Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas

I am having some technical difficulties, so this post is a little helter-skelter. Oh well. I will fix it later.






















I am trying a new layout, as you can see. I am not sure if I am going to like it. I may go back to my good old dots eventually. They have are tried and true! And I like 'em! Anyway . . .

Christmas!

Our Christmas was mostly good. It was rather wierd, though. You see, we celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve because it was time for Dad to have the kids with him for the holiday. So, we did all of our presents and lounging about on Christmas Eve as though it was Christmas. And it
was fun and lovely, as always. But it still had an odd feeling to it, because we all knew it was different, and not quite like it always had been. Nonetheless, we all had fun and spent lots of time as a family, which is the one of the most important parts anyhow. That evening (the 24th) Dad picked up the boys and Connor, Caelan and Chase spent Christmas Eve and Christmas with him. All of the rest of us (i.e. Carl, Me, kidlets, Cody, Christian and Celeste) were going to go join them the next morning (Christmas Day morning) but there was so much snow that the roads were wretched! So we postponed out trip.


In the interim Kenny had the great misfortune of burning his little hand! It was so sad! (He touched the fireplace.) My poor little boy didn't understand why he was hurting and why we wouldn't make it stop. He cried and screamed for quite a long while. And he is usually such a peaceful and contented little guy, so we knew this way serious stuff. The only way to bring him relief for a full hour or two was to hold ice wrapped in a wet cloth in his chubby little fist. I had to hold his hand wrapped around it for him.



My family is very blessed to have a very good family living next door which happens to include a doctor. We called him to ask for some childrens Motrin (for we didn't have any on hand) hoping he would also be able to check Kenny's hand as well. He came right over and let us know what we needed to do to take care of Kenny and ease his pain. Dr. Hilmo also gave us pain medicine for Kenny (which helped a lot!) and wrote a prescription for a balm to put on Kenny's burns twice a day. He was so helpful and kind and we were so grateful!



After Dr. / Brother Hilmo left, two of my brothers along with Carl gave Kenny a blessing. We a gift it is to have priesthood bearers ready and able to bless my son. Soon thereafter Kenny was able to sleep and be his happy little self once again.


Kenny has a second degree burn. We are all so glad that it isn't worse. He just has some big blisters. It is amazing how well he is doing, considering how bad off he was yesterday. He is using his hand today, and crawling as well, just like nothing has happened. What a blessing . . .

We never did make it to Dad's.


We had a great Christmas despite the trauma!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Just to Let You Know . . .

This past week I have felt like a mouse running on a wheel. Why? Because no matter how hard I tried, I never seemed to get anything done! I guess that is to be expected when me and the kids get sick, Lexi and Kenny get ear infections and Kenny teethes all at once!

I better be off that wheel now . . .

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Media Clump

Can't talk much right now. Need to be fast. I just need to post a few pix and a video. I haven't in a while and it takes waaay to long on my computer at home. And so I am at the school late at night right now! I'm a crazy woman, I know. Anyway, hope y'all enjoy them.






Maybe it is a bit long, but it is FUNNY!




Christmas Picture (needs to be lightened)



2 cute kidlets!


Family Train, Choo! Choo!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

And Yet Another Tag . . . .

Some people don't like these tags, but I do. I always enjoy myself learning about other people and their quirks. It is like a little getting to know you.

This is supposed to be My Crazy "Eights", but I feel like eight is too much! So this is "My Crazy Fours"! (except for one)

4 FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Frasier, Law and Order, AFV and 48 Hours Mystery

4 THINGS I DID YESTERDAY: Went to Church, Ate good food at a Potluck, Did my hair, Yakked on the phone for too long!

8 THINGS I LOOK FORWARD TO: Owning a house, Being more aloof, Overcoming many personal faults, Earning a degree, Adding to my family, Moving closer to family, Finding happiness within, Attending an Opera.

4 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: Thai Village, Macaroni Grill, Beto's and Fazoli's

4 THINGS ON MY WISHLIST: A vacuum with attachments, a King sized bed (3 in a bed is too much!), a certain baby boy sleeping on his own, a 2nd car.

PEOPLE TO TAG: Bah!


So, now that that is done, I will tell a funny story. Here is some background first: I have recently pulled out a never-been-used Aerobic Dance video (which is actually quite good!) and started getting down with it! Lexi joins in most every time I use it. She is rather observant and does real well. Here is where her talent of observing goes a little too far, and makes me worry about the future just a little bit . . . You see, the ladies on the show wear sports bras, shorts and sneakers. So the midsection of every woman is showing. And Lexi noticed this as well.

Lexi the Aerobic Dancer

Last night Lexi suddenly declared that her pajamas were too hot, and that she needed a bra. As she was stripping down to her underwear she also made mention that she wanted to do aerobic dance. "A bra? What on earth does she want a bra for?", I thought to myself. Then I realized that she wanted to look as the women on the video do. So, with my hands in my underwear drawer and a grin on my face I found a sports bra and helped Lexi into it. It was a bit baggy on her, and slid off her shoulders, but she was happy with it! "I need my shoes", Lexi noted as she scampered to procure them. "Wow, she doesn't miss a thing!", I mused. And Lexi truly didn't. She had on her underwear, a sports bra, and sneakers! With midsection flashing, she was ready for some Aerobics!

Later on this week, I will post a video of Lexi dancing in all of her garb. It is so cute and funny!! I took some pictures, but they turned out oddly, uh . . . well . . . mature looking. If I posted them on here people might think . . . well, nothing good! Seriously, it was weird. And another reason to be a bit more cautious with my daughter and the future.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight

To start I will give my review of the Twilight movie: Me thinking, "Okay, they are in love. I get it, they are in love, . . . Yeah, love, I know! For PETES SAKE, I get it! Enough already with the extra mushy romance!!!! . . . Edward is a bit weird looking, but kinda grows on you. James (the bad guy) is the studly-est of the vampires, but Charlie is the best looking guy in the whole show. Interesting . . . Kinda dumb, kinda infantile, but fun to watch just the same." (Don't know if it was worth the money we spent to go see it. The money well spent for a night out without the kids, however!)

Well, here are more pictures!






Snow Day pix. I just can't get over how cute my kids are. Do I need to?



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Creature of the Night

Bubble Beard the Pirate presents . . .

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Creature of the Night

(as it relates to motherhood!)
Sung to the song Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera

Night time darkens, children finally sleeping.
Joy and elation! Suddenly I'm leaping.
Why such delight? You've guessed,
No more being so darn stressed.
I can do just what I
want 'till morning light!
It's true, I'm now a Creature of the Night.


Who else can relate to this, eh? I sure do! I have become rather nocturnal lately, what with staying up till midnight or later nearly every night. I love nighttime, . . I savor nighttime. Nighttime is MY time. I love my cute little kidlets to pieces, but everyone needs their alone time. Or, as I refer to it, "Mommy Time". Mommy loves her "Mommy Time". And yes, I did write that dumb poem. And proud of it!

Here is a random funny story. Last Saturday we went out to eat with a couple from Carl's work and our kids. They had their ten year old son with him who turned out to be a very cute, not-shy guy. He was teasing his dad, Taj, and rather loudly informed us that his father thought that one of the characters from his video game was "hot". Taj, not bothered at all, said with a smile, "I may be old, but I'm not blind." Ha ha ha!


Here are some new pix:



My amazingly talented sister Cami made these dolls for Lexi and me.
Look just like us, don't they?


A bit late, but here is a picture of the Halloween Loot!
Kenny isn't getting anything, just trying to. . .


Lexi kissing a fish with a smile .. .

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dental Hygienist

I am going to go back to school someday. After Carl is finished with his degree, and we get things settled down a bit (if that ever happens . . .), that is. But man, there are a lot of choices! I love, love, LOVE photography, as I am sure anybody can tell who takes a gander at my blog. But I don't think that it would be a very practical degree for me. I'll just take a couple of classes on it and teach myself over time. The degree that I really feel good about and am excited about is Dental Hygiene. I love dentistry, heck, I even find it fascinating! If I had different notions about life and what I want to get out of it, I would consider becoming a Dentist. I have a lot of knowledge about the subject already. And experience, being a Dental Assistant and all. Yep, this seems like the degree for me. I like teeth! Hah! Anyway . . . It seems like a smart degree to attain, because you get your bang for your buck out of it. And when I work as a Hygienist, I can have a very flexible work schedule. There is one other perk to this degree, if I do choose to get it in the future. I can work for my mom if I live in Utah. How can it get any better?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Some Pictures and Reflections

Well, I need to finish writing the resolution to the entry I started earlier this week. I removed that entry because it didn't really reflect my true feelings. I still do get the notion every now and then that it isn't fair to bring such sweet little children who are so innocent into a world that is, well, the complete opposite! And a world that doesn't appreciate innocence, that encourages the loss of it! But the entry I wrote was more dramatic and dark than I really feel, and more than is necessary to convey the thought. Hence it was removed! However, I do think it was thought provoking and insightful. A thought that should be considered. So now I will write the resolution to it!

I may never completely resolve this issue, but we know that we all came here for a reason. We weren't just dumped here or brought to life so we could struggle through it without purpose. I don't blame my parents for bringing me into a harsh world, I know that I chose to come here before I was born. (Trying to resolve with a non-religious/spiritual point of view will be much more difficult, and pointless! Life doesn't make sense at all without it! Anyway . . .) We have to struggle to make it to the next level, and that is all there is too it! No pain, no gain. I really don't like thinking about this, but if something terrible happens to one of us, or one of us goes astray this time around, everything will be alright. It really will. We have eternity to figure it out, and eternity to make it right.

Also, thinking that it was selfish of me to have kids because I wanted kids is ridiculous! They wanted me too! And just imagine, if I didn't bring these sweet kids to me, who might they have had to go to instead? I wish that somehow I could take in all of the children that are thrown in the dumpster after they are born or slowly destroyed as their mothers use drugs and alcohol when they are in her womb. All the children that are so unloved. But I cannot, it is impossible. What we need is another Mother Teresa around here.

I can't be Mother Teresa, but I can do something. I can't complain and be justified when I do if I don't make an effort to get this world to improve. I need to be more involved in fighting for the things that I really believe in, such as: Right to Life (no abortion), not taking marriage so lightly (less divorce and broken families), no child abuse, stopping world hunger, ceasing sex trafficking, more respect and appreciation for Parenthood and the stay-at-home mom. (This list can be soooooo much longer, but you get the idea.) But I can't be involved in all of these things, so maybe I can support a group that does, or maybe I can just be really involved in one or two that I think are especially important. Either way, if we all do this, some great things can come to pass.

Now, on the lighter side, some pix!




My kids see this an awful lot!

A kiss from Lexi. Kenny has a sticker on his head courtesy of Lexi, and spitup on his chin.



These little pumpkins CAN be carved!


Jump!



Cute fall picture # 1 . . .


# 2 . .


and # 3!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sorry Angie! I had to get rid of that last post. It was just too darn depressing and I didn't have the energy to write the resolution right now. I will write the Part 2 later this week though, so don't worry. : )

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Cuties!




Here are my two little Cutie Pies in their costumes. (Plus Lexi's friend Parker as Mr. Incredible) I did a little theme. Lexi is "The Princess" and Kenny is "The Pea" as in, "The Princess and the Pea" . Ha ha, I thought it was funny . . . Yeah, I made their costumes. They look homemade, but I am happy. It was fun! I am a little disappointed that Lexi isn't as excited about her dress as I thought she would be. I could just let her wear her pajamas and she wouldn't care. Oh well, maybe she will like it better when she is more interested in dress ups? I hope so.



I also think that this color is quite stunning on Lexi. She is such a little beauty!


I added Kenny's hood later. This pix was taken at the Library Storytime Halloween party.


Precious.




What a sweet girl!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tiger Mommy Teaches

The day has come. I actually didn't think I would need to teach Lexi about this. But I do. I need to teach her about asserting herself and standing up for herself. Why? Well, just last Saturday we were at the Burger King Playplace when a boy growled at Lexi as she was making her way up to the slide. She watched him with wide eyes as he growled 2 more times. Then she burst into big, wet, sad tears! Carl went up to save her and brought her down. But I wanted her to go up and slide down just like she wanted to in the first place. So I went up with her. She said, "I'm afraid of the boy" in her cute little voice. But I told her not to be afraid, he was just making bear noises. (Not so scary sounding now, huh?) I advised her to "growl back." Then I had her growl a few times for me to practice. Ha! Silly? Perhaps . . . But we know how the protective Tiger-Mommy in us comes out when we see our kids getting intimidated or scared. We wanna protect them and make it all better!

Personally, I don't really think I am the person for the job. I am not very good at asserting myself. And really, it wasn't a big deal.
I was overreacting in a very young-mother sort of way. Lexi is just learning the dynamics of socializing. Eventually she will learn how to react and move on to playing once again. She will be fine without my help. Tiger-Mommy won't be needed. Which is good, since Tiger-Mommy is really tired anyway. : )

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Curse



It has been revealed. My kitchen floor has a curse! A terrible, terrible curse. What is this curse, you ask? The Curse of the Mopped Floor . . . (whooooo, "insert ghostly noise here".) What does this curse entail, you want to know? Well, every time I mop my floor, someone spills something all over it. It just won't stay clean for longer than 2 hours, I swear! Once the floor is nice and squeaky clean, something comes over us all and we develop butter fingers. Cups go flying out of our grasp. Our dishes develop minds of their own. Bowls of macaroni jump off of the table. Lexi excels and tips over even more liquids than usual. Ohhhh, what a horrid curse it is!!!

Huh . . .you know what? My whole house has a curse! The Curse of the (somewhat) Clean House! Arg! Why won't it just stay clean? *I know the answer to this one, but I can still wish it would just stay clean, can't I?*

So, what to do about this curse? Does anyone know how to banish/exorcise it? : ) Hmmm, the world may never know. I sure don't.





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Monday, October 20, 2008

Musings

Well, today I don't have my muse. I don't feel like writing anything creative. Which is strange because one of the main reasons I like blogging so much is that it gives me an opportunity to be creative. But my muse has left me today. Most likely because my house is a wreck and my dishes need to be washed and put away. It takes a while to get back into the swing of things after being sick. When Mama is sick, the whole house goes to pot and the system comes to a screeching halt! Sooo . . . considering that I need to get everything back in order again, I need to go. I will post something of greater interest later. Tah tah!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Senses

Well, this week we all got sick. For some it was just a cold, and for others (Kenny and myself) it turned into a bit more trouble. Kenny is doing fine, but needs to be nebulized 3 times a day because he has been wheezing a little and his oxygen levels were a little low when I took him to the doctor. He really hates having that nebulizer mask thing on. It makes him quite upset! But he has to do it. And he is doing fine. His cold just went to his chest, but he is in the coughing stage now. I take him back in for a follow up tomorrow.

My cold gave me a sinus infection (a common problem for me these days) and then went to my chest, triggering asthma and now I am in the coughing stage. But for 2 days, when my nose and sinuses were particularly stuffed up, I lost my sense of smell and taste! It was quite a drag, let me tell you. I mean, you realize just how much you really savor and need these senses once they are gone! I couldn't enjoy eating at all. (I suppose this is a great weight loss plan. I did lose weight this past week, but not just because I couldn't enjoy eating due to my lacking sense of taste, but because I felt crappy. Anyhoo. . . ) I could only taste Salty, Sweet and Acidic. But just slightly! I couldn't taste other subtleties in flavor and didn't realize I would miss them so much. I missed the taste of Garlic, and Cheese and any spice you can think of. I missed every taste that gives foods their unique flavor! I made this delicious Spinach Casserole (the only reason I know it is delicious is because I had made it before) and couldn't taste a thing! It was just like eating a bowl of cooked noodles, with no sauces or anything, but even LESS flavorful.

Without my ability to smell, I couldn't tell that Lexi had an accident and did # 2 in her underwear during her "nap" time. I came into her room just as she was in the process of covering up the villainy. Good thing I came in when I did, or I wouldn't have found out until Carl came home. I couldn't smell a thing! I had to ask her where she hid her underwear with the proof of the crime in them (she readily confessed that she hid them under her bed. Sneaky little thing!). However, since most of the smells I encounter are no good, with all of the diaper changes and potty trips and spit-ups I deal with everyday, I would have to say that my sense of smell was not missed near as much as my sense of taste! Ha ha ha . . .

Anyway, I can taste and smell once again, and am loving it! I enjoy eating and cooking once again. Ahhhh . . . life is good. : )

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Personality Traits (for Memorie's Sake!)

I think, just as I suppose every parent does, that it is rather neat how separate my children's personalities are. They are really quite different! Almost like fire (Lexi) and water (Kenny). And I (personally) think that they came with these dispositions right from the start! Of course they will develop more traits as they get older, but they were born with their individuality.

So, what are these personality traits? Well, for memories sake, I am going to give a short list of adjectives to describe each child. Also, I am going to add their nickname to the top of the list (for memories sake!). So . . . lets start with child # 1. Lexi!

Lexi
(The Babbin, or Lexi Lumpkin)
Fiery

Observant

Mischievous

Independent
Stubborn

Silly

Tease

Loving

Girly

Random



Kenny
(Plumpy)
Peaceful
Patient
Happy
Content
Loving
Curious
Momma's Boy
Charming
Determined
Routine


Differences are what make parenting so demanding and so rewarding. One child responds one way, and another responds alternately. They have different priorities and different needs. We, as parents, learn how to adjust to fit the needs of each child. We learn that one technique does not work perfectly for all.

But one never gets bored! Our children keep our minds keen and us always on our toes. Which is just what we ultimately need. Because sometimes it seems like we might be getting dumber when our days are filled with Sesame Street and Telletubbies, with negotiating how many times we are going to do Ring-Around-the-Rosies, with debating over the necessity of wearing clothing. But truly, we are learning so much more. Just what it is would be a whole other post. So . . .

Time for new Pix!

We went to Hovateers Wildlife Zoo yesterday. It was quite fun.


Here we have our little punkin's in a car. Ain't thet cute?


Kenny is a mighty happy boy.


No one is looking at the camera.


Lexi feedin' them thar goats!


This creature is super cool, but I cannot recall what it's name is. Why is it cool? It is the Worlds Largest Rodent. It looks like a 2 foot long Hamster that weighs about 50 pounds!


Carl and Lexi match, kind of . . .


The Kidlets enjoyed the sandbox the most, methinks.


2 Saturdays before, we went to the Buckwheat Festival. I wanted to take a pic that would show off what the festival is all about, but I suppose it is just like any old festival! There were no special, "Buckwheat-y" pictures to take.



Lexi and Kenny in stroller. Kenny is the Goofy Faces King.


Lexi loves the Merry-Go-Round


Lexi rode the Dragons, and still talks about it.

Well, that's all folks! Till next time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Not a Good Start.

Just a random note: You can tell that your day is off to a rather inauspicious start when you pour juice into the butter during breakfast .

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Easily Distracted Mind . . .
















Toddlers and babies have such wonderful minds. They can soak in so much and they learn so fast. They develop their own crazy little personalities. They are amazing little creatures! But, they are so easily distracted.


Sometimes this feature is something to take delight in. Other times it is something that causes one to despair. Here are some examples from my own life:

Delightful Moments of Distraction:

~ Lexi is currently mad at me for for putting her back into the stroller during one of our walks. She cries quite angrily and robustly until she spots a strange green globe hanging from a tree (it was a nut encased in a peel or something). She smiles and says, "I want it." So I happily comply with her request and we are on our way.

~ A friends daughter enters the house quite upset about something. Suddenly she spots the cupcakes I have brought and abruptly she is happy. She exclaims, "Cupcakes!" No more tears are shed.

~ Kenny is mad that he is stuck sitting on the floor. So, I grab some blocks and build a tower for him. Immediately he flaps his arms and his eye grown wide. He kicks his legs back and forth which is what he does when he is excited. Then, he grabs the tower and knocks it over. He is happy once again.

Despair Causing Distractions

~ Lexi and I are having some nice "Mommy and Lexi" time as Kenny takes a nap. Not far into our playing, Kenny begins to fuss. I know that he is not ready to wake up and will probably fall back to sleep on his own. But Lexi completely forgets about our playing and says, "Oh Kenny is awake!", and runs to see him. He doesn't go back to sleep.

~ Lexi says, "I need to go Potty!" so off we go to the bathroom. When we get there, she spots my makeup back and the notion of going potty goes down the drain. She carts off my bag instead.

So, to show you my easily distracted mind, I am going to have a random conglomeration of pictures next! Ha ha!



Carl is so sweet! He randomly surprised me yesterday with this loverly assembly.



Lexi and Kenny hanging out in the playpen.



Here Kenny looks like me . .



And two seconds later he looks just like Carl! Crazy . . .



Lexi committed another mess making crime. Here we have our radio, covered in baby powder.



Lexi and Parker on a vacuuming craze!


And last of all, a video to show how sweet it is when Lexi makes Kenny laugh!

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