Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Spring is here and I am loving it! This winter was very mild (thankfully) but it was still cold!  This rental house is not well insulated and often we would bundle up at night.  I am looking forward to being WARM for a while.  We've had some fantastic weather lately.  Today is no exception.

March 14 2012 Shanna Haley Elden

Cal built this!
March 17 2012 Cal

March 17 2012 Elden

The Jenga, Uno Stacko building.
March 17 2012 Clark

Last Monday we went to the park for FHE.  I was sure there was a little grill of some sorts to roast marshmallows in. I couldn't find a grill, but at one of the pavilions at the park I found this! We had a testimony meeting, followed by s'mores.
March 19 2012 park, Lee Haley Shanna

March 19 2012 Cal Ruth

March 19 2012 Clark Lee Elden

March 19 2012 Lee Cal

Tuesday was the March Relief Society Activity.  The Relief Society's birthday is March 17, 1842...if I remember correctly, so every March it seems Relief Societies around the world celebrate its birthday. My friend Megan made this awesome cake.  It was POURING rain when we arrived at the church.  I got wet just running about 10 feet!  Still 46 ladies came to the activity!  YAY!  It was a great night. I am already working on April's activity....
March 20 2012 RS party cake by Megan Hunsaker

Haley doing a little worksheet.
March 22 2012 Haley

Elden enjoying a book.
March 22 2012 Elden

On Saturday someone from Elkton was baptized.  He invited everyone over for a BBQ at his house afterwards.  Guess he was/is dating a member from a nearby town and she and her family are all active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A lot of her family came up.  He lives in a very pretty spot.
March 24 2012 John Boucher

March 24 2012 John Boucher (2)

March 24 2012 John Boucher (3)

They aren't the Rockies or the Sierra Nevadas, but I love the mountains here.  More so than the mountains out West! Well, a lot more.
March 24 2012 John Boucher (4)

March 24 2012 John Boucher (5)

I babysit these two cuties last week too.  I forgot about the work involved with twin babies! At one point I was on the couch with both of them asleep in my arms--a position that is tricky to be in.  A wise mother said: "Well, you just stay there and sleep with them!"  If only!  Well, I was stuck on the couch and was trying to get Shanna to come help push me off.  I managed to wiggle off and lay them down for their nap. My hat goes off to moms who take care of babies...singletons or multiples!

The biggest thing going on around here is this.....
Okay, if you haven't guessed, that is Elden's last diaper.  Yes, tacky picture, but it's our last diaper! 
March 26 2012 Cal Elden Shanna

I don't like potty-training; though, I can't help but be excited that this is our LAST time going through this.  I've potty-trained all my kids the same way and so far it's worked.  Time will tell how it goes with Elden.  Once my kids are almost three I cut them off "cold" from diapers. I've never used pull-ups on them. Nothing wrong with pull-ups for sure.  I personally know some kids that just have weak bladders and need pull-ups.  They eventually grow out of it.  Anyway, then I spend about a week with them, following them around TRYING to get them to use the toilet.  With the older boys it was torture, but after a week, maybe a week and a 1/2 for Cal, the boys were good to go.  (It was hard with Cal because there were two toddlers and two babies to take care of...not so fun!) Hardly no accidents after that either, with the boys.  The girls were like walking time bombs.  Lee took a week off to help me which was a life saver.  He took one girl, I took the other.  After a week they were pretty good too, but had more accidents...maybe three or four a week for a little while.  We have had some success with Elden, which is good.  The end of the first day I washed 15 pairs of underwear.  Yesterday there were only 4.  Each time I potty-train a kid I am so grateful that my older kids are self-sufficient in that area!  I just need to not stress too much.  I mean, how many 6th graders do you know that aren't toilet trained?!
March 27 2012 Elden Haley Shanna

March 27 2012 Elden Haley Shanna (2)

Today the kids set up an alfresco lunch for their stuffed animals. 
March 28 2012 Elden Shanna Haley

March 28 2012 Shanna Haley Elden

Lee didn't get a picture, but later the kids then sat down and had pancakes for their lunch.  It was really cute.
March 28 2012 animal lunch

We are excited about General Conference coming up and then Easter.  I bought some containers today to make little Conference kits for the kids.  You can watch live streaming via Spring break is this coming week and I am excited about that. No special plans--just going to enjoy a break from the schedule.  Oh, and I joined the local book club group at the library.  Very fun!  I had to leave early for the first meeting, but I already blocked Lee's schedule for the upcoming one. Also, I found out yesterday that the Shenandoah Pharmacy is closed on Sunday.  How awesome! I am now a customer! Enjoy General Conference everyone!


andyandsteph said...

I loved the pictures of the alfresco lunch. Way CUTE!!! Good luck potty training Elden.

Melissa S. said...

I seriously can't believe how OLD your girls are getting !!!!! And YAY FOR THE LAST DIAPER EVER!!!!!!!!!

Risa Stumm said...

Hey wait-- I KNOW who those two cuties are!! I laughed when I read about them falling asleep in your arms on the couch-- you're amazing for watching them for a ENTIRE day!! I loved reading about SPRING and the fun alfresco lunch... and Elden's LAST diaper!! What a fun post to read!