Monday, June 30, 2008
Looking back I think how stupid these guys were. I mean COME ON Congo? It isn't exactly going to win points with any girl. If they wanted action they should have rented a romance movie. If they wanted to be close, maybe a scary movie. If not sure where you want the evening to go a comedy is probably a safe bet. But Congo? Really boys…
Seating arrangements are made. Amber sat on the couch with Landon and Chad. Gentry and I on a HUGE, UGLY orange chair (really I wish I had a picture of this thing). I don’t remember the movie other than it was stupid, but I do remember that Gentry didn’t touch me the whole night. Not even his arm brushing up against my arm while eating popcorn. It was a strange first outing. I’m glad it wasn’t the last.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This is a picture of Peaches' toes painted.
Let's just face it. We would have been better off just finding a fountain.
We went from the garden to pick Court up. Then on to Chucky Cheese. I kind of felt like I had to make it up to the kids for the long day. I think I scored big with this. Turn out to be a fun day.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I wanted to get a good picture of the group, but instead I got this one. Tate! :)
Isabel woke up for a quick picture and then fell right back to sleep
After we were pooped out we grabbed a bite to eat and headed to the park. There was an awesome fountain area for the kids to play at. I knew right away that I would have three soaking kids on the drive home, but all the fun was well worth it. Courtland and Tate had the BEST time
Friday, June 20, 2008
I have been blessed to be in their family for almost 12 years now, and even though I call them, Kevin and Robin even Grammy and Grandpa Ramsay, I love them so much and think of them as another Mom and Dad.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
After writing my post today I feed the kids an early dinner and we headed to the pool with plans to come home, tub and bed. The water was a bit cooler than usual so everyone laying in the sun and enjoying the heat. I glance over to the kids to check on them and my eyes go directly to the pool where Peaches is completely submerged under water, kicking. I yell something to get every ones attention while laying Isabel on the cement and debating whether I should jump in or if someone else is going to get to her quickest. Michelle, one of the Platinum wives, is going for her as quick as possible, Court jumps in the pool and is swimming to her as fast as he can, and Tate is going in too holding on to his noodle. Michelle got there first, pulls her up and she starts coughing water. Then says, "I want my bink." I hold her and wrap her in a towel and she tells me again she wants her bink. Then I see it. The bink is floating on the water in the middle of the pool. It can float, Peaches sinks. I can't believe I handled things with such calmness. We are now having bathes and then to bed. I'm glad everyone is ok.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
One week old, snuggling
Big sister kisses
Isabel is learning to coo. She smiles at most people when they talk to her. Still eats, sleeps, and poops. She follows me with her eyes when I walk away. She fusses to be picked up. She is our beautiful girl.
This picture was taken today
Isabel has been a true source of comfort to me. Just being able to love her gives me joy. I was preordained to be a mother. I can feel it through out my entire body. I love my kids so much. I am by no means a perfect mother. I am a learning mother, and I am doing the best I can. That is all I can ask of myself.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tate and Isabel. He can not keep his hands off her.
Jacey, Kara, and I want to the farmer's market here on Saturday. Let me tell you what. I loved it. We found all kinds of yummy food. They had fruits, veggies, flowers, and crafts. I got peaches, apples, AWESOME fresh made salsa, some corn on the cob, and garlic cloves just dug up from the ground. We ended with getting some homemade ice cream.
I want to find out the hours and maybe go more often. It would be a nice way to start a shopping day considering how much I enjoy grocery shopping (can you say, stick a needle in my eye). When I see the picture of me and my kids, I understand why I get such strange looks. I am crazy. It is a wonder I can keep track of everyone.
Here's a picture of Kara with some of her goods. She is one crazy chick. I really dig her.
I have to say something here about us all loading in the van. There is Me, Jacey, Kara, Court, Tate, Peach, Izzy, Taydon, and Kayson. If you were counting that's 9 and NO there is not that many seats available. We just make it work and pile on in. It is quite an ordeal just to get from point a to point b but what is the alternative? Stay in the apartment all day? I don't think so.
After the farmer's market we headed to Best Buy. Court had a gift certificate from his birthday that he was dying to spend. After looking around and really debating the choices, he got Dance Dance Revolution. What a perfect choice! It is a fun fun game. We came home and directly started playing it. After about an hour there was a knock on my door and who could it be? My downstairs neighbor telling me that they are having a problem with the kids stomping. At 3 in the afternoon on a Saturday. I apologized and had the kids stop, but ... what's a mom of four to do? Something has to be done. I need to talk to the office and find out what the noise guidelines are. I want to be respectful of others, but at the same time we need to be able to play. I will keep you posted. Instead of worrying any more about it we went to the pool, had pizza, got hair cuts and read more from a book together. We are currently reading The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Such a great book to read out loud to the kids. Then bed! I spent the rest of the evening playing on the internet and cleaning up.
Sunday was church. I sub'd in Court's primary class. And the kids sang to there dad. Peach was dying to go up and sing to Daddy "I'm so glad when daddy comes home... and give him what? A great big kiss!" but she just did it from where we sat. After church is just another Sunday afternoon. We drink Gentry in. We can't get enough of him. He must feel like he is getting malled all day because everyone wants to wrestle and have his attention. At five we went to a BBQ. We ate and talked till we had to leave for Izabel to eat. Who does she think she is? :) After another half hour we headed to Landon's to play games and talk some more. I am loving this summer.
Friday, June 13, 2008
So far, it has been AWESOME! The flight with Delta Airlines was the best flight I have ever taken. I flew my mom out with us so that I might have help traveling with four kids. She did more than I could have asked for. Including buying the kids rolling carry-on cases. Jacey is great. And guess what?!? The distance from my apartment to hers is probably about three doors down. I love that she wants to just hang out and is comfortable doing that. We have just had to figure out how to make the vehicle thing work so that we can go out together and I am glad that we can. I have really wanted to spend more time with her boys Taydon and Kayson. This is the perfect opportunity to do that. They are so cute! Hopefully they can become best friends with my boys. I want Taydon's stranger danger of me to go too.
My mom,and I drove the three and a half hours to visit Joanna in Georgia. It was a nice trip. I took some pics of the us. The first is Peaches and Lorali having a tea party. They played so well together and Peach loves to say "Lorali" again and again. I think it is one of her favorite words. Actually all the kids played great together. Ethan plays a bit rough, but thank goodness I have two boys who love to wrestle.
The second day we were there we took a trip to Stone Mountain. I guess it is a big tourist attraction. We had a great time even with the heat. As we pulled up the thermometer on the car said 100 degrees and then you factor in the humidity, hot! We picked a place on the lawn then grabbed a bite to eat. I ordered a french dip sandwich (but I make them so much better) and had half a gigantic cookie. YUM! Then the highlight of the trip for Tate: the train ride! It was an open-air train that took us around the mountain the whole time playing train themed music for us to sing along with. We ended the evening with watching the Laser show Spectacular. It was a 40-minute light show to music from popular movies and songs about the south like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia". It ended with fireworks.
The best thing in Georgia we did just before leaving, The American Girl Store and Bristo. I never had one of these dolls when I was little. They really came out after my time. I had a Cabbage Patch Doll named Eartha Sasha that I just loved. Even as I grew older I thought she must be real because I really felt that she loved me back. But that's another story. For Christmas this year Grandma got all the grand kids dolls. All of them but peach got an American Doll, Peach got the most beautiful baby I've ever seen that she named "snuggle baby" (really after one of Emily's dolls growing up called Sugar Baby). Anyway, snuggle baby fits the same clothes as the Am. Dolls so it was fun to look at all they had and have some lunch all together. It is the cutest little restaurant for little girls. The dolls had lunch with us.
Friday I tried to get moved in and unpacked. Saturday was the longest ever. I suddenly realized we needed to find some toys and things do keep us busy. I was left wishing badly that I could have figured out how to bring my sowing machine with me. I also realized I desperately needed more toys for the kids so that they don't just fight with each other. I can see that the summer is going to be great. We have been to the pool three times already. It is great! Smaller then ours without a diving board. It is perfect to keep an eye on everyone.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Where is here? I am in Charlotte, NC with a husband (Gentry) four kids (Courtland 9, Tate 5, Peaches 2, and Isabel 2 months) missing our dog of eight years (Coal) and wondering what am I going to do with all of my time. We are living in an apartment that Platinum set up for us with rented furniture and a rented van to get around in for the summer. Nothing about our life right now is what I think most would consider normal. Gentry works from noon till late (usually around ten or eleven). I spend my days with kids. We have been to the library, Walmart, and the pool. Today I went to a play group with women from our new ward and had a good time. I get to see other women here with Platinum often. Each Monday they have a recipe swap, sometimes they meet at the pool, and once a week they have a couples night where they all go out with spouses and have dinner together.
Since this is my first post I think it only right to answer the question, What do I want out of blogging? I want my post to be as honest and as real as possible without hurting others. I want this to reflect who I am now. With all my flaws. And I have quite a few. I don't want to set goals right now about how often I will write, because if I feel like it, I will. If it isn't a priority, I wont. I guess I will learn as I go.