Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Blessing

As a teensy eight-day-old Mara was blessed. We were so happy that so many people could participate in her big debut: Grandmama & Pappy, Mackenzie & Beau, Grandma & Grandpa Holmes, Danna, Chris & Laurne, Kitti, Justin, Grace & Camille. Danna and Sharon were so great to make a lovely meal and bring it all the way from Maryland! Mara wore the same booties that Grandmama wore and the dress that I (and Brooklee and Adriel) wore. I wore Gram's jacket so we had clothing from four generations!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mara is born!

Last pregnancy shot--possibly ever?! This was my first induction. After one false-alarm trip to the hospital and endless nights of worry about getting someone to watch the kids and getting to the hospital I decided to go the induction route. I was afraid of another Truman-sized baby! At 41w2d I checked into the hospital at 8 am. It seemed to take forever until everything was set up and Pitcin was started around 12pm. I checked in with regular (minor) contractions and they continued without progress until 3. My doctor offered to break the water then, and after an hour of intense contrations Mara was born around 5:30! She was 8 lbs. 12 oz. We were baffled by her dark hair!! They measured her at 22 in. but I think that was a little over since three days later at the doctor's office she was only 21 1/4". We left the hospital the next evening. We were anxious to bring Mara home and get back to the other children. Because of flu season they weren't allowed to come to the hospital and they were anxious to meet her! Big thanks to Grandmama & Pappy and the Olsens who kept everyone alive at home.

Monday, March 23, 2015

January 2015

Before Mara was born we had a flurry of cleaning/organizing activity, mostly thanks to motivation from others. On New Year's Day the Olsens came over and thouroughly cleaned the house. Nate took a break to apply makeup. Another day Katy came over to help me make this gift for Tyler's parents. It shows where everyone in the family has served a mission! My mom also came over multiple snow days and painted the kitchen, organized every closet in my house, and vacuumed every crevice. She also swept the floor 1,000 times. Clemyjontri Park is always a blast! Pappy helped Truman say the Article of Faith in Primary. Truman was very proud of his person.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Truman Turns Three! (and Halloween)

Truman, Katie and I went to visit Tyler at his jobsite and then on to the zoo for his birthday! No picture of Halloween costumes this year! Whoops. I can't even remember what everyone was for various outings! But here is some food from our spooky food feast. No picture of Halloween costumes this year! Whoops. I can't even remember what everyone was for various outings! But here is some food from our spooky food feast. I made mummy dogs and mummy fingers. Adriel made a veggie skeleton. Grandmama made scary eyeballs and witch fingers!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


I have been looking for these pictures for awhile! Visiting Tyler's jobsite--Coast Guard HQ June 2013 Chik-fil-a Day July 2013

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


October and November were filled with soccer practices and games.Brooklee enjoyed the social aspect of the practices and tolerated the games. Dallyn proved to be aggressive and competitve in going after the ball. Truman was at the sidelines, keeping himself busy with sticks and tricks. Adriel won't be playing soccer again. She enjoyed practices but hated the games. She never did learn the rules very well and was very hesitant to approach the ball. This was her one and only time to be goalie--only because she begged the coach. The after-game treats were her motivation to keep it up :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Dolphin Birthday Party

Family celebration with mini cupcakes and cookie dough ice cream. Brooklee's got a little choke-hold on Lauren! Olivia and Truman test out his new sheets from Grandmama and Pappy. Ocean water, goldfish crackers, and dolphin bananas. Can't go wrong with PB&J! The easiest birthday "cake" ever. Party games included catching goldfish crackers in your mouth, jumping through a hula hoop like a dolphin, and pin the tail on the dolphin. Guests also used perler beads in ocean shapes and decorated their goody bags.