of fun taking them!

Mostly it was just beautiful even without the blue sky and the sun. It was peaceful and serene and happy :)

 and gone.
 Me and hubby with a pretty sunset.
 Gracie's toes were getting cold from constantly being in the water, so I wrapped her up in Luke's jacket and popped her in the stroller. She was NOT at all happy. She screamed and cried until I pushed the stroller closer to the water and gave her some seashells to play with. She must have the sea in her blood because it calls to her.

It was a perfect way to wrap up our year! We love Charleston and it's much more pleasant in the Winter than the Summer!