Drew at 3 months (esp for Oma Ria)

It is hard living so far away from family, particularly family in Alaska because the travel to Utah is long and not one easily driven. This is even harder when that person is a grandma (or Oma Ria as we call her). She still hasn’t had the chance to see little Drew so she has requested I make a post with some pictures of him. Luckily we will be able to see her in May and everyone is super excited!

Drew is still an “angel baby”. He sleeps through the night (usually from 10 pm to 9 am). He is smiley, cuddly, and sweet. He doesn’t complain much unless he needs to eat, sleep or be changed. He is starting to fill-out now and his clothes are finally fitting him. He is a finger sucker, not a thumb sucker, which I think contributes to him being such a good baby. He has a rather unique way of sucking his fingers. It is quite funny (see pics below). We sure love this little guy and are so grateful that he is part of our family!





mile2.gifOkay, so I am a sucker. My kids absolutely LOVE Hannah Montana so I decided I would do my darndest to get tickets to the Stadium of Fire featuring Miley Cyrus and the Blue Man Group. I was told the tickets were impossible to get and that I would need to get in a line to get a wristband in order to get tickets. I didn’t have the patience or time to do that so I figured I would get my computers (notice the “s”) setup and I would try to get tickets. I sat in an online waiting room from 4:15 to 5:00 on both computers when the tickets went on sale. A few quick clicks later I had 5 fairly decent seats to the concert. I heard they were sold out within 10 minutes so I am surprised I got lucky enough to get them. I also heard tickets were going on Ebay for over $1000 each. If my kids weren’t super excited to go I would have to consider selling them. 🙂

Kid Number 6 on the Way

Yep, that’s right. We are having a hard time believing it too. Little Drew will have a little brother or sister November 18th (or nearby — you know how due dates are).

We’re a little concerned that we won’t be able to fit in our house, go anywhere as a family in our minivan, or even feed and clothe our children any more. We are planning to send Jacob out to get a part-time job to supplement the family income. We are also teaching Megan and Katelyn to sew their own dresses. Once they become proficient we’ll see if we can’t make extras and sell them or trade them for diapers. We’re also hoping for a bumper crop of raspberries, peaches, and apricots so we don’t starve.

Hopefully by now you’ve realized the date that this was posted and made the obvious connection. Otherwise, please feel free to call us or comment below on how crazy we are to be having kid number six.

Worst FHE Activity Ever

FHE stands for Family Home Evening. It’s a night set aside for our family to hang out and spend quality time together. It was all going smoothly until Manina decided to sneak out to do some shopping, taking baby Drew with her.

“I’ve got a great idea for an activity to keep them busy” explained Manina as she was heading out the door.

Fast forward to three hours later. Alien globs of shaving cream can still be found on the kitchen ceiling. The stuff keeps cropping up in the strangest of places. I’ve done a load of laundry and assembly-lined four kids through the shower. The floor, table, chairs, and bench are still sticky, even after I spent an hour wiping up. I bring in a cooler full of water, several towels, and some industrial-grade kitchen spray to finish up the job. It’s not pretty.

Whatever you do, don’t ever let yourself become convinced that anything like the shaving cream activity is even close to a good idea.