Monday, November 14, 2011

Boo Whoo!!

Next thing we knew Halloween was upon us, and so we started the Harvest season in full swing. I think one of my favorite things about this season is that we can hear General Conference, what a great blessing that is.  It sets the tone for me for the rest of the month.  But as I mentioned before we finally celebrated Sammy's birthday.  We had been storing the Thomas the Train pinata in the garage and he was anxious to get into it. He finally had a chance, although the pinata was not exactly the highlight of his birthday. He definitely left a memorable impression both on us (crazed parents) and guest as he made several Evel Knievel attempts out of his playscape slide with the tigger-mobile. I think we have a future daredevil in our hands.

Among all the festivities and madness that October brings we had a chance to get our foundation fixed.  The drought this year has made it a terrible condition for many foundations in the area, so we opted to put get that fixed and pray that next year we have more rain. It was quite the experience. The kids were very intrigued by the whole lifting of the house procedure. We got 31 steel piers put all along the perimeter of the house and had the house raised about 2-3 inches. I can't believe that 2-3 inches can be so darn costly, but at least I can sleep soundly at night knowing my house is now built-upon a rock!!

Of course there is no way my kids would ever let me live it down if we did not go to the pumpkin patch, those boys love looking at all the different kinds of pumpkins there are out there. Some with moles, some not so round, some small,  and some tall.
Finally it was Halloween, and I was one busy bee getting the boys costumes ready for two Trunk-or-Treats, one Monster Mash, one Hallows Eve.  I figured I would make the costumes since they will get plenty of use, both for the creepy holiday and here at home for playing pretend. October was a great month we love every little bit of it.

So much to do and so little time

It almost feels as if as soon as Little Bradley started school that my time has some how vanishes from under me. So last I was here it was August, and we were in full throttle with school starting. As excited as we were for Bradley to start school and to be learning Spanish, we sure miss him around here, especially Sammy. As much as they fight like cats and dogs they miss each other, maybe school has served a good purpose around here. So in September, it almost felt like we celebrated Sammy's birthday all month long, even though we weren't able to do much on his actual day. He was sick so we postponed his birthday party for a later date, which wasn't until October. However, Grandma and Grandpa Summers were able to make it to his birthday and they brought him a little surprise of which he just could not keep his eyes off. I can't believe it has already been three years since this little guy gave us all a huge scare with his tiny weight. I have to say this little guy sure knows how to keep his mom on her toes.
I know we did a lot of things in the last two months and I am so glad I have a camera that keeps better records than my brain could handle. So this is my new saying, if it is not in the pictures it did not happen. One of the things we did to complicate our lives a little more was Soccer this fall. We thought we would give it a shot since Bradley seemed to have lost interest in T-ball. We live only a few blocks from the YMCA Soccer fields and Bradley had seen the kids play soccer on those field all summer long and last spring and he practically begged me to enroll him in Soccer. As if our lives weren't busy enough, I technically volunteered myself to be the Soccer team mom. I am glad I did because most of our team showed up to all the soccer practices and games. I had heard rumors that most of the soccer teams at the YMCA end up dissolving or merging because of lack of commitment on the parents part. Since we are not member of the YMCA and I had to pay a higher enrollment fee I was not about to let that happen to Bradley's team. A few nudges (constant email reminders) on my part and two great coaches, and without doubt players with desire and committed parents was what kept this team together.After we settled in to the soccer schedule Brad and I decided we needed a much needed break.
Although we don't mind the new school schedule it can certainly be very exhausting. So we decided to go to the beach. It was a very quick get away with the kids but it was so refreshing. We didn't leave until after it was dark. We also got a chance to visit with some good friends we have down close to Galveston.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

At last...August..

So I thought August would be a less busy and a quieter month, but I not much changed from July to August, still running around getting ready for school to start. As I started thinking about all the highlights of this months I kept adding more and more highlights. So the top 5 highlights for this months were.
1. Brad and I went to the San Antonio Temple. It had been a while since we both were together at the temple. It seems to me that once we started having our children we just never got around to going to the temple, it was one thing after another. I am so happy we were able to make it this month. I hope this become a regular occurrence in our life.
2. Sammy is potty trained!! Yay!! He is not even three yet and he pretty much did it on his own. He finally got it, he understood that diapers are for babies and he is far from a baby as he puts it. We have had some "close calls", but nothing crazy. I am so proud of our sweet little gozilla.
3. This next one was tied for number 2. Bradley is in Kindergarten, bitter sweet for me, but great for him. After much thought and praying we decided to keep him in public school and to have him in the dual language program. We went back and forth about the dual language and we decided that he is very smart and he can handle it. He also started school with a boot on his foot, after fracturing his foot by playing some very realistic Wii. 4. Bradley's performance with Texas Stars. This summer I enrolled Bradley in a little theater group and he had two performance where he did great. He was so cute!! By the way if you want to see him perform there will be another performance at the library this coming Monday at 5:30pm. Come early it is very popular and seats fill up quick.

5. Last but not least our little Carter is rolling over. Oh, boy!! I am in big trouble can't leave him alone anywhere. And he has also broken in a tooth. I was hoping to I could introduce him to some cereal and some formula, but he is not having any of that.
Over all, August has been a great month,we are excited about all of the new adventures with school and Sammy growing into big boy undies, and Carter getting bigger.

Happy July!!!

It is obvious I have fallen behind on our little blog, but just a few months. We started the month of July with our nations birthday!! We did the usual, which is always so much fun for all of us. It would have been even more fun if Papa was not working that day. We had breakfast at Grandma Micki's and then we headed out to the parade. It was very, very, hot!! But we still managed to have fun. In the evening we went to see the fireworks in Georgetown, since most of Central Texas was under a fire ban. We found a new place to see the fireworks, at a middle school, in a football field the perfect place for kids to play at.The boys did lots of swimming lessons this summer and lots of fun swimming at Grandma Micki's. During July, I did a lot of sewing. I got the sewing bug in July, and I did a few projects, I did a few valances for my kitchen and my dining room. Then I did a Cascading shirt for me. It was fun.I also worked on a couple of crayon rolls for the boys so they can take their crayons to church on Sunday. Slowly but surely I am getting better. Then we took an exciting trip to Laredo. Which by exciting I don't mean like I had a blast, but more like adventurous. On the way to Laredo, my poor little Sammy well, he was sick the whole way, and instead of a 4 hour trip it took me close to 7 hours. He managed to throw up at McD's parking lot. But once we got there well, that was another adventure fighting off the heat and keeping his fever under 100. Fun times, we were going to go to a cousin's 15th birthday party, but that did not happen. Fun times again :). Although we missed the party, we spend a lot of time with Grandma Malena and Grandpa Benny. We also visited my childhood friend, Tania and her cute little family.
Bradley is not in the picture because he got upset that we had to leave. Here is my sweet Carter with Tania. So just before we left Grandma Malena treated the boys to get haircuts. The boys have never had their haircut outside of the house so this was a totally new experience for them. Although July was fun, I was glad it was over. I was looking forward for a quieter month.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June Bug!!

Although I am still trying to add pictures for May, I had to add in June before I dropped it. In June I celebrated my 31st birthday and to my surprise I don't have any pictures of it. I forgot my camera, but I had a wonderful birthday and I wanted to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes. I thought I would get myself a little something early for my birthday this year, I got myself the Cricut Expression. I had to get it, I just couldn't pass it up, I found it on Craigslist for a great deal. I told Brad that this could be my mother's day/anniversary/birthday gift, but of course he had something up his sleeve. My sweet hubby got me a much needed laptop, now that I have to share our desktop with all the kids, I have to set a schedule for everyone to take turns, but sometimes I need to look up something real quick and my kids give me the third degree look when I cut into their computer time. Yikes!! Although I don't have any birthday pictures yet, I managed to make a few things in June with my new Cricut. Hence the June Bug, I got the Cricut Bug. Here they are:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Merry Month of May has been Love at Home

Wow!! I need to catch my breath, some serious changes have undertaken in this place we call home. It all started with my mother's day gift. I saw an awesome desk in a closet and all of a sudden I heard the words come out of my mouth requesting that for mother's day. I figured since I do spend most of my time at home with the boys I might as well and have a crafty nook of my own. So here it is. But wait, as I waited anxiously for my mother's day gift, my husband had another thing under his sleeve. My new fire ladder pot rack!! ;)Its meant to hold pots but doesn't he look just so cute hanging off my kitchen ceiling, just had to show you this ;). So not only do I have a pot rack but monkey bars in my kitchen, you can't beat this :a built in playground in the kitchen.
This is what it really looks like. With a couple of pots missing.
So here is my mother's day gift. Yipee, he finished it right around 3 AM Sunday morning, but what a lovely surprised I had for mother's day. A desk in the closet and a peg board, nice!! Couldn't ask for more.
So out of this desk the following has come come out.
Other sewing things that I have made recently too, but not at in my new crafty dungeon.
That's all for now!! I am exhausted. Like it?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spring Cleaning!!

I love spring it always brings a sense of renewing and refreshment. This year we were able to open up the season with the birth of Baby Carter. Soon after Carter was born all the spring cleaning began, and it pretty much seems like it was never going to end. First things first. We had upgraded our vehicle, we got a Honda Odyssey. Love that car, no more lifting the carseat, no more dents on my back doors, no more reasonable gas milage, but it was all worth it and very much needed. Love those power sliding doors!! So that was Carter's first car shopping experience, then Brad proceded to replace our nasty carpet with a lovely dark laminate floor. A very ardorous task. I love to see the transformation that takes place in my home after our income tax return!! Soon after the floors were put in we finally got our built-ins in the living room. There a few other unexpected projects that happened, unfortunately I don't have before pictures just after, like the new bathroom vanity and mirror in our 1/2 bath, and the four loads of pea gravel added to our playscape for the safety of our children and the beautifying of our backyard, and the vegetable garden we have going on, and the wire closets Brad put in for the boys, and the list can go on and on. My sweet husband, he insists that he will not measure up to his Dad's handiness, but I think he is pretty good. I too have been busy with my little projects. I shall show you.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bitter Sweet


Yesterday was little Bradley's last day of preschool. It was a bittersweet moment for all of us. When I first enrolled him in preschool I was so sad because although I was technically his very first teacher, it was hard for me to share my little boy and have someone else be his teacher. But in the end it all turned out great. I would have been doing him a dis-service by keeping him here at home all cooped up. Little Bradley is an incredibly social child and he needs to be around other kids, not necessarily his siblings, and at this preschool he had the opportunity to make so many friends, in fact he was awarded the "Fantastic Friend Award" at his preschool graduation ceremony. Anyhow, I just loved his teacher Ms. Laura and I thought I would do a little something for her. Here is what I made for her. I wanted to give her something personal so I made a monogram.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Nesting

I did not think I got into my nesting stage with this last pregnancy because I did not go crazy house cleaning with a magnifying glass but I managed to discover other things about myself other than just cleaning and keeping the house in order, or as much order as I would like to. Anyhow, so right after the stake Women's Conference back in January I sent out some hand made thank you cards to some of the sisters that helped with interpreting. This is what they looked like.
I was trying to stay within the color scheme we used for the conference. Yellow, green, and white.
Anyhow, then I got into sewing mode just recently. Here are some of the burp rags of cloth diapers I made for Carter. These are the easiest projects ever. I also did a nursing cover which I will soon post. My next project is some bibs for my new baby niece that is coming in May and a couple of holiday table runners. I am very excited about sewing. It is kind of relaxing if you don't have a deadline to meet.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Carter's Blessing


Yesterday, we had the opportunity to give Baby Carter his blessing. Brad gave Carter a beautiful blessing. I often wonder how much preparation my dear husband takes to think of what he is going to say, but my guess is that he is prompted by the Spirit to say what he needs to say for our boys. After the blessing we came home and I searched high and low for Sammy's notes I took during his blessing but I couldn't find them. So I told Brad that I am a terrible mother, and he reassured me that I wasn't and that even if I did loose my notes that he had his blessing and that no matter what it is written in a more accurate record than the one I could have taken, after hearing that I felt so much better. I am just so glad to know that we have a Heavenly Father that has made us less than perfect so that we can learn and grow and that He has given us a redeemer, our Savior Jesus Christ, so He will make up for these imperfections. Recently I've been thinking a lot about record keeping and I can just imagine Heavanly Father's journals for each and everyone one of his children. I can only imagine that they are beautifully written and come with every detail of our life, even things that even though we lived may have missed. I just hope that my boys will fill their live's journal with wonderful memories and that they may be able to look back on these live's journal and have no regrets. I hope they fulfill the blessings that have been bestowed upon them. I know that all my boys have been blessed to have the Holy Ghost with them at all times, to go on a mission, to get married in the temple and to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I think Brad knows exactly what our boys need and everything else is just icing on the cake, these are the important things, they maybe redundant and basic but so essential.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Record Keeping

Today as I was looking for a way to better organize my boys keepsakes and some of the crafts they do at school and church I learned a little something about myself. I learned that I am a terrible records keeper. I don't purposely do this but I guess the idea of keeping records or keepsakes was never instilled in me. I wished I had the enthusiasm my sister-in-law, Katie, has with every little endeavor her children accomplish. I feel terrible because I decided to go back to Sammy's baby book and I found that there ins't too much in there. I have tons of pictures and I can sort of guess when he took his first step, but if you asked me what he first said, I would not be so sure if it was Bella, or more in sign language. I guess sometimes we live life so fast that we forget to rejoice in those little moments that will never come back. Of course, Sammy is almost speaking complete sentences and runs around terrorizing the dog, me, and his big brother. But beneath all that madness, he is the sweetest little boy ever. I love that he still loves to cuddle with me and that he has to hold my thumb to go to sleep. Sammy will always surprise us much like he made his appearance to earth. Just the other day after getting out of the shower, I found him carrying Baby Carter from the baby swing to the bassinet. My first thought when I saw the baby swing empty was that Brad must have taken Carter out of the swing, but when I asked Brad where the baby was, Sammy quickly replied, "I've got him Mama". I was not expecting that but then again, it is Sammy and that boy will always surprise us.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Carter's Birth Announcement

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Febrero Loco y Marzo otro Poco

Let me re-cap the last month. It was not so short and sweet as everyone would have expected. First we got some lovely snow which my kids absolutely loved and it gave me hope for an early arrival of our third little boy, but there was no show. Then the month could not go fast enough for me so we started T-ball, in hopes that it would induce labor for me, but again no show. Finally a week into the month of March and Little Carter made his appearance. So here we are in March and we are home with a little piece of heaven. We are so blessed to have him in our family. Carter Ethan Summers arrived promptly on March 8th 2011 @ 12:55pm. He weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and was 19. 5 inches tall. He is by far my biggest baby. Our sweet little angel is such a joy to have. I had forgotten the peace these little souls bring into our life. Although he is so tiny we can already tell that he will have a very gentle spirit.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

I want to Be Like A Lioness At The Gate of My Home

So yesterday we had our yearly Stake Women's Conference, the confrence reflected the principles taught by Sister Julie B. Beck during last spring's BYU Women's Conference regarding the essentials, the necessaries, and the nice-to-dos. I felt like a dud because I couldn't remember hearing about this talk given by Sister Beck, but I sure liked the principles taught in it. So today as the nerd that I am went back and searched for that talk. I finally found it and as I was reading something struck me just before she goes on into the principles of the the essentials, the necessaries, and the nice-to-dos. This is what she said,

"I have said lately that women are like lionesses at the gate of the home. Whatever happens in that home and family happens because she cares about it and it matters to her. She guards that gate, and things matter to that family if they matter to her. For example, if the lioness at the gate believes in the law of tithing, tithing will be paid in that family. If that family has a humble little portion of ten pesos coming in, that lioness will safeguard the one peso if tithing is important to her. If that lioness at the gate knows about renewing her baptismal covenants with God, she will be in sacrament meeting on Sunday, and she will prepare her children to be there. They will be washed, cleaned, combed, and taught about that meeting and what happens there. It isn’t a casual event, but it is serious to her, and it will be serious to them. The lioness at the gate ensures that temple worship is taken care of in the family. She encourages that participation. She cares about seeking after her ancestors. If the lioness at the gate knows about and understands missions, missionaries, and the mission of the house of Israel, she will prepare future missionaries to go out from that home. It is very difficult to get a lion cub away from a lioness who doesn’t believe in missions, but if the lioness believes in a mission, she will devote her life to preparing the cub to go out and serve the Lord. That’s how important she is. Service happens if she cares about it.

Sisters, you are each like the lioness at the gate. This means that there has to be some prioritizing. I was taught years ago that when our priorities are out of order, we lose power. If we need power and influence to carry out our mission, then our priorities have to be straight. "

Wow!! There it is. After reading this I was very motivated to want to become a lioness at the gate of my home. I thought well how do I do this, and fortunately her talk gives us those instructions too. By prioritizing!! And doing those lists: the essentials, the necessaries, and the nice-to-dos. Lately, I have been feeling well to say the least not so motivated and after yesterday's conference and after reading Sister Beck's talk, I realized that my priorities had been out of order and that I needed to redress that part of my life. I knew this had been going on for quite a while. I was wondering what was wrong with me, am I going through prenatal depression, but down deep inside I knew what was wrong I just did not want to admit it to myself. I knew I wasn't doing the small and simple things that I needed to do. But after reading this and putting the things I learned yesterday in conference together, I learned that I just simply need to get off my behind and stop nagging myself and get to work. Today I started working on my lists and I am excited to see what will come of this list. I figured since I did not make any new year's resolutions as I usually do, this will become my new method of making resolutions.

Sister Julie B. Beck talk.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

32 Reasons Why We love Papa!!


Sun Salutations at its best!!
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!


Here are 32 reasons why Brad is so loved!!


1. "Papa let's me play guns with him!! (not literally)"- Little Bradley


2. "Papa has a big truck!"-Sammy


3. Papa works hard for us to have fun.


4. "Papa put Christmas outside" aka Christmas lights- Sammy


5. Papa fixes my toys, - The boys


6. "Papa builds the best geo trax"-Sammy


7. "Papa takes me to the kid play place" aka the gym -Little Bradley


8. "Papa makes good cookies for FHE."- The Boys


9. "Papa lets me workout with him."-Bradley


10. "Papa gives Bella baths."-Mom


11. "Papa gives us chicle"-The Boys

12. "Papa takes me to 7-11 and buys me a big gulp."-Bradley

13."Papa takes care of us."-The Boys

14. "Papa goes on missions to save people."-Bradley

15. "Papa let's me play with this smart phone"-Bradley

16. "Papa bought Mama a car map (GPS device)so she does not get lost."-Bradley

17. " Papa knows how to load the dishwasher better than Mama."-Mama

18. " Papa takes me for a run."-Sammy

19. "Papa does his own laundry when Mama can't get to it."-Mama

20. "Papa married Mama."-Mama and The Boys

21. " Papa plays air hockey with me."-Bradley

22. "Papa occassionaly surprises us with Papa Murphy's Pizza and cinnamon rolls."-Mama and The Boys

23. "When Papa takes us shopping at Sam's he always buys us pizza."-The Boys

24. "Papa takes us to the Tractor store (aka Lowe's or Home Depot) to shop for tools to fix things in the house."-The Boys

25. "Papa takes turns saying prayers."-Bradley

26."Papa reads to us."-The Boys

27. "Papa takes us on vacations."-Mama and The Boys

28. "Papa chases us with the vaccum cleaner"-The Boys

29. "Papa can carry me on his shoulders."-Sammy

30. "Papa teaches me to be a good brother."-Bradley

31. "Papa scoops up Bella's poop so I don't get dirty."-Bradley

32. "Papa is the best and we love for all that he does for us!!!"-Mama and The Boys

November and December


So the last two month of the year just kind of piled up together for me. I felt like we did not even have a chance to breath. Usually I start preparing myself for all the Christmas traditions right after Thanksgiving, but this year everything seemed to not work for us. We tried, and really tried to get family "Christmas pictures" in by the first week of December but that did not happen, with kids and a sick husband we had to cancel our photo session. So no Christmas letter or Christmas cards went out this year. To top things off I think my computer ate all my addresses because I can't find the list of address I usually use to send out Christmas cards. I think that for the first two weeks of December we only had a strand of Christmas lights on our roof and three little Christmas trees on our porch. Getting Christmas out of the attic gets more difficult especially when one is expecting a baby. I think I set up the Christmas tree a week before Christmas. On a lighter note not bringing all the Christmas decorations outs helped make the clean up so much easier. Another calamaty we had was that our usual Santa Claus was on family leave so we did not get o see him. But we have a friend who quickly thought of us and helped us out by sharing Santa Claus with us, he even brought him to our home. Our kids were thrilled. Although it took Sammy a little while to warm up to him and finally he made his approach and was happy to meet Santa. Despite all that was not accomplished I really enjoyed Christmas this year. Knowing that my children understand the true meaning of Christmas makes all the difference in the world to me. I think of all the things we could do during that season is to teach our children the true spirit of Christmas, although with little ones it isn't so easy, but if they understand whose birthday it is and why we celebrate Jesus's birthday it is always a great start. I think that a simple message as that shouldn't confuse children or adults.
As long as we keep that message in our minds nothing else matters.