Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ashley's Growth

I can't believe I have been so terrible at blogging this crazy little girl. She is so much fun and just can't wait to keep up with her brother & sister.
This is her first bath at home. She has since learned to LOVE bathtime.

She LOVED being all wrapped up right after her bath although I quickly learned to put the diaper on first.

About 2 weeks old

My grandpa Andrews with Ashley May 1

4 generation- Ashley, me, my mom, my grandma Andrews - May 8

2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months

6 months

7 months

Ashley hates her carseat. She has from day 1. Unless she is just fed and burped she cries. Although that is getting better as she can play with toys and interact with Jayden & Jennilyn. She put herself on a schedule before she was 3 months old and I ruined it because we had so many late nights this summer. She was sleeping about 10 hours by 6 weeks. (WOW, that was a great surprise. I've never had a baby sleep through the night so early.) She has grown up so quickly. She rolled over, got up on her knees, and started scooting all within 2 weeks, when she was 5 months old. She's now got 2 bottom teeth and I think she's working on both top ones. She is not a fan of people, or crowds. She always cries and only wants Chris or I. I'm hoping that will change. Jayden & Jennilyn LOVE her to death. Jayden is in this wanting her to walk mode and so he stands her up all the time. I haven't yet found a punishment that will work to make him leave her alone. Jennilyn LOVES to lay on her. IDK how to get her to stop that either. But Ashley still loves them both. We are so blessed to have her in our family! I can't believe she is already 7 months old. Where does the time go.
As for me, I'm just trying to take in all I can of these little kids while they are still little. Jayden goes to school next year and I don't know how I feel about it. It's a new phase in life that I'm not sure I'm ready for, but ready or not. He is so ready though. He talks about going to school and doing homework all the time. I think it will be really hard on Jennilyn when he does go. She will have 2 years after he goes before she will. Jennilyn is my princess. I LOVE how she is 100% GIRL! Her favorite color is PINK and she would wear dresses every day if it weren't getting so cold. She just got a nightgown and she LOVES it! She is Jayden's partner in crime, and most of the time the little evil one. She is all potty trained, in fact, doing better than Jayden some days. I told them I didn't want them to grow up and get big a few weeks ago, and they got really offended. "Why not mom?" I said "Well I want you to stay little and stay with me forever" and they started crying "But I wanna get big." haha. I have had to explain multiple times that eventhough I want them to stay little forever, I don't really get to choose that. They will grow up and I will be happy for them everyday! I love my kids. I love my family! I love my life! I couldn't ask for any more! Well, I do kinda wish the snow would just come and stay! But I guess I'll be patient!
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Our Summer

First of all we did FINALLY get a dishwasher just before we had Ashley. And yes I have absolutely LOVED it!! Chris had some good help when he was installing it!
We GOT A VAN!! The week before we had Ashely we finally sealed the deal! It has been the best investment! I LOVE it! I can't imagine what we ever did without it!
Here's a little glimpse of what we did this summer!

We learned there is a Hess Park in Payson! It seriously pointed to this little rode that looked like it went to someone's back yard, so no we didn't go check it out.
Chris worked hard, and slept everywhere! (My favorite it the bottom left where he's got Ashely's pacifier in his mouth and she is screaming! lol
Every chance we got we played on these...
We did a LOT of this... With friends and cousins and basically anyone that would join us!
We did this most every day...
We did this for the Fourth of July...
We made it to 2 Rodeos.. PG's Strawberry Days and the Ute Stampede...
We FINALLY made it to Lagoon.
We took LOTS and LOTS of pictures and thanks to Camilla's singing Christmas tree for the bribery!
We only took 1 trip on a airplane. 3 kids didn't even kill us! Maybe we're finally getting the hang of this!
We got to celebrate these 2 start their life together. Congrats to Mindy & Curtis! Check out the group pic.. They asked all the couples to kiss.. Jayden and Jennilyn are always telling me they are going to marry each other. So cute!!!
We took a little pony ride at the Animal Farm at Thanksgiving point!
We did LOTS of riding in the car. Sometimes it was fun, sometimes not so much...
We visited 2 Temples. Timpanogos and Palmyra...
We made it to 3 reunions.. The Turnbow Campout, Hanna Hoedown, & the Andrews Reunion (I don't have pics)
The Turnbow Campout
The Hanna Hoedown
The first night we had dinner up Aspen. It was a little chilly, but so fun! Jared & Jessica made dutch over chicken & potatoes. YUMMY!
We had a great talent show and I somehow got zero pics.
We cleaned up the yard and relaxed...
We rode 4-wheelers, horses, and had water games...
We played field day games which were a huge hit. Chris & I even won the 3-legged race! :)
The kids had a blast...
The kids made little marshmallow shooters and horses. We had a hot dog roast out back and celebrated Jennifer's Birthday...
Family pics

Friday, September 9, 2011

We're still alive!

I guess 3 kids keeps me more busy! We have had a very fun-filled summer and part of me can't wait until it's over so that we can just stay home for a little while. Get back on somewhat of a schedule! pictures of our summer adventures are coming. So stay tuned!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ashley's blessing

We blessed Ashely on April 17. It was such a nice day! We had most of our family there. It was fun! Ashley did so good all day. She was just Super happy! Thanks everyone for traveling to be here with us and for all your help!
Us & Grandma & grandpa Turnbow
Grandma & grandpa Turnbow with Ashley
Us with Grandma & Grandpa Hess
Grandma & grandpa Hess with all the grandkids- Jayden, Jennilyn, Austin, Ashley
The Hesses- missing Tyler & Mckenzie & Curtis
They really hate taking pictures! But they were so good
My grandparents, me & Ashley
My grandma & grandpa Andrews with Ashley
Jayden & cousin Jacob- he just loves him
Cousin Brinley, She is 6 months older
Cousin Austin-He is 2 months older then Ashley

Friday, April 8, 2011

Time Flies!

It's amazing to me how slowly the time passes while you are pregnant and then all the sudden the baby is here and now a month old. It just goes by too fast! The past month has been just wonderful! The kids LOVE her to death and always have to know where she is and want to hold her all the time. She's been doing really great at sleeping at night.. Well all day actually, but this is my first that hasn't had her days and nights mixed up from the beginning. So far she will go anywhere for 2 to 4 hours at night and one week she went for 5.5 hours one night, then 6 and then 6.5. Not all right in a row, but she can sleep. It's great for me.

We've had lots of help. My mom was here for a week right after she was born and Chris' family was all here 2 weeks ago! The kids have been pretty spoiled (And so have I) They got out to the park every day and I got to sleep in plus get a nap. It was a good week. We are back to reality now and it's going ok. It's been raining and super cold so the kids are just dieing being stuck inside. A friend came and took them for a few hours one morning last week and that was so nice. :) I spent the time cleaning bathrooms and the kitchen, but doing that without the kids around was very nice.
As far as the other 2 go.. Jennilyn thinks she is done with naps. I don't know what it is about my kids and giving up naps too early, but oh well.. I'm trying to figure out a good thing, but I still just don't know what to do. If she takes a nap she won't go to bed until after 9. Without a nap she will go to bed at 7. But with the summer coming I wanted to push their bedtime back to 8 or 8:30 so that we could enjoy the summer evenings... taking walks or playing outside. So we are still up in the air with that. We started potty training her this week. So far it's not terrible. I'm just trying to teach her how to recognize when she needs to go. But she goes through all of her pants plus a few of Jayden's every day. lol. And she has like 10 pair of pants. Jayden is LOVING getting to help with the whole potty training. He told me today "mom, I'm so glad that Jennilyn is wearing underwear like me." lol He's a great big brother. He's been in this trowing fun little obnoxious fits lately. I honestly don't know what to do with him when he does that. And it's over things that he already knows, but all the sudden he freaks out about it. But he can officially ride his big boy bike all over the place. (It does have training wheels.. He's not that big yet) And he just LOVES it! He would ride back and forth in the driveway all day if I would let him. He's getting so big. I can't even believe that he'll be 4 in August! It's so crazy how fast they grow.
I'm so lucky to get to spend all day EVERY day with these crazy kids. I honestly don't know what I would do without them. They are my everything (And Chris, of course)
We are now a family of 5! Crazy!!