Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
And Gabe yells, "GOOBER!"
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
It's been 6 weeks since Hunter was born. I think at this point I'm supposed to have my act together and be in a routine...but alas that hasn't happened quite yet. Yesterday we did have a pretty good day - ran lots of errands, went to a Weight Watchers meeting, went to the library - and all without any major meltdowns (from any of us). I was really happy that it went as well as it did.
Part of the reason we don't have a routine down yet is that as soon as I think I'm figuring out Hunter, and the way he is going to do things - he changes it. I know that is probably how it will always be - so I'll just learn to go with the flow a bit better. I do know that at night he wants his bath, and he wants it right away - and he wants to stay in as long as the water is warm. Tonight he was pretty wrinkly when we got him out. He even calms down just by the sound of the bathwater, and the sound of the tub draining makes him cry. My little water baby...
Gabe is adjusting to Hunter really well. I think the troubles we have with Gabe aren't Hunter related - they are 2 year old related. He really seems to love his little brother. He's always wanting to show Hunter things, or tell Hunter things. Tonight he kept wanting to show Hunter his "unders" (underwear - see the previous post) - and was really proud of them. He gives Hunter the funniest kisses too - so gentle and with a funny little sound at the end. My favorite is when Hunter is crying Gabe always runs to me and tells me, "Hunter's crying - Get it!"
So it's exhausting having two little boys - but as my dad has reminded me, "this too shall pass" - and when it does, I know that I'll be sad that they're not tiny anymore...It's a vicious cycle...
No such luck.
We tried the whole idea of going to the bathroom every 10 minutes. He'd sit on the toilet - but wouldn't go to the bathroom. At one point I said, "Gabe - do you have some pee-pee that needs to come out?" He looked at me with the most serious look on his face and said, "No mom - just farts." :)
Anyway, he did end up peeing in those cute little 'Cars' unders (that's what he started calling them - Unders - I thought it was so cute!). I don't think it really bothered him except for the fact that he peed on the kitchen floor and then slipped and fell in it....(you can laugh, it makes me chuckle). I was grateful for the easy cleanup on the linoleum - and he was fine with jumping in the tub to clean up.
Ahhh.....tales from the 'Potty Train'. I'm sure there will be more to come!
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car)
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)
Mint Choco Chip Choco Chip (slightly redundant...)
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name)
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
The Red Dr Pepper
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Love Spell Snickers
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names )
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Smoothie Flowering Pear
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”)
The Scrapbook Snow Tour
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I know it's normal for a 2 year old to assert his independence and test boundaries. I know he's developing language skills, strength, independent thinking....but I'm also developing a headache.
So I'm throwing it out there - any advice for raising an energetic toddler? Any suggestions for discipline? I'm open to ideas and suggestions at this point.
This afternoon he was on one of his kicks - screaming, yelling, demanding things he couldn't have. It was pretty ugly. I was trying to get his diaper changed and he said he wanted to go potty. Then he went to his closet and screamed that he wanted a "POTTY TRAIN!!!" and pointed to one of the shelves. It took me quite a few minutes to understand what he wanted - he wanted some underwear I bought him when he was showing interest in going potty on the toilet. So I had to sit and try to reason with a screaming toddler that there wasn't an actual TRAIN, and that he couldn't have worn his undies until he went potty all the time on the potty. Ugh - rationalizing with him isn't working.
Monday, September 10, 2007
- It's (almost) bearable to do when it's rained all night, and the weeds seem to come right out.
- It's (almost) satisfying when you work for a few minutes and get a HUGE pile to throw in the trash can. Makes you feel like you've accomplished something.
- It's (almost) enjoyable when you pull out a HUGE weed that looked too hard to handle without a small tractor - and get all the roots.
- And it's most definetly worth it when you pull out that HUGE weed and your sweet two year old claps and cheers as loud as he can and say, "YAY MOM!"
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Anyway, I kept having that feeling - the one that told me that I belonged at church - today more than normally. I wanted to be there - that wasn't it - it was just that it was getting harder and harder to see how that was going to be possible. But we did finally get our ducks in a row and head to church (late - but better late than never, right?)
As soon as our Sunday School class started I knew that there was defintly a reason I was supposed to be there. Everything the teacher said resonated with me in a way that confirmed that it was important that we attended church today. We started talking about charity in reference to the scriptures in 1st Corinthians chapter 13. I've read these scriptures before, I've heard them in lessons - but today they stood out to me.
I realized that I have a large area in my life that needs extreme work - in the area of charity. I need to be more charitable in my life, and I need to practice charity towards others more often. I think that is the missing piece in my life right now. Being in that class was one of those "A-Ha!" moments for me.
If I was more charitable I would have handled this past week (which has been a struggle for me in many ways) differently. Having charity towards others - especially my family - would have helped me to reach outside of myself. I wouldn't have felt so sorry for myself on so many occasions and I would really have served others more openly, and willingly - instead of grumbling through so much of my week.
During the lesson one of the people in our class suggested going home and reading this article by Marvin J. Ashton from the April 1992 General Conference. The article is great and I loved this part:
So I encourage each of you today to "Be one who nurtures and who builds". I hope that this week I can focus on serving others, and having more charity in my heart, and in my life. Have a fabulous week!
Be one who nurtures and who builds. Be one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. Be fair with your competitors, whether in business, athletics, or elsewhere. Don’t get drawn into some of the parlance of our day and try to “win” by intimidation or by undermining someone’s character. Lend a hand to those who are frightened, lonely, or burdened.
If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.
Friday, September 07, 2007
2. Gabe has a friend over playing. It's a neighbor boy who's 2 months older than Gabe - and 2 heads taller. I don't think his mom leaves him with people very often - so we'll see how it goes (20 minutes into it it's going alright - we have 2 1/2 more hours to go). Gabe keeps saying, "c'mon Noah! C'mon!" (come on). And they're down playing cars right now. Yesterday I had a meeting and Gabe was all excited to play with the little girls who would be there. Unfortunately they were playing dress up and princesses, and the poor little guy felt left out. So this will be good for him. Cory's taking them on a ranger ride later too - so lots of fun for the little boys.(this picture cracks me up. I told the boys I wanted to take a picture of them together. Gabe kept hugging Noah, and saying, "Cheese it Noah!" When Noah wasn't cooperating Gabe took his hand and said, "C'mon Noah, hand!" Noah didn't ever really warm up to the camera)
3. Hunter turned 5 weeks yesterday. He had a bit of a hard time last night, not wanting to go to sleep. While I was trying to get him down I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of him at 5 weeks - so I pulled out the camera. Cory couldn't quite understand why at 11:30 at night I was snapping pictures of Hunter...(men - sheez!) And no, I don't plan on taking pictures on his "weekly birthday" for the rest of his life - but right now when they totally change by the day - I figure I want to document all the looks.
4. Speaking of Hunter - he LOVES bathtime! There is only one of his cries that I have learned to really decipher - and it's his, "I want a bath!!!" cry. About 8:30 at night he is ready for a bath and starts to scream. He can be screaming and screaming and I'll start the bath-water and he quiets right down. He loves really warm water, and has just started to discover kicking his feet makes splashes in the water. Gabe also loved his bathtime. There are times when he has a fussy night that I wish I could give him a couple of baths - just to enjoy that peaceful time.
5. We had some fun visitors this week. Paul and Nicole came through on their way back to Rexburg from Farmington. Even though life was hectic when they were here (sorry you guys...) it was good to see them for a second or so. Taylor is such a sweetie. I hope that she and Hunter can be good friends since they're only a month apart in age.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
When Hunter gets older and he asks, "Mom, why does Gabe have 100's of pictures from the weekend when he was blessed, and I only have like 5?" what will be the answer?
- Well honey, remember when we told you about the devastating fire of 2010? Unfortunately all of your pictures were damaged in the fire.
- Our computer crashed shortly after the blessing. We recovered all of the photos but the ones from that weekend. I'm so sorry sweetie.
- Pictures? I'm sure they're around here somewhere....
- We were so busy with family and friends that day, and enjoying Logan's baptism that we didn't get many pictures - so sorry.
- Hunter sweetheart - you are a 2nd child. That simply means that we didn't take pictures because we were not only trying to take care of you, but chase after your big brother. Sorry buddy.
(The answer is #4 & 5....I feel bad, we really ended up with about 5 pictures. No family pictures of our family, no pictures of everyone there, no pictures of Hunter and Logan together - his cousin that was baptized, no pictures of Hunter by himself. I'm so sad, and feel really bad that I'm fitting into that stereotypical "second child" mold.)