Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Kate is going through a phase where she wants to get her sippy cup out of the fridge when she wants a drink. If I pour milk into a cup, I can't just give it to her, I have to put it in the fridge and then she gets it herself. Silly girl!
Here are some pictures that Matt took on Saturday.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I had 3 things on my to-do list today.
1) Write thank-you notes. I've been wanting to do this for awhile now, but it just never became a priority...until today. Many overdue thank you notes have been written! I set a goal at the beginning of the year to write more thank you notes and I think I am doing well with this goal.
2) Put away laundry that I washed and dried yesterday. I miss being able to do laundry once or twice a week and staying in control of it. I have lost control of the laundry and I feel like I'm doing it all the time now, and there is always more to do!
3) Write my talk for church tomorrow. I couldn't get motivated to do this. I was stressing about this talk, but after talking with Matt (who asked me to speak!) I feel better because I changed the hymn I am going to talk about. The program tomorrow is going to be about favorite hymns and "Love at Home" is not my favorite hymn, and frankly I was having a hard time thinking about talking about a subject that I feel we are failing at lately. Yes we love each other, but there seems to be a lot more contention and fighting going on between the kids than usual. So now I am talking about "Count Your Many Blessings". A much easier subject for me to talk about because I do have many blessings to be thankful for and I love this song! Matt says to get up and tell why this is my favorite hymn and then I can sit down. Sounds good to me since I still don't have the desire to write a talk.
Speaking of blessings, we have received several tithing blessings this weekend. I love tithing blessings! We received a gift card to our local grocery store from a woman that Matt knows through work. We had very little money to finish out this month with, so this gift card to the grocery store was a perfect gift! Then we received a check today from my OB's office for overpayment. How sweet is that?!
This weekend is our town's festival. Matt took Zoe, Emily, Eleanor, and Zach to the parade this morning and they stayed downtown for a few hours. The kids brought money to spend, so they each bought tickets to go in the bounce house and they each brought home a toy. I also heard rumors of them eating cookies and pie.
Matt took Zoe, Emily, and Zach on Don's boat for a ride with Don and his family this afternoon. Eleanor chose to stay home. Then Zoe, Emily, and Eleanor went over to my parents' home this evening to go to the fireworks with my Mom and to spend the night.
I ironed this evening, so hopefully I'll make it to church on time tomorrow without the older girls around to help.
I made it to church on time and my talk is over :-) We had a very uplifting Sacrament meeting. 6 of us shared our favorite hymn and then we sang the hymns. A lot of eyes were wet after the meeting, including mine.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Thank you all for your kind comments lately. Taking care of 6 children has been the easiest transition I think, thanks to Zoe and Emily. I was very nervous about having a summer baby and having all the kids home, but I think having the older girls home has made things easier. We are able to do so much because I recovered quickly from the delivery, and Zoe & Emily do a great job helping out with their younger siblings. They are more than willing to help out when getting to go somewhere fun is involved! Noah being an easy-going baby helps, too. He only cries when he is hungry or has a dirty diaper. He is happy to hang out in the sling and often falls asleep while being carried around. I think being stranded at home all winter plays a factor in me wanting to be on the go all the time this summer. Plus, the kids get along better when we are somewhere else other than home. It seems like when we are home, one of the kids is always crying or fighting with another. My short talk on the hymn "Love at Home" this Sunday could be an interesting one! We do have our challenges when we are out and about, like when Zach pushes Kate down at the pool, or at story time when my 2 kids (Zach & Kate) are louder than all of the other children combined (which includes 2 preschools) and Zach & Kate insist on spitting at each other, but I deal better with those challenges than the fighting at home. In a nutshell, being on the go these days is keeping me sane.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Kate loved playing with the tennis balls. It was time to move onto something else though when she started throwing the balls around the room.
The baby dolls were also a big hit with Kate. She was not happy when I took them away from her to go into a different room!
Emily made a friend while playing (she's to the left of Emily).
Zach needed help getting down after climbing, so Zoe went up to help him.
Noah was the easiest to keep track of. I am so glad my wish of a mellow baby came true. :-)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
As the kids and I were coming home from church today and were about to turn onto our road Emily asked, "Are we going to go feed Grammie's cat today?" My reply, "Um, yeah, we should probably go do that." The cat can be thankful for Emily because she was well on her way of not being fed for the second day in a row and who knows how many more days. Sorry Mom, and Fluffy!
Noah was up close and personal today with Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire. Win's mother, Liza, is our Relief Society President. She was holding Noah after Sacrament meeting and then handed him off to Win, who seemed unsure about holding a newborn, but did just fine. It didn't dawn on me until we got home that Noah was held today by a famous singer. How cool is that?!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
My sister got married today. I hope it was a great day, Donna!
Friday, July 18, 2008
When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?
Several months ago the kids and I went to the walk-in salon at the mall for haircuts. My hairdresser was not working because of surgery. I don't like the layers I got and I look forward to my next haircut with my hairdresser in the fall!
Name one thing you miss about being a child.
Eating all the sweets I want without worrying about gaining weight!
Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil.
I should say olive oil, but I'm going with margarine.
If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why?
Italian, so I could visit Italy and not stress about communicating while I'm there.
Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…
Retiring from preschool years and having all 6 kids in school, woohoo!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I took some pictures of the kids at the pool this evening. The kids always have a fun time swimming! Here is Kate throwing a ball to Matt. She has quite an arm on her! When I was pregnant with Kate, I had the feeling she was going to be a good athlete. Softball just may be her sport.
This is a rare moment for Zoe & Emily to visit Zach & Kate in the shallow end. They were having fun making Kate's hair stick up.
Kate continued to mess with her hair after Zoe & Emily went back into the deeper water.
After swimming, I went to the grocery store while Matt fed the kids dinner and got them into bed. Noah slept as I shopped. The lady in front of me at the checkout saw that I was shopping with a baby and commented on how I had my hands full. Um, shopping with a sleeping baby is nothing compared to the chaos I avoided had I brought all 6 kids with me shopping! No, shopping with 1 sleeping baby was quite peaceful.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I think Emily holds Noah the most. When she's not holding him, she's either rubbing his head or giving him kisses.
The kids and I took a walk downtown today after story time to the post office and then we got an ice cream. I felt like a mother duck with her ducklings as they walked in a line behind me. Well, three of them walked and Zoe pushed Zach & Kate in the stroller. How did I manage with a new baby without a 9 year old and a 7 year old to help me?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I decided to take Zoe, Emily, & Eleanor school shopping this evening since I had to go to Bangor anyway for Noah's lab work. It was a very productive evening and the kids were good. Emily & Eleanor got backpacks, they all found a lunch box, and Zoe picked out a binder and folders. It was so cute and weird to see Eleanor walking around like a big girl with her backpack on. She was so happy to be school shopping with Zoe & Emily.
We went to Bugaboo Creek for dinner since it was family night and kids eat free...one kid eats free for every adult meal purchased, so I knew one of the children's meals would be free, which I thought was great. Not long after we sat down, Emily says she has to go to the bathroom. This annoyed me because she had just gone to the bathroom at L.L. Bean, but I took her to the bathroom. We get back to the table and Eleanor announces she needs to go to the bathroom. I am again annoyed because she too went to the bathroom at L.L. Bean plus she waited until AFTER I got back from bringing Emily to the bathroom to tell me that she needed to go, too. I asked Zoe if she needed to go and she decided to try, so we headed back to the bathroom. We didn't get far before Zoe saw the bathrooms and said she would take Eleanor, so I went back to the table. Noah slept through the shopping so he was ready to eat when my meal came. This would have annoyed me in the past, but with Noah's jaundice, I am more than willing to feed him when he is awake and wants to eat. Of course Noah pooped as well when he was eating, so I went to change him after I ate...another trip to the bathroom. Noah decided to pee on himself while I was changing him, which was his first time doing that. Ugh. When I got back to the table, I got my money out and laid it on the table with the bill. The waitress came over and informed me that someone paid our bill, so I didn't owe any money. Sweet!...but also weird. It was strange not knowing who paid our bill, and the girls were very curious to know who would pay for our meals, so they kept asking the waitress, but she wouldn't tell. I was happy with just one of our meals being free, so what a pleasant surprise for us all to eat for free. Thank you whoever you are! It was an unexpected gift and we are grateful!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Zoe has school shopping fever. She has been looking at the Lands' End and L.L. Bean catalogs that we have received in the past few days trying to decide what backpack she wants. I told her we will check out the L.L. Bean store before we order anything online, so she is insisting we go tomorrow night. It's tempting to go and get an early start on our school shopping, but then I think a trip to the pool would be better if it's hot and sunny because the month of July is the time to swim around here. We'll see.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
We sang "The Spirit of God" during Sacrament meeting today. Eleanor lit right up when we sang "hosanna" because she thought we sang "Oh Santa". She was so surprised and excited that we were singing about Santa!
Zach fell asleep during Sacrament meeting and didn't wake up until church was almost over. After a snack and potty break, he went into nursery for a few minutes before church was over. Zach loves nursery and looks forward to going every Sunday. Now if we can get Kate to adopt that attitude in a few Sundays, that would be sweet!
Friday, July 11, 2008
My mom surprised me this morning with a phone call saying she was available to watch the kids while I took Noah to the hospital to have blood drawn. I was also able to take Zoe to her swimming lesson with just Noah. The life guards, especially Miranda, have been anxiously awaiting Noah's arrival, so they were excited to see him. Miranda asked me if having Noah was easy...obviously she has never experienced childbirth...I told her it went pretty quick and left it at that. Noah sunbathed for a 1/2 hour while Zoe swam and I hoped that would get his test level to a point where he wouldn't have to be tested again, but no such luck. We'll head back to the hospital again tomorrow for one more test.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Showing signs of being an Erickson already!
Zoe, Emily, and Eleanor came to visit Tuesday night with my parents and then Zoe and Emily came to visit last night with my parents, but I didn't have the camera to take any pictures of them with Noah. They were all very excited to hold Noah and they took advantage of every opportunity to hold him. Zoe came with Matt this afternoon to bring me and Noah home, so we have one picture of her holding Noah.
Eleanor was so cute Tuesday night when she walked into the hospital room, spotted Noah in his bassinet with a binky laying next to him and exclaimed, "He came with a binky!"
We didn't get home today until 5pm. It made for a long day, but it was more relaxing than I anticipated since I only spent 2 hours with all the kids before they went to bed. Zach was happy that Noah was finally home (he came to visit yesterday with Matt and Zach was ready to take Noah home with him and Matt right then) and even Kate was excited to see the baby...or maybe it was just the baby's binky.