Friday, January 29, 2010

Learning the Hard Way

Poor poor Lee. He had to learn the hard way today not to throw things in the house.

Poor poor us. We now have to replace a glass panel in our front room cabinetry. :P

Thursday, January 28, 2010

*Not* keeping up with the Joneses

Comparisons. Why in the world do we do this to ourselves?

I've found myself comparing a lot the past few weeks. It always leaves me bummed out. So I eventually remind myself of these things, and it always helps:

I am a very religious person. I believe firmly that there is a God, and that we are His spirit children. He created us to be like Him, but also to be unique. I also believe that God has a plan for us, and that he gives us specific and special experiences that help us to find joy. Each of these things is vital to understanding the great scheme of life, especially as a parent. I believe that God has sent me my children, not just "because," but because they are meant to be my children. I am the best possible mother for these spirits, and they are the best possible children for me. The choices I make in my parenting, from my own intuitions, are going to be what will best help my family at this moment in our lives. No one else in the world has that distinction. Well, I guess they kind of do, in that they can choose what is best for their own families, but not for mine. Nope, I'm the mom of my kids, and I know them better than anyone. With God's help, I am able to be the parent I need to be for my own kids. Because I believe this with all my heart, it helps me not feel so covetous of other people's situations. Heavenly Father knows me and my family, and what we need to make us successful. What has helped me won't necessarily help someone else, and what has been the key to happiness for another parent may bring me nothing but misery. And THAT is why I shouldn't compare myself to other people constantly. I must only compare myself to myself, and constantly pray for the knowledge of how to care for my family appropriately; and also to be humble enough to act on that knowledge.

Wow. That turned into quite the little speech.
I can only make up for it with a funny little pair of videos. Taken yesterday as we were going to bed; Anna was being super cute, and Lee was getting in his jammies. Then Anna started problem-solving...well, I'll just let you watch.

There's not much tush in these videos, but if it is offensive to you...well, don't watch it! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Strange Insomnia of some sort

I can't think very well right now. I haven't been sleeping well for two weeks. My right leg is having some weird discomfort--not real pain, just annoying enough to keep me from getting restful sleep. I am visiting the Dr and the Chiropractor next week, and that will be first on my list of discussions.

I've had a lot of things on my mind recently too, none of which aided by the pointless hours lying in bed doing nothing but thinking. Things like our future, and the specifics of that future which nobody knows. Why do we tend to dwell on things we have no control over? It makes no sense, and yet all of us do it, and we do it a lot. One of those dumb human mysteries, I suppose.

Well, Lee just woke up Annalisa from her nap. I'd better get to the grocery store. Maybe when I come home I will have a funny story and pictures to go with it. I wish I did right now; I haven't had anything really funny to post about in a while. So I apologize for the lameness of my blog the past little bit. I will up my game, someday. :)

Focus and Discovery

My teaching-of-young-kids blog is still in full force!

Just a little reminder, in case you don't know what it is, you can go check it out here.

If you want to become a contributor, I'd love to have you. Just leave me a comment with your email and I will invite you on.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Family Play Day

Cody's Grandfather, our kids' "Grandpa-Great," turned 82 on Friday. Saturday there was a big party for him, so we drove down over snowy mountain passes and behind slow (but very helpful) snowplows to attend. It really wasn't that bad. :) We had a picnic party in the back of our van, and it was a hoot. We have a car adapter, so we were able to plug in our laptop and watch "An American Tail" while eating our peanut butter and honey sandwiches and oranges. That movie always makes me cry.

We had fun at the birthday party too. It is always nice to see the aunts and uncles and cousins, and Grandma and Grandpa are as fun as ever. We left a little early so we wouldn't have to brave the aforementioned snowy mountain pass in the dark.

We got home around five, then quickly spiffed up the house and I made dinner for the kids. I picked up our babysitter a few minutes before six, and then Cody and I got to go on a fun date with G&G F to get sushi! We very rarely get dates, and even rarer is sushi, so it was a blast. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with them, and our kids were good for the sitter too, so it was smiles all around. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa F again! It was amazingly wonderful. And the food was great too. ;)

Friday, January 22, 2010

I am slowly going crazy

I have started a new habit, or, I should say, I am trying to make a new habit. I put away the chairs after every meal (not too hard, considering we have folding chairs). This is because Annalisa is a maniac climber. I also keep my piano bench upside down all the time, and pull everything else shorter than three feet tall about four feet from the walls. The bathroom stool gets stored under the sink upside down, the computer table has absolutely nothing on it or around it except for the computer, which typically remains locked out, the laptop is stored on top of the tall piano, and still I have to check on Annalisa every thirty seconds or so to ensure she's not destroying something. This girl can climb to the top of Lee's bunkbed in seconds; she can still make it to the top of the washing machine; and if I wait even a minute or two after a meal to put the chairs away, she will be turning leftovers into wallpaper.

This is an example of one of the more intelligent conversations I have daily. (And for you, Eric.)

At least my kids are generally good-natured, even if they are curious. Yesterday the primary president in our ward called me to discuss Lee's transition to Sunbeams. She said that he is attentive, and observant, though when all his friends are there they can get a bit "lively." She wasn't upset about it at all, and complimented me on the work we do at home, so I was glad. I do agree with the word "lively." I know exactly what she means.

I do think, however, that both my kids have major cabin fever. Our house is proof. I'm grateful for my exercise time with my mom, because otherwise I wouldn't just be going crazy.

(Picture from Tuesday's showshoeing adventure with my mom)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cody's Twenty-Ninth

I'm a titch behind on my blogging, but oh well; life goes on.

Cody's birthday was Saturday, and we had a great day. We got up early with the S. family tradition of cake in bed. Then we had gifts and breakfast, and Cody went to play basketball. I attempted to clean the house and worked more on cooking (I had cleaned a day and a half prior, and cooked all of Friday, and yet I still wasn't done...the cleaning had to be re-done, I should say).

We had a restful afternoon, and then had a party in the evening. It was fantastic. Cody had requested Japanese Curry for dinner, and we had lots of family over to celebrate his special day. We chatted and ate lots of food. Cake and homemade ice cream topped it all off.

I love you, Cody, and am so glad to be your wife! Every day is special with you.

Friday, January 15, 2010

random catch-ups

In this past week, quite a bit has happened.

-Our landlord came to look at our broken bathtub. He didn't have a lot of time, so ended up wrapping it with white electrical tape until a more permanent solution can be found. So now it looks like we wounded our tub faucet and had to give it a cast.

-We had to call poison control for the first time since having children. I'd say that's a pretty great record, all things considered! Lee may or may not have swallowed some hand sanitizer. Of course I feel responsible (we parents always feel responsible for things our children do): we'd just BARELY opened a gift that contained the said sanitizer, and I hadn't put everything away. I told Lee not to touch it (fatal error, I know) and left the room for just a minute. He came running back to us, fingers over his mouth, moaning and saying "It's ouchy!" pointing to his mouth. Cody smelled the sanitizer, we found the lid off the container, and quite a bit of it pouring down the sides. So, poison control it was! It's alcohol-based sanitizer, so the biggest worry was child intoxication. Yep, Lee could have got drunk off it. Fortunately, he didn't change in the slightest after that, so I assume nothing actually made it down his throat--just enough to burn his tongue a bit.

-Lee also managed to empty a whole container of baking powder on the counter while making a "recipe."

-AND he and Annalisa dumped out another entire container of laundry detergent. This is why mommies can't take a break, EVER. Sometimes daddies don't understand that.

-In happier news, Cody is doing really great at work this week! I'm proud of him.

-Cody's birthday is tomorrow, so I've been cleaning and cooking and cooking and cleaning.

-Annalisa is going to sleep better and better each night! Last night I left her door open so she could see me, but I didn't even sit next to her. She was happy as can be.

-On Wednesday I taught a class about rice. It went very well. I will hopefully get around to posting the recipes on my food blog.

And more things that I can't remember right now.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Melts my heart

Aside from my babies' first cries, and when the sealer pronounced Cody and I husband and wife, this is probably one of the sweetest things I've ever heard.

I actually got a nap this afternoon because Cody played with Lee while doing some of his own work. When I woke up, I walked back into Lee's bedroom, where they were playing. Lee saw me, and said, "Hi Mommy, you look so beautiful!"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Baby Fingers

Alright, time for me to ramble on about my feelings.

We've started helping Annalisa to learn to go to sleep in her own bed without being held at night. Saturday night, the first night we made her stay in her crib as she was falling asleep, I realized just how few boundaries I've set with her. Granted, she is a 16 month child now, and I don't believe in difficult discipline-enforced rules for children under 1 year. We've tried the whole bed-training deal before, several months ago, but I knew she wasn't ready. Now she is. So I've been beating myself up the past few days because we haven't set many rules for Annalisa, and yet I've been consoling myself in the fact that she is so young and that I've stuck with my mothering instincts. Typical emotional conundrum for a woman, I suppose.

Anyway, back to Annalisa. So it's been about 4 nights now, and naps included, where we've put Anna in her bed. I've stayed close by, and tried to read her signs for when she really needs me to be close, and when I'm just distracting her, and responded accordingly. Tonight she wanted me by her. I sat in the rocking chair and rocked by her crib while she put her head on the pillow. She cried quit a bit, but calmed down when I sang "Too ra Loo ra" to her, and she reached through her crib slats and took my finger. She needed my touch tonight; just one finger was enough. Enough for both of us. Because as hard as we're working right now to help Annalisa be more independent, I'm still glad to know that she needs me just as much as I need her.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dear Annalisa,

Dear Annalisa,

Next time you need to go, please wear your diaper. Thank you.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

All about Annalisa

Annalisa is almost 16 months old. She is a delightful little girl.

She loves her brother, Lee, and playing with him. She can totally keep up with him, and has no problem doing the rough-and-tumble play 3 year old boys are notorious for. She gets her little nose into everything and loves to explore.

Her hair is finally long enough to put up, and I love giving her pigtails and hairbows.

Today Anna fell asleep on the couch at naptime. Lee had found a leftover waffle and given it to her, and she clutched it like a teddy bear. It was pretty funny.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Broken Bathtub and more *usual things

I haven't had any wild and crazy things happen recently to me, but I still want to blog about my back-to-the-grindstone life. That is why reading this blog is completely optional. :)

Yesterday life returned completely to normal. Cody worked really hard down in his basement office, the kids and I did "School Time" for the first time in weeks, I went to exercise class, cooked all 3 meals at home, and even managed to take a nap. It's incredible how our normal routine seems so foreign, and yet so inviting, after a month of sheer craziness. I also made it through day 1 of my resolutions, which I'm very proud of.

In strange news, our bathtub faucet broke. When it is turned to shower, it sprays water out the side--yes, the side--of the faucet, right through the welded seal. Because it was the holidays and we didn't want to mess with it, we have been only taking baths for a few weeks. It's kind of strange to me still, but I'm starting to like baths more. I've never disliked baths, but I don't like how long it takes, and how wasteful I feel draining gallons and gallons of water when I'm done.

And since my camera is in the car and I'm too lazy to go get it, and I also know I haven't taken pictures in a few days, here is a movie from the past.

This was Cody's 25th birthday, 4 years ago. See how we're all sitting on our bed, because we lived in a studio apartment with no furniture? You can't really tell in this movie either, but my hair was super long. I donated 13 inches a few months later, right before Lee was born. Yes, this movie was when I was pregnant with Lee, my little Sunbeam.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Today was Lee's first day of Primary/Sunbeams. I can't believe it. I thought I gave birth to a baby, not to a little boy who won't stop growing!

It's also the first Sunday of 2010. For some reason, January always has this no-man's-land feel to it, as I'm not quite convinced it is a new year, and then it is over. I'm certain I'm the only one in the world who feels this way. Am I right?

And, for some reason, the kids have both decided that screaming is a new favorite pastime. They call and answer each other with screams. When they both get going, the overtones clash and you get that whining affect in your ears. It's kind of crazy.

Weird post. I tend to do that sometimes.