Friday, April 23, 2010

If you need a good laugh... come hang out with this girl!

I love my little Charly...
Here are a few reasons why...
1. Today I took Marci and Chloe and some friends to the Mall.... Not a place I go very often. Not my favorite spot... but Marci had some money saved up and wanted to purchase a new hat before our trip to New York. So me and 6 little girls all hopped in the van (the three boys got to stay home and play PlayStation as long as they took turns and didn't pee their pants) and headed to the Mall. The first store the girls hit was Claire's.... A girls best friend. Charly was in heaven. She could not believe all the Pretty necklaces and bracelets that sparkled and shined. Some even had cute kitties on them. NOW... the sales lady on the hand did not think she was as cute and kept asking us "can I help you with anything?"

she then had to go potty... I love that she is potty trained and that she didn't give me a headache like her older brother Grant did.... The closest bathroom was through Macy's... so we walked in and her eyes were trying to take in every little detail... she loved the bright busy store with so many colors... BUT then we came upon some very unwanted guests. "the headless mannequins". She decided at this point that she wanted to go home. Lately... whenever she gets nervous she turns to me and says "I wanna go home"... She stopped and would not take another step. So there I was standing calling her to come but the headless man stood in between us therefore she would not move. So being the nice good mom that I am I picked her up and took her right up to where his head should have been... "no mom... I don't like that." But then there was another one... well... she got to see every mannequin up close and personal... It was rather funny. I think by the time we got out of the store she was okay with those crazy looking people.

2. Charly is very different than my other children in that she gets scared of the unknown. The other day I took her down an elevator for the first time (not even realizing that it was her first time) and she got nervous even before the doors opened. She knew this was a ride she didn't want to take. But we took the elevator anyway... Since then we've gotten to take it a few other times and I think she actually likes it by now.

3. She is my baby and therefore is labeled as "the princess". Its so hard when kids don't have another sibling to follow them because every little thing she does is "cute". Even when Dad was singing in the car the other day and she yelled out "STOP SINGING" Her eyes were turned down and everything... she was serious and expected Dad to listen.

4. She loves to sing.... She knows most key words to the kids favorite songs right now like "DOWN", "Fire Burning", "You belong with me"... and i'm sure there are more!

5. My three girls all have there rooms upstairs and the rest of us are on the main floor. It is so fun watching her with them. She thinks shes just as old as Marci, (as does Chloe)... I will find them quite often staying up talking, laughing, singing... as most sisters do... but the age difference is what cracks me up... 2, 9, and 12! They have a lot of fun together... hope that always continues. She does however think she is old enough to paint her toes. The other day I went up to Marci's room and found her covered in BLACK fingernail polish... it was poured all over the floor... and each toe was painted rather well. She had also poured it into to each cup of one of Marci's bras... Marci was not very happy... but of course... Charly's the princess so I thought it was rather funny! I know someday all these things shes doing AREN'T going to be near as funny but as for today, I'm enjoying them!

6. Whenever she sees a heart... she calls it a "happy heart"... I love that... I hope her heart always stays happy!

7. Today while I was editing pictures... I thought... that tub water has been on way to long... Charly was in the tub and I could hear her splashing and giggling but I thought it was time to turn the water off... THIS IS WHAT I FOUND... gotta love her!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

FHE hike...

one of my favorites from our Family Home Evening hike last night...

We hiked up the mountain behind our house last night for FHE... we had a great time. Charly loved the hike b/c she was mostly in Dad's arms but I think she got a bigger thrill when she was able to slide down on her bottom. She giggled and giggled.

The kids took the little camera and I took the big one... Garrett actually got some really cool shots. He took the silhouette shots and the snake shot (exept for the boy shot!).

It was fun to get out and enjoy the dirt hills... I was not however a fan of the rattlesnake that was waiting for us at the top!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cyrus Grant Price had a birthday!

My little guy Grant had a birthday! April 7, 2005 I had a baby boy.

I think he was a few weeks early... possibly 3... not really sure but I had to have my first c-section because of him. He was transverse therefore the doctor wanted to take him early. I was quite nervous to have a c-section and i wasn't emotionally prepared for it either. I look back and feel like I was quite a wreck at the time. We had moved to California a few months earlier and we were living in a 3 bedroom tiny apartment in the yuppyville "Aliso Viejo". Beautiful part of California but way too Posh for out little family from Idaho. I say little... but we would always get strange looks as we would walk into any store with our 5 children at the time. It's hard to believe I didn't have a babysitter back then... right now I can go anywhere and not have to load up ALL six kids everywhere I go... I think back and I never thought I'd see that day that I'd have a baby sitter... now I have two... almost three... time really does go back fast... I might even say it is speeding up every year. BUT... back to my baby boy. A c-section was hard. I remember Grant being SOOO small... he was 7.5 oz. Which to most people that would be a great size... but I was comparing him to his giant of a big brother that weighed in at 9.4. SO anyway, I remember feeling guilty for him being small and early... oh, the thoughts you have after having a baby. I remember not liking his wrikley legs and his arms. I wanted him to fatten up quickly!

I was fortunate to have my mother there the day I delivered and she stayed for a few days after that... Mother's are wonderful to have around... especially after you have a baby. I even think she made me some homemade strawberry jam. Well... grandma had to leave early one morning but she left the car at the airport for another grandma to come see baby Grant and to take care of his mother! I love that I have two mothers that are so willing to care for me at any time!

Something you may not know is that CYRUS GRANT PRICE was originally names NOAH GRANT PRICE. We had called him that even before he was born and after he was born for approximatly 2 weeks. We even blessed him as NOAH GRANT... But the post pregnancy hormones hit again... I was not happy with his name. I knew it needed to be changed so that he could have his daddy's name. I wasn't sure we would have another boy and I wanted one of them to have Cyrus' name. PLUS... I just didn't like the name NOAH... too many were poppping up everywhere. SO, I got online and researched what I needed to do. I thought it would be easy since he was only 2 weeks old... but it was then I figured out that NOTHING is easy in CALIFORNIA! I had to take action as if he were any other person... I had to leagally change his name. It was not any easy task nor was it cheap. It had to be printed in the newspaper and the poor little guy had to appear before a judge! CRAZY... but now he has an addendum to his birth certificate... he is officially CYRUS GRANT PRICE (well maybe not totally... this reminds me I still have to change his Social security number.. WUPS). I know the name NOAH would have been fine... but I he thinks its pretty cool to be named after his TOTALLY AWESOME DADDY!
Grant eventually fattened up... I still don't think he has caught up to his cousin Lauren (who was born 2 weeks earlier... I believe she was a 9 pounder as well). But he is a very solid strong boy!

When he was 19 months old we had to take him to the ER to get 19 stitches... this is where the visits start... I don't think it will end there either. He has since been back 2 other times for stitches... he's a tough one though! The other day I had to take him for his kindergarten check up and he said, " mom , do I have to get stitches again today? Because I really don't like getting stitches." He thinks that's all you do at the doctors office! He did however have to get 5 shots. He was not happy about that. I really thought he'd be fine. My other kids have cried a little before but nothing too serious... WELL... Grant was another story. He got his first one and screamed... until we got home basically. He was not happy. I said... "You were a tough boy!" and he said "no, mom, I was NOT a tough boy!" He makes me laugh all the time.
I love this next picture of grant because he has the sweetest smile! He is so full of love that when ever I get close to him and smile... he can't stand it... he has to give me the BIGGEST HUG ever. Fortunately I get quite a few of those every day!

Thought i'd list my top 10 favorite things about GRANT... now CYRUS... you have to add to this list please!

1. He expresses his love very easily! "mom, I love you SOOOO much"
2. He loves his brothers and is rarely seen with out Liam... they have such a bond that I know will stay throughout their lives.
3. When he's sad and he doesn't get his way, he doesn't throw a fit or get mad... he just says "tarter sauce!"
4. He's a very good Halo player.
5. He can do a front flip on the trampoline and land on his feet!
6. He says he can do backflips as well... but only in his head.
7. His primary teachers tell me he's a very good boy and also very smart and that they'd take him any time... (I know, they have to tell me that... but I still like to hear that)
8. He is not demanding at all... especially if there are cookies, candy, Liam or an xbox around!
9. He loves to say prayers and participate as much as he can in Family Home Evening
10. When I asked Grant what he wanted to be when he grows up he said, "When I am as big as you I can jump on the shed with no hands..." "and when I am as big as dad I want to teach people."
me: "teach people what?"
Grant: "to be good."

Love you grant! Be good and always choose the right and someday, you'll be able to jump on the shed with NO HANDS!

Monday, April 5, 2010

And Chloe's winning picture is:

Number 8! Once again, Leanne has proven she is better than Cyrus in everything. Shots 1-4 were taken by Cyrus and 5-8 by Leanne. After Cyrus stops crying, we will put up our shots for this week, LIAM!
Here is the breakdown for Chloe:
#1 got 11 votes
#2 got 8 votes
#3 got 16 votes
#4 got 11 votes
#5 got 4 votes
#6 got 4 votes
#7 got 26 votes
#8 got 39 votes