Monday, July 24, 2017

Sister Trip 2017

 Marji designed some cute things for sister shirts and I made them with my amazing heat press for all of us. 

All the DeVaux girls enjoying sushi and a painting night to celebrate Mom's birthday. :)
I decided that since I was pregnant with our 6th child, I should take a trip with my sisters. I wanted to, since I would have a baby attached to me for the next year. So we started planning and originally we were going to go to Dallas, Texas and do shopping and eating, but as it got closer we decided to just hang out in Arkansas and do a lot of shopping and eating there. It was so much fun! I was about 5 months pregnant, but that didn't slow me down. We spent a full day shopping at all the stores and we all found an amazing sale on boots and treated ourselves to those. There were pedicures, painting classes, shopping, eating and of course tons of laughs. We also all got massages from Molly, also. It was so great to see all my Arkansas family and get to actually have conversations with them without being interrupted by my kids.  It was just the break I needed. I left Wednesday, February 15th and went home the next Monday. Trish and Gabby flew out with me. Best flight ever. It had been a while since I had flown without a baby.  My feet didn't really appreciate it though. They swelled up so much from the flight! Good thing I had flip flops on or it could have been really uncomfortable.  It was great spending time with my family and being in Arkansas. David is a saint for letting me go and taking care of all the kids, while I was gone. I am blessed for sure. So glad to be so close to all my sisters as well.  I talk to each of them on a daily basis and we love comparing notes on the chaos of  being a mom to crazy kids.  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

January 2017

 David got his Arrow of Light for Scouts in January and we had a great time celebrating with him with a nice short ceremony!
 Parker started tumbling in January and loved it. He is a natural gymnast.
 We got so much snow this winter. We got 10 inches over night. The kids loved playing in it. 
 Elizabeth got a fat lip...she fell off her bed in the middle of the night. Poor girl.

 Parker dressed up like an old man for the 100th day of school.

David got tickets to the Jazz game and so we had a date night. It was so fun and the food was delicious. It was box seats and free, which makes it awesome!
Thank goodness for Instagram so that I can keep up with all the things we did, so that when I'm a slacker with blogging I can look back and have some help with what happened that month.
 4 months

David taught the kids Dungeons and Dragons and they all love playing and it's cute seeing all of them work together.
 David built the boys beds and they are amazing! We still need to finish sanding, filling in the holes and painting them, but they are so neat and the boys love them.
 P.J. found a love for baby dolls this month and was once again sick for most of the month, so spent a lot of time snuggling with mom in bed.

 Biscuit hiding from Teddy in the boys room.

 We decided to go find out what we were having with our 6th baby and went to one of the Ultrasound places. It was so fun and the kids loved being a part of it. We found out we would be welcoming a little girl and complete the pattern! We were all so excited. A few days before Elizabeth told me, "we are having a girl and we are going to name her Scarlett." I had never thought of the name Scarlett, but she was pretty convinced and so we told her that we would think about it. It was so much fun to see her on the ultrasound moving around. She was being a little difficult to see if she was a girl, but eventually we all saw for sure that she was definitely a girl.  This was the best time of my pregnancy for sure. I wasn't too big and I was over all my illnesses from the past couple of months and had more energy too, but still required a nap a day.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

December 2016

 Tom the Elf brought the kids their annual Christmas pajamas.
 David Pascal turned 11 this year and celebrated with family and a went to see Star Wars with Dad at the theater. He also picked out a lemon cake from the store, since I was pregnant and once again sick with the flu. He is an amazing kid and we are so glad to have him as our oldest kids for all the other kids to follow after. He's amazing!

 P.J. really enjoyed watching the First Presidency Christmas Devotional and we all enjoyed watching Maggie sing and dance in her winter dance recital. 

 I put my new heat press to good use this year. I made the shirts on the top left for Pam and Micha.  I made my dad these socks that say his favorite quote, "Shhh...I'm reenacting Lehi's dream." They were a big hit for him! Then for mom and Sherrie I had each of the kids tell me what they love most about each of them and then made them each a blanket with what they said on it. Holy Crap, what was I thinking doing a project this size while pregnant with my sixth? But I did it and survived.  

Christmas came once again and it was as magical as all the years previous.  One funny and ridiculous thing that happened is that I forgot a few of Elizabeth's presents in my room. I kept thinking the whole morning that her pile seemed so small and that we were missing some, but thought I was just losing my mind. Then later that night we went to our room and there sat a whole pile of her presents.  So we called her into our room and showed her the presents we missed. She was pretty excited to have more presents to open, which made me think that maybe I should do this every year except on purpose! Make the magic continue the whole day.  We'll see. ;) David also took the kids sledding down at the big hill, since we got about 5 inches the night before. It was Trish and Gabby celebrating with us as well and we read Luke 2 Christmas Eve and had the kids act it out. Clearly I was out of my element with this pregnancy because I didn't get any pictures of the kids dressed up. The Flints were planning on coming, but unfortunately little Dax was sick again with RSV. Winter babies are so hard.  In the pictures below are the kids decorating sugar cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and then us going to see Christmas in Color.

 Maggie's birthday was a lot of fun this year. I took her and one of her best friends, Ava, to get pedicures, eat at Red Robin and a little shopping. It is ridiculous how fast she is growing. She is the best helper, especially with Pierce. He even calls her "Da" and knows she is always ready to help him. She is a great girl and I love watching her grow.

 And finally came Dad's birthday. He got lots of new clothes and a half eaten Frozen cake leftover from Maggie's birthday 2 days before. Poor the time it gets to his birthday, we are all done with cake and don't really want anymore so he is a great sport and said he would take the leftovers. What a trooper!

November 2016

November was another great month. We had our first snow and the kids all had an amazing time playing in it, as usual.  But before that first snow we enjoyed one more beautiful fall day at Daybreak trails in South Jordan. Pierce became a walker this month as well and was so dang cute wobbling around. We got the 2 dogs groomed and they just looked too cute to not take a picture.  We had an amazing Thanksgiving hosted at our house of course.  We had Trish over and the Flint family was supposed to come, but unfortunately little Dax was sick, so they had to stay home. This was also the day we finally told all of our family that we would be expecting our 6th sometime next June.  They were all shocked to say the least, but very excited! We waited a whole month before telling anyone and it was kind of fun having a secret. :)  We told our kids that night before Thanksgiving.  Maggie was throwing a fit about something and then we told her that we had a secret to tell each of them and she had to be happy, if she wanted to know the secret. So then we had each of them come to David and I and we whispered in their ear that we were having a little baby next year. Each of their expressions were so priceless and cute. They couldn't be more excited. Maggie also had her performance at the Festival of Trees at Southtown Expo Center and did an amazing job singing her songs and doing her dances.  The day after Thanksgiving we of course had our day of decorating our Christmas trees. I always love having the kids decorate our little 4 foot tree and seeing them group all their ornaments together. That way I get to decorated the big tree the way I like it, as well.  The week after Thanksgiving, David headed to Las Vegas for his Conference.  I was about 9 weeks pregnant and unfortunately caught the flu. I was in horrible shape and could barely get out of bed, which made taking the kids to school quite the task.  I had a fever, chills and just achy all over. I was seriously at an all time low and thinking how all I wanted was a nice bath and then one of my sweet friends, without knowing how sick I was, dropped off a late birthday present for me, homemade bath bombs! I was so touched by the perfect timing. She also brought over a meal for the kids. It was truly a huge blessing. After 3 or 4 days of being so sick, I finally got well and recovered. Throughout this whole time, poor Pierce was having a horrible time with sickness as well. He couldn't go more than a day without throwing up and we never knew when he was going to, so anytime we heard him start coughing, we would all jump over to where he may be and try to help him. Majority of the time this happened in the car and  the kids got very used to commenting that P.J. had thrown up yet again. It was one of the most frustrating things ever!! The doctor said there was nothing they could do. It was so bad that we eventually threw out his car seat because it had so much throw up on it and got him a new one. He didn't stop this fun trend until about January.  Life is fun and there is never a dull moment with 5 kids.