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Measure Yourself



A photographer friend of mine posted a fabulous quote this morning.  I absolutely love it!  It was one of those quotes that not only gets you thinking, but it is pretty much an epiphany.




So often we get caught up in judging.  We judge ourselves. We judge our kids.  We judge our spouse.  We judge others.  Whether spiteful or not, judging can lead us down a path that is filled with meh.   You know, that feeling of general discontent with life.  Check out this quote.


“If your parents ever measured you as a child, they had you
stand against a wall, and made a little pencil mark on the
wall to show your growth. They did not measure you against
your brother, or the neighbor’s kids, or kids on TV. When you
measure your growth, make sure to only measure your today self
by your past self. If you compare your relationships, your
success, or your anything against anyone else, you are not
being fair to you. Everyone has a different path, a different
pace, and different challenges to face along the way.” 

— Doe Zantamata



I love this mainly for myself as the quote was intended, but also as a mother.  Each of my kids is an individual with so many different talents and struggles.  When I expect them to be able to perform or think the same, my abilities as a good parent go down.  Kids need consistency and Individual action plans to help them be the best they can be in life.  





The images are from our church 4th of July breakfast on the muggiest morning this summer.  :-) I dutifully brought my camera and pretty much didn’t use it as I chatted with lady friends.  It was only after our second Sunday in this congregation again after 5 years of living in a different one {our church congregations are assigned geographically which is Awesome!} so there were tons of ladies to catch up with and meet.  Needless to say, my social heart was in happy land.

The water game above was great on such a warm muggy morning.  Hey, you’re wet already.   It was a relay race with two teams competing to get a cup of water, hold it on their head to the bucket and see which team could fill the bucket the fastest.  Landon busted in front of the line trying to get in on the big kids game so our wonderful leaders let him take a cup across.  Maddie worried greatly about the water she had sloshing on her head so rarely had the cup over her head and had to be directed back to her bucket since she was no longer thinking of the bucket.  Blake is my rule follower who tries to do everything perfectly keeping that cup over his head most of the time and dumping much of his water with his speedy walk to the bucket.  They were all individual and all adorable.



Hoola hoops will be a skill they all can master later.  :-)

More help give me

The week between my mom being here and Guy’s sister coming in May was filled with visitors at our house helping me with the kids while Guy worked.   It was such an amazing gift of service the sisters from church provided to our family.  For any of you reading this:  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!  Oh, and THANKS AGAIN!!

 


Landon wanted to nurse a lot in addition to his supplemental bottles.  I was able to lounge sideways on the couch mostly sitting on one hip.  What I wasn’t able to do well was adjust positions like a person naturally does when they sit somewhere.  Add holding a baby to that as well as looking after the twins and it makes for some really tough days without help.  So while I could have made it through the week, I realize it would have been an unhappy week with mom grumpy by noon & needing the already overworked Guy to jump through hoops after work each day.


Blake was pretty happy go lucky the whole week giving us little trouble any way you look at it.  His issues since Landon was born manifest in a more fatalistic approach when a task is new or hard along with more sudden angry actions when he is frustrated.


Madison had her days when she was a complete basket case that week.  By mid week I realized something about Madison as she interacted with the different ladies who were over.   She requires a certain amount of attention and sympathy when she gets upset or hurt.  Too little and she is more drama queen, too much and she is a sobbing heaping mess, and just right she gets over it pretty quickly.  She is definitely an emotional girly girl.


She loves to mother Landon.  She’s willing to do pretty much anything other then change a poppy diaper. Last night we showed her how to put a disposable diaper on.  I was helping her do it and Guy was sitting above us on the couch coaching her.  She jumps up when we finished and says, “Hey Bate {Blake}, I changed Landon’s diaper all by myself with mommy’s help!”


I’ve probably mentioned this before on the blog, but Guy ended up working a ton of off duty during the American Idol season.   He works for the police department and is currently assigned as the high school resource officer at the high school Scotty McCreery attended.  He was assigned to work all of the weekly viewing parties at the high school.  Then during the last couple weeks of the season he worked additional hours with all of the live American Idol coverage.  When Scotty did his hometown tour, Guy and the other officer he works with at the school were assigned to be Scotty’s body guards.  This meant he was basically working starting after his normal shift on Friday evening until Sunday midday when the plane left.  He was able to come home and sleep.  My church Relief Society president and friend who watched the kids when we had Landon picked up Blake and Madison for church that Sunday.



Since I had to get out the kids car seats out of the SUV to put in their van, we waited outside.   They goofed around with Landon who was doing his outdoor happy thing.


Madison has their bag of snacks.  These two can’t seem to make it from breakfast to snack time in nursery without some grub.  Oh, and they also eat a bit of something on the way home from church.  lol  It is a 20 minute drive to church, the Sacrament meeting is from 9:00-10:10, Sunday school is from 10:15-11:00, and the separate meetings are from 11:05-12:00.  The kids nursery class is during both of the last hours.  They start with general playtime, have a lesson, snack time, singing time and more playtime at the end.  Both kids love it.  In January they will go into the kids Primary program.  In Primary they will have class time and sharing time which is when all the younger kids between 3-8 are together for singing and a lesson or Sunday appropriate activity.  They move up in January instead of at their 3rd birthday.



He was so skinny here!  Today I weighed him in at 16.4 pounds.  In this image he was about 11.


These next two images crack me up.  I can just imagine going to a drive in movie with them using these seats as chairs.


They are pretending to drive a car.   I’m a big fan of shorts under dresses and skirts for obvious reasons…


Love the curled up newborn pics!


The kids are starting to learn how to play my favorite sport.  Maybe they’ll be rock stars when they get older.


Blake with his fabulous follow through!


Not sure what she’s looking at but love the face.


They quickly tired of bumping the ball and went onto chasing mommy with the ball!  I may not have been able to sit and move well, but I could run around with them when Landon wasn’t attached to me!


Not sure which one of them enjoyed it more.  Probably Madison!


One of our awesome friends and helpers!


One of her drama moments.


The boy.  So his new thing, which is uber annoying, is to say he isn’t or didn’t do something that Madison is in trouble for.  Guy told him tonight he is the perfect child all the while rolling his eyes…


So I promise Landon doesn’t cry every time these two try and hold him.  It was mostly during the early days when Madison was a little to vigorous with him making him very leery of her.  He was also rescued from them quite quickly each time.



Her feet do not look like little kid feet to me?  They certainly will not look little when she gets to be around 9  years old.  At about that age I was wearing my moms size 9 shoes.  :-)


We so rarely get lovely sunsets around here.  It was greta to look up to a perfectly cloudy sky this night and enjoy the light show as the sun dipped lower in the sky.


A little backyard play time.  We really did have a ton of absolutely gorgeous days this spring.



This is one of those shots taken holding Landon in one arm and my super heavy camera out to the side with my other.  This was the most focused of the shots.


A visit to the doctors for Landon’s one month check up.  Our helper that day was the most awesome and helpful Jennifer our Relief Society president at church.  She really helped us out so much coming over when Landon was born {cleaning up the bathroom!!!!!}, taking the kids to church and coming over for the day.


Madison is so doing so well at riding her tricycle!  Blake continues to walk his around most of the time.


I love how she looks in pigtails.


A bit of wildlife.


She is so excited to feed him as often as she can.


A little pre summertime fun with yummy popsicles.  I wonder if they matched their outfits on purpose?  Popsicles are not my territory in this family since melting dripping messes are not my thing.  I also do not like popsicles so liking them to help them not drip or liking my fingers after touching them is pretty gross to me.   Guy does a great job of helping them eat their sweet frozen goodness.





Uhhhh Ohhhh  Today we ended up missing church.  We didn’t get much sleep last night.  Guy also had food poisoning.  I probably would have taken the twins, at least, but after my last get up around 5 am Guy was up with the kids and I slept through all the noise until it was nice and late this morning.    It’s so funny there are so many crying images of Landon.  He hardly ever cries!