Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

One of these things is not like the others, but all of these things very much belong !
Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's a Major Award! Part 2....

Today the doorbell rang, and when I opened the door I found this!
Here is picture showing how big the box is compared to J- He is one cute kid isn't he.
And here is a picture showing how big the box is compared to Baby B- only we are all kind of blocking the box, so it really doesn't work, but Baby B is pretty cute so I figured I would still use the picture.
And here it is, My Major Award! Don't you Love J's super big smile?

And here is the run down of what we got-
Teething supplies- Top from the left, a figure 8 teething toy, an Elephant teething toy, a Teething ball and a fresh food feeder (I put ice-cubes in these and use them for teething soothers). Bottom, A foot Chew toy and a Teething Blanket- it has plastic corners.
Bath Supplies- Clockwise from the top- a basketball ducky, a fireman duck tub faucet cover, a soft "Bath Critter" (its made out of terry cloth and floats and talks), 4 turtle toys, a blow up ducky tub and a bag full of sea animal bath toys.
Feeding supplies- Clockwise from the top, 2- count them- 2 formula dispensers, (I have one that I have LOVED and I was thinking of getting another to put the rice cereal for the babies bottles into- now I don't have to- WoooHooo), 3 glass bottles, 10 spoons, 1 bottle brush and a bottle accessory dishwasher basket.
Sippy Cups- 3 soft top, 2 straw tops and a pack of 4 hard tops.
Odds and ends- an insulated expandable bag, a medication feeder, an "ABC" Flashcards book and a little laundry bag set.
Did I mention that Ken asked if I wanted to wait until Christmas to open the box? As you can see, I said NO! This is really not a Major Award, but it is a big blessing. We received several items that I feel we needed and had intended to purchase, we also received fun things and things that will come in very handy in the future. I feel very blessed. Ken thinks I should keep entering contests, I think I will.

And We've had Fun, Fun, Fun....

On Monday I made some cute Snowmen (I think I ended up making 24 of them, I am now addicted to salt dough! Not eating it, but making it, baking it and painting it) J tried to eat the "No Man Cookies" he discovered that when salt dough ornaments hit your teeth- it really hurts.
Then Baby b discovered that Green Beans are not really all that bad!
After all the fun with Salt Dough and Green Beans we went up to visit Great Grandma Turner, and her sweet kids Debbie and Jeff. Isn't my Grandma BEAUTIFUL!
Debbie played the piano, Cousin Alecia played the Cello and I sang. Grandma Loved it! Aunt Debbie also gave the babies lots of hugs and kisses.

I worked all day on Tuesday. Sorry, no pictures, it is a BIG NO NO to take pictures in a Medical Records Department.

Yesterday I made Baby B a blanket! I hope he loves it as much as J loves his "ditda". It is creamy colored with creamy silky blanket binding on the short edges, and it has a cute little fuzzy lion on one corner.
And check out what Baby B is doing right now! That is right, he is napping in his crib! I love that boy. On Monday he took a 3 hour morning nap in his crib, I am hoping for something similar today. He is getting so big. I was SURE that he was going to roll over today, but he didn't. Apparently he was just practicing getting onto his side.
So that is the Fun we have been having the past few days. Christmas is coming soon! I am so excited. Pictures of that will come soon!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's a Major Award!

Do you have children? Do you use Munchkin Products? I do and I do, and so I became friends with Munchkin, inc. on facebook. They had a contest called "That Stinks" (because the contest was held to help launch their new diaper pail- which doesn't stink) and they wanted people to share their funny stories about parenting. I shared about Jared LOVING all things to do with feminine hygiene and how we discovered him at the Office Supply store wearing pantie liners on his arms....And I didn't win the contest. I just got Runner UP!

See- here is the announcement.

We're pleased to share the grand prize winner from our recent contest! The story that made us say "That Stinks!" was Jennifer Stein who will receive housecleaning for a year, because housecleaning stinks but the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin doesn’t! We’re giving away Munchkin Gift Baskets ($100 value) to the runners up…congratulations Heather Henderson and Kate Wheeler.Stay tuned for another big contest soon!

I love you Munchkin! When I get my Gift Basket I will take a picture and post it for all to see!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

He has Rolls, be he doesn't Roll!

This is what my Sweet B looked like 4 months ago.
This is what he looked like just today (well, truthfully, yesterday when I started this post-he had just woken up from cozy 2 hour nap in his car-seat. He won't sleep that long in his crib- haven't figured out why). As you can see he has grown quite a bit!
Our Sweet baby B is now 4 months old- last Friday I took him to the doctor. The doctor took one look at him and said "Well, he is a healthy little eater, isn't he? I am not worried about him one bit"
Here are his stats-

Weight- 17 pounds 6 oz 91st% ( J was 15 pounds 9 oz and something like the 67%)
Height- 26.5 inches 94th% (beating his brother out by 1/2 and inch 5%)
Head Circumference- 16.75 inches (around 42.5 cm) 58%

I was AMAZED when they told me his weight, the height sounded about right for my boys. I will say that I was quite impressed that even though he was born 3 weeks early and weighed a pound less and was an inch shorter than J, he has now passed his brother. He is destined to be Tall and Handsome.

Some facts about Baby B-
First, other than the fact that he is very willing to share his smiles, he is pretty much NOTHING like his big brother. This both delights and confuses his mother. J rolled at 3 and 1/2 months, B sometimes will make it up onto his side but really doesn't care to move around to much. He is much more interested in talking. If you get the chance, sit this kid on your lap and just start talking to him, he will respond, ask questions, he will even let you know when the things that you are talking about inspire and delight him. He is WONDERFUL at laughing and he is an amazing thief- he steals hearts right and left with his charming smiles.
From the picture above, you might think that he likes tummy time. He doesn't, he hates it, he tolerates it for a few minutes and then rubs his face on the ground. I asked the doctor about the rolling thing, he said not to worry about it (I am pretty sure J was just weird for being so mobile so early) I admitted to the doctor that baby B doesn't really spend to much time on the floor because of the "Big Bad Wolf"....I mean the Big Brother who ADORES him to the point that I fear for my babies life at times. To my surprise I was not told "Put that baby down, don't let him get too accustomed to being held, blah blah blah blah" Safety is a good thing I guess.

Baby B LOVES his food, even more so now that he drinks "Thickened" formula. Ken and I noticed that the baby had recently started burping up a lot more, the doc said it sounded pretty much like reflux and that the easiest way to fix it would be to thicken his formula with rice cereal. As luck would have it, the doctor had already given the go ahead to start the baby on solids (since he is as big as most 6 month olds I assume). It works, apparently the stomach is much less likely to let thick foods come back up. Who Knew? Yesterday he tried cereal on a spoon, he didn't really like it too much that way- but in a bottle- HEAVEN!

That is our Baby Sweet Baby B. We love him and we are pretty sure he loves us too!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Epic Failure, Quiet Success.

There are some moments of Motherhood that are precious, yet sad. Like when you find your sweet toddler having way too much fun in your Rice Bucket. He was so pleased with himself. Can you blame me that I took pictures. Then, Sadly I threw away the rest of the rice, there wasn't a ton left, and I had a new bag, but it would have been nice if he hadn't rubbed his bum all over our rice.
There are some moments that you just wish you could forget, or even go back in time and prevent. I had to admit that I, Me, Samo Ja, I am one of the reasons we don't have nice things. This griddle, it was nice, that is until I didn't put it away, and instead piled things on top of it. My little J is my cohort in crimes against nice things. I may forget about them and pile things on top of them, but J, he is the one who figures out how to ruin them. In this case he found the plug for the griddle and not only did he attach it correctly but he then plugged it into the wall and turned it on. I didn't notice it until I saw him sitting at my craft area (which this year is in the kitchen- thus the griddle was oddly enough also on the craft table). J was playing with some paper flowers. I took them away from him and put them on a nice little pile of stuff I had created. As I told him, once again, that these things were fun to play with but that they were Mommies and so he shouldn't play with them alone......I realized that the air above my pile of stuff was warm, I also realized that the plastic container my paper flowers were in was looking a little melted. I screamed. I started pulling things off the pile. I turned off the griddle and pulled the plug out of the wall. J smiled and laughed, this was all so fun! I got to the bottom of the pile and found this- a melted plastic Ikea cutting board.
I threw away a few craft supplies that day and I learned a good lesson about why I should put things away. If it doesn't belong there, put it away Kate. Really. On a somewhat brighter note, the griddle may not be ruined, after the cutting board cooled off it was easily removed.....Ken is still not sure if the griddle was damaged, I guess we ought to try to use it.

Now, neither of those moments in Motherhood were Epic Failures, but this next one sure felt like it at the time. Ken is on the tail end of a 5 day weekend. I thought since he was home, and neither of us NEEDED sleep, we should make the big move and put the baby and J into the same bedroom at night. We both figured there would be more crying and fussing than usual, we were prepared. So we thought. We talked to the boys, explained how it was going to work. I removed all objects from the room that J could use to climb into the crib. We talked to J about how Baby B didn't need any blankets or stuffed animals in his crib and no matter how much J thought his brother wanted such things, he should not give them to baby B. Little J understood this so well that he, all by himself, removed all the stuffed animals from their room- I guess he just wanted to avoid the temptation. Smart Kid. Bedtime came for J and it took him a little while to calm down and go to sleep. Luckily he was finally asleep when we put baby B in bed an hour later. About 90 minutes after that we heard Baby B crying. It was a nice surprise to me that J had not woken up, or even really stirred at all when Baby B cried. That was a good surprise, the bad surprises came later. The next time there was crying it was from both of them. It was an all out Scream Fest. Off and on, more on really than off, for hours they screamed. I went downstairs to sleep in the guest room and Ken took charge. Poor Saintly Ken, I can not believe he didn't come get me after 45 minutes! Three hours later I came back upstairs and Ken and I decided that it wasn't going to work, the boys (and me really) were not ready for this.

We came up with a new plan. Baby B needed to be really really really good at self soothing. We have read the books, we know that Baby B doesn't eat during the night anymore {we know this because we are his parents ;) } but that he does wake up and we help soothe him back to sleep. So we decided that Baby B would stay in the guest-room for a few more weeks, and we would follow a new plan. 1st Extinction! (it is a pretty nasty word, but I like it a little better than "Cry it Out"). Extinction worked great for J, and it seems to be working great for Baby B as well. 2nd Nap Time will be held in his crib in the boys room, not in the port-a-crib in the guest-room, hopefully this step will help baby B get used to the crib and the room so it won't be so scary when he wakes up there at night. And 3rd, when the time comes that baby B actually moves into the boys room at night, Ken and J will get to take a trip somewhere for a couple of days- To Logan, or really anywhere they want to go where we can find them lodging. This will allow Baby B to acclimate without ruining J's life.

The funniest part about this Epic Failure- when we finally did call it quits and removed Baby B from the boys room, he was all smiles and giggles and coos. He had a gleam in his eye- It was almost as if he had enjoyed tormenting his brother. Odd, because I figured J would be the tormentor.
"What Me? Torment J? You must be kidding!"
The next day both boys slept really well! Failure can turn into Success quite quickly it seems.

Here is the last of my Quiet Successes- J, he is a really sweet and spiritual boy. We were at tithing settlement last week and J kept saying something to me that I didn't quite understand. "Pawfet, Pawfet!" I turned and looked at what he was looking at, it was a picture of President Thomas S. Monson. Oh, Prophet! I was so proud of him. In October I had shown him pictures of Prophets and pointed out President Monson to him, but I hadn't really talked to him since about prophets. My boy remembered! My heart really skipped a beat.

Then today I was talking to him about the pieces of our new Nativity set. We talked about the Angel and the Wise-men, and Mary and Joseph, and then we talked about the Baby Jesus. "Oh, Milk!" he said and he ran to the kitchen, I of course followed him and helped him get his milk out of the fridge. What I didn't expect was for him to then fed baby Jesus. (He fed baby Jesus for a long time, thus allowing me to snap some pictures.) What a sweet boy I have. I am sure that the actual non-plastic Jesus was proud of him too.
J was making "SHHHH" sounds as he fed the baby.
So there it is, those were the Failures and Successes of this last week. All in all, it was a pretty good week. I love Motherhood, I love my boys. And I love Ken for putting up with all of us!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Grey Monday?

Let me just start with this gratuitous Baby B Smile!
Okay. I don't know if any of you looked at the adds in your Sunday paper yesterday. I did. And Surprise, Surprise, the stores wanted me to come visit. I am a big fan of Black Friday, I love it, I don't always get everything I want- either because I get there a little too late (who would have ever thought arriving at a store at 4am would be too late, but sometimes it is) or I just can't afford what I want (thus, I don't get it). I will be perusing the adds on Thanksgiving to see if there is anything that is worth the early morning trip to the store, and I am 99% sure that I will, once again be headed out to participate in the spectacle that is "Black Friday". Over the past 5 years Ken and I have fallen into a pattern that works quite well for us. One of us will go out to the stores REALLY EARLY and the other one will sleep in, then we will head back out to the stores as a family after most of the crowds are gone and see what is still available. We have come away with some great bargains in the past. Little J doesn't seem to notice that his Birthday presents are purchased 4 months in advance. It is a win win situation for all involved. This year though some of the Pre-Black Friday sales were good enough to get me out the door early this morning.....

Early being 8 AM.

Target did it. They were offering this Fisher Price Little People Nativity for $13.99. I have wanted this nativity set for a couple of years now and last year I was thwarted at every turn. Not this year. Ken saw online that our local target store had some in stock on Sunday. I hoped, hoped, hoped that they would still have some on Monday. After all, Sunday is the Sabbath Day and I live in Utah County, no one in Utah County shops on the Sabbath, right? Doors opened at 8. I woke up at 7:40 AAAAAAAHHHHHHH how in the world did I sleep in that late. I got J up, gave him some cereal (without milk, we ran out....silly me) and while he was picking the marshmallows out of his cereal I put yesterdays clothes on over his pajamas- no one at the stores would ever suspect that I am just a horrible mother. Little J loved that he was still wearing his pajamas. Then I got a bottle of warm water ready and made sure that I had sufficient formula.....and I put my sleeping baby B into his Car Seat- I know Horrible Mother- I went shopping before I fed my baby. He really didn't mind, in fact both boys kept our secrets quite well. Before leaving for the store I handed J a zip-lock bag full of Marshmallow cereal.....that helped a lot too. We got to Target at about 8:10, rushed back to the toys and found where they had hidden the Nativity sets- all 3 of them! I took one, the employee who helped me locate them took one and the last one was gone within 5 minutes after that! YEAH!!!!!!! I love my nativity set, I am so going to play with it on Thursday night! Then maybe I will let the boys play with it.
Next- the games. They were having a sale on Hasbro Games, $7 a piece and if you bought 3 you get $5 off. We have my sister Laurie's family for Christmas this year, she has 4 adorable children and I mentioned board games as a gift and she thought that would be wonderful. I love it when I can get TONS of gifts and still come in under budget! Five board games $30!
We then continued on our quest, 2 more stores where we could use great coupons. Little J even got a Balloon at one store- and he was able to sneak some extra English Muffins into our cart at WinCo- I was going to put them back- since only one would be free but then I decided I could pay the extra 68 cents. WinCo was offering Free Orange Juice, Malt-o-Meal cereal, Eggs, English Muffins and Bacon- I of course took them up on their offer. I noticed that I didn't get my Cereal for free and that they had given me both English Muffins for free so I went to Customer Service to ask for an adjustment, I would pay for the English Muffins if they would give me my $2.48 cents back for the supposedly free cereal. I got my $2.48 and for my inconvenience, they let me keep my Muffins for free. See how happy that made J!
Don't worry about Baby B, he was fed and changed while we waited for the second store to open. I am pretty sure, that if he could talk, he would tell you that he enjoyed his adventure this morning.
So there you have it. My morning. It was fun. I am happy. Now.....I get to clean the house. YEAH!

Monday, November 15, 2010

We are not alone

We are Children of God. We lived with him. We were spirits. We were eternal beings. But we were different from him. He had progressed farther than us, he had a body. He gave us the chance to gain a body, to live, to choose, to become more like him, to obey him. We would make mistakes, that was always known, and so a Savior we be provided for us, Our Brother, Jesus Christ. And when our time on earth ended, we would return to our true home, to our Father and our Savior.

Last night, my sweet Grandpa went home.
(thanks to Abby for this picture)

I can only imagine how sweet the reunion was, when he saw my Grandma, or when he once again saw his Son and his Grandson, all the loved ones who made it home before he did. I am sad, because I am left behind, I don't know when I will see them again, but I do know that I will, someday, be with them. I am happy, to know, so deeply, that he is not gone forever. We lived before this life, and we still live- as ourselves, us really us, not some new form, some reincarnation with no remembrance of our former life- after this mortal life is passed.

There was a sweet peace in my home this morning. Both children slept well, through the night and amazingly, I slept well too. The peace whispered to my soul that we were not alone, that all through the night Angels had watched over us. I smiled. When little J woke up I asked him if Angels had visited him last night. He said yes. I asked him if Grandma and Grandpa had come to visit him. He said yes. I asked him if they told him to give his Mommy, their grandchild, a hug. He said yes, and then he hugged me. I know that a 2 year old can be swayed by the power of suggestion, they are not the best witnesses. I may never know what miracles truly happened in my home last night, at least during this life. But I hope, I pray, that someday when I make it home and the veil is lifted from my mind, I will be able to remember this night and maybe I will see that my loved ones had been here with me and my family. Maybe my Angels will be able to share their memories with me.

Until then, I will live. I will do all I can to be ready to return home someday. To be worthy and prepared for my own sweet reunion.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A New Adventure

I don't remember a time when I didn't love to sing. I always felt like I sang quite well. I remember when I was about 6 or 7 years old I would sit out on a rock in the front of my family's yard in Washington and sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to myself. In my imagination, that rock was HUGE and my signing was FABULOUS! Later in life, when I was 11 years old, I was accused of having a radio at my desk at school........"I don't have a radio" "Well, where was that music coming from?" "Well..... I was singing?" I guess I wasn't singing soft enough. It was around this same time that I realized that I could sing pretty high, and that I enjoyed singing high and loud, this realization came during Signing Time at Church. Flash forward 22 or more years and now I am the chorister, leading the children at church during singing time and I hope, hope, HOPE that there are kids out there each Sunday who are discovering that they love music, and love to sing, just like I did.

With that background, I will now tell you all about my new adventure. As of today I am a voice teacher. A few weeks ago a friend in my neighborhood asked me if I might be willing to teach voice lessons to her daughter. I at first said that I really couldn't do that. Yes, I had taken plenty of voice lessons and I have studied music, but I didn't feel qualified to teach lessons. A day or so passed and I kept thinking about it, Could I ? I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn't go back to sleep, my brain had turned on. It was what my brain was telling me that surprised me. It was saying, not only can you teach voice lessons, but this is how you could do it and this is what you could teach. I got out of bed and wrote an entire page of instructions for myself and I happily went back to sleep. I contacted my friend and told her that I had changed my mind, I outlined the types of things I would be able to teach her daughter and asked her if what I had to offer was what she was looking for, and to my surprise she said it was perfect.

My main fear about teaching was that I don't play the piano well- and all of my voice teachers played the piano during our lessons and once I got to college I had to hire an accompanist to play during my voice lessons. That has always been my hang up, If you don't play the piano you can't teach. But the impression that woke me up very clearly told me that I could use mp3 accompaniments, it would be lacking in some areas but it would work well for my needs. I also was impressed that I could very easily teach the basics of Music Theory and Singing and as my friends daughter is 10 years old, what she needs is the basics. My goal is to introduce her to theory, sight-singing/reading music and proper vocal/breathing techniques and my hope is that through the process of learning these things she will gain more self confidence and feel and know that she is special.

I feel like I have been lead in the right direction as I looked for theory books I could use and tried to come up with lesson plans. Our first lesson today went quite well. In fact my friend has told me that her daughter was "On Cloud 9" when she returned home, I loved to hear that because I too was on cloud 9! I think I could really do this, I am not sure how much of a demand there will be but if all goes well I might be willing to take on a few more students. I know that true voice coaching is something best suited for kids who are older, I think I started at 16 which for me was a great age, but I also think that what I am teaching, theory and the basics of sight singing and music reading are things that people need to know prior to starting vocal training, and I think that I can provide some pretty good training in those areas.

I am happy. I am hopeful. I feel so very blessed.

Happy Treat!

Oops, Almost forgot Halloween! We were Zookeepers (that's what it says on our hats) and we were the proud keepers of a Tiger and a Penguin!
J created the best Halloween candy phrase ever, as he went car to car on Friday the 29th and then Door to Door on Saturday the 30th, shouting "Happy Treat!". I hope to keep Happy Treat alive, it is so much nicer than "Trick or Treat"

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Boundless Energy!

Could this little boy (and all other 2 year old in the world) be the solution for our energy needs?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fear the Beard

Brian Wilson is the Giants Closers. He is very good at what he does and he has a weird beard.

Brian Wilson

And so I thought my boys needed beards too.
Look! Baby B is actually smiling under that beard.
J really isn't sure what is going on, he just knows that Dad won't let him use his hands- because his hands tend to rip off his beard.
They won't be wearing these beards during the game tonight- basically because they will be asleep- or at meetings (Ken has Special Needs Mutual on Thursdays). Guess I will have to put one on.....I mean we can't let the Giants think we don't support them.

Very Superstitious

I started running again about a month ago, I decided to wear a hat. I found a hat by the front door, it was a Giants hat. I started to believe that I needed to wear that hat when I ran so that the Giants would win. They didn't always win, but they won enough to entrench me in my new superstition. Sadly, I am really starting to believe that if I don't at least attempt to run with the hat on, on a game day, the Giants will lose.

Can you blame me? They made it into the World Series didn't they? Yep, that is pretty much because of me.

Now that the World Series has started, my Superstition has grown. It now includes what the baby wears on game days. Yesterday he wore a cute little white Giants onsie- and today- (even though it is still a home game) he is wearing this nice little gray number. How could they lose with a fan This Cute! They Can't!!! Look how happy he is to support them!
This next picture isn't about superstitions, but rather it is about how long the memory of a 2.5 year old boy is. Last Saturday we hosted the friendly neighborhood plumber in our home for a few hours. He spent a while laying in front of the sink, cabinet doors open, heater vent removed..... can you guess what I saw when I walked into the kitchen a few minutes ago. By the time I got camera and took some pictures, the vent was back on, but I assure you, Little J looked like a tiny version of our Plumber Friend.
Maybe he is contemplating Plumbing as a Career....I was just saying yesterday that we were going to start training our boys to become professional baseball players, that their careers would be our retirement program. I guess we better keep saving money on our own, I don't think Plumbing is quite as lucrative.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ba Ba Black Sheep

This conversation occurred earlier today, while J eating Life cereal-

J- I wan mo.

Me- More of What?


Me- Okay, say, "I want more Life"

J- I wan mo wife!

So I pour him some more cereal.

J- BaBa, BaBa, Baba.

Me- You want more milk?

While shaking his head J- Uuhu, BaBa.

Me-Can you say "Milk"?

J- BaBa.

Me- Say, "More Milk please."

J- Mo BaBa Peas.

At least I know he is not just a parrot.

Caught....Red Handed!

And Red Mouthed.
Why is the red "Stamp-in' dot" so appealing. Good thing Ken stopped by on Sunday afternoon in-between meetings so that he could find this guy before things got worse.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I did it! I decorated for a Holiday!

I have always wanted to have a cute house. A house where it was easy to tell that a fun and exciting person could be found inside. I figured that decorating for the holidays would be the way to go, and I ALWAYS intended to do that kind of stuff but it never really worked out. The Valentine Heart window clings fell off and and the ones on the storm door actually blew away. I did make a cute Christmas wreath last year- but it didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it- Oh and the Christmas lights I put up- 1/3rd of them didn't light up.....

But this Halloween- we look like fun people! I think....
See our ghosts- J likes to point out that one is Mommy and one is Daddy and that there is a baby and a big boy. I cut out the parts and put tape on the eyes, then I let J put the eyes on the ghosts, it worked out pretty well.

Next our pumpkins.....
I once again cut everything out, I put the smiling pumpkin together, and then I let J decide the location for all the other pumpkin face pieces. I was quite surprised by 1- how J seems to think that all faces need at least one crooked piece- whether it be the nose, eyes or mouth- something needs to be slightly off. And 2- They all look really cute.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did not come up with this idea on my own. There is a house up the street that has been "Advertising" that someone fun lives inside. I saw their pumpkins and thought- "Oh, that is really cute, we have construction paper, we could totally do that" and I stole their idea. I thought I came up with the ghost thing all on my own, but then I walked past their house again yesterday and saw that they too had ghosts on their door. hehehehe. Guess I am not one to come up with original Ideas- but I am pretty good at making cute copies.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Escape Plan

This picture is a re-enactment of what happened on Tuesday night.
And here is the story of what happened. Ken was reading in our room and I took J in to show Ken the cute Halloween Costume we had borrowed- it's a Tiger! Then I left J with Ken and I took the baby downstairs because he was fussy and I was hoping that he would take a nap. The baby did go down for a nap. I then noticed J's blanket on the floor down there and so after a few minutes of TV watching I took the blanket upstairs. I was sure that Ken had J ready for bed and so as I came into the room I said "Does my little Tiger want his blanket?" but I wasn't greeted by Ken and my little Tiger, Ken was the only one in the room. He was confused, wasn't J downstairs with me? No, he is up here......we checked the front door- it was ever so slightly open. We jumped out onto the porch..."one of his cars is missing." Ken said. And with that I took off running as fast as I could towards the big community park. When I was about a 1/2 a block away from the park I could tell he wasn't there. I stopped, I didn't know what to do, where would he have gone, I was about to run towards the next largest park when I thought that I should ask a group of pre-teen boys if they had seen a toddler go by. I started to run across the street and that is when I saw him, about a block and a half away. I SCREAMED his name and bolted, I didn't realize I could sprint that fast without shoes. I caught up to him right as he was turning down a pretty secluded path between houses- one that I never would have thought to go down. I felt so grateful that I had spotted him when I did, that I felt prompted to ask the boys instead of turning and running to the other park. I am not sure we would have found him and as he would have been in a completely different neighborhood, any adult who found him would have no idea who he was.

He wasn't scared, he smiled at me in a way that said "Oh Fun, you came on the walk too!" I convinced him to walk back towards the house with me. He had crossed two streets by himself, this FREAKED ME OUT! It could have turned out so badly, but as we were walking back, even with me there, he wouldn't cross the street unless there were absolutely no cars nearby, (this is not normal for him, he usually will run out into the street, giggling with delight). When we made it back to our neighborhood Ken caught up with us, he had made the rounds of all the other parks, he picked J up and carried the rest of the way home.

Did I mention that I was wearing my bright pink running shirt and a Tiger Ears headband...yeah I must have looked insane sprinting down the road. But who cares, I found my boy just in time.

I believe in God. I believe he watches over little wayward boys who want to go on an adventure and I believe he guides frantic parents in their search to find their beloved child. For the past few days the front door has been dead-bolted shut and although he has tried, J hasn't escaped since.

P.S. the baby slept through it all- 2nd tender mercy of the night.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Like Father Like Son

Yes, I share a home with 1 giant Giants fan and 2 miniature ones. This is what Ken and baby B looked like yesterday afternoon. Pretty happy! Too bad the Giants decided to lose yesterday- Oh Well, maybe they are just trying to make the series last longer.
Notice the Giants tie that Ken is wearing. He wears it on Sunday Game days. It makes me smile.

Farmer J!

Do you see him? Farmer J? Out there working to tame the wild backyard. It used to be wilder, Ken worked hard this weekend (Thanks Ken) but I know that I could do much more, a little trimming here, a little more love and attention there. Next year....Next year it will be a beautiful retreat. (I think I say that every year.) Do you see my one pumpkin? I think it is a pumpkin, the plant was labeled as such when I bought it, but the one pumpkin it produced was never ever green. It was white, It has started to turn an orange-yellow. I am going to pick it in a week or two an put it out on the front porch, I grew it just for that purpose and pumpkin or not it is going to decorate!
Today, Farmer J picked some more tomatoes for me. I love how the one in the cab of the tractor looks like a watermelon. Maybe next year I will try growing melons. mm-mm, yum.
I am grateful for my little back yard, I am especially grateful the new (used and free) window-well cover that allows me to be more comfortable letting J play out there on his own.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Okay, so I couldn't get him to look at the camera and smile- but take my word for it, in this picture he was looking up at a picture of Jesus- which I think is totally sweet.
For those of you who can not make it to Baby B's Blessing this Sunday, here is what he will look like. Many thanks to Abby for 1st- being such an amazing seamstress and 2nd letting us borrow this beautiful Blessing Suit.

For those of you who would like to come to the blessing it is at 9 AM on Sunday 10-10-10. Let me know if you need directions. Also- there will be a luncheon starting around 12:30 at my house (It's Potato Tacos! You know you want some).

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Fun with J....

He is a little confused, a little torn between worlds. You see he still wants to be my Baby.......
But he also wants to be a Parent.
Here he is getting his babies ready for a walk, making sure that they are buckled in correctly....
and most importantly that they have toys to play with. He must get bored while we are out walking or running. Maybe I will bring toys next time.
He will be a great Daddy- as you can tell, but I am glad he is going to be my little boy for a little while longer.