Tuesday, June 21, 2016

April

April is Prom month, and even though we don't have any kids anywhere near old enough to go to Prom we still managed to get in on some of the action. Some of the local kids were having their pre-dance dinner under the trees by the hatchery and they asked Erik to escort the girls out to meet their dates.
He was pretty nervous at first, but he warmed up to the idea pretty quickly. By the time he got all three girls to their dates he was having so much fun he jumped at their invitation to stay and eat with them. It was pretty cute!

The first half of the month was pretty normal. Or normal for us anyways...
Just hanging out eating snacks and reading books...on Dad.
The kids love to play outside, especially if it means getting dirty. Sharli may think she's all grown up now, but she still thinks dirt is the best snack ever.
Between what's on her face, and what we found in her clothing and diaper (see pic below) it's amazing there was anything left in the garden.

Snack time!

She's getting so big!
We took advantage of the great weather and went for some nice walks. We went a little too far this day though, all three kids were worn out.



Erik loves to be the big brother. He likes to help me pick out outfits for Maren to wear. It's pretty fun to see him trying to be a helper.
Half way through April we went to Animas to visit my family. The kids had been fighting colds for a few days, but we decided to go anyways since they weren't too sick. The first night we were there Maren started coughing and struggling so much to breathe that we had to have her sleep in the bathroom with the shower going. The steam helped, but she was still having a hard time in the morning so we took her in to the little clinic there in Animas. The doctor thought she had RSV and sent us up to the hospital in Silver City. After testing for RSV, the flu, and pneumonia it was decided that Maren had Bronciolitis (baby bronchitis). She was put on oxygen and admitted to the hospital for observation.
After spending two nights in the hospital she was finally able to maintain her oxygen levels on her own and we got to go home. To this day the poor baby hates to have her nose touched because of those 3 days in the hospital.
By the time Nate and Kate brought their family for a visit the next week Maren was feeling WORLDS better. We had a nice visit and had so much fun watching the kids play together.
Maren and Gwen
Erik and Blaine
Sharli and Neil
Sharli thinks "Tummy Time" means laying on the baby's tummy. Luckily Maren likes it!
One last picture for the month that I had to share. Erik built himself a doctor's office and was doing check-ups on all the stuffed animals. It was pretty cute!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

March

 March was a busy month, but not in a real exciting way. Life just kept on moving and we did our best to keep up with it. Some days we were more on top of things than others...
 Maren continued to grow at an amazing rate. She started smiling more, though it was nearly impossible to catch it on camera.

 The weather continued to be beautiful, so Erik and Sharli spent lots of time outside. It was warm enough out there that the kids decided that clothing was optional. One of their favorite games is to make dust angels, and how I wish these pictures did just to the filth that came as a result.


With the grass greening up and the trees starting to leaf out our front yard is getting to be a really nice place to play. 
 Spring was really starting to get going, and I love all the flowers everywhere, even between your toes!


 Jumping jacks! Well, sorta...

 We kept Easter pretty low-key this month. Between the tummy bug that hit our house at the beginning of the month and the seemingly endless rounds of colds that just wouldn't leave us alone we actually kinda forgot Easter was coming up until it was almost there. Luckily for us Grandma Kathleen sent us a box full of all sorts of fun Easter stuff to make it a special time for the kids. First was the egg hunt/scripture chaser that we did for Family Home Evening. The kids loved it!




 The crayon prize at the end of the chaser was great. Our crayon collection was getting pretty sad, so it was pretty exciting to the kids to get some new ones. As Erik put it, "Look Mom, POINTS!"
 Easter morning the kids woke up to Easter baskets full of candy and surprises, again courtesy of Grandma Kathleen.
 After church on Easter Sunday. Too bad I didn't take the pictures before they spilled their lunches on their clothes. Oh well.
 To end the post for the month, here's a shot of Sharli's current obsession. Grandma Paralee made the dress for her for her birthday, and she still loves it!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

January/February

 January:
Life this month was pretty quiet for us. We spent most of it at home getting used to being a family of 5. It's so strange to me still to think that there are 5 of us!
 Maren's hair is so curly when it's wet. We're just waiting to see if it straightens out like Erik's did or stays curly like Sharli's.
 I had been worried about the older two adjusting to having a baby around, but they've done shockingly well. They love to hold her and help out with her.

 We did get a short visit from Kett and Darrow. It's always fun to have family drop in!

 February
Maren just kept growing like a weed. She started putting on some weight and showing some interest in the world around her. 
 Erik and Sharli love having a baby in the house, but not just for the baby. They've been pretty excited about all the "new" toys and other stuff that have come out of storage for Maren.

 We spent a lot of time just enjoying life in Glenwood. Between baby snuggles...
 ...playing outside on the tire swing that Ethan made for the kids...

 ...splashing around in the creek by the house...

 ...and just enjoying the gorgeous weather we kept the kids pretty busy.
I feel like these cute little foot prints in the dirt just sum up how awesome it is for the kids to get to grow up here. 
 When they're not playing outside, the kids are doing cute things like this:
Notice the baby dolls all tucked in on her pillow.
 The big event of the month was Valentine's Day. It was Sharli's 2nd birthday, and since it fell on a Sunday it also got to be Maren's blessing day. We had lots of family and friends over for a party after church and had a great time. All the kids got spoiled rotten.

 Our neighbors even got in on the birthday spoiling action and gave Sharli a book (and a popsicle, though I bet you can't guess what color).
 My aunt Jossie spoils our kids rotten as well. She saves these great magazines from work for Erik, and made this adorable hat for Sharli...
 ...although Maren isn't much of a fan of the hat.
 After the big party life went back to normal. Or, as normal as we get anyways. ;)

 Can't beat February in Glenwood!

 Only two months in and this little cutie is firmly rooted in our family tree. All three of our kiddos have pretty much stolen our hearts.