Theo is growing up fast. He started eating baby food last week and can easily get up on all fours. He gets around like crazy. Remember when it took Thomas a year to crawl?
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
I can't believe it's been 6 years. This precious angel, our sleeping beauty brings joy to my heart everyday. She is quite the athlete. Excellent soccer player. She is brave and loves to jump off things and climb trees. Tatum just got her own room a few days ago and is loving it! For her birthday she got Play-Doh and some magnets to paint and a swimming suit and white chocolate Hershey bar.
Tatum Truman and Thomas are taking swimming lessons from one of the most sought after instructors in utah. We were on the waiting list for nearly six months! They are taught how to survive if they fall into a pool. They float on their back then turn over and kick then roll to their back repeat til they reach the side. It is amazing the transformation I have seen with my kids in only 2 weeks. They can all jump off the diving board and pop up to their back by themselves!
So now it's Tatum turn to try Portuguese immersion. Our school a block a way has a program so we might as well give it a go. Tai did this for one year than I home schooled the next year so it didn't work out. You can be sure I won't be homeschooling again any time soon... Boa sort Tatum.
May and June had the Tabla crew playing soccer. I got to coach Tags team reluctantly since there were no other volunteers. They were all very cute: Truman with his finger in his mouth, Tatum and her quickness and Tag and his hard work. I think Tatum scored every game.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
(I wrote this a couple of months ago but I forgot to post it so it has changed mostly truman and Thomas have switched roles)
- 5 hours is the average sleep in a row that Theodore gets at night.
- 14 is the average number of diapers we change in a day.
- 5 is the average number of loads of laundry I do a week.
- 4 is the average number of times I sweep the floor a day and it is still dirty!
- The number one quote in our family is "I want cereal", and the number one quote that Mark says in his best robot voice is "After you eat your oatmeal you can have cereal"...an average of 25 times a morning.
-Truman hits Thomas an average of 21 times a day
-Thomas hits Truman an average of 12 times a day
-Tai has watched 99 percent of all Studio C youtube videos
-not counting the hours from 2am to 6am about 5 percent of the time we do not hear any crying or screaming.
-Tai gets "hurt" an average of 3 times per day with a rating of very low pain tolerance
-Tag gets hurt an average of 1 time per day with a rating of high pain tolerance
-Tatum gets hurt an average of 2 times per day that results in crying
-Truman gets "hurt" an average of 15 times per day with a very low pain tolerance
-Thomas gets hurt an average of 9 times per day with a very high pain tolerance
(notice the quotes)
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Tag very much dislikes to get his picture taken, to the point of crying. So I don't have any of him alone. What a good boy he is! I am amazed at his LACK of pride. I'm trying hard to understand it. But oh how grateful I am to be able to watch and learn from him. One example from today. Tag has been working hard on the piano to learn a certain piece now for months. He finally got it down pretty good. Well, Tai got a little jealous that Tag could play the piano so well so she started learning the same piece that Tag just learned. Over and over Tai is practicing this piece. I'm flabergasted that Tag is not one bit upset that Tai took his piece. He is not threatened by that at all, it is not in his make-up.
He is also incredibly spiritual and has tremendous faith. I am blown away by his prayers, how he pays the up most attention during scripture reading, by his personal scripture study and how he does the right thing at the right time.
A few months back when I was at work he was at home recovering from some asthma attacks so he was not at school. Mark had a seizure and all the kids (except Tai who was at school) saw it. It is a scary thing to witness a seizure. Any one who has will attest to that. Well, Mark had bit his tongue and was bleeding all down his face. Tag tried to call me but I don't keep my phone on at work. He then tried to call grandma but to no avail. So he gathered up all the kids in his room and said a prayer blessing daddy. Right after that Mark started to come back. Tag attributed that to his prayer. What is heart wrenching is that a few days later I listened to my phone messages and could hear some of what happened right after the seizure. Tag didn't know how to leave a message so it just ran for a few minutes while the kids were trying to figure out what was going on. They thought Mark died! I could hear Tag leading the little children to his room. He was calm and collected even in the midst of stress. Yes, heart wrenching. But I am very proud of him. And yes, I learned a few lessons as well, one of which to prepare my kids better for situations like that.
He isn't perfect though. He likes to sneak treats and hide and eat them. He also recently took money from me in which he felt horribly bad. He is lazy every once in a while. But hey, who isn't?
How am I doing you ask?
Well, I am definitely feeling my age. My back is always hurting: mid upper back from an old injury, lower back from having so many babies? and now mid back right on the spine and I don't know why. I'm sure you want to know all my aches and pains right? Ok. Well, after 16 years of no allergies I can assuredly say they have returned. I guess my body has finally acclimated to Utah. Time to move to another state! This is miserable. Dad and Sky you know what I'm talking about!
Adjusting to 6 kids? No, not really. It is getting a bit easier. But WoW! Church is fun when 3 kids are crying at the same time. At least that week from hell is over when the baby was just over a week old and everyone in the family was sick except for me and Theodore. Mark was -can't get out of bed- sick so I was taking care of everyone and trying not to get me or the baby sick. Sounds easier than it really was. I about died. But don't worry I let all of my stress out by being really mean and ungrateful. Regretfully.
Sounds like I'm a debbie downer doesn't it? Enough of that...
Here is another take on it.
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. I am learning so much! I am grateful almost everyday for my very breath. LIFE is SHORT. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? I have a beautiful family full of love. We have been so BLESSED. There are so many great people in the world and especially around us that teach us how to GIVE. The Lord is my LIGHT. He is my STRENGTH. He is the WAY and the TRUTH. Why should I fear? Have FAITH. BELIEVE. Will we choose the greater Light? I want to! SHAKE OFF the chains that bind us down. The LORD can set you free! LISTEN then LOVE.
Thursday, February 18, 2016