Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wonderful children

I can't tell you how grateful I am for my wonderful children! I love them so much and it's times like this that make the hard times more bearable! Hope you are having a great day enjoying the little moments in life that make it all worth it!

Ethan's Blessing

Sunday, we had the opportunity to bless Ethan at church. The weather was nice (a little humid) and all of our family that lives close came to participate. I can't tell you how blessed we are to have both families close to us. Ricky did a wonderful job on giving the blessing and he had his father, my father, and his brother, Kris, helping out. It turned out to be a wonderful day!

Our beautiful family!
My side of the family.My handsome little man!My brother Jarod. Ricky's brother Jared and his girlfriend, Halley.
Ricky's brother Kris, Joanna, and Alex.Ricky's side of the family.After a long, hard day, Ethan at rest. He loves his swing!We had everyone over for a cookout after church. It was so nice visiting with everyone. Thanks to everyone for making the day special for Ethan and our family!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


We had our bi-yearly visits to the dentist this week. I went on Monday and then Ricky and Dylan went on Wednesday. Dylan was so good for his visit. He came home with a toy, toothbrush, and toothpaste for both him and Lauren! What a thoughtful little boy! I am so glad that he thinks of Lauren even when he just had his teeth cleaned with fluoride! After he got home, he was very thirsty, but couldn't have anything for an hour. Poor kid was asking every minute (or so it seemed) for something to eat or drink. I'm glad that he does good at the dentist, because some kids don't like it there. I just wanted to post this so that I have a recording of Dylan being nice to Lauren!

The other day we got some M&M's for really cheap, so I told Dylan that we could make some cookies with them. He was really excited and reminded me two days later! He loves to eat the batter (just like his momma!) if you can't tell by his face!
Lauren saying cheese.
Ethan being a ham! He is getting so big! We tried to get a picture of him smiling. This is the best we got.
He started drooling all the time. I don't know if he's teething, or if he just doesn't know how to swallow his saliva. Still cute!

Monday, May 17, 2010


I am so far behind on blogging! Sorry! I guess that's what 3 kids will do to you! I really do have my hands full with them, but I wouldn't change it for the world! I feel so blessed to have 3 wonderful kids. I guess I should do an update on each of them. Here is the first family picture that we got! I can't believe that it took 6 weeks to get a picture of all five of us!
Ethan- he is 8 weeks old today. I can hardly believe it. He sleeps really well and eats a ton! He is growing fast and I think he might be my little chunky baby! (I'll find out next week at his 2 month appointment how much he weighs.) He sleeps a 7 hour stretch and then a 4 hour stretch at night and naps frequently throughout the day. I guess he has to be a good baby since I am still looking after his big brother and sister! He loves noises like the bathroom fan, chirping noises from his swing, the blow dryer, and the vacuum. He likes his swing and loves to be cuddled! He enjoys being in his carrier if I am walking. He usually falls asleep in it!

Lauren- she is growing fast, too! She will be 2 in July, but has already started the attitude and tantrums. She will throw herself onto the floor and cry because she isn't getting what she wants. I have to be careful who I scold when she screams, because half of the time it's her not getting her way. Dylan isn't even close to her! Silly girl! She is just testing her limits. She loves to read before bed, her favorite book right now is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?". She talks a TON! We are working on saying please. That's a hard thing for a 2 year old! She is full of energy and loves to mimic whatever Dylan is doing. She is still working with her physical therapist on walking. She is doing great with walking all the time, but still has issues with her core muscles. We are working on strengthening them. We did cut back to twice a month instead of every week. She started the spring out by screaming every time we put her on a swing, but now will ask to sit on them. It's because of her fear of motion. It all goes back to her core muscles, so hopefully she will outgrow this fear. She loves her baby brother and is always in his face saying, "Hi, baby!".

Dylan- he is full of energy and loves to talk. He is learning so fast! He will hear me say something and come back the next day and repeat it! He is a good big brother and tries to help Lauren do things. Too bad she usually doesn't want his help. He helps me out around the house and loves to cook! I can't do anything in the kitchen without him coming to help me! He also loves to play outside. I can't wait to get our new swing set up so he can play on it! He enjoys walking to the library to get books and movies. He loves to play computer games. He is always asking me to play! I guess they aren't that bad if they are educational, right? He is always hungry, but won't eat most fruits and veggies. He actually ate grapes the other day! That is a big improvement for him! He is a great kid!

Melissa- I am coping with having 3 children under 5. I have my good days and bad days. It is getting easier and I love spending time with my children! I am trying to keep up with the housework, but my kids are my priority. I keep reminding myself that the kids will grow up, and the housework will still be there! I have my productive days, and then some days where I get nothing done. Last week, I did 8 loads of laundry in one day! The kids were a great help. I love being a stay-at-home mom! I am getting back into couponing and saving money. It makes me happy to save money!

Ricky- he is really busy with work. He has taken over the mall kiosk as their manager, so he hasn't been around as much. He loves playing with the kids when he gets home, even though he is exhausted. He is going to be finishing up with school in either December or May, depending on when the classes he needs are offered. He is doing a great job of supporting our family and we love him very much! He still enjoys playing his computer games when he gets the chance!

I can't believe that I actually had time to write all of this in one sitting! Ethan is just now waking up and crying. Hopefully it won't be as long before I get a chance to write again!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ethan's first bath

On April 14th, Ethan got his first bath in the tub. He really likes them and usually falls asleep after. It is really cute. I know I am really far behind on this, but I wanted to post the pictures of my little cutie in the tub.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Reasons why I love being a mom:

This was my Mother's day gift, and I loved it! We had a wonderful day, thanks kiddos!