Thursday, May 20, 2010

Back in UT

Well, we made it to UT. We are pretty much all settled in, except that we are all fighting this awful cold/flu. It is never fun to have to take care of kids when you have a fever and chills and are just plain tired. A big thanks to Nate who, as always, is picking up where I am slacking off. He's been helping a ton with the boys and I was able to get a little extra sleep today. Hopefully we are coming to the end of it.

Little Barty is still just as sweet and precious and tiny as ever.

A little over a week ago he weighed 7 lbs 3 oz, which is still so tiny. But I can tell he is gaining weight and starting to fill out a little.

With the time change, he is now waking 2 times a night, but he has been going right back to sleep after each feeding, which my other kids never did, so that is very nice.

Asher and Sayer are doing great with all the changes. They both love their little baby brother and tell everyone they meet about him. Sayer LOVES to hold him.

He always says "I hold it" and then sits on the chair and asks for the pillow to lay him on. Then he gives him kisses and looks at his little hands and feet. It's so sweet. Asher loves to hold him too. My favorite thing with Asher is that he always calls Bart, "Bartlett". It sounds so cute, I can't even explain, but I love it. Both boys seem to be embracing their big brother roles and seem so much older. Instead of trying to stay the baby, it seems like Sayer is just trying to be more of big kid like Asher. He wants to do everything that Asher does and gets really sad when he is left out. They both love the house and being able to play in the backyard. We got them both scooters as kind of a "baby gift" and they are loving them. Especially Asher, who rides like a pro and loves to go fast. Sayer had some accidents from going too fast and lack of control, so he is very reserved on it now, but still likes to keep trying.

Anyway... so there's a little update from us. Hopefully there will be more posts coming soon. It is amazing the things I can get done now that I am feeling better! :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mother-Daughter trip: NYC

**This post is from back in March, I kept waiting to post until I got some more pictures, but I just wanted to get it on here**

The last couple weeks have been pretty busy around here. On Friday the 26th of March, my mom and 4 out of 5 sisters came to NYC. Aside from all the rain, I'd say we had a pretty delightful time.

Their trip was full of lots of shopping, a little sight seeing (although really, not much), eating delicious food and seeing lots of great shows. On Sunday night, we ate at the most delicious mexican restaurant called Rosa Mexicano. Guacamole and carne asada tacos were both to die for!! A little pricey, but definitely recommend. Thanks mom! We also met our cousin Christian for an early dinner at Alice's Tea Cup,
Ash, Morgan

Mom, Christian, Lex

which I had gone to a couple weeks earlier with some girlfriends, and loved. Yummy food, tons of tea choices (herbal included), delicious scones, and an adorable atmosphere, finished off with mis-matched tea cups and saucers. It was also SO great to catch up with Christian! We also hit up Crumbs which is always divine.

On Saturday night, they all saw In the Heights, which they enjoyed, I believe. I had already seen it and didn't want to spend the money again.

Sunday afternoon, we sinned and saw Chicago.
Ash, Hailey, Jill, Lex, Morgan, Mom

We decided to embrace the raciness and repent later. We didn't mean for the raciness to take place on the Sabbath, in place of Sunday School and Relief Society, that's just the way the tickets for everything worked out. I am a big fan of the music for Chicago, and just couldn't resist experiencing it on Broadway. The costumes most definitely left almost nothing to the imagination, but the music and acting did not disappoint. Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child played Roxy. She of course has an amazing voice, and did some nice acting. I have to say though, she is a little awkward to watch move. She has really long, super skinny legs, and just does not move well. You can tell she is not a dancer, especially in comparison with the amazing dancers in the rest of the cast. So Chicago was great, even though I guess I can't recommend it! ;)

Monday night we saw Promises, Promises starring Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes (Jack on Will & Grace). It had just opened on Saturday night, and let me tell you: it. was. dee-lightful!!! Sean Hayes stole the show with his lovable character, humor, and all around amazing talent. Kristen was of course amazing and adorable as well, but I have to say, if I were to pick one of them to win a Tony, it would be Sean. It is a revival musical from the 60s I believe, so some of the music was a little dated, but there were also some serious gems, like "I say a little prayer", "turkey lurkey time" and "I'll never fall in love again". I LOVED this show. Definitely recommend!!

On Tuesday morning, we packed up and headed to Penn Station to catch a bus (in the pouring rain, I might add) to Washington DC to meet up with Whit and continue on with our Mother-Daughter trip.

Friday, May 07, 2010

One and a half weeks

Little Barty is about a week and a half old now, and is just about the sweetest thing you have ever seen. He's a very mellow little guy so far and doesn't cry much. You know he must be really in pain or mad about something if he really gets going. This is a welcome change from Sayer who cried for about an hour at every feeding. When he's awake and not eating, he basically just sits there and looks around. He has the softest, most kissable cheeks. I love them. I love to just hold him and look at him and snuggle him. I really just can't get enough of him and his precious-ness. Nate has been so great to take the kids to park, and since his parents have been here, taking them to the zoo and toys r us. It has been really nice for me to have time to spend with Bart, without the boys running around like crazy children, which we definitely still have our fair share of. But I am trying to savor the quiet moments while I have them.

In the last week, Bart has had his first (and second) baths (in which he immediately went poo both times), had his first outings to the park, his first subway ride (tucked safely away in the ergo so as not to breath or be touched by anything nasty), met neighbors and friends and nana and papa. He has also been so nice to his mommy with his awesome eating skills, as well as only waking up once a night, which is fabulous. I just hope he keeps it up.

We have been busy packing up and saying goodbye to friends. We are moving to UT for the summer, and then are coming back for in the fall for what we think will be our last year in the city. :( So here are some precious pictures of the little dude, to hold you over until we are settled in UT.

Right after I took this picture, he pooed in the towel

He loves to snuggle with nana! (and nana loves to snuggle with him!!)

Isn't he precious?? I love him.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Swim lessons

Kay, so this is a random post. We are going to be in Utah for the summer, and I am wanting to put the boys in swimming lessons while we are there. I would love to find someone that does one on one lessons with the kids, I know a lot of people do this out of their homes. I am just wondering if anyone knows of anyone that does this. Or I would also be interested in swim lessons at rec centers or something if I can't find someone who does them privately. Anyway, just thought I'd ask. If you know of anything, if you could email me at Thanks!