A few weeks ago… (By Sir Potatoes)

Testing, testing… Well, look at that! It’s me and Boots!

Now wait a second… Boots, are you giving me bunny ears?

[What? Me? No way! You must be seeing things with your crazy eyes there.]

Ok, everyone. Are you ready? Today is super special and we don’t want to mess this up.

[We’re ready, Potatoes!]

Ok. One, two, three…

*Cheese!*

*More cheese!*

Ha, ha! Ok, Mom, I’ve got the camera all warmed up and ready for you!

[Thank you, Potatoes! Places, everyone!]

Sure thing, Mom!

Ta-dah! It’s our whole faminy!!

Aww. Look at us all! Spit shined and all ready for our turn at church during COVID-19. *Sigh* There’s only one thing that could make this better. Do you know what it is? 🥰 I’ll give you some hints…

He’s 38 weeks old, sitting all comfy and breech, and giving Mommy contractions like nobody’s bidness. He’s also a powerful magnet for our hands and we love to find his head and feel his huge kicks and jabs. AND! The doctor is going to take him out in just two days!!!

He’s our new baby brother!!!

Aww… We just can’t wait to meet him.

And I’ll bet when he comes out, he’s going to make…

… The Bubbers King look every inch of being a teenager who’s almost as tall as his mom! (Though it makes him sad and excited at the same time. He wants to tower over Mommy, and yet he doesn’t… Isn’t growing up confusing?)

Baby brother will also make…

… Mommy shake her head in wonder that Sir Boots is old enough to have the Priesthood and pass the sacrament at church. It just swells her heart to the brim to watch him and she’ll get to again today!

And of course…

… Mommy can’t believe I’m old enough to hold and rock my baby brother like a champ! (Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was rocking ME to sleep every night for hours while watching Larkrise to Candleford on her phone? That was almost 10 years ago? Holy cow…)

But for sure…

… This little guy is still little. (Wait. Joo-Jee’s getting baptized this year? And he’s reading up a storm and totally holds his own in wrestling matches with his older brothers? That can’t be right.)

Then just maybe…

… Mommy’s little Princess won’t look like a giant after Mommy brings home her new baby. Because she remembers VERY well when this girl couldn’t sing and dance and twirl all day long.

Man. I guess it’s true, Mom.

We’ve really grown up! And honestly? It’s amazing!

And just think… We get to help one more tiny son of Heavenly Father’s learn all about this beautiful world, his miraculous new body and the roadmap back home.

[Yes, we do, Potatoes! And there’s nothing in the world more incredible than that.]

That’s true. Thanks, Mom and Dad! ❤️

Love, Sir Potatoes

Someone turned six…

… And we had such a fantastic day celebrating with him!

Rebel troops, Jedi Knights and Princess Leias helped us defeat Darth Vader, destroy the Death Star (our first attempt at a pinata!) and eat R2-D2 while Star Wars music played and chaos rang out merrily.

Happy Birthday, Brother! You are such a treasure. Thank you for coming to our family! We love you with all our hearts.

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The boys were so cute today in their matching sweaters, I had to pause before going in the church building to snap a picture on my phone.

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Then a kind visitor passing by asked if we wanted a family picture and I said, “Sure!” I loved how it turned out–especially for a phone with a very long shutter delay.

After church, I was grateful for these pictures for an unexpected reason. Today was the first time I’ve fasted from food on Fast Sunday for six-and-a-half years, because that’s how long I’ve been pregnant or nursing (or both!). To be honest, I was a little nervous. How was I going to handle church, my calling and being patient with my sons on an empty stomach when I often had trouble on a full stomach?

But, once again, Heavenly Father taught me the beauty of faith. I fasted and I prayed for my friend’s husband who’s having health problems. And it was wonderful.

I actually felt freed from the cares of mortality, because I didn’t have to eat. I could just take time serving my children food and not worry about shoveling down my own meal in between filling sippy cups and keeping Mr. Moo’s bowl full.

And from the moment church began until it ended, it was so easy to feel the Holy Ghost. Usually I have to make a concentrated effort to be in tune, but today it was almost effortless. And that made my calling marvelous because I felt love for the sisters in Relief Society instead of stress or worry.

I also felt released from my own worries as I focused on praying for the purpose of my fast: my friend’s husband.

All of these feelings seemed to be enhanced because it had been so very long since I had fasted. Just like when I go to church or the temple after being gone from having a baby or being sick, everything is more meaningful and powerful because I’ve been away for a while.

In the end, it was empowering to truly be patient with my sons knowing I hadn’t eaten all day. And it was humbling to have yet another testament of what I’m capable of with God’s help.

Thank you, Heavenly Father. I wouldn’t, and couldn’t, have done it without You.

Home Depot (and thank you, Jill)

I’ve been working on my novel and didn’t think much about not posting here anymore until I got a comment today from Jill, letting me know she enjoyed watching our family grow and had missed my posts. I was really touched and realized I shouldn’t be so neglectful. Thank you, Jill!

I also told her I’d start posting again, so here’s a quick one about a discovery we made this month…

The Home Depot Kids Clinics!

We had heard about these free workshops for kids, but had never done one. Well, we finally decided to try it after the boys loved assembling some snowman picture frames Lowe’s randomly gave me a long time ago. The boys couldn’t be happier hammering away and we even made a few commemorative holes in the counter top. :)

Here are a few pictures off my camera of the first clinic we went to at the beginning of January. The woman who runs them was really wonderful. She told us she does them every single Saturday, so the boys have been back every Saturday since!

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First, I set up Sir Potatoes in a grocery cart with a bowl full of crustless sammies. I knew that would happily occupy him for quite some time.

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Then I partnered with Sir Brother and we got to work on his birdhouse. I kept reading the directions wrong and had to borrow a screwdriver to pry off sides, but he was such a good sport and worked so diligently.

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Daddy and Sir Boots paired up and made a wonderful team hammering away. Home Depot even gave them aprons with their names!

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This was the best shot I got of Boots’ completed project prior to painting. He was so cute with all his equipment, I just wanted to squeeze my little handyman.

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Potatoes kept chugging away on the bottomless pit. Did I mention he’d just eaten breakfast?

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Brother was so proud of his birdhouse. After this he joined Boots and they painted and painted. Then we went home and attached them to the backyard fence. We’re really hoping they get occupied this spring, but either way it’s sure fun to see them out there and hear the boys talk about how they made them.

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This little guy was so entertained just watching, I have no doubt there’s a budding carpenter in there already!