Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ginger

Last March for Abby's birthday she got a lionhead rabbit.  We now have three lionhead rabbits.  She named her rabbit Ginger.  Hannah adores the bunny.  However, the name Ginger has led to some very funny confusions as to which ginger.
Abby holding Ginger
Hannah and Ginger
Anytime I say ginger Hannah immediately thinks it is the rabbit.  One day when Abby was sick she asked to have a ginger-bath.  Ginger baths seem to help with fevers and general flu symptoms.  When Hannah heard this she wanted to go get Ginger the rabbit to put in the tub.
Another time Hannah was asking me for "bunny chews".  I was very confused about what she was asking for.  Finally I figured it out, she wanted the ginger candies that I had bought for a trip to help those who had motion sickness.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Summer, so far

We are staying busy this summer, like always.  We had a good school year.  Everyone finished the work I had planned for them.  Josiah has it easy in school.  He hears the twins learn a concept.  Then when he gets to that concept he is already familiar with it from just over hearing them learn it.
Last month my parents came for a visit.  I love when they come.  We usually do some project around the house.  This year's project was to replace the carpet with laminate flooring.  The kids all helped.  My aunt also came over to help with it.  Grandma's job was to hold and entertain Nathan so I could do some of the work too.  My knees really hurt after a day of work.  The rooms look so much better with out the carpet and the kids love to slide on it with their socks.
A before shot of the very stained carpet
Removing carpet and staples from the floor
Some of the dirt we found under the carpet.  I never want carpet again!
The boys really helped with putting the laminate together
Grandma and Nathan
The finished floor looks beautiful
After we finished the floor we took a day to go hiking in the La Plata Mountains.  My aunt joined us.  It was a steep trail that my dad picked.  We went up a ways before turning back with the kids, but my dad continued to the very top and found an old mine.  He was very happy with his hike to the top of the mountain.
We stopped to look at a chipmunk
View from near the top
Also while my parents were here, Abby got to play the piano for church during the offering.  She has been practicing hymns on her own out of thComplete Church Piano Course book one which I wrote about in another post.  She is doing very well at learning the piano.
After my parents left we went camping at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in AZ.  This year we had a cabin which made packing nicer.  We didn't have to squeeze a tent, air mattresses, etc. in an already crowded van.  The kids were so busy playing with friends that they were only at our cabin to eat and sleep.  The first morning they were up way too early and found that their friends were up too.  It was a blessing to see them playing with other young people and making new friends.  I enjoyed the fellowship with other ladies, too.
Our cabin
Nathan enjoying the cabin porch
We went to Phoenix after camp to visit Faithful Word Baptist Church and see friends there who did not get to go on the camping trip.
Tried to get everyone to smile and look at the camera, but we didn't have time or patience for 50+ pictures
My garden has suffered greatly this year.  It has more weeds than vegetables.  Nathan is the center of attention around here this summer.  All his older siblings love to hold and entertain him.
Nathan about two weeks old
Hannah would hold him all the time if she could
So sweet!!


Nathan about 2 months old
Ready for church

The boys
Josiah entertaining Nathan.
Robert and Nathan
Busy watching everything 
I can't believe he will be three months old in just a few days!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Nathan's Birth

Monday morning, April 28th, my midwife called to see how I was doing.  She said I was on her mind and she thought I would soon have the baby.  I wanted to tell her “If you come maybe my body will decide that it is time.”   For weeks I had many braxton-hicks contractions, but nothing consistent. On Monday night I thought my water had broken.  It turned out to be just some mucus and bloody show.  The midwife came out and checked me.  I was not very far into labor.  We sent all the kids to bed.  She encouraged me to walk for an hour.  I was having contractions about 2-4 min. apart, but they slowed down if I rested.  Around midnight we decided to get some sleep.  I didn’t sleep very well, because the contractions were waking me up every 15-20 min. That has been my “sign” for the last two births, so I knew that he would be born the next day.  In the morning Gabe cooked breakfast for us while I walked some more outside.  It was cool and I didn't stay out long.  Soon the kids were all up, and disappointed that their brother hadn't been born, yet.
Monday night I had called my aunt who said she wanted to help take care of the kids.  She didn't answer her phone, which didn't surprise me since she goes to bed early and after taking out her hearing aids would not hear the phone.  I left her a text message and hoped she would get it in the morning. I tried again Tuesday morning, but she still wasn't answering her phone.  I finally had my sister stop by as she went to work and let her know.  My aunt arrived around 10 am.  We talked and I walked some more, but there were too many distractions I still wasn't progressing much. 
My midwife suggested that my aunt take the kids somewhere.  She took the four oldest and went to KFC.  Hannah refused to leave mommy.  My husband decided to go to KFC also, and get lunch for us, too.  My midwife decided that she would leave for a couple of hours too, because “a watched pot never boils”.  I was left at home with just Hannah.  I set her at the computer with a preschool game that she could play without help and I went to my room sat on my exercise ball and read a book to take my mind of counting contractions.  It worked!  My husband was delayed for a long time at KFC because someone in front of them took all the chicken, and they had to wait for more to cook. 
By the time he got back I was having painful contractions.  I called my midwife, and she soon returned too.  Things happened very quickly after that.  She filled the tub (I have a large tub), and then said we should go to the bed.  I said I really wanted to be in the tub.  Within 20 minutes of being in the tub, he was born.  He was my first water birth, and I would defiantly do it again.  I loved the way the water supported my body as I was pushing. 
Hannah came in and watched while he was being born.  She likes to tell people he was born in the tub.  She would not leave me for the next few hours.  My husband named him Nathan James.  He was born at 2:13 pm on Tuesday, April 29th.  He weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 19 ¾ inches long.  All the kids are excited about their new baby brother and enjoy holding him.  Abby loves taking care of him, and acts like a second mom to him.  Recovery has been slower this time.  I got a cough a few days after the birth and it refuses to go away no matter what I do.  I also have had some nursing issues, but that is clearing up, thanks to a few suggestions from my midwife.
Hannah and Nathan less than an hour after his birth
Robert (9yrs) meeting his brother.  He prayed for a brother for many years.
Abby (9yrs) holding her brother.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Train Ride

Last month as part of "birthday month" (my aunt and four of my kids) we went on the Durango-Silverton train.  We did the Cascade Creek run which was long enough for me.  We went on a weekday so the train was not crowded.  The kids had a great time and are constantly asking to go again all the way to Silverton.  

 Rueben and his girlfriend joined us.  Rueben has ridden the train before and wanted to do it again.

Josiah was the most excited.  All the older ones spent most of their time in the open air car which was right behind our car.  I stayed in our car.  Hannah did not want to move around, and since I am pregnant walking between the train cars was not my idea of fun.  Hannah was all smiles most of the time.  She was a bit scared of the big engine when we got out at Cascade Creek.
 The exciting part of the trip is going around the high curve about the canyon.  If you're afraid of heights you stay on the opposite side of the train, but it is a great opportunity for pictures.  As you can see Abby is not afraid of heights.


 They let off steam when crossing a bridge which gives off a nice rainbow.
 At Cascade Creek we had about 50 min. to get out and stretch our legs, take pictures, and let the kids play near the water.  Abby would have got in the icy cold water if I had let her.  She is my adventurous one.


 I just love this picture with all their heads hanging out of our car.
On the way back we had a peaceful ride.  The little girls were fighting sleep, and Josiah did take a nap - he rarely fights sleep.  It was about a four hour round trip.  Near the end Abby was getting a bit motion sick.  The train is constantly swaying side to side, so motion sickness can be a problem, if you are pron to it. After the ride we visited the museum, and went to a restaurant where the kids could draw on the floor with chalk while they waited for their food.

 



**Pregnancy Update**
We are two weeks away from the due date.  Everything has gone smoothly again this pregnancy.  Kids are all excited about getting to meet their new brother.  For the past week Hannah has been extra clingy, but she talks about baby everyday.