Thursday, May 26, 2011

Too much going on!

The past month has gone by so fast, I can't believe it's taken me this long to update. So much has been happening, time really got away from me. No, Kyler is not potty training, nor am I even thinking about it. But he is obsessed with the potty!! We are re-potty training Makelle (long story!), so we are spending A LOT of time in the bathroom. He is constantly pointing to the potty & saying "poo! poo!" So I'll take off his diaper, he'll sit there, read some books & have a good time.

We did celebrate Easter. I'm so grateful for the resurrection of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. I'm grateful that he made it possible for me to return to live with my Heavenly Father & family again. We started off the celebration with a party at my mom's, an egg hunt & lunch. As you can see Kyler wasn't too excited to get his picture taken in his Easter outfit. The picture with all the grandkids isn't the best picture, but it's the only one I got with everybody in it, it's hard to get all the kids to hold still & look at me. Kyler was more interested in a ball than finding the eggs. But he did find a few & his siblings made sure he didn't go without.

At the end of April Jeff & I went to Supercross. It is an annual thing, his company gets box seats & Jeff & I get a night out. This was the first year that a baby didn't have to tag along with us, well, kind of. This baby girl was a lot easier to take care of! Let's hope she stays put for a while! Ethan & Lexi both celebrated birthdays in May.

Ethan turned 6. He chose Carl's Jr for dinner. He had pancakes for breakfast & had a blast going on a treasure hunt to find his presents! He also found out he has his first loose tooth!

Lexi turned 4. She chose cereal for breakfast & Chick Fil A for dinner. I took her & her friend Abby to a nail salon to get their nails painted. They had so much fun!
Makelle has recently started dance. A lady in my neighborhood put together a little class for girls her age. She feels so big & is loving every minute of it!

Ethan & Lexi have started swim lessons. They both look forward to it & the day of lessons they are constantly asking if it's time to go yet. It's nice to switch things up while Ethan's off track.

Lexi graduated from SuperKid Preschool. It was so cute to watch her perform her songs & talk about how she wanted to be a doctor & a mom when she grows up. She has enjoyed going to preschool with her best friend Abby. She's grown up so much & come out of her shell. She's much more confident & friendly to other kids. I love the picture with her in her cowboy hat, she saw me hold up the camera & totally model posed for the picture.

I'm loving feeling our baby girl move all around. I'm still "taking it easy" & trying my best to keep her in there as long as possible. The kids are very helpful, as is Jeff. I'm so blessed to have such wonderful family & friends surrounding me.

I'm reading a book called 5 Spiritual Solutions for everyday Parenting Challenges. It's by Richard & Linda Eyre. I LOVE it!! If I could pass one thing on, it would be this: "As our literal spirit brothers and sister, children are worthy of our respect and diligent care, and parents are their stewards rather than their creators-who should do their best to discover who and what their children already are and raise them accordingly." I view my children in a whole new light & strive each day to respect them & share my knowledge with them, rather than say do this & do that. They have helped create 5 important rules in our house & its consequence, each consequence is a natural consequence, not something random. I no longer have to think up a consequence for random behaviors. Each behavior fits in with one of the rules we have created & there is less fighting & more Spirit & love in our home.


Becca said...

I have been wondering about you Aub! Glad to hear you are doing so well! I saw that book in the ad and so want it! Now I really want it! I am glad it has been a help for you! I love a good book, they are so refreshing!
You are a wonderful momma!

Team Beardshall said...

Ha you have been busy......glad to hear things are going good. I really do miss our morning runs. So just know that I think you are great. That also sounds like a great book, I may have to see if the library has it and/or borrow it! :)

Holly said...

Such a cute family you have!! I have that book and absolutely LOVE it! Hang in there!! Or rather, keep that girl in there!! For a while long at least:)

Jackie said...

Finally an update! I really just love your family! you have raised such good kids, and they are amazing and growing up so fast! i miss you guys SOOOOOO much! I wish I could be there for you guys. I love hearing about your family keep me updated! love you so much :)