Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy 7th birthday, Dallin!!

Tuesday was Dallin's seventh birthday!! He was so excited to have his birthday.  He played his own Happy birthday song on the piano as we sang to him. He did a very good job.  He wanted a three layer chocolate cake with white frosting in between each layer.  He also wanted it to have Happy birthday Dallin on it.  I think it turned out just how he hoped.  He had some friends over to play in the afternoon. We made cupcakes for them and up Happy Birthday Dallin on them.  He was so excited to let them eat cupcakes.  One of Dallin's presents was a new kite.  Neil was such a good dad yesterday and took him out to fly it.  There are a few pictures of  Dallin, MaryAnne, Joshua, Lydia and David flying the kite.Dallin is such a good little boy.  He loves to have things in order and is very list oriented.  He likes to check things off as he gets them done.  He stays caught up in school because he is so careful and concerned about getting things done.  He is an early riser, and can't stay awake in the evening if we do anything quiet like watch a movie or read together.  He falls asleep on the couch or floor most evenings.  He loves to jump on the trampoline and play with his friends, Adam and Stuart.  I can't believe he is already seven and will be ready to be baptized next year.  He is a joy in our family!! We love you, Dallin!!!

Dallin had an interesting entrance into this world.  We didn't want  a repeat performance of barely making it to the hospital, but I didn't want to be there too long either.  Dallin decided it was time to come in the middle of the night.  We got to the hospital about midnight and Dallin wasn't born until a little after 2:00 in the morning.  He was facing the wrong direction so his labor was different than any of the others.  He is the only one I didn't have back labor with.  The doctor remembered hearing about how fast MaryAnne had come and expected a repeat.  He was tired and wanted to go home and go back to bed.  I don't blame him in the least, after all it was 2:00 on a Sunday morning.  When Dallin finally turned he was born quickly.  Neil had to get all the children ready for church and conduct Sacrament meeting later that morning.  He announced Dallin's arrival and said he had a good excuse if he looked sleepy on the stand that day.  We are so blessed to have Dallin as part of our family.

It's birthday time at our house!!

For the longest time in our family we each had our own month to celebrate our birthday.  Neil had September, Sarah June, Rebecca July, Bethany May, Julia February, Matthew December, Emma October and David was November.  This worked great until MaryAnne and Dallin were also born in November.  Three November birthdays and they are all in a row besides (2002, 2004 and 2006)  Then Joshua decided (well the Dr.'s decided) to share December with Matthew. Lydia wanted to have her own month so she waited until January to be born.  It is interesting to me that we have all the girls birthdays (January-November 4th) and then we have all the boys (November 12th to December 31st).  I knew when Lydia wasn't born in December that she would be a girl instead of a boy because of where birthday fit.  Well we are right in the middle of birthday season at our house.  We have seven birthdays between October 20th and January 5th, plus Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  It seems like it is one party after another right now.

MaryAnne turned nine on the 4th of November.  She has one amazing birth story.  She was overdue and we were schedule to have her induced on the morning of the 5th.  About 8:00 on the night of the 4th I started having contractions, but they weren't too hard.  We decided to go to bed and go into the hospital in the morning. You would think I would know better by our 7th baby.  I don't know what I was thinking.  I woke up about 10:00 and told Neil the contractions were coming harder and I couldn't sleep through them any more.  We called our friend Jeanette Cox, who was planning to stay with our children in the morning and asked her to come now instead.  She lives a little ways from us and by the time she got there I was in transition labor. It was a quiet drive into the hospital, I was feeling every bump down our dirt road.  We don't live too far from the hospital and it was a good thing.  We had called the hospital before we left to let them know we were coming.  We checked in quickly and were walking down the hall to the delivery room. When she heard this story my sister in law, Molly, asked why I was walking instead of riding in a wheelchair. I honestly hadn't even thought of asking for a wheelchair. As we were walking the nurse asked is I needed to stop and wait through a contraction. I told her that if I stopped we were going to have a baby right there. She told me to just keep walking.  As I walked through the door MaryAnne made her entrance without any doctor around. It was quite exciting for a few minutes.  The best part about having a baby that fast is that you don't have to get an I.V.  She was a beautiful, healthy little girl.

MaryAnne is full of personality and spunk. She really keeps us hopping with some of the things she comes up with.  She loves horses, playing with friends, and reading Addy books.  She makes her opinion known and likes to be listened to.  We are grateful to have her in our family.  For her birthday she really wanted to try a cake with polka dots.  We gave it a try and it turned out pretty good.  We baked mini cupcakes and colored with really bright colors.  Next, we put the cupcakes into the pans with the batter and baked the cakes.  When we cut the cake it looked like polka dots.  I think it would work better with a donut hole pan to make the polka dots more round.  MaryAnne's birthday was on a Monday, and  a busy one at that.  She wanted ham for dinner.  Right after dinner we had to leave for a family service project and then Family Home Evening.  We had her cake for our Family Home Evening treats.  It was a good, but busy day!! Happy Birthday, MaryAnne!! We love you!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween 2013

 Ok, a confession to start off the post with.  I am not a good halloween mom.  I don't really like much at all about the whole day, but I try and make it fun for my children.  I guess I do like carving pumpkins.  We had a good time carving the pumpkins we grew in our garden. We didn't get as many as last year, but there was one for each child plus some extras. I finally tried using a template and I thought they turned out really good.  We'll have to remember that for next year.  We carved them on Monday evening for our Family Home Evening activity.  The children picked out the template they wanted earlier in the day and we put the outline on the pumpkins so when carving time came it would be fast and easy.  It always seems like carving pumpkins runs later than I plan, so I was really glad we did the prep work early.  They turned out great!!!   It was a cold and windy night when we finished so I didn't get any good pictures of the pumpkins lit, but they looked spectacular.   Emma, MaryAnne and Dallin love dressing up with their best friends our next door neighbors, Emma, Linda and Adam Andreasen.  This year Emma and Emma were darling M&M's (I thought their costumes turned out very cute) Linda and MaryAnne were PeterPan and Tinkerbell, Adam and Dallin were a dragon and a knight.  Julia wore her cloak and carried her dagger. I told her she was a hobbit.  She ended up staying home and not going with us because she was babysitting Junior.  Matthew thought he was too old to dress up.   Bethany didn't go with us, but she went as a Renaissance maiden to the Young Single Adult ward dance the week before.  Joshua was a dragon and Lydia was Cinderella. Lydia didn't feel very well that night and she was sad that she didn't get to eat any of her candy.  David couldn't decide what to be until the morning of Halloween.  He finally decided to be a s'more. It turned out really easy and cute.  The children and I did downtown trick or treating and then the church trunk or treat.  They came home and did the annual candy trade with each other. It is a tradition they love.  The day turned out busy, and I didn't win any mother of the year points when I didn't let them go into the church and do the carnival. It was more than I wanted to do with hungry, tired kids.  We came home and had dinner instead.  

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