Monday, May 19, 2014

Halloween and Kirtland

A few days after Emily was born, my dad came into town and we celebrated Halloween. The boys were all Ninja Turtles and they could not have been cuter! My mom planned a special Halloween dinner and then the boys, my dad, Bryson, and some neighbor boys (Avi and Cobi) went trick or treating. It turned out to be a very rainy and cold night, but that did not stop the boys from collecting a huge bag of candy each!

Later we all went to Kirtland to see the church history sights. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Letchworth State Park

Our family took a day trip to Letchworth State Park in Upstate NY. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to! We loved walking around, and eating a picnic in a gorgeous grassy area with a fantastic view. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Our sweet little girl is here!

Our Emily Marie Richards came into the world on October 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM weighing 7 pounds 8 oz. I started to have contractions around 4 AM that were painful, but they were 15 minutes apart, so I tried to just relax and labor at home for as long as I could. Around 7 AM I was in pain, but the contractions were still 10 minutes apart, so I sat on the couch with Andrew and tried to breath through the pain. I told Bryson to take Danny to school, and then we would leave when got back. Yet by the time he was home, the contractions were 5 minutes apart and I was in transition! We bolted out the door for what was one of the longest car rides in my life. I was in so much pain and no that there would be no time for an epidural. My goal was to stay calm and breath through it all. When we arrived at he hospital, Bryson grabbed a wheelchair and wheeled me into the lobby. It was then that I felt the need to push. I started to panic. The receptionist wanted to us to wait for someone to wheel me up to L & D, but I knew if we waited any longer, I would have the baby in the lobby. I yelled for Bryson to take me up and away we went!
As we reached the front desk, the nurses saw that I was ready to go and wheeled me in. The OB came in and I started to push. It was amazing how calm I was. I had heard of people thinking about the words to hymns and peaceful thoughts during labor, so I tried to do that and it amazingly it worked. Next thing I knew I felt a lot of pain (and I screamed) and her head was out and soon enough they were placing her in my arms. Similar to how I felt when I had James (which was also a very quick and hectic labor) I was in a little shock and my emotions had not caught up to when I was currently looking at- this beautiful, perfect baby girl. She had a great set up lungs and let everyone in the room know that. She was so strong. I loved her so much.
A few hours later my mom brought the boys to meet her. She had them bathed and looking so cute. It was so fun to watch them meet her for the first time (especially Danny- he was smitten). James was very curious about the technicalities of the birth. He wanted to know how the baby came out, if it hurt, what my stomached looked like now. He was not so much interested in Emily and barley even glanced at her. Luckily all that has changed and he is not very much connected and interested in her. 
It was an amazing day. Can't believe she is finally here! We are all in love with Emily. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

James Turns 4

James is probably my most complicated child, but when it comes to birthdays, he is quite simple and very predictable. This is the 3rd year in a row that he requested a Disney 'Cars' birthday and wanted pretty much the same games and food as he has wanted in past years. I knew that the baby was coming soon, so I wanted try to make it as special as I could (despite lack of energy being almost my due date).
He invited all the boys in his preschool class and a few other kids from church. You never know how James is going to respond to a situation, but he was so excited for his big day and was all smiles.

Everyone received lamented racing tags with their names on it.  

 We made personalized door handle hangers as a craft. A lot of the boys were not that interested in this, but not my James, he spent half the party working on his!
 I love sweet James's picture in this. He is sitting next to Will Rond in the stripes, the other side of him is John Chase and his little sister, then Eliza Miner, Mia Nielsen, James Call, and Lincoln Goldstein. 
 It was such a gorgeous fall day, so we ate the cupcakes and opened gifts outside. 

 He is so excited here! Love this. 

A couple nights later, my flew out for James actual birthday (October 15th). We had a family party and he was (of course) so excited to open more gifts and have so much family around him. 

What a sweet boy! 

This is all about James at age 4:
he can write his name
count to 20
do 50 piece puzzles all by himself
ride a bike with training wheels
loves math work books 
learning to swim
loves sponge bob
loves back scratches at night
sleeps with his blanket
loves preschool
very interested in animals
loves to color