Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Home again, home again, jiggety jig

We have been home for a few days now and life is pretty tame. I am so fortunate to have had my parents and sister come and stay with the boys while I was in the hospital so Hans could be with me and Tait. I don't think they quite knew what they were getting into, but bless them anyhow. The boys had a lot of fun with them. But now it's just mom and dad and life returns to normal. Hans took off this whole week to help me out and has been great. He has forced me to nap, has done all the dishes, dusted, swept and mopped even! He plays with the boys so I can nurse without witnesses and has been just been a great hubby and father. I am so lucky and blessed to be with my boys, all of them!

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Little one is finally here




Today at 11:29 our little bundle of joy arrived. We were as suprised as almost everyone else that it was a little boy. And this one doesn't look like any of my brothers yet, which is a good thing. He was 6 lbs 14 oz and 20 inches long. About the same as the others. I have do give Shellie a hard time because she made it look so easy. 3 pushes and done. Amazing!! Now on to the battle of getting one of our children to eat. Seeing Hiett you can tell that it doesn't ever get any easier in our house. Here are some picures of Tait William Lovell and his proud brothers and parents. Who are all glad that he has made it here health and his mom is doing great also.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A first for everything. . .

Just a little note to all of the fellow women out there. Most of you might be jealous because I don't really look pregnant and my labors are relatively short and as painless as they could be, ( I think), and I haven't had ANY stretch marks. That is, until this week. Yes, yes, it was bound to happen. My third child, I guess I should count my blessings. And well, I was going to post a picture, but honestly, who wants to see that!? To be perfectly honest, it isn't bad at all. In fact it is kinda funny. It's the kind of stretch mark that I will have a hard time hiding and not because I wear bikinis either. You see, this stretch mark is on my achilles tendon of my left foot! You thought I was joking about the swelling and water retention didn't you! My ankles get huge, I never thought they would get large enough to make their own stretch marks, but hey, it could be worse! JUst thought I would share and hopefully make you smile. By the way- SEVEN MORE DAYS!!!!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Buddies

I am so glad that my boys have reached this stage in life right now. The other day, after the boys had spent a morning playing Captain Hook and Peter Pan( we made swords out of paper and lots of masking tape), the whole morning had gone smoothly. There were no fights. I wouldn't say it was quiet- they WERE after all playing pirates- but they were playing TOGETHER. And then the crowning moment of the whole day, Hiett scooted his chair over next to Gabe and said, "Can I sit next by my buddy, Mom?" Seating arrangments be hanged! Whooohoo! And, yes, I guess it does get better... halfway through the meal, Hiett leans over, rests his head on Gabe's shoulder and Gabe automatically slings his left arm around Hiett's neck and keeps eating calmly, like this has happened a thousand times before. I sat there, quite stunned, and thouroughly enjoying every second of watching my children be not only brothers but friends, adn not just friends but "buddies". I truly sat there for I don't know how long until Hiett suggested that I take a picture of him and Gabe. What a great idea- things like this have got to be recorded- you never know how long it is going to last. But miraculously, this buddy thing continued all that day and into the night. I walked back into my room to findmy bed stacked with baskets and large toys and books and animals and articles of clothing. Gabe expained that they had made my bed into the school bus and that he was the driver taking Hiett to school. Then it would be Hiett's turn to drive. I'm not sure what school bus they have ever seen that was laden with all sorts of miscellaneous objects, but once again, they were playing TOGETHER and even cleaned up cheerfully. It was a wonderful day. I love my boys, they remind me of the goodness of kind words and working together and really of the greatness of love.

WELCOME to our new home

We got moved in settled a few weeks ago, but it has taken me longer than I thought to get back into my groove. I hadn't realized that I HAD a groove, maybe it was more like a rut, but anyway, I am comfortably back into it and that is that. So, I am sure that you are all curious to see what exactly we moved into. You have to promise to not be jealous!!! Really.... everybody seems to think that I mind terribly our new home, but I don't mind it that much. I am with Hans, the boys have their dad and unlimited roaming space and so much more family close by, I would make the trade again anyday. Not to mention the projects that I am planning that will keep me busy for quite some time. Ready?
Well, the power plant pays for all of their employees to move within 40 miles of the plant so they packed us up and shipped us off. This is the truck arriving. It was huge! Our stuff only took up about 1/3 of the truck!
Hans and I are still in debate about what is happening with the exterior of the house. I want to get some paint and paint it, then get a good color match and do the shutters differently. The porch will be fixed- it sags in the middle and threatens to collapse whenever you step on it. I want to put a little roof over it, a simple little peak that stretches back to the trailer, that would hopefully break up the ugliness a little bit. we will probably be here for 21/2 to 3 years so I want to make it look like a home for us.
OK- let me explain that roof looking thing. Nevermind- can't explain it. But I am going to try to put little support strut things off from it to support a new piece of wood that will make it look like a beam instead of a chintzy shingled roof inside of a house. And that is faux brick paneling. he he he. I have never seen it before. I giggle when I see it. The next pic is the kitchen dining combo. The floor is newish lineolium, so that is good to stay. But the wallpaper is falling off and so I am going to practice my tiling and do a medium dark greyish tile and then strip the cupboards and paint them a white. The door knobs will be replaced too. Hopefully this will work with the mustard yellow stove- this trailer is 30 years old, so it is very 70's with the wood paneling EVERYWHERE!!

UNGH. The paneling is sooo dark! This hallway could use a coat of paint. Hans' grandma is skeptical of us painting the paneling, truthfully I am too, but this is so drab I have got to do something! The light fixture is going to be replaced so my dad doesn't hit his head everytime he comes over. Well, for that matter, most of the light fixtures will get to be replaced soon.

I saved the best for last!!! Our bathroom is horrid! Seriously- I don't mind it, it just makes me laugh it is that ugly. The floral nasty green print coordinates with the yellos tub, toilet and sink. The linoleum is the same shades and that crazy design you could sit and stare at for hours trying to figure out the pattern. A new sink is already in the works. A new shower curtain already bought, and so many plans floating in my head. Wall paper off, new linoleum, tiling another backspash, paint the walls, build a frame around the mirror to make it the focal point. So much to do. Will I get it done in my 3 year time limit?? Oh and the kicker, the washer and dryer are in the bathroom! Convienent!!!
We had such a fun Halloween! It got kicked off with an adult( that sounds naughty!) Halloween Party which was fun as it always is to get together with all of everybody. I love seeing all the costumes and wish I knew which file Hans put them uner so I could post them. Beau and Bonnie won my prize for best dressed- Beau looked hot in that eyeliner and black nail polish. Anyway, then on Halloween we had a bunch of the kids over for a little party and had a great time- I did anyway, I hope the kids did too. We went trick or treating in the "old ward" just to say hi to some folks we hadn't seen in a while. The boys had a great time. Tait slept through it all in his comfy bear outfit and Hiett only fell down two sets of stairs with his AWESOME hoomemade batman mask. I don't know how much longer I will get away with homemade costumes but until then- $6 always beats out $20-40 in my opinion, and I think the kids have more fun being "creative". HA ha. We had a great time and the candy is almost gone already- I swear I haven't helped too much!

My happy boy

My happy boy
How can you not smile when you see that!? Tait hung out on this blanket while we were fishing on Monday- he loves to be outside- and it's a good thing since that's where we are most of the time!

Our hike

Our hike
Yes, that is the road down there. We found this trail off the road up the Five MIle Canyon. We have loved the red rock scenery that is so prevelant in the Parowan area

Birthday Boy riding his new bike

Birthday Boy riding his new bike
He loves riding with Gabe on their"motorbikes"

The swinging of the pinata

The swinging of the pinata
Gabe is the only one who inflicted any damage at all

Argh MAtey!

Argh  MAtey!
Me and my pirate buddies- we had so much fun. Sometimes I really wich I were still a kid ro everyday was a birthday so I had a reason to be all creative and fun

Hiett

Hiett
The birthday crown for the king of the day