Thursday, April 30, 2009

The end of the semester

Cody took his two finals today, so he's done with school for the summer. Yippee! I can't believe it's almost May already.

I don't have much to post about other than that, but it was just one of those days that I wanted to reach out to the world. Maybe I'm needing some adult conversation. ;)

Here, I'll dig through my photo folders and find something I didn't post about...Aha! A week ago, our cousin Suzi came to play. We went to the park and learned about flowers. She is about a year older than Lee, and he thinks she's the bomb.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Funniest sister EVER

It warms a mother's heart to see her children playing together.

Lee and Annalisa have found a new fascination in their siblings these past few weeks. Just now, I heard Lee laughing his guts out (not uncommon for Lee), and I asked him what was funny. "Chocolate face!" he was giggling. He couldn't stop laughing. See what I mean?

(Apparently, Lee had given Anna a little piece of Oreo cookie he snuck.)

And then as I was downloading the above movie, he started laughing again. This is what was happening.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tank Baby

Uncle Matthew first called Annalisa the "Tank Baby," claiming she was part baby, part tank. I'm not sure what exactly he was referring to--her size, her strength, the way she rams her head against anything solid...but at any rate, she's officially added "Tank Baby" to her list of nicknames, along with Bananas (from Anna Banana), and Baby Cakes.

Usually we just call her Anna. ;)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

P.T. post #4

More adventures in potty training!

In this movie, Lee and I were playing outside and he was picking me violets from our yard. At the end, he suddenly said in a flower's voice, "I need to go potty too.... psssht.... thank you!"

As you can tell, potty training Lee has been a big part of our lives this past week. It's finally taking a good turn, though there is a long way to go. He has only been wearing diapers at night, the rest of the time is briefs. We usually have one undies change daily, but that's all. Better than 3 or 4 diaper changes!

Lee hasn't been too interested in treats. Lots of praise, and making it into a game is his favorite way to go. He takes a toy with him into the bathroom and helps it go potty first, by helping bear or duck or whoever onto the stool, opens the lid, and holds them over the toilet for a little while. Then it's Lee's turn. This game is working wonders!

Way to go Lee. I'm so proud of him.

Chiropractor Care

This week I've been to see a chiropractor for the first time in my life. It's been an interesting experience. Let me, there is too much, let me sum up....

I've never had a really healthy back. I used to be sore and achy after practicing the piano for an hour. In my last month of pregnancy with Lee, I started having horrendous, shooting pains that would last for hours and end with days of nausea and diarrhea. I had those pains once or twice a month until Lee was six months old. After Annalisa was born I thought things were getting better. Then about a month ago I had another spastic pain and promised Cody that if it happened again, I would go to a doctor. Last Friday, it happened again. So, we set me up an appointment for the Chiropractor.

Monday he took x-rays, yesterday we went over them. I have some scoliosis (curvature in the wrong way) in my spine. Also, my right femur is 22 mm longer than my left, making my hips uneven (at a 32 degree angle). He will now be doing 3x a week adjustments (saw that one coming) and has given me a lift for my left shoe (didn't see that one coming). The lift feels funny. But it is nice to go in and sit in the massage chair and take some time each day just for me to focus on my own well being.

Fortunately, I am young enough that we can probably fix the problem. I hope. The possible outcome of my 'condition,' if left untreated, would be I could eventually develop a hunch back, lots of pain, and breathing or digestive problems. Just thought I would let you all know!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We <3 our park

The park is only about half a block away from our house. We love it! On the news this morning they said today would be one of the top 10 weather days of the year--perfect temperature, sunny, clean air, no wind. I think they were right.

Lee had a good time, and I took some pictures of Anna. I don't know if it was just her outfit, the blue stroller, or what, but her eyes were so pretty today.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Plethora of Movies

Yesterday after eating green olives for lunch, Lee did this at dinner time.

You may hear me laughing, but it's only because I was forcing laughter instead of unkind words out of my mouth. And because it was so dang funny!

Next, flying kites just a few minutes ago. Today is perfect outside.

Finally, look at this beautiful baby! Can you believe this sweet face stayed awake until 4:30 this morning? (grumble.)

Friday, April 17, 2009

P.T. post #3

I'm needing some encouragement now.

After several months of struggling, Cody and I are biting the bullet and going straight to briefs during the day. Lee knows how to use the toilet, he knows when he needs to use the toilet, and he has the vocabulary to put it all together. He just needs to be more uncomfortable wet than dry, and he needs to want to use the bathroom.

Today is day 2 of our straight-to-briefs method, and so far it is going well. He went one pair of undies yesterday, and did his "business" in one today, but otherwise, he's stayed dry. Hooray! He gets a smiley face on his chart when he tries, and he gets a treat from the drawer next to the toilet when he goes.

I must remember: this will all be worth it. He will figure it out someday. Accidents happen. Be patient. If I can conquer this, I can conquer ANYTHING!


Lee wanted to eat green olives for dinner. I've never seen a kid eat them with such enthusiasm!

We actually feel incredibly fortunate at how Lee is not picky. He's never turned his nose up at anything, and we've tried some interesting foods out on him--even sushi.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Our Great big huge California trip

We're back!

Saturday morning early early, Lee, Anna and I (Lisa) got up, took mom and dad F's van, picked up Sara at her apartment, picked up mom and dad F in Salt Lake (where they'd been to Wicked, so incredibly jealous...) and we drove to Southern California to visit my sister Kathryn, her husband Doug, and their new baby boy Benjamin.

We had a fantastic time! The drive was a really long, over lots of desert. We passed through St. George and Las Vegas. We even saw the Famous World's tallest thermometer in Baker, CA. (wow.) The kids were great in the car--as good as could be expected. Anna had a couple of times that she just couldn't be in her carseat any more, but she toughed it out and we all made it. Lee watched Little Einsteins for about four hours, with headphones, thank goodness...

Saturday night when we arrived we hung out for a little while, and Kathy had made us a delicious dinner that felt so good to eat after all day in the car. We went to our hotel and crashed.

Sunday was easter, and the Easter bunny had come to our car, leaving toys for the kids and candy for the adults. Church was very nice, and very refreshing with Kathy and Doug. After the block they blessed their baby, Benjamin Douglas, and it was a beautiful thing to be a part of. It made the whole trip worth it. It is always so powerful to see these worthy, loving men take the baby in their arms and bless him with his name and special blessings to guide him throughout his life.

We had lunch and dinner at Kathy and Doug's that afternoon--thanks again! Lee went to the park with Matthew and Kristin and Sara. I stayed back with Annalisa to help cook and so Anna could take a nap.

After a long day, we went to our hotel and crashed.

Monday morning we "slept in" (Mom insisted that we don't set an alarm, but she still called our room before eight...), and once we were ready we went to Kathy and Doug's, where, surprise! The Easter Bunny had come AGAIN! We had a candy hunt, then packed up again and went to lunch. We chose a BBQ restaurant. I told Kathy that it was a good choice since we can't get real BBQ where we live. Sara said "Well, we can get good wings..." I told her, "Those are deep fried, Sara, not smoked." She said, "They have barbeque sauce..."

After lunch was the time for the BEACH! We were so pumped. It was nice day for the beach--sunny and pleasantly warm. Lee was fascinated with everything he could find--sand, waves, a big stick--and really had a great time. We enjoyed the ocean for several hours, even saw a dolphin, then went back to the Hotel. We had sushi and Thai for dinner. Then we crashed.

Tuesday (yesterday) we drove back home. Again, long, lots of desert, and the last few hours it poured rain. Finally at about ten thirty, we arrived at our house. It felt good to stretch out in my bed, and give Cody a hug and kiss. We missed our daddy.

There (phew)! That was our great big huge California trip. We had a great time. Thanks again, Mom, Dad, Sara, Kathy, Doug, and everyone else who helped us with the trip.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Long Weekend

I have done everything I "needed" to do this week, and now it is time for a long weekend!

Yesterday evening was the crockpot cooking class that I taught for our ward's Enrichment night. It went as well as I could have hoped for. The sisters there were interested and engaged in the lesson, and made lots of comments and asked questions. I didn't cut my finger as I chopped my vegetables. The food was all delicious that I had for tasting, and we had a good sized turnout--just enough that almost all the chairs were filled and everyone who wanted to could have seconds. I made Senate Bean Soup, Beef Stroganoff, and Brownie Pudding, all in the crock pot. I talked for just over half an hour while demonstrating the three dishes, and then there was sufficient time to chat, eat, clean up, and be home before eight.

Today I played a musical number with Sara at her institute class. We did the semi-famous F. Sisters ol' "pull out the hymnbook, see what happens," and it was very nice. It was fun to see her in the middle of the week. On the walk back, there were a couple of Blackhawk helicopters on the HPER field, and we stopped to watch. They had the rotors going, and were really noisy. I wished Lee could have been there--he would have loved it! Because today is a little rainy, I had my umbrella out. In my own defense, I didn't know they were going to take off right then... Poor umbrella didn't stand a chance.

Anyway, it's been a fun week, and I'm super excited for a fun weekend. The kids and I are going to California, to visit my sister Kathy and meet baby Benjamin. The only bummer is that Cody is going to stay and work. Now I'm going to pack up so we can leave early on Saturday to drive down there. I might be able to post while I'm there--I know I'll have internet; having time is a different matter.

We wish you all a very happy, and very fulfilling, Easter Holiday. As we remember the Savior's Resurrection, and the rebirth of all the world, may we be a little more focused on Christ, and strive to be more like Him. I know I for sure will try to! Have a fantastic weekend.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The weather is just too beautiful, the sunshine too warm, the air too fresh, and the park too close to wait another second!

Special Family Home Evening

I surprised the kids and daddy yesterday with a special FHE--a trip to the temple. We talked about going inside the temple, what happens inside, and how important it is to make and keep sacred covenants. The sun was just starting to set, and we got some nice pictures.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Wonderful, Wonderful General Conference

I simply LOVE General Conference weekend. It is a time to rest, to replenish, and to repent in so many special and specific ways (okay, I'm ending the alliteration). We listened to the sessions, but still managed to have an early Easter party, complete with ham and funeral potatoes, and an Easter-egg hunt. Raychel and Paul came. I have an in with the Easter Bunny, who agreed to come a week early for us, considering that we'll be in California next weekend without daddy. Shayden figured out to pick up all the eggs and put them in the basket, while Lee decided it was best to pick one up, sit down, open it, dump out all the contents, and eat them before moving to the next.

We also went to Luke's 6th birthday party, a Pirate party. Lee dressed up and we all wore hats, and had a grand time saying "Arg!" and "Ahoy Matey!" Lee liked the pinata the best, though he left to go find other toys before it even got broken open.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Crawling Comparisons

It took several tries, over several days, to get a decent video of Annalisa crawling. Now that I finally got it, here it is!

Reminds me of this video of Lee, taken 4/5/07:

Kind of a funny/random thing: Both Lee and Annalisa have learned to crawl while visiting Grandma and Grandpa S. in Panguitch, Utah. Both were in the middle of March, as well (Lee of 2007, Anna 2009). One distinct difference: Lee was born July 7, Annalisa was born September 11. I have a strange feeling that perhaps Annalisa will learn to walk before she's 1 year old...

April Fool's!

Lee, Anna, and I got Daddy pretty good this morning!

Unfortunately, the weather got us this morning too, with a couple more inches of fresh snow. Will it ever end? We know we want the water, and that it will make things nice and pretty green, but I would much prefer April RAIN showers.