Friday, May 29, 2015

Last Days of Spring

I haven't updated this in a little bit.  Every time I have sat down to do it, I've thought, wait more stuff is happening, I should wait.  And then crap just kept happening.  Not to mention we have all had this awful cold that we have been passing back and forth to each other for like 3 weeks.  Its been super fun. 

But even with the sickies, we have stayed pretty busy. 

But no matter how busy we get, we always have to make time for Kal and Scout's morning cartoon. 

It been raining here for like 2 weeks straight.  Pouring rain all day everyday.  Its been amazing!!!! 

I love the rain so much  

And all this rain has made all the plants and flowers in our yard go crazy 

But now that its warmed up so much and the rain has passed, its officially time to start gardening 

Flowers are blooming everywhere and I only have tons and tons more to plant! 

Brad found a couple amazing deals on the FB yardsale one weekend!  We got a basketball hoop for the boys, who now spend all their time playing basketball, and a really nice grill!!  I can't wait to start BBQing again! 

Needless to say, we are prepping for a Summer outside!  Cannot wait! 

Its so close, I can almost taste the homemade salsa and sleeping in and swimming and hiking and reading and all the gloriousness that is Summertime.   

Jonas finally cut two teeth.  Yay!!  He was working on those for weeks and weeks.  He is much happier now.  And he loves chomping on everything, so watch out when you're holding him.  He scoots his way around the house, chasing his brothers and the dog and exploring every tiny corner and crevice in our house.  He has reached an extra clingy phase where he screams his heart out if I leave the room.  Or even take one step away from where he is.  Oh he is one exhausting boy, but I love him so. 

Kalvin has had a rough time with this cold.  Its made his asthma go nuts, as always and he hates his breathing treatments so much.  But he is a trooper and gets through it everyday.  I took him in for more in depth allergy testing and it was a looooong day in Reno that started with Kalvin throwing up in the car, because he was coughing so hard, so I had to rush to target to clean him up and buy clean clothes before the doctor and ended with him screaming and crying because they had to "poke" him 32 times for the testing.  It was sad.  But we found out that he is not allergic to anything else, so thats good, but we still aren't sure where we go from here.  The doctor said that his allergies might not even be contributing to his asthma at all.  Not super impressed with his Allergist, so I think we are actually going to go see a pediatric pulmonologist.  Wish us luck :) 

But other than all the allergy/asthma crap, Kal is great.  He is so much fun and so crazy and he is so ready to grow up.  He wants to go to school like Clark and he wants to play baseball like Clark and he wants to ride a bike like Clark and he just wants to be big in every way, like Clark.  Its funny though to see him try to be so grown up... but then still want me to rock him or still want to play with Jo's baby toys.  Kinda caught in the middle.  haha 

As for Clark, he has had lots going on lately!  I feel like for weeks, we've had something going on everyday with him.  Probably the biggest thing though was Kindergarten Graduation. 

Guys, its like a HUGE deal here in Lovelock. 

And just the cutest thing ever 

They were up on stage and did a whole program with songs and each Kindergartener walked across the stage to get a certificate and say what they wanted to be when they grow up.  It was so adorable.  Clark was so excited and sang and smiled.  And he said that he wanted to be a Fire Fighter. 

Clark and his teacher, Ms. Mitchell.  We have loved her and all the work she has done this last year.   

So proud :) 

Kalvin was so excited too 

Clark and his friends, Julia and Sadie 

It was such a fun day!  I'm going to cry my eyes out the next time I see him in a cap and gown... 

After Graduation we went with some friends to get some ice cream to celebrate 

We had a good Memorial Day weekend.  We were suppose to go to Idaho to see family, but our colds got the best of us and pinkeye made its way into Clark's and Jonas' little eyes and we were just so tired, it didnt happen.  So we played games and watched movies and tried to get some naps in.  It wasn't as exciting as a road trip, but I think its what we needed. 

It was pretty cold one night, so we got the boys and went for a little night swim in the hot tub.  I looooove that hot tub so much!!  So do the little ones. 

For Memorial Day we went down to the court house to watch a little program and see them unfold the flag and then walk it down Main Street and hoist it up on the giant flag pole by the freeway. 

Kal helped carry it down Main, but got tired half way through and ran back to us. 

Clarky had his last baseball game! 

They had to cancel a bunch of games, because of the rain, but luckily they were able to play their last one. 

After the game, his coach had a little party for his team on the field.  They had pizza and cupcakes and a water balloon fight.  Clark thought it was just the greatest thing ever. 

He has absolutely LOVED baseball!!  He told me that he is going to miss it as much as he misses living at Grandma Robison's house.  In case you were wondering, thats a lot ;) 

So yesterday was Lovelock Elementary's Track & Field Day.  I guess its a whole big thing.  Clark was in 4 different events.  We got there at 9am and were there for like 5 hour.  In the heat.  It was a very long day, but so fun.  Clark was one of only two Kindergarteners who ran the 400 meter race.  He rocked it!  He ran around the entire track without even slowing down.  I couldnt believe it.  He came in second and was super tired after.  I was at the finish line and he just walked straight to me and kinda just fell on me and laid there for a while.  I told him that I thought that he needed to go back to his class and he just said "I just need you for a minute mom."  Awwe!!  I wanted to cry.  Also, halfway through the day, he came down and found me and said that he needed some money, because Sadie was hungry and he needed to get her a snack.  haha  I was dying, it was so cute!  So I took him over and let him buy he and Sadie some snow cones.  He picked bubble gum for her and it was just the sweetest thing watching him carefully walk back to where his class was sitting with two snow cones.  Hes such a little gentleman :) 

Little buddy doing the long jump.  So cute.  Brad was able to be there to see this one, luckily!  Clark was so proud of himself!   

We got to end the day with some friends coming over to play and eat dinner.  Clarky is just going to die when his best friend, Sadie moves this Summer. 

But this morning Clark woke up at 5:30am just ready and waiting to go to school.  This is him skipping out to his last day as a Kindergartener.  He did it!!  Its the last day of school.  I can't believe it.  I keep thinking back to his very first day of school and how emotional I was and how tiny he seemed and now here we are, already done.  I am so proud of him and how hard he has worked this year!  He's learned so much and made so many friends and just grown up so much.  He has earned a good, long, amazing Summer!!! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring is a Beautiful Thing

I was suppose to go to Reno today.  Kalvin has had this allergy testing scheduled forever.  But I woke up this morning after a long night with Jonas (who somehow managed to wiggle out of his diaper at 3am) and seeing the rain drops beating against the glass doors in my room, I just sooo didnt want to have to drive an hour and a half to a doctor appointment.  But, I got up to go anyway and walked out to the livingroom to find a ball of Kalvin and blankets on the couch and Kal looked up at me with goopy, bloodshot eyes and I realized there would be no Reno today.  The little buddy has pinkeye :(  I think I would have preferred going to Reno, but oh well.  At least we don't have to drive in the rain.  

I love it when it rains here and its a bonus when we don't have to go anywhere in it.  I love just sitting in our cozy house and watching it.  It really is one of my most favorite things.   Add some hot chocolate and no one will see me out of my house for days.

The weather here has been perfect lately.  Our yard is all green and lush again like when we first saw it and decided to buy it.  I know we are still in the desert here in Lovelock, but its a much greener desert than what we are use to down in southern NV.   

Ohhh that face 

This boy is a serious army crawler all the sudden.  He has been trying for a couple weeks, but all the sudden something clicked and hes all over the place.  He is so fast now.  I love it!  Its so nice that he can move around a little bit on his own and entertain himself. 

I have realized that Brad and I make very restless babies!  All our boys have just hated life as a baby.  They are cranky and frustrated and bored, but then as soon as they can move and talk and do things on their own a little bit, then they are just as content and happy as can be.  Most Mama's dread when their babies become mobile, cause they get harder, but not me.  The more my kids can move the better. 

Then they can just be as happy and crazy as Kalvin.  Easiest toddler ever. 

Jonas is loving his solid foods.  He loves peaches and strawberries.  The whole spoon situation still makes him a little mad.  He doesn't understand why we actually have to remove the spoon from his mouth in order to put more food on it, but we're working on it.  And because of the massive amounts of food this boy is putting away, he has started being pretty awesome at sleeping!!!  Yay!!  Still not through the night every night, but maybe like 50 %.  We are getting there. 

We got to have some little friends come play with us for a whole day and Clark and Kal were so happy.  But then when we had dinner with their parents that evening, they gave us the WORST news.  Our good friends, Josh & Kim are moving :(  I could not be more sad.  Actually, Clark might be more sad.  He seemed pretty upset that Sadie was leaving him.  We are excited for their new adventure, but are going to miss them so so so much. 

We decided to drive out to the ghost town called Seven Trophs thats like 30 miles outside of town.  We have driven by before, but never walked around and really looked around before. 

So we packed some sandwiches and made an afternoon of it 

The boys loved exploring all the old, empty houses 

They found some bottle caps and a perfectly round rock, so I guess the trip was a success.  

Scout was in heaven too, stealing our sandwiches and chasing lizards 

It really was pretty cool out there.  There are so many old, abandoned mining towns in this area.  I cant imagine living back then in these scary little huts in the middle of nowhere. 

Scout wasnt the only one catching lizards 

Clark was super mad that the lizard pooped on him 

Scout got carsick and threw up.  On me.  So Brad put her up on his lap to hang out the window and she totally just jumped out the window while we were driving.  Stupid dog!  Luckily we were going really slow and she was fine.  haha 

There is only like 2 weeks of school left and we are getting so excited for Summer!!!   

Our calendar is filling up fast though and I am just hoping that we don't end up being too busy.  We are going to need some seriously lazy days this Summer! 

I am excited to have all my boys home with me again.  We've missed Clarky lots.  Especially Kalvin though.   

Clarky is ready to have a break too I think.  I imagine he'll start missing school fairly quickly, because he does love it, but he has seemed a little burned out lately.  He is bored with the homework and he told me the other day that he is just so tired of all the mean kids at school.  :(  Breaks my heart.  He told me that there were some kids at school who called him "apple juice" and "old man".  I didnt even know that those were insults, but he seemed sad about it.  He is so sweet and not at all aggressive.  Brad told him that if kids at school are pushing or hitting him, that he needs to push or hit back and Clark just looked at him and said, "No Dad, I don't do that."  haha He is just adorable.  And he needs a good summer break for sure!   

Kalvin is growing so fast.  Brad and I were talking about how we just barely ever see glimpses of babyness in him anymore.  We miss it.  Luckily he is still cuddly and lets us hold him and carry him sometimes.  When he sleeps I still see some baby in him.  And when he calls his flipflops, "flipperfloppers".  I just cant correct him.  Its all I have left! 

And how is this darling angel 6 months already??  He is so huge and changing everyday.  I may have taken like a thousand pictures of the top of his head the other day, because I just don't want to forget any of his perfect, tiny baby features. 

He is getting to be so fun.  I love seeing more of his personality come out.  He laughs and smiles lots, but generally seems to be more on the serious side of things.  He observes and takes everything in, but doesnt put too much out.  He is so coy.  haha  He's happy, but not overly expressive.  I see a lot of Clark in him.  He seems more serious and more intense.  But he has got Kalvin's aggressiveness.  He reminds me a lot of Clark as a baby though. 

And thats just fine with me.  Clark's intensity proves to be so adorable and entertaining! 

Only time will tell what this monkey has in store for us 

As the second counselor in the Relief Society, I am in charge of all the RS activities and I had my very first one that I did by myself.  We put together care packages for misionaries.   

It went well.  Its a small ward, but gosh do I love all these ladies! 

And I love that I can go do all these things and not worry about the kids, cause Brad is so good at taking over and handling everything.  I'm pretty lucky I have him :) 

We had a community clean up day here this week.  Its so cute to see everybody out washing windows, fixing fences, sweeping parking lots.  Clark's school class went down and planted flowers all along main street and down at the court house.  He was quite proud of himself. 

Well I at this moment have a baby sound asleep on my chest and I need to go soak it all in.  Its not going to last very long.

And neither is this beautiful rain 

Or this beautiful Spring season 

Happy almost Summer, friends!!!