Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Funny Dog

Angel loves to steal anything she can from the kids and take off with it. Well, the other day, she took a binki that Brynnlee was holding. We thought she looked pretty funny...

We sure do love our Angel girl!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cookbook

At the beginning of the year, I was asked by the Relief Society president if I would be in charge of making a community cookbook. Since I LOVE to cook, I thought this project sounded like so much fun! So I said, "Yes!"

After months of hard work and the help of a committee of 20, they are done and they are AMAZING!!!! This bad boy has 596 pages with 1300 recipes submitted by those that live within our ward boundries. It even includes cleaning recipes and homemade remedies - very helpful!

Cute, huh?
I wanted something to compare this cookbook to so you can actually understand the size of this beast. I figured most people would know how big a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook is, so here you go...


Not too bad, huh?! I'm pretty proud of this cookbook and can't wait to start cooking from it!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Little Accident

Brynnlee was out playing with Austin, Aubree, and Angel on the front porch the other day, when all of a sudden I hear her screaming and Austin yelling at Aubree to go get me. So I ran outside to find Brynn standing up with dirt and blood all over one side of her face. Apparently she was standing near the edge of the porch when Angel bumped her off onto the rocks and gravel below.

She got a really good goose egg on her forehead and lots of scratches on her face. These pictures were from right after I got her cleaned up. But by that evening, that whole side of her face was bright red! It looked so awful!!

Everything is now scabbed over, so it's healing. It just makes me so sad to see her sweet face look like this. Hopefully it'll get better quickly!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hay Season

Well, it's that time again - HAY SEASON! Austin has been looking forward to hauling hay all summer so he can get behind the wheel again.

This year we had Nathan's help along with one of his roommates too. I'm pretty sure they have never worked so hard in their lives!

Here are some pics from this year's hay hauling adventures...

Angel's first experience working the land and she LOVED it!!!
She didn't miss a beat!
The three older kids running the pickup - Austin driving, Aubree telling Austin when to stop, and Brynn trying to enjoy the ride.
We've got a hungry follower!



Brett, Nathan, and James (Nathan's roommate) building the hay stack

Austin climbing way up high
Brynn's enjoying the view



This is what we do...
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Letter

My grandmother wrote Brooks a letter and I just have to put it on here so that I have it kept somewhere. She wrote it on a card with a warrior Indian on his horse. She included a $50 check. This is what she wrote:

Hi Guy,

Welcome to our family. Take everyone to dinner and order you the biggest steak they have.

I hope you'll like to read about cowboys and Indians like Grandpa did.

Grandma went to Sea World and saw porpoises and whales dance and jump way out of the water.

It's very hot in California. Soon you can run and play with Angel and the kids. Let mom sleep at night so she will be cheerful and rested.

You're a lucky boy to be in the Robinson family. I hope you'll go on a mission like Nathan and your dad.

Have mom freeze some juice and make slushes.

Be good to your sisters and help mom and dad like Austin does.

I hope you grow up to love veggies and fruit.

Send me a picture.

Love,
Gram E.


For those who don't know, Brooks' middle name is Delor, after my Grandpa Eastman. He and I were very close - more like a father to me. Like Grandma, I hope Brooks will be like my grandpa.

Monday, July 13, 2009

She's Amazing!

My sister-in-law, Kasi, is SOOOOOOOOOOO talented!! She just opened her own Etsy shop and I just have to tell everyone about it. Check it out HERE. She's just getting started and will be adding more to her store, but for now she has things for kids, vinyl, antique furniture, and so on. So go take a look and see what an amazing sister-in-law I have!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

3 Weeks

Brooks had his two week check-up on Wednesday, even though Friday he was three weeks old. We were happy to hear that he has been growing beautifully. He is now 20 inches long and weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz. - that's about two pounds in two weeks! He's starting to fill out and I LOVE it!!!! He's been more alert recently during the day. And nights vary now, sometimes sleeping only two hours between feedings and other times four! Every night I pray for the four hour breaks!!

Everyone still absolutely loves him. The only time Brynn struggles is when she is getting sleepy and wants me to hold her. But I don't think that's too bad!
I can vividly remember when Austin was 3 weeks old. A friend of ours said, "He's three weeks old already?" And I thought, What do you mean already? It's more like he's FINALLY three weeks old!
Time seems to be flying with Brooks, however. I can't believe he's already three weeks!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

T-Ball

Austin and Aubree had so much fun playing t-ball this year. We only signed Austin up to play since Aubree isn't supposed to play until next year. But if anyone from the team was going to be gone, Aubree was the official substitute. She probably played in half of the games and absolutely LOVED it!

Austin's coach pitched to each of the players three times and if they missed each pitch, then they had to use the tee. Austin only had to use the tee a couple of times. We were so proud of him hitting off of pitches. And Aubree wasn't too far from Austin. About half of her hits were from pitches as well.

It was lots of fun for both of them. They are already looking forward to next year!





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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Rough Week

Last week was one of the hardest weeks I've ever experienced. Boy, and I glad that my sister, Shauna, and my mom were here to help! We started out on Monday taking Brooks into the doctor for a check up. They were concerned about jaundice so we had to take him into the hospital to get it checked.
Oh, and while we were at the doctor's office, I had them check Brynn since she seemed not to be feeling well. She ended up having an ear infection and a sinus infection. So they put her on antibiotics to fix it.
I spent Tuesday cleaning and trying to help Brynn feel as comfortable as possible. Wednesday, my mom and sister arrived. Thursday Brynn was not doing well! She had a 103 degree fever that we could not get to brake. I took her back to the doctor and they gave her an antibiotic shot since the other medicine wasn't seeming to work.
Friday, the fever continued and Brynn was MISRABLE and constantly crying. I took her back to the doctor Friday and they had me take her to the hospital for x-rays and blood tests to see if the problem was viral or bacterial. Can I just say how hard that was having to hold her down for x-rays, waiting for them to get the machine to work, and Brynn not understanding what was going on and being so scared. Then listening to her scream as they were drawing her blood. AWEFUL!!!!!!!!
The tests came back all normal, but Brynn was still not feeling well. Sunday, Brett gave her a blessing and finally Monday, she started showing signs that she was feeling better. I don't know if it's because she was feeling so horribly last week that she's so happy to be feeling good, but she is so sweet and adorable now. Maybe it's just that my view on her has changed. Who knows, I'm just glad that she's doing better!!
And thank goodness for the extra help I had from my mom and sister! I wouldn't have been able to make it through the week without them!!
Brooks had been doing well, thankfully! His jaundice is clearing up. Now if I can just get him to sleep better at night, we'd be just fine!! Here are some pictures I've taken...

This is kind of funny to me. We have two babies! It's only funny until Brynn wants me to hold her and not Brooks and proceeds to throw a fit if I don't. We've got to work on that. And no more bottles! I'll be working on that.




Brooks NOT enjoying his sun bath!Cute little baby boy!!

She's 4!!

Aubree had her fourth birthday last Saturday! She is so excited to finally be four years old. Now she thinks that she can do anything because she's big now!

I decided to bag the whole birthday party idea since I've got a new little one. Instead, we focused on the fact that she gets to have her Grandma Good here for her birthday. She was thrilled with that!

We started out her day with a yummy breakfast, then we took her to the park for a picnic and some good playing time. When we got home, I started decorating her cake while my mom made tacos for dinner.

My little brother, Nathan, came over and as soon as Brett got home from work, we ate, did the cake, and opened presents. She was surprised by a visit from her Grandma Robinson. She thought it was so neat that she got to have both of her grandmas at her house for her birthday. The kids played and played with the new gifts and then we finished off the day with a movie of her choice and popcorn.

Even though we didn't do a big, elaborate birthday party, she still had a very special and happy day - just what I wanted most for her!
Thanks to Nathan and his princess dress-up set, we were still able to make her "party" be as much of a princess party as possible. She was a cute little princess!
She was very excited about her cake! Phew!!
She got lots of clothes and gifts from both of her grandmas!
Both Austin and Aubree got soccer balls from my sister, Shauna, and Brett and I got Aubree a soccer goal. They were both pretty excited about that!
All in all, it was a very good day. We're so happy that she's a part of our family. Life would be very dull without her! We sure do love that little girl!!!