I thought it was time I updated the blog. I never would have thought it would become so hard for me to do. I really blame my smartphone. It has become so easy to post facebook status updates & photos on Instagram in well, an instant. Really, My facebook updates could have been the start of many blog posts. Recently I have found myself typing a little story or thought and think how I should save it for the blog. Then I think, nah, its easier to just do this now. Blogging does take time and effort. Commitment and it is not for the lazy. I think my smartphone has made me lazy. I have hardly used the computer in the year and half that I have had the smartphone. Access to the Internet, blogs, facebook, pinterest, photo sharing accounts have all been so easy. Addicting really. It has been something I have decided needs to be managed better. Less time on the phone. More time with my kids, being productive and accomplishing my goals and dreams. I cannot really do that on a phone. It just doesn't work that way. More time carved out in the evenings for meaningful blog posts and work and crafting instead of netflix or dilly dallying on my phone.
It would be nice if their was an app that let you accomplish dreams in an instant. Then the dreams wouldn't be so gratifying when reached right? One dream I am starting to work on is a new website. I know, I know, How can I be starting a new one when I have not posted on this one in forever? This new site has a different purpose. Its for you and about you. It will be less mommy stories, photos of my family trip to the zoo and more pics and stories and things to help you. I have a few projects I felt inspired to start and am super excited to finally get them going. They will help many people and I hope you will jump on the idea and be as excited as I am. The beginning of the year I mentioned this then I got Prego Sick. I just stalled. I have had a hard time getting it going but I feel now is the time. I need to get it started now. If not now, When? (I have a ring with that on it. I wear it and love the reminder. Time to start listening to its advice. :)
I am in the process of getting the site designed and ready to go. When it is ready you bet I will share the link and launch date. :)
I am about 30 weeks prego now! I cannot believe how fast the past few months have gone. I feel huge and ready but of course, I have at least 9 more weeks. Sophie asks me everyday when her new baby sister will get here and when is Halloween. She is excited for both. I love how a 3yr old thinks. I have been feeling a bit more exhausted and my walking has been more labored. The back pain and hip pain I experience has hampered our summer days. The first month or so of summer I had been going, going, going. Taking the kids swimming and all kinds of outings but it just got to be too much.
Things changed when I went on a mini-pioneer trek with the kids. It was only a mile walk but it kicked my hip problem in high gear and left me looking quite pathetic for a few days. Barely able to walk. In fact that day I got stuck in the middle of a field with Sophie far ahead of me. The kids were running around to different booths of pioneer activities/games etc. I could not walk, My right hip just hurt so bad I could barely move. It took me for-freakin-ever to move. Finally this nice man from our congregation came to my aid asking me if I needed help. He told me he thought I was just standing there looking around until he realized, no, shes moving. I was so slow he thought I was standing still. Just call me a Sloth. lol After that its been a problem here and there when I walk around too much. Thankfully I avoid mile long walks now. So it shouldn't be too bad of a problem.
I am at the point to where if I do all that I need to do in the home and take them out I feel so much pain at night I regret doing too much. Then If I rest and take care of myself I feel the kids get stir crazy, the house gets messy and I regret not doing enough. Its a hard balance. Its okay though. All worth it for this sweet baby we are so excited to meet.
When we are out I am constantly counting and looking for my children so I don't forget or lose one. It seems funny but honestly I always feel we are missing one. Tonight it happened, I kept looking and looking. All were right in front of me and I mentioned we were missing one. They all pointed at my belly. :) Sure enough they are right. We are so excited about our growing family. We do not feel 5 kids is a big family and it is a blast and will be a blast adding another sweet spirit to the mix.
Do we have a name yet? We do ,...sort of. We have a first name we are almost 100% certain on but we are still trying to find a middle name we agree on. I am not stressed though. The names always work out and it is so fun to see the process. The kids like to suggest ideas and this time my mom as well. She has given us many ideas. Oh- on Facebook I asked for help and were given some awesome suggestions. We will not announce full name on the blog but I will share the first name. So if we are friends on facebook you will learn her middle name too once we know it.
I am currently still looking for a crib/bassinet and new baby car seat. I also am looking for ideas on the first baby photo shoot to use for a birth announcement and blessing dress designs for when I start to sew that. It is so much fun thinking we will have another little doll to play dress up with soon.
Kids start full 5 day school program in a few weeks. They miss school so much and are so excited to get started. When school let out they were so bummed. Kailani cried many nights for her teacher. She gets the same teacher again this year I believe and she talks about her all the time. Her motivation to get better at reading has been her teacher. She tells me she can't wait till she gets to show her teacher how awesome of a reader she is in just a few months.She has done so well with reading she proved to us she is officially a reader. No more asking us what things say. She knows how so she earned her very first set of scriptures. She was so excited to get her name inscription on the cover. She carries them proudly to church in a little tote bag she bought with her own money at DI. (local thrift store)
Well, I think I could write more but I'll stop here for now. This post is much longer then I intended but I am glad to have posted it. I sure miss you all. I hope your summer has been amazing, safe and full of great memories.
I'll be back with a little update on the kids for those of you interested in that. Photos and all. They grow and change so much. This blog needs the update anyways for archive purposes. :):)
Hugs to all!