Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Things Learned in Pastor's Office

I took the kids to the dollar store with me and they each had $2 to spend if they found something they wanted. Hannah picked out fake weird looking teeth and candycorn. Isaac chose a ball shooter and a whoopee cushion. He had no idea what a whoopee cushion was or what it did, but Hannah told him he would really like it.

On the ride home, he opened his new purchase and discovered with great delight that it made wonderful fart noises. He laughed, Hannah laughed, Eli laughed and of course I giggled too. Through the immense laughter Isaac declared "This is the best toy ever!" Remembering that Hannah told him to buy it I asked her where she had learned about whoopee cushions. She replied with a huge grin, "Pastor Dudley's office!" Need I say more? I'm still laughing!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My Cuties!

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End of Summer Fun With Family

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First Days of School

It took me long enough, but here are the pictures of Hannah's first day of First Grade
and Isaac's first day of Preschool. Enjoy!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Good Deal

I love a good deal, especially when it is something I need. We had to stop at Walmart to get a few things, and much to our surprise it was 50% off all clearance! I now have both Hannah and Isaac's summer wardrobe for next summer... less than $50 for all of it. I also found shoes for both kids for $3.50! I went ahead and got the next size up too. We found clothing for Aaron, but alas, none for me. Eli is already sufficiently stocked.

Then we stopped at the nursery to look for fruit trees, but ended up getting ground cover for the ground surrounding our water horse statue in the front... yes we have the Lock Ness Monster next to our driveway. We got our ground cover for 50% off too! Good day to shop... and I thought it wouldn't be any fun.

Hannah is still feeling yucky, but is slowly recovering. Our Dr. wasn't joking when he said it could be up to two weeks for full recovery. I doubt school will be an option for her, at least early this week... maybe towards the end.

Life is good. I'm enjoying fallish weather. Aaron brought me cut flowers... amazing! My stress level is leveling out as I am getting a bit more sleep... not a lot more, but some. My parent's were here to help with Hannah in the mornings while I was at work and they helped us get a few projects done. Hooray!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

One of Those Weeks

Every once in awhile a week comes along that just about takes the wind out of me... this has been one of those weeks. I seriously begin to questions my sanity whether or not I am cut out for all the responsibilities of my life. This usually happens after a couple of days of sleep deprivation, as is the case this week. Eli is not an "easy" sick baby. He does not sleep well when feeling ill as I discovered this week. Isaac has also been sick and seemed to wake up at night just as Eli would fall asleep. I've been trying to keep Hannah healthy as she is having her tonsils removed tomorrow. This is stressful for me and I'm feeling guilty that I won't be at the hospital with her. It is not a good place for Eli to hang out for the entire morning and maybe more. And since he does not take a bottle, he must remain close to mommy. Hannah is content with Aaron being with her at the hospital, but I still feel bad about not being there. On top of all of the home stuff, I'm trying to find my new groove with getting preschool stuff accomplished. When I was commuting, we would eat at the church and I would have the boys nap at the church while I worked. This is not happening this year as we live 5 minutes away. I'm struggling to find time to get everything done. There are just times when I feel like I am barely getting by as a mom, as a wife, as a teacher, as a nurse, as a maid, as and errand runner and as every other responsibility I have. I know this is just a stressful week and sleep will put it all in perspective. I feel better even just typing it out. Sigh. I stop and try to remember that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, but right now I feel somewhat weak... good thing I have my Savior holding me.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Kiddo Update

After a very healthy summer, Hannah came down with a fever, caused by an ear infection and most likely strep throat, 3 days after school started. She will have surgery on September 17 to have her tonsils removed. We are hoping and praying that this will help her have a healthy school year. She is a little nervous about it, as am I. I'm nervous about her recovery. She is a tough little girl though ,and I am sure she will come through it all brilliantly.

Isaac came down with a fever early Friday morning, but is fever free now. He just has a runny nose and cough. He is LOVING preschool this year and I am very proud of his maturity this year. He is doing fantastic. It is fun to see him grow up so much. He is really good at riding his bike. I think we are getting close to taking the training wheels off. He is starting to sound out words and lies to try and spell them. Such a great little guy!

Eli is healthy thus far. He has discovered how to make his back stiff like a board when it is time to get in the car seat. Fun times. I have to put a toy in my mouth and growl like a wild animal for him to relax enough to sit in the seat and get strapped in. (Don't ask how I figured out this would work). Yes, I have been the recipient of more than a few weird glances from college students at the grocery store. He is not sleeping through the night yet, however my almost 9 month old has been pooping in the toilet for almost 3 weeks now! NO JOKE. He holds it and then goes right away when I put him on the toilet. He also goes potty in the toilet when I put him on. He refuses to poop in his diaper!!! Maybe this is too good to be true, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. And the longer it lasts the more I think it may be a more permanent thing!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Diapering on the Go

I'm not talking about me on the go, I'm talking about baby on the go! It seriously should be a competitive sport. I'm getting better at it everyday. Snapping the closures on the cloth diaper is a little tricky while Eli is crawling away, but I think I might have the technique down. I have experimented with a variety of energetic, crazy songs sung at a ridiculous speed. This has kept his attention, at times, for enough time to get the diaper on... and sometimes his clothing. Various animal sounds also will work... sometimes. The chicken song and dance has been most successful in keeping him still for 10 seconds. Zerberts on his little tummy make him giggle, but then he just wants to turn over to his tummy as fast as he possibly can to play a game of chase. He is a mover!
I now put his socks on while he is crawling. I put his shirt on while he is sitting up playing with a toy. He pants get on in a variety of ways... whatever works at the time.
While at times this is a bit frustrating, it is also quite funny. He is such a cute little guy who would just rather be naked. Slowing down to get a diaper on and warm up with clothing is just not the top priority in little Eli's life... getting to the next thing is!