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December 31, 2008

This one is a little too long for the sidebar, but it’s too cute not to share!

Yesterday Ryan said to me “Two loves for a kiss” and leaned over to give me two hugs and a kiss on the cheek. I thought it was so cute and asked him where he learned it. “Shrek”, he said, “the one with the dragon”.

Later, after Joseph had come home, I told Ryan to show Daddy what he learned from Shrek. Once again he said “two loves for a kiss”, and gave Daddy two hugs and a kiss on the cheek. Neither Joseph nor I remembered that part of Shrek, so after Ryan was in bed we hopped online to search for the quote….we came up empty-handed.

This morning while Ryan was snuggling with me in bed I asked him for two loves for a kiss, and he went through the little ritual. It suddenly dawned on me where he had picked it up. The line he was quoting was not “two loves for a kiss” but “true love’s first kiss”. I like Ryan’s version better. I think we’ll keep it around ūüôā .


How busy are we? It took me three days to finish this post. That’s how busy.

December 16, 2008

My mother-in-law told me that things must be very busy around here because I haven’t updated my blog in a while…and she was right! We’ve had a lot of craziness going on, and I’ve got a lot to catch up on. I’ll try to keep it as short and sweet as possible….and in trying to keep our lives looking as perfect as can be, I’ll leave all the bad parts out (you don’t want to hear about it anyway…Joseph’s expensive car repairs, followed by his¬†car accident and the extra money it will cost us in insurance surcharges, the awful color correction that our Christmas cards came back with, or the day that Joseph’s phone was destroyed when the car door knocked against his pocket and obliterated the screen…and no, it isn’t covered by the warranty).

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the front rail on Emmy’s crib had a loose screw that needed to be tightened. The rail had to come off in order tighten the screw, so I decided that we might as well take the rails of and give it a shot with letting the babies sleep in their cribs-turned-toddler-beds. I had no idea what to expect. Two toddlers in the same room, behind a closed door, with freedom to get out of bed whenever they want was a little nervewracking! The first night was a bit of a challenge, and we had to put Owen back in bed several times. Naptime the first few days was a disaster. But, we’ve worked them into a nice routine. Bedtime is a breeze and naptime, while not as long as it used to be, has worked itself out as well. I think we’ll definately be ready for big beds come summertime!

It’s not uncommon to find them having fun together in the morning!

Thanksgiving was fun this year as well. We had a small gathering at our house and dinner was yummy! Joseph braved the crowds early the next morning to get a few items he had his eye on, and stayed warm and snuggled up in bed. Owen got a nasty ear infection and we had to take him to urgent care. We helped our friends, the Browns, move into their new home. I didn’t take a single picture all weekend long. Thankfully my sister did, so these are stolen off of her blog!



On December 4th we took the kids for a ride on the Polar Express. The movie was one of the first the Ryan ever latched on to and we took him last year and had a great time (after I recovered from the adventure of getting there). Since kids under 3 are free, we decided take the whole family this year. Owen was a stinker for most of the ride, but everyone else had a lot of fun. My mom, sister, and nephew came as well.  I have a ton of pictures from the train ride, so these are just a handful of the highlights.


We had our first big snowfall of the year this weekend, and Ryan has had so much fun playing outside in it. It brings back many memories of the hours and hours we spent outside during my childhood, trudging up the awesome sledding hill just beyond our backyard. I was beginning to worry that we wouldn’t have a white Christmas this year, but we definately will!

We also saw Santa for the second time this season at our ward Christmas breakfast.¬† Ryan was excited to sit on his lap this year.¬† We’ve managed to miss any opportunities to visit Santa until this year, so I made sure the twins had a chance as well.¬† Every child needs a picture of themselves screaming on his lap, right?

The next couple of weeks promise to be super busy as well, but we’re excited for the extra¬†time we’ll have to spend with our families!¬† This time of year is so much fun, but I have to admit that I’m looking forward to some lazy days after the new year arrives!

I must say, I’m impressed!

November 24, 2008

Ryan’s never been one to sit still for very long, which means that he doesn’t spend much time drawing or coloring. We’ve been working to teach him to write his name recently, and it’s taken a long time just to get the kid to not use his fist to hold the pencil! Usually, a few scribbles is enough for him and then he’s done. Today we had friends over and the girls wanted to color. The boys, wanting to be cool like the girls, decided that they’d color too. Imagine my utter surprise when Ryan presented me with his picture, and it actually looked like what he intended–Darth Vader. It’s obviously pretty crude, but he got the general shape right, and the red scribbles are his light saber. I was so proud of him! And at least now I know that there is hope that he might even learn to sit still long enough to write his name before he starts kindergarten!

The Boys

November 20, 2008

It’s things like this that make all of the hair-pulling moments of parenthood worth it! Owen is usually pretty quiet, so it’s fun to hear his deep belly laugh!

Bunk Beds!

October 16, 2008

When I knew that the time was coming soon for Ryan to move into a big boy bed, I found a bunkbed on craigslist. It was white, which was too girly for my taste, so I decided that I’d paint it to match his room. I figured I had plenty of time to get the project done, but then Joseph got a new job and we decided to sell our house and move. I didn’t want to move somewhere, put the crib up, and then take it down soon after, so I hurried to paint the bottom bed so that we could set it up in the new house as soon as we moved…and forgot all about the rest of the bed. Now that we are looking ahead to the time that the babies will move out of their cribs (not for a while, but I’m a planner!), I asked Joseph to put the top bunk up so that I could get a feel for whether or not I felt that there was enough room to keep the boys in the small room. Moving the boys into big room means painting walls (at least the blue wall in the room Emmy would have) and I didn’t want to bother with that. He got the bed up last weekend and Ryan was so excited to get to sleep on the top bed. We set forth some rules for him to be able to sleep on top, and after just a few days, he’s back on the bottom (who’s surprised, really?). It’s better that way for now, as Owen was rather proficient at climbing the ladder and getting stuck at the top, but it was fun while it lasted! We plan to take the front rails off of the cribs about the time that the babies turn 2, and then we’ll hopefully have enough saved to buy a bed for Emmy next summer and make all the room changes. I can hardly wait to find out what kind of trouble the boys will manage to get into once they share a room!

Notice the candy cane paint job (how could you not)? Hopefully I muster up the energy to finish painting the rest of the bed soon!

Not bad, as far as a Thursday goes

October 9, 2008

Last Thursday you all got to share in the bliss of Ryan’s day ‘o tantrums.¬† Thankfully, this Thursday has involved bliss of another kind….happy children who play well together and¬†a mom with enough sanity left to enjoy it.¬† I find myself getting so caught up in my “to-do list” most days that I think I starve my kids of some of the attention they need and deserve.¬† That became oh, so evident to me yesterday….

The day started off as most Wednesdays do.¬† I got up early so that I’d have time to shower before getting the kids up.¬† Ryan goes to preschool on MWF, so those mornings tend to be a little more rushed.¬† I had errands to run and wanted to do them after I took Ryan to school, while I was already out, which meant that I had to be extra on top of things and have everyone ready to go by 8:45, not just Ryan.¬†

School hasn’t been Ryan’s favorite thing of late, so mornings are filled with complaints about how much he hates school and doesn’t want to go.¬† The kids call him “Rainbow Boy”, thanks to a striped shirt that he wore on one of the first days that someone thought looked like a rainbow (and now I’m paranoid about sending him to school in stripes of any kind), and it seems to bother him a lot.¬† I, of course, take him anyway, and pray that the report from his teachers is good when I pick him up.¬† Lately, he hasn’t had any good reports.¬† I’m sure that some of his behavior is due to being teased, but he’s also just a spirited kid who gets carried away easily.¬† And Ryan is as forthcoming about his misbehavior as his teachers are.¬† He just doesn’t seem to care.¬†

When I picked him up yesterday, I was greeted with the lovely news that he had cut another child’s hair.¬† His teacher tried to downplay it, saying that it was only a tiny bit, but seriously–HE CUT SOMEONE’S HAIR!!¬† I don’t care if it was a huge chunk or a tiny little snip…I was NOT happy about it!

He had obviously been talked to extensively at school because as soon as we got in the car he repeated back to me all the reasons that it was a bad idea to cut someone’s hair.¬† He then told me that he had also shouted twice at his friends and had to sit in the “power chair”.¬†¬†

Later that afternoon, I discovered that he’d been shopping in “mommy’s store” (aka, food storage), found a box of fruit snacks, and enjoyed 7 of the 10 packages in the box.¬† He had also broken the lamp in his room during quiet time, claiming that it just fell off the shelf and broke by itself.¬† Everywhere I turned, there was an infraction of some sort that left me frustrated at his lack of obedience.¬† And–as I’m sure all mothers know–there is little that is more aggravating than asking your child not to do something, only to have them look at you with a little gleam in their eye and do it anyway.¬† I felt at a loss.¬† I reminded myself that I have a degree in dealing with challenging behaviors; I conquered them on a daily basis when I was working–so why was I having so much trouble with my own child?¬† Talk about one of those moments when you wonder how Heavenly Father ever trusted you to take care of one of his children.

After a day like yesterday, I realized that I needed to get my priorities in line.¬† So what if my floors have crumbs on them and aren’t sparkling clean 24/7?¬† Will it really kill me to wait until the kids are busy doing something else before I check my email? (I’ve since turned off the alert sound so that I don’t even know when an email arrives….it will still be there later, so there’s no need to jump right up to check it).¬† Am I going to run out of clothes if I don’t wash the particular load that my cleaning schedule tells me needs to be done that day?¬†

I’ve realized, as I watch the way that Ryan gets out his frustrations, that he’s mirroring everything that I do…right down to the little “aauugghh!!” that I¬†let loose¬†when I feel stressed out and overwhelmed.¬† And, I realized that the times of stress were more frequent because I had a to-do list to get done, and rather than enjoying the time I have with my kids when they are small, I was irritated that they were making the process of getting that to-do list done a lot harder.¬†

After coming to those realizations yesterday, I had a heart-to-heart with myself.¬† I’ve set some goals that will bring greater rewards than having a perfectly spotless and put together house.¬†¬†Ryan and I¬†made a deal that if¬†he shouts, I get to tickle him….and if mommy shouts, he gets to tickle me.¬† We spent an hour outside together, playing and getting some energy out.¬† We sat on the couch and read books together.¬† Boy, what a difference those few little things have made in the last 24 hours.¬† I know we’ll still have rough days from time to time, but I don’t want to look back and wish that I’d spent less time cleaning (or any other of a long list of distractions)¬†and more time with my kiddos.¬†¬† They deserve more than that.¬†

So, my new motto is BALANCE.¬† I’ll still have time to clean my house and check my facebook page…it will just be during the hours of 2-4, when the kids are napping.¬† I can still catch up on episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress”….it will just be after everyone has gone to bed.¬† I’ve let myself indulge in too much leisure and far too little bonding with my kids, and it’s time for a change!


Well, how about that.¬† I started this post to record the fact that Ryan cut another child’s hair at school, and look what it’s turned into….aren’t you glad that I don’t let myself get carried away with my thoughts on here very often?

Storyteller on the loose!

October 7, 2008

I’ve decided that it’s easier to be a video blogger…it’s always better to get a story first-hand than for me to have to translate it into words! So, here’s another. One of Ryan’s favorite books is The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood. After reading it just a few times, he had the whole thing memorized, and whenever he chooses that book for his bedtime story, he’s the one who gets to tell it. A few days ago, he threw in some twists. So, without further ado, I present to you “The Little Ryan, The Ramen Noodles, and the Big Hungry Ryan”! (of course, my camera ran out of memory right at the very end, so we missed the last 3 words: Get. The End.)

I love all the little pauses, where he’s trying to figure out if he needs to keep the actual words in the story, or if he needs to replace them with his own. What a smarty-pants!


October 2, 2008

Thursdays are generally terrible days in our house. By the time Thursday comes, we’re all burned out. Thank goodness Joseph doesn’t work on Fridays, or I’d really pull my hair out knowing that I had one more day like this before I had help home during the day! Tantrums are in full swing on Thursdays, and you can get a reaction like this out of Ryan with the slightest misstep ūüôĄ

“The priesthood can strengthen and bless my family”

September 28, 2008

Today was the primary program in our ward, and it was Ryan’s first experience participating. He’s a good little memorizer, so I wasn’t worried about him learning his part. I was, however, very worried that he’d make a scene while he was sitting up at the front of the chapel. A couple of weeks ago,his teacher asked if one of us would sit with him to help keep him reverent…then after the practice on Friday she said she thought they’d be fine on their own. As it turns out, he didn’t make a scene per se, but he did keep the teacher he was sitting by on her toes. He did a great job when it was time to get up and say his part into the microphone, and since we didn’t get to share today with grandparents, we thought we’d try to capture just a little bit on camera!


September 3, 2008

Preschool started today!¬† It was just an hour today for orientation, and parents got to stay.¬†¬†Friday starts the first full day.¬† Ryan was really excited to go this year.¬† We opted for the morning class this year, so we were up early to get everyone dressed and fed….I hope I don’t regret that choice later!¬† We chose a different school this year and I think it will be a better fit for him.¬† I’m sure he’ll still be a handful for his teachers though!¬† They seem much more firm than his teacher last year, and he needs someone firm to keep him in line.¬† He was more cooperative this year for having some pictures taken, but they still aren’t great.¬† By the time we got to the picture by his backpack, he was done!¬†Because parents were invited to stay, I dropped the babies off at a friend’s house.¬† Ryan was really sad to see them go, and when we picked them back up later, he was so excited to have them back.¬† It’s nice to know that, even though he terrorizes them most of the time, he really does love to have them around!