Saturday, January 31, 2009

At the Treehouse Museum

We had a big day Friday. The kids and I went with Daddy down for appointments and playing all day.

First we went to the Treehouse Museum in Ogden, Utah. Lee had such a good time! I would highly recommend this museum for anyone with kids aged 10 and under.

After the Treehouse museum, we went to visit lots of people. We got to see Karenann and baby Garrett, (pictured below: Annalisa and Garrett are second cousins. Anna is 1 month older than Garrett). Then we went to daddy's office where some nice coworkers gave Lee M&M's and popcorn. Grandma and Grandpa Sheffer took us to a wonderful dinner, and then we visited Aunt Kami for a minute and dad went to another appointment. We had one last appointment before finally arriving home at about midnight, with both kids zonked in their carseats and mom worn down to the nubbins.
Whew! It was busy, but we had a great time. The kids were very well behaved, and it really was a blast.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What crazy thing will Lee do next?


In the meantime, Annalisa is growing up fast. She just got a new box of diapers in a bigger size. I have a tendency to find small diapers in hidden places, so before I open the box of diapers, I'm cleaning out every diaper bag, stroller, purse, and hidden compartment I can find.

We went to the dentist on Tuesday. We're a cavity-free family! Cody did have 3 filled, though. I continue (gulp, knock on wood) to be cavity-free for life.

By the way, we really do keep Lee dressed. It just happens that I took these movies when Annalisa was taking a nap, and that means it was in the middle of getting-ready time. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy life, which for me usually means taking a break in the middle of the daily routine for a dance or a tickle. Besides, tickling always works better when Lee's shirt is off!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Strange, Random Trivia about our family

Here are some things I bet you never knew about us:

*Whenever I (Lisa) drive through a yellow light, I always kiss my hand and hit the ceiling for good luck. Weird, huh.

*Since I was little, my siblings and I have always had this compulsion to read out loud signs that have lights burned out, without the missing letters. Or if a sign is misspelled, we have to read it the way it is written exactly. Like the other day I drove past "Golde Corr," there's a "Pa Da E Ress" by my favorite grocery store, and we had our "Dinning Canopy" which we liked to take camping.

*The night Cody and I met, he sat down with a miniature guitar that had lost all the tension in the springs, so they wouldn't hold tune. He sang me "In a little cafe on the other side of the border..." I couldn't tell if he just didn't know the guitar was out of tune, or if he wasn't playing the chords right, and I struggled with if I should tell him or not. In later months I realized he really did know how to play the guitar.

*Cody likes to ride a scooter. It's a little children's push scooter, and he can go pretty fast on it. Around campus for a while he was known as "Scooter Boy."

*And Annalisa just woke up! Ta ta for now.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

When the dad's away, the mommy will BLOG

What's your favorite picture today?

Can you tell what songs Lee are singing? There's one distinct one (well, distinct for me) at the end, after I turn away from Anna.

Movies for Shayden and anyone else too

We heard that Shayden really likes Lee movies, so we made some for her. And since Cody is gone today, I have nothing better to do than to blog, so we'll post them all. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Who can refuse cute kid pictures?

Now that I've caught your attention...

I wanted to write a little today about an amazing person I know. I got to visit her for a bit today, and I walked away so uplifted and inspired that I wanted to pass it on to you. Her name is Karon, and I visit teach her. A few months ago, right before Thanksgiving, Karon got a cold, and with it came a nasty cough. She couldn't get rid of it, and finally went to the doctor. They couldn't find a reason for her bad cough, so they decided to do a chest x-ray. That's when she found out that she had stage 4 lung cancer, which had also spread to her liver and her bones, and at this point is incurable.

When we visited Karon in December, it was right before she started her treatments. She was happy and refused to let this disease rule her life. Now, as she's almost two months into chemotherapy, she's lost her hair, but otherwise I couldn't tell a difference. I know she's extremely fortunate to have so few side effects, but the biggest thing that has kept her going is plastered on her face: her smile. She absolutely refuses to feel down or to let the gravity of her situation bother her. She said, "I do not fear death, for I have faith in God and in Jesus Christ. It is that faith that keeps me happy, and gives me something to live for."

I want to be like her.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

To my children

Dear Lee and Annalisa,

Today, January 20, 2009, I took you in my lap and we watched the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America: Barack Obama.

You will never remember this day. Lee, you're 2 1/2, and you wiggled and fidgeted during the inauguration and wanted to play with dominoes. Annalisa, you're 4 months old and were having a bad day and cried mostly. So I wish to write some of my thoughts and feelings about this day to you in this letter, so that some day you can read them and realize the importance of what happened when you were to little and too small to remember; so that someday you can stand and say "I was there when America once again United to elect the first African American Preident."

At this time in the United States, we are in turmoil. We have troops fighting in Iraq and in Afghanistan, two countries plagued by terrorism. We also are in a horrible financial crisis, with millions of people unemployed and in massive amounts of debt. It is not an easy time to be the President of the United States. Yet amid the blacknes and pain of these troubled days, hundreds of millions of people chose to change the country. We listened to debates, examined platforms, and then we voted. Not everyone voted for Barack Obama, and that is okay. He is not perfect, and is not a perfect candidate. Each person in this country decided for himself what they wanted, then asked for it. In the end, the majority ruled, and Barack Obama had received more votes.

It is important to remember that Mr. Obama was not selected because he was black. He was selected because the majority of people thought he would do the best job. It is also important to remember that Mr. Obama is black, and that this day--the day he became President--marks a new chapter in American history. There was a time that Black people didn't have the same rights as white people. It has taken time, and the change was not immediate, but the change came. Sometimes it's hard to notice when an old era ends and a new era begins, but I think it's safe today that a New Era started today.

Today, we live in a world where change was embraced; when we weren't afraid of differences, and when we knew that "Nobody, no matter what their color, is better than anyone else." I want you to remember this. Gone are the days when your fate in life was determined by how you were born. Now, you must decide what you want in life, and go get it. The President addressed this in his speech this afternoon, that we must be responsible for our own actions, and we are responsible for making this country great.

Remember this day, my children, and the history of it. Remember to be the best you can be, for you are blessed to live in a country where anything--and everything--is possible.

Your Mother

Monday, January 19, 2009

Aunt again!

Congratulations, Kathy and Doug, on the birth of your little guy! We hope we can meet him soon. He looks beautiful.

Catching up a bit

It's been a few days since I posted, so this is a bit of catch-up.

January 16 was Cody's 28th birthday. We had a great celebration, starting with his traditional cake in bed. After that we had a little scavenger hunt to find his 3 birthday presents. He had a good time trying to figure out the clues and Lee liked chasing around the house.

Cody thought one clue was in the flowers.
Figuring out the scavenger hunt clues.

Cody always has the same birthday meal: lasagna. I also made fresh whole wheat breadsticks and steamed broccoli with hollandaise sauce. We had chocolate cake. Lots of family came in the evening to celebrate with us, and it was a blast. Happy birthday, Cody!

On Saturday we went up to my parent's house to do "projects." Lee adores doing projects at "Ma-ma's house." We helped with the bookshelves and the trim in Dad's library, and it is coming along beautifully. Silly me, I didn't take my camera. I will go up today and be sure to take pictures.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but we aren't taking it off. The big exciting news of today is my sister Kathy is in labor! We'll do the famous chant for you (although I think it might be never worked for me...): Baby come out! Baby come out! Annalisa is wearing her "I love my Auntie" shirt today just for you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Exactly what I needed

Yay, Annalisa's feeling better, enough that she only woke up once last night at 5. That means she slept from 10 pm to now, 9 am, with only a 10 minute nursing break. I was a little concerned because Cody had to get up at 6:45 am for his class, and accidentally woke up Lee, so Lee came in to get me. But I told him to just lie down, and we both went back to sleep until 8. That means I got over 8 hours of sleep last night. Wahoo! It feels so good to not be sleep deprived.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Story of the Elk

After my last post, I suppose I should tell you the story of the Elk.

They say bad things happen in 3's, right?

#1: During a bad snowstorm during December, Cody was backing out in our Civic, backing out of an unfamiliar driveway, hit a fence, and sheared off the passenger side mirror.

#2: A few days later, my wonderful father accidentally bumped our Accord as he was backing out of a twisty driveway, causing a tiny dent and (GASP) $600 damage. :P

#3: A few more days later, Cody went to Bear Lake for work. He was driving our Civic. He was going under the speed limit, but he was driving in the dark through a mountain pass. He says he saw the elk crossing the street, said to himself "OH CRUMOLA," slammed on the breaks, and hit the front two legs of the elk, which crunched the front left side of the car. It ripped off the edge of the bumper, the light, back to the tire, and left a dent on the hood and the door. The car was still driveable, but the poor elk didn't make it, and Cody helped it off to the side of the road and called the police, who hopefully humanely put the thing out if its misery. I thought for sure the car would be totaled; that much damage on a 1998 Honda Civic with 150,000 miles on it? But no, it was surprisingly only $1500 damage. Not nice, but we will only pay our deductible. I'm glad we bought full coverage for that car. So today we took the Civic in to be repaired, and it will be out of service for a week. I'm also glad we purchased a second vehicle, otherwise we'd be very stuck.

I should have taken a picture of the damaged car, I suppose. This post seems oddly naked without a picture. Hm. OK, I'll put one on so it doesn't seem naked any more. :)
This picture was taken a whopping 6 1/2 years ago, back in 2002. It is my siblings and I, along with our dog Max. We're a talented bunch, wouldn't you say? It only took us another year before we all grew out our bangs.

Friday, January 9, 2009

"Just keep swimming..."

Lee loves watching "Finding Nemo" whenever we let him (he never makes it to the whale scene). So that's what inspired the title of this post, because that's how I feel today. I've just got to make it through today. And then I'll be done with this week on top of it.

It's just been a long, hard week. Cody started up school again, and had to go out of town multiple times for work. That means lots of time at home for me. Our Civic is severely damaged from last week's encounter with an, sorry I forgot to post about that that means I encouraged Cody to take the Accord, meaning I was without a vehicle. Cody and Annalisa both have runny noses, which led to last night her waking up 6 times. 6 times! Yuck! I'm totally sleep deprived. No matter how hard I tried today, the kids ended up with unsychronzied naps, so just as Annalisa was finally falling asleep, Lee came into my room and decided I was a slide. That means no nap for mom.

So now, we're improperly nourished after eating pizza and cereal for two days, sleep deprived, the house is a mess, I'M a mess, and all I can say to myself is "Just keep at it, Lisa. It can't stay like this forever."

OK, I'll quit complaining now. Lee has been much better behaved today than he was yesterday, and it's officially a weekend. I'm trying a new recipe tonight that I'm very excited about: Toasted Chickpeas. Cody's home now and he's helping out a lot, bathing Lee and picking up the house. See, Lisa, things are already on the upswing. I also have two beautiful children. See? I love this picture of Annalisa, it makes me laugh.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Terrible Twos

Do people really survive two-year olds? GAA!

Today alone, we've experienced:
-A pee soaked bed because someone removed his diaper.
-the second roll of toilet paper this week, unraveled on the bathroom floor (at least this time it didn't all go in the toilet, like it did last time)
-fingernails dug into my makeup (AGAIN!) and rubbed all over his jeans
-30+ pages ripped from my hymn book
-about 10 feet of plastic wrap pulled out from the container and flung across the kitchen,
-and at least 3 full-fledged tantrums

I can't leave this kid for even two minutes to go to the bathroom. As I'm typing this, I've confined Lee to his bed and I'm playing some music for him to dance to. Today it feels compounded because Cody has been gone since 7 am, and won't get home until midnight. He's also spent extra time away from home this week. Blegh, I don't know if I'll make it. I feel like monster-mom, constantly telling him no, threatening time-out and often following through with said threats,

Sorry, can't finish that sentence, somebody's water just got spit all over me.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

High time

It's high time you got a silly Lee movie! I've kind of slacked on posting them, and taking them altogether, so here you go. Breakfast this morning.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

P.T. post #1

POTTY TRAINING! I've been scared of potty training ever since I realized that Lee would someday need to do it. I came to the conclusion that if I could get through potty training, that I would be able to face any obstacle a parent faces. Funny, but potty training scared me even more than teenagehood. And yes, I will be eating those words in just a few short years.

But anyway, with this fear in my heart, I was putting it off. I can't any longer. At the beginning of December we started the first few feeble steps--just taking Lee to the toilet a few times a day, just to get him comfortable with the idea. Christmas day he gave us a nice present--the first non-poopy diaper! Since then, he's been going in the toilet about once a day. Yesterday we upped the ante, and took him to the bathroom about every hour. He peed every time. He knows now what to do once you get there, but doesn't know how to hold it, or how to tell us/tell when he needs to go.

Cody says we should put him in briefs now. Ha. He also thinks human waste can be cleaned up with a dab from a damp cloth.

Now we're testing different motivation strategies. We have a little cup of M&M's in a drawer in the bathroom, and he gets 1 for pee, 2 for poop. Also, this morning, we found a very motivational chant that he seemed to enjoy, which we learned from Super Nanny, and into which we inserted Lee's long-standing Japanese nickname:

"Go, Lee-kun, Go! Go poopy in the toilet!"

Forgive me if I've grossed you out. I don't think I'll ever let Lee read this post.

Happy New Year!

Oh baby, oh baby.

It's 2009! Did you know that because of minor fluctuations in Earth's rotation, 2008 was 1 second longer than usual?

P.S.- "Cabop" is one of those funny words that a child says and it sticks forever. In our house, those fizzy, sugary drinks that come in 2-liter bottles, cans, or you get with fast food is called "Cabop."