Sunday, June 30, 2013

Our Week

Our summer is starting to fall into a rhythm.  Sleeping in till 7 (wahoo!), therapy, doing some cleaning/purging, and generally playing.

Katie, my niece, spent the week with us.  We had fun with her here.

Therapy – working, ever working toward the day Bella will be able to walk on that those legs!  Look who is starting to cruise the furniture!  Working towards walking without holding onto a person, She actually paid attention through her whole session of Speech – a miracle!  He keeps trying to stand.  So proud of their efforts!


Playing the Wii, Singing Camp Songs, Eating S’mores, Making jewelry,

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Going swimming, Headed to friends to play


Eating, Playing war, Jumping on the trampoline, Eating popsicles,

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Becca Lynn came home late Tuesday night!  Home!  Yea – everyone asleep in their own beds under our roof.  A wonderful feeling.  Saying hello to her Brother.


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Just worn out!                               Finally I was able to give her the graduation gift I got her.  It’s a necklace that says  “I love you.”  It’s from our family to her.  When she is alone in Idaho, she can remember we are all here and love her.  The necklace is two circles.  One says “Wǒ ài nǐ!” (I love you in Chinese), and the other has a hand in the sign of “I love you.”  We love ya Bec!

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The purging continues.  Becca went through her clothes and jewelry.  Her sisters and Katie were the lucky beneficiaries.  We cleaned out Sammi’s closet.  That is where I stored all the clothes from size 6 to 12.  I got rid of five bags and three boxes.  What a huge step for me!  I wish I could say it’s because I was pregnant and nesting, but no, after three years of trying I think I am coming to terms with the fact that Jason and I will not be having any more biological children.

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Brother’s first cane!!                                           Playing with Husky

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Becca’s great excitement for the week – pointe shoes!!  (and a new dance bag!)

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I thought this was precious – I looked over to see Joy and Bella “playing cards.”  So cute!  And Bella “trying on” these glasses!

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Wednesday night – YW Pool Party

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Thursday night Jason and I snuck away for dinner!  Gringo’s for Tacos al Carbon and Tamales.

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Friday night I got away to this wonderful place.  How much I love the temple!  I love how I feel here.

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Saturday we took the kids to see Monsters University.    Brother playing around while waiting for the movie to begin.  Brother really isn’t into movies.  Joy and Bella, on the other hand, love them!  Bella surprised us with this movie!  We were afraid that she would be scared, but she loved the movie!  She would growl right back at the screen!  Afterwards Lizzy, Jessi, Joy, Grace and I went swimming.  It was so hot that day – over 100 degrees!  A great day to go swimming!  That night we had Grace and Aiden over.  I thought Aiden was so cute while reading the scriptures with our family. photo 5 (1)

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our Week

Sunday – Since it was Father’s Day, Linda came over to spend time with us.  Fun family time!

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Monday the girls left for Girl’s Camp – thanks Sister Chalk for picking them up!!  Linda brought over some clothes and Bella had a great time trying them all on!

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Since we were down three children, the house was so quiet!!  Weird.  The rest of the week Lizzy and I were pretty bored.  What were we supposed to do with so few people at home?  Meals were weird – only six people at home.  Brother sure is cute though!

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One day we went through the drive through at Chick-fil-A and grabbed a movie at Redbox.  Our big excitement for the day!


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Joy still finds ways to have fun!     Alex loves this!  Swing him, Daddy!

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Lizzy and I decided to try an outing – going to the park.  We lasted forty minutes before we couldn’t take the heat anymore.  My suggestion to the Texas Education Agency:  May we please have school vacation during the cool months, not during the furnace like summer?  Think of all the fun we could have if we didn’t have to stay indoors because of the horrid heat and humidity?

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IMG_5408I am pretty spoiled with all of my big kids.  Between Becca who can drive and Sammi and Jessi who can babysit, I can get most things done.  But Lizzy is only ten and not old enough to babysit three babies!  She can’t drive either!  And Joy has been sick this week, which complicates things.  So to pick up some things up at the store, I ran to the bank, got some cash, and sent Lizzy in.  I figured if I ran into the store leaving four kids in the car it would be kinda bad, illegal, and all of that.  Lizzy was awesome – she got everything on my list!  Way to rise to the challenge little one!!






Therapy shots – Joy was so protective of Brother!  She didn’t want him to be disturbed or disrupted at all!  My little mama!  Bella talking away in speech!

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Having great fun with the glow bracelets!

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Bella, Brother and I went to Hermann’s for pre-op for her upcoming surgery.  Going downtown is exhausting!

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Love this!  A blanket from her Grandmas!!  Grannie Annie, Bella’s biological Grandmother sent the fabric and Grandma Ball finished it for her!!

She sleeps on the pillow Grandma Turpin made her.  She is surrounded by Grandmotherly love!


Playing around outside

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Joy – she wanted to help me cook.  We had to make sure that only Mama turns on the mixer.  Carrying all of her babies.

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Cute Brother pictures


Friday – Our girls came home from camp!!  We missed them so much!  They came home full of great things to tell us.  Love that they want to share these things with us.

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Home!!  They made this cute headband that Joy is wearing.


So fun- we got this new app for Brother!  Guess who else loves it?

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Saturday – the LAST Swim Meet!!!

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Sunday we went to Donna’s Grandma’s viewing.  Love to you Donna!!

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Afterwards Cyndi and her boys had dinner with us.  We have had so much fun with Cyndi being in town.  Thanks for all of your help this month Cyn!! Love ya!

Kathie’s family stopped by as well.  Cousin central!

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