Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Parents of the YEAR...

Things have been CrAzY as usual at the Jones home! Yesterday our 2nd oldest turned SIX years old (can't believe it still), we had a fun family party at Hollywood connection, rides, roller skating, and mini golf. We all had a blast but were VERY tired by the time we made it home at 10pm. This morning we all slept through our alarms and the girls were a hour late for school (whoops)! I convinced Court to take the morning off since I am on spring break from school and help me get some things done around the house. Well we were picking up the house, etc... when I looked at the clock and it was 11:30am, ummmmm, our kindergartner is suppose to be picked up at 11:10am!!! Yep, like I said, PARENTS-OF-THE-YEAR! Not only was she an hour late for school, we were 25 minutes late picking her up.

I REALLY need life to slow down! I am beginning to feel totally overwhelmed and exhausted!!! I have about 5 weeks left of school and desperately need to study for the written and practical state boards, BUT WHEN??? I hope that through prayer, scripture study, and attending the temple that the Lord can bless me with the energy and sanity to get everything done that I need to in the next few weeks.

I am WAY behind on my blogging over the last month, so hopefully this next week I can catch up. We have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY but life is great and we are having TONS of fun. Here is what we have been up to lately (pictures to come)...

*Court took the girls to a daddy daughter dance at the church, they got dressed up and had a blast with their daddy and their cute friends!

*I took little man on a mommy/son date to the mall. We rode the merry-go-round, choo-choo train, and got an ice cream. It was so much fun, he is such a little stud, and I loved having some one on one time with my little guy!

*We celebrated our Wedding Anniversary on the 5th of April! Still can't believe we have been together so long. We got the kids to bed and Court brought Olive Garden home for dinner. We thought we were going to have dinner alone but our little man took a nap that day and would NOT go to sleep, so he enjoyed a few bread sticks with us :). I have ALWAYS wanted to go to La Callie for dinner, so Court got a gift card there for our anniversary gift, but it has been soooo cold that we haven't gone yet. I want to wait until it is warm and we can enjoy the gardens!

*On the 14th of April I turned 28, man I am getting old ;). I had to go to school that day but was able to go get a pedicure on my lunch break. That night when I got home Court had taken the kids to get some cute little gifts for me and cupcakes. We went to a little fast food Teriyaki place for dinner and got the kiddos to bed!

*The Friday after my birthday we went to Cheesecake Factory with Courts parents and siblings to celebrate Courts mom's b-day, my b-day, and our daughters b-day. Courts sister and her kids were in town from Washington which made it extra fun. Sure love that place, it is so yummy!

*On the 21st of April was the Annual Taylor Andrews Hair Show. My girls were on Spring Break so they got to be "extras" in my groups segment. They had SOOOO much fun. It was lots of extra work for me having them there but I am so happy I got to bring them with me and spend time with them over their Spring Break. This is the second Hair Show that I have been apart of. It is SO much work but so fun to see it all come together. I was in charge of working with our dancers and choreography (so glad we had amazing dancers because that is so not my thing:). I also did a hair piece, it was lots of tedious work, but really fun to have it all come together on the model the day of the show!

*A week ago Wednesday, Court was in a car accident. The roads were wet and someone cut off the car in front of him. Everyone hit there brakes and tried to keep from hitting each other but there wasn't enough time for Court to stop and he slammed into the back of the SUV in front of him. Our little old Accord that we bought when we were first married is completely TOTALLED. Pretty sad considering we have had it so long. AND it really stinks because it is paid for and we quite enjoy not having a car payment. Courts dad is working in Africa for his company for the next month so luckily we are able to use there car until we can find a new one. LUCKILY Court (nor the other drivers) were hurt badly. The airbag hit Court pretty good in the head, but other then that he walked away with no injuries!

*This past Sunday we had a great Easter. The kids loved getting their Easter baskets and TONS of candy. We had dinner at Courts parents house and the kids had a blast playing with their cousins in town from Washington!

{So yes our life is NUTS right now and I REALLY need things to slow down! I feel like I can't get ANYTHING done around the house and being pregnant I have NO ENERGY!!! As much as I want things to slow down, I need these next 5 weeks to FLY by so that we can enjoy a nice, calm summer!}

Monday, April 4, 2011

I love General Conference!

(LDS conference center)

This past weekend was great getting to listen to General Conference. (Our Church has a World Wide General Conference twice a year in April and October where our Church leaders speak to us on various religious topics.) I always LOVE general conference and especially LOVE reading the talks the following month in the Ensign.

Saturday I took the day off of school (first Saturday off since January, WAHOOO). Courts mom made cinnamon muffins for breakfast (a yummy family recipe) and we watched conference. The kids watched a little bit but mostly played, it was beautiful outside and they even wore shorts for the first time this year. In between the 1st and 2nd session I cut Court and his dad's hair (I guess it wasn't an official day off). Normally Court goes with his dad and brother to The General Priesthood meeting, but since we needed to get the kids home and feed he just went to our stake center instead.

Sunday we woke up to AT LEAST 3 or 4 inches of snow. CRAZY considering the day before was so beautiful outside. We stayed home to watch conference. It was so nice to not have to get everyone ready for Church and just enjoy a day at home. Our house was pretty messy from a VERY crazy week. We didn't do any deep cleaning but we did HAVE to do some tidying up (it was just to cluttered for me to handle, I like things TIDY)! My brother Ryan came over and after conference we all had dinner together. We had roast, potato's, carrots, and corn bread. It was YUMMY!

I really loved President Monson's talk on Temples. Sadly with our busy schedules we have been slackers at going to the Temple lately. His talk made me just crave going to the Temple. I miss being there and I miss the spirit that I feel there. I know we HAVE to find a way to fit it in at least once a month. We are so lucky to live just 5minutes from a Temple. I need to stop taking that for granted!!

It was a great conference weekend and I look forward to re-watching some of it and reading the talks!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Jones Baby #4 is a...

GIRL!!! I can hardly believe it! Not that I had a feeling either way. I guess just logically I had it in my head that we have two girls and one boy, so time to have another boy. We are VERY excited though and can't wait to meet our new baby girl. All of the kids thought it was a boy so they are a little surprised as well. My 5 year old kept telling me that she thought it was a boy but that she wanted a girl, SO she is very excited to say the least!!! I am pretty positive that this baby will be our last. I can't say that I am 100% sure yet, but I am starting to feel that "I'm done" feeling. I feel overwhelmed with three, so I'm pretty sure I will be maxed out at four! I just want to be able to give them all of the time, attention, and opportunities that the deserve in this life. (I have some cool 3-D ultrasound pictures so I will have to scan them and get them on my blog)

I really want to do a pink & brown nursery! I have been thinking of nursery ideas in my head for awhile now:). I stil have my girl bedding (thank goodness) it is a sage green toile pattern, so luckily with it being pretty neutral it will go with just about anything! Here are a few cute one's I have found...

{After the ultrasound yesterday we went to the Zoo like I had planned. It was sunny and beautiful outside. We finally got up into the 70's yesterday. It felt good to wear short sleeves, sandals, and soak up the sun! The kids had a great time and didn't want to leave. We had my 18 month old niece with us and she loved her view from the stroller, she was just happy and content the whole time!! After the Zoo we stopped by my Grandpa's house to check in on him. He didn't have any dinner plans so he came with us to Red Robbin. We called my Uncle and Cousin and they joined us too. I SURE love my extended family, we all LOVE spending time together!}

Friday, April 1, 2011

Quotes of the week...

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us". Helen Keller

Fun, Fun, Fun

Last Friday my girls had moms and muffins at their school. It was so fun to get to go have a quick little special time with them. There were SOOOO many moms there it was crazy, there was NO WHERE to park and we had to drive a ways up the street from the school to find a spot. We ended up running all the way to the school. PHEW... running is not easy when you are 18 weeks pregnant and out of shape!

On Monday night we grabbed pizza for FHE and helped clean our Church building. The Bishop and his family were there and another family from the ward. I guess it was a "light" cleaning day so we got off pretty easy. The girls emptied all the trashes and we cleaned all of the windows in the church. The kids were excited to help which made me happy!

This Wednesday my oldest daughter had a fun mother daughter party for Activity Days at our Church. It was so much fun to get to go alone with her. The girls and their moms got to make dresses for the girls out of garbage bags, crate paper, stickers, fabric flowers, etc... After everyone was done the girls put on a little fashion show for us. It was so cute! I loved how creative some of the dresses were. We finished off the night with a mom and daughter "Tea Party" (aka- water and goodies). It was really fun and I loved spending time with my beautiful, sweet girl!

TODAY is the BIG day we find out if our baby is a girl or a boy! Man I am excited to know. I like to prepare for the baby ahead of time and have the nursery all ready for them when they come home! If the baby is a boy we are pretty much set since our little man is just 3 and I still have ALL of his baby stuff. If it's a girl we are pretty much going to need to start over since I gave away most of their baby stuff awhile ago. Either way we will be excited!!!

Last night I told the girls that we were going to take them for a special surprise after the ultrasound. They were begging me to tell them what it is. I told them that it was a surprise and they would just have to wait! So the girls decided to try and guess what we are doing. Well my 8 year old guessed that we are going to Lagoon (our local amusement park) and my 5 year old guessed that we are going to Disney Land. WOW!!! Do they dream big or what??? We are REALLY going to the Hoogle Zoo, sure hope they aren't way disappointed!