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

My last park in California! (by Princess Muffin Cakes)

Hum-dee-dum-dum

Hmm-hmm-hmm

I just love water bottles…

Well, hello there! I didn’t realize I had company.

Hey, would you be able to reach through your computer and unscrew the lid on this water bottle for me? Mom left a few drops of water inside and these special drops told me they just HAVE to be dumped out. ALL over my onesie.

Aww, you’re so cute, Princess! But they actually can’t open it for you.

What if I say, “Pease???”

Double awww! But nope, they still can’t open it for you.

PEEEEEEEASE????!!!!!

Whoah!!!

That’s it. We’re out of here! Running off to the last park of our California summer.

Shucks. It’s not a bottle of water, but I guess it’ll have to do.

There goes Mr. Light Blue Hat!

Mr. Orange Hat!

Mr. True Blue Hat!

And Mr. Wook-Mom-I-Don’t-Have-To-Weaw-My-Hat-If-I’m-Hiding-Under-Here!

Ice cream mushrooms, anyone?

I don’t know. They make it look fun, but I just don’t know if I buy it.

Come on, Mom. Let’s check it out.

Well, look at that! It *is* fun!

Even without my water bottle. :)

The first day of school!

Today was our official first day of school! We broke open the new math books and worksheets. And we took our First Day Photos.

Take a look!

Sir Bubbers (with a fistful of potato bugs!): 6th grade

Sir Boots (who found two handfuls of potato bugs that stung him, poor guy!): 4th grade

Sir Potatoes (and his new Disneyland buttons!): 2nd grade

Sir Joo-Jee (in his new swim shirt he wants to wear every day!): Pre-Kindergarten

(Truth be told, I’m basically doing kindergarten with him. He didn’t meet the deadline for our remote school program, but he’s ready to learn, so I’m teaching him. He loves his lessons so much, it’s wonderful.)

Princess Shoo-Shee (with her brother’s shuriken!): Toddler school

We’re excited for the new adventures this school year will bring. :)

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p.s. Check out these adorable curls! I still have a hard time believing we have a little girl. With blue eyes. And curly hair. And the sweetest smiles and giggles. I just look at her in wonder.

A Day at the Beach: Abalone Cove

We’ve really enjoyed going to the beaches here in California. The views are gorgeous and the water is so fun.  I’d take the kids every day if the aftermath of sand in every crevice of the van, house and little bodies wasn’t such a chore to clean up afterward.  So I try to make it out about once a week and this was our trip last Friday.

Here on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, most of the beaches require a hike down. So I wore Shoo-Shee Muffins and had the boys pick a buddy to take care of. There was a little grumbling and fear of the rattlesnake warning sign and how big the waves were, but we all made it and settled down to have a great time.

Favorite highlights:

– Everyone squinting or closing their eyes in pictures and Joo-Jee physically holding his eyes open! (They’ve had such a hard time with pictures in the sun here!) :)

– Joo-Jee throwing handfuls of mud at the waves.

– The group of “mudmen” Potatoes made, imitating Calvin and Hobbes’ snowmen. :)

– Shoo-Shee getting in on the sand action.

– Potatoes lounging in his sand chair.

– Bubbers and Boots digging furiously.

– Joo-Jee digging furiously because his brothers were also digging furiously.

– Watching the kids enjoy the water.

– How relaxing it is to hear the ocean.

– And actually feeling that relaxation while I’m there with my kids. (It’s taken me a lot of trips to the beach this summer to feel more comfortable with my kids playing in the ocean.)

– The *gigantic* grasshopper Boots caught and let his brothers take turns holding. (We don’t have grasshoppers or crickets where we live in Washington.)

– Being grateful I could physically and emotionally handle an outing like this by myself with five kids.

– Baths when we got home! I’m so grateful that Heavenly Father made our bodies washable.