Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Break

We had such a fun Spring Break in St. George.  It was the prefect pregnant vacation.  Normally on Vacation I like to "go and do", but when I'm pregnant I like to "go and do", and then take a nap, and then "go and do" a little more.  So this worked out great. just low key and chill.
 Jacob Hamblin Home in Santa Clara
 My little beauties
 She's not animated at all, is she?
 I laughed for a good 20 minutes when I uploaded these pics on my computer and found this one.  She kills me, and will HATE me when this is in her wedding video or put in her Senior Yearbook or something embarrassing.
 Batman didn't really like the Splash Pad
 We found our happy place in the little river though.
 Until Bailey biffed it and tore up her knees.  Poor girl!
 The Children's Museum in St. George is AWESOME.  It's free,(and packed) but there is a lot of fun stuff for kids.
 My Grandma would be so proud, kinda.  Not so proud that it's fake or that Cy thinks a horse says Moo,.. baby steps.
 Farmer Cy

 Dinosaur Musuem, and cheesy smiles.  (what is Bailey doing??)  

 Brigham Young Winter Home

 This picture is such an accurate description of these two's relationship.  They are best buddies.
 We had a LOT of fun hiking around Snow Canyon State Park.  The girls LOVED feeling like they could hike ahead of us and pave the path.  We saw some lizards and lots of pretty little flowers. 
 We had a lot of fun playing in the sand(I still feel like I'm cleaning sand out of everything.) 
 This kid LOVES his dirt and digging and rocks and all things Southern Utah.  He had a BLAST!

 Over all Dixie Rock was Bailey and Chloe's favorite destination.  They loved all the holes you could climb in and finding the "diamonds" or broken beer bottles.  And here is the only evidence I was even on this trip.  Love these crazy kids.


It was so fun to escape home for a few days, and not cook any dinners, and just be together as our little family.  There was minimal fighting(miracle) and lots of smiles, scraped knees, dirty socks, swim suits, and smiles.  Doesn't get better than that! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Robbins Family Quarterly?

Don't worry,.. I had grand plans to post monthly,.. but I think it's going to be quarterly, if we're lucky.  
 We had a fun day, swimming at the Rec Center over President's Day.
 Chloe is OBSESSED with headbands,.. which would be okay, except the shape of her head isn't very conducive to wearing a headbands,.. they would be beneficial if she needed to hold up her eyelashes, or eyebrows.  ;)

 Cy was excited to help me pick out his birthday presents.  He is really into Super heros and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  He likes to be Hulk, he thinks it lets him get away with hitting.  





Cy's 2nd Birthday was a success.  He LOVES the "wogax" or the Lorax too, and that was an easier cake for me to manage than Hulk, or Jake.  So that's what we did.  There were truffula trees, but most were confiscated before the party even started by Cheerleader sisters who "had to have pom poms" and how can you say no to that?

 Before and After with his mohawk.  He's pretty handsome, if I do say so myself.
 Bailey was in her school play, The Wiz.  Not to be mistaken with the traditional verison of the Wizard of Oz,.. think 70's, psychadelic,.. really weird version of the same story.  
 Chloe LOVED the play and went both nights with me.
 It was kind of the Van Robbins Family show.  All these kids are related, kinda.  Cousins AND best friends, AND siblings, AND seriously amazing little performers.  It's so fun that they are all in the same school and see each other every day.  Bailey loves telling me when she talked to Gabe(the tin man, whom she is in love with) at recess.  And I love that they have their eye on each other.  Love these cuties!!
 This pregnancy has been fun for the girls.  They are old enough to really understand how this all works and it's so fun for them to feel that little life inside of me and witness the miracle of bringing these spirits into the world.  Chloe has been talking a lot about when she grows up and is a mom, and when she has babies.  She has been the most interested in the pregnancy, and I KNOW Bailey will be more interested when Dot gets here.  She has had some anxiety about it all, after being aware of her cousin that was born stillborn  last fall.   So we talk about Norah a lot and have had lots of lessons on Eternal Families and the Plan of Salvation.  
 Frozen Happened.  Do I really need to go into much detail about that?
 As well as "Ana and Elsa Hair",.. of course. 
 Grandma Robbins had a birthday and so we celebrated with a party and a fashion show.  This crew is hilarious.


 


Bailey had her little first grade program about the United States.  I need to see if I can post the video of Her Hulk-ness on here,.. because it was pretty epic/classic.  
(note her "tiny mowhawk)  Bailey decided to cut herself a mowhawk one day at school because "sometimes I like boy things, and some boys have mowhawks, so I just wanted a little mowhawk"

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dorothy Ella

Dorothy- meaning, Gift of God

This past summer the whole family did a road trip to Billings for a wedding.  We decided to take the scenic route through Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park.  It WAS beautiful and it was fun to take the kids to see some of God's most beautiful creations!

While on our drive Peter and I were talking about our family, our kids, and our children to come.  We talked about my mom's family and their family trips that they would take to Yellowstone as young children.

My mom comes from a family of 4.  She is the oldest, then Dorothy, then her 2 brothers, Tom and John.  They were all very close in age.  My mom and her sister being only 1 year apart.  They were best friends.  My mom often tells me about how shy she was, and she really depended on Dorothy to help her make friends, and to be her friend.  Dorothy was BEAUTIFUL, with DARK curly hair, and a sweet, spunky personality it match.

On one of their family trips to Yellowstone, Dorothy was bit by a mosquito and contracted Encephalitis.  It causes high fevers, and swelling in the brain. This is something that is fairly easily remedied these days,.. but back then at the young age of 9 years old, this destroyed poor little Dorothy and left her unable to walk, talk, or feed herself. She spent the next 31 years in nursing homes being taken care of because she needed so much medical attention.  She was the delight of every nurse that worked with her.  They all loved her very much.  Through all she endured in her life, she was still so happy and smiling.  She passed away at the age of 40, when I was just 2 years old.  I had the chance to meet her once, but I obviously don't remember her, in her physical state, at all.

I may not remember her while she was here,.. but I do KNOW that Dorothy is with me often.  I FEEL her with me all the time.  I have never known why, but I can tell you that the vail is very thin, when you want it or need it to be.

When I was telling Peter about Dorothy and about my relationship with her, through tears, we talked about naming our next daughter after her, and after my mom.  I wasn't so sure about the name, but Peter really loved it and I eventually warmed up to it all.  Credit goes to him, really. Ella is my mom's middle name.  I can't think of a better way to honor her, and honor my mom.

This pregnancy has been very difficult on me, to say the least.  It's been my hardest pregnancy, by a LONG shot.  I am 19 weeks this week.  I have never felt ANY of my kids before 22 weeks,.. but this little feisty girl has been kickin' away for about 4 weeks,.. VERY distinct movement!!  Peter felt her move about 2 weeks ago,... HE hasn't felt our kids move until about 25 weeks.  She is a mover and a groover,.. needless to say,.. we've got a strong kid on our hands here!!

On our way home from our ultrasound, I was driving alone, thinking about this baby girl and how grateful I am to be a mother and wife, and have all these amazing blessings that most days I don't know how I managed to deserve them all, and in that moment I could feel Dorothy with me, and as I felt my daughter move, and felt of my Aunt's presence, an overwhelming amount of joy and gratitude enveloped me.  Of course thoughts then moved to my sweet niece Norah.  Norah was still born last September.  She was perfect and beautiful, and little Dot and Norah would have been best friend cousins, in the same grade, dance together, school plays together, and so much more.  The loss of Norah is hard, and real.  But we will always know she is there with Dot.

My Dorothy will have amazing people on the other side of the veil, pushing her to do amazing things.  Her cousin will be remembered in all that she does, and her Aunt will be there by her side, just as she is by mine.  I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me to feel of her presence from time to time.  I am grateful for eternal families.  Dorothy and Norah have solidified that testimony in me even more so, and I am grateful everyday that my little family can be apart of that blessing.

Will will call our Dorothy, Dot,..maybe Dotty,.. but she is going to be CUTE, and sassy, and I'm still praying ONE of my kids will get Peter's amazing curly hair,.... Fingers crossed!!



Monday, March 25, 2013

Construction

It was a lot of fun (and stress) to watch our house go up. Stressful because I second guessed EVERY THING as I watch it go up, the exterior, the tile, the flooring, the cabinets, the LOT.  We lived with Peter's parents during the construction(which was the wonderful part) and I would drive by at LEAST once a day, most of the time twice a day.  (We only live about a mile from Grandma and Grandpa). It was really fun to take the kids through and show them where their rooms would be, and think about furniture placement, and all the new memories that would be made within those brand, spankin' new walls.  



I know this picture isn't when it's all completed, but we basically got moved in and it started snowing,.. and I've been waiting until the trees are green again, and landscaping is in(hopefully happing here in the next few weeks).

We LOVE our new crib.