2017 was a year of many surprises and learning. And the biggest surprise was that we were pregnant with our 5th baby, our little girl Morgan. After having 4 precious little boys I thought I was done having children. I felt pretty comfortable with 4, life was good and we were almost out of diapers with our youngest son. But just when you lay out all your cards and you make a million plans about how you will spend your "free" time the Lord throws you a curve ball. My pregnancy with this last baby was definitly something I did not have in mind for 2017. Not only was it a surprise but it was very hard on me. I felt old, overweight, sick, tired, frustrated and flat out not happy. I am a creature of habit and change is very hard for me. I start kicked the year with plenty of morning, midday, night, and anytime sickness. I had never had a pregnancy where I was so sick all of the time. Smells had never really bothered me until this last pregnancy. We have a leather couch and I swear I could smell it a mile away. I think I did not sit on that couch for like what seemed an eternity. I was always in bed and it was just depressing. Luckily my visiting teacher who happens to be an ER doctor came to see me and she realized how sick I was. She made me promise I would call my doctor to have a new perscription for my nausea. The new perscription was like magic. I did not how sick I was until I took the new medication. Everything seemed to be new again. Just washing dishes made me happy. Doing daily chores made me happy. It felt so good to feel good. I had heard stories of how sick women get with pregnancy and I got a taste of it and I completely empathize with women who have rough pregancies. Here we are doing a noble thing, creating life, and it is almost as if we are punished for it. But I guess it just shows how much work and effort it takes to make life come, and how worth it is at the end.
Even though I was very sick and uncomfortable for almost a year, life just kept on moving. Its funny how life does that to you. We did not go anywhere on vacation this year but we made our home a staycation place. Brad spent a lot of the summer working on our backyard to make it a kid mecca place. He added an above the ground pool in our backyard with a massive deck. The pool was the highlight for a while until he decided that we needed something else, like a full size basketball court. So now we have a pool and a basketball court. He also rented a huge bulldozer to "level" the backyard and add a trail for our go carts and motorbikes.. He calls it work, and I call it playing on his mega size playground. I have learned that when it comes to projects with Brad its always go big or go home.
Our boys grew a lot this year. With me being sick Bradley took up on a lot of responsibilities. He would help his brothers get lunches and breakfast ready. Because he is the oldest he noticed how sick I was and wanted to help. This year was his last year in primary and he was so very excited to move up to the deacons quorum. I totally wished he did not want to grow up so fast. He also grew almost 6 inches in one year. He was very proud to pass mom. He also crossed the bridge from being in Cub Scouts to Scouts. It was bittersweet to see him move on, but he did it with flying colors by earning his Arrow of Light. Bradley has loved his 11 year old Patrol. He had great leaders in his Patrol and I am so grateful for that since I am no longer his leader. This year at school life just got a little busier with band. He plays percurssion and has loved being part of band.
Sammy had a great 2nd grade year. I was sad when school ended because he had a magnificent 2nd grade teacher who helped him so much in so many levels of his development. He made so many friends that year in school and it he developed a love for writing and reading, but mostly writing. He is currently writing a book about dinosaurs. It is so cute! He has such an active imagination! I just love that and I hope he never stops writing. 3rd grade has been a good year too he is such a smarty pants and gets bored quickly so writing a story keeps him busy. This year he has a great year in Cub Scouts too. He earned his Bobcat and Wolf Rank. He had some pretty awesome leaders in Cub Scouts and he made lots of friends in Cub Scouts too.
Carter had a great Kindergarten year too. He had an abosolutely adorable teacher who was born to be a Kindergarten teacher. He loved school so much! He never wanted to miss school and he loved all his friends. He continues to learn and grow this year and had developed a great work ethic. His 1st grade teacher is a gem and teaches them to do good work and be proud of their work. He is a little Mr. Perfectionist when it comes to school work so when he can't get things right the first time he gets frustrated. This year we learned Carter is the Math Whiz. He has scored 100 in every timed math test he gets tested on. He also started taking piano lessons this year after seeing how much candy his brothers get from the piano teacher. He is my sweet tooth!
Lincoln continues to do Speech Therapy at our local elementary and he just complete his first year in Primary as a Sunbeam. Both being in Sunbeams and going to therapy have helped him prepared for classroom setting.We enrolled him to preschool this last fall because we thought it would help with his speech and it has really helped him. I did not want to send him 3 days to preschool but that is all the preschool had available so we did it. He has loved preschool so much and has made lots of little friends there. I was worried about his developement because his speech needed improvement but he is doing great. He can identify some letters but he certainly knows his numbers and colors. I am so glad he is making progress. This summer we will be working on letters to help him catch up a little. He sees that all his brothers have to do reading so he pretends to read all the time. He now sleeps in his own bed and he loves to be tucked and read a book before he goes to bed. He is such a chatter box and shares so many stories with us. He has an asnwer for everything even if he does not know the answer he will find one for you.
Our sweet baby Morgan has been such a blessing in our lives. I feel that before I was pregnant my life was moving at 100 miles per hour and we were always on the go.. Well pregnancy fixed that problem. We had to slow to snail pace and I am glad we did. After the delivery it has been great to be at a slower pace. I feel like we are moving up to speed but I kind of have loved moving slow. Having a baby certainly helps us do that. I love hanging out with my little girl at the end of the day. Just her and I. Some days get busy and I know I have not spent enough time with her so I just swoop her up and love her. Our baby girl has been so good since she came home. She sleeps well, eats well and is just pure joy to have. Everyone loves her. The boys always want to carry her and play with her. She quicky became the princess of this home!