Monday, December 7, 2009

Our Chick-fila Santa

Here's one more reason I love my Chick-fila. Every year we go to their Santa night. We enjoy some great nuggets, a coke, a peppermint shake, and the sweetest Santa. I'm convinced that he really is Santa.
Kendall could not wait to go see Santa. She wanted to make sure he knows that she wants "a dog that swims and walks" aka the Rescue Puppy.
Taryn wanted nothing to do with Santa. They enjoyed a little face off before she ran away in fear.

Instead of asking for his two front teeth, Garrett wants to lose the other front tooth that is loose.


I love these sweet pictures with baby Alina.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Baby Ali

Here's a few pictures of baby Ali that I took two weeks ago.
She's getting big so fast. The only part of her getting bigger that I like is that she has turned into a great sleeper. For two nights in a row, she has slept from 10:00 pm to 5:30 am. The blessings of a chubby baby.
We LOVE baby Alina!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's about time....

All of Garrett friends have been losing teeth, but Garrett seemed to be holding on tight to every single one of his. He was starting to get a little bummed that the Tooth Fairy wasn't paying him a visit. Then last week, he came home from school with a tooth box and complaining that it hurt to eat. Sure enough, his front tooth was loose. But he didn't want Keith or I to touch it. Frankly neither one of us want to pull it out. We're squirmish kind of people. Fortunately Garrett's best buddy's father, our neighbor, is a dentist. Friday, Garrett went over to play and eat dinner with Syler and came home with his tooth in a bag. Broath, Dr. Yen, numbed Garrett up and pulled it over the dinner table. Garrett has friends with sweet hook ups, like tooth pulling.

Garrett looks so sweet missing his front tooth. I'm hoping he looses another before we take Christmas pictures. There are very few times in one's life with missing front teeth is adorable.

Alina's first six weeks.




I just realized that almost every picture I have a Alina she is either in her bouncy or car seat, so that pretty much says where she spend most of her little life.

She's good baby. Okay sleeper and eater, not my best but I'm not complaining.
I still can't decided who she looks like, Kendall or Taryn . She's a cutie!

I had hoped when she was first born that she'd be a blondie like Keith was when he was little, but I think she's going to be a strawberry blondie like Taryn.

Here's a few picture for the family that are complaining that I don't post enough pictures.


Alina is throwing the Texas Longhorn sign in a very cool way.






The other kids are still adjusting to all the attention that Alina requires. The other morning while I was sleeping, Keith woke up to all three of the older kids on the sofa quietly watching TV. Garrett had made everyone a sippy, got them a blanket and turned on the toons. If only every morning were that way.

Taryn has now resorted to pushing the beanbags together, getting her own passy, and putting herself down for a nap.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

For 31 years.....

I could sleep through the night perfectly in a house all by myself.

For the past 7 years, I don't get a good night's sleep unless one particular man is there with me.

For 31 years, I took care of most of my household maintenance needs by myself.

For the past 7 years, I doubt my ability to hang a picture right or maybe it's co-dependence because I just don't want to take care of things by myself.

For 31 years, the man I looked to for advise was by father.

For the past 7 years, I find it hard to make any decisions without running them past one particular man.

For 31 years, I longed to have children that were my own around me.

For the past 7 years, children seem to be multiplying like flies around this house. And love every moment of it.

For 31 years, my weekend nights were either spent on a date with some random guy trying to figure out if he was "the one", or as the third wheel on my sister's and their husband's dates.

For the past 7 years, my weekend nights are either Costco pizza with a cart full of kids, walking around dreaming of thing I want in my house, or on the most romantic nights on the town with one particular man. (It is so nice to not have to make small talk anymore over dinner on a date. It's also nice not to have to eat like a mouse.

For 31 years, I saw many wonderful sights in this beautiful world, but always wished there was some one there with me to remember the experience.

For the past 7 years, one particular man has taken me to so many wonderful and beautiful places and I'll remember every moment.

For 31 years, everything I owned could fit in the back of a truck.

For the past 7 years, I have somehow filled this 3000 square foot home with crap and one particular man endures it with patience.

For 31 years, I wondered what eternal unconditional love felt like?

For the past 7 years, one particular man has made me feel that love with every breath I take.

I love you, Keith! Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our 2 year old Princess Lilly

Happy 2nd Birthday, Taryn!
It seems like Taryn was just born yesterday, and now she's 2 and a big sister. We love our little strawberry blonde. Recently she is obsessed with wearing dress-up clothes every day. She often falls asleep with a crown on her head, so only appropriate that she wear a crown on her birthday.
We had a little family party for her the night before her birthday because Dad had to go out of town. Grandma Hatch helped up buy her a new princess bike that blows bubbles. She was so excited to ride her bike. Poor Dad had a hurry and put it together.
The sidewalks, or in our house the hardwood floors, are not safe when Taryn's on her princess mobile. You go girl!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Rainy Trick or Treating

Due to the rainy weather, we let Garrett go over to friends house to party and try to do a little trick or treating.

Keith put the rain coats on the girls and took them to a two or three houses.
Alina and I stayed home for the 17 kids that actually came to our door.
Next year, we're doing Halloween better.
(Not that the kids noticed that we didn't do much this year.)

Halloween Eve



This year Kendall wanted to wear a blue princess dress from Walmart, however the dress was a little too big. But no fear, Grandma Hatch was here helping with the baby and altered the dress. So I thought we were in good shape, until the night of the church Halloween Carnival and Kendall refused to put on the dress. She found this costume in the dress up box while Garrett was getting his out, and decided Minnie Mouse is what she'd like to be.

She's wearing the blue dress next year. I am not buying a new costume.

Alina made a sweet little bunny.

I bribed Garrett into using the Jedi costume I made him last year by buying him a new light saber.
He makes a great Jedi because, "He knows all the great moves."
When I was two or three my Mom dressed me up as a clown. I was okay with the outfit, but then when my Mom put make-up on my face, I burst into tears. All my Halloween picture that year are of my crying. I always wandered what happened that my Mom couldn't get me to smile for just one picture. This year was that year for Taryn.
I did her hair and told her to go get her pink princess dress. When she came back she had gotten into the dress up box, found a pink shirt, and called it good. When I went to change her into her really costume that Grandma and I had fixed to fit her, she lost it!

Being that we were going to a "church" activity, we didn't fell like it would be appropriate for her to go topless, so Keith battled her to get on the real pink princess costume.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Showering Baby Alina

My dear friend Linda Warner, through me a baby shower. Even though I hate party's for me, especially when I just had a baby and am huge as a whale, it was nice to get together with good friends. Baby Alina received many adorable outfits, blankets, books, jewelry, and pictures.
Thank you all so much!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Alina's Big Day


At my appointment the Tuesday before Alina was born, Dr. G. suggested we get this big ole baby out. However, I didn't want to induce until my Mom could help with kids. She flew in on Saturday night, so we went in on Sunday morning for "the gel" The gel that cause intense cramping and pain but has sent me into labor with my past two babies. Sure enough within ten minutes the intense cramping and pain began. We walked around the hallways for tow hours to encourage contractions and dilation but like all the other times, I was a 1. I decided I'd rather be miserable at home or anywhere out of the hospital, so we went for a little drive.

But once we got in the car the pains stepped up a notch. I couldn't decided what to do, so we went to get a milk shake at 31 flavors, which I never crave. While enjoying my shake I couldn't think straight to make a decision. Keith really wanted to just go back to the hospital to wait it out but I couldn't decided. So we called our good friends, who is also a OBGYN. He said you can either go home, be in pain, and have to deal with your kids, OR go back to the hospital, ask for drugs and have no pain?
Hum? I didn't think of it that way. Good call by him!
When we got back to the hospital, they hooked me up to the machines, and found out I was in active labor. I was having contractions every three minutes for forty five minutes. The gave me an epidural, broke my water, and I went to sleep. Around 9:30 pm I started to feel pain and a lot of pressure, so I told the nurse I may need a little more juice in the epidural. So Dr. Gonzalas came into check me, and I was a 10. I pushed for about 10-15 minutes. Thank heavens she was facing down!
Out came baby Alina!
At 10:10p.m. our perfect 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and 21 inches long baby girl came into this world.
The first thing I notice was her long toes, perfectly round noggin and light hair. Those first few minutes with your new child are so precious. Although I feel love for my child before they are born, it doesn't compare to that overwhelming feeling you get the first time you hold them.
We called a let our family know. The kids really wanted to come visit the baby but due to the pig flu they could only check her our through the window, so Grandma helped them make crafts for me and the new baby. I love this paper plate creation that Garrett made of me with baby Alina still in my tummy. Oh, I love that boy!


Garrett's Cow's & Corn field trip

Being that I just had a baby, and I've been to Cows & Corn 6 times, Keith decided he would go with Garrett on his field trip. They had a great time on the hay ride, corn maze, making butter, and learning about cows.
This is Garrett and his buddy Will. They are in the same class at school and in Sunday School. We love Will.


Yummy!l

Here's a little taste of the yummy little roles I get to snuggle with everyday.
We love baby Alina. She fits in perfectly.

I didn't make my white cocoon big enough for my chubby baby with LONG legs and toes.



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kendall's first field trip

Today was a very special day for Kendall. Not only did she get to go on her first field trip ever, but she also was able to share it with Grandma Hatch. They had a great time at Ticondoga Farms. They enjoyed a hayride out to the pumpkin patch. Kendall picked out the prefect pumpkin for her and her little sister who had to sit in the car with Mommy while she nursed baby Alina.

Kendall was also brave enough to go down the biggest slide all by herself. In fact she enjoyed it so much the first time she did a few more times.

Taryn joined to the class for a picnic lunch and a private tour of the farm by Grandma.
Yes, she was trying to kiss the goat through the fence. Nice!

The girls loved the Tee pee.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Crazy feet!

How could such a sweet face have such crazy feet! She has finger toes.


First attempt!

So here's a few pix from our first attempt at pictures of baby Alina. She was a perfect angel through the whole experience. More to come tomorrow.

I love those chubby arms. She's yummy!
So, who do you think she looks like, Kendall or Taryn?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Welcome home Alina Maurine Jones


After spending the day being harassed by the Social Security lady to give my child a name before we leave the hospital, we finally settled on a name for baby number four. It's always a big stress for me to decided on a name.
I went to the hospital thinking that her name would be "Alina Reece" but Keith wasn't so hip on "Reece", so we looked up common middle names that go with Alina. "Alina Marie", sounded the best but Marie sounds like it should be a family name.

So we tried Alina Maurine Jones!
It works!
"Maurine" is Keith's mother's name.
Note that Keith really wanted to name her "Alina Catherine", so that we could nickname her "Allie Cat"

The siblings were so excited to hold her for the first time.

Kendall loves her sisters. Kendall looks so sweet with her fat lip.

Garrett was the most excited to have his sister come home. He can not keep his hands off her. In fact, I think he's more fond of her then the Wii and new playground set.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Baby number four


Baby number four arrived on Sunday, October 11th at Prince William Hospital. She arrived at 10:10 pm, weighing in at a perfect 9'6 lbs, and 21 inches long. She seems to be a blonde, with finger like toes, reddish complexion and rolly thighs. Yummy!
More details later.
These are the only pictures we have right now. More later.
She looks scared to death in this picture.