Sunday, January 04, 2015

Christmas

This has been my favorite Christmas yet! The older the girls get, the more fun it is. This was the first year I actually didn't care about getting anything, since I just was living through my kids. I was so excited for them! I just love everything Christmas! One of our favorite things to do was drive around to look at lights. We probably went every other night.

Just enjoying some hot chocolate around the tree after we put it up! (They love to be naked!)

We loved reading Christmas books!
I just noticed this picture on Drew's phone. He snuck a pic while I was reading The Polar Express. They really got into the book and movie, since my mom got Melanie the deluxe version that came with a bell.

I sent this picture to Drew one day after our elf Ralph took a hard fall from the curtain rod. I didn't know what to do. The girls were very concerned since we are not supposed to touch him!

We were over at Jena's house when we saw Santa cruisin around! The girls loved this Santa! Lacey even gave him a high five!

I thought they were so cute at Drew's work Christmas party. They were just snacking on some appetizers while we were waiting.

I was able to go to Melanie's preschool Christmas program. It was so cute!! Melanie was pretty scared of Santa, but since he was giving out presents he wasn't sooo bad.

Just hanging out with this giant Santa at the zoo!

I loved just hanging out watching Christmas movies!


We enjoyed making gingerbread houses at the Watt's home.

We also enjoyed making sugar cookies for Santa. Although whole wheat is just not the same.

She went a little heavy on the sprinkles!







Christmas morning!


Drew always makes a wonderful breakfast. He did not disappoint!


Blakely loved her new playmat!

The girls each went to the dollar store to pick out presents for everyone. Here's Abby giving Blakely hers.




This was by far her favorite present. Princess jammies. She wants to live in them.


I made us some matching aprons for us. Now I just have to get over the fact that they are going to get dirty!

This was a princess Christmas!! It is seriously out of control over here! I guess that's what happens with so many girls!

Melanie Turns Four!

Melanie turned four! She was a little sick on her big day, but that didn't stop her from having fun! Melanie is such a great kid. I am so glad that she is my first born. She helps me so much! She enjoys doing favors for me (most of the time), teaching her sisters new things, and leading the pack. She is probably our most tender hearted of them all. She reminds me of myself as a kid in some ways. I was also very sensitive. She gets so sad when we are disappointed in her (Doesn't stop her from throwing fits though). She also is OBSESSED with princesses. I am not exaggerating. She pretends to be a princess almost all day.... and night. Some day she will grow out of it, so I am just enjoying the imagination.

You can tell how sick she feels. Poor thing. Didn't stop her from putting on princess accessories!

Birthday cake pancakes!

We went to a place called Bounce U. It was bounce with Santa day. Of course the girls were too scared to actually talk to him, but they enjoyed the cookie decorating part afterwards.




Maybe it's because I just had a baby, but I didn't feel like doing a big birthday party. So I thought it would be fun to have our besties come with us.


After Bounce U, we headed over to Chick-Fila for lunch, where they enjoyed the playplace and a milkshake of course! Melanie loved the dress up clothes Carson and Claire got for her. Notice how she rolls up her pants and shirt? She always says, "princesses don't wear clothes under there dresses mom!" (said in a very annoyed voice!)

My mom was visiting, and was a big help with Blakely!


Thanksgiving

This year we stayed home for the holidays, and I have to say as much as I missed my Colorado family and friends, not traveling was pretty nice. We had Drew's sister staying with us over Thanksgiving, which was a lot of fun. We also invited our friends the Jones' and the Watt's over. We had a ridiculous amount of food! It was our first experience being in charge of the turkey, and we were pretty sure we were going to blow it, but we pulled it out in the end.

Jena and I ran a turkey trot in the morning. It was freezing! It really worked out since I was only 4 weeks postpartum and Jena was over half way into her pregnancy so we both needed to go slow.

The little kids table on Thanksgiving.


The big kids table. Melanie loves older girls, can you tell??

Heather, Ashley and I.

Megan and I created our own pumpkin cheesecake, since we didn't buy the correct amount of anything. It turned out to be delicious!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Blakely

We are so excited that Blakely is here! I was very surprised to go into labor 3 weeks early! I was a little worried it was too early, but after she came and was healthy and a great size, I realized 37 weeks is awesome!! My water broke on Wednesday Octber 29th at 12:45 in the morning. I was sleeping, and was very confused when I woke up from what I thought was a dream and had peed my pants. (I know TMI) But really, I was so confused. It took me a while to actually realize it was probably my water since I don't usually pee my pants! I didn't wake Drew up until 2:00 a.m. because I only had a few contractions and they were about 30 minutes apart. I finally decided I should probably go to the hospital. I don't know exactly what I was thinking, but I decided that I would drive myself to the hospital and call Drew when things got serious. I just didn't want our friend Stacy to have to come over yet if she didn't have to. It probably wasn't the best choice since we hadn't had our hospital tour yet so I didn't know where anything was! And it turns out when your water breaks, it pretty much doesn't stop. I looked ridiculous walking in there. It didn't take long before I told Drew to just come over. The hospital was so busy with babies that it took a bit just to get a room. When they finally got me in the started me on a little pitocin. I was a little worried about having a vbac, since I knew there was a chance of having a c-section again. I was worried that an epidural would slow down labor so I put off getting it for a long time. That was a bad idea. I waited until I was 8 cm dilated and in the worst pain of my life. There were just no breaks between contractions, and they were long and soo intense. Once I got the epidural I could smile and get ready for baby girl. I pushed for eleven minutes and out she came at 10:41 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs 14 oz and was 19 inches long, and has beautiful blonde hair. We named her Blakely Megan Foster. We just liked the name Blakely, and Megan is Drew's sister's name. We love Megan, she is such a great aunt!
 I have been recovering really well. I appreciate this recovery so much after having a c-section! Blakely has been such a good baby. She never cries unless she's hungry. Although she's pretty much hungry every two hours! But she's already getting better. She is just so cute. I can stare at her all day. I've had so much snuggle time with her since I've had so much help with Drew being home for a few days and my mom coming. Now we have Mickey and Margaret coming, and then Megan. The girls have been so good with her. They are very gentle, and always concerned with where she is and what she's doing.








Bathing beauty! Just getting that bilirubin down.