Thursday, September 19, 2013

My sweeties

Elliott is 3 months old!  Where has the time gone?  He is still a wonderful baby.

Well, we went to the lake on Labor Day.  Unfortunately it was in a downpour so we had to come back the following weekend.  The girls also enjoyed a trip to JumpStreet trampoline park, where they went up and down this gigantic crocodile slide.  We've also spent tons of time at the pool because Helaman is training for a triathlon, and where Olivia has learned to swim independently (with a life vest) which is a huge step!

Olivia started Pre-school!  It was a last minute decision, and I think the right one.  She just goes twice a week for a few hours in the morning and loves it!  She is very proud to be going to school just like Charlotte, and Charlotte never fails to ask how her day went and what she learned.

Elliott was introduced to the cow and the sheep.  6 years ago it was Charlotte doing the same thing.  They look so much alike, it is crazy.  Maybe that is why Charlotte just loves him to pieces, and told me that when she has a baby, she is naming him Elliott.

The cutest little kids around!!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

2 Months Old

Elliott is now 2 months old and is still a great baby.  He smiles all the time and is relaxed and easy going.  He still eats a lot and wakes up at night, but this month has agreed to go back down after feedings.  We all just love him to pieces.
Weight: 13 lb 8 oz. (82%)
Height: 24.75 in. (93%)
Head: 16.25 in. (76%)

 The girls are great big sisters.  Here is Olivia reading Elliott a book.  So cute!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Before and After

Who doesn't love a good before and after picture?  My friend Sarah came into town this weekend.  We have been friends since we were 12 in the Tallahassee Youth Symphony together and went to high school and college together.  Christianne is also from Tallahassee, lived with us at BYU and now lives about 30 minutes away from me.  We wish Hilery could have met up with us too!  Our little boys were born just a week apart.
Spring term at BYU, 2000
Dallas, TX, August 2013
11 kids later!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Elliott's Big Day

Elliott was blessed this past Sunday.  Good thing, because he was about to outgrow his blessing outfit.  He was lucky to have many family members come to see him.  He is a real sweetie and we call him "the prince" at home because that is what he is.  


Charlotte and Olivia loved having their cousins from Houston come to visit.  Everyone had a loud, good time.
Elliott asleep at his own party.  Tough to stay awake in that kind of heat.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Elliott at 1 Month

Elliott is 1 month old! On blanket from Great Grandma Nancy.
Weight: 10 lb. 15 oz. (75%)
Height: 23 inches (87%)
Head: 15.5 inches (72%)

 He is a little sweetie who is very good natured and smiles often.
 He still has his days and nights mixed up, and though I love these beautiful eyes, they are a bit too wide open in the middle of the night.
 He has a enthusiastic fan club in his sisters, who hug and kiss him at every opportunity.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Welcome Elliott Erickson!

Elliott Helaman Erickson was born June 19, 2013 at 9:59 p.m.  I was scheduled to be induced that day and went in at 6 a.m.  They started the drugs at 9 a.m, and by 9 p.m. there was really no progress made after a whole day (of no eating).  This was very frustrating!  But after many prayers and begging the little guy to come out and join the world, he decided it was time and was ready within the hour.  He had a healthy, loud cry and was 8 lbs, 3 ounces at 21 inches long. 
The girls came to visit us at the hospital.
They didn't know what to think at first, but now love him to pieces and never stop showering him with kisses.  At two weeks old now, he is 8 lbs 14 oz. (51%) and 21.25 inches long (68%).
Charlotte and Olivia have also started their summer of activities with dance class on Mondays.  Olivia is in a creative movement ballet/tap combo class with about 20 other kids, and Charlotte is in a small ballet class with six other 6 year olds.  Both classes suit them perfectly and they love it.  I was very worried about this but both were very enthused about showing me all their moves at home.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Is it summer yet?

At long last, May is over!  Time is creeping by as we await our little boy's arrival to our family.  During the month, we had fun with cousins who came to visit.
Helaman and the girls have logged some serious time at parks, making the most of the nice weather before it gets too hot.  Charlotte has become proficient at the monkey bars.  They have also turned our backyard into a nature preserve with three birdhouses that birds are coming from far and wide to feed from. 
Olivia wrapped up her year with her buddies that she played with each week at playgroup.  The first week they all played at our house, they all followed me around the house and I thought it would be a long year!  But they got used to playing together and grew up a lot during the year.  Olivia is very excited to be a big sister.  Every day she kisses my belly and introduces herself to her baby brother.  She also loves giving him hugs, singing to him and listening to his heartbeat at my doctor appointments.  Her favorite book to read lately is "The Little Red Hen" and can "read" it to us!
This weekend we went bowling.  Charlotte was very proud to get a higher score than me.  She is also excited about her last week of school - full of fun activities.  She has become a great writer and loves to come home and write about the fun things she does with our family and at school.  She also reads very well, and has read several pages of "Charlotte's Web" to me as well as many other books from her shelf.  The girls both love to go to the library and spend lots of time looking at books together.
I am chugging along and looking forward to school being out!  Charlotte is such a big help, especially with cleaning.  She is a great little vacuumer.  Helaman has had a rough weekend on call - good thing it is one of his last. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Break

Last September our trusty 10 year old desktop computer died.  It had all my pictures on it, so naturally I could not blog for 6 months.  I did retrieve the pictures but catching up is not in the cards.  So we're starting fresh with this week's Spring Break activities!  We began with a trip to the new Perot Science Museum.  The girls loved the dinosaur puzzles, crafts and bug exhibits.

Monday, the girls and I went to the Lego store for some new sets and stopped by Krispy Kreme doughnuts to redeem some coupons, and added some stops to CVS and Kroger.  Charlotte declared it the best day ever.  That night was a Bachelor finale party with girlfriends.  I had wanted to make this Nothing Bundt Cakes white chocolate raspberry cake I saw on pinterest, so I did.  And it was delicious!
Tuesday we met our friend Anna at the Dallas Arboretum.  It was so crowded, we had to take a shuttle over.  I guess that was lucky, because it was the girls' favorite part! 

Wednesday we went to Little Elm Lake Park with Christianne and her kids.  It was freezing because of the wind and we were the only crazy ones there in our bathing suits, thinking it was summer.  Some other people wandered by in sweatshirts and jeans.  They loved it though!  You just never know what these silly girls will love doing.  We have had a lot of fun with Charlotte being home this week, and Olivia can't get enough of playing with her.