Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
You weigh 17 lbs 6 oz.
You wear a few 6-9 month clothes but most of what you wear these days is 6-12 months.
You wear a size small diaper cover with infant (green edge) prefolds.
You are beginning to wonder why Mommy poses you next to the cowboy every month. :)
You have 6 teeth.
You eat lots of table food but you still haven't figured out a sippy cup.
You have become quite the Momma's boy and reach for me if someone else is holding you.
It amazes me the way you react to Griffin and Ben. Most of time just seeing Griffin causes you to laugh and Ben invokes fear. LOL Madisyn and Ty are good at calming you.
You nurse 4 or 5 times a day.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Today's tip doesn't have to be for large families. :) My dryer has been giving me a hard time for about a year now so I've gotten up close and personal with the clothes line.
And the last tip, hang your hang clothes on hangers and clip the hanger to the line. When everything is dry, it's a cinch to put the clothes away and when they are on hangers, they take up less room on the line.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Mr. Ervin has given all our boys their first cut. He keeps planning to retire, I guess he'll have to make special arrangements for our family. ;)
Henry did really well. I held his hand(s) while Kent took some pictures and videoed the event. Henry is becoming such a big boy and leaving the baby stage way too fast. He is up to 6 teeth and starting saying Da-Da this week.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
We headed over to Conway to meet the newest member of the family. One thing lead to another and by the time we got there, Raegen was already in bed. Ben was extremely disappointed. He wakes up every day asking to go to Rae-Rae's house.
You think she was excited to hold the baby! LOL That girl loves babies. I had to pry Lynden out of her arms.
It was getting late so we couldn't take a million pictures - this is what you get with 6 kiddos. :)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
What child doesn't love to visit all the great animals at the zoo. My tip pertains specifically to the Memphis area though I know there are deals like this in other areas.
Current admission rates at the Memphis Zoo are $15 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $10 for children (ages 2-11). Parking is an additional $5. For our family, admission would run $75 for a one time visit! The problem with paying $75 to visit the zoo is that I then feel the need to see it all to get my money's worth. Trying to see everything in one day with littles is exhausting. The solution - purchase a family membership for $100. Parking is free for members and a bi-monthly magazine is also mailed out that keeps us up to date. There are also other discounts (a percentage off in the gift shop, discounted birthday parties, etc). For us the best part of the membership is that we can come back as often as we like so I don't feel like I have to see everything all at once.
And that is my tip. Search for family memberships to your favorite places to visit so the visits can be kept low key (ie short) and when there is a toddler melt down - go home and come back another day.
Be sure to visit Melissa at Coffee with Me for some other great tips (I'm loving the one I got from Beck about using our Klean Kanteens on a daily basis - What a great idea!!!!)
I need it recorded for all posterity - the kids and I were early! We actually got to the zoo about 15 minutes early (after potty breaks even!) so the kiddos played on the playground while we waited.
It's amazing how quickly playground skills improve. I didn't have to help Ben with anything. Henry was in the wrap, so all I had to do was watch.
When we were almost to Memphis I realized that I forgot my camera. My husband bought me a DSLR because I'm such a photo bug and I ran off and left it at home.
I told them to be careful on the monkey bars, I didn't want any keepers thinking their beloved animals had gotten loose. :)
It turned out to be a bit cool but Henry stayed nice and toasty wrapped on Momma.
Aren't our friends adorable! Ruthie is turning 1 tomorrow and she is just the cutest thing! I love her red hair and blue eyes. I had a great time walking and chatting with Alison. It's nice to hang out with other moms.
Climbing on the cow for a group shot is a zoo tradition.
I don't know how many times I have been to the zoo in the last 5 or 6 years but this was the first time I had ever seen the pandas out of their glass enclosures.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Yes, that's really what he weighed and Yes!, this is my "little" sister's child. We all thought Raegen was big at 9 lbs but it's obvious Lynden has no intentions of being the 'little brother' for long! LOL
As I was browsing, the relationship status portion caught my eye.
Under the listing of to whom I am wed - it says "Cancel Relationship".
That phrase got me to thinking. We have become a society of easy. If it isn't easy, then quit. We can de-friend someone with one click, we cancel marriages with the movement of a finger, we walk out on children because the government will "take care of them".
Honestly, I'm not a real political person but the politics of late have really hit home. As a society, everyone wants someone else to shoulder the load. Free food, free housing, free health care. What has happened to caring for yourself and family? I was listening to the radio lately and a woman called in that had been receiving unemployment benefits for over a year. She felt the new proposal to extend benefits to 99 weeks was a step in the right direction but still not enough. The radio host asked her several questions which lead to her stating "I will not deliver pizzas". Why not? It's better to free load off the government than provide for yourself? I understand that pizza delivery boys don't make the income of a former professional. But unemployment benefits aren't that great either. When/How did we become a society that has decided that certain things are beneath us? Why is any individual "above" so much? That person is beneath me, that job is beneath me, that car is beneath me, that store is beneath me - Where does it stop?
Relationship difficult - push a button and it's over, no job - rely on the government instead of taking on a undesirable job, don't have the finer things - charge it on a card and then default. What a sad state of affairs.