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Our Family

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hannah's Baby Blessing

Hannah was blessed by her daddy last Sunday. Mom and Dad came down from Idaho and most of Stephen's family were able to come as well. I am so grateful to have family surrounding us and supporting us. After church we came back to the house and had an early dinner. Stephen grilled kababs and we made a mirror glaze cake for dessert. I thought it turned out pretty cool myself, but it was a lot of work, and the glaze didn't taste all that great especially with a gummy worm-like texture, but the cake itself was good!

Becky made Hannah a pretty little bracelet to wear for her special occasion. Her dress is the same one I was blessed in and it was picked out and bought by  great grandma Pettingill. Her rainbow blanket was one that grandma Washburn made for Stephen when he was baby. She looked so beautiful in her dress!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


It has dawned on me, that I now have three kids under three years old. Holy Cow! No wonder I'm so tired! A bigger house and a bigger family all within a month has required all my energy and focus to get things normalized as much as possible. I cannot say enough how blessed we have been since being here. Our ward is awesome! Our new friends and neighbors have really taken good care of us. There is a great feeling of community out here, and there's lots of people to befriend.

Stephen and I are just plugging along with the normal everyday tasks of working and taking care of the kids. I would love to go out on a date sometime soon. It's been a long while since we've been out by ourselves. Stephen has now picked up the art and talent of baking bread; he's become really good at it and really enjoys it (so do I). He is such a good dad; the boys go rushing into his arms yelling "Daddy's home!" as soon as they hear him open the garage door. I love it when he plays his guitar and the boys will go in the living room and dance and sing along with him. It's so cute to watch. I am just trying to figure out a new routine while keeping up with the housework and playing with the kids.

Zander is starting to become interested in his ABC's so we started learning how to spell his name. He loves to hold his little sister as he asks every time I finish feeding her to hold her. He's really good with her. He'll even wipe her mouth when she drools milk out of her mouth. He is now enrolled in a tumbling class! I'm excited to see how it all goes. He starts next week. He's all about balancing and doing flips and somersaults all over the living room so I think he'll be quite good at it. He no longer takes naps, and is getting better about playing by himself for a little while, but he still loves to be with people. I think he gets that from me, or at least Stephen thinks so. The boys are playing a lot better together as well. There are always squabbles here and there, and some days are better than others, but they are finally starting to hang out and enjoy each other especially at bed time when they're supposed to be going to sleep.

Lucas still copies Zander all the time, but he is really starting to become independent. He loves to play in water no matter where he finds it. I can always find him in the bathtub or at a sink or in a puddle. He can count to 10 all by himself, and knows part of the ABC's song. He loves to read books and snuggle with his turtle, and now he has a stuffed bear that is his "baby" that he totes all over the house. He takes good care of that baby wrapping her in a blanket and putting her to sleep and changing her diaper. Speaking of babies, he just adores his baby sister Hannah. He is the first one to tell me that she crying and that she needs me to feed her. He is always in her face giving lots of kisses and hugs, hand shakes, hello's, and I love you's. My favorite is when I' am holding her, he'll come up and give her a kiss on the head and announce, "I wuv her! I wuv her, mom!"

Both boys love to help in the kitchen. It doesn't matter how small or quick the task is, they want to help. They pretend to make pancakes and cookies at the stove, and play hide and seek in the cupboards. They like to play games with mom and dad now, and I actually love playing games with them. Some of their favorites are matching games, Go Fish, and Candy Land.

Hannah is four weeks old. I forget how fast the time goes when they are this young. The newborn stage is my favorite, and it's the stage they grow out of the fastest. She is such a beauty and so loved by her family. She is a great sleeper, sleeping 4-6 hours at a time. When she's awake, she is really alert and takes in everything around her. She's starting to give little half smiles here and there, and loves her mom to hold her. She's very easy going and calm as long as her tummy is full. She is such a joy to have as part of our family.

Monday, August 28, 2017


There is something so incredibly peaceful about a sleeping child. It's probably because when they are awake they cry, are loud and energetic, full of questions and requests that when they settle down for the night or for a nap all that goes away and I can watch them and remember how much I love them. I love being their mom. I love getting to care for them and teach them. They are my everything. My peaceful little peanuts.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bear Lake With the Washburns

Bear Lake ended up being the week after Hannah was born so I didn't get to go this year, but Stephen took the boys over night while I got to stay home with my mom. We ended up going shopping for a couple hours. I don't know how long it took Stephen to get to Bear Lake because he had to stop four times on the way to clean up puke because Lucas and Zander were throwing up in the car. I was a bit nervous with them being out in the water without me being there, so some of the family sent me pictures of the boys to let me know they were doing alright.

 You can't go to Bear Lake without having a milkshake!

Meanwhile, back at home... I caught Hannah just waking up from her nap trying to stretch and decide if she wanted to stay awake or not, haha! She's a keeper.

Spokane Pettingill Reunion

Becky and Lance hosted the Kerry Pettingill family reunion this year in Washington. I was really sad that I had to miss it since Hannah decided to come late, but I was where I needed to be and that was with my sweet baby. Thank you Becky and Lance for putting it all together and sending me these photos. Man, I missed out!
My siblings. Love them!

 Nineteen grand kids minus Hannah who was just born.
 Poor Scott broke his shoulder in three places while riding on a tube.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Bath

Hannah didn't mind her bath until Daddy started scrubbing her.
  Zander was excited that he got to stay up and help.

 The best part of bathing your kids are the snuggles you get afterwards.