Monday, May 24, 2010

What The...Snow...

Dear Winter,

We have already experienced your crazy weather for long enough and at very intermittent times. Since we already celebrated the first day of spring, could you please stop teasing us and let the nice weather come through. We would love to be able to get over this crazy cabin fever that has gone on long enough. Thank you!

Regards- April, Gennovah, Boston, and Mackay

PS So Gennovah and Boston finished preschool this past Friday so today is their first official day of SUMMER! Mother Nature didn't quite get the memo. Rain I could handle at this point, but not TWO inches of snow! I am not even kidding. All of the snow gear was packed around the time we had our garage sale 2 weeks ago, so there is no hope for them to play outside, which surprisingly they want to do.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Long Time No Post...

Well alot has happened in life since the last time that I is a run down of what has been going on in our crazy busy lives...

Johnny--Still working at England Logistics and the Olive Garden. So if you are ever hungry and feeling generous, he would be happy to serve you a delicious Italian meal near the District! He has started school again to gain his degree in International Business and then eventually his Masters in Psychology. We are on the school path for a long time but in the end it will all be worth it. So he is gone from home most every day and night and the time we have with him is few and far between.

Gennovah--Has finished her last year of preschool. She has done so well learning so much for the start of kindergarten and wishes she could start at her new school tomorrow! I don't know if I am completely ready for it just because she is officially in school. She will start at Early Light Academy which is a charter school in the Daybreak neighborhood we live in. She has lost her two bottom teeth and her top two are so wiggly that they are sure to come out this summer. She keeps busy on her days off by jumping on the trampoline and playing with all the little girls on our street. No matter what time of day there is always a house to play at or girls at our home. I am so happy that she has so many little friends to play with. It will make our summer go by quickly for sure. She learned how to read, so summer will be filled with reading as well, so that she will be ready to go for her studies. One major accomplishment for her is that she saved enough money to buy herself a "tendo ds" (Nintendo DS). She is so proud of that fact and love playing the only game she was able to afford for now.

Boston--completed his second year of preschool and will be starting preschool again this fall. Happy times for the fall birthdays. His speech is improving day by day. It is so impressive how far he has come. Next year he will be doing speech therapy through the Jordan School District. As they are fighting to keep programs going with their budget shortfalls, Boston may only be going to school 2 days a week, so we will more than likely enroll in Learning Dynamics again. We loved that school, the kids have done so well and the teachers are incredible! The amount of time this kid spends in the sandbox, I can't even believe it sometimes! He is way into Thomas the Train and knows every character by name and is not shy in correcting you if you get it wrong. He loves cars and bounces back and forth between cars and trains. He knows all the sounds the letters in the alphabet make which is quite impressive for him. We are slowly working on our colors. He is getting better day by day with counting and can almost write his name. We are hoping that this will be his break through year and he will be completely ready for kindergarten.

Mackay--Sweet Boy. Love him so very much. He is 7 months old now and has one tooth and I am sure there are more coming through. He has been sleeping through the night which is such a blessing for us (especially me). He just learned to roll onto his tummy and thinks that it is the greatest thing ever because he can move around by rolling on the floor. I am sure that crawling is soon to follow, but for now I am happy that he is still kind of immobile. He is very tolerable with Gennovah and Boston constantly touching him and wanting to play with him. He seriously doesn't mind them picking him up and moving him all around. He still loves drinking a bottle and will not eat his baby food if he is not in the mood. He definitely knows what he wants to eat.

Baby #4--Due November 24, 2010. Perfect timing for Thanksgiving. If I have my way we should meet this little one the week before. I just don't want to ever have him/her have to celebrate their birthday on a holiday. We are not going to be finding out the gender of this little munchkin either. We have found it to be soooo much more fun to be old fashion in that sense. What is the point of even finding out, where is the surprise in that. People may think it is odd, but if you just plan to do it you can find the fun in it. And, your doctor has the opportunity to tell you "It's a ...." I am sure that is rarely done in this society that has to have immediate gratification. All development is going well and baby is on track just like the 3 before. I don't imagine things will be that much different come delivery. I haven't been able to sleep as much as I would like because I have developed a bit of insomnia, so I rely in a sleeping aid, which fourth time around I am so fine with it.

Me--Taking care of the munchkins day in and day out. I love it, I am finally completely at home with no one to report to for work. I am no longer at JetBlue which I was sad about at first, but each day that goes by that I can tuck my kids in and read them stories or give scratches I sit back and sigh because I have the most amazing husband ever who is working 2 jobs to keep me home with the kiddies. I am also going back to school. I am probably starting in July to get my teaching degree in math. Might as well do it while the kids are still young, that way when Johnny is working on his Masters, I can possibly get a teaching degree wherever we may end up. We are a bit nervous to see how it will be for us with both of us in school. I am sure quite busier, but that is what life is, a crazy busy day to day bustle. Now to just tackle the mounds of laundry that I am neglecting trying to catch up on this blog that I completely let go since the little Mackster entered our lives. Anyway, hopefully I will have pictures soon and continue to update as the days pass on.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Visit my Etsy!

If you are looking for a way to organize hair bows, I am selling the hairbow holders I make on you can view some at

I haven't listed all designs, if you have questions email me through the comments. :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009


It's that time of year as the leaves start to turn color, hot cocoa warms the hands, and we get to venture over to our favorite pumpkin patch to pick the best "Bunkee" for carving.

Boston's speech is coming along. We drive past the pumpkin patch every day on the way to school and one day he said, "Look, Bunkees." So that is what we call pumpkins around here. We are always on search for pumpkins, our favorite car game is looking for them on the porches of houses in neighborhoods we are in. They are always hunting for bunkees no matter the time of day...

Here is our trip to the patch...

It was such a struggle to keep this kid focused on picking the perfect bunkee for him. He wanted to ride the tractor, and seemed to gravitate to this one the most. Grandpa in Chicago would be so proud he picked the John Deere.

Never a dull moment when you have two wanting to have their pictures taken doing the same thing at the same time, but wanting to do it themselves.

Rows and rows and rows of such great pumpkins. This year was so warm when we went so we were able to take our time and walk up and down the rows, scouring for the best shape to carve.

Here is the one Boston picked out. It was way too HEAVY for him to carry, so he rode next to it for a little while, it was short lived because they both discovered there was one "my own size."

So excited to find a pumpkint that would not only fit but also allow her to push.

Very into the "ghost" pumpkin...

Concentration is key to balance...

We didn't end up with this one, but he certainly had a ton of fun pushing it around.

Our annual picture. The shadows were horrible no matter what angle we tried, so this was the best one. The kids look super cute and were so happy to be at the patch, just ignore the HUGE pregnant woman with them. You know what they say about the camera...for pregnant women it adds more than 10 lbs! Only about 3 weeks to go!!!

Super cutie!

Just like sister, adorable little man!

Picking our Bunkees was such fun this year. We didn't leave with four. We had to get one for the baby, so "fie bunkees" are on our porch waiting to be carved.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lame I know...

So what is my excuse? Sheer laziness or something of the sort, but in all reality I have been so sick this time around. Not sure why, but hoping in the end there will be an extremely healthy bundle of joy :)

So my last doctor's appointment update:

Delivery is set for October 28th at 5am...Unless the babe sees fit to come earlier.

Which certainly could be the case, I had some major false labor today while trying to get some Christmas shopping done.--I know. You might think that I am crazy because I am starting so early, but what if I don't feel up to it come time to get it done. PS-who doesn't love to spend money?!

I feel huge, and have gained the most weight so far out of all three pregnancies and have 2 weekish to go! Hence, no pictures! Anyway, Johnny put some recent pictures on my computer so I am going to try and get back into blogging so that everyone can be up to speed on our life ;)

Monday, August 17, 2009

For the Love...of Sugar???

I dread that glucose test they make you take when you are almost done with your pregnancy...Seriously, I am not going to have diabetes. Gennovah was great, Boston I had a super high level and had to come back and take the dread 3 hour test. And yet again...yummy orange drink here I come for the second time. I guess my doctor is concerned this baby will be huge because I had a high test with Boston and he weighed 8 pounds...

Update on development...This baby is so active I can hardly stand it. I have reached 158 pounds, only 10 to go until I hit my max with both pregnancies prior to this threshold is 175. I will be happy if I stay under that. Since I have less than 10 weeks to go, I am hoping that it won't be that big of a problem. The baby is sitting really low that I had to invest in a support belt, which hopefully will arrive this week. I will let you know if it is a miraculous as those I have talked to about it claim it to be. The baby is sitting super low and on my "last nerve" according to Johnny atleast. Okay, I will admit that I have been a little more grumpy with this one, but wouldn't you be if you were on week 29 and still feeling a sick as you were when you were at week 10?!

So all in all, I needed to vent about going in to do the extra long glucose test...oh did I mention meeting with a nutritionist??? Guess you can't eat the same before you were pregnant if you are me. Seriously I think I eat less so I won't feel that sick...

As long as the baby is healthy, being sick for 40 weeks will be worth it!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Stubborn Already...

Today we had our ultrasound. It was so incredible to see our little ______. (be our guess to fill in the blank, because we didn't find out!) The ultrasound tech could not get a profile picture of the baby's face because he/she would not cooperate, already and not even born this one has a mind of his/her own! I can post as soon as Johnny has his computer up because we got all the pictures on a disk. I was in awe the entire time, despite having to pee so bad (sorry TMI).

We are totally and completely in LOVE.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pregnancy Update...

I know everyone wants pictures, but I absolutely refuse right now. I think because I mostly look fat and feel fat. Of course all for the greatest reason, but I have felt the worst this pregnancy than my other two. I never expected it to be this bad. I have had a migraine for the past 4 days, maybe we are having a boy?! I always got migraines with Boston, never with that is my theory for now. Unless I am ruined and the child has caused migraines for every pregnancy going forward. Ugh, I would hate to think the latter.

I have already hit 150 pounds, and I feel like I am eating less than ever, mostly because I am so turned off by food and the possibility it will make me sick. Boston and Gennovah have been so helpful. When I am feeling the worst and go lay down in bed, they are content with watching a cartoon or two, or five which happened the other day when I fell asleep. Gennovah got Boston a snack and they ate all the cookies, but it was totally worth it to catch a few winks. I think Boston is starting to understand that there is something in there. He can no longer fit comfortably on my lap to watch movies. He tries to puch my belly in, but realizes this hard thing is going no where. Super cute. Gennovah has to kiss the belly each and every morning. I don't think she has missed since we told her there was a baby in there.

So is it a boy or is it a girl? I wonder as well, but we have decided that everyone can wonder along with us until the actual day. We are not going to find out at my ultrasound June 26. We are just wanting happy and healthy since we have already been blessed with a beautiful and helpful little girl and energetic little boy. They aren't so little anymore, but they will always be my babies.

So now comes the hard part...Names. I am open for suggestions since we are thinking up boys and girls names. Of course we are going to do a place or a city, I think it would be fun to actually visit the place someday with them for a vacation of some sort. Anyway, I think it is about time I start the day and get the kids going with something fun to do before the rain hits today. Pictures soon, I promise!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Update on Boston...

Just wanted to give everyone an update on the progress Boston is making...

He was diagnosed with Primary Communication Disorder, which was so disheartening, because you want to be able to do everything for your kids and make sure they are healthy and where they need to be. He has been attending preschool through the school district and has made FABULOUS progress. He is able to understand more direction as well as use his word effectively to communicate back to us. It is exciting because he has added more word to his vocabulary. There are days when he says something, and I do a double take because I have never heard him say the word self-prompted before. I am so grateful to his teachers, they are AMAZING! I can't believe the patience they have for him and the love that they show to him while he is in class. He loves school and you can't ask for more than that!

He is continuing to grow and now when you ask him, "Where's Mommy's baby?" He will point to his stomach and say "that." So even though he isn't pointing at me, he still knows where it is. If he really understands what is in there, I guess we will find out at the end of October!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Countdown Begins...

Surprise...we are on our third voyage! We are so very excited to have another child, hopefully sooner than what is expected. Gennovah has been the spoiler of news. Johnny and I don't get to tell anyone before she says, "My Mommy has a baby in her belly!" It is just too cute and she is the most excited about having a new "sister", she thinks.

Things have been going pretty good for the most part, I have felt very sick this time around, but I think because Boston and Gennovah are older and I have time to feel the nausea setting in. Right now I am 14 weeks and should be nearing on the feeling better wave, praying for it every night actually. The house has surprisingly stayed clean, it's like the kids understand that I am sick and put their toys away when I ask them the first time.

Thank you everyone for all of the offers to have playdates and help me out. I am so very grateful to feel so loved by everyone around me. Johnny has been such a huge help in letting me get up in the morning when I feel best. I love that his job allows him to be able to do that.

I will keep everyone posted as we progress on this journey...until then...