Every once in awhile I look around and am in awe at just how blessed my life is! I have a house full of little people (and one very handsome big person) that I have this love for -- a love I have never felt and can't even begin to describe the depth of. I love this family of mine with all my heart. They are my whole world!
I adore the everyday routines of this house that make me smile. I know this stage of my life is limited and hope to remember every detail -- the way Rex calls for his Dad every morning from his crib when he wakes up (yes, my little guy is still in his crib.), the way it feels when Paisley puts her tiny hand against my face at night and says "Mommy, I love you.", the look on Alexa's face when she first sees (and recognizes) our big, white yukon pull up to her school each day, the feel of Kinley's hug when I pick up Alexa from dance (and she is still there for another hour but, so happy to see me during her break.), and the way Zoey has to be around me every spare second she has in the day, -- just talking and hanging out! I hope to never forget the feeling of excitement that comes over me every evening when I hear the garage open... and know that Dave is seconds from walking into our home.
A week or two ago, Dave left town for a few days, leaving me to run the show. He does a whole lot around here each day -- So, it made for a very busy week for me. :) I took some pictures to document the week!
This little guy is growing up way too fast! He insists on choosing his own clothes -- and changes his clothes at least 7 or 8 times a day. His favorite color is blue. So, most of the time he is wearing blue. His shoes in the picture are his favorites. Although he has an entire basket busting full of shoes, he insists on wearing these ones every day. About 60% of his clothes he refuses to wear. When I suggest he wear one of these adorably, untouched clothes in his closet, he will always say... "small!" -- He is a smart little guy and knows that if something is too small, he doesn't have to wear it!
It has been such amazing weather here lately -- perfect bike riding weather! Rex doesn't own a helmet but, is happy to wear the spare (Kinley won a bike last year, which also included a bike lock and helmet). He doesn't mind a bit that it is pink with sparkles and princesses. Such is the life of a boy with four older sisters.
Lunch time is such a fun time of day here. Its quiet and low key, just the 3 of us (Paisley, me, and Rex). It's a perfect time of day for the 3 of us to sit and talk. Paisley requests a peanut butter and jelly sandwich most often through the week. While she eats, the 3 of us talk -- we talk about music, dancing, Heavenly Father and Jesus, our sisters, our dad, Kindergarten... this is our uninterrupted time to talk about anything and everything on this sweet girl's mind.
I love her clothing selection this particular day! Love, love, love this bright and cheery angel of mine. She reminds me so much of Alexa at this age (I am constantly resisting the urge to call her "mini me").
The week Dave was gone was also the week Alexa's science fair project was in full swing! Talk about a high stress experience. We went to the school and chose 10 different spots in the school to collect swabs and grow bacteria. (Notice the picture above) Alexa is growing germs under the heating lamps of my oven. The fans and heating lights were on all week long, day and night, to keep those babies growing. The 1st night, I woke up multiple times throughout the night to check and make sure -- 1. the house wasn't burning down from leaving the heat lamps on too long and 2. to see if this little experiment was actually working and bacteria was growing yet.
Within 24 hours the germs were growing and forming like crazy! By day 2 these cultures were beginning to stink -- bad. On day 4 (the last day), the stink was unbearable! While assessing the experiment, we kept having to take brakes to Lysol the place before moving on. Blah! I was happy to toss these babies in the trash at the end of the week, turn off my fan and heat lamps, and Clorox the entire area from top to bottom. Her science fair is this coming week, although the experiment part is complete, the project is still very much a part of our daily homework routine. I will post more details on the results and experiment at the end of the week. Alexa and I had a great time! As soon as she climbed into the car from school each day, she would ask if we could work on her project a bit more when we got home. It was neat to see the results, teach my kids about germs and hand washing, and (most of all) spend time with my sweet girl working on something that interested her so much.
Alexa with her germs on day 1 -- no growth or stink yet, we had no idea what we were in for!
A lot of art projects took place while Dad was out of town! My kids love to be artistic! Kinley is reading all kinds of Junie B. Jones (I am not a fan!) books in her classroom this year. She made this valentine one for her teacher, the class started a new valentine Junie B. book this week.
The girls also celebrated the 100th day of school during this particular week! The girls were given the option to wear either their school uniform shirt or a shirt with 100 items on it. Thanks Michelle, for the idea of 100 stickers! It was the perfect way to be involved without spending a lot of money and ruining a shirt. My girls each picked out 100 stickers from my endless box of stickers and designed their shirts. They turned out pretty cute.
Kinley woke up feeling a little off that morning (if you can't tell by the two pictures above). I asked her is she was feeling sick and if she wanted to stay home (I asked her 3 times). She said she felt okay and was just tired for not sleeping well the night before... So, I took her to school! Within an hour of her being at school, the nurse called and said Kinley was in her office with a head ache and fever. I went to get her but, had to immediately head over to the church to help set up for New Beginnings that was going to be taking place that night (a youth event that takes place every year in our church). I planned to put Kinley in the corner and let her rest while I got everything set up. The second Kinley got out of the car, she started throwing up! Ahh, I still feel so awful about letting her go to school and dragging her on all my errands -- poor girl! Anyway, we left immediately, I took her home and left the other youth leaders to take care of all the set up (and evening events -- as I was home with a sick kid and running my 2 other dancers to and from practice.)
Kinley ended up staying home the rest of the week! Between washing my hands from germ analyzing/ science experiment stuff and washing my hands from helping and serving my sick kid, my hands were rubbed raw by the end of the week. I still have a couple bloody knuckles on my hands from all the hand washing but, it worked! Kinley was the only one to get sick. Yay!
We were so happy to have our daddy back at the end of the week! The kids made signs to hang up around the house for his "welcome home". In the picture above they are all chowing down on the delicious shortbread Panera cookies Dave bought for them in Vegas. We miss you Panera! -- Oh, and as an added adventure in the week, my little guy decided he wants to start the potty training journey this week. Is he not the cutest little things in those boxer briefs. Adorable!