Apr 27, 2015

Bliss Wives Luncheon

Last week I hosted a luncheon for my fellow Bliss wives (4 sisters in-law and a mother in-law), I am so grateful to live next to these wonderful women! They are such great examples of wives and mothers. We don't get together as much as we'd like, so I came up with the idea of Bliss Wives Luncheon. Everyone who lived close enough was able to come. I made a yummy lunch, chicken salad sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit salad, chips and cream puffs with fresh lemonade to drink. Lunch was delicious and sadly I never took any pictures. We all decided that we needed to keep the luncheons going monthly to spend time with one another.

Apr 20, 2015

no more mama milk

It’s official I have finally weaned Boston. It has been a long 19 months and am so grateful for the blessing of nursing a little one, but we decided that since we was only nursing in the morning he didn’t need to do it anymore. I love the bond between mom and baby that nursing can encourage. I have always enjoyed holding my babies so close and snuggling them while they eat. James was also nursed until 19 months, which was mostly due to the fact that we moved a few times when I thought we would try, but I am thankful we waited. Since Boston was nursing in the morning and sometimes in the middle of the day for a small snack, weaning was fairly easy, my milk production had been slowly decreasing, and so I didn’t have to worry about being full of milk. Only now 6 days since nursing has stopped am I starting to fill it. I know the urge to feed him will soon pass and I will only have memories of nursing, but I will enjoy what I do have two healthy boys that I credit to Nursing for an extended period time. They are both a handful sometimes but blessings nonetheless. They still love to snuggle with mom and dad and really anyone that will let them, so I will enjoy in while it lasts.

Just hanging out

today we made hammocks out of sheets, I tied on Boston's bed first, laid him inside and he loved it instantly! James walked in and was so jealous that he wanted a crib too, just so he could have a cool bed too. I managed to tie another sheet between James and Boston's bed. He was so excited. They both laid in the new fun beds and took a long needed nap. I later found that Boss had climbed out of his hammock and fell asleep in his crib. Both boys woke up with crazy bed head thanks to sleeping in a hammock.

Apr 7, 2015

easter weekend

I love Easter and all it represents! I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice and for his resurrection. For without it we would not be able to return to live with Heavenly Father again. This weekend was also General Conference, I enjoy listening to the leaders of the church and their inspired guidance. Listening to Conference is a bit harder with two little guys running around, wanting to play, or eat or just be boys and play. We managed to watch a good part of the sessions. There are so many talks that I loved, but one was by Robert D Hales, He said, "Christ used his agency of us." What a wonderful act of love to share, i love the simpleness yet the power and meaning behind it. He really is the best example. I always feel like i can take on the world after conference I can use all the suggestions to better my life for my family. Although I may not be perfect I know that Christ is and as long as we follow his guidance we can to live with him.

We dyed eggs saturday morning, James loves to be hands on so waiting was extra hard for him. The boys loved it. They were very careful and we didn't spill too much dye on the table. We learned that Boston loved the taste of vinegar, he would stick his fingers in the dye then into his month, after awhile he had a blue hand! I had drawn on the eggs with a white crayon so James was so excited when we pulled an egg out of the dye and there was a surprise bunny or letter J or B.
A week or so ago James asked how the easter bunny hides eggs. I told him that he will hop around and hide eggs on Easter, but we cannot look for him because we might scare him, however when all the eggs are hidden he will knock on the door so we can go find them. Easter morning came and he was so excited he was not tempted to look outside at all he waited for Logan and I to climb out of bed. I sent Logan out to the "car" with some eggs in a bag so no little eyes could see. Meanwhile, I grabbed the baskets and filled them with a chocolate bunnies and chocolate eggs. We put shoes and jackets on and waited for the knock. Logan came in, and James was so worried that he would scare off the Easter Bunny. I assured him it would be ok. While the boys weren't looking Logan knocked on the door, James heard it and couldn't wait anymore. We ran outside and there were eggs everywhere! We also scattered jellybeans the night before (we don't have soft ground so we didn't bury them), hoping that on easter morning they would turn into lollipops. To our surprise they did! ;) Boston went straight for the lollipops, he pulled one out and asked for it to be opened. James was off to pick all the eggs he could, Boss joined in at the end after he realized how fun picking up eggs really is. The boys ran inside to see what was in their eggs, most were filled with jellybeans, a few had leftover m&m's and a couple had Lendt Truffles (James and Boss love "chocolate balls"). After eating a few eggs worth of candy they were sugared out and relaxed on the floor surrounded by eggs. We watched the rest of conference and for dinner Logan's brother Reagan came into town, we had a yummy beef roast! We all loved Easter this year, holidays are so much fun with little ones, to see the excitement they hold for the little things makes my heart swell. James still talks about the easter bunny and how much fun he had,

Apr 1, 2015

it's raining

Today it poured! There was thunder and lightening, it was wonderful. It reminded me of Arizona monsoons. It also happened to be the day that I needed to get out and run to the grocery store for some staple ingredients. And just my luck we were ready to hop in the car right as the storm decided to reach our part of town. We walked out to a downpour, we all waited outside then returned inside to wait it out. Luckily it slowed down and were able to hop in the car and run to the store, we picked up all we needed without getting too wet. On the way home while it was drizzling James noticed the clouds and how dark they were and at the stop light he said, "Mom, it's raining, rain comes from the clouds, when there is a lot of rain in the clouds it rains." I don't know where he learned it from, but I was shocked. He is such a smart little guy! He really pays attention and understands what is going on around him. Can't believe he will be four in may! He needs to stay little a little longer, I can't handle how fast he is growing!