Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2 months old

The other day I came up becuase I heard Delsa crying and then she stopped. This is how I found her. Liam had gotten her back to sleep. What a great kid.

How cute is this....

She looks like Clif so much it is crazy.
I love this picture. She is this cute and sweet all the time.

Crab cove with five kids

On Friday we took Clif to work and then took the kids all over Oakland, Alameda, and Berkley. Since the day starts for Clif at 7 am, we had to kill time. So we went to McDonald's for breakfast with every homeless man in Oakland. The kids were so thrilled to have sausage sandwiches and to be able to get out for breakfast. They were so well behaved and I felt like it was such a succes.

They were so good. They sat at the table and since there wasn't a play area they were fine with just eating and talking to each other. They were so grown up.

Here are the girls at the Temple. The fog had not burned off and so we headed to visit the temple grounds. The Oakland Temple was closed to patrons so I didn't worry about my kids bothering people as they went about their business. The kids ran around the grounds and while I tried to feed the baby, they were bouncing off the walls.

After a while of visiting the grounds, the kids and I went into the visitor center. Liam hammed up the cute British Sister Missionary. She was telling him how to say his prayers. He looked at her and said a little astonished "We already do that every night". Like, hello doesn't everyone? She was also talking about Jesus resurrection and was using words like he woke up, which was confusing Liam. He turned to me quizzically and I said what happened to Jesus after he died? Liam replied "He was resurrected". Things are really sinking in.
After the temple we went to Crab cove. The kids had so much fun. They got fried but they had so much fun looking for crabs, and playing in the sand and water.

This is Delsa in her beach bum outfit. It was awesome.
A pretty picture of Adele. It took forever for us to get a good picture of her.

Liam and Evelyn with a dead crab. It stayed at the beach... thank goodness. The last one that came home was rotting and smelled up the whole backyard. Pleased to say I learned from that.

After the beach we had a picnic at the park. The kids are enjoying their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They also got juice boxes... they had a lovely time.

We took the long way home and went to Rohnert Park where my cousin Heather and Jared live. We got to play with their kids, visit and eat pizza. It was a lovely time. Their 10 year old, Maggie was such a doll and played dress up with the kids. Here is Liam in a dress with a wand... Cute girl if you ask me.

Myra Jean with the hat from Spain.

This is beautiful Maggie with Delsa. She was so great. I love that family.

It was a great but LONG day. The kids were so well behaved that it would be fun to do it again.

Who made me do it?

Two weeks ago, Liam led the family with the stomach flu. He came screaming up the stairs and the vomited all over our carpet... multiple times. At one point he was crying and asking Clif "Who made me sick Jesus or his bad brother?". Then later, "Why am I so sick, I am just a little boy?"

So glad I had something to laugh about because two days later Adele and I got the flu. Then the twins the next day. Unfortunately, I never knew who made us sick Jesus or his bad brother, Satan.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Liam isn't 5 anymore!

Liam had an awesome birthday this year. I was worried that he wouldn't feel like he got a good birthday since his friends and cousins live so far away that I took matters into my own hands. I called Liam's great buddy Maya and asked if she would be able to spend some time with him so that he didn't have to take a nap on his birthday. Her mom was absolutely amazing and offered to take him to Chuckie Cheese for lunch with Maya. Of coerce I took her up on the offer but I didn't say anything to him about going. I wanted him to be able to go and I thought that if he knew before hand he might get too excited and not be able to handle it.

So at dinner on Wednesday, we asked him what he wanted for dinner for his birthday. He said he wanted to go to Chuckie Cheese. I told him he couldn't go, and he had to pick something else. He very sadly said "Well, I guess I will JUST have chicken nuggets and french fries, but I really wanted Chuckie Cheese". I just ducked my head and smiled. I don't get many situations to surprise him and so it was really fun.

The next day, Liam had bacon waffles for his birthday breakfast. Then I told him to go play. A little while later he came up and asked if we were going anywhere for his birthday. Nope, we weren't and he was so upset. At 10:45 I told him to change his shirt and get his shoes. He asked if we were going to pick strawberries, which is the other thing he wanted to eat on his birthday. I just told him to hurry up.

When Maya and her mom, Malia came to the door, Liam was really confused. He kept asking if he was going to pick strawberries and I told Malia that he had no idea where he was going. She smiled and took him with her.... Three hours later, Liam came home with a giant smile and prizes. He had a great time.

We then had chicken nuggets and french fries for dinner. I had made a pirate ship for his cake and Liam was so excited that he got all his toy pirates and put them on top of the cake. We also made pirate shrink idinks.

Lastly Liam got to open his presents. He got 2 Lego sets, a movie, a shirt, books, and lastly a Transformer helmet. He had an awesome birthday. We are very pleased with him. He is such a big help and always wants to give loves and is very sensitive. He is still into Lego's, and pirates. He loves to play war and to play with swords and guns. He is so funny and very smart, he makes us laugh and sometimes cry. We are very blessed to have him in our family.

The pirate cake with pirate gold around it. The candles ended up being the canons and Liam loved blowing them out.

Our very fancy dinner of chicken nuggets and french fries.

Liam opening his gifts and his Transformer helmet. Watch out, I think we have another obsession coming...

4th of July

For the 4th of July our neighbors asked us over for a barbecue with her cute family. We had fantastic ribs, potato salad, watermelon, and brownies. It was really fun for everyone. The kids played with the neighbors and rode their bikes around the street. Then we started a water fight, most of the adults also joined in on the fun. It was a great day.

Some of the highlights was that Evie started to ride her bike without any assistance and without her training wheels. She is very proud of herself.

The older kids found a plum tree and Adele was able to store some in the fridge in the garage. I have spent a week cleaning plum juice out of the garage and off the floor where the kids spit out their pits. Pretty nasty if you ask me.

The kids watched the fireworks that my neighbors bought and successfully stayed up until 9:30 with minimal meltdowns. They loved the fireworks even the loud ones. Delsa surprised me and slept through the whole time. It was so pretty.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

All in a days work

The past Saturday, Clif had to work and so we dropped him off in Oakland at the office and I took the kids to see their Aunt Mo in Pleasanton. While we were there, we got to see some family friends as well.
Grandma Marsha told us of a water park that had a stream that the kids could play in. The girls and Liam had a ball and I kept the 1, 2, 3, 4, mantra going successfully. For those that don't understand that, all I do when I go into public is count the kids over and over, so that I don't loose track of one. I must look like I am slowly going crazy, oh wait, I am...

The twins walking down the stream from the water park. Don't they look so big? I can't believe they are so old and so smart.

Here is a picture with all 4 kids in it. They wouldn't stay still for me so that I could get a good picture of them all smiling at me. So you get a picture of them while they were playing.
Did I mention I have a small paranoia of my kids near water? This was a huge thing for me to do without Clif. Thankfully Aunt Mo was there to help me count the kids and help me take them to the bathroom. It was a success and we all had a great time.
Liam and Evelyn in their dad's work outfits. Clif has to wear these items when he goes on the bridge. The kids loved seeing the bridge and Clif's office. They thought it was so cool to wear all the different items of Clif's work attire.
Evelyn and MyraJean with such sweet personalities