Thursday, December 26, 2013

Luke and Bella Funny

The kids were in there room trying to go to  sleep.
 Luke says (in a timid voice) "Mom, can you come here".
I go in the bedroom "Yes Luke what do you need"?
Luke (concerned) "Mom, are spies real"?
Sara "Yes Luke spies are real"......

Luke ( calm and concerned) "Mom can you shut our blinds"
Sara (humored) "Spies dont spie on you unless your doing something bad and your a good kid so you don't need to worry about that".
Bella  "I told you Luke".
Luke (As he lays his head on his pillow) "OH okay, can you shut the blinds"?

I shut the blinds and Luke says "That one slat is broken can we fix that tomorrow" Lol poor kid.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In case you were Curious about baby #5's Gender

Our family is very happy! Especailly Bella because

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Counting My Blessings

Tonight I am sitting here pondering my blessings and thinking about about how much my Heavenly Father loves me and all of us. It is so apparent in the littlest of things. I am so happy because my dryer is fixed! Yes simple I know. It has been broken for a long time and I have been hang dryer clothes through stomach flus, bed wettings, moving and the everyday life of a family of 6 and it finally got fixed today. I feel very blessed.

My brother in law installed a new sink faucet in our kitchen. It is so pretty. It makes me happy to look at. So simple I know. But again I feel blessed. Those simple blessings that bring me so much joy remind me of the big blessings in my life. Like a wonderful husband, beautiful children, a healthy pregnancy, and an awesome loving family. Those are the blessing that bring me constant and consistant joy.

Update: Bella came storming into the bathroom today and in a very frustrated voice said "MOM what did you do to the sink it is so ugly". At first I didnt know what she was talking about then it dawned on me that she was talking about the faucet. She goes "yeah! it used to be pretty and silver now its just ugly and brown". Thats my little girl. Lol

Monday, December 16, 2013

Thanksgiving and Ice Skating

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at James Uncle Rons and Aunt Terries. We had a lot of James family join us. Sonya and Solomon, The Fry Gang, Joes family, Aunt Louis and Aunt Barbaras family. A good time was had by all. (this was also the weekend we moved)

Abrahm enjoying a turkey leg

Aunt Terrie had stuffed teddy bears lining the stairs. This is what Abrahm, Royce and Connor did to them. 

I also took the kids ice skating that week. Abrahm and I didnt get on the ice but Luke and Bella helped Royce go out and have som fun.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Our homeschooling method

I get a lot of questions and odd looks when I try to explain how we do homeschool in our home. Its not the traditional setting. I recently found the blog post from another mom who homeschools and it so closely mirrors my method that I thought I would post it here for anyone interested in how a day happens in our home. Here is the link

Originally we did a more traditional scheduled homeschool with a set curriculum and schedule. It flat out didn't work for us. No one was happy and no one was really retaining any knowledge.

We do a more child led hands on experiences now, I am there to support and help them explore their interests. I watch my kids now. I watch them love learning and experiencing things. Going from one subject, topic or skill and learning it and moving onto something else that is new and exciting. I watch Luke and Bella being best friends and learning to work out there differences while teaching each other things. I watch Luke read to Royce and teach him things he didn't know or Bella share her figure paints even though the babies mix the colors. I get inspired, we get creative, I teach my children and learn new things at the same time. Its wonderful, its joyful, sometimes its hard and I get burned out, we bounce back and we have fun and I become a better mother and teacher.  It is rewarding and tenderly joyful at times and it's one of the best choices I have made for our family.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Why are Royce's clothes wet?

I just went to get Royce dressed. We are still living out of suitcases and his was in the closet. As I pulled a pair of jeans out I noticed they were really wet. Then I smelt them and they had that ammonia urine smell. I thought to my self "wow that is weird" so I grabbed another pair and they were also wet. About half the clothes in the suitcase were wet. I was trying to figure out what happened when I remembered Luke (who was sleeping on the floor in my bedroom last night) getting up to use the bathroom . He is a hard sleeper and always really out of it when he wakes to use the bathroom. I also remembered a story James told me about his brother waking up in the middle of the night and going pee in the toy box in there room. I am pretty sure thats what happened to Royce's clothes. The other option is there is a stray animal living somewhere in the house, but probably not since it would have been stuck in the closet.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Little Girl! Bella has turned 6!

( I love the outfit she is wearing because it defines her personality, she is so sweet, beautiful, sensative and creative. Yet athletic, wild and crazy) Love you Bell!

It has been six years since this lovely creature joined our family here on earth. I wanted to record the story of her entrance into the world since I started this blog after she was already born.

 Bella was due to be born on Christmas day 2007. I felt bad her birthday would be so near Christmas but it would work out well since James and I were in school and we both had finals the Monday the 10th thru Friday the 14th. We would finish our finals have a weeks or so to get ready then Betty, Marc and Sonya would arrive for Christmas. Just in time for her arrival.  
Bella had other plans. On Friday Dec 8th I was having regular contractions. They were not strong but consistent. I went to the hospital birthing center only to get sent home an hour later. The contractions continued all weekend and I remember just feeling ready for her to come especially during church on Sunday where people were making all kinds of comment about how large I was. 
Sunday night the contractions just kept coming. I was taking a bath at about 2 in the morning and  they got to the point where they were about 5 minutes apart, so I woke James up and told we should probably head to the hospital again (We were both nervous about it because we didn't want to get sent home again). James cousin was living across the hall from us so we gave her the monitor for Luke and   headed out.
When we got checked into the the hospital my midwife Lisa (who was so awesome!) met us and checked my cervix. I was dilated to a 4. She asked about my pain and I was okay but things were getting stronger and I didn't know how much more I could handle so she ordered the epidural they put it in. Then she wanted to break my water. At this point we were had been there about 45 minutes. She went to break my water and she was shocked she said "um okay you are about a 9" after she broke my water and Bella immediately started down the birth canal. I had only just gotten the epidural and it had only started to work a little so I could still feel a lot and I was handling it okay so I asked them to turn it off. Which they did. After about 10-15 minutes Bella crowned. The midwife helped her head and her shoulders out . Then the midwife grabbed my hands put them under Bella's arms and I myself delivered the rest of her . I pulled her straight out and laid her on my chest. She was so calm just looking around and was checking out this new world. James was of course awesome and super supportive and a little bit in awe that his wife had just delivered her own baby. I remember just looking at her and the first thing I noticed was her perfect little ski slope nose. James and I were both in awe at her perfect face it was like a porcelain doll. She was and still is so beautiful. 
We tried to get a couple hours of sleep. We had an awesome hospital room in Laguna beach California. I remember when the sun came up we had a beautiful view of the ocean and I just couldn't stop looking at my little girl. She was a good eater and sleeper from the very beginning. 
After we had a little breakfast. James being the trooper he is packed up his backpack and headed to school to take his finals. He might have had 3 hours of sleep. We didn't have any family in town except Jesse who was taking care of Luke and her two little girls so no visitors came, and Bella and I just hung out and snuggled and got to know each other. James came to the hospital after school and we were released to go home. Luke was in bed already when we arrived home but I was so excited for him to meet his little sister I think I woke him up. He held her for like a second then pushed her away. He was indifferent to her. Which is totally normal since he was only 16 months. Betty was amazing and flew out the next day. She drove me up to take my final on Wednesday the 12th and waited in the car with Bella while I did. People thought I was crazy but I had already studied for it and hated the idea of postponing it and having to study again.
 I loved having a baby girl. She had soooooo many clothes, shoes, girlie blankets and headband she never even wore them all. Oh and she was almost completely bald until she was two, it drove me nuts because I just wanted to do her hair.
So that is how our Bella arrived and she is still making grand and dramatic entrances everywhere she goes. She is so very creative. Her mind just goes and goes all day long. Today she was in my bedroom with a rag and bowl of water washing the wall. When I asked what she was doing, "she told me she was making my walls shiny and pretty". lol. She had a fun birthday with cousins and family. My mom gave her some finger paints. Her and the boys spent a couple hours today playing with them. Pictures below
 First just Bella was painting

 Then one by one all of them got in on the action

 Jesse had 2 first today. He finger painted and he also went out and play the snow today.

 I have about 20 pictures drying in my kitchen right now.

 When Royce gets bored this is usually where he ends up

November has come and gone and we have moved AGAIN!

November was a busy month in the Mortensen home but we still managed to have some fun. I don't have a lot of pictures this month because somehow I packed up my charger for my camera and it died about half way through November. I just found it yesterday.

We still have our tradition of Friday movie night. We try to keep the peace by letting the kids take turns picking out the movie.
Even Jesse (Abrahm) has gotten in on the action although he rarely sits through the whole movie.

Fall in Utah is beautiful! We enjoyed walks in the park and feeding the ducks.
 Royce likes the duck and the ducks like Royce (until he starts chasing them).
 Abrahm has taken a fancy to slides. He has mastered the art of going down backwards. When he lands  at the bottom he always has a huge grin:)

 My mom was babysitting and Jesse was having a hard time getting to sleep so she just let him hang out with her. Eventually he fell asleep on the couch like this.

I dont have any pictures yet but we have officially sold the mobile palace and bought a home in Pleasant Grove. It is a great little brick cottage but was/is a little dated so we have been renovating. We still have a lot to do but I plan to write about some of projects so look forward to that.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy 30th Birthday to Sara and ect.

I always tease James that he is the worst at surprises because he always plans surprises and then tells me about them before they happen. Well he has redeemed himself. For my birthday he surprised me by flying my sister out from Ohio. I havent seen her in 2 years. He was so slick about it. He came home from work the weekend before my birthday and said "Lets go for a walk". We went to the park and when we got there a group of people were at a pavilion but I still didnt catch on till James started walking over to them. He had been planning this for 2 months. I started crying when I saw my sister it was so sweet to spend the weekend with her.

my 30th birthday party (left to right) Mario, Heather, Mom Cherie, Me, Grandma Joann, Michelle, Dad George, Rebecca, Steven and James

Heather (James sister) invited us to there school carnival. It was a lot of fun, minus the part where we lost Royce for like 5 minutes. He is way to independent for his own good. When I finally found him by a bounce house he was completely unconcerned with where we were and more concerned about getting in the bounce house.

We went on an outing with Joe (James brother) and some cousin up in Sundance Canyon. We checked out a resort up there which was awesome. The kids had some fun playing on the statues

Handsome man

Some Sunday we like to go up to the bell tower at BYU and look for bugs and listen to the Bells. Here are the kids in some not so good lighting

Baby #5 is half cooked!

So we hit 20 weeks which means we are at the estimated halfway point for baby #5. This has been a mild pregnancy for me which I count as a huge blessing. Of course I was nauseous from 8 to 16 weeks but I wasnt hover over the toilet all day. My midwife gave me some prenatals I can take that don't make me sick they are from a whole food source. They are called Vitamin Code Raw Prenatals. Ever since I have started taking them my energy levels have been higher which is great! We are undecided on whether or not to find out the gender. My ultrasound is scheduled for next Monday so I guess we will decide my then.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sweet Royce

After church one day James went up to Royce who was playing  on the floor and told him "Its time to go take a nap" Royce responded with "Go lay down"?  As James picked him up he said "Yes, go lay down". Royce looked over at me with a huge grin on his face and said "I'm so happy"! as he rested his head on James shoulder. Royce is at a fun age where he says the silliest things all the time. He is constantly making us smile and laugh.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Luke Funny

I got this email from James this morning after he took Luke to school. Lol

Hi honey,

So Luke was mad at me about something and cranky about not being able to put his left shoe on…He showed me that he had  long sock on underneath a orange sock…so I told him to take it off and just wear the orange sock…then he complained that the sock was bigger than the other sock (on his right foot)…and I said that’s ok—the shoe will hold it on.  So he started taking off the socks…first the orange sock, then the long sock, then a black sock, and on and on…he had like 5 socks on his left foot!

So funny…

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Abrahm

Abrahm Jesse is indeed a bundle of joy and has been an immense blessing to our family this past year! We love him dearly and hope he has a wonderful first birthday.

Our little man has officially started walking although he still prefers to crawl. He loves to wrestle (especailly with the boys) and be silly and he has a very pleasant disposition unless of course he is hungry. He still loves to nurse but is slowly getting used to using a bottle and sippy cup. He has started talking but it mostly sounds like gibberish, last night when James walked in the door from work Abrahm raised his hand, waved, and said something that sounded a lot like "Hi Dad". Abrahm has his work cut out for him keeping up with his big brother Royce. They love each other tenderly but Royce is very aware that he is bigger and stronger and usually can get his way, Abrahm is very patient with toys and other desirables being taken away on a whim. One of his favorite places to be is on Mom and Dads bed with all the pillow where he dives and burrows himself over and over again with cries of glee. He loves to snuggle and be held, he has a very tender sweet spirit, if he sees others in distress he gets concerned and you can tell this by his face. We love you Abrahm, thanks for being our little boy!

Jet Skiing

We went Jet skiing with Uncle Solomon and Aunt Sonya (James sister) Last weekend. The Fry family also joined us. We got out of there just as the massive storm hit. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

August and Labor Day Happenings

 We road our bikes 23 miles from our home in Provo up to Bridal Viel Falls and back. Luke(7) and my Mom (56) road with us. Very impressive! and good memories

Here we are at Bridal Viel falls

Another happy baby picture

After Church one Sunday Royce fell asleep at the table during lunch! So funny!

Royce's new favorite thing to do is read stories, he brings stories to James, Luke and me, and says "read to me" if one of us is busy he just rotates through us over and over again till he find someone to read to him. So cute!

This is where I had my bridal pictures taken
(its accross the street from the Dinosuar Museum)

Lukes first day at his once a week charter. We are still homeschooling but once Week he goes to school all day for options day. He does all electives so the classes he is taking are piano, tumbling, lego robotic, art, cooking and one more but I cant remember what it is.

Royce and my Dad George

Labor Day Playing Cowboy. We went up to Heber to my sisters and went and rounded up some cattle.