Monday, July 21, 2014

I miss my blog!!!!!!

I have really dropped off the blogosphere after getting a smartphone a few months ago. I'm loving Instagram (follow me @younghipstercoolgirl) but I miss sharing my thoughts and keeping a record of my life on my blog. Part of the problem is that I'm still not sure the best way to get pictures from my phone to my blog, and I've stopped using an actual camera now that my phone takes such good quality pictures (btw, it's a Windows phone, so a lot of the Android/iphone apps won't work. I've tried just plugging it in to the computer, but it's still not working right. Anyone have a Windows phone out there??? This is my ONLY complaint, otherwise I LOVE my new phone!)
So the thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is envy. I have found myself slipping into the pit of envy. No details necessary, just the fact that I've found myself wondering "Why them! Why not me!" way too much lately. I'm trying so hard to change my attitude from envy to gratitude. I am a firm believer in feeling rich vs feeling poor, and I usually do a great job, but everyone slips once in a while. Right now I am struggling with a "poor" attitude. I know that people can feel "poor" no matter what their income is, just like people can feel "rich" at any income--it's all about attitude! My kids recently asked me if we know anyone who is rich, and I told them that anyone who lives in America is rich (for real, by the standards of much of the world, we are rich beyond imagining!) 

Whenever I start feeling envious, I go outside and stand on the sidewalk and look at my pretty little home. It's far from fancy, far from large, but it is so happy and filled to bursting with healthy, bouncy, beautiful kids. It was a dream come true when we bought this house, and even if we could afford something larger, I don't know if I would have the heart to leave it yet!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June goodness!

Here's a mishmash of our June! Every single of these is from Instagram so if you follow me (@younghipstercoolgirl) you've probably already seen them. 

Helena lost two bottom teeth and one top tooth!

Cutest baby in the world

Polly and Daddy.

Polly and Mommy.

Big smiles.

Naptime on a blanket in the yard.

Naptime with Mommy.

One afternoon when Tempe was coloring on the driveway, it started to rain and Helena went and held her umbrella over her. So sweet!

Finally jumped on the Fiiz, Swig, Guzzle, Sodalicious, etc bandwagon. Yummy and cheap family treat!

Summer activities

Fairy garden on our front steps.

Giant frozen ice cube with arctic animals trapped inside.

On the train at the zoo with Grandma Lisa!

Allan/Anderson/Crandall/Pool/Fleischman gathering at the cabin.

We welcomed summer with our fourth annual sidewalk chalk party for neighborhood kids!

Juno helped Grandpa K replace a doorknob at our house and here she is concentrating very hard on putting the old one back together.

Art journals!

I've given up on making the girls do yoga in the morning (really bummed about that, because I think it's such a great way to set the tone for our day!) but Tempe still bends every which way.

Our fun friends hosted a neighborhood movie night for 100+ neighbors!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two months of Pearl!

My sweet, darling Pearl Diana is two months old now! She is still a doll but she is growing up way too fast for this mama. 
Stats: 10 lb, 4 oz, 22(?) inches long. She seriously looks so much bigger to me all of a sudden. While I love her chubby cheeks and that she's too long for her swaddle blankets now, I already miss her little newborn body! 
Milestones: smiling and learning to coo--even a giggle in her sleep now and then.
Sleep: not as good now as it was a month ago. She's hit or miss with napping in her crib, but I am trying my best to be flexible and just follow her lead instead of obsessing over trying to get her to nap on demand. Nighttime--eh, could be better, could be worse. She will eventually sleep all night in her own bed, so I am not worrying about it for now!
As for me, I am really doing great. I thought having a fourth would be much harder than it has been (maybe I'm jinxing myself), but Pearl just fits into our family so well and we've been able to jump right back into our normal routine with her in tow. Love her, love my kids, love staying home with them (well, most days), and love being a mom!
PS you might have noticed I am really not on here that much anymore... party because I have finally joined the rest of you in 2014 and gotten a smartphone, so now I'm on Instagram... I post there at least once a day, so follow me @younghipstercoolgirl!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

May goodness!

Pearl overload!
I took way more pictures of Pearl than I did of my other kids in May. Sorry, other kids. Just check out these cute little cheeks. She's already lost that newborn look that she had at the beginning of the month.

I love love love this picture of my snugglebug. She has very blond eyebrows and strawberry blond hair and you can really see it in this picture!

First sink bath after her belly button healed! She has an outie!!

 Moms and Muffins in first grade
I got to visit Tempe's classroom for their special Mother's Day program. I haven't spent much time in her class this year, so it was fun to be with her!

Mother's Day
My four girls and me on Mother's Day! New favorite picture ever.

Measuring and tracing practice with Juno

Juno loves to do projects with me and I do my best to come up with something several times a week. For this one, I traced her and Pearl on butcher paper (and she traced Ah Ah, her toy monkey, shown above) and then we measured with a few different measuring tapes and block towers.

Helena can't keep her hands off Pearl!

Sidewalk chalk festival
We go to the sidewalk chalk festival in Bountiful every year and the girls love finding a favorite drawing to pose with.

Helena's new talent
She can cross her eyes super crazy and also turn one eye in while looking straight ahead with the other. Don't worry, I asked the pediatrician and she said as long as she is controlling it, it's nothing to worry about.

and now a beautiful smile from a beautiful girl!

and one from Juno, too!

Kindergarten graduation
Helena graduated from kindergarten and is first grade bound!

Tossing her graduation cap in the air!

Helena and her wonderful kindergarten teacher!

Welcome summer!
We are so ready for summer (I'm so ready for summer). I made this banner for the girls to burst through when they got home from school, a tradition we started last year.

Quick trip to Tennessee
I took Juno and Pearl to Tennessee to visit my parents over Memorial Day weekend. It was a quick trip and it was really fun. Flying alone with 2 kids isn't the most fun, but it wasn't awful (no one threw up on me this time) and I'm so glad I took Juno! My family rarely sees her without her older sisters overshadowing her and she really got a chance to shine this trip. My brother Josh took these sweet pictures of her (plus about a hundred more).

The Allan family in front of the Nashville Temple!

Birthday date
For my birthday date this year, Jason and I had a picnic on the roof of the SLC library (main branch) and then explored the library, one of my favorite places in SLC!