36 weeks with baby #4

My sister was so wonderful to offer to take maternity photos of me up at Sundance. The lighting was beautiful and it was so fun to document this pregnancy up at one of my very favorite places ever. I love how they turned out. Can't wait to meet this baby boy so soon.


Franklin at 18 months

Frankie turned 18 months this week! The photos above are from a rainy morning exploring for snails. My kids love snails (remember our pet snail last year?). I love how Frankie is totally at an age now where he can keep up with his older siblings and they all really play so well together. I've always believed that once your second baby can play with the first child, having more children ain't so hard because the older ones play together and keep each other entertained. It is awesome. 

We love our Frankie Frank. Jayne and Vinny adore him, and while he can occasionally get on their nerves (ie taking their toys while they are playing with them), for the most part they truly get along so well with him and love to include him on anything they are doing. One of their favorite things that Frankie does is give hugs because he does the cutest little back pat with his hands. It is the funniest thing. He also loves to give out kisses and if anyone is getting a hug or a kiss from me or Steve, Frankie will want one right after too. 

Frankie loves his older siblings and loves to copy everything they do. It is why I believe he crawled and walked and ran and jumped so early on because he wanted to keep up with them. If they climb up things, he wants to climb up the same thing. If they eat something, he wants some too. It has also been the cause of a lot of bumps and bruises because he thinks he is capable of doing all the same things they can do (like walking down the stairs like a big kid). 

While the pictures above hardly depict this kid's smiley bubbly and giggly personality, he is FULL of all of those things on the daily. This kid loves to be silly and goofy and make people laugh. He loves getting tickled by Dad and loves doing things that get a laughing reaction out of us or his siblings.  And the best part is he is truly hilarious and I will find myself genuinely laughing at the things he does everyday. We love it. 

Now for all the things Frankie loves at this age:
spot, blankey, binky
dancing to music
nutrigrain bars and yogurt
his family
climbing up things
cars (driving them around the house)
going outside (will grab his shoes every morning and take them to us)
riding in the bucket bike
uncle tay tay
dinosaurs (mainly cause of vinny)
jumping on the trampoline
swimming! (fearless in water)
jumping on the couch
being silly
shower/bath time
giving hugs/kisses
passing and throwing balls
mooching off other people's food
opening grandma's drawer (he picked up on this recently and will now run in their on his own everytime we go)
books (but will hardly sit through one)
giving high fives
baby - looooves rubbing my bare belly and going "awww" and snuggling it, ha
being independent (likes to feed himself and will get mad if you try to do it for him)

Things Frankie dislikes at this age:
When he has long sleeves on that go past his hands, he starts whining and wants his hands out of the sleeves or rolled up right away!
Most fruits and vegetables (except bananas, pickles, raisins, fruit leather or fruit smoothies)
getting his face wiped
diaper changes (but has gotten better)
feeling left out (he is very much aware of people leaving the house or going anywhere without him!)

Franklin is my earliest mover but my latest talker. Jayne was saying words before she was even one and was full blown talking by his age. And while he is incredibly chatty (will have full blown conversations in gibberish) he is just barely starting to pick up on a lot of words and phrases. It is so fun when they start doing this and we are loving witnessing him learning how to vocalize things lately. 
Some of the words/phrases he has known for a little while:
jayne ("jay")
spot ("pah")
water (ok so he doesn't really say water, he'll just go "ah! ah!" but he gets the point across)
ball ("ba")
car ("cah")
outside ("ah-sie")
tay tay
grandma ("mama")
all done ("ahl dah")
sorry ("owie")
hi __
bye __
where are you ___ ("eh ah ooh")
uh oh

Recent words:
blanket ("bebe")
binky ("baby")
buckle  ("uckle")
milk ("munk")
fish (goldfish) ("ish")
snack ("nah!")
bar (for nutrigrain bar) ("bah")
crystal ("dit dal")
vinny ("ninny")
snowcone ("no co")
baby ("baby" - same as binky)
doggy ("doddy")
nose ("no"and points)
eye ("ah" and points)
mouth ("mow" and points)
ear ("eh" and points)
color ("lolo")

Recent phrases:
I'm happy ("I appy!")
I color ("I yolo")
I love you mommy ("I yuh mommy")
These he used to sign for but now will try and say it... not very close to the real thing
but glad that he is trying:
Please mommy ("ahhh mommy")
Thank you mommy ("ah-ah" mommy")

There probably others I'm forgetting but these were the ones that came to mind. 

Our Franklin is energetic, and fearless, and tough. He'll get scraped up and won't even cry, so when he does actually cry we know that he truly hurt himself pretty bad. He gets roughhoused by his siblings and isn't afraid to dish it back. They love wrestling all together and it's pretty fun to watch.  He loves music and dancing and has some of the sweetest dance moves around. He loves playing soccer with Steve or throwing a basketball in the hoop. Like I said already, he just loves doing anything the older kids are doing. He isn't much of a sit still boy, so he won't last long in a show or a movie (which is funny to see the difference between siblings because Jayne would sit through an entire movie at 1 year old). He is also just the sweetest kid - very affectionate with hugs and kisses, folds his arms during prayers, very gentle with babies and animals, and usually quick to say sorry if he hurts someone by accident.

He is a total dreamboat of a kid and we feel so very lucky to have him in our family. It makes me sad when I think about him being my littlest baby for only a little more than a month before this next baby comes. Of course he'll still be my baby, but he will seem so much bigger to me when this newborn arrives. I love my Franklin so much. His big blue eyes are killer. His smile and laugh and personality are contagious and he is seriously just the best thing ever. 

We love you Frankie!


Shake It Off

A little homemade music video for your Monday! My kids request this song anytime we are in the car (and will shake like little maniacs) and it's quickly become a favorite at our house. The kids were shy at first to video tape their sweet moves but a little bribe seemed to do the trick (and any reserves Jayne had went out the window the second I pressed the record button... that girl!). 
We love to shake it off. Thank you T-Swift!


more of our august through the iphone

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jayne right back at it the next morning after we got home from the lake

back at it in our honda pilot too.. kids happily watching a movie

snuggles with grandma

pool day with my friend kim and her daughter ellie


movie night with savannah banana

climbing up the door frame "like grandma used to do when she was younger"

love these three like nobody's business

gonna miss those naturally bleached tips once it gets cold

busted in the backseat. jayne gave him a chocolate coin without me knowing and he went to town. 

plenty of snowcones. so sad hokulia is closed for the season.

wanted to be naked one evening after swimming

sibling fun at the provo rec

teamwork - big sisters are the best

a morning alone - just me and my donut and some peace and quiet...mmmm

sometimes he gets the front mixed up with the back

pulled out the danish rainboots one rainy morning

future cougars! 

little helper (not really) at costco

Morgan's birthday party. Kids obviously wanted to blow out the candles.

Jayne asking me if I "wished daddy and I could dance like that" while watching SYTYCD

Sleepy photos

Tired boy at the end of the day. Just planted himself there under his highchair

Windy/stormy day at the park in alpine

They always end up in the craziest sleeping positions when they share a bed

Family time up in Logan... frankie's suspenders kill me

Violet petting the horse - frankie was too afraid to touch

Their favorite is getting hugs from Frankie

My heart

Jayne's clay girl

Jayne's "store".. she had me buy things from her store. Vinny did it too.

That time Jayne directed me from the Rec center all the way to the "store with the bunnies" that I had never been to before and didn't know where it was and she totally got us there successfully (and there were lots of turns). Cracked me up with how this girl has such a stellar sense of direction.

Same car, different time. Frankie bumped her hand while she was "gently" trying to get a booger she said. She was screaming and saying "why did he have to come! if he didn't come I wouldn't have a bloody nose!" I had nobody to help me so I did what any normal mom would do and took a quick pic to document. haha. good times.

Jayne took a picture of Vinny's "mess" he made with her beads. Haha.

Vinny art!

First day of Kindergarten!

Hard to say goodbye but so proud of this girl. And she loved it!

I cried when I got home. And then treated myself to a popsicle. Basically I'm three years old.

Sleepy bum.