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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

What Time Is It?
The life of a four year old is confusing. Alexa is now starting to realize that there is time. This is a hard concept for her to understand. We went to a friend's house on Sunday to play some games. We were supposed to be there at 7pm and she began asking what time it was at about 3:00. Finally at 4:30 after the millionth time of asking what time it was I told her to look at the digital clock and when it said 7:00 we could go. She was looking at the clock on the microwave at the time and she said okay I will wait. She proceeded to put her head in her hands and watched the clock. She is trying so hard to be like an adult. She was so excited when we finally got to leave that she could hardly contain herself. Maybe along with the lint for Christmas I will buy her a watch.
This is such a fun age. Yesterday she made "presents" all day for her friends. She loves to cut things out of the newspaper for friends and draw them pictures. She dances all the time and she talks a mile a minute. Last night I was laughing so hard at her babbling that I just had to grab her face and say stop! She has also had a lot of friends move so last night she was stalling at bedtime so she said,"mom, I only have two friends left."
A few more fun things she has said the past few days.
"It smells like brocolli out here."
"I love fish!"
"Mom you need a bow in your hair. Wear one tomorrow okay?"

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Many Thanks
I have so much to be thankful for. This past week my parents and my aunt were here to visit. I have been off of the blogging because of the fun we have been having with family. I am so thankful that I have family and friends that love me and my little family so much.
It was the first time I had ever hosted Thanksgiving at my home, and it was really fun to be the hostess with the mostest. We had a traditional meal and relaxed and watched a movie. While my parents were here we toured DC and ate out and played with the kids. It was great to have family here. It is hard to live so far from them.
Alexa and Dallin had a great time with grandma and grandpa and Anna Lea. They loved all of the attention and grandma even had some lint for Alexa. So much fun. I am so thankful for this time of year. I love to reflect on the year and think about how lucky I am to live in the United States and have the freedoms that I have. Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Why Do I buy Toys?
My kids are so funny. I buy them toys that are fun and educational and they like to play with happy meal toys and trash. This past week has been so funny. Alexa was wearing a pair of pants that I had just washed and pulled out of the dryer. She stuck her hand in the pocket and she found a green ball of lint. You would have thought she had found a pot of gold. She said mom look at this treasure that I found. She was so excited to show daddy her lint ball when he got home. It doesn't stop there. She has held onto her lint ball for three days now. She brought it with her to the park yesterday to show Andrea and Nicholas her wonderful treasure.
Dallin has been playing with a pair of Little Mermaid sunglasses from McDonald's. He thinks he looks so snazzy in his shades. They both also like playing with Alexa's treasure box that we got for a dollar at Michael's. She keeps her treasures(lint balls) safe inside of it. I think this Christmas I will just clean out the lint trap in the dryer and wrap it up!
Another little Alexaism... Mom are these Macaroni Grill apples? (Macintosh)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Acts of Kindness
As I sat in a very crowded waiting room of a doctor's office, I saw a wonderful act of kindness. There are still wonderful people in this world. An older woman who didn't speak English very well was there to see the doctor. She was using a cane and she said she had been dropped off by her daughter. The receptionist came to her and was explaining some paperwork to her. As she finished the receptionist told the older woman that she owed $30.00 for her co-pay. There was a $15 balance from her last visit and a new fee of $15. The woman was confused and she did not have the money. The receptionist was going to talk to the doctor and see if they could see her when a generous woman offered to pay her bill.
I sat watching and saw this woman pay her copay and this woman's copay. I know to most people $30 is not that much money but for me that is a big chunk. (We are still in school.) After the woman finished paying the older woman thanked her profusely and wanted her name so she could pay her back. The woman refused and told her she was glad to help. The office was still busy, but it was a nicer room to be in now that I knew there were such kind and generous people there waiting with me.

Happy Family
We had the chance to have some photos taken of our family this past weekend. I thought it would be fun to dress up the same and take some nice photos in the beautiful fall leaves. I love documenting out little family's growth.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Yesterday I thought I would get a head start. We are having family come to town this weekend, so I began the cleaning process early. I thought, I will get so much done now so when it gets closer I will be more relaxed. I started the laundry and realized I had a mountain. I decided to wash Alexa's bedding, and I decided to wash it all at once. Alexa is not a child that likes just one blankie. She has five blankets and a special pillow. I cannot believe that I tried to do it all at once.

I put the load in and went about doing more incredible feats like scrubbing floors and cleaning closets. I came back to check on my laundry and found about an inch of water on the floor. I panicked. I called my mom and asked her if I could drain the washer. She said no, just take out the laundry and let it finish the cycle. I did and it worked. The good thing is that I had to use so many towels and there was so much water that I scrubbed my floor and washed all of my towels, in small loads of course, for our company. You would think after 4 years of being a house wife that I would know better, but I guess there's always new things to learn.

Another Alexa tidbit ......Today we were going into TJMaxx and she was trying to grab my hand. I had my hands full and I told her to just walk close to me. She so no way. I asked her why, she would be okay. She looked and me and said in a cute little voice. "Mom, I'm only 4!"

Monday, November 13, 2006

Dallin is now 17 months old and this time is so exciting. Last night as we were leaving out friends house he said in the cutest voice,"bye", and he was waving. I also can ask him a question and he nods. I asked him if he had fun at the nursery at the gym and he nodded yes. I also asked for a kiss and he laid one on me. I love how he knows how to communicate with us now. Every stage is so exciting

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Small Victories
As many of my friends and family already know I have a very picky little boy. He loves to spit everything out. He pretty much subsists on milk and peanut butter sandwiches, oh and cereal, he loves cereal. That is good so he gets a lot of whole grain. Anyway, I was complaining to my mother in law last night and she said just keep offering and don't give in.

This afternoon he was standing at the fridge whining for a snack and I decided to try cheese. He loves cheese when it is melted but he spits out just regular cheese. I had Alexa eat some and I ate some and he thought we were cool and he ate a WHOLE PIECE of cheese. Most of you must be thinking this woman is crazy, but for those of us with picky eaters this was a small move forward. Now I need to move on to fruits and vegetables, keep those fingers crossed.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Civic Duties
I went to the polls this morning to cast my vote. I have been telling Alexa all week about why we vote. I told her we get to go and say who we want for our leaders in this country. She has seen campaign ads on TV and knows who the candidates are. She then asked Jeff this morning if the leaders we vote for will be the line leaders like she has at school. Anyway, we got to the polls this morning at the local high school and she asked when she could go to high school. I told her when she was 14 and she thought that was so cool.

We walked into the gymnasium and she asked if we were going to play basketball after we voted and then she looked around completely puzzled. She said,"Mom, where is president Bush?" When I just kind of laughed she looked at me with huge eyes and asked again. I was sad to tell her that he wouldn't be there. I love how children have no idea that there are VIPs in the world. Everyone to them is the same. Well, she got a sticker that said "I Voted" and we left. Hopefully this will teach her that she always has a voice in our country

Monday, November 06, 2006

Spring Cleaning
I know it's not spring but I cleaned and cleaned today and it felt so good. I love to have a clean house. I always have a neat and tidy house. Today I did the deep cleaning. I even scrubbed baseboards and such. I cleaned cabinets and floors and the fridge and pantry. Life just seems to go better when your house is squeaky clean. Cleaning as therapy, think about it.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Too Much Information
I just picked Alexa up from preschool and she asked to go to the library. I said of course we can go to the library. I thought it was a great idea. We sat down and read some books and had a great time. Alexa then said she wanted to read one more and then go. I told her to pick one more out. It was called Howler and it had a dog on the front and it looked really cute. I said sure, let's read it.
Well, the "author" was the dog. It was the world through the eyes of this dog. The dog in the story was part of a family. In the family there was a little girl and a mom and a dad. The mom was pregnant and then all of a sudden there was a new person in the house. The Howler. Well, when the dog didn't get enough attention he decides to go find a friend. He goes off and finds a girl dog and then the story proceeds to tell us how he and his new friend spend time together and then have puppies. Curious Alexa wanted to know all about it.
I am not ready for that conversation yet and this book was kind of tasteless. The dog didn't get enough attention so he goes and finds a "friend" and they have puppies. Come on! I guess we have to be careful at the local library too.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy Halloween
We had such a wonderful halloween. Alexa and Dallin had so much fun dressing up and going trick or treating with their friends,Nicholas, Ryan and Brandon. We had dinner at Nicholas' house and then went trick or treating. During dinner Alexa commented "This is the best dinner ever." You can tell that she loved it because she has guacamole or as she calls it "blocamole" on her leotard.
We have so much candy at our house we could open a candy store, but that hasn't changed Alexa too much. Don't get me wrong, she does like candy, but she did say to me when we got home from trick or treating that she was hungry and she wanted a banana because she needed to have a healthy food. Dallin doesn't see life that way. He was grunting for more chocolate.
We had so much fun. Halloween is so much fun now that we have kids. I can't wait for next year.