Mar 24, 2014

Spring break in Utah! April bought a car from tone and we drove two cars up to slc. I won't try to do that at night again with a baby. Sage was awful! We reached Utah and saw lots of family and friends. So good to see them all again. Tony flew back home to work and the kids and I stayed a few more days. We drove to Vegas to meet tony there and had a few nights stay.

Hanging out at parents and with cousins.

Link bit Sage

Link looks like he's heading in.

Fingamoos! That's what lainey called them when she was little and flamingos will forever be fingamoos!

Meeting Dad at the hotel! Kids were so happy!

We would ride the monorail into the strip and see all the free things.

Cuddles from Suesser as we wait for the monorail.

Saw great-grandma Linde

This little one has started crawling everywhere and is such a happy and content baby! All of us can't get enough of her.

Mar 2, 2014

San Tan Regional Park
I have no idea why we haven't done this sooner. They may not be the mountains I grew up with, but they are pretty non the less. Tons of cacti and beautiful views. This is so good for the soul!!

Jan 15, 2014

I thought I'd write a bit of my thoughts instead of the onslaught of pictures. It's just easier keeping this blog full of pics and not having to explain myself, ( that just takes too long). Moving away to Arizona has been good. Trading up my winters for 75 degree weather has been the number 1 best thing about coming here. Tony and I didn't know how we were going to get through another cold, smoggy, winter in Utah. When we can get outside with our kids we function much better as a family. The sun has helped considerably with the seasonal depression, but being away from family and friends is a new and hard adjustment. Also, my baby is only seven months old, I'm still nursing, hormones are still a little wacky.
Having FOUR children has sent me and Tone a little over the edge. The oldest is only 7 so they're all so very needy, to both of us, at the same time!! Most days I feel so inadequate as a parent. Like why is it so hard to keep the damn house clean! Or it's 6 o'clock, the kids are all whiny, oh it's because I have to feed them too! I know it's just the stage of my life of toddlers and babies and little kids. Mostly I just think how do people do this and not completely lose it. Every day I work really hard to have just a few minutes of peace, and I can usually get that when the 2 youngest overlap with naps. That period is my saving grace. These sweet little kids have their way of refining us, shaping us into something better. I thought raising kids was about molding them, turns out they're just molding us!

Jan 6, 2014

End of the year in pictures.

Nov 11, 2013

April and Rick adopted a baby boy! She's pregnant with another boy coming in a few short months! It's all a miracle.

Baby Sage with grandpa and aunt Erin.

Beautiful Arizona sunset

All in Sages bed

Costume changes

So glad tones enjoys carving pumpkins.

It's nice to have some photos of what our life is really like most of the time.