Monday, November 26, 2012


A few weeks ago I overheard Amos chanting, "B-Y-U! B-Y-U! B-Y-U!" I was SHOCKED. He's certainly never heard anything like that around this house. Turns out, some friends at preschool come from BYU loving households and they taught him. It was mostly funny to me, since even though I went to BYU, I don't feel connected to it in anyway (least of all through sports!).

Following chanting-gate, Amos and I had a talk about how that was my school and he could go there too someday. He liked that idea a lot. Someday came sooner than we all thought...

This morning I had an errand to run on campus and I took all the kids with me. It was a far cry from my college days pushing four tiny people in a stroller ;) (sidenote: if you need something framed, the framing place in the basement of the BYU Bookstore is awesome).

As we walked through the Wilk, Amos and Maggie were so excited to see the computer labs, bowling alley, and Cougareat. At one point Amos said,

"You sure went to an awesome school, Mom."

I felt cool.

Anyway, the kids talked me into some BYU swag, and they're pretty excited about it. Amos kept telling Ward that he was at BYU. So funny. Maybe all four kids will be enrolled there together someday...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November in a Nutshell

I was just noticing the pathetic number of posts I've made this month, and it made me sad.  I've chalked it up to 2 things:

1. My laptop functions at a tortoise pace, and it's hard to do much of anything on it. 

2.  I have been deathly ill.  Ok, maybe a bit dramatic, but there was a bit there where I was totally incapacitated.  I think it's like my annual November "thing."

Enough of the excuses.  I hate them.  Between the fever and chills we've managed to stay pretty busy.  Amos and Maggie are still loving preschool.  They both had parent/teacher conferences and got good reviews. 

Ward is a growing boy, and Amos is his best bud.  I moved Ward into Amos' room, and it's actually going ok.  I was a little worried that Amos might have a hard time leaving Ward alone, but once I realized that was true no matter what room I put Ward in, the decision was easier. 

Eric was gone for what felt like forever.  In reality, I think it was just a (full) week.  Wait...that's totally #3:

3. Being a single mom.

While Eric was gone Audrey got totally used to sleeping with me.  Whoops.  Speaking of Audrey, I think she might be the most "two" two-year-old ever.  The girl is STUBBORN.  With some more STUBBORN on top.  Home girl is a handful, it's hard not to laugh it's so ridiculous. 

Not that November is over or anything, but it might as well be.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

We had a great Thanksgiving.  I have finally become secure enough to just admit that cooking is not my thing. I don't like it, and I am not doing it anymore.  Especially on high pressure occasions, say, like Thanksgiving, when the meal is the event.

So, Eric kindly made us reservations at Zermatt in Midway, and we had a glorious Thanksgiving free of dishes.  Not free of laundry though.  Auds did a number on her sweater.  The bright red jello on the kids' table was a good idea in theory...

Amos passed most of the meal taking pictures.  He actually managed a few cool ones:

Maggie was super hilarious running around to the different buffet tables.  Each time she would come back with some very specific thing that she had very carefully chosen.  My personal favorite was the single cracker with the single cube of cheese.  Love that girl!

After lunch/linner/whatever you want to call it, we wandered Zermatt and I tried to get a Christmas card worthy photo of the kids.  So. Not. Happening.  Little turkeys. 

Thanksgiving night Eric and I headed out for "Black Friday" at Target.  IT. WAS. AWESOME.  Target runs a tight ship, and frankly, it was nice shopping amongst people with a purpose (as opposed to the usual lolly-gaggers in Orem).  Walmart, on the other hand, was awful. We won't be doing that again.  They have better deals online anyway.

So, that's it for Thanksgiving.  Bring on Christmas!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Today the world is at least one amazing little man better. Kate and Steve welcomed Luke Robert Sookhoo into their already special family this morning.

The boy completely emanates sweetness, right?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tough Guy at 3 Months

Wardie is my tough guy.  He turns three months old today, and he's already been through so much.  The kid got a gash on his cheek that left a scar during delivery for crying out loud. 

Lately, he's started giving us big smiles, and they're unbelievably heartwarming.

The kids still adore him...quite often when I leave him in his swing to go to another part of the house I hear,

"Mom, guess who's coming too???"

and then I see Amos carrying Ward wherever we're going to. 

I probably shouldn't admit to this one, but it's pretty classic...

This morning I woke up, half an hour after Ward usually wakes me up.  I was a little worried that he wasn't making any noise, so I went right in to check on him.  Except, he was not in his bed.  At. All.  I wasn't scared, my first thought was,

"Did I put him to bed somewhere else last night?" 

I am losing it.  A quick walk down the hall to the living room found Amos playing quietly next to Ward, who was happily swinging away, tucked in with a one of a kind lion gygi

Last week Ward got himself a belly button.  He was born with an umbilical hernia, that in the words of the surgeon, was "grotesque."  Generally, they wait a year or two to do anything about an umbilical hernia, but apparently grotesqueness qualifies you for immediate resolution.  Ward was a great little patient, and his recovery has been smooth.



His was a total hit with the nurses, and not many people can claim they have a "man made" belly button.

That's about it, so here's my tough guy at three months:

Who would put those silly glasses on him, you might ask?


Friday, November 9, 2012

Snow day

Super digging this snow day and my snuggly kids.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

She's four!

Maggie turned 4 on Sunday, and boy was it something else. I grew up in a house with five girls, and I have never seen so much fluffy princess pink.

We've been seriously under the weather, so the festivities were less than usual. Eric came through and made the cake though. I didn't even have it in me to get that far.

Maggie got a makeup "kit" (it was more like an entire store), and she and Auds have pretty much looked like this since:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Weird, weird night.

Like I said before, we are still trying to recover from Halloween.  The last few days have been nuts.  Yesterday, Amos took a 4 hour nap in the afternoon...which is a huge deal for a boy who hasn't taken a nap in over a year.  Last night he and Audrey were up partying hard until midnight!  One minute it was 10 p.m. and we were all watching t.v. together, the next minute I was waking up at midnight and they were still up and running around.  Eric put them to bed then, and we all went to sleep...or so I thought.

I woke up again at 3:30 a.m. to Ward crying, which is odd because he's finally started sleeping through the night.  I went downstairs to investigate, and the first thing I noticed was the door to his room was shut.  I definitely didn't shut the door when I put him to bed.  Then, when I opened the door, his moses basket was all crooked.  Super weird since he can't move his basket, or shut doors ;)  Then, I noticed some fuzzy pink pajamas sticking out from behind his basket.

I walked around the bed and discovered this little friend passed out cold next to him:

At some point, Audrey left her room, snuck downstairs, and got up in bed next to Ward!  What I wouldn't give to know what goes through that girl's head.  I also got a laugh that she hauled big baby down there with her.  That baby is pretty much as big as she is.  I am pretty impressed with her courage too, Amos and Maggie won't even go downstairs in the dark.  So, even though I wasn't super stoked about being up at 3:30 a.m., it was worth it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Come and Gone

It's been a day and a half and we're still trying to recover from Halloween.  Our activities were out of control this year.  If you saw the last post of Audrey, you can see how well she handled it.  That little catnap in the car gave her just enough energy to terrorize Eric and the other kids while trick or treating ;)

I fully enjoyed a mostly quiet night at home with Ward while Eric and the other kids went out trick or treating.  The kids practiced at our door before they headed was super funny. 

I have had to tell the kids like 10 times that Halloween is over, I suppose it's time to take down the decorations so they aren't so confused.  That, and there is SO MUCH CANDY all over the house.  Waaaay too much candy.