Friday, March 30, 2012

My 9 Year-old Son

My son turned 9 years-old on March 17.  His favorite color is green... when asked why, it seems almost like we should have known... he was born on St. Patrick's Day!  That is his reason and it makes perfect sense to me.  :)

My brother and my father arrived here on Mar 16, surprised my children (my husband didn't know my dad was coming) and stayed until Sunday the 25th.  I didn't get to blog on his birthday, between working and hanging out, I didn't take the time out from the day.  I haven't taken the time out for quite a while, in fact, but I will do better.

For his birthday, he wanted to go to the Red Robin.  We obliged.  I love their French fries, with their fry sauce and seasoning. Red Robin is a burger restaurant with bottomless steak fries.  They are delicious! He wanted a Costco chocolate cake for his birthday.  These are giant cakes... 7 lbs,. but the most delicious chocolate cake I've ever had.  I had a few slices of it... with ice cream.

The only thing he wanted for his birthday was "Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story" for his DS... or something like that.  I got it for him.  He was so excited... he played it for a while.  His little brother wasn't amused that he had to wait to play.  I explained that it was a gift, and he had to let him play.

We were going to see "The Lorax," but decided to wait until my older brother got here the following week.  We saw it this past Saturday.  The kids all liked it a lot.

He had a good birthday.  We are going to have a joint birthday party for him and his sister with their friends.  We did that last year and it turned out well.  We just have to narrow down what they want to do.  We went to a movie last year the weekend before we moved out here.

I can't believe I have a 9 year-old.  He is one amazing fellow!  I am so thankful that I am his mom.  He is willing to help out however it is needed.  He doesn't give me a hard time.  He loves getting to hold his baby sister and he enjoys playing with my two middle children.  He is a wonderful son and big brother to all of the children.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Go Bonnies!

I am so excited.  There are two NCAA basketball teams I always root for.  The BYU Cougars and the St Bonaventure Bonnies.  The Cougars have made the NCAA tourney several times, the SBU Bonnies, not quite so much.  This is actually only the second time that I can remember.  The first time was in 2000.  That was an exciting time in my hometown. 

Today, the Bonnies made it into the tournament again.  They had to win a few games to get there, they won the A-10 Championship game which gave them an automatic entry.  I had to leave for church when there was a little more than 5 minutes left in the game.  They were ahead by 6, but that isn't a big lead by any means.  It was a nationally televised game.  They played Xavier.  They ended up winning 67 to 56.  I can imagine the joy they must have felt.  I can imagine the excitement at my parents' house!  I would have loved to have seen both.

It is going to be hard to be in Utah during the tournament.  It is always an exciting time at my parents' house.  I am going to have to have a party, of some sort.  Seeing how I will be the only one home, with my two youngest children, it will be an interesting party.  Perhaps, it will consist of McNuggets :)   We shall see!

So, let's go Bonnies and beat Florida State :) 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Four Children

I can't imagine my life without my little ones.  It is hard for me to believe that my oldest son will be 9 in less than 2 weeks, and my youngest is 5 months old.  There was a time when I didn't know if I would ever be blessed with children.  It was something I always wanted, I wanted to be a mommy.  When I gave birth, it was like I was meeting one of my best friends.  When I would hold them, it was magical.  The bonding would begin immediately.  I loved them before I ever held them.  I loved them as soon as I found out I was going to have them.

They make me laugh, they make me smile, they make me think.  My life is complete.  Life is amazing with the little ones.  Yes, some of them aren't so little anymore, but I still call them my little ones. 

We have been able to walk home from school the past couple of days.  It is wonderful to have that time to spend as we walk.  They like taking turns pushing the baby in the stroller.  When my 4 year-old's turn rolls around, the walk gets much slower.  The stroller handle is higher than he is tall.  We probably walk twice as far as we would have to, since the stroller begins weaving down the sidewalk.  I can't take away that privilege of pushing his little sister though, he loves it so much!  He loves everything about her, all of the children do.

I have had people say to me that they couldn't imagine having 4 children.  I can't imagine not having 4 children.  Each one is such a blessing.  Not one of them is the same.  They have their own personalities, their own sense of humor, their own smile, their own character traits.  They enjoy different things.  There is never a dull moment, and I hope to keep it that way!

To my four little ones... I love each of you!  I want you to know how blessed I am to be your mother.  I am so thankful for all you do, for the happiness you bring me.