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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer So Far

Yay for summer!! School is out and I feel like we’ve already packed a lot of fun into our summer break, and we’ve only just started! We started off with a bang with Grandma and Grandpa Lemmon visiting. Unfortunately almost everyone got sick! We made the best of it and still really enjoyed seeing lots of family that we don’t get to see often.

Zoo fun:

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We had Katie’s family, Dave’s family, Daniel’s crew, and of course Mom and Dad over on Sunday for Peter’s baby blessing. It was pretty nice to have so many people there. It was a bummer Matt and Kayla were sick and missed the blessing.

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The gang!

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Our fam.

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We tried to get a picture of all the cousins there in cute tie-dye shirts Grandma Debbie brought for everyone. This is honestly the best picture I got. Maybe somebody else got a better one, but this is the most smiling kids in one picture that I managed to capture. Most of them looked more like this:

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Yup, not a single one smiling. LOL! We tried so hard!

Despite what it looks like in the picture above, the kids all really enjoyed seeing each other and playing together all week/weekend. It was too bad that so many kids kept taking turns getting sick, but that’s life, right? It was really nice that we were able to get together.

Other notable events: Lily finishing kindergarten and Michael finishing preschool.

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Soo cute and proud of himself. He had a blast with preschool. Made some good friends. I feel like I kind of missed out on a lot of it being pregnant and then having a newborn, but I know he was always excited to go and always had a great time.

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On the left, Lily on the last day of school, and on the right, on the first day of school. She loved her teacher and had a great year. She was incredibly social. Whenever I’d ask her about school, the only thing she’d ever talk about was what she did with her friends. When I asked her what kind of things she learned or worked on that day, it was almost always, “I don’t remember.” Her best friend from school is Indie. She absolutely loves him and often during the year commented to me “I wish Indie was my brother!” I’m glad she found such a good friend, he’s a sweet boy.

Peter is pretty good at smiling now. He’s got an adorable dimple on one side of his face and often sticks our his tongue when he smiles. He’s almost giggling when somebody tickles him. He loves to be swaddled to sleep, and is kind of falling into a routine lately. Adam gave him a candied cashew once, and he looked at Adam like it was the best thing of his entire life. (It probably was! lol) Of course I fished it out of his mouth right away, but now he loves it when people give him little tastes of whatever we’re eating. I think introducing solids to him in a few months will go really smoothly. Smile

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Hmm, not a great collage, but I don’t feel like making a decent one right now, takes too long. Anyway, here’s my Peter boy at just about 2 months old. He’s pretty awesome. He has an adorable sad face, and an even better happy face. We’re pretty obsessed with him.

Well that definitely isn’t all of our summer, but I think California and Disneyland need their own post. But I’ll leave you with a picture of my sweet Adam boy, since he deserves a bit of the spotlight, too. Smile

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Melt my heart with those deep brown eyes.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Yes, we say that little rhyme way too often now that we have our very own little Peter boy.

I’m tired of not blogging. I miss having recollections of fun family times and activities written down with cute pictures documenting the growth of our growing family. For a solid 2 years after Adam was born, I kind of felt like I was flailing in deep water trying to keep up with life with three littles. And then I knew it was time to have a fourth, but even when I was a few months pregnant, I just kept thinking that it was going to be insane, how would I handle 4 kiddos when I was still figuring out how to be a mom to 3?

And yes, Peter is only 7 weeks old and that’s hardly enough time to figure out what life is going to be like, but so far, it really has been ok. I finally feel like I have a handle on this Mom thing. Took me long enough, and inevitably life is sure to change as soon as I think I have things figured out, but for now, I’m pretty darn happy with how things are.

Anyway, now that I have that off my chest, I better hurry and write something down about Peter’s birth before he wakes up and I have to nurse. Smile

Peter was born on April 1st at 3:31 pm. He was 8lbs 10oz and 21 3/4 in long. There’s quite a back story that includes being diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 36 weeks (I’m still not convinced I actually had it, though), being told I’d have to be induced right on my due date (March 26) because of that, trying acupuncture for 2 weeks to get labor starting on it’s own (including electrotherapy!), being so incredibly frustrated with the diabetes diet and all the doctors thinking they know what’s best (sometimes, they just don’t know what’s best for your body, you do, and it’s ok to be firm about that!), being given another week to go into labor on my own since my “diabetes” was being controlled so well through diet, and then being induced anyway. It was such a hormonal roller-coaster for the 5 weeks leading up to his birth, and it was amazing how quickly the stress all went away once I actually held him in my arms.

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Peter Alexander Lemmon – 20 minutes old. Can’t see it much here, but he was born with a surprising amount of hair for a Lemmon baby.

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I just love this picture of Ben and I – that moment when we look at each other just full of joy over the life we just brought into this world.

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Look at all that hair! He’s basically bald now, it’s almost all fallen out!

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Proud Daddy!

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Meeting baby brother for the first time. They were all immediately smitten.

And a couple of pictures from the hospital photographer. The photos were free to get taken, and we loved them enough we decided to purchase the rights to them. I really like how they turned out, the photographer (from Bella Baby) did great.

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Oh, I just love this picture. The almost smile. That precious fuzzy shoulder. Adoring smiles on our faces. Our sweet Peter boy. We’re so glad he’s part of our family!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Summer Fun

Alright, mostly this is so I can look back and remember what actually happened over the summer! It was a busy summer, the highlight being my trip to Europe and our family trip to Yellowstone and Colorado to visit Ben’s parents. I should probably break these into separate posts, so yeah, that’s what I’ll do. I’m gonna do Yellowstone first (even though it was right in the middle) just cuz it’s what is on my mind right now.

We decided to go to Yellowstone last winter, probably, and tried to plan it for a late spring trip, but with Ben getting frustrated at work and looking for a new job right at that time, it never got planned and didn’t happen. So we put it off and finally planned it for August. We drove to Yellowstone and camped in the park for four nights. Three nights probably would have been sufficient! Smile We got rained out the last afternoon we were there, with the rain continuing all night. Made for a soggy departure. But it was still such a memorable trip and so much fun. The kids talked about it for weeks afterwards.

Picture dump, with a few captions when I feel like it.

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First time out of the car (minus potty breaks) Saturday afternoon to stretch our legs and see some little geysers!

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Of course it wouldn’t be a Yellowstone post without a picture of Old Faithful!

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Yum! This kid loves food!

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At our camp spot. Ben and I always sleep on an air mattress. But I forgot the pump. Sad smile So for the first two nights we were pretty uncomfortable, until my husband the hero bought us another pump from a convenience store. Yay!

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Gorgeous Yellowstone lake. We were so bummed that it never worked out for us to go swimming in it. The day we had reserved for swimming was the day we got rained out!

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Buffalo! Well, technically bison. Lots and lots of bison. This is what we saw the most of while we were there. It was so fun to just see them everywhere, walking right past your car, taking dust paths, and the little “red dogs” – the baby bison. They are pretty spectacular!

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So many waterfalls! I don’t even remember which falls this was, I just remember that we had to climb down and then up so many stairs to get to it. It was one of the first (or the first, I think) waterfalls that we saw the first full day we were there.

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Just a portion of the stairs!

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One of Adam’s favorite activities while there – playing with bugs. Cutie.

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Red dog! Lily loved seeing the baby bison.

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Wish I could remember all the names of the waterfalls we saw. This one was either Upper or Lower Falls, I just can’t remember which. :/ Oh well. We saw this one the second full day. (We got there on a Saturday a little past lunch time, but in my head I always think of Sunday, the day we really started driving around the park, as the first day. Thus labeling it as our first “full” day there. Just helps me keep it straight in my head.)

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Lunch time. We stopped at the same park for lunch two days in a row.

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Haha, we didn’t actually get McDonalds while at Yellowstone. We saved a few of the containers and used them to pass snacks back to the kids while we were in the car. We spent so much time in the car driving from spot to spot within the park. The kids actually did really well. Lily and Michael really enjoyed keeping a lookout for animals, and when they got tired of that, they would play with little toys or read or color. Adam also enjoyed lots of books, although he wasn’t quite as content as the kids. They all got lots of snacks!

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My perfect family. I sure love them.

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Oops. Yup, that’s our van. It was pretty scary. Just a case of misjudging how much room we had. We were so glad it didn’t go all the way over. 3 hours, a tow-truck, and over $300 later, we were safely (and with no damage to the van!) on our way.

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Yay for tow-trucks! The big crowd of people standing around all clapped when he pulled it up. Funny story, almost every single person to walk past our van in the time we were waiting for the tow-truck to get there took a picture of it! One lady even told us “Well the petrified tree we came to see was pretty lame, but my boys really enjoyed seeing your car!” Haha! (She was right, the petrified tree that was the reason for our stop was pretty lame. Not worth a scare and $300, that’s for sure!)

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But the baby bear made up for it! We wouldn’t have seen this bear at all if we hadn’t gotten stuck. It was all by itself as far as anyone could tell, not a mamma bear in sight. Which made this mamma more than a little nervous! The little bear was probably 4-6 months old, not very big at all, and so cute. So not scared of any of the people standing around taking pictures of it. In fact, it kept coming closer and closer. At one point it was probably only 15 feet away. We decided to get back in our car then, cuz we didn’t want a hidden mamma bear deciding we were too close to her cub and getting mad. It was really cool though, such an awesome moment from the trip. One of my favorites, for sure.

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Look how cute!!

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The third and last full day we were there we went out for a bit in the morning, came back to roast some hot dogs over the fire, and got just dumped on. We all hid out in the van for a while waiting for the rain to stop, and when it finally did, there was a least an inch of water in our fire pit! We ended up putting our canopy over the fire pit with our camp chairs around it to finish lunch and spent most of the afternoon there. We were all tired of being in the car and needed a small break before leaving the next day to drive for 10 hours to Colorado. That was also the day we took a boat ride on Yellowstone Lake and learned a little bit of the history of the lake.

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Playing with sparklers in a clear moment between rainstorms.

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Kids in their jammies the last morning there. Such a fun trip! I’m pretty sure we’ll do it again in a few years, even being there for four days we still feel like we didn’t get to see everything we wanted to. I think one of my favorite things that I took away from it was just how beautiful and gorgeous God has made our earth and the creatures in it. I loved seeing all the animals in such a natural setting. And being able to just look out and see only nature – no big highways or buildings or people – was inspiring. And all the variety – the plains, the forests, the geysers and paintpots, river and lake, so many different animals. It was amazing. I highly recommend taking a trip there if you haven’t before. Or even if you have! We all really really loved it.