Monday, November 29, 2010

Family Pictures

Thanksgiving is the one time of the year that I make a point to take family pictures. I really should do it more often. This year went a little more smoothly than last year. While a couple of the boys were annoyed at least no one cried.

Awww isn't that sweet. Actually Will was just being extremely ornery during picture time.
See what I mean?Here is a nice one.
Mommy, Daddy and Emily.
Our family. All SEVEN of us.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Batman Cake

Here is the cake I made for Drew's birthday. Looks good right? (Except for the fact that Blogger is rotating my pictures). I was going to make him a dog cake because that is what he originally requested. When we went to the library to pick up the cake tin, he found this Batman cake tin and really wanted to have that instead. So, I obliged.

I worked on the cake for almost 2 hours and then set it in the downstairs fridge overnight. When I went to get the cake the next morning I noticed standing water in the corner of the tin. Unfortunately every once in a while our freezer leaks water into our fridge. It hasn't done this for a while but that night it decided to leak...right onto Drew's cake.

So unfortunately for his birthday party we were unable to eat the cake I made for him. Thankfully I had some brownies that I was able to bake before guests arrived. Drew got to see the cake and blow out the candles. He was happy and that is all that matters.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Drew Turns 4

November 16th was a big day for Drew, he turned 4 years old! We started off the morning with his request of cinnamon rolls. We waited till afternoon to open gifts so that Daddy and his brothers could be there.

For his gifts from us he received a horse and stable set as well as a new cowboy hat, bandana and cowboy boots. His current love is cowboys and farmers. He really wanted a horse for his birthday, but was very excited with what he got.For dinner he chose mac and cheese, hot dogs and blueberry muffins! For dessert we had M&M cones and Christmas tree brownies. We saved his cake for his birthday party that was held the following Sunday.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 10th Photo Session

We had a mini photo session at our house yesterday. All the pictures I have of Emily have been sleeping pictures so I thought I would get some of her while she was actually awake. She cooperated really well! Isn't she cute?Brodie is always very careful with Emily. He still asks if he should wash his hands before he touches her. He is my clean kid you know.
Drew is getting use to having a baby sister. He is always sneaking kisses to to the top of her head. For some reason he doesn't ever want me to see him do it. I hear the smooches though every once in awhile.
Yep, I think they like their sister.

The little boys were sitting nicely at the table coloring while I fed their sister in the living room. Drew periodically would show me the picture he was working on. I closed my eyes for a few seconds and when I opened them back up this is what I saw.He drew on his face. The best part? It is permanent marker. I told him that he needed to go look in the mirror because it wasn't coming off for awhile. My step-mother and nephew stopped by for a minute and when Drew's cousin asked what was on his face Drew's response was "it's marker, it will be there for awhile". Good thing we have nowhere to go today.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Proud Brothers

My sister-in-law made these adorable crowns for the new big brothers. They proudly wore them around the house.Jake adores his new sister. He wants to hold her frequently and loves to snuggle her under blankets.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Stopping in to say "hi". We are home and getting settled in. We had a rough first night but I am sure we will eventually fall into a routine. More pictures to come soon.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Emily Joy Figgins
Novemeber 2, 2010 11:31am
8lbs 4oz 20.5 inches
Proud Daddy.

Happy Momma.
Big brother Tony.

Big brother Jake.

4 smitten brothers and one little girl.

Welcome to the world little one.

We are glad you are finally here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's 1:30am November 2nd 2010. I have to be at the hospital in 3 1/2 hours to prepare to meet my 5th child. Obviously I am having some sleep issues. I figured maybe blogging my ideas would help instead of just laying in bed awake.

First. My excitement level is almost peaked. I can not wait to meet this new little one. We didn't find out the gender so that is what I look forward to most.

Second. Between my own excitement and anticipation and my husbands snoring there is no way I can sleep or at least not for more than a few minutes anyway.

Third. I have a really upset stomach. Nerves? I don't know. I feel a nagging empty feeling like I need to eat something. I went to my "middle of the night, feel like I need something in my stomach" snack of raspberry yogurt. Either that or bananas. I would rather have a banana right now but I don't have any bananas. I only choked down a few bites, so far it isn't helping.

Fourth. I am hoping all the older boys adjust well to their new brother or sister. I hope I can spread enough love around to all of them to make them all know they mean the world to me, each and everyone of them.

Fifth. I hope I can handle the pain that is coming my way. An epidural has been on my mind alot lately. Friends and family who have had them tell of positive experiences. While I am going in with an open mind I am still leaning towards doing this on my own. I want to do this on my own. Drew's labor is still fresh in my mind though and it was so painful. I just have to remember it is only for a few hours.

Sixth. I love my husband. He was sweet to me tonight. He told me not to worry about things. Everything will be fine. He new I wasn't going to sleep so he begged me to try and fall asleep first because he was so tired and he felt guilty sleeping when I couldn't since I was going to be doing all the work of having the baby. He let me chatter, rubbed my back and even apologized as his body twitched while he slipped into dreamworld. At 12:30 I got up to use the restroom. When I came back in to the bedroom he was sitting up in bed. "What are you doing?" I asked. "I was choking on the name suggestion" was his response. Laughing I layed back down and he layed back down too. Snoring came within seconds. Middle names was the last thing we discussed as he fell asleep. I didn't ask what the name suggestion was, I should have.

Seventh. I am looking forward to staying 2 days at the hospital. It will almost be like a vacation! Thank God I have wonderful family and friends who have graciously offered to help with the other 4 boys so that I can spend 48 hours bonding with just my newborn. I love my family.

Eighth. I am hoping for a very quick delivery and most importantly a healthy baby.

Ninth. I am hoping that once I close this laptop I can sleep for 2 hours before heading into the hospital. Fingers crossed.