Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

 
 
 
 
We did Thanksgiving with the Pew's again this year. It was great! The did most of the cooking, so that rocked! We ate at their house and then came over to our place to play Dominion! (They gave us the game after we watched their kids. It is probably my favorite game!) I am so glad that we have such great friends here!

And, well, I also want to talk a little about what I am thankful for. I mean, I have so much to be thankful for. First of all, my husband, Dallas. He is hot, funny, and so smart. He has been so patient with me and all my craziness. I love him so much and it seems to be growing exponentially: the love, that is. And then, there are the kids. How is it possible that I got five out of five kids that are all amazing beyond explanation. (Maybe it has something to do with their parentage...) NO, but seriously, I love those kids with every ounce of my being. I admit I am not always in the mood to wash their poopy pants or wake up in the night for them, but all the sacrifices are worth it. I sometimes wish I could have five seperate lives, so I could give each of them all of my attention, because I feel bad that they all have to fight for it. But we are just doing the best we can. And, I think they appreciate having each other more than they would wish to be alone with me. Still, I love having special time alone with each one. The other morning I woke Sophie up super early so we could go to McDonald's for breakfast before school. I will never forget that morning. I am excited to watch them grow and so amazed by what they are already. I know you guys are probably sick of me gushing over my kids, but they are amazing, and I can't really help it. So, next I would like to talk about how thankful I am for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pick up a little girl from school whose dad is a preacher and she said they have miracles in their house all the time. And I believe it. Because we do too. It is a miracle that even though I am forever making mistakes, that the Atonement of Jesus Christ still makes our family wonderful. It is a miracle that my husband will hold me, even if he is mad, when I hit into the the garage two days in a row. It is a miracle that we all eat a fairly balanced diet and have never been hungry. I mean, I have never had to worry about keeping our family warm. How many babies have died in the history of time because they were hungry or too cold? Oh, miracles surely do happen in the Heaton home! I am thankful for wonderful siblings and in-laws. I am thankful for cinamon bears and macadamia nut cookies. Okay, I am thankful for so much, but I am going to stop. I am getting weepy. So, I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I have a ton of posts, so be prepared, but even if you don't read them all, just know that I do this more for my family than anyone, so I am totally not offended. Oh, and on a random note, I had a dream last night that Lea Michele wanted to be my BFF after watching me star in a musical. It was kind of awesome. So I am thankful for that.

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Penelope has a new best friend in school named Brady. She is so much less shy than she was a year ago, it is crazy. She is also such a tease. I seriously can't always tell when she is teasing or not. She is good at it. She is also probaly my best little worker. When she wants to be, that is! I can't count how many times she has cleaned the whole house on her own just because she felt like it. I also can't count how many times she has screamed, cried, hid, and feigned illness when I have asked her to pick up. I also think she may be a hoarder-in-training. We have to dejunk her 'corner' at least twice a week and even then I can fill a whole grocery bag full of trash. She asks me if she can have pretty much any piece of trash she sees. Pop cans, empty cereal boxes, sour cream containers, baby food jars: you name it, if it is garbage, she wants it. To help her become a little less trashy, I have convinced her to start collecting one thing, and she has chosen Penguins. I hope it helps.

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I think Gabe misses his sisters when they are at school. Every morning by 9am (they go to school at 8am) he asks if it is time to get them from school yet. He is usually pretty nice to the babies, but seems to be more jealous of them now than when they were born. He will sometimes push them down or grab a toy from them. But considering the many sacrifices he makes for them, I think he is so great. He is always telling me how to take care of them, like "Mom, Peter is crying, he wants to eat." or "Mom, Daphne just wants you to hold her." It is sweet. He is also the master of sound effects. I can always tell where he is by the whooshing, tada-ing, brrrumming. And this kid has building skills. I mean, serious ones. He built the coolest thing the other day. I went to take a picture of it, but by the time I got my camera out, the babies had destroyed it. See what I mean about sacrifices?

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Man, it is those cute babies again!

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Celeste and Stuart adopted a little baby, Aliyah, and we are mad because we don't get to meet her until this summer. So we have been stalking their blog like crazy and my kids have left a few comments. It takes Sophie about an hour to leave a comment.

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Do you know, when Dallas and I were dating, we walked like a couple of miles every day. I just assumed he liked going for walks. Well, you can imagine my surprise, as in dismay, when after we got married I could hardly ever get him to go on a walk! I guess he was willing to back then because it was really the only time we got to be alone together without too many temptations.... :) Anyhow, the other day I told him I was going to take the kids for a walk, and wouldn't you know it, but he said he wanted to come! It was cold, but fun and even Dallas will admit Sophie has a cool scooter. (Which he gave me hard time about buying at a yard sale for super cheap!)

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I know I always seem to lump the babies together, but shoot, they are kind of doing the same things and are approximately the same size and all. But anyhow, they are getting so fun, funny, and CUTE! Daphne has been crawling for some time, but I wasn't sure if Peter would ever do it; he was so content to scoot around, and was pretty fast about it. But today he crawled! It is so cute to have to little babies crawling around the house. I refer to them as the herd. They both are super happy most of the time and love anyone giving them attention. Peter has been especially happy lately. They seem to go back and forth who is the easier baby. Right now Peter seems to be the happiest generally. He will wake up in the morning and just talk to himself. And then when I go in there, he will get so excited he can barely contain himself. Oh, and it is so cute, because when I sing to him at night to get him to sleep, he will 'sing' with me. Daphne is also pretty happy, but hates to be left alone. Well, they both hate to be left alone and will crawl to find me. They both are starting to play peekaboo. It is adorable. And Sophie tells me that Daphne said 'Mama' today, so that is awesome. They kind of seem to be spitting up less, which is a relief. (But it is still more than normal, I am sure. People in the ward are wary of holding them due to the notorious puking.) I plan to shampoo the carpet in the next few weeks, because I bet there has been gallons of spit-up on these floors. One more reason to be thankful that we are renting! All in all, I have loved them since they were born, but I am falling in love with them all over again! Maybe it is because I know they are my last, but I try not to be as stressed and make myself enjoy everything about them.

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We hardly ever eat out, so this is a super special treat for the kids! I went out with a friend from church for icecream and Dallas and the kids ate McDonald's hamburgers and watched a movie. Kind of cheesy (and I am not only referring to the hamburgers...), but these are the kinds of things that I think we will always look back on and be thankful.

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I swear Sophie is one of the best kids a mother could have. She is hardly ever disobedient. (I mean one of the worst things she does is wash her hands too much! Which maybe isn't even a bad thing....) She is a peacekeeper and super helpful with the babies. She loves to play with them and make them laugh. They love her!

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So, Halloween costumes on a budget around here means interesting Halloween fun! Sophie was a butterfly fairy. She put together the outfit, and decorated the wings I made. Penelope was a cat. (Can you believe I couldn't find stinkin' cat ears anywhere. Okay, so I only looked at Super Walmart, but what is so super about a Walmart that doesn't sell cat ears?) Gabe was SuperGabe. The babies both had facial hair and nobody at the trunk-or-treat could tell them apart. Daphne was the Gnome and Peter the frenchman. And Dallas? I will give a special prize to anyone who can tell what Dallas was for Halloween.

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Carving pumpkins

 
 
 
Last year we failed at carving pumpkins. Just didn't happen. This year was a close one, but we got it done the day before Halloween. The kids drew their faces on a pumpkin paper and Dallas carved them. We chose to only do pumpkins for the kids that care, because carving pumpkins is less fun when you have a whole lot of them to carve. It was fun. The kids had a blast lighting them, and then Dallas told them scary stories in the dark, with only the eerie pumpkins for light. Too scary for me, and as an afterthought, for the kids, too.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Awww.

 
Not much cuter in the world than a one-toothed baby! (This is Daphne, for the record. I have been asked which is which. You never know.)

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Halloween

 
 
 
 

So I am actually really stressed because Halloween is right around the corner and I need to figure out what to have my kids wear. I have a semi-idea for Peter, but not complete. Oh well, we will figure something out. We made cookies the other night. I love holidays. I never realized how much I love them, until now that I have a family of my own.

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See how they have grown!

 
 

Gabe and Lilia are only a week apart in age, so it is fun to see how much they have changed. Gabe is almost a head shorter than her, poor kid. They are about 4 months in the first picture and will turn 4 this winter.

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We must be cool....

 
 
 
 
....because the Rondeau's came to visit us! I mean, having family come to visit you is one thing (not that we really get a whole lot of that), but when friends are willing to drive 8 hours to see you, you know you are awesome. It was so good to catch up with them and see how their cute kids are growing. It didn't take long to get right back to how it used to be back in Rexburg when we would hang out. We played games, went to parks, went to a Botanical Garden, watched The Office, and ate great food (including a cheesecake for my birthday!) We have had a yearly trip with the Rondeau's, and I hope we can continue to do it forever! We love them as if they were family. Thanks, guys!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Penelope is FIVE, 5, 5, 5, 5!!!!

 
 
 

Penny turned five on the 7th. I swear I don't know where all those 5 years went! She has grown into such a beautiful and spunky girl, though. She is in kindergarten this year and doing really well. She loves her teacher, Mrs. Dirks and is picking up reading very quickly. She hates doing homework, but I think she secretly likes it. She comes home almost every day with pictures and letters from her school friends. Sadly, her good friend, Aubrey is going to a different school this year, but they still see each other at church. She mostly talks about Kaitlyn and Kaitlyn and Amy, our next door neighbor (whose family I have a new resolve to get to know. I am a horrible neighbor....) She came home yesterday saying that she was the smallest kid in the whole school. She said they measured everyone in her class. I believe it! She is pretty shrimpy, but so cute. She loves Peter and Daphne, but hates that they are babies. One of the most heart-warming moment of my days is when I go to pick up Sophie and Penny at school and see them running to the car with hands tightly clasped. Kaitlyn(her friend with the brown hair in the pictures)'s mom, Becky said that she was at lunch with her girls one day when Penny asked her teacher if she could be excused from the lunch table to give her sister, who had just entered the lunchroom, a hug. I love to see them share secrets and grow together. Penny is funny as heck, always teasing me about everything. Her smile is super contagious. Yep, basically I really love this kid. Feeling pretty happy that she is MINE!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Hooray for the Bytheway's!

 
 

Paul, Whitney, and their kids stopped by to see us on their cross-country tour. Even though we didn't do anything exciting with them, it was so fun to have them. We put them right to work, too. Paul figured out why our Nissan wouldn't move (the brake pads somehow fused to the drum while it sat in our garage over the summer) and Whitney pretty much made us dinner. Pretty amazing, especially since they drove straight through the night Friday to get to our house, and then didn't arrive until 2 am or so, and then woke up bright and early Sunday morning. Then they left our house late Sunday night to go to West Virginia. And I hear they pretty much slept every other night after that. Wowsers! I can barely make it through the day without a nap. I just have to say, I don't know that I have ever met such a great family as these guys! They are ALWAYS helping everyone out. I am just happy we get to be related to them! We love you guys!

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